Lethal Arms Realism

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Here's the Full Version 2 of NastyJim's Lethal Arms Realism mod for Call of Duty 2, and it's got tons of new features to keep you hooked! :D Besides the usual increased damage at particular hit-points as realism mods usually have, it's also got some pretty unique things, too, like modifications to the weapon behavior and other advances in gameplay and server customization options. Check out the full list below to see all of what it's got, and put it on your servers now! ;)

- Cooking Nades - Increased Damage Rates - Balanced Weapon Damages - More Realistic Weapon Behaviour - An Increased Sense of Power When Firing Weapons - Encourages Tactical Gameplay and Clan Planning - Emphasis on use of Iron sights - Reduced Nade Throwing Distances To Simulate Realistic Nades - Automated Server Messaging - A Blood Mod - Reduced Particle Smoke Grenades (less fps lag) - Optional Old Health Bar System - Optional Grenade Indicators - Optional Death Indicators - Optional Player Hit Indicators - Optional Minefield Deactivation - Optional Spawn Protection - Optional Anti-Camping/AFK features

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-------------------------   LETHAL ARMS REALISM   ------------------------
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			     FULL MOD Version 2
		     (With SUPPORT For LINUX Servers)


Written by James "NastyJim" Ribi. 
AKA. [VS-UK]NastyJim
Contact: nastyjim AT vs-uk.co.uk (Replace AT with @ symbol)
Clan Website: www.vs-uk.co.uk

This README FILE IS CONTAINED WITHIN THE Lethal Arms Realism V2 ZIP File.
For more information on Lethal Arms Realism, please visit the website:

http://www.vs-uk.co.uk/LAR

http://forums.vs-uk.co.uk/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=109



NB:- MORE DETAILED INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND BY READING THE HTML README FILE
DISTRIBUTED WITH THE LETHAL ARMS REALISM V2 ZIP PACKAGE.




---ABOUT THE MOD-----------------------------------------------------------

Firstly, this is both a CLIENT and SERVER-side mod (which means that both the
server and client needs to have a copy installed and running in it's ''CoD2/Main''
directory. I'm afraid to say that ideally the mod would be purely server-side
but this issue can not be fixed until the first CoD2 patch is released. More 
information later in the readme.

Secondly, this is a Realism Gameplay mod (a mod that affects how the weapons
behave ingame with extra scripting features accessible via the config file and
ingame from console ). This mod places heavy emphasis on a very well balanced 
gameplay to ensure that no weapon is overly powerful or weak within the confines 
of realism.

All weapons now do an increased amount of damage on a player causing them to die 
with a headshot, neck shot or upper torso shot (and in cases where MGs and Rifles 
are used, shots aimed at the Lower Torso and Upper Leg will also kill) as you
would expect in real life. This adds a touch of realism to the game which I felt 
was lacking before.

For those that are new to Lethal Arms, please take a few minutes to read through 
the In-depth Look Section of this readme to get an idea of what realism alterations
have been made. For those that have used LAR before, this is the first FULL version 
for Call of Duty 2. It is loosely based on the previous latest version for Call of
Duty : United Offensive Lethal Arms Realism SVR V5 (as seen on [VS-UK] CoD:UO 
Servers) taking many features from there.



Call of Duty 2 Lethal Arms Realism V1 features many gameplay and scripting 
enhancements such as:

- Cooking Nades
- Increased Damage Rates
- Balanced Weapon Damages
- More Realistic Weapon Behaviour
- An Increased Sense of Power When Firing Weapons
- Encourages Tactical Gameplay and Clan Planning
- Emphasis on use of Iron sights
- Reduced Nade Throwing Distances To Simulate Realistic Nades
- Automated Server Messaging
- A Blood Mod
- Reduced Particle Smoke Grenades (less fps lag)
- Optional Old Health Bar System
- Optional Grenade Indicators
- Optional Death Indicators
- Optional Player Hit Indicators
- Optional Minefield Deactivation
- Optional Spawn Protection
- Optional Anti-Camping/AFK features



Call of Duty 2 Lethal Arms Realism V2 now features a great deal of realism
fixes and scripting upgrades such as:

