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Stronghold Crusader Mod

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AZ ViTrAzhAs
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Used with: Crusader
Greetings all gamers! Are you bored with the Crusader’s sandy atmosphere and buildings? Stronghold features European environment, basically with big, strong, stone or wooden buildings, which create the dark, middle aged aura. This utility, I really don’t think this is a mod of some kind, will bring all Stronghold’s themes to Crusader. I’ve thought about adding only buildings, but yet again, they don’t look well when mixed with the sandy Crusader’s palette. Here’s a picture which shows how Crusader looks with this utility:

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As you can see this is not Stronghold, the troops reveal it all.

Mixing Stronghold’s and Stronghold Crusader’s graphics can create interesting map design features. As an example (I don't know rather it's good or bad) You can take a look at my map ( Fathers' Sins, Chapter 2: Jack Wolverine)
If You would look closely, You’ll notice that only part of the design is similar to Crusader (You had to replace the files, which were offered). However this utility creates the complete environment of Stronghold.

How to use it:

Step 1: Find your Stronghold Crusader folder (Usually the directory is C:\ Program files\Firefly Studios)
Step 2: Find a folder, named gm (before starting the replacement, please back up this folder!), open it
Step 3: Replace the original files with the new ones, which come with this archive. (The files are archived twice)

That’s it!

Known errors!

1.The towers. As some of you might understand, that the look out tower won’t have its animation, there’s only a multicolored square. What is more the castle animation file will create some disproportions on the towers.
Problem solving – just delete the anim_castle.gm1. This file creates roofs above towers, tower windows, forms a diagonal wall. You can delete the file, the towers will look great, but the diagonal walls will look angled.

2.Hovels. After placing 4 hovels, the following three hovels will look like fletcher’s workshops.
Problem solving – just place those three hovels-workshops, and the next four hovels will be normal again.

3.Water pot. There’s no water pot in Stronghold so when you place a water pot it’s the same fletcher’s workshop as with the hovels.
Problem sloving – don’t build the water pots ;)

Please report about any other glitches and if You have any troubles give me a note –

AZ ViTrAzhAs

Quoting Az'z comment from below:
"This utility is used with version 1.1"
[edited by ericgolf]
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The Dragonheart 2nd download.
How do you do these things, AZ?

EDIT: I made a back-up copy of the "gm" folder and then replaced the original files in it with the modded file. I started the game but it couldn't get to the main menu. It loaded those three little videos that come before the main menu, but then it just closed and brought me back to my desktop. Maybe I'm not doing it right...

[Edited on 01/05/08 @ 11:30 PM]

andyator55 this is really cool thnx!
Lord William1234 You said in the post that there was more than one file, but the only problem is that there is only one in the download. Was this intended, or do we just need to do more careful removing of specific files?

EDIT: I was forced to manually change the files myself by replacing some (not all) of the files. Do I have your permission to submit that file? It (I think) works just as well as yours does.

[Edited on 01/06/08 @ 10:16 AM]

AZ ViTrAzhAs
File Author
Emm.. guys guys, there are 28 files inside the archive! They have been archived twice, so when you extract the downloaded file you get another archive. Extract the files once more from this archive and there You go! These are simple files and you just simply replace them. Remember the files are archived twice! They work fine Lord William...
Bartimaeus M sorry but this might be a stupid question but what the hell do you mean they have been doubled archived o>O
i understand there are 28 files..... and thet they go in the gm folder like most of your other things but double archives .... my head is now like a clogged car engine falling apart.

sorry bout this.
Lord William1234 Whoops, sorry, when I opened the zip file, there was only one file. So does that mean that I have to extract the file or something?
AZ ViTrAzhAs
File Author
OK i will try to explain once more... When You download the file you get the usual .zip archive right? You extract it and usually there's a map or some kind of a file. This time when you extract the file from the .zip archive, You get another archive, .rar type this time. So just extract the files once more from this .rar archive. You get the 28 files, which You have to replace. This action reduces the size of the files. Please tell me if someone is already using this modification
Venomrider Although I prefer the stronghold graphics to crusader I have to say that not seeing the usual graphics during crusader play would be annoying. It is a great idea but permanently it would be bothersome to change the files every game graphics change.
Bartimaeus M right i get it lol... i see what you mean

basicallt extract --- get a new .rar file ---* then you extract that to gm folder --- to get the 28 new files...

edit - saving me to add another comment

But what the heck!

looks good but i dont reckonise any of the graphics XD I struggled to tell what was the oasis until I went to create my own map. Its proberly because i have not played any new stronghold after legends

i have played crusader and legends
stronghold 1 - where you start of with killing lions then kill rat then snake then running around with pig then finally the wolf in scotland (the one based all ove the england scotland and possibly wales)

[Edited on 01/09/08 @ 10:02 PM]

AZ ViTrAzhAs
File Author
Venomrider, of course I understand that after sometime everyone will want the sandy Crusader back, but it's just for those who want to try something different in the game
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