I am seriously considering scrapping my Heightmap and do what I did with Dibella’s Watch for Oblivion and hand-design the entire continent. This will result in a much smaller area, but also a more detailed and beautiful one. I don’t get a good feeling from my heightmap and the more I see it, the uglier it gets.I don’t like region generation either. I really don’t want the Frontier to look in any way generated. Not in the least. That’s not me.
In Dibella’s Watch for Oblivion, I hand-designed it all; I even pasted every tree and every rock. I don’t need to go to those lengths here, if I don’t want to, but the fact is that I have a very close, personal relationship with every area, every corner, in DW and I did it all with love and care. The question is – do I want a grand worldspace, which is large and impressive, but empty and lacking passion, or do I want a smaller worlspace which is still packed with features, landscape, quests and action and indeed created with passion. I don’t think anyone will object to me choosing the latter.
If I start creating Frontier like I did with Dibella’s Watch, under the same conditions, I’ll be presenting you with an impressive and exciting mod in no-time anyways. But if I start copying the MERP-project and trying to be as big as possible, I will fail and I won’t have much to show in the future. I should do what I’m good at and in the way I’m good at it.