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posted 03-15-02 03:46 AM EDT (US)   
Every some much time a "I need help with DevEd" thread used to pop up. The first time you answered it's no problem, but after a few times it slowly becomes annoying.

So I came up with this thread. It was a place where I tried to explain the basic of DevEd and answered questions.

One day I wrote the DevED Beginner's Guide so the primary purpose of this thread (explaining the basics) is now obsolete. But feel free to post questions about things that are not in the guide or things which are in the guide, but may be a little confusing. Whatever.

Have fun with modmaking.

Edit (February 2011):

Galvais1 wrote: "I am in need of help with "installing" DevEd. I download the file and extract it, but it seems that I never extract it in the right place...?? I'm not sure what to do. My OS is Windows XP. "

Froster answered: "Hello Galvais1. If you still need the help, extract the 3 files in the "dev" folder (ie AoWEd, AoWEPACK, AoWTCPCK) into your main patched AoW folder, replacing the originals. To switch back, extract the 3 files in the "136" folder into the main AoW folder."

To elaborate, the download of DevEd is a .zip file called You're supposed to unzip it to ".../Age of Wonders/Release". This creates a folder called DevEdit in the Age of Wonders/Release folder. And in the DevEdit folder there are two subfolders. One is called 136 and the other one is called dev.

If you're having toruble understanding this, here's a picture to help you understand:

If you copy the 3 files from the folder called dev to your main Age of Wodners folder that will allow you to use DevEd, but you won't be able to play the game. If you want to play the game you need to copy the 3 files from the folder called 136 and paste them in the main Age of wodners folder. You don't have to do this every time, only after you've been using DevEd.

Lord Dragatus, 30th member of BTOOIC, The One Who Killed the Cow.

[This message has been edited by LordDragatus (edited 02-11-2011 @ 02:40 PM).]

posted 03-15-02 04:31 AM EDT (US)     1 / 87  
LESSON 1: release.hss

If you want to make a mod the firs thing you should do is backup all the files in AoW\Release. If you have any mods installed you might be able to skip this step, but it's better to make sure before you start.
When this is done create a new folder in Release and call it whatever you want. This will be your mod's folder and you will put the edited files in here.
Now enable DevEd and run AoWEd. Select Developer\Open Mapset. The editor will first look in the custom scenarios folder, but you need to open the release.hss file in the Release folder. When you do so the fun can begin. Save any changes you make by selecting File\Save as. Move to your mod's folder and save as release.hss. Next time load the release.hss from you mod's folder rather than from Release.

LESSON 2: units

When you open a mapset select Settings and then Units. You should now be able to see many squares with numbers in the upper left corner. Some of them are filled with a unit gfx and represent the existing units. You can edit them by double-clicking on them. To create new ones double-click an empty square. I think you should be able to figure out how the rest works by yourself. But just in case you don't:

-general: here you can choose the race of the unit, it's name, alignment, size, blood type, unit type, gender, cost and transport capacity. I don't know what size is good for, it doesn't seem to affect anything.
Unit types are humanoid, creature and machine. This (together with gender) defines if a unit can be affected by abilities like seduce (only affects male non-undead humanoids) or possess (does not affect machines). It also seems that machines can't be stunned, but I'm not 100% sure.
The maximum level of a unit is 40 (just imagine a unit 10 times as powerful as a Red Dragon ). The level affect the amount of expirience the unit need to achieve silver and gold medal status. For a silver medal it needs 2x it's level of expirience (a lvl 1 unit needs 2, a lvl 4 unit needs 8, etc.), and for a gold it need 6x it's level.
The maximum cost you can set with DevEd is only 255 gold.
To change the transport capacity of units who already have transport you will have to also change transport in the list of abilities.

-statistics: here you can set the stats and abilities of a unit.
Attack, defence, damage and resistance can range from 1 to 10, while hits and movement can range from 1 to 50.
At rank abilities you set the abilities a unit will have when it's newly produces or reaches a medal rank. Click edit to change them. A new window pops up. On the left there is a list of abilities the unit already has. To remove an ability select it and click delete. On the right there is a list of available abilities. To add an ability select it and click add. Note thar some abilies (like charge, parry and magic strike)require strike. If you want to give them to a unit at a higher expirience level you will have to select strike once again.
About possess ability. When a possessed unit dies it turns into an Incarnate no matter what unit possessed it in the first place. As a result you can only have one unit with possess. However this can be used in a rather fun way. When I started making my first mod I got the idea of creating an evolving unit. The DE Shadow would be a level 4 unit and would get possess at gold medal. The it would have to possess something and when that something is killed you have a flying Shadow Demon.

-gfx: here you select how your unit will look like.

