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Discussion in 'Forge Discussion' started by Gravedigger5454, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. Gravedigger5454

    Gravedigger5454 Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Dec 1, 2007
    Forging 101: Gametypes

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    There are many times when a forger may want to create a map that is intended to be just for fun, but casual or minigame maps often require their own gametype to function properly. In this forging 101, I will explain the basics of setting up custom gametypes for your maps. There are many other cool things about gametypes that I’m sure you will discover on your own as you create your own though.

    First of all, your going to need to decide to what gametype to start from, and go to the edit menu. Load up a gametype in custom games (don’t start the game though) then hit “X” to edit it. For this example, I will be editing Bungie’s default "Infection" variant after loading it in this way. Regardless of what gametype you start from, one of the options you will be given immediately will be the (gametype) Settings, so I’ll go into Infection Settings, where I can edit the settings specific to infection games. Based on the available settings, you need to choose which mode type to use. Why you would want to choose each type is listed below:
    • Slayer
      Allows for basic settings. You can set whether or not to have teams, weapon sets, and player traits, etc., every setting applies to all players.
    • King of the Hill
      Same options as Slayer. However, scoring bonuses are not included, but you can award points for being in/out of a hill. You must have a hill somewhere on the map. Additionally, you can set player traits to change when inside/outside of that hill.
    • Oddball
      Same options as Slayer. However, scoring bonuses are not included, but you can award points for holding the oddball/not holding it. You must an Oddball somewhere on the map. Additionally, you can set player traits to change when they have the oddball. Not too useful, since you’ll often want a King of the Hill variant instead.
    • Capture the Flag
      Traits can be set for everyone or for flag carriers. Conditions can be set for what causes a flag to return. The flag can return instantly if dropped, at a set time after being dropped, or only if someone returns it by standing near it for a set time. You can also set it so that you can only score if you have your own flag at your base.
    • Territories
      Points are awarded for controlling territories. You can set special traits that players get when are inside a territory they control (Defender Traits), and traits they get while inside a territory their opponent controls (Attacker Traits).
    • Juggernaut
      In Juggernaut, traits are setup for all players, and one set of traits is also set for the Juggernaut. Options can allow for goal points juggernauts need to reach to get points and how juggernaut is passed. In both Juggernaut and VIP, you can setup how the destinations change.
    • Assault
      Offers the same basic options as capture the flag, except you use a bomb instead and need to bring it to your opponents plant point. Additionally, you can set the time it takes for the bomb to explode, and the time players have to spend there trying to plant it.
    • VIP
      Very adaptable; you can set traits for a team with a VIP, a team without a VIP, or for an actual VIP. You can also set points for killing a VIP, getting a kill, getting a VIP kill, killing anyone, or reaching a destination as a VIP.
    • Infection
      Also very adaptable. You can set the human and zombie traits and amount of starting humans or starting zombies. To set the starting humans, set starting zombies really high so it fills most of the party. If you have 15 starting zombies, you will always have only one starting human. Additionally, infection settings support special traits given only to the first zombies (alpha zombie traits). These traits use the zombie traits if left at unchanged.

    In addition to special settings for each mode, you can set additional settings in each mode. The Base Player Traits options will set the basic traits for each player. Set the starting weapons, starting shields, etc. here. Respawn Settings can be particularly useful. Here, you can set Respawn Traits, which apply to within a set time after they spawn. This doesn’t effect the initial spawn though. You can also set the respawn time for players, and turn on Respawn Time Growth. Use the Custom Powerup Traits to decide what happens to a player when they pickup a custom powerup. A useful thing to know is that all traits set to Unchanged will use the Base Player Trait set for that trait.

    So now that you know how to make sure the humans can't be killed, you can make that infection map of yours so much more interesting. However, you'll probably also find better uses for this, such as setting up special features specific to your map, or creating a completely new original minigame. Once you really explore the features of the gametype editor, you can open up many new creative options.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2008
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  2. Nemihara

    Nemihara Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    I hope to god that no one here is actually that stupid to have to use this. Still, nice job. It's very clean.
  3. TexturedSun

    TexturedSun Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    You should add in whether each gametype is 'Symmetrical' or 'Asymmetrical' ... could come in handy ;)

    Still, nice guide to the different gametypes.
  4. a dumb cat

    a dumb cat Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Jan 14, 2008
    You've been here long enough to know the answer to that...


  5. Nemihara

    Nemihara Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Let me rephrase that.

    "I hope none of the older members here are actual stupid enough to have to use this."

  6. a dumb cat

    a dumb cat Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Jan 14, 2008
    Gracias, señor!

  7. Willmatic

    Willmatic Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Jan 6, 2008
    I already know this but im sure it will help newer members here
  8. Curran92

    Curran92 Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    i liked it better when the featured maps were categorized by gametype. They were so much easier to find that way
  9. AqueousBeaver

    AqueousBeaver Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Dec 12, 2007
    Nice gametype 101...

    That screenshot doesn't resize for me, and makes for horizontal scrolling (evil). Only reason I care is that it is now on the front page, which makes that horizontally scroll too. (I do have it set to resize images, am I missing something?)

    Edit: I see now - the pics are individually too small to have been resized by my current settings (the defaults). They are just lined up in a row. Surely I'm not the only one seeing horizontal scrolling with the defaults (empty values for the sizes) - am I?
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2008
  10. KB

    KB Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Mar 30, 2008
    nice gametype guide but if you are a member and not an idiot you should know this stuff
  11. a dumb cat

    a dumb cat Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Jan 14, 2008
    Sounds like something you can fix in the User CP. Make sure it doesn't read "0" for the horizontal/vertical scaling part. You want it to be blank, as in no number in the box at all.

    Sorry for going off topic.

    Yes, on second thought, this tutorial is needed for our less-experienced community members. The Bungie Tutorial covers the bare minimum, and this is the next step up and the other F101 threads are a step above this.

    Thanks again for an easy to read and concise tutorial.

  12. Shanon

    Shanon Loves His Sex Fruits Senior Member

    Jan 12, 2008
    It was good that there was actually no video for it. I dont think it really needed it only because gametypes are so simple to make.
  13. Carter C

    Carter C Guest

    Yeah its too wide.
  14. Spilled Salt

    Spilled Salt Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    Where's CTF?
    Just kidding.
    Nice guide for those who are new to this stuff.
  15. DeathDriver86

    DeathDriver86 Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Mar 4, 2008
    Thanks for the guide.:cool:
  16. the other dark

    the other dark Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Jan 20, 2008
    Just kidding? I don't see it there either, so good job pointing it out. Somebody should probably add that.

    Although this isn't useful to me, I'm sure there are some people that it will help.
  17. Y35 <3

    Y35 <3 Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Apr 11, 2008
    I think this should be a forum
    i really like it when i sign on and a new map is featured, and i always download it
    the last two cahnges havent really appealed to me, i know TGIF is a good day, but i think a map should be featured eather above this on another tab or something around those lines
  18. Supernaut

    Supernaut Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    Nice job on this list, I am sure newer users will find it helpful.
  19. Boom Boom STAR

    Boom Boom STAR Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    im a new member but i already knew all of this :D
  20. OnlyMaximumv

    OnlyMaximumv Halo 3 Era Senior Member

    Jan 31, 2008
    unfortunatly some people dont
    and there are probably some things you dont know about gametypes that you can figure out with a bit of tinkering:rolleyes:

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