Started an 87 StL Dynasty, but forgot to install patch #5. Redo.
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Does anyone know if there is a way to import the 80s/90s teams into MVP08, as to have the current unis, etc and everything that 08 has (replacing the stads manually, as desired)? If it cannot be done directly, a work around could be using tywiggins import/export program to load the 80s/90s roster into a newly created dynasty. I would imagine the issue would be the portraits/faces, right? Would the faces be able to be imnstalled if MVPEdit were used to match up the face/audio numbers with the files? (Could the portrait/faces files just be copied into the same main folder that the 80s/90s roster was placed into?) Just thinking of a way of having the 80s/90s roster, audio, faces, and portraits put into the MVP08 mod, mixing "old and new" so to speak.
Would one be able to import any unis into the 87 total conv mod, or would that create crash issues?
I apologize in advance if these questions do not belong here.
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You would have been fine without patch #5. I never installed anything past patch #2.
Everything you ask for could be done --- It would just be grunt work to incorporate everything into MVP08.
The roster files can simply be copied into the data \ database folder, as long as you don't care about the minor league rosters that were in MVP08. If you don't care about the MVP08 portraits, you can copy the 80s/90s portrait.big file to the data\frontend folder. If that is not the case then you would need to extract the 80s/90s portraits from the 80s/90s portrait.big file and then import them into the MVP08 portrait.big file.
Since you want to keep the MVP08 uniforms (which are in the data\models.big file), you will need to extract the faces from the 80s/90s models.big file and then import them into the MVP08 models.big file. As you mentioned, you can use MVPEdit to find the face numbers, or you can use a trick that I use to find all of the face numbers in a mod.
What I do is take the attrib.dat roster file, make a new copy, and name it attrib.csv. Next, open up the attrib.csv file with Microsoft Excel and then find the column that contains the face numbers (you will see numbers from 1 - 915). Sort the data using this column and then all of the faces less than 901 are the ones you want.
For the audio, you will want to grab the following files:
For PA audio:
data\audio\spch_pa\pnamehdr.big (player name header file)
data\audio\cd\spch_pa\pnamedat.big (player name data file)
For Play by Play audio:
data\audio\spch_pbp\pnamehdr.big (player name header file)
data\audio\spch_pbp\tnamehdr.big (team name header file)
data\audio\cd\spch_pbp\pnamedat.big (player name data file)
data\audio\cd\spch_pbp\tnamedat.big (team name data file)
Again, this assumes that you only want the 80s/90s audio and do not care about the MVP08 audio. If you do want to keep the MVP08 audio and want to import the 80s/90s audio, then that is beyond my knowledge and someone else will have to tell you how to do this.
There are are two more audio files that I did not mention:
data\audio\spch_pbp\stdnmhdr.big (team name header file)
data\audio\cd\spch_pbp\stdnmdat.big (player name data file)
These are the stadium name audio files. If you are just planning to use the MVP08 stadiums then you won't want these files. If you are going to use some of the 80s/90s stadiums that are not in MVP08, then you would need to pull out the particular stadium audios from these files and then import them into the MVP08 stadium audio files.
One thing you forgot to mention is the in-game text (i.e. the text that shows team names, stadium names, etc.). You would have to edit the MVP08 data\FEENG.LOC and data\IGENG.LOC files to have the same names as those used in the 80s/90s FEENG.LOC and IGENG.LOC files.
As for your TC1988 question, you can import any of the 80s/90s uniforms into the mod. You'd need to extract the desired files from the 80s/90s models.big file and then import them into the TC1988 models.big file. The uniform preview screens are in the data\frontend\uniforms.big file. You'd need to extract the appropriate files from the 80s/90s uniforms.big file and import them into the TC1988 uniforms.big file.
This was a long response, but it shows that while what you ask could be done, it is not something that could be done quickly, especially if you havent done this type of work before. It's not hard work, just time consuming.