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Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
Greets Everyone, :yes:

I'm a new guy here (obviously ;)) but I'm a quick study who has had a hand in modding games before. With ALOT of experence in putting together installers and DVD Menus.

So I found Hard Light here and the groovy things you guys have been doing with the FSSCP, really quite cool  8)

But I must say getting all installed and set up can be a bit daunting. Luckly for me, with past modding experience (and healthly dose of forum searching :nervous:) I got everything humming along nicely and didn't even have to ask questions. ;)

After I got all going, I decided, hey how about I build a nice installer for it, so I did.  :D

Man, it is REAL PRETTY TOO and works perfectly, hate to brag (but not really) but it's about the prettiest Freespace installer you ever saw too with FS2 graphics thru out, FS2 Background, legal disclaimers, install info, installs complete game with FS Port and campaigns, launches OpenAL setup, starts the FSSCP launcher on exit, installs the online updater, so basically the whole 9 yards!

Then I even went a step further and created a DVD Autorun Menu that is just as pretty and functional, with a DVD Menu that is sure to please any freespace fan :)

Only one problem tho, I'm on Satelite Internet (eek! cringe! gasp! :eek:) and absolutely have no way or place to upload this monster.

However, if someone with access to the a place to upload for the community, I would be happy to mail a DVD to them for posting (after they thoroughly scan and test it, just to be safe) for the whole community!

Consider it a tribute from one modder to another (or others as the case may be) for all the fine work done here.

Any Takers?

hip63 :p

P.S. - For those asking, 'so what was his past modding I wonder?'

Here's a sample of my work for Fighter Squadron: Screamin' Demons Over Europe (A game older that Freespace, LOL)

(I did all that work, might as well show it off, right? :lol:)



Albert Terrain:


Berlin Terrain:


Iwo Jima:


Mediterranean Terrain:


And a butt-load of missions and skin packs (with help) for said game :)

and yeah, it was a real effort to get those uploaded, even tho they are WAY smaller (less the 100megs) the the Freespace Installer I built for you guys (almost 2 gigs)

BTW - All FS-SDOE Mods are free too  :D
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Now how's that for an entrance and first post!

Later Tater........
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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
Oh and one last note: I'm willing to send this to someone (preferably someone 'in charge') for uploading to a server for the community as a whole enjoy, I will NOT mail it to individuals for individual use. (What? Do you thing I'm made of blank DVDs and postage stamps? LOL :lol:)

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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
Now this is interesting. Turey has already built an online installer with auto-updating properties but this is something ShivanSPS might might be interested in working with once the new media VPs are out and he goes to v2.0 of his big download.

Also is there any way to upload the core content (i.e everything you made but not the FS2/FS2_Open content)? That way those of us who know how to use FS2_Open can bundle this onto DVDs ourselves and hand them out to friends while waiting for ShivanSPS to get v2.0 together.

Lastly I've been suggesting for a while that those people interested in making installers get together and make a proper SCP installation team. Would you be interested in helping out with that?
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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
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Lastly I've been suggesting for a while that those people interested in making installers get together and make a proper SCP installation team. Would you be interested in helping out with that?

Well, Hell yeah! (in my best Austin Powers) Installers really are my bag, baby!

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Also is there any way to upload the core content (i.e everything you made but not the FS2/FS2_Open content)?

mmm... not really, I think, this disk is pretty custom, you kinda need the whole thing.

Here's a screenie of the DVD menu. NOTE: this pics really doesn't do it full justice with jpg quality loss and the screen on the right with the freespace 2 cover is actually animated, showing the covers of all three official release, one cover fading into the next. The menu also features two minutes of Freespace "Mood" Music and FS radio "click" sounds on the buttons (which are also animated) As you can also see it holds the other major FSSCP projects as well :)



And here's two pics of the first two screens of the FSSCP installer I put together:





Start Menu



So you see it's a full deluxe package :D

Oh and in the "extras" you'll find thinks like "late arrivals" a Freespace-ish screensaver, freespace wallpaper, original freespae 2 trailer, original freespace 2 cd extras and more!

