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Like Lazarus... or not.

Posted on August 25, 2008 by Nighthawk

It's been quite some time since I've had a news post here. Work has been slowly continuing behind the scenes on the campaign missions. However, I've decided to put the mod on temporary hiatus. This is because, although the mod currently runs under RockPatch 1.10, I plan on moving it over to RockPatch 2 once it is released.

Now, RP2 may or may not have all the features of 1.10, so I've halted development so that the mod can be planned and redesigned in light of the new feature set. I mean, what's the point in developing more stuff that may not be doable with RP2.

This is not the end of the mod. Depending on what RP2 offers, you could see vast improvements. But either way, it's paused until RP2's eventual release.

~Nighthawk.

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I've not left yet!

Posted on January 30, 2008 by Nighthawk

As the title said, I've not abandoned the mod. Yes, I did take a bit of an extended break over Christmas, but I've already started private beta testing with the next version cycle. And to prove I've done some work on the mod over the Christmas and New Year period, here's some screenshots of the changes to the mod:
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The Soviet Battle Jeep. This replaces the Scout Tank for the Soviet countries.

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A squad of Mextli Gunners. These minigun-armed units replace the Elite Corps for the Antarctic Legion.

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Shift Tanks. These Neutron Cannon-armed units replace the Italian Rocket Tank.

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The new background on the Battlefield Select screen. It's a bit of an edit on a file photo of Abrams Tanks in Iraq.

The mod's not dead yet.

Nighthawk.

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Beta 2.1

Posted on July 24, 2007 by Nighthawk

I've just uploaded the next update onto the server. This is the 1.10 conversion that was previously polled in the forums. Sorry about the delay for such a relatively simple update, but I've been away a lot recently.

Anyway, as before, the update comes in two flavours: cumulative and incremental. Both updates contain RockPatch 1.10 #0036, and both contain the fixes to make the mod work with 1.10.
Download the cumulative update only if you have the original Beta 2 files, and no updates.
If you've been using Beta 2.0c, download the incremental update. If you're using Beta 2.0b, I'd advise downloading the 2.0c incremental version, then the 2.1 incremental version.

Not much has been done with this update, considering most bugs so far have been to do with users not having some of the mod files. It's mostly a graphical update, containing the score screen for the Future Forces.

To install, make sure you know which version you need (cumulative or incremental), download, and unzip the files to your RA2 directory. Make sure you run the RockPatch installation file before playing the mod, especially if you're still using RPCE. If you're using the NPatch, uninstall it before installing the RockPatch.

You can grab the updates here, or head to the website and get them from the downloads page.
Cumulative Update (contains all fixes from Beta 2.0b, 2.0c and 2.1): Download
Incremental Update (only contains the Beta 2.1 fixes): Download.

Have fun.
Nighthawk.

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New website, and Update 2.0c

Posted on June 30, 2007 by Nighthawk

As you can see, if you're reading this on the site, I've changed the design, again.
This time, it's using an actual design template, rather than something I cooked up in FrontPage with some tables and layers.
As well as the new site, I've uploaded the next bugfix patch to the server. There are two different versions you can download, an incremental one, and a cumulative one. If you installed the last update, then go for the incremental one, but if you haven't installed the update, go for the cumulative one - it contains 2.0b as well.
Remember, post any bugs in the topic entitled 'The Bug Thread' in the forums.
Please download and enjoy.

Nighthawk.

Later Update: There is a missing file from both the incremental and cumulative updates. Please download the file 'expandmd40.zip' from post #7 of this thread for the mod to work correctly.

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Battlefield Report

Posted on June 14, 2007 by Nighthawk

From: Agent 'Nighthawk', Allied Intelligence
To: Allied Commander, Eastern Seaboard

Commander, the Future Forces seem to almost have their Ion Cannon fully ready. Its weapon seems to have been improved beyond what we originally saw. If you see any Uplinks on the field, Commander, take them out, or better yet, capture them, and we can turn their satellite against them.
Captured video of their upgraded cannon in action.
Or go here if your browser won't work with the first link.

