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Get the editor : Galaxy Forge Edit

Galaxy Forge can be found at the following link:
SINS' Downloads

Make a small map playable in-game Edit

When you start Galaxy Forge two Terran Home planets and a Star will be the default new map. To add a new planet you right-click inside the desired star's radius and choose "add planet", alternatively you may double click in the radius. To create a star you must right-click outside on the map and choose "add star". Simple isn't it? You may also double click in open space to add a new star. All new stars are automatically of the Random type, new planets are default to Terran but that can be changed in the movable window.

A planet can only connect through phase lanes (or wormholes) to other planets in the same star system.

Let's go for a tutorial map, at the end you will know how make a simple playable map with planets:

A. The first thing is to decide the number of players. Click on the "edit" menu then "players". You can see the two players by default. You can add new player by clicking on "add". Click on a player to change the name of the player and the starting resources (the others options are not important for the moment). Add a new player.

B. Now add a Terran Home planet. In the section "ownership" in the "toolbox" floating window select "IsHomePlanet" and change it to "true". Then change the "owner" to the new player you added. In "properties" you can choose the type of planet. Make sure it is "Terran Home". You now have three planets , one per player.

C. Now you have to link planets with "phase lanes" to allow players to travel on others planets. Select a planet, hold "ctrl" and click on the star. Do the same for each planet. This will connect each planet to the Star, click on the phase lanes to see their length.

D. The first map is done, at least its very simple and not very interesting, but you can now add new type of planet and link to the others. Now you have to save the map and make it playable. In the "file" menu, click on save (Galaxy Forge will NOT ask to save if you quit without saving). I recommend you to create a "map" folder in Galaxy Forge, to save your maps. After saving the map, copy it in the directory of the game, in the "galaxy" folder. It should be something like: C:\Program Files\Stardock Games\Sins of a Solar Empire\Galaxy

In order to make a map using a mod (mostly, a mod that adds planets), you must copy the mod's "GalaxySenarioDef" file into the Galaxy Forge folder. Recommend making a backup of the original before copying.

Wormholes Edit

If you want to add wormholes in a map to link distant planets, you have to create first two "Wormhole" planets. Then link them with a phase lane. Click on the phase lane and in "properties" section in the Toolbox window change "connection type" from phase lane to wormhole. The phase lane should change from gray to blue indicating a wormhole connection. Wormhole connections are only valid when both ends are Wormholes. Though some mods may tinker with this.

Templates : How to define neutrals with buildings Edit

With some practice you can probably build some fine galaxies to play in. But to add some life to your galaxy, you can add Militia Colonies (neutral worlds with more than just some star ships). To do this, you will need to open the map file with an text editor (like notepad).

Open the map file, then search the planets info (it look like this):

planet
  		designName "Planet2"
  		inGameName ""
  		type "Terran"
  		pos [ 223 , 149 ]
  		owner ""
  		isHomePlanet FALSE
  		startingUpgradeLevelForPopulation 0
  		startingUpgradeLevelForCivilianModules 0
  		startingUpgradeLevelForTacticalModules 0
  		startingUpgradeLevelForArtifacts 0
  		planetItems
  			templateName ""
  			subTemplates 0
  		spawnProbability 1.000000
  		useDefaultTemplate TRUE

Then find a planet you want to add a militia to. First, change the owner of the planet to "RandomMilitia". You should have this:

planet
     		designName "Planet2"
  		inGameName ""
  		type "Terran"
  		pos [ 223 , 149 ]
  		owner "RandomMilitia"

To add a single template, you need to change the "subTemplates 0" to "subTemplates 1". Then add template "Template:MyTemplate" Where MyTemplate is the name of the type of militia you create. Then add a line with: "group 1" and change "useDefaultTemplate TRUE" by "useDefaultTemplate FALSE". You should have the following now:

planetItems
  			templateName ""
  			subTemplates 1
  			template "Template:MyTemplate"
  			groups 1
  		spawnProbability 1.000000
  		useDefaultTemplate FALSE

Then go at the end of the file and add:

templates X                              //X is the total number of template
  	template
  	templateName "Template:MyTemplate"
  	subTemplates 0
  	groups 1
  	group
  	condition
  	type "NoPlanetOwner"
  	param ""
  	owner "RandomMilitia"
  	colonizeChance 1
  	items X                            //X is the total number of items
  	item "Phase:Frigate:Light"

You have now a militia on this planet, and it controlled one Vasari light frigate. To know the others buildings and vessels name you just have to go in Galaxy Forge then double-click on a planet (or right-click, "edit"). You will have on the right all the names of the modules and ships.

