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Dominic Tarason
03-07-2011, 07:02 PM
UPDATE: New download link! Fully updated and now with Mediafire!

I'm crossposting this from the Something Awful forums, because it'll probably help somebody:

HoMM5: Tribes of The East content pack. Includes everything from the previous two releases, plus a genuinely exceptional fan-patch.
(http://www.mediafire.com/?hrpg7jcdn3afg)
Got HoMM5: ToTE in the Steam sale? If not, get it from Steam here. (http://store.steampowered.com/app/15370/) It's still pretty cheap. Then unzip the content pack to your game directory. Just dump all the stuff in there - don't worry, it won't overwrite anything. Read the readme file if needs be, but I highly recommend you run the new EXE file (H5_AIadv_31f.exe) instead of the default HOMM5.exe. Just create a new shortcut for yourself and enjoy.

What is this pack? Well, it includes all the content from the previous two HoMM5 releases, and the very latest fan-patch release which fixes bugs, optimizes things a ton (so your CPU won't weep on larger maps - the original release could bring even godlike PCs to their knees), and makes enemy AI a bit cleverer in general and more customizable. One key thing is that the earlier campaigns now take advantage of the new features added in Tribes of The East such as caravans, which makes managing large empires infinitely less tedious and frustrating.

It adds up to a ridiculously huge and very polished game. 13 campaigns, 19 standalone scenarios, and a boatload of multiplayer maps that can be played against bots as well. There's a random map generator, a mission editor, and plenty of community-made maps and scenarios out there too. Game owns. A lot. Totally worth the money, even with HoMM6 on the horizon.

And just to reiterate, you ONLY need to buy Tribes of The East. Not any of the previous games. The campaign ports were done with Ubisofts blessings, and I provide links to the appropriate pages in the readme. They basically let the community do this because the expansions were standalone releases, so they abandoned support for earlier games before long.

Flint
03-07-2011, 07:09 PM
Thanks for this! Or, well, thanks for the first time you posted this on one of the main page comments threads. Great little thing this! (although I haven't really been playing with the fan patch'd .exe, seeing as the AI is already a formidable opponent for my lousy skills I'm afraid to see it being even more clever)

Dominic Tarason
03-07-2011, 07:29 PM
I've updated it a bit since I posted it in that comment thread the other day. Now has the latest patch.

And trust me, the fan-patch is the way to go. The AI largely just sits around and does nothing without it. It literally had trouble navigating its way across the map, even without oceans to worry about, before the fans started tuning it. Just use the lower difficulties if you need to.

The main perk from the fan-patch is that it won't cause your CPU to break down and cry when you play on a Large or bigger map.

Flint
03-07-2011, 07:31 PM
I suppose I've been playing the fan-patch version without knowing then because the AI's been quite the expert at navigating the map and being a pain in the arse, even when only playing in normal! I guess I'll have to just man up and play on easy, I'm a bit of a wuss with HOMM and enjoy it more when it's less challenging (which tends to explain why I mainly play single scenarios instead of the campaigns, which tend to go insane in the later missions).

mcnostril
03-07-2011, 09:25 PM
Ooooh, will be trying this.

I got the whole pack for $5, and it kind of bugged me that some of the better features of TotE weren't usable in the original campaigns.
Hopefully nothing breaks horribly (though I'm guessing they've had plenty of time to iron out bugs and scripting issues).

Dominic Tarason
03-07-2011, 09:37 PM
Hopefully nothing breaks horribly (though I'm guessing they've had plenty of time to iron out bugs and scripting issues).

Interestingly, the most recent version of the fan-patch actually fixes a couple of scripting bits that were broken in the official 3.1 patch, so it should be the best HoMM5 has ever been.

Lightbulb
03-07-2011, 10:22 PM
Cool. I got it in the STEAM sale too. Will have to give this a go. Right after I play some Dark Messiah :)

Squiz
03-07-2011, 10:31 PM
Damn, I missed it. Here is hoping that the packages will be on sale at the last day once more... I remember the last summer (or winter-?) sale having that kind of thing.

Dominic Tarason
03-07-2011, 10:43 PM
As an aside, one of the cooler things about the campaign ports is that they highlight that the expansions weren't really meant to be standalones. With this pack installed, the whole thing appears in the Campaign menu all as one, with interface buttons to switch between the three releases. They just appear naturally as official campaign expansions.

While HoMM6 is looking pretty fancy now, I honestly don't think it can live up to what HoMM5 is now, especially as the community are really building up to big things for this fan-patch. Next key feature to be added is the Hall of Decision - a stalemate-breaking 'last man standing' arena that all the highest-level heroes are taken to at the end of the scenario time limit, and after that they're going to start work on a new 'fair' campaign that has both human and AI factions on equal footing.

