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|Advance Wars                                      |
|Game Boy Advance                                  |
|Design Mode Guide v.1.1                           |
|By Zentheoutcast23 (ZenTheOutcast@hotmail.com.com)|
|August 10, 2003                                   |
|__________________________________________________|

                        - = A D V A N C E  W A R S = -

                              Design Mode Guide



    NOTE BEFORE READING: This version of the guide is no longer updated, to see
                        the most recently updated guide, visit it at the
                        Advance Wars 2 FAQ page.



=============================I. Table of Contents============================

I. Table of Contents
II. Introduction
III. Orientation
  III-a. Requirements
  III-b. Terrain Types
  III-c. Units
IV.Tips & Strategies
V. Maps
  V-a. Vs. Maps
  V-b. 3-Player Maps
  V-c. 4-Player Maps
  V-d. Pre-Deployed Maps
  V-e. Submitting Your Maps
VI. FAQ
VII. Revision History
VIII. Copyright Info
IX. Credits & Contact Info

===============================II. Introduction==============================


    Hello, and welcome to my Advance Wars Design Mode guide. In this guide, I
intend not only to orient you with the design mode of Advance Wars or show you
strategies, I will actually present ASCII Maps which you can copy into the
design mode in your Advance Wars Game and play them for yourself! I hope you
enjoy this guide and find it helpful and resourceful.

===============================III. Orientation==============================


    The design mode in Advance Wars is powerful and versitile. With it you can
create quality maps, sometimes better than the ones provided to you in the
battle maps shop. But, However, in order to make enjoyable maps, you must
learn to use it. Yes, I realize the Design Mode is simple and easy to learn,
just by trying different things and learning-by-doing, but this just wouldn't
be a Design Mode guide without a section devoted to using it.


                             ~III-a. Requirements~


  You won't be able to play your maps unless you meet a few sinmple
requirements, so first things first.

    1. Each map must have at least 2 seperately owned HQs.

    2. Each player with units on the map must have a corresponding HQ.

    3. Each map may have no more than 60 properties

    4. Each player may have no more than 50 units
               (This applies even when you're playing the map!)


    Now, with that out of the way, onto the Terrain types and unit placement.

                            ~III-b. Terrain Types~


    There are several terrain types in Advance Wars, each with its own
properties and characteristics. Here I will give a brief explanation of each.
The summaries will look like this.


     Terrain Name
     Defense: how much damage protection units gain while on this
     terrain, 1-5 (in *s)
     Movement Cost: How much movement each unit type must spend to
     cross this terrain under normal weather. (If a unit type isnt
     listed, it cant cross that terrain.)
     Special Characteristics: Whether or not this terrain type has
     any special conditions.

     Now the Terrain...

     Plains
     Defense: *
     Movement Cost: Inftry-1, Mech-1, Tires-2, Tread-1, Air-1
     Special Characteristics: None

     Road
     Defense: None
     Movement Cost: Inftry-1, Mech-1, Tires-1, Tread-1, Air-1
     Special Characteristics: Movement costs arent affected as much by
     rain or snow.

     Forest
     Defense: **
     Movement Cost: Inftry-1, Mech-1, Tires-3, Tread-2, Air-1
     Special Characteristics: In fog of war, units in forests can only
     be seen by units in a square directly adjacent to it.

     Mountain
     Defense: ****
     Movement Cost: Inftry-2, Mech-1, Air-1
     Special Characteristics: Infantry or mech units on top of
     mountains gain extended vision in fog of war.

     River
     Defense: None
     Movement Cost: Inftry-2, Mech-1, Air-1
     Special Characteristics: None

     Sea
     Defense: None
     Movement Cost: Ships-1, Trans-1, Air-1
     Special Characteristics: None

     Reef
     Defense: *
     Movement Cost: Ships-2, Trans-2, Air-1
     Special Characteristics: In fog of war, units in reefs can only
     be seen by units in a square directly adjacent to it.

     Shoal
     Defense: None
     Movement Cost: Inftry-1, Mech-1, Tires-1, Treads-1, Trans-1, Air-1
     Special Characteristics: Landers can be loaded or unloaded on shoals.

     HQ
     Defense: ****
     Movement Cost: Inftry-1, Mech-1, Tires-1, Tread-1, Air-1
     Special Characteristics: Repairs and supplies ground units ordered
     to wait on it. Provides preset amount of funds per property per turn
     to player controlling it (does not apply to pre deployed maps). If
     an enemy unit captures a player's HQ, that player loses, and all of
     his or her properties go to the captor.

