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vdr1981 02-13-2018 09:58 AM

The Wolves of Steel v2.2 - ready for download (Steam v1.2.0 compatible)

Preivious v2.0.0 to v2.1.2 changelogs:
The Wolves of Steel v2.0.0

- Few small fixes in fishing boats, common and "Royal Oak" campaign layers.
- "scrollable" inscription in user charts box, for less insightive captains.
- AI nightime visual sensor tweaks/adjustments.
- Lowered water reflections in order to reduce reflections flickering when looking at distant (dat, imported) objects.
- Names.cfg, few ship class/names tweaks.
- Small Replenishment Oiler (Small Oiler's upgraded twin/clone) present in TF with capital ships (required for realistic AI TF behavior).
- Currently installed TWoS version visible in main menu.
- Disabled AI escorts ability to detect surfaced targets with their hydrophone up until late 1942/early 1943 at which point most of in-game escorts will be equipped with on board radar anyway. This should make early war night surface engagements somewhat easier and more realistic ("TWoS Escorts_No Hyd on Surface_Testing" optional addon is not needed anymore).
- Added hydrodynamic drag to submarines conning towers adjusted per towers size, shape and number of AA guns (affects submerged range and speed).
- Dynamic Environment 2.9 realistic colors and env config files.
- TDW tweaks for water reflections intensity determent by available light.
- Free crew spec. abilities active by default.
- Adjusted/revised crew passive and spec. abilities, costs and bonuses. (*requires campaign restart)
- New realistic battery discharging/recharging times set per Gezahu's recent findings (~ 160km at 4kn with ~ 10h recharge). (*requires campaign restart)
- New, more realistic and cool looking (Conus00) GUI dials.
- Removed misleading coalitions dates from flags chart.
- New map gradient, continental parts.
- Few map names location fixes.
- Sim.cfg, Airstrike.cfg, Specabilities bonuses.
- U-flak, corected file.
- Radio Navigation: Added non directional radio beacons in axis ports which should help real nav captains to find their home ports in rough weather conditions (fog, night time ect). Request bearings from your radioman if you find your self "lost in the fog". Radio beacons will be active several hours per day once the port is captured by axis forces and their location can be seen in your nav map. (will became visible in your next campaign chapter)
- Various menu.txt tweaks in order to explain better the function of certain GUI commands.
- Various campaign fixes: Adjusted spawn cool-down days to more realistic values for sea traffic, task forces, U-boats, wolfpacks, ocean liners and other naval traffic.
- Adjusted traffic lines in orders to avoid some illogicality like allied ships traveling to ports under axis jurisdiction.
- Fixed several traffic nodes problems which could sometimes cause ships to spawn over dry land.
- New fishing boats traffic layers in Artic Convoys and Final Years campaigns.
- Adjusted misplaced and added new airplanes threat zones according to historical criteria. Occasional dogfights over Norths Sea or English Canal are now more possible.
- Automatically created desktop shortcuts for contained JSGME, Options File Editor, KSD Commander applications and a donations link for any people of good will out there.
- New icon file for TWoS installers featuring letter "W" (stands for "Wolves").
- Few more minor tweaks and fixes.
- Several secondary missions patrol locations fixes for both encrypted and un-encrypted BdU orders.
- Adjusted/increased crew passive ability bonuses for different crew states (battle stations, silent running ect).
- Slightly decresed sub flags flapping sounds volume.
- Adjusted Enemy Air Strike Probability Increase on Radio Messages Sent values.
- Adjusted radioman's passive ability to lower the chances of being DF-end and getting an aircraft popping on you when sending messages.
- Clouds visible underwater fix.
- Added back previously removed FXU gun shells explosion debris particles.
- Added TDW's bridge crew for AI submarines.
- AI Sub crew "anti-CTD" fixes and TWoS compatibility tweaks.
- Chief engineer, Watch officer and Hydrophone operator dialog menus enhanced with more dialog and command lines taken from very nice archer9's expansion of old MCCD mod. Now it is possible to control your U-Boat only trough interactions with your crew.
- New dialog commands optimized for the use with TWoS megamod, removed some of the unrealistic and redundant commands.
- Several tooltips tweaks which should enhance players GUI functionality awareness.
- If dive command is issued while player is still on the bridge, message will inform him that he needs to first enter the sub.
- Underwater HDR effects adjusted for slightly "colder" appearance.
- Navigation map, edited campaign name font and background colors for better spotting.
- Campaign selection screen, campaign name title fix.
- Few optimization tweaks in Menu.txt file.
- Completely disabled incomplete and redundant stock rec. manual visible in XO's dialog menu when auto target ID is used ([#SHIP#] => #SHIP#).
- Names.cfg, adjusted ship class designations.
- Fixed XO's message box respond when asked to identify target trough added interaction dialog commands.
- New main menu background movie with authentic historical footage.
- Adjusted main menu logo position and size.
- Removed EMCCD v0.3.2 by archer9 extended dialog menu commands until I manage to track down source of game instability caused by interaction with the crew in some situations.
- Fixed missing type VIIB surfacing sounds.
- Fixed problematic simmilarity betewen "Q" and "O" letters in radiomesages and captain's log pages.
- Fixed incorectly placed Independent engine ctr buttons, switched positions (Port-left, Stb-right).
- Added "Start new campaign" informational tooltip which will inform player (once again) to make SAVE/RELOAD uppon first bunker visit.
- Adjusted campaign title font in campaign selection page.
- Adjusted credits logo size and position.
- Ingame credits page updated with a list of outstanding TWoS supporters! Thanks Captains!
- KDB receivers fix , syb systems page. KDB receivers visible only if KDB is upgraded in bunker.
- Tarnmatte Imp. availability date adjusted per Andrey's suggestion.
- Removed some OHII land env objects due game instability (Ch.Church, Asian village).
- Wellington bomber visible in museum, fixed files/controllers.
- tugBoat, removed from museum and campaign, still visible in rec manual though.
