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Beep i'm a bot Feb 14, 2013 @ 10:32am
Need help for .vpk
With the death of swarmarmory most the the links to tutorials i find are broken. My problem is that i have a custom map i made and i'm trying to get it from bsp to vpk. I can put it together, my as client says it's installed but it doesn't show up in the possible campaigns (other people's custom maps do).

Where do i go for help/what details should i start by posting?
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DIMEDROLL Feb 14, 2013 @ 12:03pm 
The file structure of your addon must be similar to:
Steam\SteamApps\common\alien swarm\swarm\addons\ExampleAddon\
But don't use default filenames:

rename them accordingly to your campaign name
341-gmod Feb 14, 2013 @ 12:22pm 
Beep i'm a bot Feb 14, 2013 @ 2:09pm 
Okay i think i have some of the filenames copied from the example addon, i'll look into it and repost.
goodone Feb 14, 2013 @ 9:37pm 
valve wiki has all the docs u'll ever need about mapping or anything source. so, just use search and u'll find it.

when it comes to asw, exampleaddon campaign, which comes with sdk, will get u started in the right direction. u only need 2 follow some guidelines:
  • the only filenames u can use originally r: addoninfo.txt and addonimage.jpg; every other filename must b unique - best practice is to create them in the manner similar to original campaign filenames - but not the same, ofc
  • u need 2 create both navigation nodegraph and mesh files - ain and nav files, for every map u make - both can b done pretty simply, just by running autogeneration
  • the folder structure and file placement should follow the great source ways - no need 2 be creative there - if u have no idea where something goes, just check where official game places those files, and then make the same substructure in ur own addon folder
  • vpk packing, as a final step, is pretty straight forward - for any executable command line help u can always use /? to check for options

btw, any idea when u plan releasing this out to the public? the new version of the mappack is almost but all out, however, if u plan releasing it soon, we may wait a bit to add ur campaign to it also. just if u don't take more than a few weeks. b sure 2 reply with more info on this.
Last edited by goodone; Feb 14, 2013 @ 9:42pm
Beep i'm a bot Feb 15, 2013 @ 1:26am 
Thanks for the help goodone but i have no intention of releasing this to others except my firends, it's essentially the 2nd map i ever made, it's small and has no textures/flavor. I'm using it as much needed practice before i start making some good stuff.
Beep i'm a bot Feb 15, 2013 @ 1:27am 
"u need 2 create both navigation nodegraph and mesh files - ain and nav files, for every map u make - both can b done pretty simply, just by running autogeneration" i'm missing those even though i did add nodes to the map.
Beep i'm a bot Feb 15, 2013 @ 1:51am 
I've been following this tutorial to no avail: is there something missing? The error is the same, it doesn't show up in the selectable campaigns in game.
goodone Feb 15, 2013 @ 4:39am 
r u sure u didn't use ExampleCampaign.txt for the filename? other than that file, there's no other reason ur campaign not to show in the list; given that u filled other campaign definition files correctly, ofc.

if u r not releasing, nav and ain r not that important. game will autogenerate them and store them in correct folders. it's only important for wide scale distribution.

btw, i look forward to that good stuff u promised here. :p
Beep i'm a bot Feb 16, 2013 @ 1:48am 
I'd be glad to deliver ^^.
Beep i'm a bot Feb 16, 2013 @ 1:52am 
aha maybe it's that i have invalid charachters (a space) in some of the names (btw the file is called campaign text.txt)
Last edited by Beep i'm a bot; Feb 16, 2013 @ 1:52am
Beep i'm a bot Feb 16, 2013 @ 1:57am 
Hmm still no dice. Does anyone mind doing this by skype with screen sharing so i can get this fixed once and for all?
goodone Feb 17, 2013 @ 12:00am 
i might help u... add 2 me steam, and we'll arrange a date.
goodone Feb 18, 2013 @ 4:20am 
ur campaign is fixed and delivered 2 ur email. it was mostly metafiles typo problems.
Beep i'm a bot Feb 18, 2013 @ 7:02am 
Got it thank you goodone!
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