How to Make a Dream
Dreams are maps created by players like you! Once you upload it to Furcadia, anyone can visit it. To make a Dream, use the free Dream Editor, available with Furcadia's download. You can also optionally add your own art, music, sounds, and scripting to make your Dream into an interactive game, home, business, or world! The act of creating Dreams is known in-game as Dreamweaving.
If you want to learn more about how to use the Dream Editor program and what kinds of features it has, check out the Dream Editor tutorial. The following tutorial will show you how to set up your own Dream by giving advice on getting started, what comprises a Dream, and how to customizations to your Dream.
Getting Started on Making Your Dream
This image is the Dream Editor which is what you'll be using to make a Dream on Furcadia.
This guide uses the terminology on that graphic to help you know which area is being referred to. If you want to know more about those features, it is defined more thoroughly in the Dream Editor tutorial.
For easier reference, here are the overall terms listed out so if you get confused, you can check here for more information.
- The Current Object window shows you what object you currently have selected and it's where you click to choose other object art.
- The Tools buttons let you pick between different types of objects, including walls, floors, items, effects, regions, ambience and lighting. These buttons also provide different types of placement options, such as a flood fill of the selected object, or single placement.
- The Favourites Palette is a quick access area for the most used types of objects.
- The Edit Window is where you can place your chosen objects and other types of object files into your Dream.
- The Minimap area helps you navigate through your Dream quickly.
- Finally, the Info window gives you technical information including the size of your map and coordinates about where your mouse is in your Dream.
What Does a Dream Include?
Customizing Your Dream: Attaching Patches
Start by gathering up the files that you wish to include in your patch. Then create a new folder. In the folder you just created, put all of the files that you wish to attach to the Dream.
Now you have a folder that has all the files you want to attach to your Dream. Your next step is to name the folder something easily identifiable, like <Dreamname> Patch, and put it in a place that you can remember where it is.
To link your patches folder to your Dream in DreamEd.exe, go to the top menu bar under Patches and select the Dream Settings option.
From here, you're almost done. In the Dream Settings screen, choose the second option offered. This allows you to use files from your own directory in the Dream. You can either use the Choose option to find the folder, or you can type it in yourself. Once you have your patch folder address entered, click OK, save the Dream, and then press ctrl+p to refresh the patches in your Dream.