Modding General

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Mods are placed in the folder DriveLetter:\...\Steam\steamapps\common\Mashinky\mods

Mod folder structure

There is a strict directory structure in Mashinky's mod to help engine merge all content on startup (or mod load). It is the same structure as in "/media/" directory and all folders are optional in mods.

  • config/ - here all config files are stored
    • accessories_types.xml - accesories are some decorative objects in the game like track or road or stop endings, semafores etc.
    • building_types.xml - config file for all indutry and town buildings
    • cargo_types.xml - config file for all cargo types and tokens
    • colors.xml - config file for player colors
    • face_types.xml - config for recombinable faces in the game
    • fonts.xml - config file for font characters with texture coords and spacing
    • headquarter_types.xml - config file for player headquarter
    • hints.xml - config file with list of hint ids (from texts.xml)
    • landscape_types.xml - config file with different landscape types
    • particle_types.xml - config file for particle effects in game
    • plant_types.xml - config file for all vegetation types in game
    • quest_types.xml - config file for quests (using scripts in script folder)
    • shortcuts.xml - config file for key shortcuts in game (all gui IDs WBD)
    • tcoords.xml - all texture coordinates for GUI
    • texts.xml - localized texts with specific referenceable ids
    • town_names.xml - sets of town names
    • track_types.xml - config file for all track/road parts
    • wagon_types.xml - config file for all engines / wagons or other vehicles
  • map/ - folder for all 2D assets (can be optionally stored together with models in model folder)
  • model/ - folder for all 3D assets
  • music/ - music track in game (supported format *.ogg)
  • scenario/ - all *.mss scenario files created in Mashinky's editor are stored herescript/ .. all LUA scripts used in game (config/quest_types.xml references these scripts)
  • shader/ - binary compiled shaders used in game
  • sku/ - optional folder where per language xmls are downloaded and combined together to config/texts.xml when reloading all ingame (using content creators window).
  • sound/ - all sounds used in game

Mod tips

  • You may combine multiple mods into one by merging these folders and xmls together. This way your mod can add for example one engine, two wagons and 3 cargo types at once
  • All config xmls support multiple sections (like for example multiple <WagonType> section in config/wagon_types.xml)
  • In all "id" attributes, use unique generated hash (8x([0-9]/[A-F]) identifier like for example "108FA1C3"). When using existing hash (from other mod or base game content) you may overwrite any attribute of this item by your mod. When overwriting, use only attributes in your mod xml you want to change, everything else stays unchanged.
  • Some features may not be supported yet (like multiple landscape type). Check with our wiki pages or contact me on info@mashinky.com
  • In /model/ folder, you may store 3D assets (locomotives & wagons) as well as 2D assets (textures used by these models) needed for your mod.