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    Anyhow, some Redux news... Today the unipatch for RXB1005 is released...



    The Redux universal patch is valid for all 1005-versions, and what does is to update RXB1005 to RXB1005c. As such it updates and corrects a number of minor errors of previous 1005-releases, regardless the kind. The "unipatch" is fully save-game compatible and does not change the game-experience in any way, other then correcting detected errors, bugs and typos. It is important that you select/use/apply ONLY the stuff from the folder that corresponds to the MTW-version you are using. If you do that, there will be no problems with this patch and Redux will update just fine upon install (using standard method of copy, paste and replace in game-directory).


    Patch Name: RXB-Unipatch 1005c
    Patch Version: 1005c
    Language: English
    Terms of Use: P.U.O, Personal Use Only (restricted material).
    Size: Zipped 0.5MB/Uncompressed 1.4MB
    Compatibility: RXB1005 versions only (all versions).
    Operating System: -
    Hardware: -
    Description: see above...
    Credits: Axalon all over...
    Download Links:

    Download zip-version: (primary)
    http://www.atomicgamer.com/files/108...-unipatch1005c

    Download rar-version: (reserve)
    Pending...


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    THE BUGS & ERRORS FIXED:
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    • Building completed string, “shipyard 4” is now included...
    • University colorpic for Catholic factions is now the right one...
    • Errata on the rebel-kill description for “grim justice” corrected.
    • 8th star promotion for generals will no longer stack up with the 9th star promotion description.
    • Townwatch, Orthodox factions, Level1 has now the proper GFX assigned, as was always intended...
    • Name on “large Warehouse” is wrong. Changed to “Large Warehouse”, as it should be...
    • "Daimyo"/ruler promoted string/blurb is no longer missing...
    • All pagan sacred stones will now use the correct GFX, as always intended...


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    Last edited by Axalon; 12-28-2014 at 09:22. Reason: update

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    A happy new year folks... Some notes/remarks to self, as tradition would have it...


    Redux & 2014
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    Releases: RXB1005, RXB1005-VI, Unipatch 1...
    Downloads RXB1005: 550 (roughly)
    Downloads RXB1004: 800 (roughly, prior to RXB1005)
    Views: +15000-20000
    Posts: +25 (this thread)

    In reference to posts... 2014 generated 50% less posts in this very thread then the previous year... 10 posts were mine which is less than half of the posts made in total over the year and I generally consider that aspect to be a good thing. A few new and additional RX-threads was created here at the ORG in 2014 while over at the TWC the general Redux-thread finally surpassed this one as the largest and most visited Redux-thread in the world. Both general RX-threads (here and over there) hit the 100.000 views marker during the summer of 2014. Up to that point, the TWC-thread had always been about 10.000 views the junior to this thread, but in 2014 all that changed. As I write this the TWC counterpart have some 3000+ views beyond this one. In that light, if the ORG-administration continues with the same practices and attitudes, as displayed over the last 3 years or so - that switched gap is likely to only grow bigger. The general decline of this site and the overall "unsuccessful" management of the entire ORG-forum have obviously had its repercussions to this sub-forum/section as well. Sad but true.

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    Well, I still visit here from time to time. Always have to check up on new Redux releases. Great mods never die.

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    Hi Meco, and thanks for posting...

    I totally welcome your visits and all that, but I fear that your occasional visits and posts will not be enough to keep this place going, or to sustain Redux in general, or any immortality. We both rely on this place/area somehow yet we do little to sustain or maintain it. I mean, neither of us manage to conjure up a measly 1 post per month at this place, now do we? And as small and ridiculous as that sounds, even that will still be drastic improvement for this place if we just managed that much - yet we don't.... See what I mean... Our reasons/excuses for that probably differ big time, but the result - right here - that will be the same, and that in a bad way...

    Personally, I think that the occasional visit, a singular post here and there - does not sustain this area/sub-forum, or any mod in general. I actually doubt it ever did. I think that if you guys want this Redux-forum around, you probably have too do more then that, a lot more. You will have to do your part somehow, and if you do, others will eventually follow. And that will actually matter here, and this place will be better for it... 1 post per month, its not much, hell its even borderline ridiculous - but - it is a start... That's what I think...

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    Redux news...

