Modding: Mods not appearing/functioning on Mac

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Modding: Mods not appearing/functioning on Mac

Postby Lymmea » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:39 am

As per a dev request on the Discord channel, I'm reposting my issue here to make it easier on the devs to track/address my issue.

I'm on a Mac, and no matter what steps I take, I can't make any mods appear/function in TCE. Even the mods that come pre-loaded that are meant to be possible to activate out of the box (TRex, etc) don't appear on the mod menu/function in-game, so I think this is unintended behavior/a bug rather than an issue with bad mods.

The mods I subscribed to from the workshop didn't get downloaded to my mod folder. (The pre-loaded mods ARE in there, but don't appear on the in-game mod menu, nor do they appear to function.) I tried downloading the workshop mods manually, unzipped them, and put them in the folder with the pre-loaded mods; nothing. Then I tried going to the User/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/workshop/content folder, where I found the workshop files(which were, aside from the file names, identical to what I'd manually downloaded from the workshop), unzipped those, and moved them to the mod folder. Still nothing.

As far as I can tell, I'm doing everything right, but the game is not recognizing any mods - including the mods put in the correct folder by the devs themselves. On the Discord channel, BlackCobra009 mentioned there was a bug where some users couldn't get mods to show up until they deleted the mod zip-file in C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Maschinen-Mensch, which apparently fixes the issue for those users...but Macs don't have that file path. If there's a similar stopgap measure for Mac users until a patch addresses this, I'd love to hear it.
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Re: Modding: Mods not appearing/functioning on Mac

Postby Lymmea » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:15 am

As of 1.3.3, mods for Macs are still not working as intended.

The pre-loaded mods that come packaged with the game now display in-game in the Mods menu! However, there seems to be no way to get mods from the Workshop, or make them function. Observed behaviors in troubleshooting:

• Subscribing to a mod on the Workshop does not download the mod to the Users/[User]/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/common/The Curious Expedition/mods folder. (The mods DO appear in the Users/[User]/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/workshop/content/358130 folder, in folders with 10-number names, as legacy.bin zip files.)

• Manually downloading mods directly from the Workshop and putting them in the Users/[User]/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/common/The Curious Expedition/mods folder has no effect.

• Unzipping the legacy.bin files and putting the resulting folders (which have the same content as the files directly downloaded from the Workshop) in the Users/[User]/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/common/The Curious Expedition/mods folder has no effect.

• Deleting the downloaded mods from the Users/[User]/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/workshop/content/358130 folder, and only having them in the Users/[User]/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/common/The Curious Expedition/mods folder, has no effect.

• Unsubscribing from all Workshop mods, deleting the Users/[User]/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/common/The Curious Expedition/mods folder, and re-subscribing does nothing, AND makes all the pre-loaded mods disappear. The game does not recreate the mods folder or re-download the deleted pre-loaded mods.

As far as I can tell, the problem is twofold - one, mods from the Workshop aren't being deposited into the right folder when they're downloaded on Macs, and two, even if the user manually deposits mod folders in the correct place, the mods don't appear or function in-game. Obviously whatever is rendering the pre-loaded mods functional doesn't apply to mods the user chooses and downloads themselves. I hope this information helps the dev team figure out what the problem is.
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Re: Modding: Mods not appearing/functioning on Mac

Postby riadd » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:06 pm

Thanks for the detailed information! It is strange that the prepackaged mods show up, but not newly added mods. I'll investigate this issue further.
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