Half-Life 2 invisible water. Please help!

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Half-Life 2 invisible water. Please help!

Postby tacoo on Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:59 pm

I made a simple map, but can't get the water to work. I've done a few maps before without any problems and can't figure it out. If anyone would feel inclined to take a look at it for a few minutes, I'd greatly appreciate it! :)

Here is a download link (it's very small!)

http://speedy.sh/GTNyM/hl2map.rar
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Re: Half-Life 2 invisible water. Please help!

Postby m.anderson on Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:10 pm

I don't have access to hammer right now but have you gone over the documentation for water? Check this list:

https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Adding_Water#Construction

Make sure you're building with visibility, otherwise the water will never show up.
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Re: Half-Life 2 invisible water. Please help!

Postby tacoo on Sat Aug 23, 2014 1:43 pm

I did it by the book as far as I can tell.
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Re: Half-Life 2 invisible water. Please help!

Postby LordDz on Sat Aug 23, 2014 2:15 pm

Is the water made properly? With a nodraw block and only one face set as water.

Does the map compile without leaks? Leaks will cause water to not show up properly.

Try with a different texture?
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Re: Half-Life 2 invisible water. Please help!

Postby sloprano on Sat Aug 23, 2014 3:24 pm

I have downloaded and compiled it on normal and the water appears as it should. There were no leaks during compilation.

Screenshots:
https://imgur.com/4cV50hR,9Bd3ZMu,V5qTqfs#0

If the water still is invisible to you then try adding "env_cubemap" entities to the water brushes in Hammer and using the "buildcubemaps" command in-game.
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Re: Half-Life 2 invisible water. Please help!

Postby uberkirsche on Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:27 pm

you have to enclose the brush that will be your water entirely

this won't do

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/188 ... _water.jpg

you have your water-textured brush just sitting on top of another brush

so you have to make a "vessel" on all sides except the top or the water "leaks" in a sense.
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Re: Half-Life 2 invisible water. Please help!

Postby m.anderson on Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:20 pm

uberkirsche wrote:you have to enclose the brush that will be your water entirely

this won't do

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/188 ... _water.jpg

you have your water-textured brush just sitting on top of another brush

so you have to make a "vessel" on all sides except the top or the water "leaks" in a sense.


I'm like, 99% sure that's wrong. You can have water free-floating anywhere. It doesn't need to be "contained" by anything.
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