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How to import SP/MP Missions into the editor

Mission Files

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1. Mission files be it Sp or Mp come in a form of a pbo
What is a pbo?
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2. A pbo is like a zip file once extracted inside is a folder with the same title as the Pbo, and inside that folder is all the files required by the mission.

Opening Pbo files

How do I open (extract) Pbo files?

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1. To open Pbo files you will need a tool.
Tools
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The following tools you can use to open Pbo files, choose which one you want, I recommend the following: (only choose one, if one dont work then try another)


2. Once you install either of those tools (all of them isn't necessary) then you will want to choose the pbo file you want to open and then open it.

3. Once the pbo file opens you will see a folder with the same title as the pbo itself.

Locate the editor folders
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Next you will need to move the folder that was extracted from the pbo in the previous step to one of the following folders:
For the SP missions folder:
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moving the folder here will allow you to open,view, & edit the mission in the sp editor
C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\ArmA 2\missions
For the MP missions folder:
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Moving the folder here will allow you to open, view, & edit the mission in the

Mp editor
C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\ArmA 2\mpmissions

How to edit a mission in MP
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1. As above move the mission you want to view, & edit to this folder path:
C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\ArmA 2\mpmissions

2. start the game, go to the menu, then go to Multiplayer
  • start a new server (host)
  • give the server a name and password (so no one joins it)
  • pick the island that the mission is on, once you have the island then
  • find the mission
  • click on the mission and at the bottom of the screen click on edit to open the mission in the mpeditor.
Mission File
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 The Mission Folder

In a mission folder once you extract it (unpbo it)you will find the following:

1. Every mission once extracted from pbo contains a file called: mission

2. The mission file called mission is in script type format called an SQM the file wont have a title but mission


3. Other files for a mission (depends on whats in the mission) will have other files like scripts, and other folders. The main file/script needed for Mp missions are called Description.ext files seen here:
http://community.bistudio.com/wiki/Description.ext

Editing existing missions and saving them
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After you have made your edits in a mission you have a 3 main options to saving:

  • Save as a usermission
  • Export to Single player (SP)
  • Export to Multiplayer (MP)

Save as a User mission
Always Save your mission as a user mission first before

any other types of saves!


Why?
what this does is it updates any new edits you made be it small or big to this folder:


C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\ArmA 2\missions

in the folder you will find your mission (either you placed it there or the editor created it  (when you save as user mission) 

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You can play/test your missions in the editor itself! (Just save first and hit preview)
Export to SP Missions
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After saving your mission (either you have created a new mission or looking ,editing at an existing mission) as a User Mission (always do this!)

you then can have the option to export to SP Missions.

When you export to Sp missions, the editor will PBO the mission folder and then move the pbo to this folder:
C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\Arma2\missions

Where do i find this mission I had exported

to SP Missions once I'm ingame?

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When you get to the main menu of the game, you will find your exported missions under --> Main menu/Single player\Scenarios
Export to MP Missions
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After saving your mission (either you have created a new mission or looking ,editing at an existing mission) as a User Mission (always do this!)

you then can have the option to export to MP Missions.

When you export to Mp missions the editor will PBO the mission folder and then move the pbo to this folder:
C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\Arma2\Mpmissions

Where do i find this mission I had exported

to MP Missions once ingame?

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When you get to the main menu of the game, you will find your exported missions under --> Main menu/Multiplayer and then host a new server\choose island\pick your mission.

Missions Listed Colors and what they mean:

  • Missions listed in Orange are missions that are pbo'd missions these are located in: 

 C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\Arma2\Mpmissions

  • Missions with the same title or missions that are light blue are missions that you can edit, these are the missions you moved to:

C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\ArmA 2\mpmissions

 

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