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Editing guide
 
vectorwolf  posted on May 25, 2007 8:38:48 PM - Report post

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Having a problem with the editing... No matter how I change the settings in WinRAR, it refuses to open the .bp files in anything but the internal viewer. I've tried setting it to both External and Ask, and neither makes a difference (double-clicking, pressing enter, etc. all do the same thing). Anyone else have this problem and figure it out?
 
GlenGrainger  posted on May 25, 2007 10:15:12 PM - Report post

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Hi,

And no matter how much you keep trying it is not going to work either.

The editing guide doesn't work full-stop, reasons are that A) Winrar will not let you edit the files without extracting first then B) You will have to re-archive/package the files when finished, this will compress them to about 1/4 of the original size, the game will not work!!

So yeah, give up now, before you waste any more time.

 
vectorwolf  posted on May 26, 2007 12:29:30 AM - Report post

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Thanks much.
 
GlenGrainger  posted on May 30, 2007 5:19:08 AM - Report post

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Hi,

I have some more information for you if you are still interested...

As I said above, you can't edit anything while in WinRAR and to extract everything then package it all back up again you compress it which won't work in the game.

But I did some more messing around as I still wanted to know how to mod this game and found out something interesting, to make it work you have to create a "non-compressed zip archive" for the game to read.

So here is what we do...

Go into where you installed Supreme Commander, then into the 'gamedata' folder, take a copy of the file 'units.scd' so you can mod it, I copied it over to a 2nd PC that has WinRAR installed into the Shared Documents. Next I moved to the 2nd PC and cut the 'units.scd' file, pasted it onto the desktop and opened with WinRAR, I then extracted everything which created a folder on my desktop called 'units'. Inside this folder was another folder called 'units', so I renamed that to 'units1' and cut it from there and paste it onto the desktop.

Next, I deleted the 'units' folder and renamed 'units1' folder to 'units' then went inside. Now I see a heap of folders, remembering from the units modding guide from this site, the folder names are relevent as follows:

UEA - UEF Air Units
UEB - UEF Building Units
UEL - UEF Land Units
UES - UEF Sea Units
UAA - Aoen Air Units
UAB - Aoen Building Units
UAL - Aoen Land Units
UAS - Aoen Sea Units
URA - Cybran Air Units
URB - Cybran Building Units
URL - Cybran Land Units
URS - Cybran Sea Units

(the others are not needed)

Ok, I wanted to mod the UEF Tech 3 Mass Fabricator, I thought that 25 Mass for 1500 Energy was crappy, find the folder called 'UEB1303'. Once found, open the 'UEB1303_unit.bp' file with Notepad, scroll down a little over halfway, you'll see Economy. Under this you'll see some information, look familur? They should..

Well, all I did was to add a 0 to the line:

ProductionPerSecondMass = 24,

So now it looks like this:

ProductionPerSecondMass = 240,

Right, save the file, close Notepad, close the folder window, now we must create a "non-compressed zip archive" for the game. Right-click on the 'units' folder, select the 'Add to archive...' option for WinRAR, it will open the 'Archive name and parameters' box. Under Archive format, select the ZIP option, under the Compression method, select Store.

Click Ok and let it do its thing, won't take long as no compression.

Once finished, you now have a 'units.zip' file, I copied this back across to my 1st PC into the Shared Documents, from there I cut 'units.zip' file and went back into the 'gamedata' folder. Now, the 'units.scd' file that's in there I renamed to 'units.scd.old' and finally I pasted the new 'units.scd' file there.

Ok, close the window, fired up Supreme Commander, started the Tutorial, rushed built up to Tech 3 so I could build the Mass Fabricator, hay presto, it worked...


Man, after all that I need a beer or 4...

Have fun...

By the way, if anyone from Cheat Happens sees this, if you want me to type this out a little better and submit it i'll do it tomorrow, going to have a beer...

 
vectorwolf  posted on May 30, 2007 6:21:25 AM - Report post

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Lol, thanks much, man. Using compression was all new to me, so I was pretty much lost as to what to do. I'll get started now.
 
Kaizer  posted on May 30, 2007 7:06:33 AM - Report post

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Wow thanks Bro for your info
Is there a way to make short unit training & building time easily ?

 
vectorwolf  posted on May 30, 2007 7:41:44 AM - Report post

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*edit* got it working. Think the notepad files just weren't saving correctly. All good now.

[Edited by vectorwolf, 5/30/2007 7:58:13 AM]

 
vectorwolf  posted on May 30, 2007 1:22:52 PM - Report post

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Now that this is up and running, gotta figure out what some of the variables *are*. Anyone know where the collision sizes are? Seems most of the units have trouble getting out of their own way... wanna cut down "sizes" a bit.
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