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> Evil-Islands/Cursed-Earth developer tools, Are they available yet?

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post Вторник, 06 Февраля 2018, 05:07
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Hey all,

It's been over 10 years since I last played Evil-Islands/Cursed Earth, and I was wondering if the developer tools for scenario/quest editing and resource packing/unpacking had been released in any shape or form (be it official or unofficial) yet?

On the topic of game resources (like animated 3d models, decorative models, terrain models, textures, skins etc), what types of file formats does Evil-Islands use?

I specialize in 2d and 3d design, so I'm really interested to see if I could create some custom content for my favorite RPG.

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post Среда, 07 Февраля 2018, 18:54
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QUOTE(Asaeis @ Tuesday, 06 February 2018, 03:07)
Hey all,

It's been over 10 years since I last played Evil-Islands/Cursed Earth, and I was wondering if the developer tools for scenario/quest editing and resource packing/unpacking had been released in any shape or form (be it official or unofficial) yet?

On the topic of game resources (like animated 3d models, decorative models, terrain models, textures, skins etc), what types of file formats does Evil-Islands use?

I specialize in 2d and 3d design, so I'm really interested to see if I could create some custom content for my favorite RPG.

- Asaeis
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I think there are some in the downloads section of the forum. If you're not that good in Russian you can use google translate. Anyways, good luck on your mod ))
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post Четверг, 08 Февраля 2018, 23:35
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He there, and welcome to the community!

Check out this topic and youtube channel. It is about creating new 3D models for Evil Islands.
In the video you can enable subtitles with automatic translation


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post Понедельник, 12 Февраля 2018, 06:24
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Thanks very much for the replies StoneSpearman and Jet. smile.gif

@Jet

Are there proper translations somewhere to those videos regarding EI .fig modeling to and from Blender which you linked to in your post? It doesn't seem like Youtube translates the video very effectively, as only about 40% of it is understandable, though what's being shown in those videos does look very promising.

I'm glad that EI modeling can be done from Blender as that is the tool that i use to create most of my 3d assets.

Though I'll need to fire off a few more questions about .fig models while we're on the subject -

Is there a specific grid formatting that I should set in Blender for .fig models? (This was mostly relevant for some older games which had a much more limited model grid resolution, where using an improper grid spacing with some older model formats would cause distortions to the model when loaded ingame)

Is there a limit to the amount of verteces/polys that can be present on a .fig model?

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I did notice some of those on the downloads section, but I'm not totally sure which file/program does what. Indeed, I'll try to see if an online translator yields some results.
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post Четверг, 15 Февраля 2018, 03:55
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QUOTE(StoneSpearman @ Wednesday, 07 February 2018, 15:54)
I think there are some in the downloads section of the forum. If you're not that good in Russian you can use google translate. Anyways, good luck on your mod ))
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So I investigated some of the file descriptions using a translator, and have a -slight- better understanding over what some of them do; particularly the addon1447 file. Though upon installation I receive an error saying
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Evil Islands (Add-on) 1.44.7 Setup
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CRC unknown: 3852569
file: D:\GOG Galaxy\Games\Evil Islands\Game.Exe

Probably file was changed or damaged by virus.
Try to reinstall patch 1.6.


Continue install? (Not recommended)
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Yes No
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"

But I went ahead with the installation to see if it would work anyway, though the program just crashes on startup.

Is there something that I'm doing wrong? Perhaps it's the GOG installation of the game that's causing issues.

Any help would be gladly appreciated.

I'm also still interested in somewhere that has better translations of those videos that you linked to Jet, as Youtubes' inbuilt translation feature doesn't seem very clear. sad.gif
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post Воскресенье, 18 Февраля 2018, 19:25
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QUOTE(Asaeis @ Четверг, 15 Февраля 2018, 03:55)
So I investigated some of the file descriptions using a translator, and have a -slight- better understanding over what some of them do; particularly the addon1447 file. Though upon installation I receive an error saying
"
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Evil Islands (Add-on) 1.44.7 Setup
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CRC unknown: 3852569
file: D:\GOG Galaxy\Games\Evil Islands\Game.Exe

Probably file was changed or damaged by virus.
Try to reinstall patch 1.6.
Continue install? (Not recommended)
---------------------------
Yes  No 
---------------------------
"

But I went ahead with the installation to see if it would work anyway, though the program just crashes on startup.

