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Getting Started

Requirements

What you will need to get started:

There are ways to code with other tools (Ex. Eclipse, Notepad++, etc.), but this is not covered at this time.

Creating Project

Empyrion server mods are compiled in .Net 4.0.

In Visual Studio,

  1. Create a new "Class Library" project.
  2. Ensure the Framework on the top is set to .Net 4.0
  3. Name the project and click OK.
  4. In Visual Studio Go go the Reference Manager
  5. Navigate to "Empyrion - Galactic Survival/DedicatedServer\EmpyrionDedicated_Data\Managed" (Usually in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common)
  6. Add both the Mif.dll and protobuf-net.dll as references to the project and mark them with "CopyLocal = false" in their property settings

From this point, you have the project base created.

API1 Mod Entry

You may need to add the following include so some of the class arguments work.

using Eleon.Modding;

Your first class must inherit ModInterface and should implement all methods of the interface.

   public class MyEmpyrionMod : ModInterface {
       public void Game_Start(ModGameAPI gameAPI) {
       }
       public void Game_Event(CmdId cmdId, ushort seqNr, object data) {
       }
       public void Game_Update() {
       }
       public void Game_Exit() {
       }
   }

API2 Mod Entry

You need to add the following for the class to work

using Eleon;

your first class must inherit IMod and should implement all methods of the interface.

   public class MyEmpyrionMod : IMod  {
       public void Init(IModAPI modAPI) {
       }
       public void Shutdown() {
       }
   }

Example showing the difference between API1 and API2

Mod + Code: https://www.patreon.com/posts/43804726

Video: https://youtu.be/8_Wr-EwtbE8

Accessing Empyrion from your Mod

The Mod API is structured asynchronously. Any request you make via ModGameAPI.Game_Request() will not be returned immediately. Your results will come through the ModInterface.Game_Event() callback. This is something to remember when building your code.

To help keep track of your requests, you can use the "seqNr" parameter on Game_Request. This can help you know which results to look for when they return during the Game_Event callback.

Including your mod to Empyrion

In servers, they are to be included in Content/Mods/<yourmodname>/

If your mod is 'DeathMessenger', the folder should be called this, and you should (atleast) have your .dll placed inside, aswell as any additional files you might require (such as a config file, data, or other dependencies)

Note that if you are using a dedicated server host, said host must allow custom .dll's to be uploaded to that folder.

Sharing your mod

There is currently no workshop-integration with mods.

The best method of publicly sharing it, is making a post with the post title tag [mod] on the forum: https://empyriononline.com/forums/the-hangar-bay.29/ , under 'The Hangar Bay'

(For instance '[mod] DeathMessenger', where you include a download link to a source of your choice (Google drive is an option), or a github link, for all the files pre-compiled, if you so desire. It is recommended to include a good description of the mod, and its functionalities (documentation))

Additionally, you should consider adding your mod to this list!

You may additionally want to include this link, wherever you have published your mod: How to install a mod

Ressources

Basic

Advanced

For all Requests, and Events, refer to CmdId

API1

Interfaces

  • ModInterface - Interface Empyrion will use to access your mod.
  • ModGameAPI - Interface for you to send requests and calls to Empyrion.

Classes

Eleon.Modding. prefaced

  • Id - Used to pass entity id information.
  • Inventory - Used to represent the player's inventory.
  • ItemStack - Used to represent a single item in a player's inventory.
  • PlayerInfo - Used to represent all data related to a player
  • PlayerInfoSet - Used to set player data (Health, food, oxygen, experience, etc.)

Enums

  • CmdId - All request and event commands.

Suggested standards

If you have a method, that you think should be a standard, please put it under 'Proposed'. If the majority of modders agree, this should be moved to 'Commonly Used'. If your standard is conflicting with another, please add it under 'conflicting standards'

Please link proposed standards into "Empyrion Mods and Tools" Discord #mod_standards

If you are a modder, please also 'vote' on these standards (by a positive / negative emote-reaction to the post containing a link to said standard), on above discord.

Note: You are not required to follow these standards.

Proposed

Conflicting standards

File-standards

List

API2

Explanation

Unlike API1, API2's functionality is split across the different processes.

for example:

Chat is sent to the Dedicated process

Entity Info is sent to the Playfield process

so, if you wanted to write the last message your friend JimBob sent in chat to an LCD screen you would have your mod load on the Dedicated and Playfield processes (it's a setting for the [ModName]_Info.yaml).

Differences

API2 mods require a file called [ModName]_Info.yaml to tell them what process to load on.

API2 mods can be used in Single player games if they are programmed to be used in Single Player (load on Client process and use Client sections of the API).

Requirements

Much of the functionality of API2 requires a file called [ModName]_Info.yaml to be in the same folder as the mod's dll

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