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    How to create my own maps?

    I'm interested in learning how to create maps for UT3.

    Based on how maps were created in other UT games, how long would it take to say, build a basic map with two levels (upstairs and downstairs)?

    IS it possible to just edit an existing map and move everything around?

    Do you have any excellent map tutorials to the existing UT games?

    I'm just curious about how long this process would take as I have some pretty good ideas on how I want a level to look.

    For the record I can do programming in stuff like VB.NET, Java etc.

    #2
    It's not like making a new map for say, Warcraft.

    There are some vids available with the Collector's Edition, as well as a new set of books.

    I'd start with making an account at the forum I linked to, and start reading now.

    The learning curve is a little steep if you aren't going to commit to it.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Mort_Q View Post
      It's not like making a new map for say, Warcraft.

      There are some vids available with the Collector's Edition, as well as a new set of books.

      I'd start reading with making an account at the forum I linked to, and start reading now.

      The learning curve is a little steep if you aren't going to commit to it.
      Thanks Mort_Q, I'll check out the link

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        #4
        The forums here are good too.. and there'll be one for the new UnrealEd when the time comes.

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          #5
          3dbuzz.com has lots of great UEd tutorials. also there are several books you should look at. like "Mastering Unreal Technology" and the "How and Why of level desgin" by Hourences.

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            #6
            If you're familiar with other level editing software or any sort of professional standard software (Maya, Gmax, 3ds Max, the quake editor - forgot name, Source Editor - forgot name, Photoshop...) anything along those lines will help you out.

            If you're not familiar with them, don't worry too much. If you own UT2004/UT2003/UT99 open up the /System directory and Run UnrealEd.exe Work alongside a tutorial... thats the best way to learn

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              #7
              Thanks guys, that's all that I needed. I have the resources--now just need to read some documentation.

              If this goes well it could be a pretty fun hobby

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                #8
                And looking forward to whatever comes out of it! Good luck!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by wisdomWarrior View Post
                  Thanks guys, that's all that I needed. I have the resources--now just need to read some documentation.

                  If this goes well it could be a pretty fun hobby
                  Believe me - it is a fun hobby to start with. Be able to make your own game enviroment, your own digital world as you like it - is something really great to express yourself.

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                    #10
                    i want to do it too but i just dont own any pc games, any help[ there ?????????????????????????

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                      #11
                      Does the UTIII collector edition contain any videos of some kind of tutorial for UT Editor. Much easier to learn with a video would be nice.

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                        #12
                        Yes.

                        Originally posted by Mort_Q View Post

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                          #13
                          The absolute best advice i can give to you man, is check out the vid tutorials. oh yeah and seriously draw your map out on paper first. sketch the basic shapes. also themes are great

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                            #14
                            unfortunately there isn't any REAL documentation, especially when it comes to uscript -- after checking out all the video tuts you'll see a lot of your experience comes with just that -- your experience (toying with settings; checking out other folk's maps; etc). The learning curve is steep but its a ton of fun when you get the hang of it

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                              #15
                              http://www.angelmapper.com/tutorials.htm
                              http://www.hazelwhorley.com/
                              http://www.ataricommunity.com/forums...hreadid=188876
                              the unreal editor is in the c:/ut2004/system/UnrealEd.exe
                              if you get a white screen you have to configure your viewports(view>viewports>configure.

                              start out basic but the links i provided are a great starting point(unrealwiki is great it is in the third link somewhere in a post.)
                              may the force be with you.
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                              below are console commands for ut2004 editor. it will help in debugging maps.
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                              Console Commands

                              To use console commands, press "~" while in game. Then type one of the following commands:

                              Cheat Codes
                              ALLAMMO - Gives full ammo for all weapons
                              ALLWEAPONS - Gives you all weapons
                              FLY - You can fly around
                              GHOST - Noclip through walls
                              GOD - God Mode
                              LOADED - Gives all weapons, ammo, and 100 adrenaline
                              TELEPORT - Teleport to a random spot in the map
                              WALK - You stop flying


                              Player \ Bot Commands
                              ADDBOTS [number] - Adds the specified number of bots
                              BEHINDVIEW 1 - Changes to third person view
                              BEHINDVIEW 0 - Changes to first person view
                              DISCONNECT - Disconnect from current server
                              EXIT - Quits the game
                              KILLBOTS - Gets rid of all bots
                              OPEN [IP address] - Connect to a specific server IP
                              OPEN [mapname] - Opens specified map
                              QUIT - Quits the game
                              RECONNECT - Reconnect to the current server
                              SWITCHLEVEL [mapname] - Switches to the specified level
                              SWITCHTEAM - Switch your player's team
                              SUICIDE - Kills yourself
                              TEAMSAY [text] - Displays your message in team chat
                              PLAYERSONLY - Freezes \ pauses the bots
                              SAY [text] - Displays your message in global chat
                              SETNAME [playername] - Changes your player name


