[WARNING: Mod was released and is no longer supported by the developer.] 'SIGEN' is short for 'Speedy and Inoxtim GENerals', it's a co-op mod by me and a friend. (though I did.. ALL the coding, he's the idea guy) It adds a new faction to Zero Hour, with superior troops and basically works like an upgraded Boss general. (General Leang got NOTHING on us.) There's still work planned for a full campaign and slightly modified units, but that'll take a longer time. It's Skirmish only now.

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WARNING: The SIGEN mod only works on VANILLA, that is, unmodded Generals Zero Hour!
I've been getting Private Messages and comments everywhere asking how to install the SIGEN mod. Long story short: You don't. The way I set this up ensures you do not need to 'install it'. I'll explain later, but here's a step by step on how to do this:

Obvious step first, download the ZeroHourSIGENmod6.rar file. Since this is a .rar package, you will want to install a program such as PeaZip, 7Zip or WinRar to unpack it. To where doesn't matter. In fact, it might be best if you unpacked it away from your Generals Zero Hour installation.

Once unpacked, start up firsttimesetup.exe- this program will look if you have The First Decade installed. That is the best method of running it.. If you have First Decade, all you need to do is use sigenmod.exe to run it. I'd suggest making a short cut to that file.

If you DONT have The First Decade installed, the program will inform you that it cannot find an installation, and ask if you have it installed by retail. It will assume it is installed over at 'C:\Program Files\EA Games\Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour\' as that was the default location for the retail disc version.. but this might not be the case for you. Check where you have Zero Hour installed, and edit the location.

For example, if your Zero Hour is installed in 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour\Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour\' folder because you decided to buy the Ultimate Collection on Origin and you're running an 64 bit machine, change it to that folder. Should be easy, folks.

In related news, it was tested whether or not it worked with the Ultimate Collection. It does. Even on Windows 8.

From there on, just click OK, and it will look for generals.exe in that folder. For the love of everything, dont cheat this system by putting a false generals.exe file in the folder, or by putting Generals' data in instead. You only got yourself to blame if it doesn't work that way.

Anyway, once generals.exe is found, you can start the game by using sigenmod.exe. Again, the suggestion to make a shortcut would be a good plan.

I am sorry that this isn't automated or made simpler- back then I did not have the means to make it easier and it's kind of a miracle this is STILL working properly, even on 64 bit Win 8 with the Ultimate Collection, heh..

HOW this works, you ask? The first time setup checks your register for The First Decade data, and if those exist, takes the install directory straight from your register- can't go wrong if your TFD installation is legitimate. For retail versions, it simply checks for the existance of generals.exe. It's a bit of a crude check, but it was meant to be a quick and dirty method for people to use the mod without The First Decade.

As for how the mod executable itself works, it copies files from your Generals Zero Hour folder as backup, and then overwrites the files with the modded files found in the folder. Again, a bit crude. I apologize for this, but this is why you need vanilla Zero Hour- it basically puts clean Zero Hour files in there with modded data.

Once you shut down the game, the mod will take the backup files and restore your Zero Hour to normal. It runs an extra check to ensure it has worked and then shuts itself down.

The two executables were built in AutoIt and I'm basically still proud I managed to get it to work like that. In current days, I'd probably have built an executable in Visual Studio and make it look nicer.. ;P

I'm sorry guys, I was a newbie at this stuff back then. That's why the SIGEN mod is essentially crap.. I had high hopes for this thing and STILL want to fix it (I got workdata for SIGEN 7 lying around, in fact) buuuut it's just.. it's an old project, and really, I kinda want to let it die down. If I ever do another mod, it'll be better than a shoddy new side mod. Maybe with some custom images, movies, et all.. :)

But that's a dream for another time. For anyone still interested in SIGEN, I hope you enjoy the mod still, despite it kind of being a shoddy train wreck. :)

Bug Fixing

Bug Fixing

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There are IN FACT still some bugs.. are there not?

Thank you for the support :)

Thank you for the support :)

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On the final version, people seemed to flock to the mod and download it. THANKS.

Sigen v6.. Last one.

Sigen v6.. Last one.

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I'm working on it. Truly, I am. It's not going to be the great and huge mod expansion which I had planned. Things have gone.. awry.

SIGEN mod 5b!

SIGEN mod 5b!

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It's released! Version 5b! Everyone without First Decade rejoice!

