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Free time - November 14, 2019

The TV show I have worked on the last few years has wrapped for the season.  I finally have more free time!

Today I renewed the domain name for this website for another year.   It cost about $18 CAD for the renewal fees.  This is nothing compared to the costs that Haystakk has for hosting this website.  Please consider a small donation to his Paypal link at the bottom of the website.  Even a small donation of a buck or two would be appreciated.

I contacted the owner of about his website being down.   He reports that he hasn't checked on the server in a while but promised to.   You may recall that NeuWon is a method that allows us to play Swat 3 online without any third party software.   The next version of the Last Resort mod will properly support it.

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Dreaming of Swat 5 - October 26, 2019

I recently upgraded my video card to a Nvidia EVGA 2060 6gb and got a free copy of COD: Modern Warfare.   This isn't my normal cup of tea but I figured I would install it just for shits and giggles.

There is one mission that absolutely blew my mind and made me sad at the same time for the death of the Swat franchise.   The mission is a SAS raid on a house in London that reminded me so much of the first mission in Swat 3.  They even have an attic and a tango that hides underneath a bed!

Please, please Activision take this game engine and elaborate it into a Swat game.

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Free time pending - October 6, 2019

Just a quick update.   The TV show that I have been working on full time completes it's shooting November 8th.   In other words I will have free time to work on the mod after that.

As usual I give my apologies for the massive delay in releasing a new version of the mod.

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Anyone still care? May 19, 2019

I finally got off my ass and did a final test of all the beta files for the Last Resort + NeuWon release.  They all work fine.   I just now have to update the installer package before I can release it.

I came across an interesting problem with my new HP i5 laptop.  It wouldn't do 800x600 resolution.   When I tried to run Swat 3 it would give an error about unable to set 800x600 in 2D mode.   The onboard Intel graphic chip didn't have 800x600 as an available resolution in the list.  I had to manually add it as a custom resolution in the driver (thankfully they make that an easy task).

I started back on the Canadian TV show that I work full time on at the beginning of May (it shoots for about 8 months).    We generally work a minimum of 11 hours per day so I am pretty tired when I get home.   I feel bad that I didn't get this mod release out before now so I have made it a goal to work on it this weekend and a little every weekend until it is done.   I am embarrased how long it has been since the last release.  Procrastination is my evil super power.

PS:   There is a Deadwood movie at the end of May on HBO !!

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Getting very close - March 1, 2019

So very close to being able to release a test version.  I finished up the new 1366x768 resolution and updated the Last Resort Launcher but now I have to go back and fix something fairly small in 1920x1080.  After that I have to work on making the installer so that we can test it.

My son wrote a Python script to help speed up the process so any future resolutions will be slightly easier to generate.  I will need to get feedback from people what resolution they want to use for the 2D menus in Swat 3.   With this first release of NeuWon internet support I will only have 800x600, 1366x768, 1920x1080.

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How did I get so lazy? - January 15, 2019

Welcome to a new year.

I need to get my shit organized. To give you an example of how unfocused I have been at Christmas time I got a new hard drive to put in my computer.   It is still sitting waiting to be installed.  All my existing drives are filled with games and such.

Here is a checklist of things I need to do before I can continue work on the mod:

  • install, partition, and format new hard drive
  • install VirtualBox (partially just as an experiment to try it out)
  • install Windows in VirtualBox
  • install my old trusted photo editing software
  • install the software to make the Last Resort installer
  • install my ancient copy of Visual Basic 6 (not easy to do on Windows 10)
  • intall latest version of Visual Studio to continue the update of the LR launcher

At this rate I should be good to go by 2020.

Recently I was reading an article about how Max Payne had a texture upgrade by using "AI" software to help increase the resolution of old textures using an open source process called ESRGAN.  We will have to experiment to see if this could be any benefit to some of Swat 3's ancient textures.   The problem is that Swat 3's textures may be too low of a resolution to do much with them.   It may be a "temporary" solution until better textures can be made.  Something to add to the "to do" list.



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