Tired of Gear Manager bugging out? Being limited to very few slots for storing builds? Being forced to also store gear layout even though you use the same gear for multiple decks?
Well, here's the solution: Deck Manager.
Plain and simple it will allow you to save your own custom decks containing only your active and passive abilities. And there's no limit to how many you can create.
Click the icon to open up the Deck Manager and the rest should make sense.
Version 1.3.0 pre-release 16:
Read this: http://tswaddons.wordpress.com/2013/...-deck-manager/
Download here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...release_16.zip
Version 1.2.4: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21497376/TSW...ger_v1.2.4.zip
Showing the main window with the context menu open: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21497376/TSW...Manager_02.jpg
The window that appears when loading a deck with abilities you don't have: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21497376/TSW...Manager_03.jpg
Hope you enjoy!
How to protect your decks in case of loss
There are cases where you can risk losing your decks (basically all your preferences) and nobody wants that, so here's a way to protect yourself against that.
All the decks are stored in the game's preference files, which are not located where you install the add-on, but instead in C:\Users\<Windows Username>\AppData\Local\Funcom\TSW\Prefs\. To quickly go to \AppData\Local\ type in %localappdata% into the Run dialog (Windows key + r) and navigate from there.
In the \Funcom\TSW\Prefs\ folder you will find a file (or perhaps multiple, it's a bit weird) named Prefs_X.xml, where X is a number.
This file contains all computer-wide preferences for TSW, meaning that they get applied no matter what account is logged into TSW.
You will also find folder(s) named after the accounts that have logged into TSW on your computer. Enter any of those and you will find another case of Prefs_X.xml file(s). These file(s) contain all account-wide preferences, meaning they get applied if that particular account logs into TSW on this computer.
Inside this folder there's one or more folders, depending on how many characters you have on that account. Each are named CharXXXXXXXX (a bunch of numbers). And again you will find Prefs_X.xml file(s). These are the ones that contain your decks, as I store them per-character. This of course also means that the preference file(s) in here are applied to that specific character, on that specific account, on your current computer.
So the short version is that you want to basically backup the .xml files from \Funcom\TSW\Prefs\ - for instance have them saved to the cloud (that keeps X old versions) or simply do it manually once you're done playing and haven't encountered any issues.
An important note about how preference files are saved
It's important to understand how these files are saved, so that you know when something might have gone wrong (and you don't end up overwriting good backups with some that have been wiped).
The game saves at different states and not real-time (meaning not when you make a change). There's certain ways to trigger a save, like reloading the UI (Ctrl + Shift + F1), changing zone or logging out. I'm not sure if it saves at certain intervals while you're just playing (meaning if you're not triggering it using any of the above methods, but simply keep running around in the same zone).
Another very important thing is that the game only saves data from add-ons that are currently active (loaded). What this means is that if for instance you remove Deck Manager, log into a character and then log out again, all decks for that character will be gone. The reason for this is that Deck Manager wasn't active to say "Hey, I have some data that needs saving!" and thus it will never get written to the preference file.
Each time TSW saves these preference files it does so from a blank file and doesn't add to what's already there, and if there's no add-on there to tell it to save its data, then yeah, it's gone.
This is the same reason that if you use a cloud service (or local backup) to backup these files, it needs to save X amount of previous versions. Because if something happens and the preference files don't get written correctly, that's what will be uploaded to your cloud backup as the most recent version, and if you can't get a previous one that has the correct data, then your backup scheme isn't quite working as it should.
I hope this will help you protect yourself from losing your decks as well as other settings.