Myth: The Fallen Lords Manual

Myth: The Fallen Lords Manual
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Table of Contents
I.
Introduction........................................................................................................3
Thanks!........................................................................................................4
Customer Support........................................................................................4
System Requirements: Windows 95/NT 4.0 .................................................5
Installation: Windows 95/NT 4.0 .................................................................5
Installing Direct X 5.0..................................................................................5
System Requirements: MacOS .....................................................................6
Installation: MacOS .....................................................................................6
II.
Prologue .............................................................................................................7
III. Getting Started.................................................................................................11
Launching Myth.........................................................................................12
Main Menu................................................................................................12
Preferences................................................................................................13
Running Myth on 3Dfx..............................................................................14
Performance Issues.....................................................................................14
The Interface..............................................................................................15
The Keys....................................................................................................16
Commanding Units....................................................................................19
Playing the Single-Player Game.................................................................23
Gameplay Hints.........................................................................................23
IV. Multiplayer .......................................................................................................25
Getting Started...........................................................................................26
Network Options.......................................................................................27
The Multiplayer Game Options Screen......................................................32
Types of Network Games...........................................................................34
Communication During Net Games...........................................................35
Unit Trading...............................................................................................35
Post-Game Carnage Statistics.....................................................................36
Internet Latency .........................................................................................36
Multiplayer Gameplay Tips.........................................................................36
V.
Characters ........................................................................................................37
The Light....................................................................................................38
The Dark....................................................................................................40
VI. Glossary ...........................................................................................................43
VII. Technical Support.............................................................................................47
Technical Support......................................................................................48
Third Party Plug-ins....................................................................................49
VIII.Credits
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MYTH: THE FALLEN LORDS
Introduction
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i. Introduction
Thanks!
Thank you for purchasing Myth: The Fallen Lords. It is because of your support as our customer
that we are able to continue to develop cutting-edge products.
Customer Suppor t
As our customer, you are our most important asset. If you have any questions about how to use
or install this software, please read the Technical Support section in this manual. If you still
experience problems, please get in touch with us through one of the channels listed below.
We will be more than happy to help you out. If you have a hint question, please call our
dedicated hint line at (900) 740-HINT, or visit our web site (http://www.bungie.com) for links to
online resources.
Bungie Software Products Corporation
Customer Support
PO Box 7877
Chicago, IL 60680-7877, USA
Telephone:
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If you need to buy stuff from us, dial 1 (800) 295-0060 or visit our web site!
Need a Hint?
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Just call (900) 740-HINT for hints and tips to help you in your battle against
the Fallen Lords. It's just $0.95/minute for automated hints, or $1.35/minute to
speak to a live operator from 9:30am - 5:30pm CST, Monday through Friday.
You must be 18 years old or have a parent's permission before calling. A
touchtone phone is required.
If you have internet access, you may want to search online for tips. A
collection of links can be found at our web page (http://www.bungie.com).
You may also want to look for tips from fellow players in game-related newsgroups, such as
comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.strategic and comp.sys.mac.games.strategic.
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I. System Requirements: Windows 95/NT 4.0
In order to play Myth: The Fallen Lords, your PC must meet the following criteria:
• IBM PC or 100% compatible
• Pentium processor (133 MHz or higher recommended)
• Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 installed
• 16 MB RAM (32 MB Recommended)
• A CD-ROM drive (4x or higher)
• DirectX 5 or higher installed (DirectX 5 is included on the Myth CD-ROM)
• An SVGA monitor
• A DirectX-compatible video card
• A DirectX-compatible sound card
• Internet play requires Internet connection at 28.8 kbps or faster
Installation: Windows 95/NT
4.0
1. Insert the Myth: The Fallen Lords CD into your CD-ROM drive. Autoplay will launch the
installer.
2. Click the Install Myth button.
3. Choose which installation you would like to perform
Small: Installs the Myth application and support files. Everything else remains on the
CD.
Large: Installs everything but the movies.
Network Only: Installs a network-only version of Myth.
4. Follow the installer's directions.
5. By default, the installer will create a Myth shortcut to your Start menu. You can launch Myth:
The Fallen Lords by selecting the Myth shortcut in your Start menu. Prepare for battle!
