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FinalSun Complete Tutorial

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Welcome mappers, players, modders and other people that are interested in mapping Tiberian Sun. If you want to know how to make your own maps, you are at the right place to do so! I am LucasSK (creator of [TIBERIUM RESURRECTION]) and I am mapping Tiberian Sun for over than a year and a half now.  When I was learning how to do stuff and making my first projects, I encountered many problems with too little answers, so I thought it would be great idea to share my skills, knowledge and summarize FinalSun here. And now, without further ado, lets get into it!

NOTE: This tutorial is made based on Temperate Theater of the map (not Snow).

(Download FinalSun herehttps://forums.cncnet.org/topic/6720-final-sun-complete-fixed/)

1.png.317dbfdbef57fd9ed7deb1d0829ead76.png("left-side" layout)

Ground - Select ground type you want to use (or use clear for default ground). Everything except water will not affect accessibility. GROUND

Change owner - Change object's owning house to any you have in your map. This doesn't apply for Ground however. OTHER

Infantry - Choose any Infantry, that is available in-game (including Civilians and Mutants infantry). OBJECT

Vehicles - Choose any Vehicle, that is available in-game (including Civilian, Cabal and Mutant vehicles). OBJECT

Aircraft - Choose any Aircraft, that is available in-game (including Orca Transport). OBJECT

Buildings - Choose any Building, that is available in-game (including Light Posts, Civilian structures and Crashes). Different buildings require different number of fields, so make sure there is no other object blocking those fields. OBJECT

Terrain objects - Allows you to place Trees, Fonas and Tiberium trees in your map, or use Paint random trees to paint them randomly from the ones you choose. OBJECT

 2.png.189c44ce0cd0dbae9143a1e76743963e.png(Paint random trees - Select Trees you want to use by moving them from Available to Used by Arrow, then press OK and place them in map)

Smudges -  Place Craters and Burned remains on the ground. OBJECT

Special / Overlay - Here you can paint Tiberium, Veins, Bridges, Walls and Erase it. OVERLAY

Waypoints - Create Waypoints (used in Triggers and Scripts). 5.png.109ba0481e55f3aafc63659737391435.png OTHER

Celltags - Create Celltags (used in Triggers). 3.png.49b9245dc34a1af6ed778dfef087ea06.png OTHER

Base nodes - Lets you create Building "layout" for AI bases = where should AI build / replace which building. Attach this to an existing Building. OTHER

Tunnels - Lets you create and delete Tunnel paths underground from one Tunnel entry to an another. OTHER

Player locations - Set player(s) starting point and delete it (represented through Waypoints). OTHER

6.thumb.png.35435b3241dcb3de0b041903d90a7936.png("lower" layout)

Special & Overlay - This contains all Overlays you can use. Unless you are pro-mapper, I suggest you ignore everything in this category (as it is included in Special / Overlay), except Rocks, Walls and Goodie Crate. OVERLAY

Terrain / Ground - This contains some additional items you can manipulate with. Lets analyse them. GROUND

0000 (Clear) - Clears ground (similar to the Clear in Ground section). 

0009 (Ice Ramps) - Lets you manually create inequalities on terrain or elevations to higher "Height levels"

0010 (Cliff Set) - Lets you manually create Cliffs (+4 "Height levels" above ground).            

X.png.2b6c625c4501eb80bb3f0f13663010ca.png(Tiberian Sun has 15 "Height levels")

0012 (Shore Pieces) - Lets you manually create Shores

0013 (Rough LAT Tile) - Rough ground type (similar to the Ground 2 in Ground section) 

0015 (Cliff/Water Pieces) - Lets you manually create Cliffs with water around them (+4 "Height levels" above ground). 

0016 (Bendy Dirt Roads) - Twists and connectors for dirt roads. 

0017 (Dirt Road Junctions) - Dirt road junctions.                                      

xx.png.de0db3d0dd5b7d1aa5150838c76d003d.png(Straight road connected to leaning road using connector from Bendy Dirt Roads selection)

0018 (Straight Dirt Roads) - Straight and leaning dirt roads.

0019 (Bridges) - Attach this to Cliff. Ends for Big bridges (paint bridges from one end to an another using Bridges section from Special & Overlay).  (+4 "Height levels" above ground). 

0020 (Paved Roads) - Paved roads and nearly everything you need to build them. 

0021 (Water) - Water ground type (similar to the Water in Ground section). 

0023 (Dirt Road Slopes) - Elevation for dirt roads (lets you lead dirt roads to higher "Height levels"). 

0025 (Slope Set Pieces) - Attach this to Cliff. Lets you create way to get up the Cliff.

0030 (Waterfalls) - Attach this to Cliff. Lets you create Waterfalls in certain direction. 

0033 (Sand)Sand ground type (similar to the Ground 1 in Ground section).

