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Magua

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#1 1 week ago

Hi All,

I'm having difficulty loading mods for my MOH Allied Assault program.  Although I still have the original CDs from 2002, I'm replaying the series on a digital download courtesy of GOG from their collection, MOH: Assault War Chest since my original CDs will no longer run in Windows 10.

In particular, there are several FX mods (i.e. for blood and gore) that add a bit more realism and I have not been able to install after I have recently downloaded them from GameFront. For those who are familiar with those mods, they're mostly PK3 files that are placed either in the 'main', 'mainta,' or 'maintt' directories along with similar files with the same suffix. 

However once I had unpacked the mods from the zip files, reviewed the 'read me' files, and added them to the appropriate file locations, I couldn't get them to work with my game.  I've even unchecked "Texture Compression" in the video settings as suggested by one of the mod authors before launching the game but to no avail.  While some of the zip files come with install instructions, others do not. 

Unlike some of my other programs, MOHAA  seems to be a very difficult game for adding mods. Nevertheless, I'm sure there's a simple solution. I also hope this community website is still active as some of the posts I've read are as old as 15 years.   





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#2 1 week ago

When you say you can't get them to work, do you mean none of the textures are changed, or are they are recognized but you get a grey square effect?  I've recently tried blood mods for the main game and expansions and they don't always work the same.  Also, are you using any other texture mods?  



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#3 1 week ago
Posted by Troy MacGregor

When you say you can't get them to work, do you mean none of the textures are changed, or are they are recognized but you get a grey square effect?  I've recently tried blood mods for the main game and expansions and they don't always work the same.  Also, are you using any other texture mods?  



Hi Troy,

There is no discernible difference in the characters after they expire from either being shot or killed by an explosive device. And I don't see any 'grey square effect' or other visual change in the character's bodies (textures) nor am I using any other texture mods since I can't get any to work. When I restart the game after installing the PK3 files (i.e., blood mods as an example) in the main, mainta, and maintt directories and unchecking the 'Texture Compression' in the video settings as directed from one mod's author, nothing happens. The mods I've tried can also be used in the main game, MOHAA as well as the expansions, Breakout, and Spearhead

I could be wrong but I'm beginning to think it has more to do with the digital download version of the game which probably eliminates the program from any modding. It only took me several mods and many hours to realize it. I guess that's why it's a hobby.  Nevertheless, I have other games like Silent Hunter 4, Wolves of the Pacific which is now available as a digital download and it mods very nicely.  

Magua    





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#4 1 week ago

I think often with PK3's the order is important. Have you tried adding a bunch of ZZZ's to the start of the filename? Sometimes they can be overridden if another pk3 with a name that starts later in the alphabet overrides it.


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#5 1 week ago
Posted by FileTrekker

I think often with PK3's the order is important. Have you tried adding a bunch of ZZZ's to the start of the filename? Sometimes they can be overridden if another pk3 with a name that starts later in the alphabet overrides it.

Hi FileTrekker,

Thanks for the tip. I would have never thought of it.  I did try to experiment by changing the mod file name to the next Pak# in line, say 'Pak6' if there was already a 'Pak5' in the folder but it didn't seem to make a difference. So, I'll give your suggestion a go and see what happens. 

BTW, only some of the texture mods for MOHAA in GameFront come with semi-coherent instructions (read me files) which makes it even more frustrating to figure out why they won't work. I always found a little knowledge can sometimes be powerful, especially when it's shared!

Magua    




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#6 1 week ago

It's worth pointing out that those readmes (or lack thereof) are the responsibility of the mod creator. GameFront doesn't create the mods so much as they host them and provide a convenient central place to obtain them. It's frustrating, yes, but if a content creator wants people using their mods they are (were?) expected to provide the user with all the information necessary.

From your posts I'm worried this is more a limitation of the digital download than anything else, but I haven't played this game so I'm not going to say that with any degree of certainty.

Perhaps Troy can jump in with some input on what version he's using here seeing as he's recently tried to mod the game?




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#7 1 week ago
Posted by Lysdestic

It's worth pointing out that those readmes (or lack thereof) are the responsibility of the mod creator. GameFront doesn't create the mods so much as they host them and provide a convenient central place to obtain them. It's frustrating, yes, but if a content creator wants people using their mods they are (were?) expected to provide the user with all the information necessary.

And I always understood this to be the case for as long as I've been gaming and downloading mods online. However, I was happy to find such a large assortment of said mods in one place for MOHAA on GameFront.com. I just wasn't familiar with how to correctly enable them in my game.

Nevertheless, I tried FileTrekker's previous suggestion and it worked like a charm!  So, now I can enjoy, even more, one of the classics from my 2002 EA collection.


Thanks, Guys.


Magua          





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#8 1 week ago

Most welcome!  Glad to hear it's working out! :)


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#9 1 week ago

Awesome, glad it worked!


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