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SHS: Beyond the Law updated to v2.0.0 (EE compatible)

Discussion in 'Infinity Engine Modding News' started by Ancalagon, Oct 26, 2021.

  1. Ancalagon

    Ancalagon The First Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Veteran

    Sep 3, 2007
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    Spellhold Studios

    Beyond the Law (from Zyraen) has been updated and is now available with macOS and Linux support.

    This mod introduces two joinable NPCs, Kova and Kiyone, to your game:

    • Kova is a Chaotic Good Half-Elf mage/thief with an unsavory background and good heart (or so he claims).
    • Kiyone is a Lawful Good Half-Elf female, law-enforcing, impartial (or so she claims) archer.

    They will only show up if:

    • Your character is of either good or neutral alignment.
    • Your character's reputation rises above 12, and you are still in Chapter 2.

    This mod looks into proving one man's innocence against the odds, and highlights the unlikely yet strong bond formed between the two people, so different yet so much alike.
    BTL also examines many of our concepts of good & evil, right & wrong, justice & forgiveness, courage & despair, means & ends, and most importantly, perhaps, what it means to really live, and to find a purpose in that, amidst this journey of self-discovery between these two NPCs.

    Version 2.0.0 is BG2, ToB, BGT, BG2:EE and EET compatible (thanks Austin and Gwendolyne), and comes with many bug fixes.

    Read the Readme
    Visit the Mod Forum
    Download the mod at SHS
    SHS official GitHub alternate download center

    Change log:

    • Added btl.ini metadata file (including dynamic installation order syntax and global `LABELS`) to support AL|EN's "Project Infinity".
    • Renamed setup-BTL.tp2 -> btl.tp2 and moved into mod top folder to support AL|EN's "Project Infinity".
    • Replaced `AUTHOR` keyword with `SUPPORT`.
    • Added `VERSION` flag.
    • Added `README` command.
    • Added Immutability concept.
    • Added WeiDU's built-in `HANDLE_CHARSETS` function to convert string entries for EE games.
    • Replaced `REQUIRE_FILE` with `REQUIRE_PREDICATE` condition to avoid installing the mod in inaccurate games.
    • Added components `DESIGNATED` numbers.
    • Externalized tp2 code into main_component.tpa library for more comfortable readability and maintenance.
    • Grouped original and vanilla sound sets for Kiyone into two main `SUBCOMPONENTS`.
    • Included optional "Portraits for minor non-joinable BTL NPCs" component into main component, as two portraits really don't deserve a dedicated component! http://www.shsforums.net/public/style_emoticons/default/wink.png
    • Commented code as much as possible.
    • Added native BG2:EE and EET compatibility:
      • Added WeiDU's built-in `HANDLE_CHARSETS` function to convert string entries for EE games.
      • Rewrote sound sets installation procedure to use WeiDU's built-in `HANDLE_AUDIO` function.
      • Added `ADD_JOURNAL` entries.
      • Added chapters continuity for EET games.
      • Removed items usability restriction flags in description for EE games with `GW_UPDATE_ITM_DESCRIPTION_TO_EE` WeiDU function.
      • Added special item usability restrictions (EE games) with `GW_ITEM_RESTRICT_USABILITY_EE` WeiDU function.
      • Provided accurate sized NPC portraits for EE games, and renamed large portraits in epilogue files.
    • Included all BWP Fixpack fixes:
    • Appended "tooltip.2da" whenever relevant.
    • Fixed items descriptions and typos.
    • Split setup.tra files into separate thematic files for more comfortable readability.
    • Completed mod traification.
    • Re-formated, updated and renamed readme file to "btl-readme-english.html", then moved it into new "readme" folder.
    • Removed useless "backup" folder.
    • Reorganized mod architecture tree: created or renamed folders to sort files according to their types.
    • Lower cased files.
    • Included Linux and maxOS versions in the same package (thanks AL|EN's Infinity Auto Packager tool!).
    • Updated OggDec to v1.9.7 and added sox v14.4.1 for mac.
    • Added archive libiconv-1.9.2-1-src.7z with iconv license info.
    • Updated WeiDU installer to v247.
    • Uploaded mod to official Spellhold Studios GitHub mirror account
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