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  1. modernknight1

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    Gentlemen of Fortune: Historical Eras Module #2 (1648-1725)

    New version of MOD RELEASED 11/29/13: link suspended until new website up and running

    link suspended until new website up and running (see the following link)

    http://www.moddb.com/members/modernknight1

    This mod has Pieter's installer bundled so you can choose to install manually or with the push of a button.

    EDIT: Some people have reported black screen in some town building locations which means I left some files out in attempting to make the mod as small as I could. Here is a fix for that. I am 95 percent certain that this will alleviate the problem. Please tell me if I'm right:

    link suspended until new website up and running

    EDIT2: STOCK VANILLA CAMERA VIEW conversion: Some people don't like what I've done with the camera. Please understand that I don't like claustrophobic games and like to zoom way out to see all the action - especially in large battles. After a lot of tweaking and experimenting the current settings were the best I could come up with to give that open experience. With the center mouse wheel you can zoom way out. However, some people don't like it when you're closer in and have said it looks like a cartoon. So here for those who want it is a fix that will change your cameras back to stock vanilla COAS values. Please note in the engine.INI file that you will need to enter your own native resolution and do the 1/0 notation change if you want widescreen and not full screen.

    link suspended until new website up and running

    WARNING: Managed to get the size down a little but this is still a huge mod at 5.3gb so be prepared for a long download time. I will eventually make a torrent and break the mod up as well but probably not till Christmas when Patch1 is ready.

    With the new link above the mod is already completely updated (some new ship textures as well) so I am no longer keeping the update link up.

    ***However if you did happen to upload the first 6.4gb version released on 11/18/13 (300 downloads), the LAi_boarding file is still attached below. This file is required for boarding and surrender to happen correctly in your version.***

    Read Me file: attached at bottom of this post. EDIT: "ReadmeV2" updated as well. Left out some folks accidentally. They are now included.

    Instructions: Have fresh working install of COAS ready with TAGES already run. Then drop the new GOF ERAs 2 7z files into the game folder and when prompted to replace original game files say yes to all.

    Recommended settings: Corsair difficulty. Few ships encountered. Toggle off show information about other ships. In mod options select "In Between" for cannon damage *Note you can change this to realistic when you become very powerful above level 25 or so. Last ensure that check "Surrenders Occasionally" at the bottom of the mod options.

    FOR NEWBs: If you've never played before I recommend playing on an easy setting. After starting a new game ensure you set Authority to at least 5 to gain crew/recruits when you talk with the bosun at the beginning dialog. Once you're in town, hit ESC, go to OPTIONS, select Mod Options in lower right hand corner and set default cannon to "in between", weather to COAS default, encounters to COAS default and acquaint yourself with these options as they can be changed at any time during your game. Push ACCEPT when finished and enjoy the game.

    * Game start date is 1665.

    *New Ships: Besides many of the PO:TEHO ships, there are new ship models from SOFS and almost every old ship in COAS has been reskinned by me. Most of the PO:TEHO ships have also been reskinned. Ship encounters will be a completely new experience.

    NOTE: There are no flush deck frigates or ships in the game that would have appeared or been built after 1725. If the ship is very close to that date or like ships in the same class would have been around I make exceptions. One exception to this is the Gentlemen of Luck and a few player characters. I have not been able to successfully prevent the use of later ships in these instances, but they are VERY rare.

    *Ships encounters and behaviors have been overhauled. No more spinning ships in single positions. They will occasionally still spin but in a wider circular maneuver. Convoys will look correct with like classes appearing together and only ship types belonging to specific nations appearing in their convoys, patrols and ports. This significantly improves the flavor of the game to a much more historically accurate feel.

    * More harbor clutter/ships encountered for a hustle and bustle feel as you enter/exit ports - as it would have been.

    *All uniforms have been redone to match the appearance of the correct nation during this era.

    *New officers: half of the recruitable officers have been changed to new character models/textures. Less pirate flavor here and more mercenary/military flavor.

