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You may or may not know that like empire earth, Empires Dawn of the modern world's editor allows to convert elevation files to maps.
Now when the game was developed more than fifteen years ago, they used a simple binary file of 16bit values to import, this files were produced by the US geological survey, after fifteen years of course they have been phased out, and it's nearly impossible to find one online today.

That's why I developed this simple software that allows you to convert black and white images to maps with sea and terrain.

you can use the already compiled executable file in the gdrive folder used above, but you'll need to download a lot of Qt dll files. Personally I recommend downloading QtCreator, opening the project file in the "investigation folder" and compiling it, and you can compile it for windows linux and mac (Also android but it's more complex).

Assuming you have the software up and running, now take a black and white image that you want to be your map (black being the sea and white being the land), make sure that the image has only two colors and no gray, what you have to do is making a little white dot in the upper-left corner of the image, 1x1 pixels.
This is because the program reads that pixel before starting, and assumes that value as white.
Then open the program, click load and choose the image file (use PNG formats), the program will compute it and produce two files, output.txt (that contains how wide and tall the map is) and output.dat that contains the heights, they will be in the same folder as the exe file is.

(from this part on you can get the same information from the empires editor manual)
Go to Empire's folder and go to Data/Scenarios and create an "Elevation Maps" folder and copy the two output files into it, launch the game and go to the editor, in the "create world" section there is a curtain menu with the elevation files, you should find there your "output", set water depth as 1 and land height as 1, you can try with other values later.


Note: I strongly advise using square images around 400 pixels, less than that and the map would feel too blocky and more would be pointless because empire doesn't make maps bigger than 400 squares

unfortunately this forum doesn't allow me to put links to my google drive or to upload zip or tar files, so if you're interested send me an e-mail at
map.jpg (219 Kb)
Post edited September 04, 2017 by lonzokiller
Can you upload that on google or Dropbox?
It's very Interesting, because the old elevation files Site is dead. :(

Or you post that here:

PS: See here. Can you help ee2 fans in this thematic?
Post edited June 22, 2018 by Dunacan