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Kumar Shah
Skirmisher
posted 10-16-05 03:44 AM EDT (US)         
ES has included an interesting new feature in the AoE3 editor - groupings. What this means is, you can select a part of a map, define it as a grouping and use it again in another map by loading the grouping back. For example, Below I created something really quick:

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Then I saved it as a grouping and created a new map. Loaded the user-made grouping and pasted it on the new map:

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There are some inherited problems with overlapping building groupings, some embelishment objects, etc.

What this really does is create an XML file with the grouping data in there. So, you can like create a cave system and share it over the internet. You can create native villages and share them as groupings.

It also makes process of having same things over multiple scenarios very easy. Load the grouping, make any changes you want to and there - its ready.

Also, there are many built-in grouping which ES already may have used available. They includes things like forts and even unit groupings.



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HgEuAaVrEdN
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posted 10-16-05 03:50 AM EDT (US)     1 / 13       
preety cool, makes designing easier by eliminating the copy paste procedure.

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AoMPlayer000
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posted 10-16-05 05:01 AM EDT (US)     2 / 13       
Isn't that the copy/paste terrain function from AoM?
RiderOfEternity
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posted 10-16-05 07:21 AM EDT (US)     3 / 13       
^Sounds like it. But sharing files sounds fun

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Kumar Shah
Skirmisher
posted 10-16-05 03:05 PM EDT (US)     4 / 13       

How are you going to copy/paste terrain over the internet?

In this, you can share an XML file.


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Latino heat III
Skirmisher
posted 10-17-05 00:57 AM EDT (US)     5 / 13       
cool, sounds like fun. Good to see ES gave us a sample aswell.

Mabye when the game comes out a grouping section should be made in the DL Section. I love the idea though

arnitald
Skirmisher
posted 10-19-05 04:45 AM EDT (US)     6 / 13       
Ah that is cool. So we can make sets... or packages.

Imagine that. "Cave Set 1" - including 100 detailed caves for your scenarios.

That is cool . I hope it works like that.

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Skirmisher
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posted 10-19-05 07:32 AM EDT (US)     7 / 13       
Absoulutely brilliant, IMHO. I've wanted to be able to move different pieces of map in previous Age games to another map to make things easier. I'm happy. =)

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posted 10-19-05 10:54 PM EDT (US)     8 / 13       
w00t, I love this idea. It could be usefull for people who suck at eyecandy.

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Skirmisher
posted 10-19-05 11:26 PM EDT (US)     9 / 13       
Maybe I missed something, but that building the train runs into.. did you place that, or is that automatically the end of the track..?

Naturally, does it jsut disappear..?


Kumar Shah
Skirmisher
posted 10-20-05 00:07 AM EDT (US)     10 / 13       
I placed it there.

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RF_Gandalf
Skirmisher
posted 10-29-05 06:53 AM EDT (US)     11 / 13       
Been playing with this 'groupings' feature a little bit for use in custom random maps.

I found that when you define a grouping in the ScenEd, that it is saved in your My Documents/MyGames/AOE3/RM/Groupings folder. And that RM folder is where custom RMs are placed for use. However, a custom RM will not use a file in that Groupings folder, you have to put it in the RM/Groupings folder where the game is installed. Weird.

Anyway, love this feature! You will be seeing some of this soon in a custom random map to be released hopefully an a short while.

The_Assimilator
Skirmisher
posted 10-29-05 08:52 AM EDT (US)     12 / 13       
On the subject of RMs, Is it posible to make the map in the editor, then save it as an .xs file instead of a .scn file?
CaveTown
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posted 10-29-05 03:48 PM EDT (US)     13 / 13       
You can use the grouping and go use the entire scenario as a grouping.

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ES has included an interesting new feature in the AoE3 editor - groupings. What this means is, you can select a part of a map, define it as a grouping and use it again in another map by loading the grouping back. For example, Below I created something really quick:

Did you just notice this now? I noticed it a few days ago.


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[This message has been edited by CaveTown (edited 10-29-2005 @ 03:49 PM).]

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