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SIGEN 6

SIGEN 6

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The final release guys.. SIGEN 6 is out, it's for both retail and TFD.. and it's got tooltips. :)

SIGEN 5b

SIGEN 5b

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It's finally here! The SIGEN mod is released for people without The First Decade! Have fun! ;)

SIGEN mod 5a (workaround!)

SIGEN mod 5a (workaround!)

Full Version 2 comments

Full version of the SIGEN mod. Adds splash screen and removes 'solo play' from the main menu, replacing it with 'skirmish'. *WARNING: While specifically...

SIGEN mod 5

SIGEN mod 5

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In case some bugs appear with the 5a version, install this one. Solo play is still intact and the splash is still the original Zero Hour. *WARNING: Needs...

SIGEN mod 5a

SIGEN mod 5a

Full Version 2 comments

Full version of the SIGEN mod. Adds splash screen and removes 'solo play' from the main menu, replacing it with 'skirmish'. *WARNING: Needs 'The First...

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Ghost-PC
Ghost-PC

SpeedyDVV hello happy new year Mr SpeedyDVV please I need your program to make .dat or Or lock big.s files final big I need this program please

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SpeedyDVV Creator
SpeedyDVV

I'm sorry, but what do you mean? What program do you need?

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Ghost-PC
Ghost-PC

like this INIZH.dat SIGEN5.dat and It does not work in final big please please I very need this program to lock my mod

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SpeedyDVV Creator
SpeedyDVV

Ooooh, you want to open the dat files, right.. Well, er.. Let me just admit that I waa a bad programmer back then and.. Well.. They're just renamed. There is no fancy conversion. The .dat files are just .big files under a different name. Except the launcher image, that .dat file is actually a .bmp, if I recall correctly.

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Ghost-PC
Ghost-PC

thanks for reply Mr. SpeedyDVV You have a wonderful program The program you are using requires you to change .big to .dat

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SpeedyDVV Creator
SpeedyDVV

Thank you for the praise but really I was kind of a hack back then.

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Ghost-PC
Ghost-PC

I know you can help me You can send it to me inbox and I promise you. I will not post it or share it with anyone without permission

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SpeedyDVV Creator
SpeedyDVV

No, I think you misunderstand. There is no program. They're just renamed files.

I was planning on doing it differently later on, but I kinda never did it properly.

SIGEN6.dat and WindowSIGEN.dat are just .big files with a .dat extension. There's no difference. You should just rename them. SIGEN6.dat is likely INIZH.big and WindowSIGEN.dat is probably WindowZH.big..

SIGENlaunch.dat is actually Install_Final.bmp- the splashscreen from launch. And SIGENstring.dat replaces the Generals.str in the Data folder.. I think I used to replace the icon as well.. not sure.

The other dat files, which all have 'ZH' in the name, are actually the original ZH files. The backup, to change everything back after you close the game. If my launcher ever broke during the game it might've screwed up people's installations..

Like I said, I was kind of a hack. Nowadays I would definitely do it differently, probably go along with the common mod styles, perhaps make a proper version to work with the commonly used Mod Manager.. But I have no intention of working on the SIGEN mod again.

You're honestly lucky I decided to reply at all, hehe, considering I said a few years ago that I would no longer reply.. ^^;.. Just kinda.. didn't want to leave you hanging.

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SpeedyDVV Creator
SpeedyDVV

PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM NOW ON, I AM NO LONGER REACTING TO COMMENTS IN HERE.

I've been doing a bit of looking back and replying to things from years ago even, but I cannot come back to check on this. The mod's done and over, dead and everything. I hope you all still enjoy this shoddy little mod, but beyond that, I'm not doing anything anymore with it.

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ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp
ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp

Are you going to work on the bugs? Ever? :(.

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SpeedyDVV Creator
SpeedyDVV

I would, but nobody really took me up on the offer to help pinpoint all the bugs.

If anything, I could release a hotfix for that spawn bug, but eh..

I dont think I'll ever do REAL work on this mod again. I've got others things to do first. I've also got different mods planned, but it'll need time and preparation. Also a team this time... but ah, that's all in the future.

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bc1000
bc1000

The only ones I can play are the water battle and thoes arnt that great with the AI

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SpeedyDVV Creator
SpeedyDVV

I'm not sure what you're talking about..?

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