Urgh...my head hurts. I've at last managed to learn how to mod CKII properly, and so I've been editing files for the last few hours now...and I've just fixed a horrendous problem that was threatening to bring down my entire mod!
A little backstory; just yesterday I was browsing a CKII mod database looking for something new to play, and I stumbled across a mod that let you play in Middle Earth. It looked interesting, so I downloaded it and fired it up, and I found to my delight that you could actually play as non-human figures...Gwahir and the eagles, for instance! I decided to play as Smaug and be King of Erebor, and when the game loaded, I found myself ruling over a Kingdom of Dragons! Now, me and
had spent a lot of time in the past speculating about how to make a mod that would add dragons as playable characters to CKII, as that would allow us to replicate scenes from his stories, amongst other things, so I had a closer look at the LOTR mod file, called up some modding guides and used my memories of modding EUIII, and I managed to copy the dragon element to the vanilla game, and start adding elements of
's stories, such as the draconic faith of "Relgimism", and the various draconic Kingdoms.
Once I'd got the hang of modding Kingdoms and Duchies and whatnot, my inner map nerd took over...I've got plenty of issues with the vanilla map of CKII, and so this gave me the perfect opportunity to redraw borders, change names, and more! However, as I finished one edit, I fired up the game, and found I'd done something wrong...for some reason, the shields for each state were all jumbled up, as if there was a missing file somewhere in the middle of the code. I frantically spent half an hour going over the sections I'd changed; trying to see if there was a missing bracket or something, and MERCIFULLY I eventually found it...I'd moved Aquileia out of the Duchy of Carinthia and into the Duchy of Verona, but the game still had Aquileia listed as the capital of Carinthia (instead of Carinthia itself...one of the many oddities of the vanilla map), and so the game was throwing a tantrum.
Right, I need some fresh air...and chocolate; definitely chocolate. Off to the store for me!
EDIT: Urgh, and it just gets crazier! I spent another half hour tearing my hair out while trying to solve a problem after a whole bunch of locations kept randomly changing lieges at later dates. Turned out I was looking in the wrong file...anyhoo, now that that disaster's out of the way, I can show off my revamped HRE (still need to fix the province colours, and I might change a few more things around, but it's a start)!