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I'm slightly outdated on HL2 Editing

Postby McRiot » Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:27 am

Can someone point me to proper links on the latest versions of tools and such things used for map creation in the Source engine. TF2 can be used as an example to get me started. Any tips, tricks or other pointers would be welcomed as well.

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Re: I'm slightly outdated on HL2 Editing

Postby BigDXLT » Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:36 pm

First of all, as of right now, I'd say just download the whole SDK through steam. Umm... there are a couple different versions to pick from though for some reason (I'm not keen on the whole layout within steam just yet, particularly the transition between Orange Box content and older "hl2" engine stuff. There is a difference there, so be aware of that. (Don't bother with the older stuff.) I have read about updates to smoothen that transition mind you, but am not right up to date with that.

This is pretty much the new Valve-ERC (aka: "the holy grail of everything source engine".) Tons of juicy info can be found there. Pretty much all the technical "this entity has this, that and the other thing" and stuff. Tutorials, not so much, but what is there is more than enough to get you started. (Was enough for me to get a small box room, with a med box and some displacements compiled though.)

From what I found, it's really the organization of the whole material system that I tripped over first. There is a way to filter just textures and not have every freakin' annoying model skin/decal appearing. Once you get through that, yer back to basic building blocks and familiar territory. (And from there can venture off to the new stuff and safely fall back when you feel like yer going over yer head.)

As for other links, Interlopers is a place where a lot of NS mappers of old can now be found (some amazing work found here, though haven't really visited it in a few months.)
http://www.interlopers.net/
I haven't followed the following much but google has lead me through them from time to time:
http://twhl.co.za/
http://www.snarkpit.net/
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Re: I'm slightly outdated on HL2 Editing

Postby zolop » Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:19 pm

Thanks BigDXLT!
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