Motsognir the Mighty

This modpack adds King Motsognir, mightiest of all the dwarves, to the AGE OF MYTHOLOGY: THE TITANS unit lineup. It allows players using th...

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This modpack adds King Motsognir, mightiest of all the dwarves, to the AGE OF MYTHOLOGY:
THE TITANS unit lineup. It allows players using the Norse civilization to research and
train the powerful hero at their Temple in the Mythic Age, as well as upgrade him with
several custom technologies. The unit itself has two versions: a fast-moving, agile one,
and a slow-moving, powerful one. Players can transform the unit from one version to the
other at any time, at a small cost of resources, namely Gold and Favor. Each version,
agile and strong, has it's own advantages and disadvantages. Like all Norse military
units, the hero can build all of the Norse buildings (except the farm). Motsognir is
based on the animations of the SPC Eitri unit.

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Modpack Features
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~> Double-resolution standard textures.
~> Cinematic texture. Replaces Eitri's Granny texture.
~> Two interchangeable unit versions: agile and strong.
~> Two customized unit upgrade technologies.
~> Customized ProtoUnit stats for each unit.
~> Modified ProtoUnit stats for the Temple unit, allowing the unit to be trained.
~> Modified Mythic Age technologies, also allowing the unit to be trained.
~> Unit and technology history info, based (loosely) on the works of the Poetic Eddas.
~> Customized unit sounds.
~> Customized unit icons.
~> DLL defined names and rollover text.

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MOTSOGNIR THE MIGHTY Modpack - By King Jared            		    Version 1.0
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This modpack adds King Motsognir, mightiest of all the dwarves, to the AGE OF MYTHOLOGY:
THE TITANS unit lineup. It allows players using the Norse civilization to research and
train the powerful hero at their Temple in the Mythic Age, as well as upgrade him with
several custom technologies. The unit itself has two versions: a fast-moving, agile one,
and a slow-moving, powerful one. Players can transform the unit from one version to the
other at any time, at a small cost of resources, namely Gold and Favor. Each version,
agile and strong, has it's own advantages and disadvantages. Like all Norse military
units, the hero can build all of the Norse buildings (except the farm). Motsognir is 
based on the animations of the SPC Eitri unit.

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Modpack Features
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~> Double-resolution standard textures.
~> Cinematic texture. Replaces Eitri's Granny texture.
~> Two interchangeable unit versions: agile and strong.
~> Two customized unit upgrade technologies.
~> Customized ProtoUnit stats for each unit.
~> Modified ProtoUnit stats for the Temple unit, allowing the unit to be trained.
~> Modified Mythic Age technologies, also allowing the unit to be trained.
~> Unit and technology history info, based (loosely) on the works of the Poetic Eddas.
~> Customized unit sounds.
~> Customized unit icons.
~> DLL defined names and rollover text.

Also included are screenshots of the unit, the ProtoUnit stats on a separate text
document, the TechTree stats separate, and a backup xpacklanguage.dll, along with the
installer itself.

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Before You Install...
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Once installed, the modpack adds a number of files to the AGE OF MYTHOLOGY folder. Most
of these files are highly unlikely to affect or replace other games files, but some will
do so.

THE XPACKLANGUAGE.DLL
- The modpack installation will replace the original xpacklanguage.dll file, located in
the AGE OF MYTHOLOGY folder, with a modified version. Included in the ZIP archive along
with this README text is a copy of the original xpacklanguage.dll. Keep this file in a
safe place somewhere on you harddrive. When the modpack is uninstalled, the modified DLL
file will be deleted. Replace it with the backup copy of the original.
- If you have yourself modified the xpacklanguage.dll, or installed another modpack with
a modified version of the file, it would be wise to move it to an alternate location, as
it will be replaced upon installation.
- If you misplace or accidentally delete the backup copy of the original DLL file, you
must either reinstall the game or copy the file directly from the CD.

