Advanced Classes Mod 1.05 Final (ERA 3)

We proudly present to you the last version of Advanced Classes Mod. I know the wait has been long but it is a worthy last update I would say. We tried to polish and improve all the little edges that still remained in the previous versions. The mod can now be considered complete. Because of the positive feedback I received over the last months, we put extra effort in creating this last update. I had great help from Daemon_n and Sandris they produced fantastic graphics which you will notice immediately when you start the mod. – RerryR (mod author)

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New in 1.05 is the completely reworked interface of the Difficult Mod as you can see in the picture above. I started this project together with Daemon at the beginning of the year. ERA now has a fully customizable and easy to understand mod to adjust your gaming experience vs the computer player. All options have descriptions when you right-click them. This mod will also be released as a standalone.

It is now possible to buy new Upgrades and Enchantments for all your Warmachines in the town by right-clicking the Blacksmith and the Mage Guild. Most of these new upgrades require your hero to have knowledge of a certain secondary skill. So it will not be possible for a hero to buy all upgrades. This will increase replay value and strengthen certain skills because they give you acess to powerful enchantments. Both the Blacksmith as well as the Wizard living in the Mage Guild will great you with sounds I imported from Might and Magic 7. All factions have a different sound. These guys will even start to insult you when you don’t buy upgrades, so better go shopping with enough money in your stash.

When you start your game you now have the choice of several gaming options:

Spell Trainer10-Skills, Easy Classes,Classic Skin, Alternative Necromancy Balancing and Spell Duration

All options have an ingame description. Especially the “Easy Class” option you’ll appreaciate because it allows to play a less strict game in regards to the secondary skills you have to choose.

Advanced Classes Mod is the first Heroes 3 mod that offers a skin pack you can choose at the game start. Freely choose between class skill icons from between version 1.04 and 1.05. Both look great in my opinion. Many thanks again to Sandris, he put a lot of work in these icons. His art style is now immediately recognizable among the H3 modding community.

The Spell Trainer option allows you to train your spells by using them in combat. The effect is now displayed in your spellbook as well as the times you cast this spell, this gives a much better immersive feeling. Spell damage in your spellbook is now also correctly updated. This updated damage includes all sources like from artifacts or Grandmaster skills.

Reworked Secondary Skills
back to basic and close to original H3 mechanics. Some secondary skills have been reworked to better fit in the game, like Learning, Pathfinding, Luck or Necromancy.

And now?
I will continue to provide support for this mod for all upcoming ERA versions and I will fix all bugs reported to me. The work on this mod was massive, Iam sure it were several thousand hours of work time. Overall it contains nearly 30000 lines of ERM code this is nearly as much as the total of all WoG scripts combined. In fact, I have rewritten nearly every worthy WoG script/option. This has taken 4 years to complete. The mod can be played in 4 different languages, which is a lot, considering the amount of text that needs translation.
All people helping me with translation have received the release version beforehand, so we can expect a Russian, Korean and Chinese version soon.

Advanced Classes mod changelog Version 1.05:

New:
– Update code to work with ERA 3. Thanks to Berserker.
– Added over 20 new and unique upgrades for Warmachines. Beautiful new icons from Sandris!
– Buy Enchantments for WM in the Mage Guild
– Buy Upgrades for WM at the Blacksmith
– Added Spell Trainer option. Level up your magic by using it in combat.
– Reworked all class skills icons (Thanks to Sandris)
– Added Classic Skin option (switch between v.104 and v.105 skill icons)
– Added Alternative Necromancy Balancing option
– Added Easy Class Mode Option: +5 Class Point between level 20 until 30
– Added a Welcome Message if ACM was started for the first time
– Added a new screen for class points table (without the need to scroll) and information about subclasses
– Added All Secondary Skills that give Magic Strength have updated description
– Added remade Difficulty Mod with a completely reworked interface (Thanks to Daemon_n). This one is huge!
– Added new casting mechanic for Oger Leader, Hierophant and Paladin, now ALL Commander Spells are actually cool and fun
– Oger Leader: Bloodlust can deal extra damage
– Hierophant: Shield can block flat damage
– Paladin: Cure can resurrect fallen troops
– Improved commander cast scaling for Tower and Dungeon, now profits from +%Spell dmg and +Crit chance/dmg and +%artifacts. Spells from commander cost 2SP+1*Lvl of Commander Magic
– Replace Mage Class “Elemental Resistance” skill with Magic pierce (breaking/lowering immunities) -20%/-30%
– Hunter Magic Block changed to 100% MR avoid in the first round for all hostile spells
– Luck Secondary Skill removed “Battle Bonus” now increases Luck strike damage Basic +10%, ….+50% damage at Grandmaster
– remade Learning Skill (bonus was too strong). Now grants the chance to learn additional primary points at certain map objects. +25% increased chance for specialists
– some heroes like Cyra (Haste) or Labetha (Stone Skin) will get an extra cast at level 20 and level 40, to bring them on par with other strong multicast heroes
– Tiva is now a Luck specialist and gains 10%+1% bonus per level luck strike damage. Check the Luck window.
– M/GM Pathfinding Reduces/Eliminates the hero movement penalty for carrying slow troops in the army. (thanks to kongsuni)
– M/GM Bless: Next attack Extra Damage based on your current Spell Points
– M/GM Anti Magic: as long as active all allied units get +15% MR on Battlefield
– M/GM Precision: deals 20%+1% for 5SP AOE damage to surrounding units, only 1 attack (SP scaling)
– M/GM Frenzy %chance to avoid counterattack (SP scaling)
– M/GM Counterstrike increased retaliation damage (SP scaling)
– Added: +Spell Damage modifier is now displayed more correct for all damage spells. Damage changes directly in the Spell Book.

