It looks very … normal
only other naming of executables for main game
TRY: does normal WoG play these sound?
TROBLESHOOTING: there are some dll files used by VCMI - search the forum for topics about sound and video handling and check if you have all neccesary libraries
IF THAT FAILS: some functions are disabled in latest versions for avoid random crashes and for better finding errors/bugs in code. check svn changelog to see if your version of vcmi have something disabled with music/audio/video
Are all sound effects not present (new day/week sound, hero movement sound, sound of creatures during battles etc)? Are there any related warnings in console?
And - sorry if questions sounds stupid - have you checked in system options window if sound effects weren’t just disabled?
All sounds effects used by VCMI are stored in Data/Heroes3.snd which is present in your installation and obviously is not empty - moreover, it’s suprisingly big (more than 40MB compared to ~15 in my installation).
So maybe the gog version of heroes has diffrient files hidden in it. Maybe better quality of voices occupied change in format and extension? could you get heroes-type arhives unpacker and show what is in?
Would you like any more information on the differences between the original SoD/H3C and GOG.com’s Heroes 3 Complete? At this late stage in the piece (so long after the original H3 and expansions were released on disc) I think it would make excellent sense to make VCMI fully compatible with GOG.com’s version of H3C - for newcomers to H3 (and VCMI mod-making, later in VCMI’s development).
now i think the heroes.snd is really empty (dummy records only) on GOG
so i think they support sounds in external way to the normal H3 engine
(so the files are already alsewere and are played with some injected library or so and don’t by the original engine itself)
Pity What about future? Do you plan to support other language versions? Do you plan to support internationalization at all? I think that support for translations in VCMI would be great. With some easy way, like xml or text files.
H3/VCMI already supports translation via placing .txt files. Actually that is what you do by extracting ma English language pack.
Different language versions have some differences in formatting that confuses VCMI. It should be considered as bug in VCMI and it will be eventually fixed.
(However it’s not top priority, especially since not all .txt files are parsed and during the development we still extend support for them.)
WoG tends to get frustrating if you more often play in Multiplayer (which I guess it’s your case as you mention playing with your friends). As unfortunately I have no friends interested in Heroes even a little bit (and due to my schedule, I’ll probably never be able to carry an online game to the end), I’m forced to play Single Player only. And for single players WoG is vital I’d say to keep the game interesting.
But I see what you mean. And VCMI will be playable in a format pretty close to the vanilla HOMM3. But currently it does require WoG to be installed in your Heroes folder. If you don’t want to mess up your main Heroes folder (because of the hardcoded WoG elements), I suggest you just copy it to another location, install WoG over it, and then VCMI.
I don’t know if on the long term there are plans to have a (larger) VCMI kit, which would come with all the files necessary, so that you don’t need the WoG installation. I guess Tow/TowDragon can confirm that.
I just replaced my gog.com’s version of Heroes3.snd with a retail version of Heroes3.snd and all of the sounds now play, now i’m having the problem that though the sounds play…i get no music, and this game can get quite boring without music… any ideas?