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Ferc Kast 08-22-2011 10:55 PM

KotOR: Echo of the Force
 
Well, I have looked forward to making this thread for quite some time. I am pleased to finally announce this mod. :) I am quite grateful for everyone who has helped me learn everything I currently know about modding; Also, I am grateful for those who have encouraged me over the years. :thmbup1: So, after that introduction, I am now announcing...

Plot Introduction
Years after the Battle of Telos IV, the Republic struggles to recover from the war. A series of systems have seceded from the Republic. Attacking from an unknown source, the planet Darrax is under attack. In the midst of a debate in the Senate, the Jedi Council sends a lone Jedi to investigate...

Companions
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Planets
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Progress
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Team Recruitment
I am looking for additional modders to help with this mod in the following areas:
  • Modelers (mostly planets)
  • Skinners (characters & modules)
  • Dialog Writers
  • Side Quest Ideas

Screenshots


Deadly Stream Thread
Kast's Echo Thread

Snard 08-22-2011 11:16 PM

I'm glad you finally uploaded it. You've been talking on Hssiss about it for months. Good luck:)

newbiemodder 08-23-2011 08:26 AM

Good luck Ferc!

mr_dad 08-23-2011 08:45 AM

Nice. I can help with skinning the characters.

Warlord664 08-23-2011 09:56 AM

Very cool! Glad you made the thread. I might be able to give you some side quest ideas.

LDR 08-23-2011 10:17 AM

You actually made the thread! Congrats! And the screenies look great!

Ferc Kast 10-08-2011 11:27 AM

Well, I realized I hadn't posted in here for a while. I've done some more work on this between school and work. The initial areas are almost done & playable. I should be starting to work on the first planet relatively soon. I also got a couple skins ready for further in the mod. (Trying to do each area chronologically; But, I may start jumping between various areas just to get them done. :)) On a side note, since the last update, I found out that my laptop is entirely supported on Windows 7; So, I made the upgrade from Vista to Windows 7. (I backed up everything before upgrading, so no work was lost in the process.)

I noticed one problem when I was testing my initial areas for any bugs: Upon transiting to the second area, my temporary party member is on the wrong side of a static door. Any ideas how to fix this problem? Anyways, just wanted to let you guys know that I haven't stopped working on this, despite not making an update post in a couple months.

newbiemodder 10-08-2011 11:39 AM

You could move the starting point of the module a little farther away from the door to allow for the party members to be seen...use the whereami armband or equivalent to get the coords then make the changes in .ifo file. Otherwise, when you start to move, the party member should catch up to you the farther you get from him/her.

JebusJM 10-10-2011 10:34 PM

I didn't see this thread at first, but the mod sounds really interesting. Maybe Jebord Esio can make a cameo...?

harIII 10-11-2011 09:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Ferc Kast (Post 2792753)
Well, I realized I hadn't posted in here for a while. I've done some more work on this between school and work. The initial areas are almost done & playable. I should be starting to work on the first planet relatively soon. I also got a couple skins ready for further in the mod. (Trying to do each area chronologically; But, I may start jumping between various areas just to get them done. :)) On a side note, since the last update, I found out that my laptop is entirely supported on Windows 7; So, I made the upgrade from Vista to Windows 7. (I backed up everything before upgrading, so no work was lost in the process.)

I noticed one problem when I was testing my initial areas for any bugs: Upon transiting to the second area, my temporary party member is on the wrong side of a static door. Any ideas how to fix this problem? Anyways, just wanted to let you guys know that I haven't stopped working on this, despite not making an update post in a couple months.

You have to get your x, y, and z coordinates with the whereami armband. Then open up the module.ifo file for that specific area and then change the mod entry coordinates. They should be somewhere near the top.

Ferc Kast 10-11-2011 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by harIII (Post 2792945)
You have to get your x, y, and z coordinates with the whereami armband. Then open up the module.ifo file for that specific area and then change the mod entry coordinates. They should be somewhere near the top.

Strangely, after tweaking the starting coordinates, my party member still sometimes spawns on the wrong side of the door. But, at other times, he spawns in the correct spot. :confused:

harIII 10-11-2011 12:26 PM

Try starting a new game. This type of modification often requires a new game to see the effect.

Ferc Kast 10-20-2011 03:47 PM

Well, update time: First, I fixed the bug mentioned in my last post. Second, there are now journal entries for the quests so far. So, I am going through & adding the entries/quests in-game. Finally, I am almost done with the initial version of the Corsair Nova. As such, I expect to be working on the next planet soon. With this in mind, I thought to give a video clip from the beginning of the Corsair Nova. (Side note: still trying to tweak the camera so it shows the player at the beginning instead of the droid.)

