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The Calling

A Gibberlings Three Mod
Author:
CamDawg
On the web:
Home page and discussion forum

Version Beta 1
Languages: Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Spanish
Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Github: Gibberlings3/The_Calling

Overview

The Calling really started as a collection of random questions from BG--why didn't anyone take over the gnoll stronghold, considering the two bordering nations are on the brink of war? How come the only class-specific quests in the game are with Narlen Darkwalk? Why isn't Melicamp used more? While the original idea was more along the lines of a stronghold mod for BG, it grew into a planned collection of class-specific quests. Many others were also eager to contribute their quest ideas as well.

So far, only one class quest--mages--has been completed. Given this, it has been made available to all classes until further quests are completed.

Compatibility

This mod is designed to work with Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, or the conversion mods Tutu, Baldur's Gate Trilogy, or Enhanced Edition Trilogy.

There are no known incompatibilities at this time, though the mod is still in development. It was developed in tandem with BG1 NPC, Sirine's Call, Tweaks Anthology, Unfinished Business for BG, jastey's Slime Mini-Quest, and Song and Silence. jastey and DavidW have also been assisting in development, to minimize the risk of conflicts between jastey's BG Mini-Quest Pack and DavidW's Sword Coast Stratagems.

Bug Reporting

If you should encounter any bugs, please report them to the authors at The Calling forum. In addition, Auren Aseph is available on GitHub, so fixes and changes can be submitted by the community.

Installation

Special Note for Siege of Dragonspear from Steam/GOG
Good Old Games (GOG) and Steam both package the additional content for Siege of Dragonspear in a method that WeiDU, the tool used to install this mod, cannot access. You must run a program called Modmerge on your SoD installation before you can install this or any other WeiDU-based mod.

Enhanced Editions Note
The Enhanced Editions are actively supported games. Please note that every patch update will wipe your current mod setup! If in the middle of a modded game you might want to delay the patch update (if possible) as even after reinstalling the mods, you might not be able to continue with your old savegames. Alternatively, copy the whole game's folder into a new one that can be modded and will stay untouched by game patches. For BG:EE it is important that you install the mod to the language version you are playing the game in. Otherwise, the dialogues of the mod will not show but give error messages.

Windows
Calling for Windows is distributed as a self-extracting archive and includes a WeiDU installer. To install, simply double-click the archive and follow the instructions on screen.

Alternatively, the files can be extracted into your game directory using 7zip or WinRAR. When properly extracted, your game directory will contain setup-thecalling.exe and the folder thecalling. To install, double-click setup-thecalling.exe and follow the instructions on screen.

You can run setup-thecalling.exe in your game folder to reinstall, uninstall or otherwise change components.

Mac OS X
The Calling for Mac OS X is distributed as a compressed tarball and includes a WeiDU installer.

First, extract the files from the tarball into your game directory. When properly extracted, your game directory will contain setup-thecalling, setup-thecalling.command, and the folder thecalling. To install, double-click setup-thecalling.command and follow the instructions on screen.

You can run setup-thecalling.command in your game folder to reinstall, uninstall or otherwise change components.

Linux
The Calling for Linux is distributed as a compressed tarball and does not include a WeiDU installer.

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 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 lowercased file names. If you're unsure, running tolower and choosing both options is the safe bet.

To install, run WeInstall thecalling in your game folder. Then run wine BGMain.exe and start playing.

Note for Complete Uninstallation
In addition to the methods above for removing individual components, you can completely uninstall the mod using setup-thecalling --uninstall at the command line to remove all components without wading through prompts. .

Contents

The Calling has several different components, of which each can be installed independently of one another.

The Calling
Currently only available in English

This component is planned as a series of class-specfic quests for the game, though only one--the mage quest--is currently implemented, though at present the class restrictions are not implemented so it's open to all players. The PC will be offered one set based on his or her class (a 'calling') and can choose to accept or decline. Players can only have one calling per game, though at present the class restrictions are not implemented. The new quests are generally triggered by the completion of an existing quest; sometimes the calling will involve several small quests or one large one.

  • Mage: Thalantyr will initiate the mage calling after Melicamp is saved.
  • Other: Other callings are still under development.

Peaceful Werewolf Isle Resolution (DavidW)
Requires Tales of the Sword Coast, also available in SCS

This idea was originally developed by DavidW for Sword Coast Stratagems and donated to The Calling. This component allows for the possibility of not having to fight Kaishas at the final escape from the island, though it depends on your actions around the island and other factors.

Exotic Items Pack
Also available in Tweaks Anthology

This component adds a handful of weapons and items available in Baldur's Gate II and scatters them throughout stores, creatures, and containers in the Baldur's Gate portion of the game. Items include katanas, wakizashis, scimitars, ninja-tos, bags/quivers of plenty, ioun stones, and a handful of spell scrolls. However, please note that the items have been placed with an eye towards balance and likelihood that they would be on the Sword Coast at all. The exceptions are scimitars, which are definitely less exotic than the other items and hence more plentiful.

This component also fixes a known bug in the game, in that the merchant at Gullykin and the Helm temple in Nashkel shared the same store file.

Contact Information

CamDawg created this mod. You can find out more about The Calling by visiting the Auren forum or her project page. Visit the Gibberlings Three Forums for information on this and any other Gibberlings Three mods on which we may be working.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

First, a big thanks to the wonderful community at The Gibberlings Three. Thanks to the still active and vibrant Infinity Engine modding community.

A big thanks to the Gibberlings for useful feedback and suggestions. In particular, I'd like to thank

  • Domi: The Emerald Ray and the idea for the mod name itself
  • cmorgan: Helpful feedback, as well as the groundwok for the eventual BGT version
  • SimDing0: For donation of resources for future quests (his IM Tutu quest as well as the gnoll interior area)
  • DavidW: Help with the mod as well as donating the Kaishas material from SCS
  • jastey: Assistance and help with ideas and whatnot

The translations of the Exotic Item Pack are from Tweaks Anthology; the translations of the Peaceful Werewolf Isle Resolution are from Sword Coast Stratagems. Our thanks to the translators of both of those mods.

Tools Used in Creation

Credits and Copyright Information

The modding community for the Infinity Engine has been going strong for more than 10 years now, and is the culmination of thousands of unpaid modding hours by fellow fans of the game. Modders produce their best work and players get the best, well-supported mods when we all work together.

There are two big ways to upset this harmony. One is to claim someone else's work as your own. The second is to host and redistribute a mod without permission from the author(s).

Be kind to your fellow players and modders. Don't do either.

Version History

Beta 1 - September 14, 2018

  • Initial release