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A better way to edit the global.mo file (and easier) than what's listed here: http://forum.worldofwarships.com/index.php?/topic/87028-modification-tutorial-how-to-rename-your-ships/

 

 

So, you want to rename Captains to something nefarious like.. [insert insulting name here]

 

Well, let me teach you how.

 

Step 1 Tools needed: 

Website: http://tools.konstruktors.com/ [Converts .mo to .po] You cannot edit .mo directly therefore it must be converted to .po first.

Program: https://poedit.net/ Poedit is used to convert .po files to .mo (so the game can read it)

Program 2: https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

 

Step 2 Locate global.mo file 

Default directory: C:\Games\World_of_Warships\res\texts\ru\LC_MESSAGES\ inside LC_MESSAGES, you will find a file called global (extension .mo)

 

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Step 3 Upload to http://tools.konstruktors.com/ under the first option 

 

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Now you will click on Choose File and navigate to the directory where global.mo is location: C:\Games\World_of_Warships\res\texts\ru\LC_MESSAGES\ inside LC_MESSAGES

 

Double click on global.mo and then press Convert to upload and convert it, when it's done global.po will auto download.

 

Step 4 Edit with notepad++ 

Right click on the global.po file located in your downloads directory and click on the option Edit with notepad++

 

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When open you should see this: 

 

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"What is this gibbersh!?"

Well, you're not meant to touch that.. so DON'T!

 

Instead, for the purpose of this tutorial we will be using trusty CTRL F or FIND option to find what we need.

For the purpose of this tutorial, we are renaming my trusty 18 point Zao Captain to the most American name ever.. John Smith.

 

My Captain is named Yasuhiro[firstname] Matsumoto[lastname].

You can find the Captain names two ways, either CTRL F the first and last name or do it by code: IDS_CREW_FIRSTNAME_JAPAN & IDS_CREW_LASTNAME_JAPAN.

 

I will be taking the easy way out by simply glancing at my open game and getting the Captain name there.

 

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You ONLY replace the text between " ". Never try and edit the msgid, only msgstr.

 

I will replace this first name with John.

 

The last name for this Captain is located at IDS_CREW_LASTNAME_JAPAN_3, replaced with Smith.

 

After you have changed what you want, CTRL S or save.

 

Step 5 Saving modified global.po file to global.mo for use in modified game.

Open up poedit (you should be able to just double click on .po files, it should register association with that file type)

 

When opened, you will see this:

 

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Just save it immediately (ctrl S), there is no reason to stay in this program except to save it as .mo for our purposes.

 

When saved, it will produce this "error" message.

 

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Ignore it, nothing will be affected.

 

Step 6 Applying modification to game

Create folder in res_mods\version folder e.g. res_mods\0.5.14.0

C:\Games\World_of_Warships\res_mods\0.5.14.0\texts\ru\LC_MESSAGES

 

Drag and drop modified global.mo file to LC_MESSAGES directory and then start your game (or restart it if you still have it open)

 

Now, your commander or whatever else you renamed shall be.. renamed!

 

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Applying these steps to Steven Seagal is also fun, but he's not in IDS_CREW_FIRSTNAME_USA.. his name is located at IDS_SEAGAL..

 

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You can't have Missouri, you can have an Erie though.. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

 

 

If you followed my steps correctly, you will have renamed whatever successfully.

 

 

What did you rename your stuff to? I'd like to hear so.. post results below! :D

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Awesome tutorial Darth!, +1.

 

First question - Does this have to be redone after every patch or only on an reinstall?

Second question - Have you discovered how to change the captain's picture?

 

Time to play...

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Awesome tutorial Darth!, +1.

 

First question - Does this have to be redone after every patch or only on an reinstall?

Second question - Have you discovered how to change the captain's picture?

 

Time to play...

 

You must redo this every patch as global file gets changed each patch.

Changing Captain picture is simple, 

 

To unpack the captain png, use the unpacker (google world of warships unpacker 0.5.14) and then either use the gui version or make a batch file with this code: 

sd C:
C:\games\world_of_warships\wowsunpack.exe -x -I *.png res_packages -o all_png

 

The Captain portraits are located at C:\Games\World_of_Warships\all_png\gui\crew_commander\base 160 x 147 portraits, transparent.

 

I could make a tutorial to replace commanders if you want? 

 

 

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And don't forget to wipe out the rank bars if you change pictures.

I simply copy them from the ARP commander set.

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You must redo this every patch as global file gets changed each patch.

Changing Captain picture is simple, 

 

To unpack the captain png, use the unpacker (google world of warships unpacker 0.5.14) and then either use the gui version or make a batch file with this code: 

sd C:
C:\games\world_of_warships\wowsunpack.exe -x -I *.png res_packages -o all_png

 

The Captain portraits are located at C:\Games\World_of_Warships\all_png\gui\crew_commander\base 160 x 147 portraits, transparent.

 

I could make a tutorial to replace commanders if you want? 

 

 

 

So one name changed - Ahm the rootinesttootinest shootinest hombre this sahd of the Pecos

 

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Will work on the png later. Those look like cmd line commands so I will use the DOS box for them.