If you want to add another Template, just add it after the last item. Remember to increase the number of templates too.

Here is a simple test you can copy and edit to be sure you don't lost anything :


TXT
  versionNumber 1                      / 0 for normal patched game, 1 for mods
  isBrowsable TRUE                     / Appears in maps when starting New Game
  browsePictureName ""
  browseDescription "TODO - Add Description Here."  / Description that appears when map is selected
  isFirstCapitalShipIsFlagship TRUE    / First Capital ship is free       
  planetArtifactDensity 0.150000       / Chances to find artifacts on planets (default 15%)
  planetBonusDensity 0.400000          / Chances for bonus (default 40%)
  homePlanetUpgradeLevel:Population 3  
  homePlanetUpgradeLevel:CivilianModules 1
  homePlanetUpgradeLevel:TacticalModules 0
  homePlanetUpgradeLevel:Home 1
  homePlanetUpgradeLevel:ArtifactLevel 10
  homePlanetUpgradeLevel:Infrastructure 2
  recommendedGameTypeCount 0
  metersPerGalaxyUnit 15000.000000    / Increase to augment time of travel
  pixelsPerGalaxyUnit 2.000000
  useRandomGenerator FALSE
  galaxyWidth 300.000000
  galaxyHeight 300.000000
  nextStarNameUniqueId 1
  nextPlanetNameUniqueId 4
  starCount 1                         / Total Number of Stars
  star
  	designName "Star0"
  	inGameName ""
  	type "RandomStar"
  	pos [ 150 , 150 ]
  	radius 100.000000
  	planetCount 4                  / Total Number of Planets
  	planet
  		designName "Planet0"
  		inGameName "Terre"     / Forces in game name of planet, leave blank to allow random name
  		type "TerranHome"
  		pos [ 50 , 150 ]       / Position on map 
  		owner "NewPlayer0"     / Owner of the planet
  		isHomePlanet TRUE      / This is the start location, causes planet development to match those defined above
  		startingUpgradeLevelForPopulation 0
  		startingUpgradeLevelForCivilianModules 0
  		startingUpgradeLevelForTacticalModules 0
  		startingUpgradeLevelForArtifacts 0
  		planetItems
  			templateName ""
  			subTemplates 0
  			groups 0
  		spawnProbability 1.000000
  		useDefaultTemplate TRUE     / Use Predefined Template
  	planet
  		designName "Planet1"
  		inGameName "Mars"
  		type "TerranHome"
  		pos [ 250 , 150 ]
  		owner "NewPlayer1"
  		isHomePlanet TRUE
  		startingUpgradeLevelForPopulation 0
  		startingUpgradeLevelForCivilianModules 0
  		startingUpgradeLevelForTacticalModules 0
  		startingUpgradeLevelForArtifacts 0
  		planetItems
  			templateName ""
  			subTemplates 0
  			groups 0
  		spawnProbability 1.000000
  		useDefaultTemplate TRUE
  	planet
  		designName "Planet2"
  		inGameName "Venus"
  		type "Terran"
  		pos [ 148 , 104 ]
  		owner "RandomMilitia"
  		isHomePlanet FALSE
  		startingUpgradeLevelForPopulation 0
  		startingUpgradeLevelForCivilianModules 0
  		startingUpgradeLevelForTacticalModules 0
  		startingUpgradeLevelForArtifacts 0
  		planetItems
  			templateName ""
  			subTemplates 1      / 1 means you use a template here
  			template "Template:Military"  / Name of Template used
  			groups 1            / 1 group allowed for the template
  		spawnProbability 1.000000   / Chance of planet appearing, 1 = 100%
  		useDefaultTemplate FALSE    / To use your own template
  	planet
  		designName "Planet3"
  		inGameName "Pluton"
  		type "Terran"
  		pos [ 151 , 188 ]
  		owner "RandomMilitia"
  		isHomePlanet FALSE
  		startingUpgradeLevelForPopulation 0
  		startingUpgradeLevelForCivilianModules 0
  		startingUpgradeLevelForTacticalModules 0
  		startingUpgradeLevelForArtifacts 0
  		planetItems
  			templateName ""
  			subTemplates 1
  			template "Template:Colony"
  			groups 1
  		spawnProbability 1.000000
  		useDefaultTemplate FALSE
