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Halo CE General Discussion » How to make a numeric countdown timer Sep 15, 2019 05:50 PM (Total replies: 1)

Numeric Countdown Timer

Get a sprite sheet with ten image slots(0 through 9).
Well, not exactly a sprite sheet. Just a multipage bitmap with all 'default' flags will work too

Make a gbxmodel with whatever digits you want it to display. For this tutorial I am using all seven valid digits.

Each digit uses its own HEK-permutation which is provided by a number at the end of the submaterial-name.
So for each digit, make a copy of the submaterial and put a number for whichever digit you plan on using at the end of the name.

(you can click and drag submaterials to copy them)

Valid digits:

0 ) microseconds?
1 ) milliseconds
2 ) tens of milliseconds
3 ) seconds
4 ) tens of seconds
5 ) minutes
6 ) tens of minutes

(so in permutations, a halo clock would be 65 : 43 : 210 ) or ( clock6 clock5 : clock4 clock3 : clock2 clock1 clock0 )

If you were using all seven digits, you should have seven submaterials all named something like ' clock6, clock5, clock4 . .. . . .' etc. etc.

For the number sheet TIF, you will need a chicago or chicago_extended shader. Flag the shader as Numeric under Chicago Shader properties, then scroll to the very bottom of the tag and flag it as Numeric Countdown Timer
Save it and you're done.

Now you can use that shader_transparent_chicago wherever you want(probably).

To set a countdown timer in-game use this code:

numeric_countdown_timer_set <milliseconds> <BOOL autostart>

With all of that out of the way, the maximum countdown that halo seems to support is 3,600,000 <longs> (one hour).

(A seven-digit countdown timer counting down from one-hour)

for the image above, I called:
numeric_countdown_timer_set 36000000 true

Edited by OrangeJuice on Sep 15, 2019 at 06:06 PM
Edited by OrangeJuice on Sep 15, 2019 at 06:34 PM

Halo CE General Discussion » blue-gen sprite sheet generator Sep 15, 2019 02:35 AM (Total replies: 1)

Can probably imagine what kind of power can be had when you allow people to just use multiple images instead of having to line them up by hand and guess all the sizes and math.

Just animate - and - render

I would also take a guess and say it makes taking online gifs and getting them in-game trivial. And video clips .... lots of things. Hell. physical paper-scanned animations are probably super easy to import since you wouldn't have to commit to the PITA of messing with frikkin tiles


EDIT: Oh yeah, that was super painless. I love it!

Edited by OrangeJuice on Sep 15, 2019 at 06:28 AM

There's also another way to do this in the opensauce docs: Doc_Halo1_DirectionalLightmaps

With a few steps here and there for what you're trying to do(extracting all the scenery models and bsp as one setpiece)

There are a few different options. like aether above
Edited by OrangeJuice on Sep 15, 2019 at 01:32 AM

Halo CE General Discussion » Weapons - Works in Process thread [WIP] Sep 7, 2019 02:10 PM (Total replies: 14974)


But Halomaps isn't really the default center for communications anymore because of it

The whole 'was it dead already or was it murdered' thing going on

But if you like the vicariousness of just seeing all of the modding and happenings and stuff, I'm sure you could have a look around for the other communities(I don't keep in touch enough to know what the active ones are (✿◡‿◡) )

Edited by OrangeJuice on Sep 7, 2019 at 02:18 PM

Halo CE General Discussion » Halo Custom Edition on Linux ( 2017 ) Aug 31, 2019 04:58 PM (Total replies: 18)

Updated the guide for 2019.

And I added some installation tips. Are they helpful at all?

I think it would be lovely if some genius came along and made like . . an installer or appimage that does all of this automatically and installs halo for you. Once you have everything, halo is actually pretty easy to get working. But making an installer for linux that just does it for you automatically would be the best gift ever

Until then, I still hate linux. And like usual, I'm not keeping it installed, I just wanted to update this guide since I left it kind of unfinished, sorry for leaving it unfinished xD

Edited by OrangeJuice on Aug 31, 2019 at 05:22 PM
Edited by OrangeJuice on Aug 31, 2019 at 05:23 PM

Halo CE General Discussion » Release: Really big BSP Aug 11, 2019 06:19 PM (Total replies: 22)

I guess it would look nice without the default fog smothering everything

gives everything an ugly grey tinge

I'm bored, thanks for the fun
Edited by OrangeJuice on Aug 11, 2019 at 06:50 PM

Halo CE General Discussion » [WIP] Invader Jun 5, 2019 04:37 PM (Total replies: 28)

It was fun seeing the earlier screenshots of it and the interesting ways it messes up halo, now this looks even nicer

Halo CE General Discussion » Proposal: How to share tags and maps May 25, 2019 04:47 PM (Total replies: 36)

I humor the use of programs like filetopia or limewire. But these have no friendslists and are a bit too "all or nothing". As in, they are usually for sharing and synchronizing entire folders.. .. . . dynamically. Which is sort of the wrong idea for independent, "not a team" based collab projects.

xFire worked because instead of hosting a file semi-permanently(The moment you send it: A file you only need ONCE becomes outdated and unecessary to keep on hand), you can just lazily send that one time-sensitive file to whoever needs it as a zip or something.

After all, why use a fully-fledged hosting box to babysit an outdated file that you only needed to send once, to one person?

