I recently created nugets for the PlayScript AOT assemblies as well as a separtate MSBuild target nuget and it ended up working really well in a x-plat way.
But one thing that I could not find quickly was how to tag my templates with the package info so they are automatically installed when the solution/projects are created.
Well the answer was kind-of right under my nose (RTFM):
Conditionally Adding a NuGet Package from a Project Template A NuGet package be conditionally installed based on a boolean parameter defined by the project template wizard.
<Packages> <Package id="Xamarin.GooglePlayServices" version="188.8.131.52" if="UseGooglePlayServices" /> </Packages>
The conditions that can be specified do not support the more complicated condition that grouped templates do.
So in my templates I currently do not have to lock them to a version and want the most recent ones available so I skip the version attribute:
<Packages> <Package id="PlayScript.AOT" /> <package id="PlayScript.MSBuild" /> </Packages>