From: My Own Private Hell
After a few years playing DW I think im brave enough to start designing my own ships and face the horror that is the ship design UI
First off ive got Legends patched to the current version and im on 32bit XP.
Ive worked out that you cant just copy the designs into your *modname*/designs folder, they have to be saved from within the game or they dont load the designs when you start a new game. Im confused though as there is now a settings folder in the C:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\Code Force Limited\Distant Worlds\126.96.36.199\Settings and it wasnt there before. Is this connected with the one in the mod folder? I ask because the one in the docs and settings folder is not the one I saved last night, it has a different name, think it was one of my first attempts at a design file, I made sure I knew where the file was saved to and it wasn't there. So wondering why its got a different / old name and how it got there?
Ive designed all the state ships and bases and they load as 'optimized' on a new game, ive got all the checkboxes off for my designs in the policy screen and on the main design screen all my designs are set manual upgrade and auto retrofit.
Heres where I got stuck though, on the design screen itself at the top left is a dropbox with two options 'Auto Retrofit(Including advisor suggestions)' or only retrofit manually. I want the ships I designed to auto retrofit with no advisor suggestions, I played through half a game last night and when engines were researched the advisor popped up and asked to sort out out the new designs and I clicked yes because of the private ships, freighters, mining ships etc they are still on auto design and auto retrofit, and I ended up with an AI designed destroyer, which I didnt want and it was a real pain to get rid of as it totally knocked the whole design thing unstable, I manually upgraded the AI design to one of mine but it wouldnt show up as buildable so had to leave it on show all designs, annoying to the point I gave up the game.
So what is the correct setting on the design screen? I would like my designed ships to auto retrofit but not auto design, and would like to leave the AI to deal with the Private sector, it states in the policy screen that you have to leave the ship auto design on for the retrofit so ive left it on and as I said ive unchecked the boxes for my designs. Ive looked through the 'Whats New.PDF' that came with the update and it doesnt help much on the ship design section.
Sorry for the long post, just crap at explaining things