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12 years 1 week ago #7167 by shredher
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Hi there again,

now, I tried a whole day to get me started on the Autopilot demo thingy... I'm sorry to say, I failed :(

I downloaded the Tech-Demo which included a fs-archive called "WC3_DEMO.vp". I also found the two demo-missions in the "examples"-folder of the originial mission creator package.

Of course I can load those two demo-missions, but I'm completly lost then. There are so much events, I don't know which of these I really need for the Autopilot.

But what about the techo-demo and the WC3_demo.vp? Where to load/unpack/use/whatever this package? Or do I need this simply for the purpose of those two example missions (audio- and video-files, and so forth)?

I don't know, maybe it's too late, but I'm just stuck, somehow. Just read over the tutorial again, but it did not help. :(

Could someone maybe give me a push in the right direction?
Thanks a lot

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shredher

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12 years 1 week ago #7175 by karajorma
Replied by karajorma on topic Starting problems, Autopilot tech demo
One simple suggestion I can think of is to simply delete all the autopilot stuff and make a mission based around defence of the fleet.

Once you've got to the stage where you can handle that, you'd probably feel a lot more comfortable working with the autopilot missions.

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12 years 1 week ago #7176 by tolwyn
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Even better suggestion: read the documentation.

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12 years 1 week ago #7181 by shredher
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I already made some small missions where you salvage a shuttel which crushed on an asteroid for example... I guess I can say I know the basics of the event-handler and basic mission-design. But I really have some trouble with the auto-pilot thingy.

@Tolwyn:
Of course I read the tutorial (if you meant that). Or is there any other documentation I missed somehow?

Just answer me these questions:
What is the WC3_demo.vp for? Do I need to unpack something? Do I need to import that?

Or do I simply need to download it as a resource file for the game and start editing the WC3-01.fs2 and WC3-02.fs2?

I think that would help. I could'n find anything about it in the tutorial.

Thanks a lot!
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12 years 1 week ago #7182 by tolwyn
Replied by tolwyn on topic Starting problems, Autopilot tech demo
The WC3.vp includes a bunch of movies - simply place it in Saga's main folder and play these two missions - they are not polished by any means, but both were created with the original AP template as a starting point. Keep in mind one thing: you do not need to understand how the autopilot script works as long as you can adjust it to suit your needs.

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12 years 1 week ago #7185 by shredher
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Yey, thanks!
And one last thing:
Is there a template I haven't found yet? Or are those two example-missions the template?

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12 years 1 week ago #7186 by tolwyn
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The full template was included in the zip archive. These two missions and the tutorial demonstrate how you can adjust it to your needs.

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12 years 1 week ago #7188 by shredher
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*BANGS HEAD AGAINST WALL*
Would have helped to look in the folder called "template". Sorry for waistin' our time unnecessarily :/

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12 years 1 week ago #7202 by karajorma
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Tolwyn wrote: Even better suggestion: read the documentation.


I took a look at the docs and I thought that newbie FREDders might find them a little too hard to follow. That's no reflection on what's actually in the documentation, just that they really do get thrown in at the deep end, having to start work on a mission that's already partially completed can sometimes be harder than starting from scratch.

But if shredher can follow the tutorial and his problem was simply that he was looking in the wrong place, that's good.

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12 years 1 week ago #7203 by KeldorKatarn
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A newbie FREDder will have no chance whatsoever to recreate one of our missions. Even with documentation. You need some experience first. The missions are simply too complex for that.

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