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Old 05-22-2008, 12:24 AM   #1
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[WIP] [K1] Mercenary Recruitment Mod

Well guys, after lurking around this place for awhile and picking up what skills I could, I'm finally ready to open a thread for my first mod. I was doing a playthrough of KOTOR and I thought, "Why can't I get me some bodyguards?" So i decided to change that

This mod will add Nagini Recruitment Officers to the spaceports of Dantooine, Kashyyyk, Manaan, Tatooine, and Korriban. This Twi'lek officer will rent out mercenaries to you to do your bidding. Now, as of now, I only have Mandalorian and Echani mercenaries, but I plan on expanding this quite a bit. I hope to, in the next update, have Echanis, Mandalorians, Jedi, Dark Jedi, and War Droids. If anyone has other ideas for characters you'd like to be able to recruit, please SAY SO! I'm open to any ideas. All feedback is appreciated.

Now, I've managed to make this mod escape the crucial downfall of other mods like this (i.e. the Call of Aid armband.) Instead of simply creating NPCs that follow you around, the Mercs are added to your party. It ties quite well into the story as well. The Mercs replace your droids, which the merchant takes as 'collateral.' After the Mercs die, or after you are done with them, just return to any of the vendors to retrieve your droids.

As I already said, any feedback is appreciated. I'll be posting some screenshots as soon as I figure out how

I'll give credits when the mod comes out, but I really have to give a huge thanks to DarthJebus. He spent quite a while wading through my stupidity in order to ensure that I understood what the hell I was doing.

EDIT: Beta should be up soon, Echani, Mandalorian, and Rodian are all now done.

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Old 05-22-2008, 01:18 AM   #2
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Hmmm sounds interesting I'll try it out when it's done. How far along are you?


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Old 05-22-2008, 04:00 PM   #3
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Hmmm sounds interesting I'll try it out when it's done. How far along are you?
As of now I have Mandalorians and Echanis working perfectly. I'm planning on doing quite a few others tonight. Unfortunately, I have finals for the next week, but after that I can produce it quite quickly. But I should still have a beta out soon.

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Well guys, after lurking around this place for awhile and picking up what skills I could, I'm finally ready to open a thread for my first mod. I was doing a playthrough of KOTOR and I thought, "Why can't I get me some bodyguards?" So i decided to change that

This mod will add Nagini Recruitment Officers to the spaceports of Dantooine, Kashyyyk, Manaan, Tatooine, and Korriban. This Twi'lek officer will rent out mercenaries to you to do your bidding. Now, as of now, I only have Mandalorian and Echani mercenaries, but I plan on expanding this quite a bit. I hope to, in the next update, have Echanis, Mandalorians, Jedi, Dark Jedi, and War Droids. If anyone has other ideas for characters you'd like to be able to recruit, please SAY SO! I'm open to any ideas. All feedback is appreciated.

Now, I've managed to make this mod escape the crucial downfall of other mods like this (i.e. the Call of Aid armband.) Instead of simply creating NPCs that follow you around, the Mercs are added to your party. It ties quite well into the story as well. The Mercs replace your droids, which the merchant takes as 'collateral.' After the Mercs die, or after you are done with them, just return to any of the vendors to retrieve your droids.

As I already said, any feedback is appreciated. I'll be posting some screenshots as soon as I figure out how

Wow. This sounds like a great plan.

I second the vote for Trandoshans, and suggest Rodians as well.

One question - are you able to return them to any port at all? Or does it have to be the one you got them from? You could script it either way, I guess.

I'll be sure to download this as soon as I see it in TUCE.

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Old 05-22-2008, 05:01 PM   #6
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Wow. This sounds like a great plan.

I second the vote for Trandoshans, and suggest Rodians as well.

One question - are you able to return them to any port at all? Or does it have to be the one you got them from? You could script it either way, I guess.

I'll be sure to download this as soon as I see it in TUCE.

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At any of the spaceports. I don't want to turn this into a "try to remember what blockbuster you got that game at so you can return it to the right one and they won't bitch at you" mod. xD




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Old 05-22-2008, 05:13 PM   #7
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@HodgePodge: wookies sound good

I second the rodian vote


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Old 05-22-2008, 06:03 PM   #8
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Update: Now done with Rodians, Wookies, and Gammoreans. Doing Trandoshans and Weequay next.




