Right click to open the context menu with all the options.

Hot keys:

  • ENTER - create a new village
  • Shift+ENTER - create a new village on the same terrain
  • M - open the parameters window
  • S - open the style settings window
  • P - export as PNG
  • J - export as JSON
  • O - toggle title visibility
  • T - toggle trees visibility
  • F - toggle fields visibility
  • E - toggle relief visualization

The non-itch version of the generator allows you to copy a link to a specific village to share or regenerate it later.

Made with Haxe + OpenFL.

You can use images created by the generator as you like: copy, modify, include in your commercial rpg adventures etc. Attribution is appreciated, but not required. Please consider supporting this project on Patreon☕!

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I have most of your st6uff bookmarked. Keep up the great work.

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Hi! I love your generators and as someone who is working on my own game in C++ I was wondering if you ever considered giving access to your code in some way shape or form, I know I can just look into the generated javascript code for some of your projects but I think it would be valuable to maybe more people than just me to use this in an actual project, maybe through some Patreon tier, or selling it here on itch.

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Heya! Fantastic stuff as usual Watabou:) Is there any chance we can get an option for River + Coast, like in the City Generator?

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There are some (road-related) difficulties with such layouts, but it's a popular request, so this will be implemented eventually.

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Cheers!

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Thank you for your wonderful generators. I love using them even if I have nothing to use them for.


Here is my version of a cherry blossom forest.

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Heyyo! Awesome generator, congrats for this work. Is there any chance of adding an option to disable houses without disabling streets?

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Thanks! I can consider it, but why? To me it seems that streets in this generator aren't interesting enough to have any value without buildings, are they?

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I'd definitely like the option myself, sometimes I like to have a blank template of roads and to be able to place houses as I want so its just another nifty feature to have.

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Hi there Watabou, Thanks very much for your generators, they are fantastic and I appreciate the work you have put into them.

I am wondering if you potentially share with me the source of this generator similar to how you shared the town genereator source.

Thank you very much! 

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Love it! For use in historical games/publications would there be an option to (always) include a manor and church?

This would be too much specifics for my taste, but I do plan to add special larger buildings without specifying what they are and I'll try to find a convenient way to customise their number, shape, placing…

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Indeed no need for labels/naming. Just 2 large buildings (of which one with a tower) would already suffice, sounds like what you plan.

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This generator is an absolute treasure.

You have to fuss a bit with the value slider under style settings to get black and white maps, but there's so much convenience packed into this program, it's versatile, and it's free.

To those of you supporting the patreon, thank you.

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Awesome! Can I use it to my game?

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You can use images created by the generator as you like: copy, modify, include in your commercial rpg adventures etc. Attribution is appreciated, but not required…
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Thank you for replying!

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How do i build my own city/village? Is is even possible, if so what game should i use?

What do you mean by "your own"? If you are asking about building a village of a specific shape, than no, it's not possible here. This application is only capable of generating random villages.

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Where can I find the assets for things like the buildings and trees?

No assets are used here. Everything is created procedurally within the generator.

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is there a way to load a map back in to the app

Not exactly. If you'd like to get back to a specific map later you need to save its permalink ("Permalink…" in the context menu).

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it works but when i reroll the trees the change is not saved

Yeah, that's one of the limitations of the method - rerolls of the trees do not get saved.

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May i ask what are the Avaible Fonts for the texts? Im was trying using the google fonts but none of them work, so if there is a specific List of which fonts are used, i would gladly ask for it please

You can use any font installed on your computer. For example, if it's Windows then Calibri, Impact and Georgia (among others) are  most likely available to you. To use a specific font from Google Fonts you need to download and install it first.

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Thanks for the help, Appreciate it!!!!

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What's the default font?

https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Cinzel

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Do you happen to live in the southern hemisphere? I can't help noticing that all the houses cast their shadows southeast, indicating the Sun is northwest. :)

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Just a coincidence :) You can specify the direction of shadows in the Style settings dialog: Shadow > Angle.

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This is simply amazing! I love how easy and detailed it is!

Just one thing. When you toggle the fields on/off, it also turns on/off the trees.

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The newest update (1.2.7) seems to constantly generate lopsided fields, often covering fields with trees while leaving a big empty space field & tree free. (e.g. https://watabou.github.io/village-generator/?seed=313542736) is that deliberate?

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I noticed too. Loooooot of trees.

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The only thing that has changed about trees is that the last chosen value of None/Some/Many is remembered now. The way of distributing them across the map hasn't been changed.

If you need fewer trees, make sure that "Some" is chosen and then "Reroll" trees until you have the right amount of them.

Lopsided fields are mostly fields which the generator tries to place in rings around the centre of a village. So yes, this is deliberate, although as I said in the post, I'm not sure this is such a great idea. If there will be enough negative feedback about them, they will be removed.

The only thing that has changed about trees is that the last chosen value of None/Some/Many is remembered now. The way of distributing them across the map hasn't been changed.

