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 Post subject: Mod assistance
PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:28 am 

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Hey there,

I am looking into creating a mod for D2 Lod. Before I go ahead with getting a good pitch together for myself I wanted to get the tools and systems running and familiarize myself with them as well as the mod process.

I was wondering if anyone has experience in this already and would be able to jump in discord to give me some help organizing and learning the setup/basic process.

Would be greatly appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Mod assistance
PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:04 pm 
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Posted in this forum is a sticky-thread linking to the Useful Links you requested. PhrozenKeep is an excellent source of D2 modding information, although this forum does have some commonly answered questions if you read around.

For me, I got started by getting a program to unpack .mpq files (these are just a variety of compressed file, like .zip or .7z), then a spreadsheet program (I just use OpenOffice Calc) so I could edit the text files in the /data/global/excel folder, and then reading the file guides and files to puzzle out how things worked (similar to a relational database). To see your changes start D2 using the "-txt -direct" flags.

If those steps sound too technical for you right now (expect about a week of figuring things out before you can actually see the changes you're making), then consider just preparing a list of things you'd like to change so that you don't forget something while learning how to modify stuff (it took me about a year to implement the things on my list, but I wasn't too hurried).

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