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#1 _Haldir_

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 06:49 AM

I've uploaded a new mapping tutorial that i've been working on, which is a compilation of many great mapping tutorials as well as advice that I’ve developed through my own mapping.

Here's the link: Extended Guide to Mapping

CONTENTS:
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

Check the article page, and the pdf file for more info :)

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 09:08 AM

Excellent stuff. Pinned.

Why has Ridder Geel only given it a 4 though?
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#3 _Haldir_

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 09:56 AM

Not enough smilies in my post maybe? :)

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 10:12 AM

Checking it out now.

OK had a squiz :)
Very well set out tutorial with some great pointers for new mappers.

Edited by Radspakr, 27 January 2010 - 10:21 AM.

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#5 Ridder Blauw

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 03:14 PM

Ridder Geel gave it a 4 because he rarely gives anything a 5. That's because he says 'Nothing is perfect' :)
He's my brother so I know.

But it's an excellent tutorial, and no offense m@tt but his tutorial is better then yours. At least thats my opinion :p It could use some reoganising, why is texturing at the bottom ;)

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 03:36 PM

Of course it's better than mine, he's used a lot of my tutorial (with permission obviously) and added a lot onto it.

5 is excellent. And what is the point of having a 5 if it shouldn't be given? I don't give 5's out easily either, I keep them for the best mods and tutorials.

I know we keep having this argument though... but it still annoys me :)

Texturing is at the bottom because it should come after terrain and water. Haldir does props before texturing, I don't, it's whatever you feel most comfortable doing.
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 10:01 PM

Nothing except his own mod of course?


Great stuff man, definitely a 5 from me :)

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#8 Ridder Geel

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 10:09 PM

?You mean me rating my own mod a 5? I can't rate my own mod :)
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 11:51 PM

:) Oh :p please :p I :p beg :p you :p stop :p it :p with :p the :p


 

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 12:25 AM

But it's an excellent tutorial, and no offense m@tt but his tutorial is better then yours. At least thats my opinion It could use some reoganising, why is texturing at the bottom

As i've said in the tutorial, i wouldn't even be mapping if it wasn't for m@tt's original tutorial :p

it's whatever you feel most comfortable doing.

This.

The order you do things often depends on the map too. Really, it depends on whether you need to texture around your props.
If you're doing a map like Osgiliath, props are probably going to be before textures. But unless you particularly want to spend time texturing underneath rocks and around shrubs, those type of props are probably going to come later :p

I hope that made sense :)

Thanks for the praise guys

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 12:44 AM

Great Stuff.. :)
I wish this was here when I started mapping ..would have explained ALOT
I believe you touched on every main topic ... :p

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:35 PM

thank you so much haldir! now im going to go start my beta Khazad-dum Eastgate map (im doing a whole series of Moria maps)


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