Backgroud maps

I’m trying to make a map to use as a background for a mod, because the default ones are kinda bad. I have a few questions, since I’m not very good with hammer:

  • What should I use for an NPC spawner? I want a few zombies spawning ever 2 seconds or so, but I’m not sure what entity to use. npc_template_maker doesn’t seem to work, or I’m doing something wrong
  • Is it possible to use a more dim env_light? Maybe like a sunset or moonlight.

Thanks in advance.

  1. Probably doing something wrong
  2. Yes in the light_env it has a brightness and an ambience keyvalue, both are in the format <integer> <integer> <integer> <integer> where the first 3 are the RGB colour fo the light to be emitted and the 4th is the brightness. brightness keyvalue is for direct light coming from the sun, ambience light will be emitted from all faces with tools/skybox on.

A list of typical values for deault skyboxes can be found here:

Thanks. I’ll try messing around with the npc_template_maker some more and see if I can get it to work.