So I've been trying to install and update everything to try to play online, and I've noticed from several threads way back that people either use Lackey or OCTGN, and there's no one "go to" place for CoC. This is a little unfortunate because 1) people don't know where to go to find an opponent on a consistent basis, 2) people are wasting their time/expertise updating plugins and files that people don't necessarily use.
I like OCTGN, simply because I'm used to it from playing AGoT on it. All the files are up to date. Lackey's UI seems cluttered and non-intuitive, and more importantly, the plugin doesn't have Seekers of Knowledge as far as I can tell… If anyone knows how I can manually install it on Lackey, that would be appreciated.
Additionally, with OCTGN, there are two game files: 1.0.09 (dboeren) and 1.0.10 (kriss666). Which do people use?
I use Lackey because OCTGN doesn't run on my Macbook Pro. I have a Windows emulated (Crossover) which works fine with most other Windows software, but OCTGN crashes every time. So, I use Lackey because it works for me. I can't comment on whether OCTGN has a better interface or not since I haven't been able to run it, but from what I've heard it is a little better. Not a big deal. What I do like about Lackey is how easy it is to create and modify plugins. OCTGN seems more difficult in this respect from what I've seen.
Also, I haven't made an OCTGN plugin, maybe you got the wrong name on that 1.0.09 version?
One thing that IS bad in Lackey is that it's very picky about both sides having the same version of the plugin. I can't so much as add one card to my copy that got posted in a preview announcement without it then complaining that my version doesn't match my opponent's version and then we start getting weird stuff going on like card images not matching correctly. This could certainly be improved. I do not know how OCTGN handles this. Maybe it comes up a lot less since the plugins are harder to edit.
To add Seekers of Knowledge (or any new set), you would add a new setinfo.txt (or append to the old one) in the sets directory of your plugin. It's a tab-delimited text file. Then, add the images into a subdirectory of sets/setimages.
The tab-file looks like this:
Name Set ImageFile Extension Unique Faction Type SubType Cost Skill Icons Text
College Prospect SoK SoK-19 LCG Miskatonic University Character Student. 0 1 Forced Response: After College Prospect is destroyed, draw 2 cards.
Hopefully you get the gist of it here, this forum software doesn't support file attachments. Each column has a value. "Set" needs to match the directory where you put your image files. ImageFile is the name of that file. Blah blah, and so forth, should be fairly straightforward.
I manually maintain my own Netrunner plugin and it takes just a few minutes to add 20 entries per month for the new pack. If you don't care about having fields populated in the deckbuilder you can leave most of it blank too.