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The game also offers plenty of little details that keep you engaged during each mission. The waves of a lake gently lap the shore. Characters shift their weight and look around with apprehension as they wait for the next attack. Mystical creatures roam the woods and the plains. Mysterious treasures sparkle and shimmer in the sun, which eventually sets as night covers the land.
That blue circle indicates the starting point
for one of the players.
All those terrain details, characters, creatures, and objects are available in the editor, and you can change the look, size, and translucency of any of them, according to Roper. You can even dig into the characters underlying ability scores and manipulate them to your liking, or create brand new characters who will establish their own legacies in the world of Warcraft.
(To learn more about using the editor, visit Building a Better Warcraft World on page two.)
Spiders on ice: make cold northern lands,
just like in the single-player game.
Tell Your Own Tales
But thats not all you can also import your own sounds, either .wav files for sound effects or MP3 song files from iTunes. With the trigger editor, you can tell the Warcraft III editor to play a particular sound or song when certain conditions are met. For example, when a hero dies in battle, you could play a snippet from your favorite song or an ominous sound file to announce the event.
The trigger editor also allows you to play cut scenes or display character dialogue at the appropriate times during the mission, which means that you can tell your own Warcraft stories and add to the games mythology.
You can build your maps for either single-player or multiplayer action and send them to your friends or upload them to PlanetWarcraft.com, where you can also download other gamers maps. Or you can use them to create custom games at Battle.net.
Even build structures for city/temple-like environments.
Roper points out that your Warcraft III maps dont necessarily have to mimic the ones youll find in the game. We expect to see players go wild and create everything from role-playing games to Capture the Flag [scenarios], he says. You can even build your own arcade-style games; load the map called TheDeathSheep (located in the Scenario folder inside the Maps folder thats in the main game folder) for a great example of a tongue-in-cheek game.
Another Spoke Connected to the Hub
So if youre wondering how games fit into your digital lifestyle, open the Warcraft III world editor and prepare to express yourself orc-style. Or human-, undead-, or night-elf-style. Look for Warcraft III at the online Apple Store, or at an Apple retail store or Apple authorized reseller near you.