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Blood Phoenix
Commander
posted 02-11-06 09:53 AM EDT (US)         
Mod Help/FAQ/Central Thread

»Mod Help
As modding for Empire At War grows, a help thread becomes essential. Ask any modification questions here. These questions can be anything related to Empire At War modification, not solely graphical editing. I will also be including an FAQ database of all the questions asked for later reference.

Before going of in a rant about "How do I mod?", I shall soon be releasing some tutorials (hopefully). At the moment there arn't many out by other people, however those which I know of are linked in Mod Central at the bottem. If you know of any links to add to Mod Central, please post a link and title to them and I'll get them up right away!

»Mod FAQ

How do I get access to the files?
There are a three ways I currently recommend:

Can I add or edit models?
At the moment, no. EAW uses .ALA/.ALO file endings for it's models. Untill someone creates an importer for 3dStudio Max or another modeling program, adding or editing models will not be possible.

Can I add or change textures?
Yes! All file endings are .dds and won't load on standard graphic editing software without a plugin. Nvidia Have a very nice selection of plugins/tools for editing these files however. This is currently the only thing that graphic designers can currently edit.

»Mod Central

Tutorials
EAW File Types | By Tibmaker (EAWNexus)
Skinning - Basic Hull Plating | By Tibmaker (EAWNexus)
Saving transparency to DDS | By TibMaker (EAWNexus)
Basic Wood Texturing | By TibMaker (EAWNexus)
Mod Team Breakdown | By TibMaker (EAWNexus)
Editing Demo Textures | By CapitanProton (FileFront)
Modding for Newbies - Full Game | Lord Bodin
How to Change the Color of a Single Unit | Atomic_Slash
EAW Engine List | Sirus Fettp

Demo Specific Tutorials
Enabling the Retreat | Cain (PetroFan Forums)
Enabling Planets | MajorPayne (PetroFan Forums)
Editing Demo Data Files | Technical Difficulties
Modding for Newbies | Lord Bodin

EAW Tools
EAW Mod Manager | Quickshot14 (PetroFan Forums)
EAW Extractor | Dante (Renevo)
MEG Extractor | Kaelic
DAT Viewer | Dante (Renevo)
ALO Model Viewer


Useful Free Graphical Tools
Paint.Net (2D)
GIMP (2D)
Gmax (3D)
Wings (3D)

Recommended Costly Graphical Tools
Studio Max 8 (3D)
Maya (3D)
Photoshop (2D)
Paint Shop Pro (2D)

Viewers/Plugins
Photoshop 7,CS,CS2 DDS Plugin
DDS Thumbnail Viewer
TGA Thumbnail Viewer
Microsoft .NET 2.0

»Finishing Off
Moderators - Feel free to update this thread when required, as I often am busy and unable to check. Thanks!


B L O O D P H O E N I X
Lurking at HG since 2004

[This message has been edited by BP (edited 06-25-2006 @ 08:21 AM).]

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Sith and Jedi
Banned
posted 02-11-06 10:42 AM EDT (US)     1 / 87       
Awsome.

Sticky, anyone?

Echuu
Lieutenant
(id: Master Echuu)
posted 02-11-06 12:48 PM EDT (US)     2 / 87       
I think that's appropriate, since we don't have a mod forum just yet. I'll post it in the news too.
Blood Phoenix
Commander
posted 02-11-06 04:55 PM EDT (US)     3 / 87       
Thanks Echuu, greatly appreciated!

B L O O D P H O E N I X
Lurking at HG since 2004
WatchWood
Ensign
posted 02-12-06 03:17 PM EDT (US)     4 / 87       
I rejoice at the awesomeness of this thread.


I'm Your Daddy
92% of teens have moved on to rap. If you are part of the 8% who still listen to real music, copy and paste this into your sig.
Can't believe on back on this damned site again.
Blood Phoenix
Commander
posted 02-12-06 04:01 PM EDT (US)     5 / 87       
Thanks to everyone for there comments. I've added a few questions I still deem fitting from my old FAQ (thanks for obtaining that Crazed!), however I think it could do with quite a few more. Any questions/answers to add to it would be greatly appreciated, it means I can dedicate more time to my guides. Thanks.

B L O O D P H O E N I X
Lurking at HG since 2004
lordbodin99
Ensign
posted 02-13-06 04:27 AM EDT (US)     6 / 87       
Can you please add this?

====:[ BODiN ]:====
====:[ Space Commander|Core Conquest ]:====
====:[ EAW DEMO Modding Guide for Newbies ]:====
Blood Phoenix
Commander
posted 02-13-06 05:42 PM EDT (US)     7 / 87       
Updated as requested (Nice little guide there Bodin! Perhaps post it over here to one of the mods?)

B L O O D P H O E N I X
Lurking at HG since 2004
Kyleron1
Ensign
posted 02-13-06 07:22 PM EDT (US)     8 / 87       
:'(

I guess no one likes my guide...


(bottom of topic list)

Blood Phoenix
Commander
posted 02-14-06 06:22 AM EDT (US)     9 / 87       
It's got some good things in it, but it could do with quite a bit of touching up. Just go over it once or twice and check spelling etc. Perhaps add some cool BBCode in? Also, it's best not to insult your reader .

B L O O D P H O E N I X
Lurking at HG since 2004
nanite
Ensign
posted 02-23-06 09:27 PM EDT (US)     10 / 87       
Does anyone have a .meg extractor that works with the full version?

Thanks!

