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The Lingo Associated With Starcraft Maps

Jul 10, 2008
If you're going to use Starcraft maps and use them well, you have to learn the lingo. Every game has its own language and terminology that players understand and use. This is also true of the Starcraft game. The first thing you should know is what SCUM means. SCUM is an acronym for Starcraft User Map, which is basically any map that will operate with Starcraft. They are often called UMS, which means User Map Settings. This refers to a map that has triggers or data that has been changed in some way, You do need to use the UMS setting in order to play with these maps.

StarEdit is the map editor that the creator bundled with the StarCraft game. AS such it is the official map editor and you should have it stored in the folder on your computer where you have everything else related to Star Craft. With this you can cerate your own maps but it does not have the capability to create hidden A1 scripts or to handle and string management. This editor uses a point and click interface so that you can easily create triggers. However, it does not allow for any text-based manipulation of the triggers you create. The sequel to this software is the StarCraft X-tra Editor, known as SCXE. This has more features than the original editor, but it doesn't allow you to make too many changes that may result in the system crashing.

You can find many maps for Starcraft online and download them to your computer if you don't like or want to create your own. In order to create a full campaign you may have to download several maps, if you are using scenarios, which tell a story. When downloading the maps, you have to make sure it is actually compatible with Starcraft. This could be the case if after you download a map and save it to the folder, Starcraft cannot open the program.

There are basically two types of maps you can use in StarCraft. These are normal maps and money maps. Money maps have almost unlimited resources so that you don't have to worry about running out of either money or resources. Some of these maps are big hunter maps, fastest maps and zero clutter maps. They do help to simplify the game because when you use them you can focus all of your attention on choosing the best strategies rather than how much resources you have left. It also present more challenges because you have to figure out how you can keep your resources as close to zero as possible. You also get reward for making plays that are just not possible with normal maps.

While the type of map you use is up to you, you should choose one that matches your skill level and experience in playing the game. Beginners should always start with land maps because if you use island maps you will have to memorize a canned built order and attack no matter what the situation is in the game.
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You can download Starcraft maps at http://www.CreepColony.com. This site also has; lots of information on Starcraft2 and Starcraft II strategy.
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