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Magic : Golden Years - A Manalink mod

Postby Gargaroz » 07 Mar 2011, 15:21

Welcome to one of my most ambitious project, the "Magic : Golden Years" mod for Manalink !

WHAT IS "MAGIC : GOLDEN YEARS" MOD ?
It's a "mod" (not an official update) for Manalink that has the object to re-create the old Costructed environment of the years that pre-dates the Urza's Saga. This time, you'll get 153 cards previously never coded, some from Homelands, most from the Ice Age Block (Ice Age - Alliances - Coldsnap).

HOW DO I INSTALL THIS MOD ?
First, you need the latest Manalink update, 07 March 2011 : viewtopic.php?f=25&t=4184
PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO USE THE "MAGIC : GOLDEN YEARS" MOD BEFORE INSTALLING THE UPDATE.

After you've installed the latest update, there are few more steps

1) Backup the following files :
- MagicLimited.exe
- cardL.dat
- ManalinkL.csv
And the following folder :
- CardArtLim

2) If you want all the artworks, make a copy of your "CardArtLim" folder and rename it "CardArtGY".

3) Unpack the "MagicGoldenYears_v1.zip" file in you Manalink (usually is "\Magic") folder. If you've made the "CardArtGY" folder, click "yes" when you'll be asked to overwrite some art files.

4) Click on "MagicGoldenYears.bat" and play !

As you will see, this mod is a modified version of the MagicLimited version, so you could use all the old decks from the original Manalink and modify them with the new cards.

Here's the link to the zip package : http://www.mediafire.com/?de6pi000r2slxg2

Lastly, please read the release notes before asking questions or reporting bugs.

P.S. : All the new cards are fully compatible with the latest Manalink update and can be moved to the Costructed version if needed.

---- NEW CARDS ADDED TO GOLDEN YEARS EDITION ----

-- HOMELANDS --
289 Baron Sengir
310 Didgeridoo
359 Drudge Spell
367 Grandmother Sengir
381 Greater Werewolf
390 Marjhan
402 Primal Order
441 Retribution
555 Sengir Autocrat
562 Serf token
566 Willow Priestess

-- ICE AGE --
567 Altar of Bone
570 Arenson's Aura
588 Battle Frenzy
592 Chromatic Armor
594 Dance of the Dead
610 Despotic Scepter
613 Diabolic Vision
614 Dreams of the Dead
617 Dwarven Armory
619 Elemental Augury
625 Essence Vortex
627 Enduring Renewal
630 Fyndhorn Pollen
632 Gangrenous Zombies
633 Giant Trap-Door Spider
634 Glacial Chasm
636 Goblin Mutant
639 Goblin Ski Patrol
641 Hymn of Rebirth
644 Icequake
646 Thermokarst
648 Icy Prison
651 Illusionary Forces
652 Jester's Mask
653 Kjeldoran Dead
654 Kjeldoran Royal Guard
655 Márton Stromgald
656 Magus of the Unseen
659 Merieke Ri Berit
675 Minion of Leshrac
680 Minion of Tevesh Szat
681 Oath of Lim-Dûl
682 Orcish Lumberjack
684 Pentagram of the Ages
691 Pit Trap
700 Polar Kraken
705 Ray of Command
712 Shield of the Ages
714 Soldevi Simulacrum
718 Songs of the Damned
724 Soul Barrier
738 Spoils of Evil
750 Spoils of War
751 Stampede
753 Stunted Growth
754 Time Bomb
773 Woolly Mammuth
783 Woolly Spider
921 Adarkar Wastes
922 Brushland
923 Karplusan Forest
924 Sulfurous Springs
925 Underground River

