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Race images: can you create a larger pool of images for... - 7/3/2015 8:20:29 PM   
ardonquen

 

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Hello!

I've been researching how to add more race pictures to the game and from what I've seen so far, each race has two images representing its characters. They're essentially the same image, although one has a transparent background and one does not.

Mods that add more race pictures seem to rely on adding predefined characters to the game that then use different portrait pictures. However, is it possible for randomly generated characters to use a random image from a pool, or even bet, a pool that's categorized by their role (i.e. general, leader, etc)?

It'd be cool if the pictures used for human characters, for instance, would randomly select between male and female portraits. No biggie if that's not possible, but I'm just wondering!

Thank you for your help!

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RE: Race images: can you create a larger pool of images... - 7/3/2015 8:42:25 PM   
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I'm not quite sure, I don't think it is possible. Just random generated names, I think.
However, it is possible to assign a specific portrait to a random generated character ingame via editor.

1)dump all the images you want to use in the Images/units/characters subfolder.
2)start a new game.
3)open the editor (the small icon beside the character icon in the HUD).
4)select "edit empires" and select your own (or any other, but you will propably not see the results), then click on "characters" and then on "edit character".
5)click on "change image" an select one of your liking.
6)close the editor. Done.




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RE: Race images: can you create a larger pool of images... - 7/4/2015 12:15:03 AM   
ardonquen

 

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Wow, thank you for the warp speed reply! :D

It's a shame that you can't have it randomly choose from a selection of portraits, but never mind! Thank you for providing an alternative! :3

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RE: Race images: can you create a larger pool of images... - 7/5/2015 12:06:05 PM   
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The game will only generate as many races as exist in the races folder. More races, more empires.

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RE: Race images: can you create a larger pool of images... - 7/9/2015 11:18:32 AM   
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DeviantArt is your friend. I make all my custom races based of pictures of aliens swiped off that site.

(Vain artist credit is a mental minefield, however, which is why I never share any of these custom races with anyone. Not worth the drama/headaches, IMHO)

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RE: Race images: can you create a larger pool of images... - 7/11/2015 6:50:21 AM   
ardonquen

 

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quote:

(Vain artist credit is a mental minefield, however, which is why I never share any of these custom races with anyone. Not worth the drama/headaches, IMHO)

Ain't that the truth! Every time I add content to a game, it's invariably a hack-job of other people's work. I tend not to share it either, because you don't want some angry artist with tineye as their homepage huffing and puffing at you! Don't they know that intellectual property theft is a cornerstone of modding?

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RE: Race images: can you create a larger pool of images... - 7/29/2015 12:17:26 PM   
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Isn't it legal for non-profit purposes regardless of what they might want?

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RE: Race images: can you create a larger pool of images... - 5/14/2016 10:53:48 AM   
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I work on space opera packs with more races & characters pictures...i post soon

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