0035 (Rough Ground) - Lets you create "2D" rough ground. 

0036 (Paved Road Ends) - Endings for Paved Roads

0037 (Train Bridges) - Attach this to Cliff. Ends for Big track bridges (paint bridges from one end to an another using Bridges section from Special & Overlay).  (+4 "Height levels" above ground). 

0038 (Pavement) - Lets you create pavement ground + parking lots (great for cities). 

0040 (Paved Road Bits) - Some details you can add to the middle of Paved Roads

0041 (Green)Green ground type (similar to the Ground 3 in Ground section).

0043 (Ramp Edge Fixup) - Lets you create elevations to higher "Height levels"

0045 (Water Slopes) - Elevation for water (lets you lead water to higher "Height levels"). 

0046 (Pavement (Use for LAT)) - Pavement ground type (similar to the Pavement in Ground section).

0047 (Paved Road Slopes) - Elevation for paved roads (lets you lead paved roads to higher "Height levels"). 

0048 (Monorail Slopes) - Elevation for rails (lets you lead rails to higher "Height levels").

0049 (Waterfalls B) - Attach this to Cliff. Lets you create Waterfalls in certain direction.

0050 (Waterfalls C) - Attach this to Cliff. Lets you create Waterfalls in certain direction. 

0051 (Waterfalls D) - Attach this to Cliff. Lets you create Waterfalls in certain direction. 

0053 (Tunnel Floor) - Creates Tunnel ending with Paved roads.

0054 (Tunnel Side) - Creates "side" for Tunnel endings.

0055 (Track Tunnel Floor) - Creates Tunnel ending with Paved roads and Tracks.

0056 (Destroyable Cliffs) - Cliff that can be destroyed and used as entrance. 

0057 (Water Caves) - Cliff with water caves in it. 

0070 (Scrin Wreckage)Scrin wreckage textures (WARNING: HUGE). 

0072 (Dirt Track Tunnel Floor) - Creates Tunnel ending with Tracks

0073 (Dirt Tunnel Floor) - Creates Tunnel ending. 

0074 (Crystal LAT Tile)Crystal LAT ground type (representing Green Tiberium

0076 (Swampy)Swampy ground type (usable on Water

0078 (Blue Mold)Blue mold LAT ground type (representing Blue Tiberium

0080 (Crystal Cliff) - Cliff with Crystal LAT on it (+4 "Height levels" above ground).

0081 (Kodiak Crash) - Kodiak crash textures (WARNING: HUGE). 

NOTE: Some numbers may differ from the ones you will work with.

Now, I would split these objects into 3 categories: Objects, Overlay, Ground, Other, so you can understand their features.

Object - Characteristic / Description: They can be blocked by other Objects, aren't Overlay & Special and most of them are "3D" such as Vehicles, Infantry, Buildings, Trees, etc. Some of them are selectable by double-left-clicking on them and they are draggable by left-click-and-hold. Can be deleted by using Delete objects.

Overlay - Characteristic / Description: Everything in Overlay & Special, can't be selected, often has weird field position (overlapping or near the edge of one field (not centered)). Can be deleted using Erase overlay.

Ground - Characteristic / Description: Mostly "2D" items on the ground, on which you can place other Objects or Overlays + Water, Firestorm Defence. Can be deleted using Clear.

Other - Characteristic / Description: Items you can't see in-game such as Waypoints, Celltags, etc. OTHER

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Vehicles, Aircraft, Infantry and Buildings have their "options" when you double-click on them. They are pretty much self-explanatory.

1.png.c12ec2801a826f1b2526fd0eff8ae25d.png("upper" selection)

File - Interface with map file(s) (save, open, create your maps through here)

Edit - This is heart of triggers and programmed actions, that happen throughout map. I will talk about them in a while.

Terrain - Tools, that help you manipulate with terrain (same as 9 images / symbols below)

Map tools - Few useful, but dangerous Map tools.

SunEdit 2k - Link to SunEdit 2k (I personally do not recommend this tool).

Online - Links to a few (not) important websites.

Options - Change some settings to personalize FinalSun and turn on / off some mapping tools.

Help - Tips & Tricks related to mapping.

Brush size - Change amount of affected tiles by your "brush" (works for OVERLAY and GROUND category).

Other images / symbols are pretty much self-explanatory, when you aim cursor at them.

et.png.b276ba39bcadcf0bdd57f94afc2ced99.png("Edit" options)

Undo - Undoes your last action. (works for OVERLAY and GROUND category).

Redo - Redoes your last action. (works for OVERLAY and GROUND category).

Copy - Copies part of map, which you select.

Copy whole map - Copies whole map.

Paste - Pastes selection.

Paste centered - Pastes selection in the middle of your map.

Map - Edit basic map properties.

Basic - Edit basic map settings.

Special flags - Edit more map settings.

Lighting - Change light in the map. You can make darker maps or lighter maps.

Singleplayer settings - Edit these only and only if making Singleplayer map, but they still lack purpose.

Houses - Create and edit Houses (sides) for your map.

Local variables - 1 or 0 "switch". Used in Triggers and Scripts.

Trigger editor - Tells AI when to execute what kind of action.

Tag editor - Tags for Triggers. In most cases, you shouldn't edit these.

Scripts - Tells AI what to do with Taskforce.

Taskforces - Groups of certain units, that AI would build in order to create "strikeforce".

Teams - Merges Scripts and Taskforces together and defines some more of their options.

AI Triggers - Too complicated even for me 😕 

AI Trigger enabling - Too complicated even for me 😕 

INI editing - Edit map's .ini file directly.

Basically: Scripts tells AI WHAT to do, Taskforces tells AI WITH WHOM to do it, Teams MERGE them together and Triggers tells AI WHEN / UNDER WHICH CIRCUMSTANCES to do it. Let's break-down Triggers into detail:

NOTE: Some triggers may not work in certain situations.

EVENTS:

#0 No Event / This is a null event. There is no need to ever use this in a real trigger.

#1 Entered by / Triggers when an infantry or vehicle enters the attached object. Typically this trigger is attached to a building or a cell.

#2 Spied upon / Detects when a spy has entered the attached building.

#3 Thieved by / Triggers when a thief steals money from the specified house.

#4 Discovered by player / Detects when the attached object has been discovered by the player. Discovered means reavealed from under the shroud.

#5 House Discovered / Triggers when the specified house has any of its units or buildings discovered by the player.

#6 Attacked by any house / Triggers when the attached unit is attacked in some manner. Incidental damage or friendly fire does not count.

#7 Destroyed by any house / Triggers when the attached object has been destroyed. Destroyed by incidental damage or friendly fire doesn't count.

#8 Any Event / When used alone it will force the trigger to spring immediately.

#9 Destroyed Units All / Triggers when all units of the specified house have been destroyed. Typically used for end of game conditions.

#10 Destroyed Buildings All / Triggers when all buildings of the specified side have been destroyed. Typically used for end of game conditions.

#11 Destroyed All / Triggers when all objects owned by the specified house have been destroyed. This is the normal (destroy everyone) trigger condition for end of game.

#12 Credits exceed / Triggers when the house (for this trigger) credit total exceeds this specified amount.

#13 Elapsed Time / Triggers when the elapsed time has expired. This time is initialized when the trigger is created. Timer is reset whenever trigger is sprung when trigger is 'persistant'.

#14 Mission Timer Expired / Triggers when the global mission timer (as displayed on the screen) has reached zero.

#15 Destroyed Buildings / Triggers when the number of buildings owned by the trigger's specified house have been destroyed.

#16 Destroyed Units / Triggers when the number of units owned by the trigger's specified house have been destroyed.

#17 No Factories left / Triggers when there are no factories left for the house specified in the trigger.

#18 Civilians Evacuated / Triggers when civilians have been evacuated (left the map). 

#19 Build Building Type / When the trigger's house builds the building type specified then this event will spring.

#20 Build Unit Type / When the trigger's house builds the unit type specified then this event will spring.

#21 Build Infantry Type / When the trigger's house builds the infantry type specified then this event will spring.

#22 Build Aircraft Type / When the trigger's house builds the aircraft type specified then this event will spring.

#23 Leaves map (team) / Triggers when the specified team leaves the map. If the team is destroyed it won't trigger. If all but one member is destroyed and that last member leaves the map it WILL spring.

#24 Zone Entry by / Triggers when a unit of the specified house enters the same zone that this trigger is located in. This trigger must be located in a cell and only a cell.

#25 Crosses Horizontal Line / Triggers when a unit of the specified house crosses the horizontal line as indicated by the location of this trigger. This trigger must be placed in a cell.

#26 Crosses Vertical Line / Triggers when a unit of the specified house crosses the vertical line as indicated by the location of this trigger. This trigger must be placed in a cell.

#27 Global is set / Triggers when the specifed global (named in Globals.INI) is turned on.

#28 Global is clear / Triggers when the specified global (named in Globals.INI) is turned off.

#29 Destroyed by anything [not infiltrate] / Triggers when attached object is destroyed but not if it infiltrates a building/unit.

#30 Low Power / Triggers when the specified house's power falls below 100% level.

#31 Bridge destroyed / Triggers when the attached bridge is destroyed. A bridge is considered destroyed when an impassable gap is created in the bridge.

#32 Building exists / Triggers when the building (owned by the house of this trigger) specified exists on the map. This works for buildings that are preexisting or constructed by deploying.

#33 Selected by player / Triggers when the unit is selected by the player.  Use in single-player only.

#34 Comes near waypoint / Triggers when the object comes near the specified waypoint.

