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Tutorial D-Mod

June 1st, 2002
Score : 8.5 good
Peasant Female
This is a D-mod that is mostly a tutorial; purpose is to learn more about scripting.

Good about it: This tutorial lets you see, and tells you while playing, what is going on and gives you the names of the scripts the sprites use so you can check them out in the story-directory. Therefore you can easily find the scripts which are named in the D-mod and you do not have to search through endless lists of files.
It lets you see the sprites used to warp which are normally made invisible in the editor; which is a strange sight in the D-mod (since, when you are playing a D-mod you are ofcourse not used to see the tables or rocks used to make a warp), but which is indeed a very good idea for a tutorial. (It does not explain how to make a warp, but that is explained in other files/tutorials.)
The scripts used in this tutorial are very good explained in the scripts themselves so you can see what a certain command does in the game.

Examples of scripts that are explained: conversation, signs, how to add an item, how to add magic, how to create a storyline, how to make a variable, how to create sprites, what scripts are used by defensepotion and pillbug.

D-mod: Apart from being a tutorial it is also a very, very tiny D-mod with 1 mini-quest (to find some magic rocks) and some conversations in which Redink, WC, Tal and the author himself play a part. Apart from that, there is no D-mod to play: what is going on in the D-mod is purely to explain scripting; and this is done in an entertaining and funny way.

Not so good: There are also other scripts in the story-directory which are not or rarely annotated. So if you wish to study one of those that is a lot harder.

Remark: Although the author says the tutorial is meant for those who want to learn the basics of D-mod creation, the tutorial is only about scripting. Topics as adding graphics, sound, and editing dink.ini, or how to start creating at all, are not covered. Which is not a bad thing since they are explained in other files, but perhaps the name Scripting Tutorial would cover its full intention better.

Fit for: Those who have already some basic knowledge of how to make a D-mod. You do have to know how to use the editor and what basic commands there are and what keys to use to get information about the sprites.
But if you do know these things, this tutorial is a great help.

Overall: A good tutorial to learn more about scripting if you know the basics but are not yet at advanced level.