First, let me say how AWSOME this mod is. I played it, and it rocks big time. I liked it so much that I will be loading it onto our gaming server shortly. Now, on with the mod description!
CaNNoN Assault is a team game where players are divided into two teams: "Attackers" and "Defenders".
The goal of the attacking team is accomplish the objectives on the level, while the defenders try to prevent them by guarding the objectives.
Attackers and Defenders spawn in two separate areas, and when an attacker or defender is killed, they respawn back at their spawn area. If the game is "Last Man Assault" rather than the standard Assault, both sides get only a limited number of lives, and then the player cannot respawn and help their team any further.
There are several objective types. Some only need to be touched quickly, some need to be destroyed by shooting at them, and sometimes an attacker needs to stand near an objective to hold it for a specific length of time.
Once the final objective has been captured, the attackers and defenders switch places and replay the same map... The defenders who are now attacking must now complete their objectives quicker than the attackers in the first part in order to win the match.
------------------------------------------- UT2k3 Assault for Unreal Tournament 2003 Beta Release - March 28, 2003 (c) 2003 Realm of Assault Resurrection Team http://www.planetunreal.com/roar ------------------------------------------- Requirements: ------------- - Unreal Tournament 2003 Retail or Dedicated Server Version - Unreal Tournament 2003 Build 2199 (or Newer) Patch Available from: http://www.planetunreal.com/ut2003 UT2MOD file installation: ------------------------- 1. Download the Ut2k3 Assault UT2MOD release file from the RoAR web site if you haven't already done so. 2. Double-click the downloaded ut2k3Assault.ut2mod file. * If this does not work, you will need to run the install process manually using the command: setup install ut2k3Assault.ut2mod 3. Follow the instructions in the UT2003 Installer and exit the install dialog once the files have finished copying. Zip file installation: ---------------------- Extract and copy the .ut2 files into UT2003/Maps folder .usx files into UT2003/StaticMeshes folder .utx files into UT2003/Textures folder .u files into UT2003/System folder .int files in UT2003/System folder .txt files in UT2003/Help folder Single-Player Assault using the "Instant Action" menu command: -------------------------------------------------------------- 1. After installation, start Unreal Tournament 2003. 2. Choose "Instant Action" from the Main Menu. 3. Choose "Assault" in the game type drop-down list. 4. A list of Assault maps will appear in the map list. Choose the map that you want to play in single-player. (e.g. AS-Frigate) 5. Select a Bot Skill Level and the number of additional bots you want to play in the match. 6. Choose mutators and the maps you want to play if applicable. 7. Click the "Play" button to join the action, or the "Spectate" button to watch and learn from the bots. Playing Online: --------------- 1. Choose "Play Online/LAN" 2. Click the "Custom" tab. 3. Select "Assault" from the "Game Type" drop-down list to find Assault servers. 4. Select the server and click the "Join" or "Spectate" buttons depending on whether you want to join or just watch the action. Introduction: ------------- Thank-you for your interest in the RoAR team's Assault mod for UT 2003! Your feedback is important! Please join our forum and participate if you encounter problems or have any suggestions. New mappers are always welcome, so feel free to visit our web site to learn more about designing assault maps. If you have designed a high-quality assault map, let us know and we will arrange to have it included in the final release. The origin of Assault: ---------------------- Assault was a game type that shipped with the original Unreal Tournament. It was not included with Unreal Tournament 2003, and other game modes were put in it's place (e.g. Bombing Run, Double-domination). A group of avid UT Assault players, coders and mappers joined together to form the RoAR team in order to add this game mode to UT2003 along with assault-specific maps (some of them based on the original UT Assault levels). Game Description: ----------------- Assault is a team game where players are divided into two teams: "Attackers" and "Defenders". The goal of the attacking team is accomplish the objectives on the level, while the defenders try to prevent them by guarding the objectives. Attackers and Defenders spawn in two separate areas, and when an attacker or defender is killed, they respawn back at their spawn area. If the game is "Last Man Assault" rather than the standard Assault, both sides get only a limited number of lives, and then the player cannot respawn and help their team any further. There are several objective types. Some only need to be touched quickly, some need to be destroyed by shooting at them, and sometimes an attacker needs to stand near an objective to hold it for a specific length of time. Once