Post news RSS VCMI 1.0.0 for HoMM III released

Several years have passed since VCMI 0.99 and it’s about time for a new release. Tons of changes, improvements, and fixes have been introduced during that time, so it’s hard to recall all of them. However, we’d like to highlight several major changes.

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You can check official announcement on project website
Vcmi.eu

Installation

We recommend you first make a copy of clean Heroes Complete / Shadow of Death folder. Extract VCMI zip package there. WoG is not needed. All recommended mods and files can be downloaded via Launcher included in the package.

Screenshots with new terrains:

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Changelog:

# Changelog

0.99 -> 1.0.0

## GENERAL:
* Spectator mode was implemented through command-line options
* Some main menu settings get saved after returning to main menu - last selected map, save etc.
* Restart scenario button should work correctly now
* Skyship Grail works now immediately after capturing without battle
* Lodestar Grail implemented
* Fixed Gargoyles immunity
* New bonuses:
- SOUL_STEAL - "WoG ghost" ability, should work somewhat same as in H3
- TRANSMUTATION - "WoG werewolf"-like ability
- SUMMON_GUARDIANS - "WoG santa gremlin"-like ability + two-hex unit extension
- CATAPULT_EXTRA_SHOTS - defines number of extra wall attacks for units that can do so
- RANGED_RETALIATION - allows ranged counterattack
- BLOCKS_RANGED_RETALIATION - disallow enemy ranged counterattack
- SECONDARY_SKILL_VAL2 - set additional parameter for certain secondary skills
- MANUAL_CONTROL - grant manual control over war machine
- WIDE_BREATH - melee creature attacks affect many nearby hexes
- FIRST_STRIKE - creature counterattacks before attack if possible
- SYNERGY_TARGET - placeholder bonus for Mod Design Team (subject to removal in future)
- SHOOTS_ALL_ADJACENT - makes creature shots affect all neighbouring hexes
- BLOCK_MAGIC_BELOW - allows blocking spells below particular spell level. HotA cape artifact can be implemented with this
- DESTRUCTION - creature ability for killing extra units after hit, configurable

## MULTIPLAYER:
* Loading support. Save from single client could be used to load all clients.
* Restart support. All clients will restart together on same server.
* Hotseat mixed with network game. Multiple colors can be controlled by each client.

## SPELLS:
* Implemented cumulative effects for spells

## MODS:
* Improve support for WoG commander artifacts and skill descriptions
* Added support for modding of original secondary skills and creation of new ones.
* Map object sounds can now be configured via json
* Added bonus updaters for hero specialties
* Added allOf, anyOf and noneOf qualifiers for bonus limiters
* Added bonus limiters: alignment, faction and terrain
* Supported new terrains, new battlefields, custom water and rock terrains
* Following special buildings becomes available in the fan towns:
> * attackVisitingBonus
> * defenceVisitingBonus
> * spellPowerVisitingBonus
> * knowledgeVisitingBonus
> * experienceVisitingBonus
> * lighthouse
> * treasury

## SOUND:
* Fixed many mising or wrong pickup and visit sounds for map objects
* All map objects now have ambient sounds identical to OH3

## RANDOM MAP GENERATOR:
* Random map generator supports water modes (normal, islands)
* Added config randomMap.json with settings for map generator
* Added parameter for template allowedWaterContent
* Extra resource packs appear nearby mines
* Underground can be player starting place for factions allowed to be placed underground
* Improved obstacles placement aesthetics
* Rivers are generated on the random maps
* RMG works more stable, various crashes have been fixed
* Treasures requiring guards are guaranteed to be protected

## VCAI:
* Reworked goal decomposition engine, fixing many loopholes. AI will now pick correct goals faster.
* AI will now use universal pathfinding globally
* AI can use Summon  Boat and Town Portal
* AI can gather and save resources on purpose
* AI will only buy army on demand instead of every turn
* AI can distinguish the value of all map objects
* General speed optimizations

## Nullkiller AI:
* New alternative AI for small and medium size maps.

## BATTLES:
* Towers should block ranged retaliation
* AI can bypass broken wall with moat instead of standing and waiting until gate is destroyed
* Towers do not attack war machines automatically
* Draw is possible now as battle outcome in case the battle ends with only summoned creatures (both sides loose)

## ADVENTURE MAP:
* Added buttons and keyboard shortcuts to quickly exchange army and artifacts between heroes
* Fix: Captured town should not be duplicated on the UI

## LAUNCHER:
* Implemented notifications about updates
* Supported redirection links for downloading mods
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