I’m sure many of you who use Hammer glance at the “Only Entities” setting for VBSP in the compile menu and just skip over it. I’m fairly certain at least a few of you have tried setting VBSP to compile Only Entities and have noticed that VVIS and VRAD start throwing errors because of it. This is a fairly short guide on how to properly use the Only Entities compile option. Before I jump right in, however, I do want to explain exactly what this option does. When you run VBSP as Only Entities, it skips over a very large portion of the VBSP process. the BSP tree isn’t created, visleafs aren’t cut up, detail sprites aren’t placed, and all those other little things that VBSP does to compile a map are not done. VBSP simply overwrites all the entity values stored in the currently compiled map. Attempting to re-run VVIS or VRAD over it will return errors because of the way those tools work, something a little bit more complicated than I really want to go over in this guide.
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About a week ago, the Facepunch Single Player Mapping Competition started. It’s going to go on until August 14th, 11:59PM GMT. I have the general layout put up on my whiteboard, and I’m adding most of the unimportant details as I go along. So far, I just have the intro done along with the first gate puzzle. I’ve added a lot more since I recorded the video, I suggest you keep up with the Facepunch thread, as I’ll probably only be putting the videos I upload to youtube on my blog.
So this last Thursday was portfolio night. Over the past week, I’ve put several hours of work into the display. Not that awesome by my standards (mapping album on facebook, other projects), but that doesn’t matter, it was still considered impressive to most of the people there. This was the reason I probably got two night’s worth of sleep over a week. There isn’t much more to say, so without further ado, a screenshot of said display: