Trying to make a custom civilization, but I don't know anything.


Dec 21, 2007

I'm trying to create a custom civilization, but I have no idea what I'm doing.
I looked at templates and tutorials, but I have no idea what I'm looking at, what is required or how things work.
I know it's basically replicating the base xml files, using their text. But there are so many xml files, I don't know where is what, and having DLC adds even more folders to search through.

I searched for tutorials, but couldn't find any up to date.
Is there a tutorial for absolute beginners? I don't mind if it's just text. I just need help. I don't understand anything.
TBH, starting out by creating a custom Civ is going to be overwhelming if you don't even understand the basics of modding. My advice is to start small at first like changing some parameters. Download and look at how other mods are structured. Lee's Modding Guide is probably the best overall instruction, though parts may still be incomplete or out-of-date -

Once you get the hang of the modding framework and get used to the syntax for SQL or XML, then you can start looking at developing a custom Civ. Write down your ideas and then start investigating whether what you want is possible given your skill and the limitations of the game. Once you've done that, I think maconnolly's Civ template is probably one of the best to help your development -
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