I would add that all the lst file editing questions are preferred over
at the appropriately named pcgen yahoo group 'pcgenlistfilehelp'. I
believe a link is found at the bottom of this post.
Asking over there you'll get prompter responses for those type of questions.
On 12/18/2009 10:08 AM, John Kantner wrote:
> I don't play Pathfinder but I recently learned how to add spells to D&D 3.5
> RSRD so I assume it's similar. Also, until very recently I had absolutely no
> experience in modifying any of the .lst files in PCGen. When I first tried
> to do so the challenge seemed daunting. Thankfully a bunch of very patient
> people (chief among them being Andrew) helped walk me through it.
> Try this:
> 1.) On your computer, go to the \PCGEN\Data folder.
> 2.) Open the folder "my_dataset"
> 3.) Using Notepad (or a similar .txt editor) open up the file
> 4.) Remove the pound-sign (#) from the beginning of the line that reads
> "my_spells.lst". A pound-sign at the beginning of a line of text in a .lst
> file makes PCGen ignore it so you have to remove this first before doing
> anything else.
> 5.) Save this file (or edit the other information, like campaign name and
> such; just remember that any line that begins with a # sign will be
> 6.) Now open the file "my_spells.lst". It's in the same folder that
> "my__campaign.pcc" is. Again, use a text editor like Notepad.
> 7.) Create your new spells. Trust me, it's easy to do this once you get the
> hang of it. For reference on how spells are made, open up the file:
> "PCGen\PCGen5160\data\d20ogl\srd35\basics\rsrd_spells.lst". This file
> includes all the spells in the PHB 3.5 book. So if you want to create a
> spell that is similar to "Fireball", for instance, simply open this file and
> do a CTRL+F and type in the word "Fireball". You'll see the line of code for
> this spell there. Edit it accordingly in your "my_spells.lst" file.
> A few things to keep in mind:
> 1.) If you do use Notepad like I do, make sure to turn off the "Word Wrap"
> option. Click on "Format" at the top of the window; make sure "Word Wrap" is
> 2.) These .lst files are all about tabs. Between any tag written on a line,
> make sure to hit the tab key. I personally always hit it at least twice but
> I've found that hitting it at least once will suffice.
> 3.) You can use # to remind yourself of what you're doing in case you need
> to go back later and edit the spell. For example, I might type, "#Trying to
> add spell X from book Y here, let's see if it works". Then I create a new
> line and try entering the spell. If I try loading that spell a few days
> later and don't remember what I was doing, that #'d message will tell me.
> 4.) *After you load your primary source in PCGen (for me it's RSRD), make
> sure to load the homebrew source, too. *If it fails to load for any reason
> it will give you an error message. Copy and paste that error message to this
> group and I'm 100% sure somebody here will be able to help you.
> I hop this helps. Believe me, I'm no expert on how PCGen works. But creating
> new spells wasn't very hard once I stopped thinking this program was hugely
> I'd be glad to walk you through any questions or concerns you might have.
> Just hit me up on e-mail.
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