    * Two dozen new characters imported and specially modified. Many of these are Metazot PO:TEHO characters with my own changes incorporated to give personality and historical flavor where I desired.

    *New Pirates and ship captains. Most of the pirate crews and ships captains have been replaced with better more authentic models. No more eye patches or peg legs.

    * Playable character interface allows for 67 different player choices. Most of these are historical figures. No more POTC characters although I did keep and modify a few POTC models into historical personalities. New detailed portraits and narratives included with each RPC which is not only fun to look at, but also provides an education on the REAL buccaneers and corsairs of the Golden Age.

    *New Items:
    - There are 81 blades in the game (thats over 40 new blades and 40 more than in any other GOF
    mod)
    - There are 39 pistols and pistol combinations (pairs and braces of pistols) All other GOF mods
    only had the standard five pistols in game which means 34 new pistols/pistol combinations
    - Over 40 new items and 10 existing items revamped or replaced.

    NOTE: There are only a few sabers that meet the pre 1725 cut off and most weapons are cutlasses, military rapiers and the like. The type of weapons you would expect to find during the Golden Age. Module #3 will eliminate most of the rapiers and favor many more varieties of cutlass and sabers.

    *Weather and the ocean movement, transparency, color, and skies have been overhauled.

    *Surrender is enabled in mod options: for best results in game-play set to "Surrenders Occasionally"

    * Direct Sail is enabled but rarely do you encounter any ships in this mode.

    *Saint Ashley's 8 ship max mod is part of the mod so your character can control up to eight ships in his/her fleet. The max ships that can be encountered in an enemy fleet is 10 ships which potentially allows battles of 28 ships to occur if you walk into a battle between two opposing fleets plus your fleet. The most I've encountered thus far in testing is 24 ships.

    * Pirates, Gentlemen of Luck and Bounty Hunter encounters have been overhauled to reflect realistic numbers and ships.

    * Over 140 new loading screens incorporated into the game with a wide variety of different screens (mostly germane historical paintings) for taverns, brothels, governors, churches, stores, shipyards, etc. These screens are also different for each nationalities ports. In addition. multiple boarding, cabin, and death loading screens will be seen depending on where you are and how large the encounter. This adds a level of immersion never seen before in COAS.

    * Music and sounds overhauled with even better historical music variety germane to the situations encountered. Sound bytes changed for common encounters such as the guards when you come into towns.

    * Many new small interface changes. New compass

    * New intro movie.

    ***Work still being done: Importing new locations and lower deck locations enabled for boarding encounters.

    Also I added lateen sails to ships replacing spankers incorrect for the time period. These have no rigging. So they need rigged. Also many of the PO:TEHO ships have no mizzen shrouds/ratlines and one of the sloops has none on the main. Someone who knows how could assist by adding shrouds.

    Known bugs:

