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Introduction[]

This is a tutorial on combining two mods which alter the same files. We’ll be merging two basebuilding mods as an example: Star Trek Player Flags and Ultra Base Building.

Tools used:

There are 4 steps involved:

  1. Unpacking and decompiling the files.
  2. Editing DEFAULTSAVEDATA, DEFAULTSAVEDATACREATIVE, BASEBUILDINGTABLE, NMS_REALITY_GCPRODUCTTABLE.
  3. Compiling the files.
  4. Repacking the files.

1. Unpacking & decompiling[]

Create a working folder (C:\Merge UltraBase-Star Trek Flags).

  • Copy MBINCompiler and PSArcTool to this folder. Unzip the mods also into this folder.
  • First unpack zz-UltraBaseBuilding.pak by dragging over PSArcTool.
  • Rename METADATA to METADATA2.
  • Now unpack _MOD.ST.PlayerFlagsFull.pak
  • Delete the two .pak files, you don’t need them anymore.

Your folder will now look like this:

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  • Copy MBINCompiler.exe + .libMBIN.dll to METADATA\REALITY\TABLES  and METADATA2\REALITY\TABLES
  • Decompile all .MBINs by dragging them on MBINCompiler.exe

2. Editing[]

Open BASEBUILDINGTABLE.EXML from both mods in Notepad++. They are shown in 2 tabs for easy copying.

Now locate "TREKFLAG1”:

   <Property value="GcBaseBuildingEntry.xml">
     <Property name="ID" value="TREKFLAG1" />
     <Property name="HasProduct" value="True" />
     <Property name="IsTemporary" value="False" />
     <Property name="SnapPoints" value="TkModelResource.xml">
       <Property name="Filename" value="MODELS/PLANETS/BIOMES/COMMON/BUILDINGS/PARTS/BUILDABLEPARTS/DECORATION/CUSTOM/FLAGPOLE.SCENE.MBIN" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="Model" value="TkModelResource.xml">
       <Property name="Filename" value="MODELS/PLANETS/BIOMES/COMMON/BUILDINGS/PARTS/BUILDABLEPARTS/DECORATION/CUSTOM/FLAGPOLE.SCENE.MBIN" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="InactiveModel" value="TkModelResource.xml">
       <Property name="Filename" value="MODELS/PLANETS/BIOMES/COMMON/BUILDINGS/PARTS/BUILDABLEPARTS/DECORATION/CUSTOM/FLAGPOLE_LOD.SCENE.MBIN" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="DecorationType" value="GcBaseBuildingObjectDecorationTypes.xml">
       <Property name="BaseBuildingDecorationType" value="Normal" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="IsPlaceable" value="True" />
     <Property name="IsDecoration" value="True" />
     <Property name="IsConnection" value="False" />
     <Property name="PlacementNormalOffset" value="0" />
     <Property name="Biome" value="GcBiomeType.xml">
       <Property name="Biome" value="Lush" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="BuildableOnPlanetBase" value="True" />
     <Property name="BuildableOnSpaceBase" value="False" />
     <Property name="BuildableOnFreighter" value="False" />
     <Property name="BuildableOnPlanet" value="False" />
     <Property name="BuildableOnPlanetWithProduct" value="False" />
     <Property name="BuildableUnderwater" value="True" />
     <Property name="BuildableAboveWater" value="True" />
     <Property name="GlobalLimit" value="0" />
     <Property name="SystemLimit" value="0" />
     <Property name="PlanetLimit" value="0" />
     <Property name="RegionLimit" value="0" />
     <Property name="PlanetBaseLimit" value="0" />
     <Property name="FreighterBaseLimit" value="0" />
     <Property name="CheckPlaceholderCollision" value="True" />
     <Property name="CollisionScale" value="0.75" />
     <Property name="EnableCollision" value="True" />
     <Property name="CanPlaceOnItself" value="True" />
     <Property name="CanRotate3D" value="True" />
     <Property name="CanScale" value="True" />
     <Property name="Groups">
       <Property value="NMSString0x10.xml">
         <Property name="Value" value="ADDIT" />
       </Property>
     </Property>
     <Property name="StorageContainerIndex" value="-1" />
     <Property name="CanChangeColour" value="True" />
     <Property name="CanChangeMaterial" value="True" />
     <Property name="CanPickUp" value="True" />
     <Property name="ScanRadius" value="0" />
     <Property name="RemovesAttachedDecoration" value="True" />
     <Property name="EditsTerrain" value="False" />
     <Property name="BaseTerrainEditShape" value="Cube" />
     <Property name="TerrainEditBaseYOffset" value="0" />
     <Property name="TerrainEditTopYOffset" value="0" />
     <Property name="TerrainEditBoundsScalar" value="1" />
     <Property name="IsSealed" value="False" />
     <Property name="CloseMenuAfterBuild" value="False" />
     <Property name="LinkGridData" value="GcBaseLinkGridData.xml">
       <Property name="Connection" value="GcBaseLinkGridConnectionData.xml">
         <Property name="Network" value="GcLinkNetworkTypes.xml">
           <Property name="LinkNetworkType" value="Power" />
         </Property>
         <Property name="NetworkSubGroup" value="0" />
         <Property name="NetworkMask" value="0" />
         <Property name="ConnectionDistance" value="0.1" />
         <Property name="UseMinDistance" value="False" />
         <Property name="LinkSocketPositions" />
         <Property name="LinkSocketSubGroups" />
       </Property>
       <Property name="Rate" value="0" />
       <Property name="Storage" value="0" />
       <Property name="DependsOnEnvironment" value="None" />
       <Property name="DependsOnHotspots" value="None" />
       <Property name="DependentConnections" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="GhostsCountOverride" value="0" />
     <Property name="SnappingDistanceOverride" value="0" />
     <Property name="RegionSpawnLOD" value="1" />
   </Property>