  	connectionCount 8                        /Total number of connections (phase lanes/wormholes)
  	connection                  
  		planetIndexA 1
  		planetIndexB 3
  		spawnProbability 1.000000
  		type "PhaseLane"
  	connection
  		planetIndexA 3
  		planetIndexB 0
  		spawnProbability 1.000000
  		type "PhaseLane"
  	connection
  		planetIndexA 0
  		planetIndexB 2
  		spawnProbability 1.000000
  		type "PhaseLane"
  	connection
  		planetIndexA 2
  		planetIndexB 1
  		spawnProbability 1.000000
  		type "PhaseLane"
  	connection
  		planetIndexA 1
  		planetIndexB -1
  		spawnProbability 1.000000
  		type "PhaseLane"
  	connection
  		planetIndexA -1
  		planetIndexB 0
  		spawnProbability 1.000000
  		type "PhaseLane"
  	connection
  		planetIndexA 2
  		planetIndexB -1
  		spawnProbability 1.000000
  		type "PhaseLane"
  	connection
  		planetIndexA -1
  		planetIndexB 3
  		spawnProbability 1.000000
  		type "PhaseLane"
  	spawnProbability 1.000000
  interStarConnectionCount 0            / Total number of star lanes
  playerCount 2                         / Total number of players
  player
  	designName "NewPlayer0"
  	inGameName "NewPlayer0"
  	overrideRaceName ""
  	teamIndex -1
  	startingCredits 3000
  	startingMetal 800
  	startingCrystal 250
  	isNormalPlayer TRUE
  	isRaidingPlayer FALSE
  	isInsurgentPlayer FALSE
  	themeGroup ""
  	themeIndex 0
  	pictureGroup ""
  	pictureIndex 0
  player
  	designName "NewPlayer1"
  	inGameName "NewPlayer1"
  	overrideRaceName ""
  	teamIndex -1
  	startingCredits 3000
  	startingMetal 800
  	startingCrystal 250
  	isNormalPlayer TRUE
  	isRaidingPlayer FALSE
  	isInsurgentPlayer FALSE
  	themeGroup ""
  	themeIndex 0
  	pictureGroup ""
  	pictureIndex 0
  templates 2                        / Total number of users templates
  		template              / Initiate a template
  	templateName "Template:Military"  /Name of the template
  	subTemplates 0                / Total number of Sub-template 
  	groups 1                      / Total number of groups 
  	group                         / Initiate group
  	condition                     / String to active template
  	type "NoPlanetOwner"          / No players occupy this planet
  	param ""                      / then :
  	owner "RandomMilitia"         / Militia will own planet
  	colonizeChance 1              / 1 = 100% chance, for planet to be colonized
  	items 2                       / Total number of item created for owner
  	item "Phase:Module:MissileDefense"
  	item "Phase:Frigate:Light"
  		template              / Start new Template
  	templateName "Template:Colony"
  	subTemplates 0
  	groups 1
  	group
  	condition
  	type "NoPlanetOwner"
  	param ""
  	owner "RandomMilitia"
  	colonizeChance 1
  	items 2
  	item "Phase:Module:CombatLab" / Last (do not type any character after
  	item "Phase:Frigate:Colony"   / the last item )

List of Items for templates Edit

Here a list of item you can add in the Template (and their link to the wiki) Change the "race" by Tech for Terran, Psi, or Phase for Vasari example : item "Phase:Module:CombatLab"

Metal Extractor              item "Race:Module:MetalExtractor"
  Crystal Extractor            item "Race:Module:CrystalExtractor"
  Frigate Factory              item "Race:Module:Frigate Factory"
  Hangar Defense               item "Race:Module:Hangar Defense"
  Cannon                       item "Race:Module:Cannon"
  Missile Platform             item "Phase:Module:Missile Defense"
  Beam Defense Platform        item "Psi:Module:Beam Defense"
  Gauss Defense Platform       item "Tech:Module:Gauss Defense"

I hope this little tutorial helped you in developing maps.

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