--- ALLIANCES ---
791 Arcane Denial
802 Balduvian Dead
804 Multi-Purpose Alliances Token
807 Bounty of the Hunt
809 Death Spark
815 Exile
822 Feast or Famine
823 Gargantuan Gorilla
828 Hail Storm
830 Inheritance
832 Ivory Gargoyle
836 Juniper Order Advocate
840 Kjeldoran Home Guard
846 Lat-nam's Legacy
847 Lord of Tresserhorn
849 Nature's Blessing
857 Phyrexian Boon
872 Phelddagrif
873 Pyrokinesis
874 Reinforcements
875 Ritual of the Machine
876 Scars of the Veteran
877 Shield Sphere
878 Soldevi Digger
879 Spiny Starfish
880 Thought Lash
920 Yavimaya Ants

--- COLDSNAP ---
926 Adarkar Valkyrie
927 Arctic Nishoba
928 Arcum Dagsson
929 Blizzard Specter
933 Boreal Druid
934 Coldsteel Hearth
945 Darien, King of Kjeldor
953 Earthen Goo
954 Braid of Fire
955 Garza Zol, Plague Queen
956 Glacial Plating
957 Herald of Leshrac
958 Hibernation's End
959 Tresserhorn Sinks
960 Arctic Flats
961 Highland Weald
962 Boreal Shelf
963 Frost Marsh
964 Into the North
967 Jester's Scepter
970 Jötun Owl Keeper
971 Bird token
974 Juniper Order Ranger
975 Kjeldoran Javelineer
976 Lightning Serpent
977 Lovisa Coldeyes
979 Martyr of Ashes
980 Martyr of Sands
981 Mouth of Ronom
982 Perilous Researches
983 Phobian Phantasm
984 Phyrexian Etchings
985 Rime Transfusion
988 Phyrexian Ironfoot
989 Ronom Unicorn
990 Rune Snag
991 Scrying Sheets
994 Sek'Kuar, Death Keeper
995 Sheltering Ancients
998 Skred
999 Stalking Yeti
1000 Zur the Enchanter

---- KNOWN ISSUES ABOUT NEW CARDS ----
* Despotic Scepteer : since there's actually no way of knowing if you "own" a permanent, the effect is changed so you can destroy a permanent you control.
* Oath of Lim-Dûl : it actually check only the damage taken, not the life lost.
* Since adding 5 new "basic lands" would be an hassle (and probably worthless), all your basic lands are considered "Snow-covered" when this matters (example : you'll be able to pay the Glacial Plating's Cumulative Upkeep cost with any basic land).
* There's no way to specify the "type" of mana that a permanent could produce in Manalink (apart from Mishra Workshop), so instead of requiring "Snow Mana", some cards will ask you to "Tap an untapped Snow mana source".
* Filling useful slots with strange tokens is worthless, so some cards share the same token, that changes color, abilities and behaviour to accord with the card that generated it.
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- Current / medium term task: adjusting the code for making Misdirection and such usable
- Long term task: inserting all the good stuff I left out from the "Golden Years" mod
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Re: Magic : Golden Years - A Manalink mod

Postby shinra » 07 Mar 2011, 15:42

Yeah Arcane Denial :)

Gargaroz, you're my Hero !

That smells exactly the good old time when I was young. I started when Ice age block was released, and pics of the cards were sooo mysticals

Thanks a lot for this moment of nostalgia
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Re: Magic : Golden Years - A Manalink mod

Postby Xenocyde » 07 Mar 2011, 22:19

Woooohooo! So many cool cards from Coldsnap!
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Re: Magic : Golden Years - A Manalink mod

Postby CirothUngol » 08 Mar 2011, 02:12

Oh man, this is totally my bag!
I originally started playing magic right before Arabian Nights was released and stopped playing when Urza's Saga was released. I am close, cozy and intimate with every one of the cards listed above... this is one cool mod!

It'll be great to play in an expanded old-skool environment, back when Banding was an ability you actually used and a creature with Flying was really worth something; back when Channel / Fireball and Kismet / Stasis were considered killer combos; when Ali from Cairo and Hymn to Tourach were Restricted/Banned. Surely I am not the only one who waxes nostalgic over the early days.