#35 Enemy In Spotlight / Triggers when an enemy unit enters the spotlight cast by the attached building.

#36 Local is set / Triggers when the specifed local is turned on.

#37 Local is clear / Triggers when the specified local is turned off.

#38 First damaged (combat only) / Triggers when first suffering from combat damage from combat damage only.

#39 Half health (combat only) / Triggers when damaged to half health >from combat damage only.

#40 Quarter health (combat only) / Triggers when damaged to quarter health >from combat damage only.

41 First damaged (any source) / Triggers when first suffering from combat damage from any source.

#42 Half health (any source) / Triggers when damaged to half health >from any source.

#43 Quarter health (any source) / Triggers when damaged to quarter health from any source.

#44 Attacked by (house) / When attacked by some unit of specified house.

#45 Ambient light <= / Triggers when the ambient light drops below a certain level.  Use numbers between 0 and 100.

#46 Ambient light >= / Triggers when the ambient light rises above a certain level.  Use numbers between 0 and 100.

#47 Elapsed Scenario Time / When time has elapsed since start of scenario.

#48 Destroyed by anything / Triggers when destroyed by anything what-so-ever.

#49 Pickup Crate / When crate is picked up object the trigger is attached to.

#50 Pickup Crate (any) / When crate is picked up by any unit.

#51 Random delay / Delays a random time between 50 and 150 percent of time specified.

#52 Credits below / Triggers when the house (for this trigger) credit total is below this specified amount.

#53 Player under EMP effect / Specific house is under EMP effect. 

ACTIONS:

#0 No Action / This is a null action. It will do nothing and is equivalent to not having an action at all. Why use it?

#1 Winner is / The winner will be forced to be the house specified. The game will end immediately. Typically the player's house is specified.

#2 Loser is / The loser will be force to be the house specified. The game will end immediately. Typically the player's house is specified.

#3 Production Begins / The computer's house (as specified) will begin production of units and structures.

#4 Create Team / Creates a team of the type specified (owned by the house of this trigger). The team member are NOT automatically created however.

#5 Destroy Team / Destroys all instances of the team type specified. The units in those existing teams will remain and be available for recruiting into other teams.

#6 All to Hunt / Forces all units of the house specified into 'hunt' mode. They will seek out and destroy their enemies.

#7 Reinforcement (team) / Create a reinforcement of the specified team. The members of the team WILL be created magically by this action.

#8 Drop Zone Flare (waypoint) / Display a drop zone flair at the waypoint specified. The map will also be reaveald around that location.

#9 Fire Sale / Cause all buildings of the specified house to be sold (for cash and prizes). Typically this is used in the final assault by the computer.

#10 Play Movie / Displays the specified movie (full screen). The game is paused while this occurs and resumes normally after it completes.

#11 Text Trigger / Display the text identified by the label in Tutorial.ini.

#12 Destroy Trigger / Destroy all current instances of the trigger type specified. This does not prevent future instances of that trigger >from being created.

#13 Autocreate Begins / Initiates autocreate for the house specified. This will cause the computer's house to build autocreate teams as it sees fit.

#14 Change House / Changes owning house to the one specified for attached objects.

#15 Allow Win / Removes one 'blockage' from allowing the player to win. The blockage number is equal the number of triggers created that have this action.

#16 Reveal all map / Reveals the entire map to all players.

#17 Reveal around waypoint / Reveals a region of the map to the player around the waypoint specified.

#18 Reveal zone of waypoint / Reveals all cells that share the same zone as the waypoing specified. This yields some wierd results. Use with caution.

#19 Play sound effect / Plays the sound effect specified.

#20 Play music theme Plays the music theme specified. Look up the number of the song in Theme.ini then add 1.

#21 Play speech / Plays the speech sound specified.

#22 Force Trigger / Force all triggers of this specified type to spring regardless of what it's event flags may indicate.
#23 Timer Start / Start the global mission timer.

#24 Timer Stop / Stop the global mission timer.

#25 Timer Extend / Extend the global mission timer by the time specified.

#26 Timer Shorten / Short the global mission timer by the time specified. It can never be reduced below 'zero' time.

#27 Timer Set / Set the global mission timer to the value specified.

#28 Global Set / Set the global flag. Global flags are named in the file Globals.INI. Global flags can be either 'on/set/true' or 'off/clear/false'. Globals are reset by saved games.

#29 Global Clear / Clear the global flag. Global flags are named in the file Globals.INI. Global flags can either be 'on/set/true' or 'off/clear/false'. Globals are reset by saved games.

#30 Auto Base Building / Initialize the computer skirmish mode build control to either 'on' or 'off' state. When 'on' the computer takes over as if it were in skirmish mode. (ps make sure he has a con yard). 

#31 Grow shroud one 'step' / Increase the shroud darkness by one step (cell).

