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Topic Subject: Exit light - enter night
posted 01-30-21 10:45 AM ET (US)   

Have you ever wondered how AoE would look like in a night time setting? I did, and always wanted an option to play AoE like this. Here I am again shamelessly promoting another mod of mine - it's not like there's much else I can post in the news these days to get some activity going on AoEH. You can now play AoE/RoR under a moonlit sky!

Here's Andrea Rosa's Little Big Nordic Adventure campaign during the night.

This mod changes the in-game daytime (sun) setting to night (moon) setting. It works both in the original Age of Empires and The Rise of Rome Expansion pack. That means you can now play your favorite (custom) scenario's, campaigns or random maps with the night setting. The Night Mode can also be used in conjuction with any graphic.drs or empires.dat mod. No game settings or actual graphics are changed, it only alters the Interfac.drs file.

You can download the Night Mode here. Have fun playing AoE at night.

"The Sun always shines in Age of Empires." Checkmate, Bruce Shelley.
posted 01-30-21 10:53 AM ET (US)     1 / 12  
By the way, I also tried a dawn and dusk setting. The changes are less subtle, and I figured not that interesting, so I refrained from adding these (this is also to conserve the download size).

I should also mention that the Night Mode works with Upatch, but not using the mod manager as an Interfac.drs mod is not supported. I also can't upload the altered inter_up.drs file because I can't use that for my own projects. So for now, it's only available for the original Age of Empires/Rise of Rome.
posted 01-31-21 12:46 PM ET (US)     2 / 12  
Good work Phatfish! It's an interesting take on AoE.

Pieces of advice:
You don't HAVE to use Interfac.drs files when modifying bina files. Any of the modified files can be placed in a gamemod.drs file and loaded with Upatch HD (bina, wav, or slp, you just have to add the "form" in Turtlepack); although, the fact its a separate DRS file allows it to be used in conjunction with MOST mods (those that don't modify the files you have modified). Also, Interfac.drs is just a DRS file, it has no special properties that other DRS files don't have, other then being read as "\interfac.drs".

[This message has been edited by The_Patriarck (edited 01-31-2021 @ 12:49 PM).]

posted 01-31-21 10:08 PM ET (US)     3 / 12  
Definitively love the looks on this one!

Thanks Phatfish for being busy and sharing!
posted 02-03-21 09:17 AM ET (US)     4 / 12  
Gladly followed your advice The_Patriarck, thank you for helping me out once again. Support for Upatch has been added.
posted 02-03-21 12:00 PM ET (US)     5 / 12  
Excellent for "dawn of man" !
posted 02-05-21 03:59 PM ET (US)     6 / 12  
Nacht Jδger did it first!

//The warrior of Isola

"I lack quotes that demonstrate Humor Intelligence or anything about me."

Cleidopus gloriamaris
posted 02-05-21 06:38 PM ET (US)     7 / 12  
thanks! looks incredible
posted 02-05-21 10:35 PM ET (US)     8 / 12  
Awesome. A "four seasons" mod is next, right?
posted 02-07-21 07:31 AM ET (US)     9 / 12  
This is amazing! I always wanted to see how Age of Empires would look in nighttime. Really good work!
posted 02-17-21 08:49 AM ET (US)     10 / 12  
Thanks for the kind comments.
A "four seasons" mod is next, right?
Naturally I have tried some other color settings. Autumn setting is absoluty possible, winter (with snow) looks quite unnatural and weird. I'll see if I can conjure up some other palette mods some time, I'm quite busy in RL though atm.
posted 03-15-21 05:49 PM ET (US)     11 / 12  
Kinda cool to see this community and game still going strong. After all these years people are still doing new things with this game. Now that is some serious dedication
posted 04-23-21 05:08 AM ET (US)     12 / 12  
I find it really interesting I will try it, thank you
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