Starcraft Campaign Editor: Prima's Official Strategy Guide

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This is a detailed guide dedicated exclusively to the Scenario Editor within Starcraft. Helps them understand how to create maps choosing from a wide range of terrain styles, engineer variable scenario objectives and special events, edit unit stats, abilities, and upgrades, and manage and create mission briefings.
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Overview

This is a detailed guide dedicated exclusively to the Scenario Editor within Starcraft. Helps them understand how to create maps choosing from a wide range of terrain styles, engineer variable scenario objectives and special events, edit unit stats, abilities, and upgrades, and manage and create mission briefings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761518105
  • Publisher: Random House Information Group
  • Publication date: 1/6/1999
  • Series: Prima's Official Strategy Guides Ser.
  • Pages: 157
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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Chapter 1: StarEdit Fundamentals

You may be tempted to skip this chapter and get right down to the business of building maps, but keep reading: you'll pick up a lot of vital tips that will help you out down the line.

Whats is StarEdit?

StarEdit is a powerful editor that allows you to modify most aspects of a Starcraft mission and build new ones from scratch. You can make completely typical missions (a straightforward fight between the Terrans and Zerg, for example), or highly unusual ones (a bizarre game of interstellar football).

The missions you create with StarEdit always will have a little Starcraft in them. Regardless of how strangely you design your missions, they'll always retain Starcraft's graphics, controls, and overall game engine. But this is to be expected-the only way to make a completely original game, after all, is to program it from scratch. That's a lot of work! The beauty of StarEdit is that it lets you work on the fun part-the actual scenario design-without doing all that programming.

What Mission Aspects Can StarEdit Affect?

StarEdit gives you the power to change four major parts of a mission. We'll call them Map Editing, Scenario Editing, Briefing/Linking, and Triggers.

Here's an in-depth look at all four.

Map Editing

The most basic, obvious function of StarEdit is map editing. The minute you boot up StarEdit and look at the command palette, you'll see tools that let you change a map's terrain quickly and easily. Put a building here, a lake there-it's easy. Just select the appropriate terrain type and "paint" it in.

As you paint the terrain, you can add other features. These might include units and structures that human or computer-controlled player(s) can use. Perhaps you want a huge strike force of computer-controlled protoss to lurk in one corner of the map. Go ahead and place it there, unit by unit. Or maybe you want to ensure that the Terran player gets a quick start. Easy! Just place a few Terran units and structures on the map. Each unit or structure you place is an asset the Terran gets for free at the mission's start. Now he or she will get into high gear quickly.

Chapters 3 and 4 cover map editing, but of all the things you can manipulate with StarEdit, map editing requires the least explanation. StarEdit makes it extremely easy to build a map to your personal taste.

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Table of Contents

Interface
Building a Melee Map
Editing Your Scenario
Creating Mission Briefings and Campaigns
Trigger Basics
Using Triggers to Create Unique Scearios
StarEdit Extra
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2003

    Create

    This is a very helpful book to, well, everyone who likes to make maps. It is a good book to read even if you are experienced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME

    This iz definitely a book that you have to have!!!! There iz alwayz a moment wen someone sez to themselves,I have an awesome idea for a map. I HAVE A LOT. but i never figured out how :-( anyway buy this book if you havent alredy . O ya and my battle . net usernames are : jandtank_999 and Fuzzy_zergling

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2001

    awsome

    please dont listen to the 14 year old dentist. First , it is the best game i heve ever played. you must have this book to make your best maps

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2001

    The best choice for the Fans

    this editor book is really really useful on creating your own map. the book tels your everything. it even tell your how your enemy unites how to attack and when to do other things when you select 'use map settings' when playing. SO WHEN YOU GOT BORED WITH THE SINGLE PLAYER, TRY CREAT YOUR OWN MAP, WITH YOUR OWN STYLE.(dont read the 14 years old dentist review, he know nothing)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2001

    A Must To All Starcraft Fans

    If your into the intense thrilling game of starcraft, than this is a must for you to expand you adventure in the expieriences starcraft can give to you! I love this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2001

    Good...

    I could already make maps....but it really helps get the exact idea on what it does...good for newbies and experienced map makers alike(too bad it dosnt cover stardraft triggers too)Also..anyone looking for a clan give me a call on b.net ^$$^EltieGunner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2001

    Get it now

    first off, dont read the 14 year old dentists review, this is a great book! It helps everybody, newbies or experienced players!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2000

    this is a must!

    starcraft rocks,starcraft exspansion rocks,this is a must have for any serious map creater like me i have bought it and am now making masterpeices it gives you detailed information on thoughs hard to make 'triggers'. easaly 50 stars but B&N wont go up to that, so 5 stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2000

    Only buy this if you're stupid

    This is completely not worth buying, not only can you find much better quality guides to the Starcraft editor on the internet, the editor is incredibly easy to use in the first place. It was obviously designed to be easy to use, and you shouldn't need a guide to help you use it. It just takes a little playing around with to figure out what to do. People have had to do that with many other games like Rogue Spear, without the help of a guide or anything, and believe me, it's much harder to make stuff for Rogue Spear than to use the Starcraft editor. Bottom line, don't buy it. It's easy enough to figure out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2000

    You Need This To Succeed

    If You've played Starcraft Campaign Editor, you know its complex, and this guide just slips and slides you right through it, easy as pie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2000

    neato

    its cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2000

    If you don't like this you're an idiot!

    Ok, first off, yes you can learn this on your own, that is if you don't have a life and you sit in front of your computer for days at a time. The guide helps to discribe what the different triggers do so if you are on the net and you want the advantage and also gives you suggestions. I highly recomend this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2000

    Create campaigns like a pro with the Campaign Editor Guide

    This book covered practically everything any serious campaign maker (like me) needs to have. Having trouble with triggers? Not after buying this book. It includes detailed instructions on how to use each trigger, and other wide assortment of things.

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