- Added more then 40 imported SH3, GWX and SH4 environmental sea and land units, including some variations of already existing ship types. All added units represent a lot of work from various subsim modders even from SH3/GWX era. Appropriate documentation and credits are added to TWoS documentation. New warship types will follow in the upcoming TWoS updates.
- Large number of various files/controller fixes for all imported units.
- Performed extended game stability stress-testing in various test scenarios.
- Added new and edited existing campaign layers in order to support addition of new units.
- Added new historically authentic shipping lines.
- Added illuminated ships for neutral nations. Permanently neutral nations (Sweden, Argentina, Ireland, Portugal and Spain) will exclusively use these type of ships.
- Rearranged nations roster.
- Added large number of port units in order to make harbors more live and immersive (various tug boats, tenders, coastal vessels, light ships, coastal fortifications, floating docks ect...). (*requires advancement to the next campaign chapter or campaign restart)
- Updated credits page: Added names of latest outstanding TWoS supporters (thank You very much Captains!)
- Increased water reflection
- Stock waterPS.fx
- Museum.cfg, hidden duplicated ship variations
- Various file and campaign layers fine tuning tweaks.
- Updated credits page: Added names of latest outstanding TWoS supporters (thank You very much Captains!)
- Adjusted start and ending dates of newly added campaign traffic layers in all campaigns in order to avoid appearance of enemy merchants in axis ports in late war years.
- Added new traffic campaign layer to Turning Point campaign as well, fixed TP campaign start CTD problem previously detected in this campaign chapter in v2.0.9a.
- Added three more new merchant ship types.
- Added Strasbourg battleship.
- Completely removed unused OHII "Z" ships from campaign layers and nations roster.
- Iluminated ships multy paint variations for permanently neutral nations, "Hap" medium TT variation 2-iluminated.
- Various file, nations roster and campaign layers fine tuning tweaks.
- New destroyer type (Chacal, France)
- Important zon file fixes for two imported ship types (damaged unit texture glitch).
- Various file, nations roster and campaign layers fixes and fine tuning tweaks.
- TWoS credits updated with the names of latest outstanding TWoS supporters: Mark "mkiii" Keen, thank You very much Captain!
- New warships type: Gorizia Heavy Cruiser, Italian
- New warships type: London Heavy Cruiser, British
- New warships type: Bourrasque Destroyer, France
- Distance between units/ships in large convoys generally reduced by 100m approximately.
- Improved appearance of RAOBF colored graticules, more precise markings and cleaner look.
- Fixed misplaced traffic in few axis ports.
- Temporally neutral nations will from now utilize both darkened and illuminated merchant vessels. Once joined one of the opposed coalitions, the nation will use darkened ships only (except American illuminated coastal traffic which appearance has been extended to early 1942 in order to simulate conditions encountered by U-boat captains on eastern American coast during the opening stages of "2nd Happy Times" and Operation "Drumbeat").
- Added support for ultra wide triple screen (21:9) in game/display resolutions.
- Added support for two new optional TWoS 2.x.x addons (Harbors Chimney Smoke and Neutrals Exclusively Illuminated until [Date])
- AM1544 to AN1544, patrol grid fix.
- Museum.cfg, hidden few new duplicated ship variations.
- TWoS crew finally crew beard (except Beno of course, he still doesn't have it). Added Kevinsue's Bearded Crew TWoS addon permanently.
- Japanese warships museum and campaign CTD fix (*Ship.cfg, MaxSpeed).
- Various file, nations roster and campaign layers fixes and fine tuning tweaks.
- Updated TWoS credits page. Latest outstanding TWoS supporters/donors: Thomas "excel4004" Pentenrieder and Fernando "Fitzcarraldo" De Cicco - Thank You very much Captains!
- Adjusted convoys and other traffic lines in Mediterranean campaigns in order to avoid occasional odd situations where allied convoys would get too close to axis controlled ports.
- Adjusted U-Boats patrol lines for AI submarines in Mediterranean campaigns.
- Adjusted port traffic lines in few Mediterranean ports.
- Fixed few problems discovered in campaign files regarding assigned convoy leaders.
- Reduced in game appearance frequency of stock "Large steamer" (Liberty clone). Adjusted availability date in order to avoid too early in game appearance of these ships.
- Various "under the hull" campaign layers and other file fixes and improvements.
- Updated and rearranged "TWoS - Documentation" folder for better transparency.
- Updated install instructions. Manual deletion of main.cfg file from documents folder ( Step 4 ) is not required anymore since it will be done automatically by TWoS main installer.
- Updated TWoS credits page. Latest outstanding TWoS supporters/donors: Clement "Siege00" DeLarge and David "HW3" Stevens - Thank You very much Captains!
- Added water reflections for coastal artillery installations.
- Repositioned/adjusted coastal artillery 3D model bones.
- V-shaped coastal artillery platform replaced with smaller rounded one which should prevent occasional inoperative coastal guns and also fit better into the SH environment.
- Revised and re-positioned coastal artillery installations in order to cover exposed approaches of allied and axis harbors.
- Added destroyable radio room damage zones to coastal artillery installations.
- Revised/repositioned minefield locations. Added new dense minefields to the most likely attack directions near enemy harbors.
- Reduced spacing between individual mines in minefields from 300m to 120-130m which will significantly increase possibility of mine struck when operating in shallow waters near enemy harbors.
- Revised anti submarine nets locations. Still looking for solution for "nets sticking out of the water" issue.
- Improved units dusk/night time visual sensors (re-enable the snapshot via Generic Patcher to activate the change).
- Various "under the hull" campaign layers and other file fixes and improvements.
- Updated TWoS credits page. Special thanks to the latest TWoS supporters/donors: Peter "TheBerbster" Scott, Volker "Lasstmichdurch" Dannenberg, Vasiliy Horbachenko, Thomas "excel4004" Pentenrieder and Brian Imwold - Thank You very much Captains!
- Zones.cfg, fooding times decreased by aproximatelly 60%.
- New flooding times added to optional TWoS FX addons.
- Added more and revised positions of already existing in-game minefields.
- Adjusted coastal defenses placing positions.
- Updated TWoS credits page. Latest outstanding TWoS supporters/donors: Markus "Tintenfassaffe86" Hübner and Chris Grimes - Thank You very much Captains!

