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Adding your own Create a Hero (Sub)Class

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Category: Code
Level: Expert
Created: Sunday March 25, 2007 - 13:28
Updated: Friday August 27, 2010 - 19:28
Views: 33449
Summary: Basic instructions for creating a new Create a Hero lineup


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This article will guide you through the basic steps required to add a new Create a Hero Class to the default list provided by EA.

By request, the guide was expanded to include my notes about subclasses. An Intermediate coder should be able to understand them. You can find my notes on the last page of this article. They are not in a separate article, because it rely's on some parts of the Class guide.

To keep things simple, this guide will be about copying the Men of the West class. This means that there will be no real new content added. I suggest you follow the steps through anyway, as they make it easier to understand the steps you need to take.

Why an Expert guide?

You may wonder why this guide is listed as an expert guide. It's true that this guide is quite easy to follow, afterall, the steps are all quite easy. The difficulty is not the guide itself, but the steps that follow after this guide. Unless you want to just make an exact copy of an already existing Class, you will need to know quite a bit about modding. More than the basics.

It is best to first experiment with the various aspects of a Hero with normal static heroes, before attempting to make your own Create a Hero Class. With normal heroes, most relevant code is listed in one file. With the CaH, the code is spread across several files, and is a mixture of all classes, requiring you to identify which code belongs to your Class.

This guide will point out the most important and common parts, and experienced modders shouldn't have a problem recognising the pattern in them.

Important notes

You are expected to have a decent knowledge about modding ini files.
The Beginner tutorials are a good start, but reading a few Intermediate guides and/or having experience with modding ini files will prove useful.

This guide is written using the Battle for Middle Earth II v1.02 ini files.

19 Jan 2007 Update:
With the RotWK expansion out, there have been a few minor changes about the CaH. However, the guide still applies to all patch versions of both games. The only additional point that came with the expansion is that there is now a fourth CaH specific line in the commandbuttons of the CaH; the line that specifies the costs of the power. The guide has been updated to include the line.


The files you'll need:

    "createaherosystem******.inc" ( new file - check step 2)

Table of Contents

Note: Don't be scared by the number of pages. There are that many because they are all small. ;)

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Why an expert guide?
Important notes
Table of Contents

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Test and Backup

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Elaryan - Wednesday January 14, 2009 - 14:24

it works! i have my own CAH class ! muajauajua thx you

ILUTAVAR - Saturday March 22, 2008 - 8:01

i cant edit the cah upgrades

{IP}Sauron - Thursday June 21, 2007 - 14:23

nice tutorial gotta use this sometime

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