the final objective has been captured, the attackers and defenders switch places and replay the same map... The defenders who are now attacking must now complete their objectives quicker than the attackers in the first part in order to win the match. Additional Gameplay details: ---------------------------- Some objectives are optional, but may give the attackers a strategic advantage if they capture the objective because new doors may be opened, or the attacker spawn zone may be moved closer to the goal making it easier for the attackers to get to the objective. On larger maps, attacker and defender spawn zones may advance as the objectives get taken. This keeps the game interesting, as players do not have to spend all their time walking to get to the objectives. In some cases, a map designer will provide alternate routes to capture objectives other than just a main pathway. Attackers can sometimes quickly complete a level by using their rockets or shield guns to jump into places that are normally out of reach. This is called launching, and it adds an entirely different spin on normal assault gameplay, because other goals besides the next immediate objective can be captured and may need to be defended as well. The "RoAR Boost and Damage Control" mutator makes it so the shield gun can be used to launch other players and gives additional momentum to players who are launching. Map designers will typically add support for Bots so they can navigate the level and complete/defend the objectives. Spectating the bots is a good way to learn how to play the level. Jump Boots are sometimes placed on the map to make it for easier for attackers or defenders to get around in the level. The boots normally give the player three jumps of extended height. The "RoAR AntiGrav Boots Arena" mutator makes it so players get their own pair of boots that last the whole level. This adds a challenge when chasing and shooting at other players. Autocannons are occasionally added to levels. The cannon can be configured by the map designer to attack both teams, attackers only or defenders only. Autocannons are typically used to prevent players from going where they don't belong (e.g. in the spawn zone of the opposing team, or to assist the defenders with their defense. In some cases, autocannons can be destroyed. The Spycam is a modified translocator with no teleport capabilities. You switch to it and fire it in the same way you fire grenades with the assault rifle, holding down primary fire for longer for greater distance. Press Alternate fire to see the view from the Spycam beacon. Press Alternate fire again to return to your normal view. * You can only have one spycam tossed at any given time. Pressing primary fire will recall the spycam beacon, allowing you to fire another one. Each player only gets 5 spycams, and each one only lasts for 30 seconds, so use them wisely. The farther you get from the spycam target, the more the view from the spycam beacon will degrade. Control Configuration (BINDS): ------------------------------ In assault, certain commands can be very useful. These can be configured in the game "Settings" window, under "Controls". Scroll down to the Assault section and you can set some key bindings useful for Assault there: Mission Briefing (Suggested key is F12) - This function shows a screenshot of all objectives in the level, a description of how to capture the objective, their names and whether they it has been captured yet or not. Path to Red Base (Suggested key is M) - This command shows the route to the next objective being defended by the Red team. Path to Blue Base (Suggested key is N) - This command shows the route to the next objective being defended by the Blue team. Tactical Suicide (Suggested key is either X or the * key on the Numeric Keypad) - This key can be used to kill yourself so you can respawn in your team spawn zone with 100 health. It is useful if you are getting low on health, or if the spawn points advance and you are far behind the other players. * Don't choose a key too close to your standard movement / firing keys. * UT 2003 Build 2199 has a bug that prevents the custom key binding from showing up under certain conditions. You can manually set these keybinds by pressing the tilde key (~) and typing the following commands: set input F12 showobjectives set input M BasePath 0 set input N BasePath 1 set input X Suicide - In the speech tab, you can bind keys to the orders, in order to order bots to perform a specific function. When attacking, bots will tend to cover you and you may want them to just go ahead and attack rather than waiting around for you. - Also, Other speech can be useful to your human teammates during an assault game (e.g. Incoming, Roger, Need Backup). Assault User Interface: ----------------------- While playing, there are several visual elements that indicate important information about the state of the game. These can be enabled or disabled via the "Map Objectives" panel. - The icon in the top-left of the screen shows a "Shield" if you are defending and "Swords" if you are