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Welcome to the Dark Side! Here
I'll show you how to add ships to reserved, unused slots. This
gets really complicated at certain points, but if you keep track
of what you've done, it should work great. The first reserved
slot you use will be the easiest to do. As you add more and more,
that's where it gets hard to keep straight.
In this example, we're going to
put the Ssi-Ruuvi Battle Droid in the Reserved Container #1 slot.
It's important to understand what exactly we're doing with this.
We're connecting references in the Shiplist file to the Strings
and .exe files. Shiplist uses one number for its species, but
strings and xwingalliance.exe use a different number. The first
"unknown" in Shiplist does NOT correspond to the first
"unknown" in BinHexEdit. But you should understand how
it works after going through this example.
- To start, add the
srbdroid.opt file to the FLIGHTMODELS folder.
- Next, open the
Spacecraft0.lst file in FLIGHTMODELS. Be sure that the
box "Always use this program to open this file"
is UNCHECKED, and open it with Wordpad.
- Add the line "FlightModels\Sbdroid.opt"
to the end of the list. This is adding a new opt
reference, so we need to note what number this reference
is on our list. This being our first of these, it will be
#154. Make a note of that, and save it.
- Open Shiplist.txt, and find
Species #222. Replace "*DontUseMe" with
"Ssi-Ruuvi Battle Droid" (be sure to remove the
asterisk!). Change it from "Planet/asteroid" to
"Shuttle/Light Transport". Change
"NonFlyable" to "Flyable". Change
"NoSkirmish" to "Skirmish". Save it.
- Next, we want to open up
BinHexEdit. I'm not going to go into how to use that
program other than as it concerns us here. Load it up for
xwingalliance.exe like normal.
- Go to the section for
"OPT File Location 1" and go to line #86, which
is reserved container 1. Change the setting to
"1". This indicates that the opt can be found
in the FLIGHTMODELS folder. Write to file.
- Now go to the section for
"OPT File Location 2" and go to line #86.
Change the setting to "153", which is telling
the program that the 154th line (153+1) of
Spacecraft0.lst is where this opt is referenced. Write to
- Next go to "Ship
Type", line #86. Change the setting to "1"
for Shuttle/Light Transport. Write to file.
- Go to "Enable
Ships", line #86 (see a pattern here?). Change the
setting to "3" to enable. Write to file.
- Go to "Species
Table", line #222. The id number indicates the
species number in Shiplist.txt, and the value number
(let's call it N) is the Nth line in the craft lists in
Strings.txt, for future reference. We're going to use
Reserved Container #1, so change the value to 86 (BHE
gives the equations). Write to file.
- Go to the section for the
first *Reserved Container (98/276). Put in the stats you
want for the Ssi-Ruuvi Battle Droid. This is included in
the srbdroid.txt file that came with the opt. Write to
- Finally, open Strings.txt. We
need to update Strings' references, so we need to locate
the first unnamed container. It happens to be
"!KSPECCON0!". If you're unsure if you got the
right slot, you can always count the lines down starting
at "X-wing". So bring up every reference
beginning with "!KSPECCON0!" and add
"Ssi-Ruuvi Battle Droid", "Ssi-Ruuvi
Battle Droids", and "S-R B/D" in the
appropriate spots. Save it.
You're done! Test it out, because
a lot of files were changed. If it doesn't work, go back over
this checklist and make sure you entered everything properly.
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