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Wizards and Warriors: Massively Multiplayer Online Game Creation by Jason Darby

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Chapter 12. Creating and Editing Zones and Terrains

This chapter helps you discover how to create your own area in a game world called a zone. You will learn how to create a landscape (terrain) for that zone using a simple but extremely effective feature called heightmaps. You will then learn how to take your basic landscape and make it more interesting by covering it with grass and textures.

Creating a New Zone

A zone is an area within an MMO game world that can be used to separate a particular in-game region or separate areas based on weather or topography. So you could have a city mapped into a single zone or use a zone to contain a particular weather or terrain feature, such as a desert or mountain world. It is common to have topographies overlapping ...

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