Step 9: Tile Editing: Expanding the Design

When you're designing N levels and you notice something looking odd, you have to be ready to scrap and redo the design, no matter what the cost. It's worth it though: You'll end up with a better level.

Once you've got the basic level down, try imagining the gameplay flow. In this case, the player is pretty free to move around. Now unless you already have done, you'll need to decide whether you want to restrict/direct the player's movement, and if so, whether to do that with tiles, objects, or both.

Here, we're going to use a combination. We'll start by adding some horizontal channels to direct the player, and provide some options for how to traverse the columns.
<p>No,I cannot get the debug menu. neither the &quot;~&quot; or the &quot;|&quot; work, I'm on N v2 and you have to press the shift button to actually get to the &quot;~&quot; and the &quot;|&quot; on my keyboard. </p>
Good point, we should really update this tutorial for Nv2.0! <br><br>In Nv2.0, the editor is no longer in alpha state, so all you need to do is log in (creating an account is completely free) and you can see a &quot;levels&quot; link on the main menu that takes you to the levels page, where you can browse levels. <br><br>There's also a button that opens the editor in the top right hand corner of the page. Enjoy!
what is the [home] button?
The home button is in the llittle rectangle of buttons above the arrow keys
Where's the home button?
hey um im a vet, but how do&nbsp; make the ned recorder work??
<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.thewayoftheninja.org/n.html">http://www.thewayoftheninja.org/n.html</a> for info and <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.thewayoftheninja.org/n_downloads.html">http://www.thewayoftheninja.org/n_downloads.html</a> to download it<br/>
how do you download it
when i press p it goes to the game but nothiung moves?
Caps lock is neccessary to play in debug mode.
Well, not necessary, just easier. You can play the map FBF if you want to, but I don't recommend it.
But is it's power level over 9000?
It would be much better to post maps on NUMA, instead of here!
UHH, metanent , try this map :D go to editor and paste it &gt;&gt;<br/>11011101110111011101111110111011101110111011111101110111011101110111110000000000000000000000103111011101110111011111011110111011101110111110000101110111011101111101111111111111111111111011111111000000000011110111101010301010140111100001010101010101101111021110105010101011011110000000000101010110111111111111111111111101111111111111111111000011111111111111111111110111111110110110110100001111111101101101101111011111111011011011011150111111100000000000000001111111031101101101111111111110111011011011111111111101110110110111111111111011111111111111111111110101101101101111111111101011011011011000011111020110110110110000111110000000000000000001111111011011011011000011111110110110110110000111111101101101101111111|5<sup>108,564!11</sup>684,492,684,492!7<sup>84,468,0!7</sup>84,372,0!7<sup>84,276,0!7</sup>84,180,0!7<sup>84,84,0!7</sup>300,180,0!7<sup>300,228,0!7</sup>468,372,0!7<sup>468,300,0!7</sup>468,228,0!7<sup>468,156,0!7</sup>660,180,0!7<sup>660,252,0!7</sup>660,324,0!7<sup>660,396,0!7</sup>708,396,2!7<sup>708,324,2!7</sup>708,252,2!7<sup>708,180,2!7</sup>516,228,2!7<sup>516,300,2!7</sup>516,372,2!7<sup>252,420,2!7</sup>252,372,2!7<sup>252,324,2!7</sup>132,180,2!7<sup>132,276,2!7</sup>132,372,2!7<sup>132,468,2!7</sup>180,84,3!7<sup>276,84,3!7</sup>372,468,1!7<sup>420,468,1!8</sup>36,276,0!8<sup>36,372,0!8</sup>36,468,0!8<sup>36,180,0!8</sup>36,84,0!8<sup>252,180,0!8</sup>252,228,0!8<sup>420,372,0!8</sup>420,300,0!8<sup>420,228,0!8</sup>420,156,0!8<sup>612,180,0!8</sup>612,252,0!8<sup>612,324,0!8</sup>612,396,0!8<sup>180,180,2!8</sup>180,276,2!8<sup>180,372,2!8</sup>180,468,2!8<sup>324,420,2!8</sup>324,372,2!8<sup>324,324,2!8</sup>564,372,2!8<sup>564,300,2!8</sup>564,228,2!8<sup>756,180,2!8</sup>756,252,2!8<sup>756,324,2!8</sup>756,396,2!8<sup>420,420,1!8</sup>372,420,1!8<sup>276,132,3!8</sup>180,132,3!2<sup>108,516,0,-1!2</sup>108,444,0,-1!2<sup>108,348,0,-1!2</sup>108,252,0,-1!2<sup>108,156,0,-1!2</sup>108,96,0.707106781186547,-0.707106781186547!2<sup>156,60,1,0!2</sup>240,60,1,0!2<