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Increase Max Number of Party Members

billbiscobillbisco Member Posts: 339
edited July 2015 in Feature Requests
Hi Devs,

We had a brief conversation on this page:
http://forums.beamdog.com/discussion/26673/all-you-wanted-to-know-about-baldurs-gate-siege-of-dragonspear-adventure-y-previously/p102
and this one:
http://forums.beamdog.com/discussion/26673/all-you-wanted-to-know-about-baldurs-gate-siege-of-dragonspear-adventure-y-previously/p103

Thank you for your support, please externalize the maximum number of party members from 6 to an arbitrary high number. More than 6 party members has been a desire of players for years and if modders could work to add more party members it would mean a lot of fun for a lot of people.

There's already a GemRB mod which increases the max number of party members from 6 to 10 here: http://gibberlings3.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=27138&page=1

If we could get a similar treatment, and the ability to mod the UI to better allow for more party members, it would mean so much to many of us.

Sincerely,

Bill

GrammarsaladFaydarkStoneSwords

Comments

  • FaydarkFaydark Member Posts: 273
    Good call.

    With the UI and display settings I play on, there is room for at least 4 more portraits on the right hand party bar. I doubt I'd run around with a full party of 10 ever, but I would surely pickup an extra party member or two for specific quests and such.

    billbisco
  • SmilingSwordSmilingSword Member Posts: 827
    edited July 2015
    I like this idea, but there would need to be one hell of difficulty mod to go with it. Ascension/SCS won't mean much with a 10 member party. Something to double all the standard unnamed enemies, buff named enemies, that works with Ascension/SCS, could be a good start or maybe a HoF mode without the extra exp gain that also adds additional enemies.

    I really do like the idea of giant battles.

  • _Connacht__Connacht_ Member Posts: 87
    Problem is, party members slots are hard coded, it would be quite a Hell to convert everything and get the game go smooth without annoying bugs (i.e. map transitions not working properly, broken AI, scripts not going as intended).

  • ThelsThels Member Posts: 1,141
    Oeh, this seems cool. Especially when doing a run for the NPC interaction and quests, rather than the main game, it would be nice to carry a few additional people around.

    But it seems like more than 6 characters is only available for GemBR, which in turn is not compatible with EE (let alone SoD), so that's a no. Well, here's hoping someone ever mods this for EE!

  • IxtabIxtab Unconfirmed, Member Posts: 2
    So, I started trying to install that mod for 10 party members and got nowhere, came back to this thread and realized that I didnt notice that it is only for the non EE edition. Is there still no mod that lets you have more than 6 members for the EE edition?
    Even just one extra would be nice... I havent played in a long time, and I like making my whole party, but I forgot that you have to have some of the in game characters in your party for some quests, so it would be nice to add them as temporary members.

  • ThacoBellThacoBell Member Posts: 5,814
    @Ixtab No there isn't. Which is a shame. 7 party members would be perfect for me.

  • IxtabIxtab Unconfirmed, Member Posts: 2
    This is a shame... I dont know much about modding for these games, but if it was done before, I don't know why it cant be done again for the EE version

  • ThacoBellThacoBell Member Posts: 5,814
    Ixtab said:

    This is a shame... I dont know much about modding for these games, but if it was done before, I don't know why it cant be done again for the EE version

    Its all hardcoded, and very difficult, I don't think the one mod that could do it ever got out of beta. The IE has been changed enough, that it would be starting from scratch. That is a LOT of work.

  • ThelsThels Member Posts: 1,141
    edited May 16
    It wasn't just a mod for the old version... If that were the case, someone would've surely updated it by now.

    It was actually a re-implementation of the Engine called GemRB: http://www.gemrb.org/

    Well, that and the 10pp mod that was specifically designed for GemRB.

    If you can stand playing the Pre-EE games in this day and age, well, the BG, BG2 and IWD games seem to be fairly complete, so you could give it a go. You probably need the old games for everything to work well. I doubt they run well using the EE database files.

    ThacoBell
  • subtledoctorsubtledoctor Member Posts: 9,076
    Thels said:

    It wasn't just a mod for the old version... It was actually a re-implementation of the Engine

    Emphasis added. There has never been, and there never will be, a mod for these games that allows more than 6 party members. Period, end of story. Sorry.

    Frankly I think 6 is pretty generous. It allows you to have the classic 4-man party plus two extras. Most other games in this genre tend to let you have 4-5 or fewer party members. (That seems stingy to me.)

    lefreut
  • ThacoBellThacoBell Member Posts: 5,814
    I'm a weirdo who wants exactly 7.

  • AstroBryGuyAstroBryGuy Member Posts: 3,143
    ThacoBell said:

    I'm a weirdo who wants exactly 7.

    Play Silversword! :sunglasses:

    https://silversword-rpg.com/

    ThacoBell
  • ThacoBellThacoBell Member Posts: 5,814

    ThacoBell said:

    I'm a weirdo who wants exactly 7.

    Play Silversword! :sunglasses:

    https://silversword-rpg.com/
    I don't think I can have Minsc, Mazzy, Imoen, Sirene, Sarevok, and Jaheria in silversword :(

    AstroBryGuy
  • ThacoBellThacoBell Member Posts: 5,814
    Actually, you know what? I'd be happy if there was a mod that let you build a secondary party of sorts. LIke a second team of six that doesn't travel with you visibly, but they will interject and banter as if they were party members. I don't know if that is feasible in any way, but banters and interjections are why I want more party members.

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