How to Add a New Trait

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How to Add a New Trait

Post by eddieballgame » Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:58 pm

A simple guide to adding a new Trait.

Here is a simple example of adding a Trait. (I am not clear on the Creative Trait)

New Trait 'Genius' involves editing 2 files plus the language files.

In Data/Traits folder copy & paste the 'Trait_Smart.lua' file & rename to 'Trait_Genius.lua.'

Edit the new Genius Trait as follows:

Trait{
-- Base data
ID = "Trait_Genius",
Name = "Trait_Genius_Name",
Description = "Trait_Genius_Description",
Stats = "Trait_Genius_Stats",
IconPath = "Graphics/Traits/Trait_Smart_Icon",

-- Stats
PickPoints = 6,
IsPositive = true,
ExcludedTraitID = "Trait_Dumb", (Note: only 1 Excluded Trait appears to be allowed)

-- Reference
ModifierID = "Modifier_Trait_Genius",
}

NEXT:

Repeat this format in the Data/Modifiers folder, copy & paste 'Modifier_Trait_Smart.lua' & rename to'Modifier_Trait_Genius.lua'

Edit new new Genius Modifier as follows:

Modifier{
ID = "Modifier_Trait_Genius",
ResearchPercentage = 50, (Note: Smart Trait is 25)
}

Now for the hard part :) (not really)

In Data/Localization folder are the 'Language' files.

Per English I edit both of them.

Open one (Notepad ++ is great for this) & find the 'Smart Trait' Description near the very bottom.

<data name="Trait_Smart_Description" xml:space="preserve">
<value>While others would grow in strength or agility, our ancestors grew in cunning and planning, to not only survive but prosper in our homeworld. This is probably why now in the galactic age, we find ourselves contemplating ideas, which others consider complex in nature; but seem relative simple to us. In the struggle for the stars, this is obviously a great advantage to have and we will certainly make good use of it.</value>
</data>
<data name="Trait_Smart_Name" xml:space="preserve">
<value>Smart</value>
</data>

Copy & Paste this directly under this description So that it will look like this:

<data name="Trait_Genius_Description" xml:space="preserve">
<value>While others would grow in strength or agility, our ancestors grew in brilliance, cunning and planning, to not only survive but prosper in our homeworld. This is probably why now in the galactic age, we find ourselves contemplating ideas, which others consider complex in nature; but seem relative simple to us. In the struggle for the stars, this is obviously a great advantage to have and we will certainly make good use of it.</value>
</data>
<data name="Trait_Genius_Name" xml:space="preserve">
<value>Genius</value>
</data>

Note: I added the 'brilliance' word for flavor :)

Load the game & you will have a new Trait called Genius & will cost you 6 points.

Due to the fact (?) that only 1 Excluded Trait can be applied, I am not sure if the

Smart & Genius Traits would stack to 75%.

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Re: How to Add a New Trait

Post by AtomicKaiser » Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:34 pm

eddieballgame wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:58 pm
A simple guide to adding a new Trait.

Here is a simple example of adding a Trait. (I am not clear on the Creative Trait)

New Trait 'Genius' involves editing 2 files plus the language files.

In Data/Traits folder copy & paste the 'Trait_Smart.lua' file & rename to 'Trait_Genius.lua.'

Edit the new Genius Trait as follows:

Trait{
-- Base data
ID = "Trait_Genius",
Name = "Trait_Genius_Name",
Description = "Trait_Genius_Description",
Stats = "Trait_Genius_Stats",
IconPath = "Graphics/Traits/Trait_Smart_Icon",

-- Stats
PickPoints = 6,
IsPositive = true,
ExcludedTraitID = "Trait_Dumb", (Note: only 1 Excluded Trait appears to be allowed)

-- Reference
ModifierID = "Modifier_Trait_Genius",
}

NEXT:

Repeat this format in the Data/Modifiers folder, copy & paste 'Modifier_Trait_Smart.lua' & rename to'Modifier_Trait_Genius.lua'

Edit new new Genius Modifier as follows:

Modifier{
ID = "Modifier_Trait_Genius",
ResearchPercentage = 50, (Note: Smart Trait is 25)
}

Now for the hard part :) (not really)

In Data/Localization folder are the 'Language' files.

