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These tutorials were designed to help beginners in mapping from the time you will learn how to create a simple room with npc's, guns, doors and more... -- VIDEO LINKS NOW UPDATED --

Posted by ~Mapster(WFc) on Jul 19th, 2008 Page 1 of 3    
Basic Mapping/Technical.

These tutorials were designed to help beginners in mapping from the time you will learn how to create a simple room with npc's, guns, doors and more. Please watch the rest of the tutorials and read the FAQ before asking questions.

A simple tutorial on how to create your very first map for half-life 2 using the Hammer Editor supplied by Source SDK.

-- VIDEO LINKS NOW UPDATED --

FAQ wrote:
1. Q: When I try to run the map it comes up with this error:
The command failed. Windows reported the error:
2. Q: When I create a shape using the block tool, it doesn't have a texture like on the video does, what did I do wrong?
3. Q: Am I able to make a map for other mods by Half-life 2 such as Garry's mod 9 or 10?
4. Q: How do I add sound into my map?
5. Q: What do you use to make maps with?
"The system cannot fine the file specified"
6. Q: I went to file, run map, ran HL2, pressed the ~ button but the console doesn't come up for me, why not?

Please comment or message me if you require some questions answered.

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1. Q: When I try to run the map it says
The command failed. Windows reported the error:
"The system cannot fine the file specified"
1. A: Your map name would most likely obtain a space; NEVER have a space in a map name, replace these with underscores.

2. Q: When I create a shape using the block tool, it doesn't have a texture like on the video does, what did I do wrong?
2. A: I explained in the tutorial that if the box has not got a texture, go into camera which is at the top left of the 3d view, and go 3d textured.

3. Q: Am I able to make a map for other mods by Half-life 2 such as Garry's mod 9 or 10?
3. A: Yes, when you create your map and save it (.vmf) in hammer, go file/run (or compile) and make sure all of the check boxes are the same as what I explain in the tutorial.
After compiling the .bsp will be in your half-life2\hl2\maps folder and in the directory to where you saved the .vmf to.

Just copy that into the gmod\maps folder.

4. Q: How do I add sound into my map?
4. A: Add in a ambient_generic, change the sound to what you want and then untick "starts quiet" and "is NOT looped" in the flags tab.

5. Q: What do you use to make maps with?
5. A: I use Valve hammer editor which comes with Source SDK which is in the tools menu, this can be downloaded for free off steam.

6. Q: I went to file, run map, ran HL2, pressed the ~ button but the console doesn't come up for me, why not?
6. A: Go into options, controls and go advanced and check "Press ~ for console".


HL2 Mapping Tutorial, Your first Map: Part 1

HL2 Mapping Tutorial, Your first Map: Part 2

HL2 Mapping Tutorial, Vid 2; Doors: Part 1

HL2 Mapping Tutorial, Vid 2; Doors: Part 2

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Roryos
Roryos Jul 19 2008, 6:29am says:

Wow cool, I've been looking for something like this for ages :) thanks guys

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~Mapster(WFc)
~Mapster(WFc) Jul 20 2008, 12:36am replied:

Welcome :)

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VicXxX
VicXxX Jul 19 2008, 9:33am says:

guys?

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Shoelip
Shoelip Jul 19 2008, 11:11am says:

Hm, this could be really useful, but none of the videos actually work.

EDIT: Huh, they work now... Weird.

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FJS
FJS Jul 19 2008, 12:45pm says:

Thanks!

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frayshot
frayshot Jul 20 2008, 3:36pm says:

hey guys how do i make a mod.

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~Mapster(WFc)
~Mapster(WFc) Jul 20 2008, 4:44pm replied:

This is for mapping, not modding sorry.

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Flaming_Monkey
Flaming_Monkey Jul 21 2008, 2:59am says:

Thanks alot, I've been trying to get into mapping and I'm sure these will help.

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sauerfreak
sauerfreak Jul 21 2008, 7:39pm says:

Great tutorial! I've been wanting to make a map of my own now for a while, but I couldn't find a decent tutorial....until now, that is. Too bad Valve didn't include a tutorial with SDK, though.....not their fault, though, they're too busy making awesome games to bother. ; )

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mattman111
mattman111 Sep 15 2008, 11:26am says:

no water tutorial? i can never get water to work i only get a bluring thing , but when i shot where i put the water water comes up, do a water tutorial

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SupaNinjaMan
SupaNinjaMan Sep 18 2008, 7:30pm says:

Yeah, mapster, amazing work helping a lot of people get on their mapping feet.

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clonemann
clonemann Nov 28 2008, 2:18am says:

Oh wow! My map won't run becuase odf an ERROR!! Yeah!

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ibz
ibz Apr 7 2009, 10:57am says:

i'm getting half life 2!

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Megadave2003
Megadave2003 Jul 10 2009, 2:36pm says:

I want to create a map where a gunship follows you around shooting at you while you run away with a jeep, how do i make the gunship move cause it just flys there not moving at all

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RakashiJ
RakashiJ Apr 10 2010, 6:24pm says:

i tryed to do a button for a mod. epic fail. it doesnt look like it will work. so im sitting here thinking.

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