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#917163 Rider of Rohan's Stuff

Posted by Duke on 25 March 2013 - 10:50 PM in Showcase

To my knowledge at least two have been attempted over the years but none ever got too far. 


I quite like the layout of that Rohan base, can you get men on the walls though?

#916863 Sweet, sweet satire

Posted by Duke on 20 March 2013 - 04:25 AM in The Prancing Pony

Dear God! It's taking the piss :laugh:


Don't believe everything you read on the internet ;)


I thought you chaps might appreciate the humour, not make a suicide pact... :omg: 

#916712 The Hobbit movie total conversion mod

Posted by Duke on 18 March 2013 - 02:41 AM in Drawing Board & Mod Recruitment

Don't be so hard on yourself.


There's actually a lot of value in the role of a concept designer/whatever-it-is-you-labelled-yourself-up-there. To be honest, I'd value a great designer much more than an excellent artist. There's a lot of artists around :p Brilliant designers are gold.


Also mapping is quite a specialised skill if you can do it well, hell, I've had these games since they came out and never really figured out how to texture nicely in WB  :thumbsupxd:


The problem is that as modding is a voluntary type thing, it's all very ego based - so unless you can prove to other talented people that your mod is worth your time, you're not going to get so far. That's not to say your idea is bad. You just need to prove to all the grumpy old men that you're worth it :D


Don't give up, but just take a measured approach to the big ideas. 


+ Take the encouraging things that all these other folk have said :p

#916687 Sweet, sweet satire

Posted by Duke on 17 March 2013 - 07:56 PM in The Prancing Pony




#916685 Anticipated Games of 2013

Posted by Duke on 17 March 2013 - 07:52 PM in Open Topic


#914890 PART II Getting to know ANDROS

Posted by Duke on 22 February 2013 - 01:35 AM in Programming and Scripting

Has anyone tried this: http://phonegap.com/


I'm only really familiar with iOS dev but if this does what it says on the box.... 

#914639 The Hobbit movie, who looked how, & What I thought

Posted by Duke on 19 February 2013 - 02:06 AM in The Prancing Pony

It would be interesting for the WETA guys to make a wee clip talking about some of their inspiration for some of the armour/weapons designs. There's some sweet work there :p


It never made sense to me why LOTR films gave Legolas so much importance since in the book he and his people achieved so little.


Legolas is portrayed pretty *awesomely* in the movies but yeah, fair point. I'm guessing Peter Jackson had to concede a lot of things in order to make films that sell to the greater mainstream.


I re-read LOTR recently and I remember thinking at the point when they have picked 7 members of the fellowship Elrond suggests he fill the other two places with people from his house. Once he allows Merry and Pippin to come I remember Gandalf saying something like: Even Glorfindel, with the power that is within him he couldn't storm the dark tower.


I'm just sitting there like! :o He could try though!!


It'd make a pretty awesome movie to have Glorfindel or the sons of elrond or some other elven bad-asses tearing some shit up on the way to Mordor :p


It'd be silly.


Back on topic, I have to disagree with you Emperer, on the topic of Saruman. I thoroughly enjoyed the scenes set in Rivendell in the Hobbit as it's a really beautifully created setting and it was always pretty rushed in LOTR. It seemed a lot more gentle, more relaxed, more 'rivendellish' somehow.


In regards to Saruman, I know Christopher Lee is older than jesus and it was great to see his wee cameo but objectively it wasn't that great. I don't know if Saruman really was plotting as early on as this (I doubt it) but he definitely came across very much "I'm evil but you just don't know it yet" (this was a remark from some of my friends with much less lotr-lore/addiction). I thought the mushrooms comment was a funny gag, but just not right, didn't fit and made Saruman look like a fool.


I thought Thorin was very good, I don't know about this whole carry-on with the white warg etc. etc. but I guess we'll see what they do with this. The acting I thought was superb and casting very good (Though I enjoyed that dude in Spooks so..maybe a little biased). I thought he did a good job with a pretty complex character.


