It’s Important to think on which phase of dev elopment we should allow and at least partiallly support making mods.
My thoughts is in current development state is to prepare basic mod support As Soon As Possible
- most of SoD mechanics is already implemented
- some of WoG mechanics is Implemented
- for some modders capabilities of current VCMI is more wanted, than both capabilities and limits of WoG or ERA
- we don’t want desperate modders to create a fork of VCMI as it seem malicious both to trunk keepers and fork makers
- Current code of VCMI requires at least a tiny fork if mod support weren’t in trunk, for reasonable modability
- most of early mod support phases requires only tiny changes to trunk, while late phases of mod support can wait until required substantial changes would be done
- actually having active modders on VCMI even if we claim it’s experimental, would substantially increase amount of testers of VCMI, even if only for each mod creator there would be only a few actually players per modder
- we may think better is to wait for actual branch to be merged to trunk (so we also can make this ASAP but claiming that “possible” is after we merge)
- players actually playing mods, may not fully understand that VCMI which is base for a mod is not fully complete, so some of them may be annoyed that some of WoG/SoD features are not yet implemented, and phrase the frustration on the forum
- if we do such the way, we should keep in mind that some “reverse compability” between early mod support, and future mod support is desired, so wrong decision taken before we think enough HOW the mod support system should be implemented may result in blocking some of development
STILL knowing the CONS I think we should have early mod support ASAP, but some of DEVs seem to think, that we should have mod support when VCMI is most estabilished (so much time away).
SO I please confrontate the actually reasons for including mod support late, which are not just possible cons of my approach (I want constructive Discussion)
ALSO I know last decision is always on both TOWs, but I believe that constructive discussion with forumers taking both sides would convince the project leaders too take more proper decision (and there is much space between ASAP and “after all *** done”)