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nice

Hello Watabou could you make a car generator like your tank generator but from profile i want to make 3d model of cars for a game i'm making (for now i'm really at the begining) so i do not want to copy real car brand to make my vehicle (l'il post this in comment in different itch.io webpage of your generator so you will find my comments more easily)

Hello Watabou could you make a car generator like your tank generator but from profile i want to make 3d model of cars for a game i'm making (for now i'm really at the begining) so i do not want to copy real car brand to make my vehicle (l'il post this in comment in different itch.io webpage of your generator so you will find my comments more easily)

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You are a litteral life saver I use these generators for all of my DnD maps. Thank you for your hard work!

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I love the work you've done here! I'm confused though as to what the exported JSON is good for. I don't see a means to load a saved file other than under the style settings but that seems unrelated.

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when I view the console output during village generation, I'm seeing a lot of cool stuff that isn't shown on the map.  Apparently the map I generated has a town hall, a tavern called The Black Chalice, an inn called The Wet Lady, and a home belonging to someone named Saer Eastshield... I'm guessing this is all stuff you're working on surfacing at some point or another via a landmark feature w/ a legend.  In the map settings, you can control population density but not the actual population.  Being able to manually enter that would be super helpful vs rolling new villages till you get into the ballpark you're looking for. :)

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Thanks!

  • Currently you can only load those JSON's in City Viewer. I don't plan to add a save/load functionality in this generator.
  • The work on points of interest is on hold at this moment, but yeah, eventually these names will be shown on the map.
  • Because of the algorithm specifics it is not possible to request desired population, but in the next update it will become possible to enter any number to be displayed as the village population. The effect is the same :)
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Ah, I see.  Thanks for the response.  I was hoping that population X density equated to how many buildings got output, but it doesn't seem like that's the case.  I look forward to seeing the points of interest getting output, I liked seeing the names in there when I inspected the page and having them surfaced on the front end would make the maps super interesting. (especially if you're using these maps as inspiration for a book you're writing, like I am) ^__^

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I struggled to make points of interest interesting and not too extravagant at the same time. They tend to be repetitive which is not wrong - most villages need just a tavern, a mill and some kind of basic shop. But it's boring especially when creating multiple settlements in a row. Instead of adding more exotic venues (a necromancer's shop, a fighting club, a spa etc.) I'd like to be able to provide interesting details to mundane locations. That's what I'm going to work on.

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I fully support this line of thinking, and offer my assistance if ever needed. ^__^

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All of your generators are amazing, watabou. I'm so impressed and so grateful for all the work you've put in to let us use these.

Any plans in the future on being able to check both river and coast?

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Thanks!

This is harder than it may seem. The difference between river and coast maps is that on river maps bridges are allowed and on coast maps they are not. So it is difficult to mix them but I'll find a way eventually.

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I need a generator option that allows me to disable houses that appear on fields.

Or maybe the ability to delete houses by click? If that's easier to code.

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In the next update I will do something about those houses, not sure what exactly though.

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That's great! I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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Hi, I want to replicate this for a personal project. Are you able to explain how it was coded and the process you went through making this? Is there anywhere else I can contact you?

Hi. Basically this generator is an implementation of the idea explained here: link.

I just read the paper and I am lost.

Are there any tutorials or are you able to share some code?

I have no code to share, sorry. But here is another generator based on the similar (but not exactly the same) idea with open code and some explanations of the method: City Map Generator.

About being lost: don't let yourself be intimidated by the academic lingo. For example, when I started reading that paper I didn't know what tensor fields are. So I've read a Wikipedia article on them and got back to the paper. And then I realized that I didn't need "tensor fields" to get the idea at all...

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Is there a way to disable houses and roads?

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No, why? Do you you need a generator of... empty spaces? :)

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Haha! Yes, I would love to generate empty fields and islands for DND! Love your tools my friend!

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Hey Watabou when we can place buildings and trees fields by ourselves?

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Saying "never" would be  a too harsh reply, but nothing like that is planned at this moment :)

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Hey watabou, this is absolutely wonderful and very, very impressive. Donated a bit :). I was just wondering if you could fix a tiny issue I found: the night-styled maps do add outline to the texts to ensure they are readable, however, exports (at least in PNG) don't include this outline. Apart from that, haven't found any other issue so far, it's just awesome.

As possible improvements... Perhaps add option to include fortifications in the future? Pallisade, watchtower, small local keep, tavern, generated shops/other points of interest with legend assigned?

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Yeah, I'm aware of this issue, but there is no easy way to resolve it (that outline is created by applying a glow filter to the text, but apparently filters stop working on images which are too big). Probably I'll have to implement another way to add outline (e.g. like in MFCG) when there is more text in this generator.

Regarding those improvements:

  • Points of interest - definitely.
  • Local keep (or anything else that different from regular cottages) - unlikely.
  • Palisade - maybe. I didn't plan to add it, but it's a pretty popular request.

Cheers!

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I love this! Thanks so much for sharing your work with us all!

One "small" request: Would it be possible at some point to be able to set the desired population? 

