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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Hexen II: Hammer of Thyrion

hexenII_3 Hexen II is a first-person shooter computer game developed by Raven Software, the third game in the Hexen/Heretic series, and the last in the Serpent Riders trilogy. Using a modified Quake engine, it features single player and multi player game modes, as well as four character classes to choose from, each with different abilities.

Hexen II: Hammer of Thyrion includes many bugfixes, improved sound and video modes, OpenGL improvements and documentation.

Hexen II source, and the Hammer of Thyrion source port, are free but the game itself is not. You must have an original copy of the game released by Raven Software and Activision, else you can only play the demonstration version.

Features include:
  • Support for Hexen II, Hexen II demo, Portal of Praevus mission pack and HexenWorld.
  • Cross-platform code: Tested on Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X and Windows. Also reported to build and run fine on QNX and Nokia N770, N800 and N810. Other unices should also work. Even DOS is supported for nostalgic purposes. There are seperate ports to MorphOS, PalmOS and GP2X.
  • Tested on 32 bit and 64 bit platforms.
  • In-game resolution changing for both opengl and software renderers. Instant fullscreen/windowed toggling on X11 (unix).
  • OpenGL enhancements including multitexturing, glow effects, working brightness control, text and hud size changing on the fly, translucent console background, console background stretching, colored lights and support for external lit files, fixes for texture cache and model mesh cache mismatches.
  • Fully network-compatible with Raven's 1.11 windows version as well as with other Hexen II ports. Can load and play games saved with Raven's 1.11 windows version.
  • The same binary handles both original hexen2 and the mission pack.
  • The same hexen2 binary transparently handles both v1.11 (hexen2) and v1.12 (mission pack) style progs.dat files.
  • Fullscreen intermissions and help dialogs.
  • MouseWheel support.
  • Improvements and fixes to the HexenC game code.
  • Improved sound support: A selection of three different sound drivers (ALSA, OSS and SDL) for Linux. FreeBSD is supported with OSS and SDL, OpenBSD and NetBSD are experimentally supported with sunaudio and SDL.
  • Working music volume controls and on the fly selection of CD or MIDI music.
  • Full user directories support under unix: all users have their own configuration files and game saves.
  • Improved console functionality (inline editing and tab completion), and a maplist command.
  • Ability to delete saved games from within the game.
  • Several hexen2 utilities (hcc: the hexenc compiler, and other mapping tools) are maintained and are being kept up to date.
  • Several hexenworld utilities (hwmaster: hexenworld master server, hwmquery: tool for querying hw master servers, hwrcon and hwterm: rcon tools) are maintained and are being kept up to date.
  • Many bug fixes, security fixes and other improvements.
News from Hammer of Thyrion:

2009-08-03: Hammer of Thyrion, 1.4.4-pre7
Version 1.4.4-pre7 of Hexen II: Hammer of Thyrion is released: Things have been slow for a while and this version is not a huge change since the previous one, but it does have several fixes all over the place. So here it is. Along with the full sources, we also posted win32, win64 and dos binary packages, as usual. We'd appreciate any feedback.
Downloads:
Latest Hammer of Thyrion version is 1.4.3
Sources for the 1.4.3 version:

Linux x86 rpm files for the 1.4.3 version:
  • hexen2-1.4.3-1.i586.rpm : The main rpm for x86 platforms. Contains documentation, the game launcher, opengl and software renderer versions and data files for original Hexen II game and the Portal of Praevus mission pack.
  • hexenworld-1.4.3-1.i586.rpm : Multiplayer rpm for x86 platforms: Includes documentation, client, server and data files for hexenworld multiplayer games.
  • Note: The hexen2 and hexenworld utilities are not available in these rpms. Use the tarballs for them.

Linux x86 binary tarballs for the 1.4.3 version:
  • hexen2-1.4.3-linux-i586.tgz : The main binary tarball. Contains documentation, the game launcher, opengl and software renderer versions and data files for Hexen II games including the mission pack.
  • hexenworld-1.4.3-linux-i586.tgz : Includes documentation, client, server and data files for hexenworld multiplayer games.
  • hexen2-utils-1.4.3-linux-i586.tgz : This contains standalone Hexen II utilities such as hcc (the hcode compiler), vis, light and qbsp (mapping tools), genmodel (the model grabber), and jsh2color (the colored light and lit file generator).
  • hexenworld-utils-1.4.3-linux-i586.tgz : This contains standalone HexenWorld utilities: hwmaster (hexenworld master server), hwmquery (a tiny application for querying hexenworld master servers), hwrcon and hwterm (hexenworld rcon: remote administration tools).

