Modding FAQ

Article written by Aro
Published on 03-13-2017; updated on 03-14-2017
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Making a game modification is tricky, but it's become far less difficult with the popularization of Age of Kings modding. With programs like GeniEd, AGE and ModWorkshop, there are few limits on what can be edited in the RTS King. In this list of frequently asked questions, you'll find a lot of references to our ModPack Stable and our Blacksmith downloads section, so make sure to check out both!

What is a mod, or a modpack?

A mod or modpack changes the sound, graphics, and/or internal workings & text of a program, in this case, Age of Kings. Some modpacks change everything in a game, called a "Total Conversion", or TC for short. Check out our Modding Gallery for a closer look at what Total Conversions and modifications can accomplish.

How could I create one of these... "modpacks"?

The first step would be to download MPS (ModPack Studio). MPS allows you to change sound, graphics, the computer's AI scripts, random map scripts, etc. Check out the programs also listed in our ModPack Stable; GeniEd, for instance, can change in-game unit data and statistics, while AGE can edit what the in-game technologies do.

Where can I get MPS, GeniEd or AGE?

Right here at AoKH, and you can find the download links inside of our ModPack Stable. Just click the Download Now button to go to the download page in our Blacksmith!

How do I use MPS?

Try reading the various articles contained inside of the ModPack Studio HomePage.

How do I change a unit's name?

The old method of changing a unit's name required using a Hex Editor to edit the Language.dll file in your AoK root directory, but that was a lot of work and potentially dangerous if you didn't have a back-up. These days it's best to use Ykkrosh's GeniEd, which allows you to edit varied unit statistics. Alternatively, you could buy Age of Kings: The Conquerors Expansion Pack (AoK:TC) and use the Scenario Editor instead, but name changes are not permanent.

Where can I get modpacks?

You can download modpacks in our Blacksmith!

There are so many SLPs, where do I start? How can I find the one I want?

You can use Park305's and Assassin's Resource list, downloadable in our Blacksmith!

What is SLP Studio?

SLP Studio is a program written by Joseph Knight, that lets you create modpacks for Age of Empires. (NOT Age of Kings.) It can open some AoK files, namely buildings, and interface graphics, but crashes if units are opened, because the AoK file format differs from AoE. It is fully functional for AoE. It's best to use ModPack Studio instead.

I have SLP Studio, but when I open a SLP, all of the colors are messed up!

SLP Studio was meant for AoE, and therefore uses the AoE palette. To fix this problem, switch to Interfac.drs and open INT50500, select Edit from the top menu, and click "Set as Default Palette" (you will have to do this in each session of SLP Studio). Again, to save a lot of time and complications, it's recommended you simply download MPS.

Alright, I have a Modpack. Now how do I use it?

It depends on what format it is in. Check out the ModPack Stable's Installing ModPacks page!

I found a unit that's not in Age of Kings!

These units are either stand-in art, or are beta art of units currently in the game. These units are:

1) Three horse units
2) Trade Cart
3) Foot soldier with a wodden shield (Called a Beserker)
4) Pikeman-looking unit
5) AoE Trieme
6) AoE Composite Bowman
7) AoE Phalanx / Centurion
8) AoE Axeman

What is a SLP?

A SLP is a small file, within a DRS file, that contains an animation / image inside Age of Kings. For example, one SLP contains the animation of a Paladin moving, while others contain the Paladin fighting, standing still, dying, and rotting. You can read more about SLP files in our ModPack Stable.

What is a DRS?

A DRS is a large file that contains much of Age of King's data. Graphics.drs contains all the game's graphics; Interfac.drs contains the interface (borders, buttons, and start game screen, etc.); Sounds.drs contains the sounds; Terrains.drs contains all the terrain (e.g. grass, water, desert); and Gamedata.drs contains the scripts that determine how the map types function, etc. You can read more about DRS files in our ModPack Stable.

Why can't my computer recognize the file extensions of the ModPacks I download?

.AKS files are only recognized if you have installed MPS. Install it then try to run your .AKS files.

How do I install, play, and uninstall a ModPack?

AKS files automatically install themselves when you begin playing with them, and automatically uninstall themselves when you are done playing with them. To play with a ModPack, install MPS and launch your desired AKS file.

What directory do I install MPS?

Anywhere you wish; this doesn't matter. Just remember where you installed it so you can find it when you need it.

When I attempt to install MPS and/or MPS Lite, it claims that my AoK is not installed. What should I do?

Read the answer below...

When I attempt to play a ModPack through MPS or MPS Lite, it gives me an error message saying "Unexpected Error. Overflow on Line 153." How can I fix this?

Read the answer below...

When I attempt to play a ModPack through MPS or MPS Lite, it gives me an error message saying "OLEAUT32.DLL is out of date." How can I fix this?

All three of these questions have a common solution: the reinstallation of Age of Kings and The Conquerors Expansion should fix the problem. If that doesn't work, ask a question in the ModPack Guidance Center, in the Scenario Design & Modding forum. That's where the experts are.

Where can I find more ModPack information?

We have two difference sources available for you, good knight; the Age of Kings Heaven ModPack Stable or the University's Modding section. Alternatively, you can also check out our ModPack Discussions Archive or our current SD & Modding Forum.