#32 Destroy attached building / Destroy any buildings bridges or units that this trigger is attached to.

#33 Add 1-time special weapon / Add a one-shot special weapon (as indicated) to the trigger's house.

#34 Add repeating special weapon / Add a permanent special weapon (as indicated) to the trigger's house. 

#35 Preferred target / Specify what the trigger's house should use as its preferred target when using special weapon attacks.

#36 All change house / All objects of one house change ownership to specified house.

#37 Make ally / Cause this trigger's house to ally with the house specified.

#38 Make enemy / Cause this trigger's house to un-ally (declare war) with the house specified.

#39 Change Zoom Level / Changes the zoom out level of the player's radar map. Use 1 for normal view 2 for zoomed out. 

#40 Resize Player View / Changes the player's viewing rectangle into the map. Enter as:   x, y, w, h   where x, y gives the upper left corner and w, h give the width and height.

#41 Play Anim At / Plays the specified anim in the specified cell. Use numbers from [Animations] and either subtract 2 or 5 (depending on the position in the list). 

#42 Do Explosion At / Creates an explosion in the specified cell using the specified warhead.

#43 Meteor Impact At / Sends a meteor at the specified cell.

#44 Ion Storm start / Starts an ion storm sequence to run for the specified number of game frames. 

#45 Ion Storm stop / End an Ion storm in progress.

#46 Lock input / Disables user input.

#47 Unlock input / Enables user input.

#48 Center Camera at Waypoint / Moves the tactical view to a specified waypoint at the specified speed. Use 1 through 4 for good results.

#49 Zoom in / Zooms the tactical map in.

#50 Zoom out / Zooms the tactical map out. 

#51 Reshroud Map / Reshrouds the entire map for all players. 

#52 Change Light Behavior / Changes the way a building spotlight behaves. Attach this trigger to a building that casts a spotlight. 0= no Spotlight - 1= Circle - 2= Rules.ini settings (affected by direction) - 3= Unit in Spotlight. 

#53 Enable Trigger / Enables the target trigger.

#54 Disable Trigger / Disables the target trigger.

#55 Create Radar Event / Creates a radar event at the specified waypoint. 

#56 Local Set / Set the local flag. Local flags can be either 'on/set/true' or 'off/clear/false'.

#57 Local Clear / Clear the local flag. Local flags can either be 'on/set/true' or 'off/clear/false'.

#58 Meteor Shower At / Creates a meteor shower around the specified waypoint.

#59 Reduce Tiberium At / Reduces Tiberium around the specified waypoint.

#60 Sell building / Sells the building attached to this trigger.

#61 Turn off building / Turn off building attached to this trigger.

#62 Turn on building / Turn on building attached to this trigger.

#63 Apply 100 damage at / Applies 100 points of HE damage at location.

#64 Light flash (small) at / Shows a small light flash at location.

#65 Light flash (medium) at / Shows a medium light flash at location.

#66 Light flash (large) at / Shows a large light flash at location.

#67 Announce Win / Announce that player has won.

#68 Announce Lose /  Announce that player has lost.

#69 Force end / Force end of scenario.

#70 Destroy Tag / Destroy tag and all attached triggers.

#71 Set ambient step / Sets ambient light fade step value.

#72 Set ambient rate / Sets ambient light fade rate.

#73 Set ambient light # Fades ambient light to new lighting level. Use numbers between 0 and 100.

#74 AI triggers begin / Start AI triggers for specified house.

#75 AI triggers stop / Stop AI triggers for specified house.

#76 Ratio of AI trigger teams / AI percentage of teams created for AI triggers (100 = all for AI trigger teams 0 = all for regular teams). 

#77 Ratio of team aircraft / AI percentage of aircraft created for teams (100 = all for teams 0 = all random). 

#78 Ratio of team infantry / AI percentage of infantry created for teams (100 = all for teams 0 = all random). 

#79 Ratio of team units / AI percentage of units created for teams (100 = all for teams 0 = all random). 

#80 Reinforcement (team) [at waypoint] / Create reinforcement team at special waypoint location. The units will appear at this point. Magical-poof style.

#81 Wakeup self / Breaks out of sleep or harmless mode so as to enter guard mode.

#82 Wakeup all sleepers / Breaks all units out of sleep mode.

#83 Wakeup all harmless / Breaks all out of harmless mode.

#84 Wakeup group / Wakeup all units of specified group.

#85 Vein growth / Control if veins grow or not.

#86 Tiberium growth / Control if Tiberium grows or not.

#87 Ice growth / Control if ice grows or not.

#88 Particle Anim at / Show particle animation at location.

#89 Remove Particle Anim at / Delete particle anims at specified location.

#90 Lightning strike at / A single Ion Storm lightning strike.

#91 Go Berzerk / Attached object (cyborg) goes berzerk.