BathroomCitizen
04-07-2011, 12:22 AM
Just out of curiosity, was the fan patch made by the Something Awful forum guys? 'Cause I tried to search for this patch on sites like Celestial Heavens and Age of Heroes but I couldn't find it in those websites.

Dominic Tarason
04-07-2011, 12:56 AM
Just out of curiosity, was the fan patch made by the Something Awful forum guys? 'Cause I tried to search for this patch on sites like Celestial Heavens and Age of Heroes but I couldn't find it in those websites.

It's definitely a Celestial Heavens project, and... son of a bitch, they just released ANOTHER build in the past couple of hours, apparently fixing more bugs! I won't be updating the pack - just grab the latest build from here and do it yourself: http://www.bonddisc.com/ref/h5/

(The link is also in the readme I included)

vinraith
04-07-2011, 01:51 AM
I've had the campaign stuff installed for some time, but was completely unaware of the fan patch. Regardless, this compilation piece is far more convenient than all the individual downloads involved in getting the campaigns, their cinematics and sound files, the multiplayer maps, and the single player scenarios all in their right places and orders.

BenWah
04-07-2011, 05:39 AM
Wow thanks for the heads up. Appreciate tips like this.

Pijama
04-07-2011, 06:38 AM
I played the vanilla game, but I have absolutely no idea of what the xpacks added or what the mods put in - would anyone be kind enough to give a short summary of what changed? I understand it is an entirely different beast now, I just want to know what changed and how dramatically so. :)

Dominic Tarason
04-07-2011, 08:22 AM
I played the vanilla game, but I have absolutely no idea of what the xpacks added or what the mods put in - would anyone be kind enough to give a short summary of what changed? I understand it is an entirely different beast now, I just want to know what changed and how dramatically so. :)

The expansions each add 3-4 new campaigns, and another bundle of standalone scenarios and a new race each - dwarves and orcs respectively. The core gameplay is largely unchanged, but they added some really useful minor features in the later expansions that make the earlier campaigns more palatable, like caravans, which let you requisition troops from settlements you've claimed around the map, rather than making a hero wander the entire map recruiting them.

The fan-patch primarily just makes the game run better. Secondly, it makes enemy AI a bit smarter. Thirdly, it adds a bunch of sliders to the Custom Game menu so you can choose just how smart the AI is, what bonuses it starts with, whether you'll encounter roaming neutral heroes, etc. All unarguably good stuff. Also fixes bugs and cleans up some interface goofs.

Oh, and widescreen support. The original two releases never had it.

Kablooie
05-07-2011, 03:01 PM
I've never played HoMM. The $8 price (+fan content, thanks!) was worth an experiment.

Having fun with it so far. The manual, not the easiest read, mentions a tutorial but I haven't found it ingame. Caravans completely boggle me. Other than that, I'm enjoying it.

Dominic Tarason
05-07-2011, 04:08 PM
I've never played HoMM. The $8 price (+fan content, thanks!) was worth an experiment.

Having fun with it so far. The manual, not the easiest read, mentions a tutorial but I haven't found it ingame. Caravans completely boggle me. Other than that, I'm enjoying it.

Caravans are pretty simple - each week, more recruitable troops spawn at the various settlements around the map that you've captured. In earlier versions, if you wanted to recruit them, you'd have to divert a hero to walk around the entire map each week to pick them up. Now, you can (via the city screen) just requisition the troops from any settlement and they'll take a day or two to arrive, all pooled together. It saves you a lot of soul-crushing boredom.

As for a tutorial, the first few missions of the original campaign (The Queen) walk you through all the basics as you go. A little too slowly for my tastes, even.

riadsala
06-07-2011, 10:50 AM
So, for somebody who only has the vaguest childhood memories of playing a HOMM game (I think a friend owned it), how is the game different from King's Bounty and Age of Wonders:Shadow Magic? Is it worth me picking up?

icupnimpn2
06-07-2011, 04:49 PM
The battle mechanics are similar to King's Bounty, so is the moving around the map and finding stat boosts, recruiting army, etc. But HOMM is less quest-based than King's Bounty. Instead, you have multiple hero units moving around the map trying to capture and hold onto castles and etc. So there's strategy on the map, with an active computer player or players competing against you. And there are multiple races with access to different units.

