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Create procedurally generated city maps in the style of American grid-based cities.
More detailed documentation and instructions here.
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View the source: Github
- 3D model export has just been released, Blender tutorial available here: https://maps.probabletrain.com/#/stl
Using downloaded assets:
Feel free to use downloaded images and 3D models however you like! Credit is appreciated but not required.
I'd love to see what you make, send it to me on Twitter!
- .png download
- .png heightmap download
- .svg download
- .stl download
- Several colour themes including Google Maps, Apple Maps, and hand-drawn styles
- Pseudo-3D buildings
- Open source
- Click 'Generate' in the menu in the top right
- Drag and scroll to pan and zoom
- Open the 'Style' folder to access styling options - Switch to 'GoogleNoZoom' to see 3D buildings, or 'Google' to see buildings when zoomed in
- You can turn 3D buildings on/off for any style with 'buildingModels'
- When 'zoomBuildings' is enabled, buildings are only shown when zoomed in
- Download a high-res image of what's on screen with the 'Download' button in the 'options' folder
- Use 'imageScale' to control the resolution of the downloaded image - higher imageScale for higher resolution
- Mac users and other users with high-DPI displays - Tick 'highDPI' under options to increase the resolution of the canvas
- The size of the generated world depends on your zoom + pan when you click generate
- The more zoomed in you are, the smaller the map and the faster it will generate
- 3D buildings slow down pan+zoom, but not generation time. You can turn them on when you want them with the 'buildingModels' option under 'Style'
Cities are generated using tensor field. If you open the 'Tensor Field' folder you'll be able to view and edit it. You can add and remove grid elements. Use the red squares to drag them to different positions. Under the folder corresponding to each element, you can change its size and decay. You can also change the angle of the fields.
Click 'setRecommended' in the tensor field folder to have the tool place 4 grids and one radial field in the scene. These have random parameters, so click multiple times until you find one you like
IMPORTANT: After editing the Tensor field, you need to open the 'Maps' folder to generate roads. The main 'generate' button above the tensor folder will randomise the tensor field.
Open the 'Maps' folder to start creating roads. You can click 'generateEverything' or step through the process manually.
- Water - generate until you find a sea and river combination you like. Under the params folders, you can change the noise parameters to control how rough the shore and river bank are. The simplify tolerance controls how closely the road follows the waterline.
- Roads - There are three road sizes: main, major, minor. Under each of the folders, you can click generate to create each class of roads individually. You can go back and edit the tensor field at any point in this process to create roads on different tensor fields. Experiment.
- Buildings - click 'addBuildings' to fill the city with buildings. If you can't see them, the chosen style might not display buildings, or you might not be zoomed in enough. The 'Default' style, and 'GoogleNoZoom' styles both show buildings at all zoom levels. You can change the minimum building size, and the sidewalk size with 'shrinkSpacing'
- Animation - Generation will be faster if you untick 'Animate', but note that this will swamp the UI thread so you won't be able to pan, zoom, or retry until generation has completed. Animation speed gives you a tradeoff between FPS and generation time.
Here are the steps I usually take when I use the tool:
- Water First - I open the
Map/Waterfolder and click
Generateuntil I’m happy with the water features.
- Tensor Field Detail - Opening the
Tensorfolder reveals the tensor field. I
addRadiala couple of times to add some roundabouts. I
addGrida few times and change their size, decay, and position to vary the grid structure.
- Roads - I step through each of the
Generateing roads at each stage, moving to the next when I’m happy. Increase
Map/Paramsif you want more parks.
- Buildings -
Source code: Github
Feel free to contact me with any questions, feature requests, or bug reports by email, Twitter, Github, or in the comments.
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Love it! I have a recommendations, if I may?...
1-Please make a standalone (downloadable/offline) version.
Now if there was a way to merge this with dungeonscrawl it would be excellent for making rpg villages, towns and cities in a fantasy/sci-fi or other types of genres
How do I get a map of the area I want?
please, let me know
This plugin is very useful to me.
This is an amazing tool. I just wish we had the ability to customize the water how we wish (like creating an island for instance) this could maybe be done by allowing direct access to the tensor field to delete specific spots on it
Fantastic tool. The incredible detail and being able to zoom right in, is simply amazing.
Feature Request 1# What about an optional for overlay for a grid (optional square or hex) which could also generate unique hex/grid numbers in the center (being another layer/option in itself) that could have some color & size parameters with it too. This would be great for tabletop or solo RPG gamers where players could explore a city etc.
Feature Request 2# Also similar to another request i see here, what about an option to display on the corner of the map the population number. This could be based off number of residential buildings generated. This would help a lot if the map is used for a game where you want to give a realistic est of how many people live in the city.
how do i expand map size ?
v6p9d9t4.ssl.hwcdn.net took too long to respond. How do I fix this?
The speed of generation is phenomenal considering its web only
This is pretty fantastic! I was wondering if there was a way to spit the parameters out into the URL with each change, or some other method for the user to save/load a configuration.
If that was possible, people might be able to
- Come back to the exact configuration
- Share a map to allow others to tweak
- Create a "save state" of sorts allowing for Undo actions (i.e. 'navigate back')
Really awesome great stuff you have here!
Say, is it possible to put the number of inhabitants of the city in the generated map?
At least, does the number of people in the city affect the map?
Thank you so much for this! I've been needing something like this to help develop a campaign for tabletop Shadowrun! You have no idea how game changing this is for me!
<3 <3 <3
I play a crap ton of City Skylines. This has given me actually city layouts to build.
This is nice. Thank you.
I love playing around with you tool and decided to recreate a city for your Tabletop game.
In the end I ran into a single problem: when filling in buildings a sizeable chunk of space wont get filled in. Is there a way to deactivate this behavior?
Also: How do I save my current map? After restarting Chrome everything was gone.
Also, I am using this tool to assist in drawing street networks in the OpenGeoFiction online fantasy mapping tool (using the Java Open Street Map Editor and image import plugins).
I'm having way too much fun with this. How does one enable the ability to generate more than one river through the city?
One bug I noticed is that parks seem to clump together and are not spread out. A few possible features I think would improve the generator would be a way to better center the river perhaps, and control how much ocean is generated (sometimes, I've noticed, only a sliver of both is visible). I'm interested in possibly contributing to the project.
Hello! your work is remarkable I would like to propose the following functionality: I wish that it is possible to import 3d models, or then, in the parameters of the buildings, to be able to control the size (in length and width) of the buildings, in order that it is easy to replace them after export in stl by models that we created ourselves
This is rad! Thank you
This is really cool, it looks almost like real cities!