Installing DirectX
Myth: The Fallen Lords requires that you have Microsoft’s DirectX 5.0 installed under Windows
95. During the installation, the Myth installer will ask you whether you want to install DirectX
5.0. If you have DirectX 5.0 installed, you can skip this procedure. If you do not have DirectX
5.0 installed or are unsure, click “Yes”. The DirectX 5.0 installer will then query your system
and install any necessary drivers. Once the DirectX 5.0 installer has finished, it might prompt
you to restart your machine.
Myth: The Fallen Lords will run under Windows NT 4.0, but you must have Windows NT
Service Pack 3 installed in order for Myth to run properly.
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System Requirements: MacOS
In order to play Myth: The Fallen Lords, your Macintosh must meet the following requirements:
• Power Macintosh or 100% compatible PowerMac clone, 100MHz or faster
recommended
• A monitor capable of 16-bit color and 640x480 resolution
• System 7.5 or higher
• A CD-ROM drive (4x or higher)
• Internet play requires Internet connection at 28.8 kbps or faster using Open
Transport 1.1.2 or later. (Open Transport 1.1.2 is available for download on Apple’s
web site.)
Installation: MacOS
1. Insert your Myth: The Fallen Lords CD-ROM into your Mac's CD drive.
2. Double-click the Myth Installer icon.
3. Choose which installation you would like to perform
Small: Installs the Myth application and support files. Everything else remains on the
CD.
Large: Installs everything but the movies.
Network Only: Install a network only version of Myth.
4. Follow the installer's directions.
5. After installation has finished, find the Myth:The Fallen
Lords folder on the hard drive and double-click on the Myth
icon to launch the game. Prepare for battle!
Prologue
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II. Prologue
"It can't be hopeless."
Two nights ago half a dozen men and I crouched around a campfire, trying to stay warm, and
one of them said those words. He'd joined the Legion only three weeks earlier, and started
talking to himself after a Ghôl's cleaver removed three fingers from his left hand. He squatted
there in the dirt, repeating that sentence. If he was looking for reassurance or sympathy, he
came up empty-handed, for no one else said a word.
Tonight I sit by a campfire fifty miles northwest, remembering the way he screamed this
morning when four thrall surrounded him, knocked the sword from his good hand, and hacked
him to pieces.
I never got his name.
The war in the North is in its seventh year, and I
grow tired of writing this record. Force of habit
counts for something, but I've written of so many
half-hearted assaults, so many retreats - why do I
go on? Writing down every detail I could
remember - the names of dead men and burning
cities and the feeling of heat at our backs as we
ran away, again - used to help me sleep at night.
Now it's just something to do between fighting and
sleeping.
Sometimes the sense of futility is overwhelming. Now that most of this blackened continent
belongs to the Fallen Lords and their servants, it's easy to become discouraged. Sometimes I
feel that holding on for seven years means nothing, that chronicling this slow death of a world
and its people means even less. Our efforts seem to make no difference, and I wonder why I
ever thought joining up with the Legion was a good idea. My grandfather always told me I had
a bad head. Sometimes he would strike it for emphasis.
In the last month I have dreamt of my grandfather repeatedly, for reasons I do not understand. I
loathed him as a child. When I was younger my sisters and I spent summers on his farm,
performing the menial labor that any sane adult fobs off on children.
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I remember dreading the summer and the bitter old man it brought, lugging his pumpkins a full
mile from the field to his slapdash barn, running in terror from his malnourished animals.
I hated it then, though it seems almost idyllic when compared with this summer. Perhaps that's
why I dream of it.
The only relief we had during those summers were the nights when the old man got drunk. He
was a sorry drunk; a single bottle rendered him immobile for the evening, and his words ran
together like rainwater dripping down the rope that holds a hanged man aloft. Sometimes the
liquor ate a hole into the living parts of his mind, and he would forego his usual giggling stupor
and tell us stories that had been told to him while he was young: about one named Connacht
who delivered the world from darkness.
