You'll need to use a ini decompressor/extractor, like BiniQBU or BWS ini editor. I prefer using a command line decompressor with a batch file, but you should use what seems most comfortable to you. You'll also need a reference to decipher those IDs. I recommend using *** IDS_NAMES *** to Friendly Names created by vovin. It deciphers the IDs in the following files:
I want to make this clear, you won't be altering these files. extract them to a txt format and have them available as you make your mod.
First, let's take a look at the default ship used. This is pulled directly from the loadout.ini file in the DATA\SHIPS folder:
nickname = msn_playerloadout
archetype = ge_fighter <--ship referenced by nickname in shiparch.ini
equip = ge_gf1_engine_01 <--engine
equip = shield01_mark01_lf, HpShield01 <--shield
equip = ge_fighter_power01 --powerplant
equip = ge_s_scanner_01 <--scanner. comes in two flavors
equip = ge_s_tractor_01 <--tractor beam. usually the same for every ship.
equip = ge_s_thruster_01, HpThruster01 <--thruster
equip = li_gun01_mark01, HpWeapon01 <--justice Ilaser
equip = li_gun01_mark01, HpWeapon02 <--justice I laser
equip = LargeWhiteSpecial, HpHeadlight <--these are the lights for your ship.
equip = SlowSmallOrange, HpRunningLight01
equip = SlowSmallOrange, HpRunningLight02
equip = SlowSmallOrange, HpRunningLight05
equip = contrail01, HpContrail01
equip = contrail01, HpContrail02
equip = DockingLightRedSmall, HpDockLight01
equip = DockingLightRedSmall, HpDockLight02 --right down to here. -->
cargo = ge_s_battery_01, 3 <--batteries on board
cargo = ge_s_repair_01, 3 <--nanos on board.
from archtype on down, you can copy and paste the above into your mpnewcharacter.fl file, but it still won't work properly. first you need to change
archetype = ge_fighter
ship_archetype = ge_fighter
then you need to comment out
at the bottom. just put a ; in front of it so it'll look like
instead. You can start up a MP server but won't see any noticable change however, since it's the same ship.
There is no knowledge that is not power.
Edited by - Chips on 10/31/2004 7:35:44 AM