Introduction


One of the things many find sorely lacking in the Bioware NPCs are the more complex relationships presented by modern NPC mods--especially in regards to "friendships", the relationships NPCs have with the PC when not romancing them.

This mod adds a series of dialogues with Minsc.

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Installation


Windows

Minsc Friendship is a WeiDU mod, packaged in an extractable .ZIP archive. Simply unpack the mod package into your Baldur's Gate II directory and run ""setup-minscfriendship.exe".

To un-install, run "setup-minscfriendship.exe" again and select the un-install option.




Compatibility and Installation Order

Minsc Friendship mod should be compatible with all WeiDU mods, however, we cannot test every single one. It is only compatible with BGII: ToB. If you do encounter an error, please let us know by posting the message at our forums.

Although it is not required for the Minsc Friendship to function properly, it is always a good idea install the latest version of the BG2 Fixpack.


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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Is the Minsc Friendship compatible with XYZ mod?
A: It most certainly should be, but we have not tested it with every single mod available. It may logical incompatibilities with The Kidnapping of Boo UB quest.

Q: When will the friendship start?
A: After you join Minsc. First timered dialogue should happen some time after you visit Slums for the first time. Talks with specific PC character should start after 5 friendship talks. There are also some event-related talks which can be fired independently.

Q: This mod isn't in character at *all*.
A: We're always looking for ways to improve the characterisation in this mod, so please post any suggestions or constructive criticism on the forums.

Q: Have you got any plans to expand the mod by adding more dialogues in future?
A: There are no current plans to add to the mod, no, but feel free to make suggestions!

Q: How many dialogues are there added in total?
A: With this mod installed, you should be able to experience up to 16 dialogues in SoA - 5 timered ones, another 5 if your character match special conditions and up to 6 situational talks. You can experience up to 4 dialogues in ToB. You can have some easter-egg Boo dialogues. Just click "converse" while browsing Boo's item description.

Q: Does this mod change the game in any way besides adding more dialogue to Minsc?
A: No, it shouldn't.

Q: Is there any chance that player initiated dialogue will be added in future?
A: There are currently no plans for it.

Q: I would like to translate Minsc friendship into another language. Any chance you could TRAify the mod?
A: Sure, we'd be happy to. If you are interested in translating, just send us a line and I'll see what I can do for the next version.


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Credits


Writing and coding: Lava Del'Vortel, based on some talks and notes left by Kaeloree
Editing and additional writing: AionZ / Artemius_I
Consultation: Kaeloree


Acknowledgements:

  • Thank you to everyone on the Interaction Expansion project team, and everyone who has contributed to the mod!
  • Russian translation: Arkie and Arcanecoast.ru.


Programs/tools used in creation:

  • WeiDU, by Wes Weimer, Valerio Bigiani (the bigg) and Wisp.
  • Near Infinity, by Jon Olav Hauglid, FredSRichardson, and Argent77.
  • WinRAR, by Eugene Roshal/Alexander Roshal.
  • IESDP, maintained by igi and lynx.


Copyright Notice:

The Minsc Friendship was developed by Lava Del'Vortel, Kaeloree and AionZ / Artemius_I, based on material from the game Baldur's Gate II and its expansion.

All mod content is © Lava Del'Vortel, Kaeloree and AionZ / Artemius_I.

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal © TSR, Inc. The BioWare Infinity Engine is © BioWare Corp.

Please note that any and all redistribution and/or hosting of this mod is expressly unwanted without permission from the author(s).

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Version history


Version 1.2 (December 14, 2019)
  • Fixed an issue with Auto-Package Generator tool: new version of MacOS (Catalina) prevented the mod to be installed.

Version 1.1 (November 24, 2019)
  • Added minscfriendship.ini metadata file to support AL|EN's "Project Infinity".
  • Rewrote itemdial.2da appending in a more "cosmetic" way.
  • Added REQUIRE_PREDICATE process to avoid installing the mod in inaccurate games.
  • Component: added DESIGNATED number and "minsc_friendship" LABEL.
  • Updated deprecated modding tools links.
  • Lower cased files.
  • Updated and renamed readme file to minscfriendship-readme-english.html.
  • Added Russian translation: Arkie and Arcanecoast.ru.
  • Included Linux and Mac Os X versions in the same package (thanks AL|EN!).
  • Updated WeiDU installer to v246.
  • Transfered mod to SpellHold Studios GitHub account.

Version 1.0 (January 2019)
  • Initial release.

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