- Added message center, can hold up to 10 messages.
- Death icons can be removed.
- Crosshairs can be forced off.
- Grenade indicators can be turned off.
- Objective Icons can be turned off.
- Damage feedback can be removed.
- Clients options return to default when leaving a server which forced crosshairs off.
- Implemented realistic falling damage. 
- Implemented weapon limits. 
- Obituaries can now be turned off.
- Added realistic health regeneration.
- Second slot can now be set to pistol only. 
- Added realistic pain and death sounds. 
- Added weapon drops when hit in hands or arms. 
- Implemented damage dropoff for all weapons.
- Implemented health bar.
- Health regeneration can be turned completely off.
- Ablity to turn off the "Press Space to..." icons.
- Added 2 welcome messages.
- Crosshair colours can be forced off.
- Weapon drops on death can be turned off.
- Grenade drops on death can be turned off.
- Added option to give a player 5 points for planting/defusing a bomb in SD.
- Added option to give alive players in the winning team 3 points in SD.
- Added option to give players only one frag grenade (amount of smoke grenades remains the same).
- When obituaries are off, the obituaries of teamkills can be turned on.
- When obituaries are off, players can still see by who they are killed. (CVAR - ON/OFF)



The Lethal Arms Realism V2 ZIP Package contains TWO IWD files:

"zzz_Lethal_Arms_Realism_V2_FULL.iwd"
"zzz_Lethal_Arms_Realism_V2_SLIM.iwd"

When installing LAR, DO NOT use both IWD files.

The FULL version contains ALL scripting features and enhancements detailed 
above. This version is NON compatible with any other gameplay or realism mods.
If you run your server on a non-Linux platform (such as Windows), I recommend
you use this IWD unless you wish to ONLY use the LAR Mod for it's realism.

If you run your server on a LINUX platform OR if you wish to ONLY use the LAR
Mod for it's realism (possibly in conjunction with other gameplay mods) please
extract and use ONLY the SLIM version. 

The SLIM version contains the bare essentials of the Lethal Arms Realism Mod -
the weapon realism files. Due to problems with the way Call of Duty 2 v1.0 
(unpatched) runs, certain scripting files do not work on LINUX platforms. 
Files such as all of the LAR mod's scripting enhancements and upgrades are not 
supported by LINUX therefore I can only release the SLIM version as a limited 
measure to accommodate for any LINUX Servers users of the mod. 

For installation details please see the Installation Guidelines.


---DISCLAIMER--------------------------------------------------------------

This realism file has been written to add to the enjoyment factor of the game 
Call of Duty 2. It has not been intended for decompilation or editting 
so please keep the "IWD" file in it's release form, as a "IWD" file.

If you wish to edit the "IWD" file for any reason please contact me before
doing so on the provided email address.

You may distribute the Lethal Arms Realism mod as you please, so long as you
include this readme file, and the HTML readme file with it, uneditted.

If you plan on running a Server using Lethal Arms Realism, please identify
this by adding the initials "| LAR |" in the Server's hostname. This allows
players to see that you support Lethal Arms Realism.





---HOW TO INSTALL----------------------------------------------------------
(Windows and Other Non-Linux Platforms)

This Installation Guide is for the Lethal Arms Realism V2 FULL Version ONLY.


To install, go to your Call of Duty 2 directory ( default location:
"C:/Program Files/Activision/Call of Duty 2" ) and create a new folder called
"vsuk". Inside the Lethal Arms Realism package file, extract ONLY the file, 
"zzz_Lethal_Arms_Realism_V2_FULL.iwd" to your "Call of Duty 2/vsuk" directory.

Do not attempt to extract any files inside the "zzz_Lethal_Arms_Realism_V2_FULL.iwd"
file with WinZip or WinRaR.

Please remove all previous versions of Lethal Arms Realism from your "main" or
"vsuk" folder.

Public players who join your server will need to download the mod to play so 
please ensure that you set auto-downloads to ON by adding the cvar: 
"set sv_allowDownload 1" to your server's config file. This will allow public 
members to automatically download the mod. The file itself is very small and 
should not impact the server's performance.