     City
     Defense: ***
     Movement Cost: Inftry-1, Mech-1, Tires-1, Tread-1, Air-1
     Special Characteristics: Repairs and supplies ground units ordered
     to wait on it. Provides preset amount of funds per property per turn
     to player controlling it (does not apply to pre-deployed maps).

     Base
     Defense: ***
     Movement Cost: Inftry-1, Mech-1, Tires-1, Tread-1, Air-1
     Special Characteristics: Repairs and supplies ground units ordered
     to wait on it. Provides preset amount of funds per property per turn
     to player controlling it. Can deploy ground units.

     Airport
     Defense: ***
     Movement Cost: Inftry-1, Mech-1, Tires-1, Tread-1, Air-1
     Special Characteristics: Repairs and supplies air units ordered
     to wait on it. Provides preset amount of funds per property per
     turn to player controlling it. Can deploy air units.

     Seaport
     Defense: ***
     Movement Cost: Inftry-1, Mech-1, Tires-1, Tread-1, Ships-1,
     Trans-1, Air-1
     Special Characteristics: Repairs and supplies sea units ordered
     to wait on it. Provides preset amount of funds per property per
     turn to player controlling it. Can deploy sea units.

     Whew, Now onto units...

                               ~III-c. Units~


     Okay, not much to say about units; You obviously cant place ground units
in the sea or vice-versa. If you only place units and no production
properties, the map is classified as a Pre-Deployed map meaning, that there
will be no concept of money and once you lose units, theyre gone. Remember the
50 unit per player rule and try not to go crazy with units, it makes the map
less fun. Yeah, that's pretty much it.


=============================IV.Tips & Strategies============================


    I expect this to be a pretty short section. I'm just gonna lay down a few
tips you might want to use in some of your maps. Use them if you want, if not,
meh.

    - Try placing bases and cities on secluded islands and starting out with
nothing but a few ground units and some landers.

    - Make a thick section of mountains and fill the spaces between the
mountains with forests to create a sneaky mountain pass.

    - Try to evenly spread out the properties. Giving yourself an unfair
advantage sucks the fun out of the map.

    - Spread out the HQs for a longer game, place them closer together for a
shorter game.

    - Divide the map with a river or mountain range and place an equal amount
of properties on either side. Set the rules to end the game after any player
captures one more property than their side has for a do-or-die capture map.

    - Try making a D-day type map with a horde of ground units invading a
mainland from tiny islands via landers.

    - Pitting three small forces against one large one makes for an
interesting battle with/against your friends.


====================================V. Maps==================================

    Here I will put up some of my maps. But first, heres the legend;

    #=Plains, (=)=Road, ^=Mountain, %=Forest, I=River, ~=Sea,
    $=Reef, 0=Shoal, Q=HQ, C=City, B=Base, A=Airport, S=Seaport

                                  ~VS. Maps~
  Wood Pass

    ^^%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%^%%%%%C%^%^%^
    C%%%^C%^%^%%^%^^%%%%%%^^%^%%B%
    QC==%^%%%%^C%^^B%%^^%^%%%%%^%%
    C%%=%%%^^%%^^%%%^%%C^%%^^%^^%^
    %%%=%%^%%%%%%%%^C^%^%%^%%%%%^%
    %%%=^^C%%%%===%%%%%%%%%%%C%%%%
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    %%^%%=%^C^^=%^A^%^%%%^^%=C^%==
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    ^%%%%C%%%%^^^%%%%%%%%%%%=%^%%C
                                   BY: Kyle (Author)

    NOTES: Move your people through the forests to hide them and capture
    as many buildings as you can. Sturm, Grit and Kanbei work
    exceptionally well.

    Properties: Each player controls the three cities surrounding their
    HQ. All other properties are neutral.

