Wall Worm

Wall Worm is a script and tool developer focused on 3ds Max and various Max-related pipelines. Historically, Wall Worm was devoted soley to optimizing the Source Engine asset pipeline. The Wall Worm toolset itself is a Source-only toolset. However, many new tools are generic in nature (for any game engine, VFX, VIZ, etc), such as the CorVex plugin and most other new tools.

Wall Worm tools allow you to create assets for Source in a way that was not possible before. You can build models, textures and levels inside one environment (3ds Max) and compile them straight into Source. Wall Worm tools have been used in the pipelines of many games including Dear Esther, Black Mesa and by designers of CS:GO Operation maps and many more.

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Wall Worm works in collaboration with other 3ds Max/Source developers to help enhance all the tools available to designers and mod teams.

Featured Articles

Exporting Correct Smoothing on Models

Understanding Smoothing Groups and Explicit Normals
Posted on Dec 8, 2017 | Last Updated Dec 8, 2017

Discussion on smoothing groups and explicit normals and how they relate to Source.

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smoothing, normals, smoothing groups, smooth

Porting Levels into Source

General Overview of Converting Scenes that Were Not Designed with Source in Mind
Posted on May 14, 2016 | Last Updated Jun 5, 2018

Overview on porting scenes and levels from other sources.

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port, convert, scenes, games, levels

Latest Articles

Animated Textures

Posted on May 19, 2016 | Last Updated May 19, 2016

Instructions on creating an animated texture in 3ds Max and exporting to Source.

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animated texture, vtf

Rotating Textures

Posted on May 19, 2016 | Last Updated May 19, 2016

Instructions on creating VMTs that animate the texture rotation.

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rotate, texture, animate, proxies vmt

Scrolling Textures

Posted on May 19, 2016 | Last Updated May 19, 2016

Steps for creating scrolling textures and exporting to Source.

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scroll, scrolling, texture, vmt, proxies

Bitmaps to Materials

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 | Last Updated Dec 19, 2016

Information on creating substance-driven material libraries and generating tri-planar projection textures without need for UV mapping.

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substance, bitmap2material, triplanar, blended mapping, blended projection, uvw, material library

Back to the Future with BSP

Posted on Feb 20, 2016 | Last Updated Apr 7, 2016

Newsletter #2 in 2016 with recent updates in Wall Worm, talk about the level design contest and random thoughts.

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2016, contest, random

Displacements Fail to Export

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 | Last Updated Feb 15, 2016

Some tips on troubleshooting displacements failing to export from Max into Source.

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displacements, troubleshooting, missing, fail

Displacement edge abutting other edges

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 | Last Updated Jan 23, 2016

Help understanding the VBSP compile warning about displacement edge abutting other edges.

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displacement, edge, abutting, other, edges, compile

Wall Worm Sends Greetings in 2016

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 | Last Updated Jan 10, 2016

First Wall Worm blog of 2016 with new videos, new level design contest and review of 3ds Max 2016.

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blog, contest, 2016

Displacement Alpha Blending

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 | Last Updated Jul 26, 2017

Information on displacement alpha blending and the shaders you can use to visualize the blending.

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worldvertextransition, alpha blending, blend material, directx shader, 3ds max, wallworm, anvil

Wall Worm Turns Five Years Old

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 | Last Updated Nov 17, 2015

Wall Worm launched on November 18, 2010. This post discusses the journey from then through November 2015.

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anniversary, development, history