My favorite part of HOMM was always the tactical battles and the exploration and not the strategy portion, so King's Bounty really sung to me. Plus KB has a great sense of humor. But that didn't stop me from picking up HOMM IV at an excellent price.

riadsala
07-07-2011, 03:18 PM
The battle mechanics are similar to King's Bounty, so is the moving around the map and finding stat boosts, recruiting army, etc. But HOMM is less quest-based than King's Bounty. Instead, you have multiple hero units moving around the map trying to capture and hold onto castles and etc. So there's strategy on the map, with an active computer player or players competing against you. And there are multiple races with access to different units.


So very similar to Age of Wonders? In which case, I should complete Shadow Magic first, as I've only really played AoW1.

icupnimpn2
07-07-2011, 06:16 PM
So very similar to Age of Wonders? In which case, I should complete Shadow Magic first, as I've only really played AoW1.

And I've never played AoW, but my understanding is that AoW has more micromanagement, diplomacy, city growth - basically Civ type elements. In HoMM you have set resources and strongholds on the map that can change hands, but you can't just drop a new city down where you like. It's a game of discover and gobble.

riadsala
07-07-2011, 07:31 PM
And I've never played AoW, but my understanding is that AoW has more micromanagement, diplomacy, city growth - basically Civ type elements. In HoMM you have set resources and strongholds on the map that can change hands, but you can't just drop a new city down where you like. It's a game of discover and gobble.

Ah, so half AoW, half KB.

icupnimpn2
07-07-2011, 11:12 PM
Ah, so half AoW, half KB.

Sounds about right!

Kablooie
11-07-2011, 04:01 PM
I like the game, so far, but the difficulty curve for the Campaigns is really bad. Some areas are tours or cakewalks, others are ridiculously hard, like the Conquest. I stepped down from Normal to Easy and still couldn't beat it after 4-5 tries. Haunted some HOMM fansites and picked up some tips, but haven't found any way to raise up enough troops quickly and survive that area. I don't like cheating, but that's the only way I got through this level -otherwise I would have shelved the game entirely.

psychogist
07-03-2012, 02:29 AM
I know this is necroposting and that it might be way outdated but Ive searched everywhere for this pack and couldn't find it, I cant download from multipload either as its been down for some time now

I really wanna get this content pack, can anyone provide a mirror or a link as to where I can find it

noctrine
13-03-2012, 04:00 AM
Updated link:

http://www.mediafire.com/?hrpg7jcdn3afg

All credits to Dominic Tarason (thread starter).

dennis14
01-06-2012, 05:11 PM
It contains only 2 160MB parts (The file is supposed to be 490MB) and cannot be extracted (or is corrupt).
Any other updated link ?

Wheelz
01-06-2012, 10:52 PM
I'm also interested in getting a hold of this patch pack, if it's still around.

vinraith
14-06-2012, 02:38 PM
I'd love to get my hands on an updated pack if it still exists.

pakoito
14-06-2012, 02:52 PM
I'd love to get my hands on an updated pack if it still exists.
It does, I looked it up not so long ago. They rebranded it though, and there's a new completely rehashed version on the works.

http://www.bonddisc.com/ref/h5/index.htm

BTAxis
14-06-2012, 03:50 PM
Very interesting. Heroes 5 is a pretty good game, don't know why it gets such a bad rep. Will definitely check this thing out.

Tritagonist
14-06-2012, 04:08 PM
Thanks for the new link pakoito. Quite timely, too, as it just so happens to be Might & Magic weekend over on GamersGate, which now offers the full HMM5 package for about €9.

pakoito
14-06-2012, 04:16 PM
This is just the AI pack, not the complete content one of the first link, from what I see.

vinraith
14-06-2012, 04:27 PM
This is just the AI pack, not the complete content one of the first link, from what I see.

I can confirm that. You can get the content stuff from the original sources here:

http://www.heroes-fr.com/en/original_campaigns.php

but you'll have to put it all together yourself. The content pack was nice, as it saved you the trouble.

Dominic Tarason
14-06-2012, 06:07 PM
Whoa, hey, sorry guys - forgot that I'd updated the pack to the latest fan-patch and everything, but not posted the link here. OP updated, and here's the link again (http://www.mediafire.com/?hrpg7jcdn3afg).

vinraith
14-06-2012, 06:11 PM
Thanks Dominic. How exactly do we use those .001 and .002 pieces?

Tritagonist
14-06-2012, 06:16 PM
You should be able to merge them with a tool like HJSplit.

Thanks for posting the link Dominic!

BTAxis
14-06-2012, 06:21 PM
If they're just split parts of the file, you don't need a tool to merge them. Simply open a terminal and type
copy /b file1+file2+...+filen destination.file
This will concatenate the files into destination.file.

pakoito
14-06-2012, 06:22 PM
They are probably mergeable with 7zip.

