| Modding is a slang expression that is derived from the verb "modify". Modding refers to the act of modifying a piece of hardware or software or anything else for that matter, to perform a function not originally conceived or intended by the designer.
So you want to make a mod, but don't know where to start? There are a few important steps to keep in mind when making a mod. These apply to both beginners and experienced modders. First of all you have to decide what type of Mod you would like to create. Here are just a few examples:
- Case mod - you want to change the way your unit looks
- GUI mod - you want to change player's interface.
- Feature mod - you want to add a new feature or function.
After deciding what your Mod will achieve, the next (and most important) step is to plan out the design. It is important to be very thorough at this stage. You need to make sure your idea is feasible. If you are new to modding, you should start small. It is far more satisfying completing a small Mod, than spending months working on a Mod and never completing it. A good tip is to avoid what is called 'Feature Creep'. This means constantly introducing new features that were not in your original design. Doing so can result in a Mod that is never completed.
Once your design is fleshed out, you need to schedule time to work on your Mod and stick to it. You will make more progress doing an hour a day for a week, rather than spending 7 hours working late into the night on a weekend. Doing this will ensure that you stay fresh and motivated. 'Cramming' too much into one session will burn out your enthusiasm for the Mod and the quality will suffer.
Then of course you have to test it. This step is of course more important for software Mods. Having friends, family or Xtreamer community give feedback on your Mod will help identify bugs and other issues.
Once the Mod is complete, the next step is to polish, polish, polish. Once you feel you have done all you can, you can upload your Mod and share it with the community.
Xtreamer Modding Tutorials
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