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Thanks! Will look into it.
Well, nevermind, the map is fixed now and it works perfectly. I finally replaced the prefabs one by one :cry:

4918 solids, 29515 faces. About 50 brush entities, I grouped as many as I could if they looked like a solid block.

The 2D views still struggle when too many elements are rendeded, though. Have to zoom in to prevent that.
Thank you very much for your answers and the in-depth explanations. I already knew the reason behind using brush entities is to exclude them from visibility calculations, speeding up the process, but I wrongly thought they didn't count against the brush limit, too. Now that I understand it, the maps I already liked (in other mods) seem even more impressive, having been done under those limits (I'm talking about vanilla HL engine that is). Still, that 32768 limit is not that hard to reach if you start adding detail, what a pity.

I will edit the bookcase prefab so remove all unneeded detail and leave it bare bones, then replace the existing ones. Is there a quick way of doing it? Instead of going one by one.

By the way, while investigating this issue I did a test and found out that func_wall entities do not cast shadows on the world, while func_detail did. Is this behavior expected? I thought they were mostly the same.
Hello everyone, I'm sorry if this is a dumb question but it's been a LONG time since I mapped for HL and perhaps I am missing something.

I'm laying out a place that is not intended to be released or playable, I'm basically using Hammer instead of Sketchup, 3ds Max or whatever else. After creating the basic rooms (very simple place) I began populating it with prefabs, the place is a library so I used a lot of bookcases (you know which one).

Eventually Hammer slowed to a crawl and it got harder to edit the map with it. Then, when compiling I got the following:

Error: Exceeded MAX_MAP_VERTS
Description: The maximum number of vertices for a map has been reached
Howto Fix: The map is too complex for the game engine/compile tools to handle. Simplify

I realized then that prefabs are added as world brushes and thought that was the problem. So I began converting the bookcases to func_wall entities. But the problem persists. I even tried making them func_detail and func_illusionary, no luck. I was under the impression that entities do not count against the brush limit (right now map information window shows 8734 solids, 51139 faces).

I deleted a bunch of prefabs and finally got it to compile with ~6000 solids or so. Now I'm thinking about making my own bookcase by removing unnecessary detail, but I'm still curious. Am I missing something?