v2.2.0 change log
Re organised main TWoS installer:
- Added to the main installer Sputterfish's automatic steam conversion tool which should finally make TWoS fully compatible with the (v1.2.0) Steam version of the game.
- Added Sputterfish's automatic config file generators for Generic File Patcher and Options File Editor/Viewer. It is not necessary anymore to manually edit any config files during the mod installation.
- Buit in JSGME application will from now contain only optional TWoS mods/add-ons while the main TWoS files will be extracted directly into "data" folder, reducing significantly possibility of user mistake and the duration of mod installation.
- Added set of optional mods and addons to the main TWoS installer, removed some of the less significant (I'll upload them per user request if neceserry).
- Resolution Patches are now named "Aspect Ratio Fix *x*" for better understanding and to keep them on top of the available optional mod list.
- Max time compression is now increased to x1024 due to proven megamod's stability.
- Windowed mod and V-sync options automatically disabled after the mod installation (significantly quicker loading times, enable the options in the in-game options menu if you wish).
- Stock OFEV settings cen be restored by runing "Restore Stock OFEV settings.bat" found in TWoS Documentation
- Yellow exclamation "new orders/objective" mark replaced with less intrusive black "message log" icon.
- Less intrusive/adjusted in-game rain effects.
- Various "under the hull" campaign layers and other file fixes and improvements.
- Updated pdf install instructions to reflect recent changes.
- Updated TWoS credits page. Latest outstanding TWoS supporters/donors: Andrew Widdicombe, Peter "bart" Simpson and Manuel Jesus Lagares Calvo - Thank You very much Captains!