Edit: Sorry didn't see the post below. Since this post is stickied and the other is not, here's a link to a .meg extractor that works with the full game:

http://xfer.lfnetwork.com/lucasfiles.com/downloads/1215/Kaelics_MEG_Extractor.zip

[This message has been edited by nanite (edited 02-23-2006 @ 11:15 PM).]

Blood Phoenix
Commander
posted 02-24-06 10:56 AM EDT (US)     11 / 87       
Thankyou very much nanite! I've updated the main post

B L O O D P H O E N I X
Lurking at HG since 2004
Angel AoErat
Seraph Emeritus
posted 02-25-06 03:34 PM EDT (US)     12 / 87       
Moved to Modifications forum.
lordbodin99
Ensign
posted 02-25-06 05:16 PM EDT (US)     13 / 87       
You should change the Mod Manager. There's a BETA right here.

====:[ BODiN ]:====
====:[ Space Commander|Core Conquest ]:====
====:[ EAW DEMO Modding Guide for Newbies ]:====
DLS DarthRevan4
Ensign
posted 02-25-06 08:30 PM EDT (US)     14 / 87       
Nothing on how to enable those Ep3 units that are in the game? Dang it.

I kinda wanted to enable the EP3 units. If you don't mind me asking, how would I go about doing that. I know absolutly nothing about working with these files.


Lord Revan

Anime Nerd

And

Sith Lord
lordbodin99
Ensign
posted 02-26-06 04:31 AM EDT (US)     15 / 87       
Open the .xml file they're in. Hit CTRL+F and type "Build_Initially_Locked". It will find you this:

<Build_Initially_Locked>Yes or No</Build_Initially_Locked>

If it's No turn it to Yes. If this doesn't work, then add this line to the unit right below <Build_Initially_Locked>Yes or No</Build_Initially_Locked>:

<Build_Tab_Space_Units>Yes</Build_Tab_Space_Units&g t;
or
<Build_Tab_Land_Units>Yes</Build_Tab_Land_Units>

I don't know if it works for these ep3 characters, I never looked for them or anything.


====:[ BODiN ]:====
====:[ Space Commander|Core Conquest ]:====
====:[ EAW DEMO Modding Guide for Newbies ]:====
Blood Phoenix
Commander
posted 02-26-06 09:12 AM EDT (US)     16 / 87       
Thankyou lordbodin99! I've updated the main post with the new link

B L O O D P H O E N I X
Lurking at HG since 2004
lordbodin99
Ensign
posted 02-26-06 10:32 AM EDT (US)     17 / 87       
You're wellcome!

EDIT: BTW, I posted your zoom mod on PFF, hope that's not a problem.
http://pff.swrebellion.com/index.php?topic=2622.0


====:[ BODiN ]:====
====:[ Space Commander|Core Conquest ]:====
====:[ EAW DEMO Modding Guide for Newbies ]:====

[This message has been edited by lordbodin99 (edited 02-26-2006 @ 10:34 AM).]

Blood Phoenix
Commander
posted 02-26-06 04:49 PM EDT (US)     18 / 87       
No problem at all, I'm glad for anyone to use my mod! Oh, one thing, remove the "HCN" tag from the post, as HardCore Networks is now officially dead for those of you who do not know.

B L O O D P H O E N I X
Lurking at HG since 2004
lordbodin99
Ensign
posted 02-26-06 04:55 PM EDT (US)     19 / 87       
Okay, doing it now. I guess its replaced by To be announced.

====:[ BODiN ]:====
====:[ Space Commander|Core Conquest ]:====
====:[ EAW DEMO Modding Guide for Newbies ]:====
Blood Phoenix
Commander
posted 02-26-06 05:40 PM EDT (US)     20 / 87       
Cheers dude, and yes of course!

B L O O D P H O E N I X
Lurking at HG since 2004
Blood Phoenix
Commander
posted 03-05-06 09:28 AM EDT (US)     21 / 87       
New Tools, plugins and viewers added to main post.

B L O O D P H O E N I X
Lurking at HG since 2004
Crazed Ewok
Mectator
(id: The Crazed Ewok)
posted 03-11-06 08:06 PM EDT (US)     22 / 87       
You should add some of bodin's tutorials into the main post. There are two of them in the Holocron's modding section.

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Blood Phoenix
Commander
posted 03-14-06 10:51 AM EDT (US)     23 / 87       
Both guides are now added (Bodins Demo Tutorial relinked to EaWH version) in main post .

B L O O D P H O E N I X
Lurking at HG since 2004
adthrawn
Ensign
posted 03-14-06 05:56 PM EDT (US)     24 / 87       
I don't know if you tried the modding tool, but it works alot like Genied2 and is GREAT! Check out the thread here, called"New Modding Tool". And thanks for chnaging the title mods.

Also, a good free graphic program is inranview. It reads TGA files and allows you to save as tga. I don't have a link...GOOGLE BABY!


Hail to the Redskins! Hail Victory! Braves on the Warpath! Fight for old D.C.!

Go Washington Redskins! The Road to Super Bowl XL!

[This message has been edited by adthrawn (edited 03-14-2006 @ 08:31 PM).]

atomic_slash
Ensign
posted 03-20-06 08:40 PM EDT (US)     25 / 87       
Hey can you add this guide?
Tutorial: Changing the Color Of Units
It not saying that you can add color by using the <no_colization_color> line, but it shows you how to edit the .DDS, and modify the ALO/ALA files so that you can change the texture it uses to whatever .dds file you want the ALO/ALA file to use. Its pretty useful.
Thanks if you add it.
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