Honestly, I've never toyed with making minimaps. I'm just now getting around to it, and I'm having issues.
I searched around and tried out the few libraries, but to no avail. I can't find anything around that really gives a good explanation on how to do it, either. I can't even find something that will give you a good, simple screenshot of the map at runtime (CauTion had something that almost worked, but when it saw houses that were bigger than 32x32, it just shrunk the house to 32x32 and put the shrunken icon everywhere the house covered).
I am trying to understand the mentality and process of creating a minimap. I'd like it to be detailed, so having a screenshot of the map would be great (But I'm not sure how to go about doing that without the tons of effort and time required to walk around the world screenshotting every few steps).
I understand that a second map should be used and I understand how to put objects on the screen (And I saw Ter13's post on using blank objects to move the screen around, but I haven't toyed with that so that concept is still a bit fuzzy), but that is about it.
Can anyone offer any insight, since all of the resources available concerning minimaps are fairly outdated?
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