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    Default Announcement: Taking a Break

    I'd like to announce that after the release of CAE v1.3 I'm taking a break from the mod.

    As for reasons that I could give, modding and playing mtw2 for 8-9 months and not being interested in or playing any other game,I believe had led a considerable amount of loss in terms of motivation and interest.

    Another reason perphaps that the same rule applies to enthusiasm,I've implemented most or nearly all of the ideas that I wished to feature in this great game.Some of the ideas needs much testing and in this process one gets weary of all CTDs and especially a computer full of hundreds of mtw2 modified or vanilla files.

    As like in everythingelse the modding process of mtw2 is also evaluating and in constant progress.The best example to that is the use of mesh files that like in mods such as Broken Crescent,Sicilian Vespers and Dawn of Kingdoms many new units and weapons are created from scratch by editing mesh files.

    For the improvement of CAE,the effective use of mesh files is also essential.I myself lack the skill of modelling,although recently I learnt a bit of milkshape and used it for certain units,that is not enough to attain the desired much more authentic and realistic(historical) units.

    SpaceUnion the sole modeler that I've worked together(and enjoyed that because basically he is a good guy) had been working on modelling the Teutonic Knights which took about at least 4 weeks,so making additional remodelled units seems out of question as obviously it takes long time.

    Enclosing I think I don't have much else to do about Clouds Across Europe and can't contribute much longer to the community and am kind of tired.. So as I emphasized in the first paragraph after the release of CAE v1.3 I will take a break from the mod,how long this will take I am not sure...

    I found it proper to make this announcement to prevent people having much higher hopes and expectations; at the risk of cutting complete interest in the mod.

    I'd like to specifically indicate that this doesn't mean that the mod is dead,I've released multiple of versions and there is already enough material,I'll view the sub-forum and will stick around to answer questions about the mod,and to help people who have problems...

    In the light of this I shall ask certain suggestion posts about the mod to be ceased after the CAE v1.3..


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    Zeph
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    Man that's sad to hear but its your call. Indeed you should take a break and then come back after a while. It always helps in other stuff so why not in the modding world.

    As for actual unit creation, I have to admit that the reason why it took so long is mostly because neither of us have had much experience in modelling and implenting new models for M2TW from scratch. So it was mostly a guess-and-hope-it-works kind of method. Various other things came in the way like no skinner so that contributed to why it took so long. I'm pretty confident now that we got this working that we could start modelling units and implenting them quickly.

    But take your break as long as ya need. I'll still be here to do modelling once you return. Its been a great time working with you man and hopefully you'll be back soon. Cheers.
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    Btw, we actually found a skinner (well a skinner-to-be). He's new to the job but he's willing to learn and everything. You can check our ad thread in the Ad forum. Its the top thread there.
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    After all that you've done I believe that you have earned a much needed break. Its sad to here that this is causing you so much trouble but it is totally understandable that such a thing would cause you so much stress. I think a break is the best thing for you. I hope that this dosent mean the end of the project as I think there is much more that can be done. Sorry I couldn't be any help and I hope we see your hand in play once again.
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    It will be sad that you are gone, Still you deserve it. A break is always a good thing. The version already done are great, the v 1.3 coming out seems to be great too. Your creations and especially this mod is the best mod in the whole Total war center and you should feel proud about that.

    Whether you are returning or not, I would love to see improvements in the mod. But it is you who should decide that and even if you aren't returning to continue the mod has reached it's heights.

    Even if it is the end of the CAE. The whole progress has been great, personally I am glad to have tried to help with Sweden and Abbasids, and this mod is something that all MTW games and mods should remember, This is a mod worthy enough of being incorporated within the history of all Total war games.

    have a nice break Zeph, best wishes- Eranshahr!
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    Best of wishes in your future endeavors! Clouds Across Europe is a big part of the TWC Mod Scene, so you'll be missed! Get some rest, clear your mind and go from there!

    Cheers!

