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  • Editing Alpha.txt - New Default Units

    In the relevant part of Alpha.txt I can see basically how to edit to add units but I would like to know what all the flags mean so I can customise the units. Could anyone explain in detail?

    I tried seaching but unfortunately "units", "alpha.txt" are somewhat common terms.

    (And don't anyone tell me to go to the Creation forum. I want an answer this week )

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    It's pretty simple. Those flags refer to the earlier #abilities section you will find if just scrolling up a three dozen of lines or so in the alpha(x).txt file

    You read them from the beginning to the end in the #abilities section and from the end to the beginning in the #units section.

    Take for instance the Locusts of Chiron unit. It has a '1' on the sixth last place. And if you check on the #abilities, you will see that 'Air Power' is the sixth ability in the list.

    This holds for most of the abilities. Marine Detachment is an exception, and the last two are a bit iffy for I haven't figured out what's the deal with the unused abilities. There are 26 possible ability flags in the #unit section, but there are 29 abilities... you'll need to figure that out on yourself, for it's been too long I toyed with creating default units to remember.
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    • #3
      Re: Editing Alpha.txt - New Default Units

      Originally posted by Senethro
      In the relevant part of Alpha.txt I can see basically how to edit to add units but I would like to know what all the flags mean so I can customise the units. Could anyone explain in detail?
      Rubin and I wrote a Guide to editing the alpha(x).txt file . It gives all the pertinent info your asking for.


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      • #4
        Also, feel free to drop by AC-Creation. We could use more victims members around there.
        #play s.-cd#g+c-ga#+dgfg#+cf----q.c
        #endgame

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        • #5
          Thanks everyone.

          Oh, I drop by Creation but I'm in favour of merging it with General.

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