We have nothing to give you but your own freedom. [...]
If it is the future you seek, then I tell you that you must come to it with empty hands. You must come to it alone, and naked, as the child comes into the world, into his future, without any past, without any property, wholly
dependent on other people for his life.
You cannot take what you have not
given, and you must give yourself. You
cannot buy the Revolution. You cannot
make the Revolution. You can only be
the Revolution. It is in your spirit, or it
is nowhere.

- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed


This total transformation mod (not following Fallout lore) aims to bring to life anarchist utopias after Global meltdown. It takes place in eastern part of former Canada and United-States. The game is a bilingual (french & english) single player non-linear RPG. It can be called a radical camping simulator or a positive post-apocalyptic game. The world has been challenged by the Sum of all heavily anticipated catastrophies. Humans survived and organised themselves according to a mix of anarchistic, aboriginal, technological and nomadic ways of living, mostly driven by anarchist ideas (anti-domination, direct democracy, freedom and autonomy). In-game, "Sum" refers to the sum of all catastrophies, a cult, a currency and mispellings of words "son" and "sun". The Sum (french version : Nous Aurons) is an art project created by the french-canadian artist Hugo Nadeau (www.hugonadeau.com).



★ Non-linear RPG (exploration based)
★ 25 cities and hundreds of locations to visit
★ Hundreds of people and recruits
★ Original soundtrack and ambient sounds
★ New interface, mascot and cursors
★ Environment dangers
★ False & fatal endings, finish the game anywhere
★ Hunger, cooking and campfire
★ Portable electricity
★ Random resources and objects
★ New skills : Survival, Reading & Scavenge
★ New weapons : Atlatl, Crossbow, Slingshot, Blowgun, etc.
★ In-game "Achievement" system
★ XP gained automatically



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FOLLOW THE LINKS below to get up-to-date information on the upcoming version, report bugs or make a suggestion / SUIVEZ LES LIENS ci-dessous pour voir ce qu'il reste à faire avant la prochaine version, noter un bogue ou suggérer du contenu.



The Sum Gameplay and Strategy Guide

The Sum Gameplay and Strategy Guide

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Gameplay Strategy Guide for The Sum (Nous Aurons) by Endocore. The information in this guide is based on playing The Sum version 1.6a (in April 2022...

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The Sum videogame credits. / Crédits du jeu Nous Aurons.

Current version - NEW FEATURES

Current version - NEW FEATURES

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CURRENT AVAILABLE VERSION 1.5.5a. New features / PLUS RÉCENTE VERSION DISPONIBLE 1.5.5a. Nouveaux ajouts

The Sum : What to expect in 1.5 next release

The Sum : What to expect in 1.5 next release

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To all players of "The Sum" mod, here are some of the new features that you will meet in the next 1.5 version.

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Patch to 1.7a (The Sum + Nous Aurons)

Patch to 1.7a (The Sum + Nous Aurons)

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Patch from The Sum + Nous Aurons (fr/en) 1.6a to 1.7a. If you don't already have the game, download the full version instead. This is intended as a major...

1.7a (The Sum + Nous Aurons)

1.7a (The Sum + Nous Aurons)

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The Sum + Nous Aurons (fr/en) 1.7 Alpha standalone version. No installation required. Place in "c:\TheSum" and launch one of the two shortcuts. This is...

Patch to 1.6a (The Sum + Nous Aurons)

Patch to 1.6a (The Sum + Nous Aurons)

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Patch from The Sum + Nous Aurons (fr/en) 1.5.6a to 1.6a. If you don't already have the game, download the full version instead. / Patch de Nous Aurons...

1.6a (The Sum + Nous Aurons)

1.6a (The Sum + Nous Aurons)

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The Sum + Nous Aurons (fr/en) 1.6 Alpha standalone version. No installation required. Place in "c:\TheSum" and launch one of the two shortcuts.

Patch to 1.5.6a (The Sum + Nous Aurons)

Patch to 1.5.6a (The Sum + Nous Aurons)

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Patch from The Sum + Nous Aurons (fr/en) 1.5.5a to 1.5.6a. If you don't already have the game, download the full version instead. / Patch de Nous Aurons...