If you run your server from a shortcut on the desktop, please edit the target line
of the shortcut by right clicking on it and selecting "Properties". After the
directory line, please add the following text to the target line (outside of the
quotation marks): +fs_game vsuk

Your target line should look something like this:

(------ "C:/Program Files/Activision/Call of Duty 2" +fs_game vsuk -----)


Since you can not ensure that public members don't run other realism mods or cheats
in their "/vsuk" directory, I highly recommend you also set your server's pure 
feature to ON by adding the cvar: "set sv_pure 1" to your server's config file. This
ensures that only the LAR mod works when they play on your server.
 
Please also see the Mod Scripting CVARs Section for information regarding using
the LAR CVARs.






---HOW TO INSTALL----------------------------------------------------------
(Linux and Windows Platforms)

This Installation Guide is for the Lethal Arms Realism V2 SLIM Version ONLY.


To install, go to your Call of Duty 2 directory and create a new folder called
"vsuk" inside "Call of Duty 2/". Inside the Lethal Arms Realism package file, 
extract ONLY the file, "zzz_Lethal_Arms_Realism_V2_SLIM.iwd" to your 
"Call of Duty 2/vsuk" directory.

Do not attempt to extract any files inside the "zzz_Lethal_Arms_Realism_V2_SLIM.iwd"
file with WinZip or WinRaR.

Please remove all previous versions of Lethal Arms Realism from your "main" or
"vsuk" folder.

Public players who join your server will need to download the mod to play so 
please ensure that you set auto-downloads to ON by adding the cvar: 
"set sv_allowDownload 1" to your server's config file. This will allow public 
members to automatically download the mod. The file itself is very small and 
should not impact the server's performance.

If you run your server from a shortcut on the desktop, please edit the target line
of the shortcut by right clicking on it and selecting "Properties". After the
directory line, please add the following text to the target line (outside of the
quotation marks): +fs_game vsuk

Your target line should look something like this:

(------ "C:/Program Files/Activision/Call of Duty 2" +fs_game vsuk -----)


Since you can not ensure that public members don't run other realism mods or cheats
in their "/vsuk" directory, I highly recommend you also set your server's pure 
feature to ON by adding the cvar: "set sv_pure 1" to your server's config file. This
ensures that only the LAR mod works when they play on your server.
 
Please also see the Mod Scripting CVARs Section for information regarding using
the LAR CVARs.





---MOD SCRIPTING CVARs-----------------------------------------------------

NOTE: These CVARs are for use ONLY with the FULL version of Lethal Arms Realism. 
If you use the SLIM version of the mod, these CVARs will NOT work. 

To enable or disable the extra gameplay features that this mod uses, please 
insert the following coding in your server's config file. Adjust the values 
as you require:


// Lethal Arms Realism - Created by [VS-UK] NastyJim
// www.vs-uk.co.uk/lar
// 0 = OFF, 1 = ON

// Server messages, displayed in the lower left corner of the screen. Maximum of 10.
set lar_message1 "Welcome to another Lethal Arms ^1Realism V2 ^7Server."
set lar_message2 "This server is running Lethal Arms ^1Realism V2^7"	
set lar_message3 "" 
set lar_message4 ""
set lar_message5 ""
set lar_message6 ""
set lar_message7 ""
set lar_message8 ""
set lar_message9 ""
set lar_message10 ""
set lar_delay "30"			// Delay between messages, must be greater than 5

// Welcome messages.
set lar_welcomemessage1 "Welcome to a Lethal Arms ^1Realism ^7Server - ^1LAR^7"
set lar_welcomemessage2	"Visit us at www.vs-uk.co.uk/lar"

