Why doesn't my map open in galaxy forge or in the maps screen?
After going through several pages and trying to use the search feature I was frustrated and thought other new users (newbs) like me would appreciate this. It might be here in other forums or burried with the 16 pages of posts.. but hey maybe it will help out someone else figure this out quicker rather than googling it.
1. Apparrently MODS, MAPS, Tools (Galaxy Forge) and "core" GAme (patch 101-105) all have different versions that need to match to work!!
Example i am running game patch 105 which i guess is version 1.05 probaly from around march 2008. The current game at xmas 2008 is at version 1.1 (110) and i using 7 sins mod 1.3d which should run on game patch 105. Galaxyforge v1.1 does not open the maps i DL or the screen is just black blank.
What does all this mean?
if you DL a map and want to use it then you need to make sure that it align with the Game core and tools set.
Ex. GalaxyForge 105 runs with = Map versionNumber 1 = game patch (bonus pack)105 = Mod (made for that patch)
Old version can DL here: http://solar.filefront.com/developer/StarDock_Corp;27782
**Newest** Ex. GalaxyForge 11 runs with = Map versionNumber 2 = game 1.1 = Mod (made for that patch)
Can i change the maps from previous versions to work on Galaxy forge or my new updated game?? YES
To make a map you made in galaxyforge load in-game, open the map file that you DL (ex. FunGalaxy.galaxy) with notepad and in the first or second line it would say "versionNumber" and the number 0 next to it. You must change this 0 to a 1 (or to a 2). Save to Galaxy folder as usual and you will be able to run.
To open up dev maps in galaxyforge, do the opposite. (Open file with notepad edit the versionNumber from 1 to a 0 and you are set - NOTE: this depends on which version of GalaxyForge you are using)
Forge Tools v1.1 = Just open up the 1.05 map files in Notepad and change versionNumber to 2 on top.
Of course this is an inconvenience but it's not too bad. As well you need to have Microsoft .Net 2.0, a microsoft system update or dl from microsoft. Most recent xp and vista user should have this already.
How to use the map in the game?? [for vista]
Install *.galaxy file to: D:\Program Files\Stardock Games\Sins of a Solar Empire\Galaxy
MOd Maps = Custom Map entries: C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Ironclad Games\Sins of a Solar Empire\Galaxy
* Note: this is a hidden directory which means you should in windows explorer Tools -> FOlder Options -> View --> SHow hidden files & Folders as well as Hide protected operating system files. ** undo this once finished **
Hope it helps