Linux x86_64 rpm files for the 1.4.3 version:
  • hexen2-1.4.3-1.x86_64.rpm : The main rpm for x86_64 platform. Contains documentation, the game launcher, opengl and software renderer versions and data files for original Hexen II game and the Portal of Praevus mission pack.
  • hexenworld-1.4.3-1.x86_64.rpm : Multiplayer rpm for x86_64 platform: Includes documentation, client, server and data files for hexenworld multiplayer games.
  • Note: The hexen2 and hexenworld utilities are not available in these rpms. Use the tarballs for them.

Linux x86_64 binary tarballs for the 1.4.3 version:
  • hexen2-1.4.3-linux-x86_64.tgz : The main binary tarball. Contains documentation, the game launcher, opengl and software renderer versions and data files for Hexen II games including the mission pack.
  • hexenworld-1.4.3-linux-x86_64.tgz : Includes documentation, client, server and data files for hexenworld multiplayer games.
  • hexen2-utils-1.4.3-linux-x86_64.tgz : This contains standalone Hexen II utilities such as hcc (the hcode compiler), vis, light and qbsp (mapping tools), genmodel (the model grabber), and jsh2color (the colored light and lit file generator).
  • hexenworld-utils-1.4.3-linux-x86_64.tgz : This contains standalone HexenWorld utilities: hwmaster (hexenworld master server), hwmquery (a tiny application for querying hexenworld master servers), hwrcon and hwterm (hexenworld rcon: remote administration tools).

Linux PPC rpm files for the 1.4.3 version:
  • hexen2-1.4.3-1.ppc.rpm : The main rpm for ppc platform. Contains documentation, the game launcher, opengl and software renderer versions and data files for original Hexen II game and the Portal of Praevus mission pack.
  • hexenworld-1.4.3-1.ppc.rpm : Multiplayer rpm for ppc platform: Includes documentation, client, server and data files for hexenworld multiplayer games.
  • Notes: These PPC rpms are built on Yellow Dog Linux (YDL6). They were kindly provided by Bill Blake. Thanks Bill.

Linux x86 and x86_64 installer for the 1.4.3 version:
  • hexen2-installer-1.4.3-linux.run : This is a graphical installer containing the game launcher, opengl and software renderer versions and data files for Hexen II games, client, server and data files for the hexenworld multiplayer games, and documentation, all in one package. It automatically handles the files to be retrieved from the cdroms. This installer supports both x86 and x86_64 platforms.
  • Note: The hexen2 utilities are not available in this installer. Use the tarballs for them.

Hexen II demo for Linux, 1.4.3 version:
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    Saturday, August 1, 2009

    Excalibur Morgana's Revenge (EMR) is a unique scenario based upon the Aleph One (Marathon) engine

    emr_start Excalibur Morgana's Revenge (EMR) is a first-person action shooter game where time travel enables players to journey through the jurassic period, camelot period, and into the future chasing down Morgana and her forces.

    EMR is a unique scenario based upon the Aleph One (Marathon) engine. It features an epic and in-depth story line.

    As a Federation Marine resting after your last mission, you start aboard the exploration class Starship Kronos where you learn that your real mission has yet to begin. You are re-acquainted with the AI Merlin, who introduces you to Kronos time travelling technology, and reveals your new mission: to save mankind from the clutches of Morgana and her minions. Through untamed raptor-infested jungles, castle arenas, and war-torn streets of the future, you will wield weapons from all time periods - including the Sword of Power, Excalibur - in an effort to thwart the diabolical plot that unfolds.

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    The EMR adventure, spread across 42 solo levels, weaves a tale of truth and honor, knighthood and bravery, and darkness and treachery. EMR also delivers 27 adrenaline pumped network levels. EMR immerses you in an amazing new world, creating an addictive, fun and unique gaming experience.

    Features include:

    * Levels with fog and mist
    * Persistent effects such as poison, earthquakes, fire storm spell, and timed grenades
    * 12 unique weapons, including a new Dragon Flamer and T9000 Railgun
    * New spells for your wand, including fire storm, teleportation, and raise the dead
    * Beautifully rendered OpenGL textures and landscapes
    * New graphics for Morgana, the Trex, raven, and Jurassic bug
    * A huge variety of new high resolution scenery items
    * New holodeck programs, including driving a Flintstone mobile through Bedrock
    * Blood Gulch style net map with 8 simulated net players and a huge battlefield
    * A basketball court netmap where grenades in a basket win points for your team
    * A beautiful new future level that let's you drive a Hoverbike
    * A total of 5 brand new solo maps and 4 new net maps
    * Original MP3 music
    * Lots of updated maps with new areas, new tasks, new features, and new secrets
    * New powerups, such as apples, bananas, health kits, emergency kits, and finally a use for all those magic scrolls.

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