The way the stories had it, Connacht came out of the east right around the
same time that a comet took up residence in the Western skies. At the time the
world lived in the long shadow of the Myrkridia - a race of flesh-eaters too
horrible to describe to children, or so my grandfather said. I have heard
other stories of them since, and it seems that no two people can paint
the same picture of what the Myrkridia were or how they were able
to keep the land stricken with fear for hundreds of years. I'd
dismiss them as a complete fantasy were it not for the
conviction - and the fear - in my grandfather's bleary eyes
when he spoke of them.
Connacht was the first human in a thousand years to
survive a battle with the Myrkridia...and he didn't just
survive, he prevailed. He hunted them down and
imprisoned them in an artifact called the Tain, a prison
without walls which the smiths of Muirthemne had forged for
him. When the Myrkridia disappeared, Connacht ascended to the
Emperor's throne and presided over what is now known as the Age of Light. His story fades
away at this point. Some say he died, or was assassinated or kidnapped. Others say he left
Muirthemne in search of some powerful artifact. Supposedly the immense power of items like
the Tain both fascinated and terrified him, and he is known to have sought out objects of
similar power - the five Eblis Stones, Tramist's Mirror, the Total Codex.
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He destroyed the ones he could, and secreted the rest; in any case, none of them have been
seen in centuries.
In fact, all of this is ancient history. But Balor and the rest of the Fallen torched Muirthemne
just a few years ago. And I'm reminded with a quick look over our ranks that we are not the
brave Connacht's army, but a scruffy rabble in the service of The Nine. I doubt Connacht will
swoop in to save us.
Back when I joined up with the Legion there was a mad Journeyman who regaled anyone too
tired to move away with his theory about the Edge of All - that line between the land and
nothingness out beyond the kingdom of Gower, where Connacht arose. He claimed the world
is double-sided and constantly spinning, like a coin tossed in the air, and the living and the
dead are held to its surface by sorceries too powerful for humans to master. "...And so the light
and the dark hold dominion successively, and the land belongs in turn to men, or to the
undead." I grew as tired of his affected vocabulary as I did of his idiotic ideas, but I confess I
felt a small twinge of sadness when he died. I never got his name either.
For the last week the camps have been abuzz with the rumor that The Nine have got their
hands on something which can change the course of the war. Most of us are inclined to
dismiss this as nonsense, but seven years of bloody battles with the tireless and seemingly
infinite armies of the undead will do that. I admit it seems ridiculous. A talisman that will
keep us alive, that will somehow give us the strength to outwit and outlast Balor? You'd think
The Nine would have used it earlier. It's just a rumor anyway, and I've learned not to put much
faith in rumors.
The men of the Legion have heard too many promises that everything will get better any day
now. No one wants to hear the words spoken out loud, so I keep mine to myself, and I suspect
others nurture hope as well, though they may not speak of it openly.
Would we carry on, fantasizing of a future beyond war, if we hadn't a chance?
If this were so, we wouldn't be able to carry on. Yet here we are.
It can't be hopeless.
Getting Started
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III. Getting Started
Launching Myth
Windows 95/NT 4.0:
Put the Myth: The Fallen Lords CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive. Click your Start menu and
highlight the Programs menu. From the Programs menu, highlight the Myth: The Fallen Lords
menu. In the Myth: The Fallen Lords menu, highlight the Myth executable and select it to
launch the game. Alternately, you may simply open your Myth folder on your hard drive and
double-click the Myth executable.
Macintosh:
Put the Myth: The Fallen Lords CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive. Open your Myth: The
Fallen Lords ƒ folder and double-click the Myth application icon.
Main Menu
After the introductory animation, Myth's title screen and main menu will appear. To choose an
option from the menu, move the cursor over it and click the mouse button.
New Game
Launches a new single-player game.
Tutorial
Runs the Myth tutorial.
Multiplayer Game
Allows you to play competitively or cooperatively
with other people across the Internet or local area
network. Only appears if your machine is capable
of playing network games.
Continue Saved Game
Allows you to return to a saved game. Only appears if you have one or more saved games.
Saved Films
Allows you to select and view a previously saved replay. Only appears if you have saved
replays on your hard disk.
Preferences
Allows you to modify various game settings and functions.
Quit
Quit Myth: The Fallen Lords and return to your desktop.
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Preferences
When you click Preferences, you can change the following options:
Volume
This bar controls how loud the game
is. Drag the slide bar to the left to
lower the volume, or to the right to
increase the volume.
