Month: March 2016

The Witcher 1 Enhanced Edition Tips

The Witcher 1 Enhanced Edition Tips

I have been playing this game for 30+ hours with and without a mod, and I have some tips that I can give to other who want or still play this game. I discover some of this when I play the game. Some of them I found on the internet but I will only share it if I’m using it. Here are some of them:

In-Combat

  • Use sword type correctly. Steel Sword for natural being like human, dog, or wolf. Silver Sword for unnatural being like undead and something like that.
  • Combat style too is important. Be sure to read monster glossary to identify monster strength and weakness.
  • You can focus upgrading Group Style early because in group fight (fight against 3+ enemy) is usually where you are fucked up and die horribly.
  • Only upgrade Aard sign, this is the best sign you can use in the game. Or with Igni too if you want some sign damage. Other than that, nothing seems worth it.
  • Alchemy is important in the witcher games, it will make the game much easier. Swallows and Blizzard potion is your best friend.

Non-Combat

  • Sometimes this is overlooked but you can use CTRL+Click to loot all of the item from the dead monster, wardrobe, or anything you can open.
  • Don’t spend money for meditating or sleeping. There is so much more option to do that for free. For example, you can use Campfire, it’s pretty much anywhere.
  • Some NPC has a time when they will appear. If you can’t find that NPC, you can try to meditate to wait for that NPC.
  • Choosing Fast Style allow Gerald’s to move faster.
  • Try to explore the game and do the side quest as much as you can, they give you pretty good reward sometimes.

Spoiler

This tips has some spoilers in it. I will try my best not to tell you too much, but sometimes it can’t be helped.

Spoiler Tips

Solved with Mod

  • This game has a lot of running, you can try to install this mod called Faster Movement Speed to increase your movement speed.
  • Alchemy is important, but you are too tired to pick all the ingredients too many times. TW1 All herbs can give you more ingredients per pick.
  • Poker is a great way to me money, but sometimes it’s too tiring. You can use One-round Dice Poker Mod to make poker one round only.

I know there are much more tips out here but this is what I found and use so far. If I found new tips that seem useful, I will share and update in this post.

Having a Hard Time to Connect to Internet

Having a Hard Time to Connect to Internet

I have this problem for a quite long time, and I don’t know why and how to fix it. When I go back to my hometown, to my parent house. It’s always hard to connect to the internet. I don’t know why, but it always happens. It’s like, the god forbid me to connect to the internet at my parent house.

Like for example, one time I’m trying to add an internet connection to my parent house, I need to pay extra cable which is pretty expensive since they dump all the cost to expand their network to me. And there one time where the connection is cut because the connection cable is cut by something.

This week is the weirdest. I can’t connect to the internet, even if I can connect to my wifi. Some of you may think that it may be caused by the router that not connected to the internet. I think that too but then my brother computer and my parent laptop are connected just fine.

My chrome just says ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED all the time. None of the fixes on the internet worked for me, so I guess there is nothing I can do.

Well, I can go to the internet cafe but since I came home to my parent house, its kind of rude to my parent to just leave to an internet cafe. It as if internet connection is more important than my parent.

I mean, seriously. Why, whenever I came home, I always have this same problem.

I’m sorry if there’s not that much update, and maybe next week as well since I still at my parent house next week as well. But I will try to bring the update as much as possible.

Programming Nowadays

Programming Nowadays

Copying and Pasting from Stack Overflow
Welcome to programming 2016

Though, it’s a joke. This is pretty much true.

I haven’t programmed that long yet, maybe around 7 years as of now. Yet, I can say this is pretty much true.

7 years ago, when I start programming. There’s not that much tutorial or example code available on the internet. Sometimes you will only get documentation to help you. Sometimes you must try by yourself to learn.

Now, you can watch many tutorial videos. Code sharing becomes much easier and common. Open source project where you can see other source code become popular too.

So I guess, this is inevitable.