attacking. - The icon in the top-center of the screen shows a "Hand" if you only need to touch the current objective, a "Clock" if you need to hold the objective for a few seconds or a Bomb if you have to destroy the current objective. - The Dot-Radar display in the top-center indicates the approximate direction you need to go to get to the next objective. - The clock to the lower right shows you the remaining time for the level. - A rotating red circle is overlaid over the location of the objective. This indicates where you need to aim towards to touch or destroy the current objective. - When you are close to any of the level objectives, a green triangle appears, pointing to the objective. A text label will also indicate its name and tell you how to disable it. ( [TI]=Timed, [TO]=Touch, [S]=Shoot ) - Pressing F1 to view the scores will show you which team is attacking and defending, and whether the current level is on the 1st of 2nd half. - After configuring the assault controls, pressing F12 will display the Mission Briefing. You can click the various objectives to get information about each one. You can also uncheck the checkboxes to turn off assault heads-up display items you do not want to see. - If you hate the objectives' beacons, type 'ToggleASBeacons' in the console. Starting your own server: ------------------------- For a private game among friends, use the "Host Multiplayer Game" menu command, and choose "Assault" in the Game Type drop-down list. This is very similar to starting a single-player game, except that there's another page for giving your server a name and choosing a few server-specific options. Here are some steps to set up more a permanent server: 1. Locate the "RunServer.bat" file in your UnrealTournament 2003\System folder. (e.g. C:\Program Files\UT2003\System\RunServer.bat) 2. Right-click this file and select "Edit" from the context menu. It should load a notepad window with a few lines. 3. You will notice the line: ucc server %1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8 %9 -log=server.log Change it to ONE of the following sample lines: rem Start AS-Frigate with the standard settings. ucc server AS-Frigate.ut2?Game=RoARAssault.xAssault -log=server.log rem Start AS-Rook playing with the instigib minigun mutator. ucc server AS-Rook.ut2?Game=RoARAssault.xAssault?mutator=RoARAssault.MutRoAR_InstaMini -log=server.log rem Start AS-IceFieldz playing with two extreme movement and launching mutators. ucc server AS-IceFieldz.ut2?Game=RoARAssault.xAssault?mutator=RoARAssault.MutRoAR_Melee,RoARAssault.MutDamageControl_RoAR -log=server.log 4. Save your changes and double-click the RunServer.bat file to start the dedicated server. If you were to start UT, your server should now be listed in the LAN games list. 5. You may need to reconfigure your firewall to open UDP ports 7777 to 7782 so they can be accessed from the internet. Mutators: --------- The following list shows the various mutators and the mutator "class" used to include it in a multiplayer game started from the command-line. RoARAssault.MutDamageControl_RoAR - RoAR Boost and Damage Control - Increases the momentum transferred from weapon impacts, useful for launching your teammates and for throwing your opponents out of the way. RoARAssault.MutJumpArena_RoAR - RoAR AntiGrav Boots Arena - Gives all players jump boots so everyone can jump all over the place. RoARAssault.MutRoAR_InstaMini - RoAR Instagib Minigun - A very powerful gun that gives everyone a minigun that fires instagib beams. RoARAssault.MutRoAR_Melee - RoAR Melee Assault - Player Movement becomes enhanced... but the player has to fight with the impact hammer / shield gun. (NO bot support) Settings for Advanced Users: ---------------------------- In the UnrealTournamet 2003\System folder, you can edit the USER.INI and UT2003.INI files in order to customize elements of assault. Exit UnrealTournament if it is currently running before editing these files. Here are some files and settings of note: === User.INI file === In the [Engine.Input] section: - Choose one of your free Aliases[#] sections and set it to the following line, substituting the number in place of the # symbol: Aliases[#]=(Command="Button bFire | Fire | OnRelease Jump | Axis aUp Speed=+300.0",Alias="HammerJump") - Choose a button you want to set to your hammer launch keybind to (e.g. MiddleMouse) and find the line and set it to read: Middlemouse=switchweapon 1 | hammerjump - Now you can hold the button down, and if you aim downward and release it, you will hammer launch yourself. - You can choose other buttons to assign some of the other functions that can also be set in the GUI key binding page: F12=showobjectives M=BasePath 0 N=BasePath 1 X=Suicide In the [RoARAssault.HudBAssault] section the following options are available to configure some of the HUD display elements: [RoARAssault.HudBAssault] bShowRadar=True bShowASTargeting=True bShowClock=True bShowASBeacons=True MaxTargetDist=3640.000000 MaxBeaconDist=2560.000000 The [RoARAssault.MapListAssault] section lists the map that a multiplayer server will run