Posted on 04/23/04 @ 12:00 AM (updated 01/13/08
||Age of Kings 1.0
AoE Map Sizes
Hello, and thanks for downloading my utility. I'll tell you how the idea for AoE Map Sizes started.
While I was playing AnastasiaKafka's The Nativity Set (a wonderful scenario), I wondered how the map could be made so small. I eventually figured it out. The Microscopic Map that TNS was on had been discovered by AoEH's Centurion1_Z, by extracting the map from the AoE scenario Hunting (which is abnormally small), and converting it into .scx format. And, since AoE scenarios can be opened up in the AoK editor, it was a simple matter to transfer the Microscopic Map across to AoK.
I started to wonder...if a 50x50 tile map for AoK could be acquired in this fashion, what other sizes would be possible? I spent the next hour flipping back and forth from AoK to AoE, transferring .scn files and counting the tiles on each map. AoE maps are much smaller then AoK maps, as the following stats show.
|AoE's 50x50 vs AoK's...er...I suppose there really is no AoK equivalent for the Micro |Map! :)
|AoE's 72x72 vs AoK's 120x120
|AoE's 96x96 vs AoK's 144x144
|AoE's 120x120 vs AoK's 168x168
|LARGE MAP/NORMAL MAP*
|AoE's 147x147 vs AoK's 200x200
|HUGE MAP/LARGE MAP*
|AoE's 210x210 vs AoK's 220x220 (starting to even out a bit)
|AoE:RoR's 250x250 vs AoK's 240x240 (Odd...Gigantic map is larger then the AoK |counterpart)
|[w]*This map is for AoK, and has a different name to its AoE counterpart.[/w]
It is also important to note that the Gigantic Map is only avaliable for the RoR expansion pack.
So, in a nutshell, it is possible not only to get maps smaller then those found in AoK, but also one that is ten tiles larger. I didn't have as much time as I would have liked to playtest them all, so use them at your own risk!
P.S. Note that this map was discovered by CenturionZ_1, and passed on to AnastasiaKafka by Ingo van Thiel. Please credit all of the above people if you plan to make use of these unique beta maps.