|Ok we know that
the editor Armadillo is a frustrating program to use at times, well all
the time. Here at Twisted DIRT we have been working hard on trying
to make the objects that we make appear in the game. I had an object but
couldn’t make it work in the editor (Armadillo). Well good news to some
we have answers for you. With the work from Twisted DIRT, and especially Bruce (AMA_DirtTwister),
Jeff (VRT_MCMnut), Jesse (JMS), Fraser (Fraser). For long hours of testing
and making it so the MCM2 community can use the User Made option. In this
tutorial I assume that you know how to make an object and have the files
you need from rainbow to make them in to a .SLT format that MCM2
first problem we found, was when we tried to put the object in the editor
(Armadillo) it crashed for some and not
for others. Why?
Well it has to do with how Motocross Madness
was loaded on your hard drive. The default loading sets up a file that
looks like this:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Motocross Madness2
this wont let you put your user made objects in the right folder. Sure
in Armadillo it finds the _art pic and the SLT file., but what
it doesn’t like is the .TGA file.
It look’s in the main armadillo folder for it. You say well I’ll
just put all my .TGA files in the main folder but that’s messy
and will make problems. So we, who had the default setting reloaded mcm2
with a new directory. The drive doesn’t matter it could be your F, D,
or whatever drive. I just use C: for an example.
Simple and Clean. We believe that
the maker had the same directory setup. It need’s to have the register
set with this directory so the TGA file can be found in the right folder
like the instructions ask.
so now we can see the object in armadillo if you put the texture .TGA
and the .SLT file that you made in 3dMAX 3.1
in the UserModels folder.
came the second problem. I could see the object in Armadillo and I could
put it in the game but after I raced it MCM2 crashed. I couldn’t see the
track image and when I went to race another track the game crashed to
the desk top.
here is the sad part it has to do with using Multiple UserMade
For some reason, we still are not sure why, MCM2 doesn’t like to
compile more that 1 SLT file with the same name. You have to make another
SLT file of the object the change in the name. Here is what Jeff found:
|“What I had to do was make a
second copy of the whole object. I copied the tdbanner2.slt
file over to tdbanner2a.slt and the same with the "_art" file
too. Of course I had to edit wherever needed like the .SCN
file, the .INI file, and the new .SLT file. Now
the editor and MCM2 thought these were completely separate objects
with only one instance. As before the track started working properly
So that’s the mystery of why the game crashes with multiple
User Made Objects. The
way we made the MakeCMP.INI file is like this:
I tried modifying this to only point at the .TGA
files that I wanted but the [TextureMap] section does not work
right when you do that. I just resorted to making a new folder each time
and only copying in the .TGA files that I need.
way we made the track ini:
trackname.ini file should look something like this if you
have all your .tga files in your project folder:
No other .TGA files are needed for the bundle
than what is shown above.
You can use the same .TGA
texture map to make the same multiple User Made object. This will save
file size in your final .ENV file. You just have to make sure that
the SLT file points to the right tga file you want to use. Its on the
Same TGA different SLT Name
[LOD 0 - Surface 0]
Here are the steps that Bruce recommends
for bundling a track with multiple user created objects:
"A tip that I would have for multiple
objects is to set up only 1 SLT for placing objects, then place
as many as you want, because Armadillo doesn't care. When you are ready
to bundle you then need to edit your .SCN and add a letter or number
to the end of the SLT name for all of the extra copies of that
object in the .SCN. If you placed 3 bobsvan.slt's then you
would go back and edit the .SCN and make the 2nd one bobsvanB.slt
and 3rd one bobsvanC.slt. You must then create these additional
.SLT files by making copies of the original and renaming them."
The last thing would be that it is necessary to manually backup your .SCN
and .INI file and edit the backups the way that you want. When
you are ready to bundle you have to copy them to the original names before
you start Armadillo. So you have to do these steps:
Steps for Bundling
1. Create your track, have everything saved, and exit Armadillo before
2. Edit your .SCN and project .INI so that they are correct
for the objects that you are using.
3. Restart Armadillo.
4. Load your project.
5. Bundle without saving
last we found that you need to use just the 256x256 .TGA
texture map. I used a 512x512 map for the semi that Fraser made
and it looked great. But when viewed on anther computer running a 16meg
card it failed to see the texture and put the wrong texture map on the
object. Later I tried
the same track just redoing the texture map for the semi truck
to the size of 256x256. Then putting it through MakeCMP
again and bundling it again and the truck had the correct textures.
Even if you try to force the textures to work that setting in the game
we may expand on this but now you have the info you needed to get those
object filled tracks out there. We felt that this information needed to
go out for all. I know there are many object/track builders out there
just waiting to show off their stuff. I know myself and many others are
just going to benefit from this with more creative tracks. This was a
pain to have to do the testing after the plugins came out, and we may
have a better solutions down the road. But here is the answers so far
for what we have to work with.
Thanks to Jesse for his 'mini-manifesto'
on this frustrating issue, and DirtTwister, MCMnut & Fraser for their
input. We have all been waiting and wondering if the object problems
could be worked out. So far, so good I guess...stay tuned!!!