    Previously this month (april) the RXB1005 hit the 1000+ downloads marker, which means it has managed to achieve similar levels of success to that of the RXB1003 and RXB1004 before it. Typically, I consider any release (Redux or otherwise) that does manage to go north of 500+ downloads to be a success far and well beyond rational expectations - that for any material - but especially so for all stuff that does depend on/apply to ancient/old games - such as MTW for instance... Basically, its a brilliant success beyond my expectations with the RXB1005, but also for Redux in general, obviously I am very happy about all this stuff...
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    Another update for the RXB1005 is planned for public release in 2015... Currently I am working on compiling materials intended to for release somehow as the “unipatch 2” and I have done that for quite some time. I thus can confirm that there will be another update for the RXB1005. Unipatch 2 will include everything from the previous unipatch and it will also be save-game compatible (only some few nominal potential anomalies, if any, using previous saves). Obviously it will also be designated differently as “RXB1005d” or something higher for easy distinction. And the release of “unipatch 2” will definitely be sometime this year, but I am actually hoping for an early release - possibly even as early as sometime in May – that is, if all goes well... It is too soon to tell for sure or make any big promises on that, but I’m hoping for the best, and would be thrilled to see it happen... Anyhow, unipatch 2 will obviously introduce a bunch of additional updates, changes, fixes and various GFX-improvements to the RXB1005, and so far that means...

    • New GFX for England (flag/banner/shields)...
    • New GFX for Byzantium (flag/banner/shields)...
    • New GFX for Saracens (flag/banner/shields)...
    • New GFX for Moors (shields/flag)...
    • Improved castle-flag for France...
    • New separate unitpics on “woodsmen”, distinct for catholic-, orthodox- or pagan-cultures...
    • New unitpic for the “Imperial Guard”-unit (HRE)...
    • New and improved picture-set for “orthodox churches”...
    • Fixing the “Grand pagan idol” error...
    • Fixing the “Dismounted Nobles” error...
    • Fixing the “Norse Axemen” error...
    • “Norse Warriors” will become “Norse Nobles”, and reduced to 20 men units and better stats... I think it will probably result in a better game- and faction-balance this way (and it corresponds better to what I originally had in mind for the Norse as a faction-experience and the circumstances they should have). Also, these new guys will get the correct swords as was intended ever since RXB1004 or something along those lines... Previously they used the regular swords i battle when they should have used the barbarian/norse styled ones.... Compare with "Slavic Warriors" and their swords in battle-mode, for reference...
    • ???


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    Last edited by Axalon; 05-20-2015 at 00:17. Reason: Errata...

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    Well done Axalon !
    I will be downloading sometime soon ...
    I have been away for a very long time but im so pleased that people like yourself are still making a great game better !
    cheers

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    Hi Dimitrios,

    Ummm feel free to do so... A lot has happened in MTW modding the last 10 years, and especially the last 5. Redux is very much an expression of that progress and process, and that shows all over basically. Hopefully you will like (most things in) the experience Redux provides. If you do have any questions, experiences or other things related to Redux you want to share with the rest of us, please post here at your discretion....

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    I have a taste for some MTW again. I'm going to dl the the new patch and play.
    Last time I played as France and boy was it a challenge. Everything from pirate navies, saracen civil-wars and invincible English knights (the English took an isolationist policy which upset me, they didn't seem to build many ships or use them to invade). Anyway, I feel to play some muslims this time.

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    Hi Jingo,

    Well MTW/Redux is like that... Time goes and suddenly you want to play it all over again. France huh? Challenge? Well, I think that is part of what makes Redux stand out from other mods/projects, it is typically much tougher then all other stuff made for MTW, and obviously everything is tougher then raw MTW. France is a standard faction in Redux (as is England, HRE, Spain, Italy and Poland), which means it is supposed to deliver a solid challenge somehow. Some factions are tougher (Spain and Poland are the hardest), some are easier (England easiest amongst the regular factions) and some are in between (HRE, Italy and France). As for the rest, they are typically easier to handle, due to being less complex, better starting points and potential bonuses and so forth. The Muslim factions are probably the easiest optional factions in Redux (followed by the Byzantines). Saracens being the easiest of them all...

    As for the English and their ships (in your example)... Well, if they got the cash and tech for it, they typically build a bunch of ships, and use them. Of course there are always exceptions to that, but that is usually what happens. My guess would be that something was not in place, or the enemy lands they (England) could attack was too well defended, could be that too... Try another campaign with France and see what happens, RX-campaigns have a strong tendency to be very different each time, much more so then ever was the case in the raw game, but it could differ quite a bit in the raw MTW too. Just a suggestion, while you wait for unipatch2...