-description: here you can write the description of the unit.

The index numbers in the upper right corner of the squares are very important because the game uses them to indentify the units.

Lord Dragatus, 30th member of BTOOIC, The One Who Killed the Cow.

[This message has been edited by LordDragatus (edited 05-05-2002 @ 06:25 AM).]

posted 03-19-02 09:24 AM EDT (US)     2 / 87  
LESSON 3: editing the gfx

Select Settings\Units GFX. Again you will see lots of squares with little index numbers. To edit the gfx double click one.


See that icon that looks like an opened windows folder? It's used to add layers. When you add a layer you have to select an image library (for example to add glows use USHADOW.ILB), a mode (default is "none" which simply adds the selected picture), and the index numbers for the frame table (if you want to add a red glow simply write 102). You can drag layers around with the mouse.

To be continued...

Lord Dragatus, 30th member of BTOOIC, The One Who Killed the Cow.
posted 04-25-02 11:35 AM EDT (US)     3 / 87  
Lord do U know how to make units that I create \ changed Index appear on the "All Units Floater" when I'm Editing the races ?
posted 04-25-02 03:12 PM EDT (US)     4 / 87  


I think you should be able to figure out how the rest works by yourself.

Why bother with this guide when you fade out on the important information?

posted 04-27-02 03:11 AM EDT (US)     5 / 87  
nOZz, as far as I know the units you created should automatically appear in the all units floater. Did you first edit units, then exited DevEd and tried to edit races the next time? In that case check if you opened the right release.hss file. If that's not the case, I can't help you.

Alex Mars, I thought editing units (once you overcome the first obstacles) was so simple anyone could figure it out by himself, but now you say it I guess you are right. I'll edit the post.

Lord Dragatus, 30th member of BTOOIC, The One Who Killed the Cow.

[This message has been edited by LordDragatus (edited 10-12-2002 @ 03:07 AM).]

posted 04-27-02 05:58 AM EDT (US)     6 / 87  
You cannot create more than 80 units, that's the cap. It sucks, but that's life. That is a definite weakness of the devedit, the units you create 81+ is not included in the floater.

[This message has been edited by Rorschach (edited 04-27-2002 @ 05:59 AM).]

posted 05-08-02 10:23 AM EDT (US)     7 / 87  
Are you sure? In TS1.36 rules every race has 12 units, distract 3 for rams, catapults and ballistas and you have 9 different units per race. If you multiply this with 12 you get 108 units. If you add rams, bone rams, elementals, catapults, bombardiers, dragons... you get a lot more than 80 units.

My all units floater displays all units.

Lord Dragatus, 30th member of BTOOIC, The One Who Killed the Cow.
posted 05-30-02 02:13 AM EDT (US)     8 / 87  
Note: you can attach spellcasting to units, but it won't work. Unit can neither cast spells nor generate mana.

Lord Dragatus, 30th member of BTOOIC, The One Who Killed the Cow.
posted 06-07-02 12:48 PM EDT (US)     9 / 87  
I think I just found a bug in the Medieval Masters edition.

I was messing around adding various units and blah blah blah, I had the Wolf with the Frostlings, the Black Spider with the Dark Elves, etc...

And I thought about the Leaders (the guys on foot with the cane and the robe, yeah, them) and said to myself, HEY! Why not make them into a mini-elemental type thing?

What I mean is this: the Undead Leader would have Path of Decay, Doom Gaze/Black Bolts and Death Strike. The Frostling Leader would have Path of Frost, Frost Bolts and Cold Strike. Get the idea?

Well I fiddled around with them for about an hour and a half this morning out of sheer boredom. Foolish me didn't save any, either. Anyway, I finished the Undead last (all in the bottom few rows) and cut and pasted them in with their respective races. Well, as soon as I placed the final Leader, I got a tiny little window pop up that said, "Oh no, its the end..." or something to that effect. Now, does it do that just because its the Leader, or because I put one in every race, or what?!?

That turned out to be a magnificant waste of time! THANK YOU VERY MUCH! I kept them all relatively balanced and tied to their races, but of course they'd need some playtesting for finalization. But I didn't even get the chance! Fooie! Help here would be great, thanks.

P.S.- I was trying to add the Werewolf and all of the other units Warlock had in his mod that aren't readily available in AoWEd. I was just wondering...where did he get them?! Where are they? I just wanna know!

One by one the penguins steal my sanity...

[This message has been edited by White Wolf (edited 06-07-2002 @ 02:40 PM).]

posted 06-08-02 10:36 AM EDT (US)     10 / 87  
"Oh dear it's the end..." often appears when you copy&paste or cut&paste. I don't know what causes it and how to prevent it.

