I'll post more info (and screenshots) on the game shortly. For real this time. XD
Readme.txt wrote:Hardwar! A game by Gremlin Interactive Ltd. and The Software Refinery Ltd.
UIM.06 Patch by Ian Martin
Optional Enhanced2 community patch by Smurph
Optional custom rebalances to ships, cells, engines, and cargo pods by fox Unit 01 using Ouch's Hardwar Patcher
Packaged for the 88 Flak Freelancer community by fox Unit 01 and M0tah
http://www.memes.no/88flak/forum/viewforum.php?f=37 - 88 Flak Community's Hardwar Discussion Forums
Table of Contents:
##1 - Introduction
##2 - Installation Instructions
##3 - General Information
##4 - Gameplay Information / Tips
##5 - Terminal Commands
##6 - Contact Info
##7 - Changelog
##1 - Introduction:
Hardwar is an open-ended flying game set on a small moon named Titan. Once a thriving mining colony, it was forced into political turmoil when the corporate-powers-that-be pulled the colony's funding, forcing the remaining colonists to fight amongst themselves for survival. Over time, two factions - Lazarus and Klamp-G - began to rise in power, and now vie for control of Titan's individual craters. Between this, rising amounts of independant piracy (of which the local police forces sometimes turn a blind eye to), and a mysterious threat that looms on the horizon, many wonder if the population of Titan will ever find peace.
The answer is "highly unlikely," so it's time to strap in, load your weapons, and see what lies ahead in the city of misplaced optimism.
##2 - Installation Instructions:
Automatic installation from packaged installer:
1. Install Hardwar to a directory of your choice.
2. If you allowed the installer to place Start Menu shortcuts, launch the game using those. If not, open Hardman.exe in the Hardwar folder.
Manual installation from ZIP:
1. Extract the 'Hardwar' folder to a folder of your choice, for example "C:\Games" or "C:\Program Files". etc.
2. Open Hardwar.reg in the Hardwar folder. This is normally created by the demo install, however if you were to install that then you'd have to download all of the patches, and there's a LOT of them. It's a pain. Trust me.
3. Open HardwarEopt.exe in the Hardwar folder. Select 'Paths' under Group (left column), and make sure ALL paths point to your hardwar folder - they, by default, point to "C:\Games\Hardwar", where I have it installed. Ignore source path, it's where the demo install was run from.
3. Open Hardman.exe in the Hardwar folder.
If all worked well, it shall present to you a launcher.
Configure the game from there, and then start 'er up, matey.
##3 - General Information:
This was available for free download at the-underdogs.org. It is technically a demo version, however there was an official patch that upgraded it to the full game. The game has been fully patched with both official (UIM.06) and community patches (Enhanced2) and is ready for playing.
If you plan to play Hardwar online with others whom are also using this package, it would be best to not alter any of the files (aside from configuring options in the launcher) to ensure maximum stability.
If you would like to not use either Smurph's Enhanced2 patch, delete the "Enhanced2" file in your Hardwar directory.
If you would like to not use my rebalance patch, delete the current "HardwarW.exe" file in your Hardwar directory and rename "HardwarW.exe.foxbackup" to "HardwarW.exe".
Note: Max's Enhanced community patch is not included in this install - while there are some nice benefits to the Enhanced patches, such as a fully dynamic economy and HUD upgrades, there are some stability issues created from these patches. Thus, only Smurph's Enhanced2 and my rebalance patches are included.
##4 - Gameplay Information / Tips:
There is no point to Hardwar, as it is an open-ended game, however it can be a good laugh for Multiplayer purposes, especially when you start hiring NPCs to do dirty work for you and purchase your own buildings, which can manufacture and sell goods, weapons, or even ships if you like.
Hardwar is best played with a Joystick, however it can be played with a keyboard and mouse, and rather well, too - it takes a bit of time to get used to the mouse flight as it's very touchy, but it works all the same, and is the control style I prefer.
I'll leave you to figure out most of the game - there's way too much to sum up here. One thing I will however explain is the 'Terminal' - hit O to bring it up, by default. It acts as a sort of console, and is mostly used for hired NPC managment, should you hire any. I'd type help as soon as it's open, it'll give you a big list of commands. Most of them should be self-explainatory, and if you type one in it'll tell you how to use it. Some commands, however, are not listed in the in-game help; I've documented those below at the end of this file.
Don't pester me how to do advanced stuff like organizing a bunch of hired NPCs, running manufacturing facilities, etc. For one thing, figure it out, that's part of the fun (I've included a few things collected from various sources in the Documentation folder), and for another thing I have no clue how to do stuff like manufacturing myself, so you'll just have to experiment.
The game really does have an impressive amount of depth, so don't give it up in one night - stick with it, it really is rather fun.
Also, DO NOT, if at all possible, leave the game when your ship is in space. An autopilot will attempt to bring you to the nearest building, even if you can't dock there. This means your character will GET STUCK in an endless dock loop and WILL HAVE TO BE KILLED. If your computer is going to crash, make sure it crashes indoors. ;)
Finally, don't die. You will lose your character, and will be unable to use your name again. You have been warned. ;P
##5 - Terminal Commands:
Please reference Documentation/Terminal Commands.txt for information on how to use the Terminal.
##6 - Contact Info:
My E-Mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. I go on AIM by the name of foxUnit01, and my MSN Messenger (preferred method) is foxUnit01@hotmail.com
If I use anything else, chances are the name contains "fox" "Unit" and "01" in it, in that order. (I also go by the name bloodfox01 and RocketTurd! in some games)
If you ever want to play some Hardwar, give me a buzz! I love playing this old relic. =D
##7 - Changelog:
08/17/08 - Fixed installer that doesn't fail the registry setup
08/23/08 - Developed my own patch to rebalance Cells (power supplies), Engines, Cargo Pods, and finally Ships
12/29/08 - Fixed F7 Inventory Display CTD issue that resulted from my patches