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Extended Guide to Mapping

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Category: Worldbuilder
Level: Beginner
Created: Sunday January 10, 2010 - 18:24
Updated: Tuesday December 7, 2010 - 18:16
Views: 23542
Summary: A definitive mapping reference compiled from several resources, as well as introducing new concepts


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This guide to mapping is a compilation of many great mapping tutorials and resources that can be found on the Third Age website, and also includes my own tips and advice that I’ve developed through my own mapping.

This tutorial has been put together to hopefully be a definitive reference for all you beginner (and more experienced) mappers.

This is largely for BFME 1, although much of it still applies to BFME 2. This is also mainly for multiplayer/skirmish maps, although I did include some basic info on scripting. The focus here is on gameplay and visual aspects.

There is a lot of content discussed within these main sections. A fuller contents list is in the tutorial.

  • Preparation and Concepts
  • Getting Started
  • Setting Up Your Map
  • Terrain
  • Objects
  • Trees
  • Water
  • Texturing
  • Passability and Taintability
  • Props
  • Audio
  • Lighting
  • Tactical Markers
  • Basic Scripting
  • Map INI’s
  • Mini Map and Loading Image
  • Importing Maps
  • The Next Steps…
  • Common Issues
  • Credits and Resources

It is quite long, but it will hopefully be a solid reference for a wide range of Worldbuilder topics.

Feel free to comment and rate, or PM me if you have any questions

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Extended Guide to Mapping17720January 26, 2010 - 23:47


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king of the dead94 - Wednesday May 9, 2012 - 13:57

opened anyways. nice!

Naugrim. - Sunday April 29, 2012 - 18:08

Awesome guide, got me started on mapping.

Elric - Monday August 15, 2011 - 23:43

One word, Awesomeness. Very nice job Haldir. (Your maps are truly amazing.)

Rob38 (Team Chamber Member) - Saturday August 21, 2010 - 21:27

It comes with the game (check the program files folder).

Yiio - Friday August 20, 2010 - 16:06

from were can I download worldbuilder?

Ouranos - Monday March 15, 2010 - 15:19

Perfect Turorial: detailled, with pictures and lots of explanations.

{AE}Manveru - Wednesday January 27, 2010 - 19:54

Wow. Holy shit. This is amazing. Nice job.

Mathijs (Division Leader) - Wednesday January 27, 2010 - 9:20

Holy shit this is awesome. It's so utterly complete.

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