Note: I don’t mean anything by this. It’s just a joke. Seriously.

Yes, you can use GIT for one-man project

Yes, you can use GIT for one-man project

My friend looking at my application project (for undergraduate thesis)

Friend: You use git?

Me: Yeah, why?

Friend: You work with other people too?

Me: No, I’m alone.

Friend: Then why you use git?

Me: ლ(ಠ益ಠლ)

This is a pretty weird conversation.

Seriously. When you talk to someone and they are not on the same page as you, it can be pretty awkward.

I don’t know why most of my friends think that when you use git, you must be working with a team. Maybe this is because, on usual practice, they didn’t really use git that much. Maybe only use them when the prof told you to or working on a team project.

For me, I always use it. Always.

I really love Git or you can say version control. This really saves me from a lot of trouble like making a backup, losing a project, revert to the old version, manage codebase (like when I need to know when I change that line of code), etc etc.

I know that most people say that the most powerful thing git can do are code sharing, working on the same project with a lot of people. But, since we need other feature too, why not use it. I mean, maybe in the future, you will change your mind and want to make your personal project as open source.

Maybe some of you asking “Isn’t git too overkill? Maybe svn is enough.”

Not really. First of all, you don’t need to setup remote git server in GitHub or Bitbucket or hosting server of your choice. Just use > git init and ta da… your repository is created. And there is no need to add fancy stuff like branch or folder structure for branching.

So, its okay to use git for a personal project. And it’s fine even if you want it to be forever private. It’s better than lose your 200 hours of work. Better safe than sorry.

Bitbucket vs Github

Bitbucket vs Github

So, my friends have been bugging me, asking me this all the time.

  • Github? Bitbucket? What the differences?
  • Unlimited/many private repo hosting service?
  • Best git hosting service? Github or Bitbucket?
  • Git = Github? (What?)

These question has been asked a lot, so in this post, I  will clear all of them once and for all.

To answer that question, the first thing you should know is that git isn’t same with github. Git is version control which is a small program that manages your codebase, and github is git hosting service where you can put your git repository online so your friend or people can access it via the internet. So, they are different.

The second is that when you asking what is “the best”? My answer is always “depends”. To make it clear, it depends on what your need. To understand that, you need to know both feature hosting service provide us. But I won’t post any feature they add that doesn’t really have any connection with git.

Bitbucket

Probably my most used repository.

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Bitbucket, similar to Github, gives us ability to host our git repository on the internet. But it’s not only support git, you can use mercurial too in Bitbucket.

Bitbucket also offering unlimited private repository. So, you can make many private repos as much as you want.

But there is a limit. Maximus repository size allowed is 2GB per repository, this is a hard limit. Also, there is a soft limit about 1GB. You will only get an email warning about your repository being too huge from Bitbucket but you still can add more file to it until 2GB is reached. So if your repository is almost 2GB, it’s better to decrease your repository size. If you reach 2GB, your repository will be disabled until your repository is back under the limit.

I hardly ever encounter repository this big. If your repository is this big then you may have been wrong using git.

Also, if you need more people in your project, you can subscribe to Bitbucket as low as $10 which will give you 10 collaborators in 1 team. Here is the price I got from Bitbucket web page:

bitbucket pricing
Well, free is enough for me.

But as long as you keep your team up to 5 users, then you don’t really need to pay/subscribe.

Quick Recap:

  • Unlimited Public Repository
  • Unlimited Private Repository
  • Max 5 Collaborators on Free Account
  • Max repo size: 2GB (1GB soft limit)
  • Support Git and Mercurial
  • Offer more collaborators with price, $1 per person

Github

On another hand, github take open-source like project approach where your repository is shared with people as many as possible.

github

They give us unlimited repository, unlimited collaborators, but no private repository on free account.

Same with Bitbucket, github also has repository limit 1GB. Smaller than bitbucket, I know. But seriously. If your repository is this big, then you may using git wrong. Github also has maximum file size, 100MB each but you will got a warning when you commit 50MB file.