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So one name changed - Ahm the rootinesttootinest shootinest hombre this sahd of the Pecos

 

1u8Pdtg.jpg

 

Will work on the png later. Those look like cmd line commands so I will use the DOS box for them.

LOL thats funny :D

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You must redo this every patch as global file gets changed each patch.

Changing Captain picture is simple, 

 

To unpack the captain png, use the unpacker (google world of warships unpacker 0.5.14) and then either use the gui version or make a batch file with this code: 

sd C:
C:\games\world_of_warships\wowsunpack.exe -x -I *.png res_packages -o all_png

 

The Captain portraits are located at C:\Games\World_of_Warships\all_png\gui\crew_commander\base 160 x 147 portraits, transparent.

 

I could make a tutorial to replace commanders if you want? 

 

 

 

Okay Darth. I unpacked the portraits, renamed the original and replaced it with a new one. I am very much a noob - how do you pack it once you make the swap?

 

I don't mod things usually (at all) but your tutorial interested me enough to try it. Thanks!

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Okay Darth. I unpacked the portraits, renamed the original and replaced it with a new one. I am very much a noob - how do you pack it once you make the swap?

 

I don't mod things usually (at all) but your tutorial interested me enough to try it. Thanks!

 

You simply don't repack it :)

 

Have you applied the mod correctly? 

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You simply don't repack it :)

 

Have you applied the mod correctly? 

 

Probably not. I only changed the .png in the USA commanders tree, restarted the client, with no change to the captain's picture. Thanks for your time helping a noob along...

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Probably not. I only changed the .png in the USA commanders tree, restarted the client, with no change to the captain's picture. Thanks for your time helping a noob along...

 

Perhaps you replaced the wrong Commander?

 

Your modified commander .png should be named correctly and placed at C:\Games\World_of_Warships\res_mods\0.5.14.0\gui\crew_commander\base\(folder belonging to nation)

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Do you know what parameter controls what Image is assigned to each commander? I have a couple American captains that all have portrait 1, and I'd rather mix it up a little

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Do you know what parameter controls what Image is assigned to each commander? I have a couple American captains that all have portrait 1, and I'd rather mix it up a little

 

I've not a clue :X

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@Zakuul

I did these for my Uncle on the EU server

 

I created an Isaac Kidd (Captain of the USS Arizona, who died on the bridge when the ship was bombed at Pearl harbour)) replacement Name and Image in place of Steven Seagal,

World_of_Warships_Screenshot_2017.11.10_

 

I also replaced Jack Dunkirk with David Beatty from the Battle of Jutland.

World_of_Warships_Screenshot_2017.11.10_

Having true heroes is more pleasant than fake wannabes.

 

Another hero for Russian players.Admiral Sergie Gorshkov. 

World_of_Warships_Screenshot_2017.11.10_

 

Vice Admiral John Bulkeley - Medal of Honor for actions in the Pacific.

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Thanks for showing us how to do this @Zakuul

 

 

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3 hours ago, 13Assassins said:

@Zakuul

I did these for my Uncle on the EU server

 

I created an Isaac Kidd (Captain of the USS Arizona, who died on the bridge when the ship was bombed at Pearl harbour)) replacement Name and Image in place of Steven Seagal,

World_of_Warships_Screenshot_2017.11.10_

 

I also replaced Jack Dunkirk with David Beatty from the Battle of Jutland.

World_of_Warships_Screenshot_2017.11.10_

Having true heroes is more pleasant than fake wannabes.

 

Another hero for Russian players.Admiral Sergie Gorshkov. 

World_of_Warships_Screenshot_2017.11.10_

 

Thanks for showing us how to do this @Zakuul

I like what you did! Good job.

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On 11/10/2017 at 6:56 PM, 13Assassins said:

@Zakuul

I did these for my Uncle on the EU server

 

I created an Isaac Kidd (Captain of the USS Arizona, who died on the bridge when the ship was bombed at Pearl harbour)) replacement Name and Image in place of Steven Seagal,

World_of_Warships_Screenshot_2017.11.10_

 

I also replaced Jack Dunkirk with David Beatty from the Battle of Jutland.

World_of_Warships_Screenshot_2017.11.10_

Having true heroes is more pleasant than fake wannabes.

 

Another hero for Russian players.Admiral Sergie Gorshkov. 

World_of_Warships_Screenshot_2017.11.10_

 

Thanks for showing us how to do this @Zakuul

 

Any Chance you can make these available?

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On 14/11/2017 at 2:01 AM, WarshipRagnarok said:

Any Chance you can make these available?

I have them on the EU server but I will try them on NA to see if they still work, if so, PM me your email address and I will send the files and instructions where to place the files.

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I'd like to insert a shameless plug for my own tool that allows for a much more streamlined and easier (all in one, no extra conversion tools necessary) editing of the global.mo file.

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On 16/04/2018 at 11:47 PM, Aessaya said:

I'd like to insert a shameless plug for my own tool that allows for a much more streamlined and easier (all in one, no extra conversion tools necessary) editing of the global.mo file.

Use this tool all the time now, keep us up to date on any more tools you create or append.

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