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Communicate your team's locations better with 9x5 mini map grid

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Graphics Modpacks' started by myrock, Feb 21, 2005.


I have tried out both of these mini maps and...

  1. I prefer version with blue fonts and blue lines

  2. I prefer version with black fonts and white lines

  1. myrock

    myrock Chieftain

    Feb 21, 2005
    Hi fellow civers,
    The mod in this post will help you and your team to better locate and communicate your positions. This is especially important in team games. You will find in this post a mod of the mini map that appears at the bottom left of your screen during your game. This mini map mod has a grid over it and displays letters (A to E) on the left and right side, and numbers from 1-9 on the top and bottom part of the mini map. After you have it installed, you can, for example, tell your teamate that you are located at E8 instead of simply southeast and he'll find you in no time. :cool:

    Download instructions:

    Please note that the following instruction is only for Civilization 3 Conquests Expansion pack players. Download the file located at the bottom of your desired picture shown below into the C: drive, in the folder, program files\infrogame interactive\civilization 3\art\interface. NOTE, THIS "ART" FOLDER SHOULD BE IN THE CIV 3 FOLDER, NOT THE ONE IN THE CONQUEST FOLDER!!!!

    Installation instructions:

    After downloading it,
    - rename your EXISTING "box left color.pcx" file to "old box left color.pcx".
    -rename the file included in this email, and take out the "(Rock`s v2.0)" or "(Rock`s v2.0bw)", etc. part from your downloaded file so your DOWNLOADED FILE INCLUDED IN THIS POSTING SHOULD NOW BE EXACTLY: "box left color.pcx".

    -restart the civ game for the your new mod to show up in your game. :crazyeye:

    Here are the previews and available versions for your choice:

    Traditionalist's black fonts on original Civ's minimap, at the start of game:
    Download Black Fonts On Original Minimap

    Traditionalist's red fonts on original Civ's minimap, at the start of game:
    Download Red Fonts On Original Minimap

    Minimalist's red fonts on black minimap, once all map has been explorered:
    Download Minimalist's Red Fonts On Black Minimap

    Minimalist's white fonts on black minimap, once all map has been explorered:
    Download Minimalist's White Fonts On Black Minimap

    Minimalist's black fonts on metalic minimap, at the start of game:
    Download Minimalist's Black Fonts On Metalic Minimap

    Hope you and your team find this mini map grid useful :)

    Please let me know if you have any improvement suggestions, thanks ;)

    (I would like to thank Mythrandir & Simian, whose idea inspired me to create this one. Also to Skeletor for suggesting the black & white color combination for even sharper contrast. Raccoon& Earl Harewood for suggesting the red. And my fellow KC knights for giving truely useful and supportive comments).

    PS. I have taken the traditionalist's blue font on minimap off this post due to the limitation of the number of attachments that I can put into a post. You are welcomed to email me for it if you wish.

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  2. warmwaffles

    warmwaffles Programmer

    Jan 15, 2004
    Wow I will use this on my LAN games. Over the internet wont really help if the other player doesn't have this in there art work
  3. Pounder

    Pounder Phaethon was here

    Jun 14, 2003
    Your territory
  4. Hrafnkell

    Hrafnkell Alheithinn

    Oct 3, 2004
    The Beltway
    Great idea! I can't wait to incorporate it into my LAN games as well. It will make life (and survival) a great deal easier. Thank you.
  5. Corey

    Corey Djeneral

    Dec 7, 2003
    Very impressive;)
  6. Paalikles

    Paalikles Emperor

    Nov 28, 2001
    Great idea man. Makes me want to swap the metal modification for this one. Unless - you can be bothered to make something that fits with Eva's metal graphics?

    I see great use for this :)
  7. myrock

    myrock Chieftain

    Feb 21, 2005
    Thanks. The silvery mini map companion is available now as well and you can install it without changing the rest of your metal modifications :cool:
  8. musashimiyamoto

    musashimiyamoto Chieftain

    Apr 12, 2010
    Where is the download link?
  9. Balthasar

    Balthasar Wise Man

    Mar 11, 2005
    Probably lost in the Great Hack. Although you shouldn't bump old threads Musa~ (it makes some people angry!) I'm kinda glad you bumped this one, as I had no idea that anyone had ever done this. Now I'd like to see a sample, if anyone has one....
  10. Gojira54

    Gojira54 The folly of Man Supporter

    Apr 22, 2002
    Monster Island black-sand beaches
    It's OK to bump old threads if it is for a legit reason - I think this qualifies :)
  11. mountedantman

    mountedantman Chieftain

    Jan 29, 2009
    So THATs why all my teammates in internet ladder players were shouting out E8 A3 D5 and all that while I just shouted out 12 o'clock and I was like wtf are you guys talking about!

    It seems most of ladder players in internet games have this.

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