What are some tips and tricks to make mapping easier and faster?

Now this is a good one. There are many things that I do to make mapping easier and faster. I’ll make a bullet list so it’s easiest on you!

  • Save early, save often… Beat CTRL+S like the red-headed step child you never loved.
  • https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Main_Page
  • Setting these options will make your life much much easier.HammerOptions
  • Listen to music/watch TV whilst you map. I do it, and it makes time fly.
  • There is no shame in reusing something you’ve already made. Work smarter, not harder.
  • Learn Hammer’s hot keys. They will save you loads of time. Here is a list of hotkeys!
  • Map with a goal.
  • Working breaks – If you’re in a rut, and are not motivated, take a break. Either step away for a few days, or working on something that has such a small scope you can’t work on it for more than 15 hours. I’ve done with with 3 levels. Check out my Working Break projects here: