Useful infomation for new mappers.

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by The Political Gamer, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. The Political Gamer

    aa The Political Gamer

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    Hi and welcome to TF2Maps.net new member! :D

    Secondly I would like to direct you to the donation box. Sadly some members to go unnamed have had to pull cash out of their own pockets to pay for the site and its 2 servers so any donation would greatly appreciated.

    With your donation you will not only be able to remove all ads but get a larger avatar with bigger signature size allowance with images, full text search, an increased 500 PM inbox size, a nifty 'TF2Maps.net Supporter' image tag, the Ability to view other members profile and to top it all off full blog/gallery capabilities

    If you need any help with a problem that you think you could fix on your own, you should read through the TF2 Valve Developer wiki and DJive's TF2 Mapping-Link Resources Thread Brandished's Common TF2 mapping mistakes and how to fix them threadand the Tutorial section. Hopefully that will help you get started.

    Over here you can find all the Decompiled Valve Maps. However, I can not stress enough that these are for leaning purposes only! We have not been know to act kindly to re-makes and that is not going to change anytime soon! So please keep in mind that these are just for looking and not touching!

    If you need help with Entities please consult The Ultimate Mapping Resource Pack made by our very own A Boojum Snark. Were you will find The Prop Library, The Gametype Library, The Improved FGD, and The Pre-fab library

    If you are having problems with lighting head over and download Acegikmo's Environment Gallery and Ravidge's Lighting Library

    If you are having problems compiling try using the Valve Batch Compile Tool or VBCT for short. If you are still having problems use Interlopers.net's compile error checker and it will tell you what to do.

    After you are done with your project you can upload it here or you can use a very useful program that a lot of other mappers use called Dropbox.

    After it is uploaded you can make a thread for it here.

    Don't worry about making it pretty just yet. However, feel free to sign up for gameday for some good testing. Gamedays are on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the European and U.S. servers.

    If you have any other questions, there is usually someone in Steam chat who can help. Anyway welcome to the group!

    Lastly don't forget!
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    Guide made by: The Political Gamer
    Thread idea: DJive
    Special thanks to: zpqrei


    And suggestions for additions to the post would be greatly appreciated! You will also get a big thanks as well.
     
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  2. zpqrei

    aa zpqrei Theme Changer Extraordinaire

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    Basicly, this is so we don't have all the inb4political stuff going on. All newbs should come here :3
     
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  3. Sgt.Sausage

    Sgt.Sausage L7: Fancy Member

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    thanks in advance this might help me finally get motivated to learn to map.
     
  4. Owlruler

    Owlruler L12: Fabulous Member

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    YAY!
    Now all you do is link to this thread first :p
     
  5. Trotim

    aa Trotim

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    Aww man, now introduction threads are going to be even emptier =<
     
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  6. A Boojum Snark

    aa A Boojum Snark Toraipoddodezain Mazahabado

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    Newbies don't read stickies. Everyone knows this. This is why he ended up doing it in the first place. I don't see this helping much!
     
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  7. Hanz

    aa Hanz Ravin' Rabbid

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    You might add that there are also gamedays on wednesday now. :)
     
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  8. The Political Gamer

    aa The Political Gamer

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    I will put a plug for people to go to the thread using the link in my signature. I hope that will work. :unsure:
     
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  9. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    I find that even non-noobs tend to miss/ignore stickies. But yes, if Political just plugs this thread from his sig or links it in his post, newbies could refer to it in their own time. Rather than being thrown a rather intimidating wall of text the moment they show their face.
     
  10. Terr

    aa Terr Cranky Coder

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    May want to rename the link to Valve Developer Wiki there, people will get confused with the differently-useful tf2wiki.net site.
     
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  11. Penguin

    aa Penguin Clinically Diagnosed with Small Mapper's Syndrome

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    Got bored of the copypasta after a while?
     
  12. The Political Gamer

    aa The Political Gamer

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    More like got bored of the ib4political stuff. :thumbdown:
     
  13. Waif

    Waif L7: Fancy Member

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    Hmm you probably didnt even need to copy/paste it at all, your sig is full of enough juicy content anyway :thumbup1:
     
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  14. 3Suns

    3Suns L1: Registered

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    This is an awesome compilation of some of the most useful resources offered here. This is now my official link to the site: start here and then click HOME or NEW POSTS and go from there. Good stuff!
     
  15. The Political Gamer

    aa The Political Gamer

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    /me hugs and gives big kiss.
     
  16. flux

    flux L1: Registered

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    agreed
     
  17. The Political Gamer

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    3Suns L1: Registered

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    The Political Gamer,

    I may just be missing it, but after reading [ame="http://forums.tf2maps.net/showthread.php?t=3565"]Immortal-D[/ame]'s thread about all the extra textures, models etc that this community is creating and sharing, it made me realize how much I must be missing - and how much stuff others might actually be "reinventing" because they didn't know about all the goodies in here.

    Maybe a link to Immortal-D's thread (or some more comprehensive link) should be added to your original post.

    Also, for past, present, and future goodies, would it be possible to make some sort of "registration" page where submitters offer their goods in an original thread, but then also "register" that thread on a page for all community made textures, props, entities, posters, etc. etc.

    Very cool, all!
     
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  19. The Political Gamer

    aa The Political Gamer

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    bumpy bump bump, anyone what their thread linked in the post?
     
  20. Dr. ROCKZO

    Dr. ROCKZO L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    We'll need to drill this into new members heads. Include it in the Email, make it on the homepage for a while.. whatever the cost to prevent fullbright 2fort modifications from coming to life.