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Originally Posted by JebusJM (Post 2792927)
I didn't see this thread at first, but the mod sounds really interesting. Maybe Jebord Esio can make a cameo...?

Maybe, if the model used for him is in TSL's game files.

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Originally Posted by harIII (Post 2792964)
Try starting a new game. This type of modification often requires a new game to see the effect.

Worked perfectly when I restarted again, but only after you suggested it. :)

Scorge 10-20-2011 04:06 PM

Looks awesome

Warlord664 10-20-2011 07:57 PM

Looks very good so far ferc ty for the video!

LDR 10-20-2011 08:04 PM

Yummy video! I could only wonder what will happen on Darrax...

UltimateHK47 11-17-2011 12:34 PM

Id love to help out in dialog writing and side quest ideas. Hope its going well.

Lord Dagron 11-20-2011 05:23 PM

Looks awesome Ferc.

UltimateHK47 11-20-2011 05:49 PM

yes, when your vO's come out for that seen it will be brilliant. Do you still need team members, my offfer stands above.

Ferc Kast 12-10-2011 03:59 PM

It's been going slowly since my last update; However, things are starting to progress more in its development. I should have some new screenshots in the next post of how things are coming along. :)

I have found a minor bug, which I thought I ought to ask here rather than make a new thread: On a new party member, I made a custom item that only they are able to use; However, by using the useable by NPC property on it, it says "Useable by: Atton" instead of "Useable by: (Insert New Party Member's Name Here)." Does anyone know what exactly do I have to edit to fix this bug?

Ferc Kast 12-14-2011 06:56 AM

Well, it's time again for a mini update for EotF. Last time, I asked about a minor bug I had found. Since then, Ive found a temporary fix for my problem until someone can figure out how to fix it the way I was hoping for it to be fixed. Also, I am starting to work on the next module in-game. (Yay for Darth333's whereami band.)

Finally, I am getting around to reskinning those terrible looking "potato sack(s)" from the vanilla KotOR II; Personally, I find it to look more Jedi-esque now. However, I would like to find out what your opinions are about the reskin. I also wondered if there was interest for me to release it for TSL in addition to including it in EotF. :) So, give me your input so I can take the needed action(s).

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UltimateHK47 12-14-2011 01:36 PM

Wow sweet. Yes i think you should release it as a seperate mod. I like it and think many would welcome it into their override.

Xinaith 12-31-2011 04:41 PM

I'm a bit confused, is the mod for KOTOR or TSL?

DeathScepter 12-31-2011 04:59 PM

TSL

Xinaith 12-31-2011 06:44 PM

Oh alright, Thanks.

Qui-Don Jorn 01-06-2012 06:58 PM

Looks good, good luck!

Ferc Kast 02-24-2012 09:31 AM

*Blows off dust in thread* This thread has gotten a bit dusty. To fix that, it's time for an update on progress: I have gotten a bit more done on the mod. :) It's mostly been plot details, a few new selectable heads, along with some content implementation into the game itself. I don't any new screenshots or videos, though. In their stead, here are some party member background stories for EotF.
  • OB-48 - Combat Droid (Temporary Party Member)
    OB-48 will be found on the Corsair Nova. OB-48 is the personal bodyguard droid of Captain Dax Mindar. He has currently been programmed to ensure your safe arrival to Darrax, by any means necessary.
  • Adri Vale - Jedi Master/ Female/ Echani
    Adri Vale was the PC's Jedi Master, following the Battle of Telos IV. She will be found on Darrax on an unrelated assignment; But, after the events that transpire there, the Jedi Council will have her aid you in pursuing the matter.
  • Subal Mahkon - Scout/ Male/ Devaronian
    Subal Mahkon is a reputable pilot, who will get the PC to his/her destination(s). He was a previous pilot of the Ebon Hawk while Davik owned it. He rarely talks about his past. Subal has flown from one side of the galaxy to the other.
  • T3-M4 - Astromech Droid
    T3-M4 was created by Janis on Taris. T3-M4 was responsible for getting the launch codes to allow Revan and his party to escape. T3 can tell you about the events of KotOR I & II. T3 has retained his excellent repair & computer skills, which in handy from time to time.

Contest
I am allowing you to PM me an idea for a new party member. The winner will have his/her character included in Echo of the Force. Below are the requirements of your entry:
  • Include their background, species and gender.
  • General artwork, or even reskins you made, of the character are a plus.
  • The party member has to be a species (or droid) that are (or can be made with) existing models from KotOR II
  • Deadline: March 15th

More Coming Soon...

