Beginner Guide to GE for Mapping

Game Version: FS17 and later
GE Version: 7.0 and later


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Have you ever wanted to make a few changes to one of your favorite maps but didn't know how to get started? Maybe add another shelter to a farm, or change debris from one location to another?

A few of my YouTube viewers asked how I edited my private map of The West Coast and thought I should share it here.

If you know nothing, or next to nothing about editing, I highly recommend watching the video from start to finish, otherwise you could miss some critical steps. The camera movement can be a bit foreign, but one of my viewers (platinumTurbo) commented that within a couple hours, he felt comfortable with the camera. If you have never been in a 3D editor before, be prepared for it to take some time to get familiar with the controls. However, I don't want to scare you off, it is a very easy thing to get started, it just takes a little dedication.

You need the first two links installed, but it may be best to just watch the video and I'll tell you what to do.

Giants Editor https://gdn.giants-software.com/downloads.php

Notepad++ https://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/v7.5.1.html

Seasons Resources https://www.realismusmodding.com/mods/seasons/manual/modding/info-for-map-makers

It is generally easier and better to ask questions on FS-UK than in YouTube. Ask questions here, and post your full log if applicable: https://www.fs-uk.com/forum/index.php?board=8.0

How to post your log in FS-UK https://www.fs-uk.com/forum/index.php?topic=164010.0

Some great mapping tips: https://www.fs-uk.com/forum/index.php?topic=185863.0

FS-UK Wiki for more tutorials https://wiki.fs-uk.com/doku.php?id=modding_tutorials

FAQ: Q “I made changes to my map, but they are not showing up in game, why is that?” A Check your mods folder for two versions of the same map. The game loads the zipped version first, and this is often the unchanged version. I didn't highlight this in my video since I was working out of the downloads folder(sorry for confusion). It is best to move the original (or backup, zipped copy) to another folder once you unzip a mod to begin working on it. That way, you never get confused which version is the edited one and what is original.

Q “The map works when unzipped, but not when zipped up”. A “Make sure you are zipping the contents of the folder, not the folder itself.

   See here:  https://www.fs-uk.com/forum/index.php?topic=198841.msg1291148#msg1291148

Original Author: flatlander84 | Date: 11 Sep 17

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