Using hammer without steam or tf2

Discussion in 'Mapping Questions & Discussion' started by darley, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. darley

    darley L1: Registered

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    This might sound ridiculous, and likely is, but is there any way to use hammer without having steam, tf2, or any other source game on my computer?

    I do have a computer with all of the game files on it, and the reason that don't have those two on this computer is because it is a school computer where everything to do with games is blocked.

    Could I simply transfer the files from computer to computer using a USB drive? ( Because that has worked before with other files) or do I need to do something more complicated. Also, what files would need to be transferred? I think I already have all of the .vpk and necessary .dll files, but I know i'm missing something important.

    If this question is just downright crazy or if there is a possible way for this to work, please let me know, for I am very new to mapping and this corner or the tf2 community in general.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Moonrat

    aa Moonrat The end of an era

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    You have to have a Source game to map for it
     
  3. darley

    darley L1: Registered

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    I do have one. TF2. but not on the computer I am currently using. My question was if I am able to transfer those files to this computer
     
  4. killohurtz

    aa killohurtz Distinction in Applied Carving

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    This question was discussed in the Steam group chat, and while nobody has tested it yet or come up with a definitive answer, we did think it might be possible.

    First, you're probably going to need the entire base game, minus the stock maps, on your USB drive - I'm going to estimate that's between 10-15 GB, so a 16 GB drive would be your safest bet. Second, you'll need to configure Hammer to read the new file paths by editing the directories listed in GameConfig.txt (found in the Team Fortress 2/bin folder). There is a good chance TF2 will not be able to launch without Steam installed, though, so you may not be able to test any maps you compile in-game. Other than that, I don't see any reason this wouldn't work.
     
  5. darley

    darley L1: Registered

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    Ok thank you so much for the help :3
    I'm going to try it soon and post my results
     
  6. Crash

    aa Crash func_nerd

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    You cannot launch your map without steam installed and logged in, you'll get a "CD Key authentication invalid for internet servers" error.
     
  7. darley

    darley L1: Registered

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    Yes I know, I plan to make the map during the day on my school computer and test the map at night on my other one.
    Btw, thanks for the mapping videos you made, it really got me into this kind of stuff :3
     
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  8. Hotel Detective

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    You can actually make your map in notepad.
    I believe in you.
     
  9. Lampenpam

    aa Lampenpam

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    I heard that the very first custom doom map was made like this. Well, it was two rooms, a shotgun and 5 enemies.