The easy way to install most scripts and mods is to use the Plugin Manager
, which will automatically put things in the correct folders for your game. To install an archive (.rar or .zip) use the "Install Archive" button.
Using the Plugin Manager is fairly obvious, with one important note:
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- Set up your game folder. Note that adding a folder for AP actually adds both TC and AP; be sure to select "AP" from the pulldown list.
- Set the Mode to Modified (Settings menu).
- Use "Install Archive" to install an archive; "Install Package" for .spk's.
- Important: Close the PM and wait a couple of seconds before starting the game (or, maybe, use the Run button, but people have reported trouble with that). (When you close the PM, it may create files in your types folder which are vital to some scripts and mods.)
I have not watched this guide, but it might be helpful: [Video Tutorial] Comprehensive Mod Instillation Guide - Ships, Mod List Manager More
LV's Guide (with pics)
For other scripts, if you look at the "Tutorials" sticky at the top of the forum, the second link is to LV's Tutorial - Installing mods and scripts to your game
which has nice pictures that may help you. Note that the instructions have not been updated for AP, which adds an "addon" folder under the main game folder. So AP scripts, t, types, and director folders should be: addon\scripts, addon\t, addon\types, addon\director, etc.
FAQ: Fake Patches
Language Files: How to modify for your language
Artificial Life Plugins
AL Plugins (ALP's) have their own menu to control them. While undocked, press the escape key (Esc), select "Gameplay", then "Artificial Life Settings". Most AL Plugins simple toggle On and Off, although some have multiple choices or a menu.
Important: Activating the Script Editor in-game
The first time that you install a script, you may have to Activate the in-game script editor
The default location of your game in a Steam installation is:
C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\x3 terran conflict
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\x3 terran conflict
Hotkeys are set on the Controls Menu: Press Esc until you see a popup menu in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. Choose Controls.
Hotkeys for add-on scripts are always on the Interface tab, near the bottom (in the section marked "Extensions").
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Frequently Asked Questions
SomeNewPlayer wrote:Will it give me a modified tag?
All scripts, and almost all mods, will mark your saved game as "modified". That is what the tag means. The few mods that do not tag your saved game are clearly marked.
Which script(s) or mod(s) should I install?
My advice: Play the vanilla game for a hundred hours or so before looking into scripts and mods. When you understand the game well, you will also understand its limitations. Scripts and mods can change or remove those limitations. After a certain point, the vanilla game is more challenging to your patience than to your gaming ability. For example, combat in the vanilla game is boring to tears. If you want a real challenge, then check out the Combat Tricks
Guide. You will quickly find that having a vanilla
game has little or no value compared to having a better
game. YMMV, of course.