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March 24th, 2012, 16:23
As much as I love modding games, I would vote for not doing mod tools at this point. Please just do the original pitched project first with extra content. I would prefer they work on core design and getting data structures pinned down and logical and robust. Release the data structure format as a document and modders will fill in the holes if there is a market. Games like the Infinity engine games had a reasonably well crafted file format that modders could update and we got a fair number of content mods as a result without having official editors.

Fallout 1/2, Jagged Alliance 2, Witcher … put out editors and there really were not many mods from those that I recall. JA2 admittedly has quite a few mods now but much of that came with source code being released (and some really dedicated russians before that).
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