    - Occasional CTDs going into Gentlemen of Luck encounters and punitive encounters. Simply reload until it runs. Not that big of a deal. Almost have this one fixed.
    - Character list mis-match error at sea. No issues with gameplay except that you will see the error message.
    - New items are memory intensive. May have difficulties seeing the pictures of all the new items if you have an older PC.
    - Flag and floating mast bug with PO:TEHO ships. Not all the time. Not a game breaker. Not a crashing bug.
    also there is occasionally a screen flicker on half or quarter of the screen. Usually happens during battles. If it becomes too bothersome try the following, go to cabin and come back on deck. Go from 3rd person view to deck view and back. If it persists save, quit and restart. Not a crashing bug just annoying.
    - Bad relationship with NPC captain bug: So if you agree to talk to a NPC captain about a venture he wants you to help with and you go to his ship and decide that you don't want to go on the mission and he decides to try to kill you this is where the bug happens. After you defeat his crew and get back to your ship you will fight his ship. Because of the different flag and surrender code I am using he will not change to Pirate and you will not be able to board him 90 percent of the time. So what to do. OPTIONS: Dismast him and run away out of his range (850). You can sink him but that will cause you to become hostile with whatever nation's flag he was flying. You can take the mission but blow off doing it and let him follow you about until the time on the mission expires (this can be helpful if you want an extra free ship to battle enemies - maybe they will sink him or take him - you never know.) Not a bad bug just annoying and I'm still working on it.
    - Lighting: Every now and then you may get undesirable lighting effects. I was going for a very Caribbean flavored lighting and color. Some people will like it others will not. If you don't like the lighting at a particular time simply use the enabled bracket keys ][ and change until you like how it looks.
    - Large battles: Still some occasional mast crashing issues, but nothing like in the other GOF mods. I recommend you quicksave F6 often during large scale battles.
    - Eight ships in inventory sometimes causes a crash at the port controller when you want to give a ship. So ensure you save before doing this. A simple shuffling of your ships around and changing one of the captains will allow you to give a ship even if you have eight in your fleet.
    -Sound: Still have the sound bug occasionally in ship encounters where more than eight ships are involved. Don't know what's causing this. You can still hear the music and ocean sounds, but the cannon fire is mute.
    - Horsepower/RAM: with all the new content this game requires a decent computer to run quickly. If you don't have a good computer the game sometimes lags - especially between setting transitions.

    If you are interested in looking over some of the new skins take a look at this topic: http://www.piratesahoy.net/threads/new-skins-for-gof-eras-mod.19695/

    Here is a video of the new items. This one is only two minutes so I call it the low attention span version:



    Spoiler alert! This is the longer version. If you don't want to see descriptions of over 80 percent of the new weapons and items, don't watch this video. I go pretty fast, so pause if you want to see a particular description:



    Here's a video of the new character interface showing all 56 available characters. Simply maximize screen and resolution of YouTube vid to see the narratives and pause if you want to read the whole paragraphs as I move rather quickly. EDIT: There are now 67 characters so this video does not show all of the new ones. If you want to see them look at the screenshots towards the end of this thread. I'll make another video soon.



    Enjoy!

    MK
     

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  2. Hylie Pistof

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    I'm looking forward to playing ERAS. That is a lot of weapons, and I saw some very interesting ones.
     
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    Indeed Hylie! There are more weapons and variety of weapons than in any other Storm game or mod ever produced, to include New Horizons, SOFS and even the new PO:TEHO. I could have gone really overboard and selected even more, but I didn't want to put in weapons models that I thought were of poor quality OR that were not correct for the Golden Age timeframe. There are a few exceptions for variety sake. I did want a few sabres in the game.

    MK
     
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    MORE weapons than New Horizons all active at the same time??? Isn't that going to potentially give you a LOT to scroll through?
     
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    modernknight1 Field Marshall of Hot Tubs Banned

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    Yes. Just look at the video. They don't all show up at the markets simultaneously though. Its random what shows up based on the rarity numbers assigned to the weapons. Some of the traders may have dozens of weapons - others only a few. I really like this aspect in game play.

    Also you don't have to keep everything you take. Just what you want. Or you can put what you like in your chest as I do in the videos.

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    If that's what you want. The overkill of weapons (especially with the qualities in the Build Mod) was one of the reasons why we wanted the weapon appearance to also be Period-dependent.
     
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    If you read the first post you will see that they ARE period dependent with a few exceptions. Module #3 already has a different set of weapons and the variety in the late era is a little less diverse with slightly fewer weapons, but still way more than the Build mods have.

    All of the weapons in the game are of good quality. I screened out a lot of weapons of lower quality that didn't make the cut.

    I don't see this as overkill but excellent and realistic variety added. I think players will love the beautiful choices of weapons available! :D

    EDIT: One other thing to consider is that COAS doesn't just give you the variety up front. Weapons are introduced into the gameplay as you level up. So the markets only have maybe five to ten different weapons available when you first start out. However, some of the weapons will not show up until between level 21 and level 24. After level 24 the full variety of weapons can be potentially encountered in battles/dead, loot/chests or markets/traders

    MK
     
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    Yeah, I like the looks of that Dutch cutlass. There are some others I will be trying out too.
     
