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Stephen Caines This is a new AoM:TT shell posted in response to a a discussion thread on a best of aomh mods.

Feel free to download it, but it will only be supported for the best of release (by this I mean it should work, but if anything you use it for gets overwritten, that is your risk).

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aomzmod.exe, is based on Ykkrosh's aomxmod and the extensions I made for Age of Middle Earth (aomemod.exe).

This .exe has the following changes from the standard AoM:TT version:

1. Protounit and Technology definitions are loaded from a protoz.xmb and techtreez.xmb file. The zpack_data.bar contains copies of these files (which at present are just copies of the TT release versions of protox.xmb and techtreex.xmb (e.g. they include no additional units).

2. Text is referenced from the zpacklanguage.dll file (included and currently a copy of the original xpacklanguage.dll).

3. Soundsets are defined from a soundset-zpack.xmb/xml file.

4. It loads a list of additional .bar files, held in the barlstz.txt file (you can still use Ykkrosh's barlist.txt with aomxmod.exe for your own mods, while using the new ones for the best of edition).

This Release will install the following files:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\loadingz1024.bmp
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\loadingz1280.bmp
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\loadingz640.bmp
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\loadingz800.bmp
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\splashz.bmp
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\barlstz.txt
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\zpacklanguage.dll
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\aomzmod.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\anim\zpack_anim.bar
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\data\zpack_data.bar
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\history2\zpack_history.bar
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\models\zpack_models.bar
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\sound\zpack_sounds.bar
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\textures\zpack_textures.bar

With the exception of the zpack_data.bar and zpack_sound.bar the other .bat files are empty. The data bar includes two files protoz.xmb and techtreez.xmb. The sound bar file includes two files soundset-zpack.xmb and soundset-zpack.xml.

The splashz and loadingzXXX.bmp files are for example purposes only. The splash is shown at start-up and the loading files get displayed after the into cinematic. The different loading bitmaps are the same, just resized for different display settings.

Note: This version uses standard AoM:TT major gods, minor gods and mood music.


Extract the file AOMZPack.exe and run it, and the files will be installed in the correct directories. As all the files use different names to those in AoM or AoM:TT it will NOT overwrite anything.


Double click on aomzmod.exe. You will notice that the interim startup bitmaps make it look different.

At present aomz will have exactly the same as character set as AoM:TT.

To make a Best Of, you will need to do the following.

1. Make sure you have Ykkrosh's Bar Builder installed.

2. Create the following directory structure:

- zpack_anim
- zpack_data
- zpack_history
- zpack_models
- zpack_sounds
- zpack_textures

3. Copy the relevant anim, history, models, sounds and texture files for all the mods into their respective folders.

4. Convert the protoz.xmb file provide to .xml and merge all the new protounit definitions into the
.xml and then reconvert it to .xmb format.

5. Convert the techtreez.xmb file provide to .xml and merge all the new technology definitions into the
.xml and then reconvert it to .xmb format.

6. Add all the next text entries in to the zpacklanguage.dll file
. Note if you are using Vachu's Text Editor, it saves the output as language.dll so you will need to rename this file.

7. Drag and Drop each of the above sub-directories (from 2) into Ykkrosh's Bar Builder. This will create a
new set of .bar files. These can then be moved into the appropriate Age of Mythology directories.

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Infurn4tr1x ummmm like 1st download.wootwootwootwoot
Two_ace_u the guy above me please die.
What exactly does this do to the game?
Stephen Caines
File Author
It doesn't do anything (read the explanation above). It is just a shell for some people talking about creating a best of version of AoMH mods. It uses different names for the key files so it can be used without wrecking the standard or your own customised version of the game.

Rating: 5
Out Of All modification utilities this is by far the best! With this as a template, Anyone can create a new civ without the hassle. It is a great download and i recommend to all modders, seeking to create a master piece. Caines you might actually be the best modder here in aomh.

Additional Comments:
Keep up the good work!
nottud Lol - it doesn't even check for the CD in the drive but it doesn't allow you to play online.
Stephen Caines
File Author
Thanks guys.

As far as playing online goes, it won't work, but it may provide scope to host a second application that allows people to play modified versions.

tasev Maybe you should just teach ppl how to edit the exe for themselves. If you have time to make a tutorial.
Stephen Caines
File Author
@Tasev - I should, and I intended to write down the changes when I did the z version, but forgot! If I'm called on to do another version (Age of Star Wars for example), I will try and remember to take notes next time.

stargater93 quated from Two_Ace_u

[Q]Anyone can create a new civ without the hassle[Q]

WHAT? You can create a NEW CIV? As in new Gods? or units? or buildings? if so then i want this!!!!!! as long as it dont mess up my game...

And another question, if i download this, can i go online with my normal AOM gold game? if not then ill pass on this, as i go online to ESO almost every time i use AOM...

[Edited on 07/03/07 @ 03:00 PM]

Stephen Caines
File Author
@stargater93 - this version was mainly for a best-of version of AOM that was discussed in the forums a while back.

It can be used for new civs, though as stated in the post entry, this version doesn't change the names of the major and minor god xmb files (whereas Age of Middle Earth does).

If this (a new civ) is what most people are using this mod for, then I will update the post to make it point to a different set of god files as well.

Please advise.
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