THE PROTOX.XML/XMB
- The modpack installation will replace both the protox.xmb and protox.xml, if these two
files are in the AGE OF MYTHOLOGY\DATA folder. If you have not previously modified the
proto, or installed another modpack that did so, then there is no cause for concern; the
protox.xmb will remain safe in the data2.bar.
- If the proto HAS been modified and it is currently installed in the DATA folder, it
would be wise to move the files (protox.xml and/or protox.xmb) to an alternate location,
as it/they will be replaced upon installation.
- If you wish to add the unit to a previously modified version of the protox.xmb...
   	1.) Install the modpack files to an alternate location. Do NOT install the 
	modpack files to the default AGE OF MYTHOLOGY folder, as it will replace the
	modified proto files already in existance.
	2.) Open the ProtoX Stats.txt file included in the ZIP archive, or open the
	Motsognir protox.xml file that was extracted to the alternate location, using
	the NOTEPAD text program.
	3.) Open the modified protox.xml file in the DATA folder with NOTEPAD. Or if the
	protox.xmb file is only present, convert it to XML format with the AoMEd file
	convertor utility (available at a number of locations on the Internet), and open
	it with NOTEPAD.
	4.) In the ProtoX Stats.txt file or protox.xml file, scroll to the line
	labelled...
		'<unit id="801" name="Motsognir Agile">'
	- In the ProtoX Stats.txt, select all the text from that point down to the bottom
	of the document, and copy it.
	- In the protox.xml, select all the text from that point down to the bottom of
	the document, and copy it.
	5.) In the modified protox.xml file in the DATA folder, go to the very end of
	document and paste the text copied from the above mentioned files. Make sure to
	include the line...
		'</proto>'
	... at the end of the text.
	6.) Two units were added to the proto; Motsognir Agile and Motsognir Strong. You
	must now change the unit ID numbers. They are...
		'<unit id="801" name="Motsognir Agile">'
	and...
		'<unit id="802" name="Motsognir Strong">'
	Change the numbers '801' and '802' to the next successive numbers of the unit
	directly above.
	- For example, if the unit above were labelled...
		'<unit id="806" name="New Unit">'
	you would have to re-number Motsognir Agile to...
		'<unit id="807" name="Motsognir Agile">'
	7.) Notice that the Temple unit is also modified. Follow the similar steps as
	described above, by copying the stats for the modified Temple unit from...
		'<unit id="464" name="Temple">'
	to...
		'</unit>'
	Then, scroll to the unit '464' in the modified protox.xml in the DATA folder,
	and paste the text over top of the existing stats. Or, to simplify the process,
	copy the stats...
		'<tech row="2" page="1" column="4">Legends of Nidavellir</tech>'
		'<tech row="2" page="1" column="4">Might of Thor</tech>'
		'<tech row="2" page="1" column="5">Healing Runes</tech>'
	and paste them below the stat...
		'<tech row="1" page="1" column="2">Gemino</tech>'
	- No ID numbers need be changed in this unit modification.
	8.) Save the newly re-modified protox.xml, and move it to an alternate location.
	9.) Uninstall the modpack that was installed at an alternate location. Then
	reinstall it at it's proper location in the AGE OF MYTHOLOGY folder. This will
	ensure that the uninstall will work in the future. Finally, delete the proto
	files installed by the modpack, and replace them with the modified proto.xml
	that you moved to an alternate location.
- IMPORTANT: Each unit stats must end with '</unit>', and the proto itself must end with
'</proto>'!

THE TECHTREEX.XML/XMB
- The modpack installation will replace both the techtreex.xmb and techtreex.xml, if
these two files are in the AGE OF MYTHOLOGY\DATA folder. If you have not previously
modified the techtree, or installed another modpack that did so, then there is no cause
for concern; the techtreex.xmb will remain safe in the data2.bar.
- If the techtree HAS been modified and it is currently installed in the DATA folder, it
would be wise to move the files (techtreex.xml and/or techtreex.xmb) to an alternate
location, as it/they will be replaced upon installation.
- If you wish to add the technologies to a previously modified version of the
techtreex.xmb, simply follow the steps outlined above, using the techtreex.xml rather
than the protox.xml, and the TechTreeX Stats.txt rather than the ProtoX Stats.txt. There
are no ID numbers for technologies, so that aspect need not be worried about. Also, the
technologies are all new; none are modified, so there is no replacement required either.
Essentially, the process simply involves copying and pasting to the end of the document.
- IMPORTANT: Each technology must end with '</tech>', and the techtree itself must end
with '</techtree>'!

THE CINEMATIC EITRI TEXTURE
- The modpack installation will replace the cine a eitri map.ddt texture file, if it is
in the AGE OF MYTHOLOGY\TEXTURES folder. If you have not previously modified the DDT, or
installed another modpack that did so, then there is no cause for concern; the texture
will remain safe in the data2.bar.
- If the texture HAS been modified and it is currently installed in the TEXTURES folder,
it would be wise to move the file (cine a eitri map.ddt) to an alternate location, as it
will be replaced upon installation.

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Installation
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Within the ZIP archive, along with this README, there is a file called 'Motsognir the
Mighty' Setup.exe. To install the modpack, simply extract and run this program. The
default directory is set to C:\PROGRAM FILES\MICROSOFT GAMES\AGE OF MYTHOLOGY. If your
game is NOT installed in this location, simply browse to the directory where your AGE OF
MYTHOLOGY folder is located.
- NOTE: If you choose to modify existing proto or techtree files, it is suggested that
you do so in an alternate location, waiting until after installation is complete to move
the modified files in the DATA folder. Otherwise, the files will simply be overwritten
during the installation process.

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To Uninstall
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Once the modpack has been installed, a second program called Uninstall Motsognir.exe
will appear in the AGE OF MYTHOLOGY folder. Running this program will delete all files
added during installation. This will include the xpacklanguage.dll. Once the modpack has
been uninstalled, move the xpacklanguage.dll included in the ZIP, or an alternate DLL,
back into the AGE OF MYTHOLOGY. If you misplace or accidentally delete the DLL file,
simply reinstall the game.
- NOTE: If you modified existing proto or techtree files, these will be deleted upon
uninstallation as well, if they are kept in the AGE OF MYTHOLOGY\DATA folder. If you do
not wish to lose these files, move them to an alternate location.

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You're Finished...
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Enjoy. Any questions or comments, contact me at...

big_vitt@hotmail.com

For information on other projects I'm working on, visit my Project Index at...

http://king_jared_1.tripod.com/index.html

Among them is my new single-player campaign, THE LAST STAND OF ATLANTIS. I'll only say
that it should be released before Summer 2004.


Your Divine Overlord,
K I N G   J A R E D

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