Why two? Different players want different things from an editor. They're both designed to be flexible - you can use them as much or as little as you like. The deluxe version will let you build a party of incredible power, while the no-frills version is for those who would just like all classes to have access to lock-picking, and perhaps to have a few extra skill points to play with.
There are some things you should know before you begin. First, and most important, the editors are unofficial and not supported by Spiderweb Software. Use them at your own risk!
On a related note, always be sure to back up all files before replacing or altering them in any way. This is the simplest way to avoid having to re-download the whole game if a file happens to be corrupted.
Once you have an editor installed (see download links and installation instructions below), it's very important that your party be in the starting order before you use it; otherwise skill points will be allocated incorrectly, potentially wrecking your party. This means that when you are in Avadon - the only place where you can see everyone at once - the character avatars should appear on the roster in this order from top to bottom:
If you have changed the party order at all, you should switch it back before using the editor. You have to leave Avadon to do this, unfortunately, and it may take several trips if you have changed things much.
Click to reveal.. (If you need to change the roster order but you find that you can't, read this. Otherwise, skip it.)
Now for the good stuff. What can you do with the editors?
The no-frills version lets you:
1. Raise your main character's locksmith skill by 4 points--this works for any class. Non-shadowwalkers won't see the skill on the screen, but it will still work.
2. Raise any character's first-tier skills (including auxiliaries) by 3 points each. The only exception is Steel Discipline for Shadowwalkers - this skill is just too powerful to risk raising above the 8 limit.
3. Retrain any character. Basically the same as retraining with Leala in the Beraza Woods, except that it will also reset the editor, so that the character can use it again if desired.
Once installed, access this editor by going upstairs to Redbeard's Tower and talking to any one of the guards there.
The deluxe editor also does all of those things, plus you can:
4. Raise any character's attributes (DEX, STR, INT, END) by 5 points each up to 3 times.
5. Raise second-, third-, and fourth-tier skills for any character by 3 points each up to 2 times.
6. Get unlimited potions, scrolls, wands, crystals, runestones and lock-picks.It does not dispense cash per se, but of course you could use it to generate infinite income if you so desire.
7. Get a selection of charms.
8. Get "god party" defensive bonuses, making the party near-invulnerable. Among other benefits.
9. Get special gear, not available elsewhere in the game. Not "god items", just different.
Once installed, access this editor by clicking on the sign in front of Eye Tamaria's house in Goldcrag.
TO INSTALL THE EDITOR
Click on one of the links below to download the editor of your choice. The two editors are not meant to be used in tandem, though nothing bad will happen if you do. Just be aware that you can't double-dip.
No-Frills Avadon Character Editor - When unzipped, this will be one .txt file in a folder. Drag it out of the folder and onto your desktop.
Deluxe Avadon Character Editor - When unzipped, this will be two .txt files in a folder. Drag them out of the folder and onto your desktop. You need both to make the deluxe editor work properly.
Mac: Next, right-click on the Avadon icon and select "Show Package Contents". Open the Contents folder. First, make a back-up copy of the whole Resources folder, and then drag and drop the new file(s) from your desktop into the original.
Windows: Next, open the Avadon files folder. First, make a back-up copy of the whole Scripts folder, and then drag and drop the new file(s) from your desktop into the original.
Once installed, you can access the no-frills version by talking to any guard in Redbeard's Tower, and the deluxe version by clicking on the sign in front of Eye Tamaria's house in Goldcrag.
Note that when you update or otherwise reinstall the game, the editor scripts will be overwritten. If you want to use the editor again, you will obviously have to reinstall it as well. If you don't want to reinstall the editor, be aware that any saved games that include custom items from the editor will no longer be playable - the game will get locked up looking for items that don't exist in the scripts.
Will this work with any version of the game?
Does a character have to be present to be trained?
Can skills be raised above the caps?
Why are there limits on how many times I can use the features?
My skills are maxed out and now I can't allocate my attribute points.
Update: The deluxe version is now improved slightly--call it v1.1, I guess. It is no longer necessary to repeatedly click on the sign if you want to train more than one character.
Update: V1.2 -- Gave you the option to train the whole party at once, saving some steps. This option has been removed from later versions, in the interest of simplicity. Also added "god party" defensive bonuses.
Update: V1.3 of the deluxe editor and v1.1 of the no-frills version -- Both now offer retraining (credit to IBNobody for the idea), and the deluxe version now dispenses runestones.
Update: V1.3.1-- Fixed a minor bug and added the option to retrain the whole party at once, useful if you are unable to change the party order due to having unspent skill points.
Update: V1.4 (5/23/11)--Deluxe version had to be nerfed slightly because with some builds it was still possible to trigger "high damage" errors (h/t to Superba). This is what we get for circumventing Jeff's safeguards. If it happens at all with this version, it should be rare. This is the last version that works with downloading a single file. For those who prefer that, it can still be downloaded here.
Update: V1.5 (6/6/11)--Added custom items to the deluxe version. This requires downloading a copy of the items script in addition to the dialogue script.
Update: V1.5.1 (10/12/11)--Fixed a bug with skill point allocation for the shaman.
Update: V1.5.2 (3/3/12)--Updated all files to the game's V1.0.4 versions. I'm unaware of any difference, but did it anyway in case of typo or minor bug fixes.
If anyone has issues or questions post them here or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.