What is best why to have mods on your computer? -1 reply

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[-TW-]FAdmChris

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#1 10 years ago

I have had at most 2 mods and a plan copy of a2 on my computer. I would reinstall a2 put it under diff dir. I was wonder what, dose a mod manager real do. Will it let me install 10 copy or a2 if I real want to. I hear more then 5 copy of a2, will make game hard to play.




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#2 10 years ago

I have never used a mod manager. Looking at the comments posted in some of the mod manager downloads made me distrust them. I have enough trouble already avoiding my personal install crashing. The way they are supposed to work is to allow you to plug in the various mods available easily and simply with a minimum of modding knowledge. They are also supposed to allow you to painlessly restore your A2 to its previous version should something go wrong. This they will do, provided the mods in question were written with such combining in mind.

Most mods which adjust sprite files are not written to be combined. Mods which come with auto installers are concerned only with the mod they are installing, not that ship you've just spent two hours getting to work. They will over write a file in about 2 milliseconds and not back up the previous version for restoration.

The way I add any mod to A2 is this way. I keep a zipped copy of the Stock game with Patch 1.1 applied already in a folder on my HDD. Inside my A2 folder I have my personal install and another copy of A2, patched to 1.1. I call this copy of A2 "Guinea Pig". The shortcut for this one on my desktop is also renamed to Guinea Pig. Whenever I find a mod I like, I install it into Guinea Pig and work out all the kinks. When it functions there fully with no flaws, it gets transferred over to my personal install. If I break something beyond repair, I can delete Guinea Pig from the Activision folder, re install it from the zipped copy and carry on from there.

I know this is not the solution you wanted to hear. I am still trying to help, though. A long time ago when I first started modding A2, I wanted to be able to just plug and play a mod also. Happily, most mods follow the same format in terms of what they change. Once you've added something to a sprite file or swapped out a set of textures for a better set, the next time it gets much easier.

Perhaps if you tell us which mods you'd like to combine, someone may already have them set up and be able to tell you how to easily do the same thing.




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#3 10 years ago

Thank you, I read the comments. and page where I dowload some form. I think mod manager will atleast help to starte a mod. I'm not sure If starte one by myself though. I probably should find clan to join.