We’ve delighted before at the little world generators and scene builders of Oskar Stålberg, building diddy little tenements, cities, and archipelagos. His latest goes even bigger, building pretty little planets in the tool appropriately named Planet. It’ll run in your browser, giving you a diddy hex-based planet to morph and build upon, with clicks raising and lowering the world, spreading trees and towns and ice. What fun!
Simply load the page up and it’ll give you a planet you can gawp at, the cosmos swirling behind it. Click to raise terrain and plop down different types of tile, but do also have a look at the different brush sizes to do clever things with shaping the terrain. Heck, I was pleased discovering simple things like spontaneous bridges. And how zooming out to a distant view will cast a shadow of night over half the planet, lights in homes flicking on as they spin into the darkness. Charming!
“In a way,” Stålberg said of his older Brick Block in issue 3 of Vertex, “a web demo like this is simply a mischievous way to trick people into looking at your art longer than they otherwise would.” I heartily approve, you little scamp.