Tritagonist
14-06-2012, 06:34 PM
Indeed, those methods should work too. Most archive-programs can probably handle split files.

Dominic Tarason
14-06-2012, 09:55 PM
Grr... My upload before must have gone wrong - I'm re-uploading it now to the same URL. Check back in an hour or so.

Edit: Aaaaaaaanddddd re-upped. Go grab it. (http://www.mediafire.com/?hrpg7jcdn3afg) Sorry for the hassle.

vinraith
15-06-2012, 12:18 AM
The link in the original post still has .001, .002, and now .003 parts.

The link in your post above is to a wikipedia page on the crown princess of Sweden. :)

Dominic Tarason
15-06-2012, 12:47 AM
GODDAMMIT! Copy-paste error, and remnant of a conversation with my GF.

vinraith
15-06-2012, 01:26 AM
GODDAMMIT! Copy-paste error, and remnant of a conversation with my GF.

Sorry to be a pest, but I'm still showing the files as corrupt. Is there something unusual I need to be doing, here?

Wheelz
15-06-2012, 01:34 AM
If you've successfully downloaded all 3 files, you should be able to combine them into a single file using 7zip, by opening the 7zip file manager and clicking File---> "Combine Files..." (you may need to have one of the files selected). this seemed to work fine for me a minute ago.

if you're still having issues your download might be corrupted, in which case try downloading it again?

vinraith
15-06-2012, 01:56 AM
If you've successfully downloaded all 3 files, you should be able to combine them into a single file using 7zip, by opening the 7zip file manager and clicking File---> "Combine Files..." (you may need to have one of the files selected). this seemed to work fine for me a minute ago.

if you're still having issues your download might be corrupted, in which case try downloading it again?

Thanks, that eventually worked.

Dominic Tarason
15-06-2012, 05:09 PM
I didn't even need to merge them. Just right click on the first of the three (assuming you've got a newer build of 7Zip - I got the very latest) and click 'extract to Wherever'. That's what I did to test it before sending it off, at least.

vinraith
15-06-2012, 05:18 PM
I didn't even need to merge them. Just right click on the first of the three (assuming you've got a newer build of 7Zip - I got the very latest) and click 'extract to Wherever'. That's what I did to test it before sending it off, at least.

Irony. I did that, but figured the extraction was incomplete because it only seemed to work on the first one.

D'oh.

Well, anyway, got 'em merged and archived for future use, so it's all good. Thanks again for the updated version, it really makes modding the game up a breeze.

pakoito
15-06-2012, 05:41 PM
You don't pirate much, do you?

vinraith
15-06-2012, 05:45 PM
You don't pirate much, do you?

I really don't. Actually, I haven't "pirated" anything since the days when that meant "burning a copy of a friend's disc." I'm certainly content to crack, reg hack, or do whatever I need to do to liberate a legitimately purchased game from a nonsense DRM scheme, but I've gotten to a place where I believe if a game's not worth supporting it's not worth playing.

pakoito
15-06-2012, 05:48 PM
I really don't. Actually, I haven't "pirated" anything since the days when that meant "burning a copy of a friend's disc."

I am slowly migrating from pirate to legit, but for me it has always been just a money problem :/ Can't pay for all the media I consume.

vinraith
15-06-2012, 05:51 PM
I am slowly migrating from pirate to legit, but for me it has always been just a money problem :/ Can't pay for all the media I consume.

Whereas I can't consume all the media I pay for. :) It's the bitch of getting older, honestly, income increases as free time decreases.

My backlog is atrocious. I've seriously cut back on the number of games I buy because of it, actually. That I'm still playing stuff I bought years ago (like HOMM V) does not help.

pakoito
15-06-2012, 05:54 PM
Whereas I can't consume all the media I pay for. :) It's the bitch of getting older, honestly, income increases as free time decreases.hahaha yeah I am starting to notice. And when you get home you have social appointments you cannot miss, so allocating 4-5 hours to play whatever serious game is getting more and more difficult.

Slychocobo
15-06-2012, 07:18 PM
With renewed interest in this topic GamersGate is doing a sale on HoMM 5 right now (as few others games right now) So rather than spending 9 on Steam or whatever can save yourself a pretty penny.

Here is a direct link to the Tribes of the East pack (Which, by my understanding is all you need) and its going for 1.80

http://www.gamersgate.co.uk/DD-HOMM5TE/heroes-of-might-and-magic-v-tribes-of-the-east