Changing Driver Names And Photos
Posted Jan 19 2018 - 04:48 AM
How would you go about changing the names, photos and performance of drivers in GPL? Can it be done without any specific software? I ask as I have been wondering whether I could use the GPL '55 mod to make, for example, a '54 mod or a '56 mod, just change the drivers and tracks and disable certain cars and you could make a few extra seasons, right? Let me know if this is doable.
Posted Jan 19 2018 - 04:09 PM
GPL takes the information about which drivers are entered for each race from the driver initialisation file, which for the 55 mod is called driv55.ini (I think). You will find a different version of this file in each of the tracks that have races from 1955. This file contains a list of the drivers and specifies some of their attributes.
Each driver in the file must be numbered in sequence, e.g. [ driver_1 ] then [ driver_2 ], if the sequence is broken then drivers after the break won't appear. There can be up to 19 drivers, but it may contain fewer.
Some important parameters:
team_number = specifies which car the driver drives (I don't know the numbers for 1955 but you can work them out from existing driv55.ini files)
team_order = the preference for that driver within that team
car_number = the racing number on the car (but note, this does not change the graphics)
nationality = this defines the driver's nationality (search the forum for 'Country Flags In Gpl' to find a list)
helmet_color = this is mentioned in the same thread you will find above
aggression, alertness, experience, hype, qualifying, quickness, smoothness and magic_grip affect how the AI drivers drive. If you can find it, there is a superb pdf by Lee Bowden called GPL AI Tutorial that explains how they work. I always set the last 3 to be 1. Hype is the most important for varying how fast the AI drives.
So, you can build your own ini file very easily to create different grids. I do it all the time. But there is, of course a problem. Nothing in the ini file alters how each car looks. When GPL reads the ini, it combines the first 3 letters of the driver's surname with the car number (e.g. ste16 if Stewart is driving car 16) and then goes and looks for graphics files with that name. So to create new combinations of drivers and car numbers, you need to modify the graphics files. Search the forum for 'creating skins' and you will find lots of information on how to do this. It takes time but is very rewarding.
If you create driver and car number combinations in the ini file that don't have graphics files to match, GPL will load the default colour scheme for that car, and the number roundels will be blank. So you can still race, but without the attention to detail and historical accuracy that makes GPL so special
Posted Jan 20 2018 - 03:41 PM
Edited by FJBH10, Jan 20 2018 - 03:48 PM.
Posted Jan 20 2018 - 04:15 PM
Edited by FJBH10, Jan 20 2018 - 04:42 PM.
Posted Jan 20 2018 - 05:36 PM
You want WinMip for that. Should be around here somewhere, comes with instructions.
Posted Jan 20 2018 - 09:17 PM
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Posted Jan 22 2018 - 08:09 AM
- The race seems to always start on the last lap, the pitboard and relatives read 0 laps remaining but the chequered flag is still waved at the end of the actual race duration. This happens regardless of track or race length.
- The relative displays the wrong driver as leader, for example, in a test race, Archie Scott Brown was shown as leader when he was 11th whilst Fangio, the actual leader was shown as a backmarker in 16th even though he was ahead on track. This is corrected at the end of the race so it appears the actual position recording is fine just it gets jumbled up in-race. This also throws off the pitboard.
- The end of race newspaper shows the correct positions but it always shows the same driver photo regardless of who won. The photo is always Tony Brooks but I can't find anything to do with his driver photo file that would suggest anything is wrong.
Let me know if you guys have any advice on fixing these.
Edited by FJBH10, Jan 22 2018 - 08:12 AM.
Posted Jan 22 2018 - 09:30 AM
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Posted Jan 22 2018 - 10:26 AM
Thanks, waited through a whole practice session without skipping and it worked, seems like whatever the problem was has fixed itself too as I can skip through it now too.
Hopefully this carset works in the end, maybe you can use it to carry on after your '55 season!
Edited by FJBH10, Jan 22 2018 - 10:26 AM.
Posted Jan 22 2018 - 10:35 AM
Posted Jan 22 2018 - 10:44 AM
A bit of a preview with the new drivers, they all have the same number as I haven't got round to that yet and I need to find out how to rename teams so I can have entries such as Hawthorn be historically accurate. (His '56 entry was semi-factory entered with Owen Racing with a British Racing Green car.)
(Donovan Céilach is my '55 driver profile.)
Edited by FJBH10, Jan 22 2018 - 10:47 AM.
Posted Jan 22 2018 - 11:13 AM
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