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    good luck with the break Zeph
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    I want to say that your mod is one of the best mods in the TW Community.

    I wish you all the luck you need to stay away from TW games and Gaming It's Self for a while until you Regime you energy.Than Returned with excitement and enthusiasm.So go and regain your motivation and Interest in life.

    Hmm I need to do the same thing lol,No really I really do.

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    Thanks for all your understanding and support guys I will be releasing the CAE v1.3 this sunday and then will take the break...
    Shine on you crazy diamond...

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    Nice, release date. It will be really sad that you are gone.

    Some things I want to thank you for especially:

    Adding my home nation Iran into the game.
    Considering some of my suggestions to the mod.
    made the whole game much better.
    Creating the Clouds across Europe mod.

    The only lack is the Swedish faction But it isn't something important, your health and life is more important for everybody here.
    Independence, freedom, Aryan republic!
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    It is the structures of Capitalism who make the class, race and gender struggles neccesary. I personally refuse to accept that I will have approximately 17% less money each month because I am Middle Eastern, I refuse to accept that if a girl is raped the rapist blames it on her clothing, and I refuse to accept that the working class is the slave of the modern society- thats why I believe in Socialism, thats why call myself a Feminist and thats why I am Anti-rascist.

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    Default Re: Announcement: Taking a Break

    Quote Originally Posted by Eranshahr View Post
    Nice, release date. It will be really sad that you are gone.

    Some things I want to thank you for especially:

    Adding my home nation Iran into the game.
    Considering some of my suggestions to the mod.
    made the whole game much better.
    Creating the Clouds across Europe mod.

    The only lack is the Swedish faction But it isn't something important, your health and life is more important for everybody here.
    Thanks a lot Eranshahr I'll truly need some rest and then hopefully will continue working on the mod later.Thanks a lot for all your kind words and support again
    Shine on you crazy diamond...

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    Hmm Sunday perfect date Rock On!

    I Can"t wait! "I "ve been playing SS4.0 past this week and when your mod come"s out this Sunday that will be my official mod for sure."


    COE was and is the best mod in my opinion,Can't wait for #2!

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    Quote Originally Posted by republic_bohemia View Post
    Hmm Sunday perfect date Rock On!

    I Can"t wait! "I "ve been playing SS4.0 past this week and when your mod come"s out this Sunday that will be my official mod for sure."


    COE was and is the best mod in my opinion,Can't wait for #2!
    Republic Bohemia if anyone had realized (well, I have) you are an important person for the modders since you post quite encouraging and positive comments about most mods,and about the works of many modders which obviously inspires and encourages any sensible modder...

    I'm happy that you hold CAE in high regard,thank you.
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    Anyone that doesn't are those who haven't played the mod yet.
    Make sure you sue the break a lot. Like a trip to, ehm. Well I don't know anywhere better than Turkey. Just go to Antalya or Incekum

    If you return, just ask me and I will research for imformation, just like the old days
    Independence, freedom, Aryan republic!
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    It is the structures of Capitalism who make the class, race and gender struggles neccesary. I personally refuse to accept that I will have approximately 17% less money each month because I am Middle Eastern, I refuse to accept that if a girl is raped the rapist blames it on her clothing, and I refuse to accept that the working class is the slave of the modern society- thats why I believe in Socialism, thats why call myself a Feminist and thats why I am Anti-rascist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eranshahr View Post
    Anyone that doesn't are those who haven't played the mod yet.
    Make sure you sue the break a lot. Like a trip to, ehm. Well I don't know anywhere better than Turkey. Just go to Antalya or Incekum

    If you return, just ask me and I will research for imformation, just like the old days
    Have you heard of Bodrum? I can go there but since I'm a sociapath and as I just lost my last friend today I guess I'll have to go ther myself,which I'm quite reluctant to do so.
    Shine on you crazy diamond...

