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Thread: Using mods with Steam RTW including BI and Alexander

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    Crazy Russian Member iamphet's Avatar
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    Default Using mods with Steam RTW including BI and Alexander

    The established way to run mods (right click in Steam game list->Properties->Set launch options...) has some drawbacks: you need to perform these steps every time you want to swap mods or run vanilla. Also it forces you to use Steam game list if your mod is based on BI. Below are two other approaches:
    1) right click->Create desktop shortcut, then edit the shortcut to append your mod parameters (e.g. -mod:eb -show_err -nm). This works for vanilla and Alexander mods but not for BI
    2) running BI mods requires setting up of Steam environment variables. Below is a batch file (with some irrelevant omissions) I use for Viking Invasion 2:
    set SteamAppId=4760
    set SteamAppUser=user
    set SteamAppVersionId=0
    set STEAMID=000000000000000
    set SteamPath=D:\Games\Steam
    set SteamUser=user
    set suppress_restart=1
    set ValvePlatformMutex=d:/games/steam/steam.exe
    set PATH=%SteamPath%;%PATH%
    RomeTW-BI.exe -nm -show_err -mod:bi\vi2
    You need to susbstitute
    1. user with your Steam user name
    2. d:\Games\Steam with you Steam path
    3. d:/games/steam with your Steam path
    4. 000000000000000 with your actual Steam ID. So far the only known way is to run RTW manually, switch to desktop, run Process Explorer and check the value of STEAMID environment variable in process properties.
    Last edited by iamphet; 11-17-2009 at 07:17.


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