- by Pol
The aims here are high. Project Ironfist is all about easy modding, with help of LUA scripting, enhanced editor, new campaigns (but not yet with campaign editor), artifacts, spells, abilities, stats balance. Custom scripts in map are supported. To let them speak:
"Our maps feature elementals that split in two, enemies that get more powerful the longer you wait, and epic quests to unlock missing secrets. Try out our maps Last Stand and Sorrow's End! "
Also the modification brings a few gameplay tweaks:
- Hit-and-run tactics for heroes is no longer allowed because rehired heroes do not regain their movement points
- A new artifact: Pandora's Box. This artifact creates a random stack of level 1 creatures for the duration of each battle.
- A new spell - Awareness. When cast, Awareness reveals part of the map around the caster, similar to the Redwood Observatory
- And no "WAIT" button, ever. Discussions why, you can see here or here.
The Game Itself is running pleasantly well and if you loved traditional Heroes 2 interface, you will be home here. Though there are some minor changes, which just fit in nifty.
- by Pol
A relatively young and stable program is F2HE. First seen release is from Dec 9, 2017 and from that time, they made it into the stable version. The Free Heroes 2 Enhanced engine is created with use of SDL but, of course, you are still supposed to have the original Heroes II. bought.
By itself the Windows version is bundled with demo of Heroes 2 but you can copy your files (DATA/*.agg, MUSIC/*.mp2, /MAPS and original exe.) here and you will get PoL under Free Heroes2 Enhanced engine.
From my (actually short) test time, everything seems to be in place. Oh, just before the start configure the game via "FH2Lanucher.exe" and you can start it by "FHeroes2Enh.exe".
Don't forget to "Save the Config". And when the program first time load all your maps, it will take awhile.
It can do Quick Combat, use "spacebar" and "h" key for moving and selecting your heroes. Supports resolutions 4:3 up to 1920 x 1080. See screenies below:
Map Editor is not in the scope of FH2E. If you would like to have a better one you will need to wait for our next article.
I think that you may be pleasantly surprised here. ;)
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- by Pol
If you would like to play older games under Windows 10 and also Windows 8(.1) you often need to reach for some wrapper. There are two reasons for that, first is huge advance in DirectX, second is usually related to CD check methods which are not compatible up to this day. There could be more, like core affinity - where just one core is supported or graphic driver issues related to OpenGL or fullscreen also just merely Windows ones. Some of them can be supressed from "Compatibility Settings" on the Properties page. And heck, some not.
If you get Heroes II. Gold from the GoG.com store, you have an option to add also Windows version (among other goodies), check "More" → "Backup & Goodies" → Install Win version. This is then installed to separate folder named "Heroes of Might and Magic 2 (Win)". You should install it on drive C and run.
The same is true for CZ or PL localised versions from CD Projekt. Albeit older they should still work under current Windows just with "Compatibility" settings.
If you have original from Ubisoft or 3DO, try to use DxWnd. Current version 2.04.98 supports 1238 games, among them are Heroes of Might & Magic II., III. and IV. And they can be eventually added, like Heroes.
All games need to be Windows version, if you have DOS ones go for DOSBOX and that would be a completely different story.
For supported games, download DxWnd first, install on your drive C (That serves as a prevention of many troubles), go to "File" → "Import" and select your profile within the game, from "exports" directory.
With that game icon will be added to your DxWnd menu, right click on it, select "Edit" and locate your current game path. Success should be marked with green dot appearing on the game icon. And now you can run (it)!
You can either run Heroes II. in fullscreen or you need to have them set up correctly, like below:
"Right click into the empty space, choose "Add", pick the location. Go to the "Video" TAB, right down pick "Initial resolution: 1280 x 1024" and on the left side "Force Win Resize". Save by OK and run by clicking on the icon."
Somehow this is necessary for playing PoL campaigns.
(source: reddit & CH)
See the picture below to get hang on Heroes I.
Courtesy of Alure155, it was being discussed here.
- by Pol
Dear CH Followers,
for Advent month we prepared for you one news for almost every day from Might & Magic world, to show you some repete of what happened in this year and perhaps what will shape its future.
Bringing to you the latest bug fixes, mods and ideas.
As you possibly all know, there's not planned any next Might & Magic game release in the close future from Ubisoft - but no worries, in Fan's World there are still dwelling crafty modders to breathe a new life into it.
In so far there is no game which would overcome the great shadow of M&M majestical adventures or strategies. Many tried but no one cut it with the same success. Yet.
Long Live the Queen!
- by Kalah
In the capitalist craze that is "Black Friday" (now expanded to "black week" or even "black month" in some countries), the occasional deal does pop up that would make even us reclusive gamers reach for our wallets. Shopping online enables us to get our fix without ever leaving the comfort of our own chairs; no looking for parking or fighting over the last product on the shelf. We can have a look at some of them and, by all means, feel free to post links to other deals you might find out there.