I like that you included population density, but I cannot find an option for population count.

Sorry, with how everything works now that's not possible. Villages are grown "organically" and the generator doesn't how large a village will be in the end. It is possible, of course, to regenerate a village until its population is close enough to the target value, but considering how much time it takes to build a single instance, it will be too slow.

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How about letting us change the population number without actually changing anything about the map? Like we change the town name. Just so that it's the desired number when printed out?

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I can do that.

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Thank you for this (and the others) wonderful tool! One thing I have noticed is that houses are sometimes placed on fields. It's not a big thing, but is there a way to prevent houses from spawning on a field?

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Cheeers! I commented on this here:

Apparently people are bothered by houses on top of fields. Actually, this was sort of intentional. At first I discarded such fields, but then decided to keep them to emulate crofts. I can try to draw them a bit differently - as orchards or pastures.
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Thanks! 

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This is an awesome village maker! If I could make two small requests for the future... I've had what appeared to be ponds come up a couple of times on the screen. These may be a fluke but if they are not I'd like to see more of them. Any chance to have ponds/lakes added with more frequency? Second request- I like the look of the trees but would like to have a "sparse" option where you would just have a few lone trees here and there. And perhaps palm shaped ones for the islands.
Otherwise this is awesome!

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Thanks! 

  1. Actually, these puddles are a source of numerous glitches. For example, often piers get spawned in them instead of "big water". So it's more likely I'll try to get rid of them :)
  2. I'm planning to implement finer control over tree coverage but I'm not sure how exactly it's gonna work.
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Nooooooo~ I love the ponds! It's not uncommon to have piers in lakes anyway! If my opinion means anything, I'd like to put in +1 vote for keep them~

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Fascinated with the night view of the village - is that a style setting that can be toggled? 

In the context menu:

Style settings... > Presets > Night

You can also create your own styles including night-like. The key is to set the "Lights" color to anything lighter than black.

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This is great! 
My only suggestion, 
something I've been looking for everywhere, 
is this same functionality with the ability to import a heightmap for the landscape.

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Hi, 

Thank you very much for this generator! The best I have seen so far. I am definitely going to show my supports to you once I get my Paypal in order. 

I am very excited to see the new updates and improvements you will be doing. It would be amazing to see options to select specific building to be included (/Church/market/other), or a central place!

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Currently there are only two types of buildings in the generator - small ones  and large ones. In the future I'll try to make them look more diverse, but I wouldn't like to assign any specific functions to them like "church" or "tavern". But I do plan to add village greens/town squares. Cheers!

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Great generator, I fell in love, but would it be possible to add the ability to place each ceiling in a different color? or trees, it would be really cool
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Are you talking about roofs? They differ slightly in brightness from each other. I think that adding more colors for buildings would make "styling" them less intuitive.

For trees you can assign two colors and every tree is painted in a random color from the range between those colors. It works only in "simple" and "cotton" modes.

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I love this tool and others you've built for DND.  The only requests for this creator is could we add the option for a t-junction/crossroads and an option to save the default and night presets in one go.  The latter would just save me a couple of clicks as I import both into a rollable table on Roll20.

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Thank you.

Crossroads are on my to-do list and probably they will be implemented in the next update. Saving a map in the Default and Night colours is a little too specific request. I mean somebody else might want to able to batch save in different styles (incl. custom ones) e.g. normal + haunted or summer + autumn + winter. I'll think about how it could be generalized.

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Wow! I am seriously in love with this ❣

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I really like this, but do you reckon it's possible to have a sort of 'bayou' setting, with lots of patchy waterways? That would be super neat.

Do you have an example of a map by any chance? My idea of bayou is pretty vague, so I can imagine mangroves and alligators, but I'm not sure I know how a "bayou village" should look.

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This map from Hunt: Showdown is a fair example of the idea I'm thinking of, though the buildings are significantly more spread out than yours tend to be.

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Fields were an excellent addition, and they're really well implemented too! Thank you :D

With the current algorithms being used, is it possible to add a function to generate based off of a small number of user-provided landscape features? For example, letting a user provide a main road and a river (via uploaded image) and generating the remaining features off of those? The idea being that, one may have a large map already and would like to create detailed randomized local maps. I think this would take VG from a simple generator to a premium map tool!

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It would be pretty easy to implement custom "water maps".  User-defined main roads are harder but also feasible. Actually, there are more things that could be customized, e.g. elevation, population density etc. Probably some of these options will be added in the future, but not until generated stuff is stable enough.

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Wonderful, looks very organic and pleasing. I know others have been suggesting a (typically) stone keep/castle for defensive works. If you are thinking about adding some, perhaps a more pleasing and fruitful endeavor would be to implement motte and bailey fortifications, or earthen hill fortifications such as the Celtic oppidum or the mounds of Cahokia. These varieties of earthworks would fit particularly well with the graphic design and goal of this generator.

Thanks! 

Yeah, I think I'll have to implement something like that in the future. Adding a palisade and (optionally) a simple keep shouldn't be too hard.

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