Github also can support git LFS so if you are working with large files, this is really great news. It’s pain to share binary file before this.

But if it’s not enough, you can subscribe to it to gain more like more private repository, more LFS storage, etc. It start from $7 a month for personal plans, and if you want organization plan then it start from $25 a month. Here are the price I got from Github:

Github-pricing

Quick Recap:

  • Unlimited Public Repository
  • Unlimited Collaborators
  • No private repository on free account
  • Support Git LFS
  • Max 1GB repostiry size
  • Max 100MB file size, 50MB soft limit
  • Offer subscribtion for private repository

Conclusion

They both has offer many great feature, and that why my answer to the previous question is depend on what you really need.

If you want to have private repository for free, but doesn’t really work with many people, then I recommend you to using Bitbucket.

If you want to work with as many people as possible, but doesn’t really care about public or private repo, or even want it to be public repository, then I recommend you to using Github.

I hope this will clear all your question or confusion about which hosting service you want to use. If you want to ask more or add any suggestion, you can ask me in the comment section bellow. Cheers.

Full Combat Rebalance The Witcher

Full Combat Rebalance The Witcher

Few days ago, I make a post about modding The Witcher Enhanced Edition. And I suggest one mod to overhaul combat mechanic so it becomes more interesting. And you know what? Don’t install that mod if you aren’t ready for a frustrating game!

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I have been playing with it for several days. I found the combat is harder, but not in a fun way. It’s more in frustrating than fun.

You know how The Witcher combat system is and that pretty sucks. I found that Blizzard potion becomes essential in combat. Without that, the games become almost impossible. Don’t even mention evade by jumping, they are useless.

And what more annoying is that stun lock. If you got stunned, don’t bother to wait for it to end. You will be dead by that time. The enemy attack is become more hurt as well. So if you got stunned, just reload.

If only combat system in The Witcher EE is like The Witcher 2, I won’t make any complaint. Seriously.

But still, the mod is really amazing. It really overhauls The Witcher combat, it became much more interesting. The talent, alchemy, etc. Especially the talents. If you haven’t tried this mod yet, be prepared to be really frustrated in combat.

Maybe for some masochist people out here can enjoy playing with this mod. For me, it’s not fun at all.

Element TD is back to Dota 2

Element TD is back to Dota 2

For those who play a custom map in Warcraft III, you may have been played or at least know about Element TD. Element TD is a custom map on Warcraft III that pretty much like any other tower defense out here but each tower is unique. By unique I mean they have different damage, range, attack speed, ability, and most importantly elemental type. Now they remake them in Dota 2 as Custom Games.

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Look, tinker tower…

Each element has its strength and weakness. For example, element fire is strong again nature but weak again water or element light is strong again darkness but weak again earth element, and so on. so you must find suitable element combination if you want to beat the game and be as effective as possible. But that not all.

Just like usual tower defense game, you can upgrade your tower too in Element TD. But you can also upgrade the tower with the combination of an element like light combined with darkness, or fire with nature. The limit is 3 combination, and each combination brings different type of tower and abilities. There is many combinations, build and strategy you can go with. If you want more information about this tower and what tower combination you can make, you can check their website (link bellow).

If you have been playing Element TD before in Warcraft III, don’t expect you can use the same tower and strategy in Element TD Dota 2. Because they are pretty different from before. Like in Warcraft III custom map, there is no way to increase your life. But in Dota 2 Custom game, there’s tower that will give you 1 live each time they kill. So try it or follow some build if you haven’t played it yet. My favorite is Life Tower (Nature + Water), and some moss tower and well tower to help your life tower attack. Well, Life Tower can give you more live and they are pretty strong so it can carry you to end of the game. At least, normal difficulty is a pretty easy game and pretty much you can random pick the tower element.

