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Upcoming 1.05 Patch

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Rob McGinnis

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Rich Taylor gives us a peek into what will be in the 1.05 patch:

 

While the 1.04 patch is about to come out for NWN2, the 1.05 patch isn't too far off either. Rather than make 1.05 a big patch like 1.04 is, we want to release a small, quick patch to try and quickly resolve some issues the custom content community for NWN2 is running into.

 

I recently revamped the auto-updater to allow for incremental patches. This means that if someone had 1.02, the patcher would patch them up to 1.03, then to 1.04 (once 1.04 is released). While this may seem like it doesn't offer anything to the end-user, it makes it several times faster to make patches on our end, which means the end-user will see more frequent, smaller patches, instead of the periodic large patch.

 

The following is a list of the items that have gone in so far for 1.05:

 

armorrulestats.2da will no longer be capped at 255 rows

 

DisplayGuiScreen() script function now has a new parameter that allows the script to define the *.xml file if the 'screen name' can't be found in the gui INI files.

 

Appearances.2da had the NWN2_Scale column changed to NWN2_Scale_X, NWN2_Scale_Y, NWN2_Scale_Z, allowing all 3 dimensions to be scaled seperately.

 

The chat boxes will no longer clear their text on area or module transitions.

 

NWN2_Deities.2da can now be overridden correctly, without having to stick it into the override directory.

 

NWN2_Deities.2da's description column can now work with hard coded strings in place of STRREFs. Simply enclose the string in " marks.

 

GetIsPartyTransition() script function will now correctly return TRUE or FALSE. Before it would always return TRUE, which would cause the default transition scripts to jump the party even if the trigger was flagged as not being a party transition.

 

A bug has been fixed that was preventing mouse clicks from going through the screen space occupied by the quickspell menus even if the quickspell menu wasn't visibly blocking that part of the screen.

 

There's a number of 2DAs that should be fixed in the toolset with regards to respecting the Label Column if the STRREF column is blank. I'm out of the office this week, so I'm not 100% sure that this had made it in at this time, but it is my goal for the 1.05 patch for it to be there.

 

Also going in is Multiselect for the DM Client and in the normal game mode. This will allow you to drag-select any party members not being actively controlled by another player and issue simple commands like move, attack, talk, and even unlock/disarm. The game will pick the character with the highest score for picking and disarming and have them do the action. This is our first pass at multi-select support, there will be more features going in with regards to this over time.

 

Anyway, that's all I can think of off hand and after looking over my notes from last week. I expect 1.05 to be released early Feb.

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This is great stuff, all around. I'm especially excited about the GUI changes. I'm going to have to go back and rewrite the Pirate Cards module so it no longer overrides the default .ini file.

 

Having labels in the 2da files is going to be nice as well. I'm having a hard time remembering which of the eight appearances with the same name is the correct one.

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"NWN2_Deities.2da can now be overridden correctly, without having to stick it into the override directory"

 

Does anyone know if this made it into the final version of the patch?

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