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Where to install the custom ship sets? - 4/30/2010 5:51:37 PM   
Warspite3

 

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A lot of these are nice, what directory do I install them at? Would it be this one... F:\Program Files (x86)\Matrix Games\Distant Worlds\images\units\ships

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RE: Where to install the custom ship sets? - 4/30/2010 6:11:34 PM   
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From what ive read around the boards and from the customization guide, it would seem one can either put the images in the directory you mentioned, or you can put it in the customization folder then load them up as a theme. i recommend doing the second option as we can only replace ships already in the game.
The customization guide explains how to set up a theme and is quite simple ^_^

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RE: Where to install the custom ship sets? - 4/30/2010 8:44:02 PM   
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Make a copy of the "ships" folder to preserve the originals then just overwrite the files in each "family" folder:\Matrix Games\Distant Worlds\images\units\ships\familyX

X = the number of the "family" folder you wish to overwrite.

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RE: Where to install the custom ship sets? - 5/1/2010 5:01:57 AM   
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The complete mods include their own customization folders where you just have to change theme from the main menu to use 90% of the mod content. There are further items that can't be as easily modded such as the weapon visual effects, sounds effects, and flags. These extra add ons require you back up the originals, and install them manually outside the customization folder.

If you feel uncomfortable about backing up the original artwork you can just as easily create your own quick customization theme where you can store all the various ship artwork. Just create a folder with a name of your choosing for example c:/Matrix Games/Distant Worlds/Customization/CoolShips/shipImages/family0

When you go to Change Theme from the DW main menu, you will see CoolShips as a selection.

family0 is the humanoid race ship set, which you can replace by simply copying the ships sets you find here. Make sure the names are as escort.png, frigate.png, etc.

To install multiple ship sets just create another folder1, folder2, etc in the shipImages folder, this way they will all be accessible in game without having to edit the default images and worrying about changing things back. When the game loads it will just use the files you have in customization then load the default game data to fill in the rest, so you don't have to have a complete theme.

Another thing to keep in mind, is that the game has yet to support adding races and ship families, so you may run into another race with the same cool looking ships you have.

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RE: Where to install the custom ship sets? - 5/3/2010 12:31:03 PM   
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 Do Mods is DW actually change how the gameplay is done, or does it simply change the graphics?

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RE: Where to install the custom ship sets? - 5/3/2010 1:42:12 PM   
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Mostly graphics but if you edit the racefile (or use bubblewraps editer) you can change the stats/bonuses of the races. Slukens not agressive enough for you? just ramp up their agression value.

Edit.....Some premade mods come with an edited racefile so they may change things "out of the box" personally I like to tinker with it myself, makes me feel clever.

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