CotN Scenario and Campaign Editors' Manual

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CotN Scenario and Campaign Editors' Manual

Postby Yahya » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:37 am

Howdy, folks! :D

After quite a bit of work, I've finally finished my CotN Scenario and Campaign Editors' Manual!

I started with the knowledge I'd gained on my own, and that which I gained from the work of people that I mentioned in the acknowledgments. I also acknowledge the work of the people at Empire Earth, for their excellent game engine without which CotN would not exist, and Empires: Dawn of the Modern World, for the structure of the manual. (I basically took theirs and edited it into a CotN manual.) And I thank the members of this community, without whom the manual would have been pointless. :D

I spent many hours in the editors, just trying everything in there and documenting what I learned. It was an amazing experience, and I learned more about the editors than I ever would have otherwise.

This has been a goal of mine almost since CotN came out, and I'm happy I could finally realize it.

Of course, I couldn't do all this work without delivering it to the community, so I give you the attached manual for your own use in designing scenarios and campaigns.

Please note that this is version 0.0 of the document. I fully expect that you will find errors. Please post them in this thread and I will update the file periodically.

I'm so happy about this. :p :D :)

My greatest joy comes from having figured out the idiosyncrasies of the campaign editor, which is rather straight-forward, but has a few tricks up its sleeve.

Now I've got some scenarios to build. A lot of work to be done yet.

Enjoy! :)

CotN Scenario Editors' Manual
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Postby sakasiru » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:46 pm

Thanks! This is incredibly useful!

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Postby CharleyK1 » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:58 pm

Yes Yahya! What Sakasiru said! Thank You so much!

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Postby Tinkerbell » Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:03 pm

WOW !!!

:cool:

:) :) :)

EDIT: Having looked at it in a bit of detail now, Yahya, I have only one thing to say

STICKY it TM !!!
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Postby Yahya » Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:28 pm

Aww, shucks. Thanks, guys. :o

I learned a lot of stuff writing that. If you read it all, I'm sure you'll learn some things as well, that we've all wondered for a lot of years.

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Postby Yahya » Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:43 pm

I realized the other day that with losing that PC in July, I lost the source file for this document. So unless I decide to re-do it, this will be the only version, sadly.

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Postby Janmar » Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:45 pm

If you need this re-converted to Word to have as a source document I can do that for you.

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Postby Yahya » Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:00 pm

Oh yes, that would be excellent. I didn't even think of that.

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Postby Janmar » Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:37 pm

Here you go!
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Postby Yahya » Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:29 pm

Ah, you are super excellent, Janmar. Thank you.

Now it's just a matter of simple reformatting.

Awesome!!!

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Postby evilbill-agqx » Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:11 am

This is just what I need!

Thanks Yahya, you rock :D
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Postby Yahya » Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:15 am

Glad to help. I wanted to do that manual for a long, long time.

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Postby evilbill-agqx » Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:17 am

"Yahya" wrote:Glad to help. I wanted to do that manual for a long, long time.


It's definitely welcome :) I've been wanting to try my hand at scenario design but I've always been just a little daunted... LOL!
CotN isn't exactly Age of Empires after all ;)
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Postby Yahya » Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:20 am

True, but it's not that hard at all. You'll get it. If you have questions, just ask them in this forum. There are several of us with a lot of experience designing scenarios. I am actually one of the ones with the least experience. :p

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Postby evilbill-agqx » Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:29 pm

Been reading the manual :)
It's a lot to take in, especially as regards triggers and events, but I love how informative and well laid out it is. It's going to be invaluable!
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Postby Yahya » Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:44 pm

Yes, it is a lot. At the back there are some trigger examples that will really help you understand how they work.

Also, open some scenarios in the editor, particularly Karter's scenarios. Then you can see how people have done things, and you'll be shocked at what they've pulled off. It's very powerful, that editor.

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Postby Yahya » Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:31 pm

Just noticed that this got stickied, and I don't think it was a couple of weeks ago.

Either way, thanks guys! :D

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Postby Yahya » Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:59 pm

Scenario editor's manual uploaded to SkyDrive and linked in the original post.

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Postby Ironlion45 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:02 pm

This is 10 years overdue! ;) Thanks for the work you put into this mate. :)
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