TeamWork Mod

Under the name BattleGroup42, we have been quietly working away on it, and have produced a Teamwork Mod concentrating on encouraging...

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Under the name BattleGroup42, we have been quietly working away on it, and have produced a Teamwork Mod concentrating on encouraging co-operation between players, along with improving the historical authenticity of the vehicles. We are launching the Alpha 0.1 version of the mod today, along with our new website www.BattleGroup42.com.

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BattleGroup42's Teamwork Mod
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This mod is designed to increase player cooperation - largely 
through improving the APC features, e.g. making them stronger
and able to repair other vehicles (and themselves). It also
uses historically authentic relative values for vehicle
muzzle velocities, ammunitition stowage, and gun elevation/
traverse ranges. Future versions will also correctly model 
the penetration and armour protection values for each vehicle
(which are haphazard in the standard game). There are also 
some user interface improvements and map changes (see below).
 

For further details visit our website:

www.BattleGroup42.com

This mod has been tested with Battlefield 1942 1.3 and 1.31.

It is designed for all game modes (Conquest and SinglePlayer-
Coop, Campaign and Instant Battle)

To run, go into Custom Game, select BG-Teamwork 0.1 and 
click Activate.

If you're not sure where to start, try a practice Co-op game
on Kursk as Allies (set Axis ratio as 2 to 1 or greater) and look
out for the new T-34-76, modified T-34-85, improved Katyusha,
improved Hanomag, more stable Tiger, new artillery icons, 
improved firing trajectories, correct relative ammo stowage,
extra APC (spawns at cammo base), and better APCs
(tougher, better driver's view and ability to repair tanks).

Give us feedback!

       Panzaman, Vimeous and the rest of BattleGroup42

Email: panzaman@battlegroup42.com, vimeous@battlegroup42.com

Later versions will have more new models, including a King 
Tiger currently being built by Gimli.


This is Alpha Version 0.1 (21 March 2003)


Details
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There are new mini-map icons for TrackedArtillery (Priest and
Wespe) and TruckArtillery (Katyusha) so that not all vehicles
show up as tanks!


There are two main changes to gameplay. Firstly, there are 
improvementsto the APC to make it a much more useful vehicle 
for the infantry (less of a deathtrap!), to encourage players
to make more use of them. This includes:

Improved armour protection: now immune to small-arms fire 
(BAR and SG44), as they were built to be, and reduced 
damage from artillery splash (damage from Browning MG, 
MG42 and direct hit from artillery unchanged).

Repair ability: As well as the original ability to resupply
vehicles, APCs can now repair vehicles belonging to their
own side, including tanks, by driving up close to them. They
can also repair themselves and other APCs, but only very 
slowly. Remember - call for APC: F2-F7!

Visuals: there is now a driver's position with player model
in the Hanomag. Both the M3A1 and Hanomag drivers' cameras
can be rotated with the mouse so you can see to the sides and
over your shoulder (so you can see who's riding in the back).
Good screenshots of clans riding together in an APC are 
welcome for the website!

Maps: the maps have been changed to have more APCs.


Secondly, there are changes to the tanks:

The Tiger has been made more stable when travelling and 
firing.

The T-34 has a new turret model so it no longer shares the 
turret from the T-34-85. Both have new gun barrels and skins,
so that they correctly represent T-34-76 and T-34-85 versions
(for more details, see the website).

Correct muzzle velocities: the tanks now have correct 
relative historical muzzle velocities. This means they fire
flatter and straighter, making them better against enemy 
tanks and vehicles especially moving targets (coax against
infantry is unchanged). The muzzle velocities used are 
exactly 1/3 of the real historical values (this may be 
increased in a later version) but this is still a significant
improvement on the values in the original game (varying 
randomly between about 1/4 and 1/8 of the real historical 
value).

Armour protection: tanks now correctly take no damage from
the splash of battlefield artillery (Priest and Wespe). 
Damage from direct hits from them is reduced. Damage from 
large artillery (ships and defguns), splash and direct, is 
unchanged.

Gun traverse/elevation: All tanks and SP artillery now have 
the correct turret/mounting traverse and elevation limits, 
rather than all being identical. Generally this increases the
ability for tanks to fire below the horizontal, and is 
intended to encourage correct fire positions for tanks (e.g. 
reverse slopes below crests or in folds in the ground) where 
previously they had to be on flat ground or angled forward to
fire downwards.

Ammunition stowage: All tanks and SP artillery now have their
correct relative ammunition stowage amounts for the main gun 
(actually 1/3 of their historical value), rather than always 
holding 30 rounds. In some cases this has increased stowage, 
in others it has reduced it. Although overall stowage amounts 
are not significantly changed, there will be a few more 
occasions when tanks run out of main gun ammunition. The 
answer, of course, is to call up an APC for a resupply
(remember: F2-F7!).

Note the Katyusha has been changed more significantly, it now
2 rockets per launch rail (as did the real vehicle, the BM-13N 
Katyusha it is based on) and they fire twice as fast (though
reload only half as fast). With co-operation from a scout,
devestating area effect artillery barrages are now possible!

Credits:
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See website for details, but especially:
DaCrapper and Eric Haines (Fredhead) for help and 
encouragement
The tool makers


All rights in TeamworkMod and BattleGroup42 reserved.
All rights and trademarks of other parties acknowledged.


Happy Hunting!

www.BattleGroup42.com


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