Gandalf was fricken AWESOME, I think Sir Ian did an amazing job of showing a more light-hearted Gandalf and he delivered the part BEAUTIFULLY (some excellent lines the writers have added in there that he nailed beautifully).


Gollum looked better than ever! My biggest peeve though, was that bloody scene in the Goblin caves with the stupid falling scaffolding thing. Why does PJ have this obsession with these silly environmental SFX things.... Just unnecessary I thought.


Lastly I thought Martin Freeman was bloody perfect as Bilbo. Details of lore and over-the-top SFX aside I think most of the acting and dialogue was bloody good. It was very much the "spirit" of the Hobbit, or the feeling you get reading it. 

#914635 Units to March and then Run ?

Posted by Duke on 19 February 2013 - 12:32 AM in Obsolete Topics

That sounds awesome, Lauri, I need to check out your mod!


Just to add my 2c, in regards to calvary - is it worth considering some increase to crushing on "aggressive"?


If we're talking physics: I mean, walking into a pike has a far less chance of killing you than galloping full speed into one - however there's just about no chance of trampling when walking.


So perhaps, as you say, no increase in attack but some sort of crushing bonus?


I'm possibly a little biased, I just love trampling massive armies to shit with a massive calvary force :p

#914634 Must be an IPB issue, but wanted to be noted

Posted by Duke on 19 February 2013 - 12:26 AM in Hosting and Feedback

Does IPB let you use html in those fields? It shouldn't... but it may convert html "special characters". (Because you are special :p)


Try: Attacque Supérior ?

#913915 The Horse Lords - Rohan

Posted by Duke on 13 February 2013 - 04:02 AM in Obsolete Topics

"Eored*", please!  :xd:

#913496 'Eye Popping' Trial

Posted by Duke on 08 February 2013 - 03:11 AM in GNP The O'Really Factor WTF?

This guy is like that pirate that loses his eye all the time from Pirates of the Caribbean?


Not at all. 


He's much more intelligent :p


#913413 Duke's Questions

Posted by Duke on 07 February 2013 - 03:25 AM in BFME2 & RotWK Modding



- extract your ini.big files into 1 folder (modname)
- create shortcut for it (your "srart in" must be the same with "pathto\lotrbfme2ep1.exe folder")
Target D:\RiseWK\lotrbfme2ep1.exe -mod "D:\modname"
Start In D:\RiseWK
- apply changes and start the game using modshortcut




Cheers for that Damian, appreciate it, but I managed to get that far myself - the issue was engaging the gamedata.ini because I was pretty sure that the game engine ignores gamedata.ini if you use this method to engage the mod.



Holy shit, Caleb is that you? Haven't seen you around in 3 years or so!


As for your question: you remember right. When using the -mod argument, changes you make to the macros in gamedata.ini aren't parsed. There are converted INI packages though, where the macros have been renamed and the definitions moved to another INI file (water.ini or so).


It is indeed. Hope things are going well for you mate! 


Legend. I shall give this a go later on, I did see them on the site but thought... what's the point of that. I can just extract from Finalbig. Very good! I should be away, at least for a wee bit now ;)



#913396 Duke's Questions

Posted by Duke on 07 February 2013 - 12:29 AM in BFME2 & RotWK Modding

Hey guys,


I used to be all into this many years ago when BFME was relatively fresh, RA was the most exciting thing since slided bread and I went by a different moniker. Surprisingly, I still even recognise a few names - good on you!


I've recently taken up playing ROTWK quite heavily over LAN with some friends which...well as you all know - this is just such a fricken awesome game and so much fun, we've been playing RJ primarily which is awesome but not quite finished unfortunately it's awakened something in me and I guess: once a modder....

So I don't have any flash render templates, logos and over-ambitious ideas for any never-before-tried mods featuring 1200 factions and all 4 ages of middle earth. I'm just going to do a bit of experimentation around in the game and see if I can attempt to remember old tricks and skills (come on, it was like 5 years ago??). It's coming into colder days here and i think it could be a fun wee projects for the late nights when the mrs is watching tele ;)


So! Appealing to you masters of code, art and whatnot. I suspect I'll have a few questions to ask over the next (however long I remain interested) and if anyone would be gracious enough to point me in the right direction from time to time I would much appreciate it.  :whathuh:



So I had a crack at getting under way last night. My first question is rather simple and I've tried to search your funky new T3A site to find an article or something but failing miserably... I'm sure someone can very simply remind me what to do here.