// Realism Settings
set lar_allowclienthud 1		// HUD
set lar_allowcrosshair 1		// Crosshairs (ON/OFF)
set lar_allowcrosshaircolour 1		// Crosshair colours
set lar_allowcrosshairnames 1		// Names displayed at crosshairs
set lar_damagefeedback 0		// Shows the little thing around your crosshair when you hit someone (ON/OFF)
set lar_deathicons 0			// Death icons (ON/OFF)
set lar_droponhandhit 1			// Players drop weapons when hit on hand
set lar_droponarmhit 0			// Players drop weapons when hit in the arms
set lar_falldamage 1			// Realistic falling damage
set lar_grenadedrops 1			// Grenade drops on death
set lar_grenadeicons 0			// Grenade indicators
set lar_healthbar 1			// Health bar (ON/OFF)
set lar_healthregen 1			// Health regeneration
set lar_mantleicons 1			// The "Press Space to..." icons
set lar_obituaries 0			// Obituaries (ON/OFF)
set lar_objectiveicons 0		// Objective Icons (ON/OFF)
set lar_pistolsecondary 1		// Only allow a pistol as a second weapon
set lar_realammoloadouts 1		// Gives everyone only 2 extra clips
set lar_realhealth 0			// Realistic health regen (ON/OFF)
set lar_realloadouts 1			// Gives everyone only one grenade
set lar_resetclient 1			// Resets clients upon disconnecting (ON/OFF)
set lar_TKmessages 1			// Obituaries when a teamkill took place
set lar_showkiller 1			// Players can see by who they are killed if obituaries are off
set lar_weapondrops 1			// Weapon drops on death
set lar_painsounds 1			// Realistic pain sounds (ON/OFF)
set lar_deathsounds 1			// Realistic death sounds (ON/OFF)
set lar_sd_objpoints 1			// Give 5 points to a player for planting/defusing bomb
set lar_sd_alivepoints 1		// Give 3 points to players in the winning team that are still alive

// Weapon Limits
set lar_alliedSniperLimit "2"		// Limits allies snipers
set lar_alliedSMGLimit "3"		// Limits allies sub machineguns
set lar_alliedMGLimit "2"		// Limits allies machineguns
set lar_alliedShotGunLimit "2"		// Limits allies shotguns
set lar_axisSniperLimit "2"		// Limits axis snipers
set lar_axisSMGLimit "3"		// Limits axis sub machineguns
set lar_axisMGLimit "2"			// Limits axis machineguns
set lar_axisShotGunLimit "2"		// Limits axis shotguns





If you don't already have a server config file, please make use of the example
Config File distributed with this mod. Place that in your "Call of Duty 2/vsuk" 
directory and execute during Server Start Up via the shortcut or during Gameplay.







---SPECIFIC CHANGES--------------------------------------------------------

A brief overview of weapon (realism) changes.

Sniper Rifles are extremely accurate at range assuming you can aim correctly!
Shots will go where you want them to go when using the scope. Without Scope,
the Sniper rifles are dreadful - this is to prevent the use of the "Attack 
Snipers" (where people run around firing at close quarters without the use of
their scope). If you need to defend yourself at close quarters, the use of the
pistol is now recommended. Overall, Snipers are totally LETHAL ARMS in the
correct hands!

Bolt-Action Rifles, like the KAR98K, LeeEnfield and MosinNagant are very 
accurate at range providing you with a superb weapon to shoot enemies with.
The high damage these weapons produce makes them very versatile guns in the
field, and no doubt will be a favourite choice for many CoD2 players.

The Semi-Automatic rifles such as the Gewehr, Carbine, Garand and SVT40 now
fire at a slightly slower rate to prevent them being used like machine guns
however their accuracy and damage have been increased. All rifles have been
tuned to balance themselves out except the carbine. The Carbine fires slightly
faster than the other rifles however is less accurate and does slightly less
damage. Semi-Auto Rifles in this mod as for those who like the high accuracy
of the Bolt-Action Rifles but hate the rechambering time between shots.
Granted, these rifles are not quite as accurate as the Bolt-Action guns however
their increase rate of fire make them a very favourable option instead of 
the bolt-actions.

However, if you find the fire times of those rifles still too slow for you 
then you could try the Machine Guns: the MP44, BAR and BREN all of which are
very accurate when using the Ironsights although have some kick. These are 
also high damage weapons and will kill first time in the head or upper body 
as you would expect. Again, these are accurate at range and combined with their
high rate of fire makes the Machine Guns a very flexible weapon for almost all
combat situations.

