Editing Tutorial

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For Red Eclipse 1.5.8 (Elysium Patch 2)

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Making a New Map


After opening Red Eclipse, type

/edit [name]

to work on a map. If [name] is that of a map (e.g. /edit abuse) then the game will begin an editing session with that map; otherwise, the game will create a new map. Alternatively, after entering an edit session, you can use

/newmap [size]

What creating a new map should look like.

to create a new map with dimensions of 2^[size]. Maps default to size 10 (2^10 or 1024 blocks) wide and can only be made larger than that; specifying a size smaller than 10 will default the map size to 10.

After creating a new map, you should be greeted with a blank map that looks like the picture to the right.

To enter edit mode, use the f2 button. You should see black lines outlining right triangles on the surface.

To save the map, use the f8 key while in edit mode.


The Octree


Cube 2 is based on an octree geometry system. An octree separates the world into nesting cubes: cubes may be "pushed" or "pulled" in order to create map geometry. Cubes can then be modified by moving their vertices inward to create nonsquare blocks (more on that later). To begin creating geometry, however, start by selecting a spot on the ground by left clicking it.

Selecting a single cube.

There will now be a white outline around the selected cube (which all but one face of which is underground). Now, to move it, we can use the scroll wheel to "push" and "pull" cubes. You may scroll the cube as far as you wish in order to create a long line of cubes:

Pulling some cubes.

We can then select a different face of one of the cubes we just created and create geometry in a different direction:

Pulling cubes out the side.

While this is a workable way to create a level, it would be much faster if we could move a whole bunch of cubes at the same time. Fortunately, we are able to do that by selecting an area of cubes to push and pull. To do this, click one corner of the area you desire to push/pull and hold it until you place the cursor on the opposite diagonal corner of the area you want to select. In this example, you would click on the corner near 1 and then hold it until it is on the 2.

Selecting an area


In this example, I pushed the selection downward in order to erase the floor and create a depression. Note how the ground now has more divisions and black lines. This is caused by forcing the engine to divide the floor into more than 4 squares by making it irregularly shaped. To re-optimize the cube layout, use the f4 key in order to do a geometry recalculation ("remip").

Pushing a bunch of cubes

Here's what it looks like after a remip. While there are less squares, there are still more than there was before making the depression. This is an unavoidable side effect of the octree geometry system.

Remipping



As was mentioned earlier, though, the Cube 2 octree allows for nested cubes of different sizes. So far, we have only been working with one size of cube. Using smaller cubes, we can create more detailed structures; with larger ones, we can reduce the system requirements for a large, high geometry map. To change the cube size, press [g] and use the scroll wheel. The new cube size will be indicated by the larger or smaller square that follows the cursor. Alternatively, you can press the [e] button to enter the editing menu and then [d] to enter the options menu. The second-to-bottom slider labeled "grid size" can be changed to change your cube size (larger sizes are bigger cubes).

A bigger brush


As you may have noticed, however, Red Eclipse maps are not exclusively cubes: they have diagonals and slants as well. To do this, select a cube with the middle mouse button (on laptops, this will often be both the left and right mouse buttons simultaneously; on a normal mouse, this will be the scroll wheel) in the corner you would like to push.

Selecting a corner

Notice how the selected corner has itself highlighted within the whole cube being manipulated. Now, to move the face inward, use the scroll wheel to "push" the face inward. Each cube can have each corner pushed inward through 8 levels.

Creating an angle

Like how we pushed an area of cubes with the cube brush, we can likewise manipulate cube edges en masse, by instead selecting with the middle mouse button. Be careful not to select an area that perfectly coincides with the current cube grid size, because the editor will interpret that to mean selecting the area normally, leading to entire block pushing like we already have done.

Manipulating multiple cubes

Texturing



While the default cube texture is nice for manipulating geometry with, finishing a map obviously requires a nice paint job. To apply a texture, select an area with the left mouse button and enter the texturing menu with [F1]. You will be greeted with a menu with a large list of textures, sorted alphabetically by the author's name.

The texture menu


To apply a texture to the selected surface, click on the desired texture.

A lovely warning texture


Now, if you would like to cover the entire cube in a texture, use the [-] key to toggle allfaces mode.

Using allfaces on a cube

Materials



Red Eclipse can augment the abilities of the Cube 2 octree using materials. Materials are restricted to cube shapes only (cannot be push/pulled like octree cubes) and each have special properties. To access the materials menu, use the numpad 0 key. On TKL/laptop keyboards, you may need to use the Fn layer, since the top row 0 key will not work.

You have 10 materials:

Using allfaces on a cube

Starting from bottom left,

* Light purple: Alpha, makes current selection transparent
* Blue: Water, laggy, use sparingly; has four different states
* Orange: Lava, kills on contact, needs lighting to look realistic
* Red: Noclip, creates an invisible barrier 
* Green: Clip, overrides octree geometry clipping and lets all players/entities through
* Yellow: AIclip, prevents AI from pathing, helps prevent AIs blundering off cliffs/into lava
* Black: Death, kills players whose feet enter it
* Purple: Ladder, allows players to climb vertically up it
* Sky blue: Glass, disrecommended due to alpha generally being more useful; still has some uses with nonsquare windows and geometry within windows