1.5.6a (The Sum + Nous Aurons)

1.5.6a (The Sum + Nous Aurons)

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The Sum + Nous Aurons (fr/en) 1.5.6 Alpha standalone version. No installation required. Place in "c:\TheSum" and launch one of the two shortcuts.

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nadeauhugo Creator
nadeauhugo

Hello again fellow players. Here is just a quick update to tell you the new debug version is now available as a Patch from 1.6a version. Enjoy!

Also, I posted a new volunteer job offer regarding the game character's voices. All details here: Moddb.com

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nadeauhugo Creator
nadeauhugo

Hi everyone. The new Debug 1.7a version is ready and will be released soon. More than 300+ bugs, big and small problems have been adressed and fixed. My dev team is currently reviewing the contents, after which I will launch the version to all. Can't wait to list all improvements and start filling up the game's Wiki to help you in your travels...

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pyziroki
pyziroki

Hello, I've been enjoying the mod so far. My only gripe with the mod is that my character for some reason cannot equip any clothing so far. My companions can but my main just won't. Maybe it is because I changed from female to male on creation?

Also, when using tent to heal monkey companion it gets stuck in the tent.

And one of the companions you get if you start in corpses has no animations for shooting and cannot crouch or prone.

But being unable to wear any armor really makes it bad in high rad zones or in big combat

Edit: I tried restarting the same campaign just to see if body change or something else caused it and I remade my character to the letter, changed body, portrait, body color scheme. I can wear clothes. I don't know what caused me to be unable to wear clothing later on or how to fix it

p.s. watercooler can store an endless amount of items because it is just a trading npc in disguise

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nadeauhugo Creator
nadeauhugo

Ah thanks for all these comments. It's sad about the armor bug you encountered. I heard it once from another player too, but I was never able to pinpoint the source of that rare bug, or reproduce it. A shame because I am currently creating a big patch (debug) version with some new mechanics to improve a lot on the gameplay, It could be a good opportunity to remove it, if it is even possible. The original engine can have very strange behaviours from time to time...

Hehe yess as the watercooler is in fact the quartermaster in disguise, everything there is swallowed into a parallel universe without limit. I hope this is not killing the immersion for you, better only use it to store your food and let it be used to spawn cooked meat and other delicacies. I don't think there will ever be a way to limit those items there, but yeah, this is a videogame afterall, sometimes realism is away fishing. Like the new keyring I added could hold 1000 keys, a bit heavy for any normal living an breathing human :P

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pyziroki
pyziroki

Thank you for the mod. It is fun to play. The map is almost too big. Haha. It is a fun total conversion.

I will try to report all the bugs I can remember once I beat the mod (for me beating means visiting all locations on the map and destroying all settlements xD)

If I find what cause the armor bug I will report it but it must be something that happens after starting location.

Is there any program or anything I can use to perhaps edit my ability to wear armor or equip some armor in editor? That would be nice.

Anyway, thanks again. I am enjoying the gameplay and I do not really mind bugs there are not too many and they aren't that bad. In fact they make me find ways to find interesting solutions to my problems.

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nadeauhugo Creator
nadeauhugo

I have a hunch that maybe you could not wear armor as your charisma got at 1 at some point... I added that 2 charisma requirement for armors to make sure Dogs and other recruits would not be able to wear armors. It might simply be that. So to make sure you can wear any armor, you will have to make sure you have enough strenght and always 2 or more charisma. Fortunately, your current version of the game feature alcool that give a bonus of 1 to charisma, bonus that I removed in my current built. As dogs could drink alcool, it would probably make them wear armors after drinking alcool which makes no sense.

This said, Yess please report any bug you come across. But note that many of them risk being already covered by Endocore, as he reported me about 200 of those in the last weeks. I am in the proecess of solving them at the moment, and I think I have about 100 more to go before releasing my next "debug" version. In this version, it will get CONSIDERABLY more difficult to explore the whole map, as traveling will induce possibly lethal hunger to all your squad members. I will try, still, to add some options in a text file to reduce or disable that feature if you really want to travel the whole worldmap. Let's hope this will be easy to implement.