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    Ooooo...wheel lock...I want!:bounce
     
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    modernknight1 Field Marshall of Hot Tubs Banned

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    There is actually a half dozen different wheellocks!
     
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    Looks very good MK, and good to see you got the surrender feature to work out.:onya
     
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    Thank you Luke, It works perfectly.

    I figured out what Jonathan did and tweaked the numbers slightly. I can tell you what is causing the problems....

    It is the code Phillipe did for the sails that had his separate surrender work in it. That work conflicts with some of Jonathan's work. Add to this that St. Ashley's 8 ship max mod uses some of the same files and I had to do a lot "winmerging" comparisons and experimentation. Jonathon's numbers are the best for the pure surrender features.

    You can merge my work into GOF 2.0 when I release the mod.

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    No problem and thanks MK.:onya

    Maybe one day when I get bored I will merge your work in with GOF2, but I doubt with the era mod I will get bored. To be honest my aim was to make GOF stable and I think its as stable as it can get, i'm no coder and i'm limited in what I can do as it is. But I would say GOF2 is stable or at least more stable than GOF 1.2.

    I thought JA had managed to fine tune Phillipe's work with his own and that the surrender feature was because of some other conflict, it must have taken a long time to finally get around to thinking it must be the 2 surrender features that are conflicting (I know that would have been the last thing I would have looked at).
     
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    look'n forward to this :) :drunk:cheers
     
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    MK! I'M DYING HERE!!! Gimme that sweet sweet Eras Mod! Just kidding, I'm fine. Take your time. Its cool. :)
     
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    :p :D Just another week or two and the mod will be out.

    Maybe someone can give me some recommendations. I am having some trouble compiling it to a size that I can share online. My beta testers are family and friends that I was able to give it to on USB drives. The mod is 22GB. Rar still doesn't get it to a size I can properly share and I am having trouble getting it to work in 7z.

    I really need to get this done quick. JA has agreed to help me get the lower decks working, but I've got to get the mod to him for him to be able to help me. Any advice is appreciated.

    MK
     
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    22 gigs? Holy....:)

    And this is probably a very stupid question, but what about multiple sub-archives (perhaps 2 or 3 gigs each)?
    Worked fine for me with a 11 gig file I had to upload for work.
     
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    I thought about that. My Deus Lo Vult mods are all torrents, but I would prefer that as a last resort. I'm not scared of torrents and can see right through the exploit versions, but a lot of folks ARE scared of torrents - and they should be.

    My first priority is to cut out some fat. I imported thousands of textures and models to put in the mod, but I ended up not using all of them, so I can probably cut out a third of the bulk right there. Its just time consuming is all.

    I will probably go with Bava's recommendation. I just really need to get it to Jonathan right now.

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    22GB's, with 7 zip should be about 5 to 6 GB's which is still large. You could do what I did and use error logging to locate missing textures, in your case remove all textures and then put those the error log shows. This way you should be able to find all the textures the game needs and all textures the game doesn't need are already removed. The error log tells you where the textures is been called from, so its just a case of getting the textures and dropping them back into the said folder and then starting COAS again after deleting the error log. In a week or so you should have the textures the game needs in place and even if they aren't and some are missing a patch can be released with the textures and any further changes you may have made for bugs etc.

    You could always upload the main files and leave out the textures while you clear out the ones that aren't needed, i'm sure JA wouldn't mind waiting a little longer for the textures as long as he has everything else, at least the game would load for him. You could also upload it to the FTP and password protect it so no one can extract it or view its contents and then delete it after JA has downloaded it. The exe program I used for GOF and CMV is similar to 7 zip, I can do that if you want but the size would still be around 5 to 6 GB's. 7 zip is also capable of making self extracting files, to do that simply add the folder to 7 zip archive and check the box "create SFX archive" then hit ok.
     
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