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Getting Started with Google Earth

You can create your own field map that players can use with the Empire H.U.D. to navigate your field. You can callout the important landmarks and features of your field. Points of Interest, Field Names, Define Roads, Specific Buildings, Unique Features, and establish boundaries to keep the player in the approved playing areas.


The map of your field must be created using Google Earth. The software is available for free at Google Earth.
Once the software is installed, open the program and follow these instructions:

Program Installation

Once the Google Earth program is open, locate the search box in the upper Left-Hand corner of the screen.

My Places

In the “Places” section of the toolbar on the left side, use the mouse to left-click on “My Places”

Create your “FIELD” folder

Once “My Places” is highlighted, click on the blue folder icon above the “Places” box. This will save your field as a folder.



Right-click on the address and click on “Rename” to change the name of the folder to your field name</br

Mapping Your Field

Adding Points of Interest

This is were you add points of interest to your map, and used to add labels (text) to your map.

Adding Fields

This is how you can define your specific “Fields” on your map.

Adding Roads

You can add roads to your map to help define your field. The more detail you can add will help the users clearly navigate your map.

Adding Specific Features

You can add features that may be specify to your field. (example: parking lot, camping area, Chrono)

Adding Borders

You can add borders to your map to clearly establish “out-or-bounds”. This will help the users stay within the approved playing areas.

Saving Your Map

Once you have created your map you will need to save the map. Uploading the map to Empire Paintball is the final step to have your map available to the HUD users.

ADDING POINTS OF INTEREST

In this section we will show you how to add the points of interest to your “Field Map”.
Points of Interests are landmarks or features that you would like to call out with a push pin icon on your map.

Open Your Field

Highlight the folder you renamed as your field by left-clicking once.

Add a Placemark

You can add points of interest by using the “Add Placemark Tool”.

Click on the thumbtack icon which is the “Add Placemark” tool.

Once clicked, a thumbtack appears on your Google map with a click-and-hold of your mouse, you can place it in the desired location on your field.

    Also, a new window will pop up, move the window off to the side.

       In the Name box of the new window,
      type in the name of the placemark you are creating.
       Lower in that window, add a description word” in the box
      under the Description tab
       Repeat these steps for each playing point of interest / placemark on your map.

Repeat for each POI

Repeat these steps for each Point of Interest on your map.
You can always add Points of Interest at a later time, after creating buildings, fields and other features for your map.

ADDING FIELDS

You can define the boundaries of your fields by using the “Polygon Tool” and “Point of Interest” to name each field.

Open Your Field

Highlight the folder you renamed as your field by left-clicking once.

Adding a Polygon

Click on the second toolbar icon which is the “Add Polygon” tool.

Once clicked, a thumbtack appears on your Google map with a click-and-hold your mouse, you can place it in the desired location.

    Also, a new window will pop up, move the window off to the side.

       In the Name box of the new window,
      type in the name of your individual playing field.
       Lower in that window, add the word “field” in the box
      under the Description tab
       Repeat these steps for each playing field on your map.

Detailing your Field

Left-click on the corner of the desired playing field on the Google aerial map. Continue to click to outline the boundry of the field. Once you have clicked around the entire field area click “OK” on the Properties Box.

    At any time, you can click-and-hold on any chosen polygon point and move that point, to modify the shape of your field

       Each field requires a Point of Interest in the center to show the field name.
       Repeat these steps for each playing field on your map.


ADDING ROADS

You can define the roads around your fields and add names for each field.

Open Your Field

Highlight the folder you renamed as your field by left-clicking once.

Add a Path / Road

Click on the third toolbar icon which is the “Add Path” tool.

Once clicked, a crosshairs appears on your Google map this represents the starting point for your road.

    Also, a new window will pop up, move the window off to the side.

       In the Name box of the new window,
      type in the name of your individual playing field.
       Lower in that window, add the word “field” in the box
      under the Description tab
       Repeat these steps for each playing field on your map.

Detailing your Roads

With the mouse left-click to define the roads on the aerial map. Click along the map where you want a road each click allows you to lengthen or change the direction of your road.

    At any time, you can click-and-hold on any previously created point to modify the road

       In the Name box of the new window, type in the name of the road you are creating.
       In the Style, Color tab, you can customize the look of the road and thickness of the line.
       Repeat these steps for each road or path on your map.


ADDING BUILDINGS

You can add and name the buildings on your map using the “Polygon Tool”.

Open Your Field

Highlight the folder you renamed as your field by left-clicking once.

Add a “Polygon” / “Building”

Buildings are created using the same technique as Adding a Field.
Click on the second toolbar icon which is the “Add Polygon” tool.

Once clicked, a crosshairs appears on your map, and a new window will pop up on the screen. Move the window out of your way.

    Also, a new window will pop up, move the window off to the side.

       In the Name box of the new window,
      type in the name of your individual playing field.
       Lower in that window, add the word “field” in the box
      under the Description tab
       Repeat these steps for each playing field on your map.

Detailing your Buildings

Left-click on the corner of the desired playing field on the Google aerial map. Continue to click to outline the boundry of the field. Once you have clicked around the entire field area click “OK” on the Properties Box.

    At any time, you can click-and-hold on any chosen polygon point and move that point, to modify the shape of your field

       Each field requires a Point of Interest in the center to show the field name.
       Repeat these steps for each playing field on your map.


ADDING BORDERS

You can add boundaries to your fields by specifying the play area borders.

Adding Paths / Borders

This is the outside edge of your property

Click on the third toolbar icon which is the “Add Path” tool.

Once clicked, a crosshairs appears on your Google map this represents the starting point for your border.

    Also, a new window will pop up, move the window off to the side.

       In the Name box of the new window,
      type in the name of the border you are creating.
       Lower in that window, add the word “border” in the box
      under the Description tab
       Repeat these steps for each playing field on your map.

Detailing Your Borders

Left-click on the corner of your property on the Google aerial map. Continue to click around boundry of the property.You can click-and-hold on any previously created point to modify the road. Once you have clicked around the entire field area click “OK” on the Properties Box.

    At any time, you can click-and-hold on any chosen polygon point and move that point, to modify the shape of your field

       In the Style, Color tab, you can customize the look of the border line.
       Repeat these steps for each playing field on your map.


Open Your Field

Highlight the folder you renamed as your field by left-clicking once.

ADDING FEATURES

These are points of interest on your map that are not fields, buildings or roads. (example: Fill Station, Chrono)

Open Your Field

Highlight the folder you renamed as your field by left-clicking once.

Adding Features

Features are any items on your map that do not fall under Fields or Roads.(Examples:parking lots, ponds, streams, etc.)
Depending on the shape of your feature, you may use the Polygon tool or the Path tool.

       In the Name box of the new window, type in the name of your feature
      type in the name of your individual playing field.
       Lower in that window, describe the feature in the box  (water, trees, unpaved, paved, etc)
      under the Description tab
       Once the feature is created, you may create a Point of Interest to label the feature on your map.

UPLOAD YOUR FIELD MAP

Once you have created your field map you will need to send it to us so it can be made available for the players.