To clean up the front page, I have moved news articles (information about site
updates) to this page.
Make the site easier to use!
I want to recode the following services to make them more accessible and quicker
to use as AJAX queries:
- Comments: Add, Edit, Remove
- Favourites: Add, Remove
- Map: Upload, Edit, Remove
- Movie: Upload, Edit, Remove
AJAX queries work by sending an asynchronous webrequest to the server without
refreshing the page, meaning less bandwidth is used update the page, the page
doesn't reload, and this will hopefully result in a better user experience.
disabled can still use the site, but those with it enabled will able to use
the new enhancements.
Site Updates and Changes
Hey all. It's been a while. Flash is dying. I know. Things are changing... I've
Future of the Dwarf Fortress Map Archive thread on the forums; and a project page on
github to rennovate the site, in response to Jacob Blomquist, who has made
a P5.js and
HTML5 Canvas version of the map viewer. Watch this space, read/reply in the
forum, and keep an eye on the project for updates.
I've updated the link to ShadowLord's DF Map Compressor to its new home on the
bay12games Dwarf Fortress File Depot (DFFD)
. Thanks to Dwarf Comic for highlighting the broken link.
More maps archived for another year...
The Map Archive is causing heavy load on our shared host, so I've enabled page
caching on several sections of the site. This has also meant I've had to disable
comments for non-authorised users. If you want to comment in future you'll have
to sign-in / sign-up for an account. If this saddends you, please get in touch,
tweet me at @Markavian or send me an
If you encounter any bugs with caching, such as submitting maps, or viewing
pages, please get in touch and let me know.
Maps archived for another year. Ban list updated to include some new words.
Continued thanks goes out to dedicated reporters for finding and identifying
Err, so its been a while, but here's an update!
Good news - hosting for the site has been renewed for another two years,
that'll bring mkv25.net up to 2015!, and means that the site has been running for
11 years now.
CMV Editor source code now
available on Github: https://github.com/Markavian/CMV-Editor. Any budding C#
developers out there who want a tinker, go right ahead. All the solution files,
IO encoder/decoder classes, and timeline component are there to be tinkered
And lastly, thanks to all the spam reporters who help keep the site clean of
ANKFSL$52LFSDFS, "Nice blog", and shoe adverts, your help is much appreciated.
Fixed bug with PoI links not working on maps with a default PoI set. Thanks to
hyndis for reporting the bug;
completely missed it.
Movie update, RE: "Movies no longer record properly, at least in the SDL
versions. The recorded files have no content at all, consisting of single
Toady One (administrator) 2010-11-15 13:59 This should be fixed for 0.31.18.
Get out there and make more movies!
- Added the site to a local SVN so that I can track changes and revisions
Planned Changes section to the development / news page
- The favourites page now
correctly groups maps across their histories, giving a truer picture of the
most favourite maps.
- I've added created a Random Movie picker, similar to the Random Point
of Interest box, and moved the box on the front page to top right corner.
- Received word that Safari on the Mac also has problems uploading fdf-map
files, as does Google Chrome - I know what the problem is but am unwilling
at present to reduce the security on uploads. I am somewhat dissapointed
with Safari and Google Chrome for breaking my site.
- Added [+] symbol to Upload Map and Upload Movie on site links.
- Happy new year everyone!
- The 10,000th
point of interest was posted not so long ago.
if you enter in an End Year, thanks to
Shurikane for this suggestion.
- Reminder: For "open ended" Point of Interest sharing, you just
need to check the PoI Sharing box.
- Fixed bug with 's breaking map and movie uploads, appologies to
Vetarnian for discovering this one.
- Roll on 2009...
- ... and I hope no one minds, I've tweaked the stylesheet to give the site
- Added a user profile page, for example:
- Name links around the site, on comments, maps, and recent activity will
now take you to a user profile page showing stats and recent posts by that
- This is a good way to find out more about different users on the archive,
whether they are registered, what their favourites are, and what their recent
activity has been.
- Uploaded new version of CMV Flash Player (again, thanks to gonbon)
- Flash player now resizes itself to support
movies (width and height) recorded with the new release of
- Removed endless list of movies alongside ungrouped movie clips.