    Units: Whew long list...
    Each player controls 4 infantry, 4 mechs, 3 tanks, 3 anti-air, 2
    recons, 2 md-tanks, 2 APCs, 2 artillery, 2 fighters, 2 bombers, 2 b-
    copters, 1 rocket, 1 missle, and 1 t-copter. Spread these units evenly
    around the area where their HQ is placed


                                ~3-Player Maps~

  Mountainous

    ^^^^^^^^^^^#Q=C^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    ^^^^^^^^^=======^^^%~~~~CA^^^^
    ^^^^^^^^==%B^B%=#%%%%~~~~CB^^^
    ^^^^^C===#%^^^%==^^^%%%~~%%^^^
    ^^^^^^=#%%%^^^%B==^^^^%%%%^^^^
    ^^^^^^=#%^^^^^^%#==^^^^^^^^^^^
    ^^^^^==%^^^^^^^%%#==%%%^^^^^^^
    ^%^^==%B^^B%%%^^^%C===%%%^^^^^
    %%===C%%^^%~~%%%^^%##====^^^^^
    #C=%%%^%%%%~~~~A%^^%%%%#=B^^^^
    %==%%^^^^C%A~~~~%C%%^%%#=#^%^^
    %=B%^^^^^%%%%B~~%B^^^^%%==##%^
    %=^^^^^^^^%^^%C%%^^^^^^^%==###
    %=C%^^^^^^%^^^^^^^^^^^^^%#===#
    %=%%%%%%C%%%%%^^^^^^^^^^%%%B=Q
    #=#%%###====%%%%^%^^^^^^^%%%==
    #=###====^^==##%%%%^^^^^^^%B=C
    #=====^^B^^^====##%%^^^^^^===#
    B=B%^^^^^^^^C^^==##%C^^^===##%
    Q=C^^^^^^^^^^^^^=========###%%
                                   BY: Kyle (Author)

    NOTES: The center is important, try to get there first, then hide
    your units in the forests around the path to your HQ and ambush your
    enemies.

    Properties: Each player controls their HQ and the city and two
    bases closest to it. All other properties are neutral.

    Units: None.


                                ~4-Player Maps~


  MountainMaze

    Q=========C^====B^===========Q
    =^^^^^=^^^^^=^^^^^=^^^^^=^=^=^
    ===============^%^=====^=^C^==
    =^^^^^^^^^=^^^=^=^^^=^=^=^^^=^
    =^=======^===^=====^=^B^==C^==
    =^=^^^^^=^=^=^=^^^=^=^^^=^=^=^
    =^%^==C^===^B^========C^%==^==
    =^^^=^^^^^=^^^^^=^^^^^^^^^^^=^
    ======B^%^===^A^=^%==^====B^=^
    ^^^^=^^^=^^^=^=^=^^^=^=^=^^^=^
    ==C^===^==B^===^=====^=^=^===^
    =^^^=^=^=^^^=^^^=^=^=^=^=^=^=^
    =^===^===^===^====A^===^===^==
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    ^^=^^^^^=^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^=^=^=^
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                                   BY: Kyle (Author)

    NOTES: Pretty simple, capture and destroy. Sneak to the computers'
    HQ, its usually unguarded.

    Properties: Each player starts with 1 HQ each. All other properties
    are neutral.

    Units: Each player starts with 1 infantry, 2 mechs, 1 recon, 1 APC,
    and 1 T-copter deployed directly on top of and around the HQ.


  Island Strike

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~^B=C=Q
    ~~~~~0^0~~~~~~~~~%^00~~~^=====
    ~~~~~%%%%^0^~~~~~0%^%~~0^C=B=C
    ~~~~~~0^^%B%~~~~~~0A%~~0======
    000~~~~~~~^~~~00~~~~^~~0%B=C=B
    %===S~~~~~~~~0%%0~~~~~~~S%=^^^
    ^=C==0~~~~~~~^%%^~~~~~~~~000~~
    ^===%0~~~~~~S%CC%S~~~~~~~~~~~~
    %=B==0~~~~0^%%AB%%^0~~~~~~00~~
    Q=%=^~~~~0%%CBQCAC%%0~~~~S%%A^
    C=%=^~~~~0%%CACCBC%%0~~~~S%%A^
    %=B==0~~~~0^%%BA%%^0~~~~~~00~~
    ^===%0~~~~~~S%CC%S~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ^=C==0~~~~~~~^%%^~~~~~~~~000~~
    %===S~~~~~~~~0%%0~~~~~~~S%=^^^
    000~~~~~~^~~~~00~~~0%~~0%B=C=B
    ~~~~~~~~^%%0~~~~~~B%^~~0======
    ~~~~~~~^%A%%~~~~~0%0~~~0^C=B=C
    ~~~~~~0%00%^~~~~~^0~~~~~^=====
    ~~~~~~~~~~0~~~~~~~~~~~~~^B=C=Q
                                   BY: Kyle (Author)

    NOTES: Possibly the greatest and most complex map Ive ever made, definitely
one of my favorites. This map is made to be 3 against 1. Orange Star on the far
left, Yellow Comet in the middle, Blue Moon in the top right, Green Earth in
the bottom left. Obviously, Yellow Comet Vs. allied Orange, Blue, and Green. I
highly advise setting the funds to 1000 as you will still be getting alot of
money, especially Yellow Comet.

