How to bootstrap a new act
Since commit d7ed4bac10368d0827a8f3f090787849b7479744, authored by fluzz at Tue Feb 21 09:27:11 2017 +0100, FreedroidRPG supports multiple acts and switching them via Lua. This is a reference about how new story acts can be included, either on official releases, or in mods including new adventures. Also, if you do a mod, you can send it to us. Who knows, parts of it can make in the final game!
What is an Act?
An act is, for short, a chapter of a story. FreedroidRPG is divided in 5 acts, or chapters if you prefer. As you can notice, a chapter is usually big and can have over 12 hours worth gameplay. If you're wondering what would be a subchapter on above analogy, quests are the best description. So, when doing a new act, be sure to have a rough idea of the main quests which shall be present on it.
How create a new one?
Bootstraping a new act is simpler than it looks. On data/storyline directory, there's a folder named "empty_map". Simply copying it with a new name is mostly enough, however, the game engine won't recognize it unless you add an entry to:
Instructions about game_config can be found on the file and won't be explained here. Also note, the ID must begin with “act”. This is a limitation of engine, as of current (2017-04-04)
How to make a new act accessible/available?
An act cannot be added to the main menu (currently). If you wish to play another act, you can either select it from Level Editor or use a Lua function on an event or in a NPC. The command is:
Where "id" is the one present on data/base/game_config.lua. This is enough to start a different Act and even switch between multiple acts on your games. This also allows you to reuse the character structure from after the game end. Neat!