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DEL1947 03-11-2018 09:55 AM

Like a charm
Downloaded,installed and ran like a charm. This mod looks very nice,runs well,but the German only voice puts me off. Nice work!

vdr1981 03-11-2018 10:26 AM


Originally Posted by DEL1947 (Post 2544982)
Downloaded,installed and ran like a charm. This mod looks very nice,runs well,but the German only voice puts me off. Nice work!

It is German sub after all... Happy hunting! :salute:

marce 05-19-2018 03:04 AM

Very smooth install experience even for poor Steam users like me, thanks man! :Kaleun_Applaud:

Captain_AJ 06-02-2018 08:45 AM

Enigma Machine
question !! Is there a possibilty that My coded messages from BDU are not comming across as a result of me enabling in options pY ? . I am still getting messages that are not encryptied .. I have enabled through Jgsme and not seeing a result .. thanks

vdr1981 06-02-2018 10:51 AM


Originally Posted by Captain_AJ (Post 2555598)
question !! Is there a possibilty that My coded messages from BDU are not comming across as a result of me enabling in options pY ? . I am still getting messages that are not encryptied .. I have enabled through Jgsme and not seeing a result .. thanks

Campaign chapter?

Captain_AJ 06-02-2018 08:18 PM


Originally Posted by vdr1981 (Post 2555638)
Campaign chapter?

happy times

vdr1981 06-03-2018 07:13 AM


Originally Posted by Captain_AJ (Post 2555694)
happy times

You'll see encrypted orders in your next patrol. For your current patrol you have already selected (in the bunker) un-encrypted orders...:yep:

fitzcarraldo 06-03-2018 09:15 AM

Thanks for the new update! :Kaleun_Cheers: Downloading now...

Best regards.

Fitzcarraldo :Kaleun_Salute:

Captain_AJ 06-04-2018 08:45 AM


Originally Posted by vdr1981 (Post 2555776)
You'll see encrypted orders in your next patrol. For your current patrol you have already selected (in the bunker) un-encrypted orders...:yep:

Thank YOu VDR !!

Hotjoe 11-19-2019 02:25 AM

Do I have to set the difficulty for the campaign or mess with anything in the Gameplay settings in Options? Or does everything run as is without having to touch any settings? Or does touching these settings even effect anything?

Hotjoe 11-21-2019 04:51 PM

Also, is it dangerous to load in autosaves? Im worried about file corruption.

THEBERBSTER 11-21-2019 05:23 PM

Hi Hj
You can customize Game Play Settings when you are in the bunker.
You need to make a manual game save and then load the game save so your changes are kept.

The campaign difficulty just presets the game play settings to the level of difficulty selected.

It is always preferable to make your own manual game saves rather than rely on auto saves which may be corrupted.


Bootheavy 02-11-2020 08:43 AM

Thanks for this amazing Mod!

I just updated from 2216 to 2217 and noticed that the sub wake changed. I actually found that 2216 wake looked a bit better and am considering making myself a patch to reinstate the 2216 wake. I’m assuming I just need to overwrite a texture or two and perhaps and fx file. I wonder if someone could direct me to the right files to achieve this and thus shorten my trial and error process. Thanks in advance!

divemonkie 02-11-2020 05:44 PM

Thank you
Id dumped SH5 some time ago. #@$% Uplay!!!!!

But thanks to this amazing mod and all your hard work its up and running and looks great.

pure SubSim porn...gonna go find that money shot :Kaleun_Salute:

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