sup>300,72,0.707106781186547,0.707106781186547!2</sup>324,60,0.707106781186547,0.707106781186547!2<sup>324,156,0,1!2</sup>324,264,-0.707106781186547,0.707106781186547!2<sup>312,252,-0.707106781186547,0.707106781186547!2</sup>120,84,0.707106781186547,-0.707106781186547!2<sup>132,60,1,0!2</sup>276,276,-1,0!2<sup>240,300,-0.707106781186547,0.707106781186547!2</sup>228,288,-0.707106781186547,0.707106781186547!2<sup>228,324,0,1!2</sup>228,408,0,1!2<sup>228,468,0,1!2</sup>228,492,0.707106781186547,0.707106781186547!2<sup>240,480,0.707106781186547,0.707106781186547!2</sup>276,492,1,0!2<sup>324,492,1,0!2</sup>252,492,1,0!2<sup>384,492,1,0!2</sup>468,492,1,0!2<sup>480,480,0.707106781186547,-0.707106781186547!2</sup>492,492,0.707106781186547,-0.707106781186547!2<sup>492,468,0,-1!2</sup>492,432,0,-1!2<sup>492,408,0,-1!2</sup>492,360,0,-1!2<sup>492,264,0,-1!2</sup>492,180,0,-1!2<sup>492,144,0,-1!2</sup>492,132,0.707106781186547,-0.707106781186547!2<sup>504,144,0.707106781186547,-0.707106781186547!2</sup>492,156,0.707106781186547,-0.707106781186547!2<sup>564,132,1,0!2</sup>636,132,1,0!2<sup>420,492,1,0!2</sup>672,144,0.707106781186547,0.707106781186547!2<sup>684,132,0.707106781186547,0.707106781186547!2</sup>684,180,0,1!2<sup>684,216,0,1!2</sup>684,276,0,1!2<sup>684,336,0,1!2</sup>684,384,0,1!2<sup>684,444,0,1!12</sup>660,492!12<sup>660,516!12</sup>684,516!12<sup>708,516!12</sup>708,492!12<sup>708,468!12</sup>660,468!12<sup>636,468!12</sup>636,492!12<sup>636,516!12</sup>636,540!12<sup>660,540!12</sup>684,540!12<sup>708,540!12</sup>732,540!12<sup>732,516!12</sup>732,492!12<sup>732,468!12</sup>660,480!12<sup>660,504!12</sup>660,528!12<sup>672,528!12</sup>696,528!12<sup>684,528!12</sup>708,528!12<sup>708,504!12</sup>708,480!12<sup>672,516!12</sup>696,516!12<sup>696,504!12</sup>684,504!12<sup>672,504!2</sup>276,60,1,0!2<sup>192,60,1,0</sup><br/>
uhhh, i only registered so i can ask metanet, i registered to numa like 4 times<br/>they never sent me an email validation, how can i upload my ap <sup></sup><br/>
I created a level and tried to upload it to NUMA, but when i checked it out on the site it was just a picture of my level and i couldnt play it. what did i do wrong?
Nothing... in order to play levels in N, you need to add them to the "userlevels.txt" file included with your download. This is covered in step 13. Increased ease of level sharing is one of the many things that's on our "to do" list -- sorry it's so clunky at the moment!
metanet, are you, as your name implies part of metanet software? or just a big fan like me?
Yep, I'm half of Metanet Software.
Cool, great game too.
:D thank you!
ok this is great, but on my N, when i downloaded it, it had all the things telling me how to work the level editor, but no actual level editor. im confused? is it just hidden, or did my get messed up, or am i just missing something?
Take a look at this instructable's step two, and/or read the editor manual that was included with N: "At the main menu screen, press tilde (~ ) or the vertical bar key ( | ) to pull up the debug menu. " That should get you started. :) Ned, is still a little too rough to be linked from N's main menu, which is why it's still only part of debug. This will change in the next version of N!
there is a link to the editor manual in Step One of this instructable. Or, you cold just download N again, and throw out everything but the files you need (it's only a ~1.5MB zip file). (Also, where I said "step two" in my earlier comment, I should have said "step one" -- whoops!)
ok thanks that works. but about the editor manual; the whole file that came with the different N programs, i can no longer find. i had made a shortcut to the part where you play the game, but i can't find the file that came with all of it.
Sirckus: Yes, give N a try. you might get addicted though, so look out! Thanks for the link, prony -- there are some good points there too.
Yay, finally a tutorial...<br/><br/>I guess I should also include this: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://jeffkillian.com/NUMA.htm">http://jeffkillian.com/NUMA.htm</a><br/>
Must admit... I'm not familiar with 'N', but this extremely thorough instructable has me intrigued.

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