Since I discovered EE in January of this year I’ve been on a bit of a whirlwind learning spree, partly because the possibilities of this toolset genuinely excite me, partly because as some will know I’m helping to have a go at introducing it into a local school’s Computing Dept. and partly because I’m just the sorta guy who likes to begin his tennis learning with the topspin backhand !
However, a major issue is starting to insinuate itself. Stuff !
I am gathering a whole heap of resources, info and add-on programs and urgently need a way of organising these. Most of them are so good I’m reluctant to throw them away ! So, if anyone would be kind enough to share how they do this I’d be grateful. In particular :
Haks. I’ve learned how to combine the contents of two haks through the 2da files and NWHak. I have also gleaned that NWN will only recognise the top hak. My question is, does that mean the top hak of two which contain say, tilesets ( ie similar content) or just the top hak in your hak folder?
If the answer to above question is similar content only results in top being recognised, does this mean that, for example, you would combine all the tilesets you might use into one hak, all the skyboxes into another etc ?
To try to make sense of some of the myriad of options an ethical question arising from the above. If I have say three Skybox haks and I like three or four of the skies within each, is it ok to combine them into a new hak, renaming some of them to make more sense as they appear in the game? ( Obviously if I created anything with them which was uploaded anywhere credit would be given. Not trying to cut corners with people’s work here). With regard to the renaming of the files, is altering filename and the entry in the 2da file enough to make it appear this in the game and work?
What does your normal hak folder look like? Does it always contain a multitude of haks from which you select each time you begin a new module or is it super organised in some way?
Do you have all the community large combo packs “installed” at all times? If so, in the toolset your menus must be huge. Is this what happens and does it cause you a performance hit or just as/when you use them?
Or do I just have to get used to working with hundreds of files, for half of which I’ve forgotten their use/ appearance ?
Thanks for any short thoughts on some or all of the above.