Hello again everyone.
I realize it's been a very long time since I've really come on and helped out (was it years or something?). I have my reasons for doing so, and despite that I guess I'm satisfied with the very minor contribution I've made. ;)
Well anyway, being that it's been so long, how's everything going? I'm guessing you've all progressed rather significantly with the project.
Oh, and lookie here, it's Hoggy in the flesh. *prostrates*
Words cannot explain my admiration for your initial work on Blue Lotus, and the amazing artistic style of yours that brought it so much character never before seen in a RTW mod. I've been a fan since the early days.
I've actually caught sight of some of your older work not too long ago for a Lord of the Rings mod done for MTW, and I must say that despite its simplicity, it holds a very unique flair of personality you don't find very often. Kudos!
Well, looks like things may have ground to a halt with this mod. If anyone has an interest in creating a campaign, feel free. I'd still be happy to help as I could, and would love to see a finished project. Beyond the small amount of sound and unit editing I've contributed, there isn't much more I can do. Rinsui did an awesome job, and may just have moved on to other stuff.
Just wanted to post a suggestion to those still interested: Go to Jeff Van Dyck's website and grab the music from the game Emperor. It's open for download, and a perfect backdrop to Blue Lotus. I've packaged it into my own rendition of Blue Lotus, but can't post it as I don't have his permission. But individually it's fine to use it. It'll take a bit of modding, but it's worth it.
The later ones with all the changes and additions of Rinsui I don't have, but I should have back ups of Hoggy's version of the game with some bugfixes and minor changes/additions somewhere. (If that one isn't online anymore)
I've got a file called Blue_Lotus_BETA_V1.0.rar. I think that was either the first release or one of the last closed beta testing games before the release. And a file called unofficial fixes which probably fix the most pressing problems with the original Beta. Next I have some .zips from after the open bèta but those will not work when added to the original beta. I think the rest I had is lost due to pc crashes. I'll upoload the BETA_V1.0 and the .zip with fixes. Someone can test them out and see what you get. My R:TW CD's are missing so I can't test.