[nbos] [FM8] Much improved Vintyri fills available
"Mark Oliva"
Tue Oct 13th, 2009
As the first freezing temperatures approach here in Northern Bavaria, our
project group has given up on extending the summer vacation farther and is
back at work producing cartographic and RPG material. Our first new free
and open release is a new Version 2.0 of the Vintyri (TM) Textures & Fills.
This is a substantially improved follow-up to the sets of overland and
settlement raster fills for FM8 which were offered here first as a Dungeons
Daring (TM) and later as an expanded Vintyri set of fills. Version 2.0
replaces the Dungeons Daring fills and the Vintyri Fills & Textures in
Versions 1.0 and 1.1. It extends the set with a few new fills, but above
all, it presents the original fills in much improved quality. The seed
graphics for the original fills were digital photos made by our group and
public domain photos from governmental agencies. After a lot of
manipulation with GIMP, we had turned them into serviceable albeit somewhat
less than perfect fills. Recently, Carl Nielsen of our project group redid
almost all of the fills, this time running the GIMP-manipulated graphics
through a program that only recently came to our attention called ImageSynth
(R), which makes excellent tiles for mapping. This new version eliminates
the tiling patterns and the problematical redundancy that were in the
earlier fills, so that they now will spread smoothly across your FM8 maps.
This new and considerably improved release includes 80 fills in the overland
category, 14 in the settlements category and 11 in the structures category.
In the main overland group there are, among many other things, fills for
grasslands, mountains, deserts, prairies, swamps, tundra, snow-covered
terrain, waterways, etc. A 20-page PDF - also free and open - accompanies
the new release. It includes color catalogs for all of the new fills. The
remaining material is identical to that in the PDF for Versions 1.0 and 1.1.
The PDF also includes installation instructions. You can download the fills
and the PDF free at:


Please note: Installing the new version will not delete the old fills. If
you want only the new fills, erase the old folders Vintyri Overland, Vintyri
Settlements and Vintyri Structures first. If you want both sets, we suggest
that you rename these three older folders before installing the new fills.
That will help you avoid a lot of confusion later.

Mark Oliva
Webmaster, the Vintyri Project (TM)
Internet: http://www.vintyri.com <http://www.vintyri.com>
E-Mail: info-at-vintyri.com <mailto:info-at-vintyri.com>

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