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{How To} Install a Mod

halbridious

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Since I've seen a lot of users who need help installing mods, I figured I'd make a how2. Just covering the basic steps of installing a mod. It'd be nice if people could give some tips and tricks for problem solving if they have any. Someone please make sure i have it all - I set myself up in such a was as i skip a ton of steps, but i think i remember the basics, lol. But here goes -

*******************************INSTALLING YOUR MODS******************************

1 - Go to your Program Files > Steam > SteamApps > Common > Killing Floor. Make a shortcut to this folder on your desktop - this will speed things up later.
On a mac, the first few folders are /Users/*you*/Library/Application Support/Steam/ (this needs confirmation> was confirmed)

2 - Find and download the mod files you want.

3 - I have a dedicated home folder for my mods - I open my downloads folder and copy the zip folders to my mutators folder so that if i have to reset my KF files for any reason I don't lose my mods (since they won't be re-installed by steam). I suggest you do this now.

4 - Once all the files are set up, unzip them (7Zip is a nice program if you need one). I prefer to make sure they are all in separate folders for each mod (the Weapon Pack is one folder, the WTF mut is another) to prevent file confusion.

5 - Now that you have the mods downloaded and unzipped and your files are all in order, the important step. Go to the folder containing your mutator. In it you will see folders like: Animations, System, Textures, Static Meshes, ect. These will change depending on the mod.
Alright. now ctrl + click each folder. you can leave out readme's and suchlike. Ctrl + C copy them. open up the KF desktop shortcut or go to the kf folder as seen in step 1.
Now make sure you are in the base KF folder. At the top you should see an animations folder. closer to the middle is System and Textures. If you see these you are in the right folder. Just hit ctrl + v to paste. When it asks if u wanna merge folders, hit yes. If it asks you to replace FILES, this means that either a file was misplaced or you have already installed this mod, or a previous version. Usually, its the latter and you can say yes.

6 - You're mods are now installed. Go play KF. Go solo, then up at the top, click mutators. Find the mod in the list and apply.
***CERTAIN MUTATORS CONFLICT WITH EACH OTHER _ USE EACH ONE BY ITSELF B4 YOU MIX THEM*** You should now be able to play the mutator.

Mutator specific issues should be brought up on the original forum or as a PM to the creator - i can't help much unless it was a basic screw up :p If mutator creators have tricks for their mutators, post them and I'll edit this.
Putting mutators on a server has some extra steps - My wireless router won't open the right server ports, so I haven't even bothered to learn them :( If someone wants to post those additional steps I'd be very grateful.
HOPE THIS HELPED :)

******************************LISTING STATUS******************************
due to the fact that certain mutators would abuse perks and make leveling easier, TWI implemented a listing system as follows:

THE WHITE LIST: mods/muts/maps on the white-list have both perk usage AND leveling available. These have been tested by TWI and its been determined that they don't abuse the perk system. There IS NOT as system for determining if a mod/mut/map is white-listed. sorry. TWI is constantly changing the list as new listings are added and old ones are taken off (either due to discovered exploits OR a new version). There are suggestions as to how a system would be implemented to solve this, but TWI does not wish to continuously update the white-list and use up bandwidth for endless patching :(

THE GRAY LIST: contains mods/muts that are either in white-list limbo or don't quite have what it takes to make the white-list. These mods will allow you to USE perks, but NOT LEVEL them. Stats will increase on the perk screen (sometimes) but they WILL BE RESET at the end of the map. Many weapons end up here waiting for true white-listing.

THE "BLACK" LIST: the unofficial name of "the other stuff", the black-list is all the stuff that is not on the other lists. Either its a map with exploits or a mut that IS an exploit, these are things that have yet to be submitted for white-listing, have been rejected for white-listing, or are so obviously not list-able that they won't even be submitted for white-listing. These are mods that abuse perks or don't use perks (the WTF mut and Server Perks have internal perk systems independent of TWI perks.).

*************************HOW TO USE THE CUSTOM TRADER MUTATOR**************************
alrighty, the computer hates me, and i don't feel like typing out all of this, so here is the link to BD's custom trader mutator - all the info is there. He has answered many questions, but i will help those still confused if i can.
LINK: http://forums.tripwireinteractive.com/showthread.php?t=47740


*********************RUNNING A SERVER -- ADDING MODS TO SERVER PACKAGES*******************
Thanks to Lucidious134 for this stuff:

Gonna post this here to help others out.

This is a small bit about serverpackages

1) Open UCL file for the weapon you are adding with notepad.
2) Go to the third line (weapon=)
3) It should look like this:
Weapon=(ClassName=BDHuntingRifleB2.HUNTING_RIFLE,P ickupClassName=BDHuntingRifleB2.Hunting_RiflePickup,AttachmentClassName=BDHuntingRifleB2.Hunting_Rifl eAttachment,FriendlyName=BDHuntingRifleB2.HUNTING_ RIFLE.ItemName,Description=BDHuntingRifleB2.HUNTIN G_RIFLE.Description,FallbackName="Hunting Rifle",FallbackDesc="A recreational hunting weapon, featuring a firing trigger and a powerful integrated scope. ")
4) Take out the bolded part. Remember, your pickups should always look like MUTATOR_NAME.SOMETHINGRELEVENTPickup. If you have a comma in there, you're doing it wrong.
5) Put that in your custom trader file.

