I'm developing an RPG/roguelike-style game. Instead of having maps like:
......... ......... ....@.... ...h.....
Oh look, a dwarf.
I was having solid background tiles, So sort of a tile based RPG without drawn tiles. I like the idea of having ascii tiles for creatures and things. It saves a lot of artist time. I can change the tiles so I get some kind of symbol slightly more...related? But better than having 4 directions for each separate thing.
If I did this in white, and had a snow area, you wouldn't be able to see. So make it black. As soon as you reach a dark place, you're again stuck as to where your character is. Is there an algorithm or something that can say 'this is too dark between the tile and the NPC' and change the colour to something seeable, but not going to a bright cyan from a pale pink or whatever?