DotA Theme Manager Version 2 released - Snow Theme Beta Included!
DotA Theme Manager, Version 2 released - Snow Theme Beta Included! Boring with all the same background and cosmetics on Dota-Allstars map? Now you can change the background into something cooler. Actually, this things is already there on Dota-Allstars forums since a while ago, but i prefer playing Clockwerk Goblin at the time :p Watch the screenshot and be amazed! Here is some quote and note on how to install it.
1. What does this "Theme Manager" do?
The Theme Manager allows you using different terrainsets in DotA without using a different map. This works by replacing the textures/models in your MPQs - WC3's Data files - itself. It will not only change DotA's Terrain (where it has no glitches), but also other maps. In other maps, it will look quite bad, so this is more useful for DotA.
While it strongly changes the appearance of the map, it does not change anything of the gameplay - the changes are of PURE visual nature and the process is easily reversible.
The Theme Manager is completely compatible with every platform/hosting program (b.net/GGC/DC/LC/Hamachi/...).
The patch seems to have brought no problem at all.
2. What does it contain?
-"Pandaren" UI for both parties (thanks to Unwirklich)
-"Demon" UI for both parties (thanks to Unwirklich)
-"Frost" UI for both parties (made by myself, based on human UI)
-orcish UI (by Blizzard, for both parties)
-Pandaren or Demon User Interface for all 4 parties
3. How to use it?
How to install the Theme Manager?
1. If you have beachpack installed, restore to original (if you can't, it won't be too bad afaik). You would have exchanged your War3Patch.mpq in this case and should have a backup (with lower filesize).
2. Unpack the file IN your warcraft folder - in most cases C:\Program Files\Warcraft III.
3. DO NOT move or rename any of the files you unpacked.
1. Close your warcraft AND warcraft world editor. Else it does not work!
2. Start the program. If you start it the first time, it will create a backup of your MPQ
3. Select your favourite toolkit. If you select one, it will always be activated unless you change it!
4. Start WC3. Whether you start it out of the program or not is not important.
Other maps might have a (visually) screwed terrain - I suggest you to use "original" when playing something different than DotA
Beachpack in action - in "End Game"!
4. Spoiler - what will come in the future
As the preview screenshots show, the long awaited Snow Theme is close to being finished.
After that, I have a bunch of different basic ideas:
-Barrens - that's what should come after snowpack.
-highland - something rocky -.-
-Dungeon - dunno, this could be a very dark version of the snow theme or something...I will again have a problem with trees... sad.gif
Others - these are purely hypothetic
Special functions in the GUI (again, only basic ideas):
-custom user interfaces for each race (with checkboxes or something you can select the Interfaces you'd like)
-custom models, again with checkboxes
-special icons (or do you like the Song of the Siren icon?)
5. DL-links, FAQ, Credits, Changelog, Screenshots, sig etc
Downloads: *.rar - you can only unpack these when you have winrar, but they are much smaller.
Dota Theme Manager Version 2
DL 1 - Megaupload [DTMV2]
DL 2 - Rapidshare [DTMV2]
DL 3 - Sendspace [DTMV2]
DL 4 - Mediafire [DTMV2]
Downloads: *.zip - bigger, but everyone can unpack them
Dota Theme Manager Version 2
DL 1 - Rapidshare
If any of these links is broken and you recognise it, please inform me. I will fix the problem asap, then.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
(or rather: questions ppl keep asking even though they are answered)
Q:Can this be made as a command like -ts?
A: No, because the cliffs can not be changed ingame.
Q: How does this pack work?
A: It replaces the textures of terrain and trees in the MPQ.
Q: Can you add a theme-fitting minimap?
A: After trying this in several different ways, I came to the conclusion that it is not possible to do that at all.
Wow, like the beach pack so much :)
If you like it, you can give the maker (Infrisios) some donation in this link.
Update: Dota Theme Manager Version 3 is available!
Update 2: Dota Theme Manager Version 4 is available!