Can anyone recommend tutorials for map making?

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Can anyone recommend tutorials for map making?

Post by adameros » Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:18 pm

I DL'd blender and the BZF plugin and started trying to make a map, but after a couple hours I was pretty frustrated trying to figure out how to move things around, figure out scale, etc.

A text tutorial would be good, a video (youtube?) one would be great.

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Re: Can anyone recommend tutorials for map making?

Post by Gamma » Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:36 pm

I personally wouldn't recommend blender for a starting mapper.
I still use BZEdit:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/bzflag/ ... t%20win32/

And then after I save the .bzw I add more complex additions (spheres, ect...) by editing the map in notepad.
Hope that helped! :wink:
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Re: Can anyone recommend tutorials for map making?

Post by joevano » Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:21 pm

Wings3d is easier to use (or so I hear) and has built in support for BZFlag files
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Re: Can anyone recommend tutorials for map making?

Post by Gamma » Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:34 pm

Well I was just suggesting something for newer map makers,
I've been fooling around with bz maps for a long time now and I still use bzedit :D
I have tried wings though - w/no success I think I try it again... :mrgreen:
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Re: Can anyone recommend tutorials for map making?

Post by tobylane » Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:21 pm

Just reading other people's simple maps is the best way. None of the makers are intuiative so it's not easier in a GUI, and the text is more powerful anyway.

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Re: Can anyone recommend tutorials for map making?

Post by Crallion » Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:21 pm

joevano is correct. The learning curve is easier in Wings3D than Blender. However, once you have figured Blender out (which could take awhile), it is better.
I still use Wings3D, just because it is so easy.

Whichever you choose to use, I recommend going through a couple of tutorials (not BZF specific tuts, just pertaining to the program in general)

I learned to use Wings Here: http://www.geocities.com/paulthepuzzles/aardvarks.html
Here is a cool technique in Wings: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Wings_3D/T ... d_a_center

Hope that helps.
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Re: Can anyone recommend tutorials for map making?

Post by Gamma » Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:39 pm

Hmmm, awesome - will check out! :)
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