Have you ever thought how boring it is to see the very same character again and again, with the same bandana, same armour, same clothing, same beard, same legs?
Never fear. Even though you still can't customize your characters, you CAN get this mod which will make you get a randomized character every time you play. NEVER hardly if ever will you see the very same character with the same beard colour, the same clothing or the same armour and so on.
All classes are included and I tried my best to make them diverse. Some are too subtle while others are very prominent.
Of course, words mean nothing and this may be just another "10 skins for one model", but trust me, it IS 10 skins for one model YET it looks like it's from other models
; Go to the bottom of THIS post, under "Current [RNG] Packs".
How to install?
1. Extract the .rar file given, you will get "[RNG] Diverse Characters.vpk"
2. Go to where PVKII is at, which should be "Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\pirates, vikings and knights ii\pvkii\custom"
3. Put "[RNG] Diverse Characters.vpk" into that folder, "custom" (If you don't have it, just make it)
4. You should be done, get in game and try it out.
FOR OTHER MODDERS
The method I did to do this is actually relatively easy. Of course you got the whole permission to do whatever you want with this pack, except selling it or claiming it purely as your own
. I will make a guide on how to do it some day, since this IS indeed very interesting and probably worth it.
Now if you guys don't mind, I would actually like to keep this organized. If you're going to make a skin-pack that uses this randomizer method, please put it on this thread and I will add it on the front page. If not, then at least when you're making a thread, put [RNG] at the start.
If you need help, you can ask me, but don't forget that there is (or will be) a guide about it!
There are probably so many ideas and so many things to do with this randomizer thingy. Sadly, I may not have the time, the desire, the idea or even the imagination to do it. Hell, if you take a look at the details down below, you'll see that Huscarl got the least variety of all. If you know any good ideas, I can add them. Be wary that I only accept a max of 10 textures, even though you can use more than that (I think the max is 50)
And you can even use different models for it! Problem is, we haven't got any custom models at all. I can only do textures, not models, so, if you're a modeller and got a good idea, to tell me and/or show me what you got.
As for an idea of mine...In the future, I'd like to make a lot of packs of [RNG]. A huge pack that has over 20 diverse skins for all classes, a pack that makes the diversion looks very huge even if it's just 10 skins, a pack that makes diverses look subtle even though it's 20 and so on.
The one I made? I just call it "[RNG] Diverse Characters", if you want it to be more specific, let's just call it the "Normal" pack.
Of course, did I mention I accept suggestions?
- If you kill somebody, there's a high chance the texture he had will be different afterwards. For example, killing a Black Captain might make him go Ginger Captain.
- Sometimes what you see in the class selection menu won't be you. That is, if you go third-person, it may be it, but when you look at the legs, not really.
- You will VERY RARELY experience some "texture twitching", that is you'll keep seeing a small animation of differential textures. This is just because of how the script works, don't worry as you will never see it after seeing it first time ingame.
ABQ (Answers Before Questions)
Q: Will this be official some day?
A: Not sure, I talked to some of the devs about it. They sure loved the idea, but I told them myself that this needs to be further "tested". Surely in the long, long future they will add it...Or not, instead something better than this (a REAL customizer!)
Q: How come I still see like 4 guys that look the same? (And I'm not blind, I can see 4 Berserkers with the same Blond beard)
A: This is a very random randomizer, it doesn't mean you will never see 2 guys the same, it just means that it will be very rare for you to see more than 3 guys looking identical.
Q: Will this decrease my performance?
A: Highly unlikely. The performance will probably remain the same.
Q: Just how many varieties are there?
A: As mentioned in the IDEAS category, a lot. There can be more than 50 varieties.
In the "Normal" pack, you get from as low as 4 to as high as 10. That may not be much, but still, it is something, right? Or maybe it IS much.
Q: Can I make a skin suggestion?
Q: Can I make a skin pack with this randomizer feature thingy?
Q: Can I extract your .pvk and see how you did this?
A: Yes. Will I one day be called Yesman? I hope not!
Got a question I didn't answer? Ask me here in this thread.
Huge thanks goes to a person called "Ellie", a modder from L4D2. He is the one who helped me learn how to do this RNG thingy.
Another big thanks goes to "Corvalho", our somehow-recent sexy (not him, his skills!) modeller, for unintentionally making me get interested with this. (Story goes like this; I was searching in my Friends' Activities, then I saw Corvalho favouriting a high-def L4D2 Pipe Bomb mod, I got into it to read it out and I found out that there's actually a mod that makes it so you can have pipebombs with different light colours and such. Then I learned how to do this by Ellie intervening)
Current [RNG] packs;