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Looks really cool, I like the whole idea with the droid trading option, I wonder though, If the mercenaries die, doesn't the company lose money? I don't think they'd just give you back the droids after handing them an arm of one of their mercs

Anyway, you've already got my download


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Old 05-22-2008, 06:32 PM   #11
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Using some credits could also be a good idea.

This mod would be a good plce to get rid of those extra credits.


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Old 05-22-2008, 06:47 PM   #12
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I'll look into it Credits would be a good idea...

Any other race suggestions are welcome, as is any other feedback.




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but I plan on expanding this quite a bit. I hope to, in the next update, have Echanis, Mandalorians, Jedi, Dark Jedi, and War Droids.
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Old 05-22-2008, 07:07 PM   #15
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Oooooooooooh!

Me likey!

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Old 05-22-2008, 07:20 PM   #18
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Just thought of another if you can do it.

HK series assasin droids.

Not HK-47s though, HK-48s or 49s.

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the HK series is a good idea, but I can't imagine jedis beeing mercenaries...

May be a kind of Ronin Jedi, old ones that took part of the Exar Kun war.


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Hehe. Yeah, I envisioned the Jedi being more slaves than mercs. Or maybe just being blackmailed :P

I have a request. How would I replace the mercs with the original party members? I tried just using the same script but using the party members ResRef but it didnt work. I just ended up keeping the mercs. Any ideas?

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Old 05-22-2008, 08:00 PM   #21
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I think he means something like Jolee.

Jedi that have lost their way, or left the jedi and need to make a living.

Much like the grey jedi in TSL, i think.


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yeah exactly, and veterans always made great mecenaries. That's why I suggest to make him or them veterans from Exar Kun 's war.
He have lost his illusions, but still needs to feel the fight.


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Beta is ready to release as soon as I figure out how to return the Party Members xD

I'm including Echani, Mandalorians, Gammoreans, Wookies, and Rodians. I just need to figure this one thing out, then I'm good.




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yay cool ! I love the idea of beeing able to recruit mercs.
Actually I've got a Zabraak head in beta, I could make it a jedi if you plan to add one in a patch...If you want it the head is your


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Hmmm...would you guys prefer that I release the beta now or later? If I release it now, the dialog will be very basic, very to the point. If i release it later, I'll be able to add some backstory. But I'm leaving this weekend, so if I don't release it now, I probably won't until Monday or Tuesday. What would you guys prefer?




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Releasing the beta now might be a good idea as it lets the testers to help with problems you might not have spotted.


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wow what a great idea and i can't wait to use it, i too would like to know how to switch party members back....
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I figured out the party member issue. I'm pretty much ready to release the beta, but I want to clean a few things up first. I'll probably end up releasing it on Monday, sorry guys. But I don't want to put anything out there that isn't my best work...




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aye, its great that your taking such care to get it right, no matter if it takes a little long, it'll just make it just that much sweeter when it is released
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Looks really cool, I like the whole idea with the droid trading option, I wonder though, If the mercenaries die, doesn't the company lose money? I don't think they'd just give you back the droids after handing them an arm of one of their mercs

Anyway, you've already got my download
Usually, your party members never stay dead, so returns shouldn't be a problem.

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Okay guys, almost done with the beta. At this point, I'm just straightening out bugs, adding finishing touches, etc.

I've also implemented some custom weaponry for the mercenaries. I.e. the rodians have their own stun sticks, the wookies have their own warblades, etc.

I've got a list going of the various races that I want to add. All suggestions are still welcome, so keep 'em coming guys




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Old 05-28-2008, 12:37 AM   #34
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What about a Trandoshan merc as well? They seem to be pretty cash-orientated. Also, you could have one of the officers just deal out droids.



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Okey, this Beta is officially DONE! I just need 2 Beta testers, because I have some recurring bugs, and I need to know if it's the mod or my machine before I publicly release it. So, any takers?

EDIT: Okay, I no longer need Beta testers because, if you hadn't noticed, it's now up for download in the TUCE. So, if you find any bugs, please report them there, not here




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Old 06-02-2008, 12:45 AM   #36
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I could see gray Jedi easily (maybe a Kyle Katarn type thing? Jedi powers, lightsaber, scoundrel style guy?) but a real Jedi or a dark Jedi wouldn't really work, as K1 is during the JCW. Just my two cents.
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Yea, that's one of the reasons that I didn't include Jedi in this download. I need to work out the whole story aspect before I actually release them




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