The Mish Mash Map Mod is a graphical modification to Victoria II. I began work on it in 2015, combining some of the .dds files of CountryColors and CoolMapMod, plus CptRobau's font mod, with my own tweaks. I also played with the vanilla political overlay, inverting the colors of the colormap_political.dds file to make land pop a bit more compared to vanilla. I also used the colormap.dds file to provide some soft terrain features on the political map, though this was low resolution and I always wanted to improve it. I also changed up the border opacity a bit. Unfortunately, college got in the way and I dropped work on this. In 2019, with more time on my hands I set to work on improving this mod once again. I got into the shader files of Victoria II and coaxed the much higher fidelity terrain effects as visible in the terrain map mode to bleed through into the political map to give it a bit more life. This has been circulating for a while, but I figured a more accessible home on moddb was long overdue. Enjoy!
CoolMapMod, Country Colors Minimod
I often feel bad about seeing people ask in r/victoria2 and r/paradoxplaza "What map mod is this?" I didn't do a very good job of actually RELEASING the mod, and instead just dropped a mega link in a reddit thread every now and then. So, I've decided to finally get things together and release it here. I'll be releasing different version of the mod - the combined shaders and .dds files, as well as the shaders alone for those who would like to repurpose them. The great thing about the shaders is that they only apply their effect based on the actual terrain that makes up the map - it's just a part of the graphics pipeline. So it should work for anything! The combined files should also be okay, but there may be some spots where bodies of water on the colormap_political.dds don't quite line up where they're supposed to depending on the mod. In the future, I will likely just not attempt to match up bodies of water since mods will always be changing anyway, and opt to remove any spots corresponding to tiny, inland bodies of water on the colormap_political. This means inland water may look a bit darker, but it's a much more portable and visually negligible fault than unsightly spots.
Anyway, here's how to install the mod:
Just the Shaders
I am not currently planning this, but if enough people ask for it, I still have the older versions of Mish Mash Map Mod if people prefer the legacy terrain effects and can host that here as well.
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All components of the mod. Unzip contents to Victoria 2/mod.
No Map/dds elements, just the shader. Should play nicely with anything.
All components of the mod. Unzip contents to Victoria 2/mod
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