Hi guys, does anyone have an ideas on creating a random map generator? I have made some with mild success, but the maps generated arnt in the style I am going for. What I want to do is create maps similar to Age of Empires 2 or Civilization.
My current method starts with a map filled with water, and creates a certain number of seeds in random positions on the map. Then it loops through each seed and moves it in a random direction each time, turning the current cell into grass. This works OK and creates a bunch of land on the water, but I want something better.
I have done a google search but I think I am using the qrong descriptions. I have read into height maps and perlin noise, and they might do what I want however most of them are programs which generates maps, what I want to be able to do is do everything in MMF2 on the fly... Any ideas/links?
Edit: BTW this is for a 2D grid style game.