Last Resort Mod Blog

What I am up to - January 18, 2018

As you may be aware I am working towards including native support for the NeuWon network for Swat 3.   Ben, the maker of NeuWon, saw the rough logo I made and requested I give him a larger size for his website.   I had to start from scratch to make a larger version since it was just a quick and dirty version originally.  Below is the new version.  You may notice it is a recreated and modified version of the old Won.Net logo.

After I made the new logo I noticed it clashed with the colours on the NeuWon website so I got took the liberty of modifying the website graphics for Ben.  It sounds bold but I just emailed the changes to Ben and he decided if he liked them or not.

This whole process took a day (I work slowly while sorting all my MP3 files as a distraction).

 

I am presently working on the modified 800x600 graphics for the "NeuWon" release.   A slow part of the process is making all the new rollover buttons for the main menu.   I decided to make an overlay to speed things along (will be useful with all the other resolutions after this too).

On a personal note I have many potential distractions right now.  I just bought The Division and a second copy of R6 Siege.   My Blade Runner 2049 and Dunkirk Bluray discs both finally arrived in the mail.  Must. Not. Procrastinate.

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Short term goals - December 29th, 2017

Now that the holidays are almost over I want to lay out what I plan on working on for the near future.

1) Need to get the Neuwon server back up and running.  Technically it has been running the whole time in case Ben (the creator of NeuWon) needed to work on it.  I will need to email him to see if he has any suggestions.  Perhaps it is related to the recent changes he made regarding game CD keys and authentication?

2) Finish the 800x600 menus and then move onto the next resolution (working towards the ultimate goal of a fully updated version of Last Resort with native NeuWon support).

3) More new high-res map textures!

4) Work more on the high-res Import Store map remake

Any future delays upon these goals can be blamed on Steam sale purchases.

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Real life sucks - November 16, 2017

A quick entry here in this blog.  I have been working 16 hours days (if you include travel) these last few weeks so haven't had any time to work on the mod much less sleep.  This week will even be a 6 day week.

The good news is that I renewed this domain for another year and at the beginning of December the tv show I am working on ends.   I will have my usual winter break from work to dig into the mod.

Gotta run!

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Won Replacement Test Server - August 13, 2017

As discussed in the forum we now have a NeuWon test server up.    What is NeuWon you may ask?   It is a replacement for the old Won Network so that we can play Swat 3 on the internet again without the need of programs like Hamachi.

It is still a work in progress and the server will be down from time to time.  Ben, the creator of NeuWon, visits the forum once a week when his schedule allows and we are slowly working on improving the experience.

Presently I am working on updating the Last Resort mod so that it natively supports NeuWon (the goal is that as soon as you install the next version you will be able to use it).  For now it is recommended people turn off the Last Resort mod with the toggle switch at the top right BEFORE installing and using any NeuWon files.

To update the Last Resort mod I have had to go back to my original files and re-create work that I did about 15 years ago (and promptly forgot about) since Swat 3 only supported LAN multiplayer from when the official servers were taken offline.  First I will work on getting 1920x1080 menus updated and working for NeuWon and then later the other resolutions.

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Mobile Friendly (sort of) - June 18, 2017

Lately I have worked on making the website look a little better but also making it mobile friendly (responsive to different sized phones and tablets).   The free template I chose for the site wasn't responsive in any way.   It is better now but it is far from perfect.  Consider it a work in progress.

The TV show that I have started worked on is fully rigged now and we start shooting on Monday.   I am sure we will be tweaking the lighting all week but hopefully things will slow down enough for me to have some energy by the time I get home.  Maybe I will even have time to actually work on the mod itself.

The recent shutdown of the OpenIV mod tool in the GTA5 community scares the crap out of me.   Lawyers don't care about gaming communities.  Hopefully Activision's lawyers won't come knocking here and if they do hopefully they will see that it is a benefit to the sales of Swat series on GOG.com and Steam.

 

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Quick update - May 15, 2017

Finally the "Latest Forum Posts" module is back on the right hand side.   It took them 6 months to release a new version with the bug fixes.   I like to think I had a hand in that since I went to their forums and begged and pleaded and shamed the developer, lol.

The Mod Database still hasn't authorised the version of the Last Resort mod that I released on April 25th.   This is extremely odd of them since normally they approve the files in a day or two.  I sent them an email so hopefully I will have an answer why it is so massively delayed.   Thankfully Tactical Ape is always there for our hosting needs.

I took a kids TV show to work on for the next few months.    It is easy work and the studio is near where I live so the commute is fast. The actual content of the show is horrible but it is a pay cheque.   The hours won't be ridiculously long like some shows so I will actually have a summer instead of always being at work.   More time to game and maybe even work on the mod, lol.

 

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