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Basic Building/Editor Tutorial
04-07-2011, 10:17 AM (This post was last modified: 03-21-2012 04:37 PM by Jacob_.)
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Basic Building/Editor Tutorial
To make games on Buildism, you use the Buildism Editor. There are two ways to access the editor:
  • Go to your profile, and find an empty game. Click "Build."
  • Click "Launch Editor" in the top right corner of your screen.

Once you're in the editor, you'll notice a row of buttons at the top of the screen, called the toolbar. Here's what it should look like:

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  1. New game
  2. Open game
  3. Save game to your computer
  4. Copy selected objects
  5. Cut selected objects
  6. Paste the objects that you have copied
  7. Group/ungroup selection
  8. Arrow-select/move parts
  9. Hand - grab parts (only works when physics are running)
  10. Resize - change the size of boxes that you have already placed
  11. Rotate
  12. Build box
  13. Build circle
  14. Place hinge
  15. Place weld
  16. Place rope (click then drag)
  17. Place water
  18. Place ladder
  19. Place seat
  20. Create terrain
  21. Start/stop physics simulation
  22. Show/hide grid
  23. Enable/disable snapping parts to grid
  24. Draw in front of parts


Buttons 8-20 control the mouse mode; only one can be selected at a time.

To place boxes, circles, water, or ladders, click and drag your mouse.

To place a weld or hinge, click where two parts (and ONLY two parts) intersect.

To place a rope, click and drag the mouse from one part to another.

You can move the camera by clicking your right mouse button and dragging. If you want to zoom in or out, use the scroll wheel or press the +/- keys.

A: If you wish to test your game, click the Add Character button. Make sure physics are running (button 21). Click again to remove your character.

B: You can change some more properties of parts by using the advanced tools; click the pencil icon on the left to access them. Select the parts you want to change by click them, or select multiple ones by clicking the left mouse button and dragging. The table at the bottom lists all of the properties you can change. If you don't understand what a property means, go to the Object List on our wiki.
Some useful properties to know:
  • Fixed: If this is set to 'true', the part will not be affected by physics. It won't rotate and it won't move.
  • Collidable: If this is set to 'true', parts can hit and bounce against this part. If 'false', other parts will go though it and it will fall through other parts -- including the ground, unless it is Fixed (see above).
  • CharacterCollide: If this is set to 'true', players can hit and bounce against this part. Collidable must be set to true for this to work though. If it is set to 'false', players can go through this part, even if Collidable is set to 'true'.
  • MaxForce: If you change this value to something higher than 0, then impacts with enough force will 'shatter' this part into many smaller parts.

C: The Lua icon opens up the Scripting Console, which is a grey bar at the bottom of the editor. Type in a one-line Lua script and click "Run".

D: The box opens the Model Showcase, which contains several premade items that you can add to your game, such as lava, a spawner, a helicopter, a gun, or a chasing NPC.

As with any other programs, you should save often to ensure that you don't lose much work. To save to Buildism.net, use the appropriate item in the file menu. However, it's a good idea to keep a copy on your local computer as well; to do this, use the save button. You can open saved games by using the open button and navigating to where you saved the file.

More relevant guides: Scripting, Welds, Textures
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04-07-2011, 11:47 AM
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Eric
RE: Basic Building/Editor Tutorial
Cool list Jacob_! do you like my *How To: Upload skins* thread?

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04-07-2011, 11:52 AM
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Duck
RE: Basic Building/Editor Tutorial
This is a good guide, I wish it was around on my first day :P

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04-20-2011, 05:23 PM
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Sea
RE: Basic Building/Editor Tutorial
This might seem very simple, but how do I anchor blocks?
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04-20-2011, 05:28 PM
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Ice
RE: Basic Building/Editor Tutorial
Nice guide! Very helpful.

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06-24-2011, 03:07 AM
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AK-47
RE: Basic Building/Editor Tutorial
This would be very useful for those newcomers. Also for users who don't build.

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06-24-2011, 03:10 AM
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Blizzard
RE: Basic Building/Editor Tutorial
Very nice.

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07-01-2011, 08:37 PM (This post was last modified: 07-01-2011 09:13 PM by Qwertygiy.)
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Qwertygiy
RE: Basic Building/Editor Tutorial
It's a little outdated, I think I'll take a screenshot of the editor, label the buttons for even easier viewing, and then update the list.

Edit: Done. I also updated the Textures tutorial.

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07-02-2011, 11:59 AM (This post was last modified: 07-02-2011 11:59 AM by AK-47.)
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AK-47
RE: Basic Building/Editor Tutorial
I see! It's an iceberg!

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07-05-2011, 04:31 PM
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Ice
RE: Basic Building/Editor Tutorial
Now no one should say "I don't know how to build".

I don't see how this guide could be any easier to understand.

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03-21-2012, 12:32 PM
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RA2lover
RE: Basic Building/Editor Tutorial
looks like the Layers tutorial link is dead, can anyone check it?
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03-21-2012, 04:40 PM
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Jacob_
RE: Basic Building/Editor Tutorial
I just looked for that tutorial and it's gone... I think it was written by a certain member who had an emotional breakdown and deleted all of their posts.

Layers are pretty simple to use though - 0 (background) is behind the character, 1 is on the same level as the character, and 2 (foreground) is in front of the character. Parts will only collide with parts on their own layer.
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