--REPORT ENDS--

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The Third War Beta 2b

Posted on June 9, 2007 by Nighthawk

This version fixes several bugs and balance issues in The Third War. It does not include the entire mod, so please download the original files from the other post before downloading this. Just overwrite the files in the YR directory with these files. You should probably also run the exe file contained within this archive.
A list of what this version fixes is included in the archive, but I may as well post it here too:

Gameplay Changes:

  • Future Forces Laser Cannon sight increased by 1 (from 8 to 9)
  • Names of structures altered ('Future' prefix changed to 'F.F.')
  • Future Forces Stealth Miner maximum ore load decreased (from 20 to 15)
  • Future Forces Stealth Miner speed increased (from 4 to 6)
  • Future Forces Stealth Miner cost decreased (from 1600 to 1550)
  • Future Forces SuperComet Laser Upgrade damage decreased (from 150 to 100)
Graphical Changes:
  • Future Forces War Factory animations fixed
  • Future Forces now have a more YR-standard loadscreen
  • Future Forces have their own interface graphics now.


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Please download the mod, play it, and report any more bugs that you find, but more importantly, have fun.

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It's about time, for all of us

Posted on May 18, 2007 by Nighthawk

Beta 2 is finally up on the server for download. It's been almost a year late, but now you can play it. However, the key thing is that it is a beta version, so there will most likely be bugs that myself and the testers haven't yet ironed out. If you do come across any bugs, please contact me in some form or another, preferably not email, as I have a habit of deleting emails from people I don't know.

The mod is in three parts like the last one, so it's not all in a massive file. You can download the mod from the new Downloads page, or from the following links:
Zip 1: Core Files (Mixes)
Zip 2: Audio Files (bag/idx)
Zip 3: Music Files (optional)

To play it, just unzip the files from these mixes into the RA2 directory. I have not yet tested the mod in a LAN or online situation yet, so you may expect Reconnection Errors. You will also notice that some of the Skirmish Modes are not yet finished, that is intentional, as I wasn't planning to put them in this beta. Naval War Extreme is functional, but suffers from the NCO Bug. Space War has the terrain, but still all the ground units and structures. The Future Forces AI is rather small at the minute, partly because I have to edit the triggers by hand to make the game think they're the Fourth Side, otherwise AI Editor reverts them to Allies.

To play this you'll need RPCE Revision #0050 or later, and v2.0a of the Terrain Expansion.
The music zip is still uploading at the time of writing, so you may get a 404 if you try to download it immediately.

Thanks for your time.
Nighthawk.

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Apologies for the lack of updates.

Posted on March 10, 2007 by Nighthawk

As the title says, apologies for the recent lack of updates, but my week has become busy again, with GCSEs closing. Beta testing is still continuing behind the scenes, and most of the bugs have now been worked out. I'm not going to give a possible release date as my free time is rather erratic at the minute. This should reduce in 3 weeks when I'll be off for my holidays :crazed:

And just to prove I have been working away, here's a little something:

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Beta Testing

Posted on February 1, 2007 by Nighthawk

It may be a year later than originally planned, but I'm now looking for people to beta test this version of the mod, this includes the Future Forces side and all other additions to the Allies, Soviets and Yuri.
If you want to be a beta tester, please first read this topic. Then send me a PM if you can meet the requirements there.

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Future Forces database online

Posted on January 18, 2007 by Nighthawk

President Dugan has decided to lift his 'Future Forces Information Secrecy' Act after we captured a data module located in one of their signal devices, called a Guardian Outpost. This module has data on practically all of their units and structures. For all we know some parts of this may be false, Commander and partial to change, but we have uploaded a new database containing all the data. It looks similar to the last one, but to access it you need to proceed to this page instead to access it. The online interface will be updated accordingly. The database is still being uploaded at present, so you may not get an immediate connection, or some pieces may be missing. It will all be there soon Commander.

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