                              Statistics
                              MEMSTAT - Displays Windows memory usage
                              STAT ALL - Shows all stats
                              STAT AUDIO - Shows audio stats
                              STAT FPS - Displays your frames per second
                              STAT GAME - Displays game stats
                              STAT HARDWARE - Shows hardware stats
                              STAT NET - Shows network game play stats
                              STAT NONE - Turns off all stats
                              STAT RENDER - Displays rendering statistics

                              Demo Commands
                              DEMOPLAY [demoname] - Plays the specified demo
                              DEMOREC [demoname] - Records a demo using the demoname you type
                              STOPDEMO - Stop recording a demo

                              Admin Commands
                              ADMIN SWITCHLEVEL [mapname?game=gametype?mutator=mutator] - Changes the current level to the specified level, game type and mutators
                              ADMIN [command] - Performs the specified command
                              ADMINLOGIN [password] - Logs the admininstrator onto the server using the specified password
                              ADMINLOGOUT - Logs the administrator off the server.
                              ADMIN SET UWeb.Webserver bEnabled True - Enables the remote admin webserver (after level change)
                              ADMIN SET UWeb.Webserver bEnabled False - Disables the remote admin webserver (after level change)
                              KICK [playername] - Kicks the specified player from the server
                              KICKBAN [playername] - Kicks and bans the specified player from the server using their IP address. To unban the player, edit the server.ini or use the web admin interface

                              Other Commands
                              BRIGHTNESS [number] - Changes the brightness level to the specified number
                              CDTRACK [number] - Plays the specified CD track number
                              CONFIGHASH - Displays configuration info
                              CONTRAST [number] - Changes the contrast level to the specified number
                              DEBUG CRASH - Test crashes the game with an error
                              DEBUG EATMEM - Tests memory allocation until full
                              DEBUG GPF - Test crashes the game with a general protection fault error
                              DEBUG RECURSE - Test crashes the game by infinite recursion
                              DUMPCACHE - Displays the memory gcache contents
                              EXEC [filename] - Executes a file in the UT2003 /system/ directory by default
                              FLUSH - Flushes all caches and relights
                              FOV [number] - Changes the field of view to the specified number
                              FIXEDVISIBILITY - For use when testing your own level. Fixes the engine's visibility from your current point of view. You can then walk around and see exactly what is being drawn, check that antiportals are working etc. Enter it again to turn it off.
                              GAMMA [number] - Changes the gamma level to the specified number
                              GETCOLORDEPTHS - Displays the maximum color depth supported by your hardware
                              GETCURRENTCOLORDEPTHS - Displays your current color depth
                              GETCURRENTRES - Displays your current resolution
                              GETCURRENTTICKRATE - Displays your current tick rate
                              GETMAXTICKRATE - Displays the maximum allowed tick rate
                              MUSICORDER [number] - Change to a certain track in the song (0=ambient, 1=action, 2=suspense)
                              NETSPEED [number] - Sets the net speed, default is 10000
                              OBJ CLASSES - Displays a list of object classes
                              OBJ GARBAGE - Collects and purges objects no longer in use
                              OBJ HASH - Displays object hashing statistics
                              OBJ LINKERS - Displays a list of active linkers
                              PAUSESOUNDS - Pauses all sounds
                              PREFERENCES - Opens advanced settings
                              RELAUNCH - Relaunches the engine
                              RENDEREMULATE [gf1/gf2] - Lets you see how your level will look on different cards (ex. if some of your shaders are too complicated and don't have fallbacks).
                              REPORT - Copies a report of the current game to clipboard
                              SET [class variable value] - Sets a specified class and specified variable with the specified value
                              SETSENSITIVITY [number] - Sets the mouse sensitivity to the specified number
                              SETRES [WxHxD] - Sets your screen resolution to the specified width, height, and color depth
                              SLOMO 1 - Sets the speed of the game back to normal real time speed
                              SLOMO 2 - Sets speed to double. Increase number to go faster
                              SLOMO .5 - Sets speed to half. Decrease number to go slower
                              SOCKETS - Displays a list of sockets in use
                              TOGGLEFULLSCREEN - Toggles fullscreen mode
                              TYPE [text] - Displays the specified text on the console
                              UNPAUSESOUNDS - Un-pauses all sounds

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