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OTHER SINS HELPFUL MODDING LINKS*
*Links are updated regularly.
REBELLION MODDING TOPICS
Rebellion Modding Q & A
Changing Diplomacy Files to Rebellion
IT REALLY HURTS MY BRAIN--HOW TO START
An Idiot's Guide To Getting Started
MyFist0's Modding Megasite!
ZombieRus5's Mod Yard
Directory of Planet Mods
STEAM Sins Forums
Sins Developer Journals Forum 2007 to Present
Research Modifier List
MyFist0's Exported Models & Files
Harpo's Converted Sins Reference Files 2011
THIRD PARTY TOOLS
Eclipse Definitions Wiki
3dS Texturing Toool & Tips
Ship Fleet Calculator
SoaSE Eclipse Plugin Project
Mesh Resizing Tool--courtesy of the Reqiuem team.
Harpo's Sins Utility Package -- Filefactory
Harpo's Sins Utility Package -- Dropbox
The Sins Optimization Project (TSOP)
Sins Data Converter by BCXtreme
EXPLANATIONS & DISCUSSIONS
How to Add a Fourth Race
User-updatable Ship Reference Chart
Sins Modding Dictionary
Adding phase Effects to other weapon types
Shield Mitigation & Armor, Explanation/Discussion-1
Shield Mitigation & Armor, Explanation/Discussion -2
Graphic Chart of Sin's Counters
Annotated Guide to the Developer.exe
In-Game Map Creator
Weapons Banks & DPS
Particle Forge Help Thread
Working Template Examples
SemazRalan's Template Guide
Pirates Base Start Template
[SFX] Black Sun SFX/Music Resource for Modders
MODELING & TEXTURING--SOFTIMAGE XSI, 3DS MAX
XSI Texturing, Tutorial
3dS Model Exporter
3DS Max Rigging, Texturing & Exporting, Guide
Sins of a Solar Empire Official Wiki
MyFist0's Mega Modding Site