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Day 8 of 12: Darian ToB Released
Monday, January 2, 2012

Darian has been updated to v2, now including brand new ToB content and crossmod with the Sarah NPC!

Darian is one of the Avariel, the enigmatic and almost extinct winged elves. He has come to Athkatla pursuing rumors that one of his kin is imprisoned in the human city, but things are not as he expects. Darian bears the legacy of thousands of years of hostility and distrust towards the grounded races, but those attitudes may not survive first contact with the people whom the Avariel tell stories of to frighten misbehaving children. For all his faults, xenophobia and arrogance prominent among them, Darian’s fundamental intentions are good and his heart honorable. Cracking his shell will prove difficult, but it may just prove worthwhile. You can find Darian outside the Copper Coronet in the Athkatla Slums.

This mod includes:

  • A romance for eligible females.
  • Player-initiated dialogue and flirting, some restricted to the romantically inclined but some not.
  • Banters with the Bioware NPCs.
  • Numerous interjections and reactions to the world of Baldur’s Gate II.
  • An evolving character who is unlikely to leave the Bhaalspawn’s company the same man who joined it.
  • An original portrait drawn by the very talented Ilmatar.

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Day 7 of 12: BGSpawn Updated
Sunday, January 1, 2012

melkor_morgoth has updated his BGSpawn mod to v1.11!

BGSpawn is a new system that handles the “spawned creatures” appearing in Baldur’s Gate’s areas. The mod changes the random (but fixed) creatures you can find around the Sword Coast (called spawns) with a completely new and more challenging system. In addition, you can also choose the time between re-spawned creatures and later in the install process the Random Encounters you may find when moving between areas. Optionally, you may also install a new creature “Vampiric Wolf Lord” (based on DavidW’s Ulcaster Wolf). BGSpawn is a WeiDU-mod compatible with BGT-WeiDU only.

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Day 6 of 12: Stivan Beta Released
Sunday, January 1, 2012

Stivan, a minimod that was originally a part of the bigg house, has been revamped by the bigg and Giuseppe with a whole bunch of new content, and a beta has now been uploaded to the Misc Mods category!

Stivan the Hunter is a new joinable NPC for Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn and its expansion, Throne of Bhaal, complete with the usual array of banters, friendships, quests and interjections.

Stivan is a Chaotic Neutral Male Halfling Fighter/Thief whom you can find in the Bridge District (a map marker is added to help you find him) and will join any party.

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Day 5 of 12: Nephele Updated!
Saturday, December 31, 2011

A little bit late but better late than never! Nephele has been updated to v2, with an updated portrait, a new crossmod dialogue with the Haer’Dalis Romance mod, several bugfixes and TRAification!

Adding a touch of humour and hopefully a hint of originality and interest, Nephele is a new NPC for BGII: SoA and ToB--a halfling cleric of Yondalla, mother of seven and a compulsive adventurer. A woman of many stories, she has lived a long and sometimes dangerous life, been married, had children (and grandchildren), and dealt with her demons. Nephele has no earth-shaking quest, no troubling issues and requires no therapy. That’s not to say that she won’t pipe up with her opinion at every possible juncture, and do her best to make you into the best young man or woman you can be!

Although she’s more than a little nosy, and quite often sticks her foot in her mouth, she’s a kindhearted woman trying to do good in the world. She has a number of dialogues throughout SoA and ToB on par with some romance mods, and has a large number of interactions with both the NPCs and the game world.

Nephele joins you in Trademeet, and will stay with you throughout SoA and ToB.

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Day 4 of 12: ToBEx Updated
Thursday, December 29, 2011

TobEx (ToB Extender) is a program written in C++ that modifies the virtual image of the EXE in memory to achieve EXE modifications, which saves hard-coding changes into the EXE file itself. It does this by the DLL injection method.

The advantages of this are that you can modify EXE on the fly, and you do not have to rely on code caves within the EXE to insert new code. Given knowledge of the structures used by the game, it can also help to explore the EXE further, code in new fixes, and introduce new features in the game, such as new effects, script triggers and actions, etc.

This update is TobEx beta 0022, and should be more stable than the previous, updates some translations, removes the need for detoured.dll, and sports one new hack for modders. View a complete list of changes here.

ToBEx is also now on github. You can find the project here.

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