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Characteristics of biomes

The idea is that each Biome has different advantages and problems, however, its really hard to tell what they might be. I think we could use some sort of top level summary cards (like school kids in RL) presenting each biome defining characteristics by someone familiar with world-gen possibly with some nice descriptions of what each game area suppose to represent or notes about difficult of play.

On a related noted something like these two might be of use for the 'Generating a Biome' on top of precipitation table. --Jan (talk) 14:59, 18 January 2022 (UTC)

Here is one example of what I mean regarding better differentiating the different gameplay advantages and problems of biomes. In the meantime, lets improve on our presentation of what data we have, here is quick table (from) not if its more uptodate than what we have from this or either is up to date at all, but its a starting point for anyone who want to a little science.

Biome Terrain Requirments
Elevation Rainfall Drainage Temperature
Ocean 0-99 N/A N/A N/A
Desert 100-299 0-9 ? Non-Freezing
Plains 100-299 0-66 0-66 Non-Freezing
Wetlands 100-299 33-100 0-32 Non-Freezing
Forest 100-299 66-100 66-100 Non-Freezing
Tundra 100-299 N/A 0-66 Freezing
Glacier 100-299 N/A 80?-100 Freezing
Hills 100-299 0-66 0-66 Non-Freezing
Mountains 300-400 N/A N/A N/A

(*) Temperature column isn't accurate. I found all the 'non-freezing' with 'freezing' temperature.


Badlands, rocky wastelands, and sand deserts ???

  • Trees: None-scarce
  • Other vegetation: None-scarce


  • Trees: Sparse
  • Other vegetation: Moderate


  • Trees: Sparse
  • Other vegetation: Moderate


  • Trees: Woodland
  • Other vegetation: Moderate


  • Trees: Woodland
  • Other vegetation: Moderate


  • Trees: Heavily Forested
  • Other vegetation: Thick


  • Trees: Heavily Forested
  • Other vegetation: Thick

Coniferous forest

  • Trees: Heavily forested
  • Other vegetation: Thick

Broadleaf forest

  • Trees: Heavily Forested
  • Other vegetation: Thick


  • Trees: None
  • Other vegetation: Scare


  • Trees: None
  • Other vegetation: Thick-moderate


  • Trees: None
  • Other vegetation: None

--Jan (talk) 02:14, 21 February 2022 (UTC)

RL biome illustrations

Following the suits with collage on this page, I recently stitched a File:Deserts overview.png to illustrate the verity of in-game biomes (sand, rocky, badlands), which may not necessarily align with terminology most people are familiar with. If this is something we want, I noticed that Nasa nasa has already few collages done in consistent manner that can used\adapted ({{PD-USGov}}) by those who are more proficient in this sort of thing than me.--Jan (talk) 17:43, 20 February 2022 (UTC)