Is there something that I'm doing wrong? Perhaps it's the GOG installation of the game that's causing issues.

Any help would be gladly appreciated.

I'm also still interested in somewhere that has better translations of those videos that you linked to Jet, as Youtubes' inbuilt translation feature doesn't seem very clear. sad.gif
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It's GOG version. Addon verifies the checksum or something like that of Game.exe That's why you received the warning. You can try to "fix" the GOG version. There is a patch made by Demoth that replaces few bytes in Game.exe making it look exactly like original file from russian version of the game. After that it may ask to insert a CD in order to play, but you can disable it by clicking the checkbox in Addon settings.
Here is the tool by Demoth http://allods.gipat.ru/files/ei/soft/eifixer_1_0.zip Just extract it into your Evil Islands folder and run. If you are not sure whether it did it's job, make a screenshot and post it here (make it when you run it for the first time).

As of youtube videos, you can probably write to the author with your questions.


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post Воскресенье, 18 Февраля 2018, 20:56
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Thanks, I will check that eifixer patch.

Does eifixer also re-enable the multiplayer portion of the game? It seems like the GOG version has completely disabled everything multiplayer-wise apart from LAN mode.

Edit: Hmm, I tried running eifixer, though when changing the game.exe I receive an error

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Evil Islands repair tool
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Repair status:
Fixing registry: Not required
Fixing game.exe: Error
Fixing autorunpro.reg: Error

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OK
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Aswel as an error fixing autorunpro.reg.

Though thankfully I will be able to retrieve my original Evil-Islands copy today, so then these things should not be a problem, but thank you for informing me about the repair tool, since maybe I will need it in the future.

Edit 2: I was able to install a non-GOG version of Evil-Islands, though while uninstalling my previous installation of addon1447, and creating a fresh installation to the new directory, after clicking on 'Next' on the 'Set your Evil-Islands directory' step of the installation, nothing happens. I guess this is where I should try the fix again, then I will let you guys know how I got on with that process smile.gif

Edit 3: Applying the fix ended up breaking the game entirely, it wouldn't launch due to not being able to find speech.res D:

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post Вторник, 20 Февраля 2018, 00:22
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Asaeis, hi! The main problem with english version of Evil Islands is game.exe
Polish/russian game.exe and english game.exe are two different files.

If you want to use addon, you should replace your game.exe with russian version:
https://yadi.sk/d/qrSrKBEn3SamG3

BUT, you need to repack speech.res... Because in russian version it is in another format.
1. Download this program: https://yadi.sk/d/ua1MwX05ot7Ju
2. Open speech.res with eipacker.exe (just drag speech.res to eipacker.exe)
3. Wait...
4. Open speech_res folder in the same directory as speech.res
5. Create folders "s" and "t".
6. Copy "Briefing" directory to "s" folder, and move this to "t" folder.
7. Go back to "res" folder and drag speech_res folder to eipacker.exe

You can use this video instruction: https://yadi.sk/i/N1cuI8JP3SanBi
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post Вторник, 20 Февраля 2018, 02:40
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QUOTE(Demoth @ Monday, 19 February 2018, 21:22)
Asaeis, hi! The main problem with english version of Evil Islands is game.exe
Polish/russian game.exe and english game.exe are two different files.

If you want to use addon, you should replace your game.exe with russian version:
https://yadi.sk/d/qrSrKBEn3SamG3

BUT, you need to repack speech.res... Because in russian version it is in another format.
1. Download this program: https://yadi.sk/d/ua1MwX05ot7Ju
2. Open speech.res with eipacker.exe (just drag speech.res to eipacker.exe)
3. Wait...
4. Open speech_res folder in the same directory as speech.res
5. Create folders "s" and "t".
6. Copy "Briefing" directory to "s" folder, and move this to "t" folder.
7. Go back to "res" folder and drag speech_res folder to eipacker.exe

You can use this video instruction: https://yadi.sk/i/N1cuI8JP3SanBi
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Hey Demoth,

I guess speech.res is the character speech resource package? The English version doesn't have this package, I think the voiceover files go under a different package name

Also, will the menu/onscreen text and information remain in English even with the Russian .exe? I'm unfortunately not able to speak/read Russian (at the moment anyway).