#92 Activate Firestorm Defense / Turns on a house's firestorm defense.

#93 Deactivate Firestorm Defense / Turns off a house's firestorm defense.

#94 Ion-cannon strike / Fires Ion-Cannon at waypoint specified.

#95 Nuke strike / Fires Nuke at waypoint specified from nearest edge.

#96 Chem-missile strike / Fires Chemical missile at waypoint specified.

#97 Toggle Train Cargo / Toggles state of cargo train dropping crate. 

#98 Play Sound Effect (Random) / Plays sound effect at random waypoint. Rules of action 19 apply.

#99 Play Sound Effect At waypoint / Plays sound effect specified at waypoint specified. Rules of action 19 apply.

#100 Play Ingame Movie / Displays the specified movie ingame. Player still has control of interface and units.

#101 Reshroud Map At / Does an anti-map ping at waypoint specified.

#102 Lightning Storm strike / Lightning storm owned by owner of trigger at waypoint.

#103 Timer Text / What text label to display with timer (i.e. actual text is in game.str).

#104 Flash Team / Flashes the specified team for the specified number of frames. 

#105 Talk Bubble / Displays talk bubble over unit. 

#106 Give Credits / Give credits to a specific house.

#107 Enable Short Game / Enables the Short Game option. Will NOT automatically kill players that have no buildings when this is enabled.

#108 Disable Short Game / Disables the Short Game option.

If you want to learn more about Triggers, Taskforces, Teams, Scripts,... feel free to check this tutorial: https://forums.cncnet.org/topic/1642-how-to-make-or-edit-an-ais-behavior-in-tiberian-sun-and-in-red-alert-2/ or https://www.modenc.renegadeprojects.com/Maps/Section:_Actions or contact me through Reply, Private Message or Discord (LucasSK#4124). Also, be sure to check my YouTube Mapping Tutorialshttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjjwlzyJni7VrKTFltZ03e-4imT-_xwlD, where I will go through specific mapping situations (How to do certain thing,...).

 

TIPS:

- read Manual by pressing F1 while in FinalSun or Tips (Help -> Tip of the day)!

- while making map, play it once in a while to check if everything is working!

- turn off Beginner mode (Options -> Beginner mode) to access all features of FinalSun.

- make terrain as interesting as you can by putting multiple decorations there!

- make sure things aren't overlapping!

- test your map occasionally while making it!

- FinalSun has many bugs, be patient and calm :)!

- there are many mapping tutorials available online. Just choose one! https://ppmforums.com/index.php?f=892 or https://forums.cncnet.org/forum/13-mapping-tutorials/ or https://forums.cncnz.com/topic/8683-tsra2-map-tutorial-triggers-taskforces-teams-and-scripts/.

After reading this, you should have pretty good idea of what is mapping in FinalSun. If you have any other questions, need help with anything, something's missing here, found incorrect statement or something incorrectly explained here, please let me know through Reply, Private Message or Discord (LucasSK#4124). This is my 1st tutorial, so feel free to review it and ask further questions about mapping here😉. At last, I recommend you checking my recent addon which I am still working on - [TIBERIUM RESURRECTION] - https://forums.cncnet.org/topic/9186-wip-tiberium-resurrection/ and YouTube channel, where I am starting Mapping Tutorials series - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjjwlzyJni7VrKTFltZ03e-4imT-_xwlD, where I will go through specific mapping situations (How to do certain thing,...).

Have a good day.

 

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This tutorial was updated to version 2.0. Now, this tutorial includes full explanation of FinalSun, few more links, few more tips and correction of grammatical (and other) errors. I hope you will enjoy it.

 

