>>> LackeyCCG Tutorial, Part 1: Installation

 

LackeyCCG Tutorial Table of Contents:

Instead of this written tutorial, you can watch the video tutorials at the Getting Started with LackeyCCG page.

Installation

Installing LackeyCCG
Updating LackeyCCG
Installing/Updating Plugins
How to Connect to the Lackey Game Matching Server and Host or Join a game
Proxy Server Tutorial
LackeyCCG Game Window

The main menu and panel tabs area
The card viewer, player stats, & turn stats area
The table area
The bottom game zone area
The right game zone and tokens area
The game chat log area
Sound Share Tutorial: Share and play sound files in game
Chat Log Commands Tutorial: Learn to configure and customize your chat preset buttons

Deck Editor Window

The card viewer & filters area
The deck list area
The library of all cards area
The card pool and packs area

Plugin Creation Tutorial

Read my thoughts on CCG design theory

FAQ, Troubleshooting, & Tips

Computer Care Tips
Computer Maintenance
CMMS
Implementing CMMS
Non-LackeyCCG Troubleshooting Tips

LackeyCCG Installation

>>> Installing LackeyCCG
  1. Download LackeyCCG from the Downloads Section.
  2. Unzip it and put the LackeyCCG folder where ever you want to put it.
  3. Double-click the application and LackeyCCG will run and be
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>>> Updating LackeyCCG
There are 2 ways you can update the Lackey program. The easiest way is to just run the LackeyCCG Updater.exe in the Lackey folder. The other way is to:
  1. Download the latest LackeyCCG from the Downloads Section.
  2. Unzip the new LackeyCCG you just downloaded. Take the application from this new folder and put it into your old LackeyCCG folder, replacing your old LackeyCCG application. This will preserve all your old plugins and decks and such, and leave you with the latest version of the LackeyCCG application. (Alternatively, you can take the plugins and skins and other folders you want preserved from your old Lackey folder and move them to the new Lackey folder.)
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>>> Installing or Updating a plugin

There are 3 ways to Install or Update a plugin. Choose one: (I suggest the Plugin Finder method.)

 

>>> Plugin Finder: The easiest way to update or install a plugin, and also to find plugins.

First, select the plugin you want to install from the list of plugins. Then (if the plugin has more than one quality version) select "Medium version" or "High version" or what ever version you want to install. The high version is generally for people who have large monitors, and the medium version is often chosen by people with small monitors.

Then click the button that says "Install or Update this plugin" button. As files are downloaded and installed, they will be logged. When things are all downloaded, you will get a message in the log telling you it is done downloading files. When the plugin is all downloaded, left-click the "Browse installed plugins..." button and select the plugin you just installed.


OR

>>> Entering a plugin's AutoUpdate URL

Not all plugins are listed in the plugin finder. If the one you're looking for isn't listed there, you should be able to go to that plugin's website and find an AutoUpdate URL. This URL will end in "updatelist.txt". Type in this URL in the field, and click the "Install or Update from URL" button. The files will then start downloading the same as they would if you were installing with the Plugin Finder method described above. When all the files have finished downloaded, left-click the "Browse installed plugins..." button and select the plugin you just installed.

OR

>>> Manual Install and Update:

To manually install a plugin, download the zipped plugin from a website, unzip it, and put it into your plugins folder.

If you are updating a plugin, and you may want to take your old plugin's decks folder and put it into your new plugin folder before you replace your old plugin's folder with the new one.

Once your plugin is in the plugins folder, left-click the "Browse installed plugins..." button and select the plugin you just installed.

NOTE: With all of these 3 methods to install a plugin, you do NOT need to click the "Download all missing card images" button. Card images will download as they are needed. The only reason you would want to download them all ahead of time is if you were going to be offline (and wanted to use LackeyCCG to build decks or play games on your local area network.).

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>>> How to Connect to the Lackey Game Matching Server and Host or Join a game

You can connect directly to someone via their IP address, but you probably want to connect to the Official Lackey Game Matching Server to find other people to play with. Also, connecting to the server allows you to use the proxy server and it will tell you if your version of Lackey is the most up-to-date.


In the Server panel, click the "Find server and connect" button. You should then be connected to the server.

To Spectate a game:
Just click on the game you wish to spectate and click the "Spectate Game" button. Spectating a game allows you to join and watch a game in progress. The only thing you can do as a spectator is watch and chat.

To Join a game:
Just click on the game you wish to join and click the "Join Selected Game" button.

To join or spectate a game, you need to have the same plugin currently loaded.The games in the game list are color coded.
A grey game is a game with a different plugin, so you cannot join it.
A blue game is a game that is the same plugin as yours, but there are no open seats, but you can join it to specate.
A black game is a game that is the same plugin as yours, but there are no open seats and you can't join it to specate.
A green game is a game that is the same plugin as yours, and there is an open seat. You should join green games.
A red game is a game that is the same plugin as yours, and there are open seats, but the host is using a different version of the plugin. This usually means one of you needs to update your plugin. You should not join red games because different versions of the same plugin don't work well together.

To Host a game:
1. Click the Host a Game... button. This will bring up the Host menu.
2. To host a game, simply click the "Host a game!" button.

The first time you try to host a game, you will be asked to run a Proxy Need Test to determine if you can host a game without using the proxy server. For more information on Proxy Server games, you can read the Proxy Server tutorial.

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