- If you enter in the name of the fort or the world a clip was recorded
when you upload then movies with the same name will be grouped
- Added report problem page/form for registered users to send messages to
myself and the moderators
- Links to the page can be found on the left "Report
problem / contact" or from below map entries "(Report
- Feel free to use this form to report spam or to send any feedback and
suggestions you have
- Fixed bug on movie comments page where page 2 and beyond directed to the
map comments page (thanks to Zaratustra
- Added Browse maps by description
search option, and made that part of the Any* search as well
- Continuing work on Isometric map viewer. Working on independent version
separate to current map viewer.
- So far have stripped back to loader / decoder, white screen... long way
- Will be recruiting graphics artist or some such in due time (isometric
- Added feature: Setting default Point of Interest for a map
- When adding a new PoI, or editing an existing one, there is now a
checkbox labelled "Make default for this map"
- When viewing a map, if there is a default PoI, the map will be focused
on that location, instead of centering in the center of the map
- Thanks to Mister Six for prompting me to add this feature
- For example, on Crystal Umbra
the Entry Corridor is selected from the start.
- Fixed bug with map recentering wrongly when recentering view using
- FYI: Views can be changed using the lowercase keys: (t)op,
(s)ide, and (f)ront
- Hosting: mkv25.net has been migrated to
a new plan! This means more bandwidth, and more filespace, both of which
were near their limits. Thanks to www.icdsoft.com for another's year's
- Continuing to review map viewer code to produce an isometric map viewer,
though this is still some way off. Am looking for isometric-tile artist.
- Something like this
isometric render of dwarf fortress, (edit: by Chris Hildenbrandt
would be very cool
- Fixed bug displaying non-square maps, pointed out by
- For example, Mountain Banners - Bridge Tower (side), is now visible
- Recorded new bug: Map viewer recenters on incorrect map coordinates when
switching view between top/front top/side when viewer first loads
- Added new BBCode tags [wiki=Page]link text[/wiki]
- For example: [wiki=User:Markavian]my user page[/wiki]
my user page
- Happy new year
- Updated recent activity
- Removed Longest History and Recent Submitters sections
- Added Recent movie comments and Recent movie uploads
- Need new page for map histories and favourites
- Added favourites system for registered users
- Favourites let you bookmark interesting or funny items found on
- Logged in users will see links like 'Add to favourites?' below maps, movies,
and points of interest
- The user favourites page summarises favoured items
- Favoured items
show the number of people who favoured them below the entry
- Updated development page
- Merged display of comments across map series
- Greyed comments are posted to another map in the same series - should
make discussions that span multiple maps easier to follow
- Added edit movie and my movies pages for registered
- Now you can edit your own movie entries
- ... and track your submissions from the my movies page.
- New map format, encoded with enhanced information about each tile
- New map viewer, has a fullscreen button, and new buttons when viewing
- See the demonstration ehanced
viewing mode map, with a toggle button for some of the new information
- Possibilities: A 3D isometric viewer. Automatic counts of visible items
in your fort (statistics).
- Soon to be released DF Map Compressor (3.18) also has new friendlier features
and is capable of removing black-banding from corrupt maps
- Incorporated Point of Interest display into map viewer
- ^ Tell me if you don't like this change, either by forum or email
- Linking directly to a poi will still bring up the full text below the
- Text fields in flash only supports simple HTML, so images will be
converted to links
- Winter banners
- Fixed Points of Interest sharing
- Added new version of map viewer; has buttons to change layers and zooms
with the mouse
- New map version is a big part of the fixed point of interest sharing,
but these are minor details in the big scheme of things.
- Removed important information message
- Improved spam checks- may interfere with posting comments but I suspect
- Still haven't got round to the winter season banners yet
names when auto completing the form
- Removed -region from map entries in database
- Added much needed support for comments to movie pages
- You can now add and edit comments for movies like you can for maps
- Added movie
comments page to display recent comments, and to search and filter
through old ones
- The way Points of Interest are stored for multi-level maps is flawed;
this will cause problems for PoI sharing across maps.
- Previous multilayer map submissions where individual layers were
uploaded as separate files WILL BE REMOVED by the end of this month.
If you have an account, please remove them yourself and upload alternatives.
Layered .fdf-maps can be decompressed back to .PNG images, and then
recompressed to the multi-layer file format.
