Talk:Creating an energy ball launcher and catcher

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I've got this down in-game but it might be a bit before I can write up the tutorial. I will try to get to it sometime in the coming week. --Remmiz 01:16, 17 Nov 2007 (PST)

Sure take your time with it.--Gear 01:30, 17 Nov 2007 (PST)

From what I've seen, Valve utilized quite an annoying method of templating for it. Took me a little time to figure it out. --Baliame 04:24, 17 Nov 2007 (PST)

Yeah, they actually make the catcher outside the world and just build it as an entity inside the world. I just went ahead and built mine directly in the room. --Remmiz 10:59, 17 Nov 2007 (PST)
If Valve does it, there is probably a good reason for it. --Gherghetta 10:59, 29 Nov 2007 (UTC)
I highly doubt that. I'm sure its just built outside the map due to cluttering concerns as this is quite a bit of stuff in one little area.--Remmiz 20:12, 28 Nov 2007 (PST)
Isn't clutter concern a pretty good reason? I don't really know how building something outside of the world and then just building it in as an entity works, but doesn't it mean than you can use that same entity again, without stuffing all the stuff into the map again?--Gherghetta 14:40, 29 Nov 2007 (PST)
The thing is though that they don't just reuse the same one. I really see no other advantage to creating it the way Valve did. --Remmiz 16:23, 29 Nov 2007 (PST)
Hm. Maybe. I still think there's somethin we haven't thought of, but thats no reason to do it. How do you get this information anyway? How do you know they build it outside the map?--Gherghetta 18:10, 30 Nov 2007 (PST)
Decompiling. Also, you can just fly around with noclip and see the red glows out in the middle of nowhere. --Remmiz 20:46, 30 Nov 2007 (PST)
I think they just used a prefab system that places it outside the map. I was just looking to make my own prefabs but the decompiler seems to have screwed some things up like the trigger_multiple used to catch the balls. --Bluestrike 02:03, 1 Dec 2007 (PST)

I didn't realize this discussion tab was here or I would have asked first. But I noticed it wasn't updated yet so I figured I would write it out. --Caldaan 18:29, 19 Nov 2007 (EST)

Oh no problem, saves me some work. You did it exactly as I would have too. Very good work! Could use some pictures though as this is a somewhat difficult thing to build. --Remmiz 17:36, 19 Nov 2007 (PST)
I'm going to add some pictures today actually --Caldaan 11:00, 20 Nov 2007 (EST)

Whoa we might need to organize this a bit more.--Gear 20:43, 19 Nov 2007 (PST)

I don't think the theory is necessary for tutorials, or if you definitely want to add it, just put it on the top. --Baliame 08:09, 20 Nov 2007 (PST)