GOG.com is a shop I heartily recommend, and on their sales page there are several gems you might be interested in. Firstly, if you haven't played "The Witcher" series yet, you have missed out on something. W3 is (in my opinion) the best RPG ever made. Take a look and buy them if you can; I also recommend getting the W3 expansions, especially "Blood and Wine". Another favourite is the enhanced editions of Baldur's Gate 1 & 2. At these prices, it's a complete no-brainer. Oh and if you're into older games, the "Quest for glory" series is really cool. Anyway, there are lots of gems on GOG.com, all DRM-free and playable on modern computers, of course, enabling you to go nuts and shop to your heart's content.
Steam also has many items on sale, including the FarCry series, the above-mentioned Witcher series, XCOM 1 and XCOM 2 (both of which I can recommend), Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Civilization VI (currently selling at -70%), Borderlands 2 and much more besides.
Amazon.com have lots of PC/game stuff on sale, there's a good chance to pick up some equipment there if you're looking for something.
Of course there are many more shops out there, and many more deals, just keep in mind that you should not splurge for splurging's sake - shop for things you want or was going to get anyway ... Happy shopping, and don't ruin yourself. :)
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- by HoP & Pol
Since we are such good guys we would like to invite all of you to take part in this Q and A. Gaming or music or music and gaming, as you wish! Whatever you ever wanted to know, write it down.
By the power of Zelas!
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- by Karmakeld
Good news to those who have long been waiting for mirrored objects for H4.
We're pleased to share with you, a beta version of the H4 Object Package, fully compatible with both WoW version and Equilibris mod. (Std. and TGS versions remains to be tested).
Download it here (15 MB)
The H4 Objects Package v.0.55 contains mirrored versions of ALL Creature Banks and Creature Dwellings, complete with altered shadows and highlights, working animations as well as adjusted flag positions and entrances. Worth mentioning is the 3 versions of the previously unfinished Magic Lamp (creature bank).
Also included are all objects from Equilibris 3.51 and 3.55, fully compatible with non Equilibris mod.
Adding objects made by Radmutant69 and Mirage, the current package contains no less than 1141 new objects, ranging from mirrored adventure objects to a large amount of decoratives and even new terrain types.
Ready made aop files (both for Equi editor and WoW) are included, meaning all of the objects have been placed in the editor's palette, along with maps that displays the many new objects.
Planned updates will include:
- Mirrored Quest Huts along with additional Quest Huts.
- Mirrored Movement Modifiers.
- Mirrored Misc. Adventure objects.
- Mirrored Power Ups.
- Additional decorative objects.
- Previously unused dwellings: Sea Monster Lair, Mermaid Sanctuary and Mega Dragon Lair.
- Hero Portrait bank, for editing with the Equilibris FaceTool.
- Creature Hero sprites (by NimoStar) allowing for any hero to appear as any creature both in combat and on the adventure map.
Feel free to report bugs like bad highlights, shadows, animation speed, flag position, entrance point, passability info, badly centered images, glitches etc
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- by Antalyan
Do you still play the latest Heroes game (at least from time to time)? Have you ever wanted to try Heroes 7 but you gave it up because of hundreds of annoying bugs? Would you like to see H7 improved?
If you answer "yes" to any of the questions above, you might have already heard about the Unofficial Community Patch (UCP), the largest bugfixing patch for Might & Magic: Heroes 7, released in December 2017.
This time, it returns with dozens of new fixes and improvements, with the version 1.1 released on September 8th.
Furthermore, it brings more than 20 brand new abilities to the game, so the combats are even more exciting than before. You can also enjoy the extended hero pool, as well many other improvements.
For the first time, you can choose between the full and simplified mod version.
Read more and start downloading right here: Mod website
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- by Pol
If you loved old CRPG and always craved for chance to once create your own mission(s) you are now staying possibly just one step ahead. David Walters created powerful tool to achieve that. You can easily design your level, like with squared paper and pencil, import your textures, place trapes and creatures, quick check with visualisation as you are walking by dungeon and export teasers, with all the traps just invisible for any beholder.
Supported games are Might and Magic I-III, Ultima 1, Eye of the Beholder and some of the Wizardry - thus DOS only. The tool doesn't come as a free, you must buy either Gamer or Pro license, with the latest having it all.
Check Grid Carthographer on its homepage or Twitter. To compare editions take a look here, tool has also intensive Scripting Manual and is available for Windows, MacOS and Linux, see minimal requirements down there.
Grid Carthographer was continually developed from year 2013 and you can show your support on Patreon, where you can also read a bit more about its background.
See it in action:
Thanks Angelspit for the tip!