Hey, everyone, I'm brand new to modding, and I put this together as more of a place-holding reminder for myself rather than as a guide for any of you amazing modders that are a part of this community. However, if any newbies decide that this is useful information, then feel free to use it.
One of the things I always wanted to do was add more conversation to certain likeable characters in Icewind Dale. I've been wracking my brains trying to figure it all out and I finally got a minor understanding of a working method. NOTE! I'm not much of a modder (yet), so just because it all works doesn't mean that it's right (yet). I'd appreciate all you experienced modders to give me some direction and corrections as you see fit, or other general advice.
This is not a comprehensive guide. But, the first thing to do is download WeiDU. Make a copy of WeiDU itself and rename it SETUP-??????. (I'm going to use my prefix here, which is J3, and rename it SETUP-J3TEST).
Next, create a folder and name it the same name as those following SETUP-. In my case, it will be named J3TEST.
In that folder create a group of subfolders that will contain scripts, dialogues, bafs, etc. See this post here http://www.shsforums.net/topic/27927-organize-before-you-write/
for organizational tips, and look at other mods as to how they are organized.
But, I'm lazy today and will only create the BACKUP folder.
In my J3TEST folder, I will create a text document saved as All Files as SETUP_J3TEST.tp2. This is a list of instructions that will tell WeiDU what to create.
I will create another text document saved as All Files as J3TEST.d. This will contain the meat of the conversation edits for our non-joinable NPC.
First, I'm going to edit the tp2 file for WeiDU's instructions. For this, I will be keeping it to the bare minimum.
BACKUP ~J3TEST/BACKUP~ // required
AUTHOR ~ME~ // email
LANGUAGE ~ENGLISH~ ~ENGLISH~ //yes, it's required to write english twice.
BEGIN ~J3TEST MOD~ // just the name of the mod
COMPILE ~J3TEST/J3TEST.D~ // this is the command to compile the .D file from the shown folder into a .DLG file in the override folder
Then, I'm going to edit the J3TEST.d file with the following.
EXTEND_BOTTOM DOLDJED 1 // this extends a reply to the bottom of the dialogue file that belongs to old jed in Icewind Dale. We use EXTEND_BOTTOM because EXTEND_TOP changes the order of the replies, and that is discourteous to other modders.
IF ~~ THEN REPLY ~This is a test of the emergency broadcast system.~ EXTERN DOLDJED J3TEST1
APPEND DOLDJED // this adds another spoke line to the drunk's speaking script
IF ~~ THEN BEGIN J3TEST1
SAY ~This has been a test of the emergency broadcast system.~ IF ~~ THEN GOTO J3TEST2 // this is now a command for dialogue added by this mini-mod
IF ~~ THEN BEGIN J3TEST2 // here we are in our internal dialogue
SAY ~WE'RE STILL TESTING THIS, CAN'T YOU TELL?~
IF ~~ THEN REPLY ~YES, I CAN TELL~ GOTO J3TEST3
IF ~~ THEN REPLY ~WHY DON'T YOU JUST SHUT UP, OLD MAN?!~ GOTO J3LOOP1
IF ~~ THEN J3LOOP1 // just a fun loop
SAY ~NO, YOU SHUT UP!~
IF ~~ THEN REPLY ~I'LL SHUT UP WHEN I WANT TO!~ GOTO J3LOOP2
IF ~~ THEN REPLY ~WELL, if YOU say so!~ GOTO J3TEST2 //if you add one of these, don't forget to make a way out!
IF ~~ THEN J3LOOP2 //still just a fun line
SAY ~YOU'LL DO WHAT I WANT!~
IF ~~ THEN REPLY ~JUST SHUT UP!~ GOTO J3LOOP1
IF ~~ THEN BEGIN J3TEST3
SAY ~WELL, THAT ABOUT SUMS IT UP.~
COPY_TRANS DOLDJED 1 // puts the dialogue back to where it was for the next guy.
This can be expanded to be a bigger conversation.
(I know that you can use ++ instead of IF ~~ THEN, but for now I'm going to keep it like this for my own memory's sake. As I get more familiar with coding, I am sure I will move on to ++ as it is so much easier to type. But for now, I am still learning the basics.)