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Information About The Pack Version 1.3.3
THE PACK is a large mod/unit pack which is based on Uberhack 3.1.4 by BSR. Along the way, some of the later changes in UH3.1.6, 3.1.8, and 4.0 were also included. THE PACK began as an attempt to redo the old UberHack Community Pack and Tech4 packs (which were fairly buggy), but quickly became somewhat larger than that.
THE PACK was developed over a period of about two years for a small Mac TA lan group in Vancouver BC. As such, THE PACK contains a number of changes to deal specifically some issues Mac TA has in dealing with 3rd party units developed for the PC version of TA. Namely THE PACK only uses 8-bit sounds and a number of troublesome scripts which cause weird graphical glitches upon unit death have been repaired. THE PACK is certainly the largest and most comprehensive unit pack every developed either for Mac TA or on a Mac.
THE PACK contains 510 units units in total, adding what I considered to be some of the best and most interesting 3rd party units available. If you play only at the lower tech levels, THE PACK will play almost identically to an older version of Uberhack. Only at higher tech levels do the new units make themselves felt.
Below is a brief listing of some features of THE PACK. For more detail, see the readme included with the download
Among features of THE PACK are:
THE PACK includes 5 different sets of AI profiles.
The Pack requires as a miniumu a Full TA install including Core Contingency (CC). The PC version of TA must also be updated to version 3.1 (you need to have a Rev31.gp3 file). In addition it is recommended that PC users use a totala.ini file which allows them to use at least 500 units (r a cracked exe that allows 1000- 1500 units), and that Mac users upgrade to 3.1.2b6 and set the unit limit to 1000... the custom AI's in the pack really like to use lots of units. All these units and fancy models and animation mean the game wants lots of RAM and CPU speed... One the Mac side the game is acceptable with 300 meg of ram allocated and a 700mhz G3. It runs at slower speeds but gets pretty boggy with loads of players. Can't speak for the PC side... don't own one ;-)
The credit for a unit pack/mod this large extends to a huge number of people. BSR deserves a huge amount of credit, as THE PACK is based on Uberhack, which is his creation. The unitmakers themselves have contributed enormous amounts of effort and creativity. Late credit goes to DannyU who did many of the bug fixes in this version. Special thanks goes to zzyzy, No One, David Goding, and MacMaster for great efforts in beta-testing. Special thanks to zzyzy and No One for contributions to utilities which made THE PACK possible and for additions to various pieces of THE PACK. More extensive credit is given in the readme, including individual credit by unit/unitmaker. Note that in all cases, permission has been sought to use the included units. In some cases, the unitmaker's could not be contacted. In only a few cases was permission refused, and those untimakers units are not included as per their wishes.
THE PACK is compatible with the latest versions of tamec2004 and tak2004, or any later version. THE PACK is NOT compatible with any other 3rd party units, races, or mods. THE PACK consumes all known weapons IDs (excepting those reserved for tamec2004weapons.ccx) and is 510 units in size... right at the limit. You must be wary of 3rd party maps as a number of them contain cheating ai units within the map ufo... e.g Real Earth V1 contains some 40-odd ai units inside it and will crash the game when used with THE PACK. Use HPIView and check out the various maps you have installed carefully. THE PACK is also not compatible with any missions or campaigns. It is intended for skirmish or multiplayer use only. See the readme for further details and explanation.
Feedback/bug reports can be sent either through the forums as linked in the sidebar, or via email to greybeard191"insert ampersand here"fastmail.fm