This goal of this new 7 Days to Die mod is to provide core “Packs” that contains various vanilla compatible and fully featured characters such as bandits, survivors, animals, wandering traders, etc. without breaking EAC or requiring the DMT utility. Included in this test version are samples of each type of character with very basic xml to get them working in game. No balancing of spawn rates, weapon power, etc was attempted.
Xyth deleted the old creature pack and replaced it with 5 new packs:
- 0-CreaturePackAnimals – Things like animals, birds, insects etc.
- 0-CreaturePackFantasy – Everything else that doesn’t fit in the 4 other categories. Swarms, Orcs, Pokemon etc.
- 0-CreaturePackHumans – Various bandits, traders, and survivors and other humanoid rigged entities
- 0-CreaturePackMechs – Robots, drones and other mechanical things like SphereBot, the avatar of Xyth’s modding partner SphereII
- 0-CreaturePackZombies – Zombies, you know, dead things that used to be human. Humanoid rigged.
Other character modders have committed to contributing additional characters to this pack like they do to the POI (Buildings) collection called CompoPack. Want to join them? Start here. (A18 version – working on A19 version, but the how to is the same)
The methods used to make this vanilla compatible were researched and developed over the past 2 years and finally it seems to be working well enough to test. However, this is something very new and challenging to develop so expect imperfections as we work out all the issues. Once initial testing is complete Xyth plan to teach the development workflow to others.
Most characters support all vanilla character features. These include Humanoid rigging, root motion animation, collision with vehicles, rag-dolling, 100’s of animated reactions (including hit locations, limping, etc.), limb decapitation and gore, and even the ability to spawn the characters with vanilla or custom weapons just by editing xml. There are some exceptions, especially on animals, as Xyth just started to explore that controller. They also work very well as sleepers in POIs, but stumbling onto a bandit that has a MP7 at close range isn’t something you will live to enjoy.
Hopes and Dreams
Beyond hoping that this pack someday contains 100’s of new characters, Xyth hope some folks develop custom quests and story lines for some of the characters. Bandits are one thing, but earning a positive faction with the bandit leader by doing some hit jobs for him makes for a better end game.
There are currently no footstep sounds when these guys walk or run. Vanilla footsteps require a C# script to trigger sound events and they can not use scripts without breaking EAC. He expect to create a work around for that at some point but for now, look around more.
The mods are named with a prefix of 0- to insure it loads before other mods that will edit the basic xml provided in this core mod. Nothing in this mod’s xml should change vanilla in a way that collides with other mods but let him know if it does.
Testing was done on A19 exp and 18.4 stable.
Each submitted Unity.3d file (multiple entities in one file) should have a size less than 100 megs for Github compatibility.
To promote ease of reusing the characters in future mods and modlets, they think some recommended standards are needed. This is the subject of ongoing discussions, and always subject to revision, but the following are recommended standards for adding new characters to these packs.
To offer a balance between freedom to choose individual characters and still maintain some organization of kinds of characters, there will be 5 basic character groups: Humans, Zombies, Animals, Mechs, and Fantasy Characters. Each of these will be a modlet containing a resource folder of individual .unity3d asset bundles for each character. The xml for each character will be in xpath format and merged into the master xml files for that modlet.
Characters should be built to conform to TFP character standards and best practices as much as possible, and function in game like existing TFP characters do, with included ragdolls, rootmotion and gore. Additional information on this will be provided in video tutorials.
Characters should have descriptive names to help end users know what they might be loading, so names like SnowFox is good if its a Snowfox, but Mylittlepal would be a bad name for a Snowfox.
Keep the characters low/mid poly and watch texture sizes. Go for 2k texture maps – 1k additional maps. Xyth try to keep most entities under 10 megs. TFP is changing to higher definition zombies, so we will conform to what they do when we get to see that.
The material index used should be listed in the xml, so modders can do material overrides in xml and know what material they are targeting. For example, the TFP nurse zombie would be:
<!-- Retexturing Index: Materials : 0 Body,1 Eyes -->
LODs are not required, but if added keep those down to 1 or 2 max.
More will be added here as they go.
The following community members have donated resources to this project. Please thank them for their contributions!
Xyth will try to keep this list current.
- DarkStarDragon – Zombies
- Guppycur – Zombies
- Robeloto – Spider sounds
- TSBX – Zombies
- Mumpfy – Re-texturing and new asset creation
- Kergan – XML
- SaltyAF – XML
- Chikorina (Chiko) – XML
- (new) Small update to the zombie pack. Snufkins noticed some zombies were using vanilla hands which results in attack sync issues.
- Small update, removed humans from the zombienight spawn group as some mods were using that group on bloodmoons causing errors.
- Pushed a minor update to the CP humans and effects packs. There was a TFP bug where buffs that set animator values do not always set before the animator is initialized. This caused human characters to sometimes walk like zombies when not infected. Implemented a workaround.
- Updated most packs: Refreshed zombie soldier and doctor looks (added blood, reduced brightness), reduced bandit shotgun damage in half, fixed particle effect on mesh warnings on a few characters, added xml based random walktypes for zombies (effects pack), reduced time to stay after death for zombies and humans to 10 seconds.
- Human pack updated with some new humans. Some which were in a18 were not added due to bad weapon rotations on the models. Several others are close but need some adjusting eventually. Bandits were added to the spawner so on some days bandit squads roam rather than zombie hordes.
- Updated the zombiepack. Lots of new zombies. A few are “shiny” as Xyth doesn’t have the time to rebuild all the A18 ones that used Spectacular shaders. If any really bother folks he will fix those. Most were rebuilt to reduce size, make A19 compatible, and fix shaders.
- Animal pack updated with fixes for the swarms, which were moved into the xythanimals bundle.
- A19 Stable versions of all CPs pushed. Added a BanditWolf and added a new zombie made by Malacay.
The goal of everything SphereII and Xyth do is to share information and examples of how to make this game better. So use this for yourselves or as part of a mod you develop for others to enjoy. Giving credit to the author is always a class act, but at least don’t be that guy who spends an hour editing someones work and then claims to be the original author. You can use the .unity3d models only by referencing them inside the creaturepack but you may not copy those files as they usually contain one or more copyrighted, paid assets. Any derivative modlet must ensure compatibility with the base creaturepacks, and cannot directly break them. If you don’t know how to make compatible mods, just ask for help.
Just drop the mod into your Mods folder and have fun. They are not dependent on each other so load the ones you want. If your using a dedicated server, you also need to load this into your dedi server Mods folder. So a copy in both the clientside Mods folder and also on the servers Mods folder.
Please Note: If your getting lots of spam warnings when some characters are set on fire, please load the 2-CharacterEffects pack which has the fix for that. It also contains random walktypes for all zombies, and enables humans to become infected. Also will be testing the method of turning some quest zombies back to humans.
Look for the 0-CreaturePacks, but there are other fun things there too, like No Potty Mouth. There is also a character effectspack modlet that adds infections (humans turning to zombies) and new walktypes to humans and zombies.
Alpha 19 Versions
Download 0-CreaturePackAnimals for A19
Download 0-CreaturePackMechs for A19
Download 0-CreaturePackHumans for A19
Download 0-CreaturePackZombies for A19
Alpha 18 Versions
Download 0-CreaturePackAnimals for A18
Download 0-CreaturePackFantasy for A18
Download 0-CreaturePackHumans for A18
Download 0-CreaturePackMechs for A18
Download 0-CreaturePackZombies for A18
The forum topic of the mod is here.