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EdB Prepare Carefully
Mod, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
File Size
2.871 MB
Jul 31, 2016 @ 10:26am
Dec 27, 2022 @ 5:21pm
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EdB Prepare Carefully

Customize your RimWorld colonists, choose your gear and prepare carefully for your crash landing! Use the optional point limits to try to create a balanced start or keep points disabled to build the starting group that you always wanted to try. Save your setup as a preset so that you can start your game the same way later.

Please see the original forum thread[ludeon.com] for more information. It may be a better place to look for help if you're running into trouble.

. F R E Q U E N T L Y . A S K E D . Q U E S T I O N S .

1.4.3 Released (27 December 2022)
A version of the mod compatible with RimWorld 1.4 and the Biotech expansion is now available.

There are always lots of bugs in the first few releases for a new version of the game, so please be patient as we work on compatibility issues with other mods. Please post bug reports in the Discussions.

Change notes:

Note that this release does not address some of the bigger issues with the mod that people sometimes bring up. For example, the way that you customize the apparel worn by your colonists is problematic and really needs to be reworked. Hopefully, some of those bigger issues can be fixed in a subsequent release of the mod.

Why doesn't the "Prepare Carefully" button appear for me?
First and foremost, make sure that you've enabled the mod. This will be obvious to experienced mod users, but if you're new to RimWorld mods, you need to go into the Mods menu when you start the game and explicitly enable a mod after you've subscribed to it.

If you're running version 1.3 of RimWorld, make sure that you're running at least version 1.3.3102. The mod will not work with earlier versions of the 1.3 game.

If you've got dozens of other mods installed, it can be difficult to know what's causing this. Sometimes, an error while loading another mod that is before Prepare Carefully in the mod order causes Prepare Carefully not to load properly. In other cases, I have heard that some people have success with uninstalling and then reinstalling the game, but it's difficult for me to recommend that approach. Posting the game's log file somewhere (if you know how to do that) can help, but only do so if this if you've pared down the number of mods you're using to a minimum.

When I click the Prepare Carefully button, it doesn't do anything or I get an error message. Why doesn't it work?
This usually happens because another mod is doing something that Prepare Carefully does not expect, and it causes an error. It's impossible to test with every mod out there, so issues like this are inevitable. However, we do try to continue to improve the error handling in the mod to try to avoid them.

Where should I put Prepare Carefully in my mod load order?
Prepare Carefully doesn't have any outgoing interactions with other mods until you click the "Prepare Carefully" button, so load order is flexible. When you have dozens of mods enabled, they can interact in unexpected ways, so I can't claim that it actually doesn't matter where you put Prepare Carefully in the load order, but in principle it shouldn't matter. When we're testing the mod, we use this load order (ignore mods in this list if you're not using them):
  • Harmony
  • Core
  • Royalty
  • Ideology
  • HugsLib
  • JecsTools
  • Humanoid Alien Races
  • EdB Prepare Carefully
  • ...other mods...
There are a few mods that must be loaded after Prepare Carefully because they are modding the Prepare Carefully screens in some way (Psychology's unofficial updates, Facial Stuff PrepC Patch, Gradient Hair, etc).

How do I help you figure out which mod is causing the problem?
You'll need to experiment to figure out which mod is causing the problem. If you have development mode enabled, you'll likely see some clues about where the error is happening. If you figure out which mod it is, you can let me know, and I'll try to take a look. Unfortunately, a lot of times when I try to reproduce a problem, it works just fine for me--it's frustrating.

Which other mods don't work with Prepare Carefully?
We're always trying to make Prepare Carefully compatible with as many other mods as possible, but other mods are unpredictable and sometimes are not compatible. Help us by trying to figure out which mods are causing problems and reporting it in the "bugs and issues" discussion.

I'm using point limits. Why does {insert thing here} cost the number of points that it does? It should cost more/less.
The point system relies on the vanilla game's built-in "market values." These market values are balanced for vanilla gameplay and not for setting up a starting group of colonists. I've made some tweaks to try to balance this, but it really is an impossible task, and you will see things that seem wrong. For example, the vanilla values for colonists do not take passions or traits into account (for the most part). I've added costs for passions, but I've left traits alone.
Popular Discussions View All (175)
Sep 19 @ 11:58am
PINNED: Bugs and issues with version 1.4
Mar 17 @ 6:50am
Is it safe to disable the mod for an existing savefile?
Aug 19 @ 11:05pm
Germline doesn't change with the character
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What The Fox 9 hours ago 
i can remember when i have to re-roll 100 times to get decent pawns, ty EdB :TheRooster:
CS.PRO Sep 28 @ 9:18pm 
X-C0brA-X Sep 24 @ 5:56pm 
I see a lot of people reporting issues with this mod but I have used it since the first version was released years ago and I have had no problems. I have used it on vanilla games and games with over 200 mods and it worked perfectly on both. I have never had a bricked save even in long games that went on for hundreds of hours and my colony was huge with tons of items and wealth. I tried character editor but it was not appealing to me and it is missing the one feature I love in this mod, the points feature so you cannot create a colony of super humans with the best gear in the game because everything costs points and there is a starting point limit. To me this is the best character editor out now and the most stable.
Alu Sep 24 @ 4:23am 
Chocolate Pie Kitten Sep 23 @ 8:41pm 
Edb is great to prepare the basic pawn, after you can use character editor to polish the pawn
Maple38 Sep 23 @ 12:32pm 
@bcorcoran999 yes, a very, very large amount of mods. It changes code in a really destructive way that causes any other mods that interact with that code to have issues. Use Character Editor as an alternative.
does it allow you to start with genes? i just got biotech and i want to start with all genes
Light Maker Sep 20 @ 4:18am 
How can you choose what race you start as?
bcorcoran999 Sep 19 @ 2:59pm 
do this mod conflict with any other mod?
Jacob-2004 Sep 14 @ 12:49pm 
Astartes mod doesn't work with EdB Prepare Carefully. No clue why because it work previously.