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26 minutes ago, mvp91 said:

What's the time frame for the release? 

 

Most likely when it is finished . . .

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1 hour ago, mvp91 said:

What's the time frame for the release? 

 

I'll put it this way, and this is a true story. I have been working on this mod since 2007. I told Y4L that it was 7 years, but now that I'm getting old, all the years are starting to blend together. It's actually been 11 years. In that time, I've flunked out of college, worked three jobs, gone back to college while working three jobs, gotten a full time job in local TV and then have made my way up to a national network. I've been through three girlfriends in that time, more one night stands than I care to admit, one personal heath scare, my mother needing a double lung transplant and being on the waiting list for 6 years, my sister getting married and then having two, count 'em, two kids. I've been to several friends' weddings and can safely say that I've remembered over 50% of them. I'm actually going to another one in two weeks, so I'll let you know whether that percentage goes up or down. I've had five different cars in that time, starting with a Chevy Cavalier that was so effed electrically that when it got to be over 75F out, the windshield wipers and radio would shut off (god help you if it was hot AND rainy). I then upgraded to a Dodge Neon where the windows always froze from the inside in the winter. Then it was a truly shitty Oldsmobile Alero that I don't even know HOW I got to function for two years before it shit the bed. Then it was a Chevy Cruze lease, and I'm on my second lease now. In this process I've gone through 4 laptops, three desktops, and several different keyboards and mice.

 

I've "completed" this mod at least twice, but with crappier mods because I was just learning. I'm still learning, but my first release was complete garbage and my second release had a lot of bugs. Once I started actually getting, you know, GOOD at modding, it's just been slowly and correctly fixing everything so it looks like the best mod it can be. I've also taken detours to release a complete MLB uniform mod and have done similar for every single minor league uniform in MVP Baseball 2005, including a few fantasy uniforms and every single All-Star Game uniform. Not to toot my own friggin horn here, but can I get a motion to get into the MVPMods Hall of Fame here? 😛

 

So... long story short? Could be next month, could be next year, could be next decade. If you want any specific file (aside from rosters because I can't export a single team's roster), let me know and I'll send it off to you.

 

 

... Phew.

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Complete with a Milwaukee County Stadium mod for SMB2. 

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UPDATE: Almost done with AA rosters for the game. Because Single-A players are either draft picks or no names, I'm going to try to include as many players from the 1998 draft as possible. Just not sure if I should have Japanese league players in the minor leagues of their teams. For example, should Ichiro be on Seattle's Single-A team and Matsui on the Yankees Single-A team? I haven't really figured that out yet. Open to input.

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AA rosters are done! I also learned something today, WOOT WOOT!

 

I was having an issue where some teams were crashing at the lineup select screen and MVPEdit was giving me an error saying that the NL lineups for a team were not complete (but upon checking, they were). Basically, in that situation, the team's pitcher spot isn't selected to bat 9th in an NL lineup. MVPEdit didn't let me fix things from there, so I opened up the roster.dat from the database folder. Just cross-referencing the team code and doing a search in the roster.dat gave me a list of the players on the team I was having an issue with. All you have to do is go down to the player labeled SP1 and change a couple of values so that he's scheduled as the 9th hitter in NL lineups vs. lefties and righties. Problem solved. Booyah.

 

In other news, I'll be starting Single-A rosters shortly. Gonna look over the current makeup of the Single-A teams in 1998, add all the future MLBers, and then saturate the rest of the team with draft picks that made it to the MLB. If there are any positions that are in dire need of being filled, I'll use accurate players.

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Had a setback in my efforts with MVP 98. Basically, all the stadium info that I had has been wiped out. Kinda sucks, but I've got Yankee Stadium, Oriole Park, Angels Stadium, and the Ballpark in Arlington back up. And I'm 98% done with Bank One Ballpark. Busch Stadium is up next.

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Okay, so the setback from the stadium issue has nearly been resolved. Just have to fix up Turner Field and then I'm all set to go with stadiums... again.

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On 6/1/2018 at 12:00 AM, BallFour said:

Had a setback in my efforts with MVP 98. Basically, all the stadium info that I had has been wiped out. Kinda sucks, but I've got Yankee Stadium, Oriole Park, Angels Stadium, and the Ballpark in Arlington back up. And I'm 98% done with Bank One Ballpark. Busch Stadium is up next.

Nice!

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Just working on some one-off stadiums now. Already completed Estadio Monterrey. Working on the Tokyo Dome, the Cuba Stadium, and Hiram Bithorn Stadium as well.

