The goal of HyperRandom is to provide a lot of variation, while still making it reasonably fair, by providing the same variation for every player. HyperRandom will generate maps that seem similar to standard maps, but does so totally at random.
The simplest comparison would be to compare it with MegaRandom, but on a technical level it works more like ES@The_Unknown by randomizing parameters rather than drawing from a large pool of predefined layouts.
I included several "switches" that can be used to turn on or off various types of generations and randomizations. For example, making a land-only version of HyperRandom is very simple to do by just editing a few lines at the beginning. I currently maintain two versions:
The normal version, which has most features enabled, but can generate unbalanced layouts - for example lakes in some corners but not others. The normal version also has random starting units/buildings and also random amounts of resources per animal/bush/mine. Note here that it gives the same random amount of each player.
The lite version, which has the many features disabled and should essentially play out like a standard map, except that the layout is generated at random. ie. it will have standard resources, standard starting units, no unbalanced lakes, etc.
_note: this download is only the standard version because I couldn't add two scripts in one upload. Check the AoKH download to get both_
This map script should run on all versions of the game:
AoC, AoC+UserPatch, WololoKingdoms, HD Edition with and without DLC, and the Definitive Edition.
The biomes will look best in the Definitive Edition, because there are more terrains to choose from.
To play, look for ZN@HyperRandom and ZN@HyperRandom-Lite in your custom map styles.
[Age of Empires Website](https://www.ageofempires.com/mods/details/829/) (Definitive Edition)
[Steam Workshop](https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1940139270) (HD Edition 2013)
[Age of Kings Heaven Blacksmith](https://aok.heavengames.com/blacksmith/showfile.php?fileid=13407) (manual download)
[AoE2Map](https://aoe2map.net/map/39db0813-3550-40fa-8a8b-c0a074362066) (manual download)
[Project thread](http://aok.heavengames.com/cgi-bin/forums/display.cgi?action=ct&f=28,44641,,365) (detailed description)