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Announcements / VTMB Mega-Mod Has Been Re-released
« Last post by Tessera on August 19, 2017, 09:58:46 PM »
My VTMB Mega-Mod has been re-released.


Complete info can be found within the "Tessera's Mods" section of this board (members-only).

There are no restrictions... aside from the usual requirement that you be a registered member of this board.

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PATCHES / Re: True Patch Gold Edition -- DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINK
« Last post by Tessera on August 19, 2017, 08:20:27 PM »
I apologize in advance because I asked this several years ago and, having not played the game in a few years, forgot.  Once loaded, how can one tell the TPG has been loaded?  I suspect I screwed up since there were a few issues long since fixed plus I couldn't even find a version number.

Simple enough.

You may recall that way back in version 5.04AT of the original True Patch, I placed a couple of small texture mods into the patch... for the express purpose of allowing the user to quickly determine whether or not the True Patch was actually installed and working.

In all cases, the changes are so small and unobtrusive that you would never even notice them at all... unless you were actually looking for them.

Look for the following "version stamps" in-game:

(1) The easiest one to find is in Act One, in the alley right next to the Asylum club. There are a couple of yellow dumpsters in that alley. If you have the True patch installed, then if you closely examine the graffiti scratched into one of the dumpsters, you will find your evidence. The dumpster closest to the street has the letters "AT" scratched into it ("AT" being the initials of "Acrimonious and Tessera").

(2) Also in Santa Monica, over near the parking garage, there's a toll booth with a gate. On the side of that toll booth is a "Pay Parking" sign. If you crouch down and look closely at that sign, you'll see "504 AT" scratched into the lower left area of the sign.

(3) Lastly, just look at the main character creation screen, when you are creating a new character. In the lower right corner you should see the words "Gold Edition." This was added to the above items when I produced the True Patch Gold Edition.

So then... if you can find all three of the above "version stamps" in-game, then relax... you do indeed have the True Patch Gold Edition installed.  8)
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PATCHES / Re: True Patch Gold Edition -- DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINK
« Last post by caninelegion on August 18, 2017, 07:08:21 PM »
 I apologize in advance because I asked this several years ago and, having not played the game in a few years, forgot.  Once loaded, how can one tell the TPG has been loaded?  I suspect I screwed up since there were a few issues long since fixed plus I couldn't even find a version number. 
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Public Chat / Re: Why I Think It Is GOOD To Pirate Commercial Games
« Last post by rubinonthetable on July 25, 2017, 12:00:38 AM »
Even though this is a 8 year old thread, I couldn't agree more since most of the time developers tend to try so hard to make games playable just to appease the fans just for a quick buck. Take the infamous crapcom for instance (or at least one of the infamous company who didn't take their time and tries so hard to make games great which obviously isn't and decides to release it extremely early) since they tend to refuse to give fans what they want and has a habit of butchering the franchise and not sticking to their original roots on how it all began. (referencing the resident evil franchise that's been longed fucked up since the 5th sequel and 6th game is just an insult to injury). Then ask myself, why the hell would I want to pay 30 to 40 dollars on a broken piece of unplayable, uninteresting, bland storytelling piece of shit that is no more worth then at least 10 to 15 bucks, better off getting the pirated version. You probably might call it stealing from another thief, but I pretty much call it scamming the scammers.

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Public Chat / Re: Is Tessera Really An Asshole..?
« Last post by caninelegion on July 09, 2017, 06:36:06 PM »
Kind of gave me a headache.
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Public Chat / Re: VTMB on Windows 10 OS ???
« Last post by Tessera on July 06, 2017, 10:56:45 PM »
Hmm; that's well past my competency level.  I don't have nor want Win10 either. He's still telling people on GOG that the TPG "is an out of date patch that is based on the UP" he wrote.