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      THIS IS REAL SIMPLE FOR ANYONE! SIMPLY ADD A MOD! ALL MODS (see all image gifs below) WILL WORK, AND IS PLAYABLE & BUILDABLE RIGHT AWAY (on CnCnet only) after you save map in final sun!! ENJOY!!
      IMPORTANT:   
       The buildings and units in this topic are uploaded on CnCnet only! You can share maps with these mods and play this online on CnCnet. How? because they are uploaded on cncnet, if you want to use them on a different client, you can find them inside the mix and ini folders, (or click here to download them) You can Simply download ALL the mod files here: MODS v1.3.rar , insert the INI files (mods) in FInal sun, how? by looking at the first GIF in this message, and forget about the rest. But if you're new to modding, or interested in how and what, read on. Notes: 
      This topic is devided in: Buildings/units/weapons; Multiple tutorials; insertable mods that activates all kinds of triggers; and all kinds of enabling other stuff. All in INI files. For this topic I'm using more then just the main topic message. I did not make any of these images and animations, they're a collection of fan art, publicly released on ppmforums.com.  Some of the mods can also be used for any TS client, they will be marked with: (Works on every TS) A quick Modding Tutorial:
      Normally, modding is done with the use of wordpad, or with Notepad++ (recommended), but in this tutorial we keep things simple and stay in Final Sun
      How to ADD the mods using Final Sun
      Open Final sun and make or load a map
      Make sure Beginners Mode is disabled. Click Option > Beginner mode.
      Now you go to Edit > INI Editing. 
      You can Insert your desired mod simply by clicking "Insert another INI file content"
      In this Gif i inserted the Big Sam, see below under Buildings
      How to EDIT mods using Final Sun
      First off, a little explanation on How to edit WHEN you can build it, WHO can build it, IF you can build it, and its primary weapon.
      For tutorial purposes, we are only concerned here with these 4 lines: Owner=, TechLevel=, Prerequisite= and Primary=
      Owner=Nod                              Makes only Nod be able to build, use =Nod,GDI for both factions 
      TechLevel=-1                           Minus one (-1) makes this UNable to build, any Tech Level you set here will ofcourse, decide with wich TechLevel you can play this with.
      Prerequisite=GACNST            GACNST is the building code for Construction yard. You can do up to three building for example: =PROC,NARADR,NATECH
      Primary=LaserFire2                This gives any building or unit Nod's Laser weapon. Again, look in rules.ini to see who uses which 'Primary=' (weapon)
      To know all building codes, you can look inside rules.ini (Download rules.ini  or see in this page) (and use 'find function' with 'ctrl+f)

       
      You can Also Click Add, type in an existing tag from rules.ini, like GAGATE_B (gdi gate), find GAGATE_B in the dropdown menu, under keys: press 'Add', type a value like TechLevel=-1 and pres Ok.

      To make the prerequisite codes easier for you now, here are some of the most common buildingcodes used for prerequisite:
      PROC,GASILO (Tiberium refinery, Tiberium Silo)
      NAPOWR,NARADR,NAHPAD,NAWEAP,NATECH,NATMPL  (NOD'S: Powerplant, Radar, Helipad, War factory, Tech center, Temple) 
      GAPOWR,GARADR,NAHPAD,GAWEAP,GATECH,GAPLUG  (GDI's: Powerplant, Radar, Helipad, War factory, Tech center, Uplink center)
      GACNST,BARRACKS,FACTORY,HELIPAD,TECH (Both faction's: Barracks, War factory, Helipad, tech center)
      Some more modding tutorials are found here:
      Adding a new unit: https://ppmforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=518
      Editing weapons: https://ppmforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=28056
      My own tutorial on modding: https://forums.cncnet.org/topic/6277-brand-new-tutorial-for-new-map-makers-create-your-own-mods/
      Some mapping tutorials:
      Triggers, taskforces, teams, and scripts (***) https://ppmforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=33824
      Tunnel Tutorial https://ppmforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=44324
      LucasSK's Complete Final Sun Tutorial: https://forums.cncnet.org/topic/9934-finalsun-complete-tutorial/

      I have not made a gif and ini for each of the fan made uploaded units and buildings, see all of them here:
      ]https://forums.cncnet.org/topic/8661-ts-the-new-units-and-buildings-expand11/

      (Click to view full image)
      Here we go:
      VEHICLES 
      (Download vehicle pack: All Vehicles.rar or download individual link)
      Big Ion Tank
       Big Ion tank.ini
      LKO's Scorpion
      Scorpion.ini
      LKO's Mechs (just a few of them for now)

      Small double canon mech exciter.iniSmall Laser mech Kesselbrut.iniSmall sniper mech Umgi bolver.iniSmall yellow laser mech blackhawk.iniSpalters peewee gun n double laser gun.iniBig Mech Thor.iniBig Mechs DAISHIG and DAISHIN.iniCOLOG deployable heavy artillery nukes.iniFatboy.ini
      Tarantula
       Tarantula.ini
      Redeployable Oblisk
      redeployable oblisk.ini
      Predator Tank
       Predator tank.ini
       
      Mongoos Mech
       Mongoosmech.iniMongoosmechdualproton.ini
      Heavy Assault Mech
       Heavy assault mech canon.ini
      Tripod
      Sleeping Tripod.ini
       
    • By FunkyFr3sh
      We removed the macOS downloads since Apple dropped support for 32-bit applications in their latest version of macOS (10.15 Catalina).
      Downloads might be added again at a later point once there is a solution for supporting the new macOS Catalina.
       
