Articles tagged with: map

How to find the perfect Minecraft map

When I start a new build in Minecraft, I generally have a very specific criteria for what the map should look like. Per example, If I’m building a Egyptian city, I’ll want a desert biome with a large river that’s close to some temples.  Unfortunately, It can take a very long time to find such a place by just walking.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you a way to easily find the perfect Minecraft map, whether you’re searching for specific biomes, structures or just cool geography.

What we’ll be using:

To do this, we’ll be using a program called Amidst, which can be downloaded from this thread: http://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/mapping-and-modding/minecraft-tools/1262200-v3-6-amidst-strongholds-village-biome-etc-finder. What Amidst does is create a large map of what a Minecraft world will look like. The brilliant part is that, instead of actually generating the world, which is very time consuming even on high-end computers. Amidst creates it’s map using the biome information contained within the seed used. This makes for a very reliable estimation of what a map will look like in Minecraft, but for a fraction of the cost (metaphorically speaking).

Once Amidst is finished downloading, open it. It will ask you to choose a profile, simply select the one you play with and click okay.

Selecting Amidst' profile

You should now see something like this, not very interesting eh?

Amidst grey background

Well, let’s make it interesting! Go to File->New->From seed. This will prompt you for a seed. You can type one in the text box, or leave it empty to generate a random seed. Click OK.

Entering a seed

You’ll now need to choose the world type, select the one you want and press Ok once more.

Amidst map

Pretty nice eh? You can now move freely around the map to see if you find what you want, or create a new map by using the file menu or pressing Ctrl+N. Let’s say you’re satisfied with the map and ready to use it in Minecraft: go to the Map menu and click on “Copy Seed to Clipboard”. You can now open Minecraft and create a new world by pasting the seed!

Amidst map in Minecraft

As you can see, I’ve copied the “Thecomputerblog” seed in Minecraft and spawned, as predicted by Amidst, in a plains biome next to a forest and an small ocean.

So that’s how to find the perfect Minecraft map without wasting hours of time exploring! I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and don’t forget to come back for more!

-Icosebyte

How to install custom League of Legends maps

I think we all agree that the stock League of Legends maps are pretty cool. Nonetheless, wouldn’t it be nice to have a bit more variety? Perhaps a winter version of Summoner’s Rift?

Fortunately, the LoL community has come up with a marvellous program that allows just that! In this article, I will show you the steps you need to follow in order to install these so-called “map skins”.

 

Step one – Downloading “Skin Installer Ultimate”:

First and foremost, we need this nice little program. “Skin Installer Ultimate” is the program that will allow you to easily mod your LoL installation in order to install whichever skin you like. To download the program, go to this link: https://sites.google.com/site/siuupdates/ and click on “Download Version x.xxx Now!”

This will download a *.zip file containing the program. Extract the contents of this file to a folder of your choice and open this folder:

This is a screenshot of the folder in which has been extracted the contents of the downloaded *.zip file

Now, click on “Skin Installer Ultimate.exe” to start the program, which looks like this:

This is a screenshot of the screen that appears when we start "Skin Installer Ultimate"

Great, now we need to download a new map!

 

Step two – Choosing a map skin:

Choosing a skin is the hard part ;) there are so many awesome ones out there! Those I would recommend you try are Beach Rift and Snow Rift (both from Yurixy: http://yurixyworks.com/category/game-mods/league-of-legends/summoner-rift/).

For the purpose of this tutorial, I will be installing Snow Rift, which can be downloaded at the page below: http://yurixyworks.com/2013/06/24/snow-rift/

Scroll down to “Download” and select the version you want.

Once the download is finished, go back to Skin Installer Ultimate and click on “Add Files”:

This screenshot shows how to add the newly downloaded map in SIU

Then browse to the map you’ve downloaded, and select it:

This screenshot shows how to select the downloaded map with the siu file browser

Now, wait a few seconds for the file to load, the click the “Add to DataBase” Button. Enter a meaningful name in the text box that appears, and click ok.

This screenshot shows hwo to add the newly imported skin to the SIU DataBase

Finally, go to the “==Install Existing Skin==” Tab, select the check box that corresponds to the skin we’ve just added, and click “Install”:

This screenshot shows how to install the skin once it has been imported to the database

You will be shown an “Install Preferences” windows. Check the options you want, then click save. You’ll now have another window, this time for the “Skin Character Selection Options”. Select the options you want and click “Done”.

Wait for several seconds (can even go up to a few minutes), and you should now be prompted with an “Install Complete” message!

This screenshot shows the SIU prompt that confirms that the skin has been installed correctly

That’s how you can install custom League of Legends maps! You can now start LoL and enjoy your new Summoner’s Rift!

A picture I took of my Summoner's Rift with Snow Rift installed

Thanks for reading!
-Icosebyte