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Mapping For Quake: TrenchBroom 2.0.x Tutorial Series
My new tutorial series has begun. This is appropriate for total beginners or experienced mappers who want to give TB2 a try (or just a look.) Links and a cheat sheet are available in the description.

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BTW 
Please @ me when you tweet about them so that I can retweet. 
 
Ahh it might be a folder issue ...I'm definitely NOT in the Quake directory with everything. 
Episode 6 
Edge Tool

I forgot to process the audio before uploading. It's not as "crunchy" sounding as usual. :( 
Subbed 
TB really seems like a more powerful editor than a Hammer derivative like JACK. Looks like it's just generally easier to create simple and more complicated geometry. 
Elegant... 
is how I like to describe it. Once you learn the kb shortcuts and UI you can really fly. I create 100% of my brushes in 3d. Only use 2d to align entities and to inspect my brush alignment. 
Yeah That's Probably A Better Word 
I wonder how it compares to Radiant. Radiant has always looked like a foreign language to me, yet I believe Sock uses it and he creates such massive, complicated designs. I feel like the kinds of things he and several other mappers create for Quake are outside the realm of possibilities for a Hammer derivative map editor. 
Radiant 
Was a huge inspiration for TB. QERadiant, that is. I used QERadiant for my own mapping after I had started out with Worldcraft. In WC, you spent most of your time switching between tools, whereas in Radiant, you could do a lot of things without these "mode switches". My speed increased a lot once I got the hang of it.

In TrenchBroom, I have tried to recreate this fluidity. The most common operations should be easy and quick. You should be able to manipulate objects directly, without strange gizmos like in popular 3D packages. And you should be able to do everything in 3D if you want. That's why the 2D views came much later - they are there because some things, such as proper alignment, are easier to do in 2D.

It makes me happy to hear TB described as "elegant", because that confirms that we got things right in many aspects. Granted, not everything can be easy. Sometimes you do need gizmos, e.g. for rotation. But the bread and butter cases should be easy and quick. 
@sevin 
I feel like the kinds of things he and several other mappers create for Quake are outside the realm of possibilities for a Hammer derivative map editor.

Note, I'm not aligned with any one editor but... do you sincerely believe that?

I'm just thinking of some of the most amazing HL2 maps/mods I've played, all built WITH Hammer, and then trying to make sense of your comment. 
... 
There is literally nothing that you can do in TB or NetRadiant or Jack that you can't do in any of the others. In all those editors you have the tools to make any convex brush, they all now do Valve220 texturing, and that's all you need. The only difference is the efficiency of the UI. From personal evaluation of all three I still believe Radiant (the latest version of NetRadiant) is the daddy in terms of raw speed of banging things out, but I haven't had a look at TB in quite a while, things may have changed, I dunno. 
@damage_inc, Kinn 
Let's move to general abuse. 
Does TB 2 Have Hammer's ALT+RMB Texture Transfer Yet? 
 
Episodes 7 & 8 
@qmaster 
You can select a face with Shift and then Alt-click any other face to apply the selected texture. AFAIK you cannot paint a bunch of textures all at once from the selection.

That may have changed? If so I missed it. Is this what you mean? 
I Believe 
That he's referring to Hammer's texture wrap function. It's a really neat feature that allows you to wrap textures around faces a brush seamlessly. 
^^^ 
Ahh I see. Yes I think Muk0r added a request for this on the TB GitHub a while back. Not sure if it's in or planned.

There have been some additions to the Valve 220 format mode which I have not tried yet. 
Hmm 
Is there documentation on Valve 220? I keep hearing that term thrown around and I don't know what it means in relation to other map format versions. 
 
