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The world consists of zones that determine which areas are loaded and active. Each zone has a size of 64 m x 64 m.

Zone biome

Biome information is stored in zone corners. If zone has the same biome in all of its corners then it's considered a full biome. Otherwise it's an edge biome.

The biome of a location is based on its distance to the zone corners. For each corner, get the distance from location to the opposing corner, then apply to power of 3 and then sum the values for same biomes. The biome with the highest value is the biome at that location.

For example:

  • 1 biome: The biome is 100% of the zone.
  • 2 biomes with 2 corners: Each biome is 50% of the zone.
  • 1 biome with 3 corners: The dominant biome is about 80% of the zone.
  • 1 biome with two corners, 2 biomes with 1 corner: The dominant biome is about 55% of the zone.
  • 4 biomes: Each biome is 25% of the zone.

Biomes can be used to detect the middle of a zone by checking when the current biome changes.

Zone types

Generated zones

The game generates 9 x 9 zones around each player which places pregenerated locations (abandoned houses, dungeons entraces, etc.) and vegetation (trees, rocks, plants). After generation, most objects are unloaded from the game world.

  • Haldor gets discovered.
  • Locations get placed (genloc command can no longer move them).
  • Trees are initialized and visible.

Loaded zones

The game loads 5 x 5 zones around each player. Zones are loaded with an interval of 0.1 seconds so it can take up to 2.5 seconds to load every nearby zone. Zones out of the 5 x 5 range are removed after 10 seconds.

  • Creatures and other objects are initialized.
  • Static objects like structures are visible.
  • Terrain is initialized and visible (low quality terrain is used after 180 meters).
  • Maximum enemy limit is counted from these zones.

Active zones

The game activates 3 x 3 zones around each player.

  • Creatures are visible, move and attack.
  • Creatures eat, tame and breed.
  • Creatures set to despawn during the day will despawn if it's daytime.
  • Food gets cooked.
  • Loot gets generated to treasure chests.
  • Actions mentioned at "Inactive zones".

Current zones

The zones that contain a player are considered current zones. Only spawners in current zones are active.

Entering a new zone often spawns more enemies because the cooldown of spawners is tracked per zone.

Inactive zones

The game keeps track of the last time since activity so actions can "progress" in inactive zones. The actions are executed when the zone becomes active.

Above actions are also affected by sleeping.

Distance

The actual distance where things are generated depends on the direction and player's position on the zone.

  • At center of a zone: 288 meters to west, north, east and south. 407 meters to diagonal directions.
  • At corner of a zone: 256 or 320 meters to main directions. 362 or 453 meters to diagonal directions.

The actual distance where things are loaded depends on the direction and player's position on the zone.

  • At center of a zone: 160 meters to west, north, east and south. 226 meters to diagonal directions.
  • At corner of a zone: 128 or 192 meters to main directions. 181 or 272 meters to diagonal directions.

The actual distance where things are active depends on the direction and player's position on the zone.

  • At center of a zone: 96 meters to west, north, east and south. 136 meters to diagonal directions.
  • At corner of a zone: 64 or 128 meters to main directions. 91 or 181 meters to diagonal directions.

So overall there can be activity up to 181 meters away.

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