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Conversation Add-on questions and request
« on: November 18, 2008, 02:22:27 am »

First, a question about an add-on I've run into:

- While introducing a Mac-using friend to UQM, I came across this page: http://www.submedia.net/uqm/, which lists the Mac builds of UQM.  What interested me, however, was one of the add-ons on that page... namely, the one called "mycon-speech.uqm".  It says it's an add-on pack that adds the Mycon's conversation regarding their 'special place' back into the game.  This has been one of my biggest wishes since forever (I really don't care that it's text only), but I'm just a bit concerned that the add-on might only work with the Mac build... anyone have any ideas if it'll work with my PC UQM?

If the answer is yes, that leads me on to a plea for help from the more technically inclined than myself:

- If that "mycon-speech.uqm" package really works and does what it says it does, doesn't that mean it might be possible for someone to also make a mod to re-insert the Melnorme's 'MetaChron' dialogue back into the game?  You know, the one that is in the PC version, and is the only way a player becomes aware of the game's time-limit?  If yes, could someone please, please give this a shot?  I would love to see it in the game, and it looks like using the "mycon-speech.uqm" package as a basis to work from would make implementing it much easier... anyone maybe up for this?

For reference, the excluded text is included below (spoilers ahoy):

"How nice to see you again, Captain. Before we go on, I have a small announcement. As you may know, in our travels throughout the galaxy we Melnorme have found many strange and interesting alien artifacts.

One of these devices is the MetaChron, a kind of trans-time alarm system. In a nutshell, it warns me of future dangers by predicting its own demise which is most likely linked to my own well being, since I keep it under my pillow. The unit is a small pyramid and, when all is well, white in color. But if we are proceeding along a timeline which will eventually result in the destruction of the MetaChron the unit slowly darkens. Presumably, it will be destroyed at the same time as it turns completely black.

When we first entered this region of space, the MetaChron was white. Now it is light gray. At its present rate of change, something will destroy the MetaChron in the early part of the year 2159. In order to avoid this unpleasantness, we may be leaving just before this time, so if you have business you wish to conduct with us I suggest you do so before January 2159, or February at the latest."
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Re: Conversation Add-on questions and request
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2008, 08:30:51 am »

That site is terrible.  Terrible, terrible, terrible.  Smiley

The add-on pack ought work, though, at least it did when I made it.

But to answer your question about a Melnorme speech add-on, that would be a little out-of-scope for what an add-on pack can do.  The Mycon add-on just replaced part of the conversation tree with dialogue that made more sense, the Melnorme conversation tree would need to be modified in order for the Metachron speech to happen, and add-on packs do not have the ability to do that (yet).

But stay tuned, such things may become possible soon...
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2008, 08:41:06 am »

Ah, I see.  Bit of a shame that the MetaChron dialogue can't be implemented so easily...

Is there any good site to keep an eye on for news on addons and the like?  I've run into various random add-ons before (ie, modified voices for Vux and Yehat, and now also your Mycon dialogue patch) but I've never actually seen a good, central place that lists them all.  Is there some sort of UQM add-on central that keeps a running list of these things?

I found a few in the UQM wiki, but as stated, there were a whole bunch I've not seen mentioned there or indeed anywhere else...
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2008, 10:15:44 am »

I found a few in the UQM wiki, but as stated, there were a whole bunch I've not seen mentioned there or indeed anywhere else...
How about adding them to the wiki? It's user-editable for a reason...
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2008, 11:35:55 am »

The VUX and Yehat voice mods were, unfortunately, just posted in a thread.  I downloaded them at the time, but I think they were just hosted on rapidshare or something, so I don't have any links to provide for them.

The Mycon dialogue mod though might be worth adding to the wiki, so I'll take a look at doing that.  I thought it might be Mac only or something, but seeing as that's not the case, I'll look into adding it in...

EDIT: Added the Mycon patch into the wiki, under 'Links'
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