UltimateHK47 02-26-2012 05:33 PM

Nice progress. Like the hilt screenie :)

OldRepublicFan01 02-26-2012 07:44 PM

Looks Good!

Ferc Kast 03-03-2012 11:32 AM

Before I get too far into this post, I have two general reminders.

Contest
There are only 12 days left to submit an entry. See my last post for details on entry requirements.

Team Member Recruitment
I am still looking for additional modders to help with this mod. The following are the specialties I'm looking for:
  • Modelers (Mostly for Planets, but general modeling is good too.)
  • Skinners (NPCs & Planets)
  • Dialog Writers
  • Side Quest Ideas

Having said that, my update today is a continued list of companions and their background stories. On a side note before I continue: The next update, if done before the contest ends, will be a regular update (mostly likely with some pictures.)
  • Koran Vox - Soldier/ Male/ Mandalorian
    Koran Vox is a Mandalorian, who was present for the Battle of Malachor V. He also was present for the Battle of Telos IV. He was sent by Mandalore the Preserver to find out about the attacks on Darrax. When he missed his opportunity, he decided to take a detour before returning to Dxun.
  • HK-47 - Assassin Droid
    HK-47 was created by Revan, following the Battle of Malachor V. He has been assigned by both Revan and the Exile to keep tabs on activity from criminal organizations, such as Czerka and the Exchange. HK's aggressive personality and dislike of meatbags still remain intact.
  • Kira Sadow - Scoundrel/ Female/ Human
    Kira Sadow is a smuggler, who was captured on route for a shipment. She was taken prisoner during the Corsair Nova's journey to Darrax. Once the ship was under attack, she managed to escape her cell. Her street skills are handy from time to time.
  • Ora Vaona - Jedi Sentinel/ Female/ Twi'lek
    Ora Vaona is still a Padawan, but has great potential. Recently, she was sent with her Master to Ryloth to get information on the Exchange's recent actions there; Unfortunately, their presence was discovered. They killed her Master, but took her prisoner. The Jedi Council is still debating how best to free her.

Website
I have a temporary website for Echo of the Force online; The final/"real" website will be released later in production. I thought it would be nice to have one before the final one is publicly released. :) Also, the NPC portraits shown may not necessarily be the final version.

More Coming Soon...

Warlord664 03-03-2012 12:24 PM

Very nice update Ferc. Can't wait to see who wins the contest!

Scorge 03-08-2012 09:56 PM

In one week the winning entry will be announced, can't wait. :)

Warlord664 03-14-2012 07:09 AM

The Last day before the 15th....Now we all wait in suspense. :lol:

:3pdance:

Ferc Kast 03-14-2012 07:36 AM

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Originally Posted by MrObiWan (Post 2806992)
In one week the winning entry will be announced, can't wait. :)

Clarification: I didn't say it would be the 15th that it'd be announced (per se.) I only said that the contest will end on the 15th. ;)

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Originally Posted by Warlord664 (Post 2807502)
The Last day before the 15th....Now we all wait in suspense. :lol:

:3pdance:

As do I; Although, I'm waiting instead for those who decide to do last-minute entries. :)

Ferc Kast 03-15-2012 02:36 PM

Greetings, meatba...:eek:...I mean, hello there. :) Today is an exciting day. There is a small update to report, as well as some other exciting stuff. :haw: But, first...

Team Member Recruitment
Can I stress enough how things go faster when multiple people are working together? Having said that, I am still looking for modders to help make this mod. Especially since a couple of the planets require modeling to even be possible. :) The following list contains specific areas of modding (not limited, though, to these specific areas) that I am looking for in team members:
  • Modeling (Custom Modules, NPCs, etc)
  • Skinning (NPCs, planets, etc.)
  • Dialog Writing
  • Side Quest Ideas

Update
With that out of the way, it is time for an update: Firstly, for those who are unaware, I am writing an extended backstory for Kira Sadow called A Debt Unpaid (see the link in my signature.) It is intended as a treat while Echo of the Force is still in production; And, its story will end close to where EotF's storyline begins. :) Secondly, the other day, I made and have in-game a head skin for the party member Subal Mahkon (who was only mentioned for the first time a few posts ago.) I don't have custom clothes for him yet, but I thought to at least get his head done :)

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Contest
Well, today officially ended the party member contest!! Thank you to all who sent in an entry. :) It was definitely a tough decision...But since the contest ended, it had to be done.