Wesp says all sorts of things. Wesp is a very insecure and childish person, who desperately seeks the approval and the adulation of others. Interesting that Wesp seems to have forgotten that the very first version of his "UP" was itself stolen from a previous developer. ::)

The actual fact of the matter is that the very first version of the True Patch... version 4.04AT, way back in late 2006... was indeed created by starting with one of Wesp's "UP" abortions and then stripping out all of the unnecessary and unwanted crap from it. Acrimonious was the wizard who did nearly all of the work on that very first True Patch, with my role being one of consultant and promoter. I also contributed a few texture repairs.

The end result caused a bit of an uproar... and rightly so. Therefore, Acrimonious and myself put our heads together again, and decided to create an entirely new version of the True Patch... starting completely from scratch. This endeavor took us several months to complete. The end result was the much-lauded True Patch version 5.04AT, released in the spring of 2007, which consisted entirely of our original work. There was not a speck of Wesp's stuff anywhere within version 5.04AT of the True Patch. Absolutely nothing at all.

Shortly thereafter, Acrimonious retired from the world of gaming, in order to pursue a new career that involved quite a bit of traveling. So it fell to me to keep the True Patch updated. I quickly had to learn how to do... well... everything, so far as the nuts and bolts of VTMB are concerned. It was quite a learning process for me at the time.

The True Patch Gold Edition, which I first began developing back in 2010 (if memory serves), was produced 100% by yours truly. I retained many of the Python script repairs that Acrimonious had added to version 5.04AT, but everything else within the TPG was done by little ol' Tessera. And I have maintained it ever since. The TPG is not "outdated," as Wesp claims, simply because it is 100% applicable and appropriate for a game that was released back in 2004. If the TPG is "outdated" in any way, well then so is VTMB. The TPG really doesn't require any more updates, as it already fixes every single important (and not so important) bug that existed within the original, plain-vanilla game. In fact, to this day, the TPG fixes far more LEGITIMATE bugs within Bloodlines than ANY version of Wesp's garbage -- past or present. While Wesp has always been primarily focused upon people-pleasing, I have always been focused upon actual, legitimate bugs and fully repairing them. This has been true ever since 2013, which was the last time that I released any important updates for the TPG.

And that's the true story. Any connections between the True Patch series and Wesp were completely severed MORE THAN A DECADE AGO. For him to keep spreading his idiotic lies, especially at this late stage, tells us much about Wesp's psychological and emotional instability.

On my end... I honestly never, ever think about Wesp these days. Not until one of you folks brings him up to me. In my mind, all of the conflicts that I once had with Wesp belong in the long-dead past. It's very old news to me at this point. I don't mind talking about Wesp... but I'm not sure what I could contribute, aside from the obvious. If Wesp is still ranting about me and the TPG, after all of these years, then it must be because he still feels threatened somehow. And that's his problem -- not mine.

Feel free to quote all of the above on any forum of your choosing. It is 100% accurate and true... and straight from the source (me). But whether or not other people choose to believe it is completely unimportant to me.
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Public Chat / Re: Lara Croft's Tits Are Too Small
« Last post by Tessera on July 06, 2017, 10:01:46 PM »
The actual story... as I understand it... is that one of the devs who was creating the original model for Lara Croft "accidentally" made her breasts very large. He then showed the results to the rest of the dev team and they all loved her sexy, big-breasted appearance. So Toby Gard decided to keep it, even though the double-D cup Lara didn't exactly fit with his original concept for her.

But regardless of how she was initially created and why, the fact remains that Lara's original appearance quickly became iconic and it should never have been changed.

I personally never took Lara Croft any less seriously, just because she had huge boobs. She was simply even more entertaining and engaging that way -- which can only be a good thing.
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Public Chat / Re: Lara Croft's Tits Are Too Small
« Last post by spidey360 on July 06, 2017, 04:57:12 PM »
Ok...

I got the main reason right here for these changes...

Tomb Raider visionary Toby Gard—the animator who created Lara Croft and came up with the initial concept for the game—was unhappy.
"The idea was to create a female character who was a heroine, you know, cool, collected, in control, that sort of thing," he told Gamasutra in 1998.
But Eidos emphasized Lara's sex appeal in marketing, putting her in provocative poses and revealing outfits on posters and advertisements.
She went beyond a simple comic-book-style caricature of an attractive woman to appear something more carnal and sleazy.

