Heroes of Might and Magic games

m7600

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Since there's several fans of Heroes of Might and Magic here, I thought I'd start a thread for discussing anything related to this series of games. I'll start by mentioning VCMI, which is an open source engine for HOMM3. Of course, you'll need to own the original game in order to use VCMI, since it needs the game's data to run. But one of the cool things about VCMI is that you can run a lot of mods on it, for example all of the mods that incorporate new towns. Here's a few screenshots of the Abyss Town, which has an aquatic theme.

And yeah, I was too lazy to open up an image editing program to trim the screenshots : P

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Xzarloxara

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Cool! I have enjoyed several HOMM games, but none more so than Heroes 3. For Heroes 3, I use the Horn of the Abyss mod, a fan made mod that adds some content and fixes bugs while still being quite faithful to the original game. I sometimes play Heroes 3 with @Antimatter, and we have a lot of fun.
 

m7600

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Now that I have more free time, I'm working on a mod for Heroes 3, to be used with VCMI. It's just another town. Right now it's in the very early stages, I have a lot to do. I'm using the Abyss Town as a template, and I'm modifying it to make a deep-sea town. Here's what the background looks like in the game, with just a Village Hall:

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And here's what it's supposed to look like with a few more buildings. I haven't added these to the game yet:

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I made the background and the buildings from scratch in Blender. For the units, the humanoids would be deep-sea merfolk. And for the creatures, maybe anglerfish that can walk on land, and flying jellyfish from the depths. Or something like that. It made more sense in my head before I typed it! 🤪
 

Antimatter

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That's so cool! You are modding the game that I first played so many years ago! The concept reminds me of The Abyss movie by James Cameron--the look of these buildings is both deep-sea and alien.
 

Xzarloxara

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The mod I mentioned earlier in this thread, Horn of the Abyss, just received a long awaited update! This includes the new Factory town and a new campaign among other things. I was pleasantly surprised by this news, and I am thoroughly enjoying the update so far! I highly recommend checking it out! It can be found here.

 

m7600

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Personally, I would have toned down the Old West elements and I would have emphasized the Steampunk elements more.

That being said, I think does blend quite well into the game's setting. It already had technological things in the Tower town, like the Golem factory for example, and the Airship (grail structure). So it's not like technology is unheard of in the world of Erathia.
 

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It actually does, and quite well. The reason is that the original M&M setting always involved technology. The new Factory town is well-made, and feels at home, even while it was impossible to imagine just 1 month ago. Community developers of the Factory faction used a lot of materials provided by original HoMM 3 developers, including David Mullich.

You can read more if you use Google Translate of this article:

 
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