This article goes into detail about creating a new project, land size, resizing if necessary, and the impact of the number of nodes.

For new users, it is not always easy to navigate between the length, the height, the number of nodes, the shape of the terrain, etc. We will therefore try to shine some light on the subject!

Summary

Presentation of the window

New layout

Cette fenêtre est divisée en quatre sections :

  1. Input areas for the width, length, density of the grid (expressed in knots per kilometer),
  2. A list box for the terrain texture,
  3. The two sliders for the percentage of land elevation and the maximum height of the new project layout,
  4. The shape of the land (from EEP15 and up).

Click on the OK button to create your new project once all the parameters have been entered.

Click on the OK button to create your new project once all the parameters have been entered.

Section 1

This first section includes 3 input areas :

  1. The length of the land : enter here the desired value in kilometer(s). For distances less than 1 km, use the conversion km -> m, (example: 0.5 for 500 meters),
  2. The width of the land : same settings as the length,
  3. Grid density expressed in nodes per km : the higher the grid density, the more accurate the mountains and textures will be, but also the higher the demand on system resources and hardware performance will be. In general, the grid density should not be too high. 125 knots are recommended for first attempts. This base reference can be used as a test for the speed of your computer and its calculation speed.

The density of the grid depends on the size of the layout and therefore can only be defined with respect to its length and width. Since EEP16, the maximum value for a layout is 1,000,000 nodes (Previously it was set to 800,000).

1st calculation example:

Let’s take a 2 x 3 km project with the recommended number of 125 nodes :

  • 2 x 125 nodes = 250 nodes in length,
  • 3 x 125 nodes = 375 nodes in width,
  • Total: 250 x 375 = 93750 nodes for the entire layout area.

2nd calculation example:

Now let’s take a 8 x 10 km project with the recommended number of 125 nodes :

  • 8 x 125 nodes = 1000 nodes in length,
  • 10 x 125 nodes = 1250 nodes in width,
  • Total: 1000 x 1250 = 1,250,000 nodes for the entire layout area.

What’s going to happen ? At first, we will receive an error message in which EEP asks us to reduce the size of the project or the number of nodes to decrease the density.

We will click on OK to return to the main window to decrease our initial values.

Image nombre de noeuds trop grands

Once the error message is closed, EEP automatically corrects the maximum number of nodes allowed for the requested surface (in our example, 111 nodes). Of course, we have the possibility of modifying this value before clicking on OK.

Density corrected to 111 nodes

Section n° 2

This second section includes a drop-down list and four small preview squares. In the drop-down list, you can choose (or not) a pattern such as Meadow, Spring, Moor, etc. Once you have made your choice, it appears in the 4 small squares with different angles of inclination.

Choix texture terrain pour un nouveau projet EEP

Here, with the Landes option, the pattern consists of a combination of four textures applied to the surface according to the angle of inclination. This allows us to start our project on a solid basis. Then we will have plenty of time to decorate and model this or that part of the project with the 2D and 3D editors.

Section n° 3

This third section groups together the two sliders for the percentage of elevation and the maximum height of the terrain.

It is recommended to use a high value for the Percentage of elevation and a low value for the Maximum height. This initial configuration is not irreversible and can be modified according to your needs later. In addition, you will have the possibility to model and modify your land with the 2D and 3D editors.

Section n° 4

This fourth section includes two drop-down lists and an input area (This functionality is only available from EEP15 and up).

The first drop-down list proposes to modify the shape of the layout by:

  1. Rectangle (default),
  2. Framework,
  3. U shape,
  4. L-shape,
  5. S shape.

The second drop-down list concerns the orientation of the layout (4 possible choices) :

  1. Normal (default),
  2. 90°,
  3. 180°,
  4. 270°.

In the input box, you enter the width of the layout shape in km. This does not affect the overall width of the layout, only the width of the shape. This value is ineffective for the default rectangle shape.

Different layout examples

Forme du terrain en L sur 2x1 km
  • L-shape: 2 x 1 km,
  • shape width: 0.15 km,
  • Texture pattern: autumn,
  • elevation: 90%,
  • height: 18 meters
Forme du terrain en forme de cadre sur 1x0.6 km
  • Frame form, 1 x 0.6 km,
  • Shape width: 0.10 km,
  • Direction: 90°.
  • Texture pattern: autumn,
  • Elevation: 90%,
  • Height: 18 meters
Forme du terrain en forme de rectangle sur 1x0.6 km
  • Rectangular shape: 1 x 0.6 km,
  • Direction: 90°.
  • Texture pattern: autumn,
  • Elevation: 90%,
  • Height: 18 meters

Once you have made your choice, all you have to do is click on the Ok button to automatically switch to the 2D planning window and start laying your first models!

This article is now complete. If you have any questions or suggestions, please give us your feedback in the leave a reply input box below.

Thank you for your helpful comments. Have fun reading an other article. 

eep-world.com team

This article was translated by Pierre for the English side of the EEP-World from the article written by Domi for the French side of the EEP-World.

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