Toby Gard wanted Lara Croft to be sophisticated and unattainable, but Eidos marketing often portrayed her solely as a sex symbol.
Marketing in those days was loud, laddish, and barely in touch with the video games it was tasked with selling. It was also detached from the processes within Core.
"Marketing was seen as this invisible bunch of imbeciles that always kept asking these idiotic requests that we couldn't fulfill," recalls Sandham.
"I don't think we ever met anybody from marketing. Marketing was this invisible thing that would just be there to irritate us when we were in the middle of a crunch."

Gard had his own visions for how Tomb Raider would be marketed. His idea for Lara, which he wanted to get across in movie-style posters and slick marketing material, was more sophisticated.
"He presented these ideas to Eidos, and the Eidos marketing guys basically went, 'What? Go away, little man,'" says Rummery.
"'We're not interested. What are you doing here? This is our job.' And he was so pissed off about that. He couldn't let that go."

Oh, and the first "size changes" happened in the first reboot: Tomb Raider Legend(2006)

Sorry for the long post



Thanks and regards
spidey360
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Public Chat / Re: OS Use
« Last post by caninelegion on July 06, 2017, 04:00:24 PM »
No worries.  8)

Anyway... so far as I know, it -is- possible to run VTMB with the TPG on Windows 10...

...but it involves installing the secdrv.sys driver into Windows 10 in a rather weird manner that I have never personally investigated. I don't own Windows 10... nor do I want Windows 10... so there is no way for me to test anything regarding Windows 10. This is an issue that other people will need to investigate and (hopefully) solve.

As for Wesp... truly, that lying douchebag is a non-entity to me these days. I think it's common knowledge that in his zeal to be liked and revered, Wesp has effectively gone way too far with his "patches" and indeed, he has utterly ruined the original game. People who realize this rather obvious fact will shun Wesp, and turn to using the TPG. Many thousands of VTMB players have already done so. And I am sure that, by now, some of them must have figured out a way to get the TPG working on Windows 10. But I personally have no first-hand experience with it.

Hmm; that's well past my competency level.  I don't have nor want Win10 either.  He's still telling people on GOG that the TPG "is an out of date patch that is based on the UP" he wrote.  He has kind of taken over that site although his minions of old seem to have deserted him.  I wonder how badly GOG is regretting using his patch that needs updated three to four times a year?  :)   They have a history of using player made patches like in Gothic but most of those were stable and updated only occasionally.   

Sad that this site declined so in usage but, it's basis, ie Bloodlines, is an old game.  I knew things were slow here but, well, I've never been one to take advantage of the social aspects of a site.  I'd check daily and answer questions that I felt able to and chime into an existing thread at times but haven't really had any questions myself for a long time so I haven't started many threads.  I never considered myself a lurker but perhaps i do fit that category.  Anyway, I digress.  I guess that as long as GOG/steam sell Bloodlines, there'll be new but short-lived people here. 
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Public Chat / Re: OS Use
« Last post by Tessera on July 05, 2017, 07:32:59 PM »
No worries.  8)

Anyway... so far as I know, it -is- possible to run VTMB with the TPG on Windows 10...

...but it involves installing the secdrv.sys driver into Windows 10 in a rather weird manner that I have never personally investigated. I don't own Windows 10... nor do I want Windows 10... so there is no way for me to test anything regarding Windows 10. This is an issue that other people will need to investigate and (hopefully) solve.

As for Wesp... truly, that lying douchebag is a non-entity to me these days. I think it's common knowledge that in his zeal to be liked and revered, Wesp has effectively gone way too far with his "patches" and indeed, he has utterly ruined the original game. People who realize this rather obvious fact will shun Wesp, and turn to using the TPG. Many thousands of VTMB players have already done so. And I am sure that, by now, some of them must have figured out a way to get the TPG working on Windows 10. But I personally have no first-hand experience with it.
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