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liquidwar user level

Guest on 17th August 2022 02:14:44 PM

  1. Liquid War (v5.6.4) - User levels
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  5.  
  6. A piece of advice
  7. =================
  8.  
  9.  
  10.   You can use your own levels whith Liquid War 5. The only thing you have to do
  11.   is to put your own 256-colors vbitmap files in a special directory, and the
  12.   program will use them. Currently, BMP, LBM, PCX, and TGA files are supported.
  13.   It is a good thing to use 256 colors bitmaps, for they waste less disk space
  14.   than truecolor bitmaps, and Liquid War 5 converts all bitmaps to 32 colors
  15.   bitmaps. Additionnally, truecolor bitmaps might cause the DOS version to
  16.   crash randomly... 2-color bitmaps will also cause the program to crash. I
  17.   warned you!
  18.  
  19.   The best thing you can do to create your user levels is to have a look at the
  20.   few user files I put in the .zip file and try at first to do something that
  21.   looks about the same!
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  25. Maps
  26. ====
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  28.  
  29.   Liquid War 5 does many checks on user levels and is much safer than Liquid
  30.   War 3. Still, try and help the program not to crash, if possible.
  31.  
  32.   Liquid War considers that dark colors are walls and bright colors are
  33.   associated to the playable area. So you can draw your walls in black, dark
  34.   blue, etc... And the rest of the map can be of any bright color such as white
  35.   or yellow.
  36.  
  37.   You can draw a small map on a big bitmap, as long as you use a bright
  38.   background color. Liquid War will autodetect the range of your map and add
  39.   the border line if necessary.
  40.  
  41.   Liquid War re-orders all the maps, so that the smallest ones are on the left
  42.   and the most complicated ones on the right when you choose them with the
  43.   slider in the "map" menu. So if you can't find the map you just draw, don't
  44.   worry, it is probably just mixed with the levels from the .dat file.
  45.  
  46.   The default path for maps is "custom\map\" on windows, and
  47.   "/usr/local/share/games/liquidwar/map" on GNU/Linux.
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  50.  
  51. Textures
  52. ========
  53.  
  54.  
  55.   All you have to do is put a bitmap in the default directory which is
  56.   "custom\texture\" on windows, and "/usr/local/share/games/liquidwar/texture"
  57.   on GNU/Linux.
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  59.  
  60.  
  61. Textures
  62. ========
  63.  
  64.  
  65.   As of Liquid War 5.6.x, it's possible to associate a map with a texture. All
  66.   you need is to call the maps with the same name (case is important, lowercase
  67.   recommendend...). Look at the "meditate" custom map which is shipped with
  68.   Liquid War for instance.
  69.  
  70.   This also works with internal builtin maps (those stored in the datafile) so
  71.   for instance if you name a custom texture "world1.bmp" it will automatically
  72.   be associated to the builtin map world1 (to figure out internal names you
  73.   have to unpack the source distribution and look in the ./data directory).
  74.   This also works the other way, if you name a map "wood2.bmp" it will be
  75.   automatically associated with the builtin texture wood2.
  76.  
  77.   Associating a texture with a map requires more work than designing a simple
  78.   map, but the results is usually much nicer. See the "Kasper - ..." series of
  79.   maps for instance.
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  81.  
  82.  
  83. Send your levels
  84. ================
  85.  
  86.  
  87.   Maybe you will find that the original levels are ugly and unplayable. Well,
  88.   if you have made user levels and think they are great, just send them to the
  89.   Liquid War user mailing list. Please use only 256 colors bitmap and zip them
  90.   before sending them, or else they might be blocked by my provider...
  91.  
  92.   As of today, dozens of user maps have already been included in Liquid War,
  93.   this is very nice for it happens that every map designer has his own
  94.   personnal tastes, so the maps all look different.
  95.  
  96.   Still, to be included in Liquid War's mainstream distribution, your maps will
  97.   need to be placed under the terms of the GNU General Public License, or at
  98.   least a compatible license. You should have received a copy of this license
  99.   with Liquid War anyway. Read it 8-)
  100.  
  101.   Of course, you can use *any* map when playing. You can even play with a
  102.   bitmap you got from a proprietary source - such a proprietary game you bought
  103.   for instance - but the point is that I can't - and you can't either -
  104.   distribute such a map along with Liquid War.
  105.  
  106.   However, this is enough legal boring stuff! What you should keep in mind is
  107.   that I'm always happy when I receive maps from players, and it's a pleasure
  108.   for me to include them in the mainstream distribution.

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