       
       
      If you're running a older version of macOS you can still try to install the games (C&C / Red Alert / Tiberian Sun) manually:
       
      Step 1: Install wine-stable https://wiki.winehq.org/MacOS
      Step 2: Download the following script, right-click and select Open https://downloads.cncnet.org/cncnet.command.zip
       
       
       
      If you're running the new macOS Catalina 10.15:
       
      Use bootcamp: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201468
       
       
    • By Holland
      I'd like to explain some of the new units that have been uploaded recently: a package full of (most) fan made voxels and animations (infantry, vehicles, buildings, weapons, terrain), created over the years and years since TS started. Some of you already have seen some maps with these, and so far they're mostly test maps. Any map with the word 'VXLS'  or 'Voxel' is a (test) map with some of them.
      http://mapdb.cncnet.org/search.php?game=ts&amp;age=0&amp;search=VOXEL
      http://mapdb.cncnet.org/search.php?game=ts&amp;age=0&amp;search=VXLS
      THeyre also in these (copy /map and code into cncnet) :
      /map e917eed3aa50bef39f6f265c9c690b788cd3de9e  Fortress Tower Forest [4]
      /map 58b6f72c996c3e80d21d68270f6ab68b3db43576  Fortress Tower Forest 2
      /map be2dacfcea0e3d1dd522abc75fe1e31b8f01dfea  King of the Jungle
      /map 92c384a01632dc2a8de4a94f41a30ef5c1438f1e  TowerDefense Rally RACE! Jungle [V1]
      /map 4f573c8775f769ec4ec02b83b5af98e2009011b0  Oil Derricks
      but if you wanna peak at all of them, try this one:
      /map d77a5b52251353621a58cfa79c8130ae6b858542  Voxel Arena - All new models v1
       

      All you need to do is open the map file (with wordpad) and pick the one you want, and copy it in your map. If you want to do it more efficiently, download XCC Utilities and open XCC Mixer, and browse to \CnCNet\TiberianSun_Online\MIX\expand11.mix, so you can see the unit (VXL or SHP file) and its name, and you simply Use "Image=" on your modded units or structures, or use animlist= for different explosions
      For Example we want CYBORG to have the image of the zone trooper, then we add this into your map:
      [CYBORG]
      Image=ZONE
      But ofcourse we can add the Zone trooper in our map as a new infantry as well. As for all the other ones. Please look at some modding tutorials on how to do that
      I will use this topic to explain more about it, but i'm glad i finally started this lol, for now, i will answer any question and will help you getting you the right codes for your mod. Oh and if you are a creator of one of these animations please tell me so we can give you credit, or tell me if you want it removed!
    • By FunkyFr3sh
      Updates
      Tiberian Sun Single-Player Campaign is now available on macOS and every Linux download.
      Red Alert Single-Player Campaign / Multiplayer downloads were merged together with Tiberian Sun into one download. 
      Downloads are now also available for Pacman-based Linux distributions (Antergos, Manjaro Linux, ...).
       
       
      Downloads
      Ubuntu, Linux Mint, ...                                  cncnet_1.0_all.deb
      Fedora, openSUSE, ...                                  cncnet-1.0-2.noarch.rpm
      Manjaro, Antergos, ...                                  cncnet-1.0-1-any.pkg.tar.xz
      macOS                                                           CnCNet.dmg
       
       
      Find all downloads here                            https://cncnet.org/download
       
       
      You may also be interested in the following snaps made by user [email protected] 
      Red Alert (Full Game)                               https://snapcraft.io/cncra
      Tiberian Sun (Full Game)                         https://snapcraft.io/cnctsun
       
       
    • By FunkyFr3sh
      Command & Conquer 1, Red Alert, Tiberian Sun, Dune 2000 (+ Mods)
       
       
      Linux x64 example:
      wget -c https://downloads.cncnet.org/cncnet-server-core.tgz -O - | tar -xz nohup ./cncnet-server-core --name "My cool server" --maxclients 200 --port 50001 > cncnet-server-core.log 2>&1 & Linux ARM
       
       
      Windows:
      On XP, Vista and 7 make sure .NET 4.0 is installed: https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/download/details.aspx?id=17113
      Download the server and start it: http://downloads.cncnet.org/cncnet-server-gui.exe
       
       
      Note: Servers are chosen automatically by CnCNet and are only used in case 2 players fail to establish a Peer-To-Peer connection.
       
       
       
       
       
      Yuris Revenge (+ Mods)
       
       
      Linux (Ubuntu) example:
      sudo apt-get install default-jre wget http://downloads.cncnet.org/cncnet-tunnel.exe nohup java -jar cncnet-tunnel.exe -name "My cool server" -maxclients 200 -port 50000 -headless > cncnet-tunnel.log &  
       
      Windows:
      Download the server and start it: http://downloads.cncnet.org/cncnet-tunnel.exe
       
       
      Note:  To use a specific server you'll have to select it via the advanced settings while hosting a game room.
       
       
       
       
      Linux autostart
      crontab -e @reboot nohup ~/cncnet-server-core --name "My cool server" --maxclients 200 --port 50001 > ~/cncnet-server-core.log &  
       
       
      The servers will not show up instantly on the website, it can take up to 30 minutes
       
       
       
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