I don't know where Warlock got those units. I found the .ILB files required to generate the gfx for these units, but that was after I installed WR. If you really want to know you might try to contact Warlock. You might find him in the AoW2 general discusion forum.

I think this might interest you: there can be more than one hero and leader for each race. Just give them different names and make sure they are marked either "hero" or "hero leader" and not just "leader".

Lord Dragatus, 30th member of BTOOIC, The One Who Killed the Cow.
posted 06-08-02 01:14 PM EDT (US)     11 / 87  
Thanks, I guessed it had something to do with cut&paste, but that's neither here nor there.

Uh...I think I found another question too. I found the tab that says "Races" and decided to look at it. I double clicked on one of the little boxes (I think it turned out to be Dark Elves) and I was wanting to add the Giant Spider to their buildable units. How do I do this? I clicked the tab that says "City" or somesuch, but that didn't help.

If I think of any other questions, I'll post 'em here, thanks again!

One by one the penguins steal my sanity...
posted 06-09-02 04:09 PM EDT (US)     12 / 87  
While I'm thinking about it, how can I change the things a builder can build? Or can I? I've made a couple more guilds and would like to see them buildable. Just curious.

P.S.- One more thing. I have a building that produced flying creatures. I would like it to look like Warlock's Dragon's Nest, BUT I can't get it to change the image that appears when I double click on it. Any help here would be welcome as well!

One by one the penguins steal my sanity...

[This message has been edited by White Wolf (edited 06-09-2002 @ 09:43 PM).]

posted 06-10-02 02:39 PM EDT (US)     13 / 87  
Let's see...

LESSON 4: races

To add units to a race click on settings, then races, 2click a race and a window pops up, select units. This are the units that will be buildable in cities. The rest is pretty much like adding units to a stack.

If you click city you will be able to select the special lvl 1 unit that needs to be installed. If a race has no special unit all lvl 1 units will be buildable right away. For the rest this window seems to be more or less useless (from a modmakers point of view).

A city can only produce the first (by level) 12 units of a race, so if you make a race with 15 units and 3 are level 4 you won't be able to build any lvl 4 units. Cities also can't produce level 5+ units.
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I don't know any way how to change the list of buildings a builder can build.

LESSON 5:structures

(For now) I will focus on unit production structures like the Shipyard and Builder's Guild. Other structures (like exploration sites and magic nodes) can be modified in a rather similair way.

To change the looks of a building 2click it and select complex. The window you now see works very much like the units gfx window.

On the left you see a load of numbers. If there is a "u" next to the number it means that there is a layer there.
Usually the following numbers represent how the building looks on the following terrain (in case of builders guilds at least).


I may have mixed up 1,2&4. There are also numbers reserved for water and other things, but I don't remember them right now.

There's more to it, but I don't have much time, I my end it tommorow.

Lord Dragatus, 30th member of BTOOIC, The One Who Killed the Cow.

[This message has been edited by LordDragatus (edited 10-12-2002 @ 03:19 AM).]

posted 06-10-02 04:42 PM EDT (US)     14 / 87  
Oh...I see...

Not really, but I'll figure it out. Thanks.

One by one the penguins steal my sanity...
posted 06-12-02 02:50 AM EDT (US)     15 / 87  
What di you mean with "Not really, but I'll figure it out."?

Oh yeah, I got your e-mail. If you want to change the color of sprites you might want to check out SmurfHeroe's AoWCGE (AoW campaign and graphics editor). AoWCGE v0.1 is available here There is a progress report thread about it in this forum.

Lord Dragatus, 30th member of BTOOIC, The One Who Killed the Cow.

[This message has been edited by LordDragatus (edited 06-12-2002 @ 03:05 AM).]

posted 06-12-02 11:16 AM EDT (US)     16 / 87  
Oh I don't remember now, but I understand it.

Have a slight problem though. I took the Necromancer's gfx and created a Necromancer for the Undead race. It crashes the map editor and the game when one is placed or built, respectively. Help?
Also, the "Freezer" does the same thing. I have two versions: The Freezer we all know from Warlock's mod, and a "Kettle" for use with the Halflings (for some reason I just saw them with tea and a Kettle just seemed fitting, and it has gaseous breath--sp?--and thats about the only change).
Not sure about the Werewolf, gonna have to check.

Oh, and I made a "Frost Sprite" All I did was take the Fire Sprite and replace the haze/glow around him with a blue one. Not the bright one the Syron has, but a step down. It has path of frost, physical protection, pass wall, cold strike, frost bolts, and all that fun stuff. Its only level 2 so its stats are like Att: 3 Def: 2 Res: 4 Dam: 2. I've seen better, of course, but it's pretty.

