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Commander help

Post by Bart2812 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:20 am

Hi all played Elite as a kid and now with time being short and limited access to play this new improved version can someone give me some tips on loading the expansions files? Also - has anyone got a commander file they can send me so I can start enjoying this game again without haven't to make my way through the base levels of learning to dock with out the automatic pilot?? Any help on this is appreciated - must go - family calling and time constraints in effect!!!!

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Post by Disembodied » Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:59 am

Hi Bart2812, and welcome to the forum! It would help a bit if you told us what version of the game you're using (1.74 would be recommended) and what OS you're running (I'm assuming Windows). There's lots of information on OXPs (Oolite eXpansion Packs) on the wiki: here's what it says about installing them on Windows:
If the installable package was used (post Jan 06) then the AddOns folder needs to be created in C:\Programs Files\Oolite. Note that this applies if the default installation location is used. If the install location is changed then use the path to the Oolite folder that corresponds to your installation. If the GNUStep dedicated versions (pre-Jan 2006) is used, then the AddOns folder must be created in the oolite.app folder.

After unzipping the file, make sure that it is the OXP folder that put into the AddOns directory – some zipped OXPs can contain a top level folder with a readMe file, and the actual OXP folder is a level further down. If this is the case, move the item with the [/b].oxp[/b] extension into the AddOns folder.
Some OXPs can add more to your game than you might want, especially if you're just starting. My advice is to add them a couple at a time and see which ones suit your style of gameplay (and your idea of the Oolite universe).

If you want to give yourself a docking computer, you can edit your savefile – which you should make a backup copy of first – using a text editor (please note, though: one Windows text editor – unhelpfully I can't remember which one – should NOT be used as it plants all sorts of hidden characters all over the shop and generally will ruin your day. I'm sure a PC user will be along shortly to tell you which one!).

I really would recommend learning to dock manually, though, as a docking computer can get damaged in combat and you'll need to dock manually anyway. The good news is, it's a lot easier now: there's a buoy conveniently placed outside every main station: fly to that, stop, point up towards the station and you'll be bang on line. Plus, you can see inside the dock now: it's not just a rotating rectangle any more, so it's easy to see if you're on target!

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Post by Thargoid » Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:01 am

Disembodied wrote: If you want to give yourself a docking computer, you can edit your savefile using a text editor (please note, though: one Windows text editor – unhelpfully I can't remember which one – should NOT be used as it plants all sorts of hidden characters all over the shop and generally will ruin your day. I'm sure a PC user will be along shortly to tell you which one!).
Notepad is not recommended (nor is Word).

Wordpad is ok though, as is notepad++.

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Post by Disembodied » Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:05 am

Thargoid wrote:Notepad is not recommended (nor is Word).

Wordpad is ok though, as is notepad++.
Thanks, Thargoid! :D

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Post by Zieman » Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:40 am

To add a bit of confusion (:P just kidding):

Notepad can be used to edit .plists & such, only that extreme caution is needed (you can copy/paste stuff, you can edit text, but at no point should one press Enter, that messes things up with hidden characters & stuff).

As others have, I too heartily recommend Notepad++ or Wordpad to safely edit .plists etc.
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Post by snork » Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:42 pm

Disembodied wrote: I really would recommend learning to dock manually, though, as a docking computer can get damaged in combat and you'll need to dock manually anyway. The good news is, it's a lot easier now: there's a buoy conveniently placed outside every main station: fly to that, stop, point up towards the station and you'll be bang on line. Plus, you can see inside the dock now: it's not just a rotating rectangle any more, so it's easy to see if you're on target!
And you have the yaw functionality, for me this made it a lot easier to dock.

Also, I would not recommend to start playing Oolite with whatever already built into the ship.
It is particularly in the beginning of the game, that Oolite offers the most "feeling of advancement / success".
Oh, I made 100,- credits. Oh, I can afford a cargo bay extension. Oh, I can transport a passenger. Oh I shot a Thargoid, and so on.

Once your ship is fully featured, Oolite starts to drag a little.
That might be the time you could want to install mission OXPs and such.

As a multi-file editor, I really like PSpad, it is freeware and offers a zillion options and tools, if you want that. pspad on wikipedia

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Post by Switeck » Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:59 am

If there's some ship you're seeking to upgrade to, it can be a VERY high goal to get there...and then get that ship fully equipped.

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