Without further ado, the winner...s are:
  • christos200's male Human, Xin
  • Warlord664's male Rodian, Saverak Vornskar

Congratultations, you two!! :) And, I'd also like to thank all those who submitted an entry.

Website
On that exciting note, I have yet more exciting news: I have acquired a new domain name for my modding site; What is more news is that I have started construction on it. Eventually, it will eventually have a dedicated section for Echo of the Force. Until then, I would like your opinion on the site's setup. To find out about and/or download my mods, would you prefer like to have/be:
  1. Blog entries with screenshots, download links, etc. (Using Wordpress)
  2. Blog entry about the mod, but separate page with the screenshots, download links, etc. (Wordpress for blog entry, separate page for mod)
  3. Other (specify in your post.)



More Coming Soon...

Scorge 03-15-2012 02:38 PM

Congrats Warlord664 and christos200!!!!! If you want, I could tweak the head a bit for more detail Ferc. I expected Subal Mahkon to be red, but oh well, green is cool too!

Warlord664 03-15-2012 04:12 PM

Awesome update! Subal's head looks nice. the green took me a little off guard at first because I don't believe i'd ever seen a green devaronian before, but it certently will make him look different. And grats to christos200! Wasn't expecting two winners. As for the site, I would go with option B. And thanks MrObiWaN.

christos200 03-15-2012 05:39 PM

I just show this. My character is chosen.

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And grats to christos200!
Thanks grats also to you too.

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Congrats Warlord664 and christos200!!!!!
Also this alien in the pic is just great. I cant wait for this mod, although i know that it will take a lot of time. ( I tried to do a TC once, but i gave up. It needs very hard work to create a TC.)

Scorge 04-11-2012 08:17 AM

Can't wait for more updates...:D

Ferc Kast 05-10-2012 11:00 PM

*blows metaphorical dust off of thread* Phew...nearly a month's worth of dust. :p Let me assure you that this mod project, despite a month of not posting more, is still alive. (Aside: Huzzah; this thread has reached 2 pages!! :D) Before I continue, let me say that I hate to sound like a broken record; however, I do have a friendly reminder to say before the update...

Team Member Recruitment
While one person can bring about change, progress takes off when multiple persons are working together on something. That being said, I am still in need of further modders to further Echo of the Force (hereafter called by its' acronym, EotF) in its' progression. Without further modders, this mod could be destined to move along slowly. So, the following list contains specific areas of modding (not limited, though, to these specific areas) that I am looking for in team members:
  • Modeling (Custom Modules, NPCs, etc)
  • Skinning (NPCs, planets, etc.)
  • Dialog Writing
  • Side Quest Ideas

If you are interested in helping to make EotF, send me a PM with your user name, the type of modding and a personal sample of that type of modding.

Update
I have a few screenshots to visually show progress. (Yes, I will get back to setting up the plot/planets soon enough.) This time, like my last update, my modding has been focused on party members. I have been making placeholder utc's (including temporary portraits and custom appearances), ensuring their recruitment scripts will work, etc. As of the other day, I have only 2 more party members to make. As far as the screenshots go, christos200's Xin (from the contest) has his custom appearance. (I plan to get around to Warlord664's Saverak Vornskar in the near future.) Also, I decided to make a connection between the KotOR series and the prequel trilogy. I created a new skin for the war droid model that resembles the appearance of the Battle Droids. The first war droid in EotF that the player will see with this new skin is OB-48 from the Corsair Nova. :)



FAQ
Beginning with this post, I will have a dedicated section in my updates with questions that people ask about Echo of the Force. You can either post them in either the Deadly Stream thread, in this thread or PM/VM me. (I will keep the asker's user name anonymous when posting them.) If I get a bunch of them, I may record Q/A sessions and post them on YouTube.

Q: I'm pretty sure you've read the Revan novel. Thus, you know about T3-M4's fate. Therefore, how can T3-M4 be still alive in your mod?
A: I have known about T3's fate since I read the Revan novel. Right now, I merely listed him as a placeholder until I make a new astromech droid.


Q: How many years after KotOR 2 does KotOR: EotF occur?
A: KotOR: EotF takes place around 5 or so years after KotOR 2.

Q: Do you plan to include anybody from Revan's and the Exile's party members (aside from T3 and HK) in the game?
A: It has crossed my mind, but I have not come to a final decision about including other party members from the previous games.

Website
So, I've doing so HTML coding recently for my future modding website. I would like your opinion before continuing to design and set it up: Would you prefer that finish the site for my previously released mods before or after finishing EotF's future site? (Both sites are already in progress.)


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