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Herolab D&D 4e - Downloads Tracker => Missing Classes => Topic started by: SCP on January 15, 2017, 06:21:17 PM

Title: Vampire class
Post by: SCP on January 15, 2017, 06:21:17 PM
Hi, I'm new. :)

I'm looking to make a vampire character in Hero Lab and found my way here. From searching, it looks like someone (dracusmage) worked on a Vampire class for a while, but never finished. Anyone know if there's a copy of that floating around somewhere?

I've done some programming, though my only experience with XML is the occasional hackjob when I needed to alter an existing file. The class files look pretty dense, and honestly like more work than I'd do if I had to start from scratch. But if it's a question of finishing data entry, I could definitely help with that.
Title: Re: Vampire class
Post by: Fox Lee on January 16, 2017, 02:39:13 AM
Hey there! I'm not sure about existing work on the vampire, but I know that usually, implementing a class doesn't require you to work directly with XML. The editor included with HeroLab exposes most things in a semi-friendly GUI with basic text tags.

That doesn't necessarily mean you'll find it easy to work with, but if you're interested in learning to work with HL, the best way to start is to try the editor. Most folks would probably recommend you try creating something simple (like a feat) by using the "create from a copy" function and basing it on a similar feat.

The state of missing classes is mostly that their powers exist in the files, but the entity for the actual class is missing. Depending on the class, creating that entity might be fairly straightforward, or it might be very fiddly. But, if you find you can work okay with the editor, it's worth finding out :)

All that aside, I was actually thinking about implementing the Vampire myself (I've been working on a bunch of files lately). Right now it seems to be the only top-level class (not a variant or hybrid) that isn't available, so it's high on my list.
Title: Re: Vampire class
Post by: Fox Lee on January 18, 2017, 07:59:18 PM
Update; yep, now I'm working on the vampire. Core implementation is almost done (it's functional, but there some weirdness in the scripting I'm looking to fix before I release it). Paragon and Epic tiers in progress. Drop me a line if you'd like the in-progress files.
Title: Re: Vampire class
Post by: Fox Lee on February 26, 2017, 05:29:29 AM
Further update - looks like I've run up against the same problems others might have. I'm having trouble bootstrapping stuff properly at paragon, and healing surges not using con is way more complicated than it seemed. I'll keep trying, but my workload has increased hugely since I started on it, so it's not likely I'll have much to report any time soon.