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    Yeah for sure the urge to play MTW comes in waves. I was hooked for weeks last time, as it was my discovering your mod on top of discovering that I could actually play MTW at all on newer hardware after 10 years. Needless to say, it was a struggle to do anything other than play redux for those weeks.
    Regarding my French campaign, there was an odd sea glitch that I will try to grab a save-file of. Something like the ships I was building from Flanders would become immobile, or when I touched them they switched to rebel or something, whatever it was it was very annoying.
    Also, not a glitch, but there was a meeting point in central europe where 4 factions shared borders, swabia or somewhere. Basically I think there was so much army build-up that no faction could attack without exposing itself to counter-attack. It led to a MASSIVE troop build-up which lagged the campaign map quite a bit. So I get what you mean, no 2 games are the same and some unique happyfuntimes to be had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jingo7 View Post
    Regarding my French campaign, there was an odd sea glitch that I will try to grab a save-file of. Something like the ships I was building from Flanders would become immobile, or when I touched them they switched to rebel or something, whatever it was it was very annoying.
    It is probably a corrupt save (it sure sounds like it) as those are fairly common on the V.2.01-engine. Its important to point out that this is not in any way connected to Redux but is generated by the MTW-engine itself and is as frequent in raw game as well - this due being poorly crafted and tested in the first place by CA. Its more uncommon in V.1.1 but that version is clearly more unstable in turn (among a few other things). Usually corrupt saves are generated from a save made just ahead of an unresolved battle, when offered to save, don't. Best place to save is at the very beginning of a new turn. If you are going to save, the safest way to do so is to do a proper regular saves. There is a RX-thread about corrupt saves and its probably the most unpopular thread ever created here, as nobody has ever posted there, this since its creation back in 2008. It has still useful info on corrupt saves despite all things...

    Quote Originally Posted by jingo7 View Post
    Also, not a glitch, but there was a meeting point in central europe where 4 factions shared borders, swabia or somewhere. Basically I think there was so much army build-up that no faction could attack without exposing itself to counter-attack. It led to a MASSIVE troop build-up which lagged the campaign map quite a bit. So I get what you mean, no 2 games are the same and some unique happyfuntimes to be had.
    It happens from time to time. I usually try kill off gigantic armies (even rebel ones) as to eliminate the delay that such massive amounts of troops tends to generate in turn-progression. And once they are gone, the AI-progression in turns returns to normal. Of course it will take a serious army to kill some 10.000-15.000+ army (default unit-size), obviously.

    Overall, the AI-principle on troops in Redux is (very) different from that of raw MTW. The RX-doctrine for the AI can basically be summed up like this: build troops so you can act on the map, no troops means no capacity to act, not acting means you will die, therefore build troops to ensure own survival and the death of existing enemies. More troops is arguably the most important prerequisite to do anything in Redux and the AI is forced (by design) to act accordingly (as is implicitly the player). If a player fails to act against powerful AI-factions by waiting too long to counter them (including rebels), she may very well lose the entire game simply because she have not the armies to survive the onslaught. Of course, sheer skill will also matter since a skilled player can successfully withstand and survive much heavier odds then the average player can...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axalon View Post
    It happens from time to time. I usually try kill off gigantic armies (even rebel ones) as to eliminate the delay that such massive amounts of troops tends to generate in turn-progression. And once they are gone, the AI-progression in turns returns to normal. Of course it will take a serious army to kill some 10.000-15.000+ army (default unit-size), obviously.

    Overall, the AI-principle on troops in Redux is (very) different from that of raw MTW. The RX-doctrine for the AI can basically be summed up like this: build troops so you can act on the map, no troops means no capacity to act, not acting means you will die, therefore build troops to ensure own survival and the death of existing enemies. More troops is arguably the most important prerequisite to do anything in Redux and the AI is forced (by design) to act accordingly (as is implicitly the player). If a player fails to act against powerful AI-factions by waiting too long to counter them (including rebels), she may very well lose the entire game simply because she have not the armies to survive the onslaught. Of course, sheer skill will also matter since a skilled player can successfully withstand and survive much heavier odds then the average player can...

    - A
    This is the only thing that continues to bother me about redux. These massive AI stacks haunt my games. I don't want to play the global policeman, having to kill of stacks to keep the game going! I want the AI to fight among themselves. I mean, it's great that the AI is comfortable with building big armies, but these armies seem to generate less conflict, not more. I'm sure it's a complicated affair, but what exactly does the AI consider when going to war/attacking a province? It seems a stack or 2 is enough to dissuade the AI from attacking, even when said AI has 6 stacks. I suppose it's about the quality of troops too, and the AIs (at the moment in my Moors-Supremacy campaign) are all of a similar tech level.

    I don't mean this to be a whiny post or anything like that, you have created something far superior to the original even with this problem as I see it. But I do rack my brains at the AI behaviour.

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