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DarkOne
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Hey Everyone

Well this past week I have compiled together all of the latest models/snd/music/texture files and packaged them all up for everyone. I also tested and added the latest version of JSGME (Generic Mod Enabler). It is a nice tool to add mods to your install without having to make backups of your folders and remember the files you edited. Only thing you cannot do with the mod tool is enable two mods that would edit the same model/texture/sound/music file or folder. I did my best to note possible issues in the mod tool mouse-over tooltips.

Example screenshot of JSGME:

[hsimg] [/hsimg]

I have made multiple downloads and one whole package for everyone that is available here:

(You will need 7zip to extract the archive: http://www.7-zip.org/ )

FFED3D Complete and Multi-part Downloads

http://spacesimcentral.com/downloads/ft ... ir=/FFED3D

Package last updated on: 13 Aug 2010

So please leave all feedback for this package here. If there some things that need to be added or fixed, please post links to the files or file/code changes to be implemented.

Here is what is in this package:

Code:
This package contains the latest version of FFED3D that was compiled by Elitegames.ru.
Includes all models and textures that I could find that are compatible with FFED3D. Here is more of a detailed list of what is extra:

- FFE manual by Lucian Wischik.
- Latest version of JSGME the Mod Manager tool (v2.6.0.157)
- Latest version of B.U.F.F.E.T a FFE Trainer by whertz (v2.01)

Here are some additional mods that have been added to the most recent package package:
Saker MK III - Folder 31, 201
New Hanger Model - Folder 233
IP Shuttle Stud-City - Folder 15

Following models have extra texture packs:
Eagle MK1 - Folder 23*
Crater - Folder 162*
Axeblade Station - Folder 77*, 238*
Lifter Cargo - Folder 153*
Osprey Attack Fighter - Folder 19*
Osprey X - Folder 32*
Escape Capsule - Folder 14*

Latest textures (tex1-37, tex44-49, tex66, tex97-98, tex464-539 & tex701)

* Includes additional textures pack for that particular model, if you want a different texture than the current version. Copy the texture from inside the skinpack into that mods root folder and rename it to the same name as the original (make sure you make a backup of the original).

Have Fun

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Shingen
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Kewl! Thanks! 😀

The PDF manual for FFE is here. It looks like it includes everything that JJFFE added, so it should work with FFED3D.

I would think you'd have to get the author's permission to add it to your download file.


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DarkOne
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Looks like there was a few downloads, just about 100 and no feedback?


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Werty
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Thanks for providing the download, it makes installing FFED3D a whole lot easier. I've only run across two problems, neither of which seem to be specific to your package and both I've been able to work around:

1. Icons sometimes disappearing - only in some resolutions, though since it was in the one I wanted to use I found that downgrading my Nvidia driver to an 80 series fixed it. I don't run anything requiring a new driver anyway. Seems to be a common issue.

2. After accepting my first "classified" mission, the game would crash when jumping to the target system - maybe as a result of the "you have entered a restricted zone" message? I took a samegame immediately before jumping, GLFFE loaded it and I jumped into the target system, saved, went back to FFED3D and completed the mission with no further problems. The next "classified" mission I tried (which turned out to be Pleione...) didn't produce the crash. Would you or the Russian guys be interested in the savegame?


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CaptainKal
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I downloaded and installed, and I am impressed. This remake brings FFE to the next level (visually at least). And the package is great. Great work D1


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CaptainKal
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I downloaded and installed, and I am impressed. This remake brings FFE to the next level (visually at least). And the package is great. Great work D1


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DarkOne
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Werty wrote:
2. After accepting my first "classified" mission, the game would crash when jumping to the target system - maybe as a result of the "you have entered a restricted zone" message? I took a samegame immediately before jumping, GLFFE loaded it and I jumped into the target system, saved, went back to FFED3D and completed the mission with no further problems. The next "classified" mission I tried (which turned out to be Pleione...) didn't produce the crash. Would you or the Russian guys be interested in the savegame?

If you have an account on Elite Games I would post something in this thread on what you are seeing: http://www.elite-games.ru/conference/vi ... hp?t=47030

On the other issue that you are seeing I have read in a few places that people have some graphical anomalies depending on card and driver version.

CaptainKal wrote:
This remake brings FFE to the next level (visually at least).

There was a few more models that were still being worked on so maybe in the next build 🙂

If people see models that get completed please let me know about them so I can add them to the TO ADD list so I don't forget anything.


