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haefele March 9th, 2009 6:45 AM

[Tut] How to map...

1. Prolog
2. A little info
3. Routes
4. Towns
5. Caves/Mountains
6. Ended word

1. Prolog
I'll show you here my way to map ;)

2. A little info
... when you map, you have one rule you have to show:
- A map is like a pizza, you need several things on it, mountains, trees, some water, and houses.

And, you have to make new blocks like this:

3. Routes
Thanks to Blackvolution for the pictures in this piece.
Lets start with the route.
At begin we make a map: 40x40, my standart, and make a border at the map:

After that we think about, how to come into the map, and how to go out. At the most of my maps, I have a
begin of a way at the entrance, but this mustn't be.

Now make a mountainline, and a house on the map, but think about the space, that the hero see.

Puh, now give the route a shape:

Yes, you can set grass, take the grass tile, and go aimless through the map.

Now it looks nice, but so unspektacular, do you agree?
How is it with flowers? Set the flowers, a diagonal patter is nice, a line is horrible...
Dont forget the bushes and other decoration:

For the end, give the map the last shape, set trees one more time.

4. Towns
Now my pictures :)
In the mapping are towns and routes the same, make a border, the entrances, and the shape.

Now the difference between towns and routes, the houses, normal, center and market, if you want a
gym too, but look that the houses don't stay in a line:

Now place a sea, a way, a mountain...!

Something is missing... there are so many empty spaces...trees?!

5. Caves and mountains
Juchu, a new thing, lets start ;)
Start like a route, with the border:

Now give the map a shape, and place entrances.

After that the decoration, water, stones and so on^^.

Special, make many many stones, and big stones too!

Finished :)

Now one of the hardest things in mapping, the mountains.
Start with the first layer of the mountain.

Now the next, and next layer...

After that the little things, stairs, stones, grass like in the routes...

6. Ended word
I hope this tut is good, at RhW the user love it xD.
Feedback please :)

Pokepal17 March 9th, 2009 9:37 AM

Thanks I needed another mapping tutorial :) - Neti's pictures won't show on the computer :(

Mew-Mewwer March 9th, 2009 11:45 AM

Nice! I'm sure it will help me mapping! Thanks!

Chimchar 9 March 9th, 2009 1:58 PM

Not the best maps to help beginners, but still helpful to them.
Well good tut anyway.

Buizel 9 ~

cooley March 9th, 2009 2:11 PM

I have to say, well done ^_^ I like it a lot ;)
But I would agree with Buizel 9. This tutorial is really good, but for people like me or so..not for the beginners =/ XD

Xatoku March 11th, 2009 2:33 PM

How do you import your own tilesets?

colcolstyles March 11th, 2009 6:29 PM


Originally Posted by The blob of blobs (Post 4426383)
*offtopic* how did you make those "show content" then the hide content buttons?
as opposed to
hidden content


This is off topic but this thread should help you.

Anyways, you (haefele) need to work on your tree shadows. This tutorial helped me out a lot.

Worldslayer608 March 12th, 2009 9:46 AM

Nice tutorial :) I think it will help a lot of people, it has already helped me a bit :), I stink at making a river :S

colcolstyles March 14th, 2009 9:15 PM

Don't you think "How to map" is kind of a bold claim?

Darthatron March 14th, 2009 11:05 PM

I like the layouts, however you don't really explain "how to map", you just show pictures of the steps you did. Also, you need to work on your shadows.

haefele March 15th, 2009 12:50 AM

Please sav nothing to the shadows... these maps are 6 months old...

Ty for feedack ;)

Surf March 15th, 2009 2:13 AM

This tutoial is good for people like me, who get the geneal idea, but are not quite shore which way to go.
Thanks Haefele

Drevil 2.0 March 15th, 2009 4:29 AM

Wow. Thats all I can say, stunning as It Is.
I can tell you that this has taught me a few things, such as how to map good caves.
The part on mountains was very good, and a few of your maps, had border errors.

And the tree shadows were poorly done. But this turorial is better than neti's.

Well please make one on how to map the sea, and inside houses.

Good luck. ;)

Tyrantrum March 15th, 2009 12:05 PM

The cave mapping is very useful for me, seeing as how I suck at mapping them! XD

You've really have grown here since I've last talked to you. And I'm going to have to disagree with cooley and Buizel 9. This may be useful for beginners who understand how to use Advance Map. If the follow this, it could help them improve, with better shape, and everything. (Lets hope they don't make the same maps! XD).

Anyways, great tutorial, haefele~

EBAiscool March 15th, 2009 1:05 PM

This helps my mapping a bit. This taught me a bit more into mapping. Hopefully Bazza should see this. A lot of people think that he needs help on mapping

mindfreak March 15th, 2009 1:54 PM

Nice tut it was very helpful.
Especially the cave part.I have always troubles when i try to make caves.
Do you also have tips for in houses?

haefele March 15th, 2009 9:57 PM

Hehe, houses are so funny.... i hate them, they are so bored.
But here a few tips:
-make other borders, not everytime the same
-if you have the first step, set around the table, everytime a other position

Sorry but i haven't more^^

Rocka210 June 28th, 2009 5:39 AM

How do you add tilesets

Please respond

ShinyBlaziken June 28th, 2009 5:55 AM

@Rocka: This will maybe help -> click

I've also got a question:
I made a map and i also want to add that map to another rom.
How can I do that?

Vednix June 28th, 2009 6:04 AM

Yay! now tell us how to insert them into our ROMs!

ckret2 June 28th, 2009 6:05 AM

Very nice tutorial! I agree that it works best for someone who already has some mapping knowledge, like where you say to think about the space that the hero sees. A complete beginner might not fully understand how border blocks work yet or know how many tiles to the left, right, top, and bottom you can see in GBA around the hero. But for mappers that know the basics, this is a good tutorial.

Good work on this. :D


Originally Posted by Rocka210 (Post 4797945)
How do you add tilesets

Please respond

Responding. You're welcome.

This isn't the place to ask, kid. Try the "Simple Questions" thread. It's for questions that are simple. The title might have thrown you off, since you probably didn't expect a thread with a title like "Simple Questions" to be a place where you ask simple questions. Now you know.

This is a tutorial on how to make maps, not insert tilesets.

Vrai June 28th, 2009 2:46 PM


Originally Posted by Vednix (Post 4798001)
Yay! now tell us how to insert them into our ROMs! save? xD

Nice job, haefele.

Britani Knight June 28th, 2009 4:13 PM

yeah, I don't understand this tutorial. Man that is making me scared of doing a 3rd gen hack, since I'm a beginner.

defdef2 June 28th, 2009 6:58 PM

this helped me alot an i thank u

lutek14 July 23rd, 2009 12:12 AM

Very good.
But what program did u use?

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