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pyziroki
pyziroki

Thank you for the reply and yes. You were right. It was because I had 1 Charisma. I did find it strange people started with 2 charisma when you got rid of all stats. Now I know why.

I drank a beer and was able to put on some armor. After the beer effect worn off I was still wearing it and getting stat boosts from armor so that is nice.

I do not know if I did not see the instructions about wearing armor when I started playing but I don't think I missed them. It would be nice if that 2 Charisma armor requirement was put into the GPSP instructions.

It could potentially become a problem in the next version of the game if charisma goes below 2 and there is no way to increase it save the perk but what if having a perk is not enough because it goes down 3 or 4 times and you absolutely need drugs or alcohol to remedy charisma attribute?

On the other hand if this is explained it could lead to some interesting character builds. Like playing a dumb character in original Fallout games you could end up playing a character so ugly his body is malformed and thus he can't wear armor. Which could lead to an interesting playthrough as I had to come up with solutions playing like that.

I guess my charisma went down one of the times I was using those rare drugs that boost other stats permanently.

Dogs wearing armor huh. That could be interesting. I mean I can imagine carving out dog armor out of regular armor so it does not break my roleplay much. On the other hand I do know what you mean. Maybe add dog armor? Other games have done it. But it could be difficult and I am not the judge of what you should work on since this is a free mod and it is nice having to play it.

As for hunger on the travel map. It can be hard for casual players to acquire enough food to explore the entire map. But it could be a good and a bad thing at the same time.

Right now I have more than enough food because I store it all in the watercooler. Because watercooler is limitless it means I can always have enough food provided I find it.

If watercooler had a limit or the trader that it really is refused to buy certain items it would be harder.

Without hunger on the map I have stacks of food I don't really use and I always have enough on me from raiding settlements and the like.

But if you implement this feature then interacting with or raiding certain settlements will become almost mandatory to survive travelling on the world map which could be fun.

I am playing real time combat, on easy difficulty (just for a chill playthrough), squad of 6 all using diamond spears so far to save up ammo for tough fights. We don't really have a problem winning combat by surrounding people and poking them to death. Maybe it would be harder on higher difficulty using these tactics.

Thanks and very cool picture on your profile

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nadeauhugo Creator
nadeauhugo

Okay neat, I took a note about adding that 2 CHA requirement for armors. Not perfect as it will show differently than the ST requirement, but I'll try to figure something out that works well.

You also make me realize I need to search and remove all possible effects that might reduce charisma, like the permanent drug (probably the sort of FEV), addictions and other types of effects. Quite sure we can go without them and still have a good realist experience.

Dog armor: Unfortunately, what I meant was that dog wearing armor would probably result in having them change their appearance for a human lol :P If there would be a way to keep it, it would in a way be a nice thing yes, as it is always possible, theorically, to "modify" an armor to fit a dog yess...

As for hunger, I think players will appreciate that I already programmed a small config file to disable it completely, or to tweek its intensity value... Some more options might appear there later on, giving me the opportunity to go strongly with some survival mechanics without fear of having the game being unplayable to casual gamers. Casual gamers are a big concern for me because I used to and plan on having this game displayed in exhibition centers and other art dedicated spaces... I don't want them to quickly die and move on without having experienced any interesting narrative part.

Interacting with settlements: I took a note to create a new feature involving vendors in settlements. I would love them to automatically replenish their inventory of food, water and money on each visit, based on the days passed sinced the last visit. This would be nice to be able to count on vendors for food for the entire duration of the game, not just the beginning, I mean until you have bought everything.

Combat tactics: Pretty great tactic for fighting. I guess it should work good on harder difficulty too, as the diamond spear is one of the best melee weapon in the list. I also increased the melee damage on my last working version, to account for the extra risk of closing the gap. Hope you'll like it!

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Guzzer2
Guzzer2

hey ! thanks for this awesome mod. currently wandering the wasteland you created and already found some of the maps i made. this is really an honor and so much fun for me atm so i just wanted to sent you my blessings !

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nadeauhugo Creator
nadeauhugo

Ah AMAZING! It's a real honnor, sir. And I wouldn't be surprised if your maps are the most represented in the Sum, as they were very high quality when I got my hands on them :D

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