Map Creation

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Maps are 7z archives which, at their most basic, consist of three image files packaged in a particular way. They can be found in Zero-K/Maps and be zipped or unziped with 7zip. Maps can contain more than their three image files, including:

  • Metal spot layout.
  • Start area configuration.
  • Tree, rock or any other models to be placed as map features.
  • Arbitrary code and units changes that can arbitrarily modify the game. See Mod Creation.

Creating maps[edit]

Beginner mapping tutorial for SpringRTS is located here: https://springrts.com/wiki/Mapdev:Tutorial_Simple

Ask for help in #zkmap in on the Zero-K Discord server.

Here are some SpringRTS (the engine) links [1] [2]

Startboxes[edit]

Startboxes are loaded from /mapconfig/map_startboxes.lua and can be generated ingame with the Startbox Editor widget included with the game. Alt-F11 to toggle.

Full guide for the startbox editor here: http://zero-k.info/Forum/Thread/20485

Metal Configuration and Spot Graphics[edit]

Metal spots on maps are done via Lua configs. They can be generated ingame with the dbg_mouse_to_mex_portable.lua widget, available at | TheMooseIsLoose's github.

Download that repo as a zip and extract into your map folder. Load the map in ZK, enable cheats, and then enable Debug Mouse to Mex in your alt-f11 widget menu. Alt-M to toggle on and off. Click to create new metal spots, the values and positions will be automatically saved to your game data directory. Copy and paste the content from MexSpots_YourMap to your /mapconfig/map_metal_layout.lua

Running maps[edit]

Local testing[edit]

To run a map locally put it in Zero-K/Maps then start the game. Untick 'Only featured maps' in Settings -> Lobby and start a singleplayer skirmish game. Select 'Advanced', click 'Change Map' and select your map from the list.

Multiplayer[edit]

Upload your map to https://springfiles.com/ to make it downloadable and playable by others. Some admin action to feature/support the map may also be required.