in sequence: [RoARAssault.MapListAssault] MapNum=0 Maps=AS-Frigate Maps=AS-Rook Maps=AS-IceFieldz === UT2003.INI file === In the [Engine.GameEngine] section: - If you are planning to host your own Assault server, a line must exist in this section: ServerPackages=RoARAssault Other generic settings useful for UT multiplayer: [Engine.GameInfo] MaxSpectators=2 MaxPlayers=10 GameSpeed=1.000000 bEnableStatLogging=False GameDifficulty=3.000000 * Setting the difficulty makes the bots a bit more challenging. If you do not have a good quality internet connection, you may not want to allow too many players to connect to your system at once. [UnrealGame.TeamGame] bBalanceTeams=True bPlayersBalanceTeams=True * These settings should be True in order to automatically attempt to set the teams fairly. [UnrealGame.DeathMatch] NetWait=0 MinNetPlayers=1 RestartWait=0 * Setting the waiting time to 0 speeds things along and keeps players from getting bored while waiting for the round to start / advance. [IpDrv.MasterServerUplink] DoUplink=True UplinkToGamespy=True ServerBehindNAT=False * These settings control whether the game is advertised on the master server list. If you want players to find your server in the master server list you will want to enable some of these settings. * Setting ServerBehindNAT to True may help resolve issues where players cannot connect to your server. Otherwise you may need to reconfigure your router, firewall or internet connection sharing software to allow UDP ports 7777 to 7782. For the [RoARAssault.xAssault] section, here are some of the more popular settings: [RoARAssault.xAssault] bAllowSpyCam=True MaxTeamSize=5 FriendlyFireScale=0.000000 bPlayersMustBeReady=False bForceRespawn=False bAdjustSkill=True bAllowTaunts=True SpawnProtectionTime=2.000000 bWeaponStay=True MaxLives=0 bAllowWeaponThrowing=True bAllowBehindView=False * bPlayersMustBeReady is used to force all users to confirm that they are ready and want the level to begin. * bAdjustSkill adjusts the skill of the bots so the gameplay is matched up to the skill of the human player. * SpawnProtectionTime is used to prevent players from shooting exclusively at players who are newly respawning and haven't had a chance to pick up a weapon yet. This is generally not an appropriate way to play, and so adding some spawn protection time will give the players a chance to pick up a gun before they begin lose health. * MaxLives is used to enable Last-Man-Standing Assault. Players only get so many lives and then they are out and it's up to the remaining players to attack or defend to win the level. The round ends if all the attackers run out of lives. Known Issues: ------------- - On some systems, the circular targeting ring is faint or distorted. This appears to be a video problem with the Unreal game engine as the Bombing Run targeting display was similarly distorted. - Launching is not possible on this release of AS-Rook. Blocking volumes have been added, preventing you from launching above the walls. A mutator will eventually be written that will disable these if you explicitly want to allow launching on this map. - Cheat / Admin commands are not available in Multiplayer mode. A mutator is currently in progress that will permit the admins to use 'mutate god', 'mutate set' and other similar commands to allow server admins full control over their server. - Effects in the End scenes are not shown in Multiplayer mode. We are still looking into this. - Assault key binding section doesn't appear under some conditions. This is a problem with the game engine and hopefully will be fixed in a newer build of UT 2003. Our team: --------- Doc_EDo (Edin Hozic) Project Co-ordinator, Mapper, Coder, Website Aaron (Aaron Zabudsky) Mapper, Coder, Documentation, Test UT23k Server Hosting Sociallife2k (Fahad Khan) Coder, Website, Forum Hosting JimmytheCow (Kelvin) Website, Test UT2k3 Server Hosting Abyzmal (Brandon Siegel) Coder, Website, Testing maniac12ca (Mike) Public Relations, Recruiter Kickyobutt[DAMIT] (Dylan Johnson) Modeller Merc (Caleb Huddleston) Mapper NiTrOcALyPsE (Colin Kippen) Mapper VEGA (J.J. Schiermeister) Mapper mpm100 Mapper Maps in this release: --------------------- AS-Frigate - UT 2003 conversion by Doc_EDo - Original map design by Shane Caudle AS-IceFieldz - Assault conversion by Doc_EDo - UT 2003 Bombing Run map (BR-IceFields) by Dave Ewing AS-Rook - UT 2003 conversion by Aaron - Original map design by Alan 'Talisman' Willard Coding credits: --------------- Jump boots were made using MrEvil's code (http://come.to/MrEvil). Also, thanks to everyone that helped with their advice on coding forums. Copyright and Distribution: --------------------------- The UT2k3 Assault modification is Copyright 2003 by the RoAR team. You may distribute this modification in any electronic format as long as: - All the files in this archive are distributed together, and remain intact and unmodified. - There are no fees or charges of any kind. -- Unreal(R) Tournament 2003 Copyright 2002 Epic Games, Inc. Raleigh, N.C. USA.
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