If you have PCGen Currently installed on your system, you can overwrite it with a newer version to maintain your settings and the location of your characters. This will unfortunately, unless you have taken precautions against it, also overwrite your homebrew datasets and gamemode folder. This page provides some guidance in how best to avoid these problems by helping you prepare your homebrew and custom data for transfer into an updated version of PCGen.
The options.ini and filter.ini files, see below, are automatically stored in the users home directory and are picked up automatically when PCGen is upgraded. If the old files are not desired, the new filepaths.ini file can be deleted. PCGen will then ask for where the new files are to be placed.
The steps for upgrading PCGen on the Windows platform are included below:
The steps for upgrading PCGen are included below:
PCGen provides two simple ways of adding your own data, these are the built-in LST Editors and the starter data set my_dataset. Both of these need some attention when upgrading PCGen.
If, as is recommended, you install PCGen into a new directory each time you upgrade, you will need to copy over the data created using the LST Editors. To do this follow these steps.
PCGen ships with an example set of data files ready to go to create you own data. This is in the data/homebrew/my_dataset folder. As the example files ship with PCGen, it is very important to note that these can be overwritten by a new PCGen install if you have not renamed the data set and install the new version of PCGen in the same location as the old one.
As a result, we strongly recommend that when using the my_dataset example files, you create a copy in a new folder and work with that copy, rather than editing the example files directly.
If you install PCGen into a new directory each time you upgrade, you may need to copy over the data you have created. If you cannot see your custom data, simply copy over the folder with your custom data to the same location in the new PCGen install. The data should then be visible when you restart PCGen.
If you are installing PCGen into the same directory, backup your custom data first, then make sure it does not use the default my_dataset folder name. Once you are sure your data is safe, then proceed with the upgrade of PCGen.