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Witchking

Joined: 05 Feb 2013
Posts: 21
Posted: 2015-10-07, 21:21   Mod Design Team

==VCMI Mod Design Team ==


I am happy to announce newly created group Mod Design Team. As VCMI is getting closer and closer to playable version and long awaited map editor is going to be presented in next version (VCMI 0.99) we have decided to join forces and form new group which will be focused on delivering high quality content to the game.

Group members are people responsible for lately introduced Heavenly Forge (http://heroescommunity.com/viewthread.php3?TID=36162&pagenumber=59), and Oasis (http://heroescommunity.com/viewthread.php3?TID=40900&pagenumber=9), so if anyone is worried, I would risk statement, that we have skills to deliver good addon ourselves.

Our main objectives is to enrich game with extra content grouped in a form of submods. That means that several different ideas would be assigned to single mods with a possibilities to turn it on or off according to your personal taste. We feel that this approach is in the line with the philosophy, and our group guarantees it's good execution.

You may ask what about this extra content in reference to new towns. Of course some of this content would be necessary to install them, but it is up to a town authors if they are going to do so. For sure there is a place for only-faction content, as we won't be implementing special content in "base submods", so you won't be fighting with new Forge neutral (Alien) without installing town, or you won't see Oasis-only artefacts without doing the same.

Note that presented below materials are considered "DONE" right after they appear in mod!

Here are main projects which are under development right now
1) Alternative units
This idea was first introduced in Heroes IV, and then ended up as an one of abandoned HoTa project. In short it is about giving alternative option for creatures in line up of all towns. What is making new unit a good choice is situational pick and different strategies it will apply to gameplay. New units will have base, upgrade, fitting dwelling and it's representation on map.

For now we are focusing on a basic towns of H3, but in a future it will contain alternatives also for Cove and our two towns. Plan is to introduce three creatures per faction, but first playable version will have just one.

Here are some creatures made by Witchking, Trith, Sower, Nephretes, Kuririn (hi)

I) HD




II) In game




For now I won't cover which unit is assigned to, so you may speculate yourselves.

III) Dwellings on town screen




IV) Dwellings on adventure map



PS. English is going to be official language.

V) Inside Town Hall





2) Neutral units
There is nothing that diversifies game so easily as new neutral units. New creatures are always nice thing to have :) Uśmiech, radość, zadowolenie. Some of them are specially preapered for this purpose, some of them are projects which won't make it in alternatives



3) New artifacts
Beside usual stuff like new artifacts with completely new properties, or new sets there will be completely new type of them called 'Wands' which will allow to cast spells during battle for free.



4) Alternative special buildings
It is one of the most distant

22:16:25 future to introduce new special buildings to further differentiate strategy option for towns

5) New heroes battle defs
VCMI allows to distinguish classes by sex. For now this option is only available for Forge, and future Oasis relase, but we are planning to make it for every fraction.




6) Damn, this work never ends
What we have already announced is enough work for years, but who knows what we will come up with.

We are expecting great things from our side, but also we are hoping that development of our mod will coincide with VCMI progress

VCMI- FUTURE OF HEROES 3 IS HERE
Last edited by Witchking on 2016-05-02, 13:19; edited 1 time in total  
 
     
SXX 
VCMI programmer

Age: 25
Joined: 04 Jul 2014
Posts: 389
Posted: 2015-10-08, 01:41   

Art looks absolutely amazing! Wish you best of luck!
 
     
q4a

Joined: 26 Feb 2011
Posts: 42
Location: Russia*
Posted: 2015-10-19, 08:31   

Hi Witchking!

Is there any site/repo (git, svn, etc) of this project. What license do you use for art?
 
     
Witchking

Joined: 05 Feb 2013
Posts: 21
Posted: 2015-10-20, 18:19   

It will be possible to use creatures after release. Defs of them will be available in a Creatures bank on Acid Cave, and as long as you give us credits, we don't mind using it.
 
     
SXX 
VCMI programmer

Age: 25
Joined: 04 Jul 2014
Posts: 389
Posted: 2015-10-21, 05:57   

Witchking wrote:
and as long as you give us credits, we don't mind using it.

Proper licensing still important because you may allow commercial usage / derivative works or not, etc.
https://creativecommons.org/choose/

If someone of Linux guys around decide to distribute your DEFs together with VCMI on Linux distributions (e.g include them within free assets in Debian) it's won't be possible without appropriate licensing. So something like Creative Commons is needed.
 
     
Ivan 
VCMI programmer

Age: 26
Joined: 08 May 2009
Posts: 1438
Location: Ukraine
Posted: 2015-10-21, 17:43   

^ I would suggest using CC-BY or CC-BY-SA. Other licenses are more restictive and using them as free content for vcmi won't work - most of Linux distributions require possibility of derivative works & commertial usage.

Note that with CC-BY-SA commertial usage is quite limited - derivative works that include your assets must also use the same license. And "free to share" licenses are not exactly suitable for commertial works : )

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Defs of them will be available in a Creatures bank on Acid Cave, and as long as you give us credits, we don't mind using it.

Would be great if you will also upload them as proper full-color set of images instead of those low-quality and hard-to use .def's
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Tooandorisu 


Age: 29
Joined: 02 Apr 2013
Posts: 87
Posted: 2016-04-25, 18:23   

Any updates?
 
     
misiokles 

Joined: 12 Nov 2015
Posts: 182
Posted: 2016-04-27, 18:02   

Mod Design Team lives. There's update on its FB page recently:
https://www.facebook.com/moddesignteam/?fref=ts

Recently MDT is working on skeleton-pirat unit and something they call 'fresh' in H3 world.

 
     
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