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Offline tilli

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map compiling questions
« on: September 05, 2010, 11:38:34 am »
Hi

ok, technical data first:
windows XP, admin rights
uforadiant 1.5.0 Jun 16 release build
installed on D:\

I have trouble compiling maps made in uforadint. I worked myself trough the tutorial and wanted to compile the map to test it and learn what I did wrong. Compiler binary is set at "ufo2map.exe". Trying to compile (Map->compile) out of uforadiant results in nothing. Calling ufo2map.exe in command line with absolut or relativ paths results in map not found errors.
Part of the uforadiant installation is in on C: partion, putting everything there, ufo2map compiles something, but it is useless or broken.
Could you give me some ideas about things I should verify or troubleshoot.

Big thanks.

Tilli


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Re: map compiling questions
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2010, 12:03:11 pm »
If you want to compile maps for game, You can use contrib/scripts/compile_map.bat script.

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Re: map compiling questions
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2010, 12:30:49 pm »
Hi Tilli, glad to see you're working with UFORadiant. I've never compiled from UFORadiant because it's never worked for me.

The way I get ufo2map.exe to work for me is like this:

1. I make sure the file is located in the base ufoai directory, where the game .exe is. So if it's in /ufoai/, I do /ufoai/ufo2map.exe.

2. I make sure my .map file is located in the maps folder of the base directory, like /ufoai/base/maps/yourmap.map.

3. I open the cmd prompt (Start > Run, then type cmd and enter if I remember correctly). I browse to the /ufoai/ directory and enter the following:

ufo2map maps/yourmap.map

That should pump out a yourmap.bsp in the same location as yourmap.map. If it's not working for you, let us know.

You can also jump on our IRC channel -- irc://irc.freenode.org/ufoai -- If I'm on I'll do my best to help.

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Re: map compiling questions
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2010, 08:00:30 pm »
Thanks H-Hour, for some unknown but happy reason it works on my testmap (a concret slab of 124x124x4). Also on the chance to look like an idiot, the next trouble also appeared.
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after compiling to .map file into a .bsp, you should add your map to the maps.ufo script in base/ufos to see it in the skirmish menu.
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Problem: no such directory !
I'm having the feeling that maybe I don't have a full installation, which is needed. I installed the full 2.3 release package, is that enough. I'm probably missing something here.

Tilli

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Re: map compiling questions
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2010, 08:30:02 pm »
And how to make it for campaign? Just to know when i will start making my map.

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Re: map compiling questions
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2010, 08:52:11 pm »
Hey Tilli,

In your /base/ folder you've probably got a series of .pk3 files. I think there's one called 0ufos.pk3 and you need to unpack it. You can use 7-zip to do so. It will unpack into a /ufos/ folder and you'll see tons of .ufo files inside, which is what UFOAI uses to configure a number of things.  Depending on how you get the game, you've either got the folders or the pk3 files, which just pack it up to be a bit smaller.

There you'll find the maps.ufo script. You should take a look at the maps.ufo script just to see how a map is defined. But if it's just a test map, I'd recommend making your own .ufo file. It's just a basic text file (use Notepad or Notepad++ if you have it) with the following code:

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mapdef yourtestmap
{
map "yourtestmap"
description "_A test map."
multiplayer false
maxaliens 8

aircraft
{
// Just for your test map, leave this empty
}

ufos
{
// Just for your test map, leave this empty
}

terrains
{
// Just for your test map, leave this empty
}

cultures
{
// Just for your test map, leave this empty
}

populations
{
// Just for your test map, leave this empty
}
}

Save it as "yourtestmap.ufo" in the /ufos/ folder (if you want, you don't even need to unpack 0ufos.pk3, you can make your own folder and drop it in). This will make it appear in the skirmish menu.

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Re: map compiling questions
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2010, 11:23:39 am »
Thanks again, worked like a charme. Got killed by alien on my own map. Hurray!
Now onto expanding it a little bit.

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Re: map compiling questions
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2010, 11:30:43 am »
Nice, post some screenshots when you get a little farther along.  :)

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Re: map compiling questions
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2010, 11:48:27 am »
you wanted a picture? here is one.

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Re: map compiling questions
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2010, 11:52:05 am »
Very nice! A good place to start.