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The loadhints.2da file references what is shown when loading screens are going on for a player.

There is some functionality that Bioware used to include campaign-specific (ie Wailing Death, SoU and HotU) hints in this file while not letting them hints apply to usual modules. Thanks Bioware! (smile)

Usage

The easiest way to use this file is not modify it if you're running a basic campaign. It essentially will provide basic hints to new players on how the game works. Since Bioware coded it so all their campaign specific stuff is marked, none of that will appear.

However if you do replace the loading hints with more flavourful ones, consider just recreating the file from scratch. There is no real benefit to keeping any of the ones marked CAMPAIGNONLY

SetTlkOverride Option

Like how you can set a specific load screen via. scripting (and in the area properties) you can also potentially set something for the load hint too.

Conceptually (untested) you'd;

Have this 2da file with 1 single load hint. This would point to a generic sounding or even blank load hint TLK string, eg:

2DA V2.0                                               
                                                       
           LABEL                HINT      CAMPAIGNONLY   
0          OnlyHint             1500000   0              

Then you'd run some code each time a transition is made. If you can capture all JumpToLocation calls and also the generic movement script (NW_G0_Transition) then you could modify it before the jump is done:

SetTlkOverride(1500000, "Loading hint change!");
AssignCommand(oPlayer, JumpToLocation(lDestination));

Worth a shot! Means per-area specific load screen descriptions or hints that change as the game goes on.

2da Columns

ColumnExample ContentsValid ValuesDescription and Notes
LABELDeadHenAny text stringHuman readable note, not used by the game
HINT68700TLK string referenceTLK String to show. There is likely a length limit - worth experimenting and updating here. Probably can include coloured text especially if SetTlkOverride is used.
CAMPAIGNONLY1

0 - Generic hint

1 - Wailing Death

2 - Shadows of Ulrentide

3 - Hordes of the Underdark

Generic hints are what modders want to use.


2da Contents

2DA V2.0                                               
                                                       
           LABEL                HINT    CAMPAIGNONLY   
0          Hint1                67053   0              
1          Hint2                67054   1              
2          Hint3                67055   0              
3          Hint3                67653   0              
4          Hint3                67655   1              
5          Hint3                67656   1              
6          Hint3                67657   0              
7          Hint3                67658   0              
8          Hint3                67659   0              
9          Hint3                67660   0              
10         Hint3                67661   0              
11         Hint3                67662   1              
12         Hint3                67663   0              
13         Hint3                67664   0              
14         Hint3                67665   1              
15         Hint3                67666   1              
16         Hint3                67667   1              
17         Hint3                67668   0              
18         Hint3                67669   1              
19         Hint3                67670   1              
20         Hint3                67671   0              
21         Hint3                67672   0              
22         Hint3                67673   1              
23         Hint3                67707   1              
24         Hint                 68481   0              
25         Hint                 68486   0              
26         Qbar2Wp              45      0              
27         DeadHen              68700   1              
28         Hint                 40109   0              
29         Hint                 40112   0              
30         Hint                 40113   2              
31         Hint                 40114   1              
32         Hint                 40115   2              
33         Hint                 40116   2              
34         Hint                 40117   2              
35         Hint                 40118   2              
36         Hint                 40119   2              
37         Hint                 40120   2              
38         Hint                 40121   2              
39         Hint                 40122   2              
40         Hint                 40123   2              
41         Hint                 40124   2              
42         Hint                 40125   2              
43         Hint                 40126   2              
44         Hint                 40127   2              
45         Hint                 40128   2              
46         Hint                 40129   2              
47         Hint                 40130   2              
48         Hint                 40131   2              
49         Hint                 40132   2              
50         Hint                 40133   2              
51         Hint                 40134   2              
52         Hint                 40135   2              
53         Hint                 40136   2              
54         Hint                 40137   2              
55         Hint                 40545   2              
56         RestHint             40552   2              
57         HealingHint          40575   2              
58         DeathHint            40576   2              
59         WeaponHint           40580   2              
60         HenchEquipHint       76393   2              
61         RaiseDead            83458   3              
62         CraftFeatHint        83613   1              
63         ContinualLight       83786   0              
64         UseHenches           85567   3              
65         RestHint2            85569   3              
66         PowerAttack          85575   3              
67         PaleMaster1          85703   3              
68         PaleMaster2          85704   3              
69         Wounding             85765   0              
70         Geography101         86778   3              
71         spellcasting         86871   3              
72         lowac                86872   3              
73         shapeshift           86873   3              
74         lightgems            86874   3              
75         useRelic             86881   3              
76         PoolOfsouls          86882   3              
77         Rest                 86883   3              
78         AC30                 86884   3              
79         Armor                86885   3              
80         SpellMantle          86886   0              
81         InvisiblityCounter   86887   3              
82         UseProperWeapons     86888   3              
83         IllithidBrainSuck    86889   3
84         AlchemistsFire      100938   0
85         WeaponFinesse       110100   3
86         StoresAndShifter    110118   0


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