Thanx for the great add-on to Manalink Gargaroz, this is one MtG old-timer who truly appreciates all the effort put into bringing these classic sets to life. I feel like it's my Birthday! ^_^
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Re: Magic : Golden Years - A Manalink mod

Postby Xenocyde » 08 Mar 2011, 09:57

There are several text problems and artwork misplacement issues. I'll make the list later. First misplaced art is Liliana Vess on Browse.
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Re: Magic : Golden Years - A Manalink mod

Postby stassy » 08 Mar 2011, 11:47

Just a question, if it work like Limited so after GY install do you need to run in Constructed mode or Limited mode? If it's Limited mode what happen to Constructed pool caards?
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Re: Magic : Golden Years - A Manalink mod

Postby Xenocyde » 08 Mar 2011, 12:17

The GY cards are included among the limited ones. The constructed ones are safe, as the GY executable doesn't employ any of those. I made a copy of the Magic directory (March 7 update included), renamed it Golden Years and installed the mod there... I didn't want to back up anything, there's plenty of space :P Still there are some problems with the artwork and text on the cards. Full list coming later
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Re: Magic : Golden Years - A Manalink mod

Postby gmzombie » 09 Mar 2011, 01:03

old timer here and i love this..still waiting for a relentless assault though...i dont think its doable without major code though...but this is awesome
can I maze of ith your snowstorm?

http://home.comcast.net/~gmzombie/index.html old stuff in here. don't use this stuff right now till I get time to get back into it and readjust.
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Re: Magic : Golden Years - A Manalink mod

Postby Siege » 09 Mar 2011, 15:33

Fantastic work with this mod :)

Is it possible in a future update to gather the "golden cards" to boosters (for example ice age boosters etc). It would be great to be able to draft and play limited with these.
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Re: Magic : Golden Years - A Manalink mod

Postby 0rion79 » 28 Mar 2011, 15:54

Great mod! :)
Actually, I've created a new Magic the Gathering directory to play it without wasting the other Limited edition. Just to know, which cards have been removed in the process?
May I add some cards from this set to Custom version? I would love to use Exile or Ray of Command in my games!
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Re: Magic : Golden Years - A Manalink mod

Postby 0rion79 » 26 Apr 2011, 08:06

Buddies, why have you used a Bird Token, when there is already Suntail Hawk? Isn't it a waste of space?
Also...

1 - what is the Multi-Purpose Alliances Token?
2 - how the AI will use cards like Coldsteel Heart? It is much better than "miage's moxes" but I wonder if the AI may choose the appropriate kind of mana.
3 - there is some minor text mistake in cards' names, in fact this forum can't show the proper description.
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Re: Magic : Golden Years - A Manalink mod

Postby Gargaroz » 27 Apr 2011, 14:56

Orion79, there's no really problem of space in the "Golden Years" version, in fact I bet there will be still room for more cards after I'll add Tempest block and the cards from Custructed, however your suggestion is good.
The "Multi-Purpose Alliances Token" serves as toke for multiple cards that uses strange kind of tokens like "graveborn" for Balduvian Dead.
Coldsteel Hearth is coded so the AI will choose the appropriate color. Please report it if this is not happening.
About the wrong text / names, could you please reunite them and send them to me via PM, thanx !
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- Long term task: inserting all the good stuff I left out from the "Golden Years" mod
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Re: Magic : Golden Years - A Manalink mod

Postby 0rion79 » 27 Apr 2011, 15:03

Thank you Gargaroz! I'm really pleased because you are adding a lot of great cards :) I will try to add them in my custom version too!
Also, is it possible to add Alabaster Dragon and Primitive Justice from Alliances, too? I would love them so much :))
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Re: Magic : Golden Years - A Manalink mod

Postby Gargaroz » 27 Apr 2011, 16:18

No problem Orion79, I'll do them.
Also, you can freely use the cards from Golden Years tou your custom version.
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- Long term task: inserting all the good stuff I left out from the "Golden Years" mod
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Re: Magic : Golden Years - A Manalink mod

Postby Aswan jaguar » 27 Apr 2011, 16:34

Gargaroz the cards of the mods are not in the external deck editor and the in game editor has limited options is there a workaround to that?
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