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Thread: Any tips for a novice map maker?
SmallButDeadly
SmallButDeadly


Hired Hero
Precision addict
posted September 03, 2009 09:15 PM

Any tips for a novice map maker?

Hi guys,
I was playing a scenario with the Might alignment, and my starting hero was Yutena. I read her character description and decided that the had quite an interesting backstory. And I began to come up with an idea for a new campaign.
Basically, Yutena believes that Kilgor (who I believe wielded the Sword of Frost? Or was it Armageddon's Blade?) may still be alive, and along with her friend Yog, she decides to try and locate him and bring him back to the new world. She wants to do it because, as said in her character description, he fvoured her and she has a soft spot for him. However, her friend Yog seems in it more for the power that the Sword of Frost/Armageddon's Blade will give him.
Yutena knows that she will need to find the portal that leads to the old world and open it again. She must travel through the snowy lands of the kingdoms of the barabrian tribes, each of which will try to stop her, then pass through Order's lands and finally open the portal into the charred remains of the old world.

So after that wall of text, I have a question.
Do you guys have any tips for a novice mapmaker such as myself? I think that making something like this may be a big first step, but I am willing to try. I may also need playtesters when the time arises (I really SUCK at the game...)

Thanks,
      SmallButDeadly
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Tzeentch
Tzeentch


Hired Hero
posted September 04, 2009 08:37 AM
Edited by Tzeentch at 08:39, 04 Sep 2009.

Try to fill in every blank area with trees and mountains and other decorative stuff but don't overkill. Also cleverly placed bordergates and keymaster tents are other favourable things. Search the heroes 4 map "Puritania". It has very cleverly placed borders/keymasters. The map is very fun due to that factor. Also specialise your heroes, add more detail to Yutena, and also, IMO let her bring together some magical artifacts for her to open the gate, carried by end-scenario bosses or grails. Good luck!
Btw, i can test the map, there is really no campaigns with proper lores anywhere. And if you can play the campaign: The End to All Things (it tells about the reckoning, how and why it happened), it will help very much (it is a heroes 3 map, but it will give you some ideas).
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SmallButDeadly
SmallButDeadly


Hired Hero
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posted September 04, 2009 09:11 AM

Thanks
Puritania and The End to All Things. I'll be sure to check them out Luckily I bought the complete pack so I can play End to All Things.
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SmallButDeadly
SmallButDeadly


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posted September 04, 2009 03:42 PM
Edited by SmallButDeadly at 15:45, 04 Sep 2009.

I'll be starting on the first map in a minute. Not all of it will be snow, and there will be a few surprising enemies later in it

EDIT: Starting now.
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Tzeentch
Tzeentch


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posted September 04, 2009 03:48 PM

Lol, you just inspired me to star a new campaign too It'l future Gavin Magnus, i'll post it when it's done
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SmallButDeadly
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posted September 04, 2009 03:50 PM

I'll playtest it for you when it's done. I haven't played the Order campaign through. In fact, I just started it, but I know who Magnus is.
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SmallButDeadly
SmallButDeadly


Hired Hero
Precision addict
posted October 03, 2009 05:02 PM

FINALLY made something I'm happy with.

It's taken me weeks, but I have finally managed to make something I am happy with.
Basically, it's a sort of elevated maze made of rocks, with a town at the end with the oh-so original name of Kilmar.
What you need to do is to capture this town, and build up your army enough to attack the Chaos Army, the orange player, who you need to destroy to get out of the area that I have made thus far. there are plenty of neutral armies, but some are simply too powerful to take on to early in the game. I have used the ares cheat and discovered that by killing all the armies in that little corner of the map you can reach level 14.
The Chaos Army is comprised of 45 of each Evil Eyes, Medusae, Trolls and Minos. It'll take a while to build up enough to beat them, but that's what mines are for. The Army is also placed next to a Orange owned Troll cave and Gold Mine, so the longer you take, the more trolls to face.

PS. It is true that I have not worked on this campaign for ages, but I just came home from school, and thought; "Hey I've got an idea!" and just sat down and did it.

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Priad
Priad

Tavern Dweller
posted October 22, 2009 04:09 PM

I'm sorry to abuse these threat, but can some one help me to understand the meaning of "ai priority" of a hero?

Does it mean, the ai-player will creat the biggest army under his command or does it mean, that other ai-players will concentrate on killing this hero?

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Priad
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SmallButDeadly
SmallButDeadly


Hired Hero
Precision addict
posted October 25, 2009 09:07 AM

@Priad
No problem, I don't really know either. BUT I reckon it means that the AI will attempt to kill this hero.

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