Friday, November 14, 2008

GPS gets into UI modding

Well, sort of. It’s not quite what Lance is doing, or what these guys are up to with their Call of Cthulhu PW.

But it’s a little UI tweak I’ve wanted ever since I was making the Trinity trailer, and with Daronas’ help, we got it done.

GPS’s no-ring UI mod removes those unsightly selection rings you get around your currently controlled character and your selected enemy, that are especially intrusive in strategy mode. It also removes that star that appears when you click the ground to move. Look at the before and after shots to see what I mean.

With this, you can get a perfectly clean screen when the GUI is hidden: great for filming gameplay footage with FRAPS, for taking screenshots or for total immersion while playing.

It can make for a better playing experience when the GUI is up too. One reason I seldom played in strategy mode outside of combat was because of that permanent ring around my character.

It was a simple tweak to do really (override 3 images with null ones), once we figured out what we needed to modify and how.

The no-ring UI mod will go up on the Vault some time soon.

I’m also working on a few tweaks and add-ons (including TonyK compatibility) for my favourite custom UI, Lite UI. Anyone else uses this UI? The add-on may also find its way to the Vault some time in the near future.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Halloween Mod Podcast

I just recently synced my iPod, downloading all the latest Neverwinter Nights Podcast episodes. For some reason, episode 76 and 77 didn't make it on.

So as I was washing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen tonight I pressed the click-wheel to listen to episode 78, after listening to our very own Sirchet on episode 75! It's always when I'm cleaning the kitchen at the end of the day that I listen to the Podcast. It actually makes that job fun.

Lo and behold, it's an episode about the Halloween 2008 Community Mod, featuring an interview with Jclef and Ree! What a surprise! I hadn't even caught on they'd done a show about it. Anyway a great listen. It was fascinating to hear about the project from Jclef's perspective.

So if you haven't already, make sure you download the show or stream it from the Podcast's own website.


The following shot was taken within our modest house in the Halloween super mod. It shows a silly character of mine, Crazy Friggin, a female gnome barbarian, wielding some really hard candy she got there as a treat.