Per English I edit both of them.

Open one (Notepad ++ is great for this) & find the 'Smart Trait' Description near the very bottom.

<data name="Trait_Smart_Description" xml:space="preserve">
<value>While others would grow in strength or agility, our ancestors grew in cunning and planning, to not only survive but prosper in our homeworld. This is probably why now in the galactic age, we find ourselves contemplating ideas, which others consider complex in nature; but seem relative simple to us. In the struggle for the stars, this is obviously a great advantage to have and we will certainly make good use of it.</value>
</data>
<data name="Trait_Smart_Name" xml:space="preserve">
<value>Smart</value>
</data>

Copy & Paste this directly under this description So that it will look like this:

<data name="Trait_Genius_Description" xml:space="preserve">
<value>While others would grow in strength or agility, our ancestors grew in brilliance, cunning and planning, to not only survive but prosper in our homeworld. This is probably why now in the galactic age, we find ourselves contemplating ideas, which others consider complex in nature; but seem relative simple to us. In the struggle for the stars, this is obviously a great advantage to have and we will certainly make good use of it.</value>
</data>
<data name="Trait_Genius_Name" xml:space="preserve">
<value>Genius</value>
</data>

Note: I added the 'brilliance' word for flavor :)

Load the game & you will have a new Trait called Genius & will cost you 6 points.

Due to the fact (?) that only 1 Excluded Trait can be applied, I am not sure if the

Smart & Genius Traits would stack to 75%.
Awesome guide Eddie! I might "borrow" it for a future Advanced Modding dev diary ;)
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Re: How to Add a New Trait

Post by eddieballgame » Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:22 am

From where I sit...it is your property. :)

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Re: How to Add a New Trait

Post by JosEPhII » Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:35 pm

AtomicKaiser wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:34 pm
eddieballgame wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:58 pm
A simple guide to adding a new Trait.

Here is a simple example of adding a Trait. (I am not clear on the Creative Trait)

New Trait 'Genius' involves editing 2 files plus the language files.

In Data/Traits folder copy & paste the 'Trait_Smart.lua' file & rename to 'Trait_Genius.lua.'

Edit the new Genius Trait as follows:

Trait{
-- Base data
ID = "Trait_Genius",
Name = "Trait_Genius_Name",
Description = "Trait_Genius_Description",
Stats = "Trait_Genius_Stats",
IconPath = "Graphics/Traits/Trait_Smart_Icon",

-- Stats
PickPoints = 6,
IsPositive = true,
ExcludedTraitID = "Trait_Dumb", (Note: only 1 Excluded Trait appears to be allowed)

-- Reference
ModifierID = "Modifier_Trait_Genius",
}

NEXT:

Repeat this format in the Data/Modifiers folder, copy & paste 'Modifier_Trait_Smart.lua' & rename to'Modifier_Trait_Genius.lua'

Edit new new Genius Modifier as follows:

Modifier{
ID = "Modifier_Trait_Genius",
ResearchPercentage = 50, (Note: Smart Trait is 25)
}

Now for the hard part :) (not really)

In Data/Localization folder are the 'Language' files.

Per English I edit both of them.

Open one (Notepad ++ is great for this) & find the 'Smart Trait' Description near the very bottom.

<data name="Trait_Smart_Description" xml:space="preserve">
<value>While others would grow in strength or agility, our ancestors grew in cunning and planning, to not only survive but prosper in our homeworld. This is probably why now in the galactic age, we find ourselves contemplating ideas, which others consider complex in nature; but seem relative simple to us. In the struggle for the stars, this is obviously a great advantage to have and we will certainly make good use of it.</value>
</data>
<data name="Trait_Smart_Name" xml:space="preserve">
<value>Smart</value>
</data>

Copy & Paste this directly under this description So that it will look like this:

<data name="Trait_Genius_Description" xml:space="preserve">
<value>While others would grow in strength or agility, our ancestors grew in brilliance, cunning and planning, to not only survive but prosper in our homeworld. This is probably why now in the galactic age, we find ourselves contemplating ideas, which others consider complex in nature; but seem relative simple to us. In the struggle for the stars, this is obviously a great advantage to have and we will certainly make good use of it.</value>
</data>
<data name="Trait_Genius_Name" xml:space="preserve">
<value>Genius</value>
</data>

Note: I added the 'brilliance' word for flavor :)

Load the game & you will have a new Trait called Genius & will cost you 6 points.

