Amber - The Baldur's Gate 2 NPC Mod Project

A Gibberlings Three Mod
Authors: Meira Erviälä & Ville Marttila AKA. Darios
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Version 4 - Check for the most recent version
Languages: English, German and Spanish
Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux

Contents

Overview
Compatibility
Installation
Components
Thanks and Acknowledgments
Contact and Copyright Information
Version History

Overview

This mod adds a joinable NPC for Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition or Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. Amber is a tiefling rogue of a chaotic good alignment, possessed of a few special abilities. Despite being fairly intelligent, she can at times be rather blunt when communicating with other people. This trait rarely earns her friends among the people she meets, and the feeling of initial dislike is usually mutual. But underneath her prickly manners, she has a good heart and is prepared to go to great lengths to help those who she sees to be weak and in need of aid.

The mod features not only romance and friendship tracks for the protagonist, but also a romance track for a second PC in a multiplayer game (Player 2). This feature is also exploitable in a single player game if you want enjoy two concurrent romances without cheating. For more information, check out the discussion forum. In addition, Amber is lavishly voiced and has her own original musical theme.

The quest that leads to meeting Amber begins in the streets of Athkatla, and can take place before or after your journey to Brynnlaw.

Compatibility

This mod is designed to work with Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition or Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn with the Throne of Bhaal expansion pack. The mod should be compatible with other WeiDU mods. For more information on compatibility, check out the discussion forum.

Installation

Windows
The Amber mod is packaged and installed with WeiDU and is distributed as a self-extracting archive. To install, simply double-click the archive and follow the instructions on screen.

Alternatively the files can be extracted from the archive using WinRAR. If properly extracted, you should have an amber folder, setup-amber.tp2, and setup-amber.exe in your game folder. To install, simply double-click setup-amber.exe and follow the instructions on screen.

Please run setup-amber.exe in your game folder to reinstall, uninstall or otherwise change components.

Mac OS X
If the mod was previously installed, uninstall it before extracting the new version.The Amber mod is packaged and installed with WeiDU. To install, simply extract the contents of the mod into your game folder. If properly extracted, you should have an amber folder, setup-amber, setup-amber.tp2, and setup-amber.command in your game folder. To install, simply double-click setup-amber.command and follow the instructions on screen.

Linux
Download the latest version of WeiDU for Linux from weidu.org and extract (at least) the WeiDU, weinstall and tolower executables in a $PATH directory (E.G. /usr/bin). Following that, open a terminal, cd to your game installation directory, run `tolower' and answer Y to both queries.

You can avoid running the second option (linux.ini) if you've already ran it once in the same directory. To save time, the archive is already tolowered, so there's no need to run the first option (lowercasing file names) either if you've extracted only this mod since the last time you lower cased file name. If you're unsure, running tolower and choosing both options is the safe bet.

This mod contains audio that requires oggdec on Linux. oggdec is typically installed in most distributions and, if not, is usually part of the vorbis-tools package.

After that, run 'weinstall amber from your game installation directory to install or uninstall the mod.

Components

This NPC Mod's Shadows of Amn portion currently includes two components, that are available both in English and German:

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Special thanks CamDawg for hosting Amber at The Gibberlings Three and to all Gibberlings for their support.

Extra Special thanks to all testers, voice actors and actresses, Yovaneth (Amber's combat AI), and proofreaders who contributed to this project.

For inspiration we would like to thank: Jason Compton & co (Kelsey NPC and Bioware NPC banter/flirtpack -mods), Domi (idea of the 'bounty notice'-lovetalk, 'The Elegies of Elven Heart' fanfic), Ruslaka ('Losing Grip' fanfic), plus Uriah Heep, Nightwish and Rainbow.

On the technical side, we would like to thank: Westley Weimer (WeiDU),
TeamBG (providing tools, IESDP),
igi (maintaining IESDP),
Jason Compton & Jesse Myers (flirt tech), Avenger (DLTCEP),
Sim, Death and CamDawg (tutorials), CamDawg & Idobek (spear animation correction), CamDawg, Andyr and Grim Squeaker (ideas and WeiDU code for Amber's unusability stuff), Ghreyfain, Rastor, Idobek, hlidskialf, Sim, Caswallon, Zandilar, SConrad and many others (answering questions both technical and concerning the game world).

Tools and Resources Used in Creation
WeiDU by Wes Weimer
IESDP maintained by igi
Complete Scripting Guide by SimDing0
DLTCEP by Avenger
IETME by TeamBG
BAM Workshop I by TeamBG
Near Infinity (an Infinity Engine Browser & Editor) by Jon Olav Hauglid
TextPad
Audacity (audio editor)
Kristal Audio Engine (multi-track recorder, audio sequencer and mixer)
Steinberg Cubase LE (multi-track recorder, audio and MIDI sequencer and mixer)
Voxengo Redunoise
Voxengo r8brain
OggDrop XP
Corel PhotoPaint 9
The three-dimensional character model (as presented in "Characters in Computer Games: Toward Understanding Interpretation and Design" by Lankoski, Petri; Satu Heliö & Inger Ekman (2003))

Contact and Copyright Information

This mod was created by Meira and Darios. You can visit The Gibberlings Three for information on this and any other mods on which we may be working.

Authors:

Cast:

Testers, proof-readers and other help:

This mod may not be sold, published, compiled or redistributed in any form without the consent of its authors.
Amber - The Baldur's Gate II NPC Mod Project is ©2006 Meira Erviälä, Ville Marttila.
Amber - The BG2 NPC Mod Project website design ©2004 Ville Marttila.
Unless otherwise specified, all content is the property of its author.

Poem "Hymn To Beauty" by Charles-Pierre Baudelaire
Poem "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell
Anglo-Saxon riddles from the book Voices by Geoffrey Summerfield
Abyssal Pipe's description and inventory icon from the game "Planescape: Torment" ©1999 Interplay Entertainment Corp.
Amber's portrait edit by Ville Marttila based on character portrait from the game "Icewind Dale II" ©2002 Interplay Entertainment Corp.
Ymmyrt's portrait is a reframed version of a character portrait from the game "Icewind Dale II" ©2002 Interplay Entertainment Corp.
Amber's musical theme composed, arranged, programmed and performed by Ville Marttila.

Version History

Version 1 (4.7.2006)

Version 1.1 (5.7.2006)

Version 2 (29.8.2006)

Version 2.1 (18.9.2006)

Version 2.2 (2.11.2006)

Version 2.3 (4.11.2006)

Version 2.4 (21.1.2007)

Version 2.5 (24.4.2008)

Version 2.6 (17.9.2009)

Version 3 (30.9.2013)

Version 4 (3.10.2013)