Runes of Magic: the Panorama

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Massively’s Jeremy Stratton asked on Twitter what Autostitch would do with a panorama taken from an MMO like World of Warcraft or Runes of Magic. I’m not currently subscribed to WoW, but RoM is free, so….

I logged in and found my 14/14 scout/priest had morphed into a level 8 scout in the starting zone! OMG! And my permanent chocobo ostrich mount was disappeared! My house — GONE!

But the helpful Dutch zone chat reminded me that I’d started playing RoM on the EU servers before the US servers came online. I went back to the launcher, found the setting for region, and was back in business — and right in Sacilia Steppes, too!

I found a good spot on a hill, zoomed way out so that my mount and I wouldn’t take up too much of the screen, and took 76 separate screen shots in a 270 degree semicircle. Cropped the pictures above my character’s head, leaving 76 fairly thin strips of screen, then brought them into Autostitch. The result is above — click on it and keep expanding to see the whole thing.

You’ll notice some blurriness. Since RoM uses a spherical camera to add perspective to scenes, it’s had to apply a transformation and a blending to each screen shot to make it connect better with its neighbors. Check out the picture below to see what it looks like when this transformation is NOT done!

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Autostitch has an iPhone app as well. I think I might buy it.

Later: Okay, I DID buy the app on the iPhone, and ran out and made this panorama of the trees outside my apartment:

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Frontierville: the Panorama

In these social town/farm/empire/chocolate shop building games on Facebook, it’s hard to see your entire place all at once. Even zoomed out in Frontierville, you can only see a fraction of your homestead — and that, blurredly.

Enter Autostitch. I took 46 individual pictures of my homestead, cut out the UI cruft, loaded them into Autostitch’s demo and… it gave me this gorgeous overview of the whole thing.

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