Hello, I realize this is a fairly basic / noob question, but I am slowly trying to get into modding GC3 a bit to make some of my custom factions more unique going forward. I have Notepad++ for editing the base .xml files, and understand the gist of doing that. But, I have seen the 'schema .xsd' files mentioned here a few times, and I am not entirely sure how I should be editing those / what program to use, and what else I need to do with them... I did note that there is an included GC3 tool that seems to be some kind of compiler for schema files?
I apologize if any of that is extremely noobish, I am not a programmer at this point, I took some really basic C++ ages ago that I have long forgotten so I at least have a tiny bit of an idea of the most basic concepts but thats bout it. To top it off I am not very familiar with how modding in GC3 works in general, my modding experience has been mainly on Bethesda games (Skyrim / Fallout 4).
I am also curious about creating & adding custom ship components... I am guessing it shouldnt be too overly difficult to create a copy of a component and adjust it to perform as I see fit, but do we (as in the modding community) have the tools necessary to create models that the game supports? As in tools to export them in the proper format (whatever that may be, not familiar with GC3's art assets at this point in time) and to set them up for usage? I have done a decent amount of modeling and some texturing, and have the tools necessary, so if that is an option at all for creating custom components, id be very interested!
Lastly, has anyone succesfully added their own custom mercenaries (Not replacement, but additional?) It's another thing I would love to mess with, but not sure where to begin on it honestly. I know I can locate the /xml relating to the ships, but I am guessing there is more I would need to do to adjust the merc purchasing screen and such...
I think this rambling mess is all I have at the moment, as always I appreciate any and all replies and assistance. On the plus side, if I ever do create anything remotely decent, I will be gladly sharing back with the community... I have many custom races I want to do, though I am waiting for Crusades to make portions of the process less time consuming. Anyway, done rambling, thanks!