SFC Orion Pirates
By the pelican
IMPORTANT - Before you edit any file, you should always create a backup copy first, in case something goes wrong.
1 - First of all, you need to edit the Definitions.txt file, which will be in the Map Editor folder. At the very beginning, you will see something like this
You need to know what races you intend to add, and you are limited in the names you can add. They must match exactly to the short empire names in the CommonSettings\RaceNames.gf file. The five names you can add are
Where you put which name is your choice, this just happens to be my order. As long as the numbers are in order.
2 - Now you need to create yourself a map, I suggest that you create a basic 10x10 map to start with, have only a few hexes for each race. But you MUST, and I cannot stress this enough, MUST have at least one base, or one planet in one of each races hexes. Otherwise they will produce no AI ships. Save the map into your MetaAssets folder, in the SFC3 directory. Don't overwrite any of the existing maps of course.
If you prefer, you could edit one of the existing maps, and save that as your new map, it makes no difference.
3 - Now, we need to edit the DefaultCore.txt file (Excel is the best program for editing). Each race is REQUIRED to have 1 of each of the following types of ships. This may mean having two of the same ship, each with a different class.
Plus, you need to have one of each of the stations, unless you have new models, it's probably best to use the Fed stations, in which case you do not need to edit the Core file any further.
- Now go into the DefaultLoadOut.txt file, you need to add/edit
the file to add in the ships you just added to the Core file.
- Now you need to make the map available, go to Assets\Scripts\Campaigns,
and create a copy of one of the Conqeust.mct files, rename it,
and then edit it.
6 - Load up the game, and go to Single Player Campaign, then All Campaigns. Just play your new Campaign, and if you've followed the above instructions, you should now be on your new map, with your additional races showing up as AI races. Once you've figured it all out, you can create a full size map, and have lots of fun.
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