Mods, Profiles, Seeds & Saves

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Mods, Profiles, Seeds & Saves

Postby aspman » Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:58 am

Not sure if this has been discussed - sorry if so and feel free to merge accordingly, but I think this is new concept.

What would be good if we could have multiple pofiles, each of which has its own multiple save points.

Each profile could have its own mods.

Mods have the ability to force a seed (new games only or they fail to load).

So profile 1 could be vanilla game, multiple save slots, no mods.
Profile 2 could be "Josh Mods" + whatever mods, multiple save slots.
Profile 3 could be "Aspmans Tutorial mod" (with forced seed), multiple save slots.

The reason I think this would be cool would be a modder could force a seed, causing everyone to be in the same system. This would allow content and missions that are specific. Thus you could create a complete storyline based game where you can make references to planet names etc.

However obviously existing players would already have their existing game, hence the need for the profiles and save slots within those profiles, so the 2 things can run alongside each other.

I suppose mod manager thing would need to be clever enough to detect that a mod requires a certain seed so only allows its install on new profiles/new games.

There maybe other ways of achieving same results, this was just an idea I had whilst thinking about modding some in-game tutorials.
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Re: Mods, Profiles, Seeds & Saves

Postby Silverware » Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:29 pm

This should be more than possible in the launcher. It's simply a method of storing and managing the basic settings and saves.

STRUCTURE::

/LT/

/LT/Mods/<MOD>/

/LT/vanilla/saves/
/LT/vanilla/mods.txt (blank here)

/LT/<clean profile name>/saves/
/LT/<clean profile name>/mods.txt (contains the paths of the mods included each on a new line)


Very simple, very easy. Allows saves, profile selection, per-profile-mods, mod-load-orders, and even a seed if that's part of the mod/save/profile
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Re: Mods, Profiles, Seeds & Saves

Postby aspman » Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:49 pm

Yep that would be good. Maybe the mods.txt file could also contain variables and associated data, for default settings etc (including the seed number if required), then below that the mod list, keeping everything in the same place.

I suppose this is the main point of the post, being able to allow the mod to force the seed, for the "total overhaul" mods, or complete "new game" mods I can see this being extremely useful, rather than having instructions in the mod somewhere saying "Make sure you create a new game with seed ABC123 or this mod will not make any sense".
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Re: Mods, Profiles, Seeds & Saves

Postby Hyperion » Sun Nov 30, 2014 5:28 am

I like this idea :thumbup:
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