    Properties: Orange Star controls the HQ and the city next to it, Yellow
Comet controls all the properties on the center island, Blue Moon and Green
Earth control their HQs and the Base and two cities closest to them.

    Units: Oh jeez. Orange Star - 2 infantry, 2 mechs, 2 recon, 2 tanks, 2 md
tanks,
2 APCs, 2 artillery, 2 anti-air, 2 missles, 2 fighters, 2 b-copters, 2
t-copters.
Blue Moon/Green Earth - 2 infantry, 2 recons, 2 tanks, 2 artillery, 2 anti-air,
2 missles, 2 fighters, 2 t-copters, 1 mech, 1 md tank, 1 APC, 1 b-copter.
Yellow Comet - 4 APC, 4 artillery, 4 anti-air, 4 fighters, 4 bombers, 4
t-copters,
4 landers, 2 landers, 2 infantry, 2 mechs, 2 tanks, 2 b-ships, 2 subs, 1 md
tank,
1 rocket. Place these units in a symmetrical pattern, radiating from their
corresponding HQ.

                                ~Pre-Deployed Maps~

                               None yet, Maybe later.


                               ~Submitting Your Maps~

    I made this guide under the hope that once it was posted, veiwers would
send me their maps which I would reveiw and if I thought their map was good,
I'd post it here. if nobody sends me their maps, this guide will be pretty
dull. So if you'd like me to post your maps, send me a your map using the
symbols ive used above and be sure to include the notes, properties and units
as ive done above. If you dont send me these things, i wont even try your map,
I'll just email you back and tell you to do it right. Even if you do
everything i ask, i still might not post your map because I want all of the
maps on this guide to be original, imaginiative, and creative. If you send me
a map that i dont feel is good enough, ill return your email and give you some
tips on how to make it better, after that, feel free to send it to me again.
If you send me a quality map with all of the notes and requirements and i
think its good, I'll post it here and give you full credit. Now get to work
and send me your maps!


====================================VI. FAQ==================================


    Here I will answer some of the common questions my friends ask me and feel
free to email me your own and I might add it here.


    Q: Why doesnt my river pour into the ocean like it does sometimes?

    A: The three spaces in front of the mouth, to the front-left and to the
front-right must be sea. if it doesnt change try tracing the river with the
river brush.


    Q: What is the difference between the tall mountains and the short ones?

    A: Nothing. The appearence is the only difference. Tall mountains are
created when the space directly above a particular mountain square is a plains
square or another mountain square.


    Q: How can I submit my maps?

    A: Try checking out section V-e. "Submitting your maps"


    Q: Why doesnt my map work?

    A: Make sure all the units have corresponding HQs, and check section
III-a. "Requirements"


    Q: Can I change the dimensions of my map?

    A: No.

=============================VII. Revision History===========================


   v.1  May 16, 2003 - Completed the initial version of the guide. Updates
later for sure. Hopefully I'll get some submissions too.
   v.1.1 May 17, 2003 - Made a minor change to the spacing and its ready to
submit!
   v.1.2 May 17, 2003 - Added Island Strike in 4-player maps.
   v.1.2 August 10, 2003 - No revision, just added a note...

==============================VIII. Copyright Info===========================


    I do not claim to own this game's characters logos, scenarios, etc, nor do
I claim to. All Advance Wars material copyrighted by their respective owners.
The content of this guide is (c) 2003, Kyle Pointer. All rights reserved

===========================IX. Credits & Contact Info========================

                                   ~Credits~

    Here are all the people who helped make this guide possible;

      CjayC - for creating GameFAQs.com, where my guide will hopefully be
              posted. thanks.

      Meowthnum1 - as always, for giving me advice, support and inspiratiopn
                   towards writing my guides. Thank you muchly.

      You, the reader - Without you, this guide would be pointless now
                        wouldn't it? Thank you for reading my guide.

      Myself - For being such an avid writer! *huggles self*


                                 ~Conact info~

                                  NO SPAM!!!

                     EMAIL: ZenTheOutcast23@hotmail.com

                             AIM: ZenTheOutcast


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