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A short guide explaing flags and how to create and use them
Updated Thu, 16 Jul 2020 22:28:43 +0200 by Wuzzy


Explanation of flags

Flags are little rectangular images shown in the team bar as a team’s symbol.

Creating flags

To create a flag, draw a PNG image (RGBA mode, but all pixels should be opaque) of size 22×15 pixels.

To install a flag, put it into Data/Graphics/Flags of the Hedgewars data directory.

The file name must have “.png” at the end, the file suffix will not be shown in Hedgewars. Depending on the name, the flag will be displayed in different ways in Hedgewars:

  • Default flag: The flag “ hedgewars.png ” (shows a hedgehog), flag of new teams.
  • Computer flag: The flag “ cpu.png ”. It is automatically used for computer-controlled teams in place of the selected flag in the team editor, together with an overlay of 1 to 5 bars designating the strength of the team. This flag can't be used by human players.
  • The flag “ cpu_plain.png ”. It is currently unused by Hedgewars and cannot be used by anyone.
  • Community flags: The flags whose file name starts with “ cm_ ” are listed as “community flags” in Hedgewars (the prefix is removed)
  • National flags: All other flags

Please note that the flags “ hedgewars.png ”, “ cpu.png ”, “ cpu_plain.png ”, a couple of community flags and national flags come pre-installed with Hedgewars. If you use a flag of an identical name in your Hedgewars user data directory, Hedgewars will show that one instead of the system-wide installed flag. That way, you can customize the default flag, for example.

Flag display

Flags are not exactly displayed as the original image. In the game, the 4 pixels in each corner of the flag will always be “hidden” for the “round corner” effect. This is a very minor effect but might be important to remember.

Only in the team editing menu the flags are displayed with all pixels.

Official flags

A list of official flags can be seen here.

Sharing flags

Custom flags (flags which are not part of the official Hedgewars installation) are only visible to other players if they have the flag installed under the same file name.

In case the other player does not have the custom flag installed, the player will see the default hedgewars.png flag instead.

You are encouraged to share your flags in the thread “Flags! additions, submissions, information.”, where submissions are being considered for official inclusion into Hedgewars.