I've recently started making some maps. Realistic-looking ones, not those fun but unrealistic multiplayer ones. Some of them are pretty good, especially the one that has a part of it trying to imitate that which the Enterprise saw in 'Where No-One Has Gone Before'. Anyway. I've got them all working, set up the starting points successfully, and have been using them frequently with no problems. There is just one thing that no matter what I do I can't correct. Now, before you say it, I've been and DLed a couple of map editing guides to see if the answer is in there, and they don't seem to have helped any. You can't select your starting position!!! There is just black with a grey dot in the middle when you're setting up a game. I save them properly. After having read it somewhere (right here, I think) that you need to take a screenshot, I zoomed in on the top-right corner, and tried the various shortcut keys alluded to in the advice. Nothing appeared. So I ended up taking my own screenshot with Hypersnap, cutting out the mini-map and putting it in the folder myself. Well, that helped a little. Now there is an image, but there is still a grey dot in the middle and you can't select the starting positions. Yes, I've set up the starting positions correctly (to the best of my knowledge, anyway). I'm not the sort of person who has one crack at something, can't do it, then asks someone else for all the answers. I did some research, and can't find anything wrong with the positions I've set up. And when you start a game with 8 players, they do all go to the relevant places. You just can't CHOOSE where those places are. Does anyone know anything I don't that I have to do to get it working? Because I'm at a loss.
Hey, let me see what your maps look like? I might be able to find out why.
I've attached a shot of the in-game min-map of one of the earlier maps. It's roughly 30,000 X 30,000. All the starting positions are well clear of any planets or other obstacals, and appropriately named in chronological order.
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There is a mapping guide on the Armada II CD-ROM that does explain how to set starting points, im sure :confused:
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I'm aware of that. I have played on these maps, they work fine. I have set the starting points up entirely as described in various guides including the one on the CD. Yet you still cannot choose your starting position. Hence why I have a problem :p
Yes, its actually quite simple, all you do is this. - get a pen and paper - launch the game with all spots filled up -select race romulan(since they have the widest starbase) and turn off fog and shroud - find your "0" point and count how many spaces your starbase needs to be moved "IE:up 3 1/2 squares, and left 4 Squares" - do this for each start location -then launch the editor and move the start locations "the ones u wrote down " - then launch again with all spots filled select race romulan -then check ur positioning - i usually get it the first time or second - u may have to do it more till u get good at it cheers:P
Just noticed this old thread but the answer to making start points not all be in the center is easy. Hit Control R for the Map Dialog and in the upper right on the first line click open and scroll to "empty" then save the map. Exit and load again then put default "player" in there and save. That's it. Now you get all starting positions just where you created them.