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[MOD] Druid Grove Makeover

UlbUlb Member Posts: 295
edited September 2018 in BGII:EE Mods
This mod aims to improve the visual art of the druid grove outdoor area.

To me this area has always been a huge disappointment.

When you think ''druid grove'' you usually imagine some enchanted mythical forest and a few monoliths or rune stones. Instead of all that BG2 delivered a barren, swampy wasteland covered in orange dirt and a druid grove that looks more like a futuristic nuclear bomb shelter than anything else.

My goal was to only edit the actual area art and not touch anything else (lighting and pathing). Because of this, the lower part of the area has only been slightly modified as there are simply too many dead tree polygons to make any significant changes and still keep the area in line with the underlying .wed file.

Here is a short overview of what has been changed:

Lower part of the map:

-added some ground vegetation and adjusted coloring in some parts to make the ground look less like plain orange dirt and make the whole area look more alive.

Upper part of the map:

-changed the ground to a healthy, grass covered floor
-added trees to the upper map border to make the area look like it is bordering on a (slightly) higher altitude forest
-reworked druid grove exterior to look like a natural cave entrance (which is inline with the vanilla druid grove interior area art)
-changed the ground around the stone circle in front of the druid grove to look more natural

Here a side by side comparison between the original and the edited druid grove exterior.
imgur link

And here is a screenshot of the full map.
imgur link


Compatibility:

The mod should be compatible with all mods that do not alter the area files of the druid grove area (ar1900) and comes with a legacy .tis file (untested) for the classic BG2 game and a new PVRZ .tis file for BG2EE/EET.

Currently there is only one known conflict: If G3's BG2Fixpack is installed/to be installed then Druid Grove Makeover needs to be installed AFTER BG2Fixpack to work properly.

Installation:

You can install/uninstall this mod at any time and there is no need to start a new game for the changes to take effect.

Credits:

Many thanks to Argent77 for his work on NearInfinity and his advice on coding.

The mod can be found here.
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Comments

  • argent77argent77 Member Posts: 3,135
    Nice work! The entrance to the Druid Grove looks much more natural now. The trees in the vicinity help a lot to tone down the wild and dangerous look of the landscape.

    Do you plan to improve (and activate) the night map as well?
    lolien
  • UlbUlb Member Posts: 295
    edited January 2017
    Thanks Argent!

    I actually thought about doing a night map as well earlier today but I'm not sure yet, that's why I released it with just the one map for now.
    I assume activating the night map would not be likely to cause any compatibility issues with other mods?

    I'll take another look at the existing night map tomorrow and see how I feel about that.

    *edit*
    Oh, bye the way, do you happen to know why the existing night map was turned off in the first place? I did a quick test earlier and it seemed to work just fine, so I'm not sure why they would just hide it away and use the filter instead..
    lolien
  • RaduzielRaduziel Member Posts: 4,714
    Can you post more screenshots?
  • argent77argent77 Member Posts: 3,135
    edited January 2017
    I don't know. Maybe just another part that didn't make it into the final release of BG2. Checking an old BG2 installation it looks like the BG2 Fixpack already activated this map. I wonder why Beamdog didn't port it over into BG2EE.
  • UlbUlb Member Posts: 295
    @Raduziel
    I have updated the first post with an imgur link to the full map.

    @argent77
    That's why I was thinking there might be a down side to extended night areas. Like, maybe the twilight gradual color shift doesn't work when it's enabled or it's something else.
    (I think that might be it, since you usually get those little movies instead in extended night areas.)

    Also, if the gradual color shift works it would look kind of weird. The original night map has a lot of light spots all over it, more or less aligning with the mushroom colonies on the map, so if I did a night map that would mean glowing mushrooms a la SoD but then you'd have normal boring mushrooms during twilight and suddenly glowing mushrooms at full night.
    lolien
  • RaduzielRaduziel Member Posts: 4,714
    @Ulb Thanks. Nice work, it is much better this way.
    CrevsDaak
  • UlbUlb Member Posts: 295
    Thank you, glad you like it. :smile:
  • UlbUlb Member Posts: 295
    So I've looked around a bit and it seems the only mod that actually interferes with Druid Grove Makeover is G3's BG2Fixpack which sets the extended night flag for ar1900.are.

    Theoretically it would be rather easy to ensure compatibility (as long as BG2Fixpack is installed first), the only problem is: I have no clue how to tell WeiDU to undo what the fixpack did.
    This is the code responsible for setting the area flag in the fix pack:
    COPY_EXISTING ar1900.are override
                  ar2807.are override
      READ_SHORT   0x48 location_flags
      WRITE_SHORT  0x48 location_flags | 0x40
    BUT_ONLY
    If anyone more knowledgeable knows how to reverse this, it would be much appreciated.
  • argent77argent77 Member Posts: 3,135
    Something like this should work:
    COPY_EXISTING ~ar1900.are~ ~override~ READ_SHORT 0x48 location WRITE_SHORT 0x48 (location BAND BNOT 0x40) // clears bit 6 (Extended Night) BUT_ONLY
    UlbCrevsDaak
  • UlbUlb Member Posts: 295
    Thanks a lot Argent! =)
  • compleCCitycompleCCity Member Posts: 49
    And installed again. Thanks for this improvment, Ulb.
    You could update the DL link in your initial post to the latest version 1.2. BWS already downloads that one.
    Ulb
  • ALIENALIEN Member Posts: 1,193
    @Ulb
    You need to use correct link format inside first post:
    Link to download latest release: http://lynxlynx.info/ie/modhub.php?thisisulb/druidgrovemakeover
  • UlbUlb Member Posts: 295
    Thanks guys, link in first post is updated.
    compleCCitytl1942
  • tl1942tl1942 Member Posts: 170
    @Ulb Just an FYI, the link only works if you right-click and save as; Google Chrome blocks the download for some reason (and even then, you have to manually click the past the warnings).
  • MaurvirMaurvir Member Posts: 1,090
    I really like the new art for this, but I'm a bit concerned about breaking my current EET install - since my party is already in chapter 5.

    Would this be safe to install after EET_End and SCS?
  • EndarireEndarire Member Posts: 832
    Probably not. It's better done on a new game, lest your saves be corrupted.

    @Maurvir
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