Hello and welcome to the American Civil War Mod: Revived! Some of you who have been following modding in Mount and Blade for a while might remember an old civil war mod called, "A House Divided", and I did a bit of work for the team under the same name I am using here, King85. My computer crashed a few years ago, and I lost everything, so for a while I had forgotten about the mod. But recently, I found a working copy of the mod on the internet, and from there, I began working to completely revamp the mod as best as I could, to make it look and feel a bit more in line with the civil war time period, and fix a lot of the old problems the mod had. Not everything is completely perfect, but it really is a significant difference from before. I am not exactly a very skilled or experienced modder, I actually learned a lot through this process of making this new and revived version of the mod. I welcome and encourage the community to provide their experience and help in building a better mod. You can read the changelog below and the one attached to the latest version of the mod to see everything that is different now.
A great deal of thanks is due to all the guys who contributed their work in the past; Hinkel, Poomtang, Azrooh, Tessius, Durnius, Gabrilduro, and Dellivils being just some of those who've made this possible. Thanks to the help from the amazing community here, I have been able to include some new features in the mod, like advanced formations and fire orders, and successfully address many of the major bugs that came with the first release. This has been a fun hobby for me and a work of love for the game, for the history, and for the gaming community, who I hope will enjoy playing this mod as much as I enjoyed improving it and putting it back out there for the world.
If you experience any problems with the mod that I haven't listed here already, please leave a comment below or in the forum, and try to explain what you're dealing with. I'll see what I can do to help you out, but I'm not a God, so don't expect any miracles.
~ In solemn memory of all those who gave their lives in the American Civil War, on both sides of the conflict. One of the greatest tragedies of that war is that whether they were fighting for the Union or for the Confederacy, they were all Americans, and we should not soon forget the lessons of that bloody and brutal war. We honor the sacrifice of those brave men who gave their lives for what they so strongly believed in, when we ourselves attempt to catch a glimpse of our past and step into their shoes, even in such small ways as this. Let us strive to keep our history alive and carry the lessons with us always. May they rest in everlasting peace and may we all look toward a better future for ourselves and for those who will come after us. ~
With this patch comes the fix for the map camera, new advanced formation and fire orders, important fixes to new game scenes, trenches added to siege scenes, numerous fixes to the dialogue, redone musket sounds (they are way better now), changes to some of the music, and much more. See the changelog below for installation instructions and a more detailed breakdown of everything that has changed.
Here is a link to the patch download (PATCH IS BROKEN, USE FULL VERSION INSTEAD):
Here is a link to the new full version of the mod:
With the addition of advanced fire orders, the ability for the player to order their soldiers to use fire orders that were used in the civil war has now become possible!
The most impressive example of this is firing by file. For those who do not know, firing by file is a drill whereby the line keeps up a continuous fire, by having one end of the line fire first and reload, while the men next to them fire and reload, and so on down the line. When the soldier who first shot must fire again, they will be finished reloading and ready to fire. A real life demonstration, along with a more detailed explanation of firing drills and their practical uses can be seen below in the following video. The end of the video is where you can see fire by file in practice.
And here you can see how it works in game:
This is actually a very good tactic in game and works exactly as you would expect it to. If you need a continuous fire on the enemy, then now you have the ability to do so. Or, if you don't want everyone to shoot at a few scattered soldiers, or one guy close to your lines, having the ability to order only one part of the line to fire is very good for that. Of course, all fire orders have a time and a place for their proper use, and the player will still find the orders to fire at will and fire all at once to be helpful.
Not all the scenes are done, but the majority have seen a big change so far, and they are much more survivable for the attackers. The only exceptions are sieges that require the use of siege towers, because I do not know how to remove them and then what to do instead. When I tried to edit the walls and siege towers, the mod crashed, so I still need to experiment and figure out what is the best way to move forward. I had the idea to remove the choice of building of siege towers entirely and change it to digging trenches, but since sieges with ladders already have trenches as well, it wouldn't make sense to have to wait what could be days for something that is exactly the same and takes only a few hours at other locations.
Players should be aware that there are also a few locations, such as Natchez for example, where the scenes are so terrible, I will most likely need to completely replace them with new scenes made from scratch.
Some scenes, such as Fort Wagner, are mostly finished already and do not need much more work. I have made it look more like it did in reality, being a fort made mostly of sand and earth. The trenches are also accurate, as this was the only way the Union forces were able to finally reach the fort, after numerous failed assaults, including the famous attack of the 54th Massachusetts regiment.
You will also find Napoleon cannons on many of the maps, and sometimes inside fortresses, waiting behind the gates.
Unfortunately, these are props only, but they do certainly add to the atmosphere. Standing behind walls with some good artillery behind it certainly makes things feel a bit more in line with the time period.
The mod, for the time being, will continue to see small progress with dialogue changes and further refining of all the in-game scenes, especially addressing the worst ones. The trench warfare aspect of siege gameplay is going to be a major focus in terms of the scene editing. The next goal for the dialogue is to research period appropriate poetry for the wandering entertainers and poets to teach you, and ensure those works can seamlessly tie into the courtship dialogue, which itself will need to be redone. I will also work on redoing the pretenders dialogue, but I am still not quite sure what to do with them. If you are reading this and you think you have a good idea about what to make with the pretenders that will fit with the American Civil War time period, please let me know in the comments or post about it in the forums.
Now, there are some large issues with the mod that need to be addressed, however I lack the current knowledge and skills to get the job done. If you are someone who likes this mod and knows how to get some of the things done that are needed, the help would be very appreciated. You would be helping out not just me, but the mod itself and all the people that enjoy playing it. Just providing instructions would be huge. The things that really require the most attention are:
One solution the community has suggested is to open source the mod, and I would like to allow the community to discuss this topic in the forums before I make a final decision. You can find a post there on the "Frontlines" board, made by myself to gather your feedback. I also put up a poll to get a more general idea of what everyone thinks about open sourcing the mod.
The community has many suggestions and features they would like to see in the mod, and I would like to see them one day as well. In the interest of keeping all of our ideas organized, below is essentially a wish list of what we would all like to see included in the mod in the future:
That's all for now! Have fun with the mod, and please report any problems that you experience. I very much appreciate all of your feedback, both good and bad, it's all immensely helpful and I look forward to the future of this project. Godspeed good soldiers, keep your powder dry and your heads down out there.
Ever your obedient servant,
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