Marvel Adventures Vol. 2 Released!

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Well, it is finally here, only half a year after I told y’all it was almost done.  I wasn’t too far off, was I?  The sad truth is that this mod has languished almost entirely finished on my hard drive since the end of the summer, with very little left to do.  Unfortunately, a PhD is no easy matter, and my work rather swallowed my free time in those intervening months.  Nonetheless, finish it I did at long last, and now y’all can explore all the awesome new content that I’ve stuffed into this release!

Welcome to Marvel Adventures Vol. 2! 

This update massively expands both the hero and villain rosters of the original release, adding in tons and tons of characters, including almost every major player that didn’t make the cut the first time, as well as a great variety of lesser characters.  It includes everyone from Spider-Man, Hulk, and Galactus to the various venomous members of the Serpent Society, and just about everyone in between!  Even the illustrious Squadron Supreme put in an appearance in the intro to the next Avengers campaign!

The final total for the mod is somewhere around THREE HUNDRED characters!


That’s right, this expansion is just crammed full of content!  It features three brand new campaigns and several expansions for the originals!  As I mentioned in my previous teaser, the X-Men benefit from a whole new story-arc that takes them from the familiar confines of the X-Mansion to the distant stars of the Shi’ar homeworld! (Plus, a short spin-off campaign featuring solo stories!)


The Fantastic Four get in on the expansion fun, completing their original campaign arc with the reveal of the dastardly Dr. Doom’s malevolent machinations and a world-threatening brawl between alien tyrants right in the heart of downtown New York!


This expansion adds a host of tweaks, fixes, and improvements to everything that came before, as well as generally expanding its boundaries in every direction.  I hope that you can all enjoy this love letter to Marvel comics as much as I enjoyed making it!

And I want to take another opportunity to boast about the incredible, exclusive, and ridiculously beautiful new skins by super-star skinner Afghan Ant!

Check out the Marvel Adventures album HERE!

So, is that enough to sell you on this little project?  If so, great:

Download Marvel Adventures Vol. 2 Now!

I left an important note of thanks out of the readme, so you can get an updated version here.

Be sure to delete any previous installations. 

You can set your data path to whatever you like, but the installer includes a number of .exes that are set to work with the Steam installation.  I’m afraid they won’t be of much use for folks with other paths, but they’re a nice little bonus feature for the rest of you.  They’ll allow you to launch the individual campaigns without having to do any file editing!  Speaking of those campaigns…

New and Expanded Campaigns:

  • X-Men (major expansion)
  • X-Men 2 (, mini-campaign telling solo stories)
  • Avengers (small expansion)
  • Fantastic Four (major expansion completing their arc)
  • Spider-Man and the Marvel Knights (big, brand new adventure!)
  • SHIELD (mini-campaign)

Have fun folk, and make yours Marvel!

Ghostbusters: Trick or Terror 2 Released!

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Happy Halloween one and all!  I’m just BARELY getting this one in under the wire, but I am proud to release the second episode in the Halloween adventures of everyone’s favorite spirit chasers, the Ghostbusters!  Join them for another mysterious case as they are called to a foreboding locale and face strange events that just might be connected to their previous Halloween misadventure.

As before, this is a simple, one mission story, but I had a blast making it, and I hope you will have a good time with it as well.  So come on, celebrate Halloween in style, with the kings of creep, the Ghostbusters!

This release includes the original mod as well as the new mission and foes.  You can download the whole thing here:

Download it here!

Challenge the restless dead and make New York safe for her citizens!

Strap on a proton pack and make use of the Ghostbusters’ arsenal of gadgets!

Help Pete, Egon, Ray, and Winston fight back an incursion from the spirit world, and save Halloween once more!

Pulp Adventures Released!

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I have finally finished work on a project near and dear to my heart, my pulp heroes mod, Pulp Adventures!  It tells an original tale of danger and daring do, teaming many classic pulp heroes and several modern characters cut from the same cloth!  It features a huge cast of characters, including all of the two-fisted heroes gracing the awesome artwork above there, as well as a host of other crusaders for justice.  The story features several classic pulp villains and a twisting, turning plot that ties in to the settings and adventures of many of the starring characters.  So, what are you waiting for?  Come, ride with Britt Reid, laugh with the Shadow, swing the trees with Tarzan, and buckle your share of swashes with Zorro!

Featuring:

  • An epic, sprawling, world-spanning 17 mission campaign!
  • Over 25 playable characters!
  • Beautiful custom art by the super talented Naitvalis!
  • Custom music!
  • Nazi punching!
  • Dinosaur wrangling!
  • Two-fisted action galore!