6) Go to Killingfloor.ini and open it with notepad
7) Scroll down to ServerPackages= and add your own line of that
8) Add the package file. Basically, for weapons you just want to take out the part BEFORE the period in your custom trader entry, like so:
BDHuntingRifleB2.Hunting_RiflePickup

Note: You will see the bolded text SEVERAL times in the .ucl so that's how you can tell what to add and if it's the right thing to add.


Not sure if the mutator.u can have a different name then the filename so, just to be safe.


******************************STUFF TO KNOW - FAQS I REMEMBER******************************
"will someone check my serverpackages/startup line. somthing like kfmod.XXMODNAMEXX?" ---- KFMod.XX is the package containing TWI standard stuff. Mods will have their own packages. Opening the mods in the editor or asking the modder if you don't know how will give you the real line.

"Um... My perks don't work..." ---- Check the ***LISTING STATUS SECTION*** Just note that mods have to be approved for use with perks. There is no system other than trial and error as to knowing which ones are or aren't listed

"I'm not using mods, but still can't use perks" ---- Sometimes listing status stays after you disable the mods - a clean start of KF solves this 99% of the time



****INSTRUCTIONS FOR Y'ALL*****

If you have a FAQ - ask it
If you have stuff i should add - add it and i'll post it (with credit where credit is due, ofc)
direct noobs here! i see to many people not reading this and asking about listing or how to install things. Don't answer them, direct them here - hopefully it will increase self sufficiancy.
 
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C_Gibby

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I remember hearing that weapon mutators required further work to actually appear or be added to the trader, although that might just be for some. If this applies to most/all weapon muts, I'd suggest something along the lines of how to add it to the trader. I might be mistaken though.
Yeah, but that only applies to some of them. Jack Carver's guns didn't need that treatment IIRC, but Braindead's rifle did in the first release.
 

Jack-Carver

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I don't have a Mac and never had one but I think it should be the same process. Copy all the files to the KF directory. Just like in that tutorial.
 

halbridious

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I too, am a windows person, but I believe works the same way. Except the keyboard shortcuts and whatnot. About the weapon muts - do u mean giving instructions on how 2 use braaindeads custom trader mutator? I can add that as well, I guess... tho I'm gonna have to wait till I get home (the phone browser only goes so far....) that is what u meant right? Or am I missing something entirely different?
 

Haineko

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I tried all that you suggested with the paths on where to put it but when i open Steam (the as a folder) there is just.. A lot of **** about steam there, but i cant find the games... D:

Ok i've checked every single folder there is inside the Steam Package (as its caled on MAC) and i find NOTHING at all... Perhaps there are any lads that could hep me with this, ill just have to ask around a little.
 
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halbridious

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Jan 6, 2011
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I tried all that you suggested with the paths on where to put it but when i open Steam (the as a folder) there is just.. A lot of **** about steam there, but i cant find the games... D:

Ok i've checked every single folder there is inside the Steam Package (as its caled on MAC) and i find NOTHING at all... Perhaps there are any lads that could hep me with this, ill just have to ask around a little.
Ok - the folder you're looking for on mac is.... (does research online)
/Users/*you*/Library/Application Support/Steam/and the rest should be the same....

I hope this works - i found it on some steam forums (thank you "Crab" from steam forums, lol)

EDIT: added to step one in first post - this needs confirmation from a mac user tho!
 
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halbridious

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This is due to the listing status of the mod. Due to the fact that certain mods and muts can make leveling perks easier, a "whitelist" was created. any mut on the whitelist will work with perk leveling. Later, a "greylist" was created. Many weapons and muts are on this one. They are allowed to use perks, but not level them. (while in game, the numbers for leveling the perk WILL go up, but they will be reset when the match is over). The bot mut, since it adds more Zeds for u to kill and level on, is not whitelisted - you won't be able to use perks with it.
(Note - adding note about whitelisting to main post)
 

Haineko

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Feb 1, 2011
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Ok - the folder you're looking for on mac is.... (does research online)
/Users/*you*/Library/Application Support/Steam/and the rest should be the same....

I hope this works - i found it on some steam forums (thank you "Crab" from steam forums, lol)

EDIT: added to step one in first post - this needs confirmation from a mac user tho!
Confirmed that i can acces the folders i needed this way. The mutator i tried to instal though does not work. (This may however be my fult... Most likely is)
 

Haineko

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Feb 1, 2011
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Ok i tried to use the Weapons Mod that includes the M99 Barrett and MK23 and M7A3 made by -=IVAN=- and Jack-Carver.

I didnt quite do as you stated, but simply drag-droped them to where they should be, and it wont work. Is this completly wrong and i should be burned on a cross for it, or SHOULD this work?

Cheers

Haineko :IS2:
 

halbridious

FNG / Fresh Meat
Jan 6, 2011
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if you open the folder containing the mut, it should have anims and meshes and textures and system AND sound folders. highlight each folder and copy them, then paste it into the main kf folder (don't go into the sub-directories, just the main KF folder). It should ask if you wish to merge folders. say yes. Then they should all be in the right place.
 

Haineko

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Feb 1, 2011
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if you open the folder containing the mut, it should have anims and meshes and textures and system AND sound folders. highlight each folder and copy them, then paste it into the main kf folder (don't go into the sub-directories, just the main KF folder). It should ask if you wish to merge folders. say yes. Then they should all be in the right place.
Oh ok.. well it didnt have the folders, just the individual files.