Due to the fact (?) that only 1 Excluded Trait can be applied, I am not sure if the

Smart & Genius Traits would stack to 75%.
Awesome guide Eddie! I might "borrow" it for a future Advanced Modding dev diary ;)
@AtomicKaiser,
Do you have a thread on Modding up yet?

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Re: How to Add a New Trait

Post by AtomicKaiser » Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:00 pm

JosEPhII wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:35 pm
AtomicKaiser wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:34 pm
eddieballgame wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:58 pm
A simple guide to adding a new Trait.

Here is a simple example of adding a Trait. (I am not clear on the Creative Trait)

New Trait 'Genius' involves editing 2 files plus the language files.

In Data/Traits folder copy & paste the 'Trait_Smart.lua' file & rename to 'Trait_Genius.lua.'

Edit the new Genius Trait as follows:

Trait{
-- Base data
ID = "Trait_Genius",
Name = "Trait_Genius_Name",
Description = "Trait_Genius_Description",
Stats = "Trait_Genius_Stats",
IconPath = "Graphics/Traits/Trait_Smart_Icon",

-- Stats
PickPoints = 6,
IsPositive = true,
ExcludedTraitID = "Trait_Dumb", (Note: only 1 Excluded Trait appears to be allowed)

-- Reference
ModifierID = "Modifier_Trait_Genius",
}

NEXT:

Repeat this format in the Data/Modifiers folder, copy & paste 'Modifier_Trait_Smart.lua' & rename to'Modifier_Trait_Genius.lua'

Edit new new Genius Modifier as follows:

Modifier{
ID = "Modifier_Trait_Genius",
ResearchPercentage = 50, (Note: Smart Trait is 25)
}

Now for the hard part :) (not really)

In Data/Localization folder are the 'Language' files.

Per English I edit both of them.

Open one (Notepad ++ is great for this) & find the 'Smart Trait' Description near the very bottom.

<data name="Trait_Smart_Description" xml:space="preserve">
<value>While others would grow in strength or agility, our ancestors grew in cunning and planning, to not only survive but prosper in our homeworld. This is probably why now in the galactic age, we find ourselves contemplating ideas, which others consider complex in nature; but seem relative simple to us. In the struggle for the stars, this is obviously a great advantage to have and we will certainly make good use of it.</value>
</data>
<data name="Trait_Smart_Name" xml:space="preserve">
<value>Smart</value>
</data>

Copy & Paste this directly under this description So that it will look like this:

<data name="Trait_Genius_Description" xml:space="preserve">
<value>While others would grow in strength or agility, our ancestors grew in brilliance, cunning and planning, to not only survive but prosper in our homeworld. This is probably why now in the galactic age, we find ourselves contemplating ideas, which others consider complex in nature; but seem relative simple to us. In the struggle for the stars, this is obviously a great advantage to have and we will certainly make good use of it.</value>
</data>
<data name="Trait_Genius_Name" xml:space="preserve">
<value>Genius</value>
</data>

Note: I added the 'brilliance' word for flavor :)

Load the game & you will have a new Trait called Genius & will cost you 6 points.

Due to the fact (?) that only 1 Excluded Trait can be applied, I am not sure if the

Smart & Genius Traits would stack to 75%.
Awesome guide Eddie! I might "borrow" it for a future Advanced Modding dev diary ;)
@AtomicKaiser,
Do you have a thread on Modding up yet?
No thread, but a guide is coming up in the form of a new dev diary, next week.
We'll probably do a sticky or something like that with links to modding resources here.
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