Map Editor Tutorial
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The Map Editor
The Star Trek®: Armada II Map Editor is released as an unsupported beta tool to allow users to create their own maps for Star Trek: Armada II. As an unsupported tool the editor and any functionality relating to it may cause unforeseen issues with Armada that cannot be supported by Activision Customer Support. Please read the complete
disclaimer in the Map Editor License.rtf file included in the Editor folder on the Star Trek: Armada II CD. By using this tool the user acknowledges the risks outlined in the Map Editor License.doc and agrees to these terms and conditions.
Instructions for Installing and Launching the map editor
Copy the following files from the Editor folder on the CD to the installed directory for Star Trek: Armada II.
The default installation directory is:
C:/program files/Activision/Star Trek Armada II
Create a shortcut to Armada2.exe
Open the properties for the shortcut and add “/edit mapname.bzn” to the end of the Target line.
"C:/Program Files/Activision/Star Trek Armada II/Armada2.exe" /edit johnsmap.bzn
For each map you want to edit or create you will need to modify the shortcut to reflect the appropriate map name. Filenames should be eight characters or less plus the .bzn extension. When you click on the shortcut Armada II will launch into edit mode.
While in Edit Mode you can lay down objects, ships, and stations by hitting the
appropriate function key to navigate the build lists. Use the Tab key to go back up a level in the build lists.
When over a selected object Left Click and hold to drag the unit to the desired location.
When over a selected object hold down the Ctrl key and move the mouse to adjust the height of the object.
When over a selected object hold down the right mouse button and drag to rotate the object.
When over a selected object hit the delete key to delete the object.
Double Click on a unit to modify the unit’s statistics.
Hold down the shift key and use the up and down arrows to change the team number of units and buildings that are placed.
Use Ctrl-R to specify the map name, background, map size, ambient light, etc. (Note some of the settings in this menu are overridden by the game setup screen as they were used while designing single player missions)
Use Ctrl-S to save the map in the add-on directory. (All new maps will be placed in the add-on directory by default.)
Hold Down the Alt key and click to drop a point. This is used to set player start
locations. Double Click on the point to name the point Camera_1, this sets the starting position for the first player. Continue this practice for subsequent player’s starting positions by incrementing the number, i.e. Camera_2 etc. Left click and hold can be used to drag the point around. The number of Camera’s that are appropriately named wil determine the number of players, which can play on a given map.
When accessing a new portion of the build menu the editor will pause for a minute while it loads the textures for the relevant objects.
Remember not to over saturate your maps with objects. The more objects the slower game will go. This is especially true of Nebulae. Use them sparingly and avoid stacking them as one Nebula is just as effective strategically as several stacked on each other. Nebula effects of different Nebula types do stack, so it is important to remember that you stack a nebula which lowers shields with one which damages a ship you are likely blow up anything which enters it.
Do not adjust the height of stations as this causes serious issues with pathing.
To avoid getting the viewable trapezoid on your minimap when you save, scroll to the right corner of the screen and zoom all the way in before saving.
When laying down wormholes remember to always lay down two of them as they work in pairs. Example: The first wormhole laid down is connected to the second wormhole laid down.
You can adjust the map lighting by laying down a light, then double clicking on it and using the color option to set its intensity and color. You can then rotate and position the light as desired.
If you enter CTRL-A while already in a current mission you will be presented with the Software Licensing Agreement. You will need to press [AGREE] to make any modifications. If you press [CANCEL] the game will exit and you will returned to you desktop. Pressing [AGREE] stipulates that you agree to the materials included in the Software Licensing Agreement.
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