Texture wrapping works in TB, just select a face and alt-shift click a neighbouring face (or alt-ctrl? All these shortcuts are stored in my muscle memory and not my brain), it's pretty awesome. 
Thanks Bal 
Time to download TB again. 
Yeah 
Just to be clear, this obviously only works in valve220, but I wouldn't recommend anyone use anything other than valve220 at this point. 
Dumptruck 
One thing I've noticed you do is that you don't really explain why you do set up something a certain way. For example, you don't explain why you should pick "standard" for the map type as opposed to "valve". You don't explain why you need to keep your Quake dev folder in the root of a drive. You just kind of tell us that this is how you do it, but it would be helpful to understand why it must be that way, or if it can be changed in some circumstances. 
Sevin 
I think since the tutorials are for beginners, the idea is to not flood them with too many technical considerations and options, and get them mapping and using the tools as fast as possible.
If you stop to explain everything you'll probably lose people as you go. 
@sevin 
Bal is 100% correct. The tutorials are for beginners and every decision starts there.

Also I had originally planned a 9 part series of Quake 101 videos that explained everything in detail before one brush was laid down. Sort of a lecture series. I wished I hadn't dragged my feet on those. (I blame the Xmas Jam!) Once Sleepwalker told me 2.0 was imminent I changed focus.

The reason I haven't mentioned Valve 220 yet is when I started these there were still issues with it. Those are fixed now. When I get to the texturing video I will explain all that. If the user is making a standard map they can convert it easily with ericw-tools. 
Episode 9 
Episode 10 
Episode 11 
Episode 12 
Well Done 
After watching a couple of your tutorial videos I got the urge to make a quake map again. Didn't have this feeling for many years.
Everything is set up and working. We will see what comes out of it.
Big thanks! 
Entities Part 2 
Any chance of adding a link to the .map of the map used for that tutorial? Possibly even in the video's description? 
@Ankh @oGkspAz 
@Ankh You're very welcome - this is why I am doing these tuts.

@oGkspAz When all 4 of the episodes are completed I will post that file. 3 reasons:

1. I know it's probably easier to have the map in front of you but I would prefer ppl to make their own stuff and get the muscle memory down. It's too easy to give upon something that is confusing and copy and paste. I want the viewer to figure it out for yourself.

2. There are some bad things in the map I don't want people to see and think that are okay to do. :)

3. I may add more elements to the map before the end of the series. 
Episode 13 
 
Is it true that Quake always uses axis-aligned bounding boxes for determining when a trigger is touched? I think I remember that being the case, and for some reason it came to mind when I was watching your examples (even tho your examples are on-axis).

If so, it might be worth mentioning at some point that if you have diagonal doors or weirdly rotated/shaped trigger brushes then they're not going to be activated exactly like you would expect. 
 
Looks like the answer to the question is "yep" because negke just mentioned that on the mapping help thread (#19534 there). And he highlighted another potential gotcha -- along with the behavior of rotated/angled stuff, you can also get surprised by the behavior of a trigger made out of multiple brushes.

This is a little inside-baseball but also very unintuitive and hard to debug if you don't know about it, so maybe it's worth covering at some point.

Regardless, keep up the good work. :-) 
@Johnny Law 
Weird coincidence huh? When I get to more advanced brushwork I'll make sure and include this caveat.

To be honest, I have nowhere near this level of knowledge for the hard tech stuff in Quake. I try and research things I am a bit hazy on, and other bits of info are sort of hard coded in my brain after years of messing around with id tech.

Thanks I'm gonna do my best with the limited knowledge I do have to share. :) 
 
It's probably worth asking questions in threads as you find things you don't have good "evidence" for - feeling like you know something isn't necessarily enough. A lot of the knowledge about how quake works is essentially passed down in "oral tradition" (huehuehuehuehe). Not enough of the nitty-gritty practical implementation tips and tricks have been written down in easily discoverable places.

Or you could try reading the entire mapping help thread. 
@Pritchard 
There are 19,534 posts in mapping help so I hope that was a joke.

I couldn't dothese tuts without Metlslime's Search tool. I absolutely use func and #terrafusion when I am looking for the right way to communicate something. e.g. I grilled Sock and ericw on a few tips a while back and I'm incorporating those nuggets in a future tut.