Balance:
– The computer player will now pick skills much more carefully to teach advanced classes. Prepare to see more Master and Grandmaster AI players.
– Pendant of Free Will chance to Hypnotize reduced from 7% to 5% in melee and 3,8% when shooting and added check for Mind Spell Immunity
– Ballista Specialist and Ballista Commander reduced base damage gain per lvl for artillery
– reduced M/GM Summon elemental growth and duration to 1 round (each summons elemental cast still resets timer but is now harder to abuse)
– increased chance for scouting events again and fixed a very rare ctd when getting wrong creatures from event
– Archery and Armorer now only give 7 Warrior Points instead of 8
– increased costs for Diplomacy creature to join by +50% (they still cost no additional res)
– increased the Health of Battle Commander and lowered his damage
– Battlemage now reduce fixed -10% HP
– Druids blocked reduced to 4*Hero Level
– Removed FirstShot/Magic Block and Warcry message at battle start
– disabled “Enhanced Commander Artifacts” because they can give SS what is not intended.
– disabled “Magic Mushrooms” because they can give SS what is not intended, also you would not forget the Magic skill after one week
– increased damage/SP scaling of Inferno, Fireball, Ice Lightning, Firewall and Landmines
– Increases scaling of Fire Shield SP based damage
– little improvements with Master Clone and Cure and First Aid Tent heal
– speed-reducing mechanics are now capped at min 2 speed and not 1 (except slow cast)
– greatly increased the power of AI commanders and set their casts to zero
– GM Mage Channeling Ability now works with max mana equal or bigger
– Precast from Battlemage damage increased
– All heroes now start with their factions commander again. Let them find out by themselves what is op.

Misc:
– Dls can now be skipped with pressing “Enter”
– Update readmes files
– changed all BA0 and BA1 trigger to OnBefore/AfterBattleUniversal for better MP support
– Implement the Third Upgrade Mod option for commanders so both mods work together. Thanks to VMaiko and Majaczek
– Added HotA fonts to pac file for increased text fields
– Added switching actions.erm by Xericsin because it is better than what I have. But needed adjustment for Conflux Commander.
(Use keys 1,2,3 to switch between melee, shooting, casting)
– Formatted comments in code thanks to “Alt+F”
– updated FUN.erm
– Added limit to creature bank growth to prevent overflow for games >10months. Limit is 500k troops per stack.
– cleaned .pac files

Fixes:
– fix Now AI is able to become GM Warrior.
– fix disabled “Extra Abilities” option due to bug (in Difficulty Mod)
– fix problem with Master Firewall and Master Landmine scripts (continues animation)
– fix possible crash with Hunter-class and certain battlefields
– fix crash when clicking on Kingdom Overview (temporarily disabled)
– fix Ring of the Magi gives no extra spell damage
– fix possible crash when replaying with BU:R (now Battlefield grid will look not so nice in the first replay round)
– fix important bug with primary stats when certain heroes had Armageddons Blade equipped
– fix critical bug when Precast would hit Arrow Towers during a siege(thanks to kongsuni)
– fix M/GM Intelligence for Heroes in Towns points regeneration
– fix Sorcery heroes would sometimes forget their spells after combat when playing as a defender (finally ^^)
– fix Eagle Eye learning spells in combat would not be remembered when playing as Sorcery Specialist
and more fixes ….


It is very likely that there will be a 1.05f (fixed) version because the transition to ERA 3 and the amount of added code and last-minute changes always lead to a few unnoticed errors.

 

20 Comments

  1. AvatarAllwynd

    This looks amazing in terms of how it expands the gameplay, but as with the original WoG, the disparity in the art style of assets is immersion-breaking for me and I can’t get over this. xD

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  2. AvatarDD

    Hello – quick question: how do we destroy buildings now in a castle? When I want to do it, I can’t because I see the upgrade menu.

    Thank you.

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    1. Liso1Liso1 (Post author)

      Hi DD, dwellings can be destroyed, but the Mage Guild, Blacksmith cannot. I’ll find out and write an answer.

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      1. AvatarDD

        Hi Liso1,

        Thank you so much for the answer.
        If there would be a way to destroy them (Blacksmith + Mage Guild), so that we can covert castles, that would be awesome.

        Let me know if I could be of further help (i.e. screenshots, etc.).

        All the best to you sir.

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        1. AvatarDaniel

          Hi! Is there any upgrade which allows to destroy both Blacksmith and Mage guild in order to convert the castles?

