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Spark Editor is the Editor for making maps/levels for Natural Selection 2. Spark Engine is a proprietary engine from Unknown Worlds.

Launching Spark Editor[]

Go to ..\Steam\SteamApps\common\Natural Selection 2

Run "LaunchPad.exe", create a new project, then launch "Editor"

General Layout[]

Layout.jpg

1/ Toolbar : used to creates Lines, Faces, Entity, Lights, change texture and more

2/ Layers : Layers are used to display and mask object from the views. Wherever it's a big entity that you don't need to see everytime (like locations), or just an object in the way that bothers you. Some Layers have a special Effect (Vents)

3/ Groups : Regroup faces, vertices or any object to one thing. Some groups have a special Effects.

4/ Browser or Properties : this will display the Properties depending of the tool you are currently using

5/ General View : Can be either 1 angle or 4 angles

6/ Selection Filter : You can filter with object you are selecting with your mouse

7/ View Properties : You can change from 2D to 3D view, also wireframe and Lit (= With light preview) or Unlit (no Light Preview)

Creating Faces[]

This this official tutorial on Youtube. Old but still ok :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRnF6MuzqAk

Natural_Selection_2_Spark_SDK_Mapping_Tutorial_-1_(Spark_Level_Editor)

Natural Selection 2 Spark SDK Mapping Tutorial -1 (Spark Level Editor)

Internal Ressources[]

Spark Editor : Spark Editor

Game Entity : Spark Game Entity

Entity List : Spark Entity List

Decals : Spark Decals

Creating Custom Textures : Spark Custom Materials

Creating Custom Skybox : Spark Custom Skybox

Lightining : Spark Lights

Sound : Spark Sounds

From Valve Hammer to Spark Editor : Valve Hammer to Spark

Known Troubleshootings : Spark Troubleshooting

Beginners Trick : Spark Beginner Tricks

Final Checklist before publishing : Spark Editor Final Checklist

External Ressources[]

Example map : https://forums.unknownworlds.com/discussion/155728/ns2-veil-layout-example-map

Wiki : https://wiki.naturalselection2.com/view/Spark_Editor

Console command : https://wiki.naturalselection2.com/view/Console_Commands

Guides and Ressource : https://forums.unknownworlds.com/discussion/129290/ns2-mapping-guides-and-resources

Editor Layer/Group list (+ hidden tools/features) : https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=351327660

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