But if you're still looking for something with that little bit extra speed and
rate of fire, then you should try the SMGs, such as the MP40, Thompson, Sten, PPSH,
GreaseGun and PPS42. These have now been balanced out well to give no bias. It's a
joy to run up and spray the hell out of an unsuspecting victim with an SMG, giving
them no chance to even blink. The SMG's lethal effectiveness will no doubt make
it one of the most popular weapon choices available, especially on the smaller
maps. To balance out, the SMGs also have quite a large kick and recoil rate 
which make them inappropriate weapons for mid to long range. 

Pistols now fire more like real pistols do, with more of a kick and less accuracy.
Their rate of fire and damage is not far from what the default settings were. A
shot from a pistol in the head will kill. To get the most out of your pistol,
it is advisable to take your time aiming your shots rather than firing fast and 
randomly.

Grenade throwing distances have been decreased slightly and their explosion 
radius increased. The nades have been balanced according to their weight: Eg;
the German Potato-Masher can be thrown the furthest but do the least damage,
whereas the American Frag Grenade can be thrown just over half the distance but
do twice the damage. To get the best out of your grenades, you should run and 
jump to throw them their furthest. Cooking nades is now available by holding 
button.

Bashing for all main weapons kills first time. This is to simulate soldiers being
incapacitated due to severe knocks.


Overall, all weapons have their pros and cons when it comes to their usefulness 
in different situations. (Although I'd like to think that they all have more Pros 
than Cons!). I spent a long time finding a perfect balance between all weapons to
enable their effective use. Unlike the original game default realism, there is no 
bias as to which weapons are best and worst. Each are best suited to their own 
unique situations which makes every weapon useable and a joy to play with.

Weapons are designed to suit your prefered style of play - for example, if you 
like getting up close and personnal then the SMGs are your best friends, or if 
you prefer the challenge of shooting small targets at range then the bolt-action 
rifles will come invaluable. This is what makes the Lethal Arms Realism Mod such 
a brilliant alternative to the standard realism provided with Call of Duty 2.


Scripting Alterations:
Available with Lethal Arms Realism V2 FULL, scripting features include:

- Added message center, can hold up to 10 messages.
- Death icons can be removed.
- Crosshairs can be forced off.
- Grenade indicators can be turned off.
- Objective Icons can be turned off.
- Damage feedback can be removed.
- Clients options return to default when leaving a server which forced crosshairs off.
- Implemented realistic falling damage. 
- Implemented weapon limits. 
- Obituaries can now be turned off.
- Added realistic health regeneration.
- Second slot can now be set to pistol only. 
- Added realistic pain and death sounds. 
- Added weapon drops when hit in hands or arms. 
- Implemented damage dropoff for all weapons.
- Implemented health bar.
- Health regeneration can be turned completely off.
- Ablity to turn off the "Press Space to..." icons.
- Added 2 welcome messages.
- Crosshair colours can be forced off.
- Weapon drops on death can be turned off.
- Grenade drops on death can be turned off.
- Added option to give a player 5 points for planting/defusing a bomb in SD.
- Added option to give alive players in the winning team 3 points in SD.
- Added option to give players only one frag grenade (amount of smoke grenades remains the same).
- When obituaries are off, the obituaries of teamkills can be turned on.
- When obituaries are off, players can still see by who they are killed. (CVAR - ON/OFF)



---SUPPORT-----------------------------------------------------------------

Please Visit The Lethal Arms Realism Site and Forums for Mod Support:

http://www.vs-uk.co.uk/LAR
http://forums.vs-uk.co.uk/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=109




---CREDITS AND THANKS------------------------------------------------------

The majority of scripting in this mod came from highly skilled coders.
Special thanks to...

Matthias Lorenz for elements of scripting.
http://www.cod2mod.com - Admiral Mod.

Bjusterbaarlik for elements of scripting.
http://www.aa-clan.net - BJustReal Mod.

Without them, Lethal Arms Realism (LAR) would be just a Realism Mod.


I would also like to thank you for downloading this mod and I hope you enjoy
using it.

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NB:- MORE DETAILED INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND BY READING THE HTML README FILE
DISTRIBUTED WITH THE MOD.

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