Middle Earth Maps on Google Earth

The Chrome Experience has put together an interactive version of the Middle Earth map. The 3d animations are fun, but the rest of it isn’t as good as I hoped. A real (but ugly) Middle Earth map on Google Earth can be saved as a KMZ or KML file, so search for those. More promising is this code from Github builds a Google Earth overlay that projects the map of Middle-earth on top of modern Europe at the correct position and scale. I haven’t figured out how to use it yet, but if it works, one could do the same with one’s own game maps. Next up, how do we randomly generate 3d map data over Google Earth to create a new fantasy world? Terrain modeling seems pretty pretty time intensive using 3DS Max and other software. You can scan 3d locations from Google Earth into Lands Design, so perhaps one could copy and paste together real world locations to create fantasy area. There is a Google Earth Grid Generator that can stitch areas together. There are Random Terrain Generators that can create 3d terrain. This one “uses diamond-square alogrithm to generate a random heightmap which is then tesselated to a 3d mesh” and is “done in c++ with openGL.” Anybody out there know more than I do about this stuff?


About lostdelights

An old gamer flying his freak flag, I've been playing table-top role-playing games since 1978. I've been building my own system (Journeyman) since 1981.
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