New Game templates

When you choose "Start a new game" in the initial "Welcome to AGS" dialog box, a window appears with various templates that you can base your game off.

AGS comes with a few standard templates:

...but you can create your own too.

NOTE: the previously available "Default" template is now known as "Sierra-style", which also contains updated graphics.

If the list of templates is empty

The templates are normally located in "Templates" folder withing AGS Editor directory. If the folder is empty, that could happen if AGS Editor installation went wrong, or you have run from an incomplete package. What you may try:

  • Reinstall AGS (preferably downloading an official release),
  • Download templates (see below).
  • Copy "Templates" folder from any other versions of AGS if you have them on your computer, but make sure these versions are not newer than the one you're going to use. Also in this case you have to be ready to possibly update the game scripts as templates may be using deprecated script commands.

Using downloaded templates

If you've downloaded a game template from the internet, you should find a file with a .AGT extension. This is the AGS Template File, and you just need to copy it into the "Templates" folder within the AGS Editor directory.

Creating your own template

A game template is basically just an archive containing all of the game source files, which are then extracted into the new folder when the user creates a new game. It is similar to you just zipping up your game folder and sending it to a friend - except that this way looks far more professional.

To create a template, first of all you create a game as normal in the editor. Once you have everything set up how you want it, select "Make template from this game" on the File menu. This will prompt you for a name for the template (this is what will appear under its icon in the "Start New Game" dialog box), and then it will go away and compile the template for you.

The template game takes the following files from your game folder: Core game files (GAME.AGF, ACSPRSET.SPR), all script and room files, all sound and music files, all fonts, game icons, and all .TXT files (to allow you to include a README.TXT or whatever).

If you include a template.ico file in your game folder when you make the template, then it will be used as the icon in the Start New Game dialog box. Otherwise, the icon will be taken from user.ico (if present), or if not it will get the default AGS icon.

You can also include a template.txt file in your game folder. If you do, then its contents will be displayed to the user in a messagebox after they create a new game based on the template. You could use this to explain briefly about any key aspects of the template, or it could tell them to read your README file. This file should be quite small, its entire contents need to fit into a standard message box, so keep it below 255 characters.

NOTE: Do not simply make a template out of a half-finished game. If you want to make a template, you should start a game from scratch and make your changes - the user probably doesn't want to already have a semi-completed game when they use your template. Rather, game templates are about different types of game controls, gameplay mechanics you want to share.

See also: Setting up the Game, Tutorials Index