I found some of the tower have the same ability, but it not that many, around 3 towers or something. I think you won’t notice it if you don’t really explore the game or read the tower list. But I hope it has more wave so at least I play it a bit longer. And maybe more element or tower is not bad either, more variety and choice. For now, we can enjoy it as it is and wait for the next update they will bring.

Element TD – [Link]

Let’s mod The Witcher Enhanced Edition

Let’s mod The Witcher Enhanced Edition

If you playing The Witcher Enhanced Edition again or play it for the first time, you may think to play it with a mod because let’s be honest. The gameplay or the visual is unappealing, at least that what I feel when I play this game for the first time. The Witcher 1 was released in 2007 for the first time which can be categorized as an old game and released again as Enhanced Edition (let’s shorten them to The Witcher EE) in 2008, a year after the original version is released. I don’t know the difference since I never play the original one but even for The Enhanced Edition, it still can be improved even further with a mod.

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My first complaint is that the combat system that The Witcher 1 has. I except more hack and slash like “Devil May Cry” or something similar, but since there’s no way to change that, there’s no choice except either to not play or just accept that and move on. What we can mod is something like graphics or mechanic changes according to the mod I’m using. So with that in mind, let’s mod The Witcher Enhanced Edition:

Create Override Folder

You have to create a folder named “Override” inside The Witcher Data folder, all the files within this folder will replace the original one, be it a texture or a script. If you installing your steam in the default location, it probably located in “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\The Witcher Enhanced Edition”. This is where you will install your mod and “Override” folder to you copy the mod files. Remember to never have a folder, I learn this the hard way.

Install Rise of the White Wolf

Rise of the White Wolf mod will bring better interface texture, character, and ballads. It has an optional feature like Witcher armor, you can choose it in the installer option. I think this is essential mod even if you play The Witcher for the first time since it doesn’t really change anything except for the visual. The author nice enough to give you the comparison, you can see it here.

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To install this mod, you just have to download and run the Exe file and follow the installation guide. If you get an options menu on the installer, just select everything and continue installing. If you are like me and want to still able to see the enemy life bar, then you can uncheck the Hide Enemy Lifebar in the option. You can choose the install option as you like, but I never test it nor will do it so I can’t really help you if there’s an error.

Better Combat

To be honest, combat in The Witcher EE is pretty boring. It almost automatic and you just have to follow the rhythm. Sure, you can evade. But I think it isn’t that useful because it need an enemy that have slow attack speed. And the skill tree, they are really boring, seriously. Fortunately, Full Combat Rebalance or FCR in short will fix this for us.

It is pretty simple to install FCR. Same as above you just need to run the Exe you downloaded from nexus and follow the guide. When you get options, just select “FCR: Full Installation” and continue the installation. There’s an “Easy” and “Hard” option you can choose, but personally, I recommend you to choose “Easy” option since “Easy” is not that easy and “Hard” is too hard, it’s pretty hard even on easiest difficulty settings. And there’s option to disable NPC floating text, so if you still want to see NPC name then you don’t need to check it too.

Scabbard Mod

Just like the name, this will add scabbard to your weapons so they don’t just fly at your back without reason. But there’s a catch, you may have a clipping issue and performance drop. It’s unavoidable because it comes from the limitation of the engine, it can’t handle too many models on screen at the same time.

To install Scabbard Mod, just like above run the Exe you downloaded and when you get an option, choose “The Witcher EE with FCR” for compatibility with FCR.

Better Texture

This mod will give The Witcher EE better quality texture and the install instruction is pretty simple. But it has a problem, it will install to The Witcher folder and since we want to mod The Witcher EE, we need to change the installation procedure a bit. Don’t worry, it’s not that complicated. Just run the Exe, but rather than point installation destination to The Witcher EE folder, change it to any other folder. This is temporary and you can delete it later.