Select this whole GcBaseBuildingEntry section. Copy this to the other mod’s BASEBUILDINGTABLE.EXML, right below <Property name="Objects"> Repeat this for the other flags. Save.


Next, locate “Star Trek Flags A”:

   <Property value="GcBaseBuildingGroup.xml">
     <Property name="ID" value="ADDIT" />
     <Property name="ParentGroup" value="DECORATION" />
     <Property name="Name" value="Star Trek Flags A" />
     <Property name="Icon" value="TkTextureResource.xml">
       <Property name="Filename" value="TEXTURES/UI/FRONTEND/ICONS/BUILDABLE/GROUPS/BUILDGROUP.STFLAGS.DDS" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="DefaultColourIdx" value="0" />
     <Property name="DefaultItem" value="" />
   </Property>
   <Property value="GcBaseBuildingGroup.xml">
     <Property name="ID" value="ADDIT2" />
     <Property name="ParentGroup" value="DECORATION" />
     <Property name="Name" value="Star Trek Flags B" />
     <Property name="Icon" value="TkTextureResource.xml">
       <Property name="Filename" value="TEXTURES/UI/FRONTEND/ICONS/BUILDABLE/GROUPS/BUILDGROUP.STFLAGS2.DDS" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="DefaultColourIdx" value="0" />
     <Property name="DefaultItem" value="" />
   </Property>

Select this section and copy it into the other mod’s BASEBUILDINGTABLE.EXML. Save. You’re done with this file.


Open NMS_REALITY_GCPRODUCTTABLE.EXML from both mods in Notepad++. Locate TREKFLAG1:

