NPC Tweak

A Gibberlings Three Mod
Author:
andrewas, Orion's Stardom
On the web: Home page and discussion forum

Version 5 - Check for the most recent version
Languages: English, French, German, Russian and Spanish
Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux

Notes

Please note that versions prior to v4.0 will need to be completely uninstalled prior to installing v4.0 or later. We apologize for the inconvenience.

This mod tweaks original BG2 NPCs Anomen, Cernd, and Nalia, and as such can be run on BG2 and BGT installs. It will have no effect on Tutu or EasyTutu games/NPCs, or on mod-added NPCs.

Overview

The NPC Tweak mod changes certain aspects of Baldur's Gate II NPCs. It hopes to bring them more in line with the character presented, and/or to make them more useful without deviating from their character. Please note that none of these components will affect an NPC who is already in your party. For best results, it is recommended that you start a new game, or play from before having met the NPCs in question.

Compatibility

This mod is designed to work with BG2: Shadows of Amn, with or without the expansion pack Throne of Bhaal. At the time of writing, there are known problems with NPC Tweak and The Darkest Day, but no others. Please report any compatibility problems you find as bugs.

Installation

Windows
NPC Tweak 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 npc_tweak folder, npc_tweak.tp2, and setup-npc_tweak.exe in your BG2 folder. To install, simply double-click setup-npc_tweak.exe and follow the instructions on screen.

Please run setup-npc_tweak.exe in your BG2 folder to reinstall, uninstall or otherwise change components.

Mac OS X
If the mod was previously installed, uninstall it before extracting the new version. NPC Tweak is packaged and installed with WeiDU. To install, simply extract the contents of the mod into your BG2 folder.  If properly extracted, you should have an npctweak folder, setup-npc_tweak, npc_tweak.tp2, and and setup-npc_tweak.command in your BG2 folder. To install, simply double-click setup-npc_tweak.command and follow the instructions on screen.

Linux
Extract the contents of the mod to the folder of the game you wish to modify. Download the latest version of WeiDU for Linux from WeiDU.org and copy WeiDU and WeInstall to /usr/bin. Following that, open a terminal, cd to your BG2 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.
Run WeInstall npc_tweak in your game folder to install the mod. Then run wine BGMain.exe and start playing.

Contents

NPC Tweak contains the following components which can be installed independently of one another:

Anomen
When Anomen is disowned by his father ("if you leave this house, you are a nameless dog not worthy to cower at my feet!"), why does he keep his family shield? Surely he should only be able to use it while he is a member of that family? Also, if he fails his knighthood test, he doesn't really get anything out of it - it is generally better to ignore roleplay and have him pass it. This component aims to correct these problems, and make the two paths equal from a powergaming perspective (leaving roleplay to choose between one path or the other). Anomen will now loose his family heirlooms (yes, plural - we also give him an extra one) if he disobeys his father.

Cernd
For lack of anything I've written myself, the following was posted in the forum for Idobek's NPC Kitpack mod (no relation):

Cernd, the calm and collected druid, a shapeshifter? Changing into a raging machine of murder? That doesn't make much sense, I think. Totemic Druid suits him much better, I'd say.

Nalia
This component distributes Nalia's thief skills to better suit her life of sneaking out of the Keep. Her new thief skills are as follows: 60 Points in Open Locks (to get out of the Keep) 15 Points in Find/Disarm traps (because it uses similar tools to Open Locks, she will have a minor ability to do it) 40 Points in Move Silently (to not be noticed walking out)

Bugs/Suggestions/Praise

All bugs should be reported in the forums. Please see the topic Bug Reporting Guidelines for more information. All other feedback should also go in the forums. :)

Contact Information

This mod was created by andrewas and Orion's Stardom. All bugs should be reported in the forums. Please see the topic Bug Reporting Guidelines for more information. All other feedback should also go in the forums. :) Visit the Gibberlings Three forums for information on this and any other Gibberlings Three mods on which they may be working.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Infinity Engine Tools Used in Creation
IESDP maintained by igi
Near Infinity by Jon Olav Hauglid
WeiDU by Wes Weimer

Credits and Copyright Information

NPC Tweak for Baldur's Gate II is released under the GNU General Public License, version 2.
This readme is released under the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

Version History

Version 5 - January 21, 2010

Version 4 - July 3, 2009

Version 3.1 - February 25, 2007

Version 3.0.2 - February 10, 2007

Version 3.0.1 - January 25, 2007

Version 3.0 - September 18, 2006

Version 2.8 - September 18, 2005

Version 2.7 - June 29, 2005

Version 2.6 - June 9, 2005

Version 2.5

Version 2.4 - January 22, 2004

Version 2.3 - January 15, 2004

Version 2.2 - January 14, 2004

Version 2.1 - January 2, 2004

Version 2.0 - December 24, 2003

Version 1.1

Version 1 - June 8, 2003