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#summary A short guide explaing graves and how to create and use them
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= Graves =
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== Explanation of graves ==
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Graves are small images which appear when a hedgehog dies. Graves are chosen on a per-team basis. A grave can be either be unanimated or animated. Animated graves can consist of up to 8 frames (16 frames in 0.9.23).
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== Creating graves ==
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=== Unanimated graves ===
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To create an unanimated grave, draw a PNG image of size 32×32 pixels. You _can_ use semi-transparency.
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=== Animated grave ===
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An animated grave can have 2, 4 or 8 frames. In Hedgewars 0.9.23 or later, 16 frames are also possible.
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To create an animated grave, first you have to draw one image per frame, 32×32 pixels in size.
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Those images have to be combined to a single image. The width of the final image is alwas 32 pixels, the height is _n_ · 32 pixels, where _n_ is the number of frames (single image in animation) you chose.
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To combine: The first image is placed at the top, the next image is placed 32 pixels below that, the next one 64 pixels, and so on.
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Each of these sub-images is a frame in the final grave animation. It starts with the topmost image, continues with the image below, and so on. After the last sub-image, the animation repeats with the first frame. Each frame lasts for 128 milliseconds.
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The first image will be also the one which is shown in the team creation menu as preview. The grave will only be animated in the game.
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== Installing graves ==
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To install a grave, put it into `Data/Graphics/Graves` of the Hedgewars data directory.
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Make sure the name of your file ends with “`.png”. The displayed name in Hedgewars equals the file name without the suffix.
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== Sharing graves ==
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Custom graves (graves which are not part of the official Hedgewars installation) are only visible to other players if they have the grave installed under the same file name.
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In case the other player does not have the custom grave installed, the player will see the default grave (`Statue.png`) instead.
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You are encouraged to share your graves in the thread “[https://www.hedgewars.org/node/2360 Graves! additions, submissions, information.]”, where submissions are considered for official inclusion into Hedgewars.