   <Property value="GcProductData.xml">
     <Property name="Id" value="TREKFLAG1" />
     <Property name="Name" value="ANDORIA" />
     <Property name="NameLower" value="Andoria" />
     <Property name="Subtitle" value="VariableSizeString.xml">
       <Property name="Value" value="Andoria" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="Description" value="VariableSizeString.xml">
       <Property name="Value" value="The Andorian Mining Consortium runs from no one." />
     </Property>
     <Property name="Hint" value="" />
     <Property name="GroupID" value="" />
     <Property name="DebrisFile" value="TkModelResource.xml">
       <Property name="Filename" value="MODELS/EFFECTS/DEBRIS/TERRAINDEBRIS/TERRAINDEBRIS4.SCENE.MBIN" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="BaseValue" value="1" />
     <Property name="Level" value="0" />
     <Property name="Icon" value="TkModelResource.xml">
       <Property name="Filename" value="TEXTURES/UI/FRONTEND/ICONS/BUILDABLE/DECORATION.STFLAG1.DDS" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="HeroIcon" value="TkModelResource.xml">
       <Property name="Filename" value="" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="Colour" value="Colour.xml">
       <Property name="R" value="0.172549" />
       <Property name="G" value="0.4862745" />
       <Property name="B" value="0.6235294" />
       <Property name="A" value="1" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="SubstanceCategory" value="GcRealitySubstanceCategory.xml">
       <Property name="SubstanceCategory" value="BuildingPart" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="Type" value="GcProductCategory.xml">
       <Property name="ProductCategory" value="BuildingPart" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="Rarity" value="GcRarity.xml">
       <Property name="Rarity" value="Common" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="Legality" value="GcLegality.xml">
       <Property name="Legality" value="Legal" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="Consumable" value="False" />
     <Property name="ChargeValue" value="0" />
     <Property name="StackMultiplier" value="0" />
     <Property name="DefaultCraftAmount" value="1" />
     <Property name="CraftAmountStepSize" value="1" />
     <Property name="CraftAmountMultiplier" value="1" />
     <Property name="Requirements">
       <Property value="GcTechnologyRequirement.xml">
         <Property name="ID" value="LAND2" />
         <Property name="InventoryType" value="GcInventoryType.xml">
           <Property name="InventoryType" value="Substance" />
         </Property>
         <Property name="Amount" value="5" />
       </Property>
       <Property value="GcTechnologyRequirement.xml">
         <Property name="ID" value="FUEL1" />
         <Property name="InventoryType" value="GcInventoryType.xml">
           <Property name="InventoryType" value="Substance" />
         </Property>
         <Property name="Amount" value="5" />
       </Property>
     </Property>
     <Property name="AltRequirements" />
     <Property name="Cost" value="GcItemPriceModifiers.xml">
       <Property name="SpaceStationMarkup" value="0" />
       <Property name="LowPriceMod" value="0" />
       <Property name="HighPriceMod" value="0" />
       <Property name="BuyBaseMarkup" value="0" />
       <Property name="BuyMarkupMod" value="0" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="RecipeCost" value="1" />
     <Property name="SpecificChargeOnly" value="False" />
     <Property name="NormalisedValueOnWorld" value="0" />
     <Property name="NormalisedValueOffWorld" value="0" />
     <Property name="TradeCategory" value="GcTradeCategory.xml">
       <Property name="TradingClass" value="None" />
     </Property>
     <Property name="WikiCategory" value="Construction" />
     <Property name="IsCraftable" value="True" />
     <Property name="DeploysInto" value="" />
     <Property name="EconomyInfluenceMultiplier" value="0" />
     <Property name="PinObjeective" value="" />
     <Property name="PinObjeectiveTip" value="" />
     <Property name="CookingIngredient" value="False" />
     <Property name="CookingValue" value="0" />
   </Property>

Select this whole GcProductData.xml section and paste this into the other mod’s NMS_REALITY_GCPRODUCTTABLE.EXML. Do this for all the flags. Save. You’re done with this file.


Open DEFAULTSAVEDATA.EXML for both mods. Locate "KnownProducts":

     <Property value="NMSString0x10.xml">
       <Property name="Value" value="TREKFLAG1" />
     </Property>

Copy this section for all 40 flags to the other mod's DEFAULTSAVEDATA.EXML. Save. Repeat this for the file DEFAULTSAVEDATACREATIVE.EXML.

3. Compiling[]

  • Delete METADATA
  • Rename METADATA2 to METADATA
  • Drag all .EXML files over MBINCompiler.exe. You'll get new .MBINs.
  • Delete or move all .EXML files.
  • Delete libMBIN.dll, MBINCompiler.exe, MBINCompiler.log from all folders.

4. Packing[]

Select and drag all folders + files over PSArcTool.exe. You now have a psarc.pak, give it a proper name and copy it to the NMS mod folder.

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