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Newspaper Editor

When the player opens the newspaper, there is a good chance that not much has gone on in the game world. Instead of giving the player an empty newspaper we instead fill the paper with trivial filler articles that you would normally find in a local news paper.

These filler articles are selected randomly from the list in this editor. Articles for historical events or player/ai actions are generated in the turn events and in game files respectively.



Files And How It Works

At the start of the game, the NewspaperArticles.xml file is read and stored in the game. Upon generation of a newspaper.html file, if there are not enough articles to fill the paper, the game will randomly select an article within the year range from this list. That article is then displayed in game.

The articles themselves are html. As such you can use html styling when creating the articles.



The Editor

The following picture is of the newspaper editor. Below it we will break down the parts of this editor.

 Newspaper Editor

  1. This creates a new newspaper list by clearing out the existing data in the editor
  2. This opens an existing newspaper list.
  3. This saves the newspaper list to an xml file.
  4. Returns you to the previous editor or the main menu.
  5. This is a list of the newspaper articles currently in the editor. Selecting an entry from this list will fill the information below.
  6. This is the body of the newspaper article. The article is in html4, as such html tags will work. Any images should be include in your turnevents newspaper images mod files.
  7. Checking this box will mean that the body of the newspaper article text is localized in the localization files. As such, the body of the newspaper article should be the ID number of the localization text.
  8. Start year is the first year in which this newspaper article can appear in the newspaper. End year is the last year that the article can appear.
  9. Adds the article to the list of articles.
  10. Removes the selected article from the list of articles.



Examples

Video Tutorials Coming Eventually.



Troubleshooting

Articles are Not Appearing in the Newspaper

Be sure that your included the NewspaperArticle.xml in a place that the game can see it. For example if you're making a mod file, include it with the mod and load the mod.

modtools/newspapereditor.txt · Last modified: 2017/07/15 11:22 by admin