Thanks in advance for the help smile.gif

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post Вторник, 20 Февраля 2018, 11:05
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QUOTE(Asaeis @ Вторник, 20 Февраля 2018, 02:40)
I guess speech.res is the character speech resource package? The English version doesn't have this package, I think the voiceover files go under a different package name
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No, speech.res is in every version. Sometimes it is on CD2.
Install GoG version and check "c:\games\evil islands\res" (or something like that) folder.

QUOTE(Asaeis @ Вторник, 20 Февраля 2018, 02:40)
Also, will the menu/onscreen text and information remain in English even with the Russian .exe? I'm unfortunately not able to speak/read Russian (at the moment anyway).
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Yes, all text will be in english. Two game.exe differ only in speech.res format.
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post Вторник, 20 Февраля 2018, 20:42
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Ah, you were right, the Speech.res was found on the res directory of the CD, thanks.

I adjusted the folder formatting of the speech.res archive by unpacking it with eipacker and repacking it after putting the briefing speech files into a folder called S, then moving the S folder into a folder called T. Will this still work even though there is a speech.res on the CD? There was a noCD patch made a long time ago, but that was such a long time ago that I would no longer remember where to obtain it (or if it's still hosted anywhere, I couldn't find it on the downloads section of this site). I assume if i run into a problem with conflicting speech.res packages the no-cd patch would fix it.

Thanks again in advance for the help. smile.gif

Edit: It looks like it runs perfectly even with the double speech.res archives (one on the disk and one in the Evil-Islands\res directory) smile.gif Thanks very much for the help.

I was even able to launch the addon1447 this time, though when launching it i see the starter window with only a dropdown box and nothing else. Is there something missing?


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Edit 2: It turns out after the changes I made with the .exe and speech.res, dialogue soundfiles are no longer playing when talking to a character in singleplayer. I'm assuming that the game.exe is searching for the speech.res on the CD and is not finding the one with the edited folder formatting on the Evil-Islands\res directory on the hard drive. Perhaps somebody knows where the noCD patch can be downloaded? (if it changes the speech.res directory to the \res folder on the hard drive)

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Hmm, sorry for the thread bump, but perhaps i should have originally just made a new post rather than editing my previous post, as forums don't tend to notify users from outside the thread when a post has been edited, only when a new post has been made.

As mentioned in the edited post above, sound files for dialogue are currently not playing in singleplayer after the changes i made, I assume it's because the game is not directed to the speech.res on the hard drive instead of the CD, is there a way where i can change the directory of where the game looks for the speech.res package so that it looks for the right one (the one with the changed folder format in the Evil-Islands\res directory)?

Additionally, cutscenes are not playing after making these changes as well, do I need to change the cutscene directory or its file formatting like the speech.res package too?

Hopefully we can get back on track with the thread subject after these issues are fixed smile.gif

Thanks again in advance for the help.

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QUOTE(Asaeis @ Суббота, 24 Февраля 2018, 13:59)
Hmm, sorry for the thread bump, but perhaps i should have originally just made a new post rather than editing my previous post, as forums don't tend to notify users from outside the thread when a post has been edited, only when a new post has been made.

As mentioned in the edited post above, sound files for dialogue are currently not playing in singleplayer after the changes i made, I assume it's because the game is not directed to the speech.res on the hard drive instead of the CD, is there a way where i can change the directory of where the game looks for the speech.res package so that it looks for the right one (the one with the changed folder format in the Evil-Islands\res directory)?

Additionally, cutscenes are not playing after making these changes as well, do I need to change the cutscene directory or its file formatting like the speech.res package too?

Hopefully we can get back on track with the thread subject after these issues are fixed smile.gif

Thanks again in advance for the help.
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I belive it could be because of incorrect path settings. Go to regedit, check the path "Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Nival Interactive\EvilIslands\Path Settings"
It should contain a series of Keys, that should point to your game folder and res folder. See screenshot below. "Проклятые Земли" is "Evil Islands".
P.S. You have learned you first two russian words biggrin.gif

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Hi Morgen,

Yeah, my registry paths are pretty much identical to that, but I think somewhere there's something that's telling the game to keep looking for the CD directory for speech.res :/

But I'm not sure why the cutscenes aren't working either, perhaps I need to change some of the names of the CGI cutscenes in order for the Russian game.exe to know how to find them?

Thanks in advance for the help.

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