Hero Roster:

  • Doc Savage
  • The Shadow
  • Indiana Jones
  • The Green Hornet
  • Kato
  • The Rocketeer
  • The Spider
  • The Spirit
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Tonto
  • Tarzan
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • The Phantom
  • Captain Midnight
  • Miss Fury
  • Dick Tracy
  • Jungle Jim
  • Kolu
  • “Monk” Mayfair
  • “Ham” Brooks
  • “Renny” Renwick
  • Flash Gordon*
  • Buck Rogers*
  • John Carter of Mars*

*These characters don’t feature in the campaign but are playable in the sandbox mode…for the moment!

Download the Pulp Adventures Mod Here! (Version 1.1)

A new, updated version with a number of fixes has been uploaded.  This one addresses a number of bugs and balance issues.  If you download the new version, you do not need any of the patches.  If you downloaded a previous version, delete it and install this one instead.  It will be save game compatible, but to get the benefits of the balance and gameplay tweaks, you’ll need to start a new campaign.  The fixes for missing textures and the like will work either way.

Patches: Only necessary for those who downloaded the original version.

Patch 1: This fixes a missing texture and a bug that kept mission 4 from playing properly.

Patch 2: This provides a missing file necessary for Mandrake the Magician.

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Marvel Adventures Almost Ready!


Howdy readers and fans!  I’m sure those of you who have been following my Into the Bronze Age feature have been wondering where I’ve been.  Well, my absence has been due to two very good causes.  The first is that my wife and I celebrated our ten year anniversary with a vacation to the national parks in Washington, which was awesome all by itself, but the second probably carries more weight with y’all.  I’ve been hard at work on a HUGE update to my Marvel mod.  It doesn’t quite double the number of missions and campaigns, but it comes very close to doubling the number of characters!


That’s right, we are close to a release date for Marvel Adventures Vol. 2, which will vastly expand the roster, offer an all new campaign featuring Spider-Man and a host of other street-level Marvel characters not included in the first edition, and a whole passel of additional missions for the existing campaigns.

The X-Men benefit from a whole new story-arc that takes them from the familiar confines of the X-Mansion to the distant stars of the Shi’ar homeworld! (Plus, a short spin-off campaign featuring solo stories!)  The Avengers meet their match in the form of the Squadron Supreme!

And, to top it all off, we now get to boast several exclusive, and ridiculously beautiful new skins by super-star skinner Afghan Ant!  So, I hope that y’all will forgive me for my absence, as I have been working day and night to get this update finished.  It’s already out to my testers for balancing, and I’m working on the last few things now.  Wish me luck and smooth sailing!

Check out the Marvel Adventures album HERE!

 

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Lost DCUG Campaign

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Howdy guys, I discovered something today while I was cleaning out some files that made me a bit wistful and nostalgic, so I thought I would share it.  Years ago I was working on my sprawling DC Universe mod, the DC Universe According to Grey, and I created the beginnings of two extra campaigns.  At some point in time, I had a computer crash and lost all of that material…except this.  I discovered a few, a very few, screenshots of one of those ill-fated missions.  This one in particular was the first mission in a Green Arrow campaign, and it featured Green Arrow, Speedy, and guest starred Black Canary.

The mission involved taking Ollie and Roy on a patrol of Star City where they would encounter various low-level thugs, meet up with the lovely Dinah Lance, and then confront Count Vertigo for the first time in the finale.  I had a short campaign plotted out, but this was the only thing done.

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I thought I might share these images with anyone interested, so we can all look at what might have been.  Perhaps one day I will get a chance to revisit this material, but I know at least one of the maps I used no longer exists.  Anyway, I’ve asked this before, but on the off chance I might hit the jackpot, I’ll ask again.  If you had an early version of the DCUG, please check your folder and see if you happen to have any of this material.  I think some of it got out into the public, but I was never able to recover it.  Well, that’s all for now.  Thanks for taking this little stroll down memory lane with me!

Marvel Adventures: The Squadron Supreme

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In honor of the Fire and Water Podcast‘s coverage of the Squadron Supreme, I thought I’d post a little promo for my Marvel Adventures update.  That’s right, those awesome analogs that actually managed to outgrow their referential origins are included in the update that I’m working on!  They feature in an Avengers mission, and the whole roster is available to play in the sandbox mode!  To show off the Squadron in all their glory, I threw them into a Rumble Room session against the Avengers.  Enjoy the show!

 

 

But the Avengers are ready for them.

 

 

A chaotic melee quickly develops

 

 

Man, the Swordsman just can’t catch a break, can he?

 

 

Cap, I love ya’, but I think you might be out classed…

 

 

Iron Man surveys the field

 

 

Uh-oh, I think the God of Thunder might be in trouble!

Eventually the Squadron pulled off a victory, as they just packed more power than this Avengers team.  I should have added Hercules into the mix to provide the mighty Marvelites a better chance.  Well, I hope you enjoyed this little preview, and stay tuned for more Into the Bronze Age, as well as more news and releases for Freedom Force mods!