Stereo
If this box is checked, the sounds of
battle play through the left or right
speaker channel relative to the
camera's position. Thus a wight
exploding to your left will be heard
through the left speaker channel, and
an archer firing to your right will be
heard through the right speaker channel. This option works best with stereo speakers or
headphones.
Ambient Sounds
If this box is checked, you will hear ambient sounds to enhance the game's atmosphere. This is
a wonderful addition to gameplay.
In-Game Subtitles
Check this box to see subtitles of spoken dialogue.
Difficulty Level
This allows you to select between five levels of difficulty: Timid, Simple, Normal, Heroic, and
Legendary. Each level is progressively more difficult: enemies are more numerous, can
do more damage, and are harder to kill. In addition, the more difficult levels may not
provide much cover for your units, and certain special units may not be available.
High Resolution
With this box checked, the game will run at a screen resolution of
640x480. Slower machines may want to uncheck this box for faster
gameplay.
Landscape Filtering
With this box checked, the game will smooth out the textures of the landscape.
This makes the game prettier but slightly slower.
Rendering
This option allows you to choose whether the Myth landscape will be
rendered entirely in software or using the added power of a 3Dfx card. If you
have a 3Dfx card installed on your machine, we strongly recommend you
render through the 3Dfx card for increased performance.
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Gamma (3Dfx only)
Allows you to modify the brightness of the game picture to suit your monitor.
Configure Controls
Clicking this button takes you to a screen where you can change the key assigned to a given
function. Click in the box to the right of any given function, then press the key you would like
to use for that function. Note that you cannot have the same key assigned to more than one
function.
Running Myth on 3Dfx
Myth: The Fallen Lords takes full advantage of the rendering power of 3Dfx accelerator cards. If
you have a 3Dfx card installed on your computer, Myth will automatically detect the card
when the game is launched. You can switch between 3Dfx rendering and software rendering in
the Preferences dialog.
Important: Please note that the 3Dfx version of Myth requires substantially more RAM. Make
sure you have at least 20 MB of free RAM available when using 3Dfx Myth.
Performance Issues
Myth:The Fallen Lords is an extremely sophisticated program and requires plenty of CPU
horsepower. Here are a few tips to make Myth run faster:
- Run the game in low-resolution mode.
- Turn off landscape filtering.
- The more RAM you have, the better. If you have 16 MB of RAM or less in your machine you’ll
notice that Myth pauses to load textures. If you have more than 16 MB of RAM, you won’t
get these pauses since the textures are loaded into memory.
- Turn off virtual memory if you are on a Macintosh.
- Don’t run ANY applications in the background.
- Older video cards will slow down Myth even if you have a fast computer. For better
performance, consider upgrading your video card if it's older than 3 years.. Better yet, invest
in a 3Dfx card!
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The Interface
Myth: The Fallen Lords' interface is minimal but extremely powerful, and players who learn the
intricacies of the interface will have a distinct advantage over players who just jump in. So
before you log on to bungie.net and embarrass yourself, read this section and join the ranks of
the Enlightened.
The Status Bar
The Status bar provides some valuable information on your character as well as buttons to
access other informational screens. When you select a single unit, the name and type of that
unit are displayed in the Status bar, along with a brief description of that unit. Here you can
also see your units’ kills, veteran status (from a previous level), and its inventory count. Some
units in Myth can pick up special items. If your unit picks up one of these items (for example, a
book), the book will appear in the Status bar when you select the unit holding the book.
unit’s name
unit description
kills
veteran
inventor y
Pause
Toggle
overhead
map
When multiple units are selected, the names, types, and quantity of units will appear in the
Status bar. The brief paragraph of descriptive text will not appear. If no units are selected, the
Status Bar will provide details of your mission. ( In a network game, it lists the rules of whatever
net game scenario you are playing).
On the right edge of the Status bar is the Pause button. If you click this button, you will pause
the game and be given a chance to revert to a saved game, restart the current level, resume the
current game or quit entirely. The Escape key does the same thing.
Also at the right edge of the Status bar is a small triangular button. This controls the overhead
map. For more information about the overhead map, see below.
