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[RESOLVED] Two modded units
Aug 16 2011, 1:58 pm
By: Pr0nogo  

Aug 16 2011, 1:58 pm Pr0nogo Post #1

In a mod, I have a Hunter Killer Lurker that replaces the Kakaru. It uses the Lurker's graphic, so the Kakaru's graphic is now unused. I've unchecked and checked all the appropriate tags and assigned the Kakaru to the Lurker command card in FireGraft, but a few problems still plague me.
- The new unit moves slower than the Lurker. How does one go about editing the new unit's speed?
- How do I edit the wireframe of the unit to change it from Infested Kerrigan's to that of a Lurker? I tried replacing the individual .bmp with clone of the Lurker's, and nothing happened. Same deal with the other unit below.

In the same mod, I have Sarah Kerrigan modded to be the new hero. Her graphic has been replaced with the new graphic. It has its very own new command card and is properly synced to that.
- The unit crashes the game when it casts a spell or attacks. Either way, how would I fix that? Both the script for the new graphic and the modified Sarah Kerrigan script that takes from the new graphic's script are attached below.

Please and thank you? :crazy:

Original iscript tailored to the new graphic:

Modified Sarah Kerrigan iscript that uses all the same stuff but properly (I think) renamed:


As opposed to using the Kakaru, I replaced Sarah Kerrigan. Her updated script is where the Kakaru script was. The unit appears fine in-game, but unfortunately when he casts a spell or attacks, the game crashes. Any help? Can't find anything wrong with the script as it is.

Post has been edited 6 time(s), last time on Aug 20 2011, 5:11 am by Pr0nogo.

Aug 16 2011, 2:39 pm xAngelSpiritx Post #2

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I'll just throw these out there, not sure if they actually might be the source of the problem.

- The new unit cannot burrow, despite being 'burrowable' in DatEdit and having the Lurker command card. This results in the unit not being able to be TOLD to attack, but attacking if not told otherwise (not moving, etc.). Is there something else I need to edit? They use the exact same iscripts.
Check if you left the "Flyer" box in the units.dat settings checked. Also, go into FireGraft and look at the DAT Requirements for using Burrow, and make sure they're okay.

- The new unit moves slower than the Lurker. Is this solved by merely editing the Kakaru's speed in DatEdit? I do remember that you can edit flying units' speeds without the use of iscripting (not that iscripting that is very difficult, either).
Yes, you can, but only for some units. Check your flingy.dat settings.

- The unit crashes the game. I assume it's just a visual crash, but I can't be sure. Either way, how would I fix that? Both the old, unused Zeratul script and the modified Kakaru script that takes from the Zeratul script are attached below.
Make sure that your new *.grp has at least the same number of frames as the one you're replacing.


Aug 16 2011, 5:24 pm Pr0nogo Post #3

I didn't leave 'Flyer' checked. I'll look into DAT requirements when I get home.

As I said before, there are 97 more frames in the new .grp.

Updated the OP with the new Kakaru script. Please let me know what's going on, I literally took the script from where the modded .grp came from. Is it the Local00 scripts? Should those be removed?

Post has been edited 1 time(s), last time on Aug 17 2011, 2:14 am by Pr0nogo.

Aug 17 2011, 4:46 pm Pr0nogo Post #4

Still got nothing on this, although I've made more progress by myself. The unit works now that I've swapped it out for Sarah Kerrigan, but I can't for the life of me figure out why the unit is crashing when it attacks or casts a spell. Attached an updated script to the OP.

Aug 17 2011, 4:51 pm Voyager7456 Post #5

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Post your GRP file please.

As for changing the speed of your Hunter-Killer Lurker - flying units have their speed controlled by flingy.dat. You'll want to edit its flingy.dat entry so that it's under iscript control instead.
Did you modify the tech use requirements in FireGraft? If not, it won't be able to use burrow successfully.

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Aug 17 2011, 6:29 pm Pr0nogo Post #6

Right, forgot to edit that. Hunter Killer Lurker now replaces Infested Kerrigan. How would one go about editing that speed?

Because I can't attach shit to this site for some reason, here's a download link from sendspace.

I renamed it to ughost.grp for the purpose of the mod, though, since the new hero replaces Sarah Kerrigan.

Aug 18 2011, 2:37 am xAngelSpiritx Post #7

eternal lurker

You might want to add "sigorder 2" to the CastSpell animation, though I'm not sure if it actually affects anything. More details here.

Everything seems to be in good order otherwise. There might be something else that's causing crashes though, but that's not possible to tell just from the iscript.


Aug 18 2011, 3:49 am Pr0nogo Post #8

Mesk said that I need to edit a shadow to match the graphic, so I'll go about doing that and test. Hopefully that's all that's necessary.

Thanks for all the help, guys! I just need this one last thing resolved. How can I edit individual wireframe images? I want to replace the wireframes for Sarah Kerrigan and Infested Kerrigan (grpwire0016.bmp and grpwire0051.bmp in unit\grpwire.grp) with the High Templar and Lurker wireframes, respectively. Any ideas?

Aug 18 2011, 5:33 am xAngelSpiritx Post #9

eternal lurker

Uh? Use your favorite GRP editor to decompile the GRP into its BMP frames, edit whichever frames you want, compile back into a GRP, done. It's no more complicated than editing any other GRP.

Though, if you want the wireframe to display properly everywhere, you'll need to also edit wirefram.grp and tranwire.grp.

And, one more thing:
in unit\grpwire.grp
It's unit\wirefram\grpwire.grp. :P


Aug 18 2011, 6:01 am Pr0nogo Post #10

Perhaps my not editing the other .grps was the mistake.

And yeah, that's a typo. I did it right in the .mpq.

Aug 18 2011, 10:23 am Jack Post #11

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Make sure that when you save your edited wireframe back to BMP you use RLE or it won't work properly.

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Aug 18 2011, 1:44 pm Pr0nogo Post #12

RLE being?

Aug 18 2011, 2:12 pm Jack Post #13

>be faceless void >mfw I have no face

Run Length Encoding. has a bit about wireframes and RLE. RLE is basically a compression method for palette-based images which SC uses for its wireframes; without using RLE it stuffs up. GIMP by default asks you whether you want to use RLE encoding when you save an indexed BMP; other programs like PS and PSP may not do so as easily.

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Aug 20 2011, 5:10 am Pr0nogo Post #14


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