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Modding Issues - Crashes / Limits? - 5/20/2010 12:53:02 PM   

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I've been attempting to create a Theme that has a new race including everything new except ship images. It was going fine at first as I had new race image and updated races.txt but after a lot of updates I had problems.

I have the following new:

[dialog] race.txt < named after my race [music] < tons of mp3 files from various sci fi [raceImages] race_18.png race_18a.png

about.png about.txt designs.txt races.txt

All I have done is replaced one races values in the races.txt with my own values. I have then added a bunch of new ship names in the designs for my own race. Then I have taken the base dialog file and changed the text for my race.

ISSUES I have found so far:

1)When I had something like 50+ ship names for designs.txt line 10 I could not start a new game. It would say "Could not start game" or something similar when I tried to with this theme. I worked it out to be designs.txt as when I removed it the game would start. I cut the amount of ship names back more and more until I eventually got down to 37 ship names which I think is the same as what the default has and eventually I could start a game. Is there a limit per line on the amount of names I can put or a limit on characters? If not what was the limit I was hitting?

2)Finally I got the theme to be able to load but the game would crash about 3-4 minutes in to a game. I transfered the theme on to a laptop to be able to fix today. But to my surprise I got a "Could not start game" with the exact same theme. So I had a thought (mainly because of the amount of time before a crash on my main PC) that I took out the music from my theme. And bingo I was able to start a game and as far as I could tell the game played for longer than I was getting on my main PC but I couldn't test extensively (as I'm at work ).

The music folder contains 68 music files, 2 movie/tv show soundtracks and the Homeworld soundtrack, with one track renamed to be the menu music. I was using this music folder no problem in a theme before, the only thing has changed is a lot more bespoke stuff for my theme than before.

If it is at all relevant I am using apostrophes in my ship names, theme name etc, as in: Some'thing Seems to work fine but don't know if this is causing the funnies I am seeing.

Parsing the files multiple times with my eyes reveals nothing obvious.
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RE: Modding Issues - Crashes / Limits? - 5/20/2010 12:57:30 PM   

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Just thought I should add I was using / on my main PC, on my laptop.

EDIT: Scrap that it is on both, I was mistaken.

< Message edited by Haree78 -- 5/20/2010 4:06:38 PM >

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