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Tutorial: UI Overview Tools Menu Part 1a


Hi everyone, welcome to another Tutorial Series – all about the UI. I’m Kimiko with Berserk Games and this is part 1 – the Tools Menu. There are a lot of things we have added over the past year, so this is going to be an overview of the entire UI and how to use it.

Since there are a lot of different sections to the Tools menu, this particular tutorial will be broken up into two videos. This one is going to go over the Paint, Zones and Line tools.

The Tools Menu is located on the left side of your screen. These tools can be disabled by the host in the Host -> Options menu and will show up as grayed out if you cannot use them. I will briefly go over each tool and show you how you’d go about using them.

The drawing tools are pretty self explanatory. You can choose either the Vector or Pixel Paint tool to make pretty pictures, doodle while you’re waiting for your turn, or use it to write on objects if it’s needed in your games. There are some differences between the two, so you’ll want to see which option will work better for your needs.

The Pixel Paint tool only uses whatever color your player is. So if you’re blue, then your pixel paint color will be blue. If you want straight lines, then hold shift while drawing.

You can also click and then hold ALT and click again to draw a line from point to point. You can choose the eraser to erase what you want or click the trashcan to delete the entire drawing. You cannot draw on any objects or boards – just the table.

The Vector Tool has a lot more choices and has clean, crisp lines. It’s not dependent on your player color as you can use the color wheel to change the color of your pen. The eraser is used differently as it removes each vector line.

So if you draw an image with just one vector line and try to correct it by erasing, you will remove the entire image itself, so try to use multiple vector lines if you’re drawing something intricate.

There is also a limit to the number of vector lines you can have and that is 10,000 lines per player. Clicking the trashcan will remove all vector lines.

Another difference with the Vector Tool is that you can draw on objects. The object MUST be locked first, otherwise you will end up drawing on the table instead. You can also save and load objects that have been drawn on and they can also be placed in bags without losing the vector lines.

Both Vector and Pixel Paint drawings can be hidden in Hidden Zones, however you must make the Zone solid for them to be invisible.

The next tool is Zones. There are 4 options here to choose from – Hidden Zones, Randomized Zones, Hand Zones and Scripting Zones.

Hidden Zones are areas you can draw around the table to simulate a type of Fog of War. You can use these for RPGs or to just have your own private section on the table that you don’t want anyone else to see.
This is good for cards that need to be face down on the table and not in your Hand Zone. Any object within these zones are hidden from other players. You can only see in your own Hidden Zone – so if you were pink, you’d only see within the pink zone.

To create a Hidden Zone, make sure you click the icon button or the F4 hot key and then left click and drag with your mouse to create your Zone. You cannot adjust zones after you create them, so it may take some practice to get them exactly how you want.

You can create multi-level Hidden Zones as long as the surface area is locked. So you can reveal one level at a time and feel confident your castles and dungeons won’t be seen by other players when they are in your Hidden Zones.

To change the color of the zones, right click the zone and choose your color of choice from the color wheel.

Right click the zone again and click the settings icon for additional options. Here you can hide pointers – which means no one will be able to see anyone else’s pointer in Hidden Zones other than their own.

You can check reverse hiding to make it so that everyone can see in your zone EXCEPT you. And lastly checking the see-through box will make your zone solid so now other things like drawings and boards will be hidden.

If you want multiple people to see in your zone, then join the same team. Keep in mind that you will also see in their Hidden Zone.

It’s very important to note that Hidden Zones do NOT prevent other players from interacting with your pieces. But if you have hands enabled in zones, you can monitor what they’re doing.

To delete a zone, just click on it while you’re in the Hidden Zone tool mode. You’ll know you’re in this mode because you’ll have a mini hidden zone icon next to your pointer.

The Game Master (player color black) manages games and can see all Hands and Hidden Zones. Game Masters do not take up a spot on the table, but they can use any available Hand or Hidden Zone to hide information. Only the host can choose Game Master or promote someone to Game Master.

Randomized Zones let you load up a game with sections that can be randomized.
To create a Randomized Zone, make sure you click on the proper mode or press the F4 hotkey twice.

Hold the left mouse button and drag. When you draw your zone, you will notice it looks very similar to a Hidden Zone, but when you let go, a “Randomize all objects in this zone?” message will pop up. You can ignore it for now.

Set up your pieces how you want in your zone. Then right click on the zone and click the yes button. You will see your objects in your zone have been moved around. This isn’t going to work for dice as it doesn’t roll it for you, but it will move the objects around in a randomized way. This is great for tiles, cards, memory type games, RPGs and anything else you can think of.

If you have objects that are stacked, it will randomize the stacks as well. You will continue to have a stack, but the stack may have different objects in them. So there’s all kinds of different things you can do. Test it out for yourself!

You can create multiple zones of varying sizes so you can have one zone work for one group of objects and one for another. Keep in mind that the zones aren’t visible when you go back to your hand mode, so you can always create special mats to place underneath or use the drawing tools to help keep you organized.

Hand Zones are the areas where your cards and dominoes go above your name on the table. Hand Zones are hidden areas so only you, your teammates (if you join a team), or the Game Master can see inside of them.

When you click the Hand Zones tool or the F4 hotkey 3 times, a colored cube similar to the Hidden Zones is shown where each color placement is currently set to. If you don’t like where the hands are placed, you can move them to another location.

While having the Hand Zones tool selected, you can click any of the color cubes to delete them. Then just click and drag to make a new Hand Zone.

You can have as many Hand Zones of the same color as you’d like. Just keep in mind when dealing cards, if there are Hand Zones in the middle of the table, they can “grab” cards that would normally go to another color if they are in the way. So to ensure cards are being dealt properly, just deal to a specific color.

To change the color of the Hand Zone, just right click and choose from the color wheel.

Another cool thing you can do is move your name and avatar off the table so you have more space. To do this, you’ll need to delete all existing zones of that color first. Then create a zone in the spot that you want your name. After that, create the zone where you want your cards to go – it will have to be in front of the first zone so that the cards only go into the one in front.

Now when you deal cards, they will only go to the zone on the table, but your name will be off the table along with your avatar.

The Line Tool has two parts to it. The first part is the actual Line Tool. If you click on the Line Tool Icon or the F5 hotkey, you will now be in this mode and your pointer will turn into a ruler.

The line tool can be used for very basic measuring and our method of units is in inches. So each number you see above the line tool will represent that number of inches. It’s not the most perfect tool in the world, but it can be useful at times.

The second part is the Ping Arrow. When you have the Line Tool selected and just click with your mouse, you will see a 3D arrow on the table and hear a ping sound.

You can use this when it’s someone’s turn and you’re trying to get their attention, or if someone isn’t sure where to put something down, you can “ping” the location so they know where it’s supposed to go.

You can use both the line tool and ping arrow at any time by just clicking tab for ping and and holding tab plus moving your mouse for the Line Tool (Don’t click it though). This lets you quickly take measurements or ping someone without having to switch to the Line Tool mode.

And that concludes of the first part of the Tools Menu tutorial. The second part will cover the Flick, Joint, Text, Points and Gizmo tools.

Be sure to check out the Knowledge Base on our website for additional info.

See you in the next video!