How to Use the New GameHeart -
Hey everyone! The new GameHeart is now available on all regions! To help you get started I have created this quick guide.
Alterzim Stronghold TE
Bel'Shir Vestige LE
Cloud Kingdom LE
Derelict Watcher TE
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Polar Night LE
Star Station TE
Finding the maps:
To use a GameHeart Light map, launch starcraft and go to the “custom games” section.
Next type “GHLight” into the search box and then press search. The currently available maps GHLight maps will show up.
Setting up the game:
Next, pick the map you want to play on, and click the ‘create game’ button. NOT the ‘join game’ button. For this example I am going to choose “Habitation Station - GHLight”. You will get a screen that looks like this:
From here, you set it up just like a normal game with a couple of exceptions. First add the players and the observers you want. But before you click the ‘start game’ button let’s look at the ‘settings’ section on the left side of the screen. You will notice four new drop-down menus labeled as follows: “Strong Colors”, “League”, “Team 1”, and “Team 2”. I will cover each of these options now.
Let’s start with “Strong Colors”. This option allows you to determine whether or not you want the game to use the Stronger Team Colors mod to display brighter colored textures for units in the game. This mod is particularly useful in ZvZ where units can be difficult to tell apart especially on low quality streams. There are three options.
The first option, and the default setting is “OFF”. With this setting the stronger team colors textures will not be used. It will look just like a normal game to both players and observers.
The next option is “ON (Observers)”. With this setting the stronger colored textures will be used, but only observers will see them. The game will still look exactly like a normal game to the players.
The last option is “ON (Everyone)”. With this setting the stronger colored textures will be used and everyone in the game, including both observers and players will be able to see them.
The “League” setting determines which logo will appear in the middle of the map for the tournament or league that is running the match. If you select “IEM” from this dropdown the Intel Exteme Masters logo will appear on the map. If you select “Red Bull Battle Grounds” then their logo will appear on the map. Only the observers see these logos.
Here is in example with IEM selected:
If you leave it set to “(No League)” no logo will appear on the map for the tournament or league. It will just be blank.
Team 1 & 2:
These options correspond to the teams your players are on in the lobby. The “Team 1” option selects the logo which will appear for the player on “Team 1” in the lobby. And the “Team 2” option does the same thing for the player on “Team 2” in the lobby. Here is an image to show how they correspond.
So as you can see here, the “Karnage eSports” logo is selected for Team 1. That means for the red player you will see the “Karnage eSports” logo appear in both his mineral lines, and in some large open space near his natural. The “Team Liquid” logo will appear for our blue player who is on Team 2.
Here is are some screenshots of how these logos will look:
Just like the league logo players do not see the team logos. They also do not see the icons above buildings showing what they are producing.
Launch the game!
Now that we have all of our settings setup the way we want them we can just press ‘start game’. From this point on it is just like playing or spectating a normal game. You can use any interface file you wish to spectate.
Known issues and their solutions
There are a few problems people have encountered using these new GameHeart maps. Luckily all of them have solutions you can adjust in your game settings.
Problem: Logos do not always appear where you expect them.
Solution: Make sure to set your ‘effects’ setting in your graphics options to ‘high’ or better.
Problem: Logos appear as pink boxes, or pink areas appear where there are elevation changes. This may appear as pink rocks or something to that effect near or on the logos.
Solution: Adjust your shaders, indirect shadows and effects settings in graphics options.
Problem: Strong team colors is not showing up on most units.
Solution: Set your ‘Show Flyer Helper’ setting in gameplay options to ‘None’ or 'Selected'.
Be aware that none of these solutions will actually take effect until you create a new game.
If you need a logo or map added to GameHeart, you have a question, or are having trouble with it for any reason please do not hesitate to contact me via email at TeamGameHeart@gmail.com or more urgently via skype as ‘rtschutter’.
Thanks guys! There are more features coming soon so keep an eye on this project!