The Game Area
This window consists of everything underneath the Status bar. This is your window to the
battlefield, and you can look at different parts of the battlefield by moving the camera. The
Game Area is where all the actual combat takes place. You can increase the viewing area by
turning off the Status bar with the F6 key.
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The Overhead Map
To the right of the Pause button in the status bar is a
small triangular wedge. Clicking this wedge toggles
the overhead map on and off. You can also toggle
the map by hitting your Tab key.
The overhead map appears in the upper right corner
of the Game Area. It is a transparent, top-down
view of the entire battlefield. Your units appear as
green dots. Enemy units appear as red dots.
Friendly units (civilians, or team members in team
network games) appear as blue dots. A yellow
trapezoid denotes your current camera position,
with the long end corresponding to the top of the game area.
Clicking a spot on the overhead map will instantly move your camera to that spot in the Game
Area. Note that you cannot move troops by selecting them and then clicking a spot on the
overhead map; you can only move units in the Game Area.
The Keys
Please note that you can change the commands assigned to the keyboard in the Preferences
menu. The keyboard commands mentioned in this section are just the default settings; we like
them, but you're free to change them.
Camera
The camera is your point of view. Myth's advanced 3D engine allows you to move the camera
independently of your units. The wily player will exploit this feature to see as much of the
landscape - and the enemy's forces - as possible.
Back/Forward
Simply put, these keys move your camera back and forth in a straight line. The default Back
key is S. The default Forward key is W.
Left/Right
These keys move your camera sideways while keeping it pointed straight ahead.
The default Left key is Z. The default Right key is X.
Orbit Left/Orbit Right
These keys keep your camera trained on a single spot while making a full
360-degree circle around it. The default Orbit Left key is Q. The
default Orbit Right key is E. Lazy players don't use the orbit keys,
and they tend to lose net games. Using the orbit keys is an
absolute necessity.
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Pan Left/Pan Right
When using these keys, your camera remains in the same spot but your point of view moves
sideways across the landscape. (Stand in one spot and turn your head from side to side for an
idea of how this looks.) The default Pan Left key is A. The default Pan Right key is D.
Zoom In/Zoom Out
You can zoom the camera in to get a better look at the bloody remains of your enemies or find
objects hidden in the debris, and zoom back out to get a look at the battlefield around you.
The default Zoom In key is C. The default Zoom Out key is V.
Center
You can center the camera over a selected group of units by hitting H.
The Mouse
You can also move the mouse to move the camera back, forward, left and right. Using the
mouse, move your cursor to one of the four edges of the screen; the camera will move in that
direction. Don't rely too heavily on this; mastering ALL of the camera's movements is key to
winning in battle.
Units
While playing Myth, you will command a wide variety of units. A complete description of all
units, including their individual attacks and special powers, can be found in section V. This
section concentrates on the commands you will use to manage these units.
Selecting Units
Before you can give your forces any orders, you must learn how to select them.
To select a single unit, click it once. A yellow box will appear around this unit; while the
yellow box is visible, this unit will actively respond to your commands.
To select all nearby units of a given type (for example, all of
your archers), double-click on one unit of that type. While
these units are selected, they will respond as a group to any
commands you give them.
You can select multiple units of different types (for example,
one Dwarf and two Warriors) by Shift-clicking: hold down the
Shift key and click on each individual unit to select them. You
can also de-select a selected unit by Shift-clicking on it.
Deselect all units by hitting the Deselect key. The default
Deselect key is the backquote/tilde key (~).
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You can also select multiple units with a technique
known as "band selection." Click and hold the mouse
button on a piece of ground, then drag the cursor
across the screen. A yellow box will appear
onscreen, growing and shrinking as it follows the
cursor's movement. When you release the mouse
button, any of your units within that yellow box will
be selected.
You can select all of your visible units (on screen) by
hitting the Select All key. The default Select All key is
Enter/Return. Hit Return again to deselect all units (if any units are selected).
To immediately stop a selected unit, hit the Stop key. The default Stop key is the Spacebar.
Presets
Myth allows you to easily create custom preset groups of mixed types (i.e. 2 Archer, 2 Dwarves
and 6 Berserks). Select the units and hit Alt (on PCs) or Command (on Macs) and one of the
ten number keys to create a custom preset. Make sure you hold the Alt/Command and number
keys for a second or two for the preset to "set." From that point on, you can select all units in
that preset by hitting Alt/Command and the number you assigned to it. You can cycle through
presets using the F key, and clear them using the Delete key.
Function Keys
The function keys at the top of your keyboard have the ability to modify some of Myth's
preferences on the fly, while you are playing the game.
F1 - Slows game down during replays
F2 - Speeds game up during replays
F3 - Lowers sound volume
F4 - Increases sound volume
F5 - Toggles between high-res and low-res.
F6 - Toggles Status bar on/off
F7 - Brings up netgame stats
F8 - Brings up list of keys and their functions
F11 - Toggles landscape filtering on/off
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Commanding Units
Moving
Select a unit, then click on a spot of ground. A yellow circle will appear on the ground,
showing the unit's eventual destination. The unit will move to that spot and await further
instructions.
Attacking
Your unit will attack the enemy unit until he is killed, the enemy is killed, or you give it other
instructions. Select a unit, then click on an enemy unit.
Units that use projectile attacks, such as dwarves or archers, may actually need to move back if
their target is too close. If you order your dwarf to attack and he runs in the other direction,
he's not flaking out; he's just trying to give himself some room.
Guarding
When you move a unit to a certain area, he will stay there and await further instructions unless he is attacked, in which case he will chase down his attacker. If you would like a unit to
move to a spot and remain there as a guard no matter what, use the Guarding function. That
unit will attack any enemy that moves within range, but will stay put. Select a unit, click the
spot you want it to guard, then hit the Guard key. The default Guard key is G.
Control-Click
Sometimes it's useful to have a projectile unit attack a piece of ground - for example, if enemy
forces are storming right over the carpet of satchel charges you dropped earlier. To direct a unit
to attack the ground, select the unit, hold down the Control key and click the spot on the
ground you wish to attack. A red X will appear on the spot the unit will attack.
Gesture-Click
It's important to control the direction your units face. Formations are oriented by the direction
in which characters are facing, and units looking the wrong way will be among the first to die.
For this reason, you can control the direction your units face using the "Gesture-click." Select
the units you wish to face, then hold down the right mouse button (the Option key on Macs)
and move the mouse until the units are facing in the desired direction If the units were given a
formation, it will be oriented in that direction. Note that the right mouse button can only be
used for gesture-clicking if you do not have the "Right Mouse Button Deselects" option turned
on in the Preferences.A somewhat more difficult method of gesture-clicking is to select a group,
left-click (click on Macs) on a nearby spot of ground you want them to move to and continue
holding down the mouse button. (A cluster of yellow circles will appear on the ground. As you
release the button, flick the mouse in any direction. When the group gets to the appointed spot,
they will turn to face the direction of your mouse-flick.The gesture click takes a little practice,
but is important to playing well (especially against someone who does do it). It means your
troops will face the way you want them to, which vastly decreases the chaos of a dynamic
battlefield situation.
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The gesture click takes a little practice, but is important to playing well (especially against
someone who does do it). It means your troops will face the way you want them to, which
vastly decreases the chaos of a dynamic battlefield situation.
Formations
Formations are incredibly important in Myth: The Fallen Lords. Orienting your troops in
different formations allows you to strike effectively, rather than as a mob. You will need to
learn how to use formations if you expect to hold your own in the game.
To place units in formation, select a group of units, select a formation with one of the ten
number keys at the top of your keyboard, and click on the spot you want the formation to
move to. Yellow circles will appear on that spot, showing the orientation of the formation.
There are ten preset formations which correspond to the ten number keys at the top of your
keyboard. Below is a list of formations and a description of each.
1 - Short Line: Units in this formation will line up four abreast.
2 - Long Line: Units in this formation will line up eight abreast.
3 - Loose Line: Units in this formation will line up four abreast, but spaced widely.
4 - Staggered Line: Units in this formation assume a staggered line.
5 - Box: Units in this formation move in a perfect square.
6 - Rabble: Units in this formation are in a random pattern.
7 - Shallow Encirclement: Units in this formation are in a wide, shallow arc.
8 - Deep Encirclement: A tighter, smaller arc.
9 - Vanguard: A wedge formation.
0 - Circle: Duh.....
Scatter
It is often useful to scatter a tightly clustered group of units when they come under attack from
dwarves or other enemies with massive destruction potential. To scatter a group of units, select
them and hit your Scatter key. The default Scatter key is B.
Retreat
Sometimes fighting to the death is not an option...not a smart option anyway. Select a unit or
group of units and hit your Retreat key; they will retreat from the nearest enemy. The default
Retreat key is R.
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Waypoints
Waypoints are a somewhat advanced technique that lets you tell your troops what route to take
to their destination. With a group of troops selected, designate waypoints by holding the Shift
key while clicking on the ground. Yellow bumps will appear on the ground, indicating where
the troops will go on their route. You can designate up to four waypoints before clicking on the
destination.
You can make the troops patrol the waypoints one of two ways. After setting the points, while
still holding down the Shift key, click on the first point you designated. Units will travel the
points of the route and then return to the first one, cycling through them indefinitely.
Conversely, after setting the points you can click on the last point, and units will stop at each
end of the route and reverse direction, still cycling indefinitely.
Special Actions
Certain units have special abilities in addition to their standard attacks, or may acquire special
weapons during the course of the game. To use a unit's special ability, select the unit and hit
your special action key. The default Special Action key is T. In certain cases, you will also
need to click on another unit, object or piece of ground. A description of each unit's special
ability can be found in section V.
Health
When a unit is selected, a vertical bar appears to
the right of the yellow box. This bar measures the
strength of that unit. A full green bar signifies a
healthy unit. As these units are attacked, this bar
will shrink and turn yellow (moderately damaged)
or red (heavily damaged). When the bar disappears,
the unit dies.
Journeymen have a Special Ability which can
restore strength to damaged units. See the description of the Journeyman in Section V to learn
how this is done.
You can also check the health of enemy units by clicking on them.
Keep an eye on the health bars of your various units. Relying on badly-damaged units is a
recipe for disaster.
Experience
Individual units gain experience for every enemy unit they kill. When an experienced unit is
selected, every kill that unit has made will be represented in the Status bar by a shield (or a
skull, if the unit belongs to the Dark). Experienced units attack more rapidly and with greater
accuracy.
Weather and its effect on battle
As you progress through the game, you'll be forced to fight in what might politely be termed
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"adverse conditions." Sometimes there is no choice but to fight in rain or snow, and these
conditions will have a powerful effect on your chances of survival.
Rain has a way of putting out fire - especially the fires that make your dwarves' grenades work.
If you're caught in a snowstorm, you'll find that gusts of wind have a tendency to blow your
archers' arrows off-course. You'll need to take into account the possible effects of severe
weather if you expect to survive.
Names
Each unit has a name, which you can change by selecting the unit and hitting the N key.
Saving and Viewing Replays
At the end of a game, when you return to the main menu you will have the option to view a
replay. Viewing a replay allows you to move your camera around freely while
a complete record of your game plays out. Replays are an excellent tool for
studying the strategies your opponents have used against you. They also allow
you to gloat when you destroy a segment of your opponent's army in a
particularly gruesome or amusing fashion.
When you click on the Replay Saved Film option, you'll be taken
to the Replay Options screen.
Saved Films: A list of all the films available for viewing.
You may save up to 100 films.
View Film: View a replay of the selected game.
Delete Film: Deletes the film from your hard drive.
Replay Last Film: Replays the film of your most
recent game.
Save Last Film: Saves the most recent film to
disk under the filename of your choice.
While watching a film, you can speed up the action
by hitting F2 or slow it down by hitting F1. Another
great feature to try during replays is the Auto Camera
(F12), which will move the camera automatically to
where the action is.
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Playing The Single-Player Game
Before you begin playing Myth: The Fallen Lords, you should try the tutorial which allows you
to acclimate yourself to the controls without the tension of a normal Myth game. To play the
Tutorial, click on "Tutorial" in the Main Menu. From that point on, all you need to do is follow
the directions.
Note that the instructions you are given in the tutorial are based on the default keyboard
settings. If you change these settings in the Preferences menu, you will need to use the keys
you have chosen, not the ones mentioned in the tutorial instructions.