So what do you think? Drooling yet or what?

hip63 :p
« Last Edit: February 18, 2007, 08:34:57 am by hip63 »
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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
I see an "Update" option, how are you doing that?

I'd love to participate in an Installer team. I don't know about merging into one project, as each one has benefits that might be lost if merged, but having a central place to contact others and make our projects work together better would be very nice.

After Tuesday I'll have a lot more time, as Robotics will be over, so maybe I'll have time between working on school and my Installer and BtRL to work on a place for us Installer people to congregate.
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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
it's yours dude :)

I just have it packed in with everything else

So you can use the installer to get the base full install & keep it up to date with your updater.

Hey! maybe we could sell this idea to microsoft! LOL

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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)

Hey! maybe we could sell this idea to microsoft! LOL

hip63 :p

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« Last Edit: February 18, 2007, 02:02:45 pm by jr2 »

 
Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
Oh jr2 you forgot to mention:

And always remember, all those who use the Roman Alphabetical characters "F"  and "S" and the Arabic numeral "3" within unreasonably close proximity to eachother will be shot on site. :snipe:

Aside from that welcome! Your installer pics look awsome, and I, for one, would be glad to have something i can put on DVD and give to my freinds/family.  ;)
« Last Edit: February 18, 2007, 10:54:26 pm by Darklord42 »

 

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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
... Had an idea: Turey, I wonder if you can eventually offer hip63's Installer & DVD-menu as a download... so people can make their own DVD's, without having to d'l all over again... of course, that's assuming that you guys put things in about the same places... maybe it wouldn't work, but then again, maybe...

 

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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
And always remember, all those who use the Roman Alphabetical characters "F"  and "S" and the Arabic numeral "3" within unreasonably close proximity to eachother will be shot on site. :snipe:

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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
... Had an idea: Turey, I wonder if you can eventually offer hip63's Installer & DVD-menu as a download... so people can make their own DVD's, without having to d'l all over again... of course, that's assuming that you guys put things in about the same places... maybe it wouldn't work, but then again, maybe...

That's basically what I was on about (Although given the core installer files I was willing to do a lot more of the work myself).
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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
Heh, if this works, the guy just streamlined the whole community's work for the average player, which was the missing link for wide use.

 

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Heh, if this works, the guy just streamlined the whole community's work for the average player, which was the missing link for wide use.

That was the general idea :D

And yes it does work, tested on friend's PC last night ;)

hip63 :p
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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
Question?

When are the new mediavps due out? (best guess-timation?)

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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
Wow, that's very impressive. Nice work :)

Just a question though, can this entire thing be put into some sort of flash executable/installer? So that people can just download the package, and use the flash menu to install (as opposed to having a DVD or having the thing mounted on a virtual drive)?

 

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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
Maybe ;)

I'll look into it

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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
So a new guy just put togeather a SCP installer\updater within his first week? Impressive.
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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
Ummm you could have elaborated, "Professional looking installer"...

But yeah that was one hell of a first post!  :yes:

(noticed the pics)

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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
Wow, that's very impressive. Nice work :)

Just a question though, can this entire thing be put into some sort of flash executable/installer? So that people can just download the package, and use the flash menu to install (as opposed to having a DVD or having the thing mounted on a virtual drive)?

Well such a file would be so large it wouldn't be worth it,  you might as well use Turrys installer as it would be much more efficient.  However I think this would be useful  If you wanted to say, burn it on DVDs and give it to friends/family/doubters/people who don't have broadband internet etc...

 

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Re: Raging Newbie here, but fast learner! (with something cool for FSSCP)
So a new guy just put togeather a SCP installer\updater within his first week? Impressive.



I used the "Schwartz" as Master Yogurt instructed ;)

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