This has gotten a little complicated, but I will try my best to explain all of the details accurately and briefly.
Let me begin by saying that I have been using and attempting to modify different maps from different games, and I have been doing so on two different operating systems: Windows and Mac OS X. I have been using the most current TripleA client on both systems, version 18.104.22.168. Also, it is worth noting that I only began using TripleA two days ago, so I am clearly a novice at toying with this client.
I did succeed last night in modifying the map of the ‘World War 2 Revised’ map using Mac OS X, and so I am vaguely familiar with the ‘basetiles’ folder of that particular map. However, I could not figure out a few things in my experimentation. For one, I could not seem to find any of the map files (such as ‘basetiles’, ‘relieftiles’, ‘games’, etc.) that are a part of the default games (which I believe there are four of, including Big World 1942) that come with the TripleA client. This was specifically the case while using Mac OS X. Oddly enough, while using the Windows OS, I could not seem to find any of the map files that are a part of the additional games that are downloaded—that is to say I could only find map files for the default games. So, as far as I can tell, this issue of using different operating systems may add to the complexity of simply finding the right map files to modify.
Another issue that I have had includes being able to find ALL of the files you have mentioned for a specific game. I sometimes find certain ‘tiles’ folders for the different World War 2 games, and other times I do not—I may only find a ‘basetiles’ folder but no ‘relieftiles’ folder. This has added to my confusion because it seems indicate that one game may not function anything like another game in terms of the way maps are created.
Additionally, in attempting to use some of the direction you offered in your post, I tried experimenting with deleting the ‘games’ folder of a specific game in which I had modified some of its corresponding ‘basereflief’ tiles, (specifically I tried to delete the ‘Big World 1942 games folder’). However, deleting it disables me from actually running the game, so I do not understand how deleting that folder helps in any way for modifying and using modified maps.
Any information regarding these software topics is very appreciated. I apologize if my inquiries seem simple or mundane to the more experienced users, but I am generally ignorant about these topics.