A Guideline to Terraining and the Hive's Terrain Board Section Hello dear Terrainers, I registered that there are many users still interested into wc3 terraining, not only senior members or legends (those are mostly gone) but also new users, that did not really get in touch with the power of the WorldEditor except from some fiddling around. So I decided to write a little Introduction into the world of terraining for you all and also a little view into Hive's Terrain board. Even though this post is mainly for beginners, there might be some tips for advanced terrainers aswell. Here are the main themes that I will deal with: What is terraining? How can I learn and improve my terraining techniques? What is a Terrain Showcase? Where can I find the best Hive Terrains? What are the Terrainer's main tools? What are Terraining Contests and how can I participate? What are other useful links for terraining? What is terraining? Basically terraining is using the World Editor to create an environment for your story and triggering in which a game takes place. However the possibilities of the World Editor allowed terrainers to start terraining for a different reason than creating maps. I don't know who first came up with the second way of terraining, but it has become a very advanced and very interesting categorie of wc3 modding. So basically World Editor terraing can be divided into two subcategories: Terraining playable maps: In this case the terrain goes along with a gameplay, it's fully playable, meaning units can move around, the gameplay can be executed in this terrain. This is mainly what the WorldEditor is intended for. Terraining artistic screenshots: This kind of terrains are done only for getting a screenshot. Those mostly are more complex, detailed and eye-catching than normal terrains, because they use techniques that are not compatible with a normal gameplay. Over the years many techniques have been developed to create great pieces of art. Basically this could be called: Terraining for a screenshot. Mostly with an artistic touch. How can I learn and improve my terraining techniques? There are lots of useful and well-written tutorials around the Hive, that allow you to learn and improve your terraining, not only as a total newbie, but also as an advanced terrainer. Here are some of the most useful Tutorials: Total Beginners: http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/...ezs-complete-terraing-tutorial-v1-0-a-114203/ http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/general-mapping-tutorials-278/beginners-f-q-terraining-128655/ http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/...als-278/creating-rivers-rolling-shores-29389/ http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/...78/ultimate-beginners-terrain-tutorial-35233/ Alpha Tiles for Beginners Advanced: http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/...ood-cave-recommended-reviewed-hawkwing-96654/ http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/...278/useful-tips-night-forest-terrains-106668/ http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/general-mapping-tutorials-278/various-terraining-tips-144074/ http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/general-mapping-tutorials-278/all-about-fog-94771/ http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/general-mapping-tutorials-278/terraining-tut-forests-7391/ Principles of Pitch and Roll Experienced: http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/general-mapping-tutorials-278/natural-environments-96825/ http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/general-mapping-tutorials-278/terrain-advanced-lighting-53574/ http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/general-mapping-tutorials-278/underwater-effect-maps-7457/ http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/...tistic-style-using-mighty-alpha-tile-176544/" http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/...als-278/how-make-good-looking-lava-we-157800/ http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/...ials-278/using-reflections-terraining-171148/ Enhancing the Skies Fundamental Principles of Lighting What is a Terrain Showcase? A terrain showcase is a thread where a single terrainer presents his best terrain works. Those can be but are not limited to artistical screenshots. However those gallerys are not only to show off, but to inspire other terrainers and get feedback aswell as being a motivation for the terrain himself and theones looking at it. Here you can find most of the Hive's Terrain Galleries: http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/terrain-board-267/complete-list-terrain-galleries-134047/ Where can I find the best Hive Terrains? The best terrains ever created and submitted to the hive can be found here: http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/terrain-board-267/legendary-terrains-65435/ This can be an aim to work for aswell, but also to only take a look at some epic terrain pieces. What are the Terrainer's main tools? Except from the WorldEditor itself there are a few, tools, doodads and things, that can help the terrainer to improve his terrain or give him totally new possibilities. Here is a list of the most important terraining helps: The UTM: The Ultimate Terraining Map is a map that features tons of quality imports in form of doodads, that increase your range of possibilities, also very important are its video doodads. It's currently available as Version 3.0 by DungeonM and can be found here: http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/terrain-board-267/ultimate-terraining-map-3-0-a-45316/ The Misc.txt - file The Misc.txt is a file that allows you to increase the steepness of your hills, to make you able to create custom cliffs, it also allows to enlarge those. The file is attached to this post or available by a direct download link (Link to download the MiscData) Just create a custom folder in your WarcraftIII folder with the name "UI" and place it into it to make it work, after that, start your World Editor and raise new hills. The High-Res Doodad Pack This Pack by Born�Modificate is not only epic-sized, but also of epic quality and grants thousands of high quality possibilities to increase your terrains quality. It can be downloaded here: http://www.wc3c.net/showthread.php?t=83031 What are Terraining Contests and how can I participate? In the Arena Section of the Hive there are terraining contest on a regular basis, that are open to join for everybody, may it be a beginner, an advanced or a legend around terraining. The challenges are about specific topics and mostly screenshot terrain arts are the submission, however this depends on the contest. Take a look at the Arena to find out about wether there is a contest going on right now. The Arena can be found here: http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/arena-226/ Other useful links for terraining. http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/terrain-board-267/those-just-starting-terrain-32419/ All WarCraft III Tile Paths Useful resources found only in this forum. StryderZero TerrainTiles + Skins Giveaway: Great tiles. tobyfat50's Maps: Many various great terraing template maps. Construct with pieces Terraining Map NanO Tile Pack: All the best tiles. Animated Scenery in WC3: Many animated standard wc3 doodads. Demon Heaven: A great terraining template. Refuge in Ruins: A great terraining template. Starcraft 2 Conversion Pack Toby Ruined Pack: A great terraining template. Skins and Models - Lighting and Modern Objects ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ To be continued later, enjoy your stay. With best Regards and good luck for your terraining, M0rbid and Keiji!