- Plans in place for improved Map Viewer - a visual indicator for number of
layers, and current depth required
- Logical error identified: Point of Interest sharing has been implemented
badly - PoIs shared across forts with a differnet number of layers won't work
properly, updating will break current PoIs... (will probably perform a
- New mod rewrite rules: Try dfma/moviegroup-wizards
or dfma/movie-pump, the first
searches by group, the second by name
- Manually removed 31 cases of -region from the end several fortress
names; I know, it auto-fills -region some times from maps, but please
just submit the name of the fortress
Multi-layer map viewer to support (DF v0.27.169.33a) multi-level
- Dwarf Fortress now outputs multiple bitmaps, one for each layer of your
fort, prefixed with the name of your fort (thanks Toady)
- New version of SL's map
compressor now automatically combines and compresses these bitmaps into
version 2 of the equally small .FDF-MAP
- Upload to the map archive, share with your friends, browse up and down
through layers! (Use the Page up / Page down keys)
- Add points of interest on any layer, help visitors quickly navigate
through the coolest parts of your fortress design.
- Added Movie Upload form, for uploading your fave CMV from Dwarf
- Movie Upload form accepts CMV files, and compresses them on the fly
- Added Browse Movies page so you can keep track of the latest movie
- The Group Name field allows you to group related movies or link them to a
map series by Fortress Name
- TODO: Add an 'Edit user Movie' page
- Minor updates happened over past month:
- Map Upload form now reads Map Year / Season from file names
- Big update: First version of CCMV Video player courtesy of gonbon
who came to me with a working player
- Examples of gonbon's player in action:
- Movie Player uses compressed CMV files, hence CCMV file format - SL is
working on integrating this format with his map compressor
- CCMV files are approximately 1/3rd smaller then CMV files
- Thank's to gonbon for writing the Flash CMV player, and SL
for support with the compressed CCMV format
- Fixed bug with new URLs that had the number 039 (the character code for
'single quotes') which was redirecting to the wrong map
- Added Points of Interest (PoI) Sharing
- PoIs now have an optional Start Year / Season and
End Year / Season that lets them cross multiple maps in the
- PoIs are now sorted by title (alphabetically) as apposed to by
- Hid away the Add Comment and Add Point of Interest forms using
- Added URL Rewriting regex to Apache, cleaned up some of the URLs
http://mkv25.net/dfma/map-504-ashencrafted is now a valid URL
This means Wiki friendly URLs, and smaller forum/char links
You can also use:
as valid shortforms to access Maps and Points of Interest respectively
- Thanks to Vaevictus from the #bay12games channel on WorldIRC for
helping me figure out and debug the SQL for Shared PoIs
- Bug: Captcha image form does not work if cookies are disabled, preventing
users from submitting maps or comments (Thanks to Jifodus for spotting
INFORMATION: The old map field "Fortress Year" has been superceded
by "Map Year" and "Map Season". This change has been made
to give a more consistant numbering and ordering to each map series. This tweak
paves the way for new features in the system, including shared Points of Interest
and Map Histories. The old information stored in the "Fortress Year"
field should still be available if you view the map, but you will not be able
to edit or post to this field from now on. Posted 2007-07-31
- Changed IMPORTANT INFORMATION regarding change to map database schema
on top of index page
- Added new fields "Map Year" and "Map Season" to map
- Tweaked many, but possibly not all, pages that used Fortress Year but
should now use Map Year and Map Season
- Added IMPORTANT INFORMATION regarding change to map database schema to
top of index page
- Added counter stats to top of Recent Activity page
- Added link to DF Map
Archive discussion on Bay12Games forum
- Updated links format at bottom of page
- TODO: Add support to DFMA for google sitemap to improve external search
- Added Edit / Remove points of interest page
- Registered users can now edit and remove their points of interest
- Changed randomised quotes; they are different now
- Updated Todo List and Future of the Map Archive sections
- Added Edit / Remove comments page
- Registered users can now edit and remove their comments
- Fixed inncorrect listing of Recent Authors on Recent Activity page
- Fixed bug on browseby.php (Browse Maps) which caused filter
problem for maps with double quotes and apostrophe's in their names
- Created new Development / News page to clean up
- Added new banner image
- Moved signup link,
couldn't be seen on IE6 due to buggy positioning
- Map submissions can now be deleted. Go to the Edit Map screen, then click
the 'Delete Map' button; a confirmation dialog will appear if you have
- Deleting a map entry leaves the map file (.fdf-map) on the server, which
I will clean up at a later date
- User Registration / Login system added
- Signing up means you can reserve your username, and makes posting maps
and comments easier
- Map descriptions can now be edited
- Community page, your maps, user profile page accessible
- TODO: Allow registered users to edit / remove comments and points of
- TODO: Add 'Favourites' system, allowing users to record their favourite maps
and for visitors to see the most popular maps
- Merged the Add Comment and Add Point of Interest forms into one, with an
- Title field is disabled until you select 'Point of Interest' as comments
do not have titles
- Two-hundred-and-thirty maps have been added. Cool?
