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 – Release 1.0 adds a snowfox and a goat
- 0-CreaturePackFantasy – Adds 2 different “swarms”, which are flying things like vultures but more annoying
- 0-CreaturePackHumans – Various bandits, traders, and survivors
- 0-CreaturePackMechs – A robot, drone and 2 SphereBots, the avatar of my modding partner SphereII
- 0-CreaturePackZombies – A Santa zombie and the reference template “Nurse”
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.
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.
New zombies can use all walktypes but humanoids like bandits and survivors, walktype 7 is used as its the least zombie-ish of the walktypes. On this walktype Xyth only replaced the idle/walk/run animations, and added specific new animations for rifles and bows. Many more need to be added or replaced when time allows but its not bad as is.
Adding weapons on entity spawn works but, for example Eve and her sideways AK47, requires him figuring out the default rotations of the hand location for guns. Melee worked on the club but he didn’t try other melee weapons yet.
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.
He handle character physics differently than vanilla does so there may be issues in this area.
New idle/walk/run animation blending is basic and will be tuned in later versions. SphereII wrote him a script that logs the values the game passes into the controller recently so now he can see a bit more about the relationship between xml movement values and Unity blend tree values. So everything you see for this test was just guessing at values.
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 18.3 stable.
Each submitted Unity.3d 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
- Pushed version with 7 new zombie soldiers by Guppycur. Added those and DarkStarDragon’s Vault folks to spawning. (new)
- Pushed a new release, misc Unity edits on most entities to improve same, added DarkStars’ Flamer bandit.
- Various fixes and some new Zombies and Bandits pushed.
- Goat head collider fixed.
- Did a major refactoring, pushed new version, added 5 more zombies made by darkstardragon.
- Added more birds and a really cool reskinning of the Robot done by Mumphy. The robot will now attack on dedi as well.
- Been pushing new versions, most recent added 3 new spiders to the animalpack. Improved human walk animations, and added 2 test banditEves that use the ranged class rather than vomit class so are scary accurate. As they are baanditclass entities the are not in the spawngroups as they will NRE if they enter a trader protection zone.
- Pushed version 1.01 of the Human Pack. Added A new character (heavy trader from trader modlet), added a few more character variants, added some new entitygroups.
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.
Just drop the mod into your Mods folder and have fun. They are not dependent on each other so load the ones you want.
Addon modlet to remove the non-PG voice clips from bandits: No Potty Mouth
The forum topic of the mod is here.