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Blue-Shift setup and mapping guide

By Scars

Contents:
Required Files
Setting Up
Mapping



Required Files

First things first - to configure Worldcraft or Hammer to make maps for Blue-shift, there are 3 things you must have:
Blue-shift
Blue-shift patch 1.0.0.1 - avaliable here
Blue-shift SDK (containing the fgd file) - avaliable here

The patch allows you to run custom maps, so you can't get anywhere without it.

The sdk contains the fgd for Blue-shift. If you are using Worldcraft v2.1 then you want to get. halflife-bs_WC21.fgd For Worldcraft v3.3 or Hammer, use halflife-bs_WC33.fgd. Cut and paste whichever you need to your fgd folder.


Setting Up

Once you have successfully downloaded and installed the files open up Worldcraft/Hammer and open up the options menu under Tools.

Click on the game configuration?s tab. Under 'Configuration' click 'Edit' then 'add', and call your new configuration 'Blue-shift'.

Next click on 'Add' to add the fgd file you downloaded earlier to the configuration. Browse to your fgd folder and select the appropriate .fgd file.

The 'Texture Format' and 'Map Type' are automatically specified. You can set the 'Default PointEntity class' and 'Default SolidEntity class' to whatever you want, but generally choose something commonly used, such as func_door and info_player_start respectively.

Now for the 'Game executable directory:'. This depends on where you have installed Blue-shift, but in my case the path is:

C:\Sierra\Blue-Shift

The 'Mod-Directory' should be the 'bshift' directory in the directory you specified above, so in my case it is:

C:\Sierra\Blue-Shift\bshift

The 'Game-Directory' is the same as above:

C:\Sierra\Blue-Shift\bshift

Once again these all depend on where you installed Blue-shift - have a root around if there not as I have specified. The bshift folder is the equivalent of the 'valve' folder for those of you who have mapped for Half-life, and the 'Blue-Shift' folder is the equivalent to the 'Half-Life' folder.

Finally the 'RMF directory' is up to you - where ever you want to save your maps in progress to. In my case:

C:\Program Files\Valve Hammer Editor\maps

Some people have special work folder, but again this is optional.

Well that wasn't hard now was it? Here's a picture of roughly what your screen should look like:



The next step of the process is to set up your build programs that compile the map. Click on the 'Build Programs' tab and make sure your 'Configuration:' is set to Blue-shift (or whatever your named it earlier).

First of all you need to specify the 'Game Executable:'. For me this is located here:

C:\Sierra\Blue-Shift\bshift.exe

Again, this depends on where you installed Blue-shift.

Next comes the 'CSG' 'BSP' 'VIS' and 'RAD' executables, these are the build programs that turn your map into a map. For this, you should be using ZHLT, which are updated versions of the old tools (qcsg, qbsp2 etc) which come with the Worldcraft/Hammer download, and offer far more functionality. If you don't already have them, download them here, and extract them to a logical directory in your Worldcraft/Hammer folder. Once this is done, or if you already have ZHLT, browse to the folder the tools are in and select the relevant ones for each executable, as follows:

hlcsg.exe - CSG Executable
hlbsp.exe - BSP executable
hlvis.exe - VIS executable
hlrad.exe - RAD executable

Finally we have to choose where to Place the compiled maps before running game. In order for Blue-Shift to find them, compiled maps must be placed in the maps folder in your Blue-Shift\bshift folder, so for me this is:

C:\Sierra\Blue-Shift\bshift\maps

Again this may differ depending on where you installed blue-shift.

Now your screen should look something like this:



Last but not least we need to make sure we have the textures in place, so click on the 'textures' tab. If you map for Half-Life there's really nothing here you need to change as you probably have the textures already set up, but you may want to move barney.wad from your bshift folder into your valve folder for convenience. For those of you who don't map for Half-Life all the textures can be found in the bshift folder - just don't use the cache.wad, gfx.wad or spraypaint.wad files

There, now you are all set up to make Blue-Shift maps.


Mapping

More on the fgd:

The fgd contains 2 new main entity's:
item_helmet
item_armorvest

These act in the same way as the item_battery, giving added armour to the player as im sure you know from playing Blue-shift. However, they do not act as a suit when picked up displaying the players health etc. You must add an item_suit to the level usually over the info_player_start. This is done at the start of blue-shift.

Other entity's included in the fgd are:
env_warpball
monster_rosenburg
trigger_playerfreeze

Information on all these entitys can be found here on the Valve ERC.