Just run the Texturen Mod Exe, but rather than point installation destination to The Witcher EE folder, change it to any other folder (such as “D:\Temp”). This is temporary and you can delete it later. It can take a while since it contains so many files but when you are done, copy any files inside “The Witcher\Data\Override” that was made by the installer (check where you install it) and place them inside The Witcher EE “Override” folder you make before. Just copy the files, without that folder.

Better Character

The Witcher: Hi-Res Character Models will give you Hi-Res texture for the character and make the character much better. But since we use “Rise of the White Wolf Enhanced Edition”, we need to make it compatible. This way, you will have the best of both mods, but you need to delete 60+ files from it. A bit painful work if I say, really. Here’s the list what you must delete:

File to Delete List

That many huh, but you should have 324 files left afterwards. Move thoose to your “Override” folder.

Blood Texture

Who don’t like little gore in their games, especially fighting games like The Witcher? Perfect Blood mod will add more realistic and believable blood and add much more satisfaction when you can see your enemy bleeding. To install it just extract it to “Override” folder. But this mod has a bug and the author never fix this even now. Fortunately, someone makes a mod to fix this issue called Perfect Blood – Fix. Just like the original mod, to install it you just need to extract to “Override” folder and choose to replace if asked.

You like Rain? Me too

I like it rain weather especially when it rain in the game. It adds more atmosphere to the game. But in The Witcher, the rain texture is too contrast and make it too fake and not really suit the game. Perfect Rain mod will make it better for us. This will replace the rain appearance and sound to be more natural and believable. To install it, simply extract to “Override” folder, just like the mod before.

But even if you like rain, sometimes The Witcher EE rain too much. I mean like every time I went outside. I don’t know if Gerald’s live in rain country or something but seriously, it can be a bit annoying. Stop the Rain for TW1 will stop rain for us but this can be a bit immersion breaking since it doesn’t really decrease the percentage to rain but rather stop the rain just like its name. To install it you just need to extract the file to “Override” folder. I don’t really like using this mod but sometimes I need clear weather too you know.

No Instant Sex

I think Gerald’s is lying when he said he sex with someone. How do I know? Well, when Geralds’ have sex with someone, no time pass. Not even one minutes. Either Gerald’s is lying, the world is stop moving, or he just that fast, pfft. Seriously, this is the most mysterious question I have when I play this game. Look like I’m not alone, someone has made a mode to fix this. To install Sex Takes Time Mod, just extract the folder to your “Override” Folder.

Alchemy

I found this 2 mod to fix some annoyance in the games. The first one is Better Color Coding to make alchemy ingredient in inventory display the primary and secondary component without needing mouse-over. To install it you just need to extract to “Override” Folder.

And the second one is Plentiful Herbs for TW1. This will add more herb to the plant when you harvest it. The Installation procedure is pretty easy but it need more work because you need to extract 8 compressed files first, and then extract each compressed file to “Override” folder. Pretty easy right?

Post Processing

You may be heard post processing mod like ENB, Sweetfx, or Reshade. You can use them for The Witcher EE too, just install the mod and search for a preset on Nexus or somewhere else. But TW1 Lighting Overhaul and guide on improving TW1 visuals mod is pretty good for my eyes, the install step is pretty simple too. You don’t have too but it make your game more amazing. Follow these step bellow if you want to install it:

  1. Download Reshade 1.1.0/SweetFX2.0
  2. Run the installer, and choose “…\The Witcher Enhanced Edition\System” as the destination folder. The installer will automatically select SweetFX for you.
  3. After it done, copy the preset you download from nexus and paste it to “…\The Witcher Enhanced Edition\System\SweetFX”. Select yes if it asks you to replace. This doesn’t go to your Exe folder. So what we do here is just replacing configuration for SweetFX.

Conclusion

While the mod I give you here is increasing both visual and graphic, don’t expect it to be like modern games after you mod it since you can’t really change the core part of the game. But overall, this will really improve the game and I’m happy to play it modded rather than the vanilla one. So much better.