I feel kinda dumb about this, but I made a "Barrel" as a tribute to a WW1 tank. Its just the drill for now, but I plan on changing that. It doesn't have fire cannon though, it has fire musket. No tunnelling or wall crushing, a defense of 6 and transport capacity of like 4. But has only 20 movement points. And its for the Highmen no less. I was gonna give it to the Dwarves, but I have always hated the idea of their balloon, so I changed it to the Dirigible which now has different stats, and hurl stones--thought about archery, and may change it yet.

And sometime I'm going to make a pack of golems. I'm gonna try one for each race, but I don't know if I can do that, here's my thoughts:
(and remember, this is AoW 1 here)
Azracs: Fire Golem/Sand-type guy
Humans: Uh...?Steel Golem?
Lizardmen: Water Golem?
Frostlings: Ice Golem--look like Yeti, but different...?
Halflings: Hmm...?
Dwarves: Stone Golem, like the earth elemental, but weaker
Elves: Treeman (I've always wanted one for them!)
Highmen: Uh...
Dark Elves: ?
Orcs: ?
Goblins: ?
Undead: A Bone Golem?

Yeah, the bunches of '?' proove to be a nuisance. So that needs some polishing.

Oh, and one more thing. With this thing you just had me download, the AoWCGE, can I take the Elephant and give it a rider? There's another thing I wanted before I heard about in AoW 2, a Mammoth Rider. (Yes, Frostlings are my favorite.) But that's cool if I can't. Oh well, thanks again, you'll probly get more questions later.

One by one the penguins steal my sanity...
posted 06-12-02 11:37 AM EDT (US)     17 / 87  
> I made a "Barrel" as a tribute to a WW1 tank... a transport capacity of like 4. But has only 20 movement points.

Nice idea, but doesn't work. I've tried the same thing except I called it a "War Wagon" in honor of the old John Wayne movie, but if you give transport to a walking machine then any walking units stacked with it use their own MP when the stack moves. And since at 20 MP it's slower then they are, you gain nothing. Transport will only work the way you want if you give your tank flying or possibly floating, but that overpowers it.

posted 06-12-02 02:32 PM EDT (US)     18 / 87  
I wasn't really worried about the tranportation anyway, I just wanted it to go kinda slow.

One by one the penguins steal my sanity...
posted 06-12-02 03:00 PM EDT (US)     19 / 87  
Ah well... I was looking more for a fast land transport then a combat unit. More like an APC that I could load up with infantry to keep up with my cavalry, with a short range attack like a flamethrower perhaps but more a defensive then an offensive unit.
posted 06-14-02 04:58 AM EDT (US)     20 / 87  
Of all the points only 1 has anything to do with DevEd. I would prefer it if you started another thread to post about your work.

1. I never experienced that problem. Maybe someone else can help.

5. Yes you can. You'll have to draw him yourself off course. This version still has some bugs so it might not work. I think there might already be a newer version available.

Lord Dragatus, 30th member of BTOOIC, The One Who Killed the Cow.

[This message has been edited by LordDragatus (edited 06-14-2002 @ 04:59 AM).]

posted 06-16-02 10:40 PM EDT (US)     21 / 87  
A couple things:

It seems that new when I play AoW with my current mod--and mine only, it doesn't seem to happen with Warlock's--but after I quit playing and go off and do something for a while...come back, decide to play again, start game...get nothing. I have to restart my computer everytime I want to start AoW without problems. If I don't it will begin to load, I'll get a black screen for a few heartbeats, then back to Windows I go.
Any Ideas?

And on a minor note, Chowguy: the transport works fine with me, did you give your unit the stats and put the correct number on the unit window?

One by one the penguins steal my sanity...
posted 06-17-02 09:29 AM EDT (US)     22 / 87  
As Lord Dragatus requested, please keep this thread clean. I'm concidering deleting all the posts here that are not actual "How to use DevEd" posts.
posted 06-17-02 12:34 PM EDT (US)     23 / 87  
Go for it, most of what I've said is unnecessary, but I'd still like any info available on why my Mod does that to my game. I used DevEd to create it and I get this result, so in my mind it was relevant.
posted 06-17-02 01:41 PM EDT (US)     24 / 87  
Nothing wrong with what you said, but you should start a new thread instead. Copy the text you wrote to a new thread while it's still available here. This whole forum is intended to be used to discuss mod packs and how they're made.

Two more posts to delete from this thread

posted 06-20-02 04:35 AM EDT (US)     25 / 87  

Any Ideas?

No, no ideas.

Lord Dragatus, 30th member of BTOOIC, The One Who Killed the Cow.
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