Tile Effects Overview

In general, a tile is one square of the grid on which you build your maps for your Gather Space. When you are inside of a Space, a single press of your arrow keys (or WASD letter keys for left-handers) will move your avatar one tile in the direction of the key you pressed. 

All tile squares in Gather are 32x32 pixels in size.

In the Mapmaker, we have special tile types that are used to create specific effects. Each type of tile provides a different function for your Gather Space. 

  • Impassable: Prevent people from walking through the tile, which is handy for walls and furniture. Impassable effects are indicated by red semi-transparency.
  • Spawn: Select where people will appear when joining the Space. Spawn effects are indicated by green semi-transparency.
  • Portal: Create an entrance or exit to another Room, Space, or tile on the Map. Portal effects are indicated by blue semi-transparency.
  • Private Area: Restrict audio and video connections to other users in the same area. Private area effects are indicated by pink semi-transparency. 
  • Spotlight: Allow a person to broadcast their audio, video, and screen to everyone in the Room, up to 100 people. Spotlight effects are indicated by orange semi-transparency. 

Add Tile Effects

You can find and place specific tile types by opening the Mapmaker. Select the Tile Effects tab in the Top Nav Menu. The Tile Effects panel displays on the right of the screen. Select the tile type you wish to add. Click the Stamp tool to place the selected tile type on the map.

A view of the Mapmaker, which is a grid overlaying your space. In this screenshot of an office in Mapmaker, Tile Effects is outlined in red in the Top Nav Menu, the Stamp tool is outlined in red in the Left Nav Menu, and the Tile Effects options are outlined in red in the right panel. Red impassible tiles are visible on the walls, several green spawn tiles are in front of the door, and several areas are pinkish-purple private tiles, with numbers in them for area IDs. Open the Mapmaker and click Tile Effects in the Top Nav Menu. Then select the type of tile you wish to add in the Tile Effects right panel. If you want to add tiles, click the Stamp tool in the Left Nav Menu

Remove Tile Effects

Need to remove or relocate tiles? Click Tile Effects in the Top Nav Menu of the Mapmaker. Select the tile type from the Tile Effects panel. In the Left Nav Menu, click Erase. Click on any tiles you would like to remove. 

Note: You cannot drag existing tiles to a new location, so if you need to move one, delete it, then add it in the correct spot.

A view of the Mapmaker, which is a grid overlaying your space. In this screenshot of an office in Mapmaker, Tile Effects is outlined in red in the Top Nav Menu, the Erase tool is outlined in red in the Left Nav Menu, and the Private Area tile type is selected and outlined in red in the Tile Effects options in the right panel. A red arrow points to a tile outlined in red. It no longer has a Private Tile with an ID of 1 because the Private Tile has been removed.  Open the Mapmaker and click Tile Effects in the Top Nav Menu. Then select the type of tile you wish to remove in the Tile Effects right panel. If you want to remove tiles, click the Erase tool. Click on any corresponding tiles to remove (e.g., Private Area tiles are selected, so only Private Area tiles can be removed.)

Tips on Tiles

  • You can only add or delete the tile type you have selected in the Tile Effects panel. This helps you edit the different layers of tiles you have placed rather than accidentally deleting an Impassible Tile when you only wanted to delete the Private Area Tile in the same location.
  • Tile IDs are used for Private Area and Spawn tiles. A unique Area ID is necessary to ensure only tiles with the same ID share attributes. For example, in the screenshots above, each Private Area has a number. The reception desk area has an Area ID of 1, while the welcome lounge area to the left of the reception desk has an Area ID of 2. If both areas had an ID of 1, participants could see and talk to each other if they were standing in the reception area or in the welcome lounge area. 
  • For more info, see our Map Maker Types of Tiles YouTube tutorial. Please note that the mapmaker interface in the tutorial is outdated, but the basic functionality remains the same.