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Straker
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Is this package a stand-alone application/game or does it need to be installed alongside some existing software?


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DarkOne
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Just extract it and play 🙂

You will need a DirectX compatible gfx card.


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There was a few more models that were still being worked on so maybe in the next build 🙂

If people see models that get completed please let me know about them so I can add them to the TO ADD list so I don't forget anything.

Keep up the good work then. 😀


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DarkOne
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Here you go everyone with the difficulties in downloading the complete package. I broke up the package into two downloads of 60MB or so.

FFED3D Complete Package - Part 1

FFED3D Complete Package - Part 2


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Geraldine
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Hi Darkone

Just to let you know, both parts of your FFE package downloaded sucessfully! Thanks so much!


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Werty wrote:
2. After accepting my first "classified" mission, the game would crash when jumping to the target system - maybe as a result of the "you have entered a restricted zone" message? I took a samegame immediately before jumping, GLFFE loaded it and I jumped into the target system, saved, went back to FFED3D and completed the mission with no further problems. The next "classified" mission I tried (which turned out to be Pleione...) didn't produce the crash. Would you or the Russian guys be interested in the savegame?

I couldn't even find the base to photograph. Took the satellite down okay (didn't even check to see if it was the old version or if they slipped one past me. Pfah.), and then spent an hour and a half crawling the planet at 2000m altitude looking for the installation. Fffffffffffffff.

(Oh, and the game works great, even on my old-ass computer.Thanks, Darkone)


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CommanderJameson wrote:
Werty wrote:
2. After accepting my first "classified" mission, the game would crash when jumping to the target system - maybe as a result of the "you have entered a restricted zone" message? I took a samegame immediately before jumping, GLFFE loaded it and I jumped into the target system, saved, went back to FFED3D and completed the mission with no further problems. The next "classified" mission I tried (which turned out to be Pleione...) didn't produce the crash. Would you or the Russian guys be interested in the savegame?

I couldn't even find the base to photograph. Took the satellite down okay (didn't even check to see if it was the old version or if they slipped one past me. Pfah.), and then spent an hour and a half crawling the planet at 2000m altitude looking for the installation. Fffffffffffffff.

(Oh, and the game works great, even on my old-ass computer.Thanks, Darkone)

You can find the base if you go into the system display map and zoom to the planet/moon where the photo mission is.

Pan around the planet till you see the base and target it.


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Vaipa
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The wierdest thing happened to me yesterday when I started the game: I've seen the first blue screen in 5 years. 🙁


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Werty wrote:

2. After accepting my first "classified" mission, the game would crash when jumping to the target system - maybe as a result of the "you have entered a restricted zone" message? I took a samegame immediately before jumping, GLFFE loaded it and I jumped into the target system, saved, went back to FFED3D and completed the mission with no further problems. The next "classified" mission I tried (which turned out to be Pleione...) didn't produce the crash. Would you or the Russian guys be interested in the savegame?

❗ for those who played frontier & first encounters often this is a legally known problem of the game, often it helps when you "reset" your game, to explain; save game before leaving system (or any other important action), exit the game, restart and reload (this performs the game reset, by loosing some data stored in process).

you see maybe it would have worked in FFED3D too, if you just restarted your game ❓

but i don't know, there could be differences between the versions of FFE, FFED3D uses JJFFE 2.8a6, GLFFE uses JJFFE 2.8a and JJFFE is already a wrapping for the DOS based "Frontier First Encounters", which is a port of "Frontier" written entierly (almost) in assembler, changing a single byte could have multiple effects on the game.

💡 try to play FFE through DOS-Box to compare

💡 use "game reset" before you enter any system and you get sometimes rid of a lot of enemies in the target system.

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happy new year

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Shingen wrote:

You can find the base if you go into the system display map and zoom to the planet/moon where the photo mission is.

Pan around the planet till you see the base and target it.

Yeah, that's how I usually pull it off, but I don't know if something got messed up with the new planet textures or not, because I can't even see the little star-lookin thing on the planet to target. Also, spending 5 days (2x in-game time) crawling over the planet shoulda let me see something. Maybe I did something wrong. I guess I'll just wait and take the hitman missions when they come up.


