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I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:42 am
by The Black Diamond
Hello my name is The Black Diamond. With the help of my friend flying popcorn i am now createing maps :D. This is my first map and i hope you like it. (please consider) Thanks to positive gravity's comments i have added 2 giant pyrimiads and a set of stairs to get onto a pyramid (the teleporters on the 2 pyrimiads link to eachother) i have uploaded the file again so you may see my edit's. ty for comments. (sorry for spelling)

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:50 am
by khazhyk
Not bad for a first map, but here's some tips:
Most CTF maps are symmetrical, here you went with an asymmetrical layout-generally it's hard to pull off a good asymmetrical 2-team CTF map.
It's too open, once you get past the middle line, it's almost all open-usually bad.
Try looking at popular maps, look at what makes them popular, don't copy, but learn from what worked well in the past, and try to see if you can improve on it.

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:59 am
by Agent West
not bad!
few WG flags would be nice though.

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:07 pm
by blast
Please choose a license for your map file:
http://my.bzflag.org/bb/viewtopic.php?f=64&t=10575

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:47 am
by Bambino
Yes, it is very open around almost the whole map, fill it in and add a 2nd or 3rd level to Play on to increase the playing area. Don't make a full whole level just add blocks and steps so players can get up to them. Map sure you test the map out so you work out all/some bugs to make game play smoother. Take a look at a bunch of maps in the map release section and see what made them popular.

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:49 pm
by The Black Diamond
I have edited my first message look there everyday for responces to your questions or comments.

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:02 am
by Bambino
Ok, make sure you update the screenshots each time you update the map file
Ps, it's a map you made, not a server. A map is run on a server.

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:00 am
by The Black Diamond
I know like i said flying popcorn taught me i make a map post it on here and if im lucky someone will put it on there server ty for trying to help though :) :) :) lol

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:42 am
by Bambino
Can you post screenshots of your new map?

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:34 pm
by The Black Diamond
To be honest i dont know how

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:03 am
by khazhyk
Here are some screenshots of the map.

The Black Diamond
You seem to have links for those teleporters on the map, but they seem to be unfinished/not made. (They all lead to the same place, from the same place.)

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:31 am
by The Black Diamond
i made it so the teleporters did that sorry my map is just weird sorry i like things to be odd and funny sorry im making my map as random as i can but i got a question how i get an overhead view?

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:36 pm
by Bambino
You go in observer mode and hold shift and press up and down arrows to go up and down, to tilt the viewing angle you hold ctrl and up and dan arrows.
If you want to make a really random map like you said you're doing you may want to make a FFA style map (free for all). As you can do almost anything you wish in it. CTF style maps should almost always symmetrical.

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:43 am
by blast
It's actually a screenshot from a map editor (evident in the screenshot where you can see the arrows coming out of the teleporter).

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:29 am
by The Black Diamond
ok ty but to let you know i will not be posting new screen shots sorry if you wish you may take them yourself

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:03 pm
by The Black Diamond
i have edited the map it is now a FFA map and i have added a HUGE amount of new items and designs please take another look

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:06 pm
by Bambino
Which one is it? Where are the screenies?

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:14 pm
by The Black Diamond
here you go but idk how to take screen shots please tell me how and i will take them :)


The Black Diamond

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:32 pm
by Bambino
F5 in game on a private server.
print sreen then ctrl + V in microsoft paint then save and attach.
for the server just do this (I assume you're on Windows) open command prompt and type this

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cd C:\Program Files\bzflag2.0.10 [hit enter]
bzfs -world path/to/map/file.bzw
and here is a post all about setting up a private server on OS X made by CBG
http://my.bzflag.org/w/Category:Server
http://my.bzflag.org/bb/viewtopic.php?f=93&t=3940
Please, pretty please, read it.

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:55 pm
by Bambino
Seeing as how you've been badgering me about it, here it is. You just need to do one simple thing, copy/move your map file into your bzflag folder containing all the bzflag stuff.

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cd /Applications/BZFlag2.0.10/Contents/MacOS/ 
 ./bzfs -dd -world /users/noob/lousdesktop.bzw
just change the "noob" to your name and change the file location

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-dd
is debug you can have from one to four
-d
-dd
-ddd
-dddd
Each ranges higher and higher in the debug level.

Please Pleeease read the whole wiki about server and read the sample config and look for the mac OS X part in it.

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:35 pm
by The Black Diamond
ok i need some help i dont get it how i test my map?

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:40 pm
by Bambino
I just told you, load the map into the server with the method provided above.

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:47 pm
by allejo
take a look at my site. it may help with testing a map and making one. i suggest looking at iBZEdit and iBZServer windows. they my give you a bit a of help.

http://www.bzmapping.co.nr/

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 4:47 pm
by flying_popcorn
Hosted at bzbattleground.com:9012

I played on it when it was full of people, and it seems to play ok.

My main complaint is that there are lots of things on the upper levels, but no easy way to access them. Almost all gameplay happens at ground level. You should make some teleporters on the ground that link to higher blocks. Also, add some more boxes that are short and wide enough to easily jump onto (eg 15 units tall), and easy to jump off and onto a higher box.

Some of the superflags are overpowered, too.

Re: I MADE MY FIRST MAP!

Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:41 pm
by The Black Diamond
ok i will work on the teleporters as soon as i can and how do i change power of the superflags