When using the -mod setup... you need to do something funky to get the gamedata.ini file working is that correct? ....

... What is it?  :blush:

#913364 The Hobbit

Posted by Duke on 06 February 2013 - 07:53 PM in The Prancing Pony

I love "erie break of day" haha.

#913363 The Horse Lords - Campaign Plan [ Ideas or Advice Welcome ]

Posted by Duke on 06 February 2013 - 07:46 PM in Obsolete Topics

Sounds very fun indeed.


In regards to the whole "pre-black-gate resistance thing", someone of greater lore than me can probably correct me but I recall resistance in Ithillien as you say.


Didn't a group of "MOTE" attempt to ambush Aragorn's posse in pretty much the same spot as Faramir's rangers ambushed a bunch of them in the Two Towers?


I think that their scouts caught them out though and they just sent calvary round the back to pincer them.


... Actually that could make for a SWEET battle if you did it right haha. 

#913311 Skyrim

Posted by Duke on 05 February 2013 - 11:17 PM in Media Discussion

Someone was telling me about this new expansion the other day. I thoroughly enjoyed Dawnguard (but I only have the Xbox 360 version) which got me back into playing this game fairly heavily for a few weeks or so.


Just looking here: http://elderscrolls....s_V:_Dragonborn


 In addition, the add-on features a plethora of new quests...[blahblahblah]...and the ability to tame and ride Dragons.




I'm downloading now.

#913118 Algerian hostage situation

Posted by Duke on 04 February 2013 - 05:40 AM in GNP Duke_Qa

Hello there gentlemen,


I've been lurking a wee bit lately and I thought I might explore this a little. Not so much the topic in question (sorry Duke!) but more this discussion on Africa. A couple of things caught my lurker's eye!


Africa is just a giant poop stain of death and inhumanity. They're constantly at war with everything, they still have slaves, they underpay and mistreat their population, their governments constantly are involved in acts of terrorism and black market deals... 


Yes. I suppose, though as Mike_ says, not all "Africa" is terrible and most people aren't bold enough as to make such a sweeping generalised and politically incorrect statement. Though you have to wonder, based on the past few hundred years of industrialisation - whether Africa really did have much of a chance.


We've invaded, kidnapped and armed with weapons beyond practicality or need countless innocent souls and then, for the most part (and again more generalisations), we've buggered off! We preferred to focus on our own economics leaving behind a rather painfully diluted muddle of injustice, introduced diseases, pillaged natural resources and a half attempted colonisation project where the number of states with your flag on it became more important than what was actually going on under that flag.


The point is, you mess around with nations for years and things get, as you say, "giant poop stain (esq.)".


I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's fine to slag off our African buddies as a ginormous mess but our ancestors kinda messed it up for them. That said, there are a lot of people doing a lot of amazing things in that continent (this Albino cause that Hostile's thrown himself into is one excellent, generous hearted example).


... That and Bill Gates has nearly wiped out polio... that's pretty cool. 


Negative thinking about Africa's future is probably the worst thing we can do as privileged citizens. I reckon that if we sort our act out we'll actually get to see some tremendous changes for good during our lifetimes in the troubled continent. There are real people doing really great things there and there are genuine, wonderful "African people" that I'm excited to see what can happen with some more solidified governments and an open world, as their oyster so to speak.


I read somewhere that if the US spent its military budget for one year on food we'd wipe out world hunger forever. I'm not sure on the validity of this and there's obviously a huge raft of follow on consequences of such an action but it makes me think that this is on the right track. 


It's exciting to think of what Africa could be in 50 years from now if we don't write it off ;)


#909984 Happy 2013

Posted by Duke on 05 January 2013 - 12:24 AM in News

Best wishes everybody. Good luck for all your endeavours!