Ambient FX

Alrighty then, we have another submission from Fuggles. This time, it's a mod (if you can call it that) that basically adds a weather effec...


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Alrighty then, we have another submission from Fuggles. This time, it's a mod (if you can call it that) that basically adds a weather effects c game condition that will throw weather effects randomly into certain matches depending on if you check the box. These weather effects also come with either provided a bonus or punish your troops in some way from visibility to moral regeneration. Kinda cool and adds a new twist to gameplay...go ahead, give it a whirl. It's a small file too. Enjoy!


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The Ambient FX Mod
--By Fuggles--

The Ambient FX Mod is a pair of win conditions that adds some ambient effects to your game of Dawn of War Dark Crusade. Originally part of the dynamic map concept, the scripts started as plain map SCAR, but I figure that if I put it out as a toggleable winconditions then it might be of greater benefit to
the mod community.

I don't really intend this to be a full mod as such, I'd rather people slotted it into the mod that they use... At least this way if you can't mod you can have a look and if you have some modding ability then you will be able to sort it out from the files here. Basically it only supports the base Dark Crusade races, unless you open the SCAR files and add any new units to those.

The win conditions are:

Daynight - Light Cycling.
Causes your line of sight to drop and increase during 7 minute day and night cycles. You will notice a gradual change in your LoS during the transition between day and night. This makes melee units much more effective at night as you can get much nearer before the incoming fire incomes.

Weather - Random Weather Conditions
When the level loads you have a 33% chance of there being a weather condition in your game.
Broadly speaking the weather in game will be
rain - affects line of sight
sleet - affects morale regeneration, the heavier the sleet the worse the regeneration.
snow - affects unit speed, the heavier the snow the worse the slowing.

The weather types have subsets, so they might be intermittent, constant or of altering severity.

Owing to the way DoW generates random numbers, you have to drop out to the game menu if you want it to generate a new starting condition, pressing restart won't be enough - go figure!

Put the .module file and the folder into your Dark Crusade root directory (the one containing DARKCRUSADE.exe) and then ambient FX will appear in your game manager.

This is version 1.1, please let me know what you think. Hopefully all the bugs have been squished, but please let me know if you find any problems and I'll get them fixed right up for you. 




To run AmbientFX with other mods you will have to edit the .module file of the mod that you want to run and add AmbientFX as a require mod. Something like
RequiredMod.4 = AmbientFX

This will then call the AmbientFX mod when you run your mod.

To add the mod units, tou will next have to open up the two .SCAR file located in AmbientFX/data/scar/winconditions - notepad will suffice.

In these you will find long lists of squads or entities and basically you have to add the new buildings/units to this list so that they are affected by the changes. You can either get the names from the mod's .SGA files using Mod Packager or Corsix tools, or by using the Map Editor to put units down and look at their names...Perhaps I will release lists for people to plug in if there is demand.

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