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////This is temporary rough version of the guide. Sorry I deleted by mistake the finished guide. But it is still applicable. This is guide for Windows users. Sorry I do not own/have Linux or any other systems. This guide will help you set up GemRB engine and install GemRB 10pp mod so you can enjoy 10 party members or decrease maximum allowable pary members. I recommend you to install Notepad ++ or similar program for easier editing paths. I. First Setting up your GemRB: 1. First go to this site and download the latest build Windows: https://sourceforge.net/projects/gemrb/files/Buildbot Binaries/Windows/AppVeyor/ Linux: https://sourceforge.net/projects/gemrb/files/Buildbot Binaries/Linux/ OSX: https://sourceforge.net/projects/gemrb/files/Buildbot Binaries/Apple/OSX/ 2. Extract your GemRB build to any folder although I recommend you to extract it to separately named folder e.g. _GemRB in Black Isles or GoG or close to where you have your Baldur's Gate 2 game directory. It makes things easier to navigate. 3. Go to where you extracted GemRB build and find the file called GemRB.cfg.sample 4. Rename GemRB.cfg.sample to GemRB.cfg. Ignore any warning if it pops up about changing file format. 5. Open GemRB.cfg 6. ONLY if you have Polish or Czech version of the Baldur's Gate 2 Find: Rename it to: Encoding=Czech or Encoding=Polish 7. Screen Resolution and Full Screen Find: Width=640 and rename it to: Find: Height=480 and rename it to: Height=768 This is maximum allowed resolution without installing Widescreen mod at least on my monitor for GemRB. For Full Screen Find: Fullscreen=0 Set it to one: Fullscreen=1 8. Find: #MaxPartySize = 6 and rename it to: MaxPartySize = 10 Or whatever number you want your party size to be restricted e.g. 3. Maximum party you can have with 10pp is TEN. Don't forget to remove the # pound sign. 9. Find #EnableCheatKeys=1 and rename it to: EnableCheatKeys=1 You may need to use the cheats if you run into a unexpected bug. Don't forget to remove the # pound sign. 10. Now comes tricky part - path editing. Your mileage will vary because nobody's paths are the same. Double and triple check your work it will work. GamePath=/mnt/windows/Programmi/Black Isle/BGII - SoA/ So this would look like that GamePath=C:\Users\Cygar\Desktop\Misc Files\Black Isles\BGII - SoA\ You need to provide your path to your Baldur's Gate 2 classic not Enhanced Edition. You should need to do. Anything else below in the spoiler tag are optional steps let lynx know if you really need to do those steps for GemRB to work. GemRB should be set up now. Go to where you extracted GemRB build and run gemrb.exe II. 10pp mod First incompatible and other problems mods: 1) Shadow Over Soubar. Don't install it because if you do you will get fatal error when installing 10pp. Problematic mods: 1) Game Over The Party Death - can only be installed after 10pp mod. a) it requires you to copy and override my edited .baf scripts BEFORE installing Game Over Only on Party Dead to extend support up to 10 NPCs in the party. Otherwise whenever 5 NPCs die your protagonist will also die even if you have 4 other party member alive. b) the mod is far from perfect on GemRB it requires you to manually set variable #gbhaalhp1=2 to #gbhaalhp1=0 whenever your Charname gets knock out (1 HP or less). Setting variable can be done using Near Infinity in the save game BALDUR.GAM c) There are lots of the issues I documented in this post written in violet color: III. Installation of 10pp: Software and mod prerequisites: 1 ) the G3 Fixpack 2 ) Download and install Active Perl 188.8.131.5203 or newer https://www.activestate.com/products/activeperl/downloads/ 3 ) Download 10pp mod from here https://github.com/lynxlynxlynx/gemrb-mods 4 ) Extract gemrb-mods-master.zip and copy the 10pp folder into your Baldur's Gate directory. 5 ) Copy and paste any of your weidu .exe for example setup-bg2fixpack.exe so you have setup-bg2fixpack - Copy.exe as well 6 ) Rename setup-bg2fixpack - Copy.exe to setup-10pp.exe 7 ) Run setup-10pp.exe and choose maximum size of allowed party member. I suggest you type in 10 because in GemRB.cfg you can manually edit the party size if you want to restrict the group to less than 6 members. That way you shouldn't lose the flexibility of manually editing party size in the config file GemRB.cfg. 9 ) You need to install widescreen mod with big enough resolution to fit in additional portraits. I recommend you to have at least With these resolution All 10 portraits will fit in but you will have to reload the game after having group size more than 6 in order to control 7th NPC via portrait. Likely the optimal resolution for 10 NPCs is at least 1920 x 1440. @Jarno Mikkola knows better and refer to his advises from here: 10) Don't forget to set the exact same resolution in GemRB.cfg as you chose when installing Widscreen mod. 11) Hopefully it will install successfully. IV. Few pointers for GemRB wannabes:
The GemRB team is proud to announce a new sweet release. The text subsystem rewrite that was merged right after the previous release took a lot of effort to stabilize (some kinks remain), but is now mostly complete. As with most under-the-hood work, only dedicated users will spot a difference. More obvious is the support for parties larger than 6 in combination with the 10pp mod (to fix the data). The rest of our mods were also fully converted to WeiDU for simpler installation. On top of that, the usual hundreds of fixes and polishing that should make this one of our best releases yet! While Sourceforge deals with a hardware failure, here are some direct links: source, windows build TBA, android build They should all be availble from the usual place next week. Full changelog digest: GemRB v0.8.3 (2015-07-23): New features: - text system rewrite for better fidelity, performance and maintainability - 10 player party support (see the 10pp mod for the script part) - basic test suite for the text system - more tobex triggers and actions - smart cast-on-rest logic Improved features: - android build system script is now complete and rerunable - combat and spell immunities/bounces, contingencies/sequencers - iwd2 scripting and effects - bugfixes Release notes: Known regressions: biography editing does not work There is a new config option related to the 10pp mod: MaxPartySize=INT EXPERIMENTAL: Set this to 1-10 if you want more party members or enforce fewer. 6 by default. NOTE: You need to choose a big enough resolution, so there will be enough room for all the party portraits! Does nothing for PST and IWD2.