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Other stadiums planned are Baltimore Memorial Stadium (which was still standing in 1998), Exhibition Stadium in Toronto (still around until 1999) and RFK Stadium.

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Holy crap, BREAKTHROUGH!!!!!!

 

I finally figured out how to edit those pesky team audio files! It was just a matter of being able to listen to the music files after they get extracted from the .dat file. And now that I'm able to do that, I can actually edit team audio. I'll be posting a tutorial shortly, but this will help add some realism to the game.

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If you figure it out, definitely let everyone know. Editing the audio files was never an issue. It was getting it to actually work in game that was the issue. Or maybe it was the stadium audio files I'm confusing.

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I'll keep you posted when I work on it. I posted a text tutorial of the steps I did to extract everything, and I'll let you know how everything works once I do my first team tonight. Keeping my fingers crossed! I've got some professional audio equipment that enables me to save in a few different file formats, so maybe I'll have some luck.

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Hmm, looks like you're right, Homer. Everything says it's modified, but the audio isn't showing up in the game. Dang. Guess that's gonna be the next problem to solve.

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5 hours ago, BallFour said:

Hmm, looks like you're right, Homer. Everything says it's modified, but the audio isn't showing up in the game. Dang. Guess that's gonna be the next problem to solve.

I'm struggling to remember, but I feel like someone once told me that the new team audio files had to be the exact same file size as the old team audio files. Not sure if that'll help you or not.

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6 hours ago, kyleb said:

I'm struggling to remember, but I feel like someone once told me that the new team audio files had to be the exact same file size as the old team audio files. Not sure if that'll help you or not.

 

That does indeed help. But holy crap that's a pain in the ass.

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Still working on portraits. I've got a few teams down, so I could post a few previews if anyone wanted, but I'm on Florida now.

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10 hours ago, BallFour said:

Still working on portraits. I've got a few teams down, so I could post a few previews if anyone wanted, but I'm on Florida now.

 

No problem, take your time Ballfour :drinks:

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Just a couple of portrait previews here. I actually Photoshopped McDowell from a White Sox uniform to an Angels uniform, so that's what's been a bit of a hassle and taking me so long.

 

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Photos are done up to San Diego now. I've been diving deep into this because I'm tracking down the style of bat and fielding gloves everyone wears, as well as batting gloves, wrist bands, elbow/shin guards, sock style, and catcher mask style. Basically, this roster I'll be uploading (along with models and portraits file) will be as true to 1998 as can possibly be, down to the last detail.

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5 hours ago, BallFour said:

Photos are done up to San Diego now. I've been diving deep into this because I'm tracking down the style of bat and fielding gloves everyone wears, as well as batting gloves, wrist bands, elbow/shin guards, sock style, and catcher mask style. Basically, this roster I'll be uploading (along with models and portraits file) will be as true to 1998 as can possibly be, down to the last detail.

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Just did a little bit of a gameplay test to see how things are looking thus far. Here are some screenshots from a replay of the 1998 World Series, Game 4. I stayed true to the World Series rosters for this game only.

 

Andy Pettitte vs. Kevin Brown

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Here are the actual lineups from the real life Game 4.

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Played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

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Top 1 - Bernie Williams drives one into the left center field gap, scoring Derek Jeter from 2nd. The score is 1-0 Yankees.

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Top 2 - With 2 out in the inning, Andy Pettitte goes the other way for a base hit. It's still 1-0.

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Bottom 2 - The 50 HR bat of Greg Vaughn steps in. Pitchers beware!

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Top 4 - Paul O'Neill takes out Padres second baseman Quilvio Veras in an effort to break up a double play. The Yankees still lead, 4-0.

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Bottom 5 - Greg Vaughn narrowly misses an opposite field homerun, but settles for an RBI double. The Yankees lead, 4-1.

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Top 8 - Tino Martinez hits a homerun to left center field off of Padres reliever Randy Myers. It extends the Yankees lead to 5-1.

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Ballgame! Pinch hitter Archi Cianfrocco flies out to center to end the game. Final score, 5-1 Yankees.

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5 hours ago, junior1617 said:

when will you upload this friend mod?
 

 

When I'm done with it. I've still got a bit to go. I have to adjust stats and everything. Right now I'm working with the base MVP 1994 mod, so Mariano Rivera doesn't even have his cutter yet.