It's kinda a letdown that the only program in existence that has unrestricted size file transfers and Instant Messaging in the same program ( that isn't adware or shareware ) is something like Pidgin. SO ! ! ! How many pidgin users are here who have actually launched pidgin within the past week?
Edited by OrangeJuice on May 25, 2019 at 05:14 PM

Halo CE General Discussion » Haloce.exe isn't launching Feb 2, 2019 07:10 PM (Total replies: 3)

The game installers all have notices that say that the latest versions of the game are 1.08 and 1.09. Try patching it to 1.010 And see if that helps

Halo CE General Discussion » How about an INTERIOR level/bsp tutorial? Jul 3, 2018 01:51 PM (Total replies: 23)

Try one of these exporters:

bobbysoon's JMS exporter(is a maxscript)
junglegym (is a DLE, so goes in plugins)
Edited by OrangeJuice on Jul 3, 2018 at 01:51 PM

And to clarify even further; It's because:

With Chimera + HAC2 installed at the same time:

  • Best multiplayer experience

  • These can be used with another addon called optic: These are the medals (stuff like double kill and triple kill stunt medals in later halo games)

  • chimera can autosmooth animations. Halo's original animations run at 25//30, this upgrades them. Which can make multiplayer a little nicer at close-range

  • HAC2 can download most maps automatically. No need to shutdown halo, go to halomaps, and install map files.

  • HAC2 allows you to join full servers by simply waiting for a player slot to open

With OpenSauce:

  • Best for singleplayer

  • Allows extra graphical tools and settings

  • This is mostly for developers, modders, and specially upgraded maps. I'm also unsure it's being developed anymore

HAC2 and opensauce don't work together on anything but windows 7 and older in most cases. Some people do have them working together, but even with the fix, my game simply loads opensauce and HAC2 disables itself before the game launches, that's totally not a fix.
Edited by OrangeJuice on Jul 2, 2018 at 05:04 PM

Halo CE General Discussion » How about an INTERIOR level/bsp tutorial? Jul 2, 2018 01:59 AM (Total replies: 23)

Are you using the old bluestreak 102 exporters from 10 years ago? Those tend to make fake errors sometimes
Edited by OrangeJuice on Jul 2, 2018 at 02:09 AM

Halo CE General Discussion » Problem with setting the difficulty Jun 25, 2018 04:08 PM (Total replies: 6)

For that: If you simply typed game_dif and pressed tab, the console will fill in parts of the command automatically

If that doesn't work though, perhaps the map isn't compiled with the proper singleplayer resources even though it's marked as one
Edited by OrangeJuice on Jun 25, 2018 at 04:12 PM

Halo CE General Discussion » Problem with setting the difficulty Jun 24, 2018 06:52 PM (Total replies: 6)

with game_difficulty_set, are you setting a number?

Because I believe you have to type a worded value like so:

  • game_difficulty_set easy

  • game_difficulty_set normal

  • game_difficulty_set hard

  • game_difficulty_set impossible

Also, you may have to set it before launching the map
Edited by OrangeJuice on Jun 25, 2018 at 04:10 PM

Halo CE General Discussion » There was no geometry to export, some help? May 30, 2018 11:42 PM (Total replies: 4)

JMS exporter will stubbornly refuse to work once it has displayed an error, close the exporter and try again when it does.

Make sure your uncompiled level is under data\levels rather than tags\levels

And finally, tool automatically looks in data, so if your model were in the levels folder it'd be structure levels\levelname BSPname

(and not data\levels\levelname)


If it's a newly created level, your main geometry needs at the very least:
A Multi/Sub-Object material applied to it with at least one Standard submaterial. You probably did all of this, but a reminder is always good

The main geometry must also be visible(not hidden) when it's time to export.
Edited by OrangeJuice on May 30, 2018 at 11:43 PM

Halo CE General Discussion » JMS exporters May 23, 2018 03:34 PM (Total replies: 7)

Heey if you can confirm that those fixes work(considering how hard it is to confirm them), post it here

Edited by OrangeJuice on May 23, 2018 at 03:41 PM

Halo CE General Discussion » Horrible, horrible faliure... May 21, 2018 08:25 PM (Total replies: 8)

Are you using the Bluestreak 102 exporter from 10 years ago? That's known to cause random non-errors on perfect BSPs
Edited by OrangeJuice on May 21, 2018 at 08:27 PM

Halo CE General Discussion » 3dsmax 2019 May 14, 2018 09:57 PM (Total replies: 12)

Compared to the releases before it, this version didn't really bring anything new to the table that can't already be done through maxscripts or plugins


I still use 3dsmax5 for most other things and just as a self-imposed challenge to ssee how far I can push it. It helps that you can turn every PC in the house into a renderfarm through raysat.

Blender is just..... mmm... Damn. It's a great little tool for making the more complicated stuff like hand-painted cubemaps and other data'esque textures. But at this rate, I'll never learn how to model with it. I just use it to load FBX files for texture painting. It even loads krita animations !
Edited by OrangeJuice on May 14, 2018 at 10:36 PM

Halo CE General Discussion » Halo PC Confirmed? May 10, 2018 02:12 PM (Total replies: 29)

Luckily these forums are so ridiculously old and outdated that I can simply just download an entire tree branch of history from it so that another mass-deletion can't be hidden the moment people realize they've screwed up.

In hindsight, anyone who makes content for haloCE can make backups of a forum hive for the purpose of malice and truth. Us halomaps devs are pretty smart.
Edited by OrangeJuice on May 10, 2018 at 08:25 PM

Halo CE General Discussion » Discord Server Needed Apr 7, 2018 11:13 PM (Total replies: 52)

And he also weasels his way out of accountability for ill-will.

Sparky told various people to go to hell using religious quote references as loopholed attempt to disclaim having said it himself ; The heathen chose to press enter.
Edited by OrangeJuice on Apr 25, 2018 at 03:40 PM

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