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 Post subject: Question about #3, current download, etc.
PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:49 pm 
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Probably a dumb question, but I played through Minerva Metastasis #1 and #2 ages ago.

I recently came back to see if more had been produced. Sure enough, it says that there are new installments... so I downloaded something called metastasis_patched.exe from the webpage (that seemed to be the only thing available), installed it, and it looks like it's starting me over from the very beginning? Is there a separate download I should have used for just #3? Is there a way to skip forward?

Apologies if this is something already answered elsewhere, but the FAQ seemed filled with spoilers.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about #3, current download, etc.
PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:57 am 
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Yup, that's the one you want (the first two ep's have been slightly tweaked with HDR and whatnot since their first release).

Adam has ported Minerva to the Episode 2 engine, but outside of a trailer it's not seen the light of day...yet (hinty hinty adam ;)).


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 Post subject: Re: Question about #3, current download, etc.
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:05 pm 
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Yup, that's the one you want (the first two ep's have been slightly tweaked with HDR and whatnot since their first release).

Adam has ported Minerva to the Episode 2 engine, but outside of a trailer it's not seen the light of day...yet (hinty hinty adam ;)).

Oh porting a mod with no binaries and the .vmfs freely available to Ep2 is piece of cake. Just a little gameinfo.txt edit, a Steam restart and it works! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Question about #3, current download, etc.
PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:21 am 
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Well if it's that easy I'll have a go, what should I be googeling for to get info?


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 Post subject: Re: Question about #3, current download, etc.
PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:25 pm 
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I'd just edit the Gameinfo.txt to the following,
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"GameInfo"
{
   game   "MINERVA: Metastasis"
   title   "MINERVA: Metastasis"
   title2   "MINERVA: Metastasis"
   type   singleplayer_only

   developer   "Adam Foster"
   developer_url   "http://www.hylobatidae.org/minerva/"
   icon      "icon"

   FileSystem
   {
      SteamAppId            420
      ToolsAppId            211
      
      SearchPaths
      {
         Game            |gameinfo_path|.
         Game            episodic
         Game            hl2
      }
   }
}

It *should* work but I'm yet to test it.. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Question about #3, current download, etc.
PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 11:26 am 
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ok, I'll try it over the weekend and report back...


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 Post subject: Re: Question about #3, current download, etc.
PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 11:46 am 
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Ok, I've given it a go. For everyone else who wants to give it a go (I would have had no idea what I was doing without sortie's post above):
    Find your gameinfo.txt file in the metastasis folder, for me this was here:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\SourceMods\metastasis
    (exit Steam if it's running)
    Make a copy of Gameinfo.txt
    Open up gameinfo.txt and change SteamAppId to 420 (mine was 380, which I'm guessing is Ep1)
    Run Minerva (and wait while it rebuilds stuff)

It all worked pretty much ok for me, gameplay was intact, but a few of the effects were missing or broken (see attached). The holographic globe effects were missing, and the edge of the water round the edge of the island were sort of shiny and odd.
I think a few of the other effects were messed up, but others looked better than I remember.


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File comment: Is the shimmer effect quite right here?
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File comment: Water effects on edge of island
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File comment: there's no pretty globe
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 Post subject: Re: Question about #3, current download, etc.
PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 7:01 pm 
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Hehe. That's just shader-releated stuff and such. They just need to be ported by Valve, or Adam to use another material. ;-)

But I'd give it a go soon!

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 Post subject: Re: Question about #3, current download, etc.
PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 5:53 pm 
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Hey Sortie! I just noticed that your cat is animated now...is that new, or have I not been paying attention?

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 Post subject: Re: Question about #3, current download, etc.
PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 6:59 pm 
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I think that's old. I have no idea which one I have uploaded to this site, or if I'm off-site linking. ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: Question about #3, current download, etc.
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 12:39 pm 
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I need to resize my avatar before I upload it to the forum. It is too big right now. One of these days I'll get around to it. :)

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