Utilities/Game setup

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Game setup utilities

Genesis

A spiral galaxy creator for Stars!

Map2XY

Map2XY will take a .xy file and a .map file and modify the .xy file to match the .map file. This allows moving planets on the y axis (north/south) quite a bit, since you cannot change the order of the planets, the x axis isn't too modifiable, except you could stretch or compress the universe. It also allows renaming the planets, to other Stars! names only.

Mapper

Mapper recreates the xy universe file from a GIF file. Also allows the xy file to be exported to a GIF.

Star Name Changer

Allows you to change the names of your stars/planets in Stars! games. This only affects your XY file, so if you want the changes to apply to everyone, they will need to receive the updated XY file. Zip file contains instructions, and different versions for different operating systems.

Stars Host Editor

Stars Host Editor is an ActiveX object model for editing planets in the *.hst files via vbs scripts(or other means). Currently sufficient properties are editable for dramatic changes and PaulCr plans to keep going until everything is editable. See also #Stars Player Editor

Stars Planet Swapper

Preliminary utility for swapping planets around, open turn file and get the id for the 2 planets you want to swap, subtract one and enter them into the utility. The planets and any ships in orbit will be swapped after a gen takes place, there shouldn't be a .x file when generating since it will not be corrected for the changes. A couple of limitations noted by XyliGUN "which looks more like a bugs, but not a real limitations:"

  1. You cannot use it with remapped universes (but you can remap them after swapping), otherwise fleets will be located somewhere in space.
  2. If players' secondary planet (IT, PP) has lower id than HW then after swapping it should keep id that will be lower than HW. And if it was higher it should be keept higher. Otherwise that player will see his HW or secondary planet uninhabited until first gen.

Stars Player Editor

Stars Player Editor is an ActiveX object model for editing planets in the *.m files via vbs scripts. Currently sufficient properties are editable for dramatic changes and PaulCr plans to keep going until everything is editable. See also #Stars Host Editor

Stars Universe Selector

Allows you to create a stars game with restrictions on distances between HWs and closest planets counts

Stretched Universe

Stretched universe is a command line utility that rescales (stretches or squashes) a universe for the Stars! game.

Universe Creator

A great utility that allows hosts to not only model the galaxy off a bitmap, but also allows them to move homeworlds around. There are some restrictions as to where the new homeworlds are placed.

Universe

I have no idea what this does(it has an installer which I haven't run yet). I'm guessing its a setup util.

XY2PBM

Converts between .xy file and portable bitmap (.pbm) file.

Stars Editor

Complete component and hull editor for Stars! with a an easy to use interface (works with both I and JRC3 patches), modifications can be saved into a small .STM/MOD file, which can be distributed to players to modify their own exe's with. (Note: It's best to keep an unedited copy of stars on your harddisk)

Geneticus Mod

The Genenticus mod makes sweeping changes to the game balance, including weaking ships, strengthing starbases and converting all ship slots to general purpose or combo slots.

Viper Mod

VML Mod

Verker's VML mod for which the VML Lounge at HWF is named.

Vulture Mod