As I noted above, I research the stuff I know "nothing" about in advance and even go in editor and ensure I am doing things correctly before recording. I certainly misspeak at times as the tutorials are not scripted.

There are certainly much more talented and knowledgeable mappers but I'm doing my best to be accurate. 
Not A Joke 
Go read the mapping help thread! There's a test on Friday. 
Any Good Mapper Worth His Salt 
Has read the entire mapping help thread.





Ya ok no. Keep it up with these videos! 
The Final Exam Is The General Abuse Thread 
 
If You Make It Thru... 
... reading the entire mapping help thread, then pass the exam in General Abuse, your final step before ascension is the hazing found in func_beef.

After that, it's all GO MAP! 
Episode 14 
Entities Part 4 Teleporting monsters into your map. Player teleporters, trigger_relay, info_intermission, trigger_changelevel and a terrible mistake. 
Teleporters 
Note that trigger_teleport is usually a brush entity (also by default in all def files). It can be used as a point entity like you show in the video, which is useful for monster teleports, because it doesn't use up a model slot. However, when doing so, it's important to set the "silent" spawnflag (2) on those trigger entities. Otherwise there'll be rogue teleporter ambience at the map's origin which may lead to confusion! 
Negke - Thanks For The Reminder 
I assumed they'd be used mainly in closets but yes you are right.

I learned this method from you BTW!

I'd love to send you my rough cuts for review. Interested? Keeping in mind that these are for beginners (for now) and need to stay under 15 minutes.

My workflow is to record first then use on-camera elements to clarify. Sometimes I re-record entirely. I could send you a low res version before I add on-camera elements. LMK. 
Okay, Sure. 
Though you seem to have it covered pretty well so far. 
@negke 
Maybe this: I'll reach out on Discord when I am fuzzy on details. So for example I am going to do trains eventually and I may need help with those. I know how to do them but not all the limitations/possibilities. thx 
Dumptruck U Rok 
nuff said 
@sleepwalkR 
You did the hard part man. I'm having fun doing these. 
Trains 
Bottom left corner of the bounding box. Can't retrigger. 
Whee Dm4j...nope! 
I was tempted to try a map for dm4jam due to the theme but I've never done a SP map. After part 4 of the trigger episodes I also found I needed to know substantially more about triggers and what can all be done.
Paying rapt attention to the episodes thanks. 
@oGkspAz 
There will be a lot of other opportunities this year. Also keep in mind there are Speed Mapping events every so often that take place over a weekend. There's usually a theme and a very quick deadline (a weekend sometimes less). I've done one of those and no one expects greatness from your level - so it's a great way to snap yourself into action and force yourself to create something playable very quickly.

This one was use the Wizard theme. My map was way too big but you get the idea. http://www.celephais.net/board/view_thread.php?id=61502 
Aw Dang 
My fav theme amd I missed it! Blue one looks nice. I hate how all the speedmap sessions seem to be tethered to Twitter. 
@qmaster 
Every recent jam has been posted here first. 0_o Including SM179 Wizard. That was last year. 
Episode 15 
 
Not sure old ports will play the music (from CD) if you use "09". Haven't checked, though. 
@negke 
Good info and I was unaware but I see that as an edge case at this point. Both because of the decline in optical drives and that new users aren't getting the OST off Steam. I finally ditched my optical drive in my new computer. :( 
Test Crypt Release 
By popular demand I'm releasing the test map I created for the TrenchBroom 2 tutorial series. This only has 7 monsters and one secret. It does have different monster encounters and entity examples for new mappers.

http://www.quaketastic.com/files/testcrypt.zip

Screenshot 1
Screenshot 2

Screenshots are from winquake. 
IApprove 
 
Episode 16 
 
I have a hard time imagining a more beginner-friendly video that also addresses the fundamentals in a comprehensive way.

