Monday, July 21, 2008

Random offsets to streets, and not always connecting a built square to a neighbor:

The random offsets have to be unified to ensure that the streets match up properly. In my sleep-deprived state it took me a while to figure out how to do this.

I'm still not sure if this is the right approach to constructing streets and placing buildings. Its advantages are that it is very fast and ensures things are always tightly packed with no wasted space. A major disadvantage is that the buildings are clearly laid out on a grid. You can't have larger buildings in one area and smaller buildings in another unless you do so in increments of the grid size.

At the moment I'm mulling over some crystallization-type ideas, or simulating building construction over time. All of these things are likely to be more expensive to compute so they'd need to be worth it.

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