1st Edition

Farming Simulator Modding with Blender A Step-by-step Guide to Creating, Optimizing and Publishing Mods

By Jason van Gumster, Stefan Maurus Copyright 2025
    272 Pages 82 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    272 Pages 82 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This is a comprehensive guide to creating and customizing mods for the popular video game Farming Simulator within Blender. This book covers all aspects needed to create your own vehicle mods from start to finish.

     The book begins with a basic introduction in Blender, before showing you how to prepare your hierarchy and set up pivots. You’ll then learn to create physics components and how to set up your ModDesc and Vehicle XML files. The book then covers all you need to know about implementing vehicle functions, before applying LOD meshes ahead of testing and finally publishing your mod on the official GIANTS ModHub.

     This book will appeal to all Farming Simulator modders, as well as those looking to learn game development concepts within Blender.

    Foreword. Chapter 1- Introduction to Farming Simulator Modding. Chapter 2- Working with Blender. Chapter 3- Defining Surface Materials. Chapter 4- Preparing Your Hierarchy and Setting Up Pivots. Chapter 5- Creating Physics Components and Function Nodes. Chapter 6- Setting Up ModDesc-XML and Vehicle-XML. Chapter 7- Implementing Vehicle Functions. Chapter 8- Animating Your Vehicle. Chapter 9- Adding Extra Vehicle Features. Chapter 10- Creating Merge Groups. Chapter 11- Building Level of Detail (LOD) Meshes. Chapter 12- Constructing Hydraulic Hoses. Chapter 13- Generating Icons. Chapter 14- Tips and Tricks for Testing Your Vehicle In-Game. Chapter 15- Publishing Your Mod. Chapter 16- Appendix Code/File Examples


    Jason van Gumster does a lot of things. Mostly he makes stuff up. He writes, animates, and occasionally teaches. He has heavy entrepreneurial tendencies that run nearly as deep as his creative ones, so he has a constant fascination with producing creative content with as much control and independence as possible. Naturally, he's a big proponent of open source software; very nearly everything that he produces is made using Free and open source tools.


    Stefan Maurus serves as the Lead Integrator at GIANTS Software, overseeing the integration of vehicles and assets into the Farming Simulator game series. Prior to entering the gaming industry, Stefan initiated his career as a modder, gaining recognition for the detailed mods he crafted. At GIANTS FarmCon and other industry events, he conducts workshops and presentations to assist modders in enhancing their mod creation skills.