Setting Up Map Resources

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Resources? What are Those?

First off, your asking, "What are Resources?" Well, Resources are the scripts and files needed for the Minimap and Objectives for your map.

How inportant is this? VERY you cannot spwan without these files in your resources directory, and without the minimap in your materials directory

Creating the Minimap

Step 1

Take an overhead screenshot of your level. Become a spectator by choosing it on the team menu, and hide the HUD by typing "cl_drawhud 0" in the console. If your map has fog, use the command "fog_override 1" to disable it (sv_cheats must be set to 1). Fly up a decent height and look down. Use the "fov <number>" command in the console to zoom out to fit all of your level on the screen. Use the console command "screenshot" to save as a targa formatted image which has no compression.

Step 2

Open your image in Photoshop or any image editing program. Crop it so that the image's width and height are the same and resize it so that they are a multiple of 2 (ie 256x256, 512x512, 1024x1024).

Step 3

Convert yourt TGA image to HL2's VTF format using VTEX (found in your source SDK directory).

Step 4

Place the image in your empires/matierials/maps folder


Your Minimap has been created and it is ready to use

Setting Up the Scrip

"How do i set up the scrip" its very simple.


copy this text into a plain .txt file:

"emp_canyon"
{
	//the location in the 'materials/' dir where the image for the map is
	"image"		"maps/emp_canyon"

	//the top left corner of the image which equals the top left corner of the map coordinate below
	"min_image_x"	"90"
	"min_image_y"	"45"

	//the bottom right corner of the image which equals the bottom right corner of the map coordinate below
	"max_image_x"	"990"
	"max_image_y"	"950"
	
	//the top left corner of the map
	"min_bounds_x"	"-11150"
	"min_bounds_y"	"14850"

	//the bottom right corner of the map
	"max_bounds_x"	"14350"
	"max_bounds_y"	"-10250"

	//the size in map coordinates of each sector of a map (A1,F5, etc), a grid line is draw around each sector on the
minimap to visually segregate them 
	"sector_width"	"200"
	"sector_height"	"200"

	//There are four levels of zoom. These are the min and max which corresponds to the amount of the map visible in
 the minimap panel when at that zoom level.
	"min_zoom"	"1"
	"max_zoom"	"0.25"

//Team panel descriptions
	"nf_description" "The Northern Faction is less equipped and trained than the forces of the Brenodi Empire, 
but its forces make up for it with genetic manipulation and determination.  All members are ex-citizens of Jekotia whose
disbanded military's past exploits into genetic manipulation were phased into the general population and provided a counter
to Brenodi technology.  This gives them the advantage of more versatility in ability enhancement and an unmatchable level of 
cohesiveness and coordination.  They've managed to find support in ex-Jekotians hidden within the Brenodi Empire and
among remnants of bunkers and weapon caches left over from the great battle which dissolved the nation of Jekotia."

	"nf_objective" "Objective: Build refineries to gain resources and build up your army.  
Then destroy the Brenodi Command Vehicle, or destroy all barracks (removing any place to spawn) and kill all members of the 
enemy team."


	"imp_description" "The Brenodi Empire’s forces are equipped with state of the art weaponary and equipment.  
All members undergo a strict training regiment to establish their combat effectiveness, and they are 
supported by the very best mechanized armor and air units.  All Brenodian citizens are required to receive an extensive set
of nanotechnological devices to function, and their military relies on these nanotech enhancements to further 
enhance the abilities of their soldiers.  The Brenodi Empire wages an ongoing campaign to subdue the Northern Faction
and eliminate their terrorist actions through force that have become all too common in ex-Jekotian territory."

	"imp_objective" "Objective: Build refineries to gain resources and build up your army.  
Then destroy the Northen Faction Command Vehicle, or destroy all barracks (removing any place to spawn) and kill all members 
of the enemy team."

}

This is the resource file from emp_canyon.

we will go step by step into how to set this up by editing the script

Step 1

Fist off, on line one, change "emp_canyon" to your map name. this will help the game know what map your on.


Step 2

The next section is to add the minimap to your map, this will also create a "megamap" for spwaning


//the location in the 'materials/' dir where the image for the map is
	"image"		"maps/<mapname>" 

This tells the Game where you look for the minimap you have just created. Change <mapname> to the name of your minimap.

	//the top left corner of the image which equals the top left corner of the map coordinate below
	"min_image_x"	"90"
	"min_image_y"	"45"

	//the bottom right corner of the image which equals the bottom right corner of the map coordinate below
	"max_image_x"	"990"
	"max_image_y"	"950"
	
	//the top left corner of the map
	"min_bounds_x"	"-11150"
	"min_bounds_y"	"14850"

	//the bottom right corner of the map
	"max_bounds_x"	"14350"
	"max_bounds_y"	"-10250"

This is the way the game resizes your map to fit in the little cornor. change the numbers to the size of your map. NOTE: if you dont know how to do this i will add more to this section at a later date


	//the size in map coordinates of each sector of a map (A1,F5, etc), a grid line is draw around each sector on the minimap to visually segregate them 
	"sector_width"	"200"
	"sector_height"	"200"

	//There are four levels of zoom. These are the min and max which corresponds to the amount of the map visible in the minimap panel when at that zoom level.
	"min_zoom"	"1"
	"max_zoom"	"0.25"

This is the Games Overlay onto the Minimap. you do not have to change these, as the defualts are good.


Step 3

//Team panel descriptions
	"nf_description" "The Northern Faction is less equipped and trained than the forces of the Brenodi Empire, 
but its forces make up for it with genetic manipulation and determination.  All members are ex-citizens of Jekotia whose
disbanded military's past exploits into genetic manipulation were phased into the general population and provided a counter
to Brenodi technology.  This gives them the advantage of more versatility in ability enhancement and an unmatchable level of 
cohesiveness and coordination.  They've managed to find support in ex-Jekotians hidden within the Brenodi Empire and
among remnants of bunkers and weapon caches left over from the great battle which dissolved the nation of Jekotia."

	"nf_objective" "Objective: Build refineries to gain resources and build up your army.  
Then destroy the Brenodi Command Vehicle, or destroy all barracks (removing any place to spawn) and kill all members of the 
enemy team."


	"imp_description" "The Brenodi Empire’s forces are equipped with state of the art weaponary and equipment.  
All members undergo a strict training regiment to establish their combat effectiveness, and they are 
supported by the very best mechanized armor and air units.  All Brenodian citizens are required to receive an extensive set
of nanotechnological devices to function, and their military relies on these nanotech enhancements to further 
enhance the abilities of their soldiers.  The Brenodi Empire wages an ongoing campaign to subdue the Northern Faction
and eliminate their terrorist actions through force that have become all too common in ex-Jekotian territory."

	"imp_objective" "Objective: Build refineries to gain resources and build up your army.  
Then destroy the Northen Faction Command Vehicle, or destroy all barracks (removing any place to spawn) and kill all members 
of the enemy team."


This is the Description of the sides, as well as the map objectives.  if you have other objective than the defualt ones, you can change these, otherwise its not necisarry.
 

Step 4

Save this file in your empirs/resource/maps directory as your map name. Load up the map and the minimap will show up!



Guide Created by Kylegar

TO DO

Add section on editing the corners of the map --Kylegar 19:57, 16 March 2006 (EST)