Map Chaining...
  • One idea I just had ... creating the ability to chain maps together.

    Lots of the maps we've created are really short ... still really good, but really short.

    It'd be neat to create a map that is a collection of other maps. So I could, for instance, grab Courtyard and staple it to the top of Mapity Map Map, and throw in MY AWESOME MAP NAME for good measure.

    The resulting map would be three times as awesome, if not more so, than its constituent parts. (And that's saying something, because those three maps are already pretty awesome!)

    This would also be useful for creating rhythms within the map ... re-usable sections or gambits that the player can solve repeatedly.
  • I think this would be really neat. I'm sure it'd be possible to develop an algorithm to automatically detect which map bits can be spliced together (so as to prevent any impossible combinations). You could allow players to select individual map pieces, or maybe even have a "random" mode which grabs a handful of map pieces and combines them together in a random order to have somewhat randomized maps.
  • I want to add "Like" or "Upvote" features to this forum.
  • Certainly! Some sort of voting or thanks system would be great. I noticed this addon on the vanilla forums page, no idea if it's good or not but might be worth checking out.
    http://vanillaforums.org/addon/likethis-plugin
  • I'd say you could use random mode. Maybe have the "pick-and-choose" be an end-game thing. Easiest way to do it is probably just go off of the "How many players" value -- for example, if the first map the player picked was "At least 2 players", then it could chain together any map with "At least 2 players" and "Any number of players". If the player picked "Exactly 4 players", it can chain maps with "Exactly 4 players" and "Any number of players".

    In addition, you could have it register how many players are in the game -- if there are 4 players in-game, it could pull maps from "Exactly 4 players" "At least 2/3/4 players" and "Any number of players".
  • Yep! As the list of maps grows, we definitely need to start filtering better. These are all excellent ideas!