Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Map Updates

For those of you who may not be aware, there is a 3D interactive map of Superstes Noctis available on the MinecraftWorldMap website. This awesome map lets you move around the server as you would in Google Maps (in fact, the viewer is powered by Google) and explore all the land the server has generated from players moving around while online. This map even includes a night view, cave view, and Nether view!

Originally, the map for the server was created just to have one available. It remained outdated until early April 2016, when I decided it desperately needed an update. I hope to update it more frequently now, especially as large builds change the landscape, so members of the server and fans following my YouTube videos of it can view the map and all the builds the server members have worked so hard on.

In addition to a link to the 3D interactive map of the server, our "World Map" page on this blog also includes a static image of the spawn area of Superstes Noctis. This is more tricky for me to update than the interactive map, because I cannot actually remember how I made the one on the page in the first place! I hope to get an updated static map on that page soon, but I'll need to figure out how to do so first. If possible, I'd greatly prefer to embed the interactive map... trouble is, I don't know how or even if the Terms of Use for that site allow me to. (The issue is the lack of an "embed this map" option on the page; I know the basics of HTML and could figure it out if I had the embed code) If anyone knows how to embed a MinecraftWorldMap render, please let me know!

I first found out about MinecraftWorldMap when I was searching for a way to publicly display a map of the Noctis MC server, which the three founding members of Superstes Noctis have been working on for quite awhile now; I decided it would also be cool to make a map of this server, and I for one really enjoy checking out the map from the aerial view it provides. It's really easy to use too, since I just have to upload a world backup of the server and give it around 24 hours to render. Our map is currently 647 MB, so understandably it is not a quick process but thankfully the old map remains visible until the new one is rendered and ready for viewing. If you have your own server or know someone who does, I'd definitely recommend checking out the site! (No, we are not sponsored by MinecraftWorldMap) The interactive 3D map is a nice way to enhance our experience on the server and aid us in our continuing efforts of surviving the night!

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