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    mmm Bodrum. Mum wanted to go there this year, I insisted on going to another country instead

    But right now I am imagining being on a hotel in Bodrum, which i have seen the picture of, clear water, nice wheather. eating good Turkish food because I have all inclusive, meeting beautiful Turkish women, You should really go to Bodrum

    Did you lsot your friend, did he died? I am so sorry if he/she did.
    Independence, freedom, Aryan republic!
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    It is the structures of Capitalism who make the class, race and gender struggles neccesary. I personally refuse to accept that I will have approximately 17% less money each month because I am Middle Eastern, I refuse to accept that if a girl is raped the rapist blames it on her clothing, and I refuse to accept that the working class is the slave of the modern society- thats why I believe in Socialism, thats why call myself a Feminist and thats why I am Anti-rascist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eranshahr View Post
    mmm Bodrum. Mum wanted to go there this year, I insisted on going to another country instead

    But right now I am imagining being on a hotel in Bodrum, which i have seen the picture of, clear water, nice wheather. eating good Turkish food because I have all inclusive, meeting beautiful Turkish women, You should really go to Bodrum

    Did you lsot your friend, did he died? I am so sorry if he/she did.
    Note that in Bodrum there are mostly tourists rather than Turks,the majority of them being British.. So it's most likely that you will meet British girls

    He didn't die,he just stated that he would never talk to me again.As being not very mature nor clever wasn't able to comprehend my explanations and misinterpreted some of my words and was furious at me.
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    Well it wouldn't be so strange if Bodrum were full of British toursits, I mean Germans have already captured cities like Antalya, Alanya, Side and Incekum and cities nearby

    Well he is just angry a bit, talk to him. it is always the best thing. I mean everyone gets angry, but if you leave him both he and you will lose a good friend. Resulting in nothing. I promise that one of you will start talking to the other one soon.

    Besides we are all your friends just not so close to you.
    Independence, freedom, Aryan republic!
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    It is the structures of Capitalism who make the class, race and gender struggles neccesary. I personally refuse to accept that I will have approximately 17% less money each month because I am Middle Eastern, I refuse to accept that if a girl is raped the rapist blames it on her clothing, and I refuse to accept that the working class is the slave of the modern society- thats why I believe in Socialism, thats why call myself a Feminist and thats why I am Anti-rascist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eranshahr View Post
    Well it wouldn't be so strange if Bodrum were full of British toursits, I mean Germans have already captured cities like Antalya, Alanya, Side and Incekum and cities nearby

    Well he is just angry a bit, talk to him. it is always the best thing. I mean everyone gets angry, but if you leave him both he and you will lose a good friend. Resulting in nothing. I promise that one of you will start talking to the other one soon.

    Besides we are all your friends just not so close to you.
    Well there are germans too.I even recall some Teutonic Knights as tourists,while walking on the streets of Bodrum I accidentally poured my ice cream into one of the Knights full plate and he beat me with his shield to a pulp

    Your advice is sound but I'm kind of getting pushed by people in my real life.. So for now I say to my self .. Screw him.
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    haha nice story, I was once scared by Germans. I was 7 and couldn't speak English ( or German) so the Hotel's cat had three kittens, I was watching them and then a german kid starts talkign german to me. I ran to my dad and asked him what to say, then he said that I should say " I don't speak German" so I did that, and another Turk with his german girlfriend came, and believ it or not, the woman sudenly said something in English. This time I jsut ran away

    Well if they are pushing you, just call me. i'll come and beat them up. Just tell them I am arab and they'll be scared
    Well I am pretty sure you have other friends too. Or maybe just to find someone, start talking to them. go to martial arts classes, find your interests
    Independence, freedom, Aryan republic!
    Socialism, Feminism, Anti-Rascism!
    It is the structures of Capitalism who make the class, race and gender struggles neccesary. I personally refuse to accept that I will have approximately 17% less money each month because I am Middle Eastern, I refuse to accept that if a girl is raped the rapist blames it on her clothing, and I refuse to accept that the working class is the slave of the modern society- thats why I believe in Socialism, thats why call myself a Feminist and thats why I am Anti-rascist.

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