- TODO: Add sign up/registration page, would allow members to edit/delete
- (Added a Browse Comments page last week if you hadn't noticed)
- Improved the "Browse Maps" page by adding a search field
and search area form
- Added additional sort by links, accessible by clicking on
Clicking again reverse sorts
- TODO: Create "Browse Points of Interest" pages for respective
- 130 maps have now been uploaded, thank you! (and only 22 of them are
- Added a "Comments" system. Listed under the bottom of the map,
with a form at the bottom. Recent comments can be found on the Recent
- Changed: Points of Interest form now needs to be 'expanded' before you can
- Updated Recent Activity page with collapsed
counters for multiple submissions
- Changed: Moved points of Interest form to separate script
- Added a "Points of Interest" system. Listed in the left hand panel,
click on each title to view a description and zoom to a place on the map.
- Add your own Points of Interest to your own maps, or other peoples. Find
a place on a map, scroll down on the "View map" page and fill out
the form at the bottom.
- Fixed the default start location (Just offcentre of the fortress entrance)
- although this is messed up for World Maps. (no reliable way of telling them
- Improved zoom, now possible to get in closer then the 1:1 (default) zoom
- A go to x, y panel now exists under the map - that shows the current location
/ offset and zoom
- A drop down menu to manually set the zoom level
- Show/hide buttons to display the Flash based debug panel. Can be used to
check loading times.
- Renamed filterby.php to browseby.php - added
pagination and changed the way this page works
- Renamed browsemaps.php to recentactivity.php - changed sorting order of
- Uploaded new flash viewer. No idea what's different though. Trying to improve
- Added new 'Things to do' - "Points of interest" feature
- Added new keyboard shortcuts for map, and instruction panel
- Moved title, author + description to top of map viewer
- Removed scroll wheel zoom because it interfered with browser scroll on
small windows or long descriptions
Things to do
The Flash map viewer, and map archive in general, still has a few kinks which
need to be ironed out, here's the current list of things that I keep meaning
to do (in a more likely to happen order).
- Add separate "Dwarven Name" field to map submissions
- Bug: The viewer may crash on some maps when using IE. Try using FF
or Opera to view these maps. (not very common.)
- Bug: Map viewer reported to run slowly in Opera and while running other
programs, like DF
- Bug: Map viewer recenters on incorrect map coordinates when switching
view between top/front top/side when viewer first loads
- Bug: Micro-map viewer doesn't centre on correct coordinates
- Bug: Micro-map viewer doesn't support v2 fdf-maps
- Bug: Captcha image form does not work if cookies are disabled, preventing
users from submitting maps or comments
Future of the Map Archive
Provided that the "Things to do list" is processed in good time, you might find
the following things to appearing on this site:
Improvements to Map Viewer
- Alternative Isometric 3D views of DF maps based on tile data available newest
version of .fdf-map
- Generated summaries of visible items on maps, for example, number of dwarves,
number of logs, number of trees, etc.
- Multi-level image caching to improve performance when zoomed out (in powers
- Generate page summaries detailing the full history of a fortress
- Feature longest histories and relate to favourites
- Allow users to customise the site design by choosing 'skins'
- Allow users to add a profile / description about themselves
- Karma system for users
- Allow avatars or some such
- Set up new 'artifiact' section to the archive describing legendary or
interesting items and engravings
- Link artifacts to maps.
- Fields: Artifact Name*, Dwarven Name, Description*, Fortress, Year,
Creator, [Submitter], [Date Submitted] (*mandatory) [book keeping]
- Allow registered users to edit / remove artifacts
- Provide 'auto complete' form to assist users document their artifacts
without having to type out the full artifact details
- Create a forum based off comments + user system (if site is popular