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2 hours ago, BallFour said:

 

When I'm done with it. I've still got a bit to go. I have to adjust stats and everything. Right now I'm working with the base MVP 1994 mod, so Mariano Rivera doesn't even have his cutter yet.

ok this good friend we are waiting for your anxious mod
 

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All 30 MLB managers now have cyberfaces! I've also added Manny Acta as the Minor League manager, and I think I found a way to have a bench coach cyberface show up. I'm going to test it when I get back home, but I was playing around in the code and I may have found a way to get it. I'm going to try it out. If it works, Don Zimmer will be the bench coach if your manager gets ejected. Again, it would be for every team, but whatever.

 

Please note that due to the way things are coded, Manny Acta will be the manager for EVERY Minor League team, and Zim will be the bench coach for EVERY team if the manager gets tossed.

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Really excited for this BallFour. The work you've put into this is nothing short of amazing. Thank you for taking the time to do all of this.

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Happy to help. I actually figured out how to change the All-Star team managers. It's right there in the manager part of the database. I think for my mod, rather than looking at Mike Hargrove and Jim Leyland forever, I'm going to go with Joe Torre for the AL and Bobby Cox for the NL. It pits two of the best mangers of the 90s in each ASG.

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Still plugging away here. Manager photos have been completed, and now I'm into the most tedious part of all - data entry. Some of the entries that I've seen from players that already exist in the 94 mod were kinda meh, so I'm going through everything. 

 

To give you an idea as to how time consuming this is, I've been at it for 7 days and have only made it up to Houston in MVPedit. But I'm still working on things. After this, it'll be audio, and then I can get into the creative details, like frontend art and stadium pictures. 

 

Also, regarding the bench coach cyberface, it looks like even if I changed the information in the database, it resets itself after opening the game, so it doesn't look like there's a way to do that. It just returns back to Default Default. Oh well. I was also trying to find a way to change the faces on the umpires to get a little more diversity, but I haven't been able to find that yet.

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Another discovery. I'm adding stats to the game and keeping the original year. For example, Bernie Williams will have debuted in 1991 rather than 2002 like in the MVP 94 mod's stats. If you use TyWiggins' fantastic Schedule Updater, you can roll back the year on your dynasty to 1998 and the stats will pick up right there, going from 1997 to 1998. I did a test run to confirm this.

 

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I also confirmed that even though I switched the Astros and Dodgers around in the game, guys like Craig Biggio will still say HOU in their stats and guys like Mike Piazza will still have LA in their stats.

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Another thing I did was create a new facial hair template for the generic faces. Now I've enabled things so that anybody with a generic face will now have a different goatee option, where it's not connected at the sides. I'll upload a photo when I'm finished, but it'll overwrite one of the mustache options.

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Nice to see that my shocking original mod is recieving a much needed overhaul! Look forward to seeing the finished product :)

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27 minutes ago, andy82 said:

Nice to see that my shocking original mod is recieving a much needed overhaul! Look forward to seeing the finished product :)

 

 Don't be a stranger around here!

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1 hour ago, andy82 said:

Nice to see that my shocking original mod is recieving a much needed overhaul! Look forward to seeing the finished product :)

 

Hey great to see you here! I've honestly been working on this mod since before you released yours! I saw that you posted one and I was amazed at the quality. It's seriously great work. I just didn't want to lose all the time I put in making my own, so I'm still making my own tweaks. Guess I'm just stubborn like that. :D

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Stats have been entered up to Philadelphia and I'm about halfway through Pittsburgh now. Just the four "S" teams and the three "T" teams to go for the MLB rosters!

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I'm having a hard time deciding what to do with the legendary teams right now. I could leave them as is, I could have the 1999 Futures Stars (since the Futures Game wasn't around until 1999), I could have the '27 Yankees and '06 Cubs, I could bring in the 2001 Mariners, or... something. I don't know. Just looking for input because I'm stumped as to what to do.

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11 hours ago, BallFour said:

I'm having a hard time deciding what to do with the legendary teams right now. I could leave them as is.

I Concur

 

 

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I also had the idea of making the legendary teams into the '97 Indians and '97 Marlins, since both teams looked very different after that World Series.

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2 hours ago, BallFour said:

I also had the idea of making the legendary teams into the '97 Indians and '97 Marlins, since both teams looked very different after that World Series.

sound cool too, two greats team

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Yeah. Just not sure how to do it because I can't find good high quality photos of the 1997 teams, which kinda sucks.

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7 minutes ago, BallFour said:

Yeah. Just not sure how to do it because I can't find good high quality photos of the 1997 teams, which kinda sucks.

 

Let me throw this at you. If someone wanted to use the 1997 Indians or Marlins all they would have to do is load up the 1997 mod.

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