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how close did you get to the planet, if your a bit to far away you won't see and really, sometimes missions end up in a dead end. try another mission and see if it works (to me usually it does). in ffe you can see target in system map, in fe2 not, i never used starmap to search target, only point on planet and fly there and watched the rotating planet from a distance that the planet fills the screen (no target set, stealth), if you see your target don't point at, they suspect beeing attact and interceptors leave the base as soon as you do so. fly not straightwards to your target, instead you should get down to 5000m at least 50000m away from target and fly over the surface, most interceptors will crash at this height, if you follow these rules you can get close to 30000m before you attract them. of course ffed3d it's not finished in that point you can't neither see your own ship (big pink blob) nor the attacking ships (small coloured blobs), i still miss the targeting tunnel, to me it was very handy, especially when you fly, dock or land without autopilot, it gives you a feel of your speed especially with stardreamer on. you can't simply wait for the missions, they alter with your advance in ranking, anyway bombing missions are a bit boring and gives you less points then successful photograph missions.


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My method for doing bombing or photo missions was to fly directly above the target, then swoop down with the enemy base right at the centre of the planet. Taking note of the gravity of the target planet is very important. Most interceptors will fly right past you and those who don't will turn back and crash. Experiment with differing attitudes before dropping your missile or taking your photo, turn 180 degrees around and get the hell out of Dodge on full burn. This is risky I will admit, but when you pull off one of those "Aliens" moments with a big explosion just behind your rapidly escaping ship, it's so satisfying. Also because you are climbing at 180 degrees from the planet's surface, you will be able to jump a little sooner too. Handy if the locals take offence to your "visit" 😉


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I usually skim over the planet close enough to get an altitude reading. At lowest, 1000km off the surface. I'll try giving it another shot on one of my other saves.


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Vaipa wrote:
The wierdest thing happened to me yesterday when I started the game: I've seen the first blue screen in 5 years. 🙁

sorry never ever did see something like that caused by FFED3D, but many other progs especially microsofts own ❗


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Dasuke
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I'm experiencing the exact same symptoms you described in your post, mate (missing military installations, no Rockforth Academy to kill even for the scripted mission).

It's very frustrating, cos I'm trying to do every scripted mission and am thus now "stuck" until I resolve this invisible-base issue. I've flown around the planet for days at very low altitudes (1-10km) and seen nothing, tried zooming in with the planetary view-finder - all to no effect. As with your situation for recon missions, I had no trouble locating the military satellite. It's just the bases!

Did you ever get an answer from anyone as to how to resolve it?

Help in this regard would be much appreciated.


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Shingen
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Dasuke wrote:
I'm experiencing the exact same symptoms you described in your post, mate (missing military installations, no Rockforth Academy to kill even for the scripted mission).

It's very frustrating, cos I'm trying to do every scripted mission and am thus now "stuck" until I resolve this invisible-base issue. I've flown around the planet for days at very low altitudes (1-10km) and seen nothing, tried zooming in with the planetary view-finder - all to no effect. As with your situation for recon missions, I had no trouble locating the military satellite. It's just the bases!

Did you ever get an answer from anyone as to how to resolve it?

Help in this regard would be much appreciated.

Which scripted mission are to referring to? Imperial? Federal? Bombing? Photo?

Did you take out the satellite first?

Details would be nice. 😀


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Dasuke
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I'm referring to "Destroy Rockforth Legal Academy" for the Empire, in particular, though I remember having tried doing a "Classified" mission for the Imperial Navy early in the game and having encountered the exact same problem as CommanderJameson above (arrived, destroyed satellite, proceeded to planet but found no military base to subsequently photograph).

In terms of details for the Rockforth quest, I've tried arriving early, on time and late and haven't managed to find the Academy despite much searching, both from flying around low for days, flying in orbit looking for a graphic for the Academy or looking through the interplanetary viewfinder zoomed in. It's not there, through no fault of my own (that is, I have explored all the quoted methods of finding a military base (be it to bomb or photo)). I don't get attacked by any defence craft from the invisible Academy either (as I fly around the planet), as is suggested will happen frequently on your approach, but DO get a repeated message like "You will die!", to paraphrase. Nobody ever comes to kill me, however, and no enemies are seen on the scanner map or otherwise.

I run a Dell XPS 630i, 4GB RAM, intel core 2 quad 2.67GHz, Geforce 9800GTX2 (1GB).

Please let me know if you need any more detail, I'm not too sure what else you might need to know. The due date of the Rockforth mission is 2nd Aug '51 - as mentioned, I've tried being early, bang on-time and late, all to no avail.


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It could be some sort of bug between your computer and the game,remenber the game is still a w.i.p.If you can,can you upload your save game.


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