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          1. AvatarPerry

            Yes, but not yet released as an official version.

            If you dont want to wait until then you can open Advanced Classes Skills.erm with an ERM Editor and look around line ~23800
            seach for:

            !?FU(Warmachine_Upgrade_Town);
            x1=Hero Number, x1= 1 or 2 (Blacksmith or Mage Guild)

            !!CM:R0; [Disable] Delete this line!

            Save. Now in your next game it should work as y are used to, or for your current savegame press F12 ingame, save and reload.

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  3. AvatarHenrik

    Hi, I have some issues whit the hero interface when using Advanced Classes Mod 1.05. On several heroes, as Septienna -and Ciele, wherever I click on the interface the hero’s specialty is displayed and block actions as moving units -and artifacts and read information on SS, artifacts and units. Do anyone have an fix for this bug?

    And a sincerely thanks to al who have contributed to making the mod, it is fun =)

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  4. AvatarPerry

    Henrik,

    thanks for telling me, I can confirm it. I get one extra pop up. Strange I never notived, maybe it has to do with the new ERA 3.
    On the weekend I will uploaded a fixed version.

    Cya 😉

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  5. AvatarPerry

    Henrik

    I fixed your problem and some more stuff.

    Little Update on ACM and Dif Mod
    https://dropmefiles.com/LFpUs

    Version 1.054

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  6. AvatarAschrakor

    Did you guys fix the problem that Caster classes get Dimensions Door, Fly, Water Walk and other Banned spells? Every time we played maps with that Spells Banned the Ai with Master or Grandmaster Caster teleport over the map, fly or walk over water and that destroy all maprules.

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  7. AvatarPerry

    Aschrakor
    I really cannot say how this happens, you are the first one to report it.
    Are you sure your WoG option to ban spells are set all correct? DO they cover all cases?
    Please send me your savegame+ zipped debug folder via dropmefiles.

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  8. AvatarAschrakor

    Ok i start a Session again with my Girlfriend with Screen from WoG Options that it is banned, a Savegame and the Map we played.
    Can you tell me how i can do that to send it via dropmefiles?And how i can make a debug folder without a crash? Don’t know that 😉

    Sometimes i can use Dimensionsdoor, Fly and co by my self if i’m caster and 1 round later the Spells are not anymore in my Spellbook. So i look that i make a save, if i have this Bug.

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  9. AvatarPerry

    Aschrakor,

    when you load your current game (where you can observe this behavior), press F11. Now all information will be put in the folder Heroes/Debug. Now place your savegame in that Debug folder and zip the whole folder. Upload this zipped file on dropmefiles.com and post the link here.

    are you playing hotseat game or online?

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    1. AvatarAschrakor

      It is Hotseat.

      We will start tonight a game. Current, because corona, to much homework with our Kids. We have no time for anything ;(

      Reply
      1. AvatarPerry

        Hotseat is the best and corona the worst.
        Have fun!

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        1. AvatarAschrakor

          Ok we played now a new Session and loaded our Savegame today to play it again and then the Bug comes again. I used Town Portal to my Girlfriends town and a AI fly to my City and conquered it.

          Here is the Upload from Savegame, Map and a Picture from the Options that you see that it is banned. Including banned Artifacts to pass onstacles

          https://files.fm/u/kr6xxpnzv

          PS: In this Pic there are not banned “Boots of Levitation”. But in our Session i have banned it. Forgeted it only to make a screen again after ban it 😀

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  10. AvatarAschrakor

    The interesting thing is. We played our Session yesterday for some hours without that Bug. But after Loading our Session today in the first Round the AI can fly. Can it be that it is a Bug from Save/Load? Or can it be that that Staff, who can change and Artifact, can change one to a banned one? Or it is the AI bonus from ACM. We never had this problem without ACM if we played Era/WoG.

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    1. AvatarPerry

      Aschrakor,
      thanks for the Debug folder. That was helpful.
      The solution to your problem is fairly simple and you could have checked yourself. All the AI heroes that are able to fly have the blue hat equipped!
      So they get all level 5 spells which include fly and DD.
      Now you wonder why that never happened before you play ACM? I bet would be that it is because of the improved AI that comes with ACM mod. It actually lets AI heroes always equipped the best possible artifact for every slot. In HotA/SoD/WoG this never happens and as soon as a slot is occupied the AI will never consider replacing the artifact, no matter what shit artifact is equipped. So in your old games, the AI mostly likely had the hat, but never used it 😉
      nice map by the way!

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  11. AvatarAschrakor

    Oh thats why. I’ve not checked that hat because i dindn’t know that, that he gives
    all lvl 5 Spells 😀
    Can you fix that in ACM or must it be fixed from Era Modders that banned Spells are not given from that Hat?

    And yes this Map is nice. Makes a lot of fun. Thats why we restart it now and ban this hat 😉

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    1. AvatarPerry

      Such changes are not meant to be made in gameplay mods.
      I think in the newest “game bug fixes.dll” it was made like this. Replace the file in your WoG/Plugins folder
      https://dropmefiles.com/4nzdg
      but better test it before.

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