Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Setting Up Blocks

In Blue Mars, blocks are pieces of a city that are exported, and which can then be worked on by someone else separately. When they are done, they send it back to the city developer, who merges it back into the city file. So knowing how to deal with blocks is an essential part of making Sandbox City work.

Over the past couple of days I have been struggling with the process of exporting and importing blocks. Unfortunately, with Blue Mars still in the middle of beta development, the documentation is not complete. What is there can be found on these wiki pages:

City Editor Workflow
Block Editor Instructions

I have worked out added instructions, but there are some bugs and open questions still, so I'm not ready to offer blocks for people to use just yet. If any of those pages are not viewable, let me know.

I did manage to get a couple of blocks set up, and imported a few text boxes, so it's working on a basic level, but I would like to be sure we know the right way to do it before opening it up for everyone to mess with.

The blue lines in the picture are "helpers" which can be turned on and off. They show where roads, shapes, and various other objects are located, and their item names. In particular, one shape is the outline of the block border, which defines what area you can work in.


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