I just keep getting more and more impressed with the quality. 
@Baker 
That means a lot to me. As I mentioned I had a lot of input from the gang on this one. Delay and Wait can be very confusing for the layman (me about 3 years ago.) 
LUNARIAN 
Imho wait and delay are beyond basics, more towards advanced stuff. But since they are defined in the .def, it's probably good to explain them before someone accidentally local minlights a whole map or something. 
@negke 
I actually agree but they needed their own dedicated episode so I made it this one.

And I'm not sure if you are joking about the minlight but we just saw that here last week. 
Episode 17 
Episode 18 
Man 
There sure are a lot of ways to make arches. I’ve seen and read so many ways to make them in Quake and Source, but that method does seem particularly friendly. I like TB’s vert merging you can do just by dragging through them. Nice and clean brushwork.

Are you the first to make a comprehensive tutorial series for Quake mapping? There are countless beginner tutorials for Source’s Hammer out there, but haven’t seen anything for Q1SP. 
@sevin 
I am trying to make these as approachable to newbs as possible.

And yeah, I think for Q1SP yes this is the most comprehensive video series so far. 
Episode 19 
Request 
Can you go over setting up mods? Like what's different about your setup for mapping for AD or Quoth for example? FGD's, models, textures etc. 
@sevin 
I started on one a while back. For you? Yes. Will get that cut out ASAP. 
Cheers! 
 
Texture Projection 
I saw a few bits in the video that discussed how vanilla texture alignment works (the comparison to a film projector is excellent); do you plan on touching on the Valve 220 map format and its brush face-aligned texture projection? 
@Spud 
Yes. Even though the series is really dedicated to id level quality I am going to cover 220 for sure. TBH I need to understand something fully before attempting to teach it so I need to spend some time in JACK and really understand what is happening with per face projection. I'm nearly there but want to feel confident in what I am trying to relay. So I left that out of this tut. 
@sevin 
Uploading soon. :) 
Episode 20 
Awesome! 
Thanks again! 
Just Awesome 
dumptruck, I just watched the texturing tutorial, and it's awesome. Just great how you manage to pack so much info into these short vids. In this tutorial especially, you covered many (if not all) of the ways to manipulate textures in TB (some of which I had long forgotten about, thank god for the manual), and I think it's very commendable that you don't just show your personal favorite way of using TB, but give options to the users.

Thank you again for your great tutorials, I'm sure they help so many people out there, and of course, they help to bring more people to TB and Quake mapping! 
@sleepwalkR 
I appreciate the feedback. Sometimes it's very tough to know what to include or leave out but I though these shortcuts were very well thought out and I didn't know about some of them.

Thank you and ericw and the other contributors for such a cool application. 
Episode 21 
@dumptruck_ds 
Another awesome video! Do you have any plans to do one on scale? As in the scale of architecture? 
Thanks 
No, I wasn't planning on addressing scale but it does remind me that I had issues with scale starting out myself. And occasionally I make my layouts WAY too big. Do you have any specifics you want me to cover? I can put on my thinking cap and see what I can come up with. 
@dumptruck_ds 
Just more in line with best practices for scale. I am just starting out and I find I either build to small or to large. 
@Ilpadrino Re: Scale 
Take a look at the id maps. I cover how to set them up and view them here: https://youtu.be/sg0iKjYsoBg

A good approach is to get your floor size decided first and if you feel like you've made things too big, encroach on the space with pillars or corners etc. Stay away from boxiness, add shapes to break up the room. Because most of us are familiar with the original game it's good to go back and see "how big was this hallway or room in e1m1?" or "how high up are the ogre's in this section compared to the player?" 
Episode 22 
Episode 23 
Episode 24 
Episode 25 
That Was Cool! 
Keep em coming these are great. I think it is important not to release WIP maps as news on func too. Lot of new mappers have done that lately...makes me avoid their maps until the thread is stale so I know it is safe to play. 
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