For reasons we have yet to understand, SOA2 suffers from the dreaded 1st run crash which can be anywhere between a couple seconds after start, or well after an hour of play. This only happens when the mod is enabled through the in-game menu and only requires a game restart with the mod enabled to fix.
I have created an exe file which is now included in the mod. This can be placed anywhere and start SoaSE with SOA2 enabled without issues. myfist0
Community made mods are shared by uploading a compressed archive to a file hosting service like FileFront or ModDB. Once you have selected and downloaded the mod, it will require a program to open the mod for extraction.
7-Zip (free open source)
WinZip (trial constant pop-ups)
Once you are able to open the compressed archive and view the files and folders inside, it is time to find where to place your new mod.
Where do I install the Mods?
The easiest way to find where to place the mod is through the game menu. Select "Options" in the main menu the select "Mods" then "Show Mod Path". Pressing "Show Mod Path" should create the folder if there is not one already.
Win 7 / Vista
C:\Users\[username]\Documents\My Games\Ironclad Games\Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion\...
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\My Documents\My Games\Ironclad Games\Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion\...
There are 2 different folders for Rebellion mods, the released folder with version, and the developer folder with version.
- Regular EXE access --> ...\Mods-Rebellion vX.XX
- Developer EXE access --> ...\Mods-Rebellion vX.XX Dev
Sins Mods are very specific to version and expansion type.
vX.XX is the version of Rebellion. There may be multiple folders for different versions of each upgrade. Place the mod in the most current version folder only if the mod was made for that version. Older version folders or the mods in them are no longer used by the game.
One of the most common mistakes is having a SOA2 x.x.x folder with the SOA2 folder inside that.
Here is my path for Rebellion 1.80 using SOA2 0.6.8
C:\Users\myfist0\Documents\My Games\Ironclad Games\Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion\Mods-Rebellion v1.80\SOA2\...
... will be all the mods files