Beginning A New Game
When you're ready to play the single-player game, click on "New Game" in the Main Menu.
From there you'll be presented with maps, text, and pictures, as well as some cutscenes before
the level begins.
If at any time you want to see the goal of your mission of the level you are playing on, simply
hit the '~' key once you're in the game and the mission goal will be printed on the Status Bar.
Remember to save often and use the overhead map as a guide to finding your way around as
well as to spot the Dark from a distance.
Winning A Level
In order to win a level and move on to the next level, you must complete the mission
objectives. When you win the level, your troops will start cheering. Alternatively, when the
Dark beat you, they'll start cheering.
Pausing, Saving, and Quiting
Hit the Pause button on the Status bar or the Escape key to pause the game. From here you'll
be able to save your game, revert to a saved game, revert to last saved, restart the level, or quit.
Gameplay Hints
Units can pick up objects: dwarves pick up satchel charges and journeymen pick up roots for
extra healing. Ghôls can pick up about anything, like axe blades, which can cause damage
when thrown, satchel charges, which can be removed from a point of attack, or heads and
limbs, which are just fun to throw. If a Ghôl picks up a slow-burning grenade it will go out,
though this should only be attempted in emergencies.
Terrain can be used to not only earn a height advantage, but to put the enemy into a vulnerable
position. If you can coax or force opponents through a narrow pass where they have to walk
single-file, and you occupy the flanks or slopes above it, it's like they're lining up... for death!
You can also maneuver enemy units into confining terrain that forces them into a tight bunch
where they're just asking for a grenade.
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If you have a problem retreating, you have a problem. A good player will be able to rush into
the melee and pull out just as fast. This is particularly true with units that have particular
strengths against other units. Fetch are extremely dangerous at close range, so you should pull
back any units that get too close and pick them off at a distance with archers. A Berserk is more
than a match for Thrall, but why lose one or two of them chopping up a big bunch of Thrall
when your Dwarf can blow them up in relative safety? The player who doesn't retreat is dead
meat.
Water puts out Dwarven grenades, so the danger of Dwarves is hugely diminished if it's raining
or snowing, or if their target is standing in a river.
Having trouble keeping Dwarves alive close to the action? Laying down a line of satchel
charges to a target lets them set off a chain-reaction explosion from a safe distance (just don't
get too close!). This works particularly well to set off traps and areas you've mined. And it's also
fun for setting up cool explosions to watch in slow-motion replays.
Are your archers cornered, with the enemy too close for the use of the bow? Double-click the
enemy and punch them out—this can be lethal.
Single-Player Level Hints
Magic spells and weapons are only rarely available, so use them wisely. Don't go wasting your
limited supply of magic arrows on those Ghôls circling in the distance.
Many players don't think to use their satchel charges until it's too late. They can make the
difference between an easy battle and a tough one.
One interesting difference between Dwarves and archers is how they can be spaced. Dwarves
should never be multiple lines with one behind the other, since it's so easy to throw into the
backs of the front line. On the other hand, having one line of archers behind another allows
you to continue shooting at an approaching enemy while the front line retreats from them, and
if one takes a friendly arrow, no big loss.
There are many occasions where it's necessary to knowingly sacrifice some units, sending them
into certain death, for the good of the larger group. Such is the nature of warfare.
The Dwarf needs a minimum amount of room to throw a grenade, so if there is a large group
chasing close behind a dwarf, and they have to be stopped, have him target not the closest unit
but one farther back.
A unit that begins a level under computer control can revert to player control when its mission
is accomplished, so keep an eye on them. Just because a computer controlled unit wants to
proceed along a certain path doesn’t mean you have to follow—they will usually stick close to
your group and you can often make them go the way you want.
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IV. Multiplayer
Sure, fighting the Fallen Lords by yourself is all well and good, but the real fun begins when
you get online and take on other players, or wipe out everyone on your office network. This
section of the manual describes everything involved in setting up and playing Internet games.
Myth: The Fallen Lords provides you with a number of ways to hook up for multiplayer action,
as well as a variety of netgame variants to keep the game interesting.
Getting Started
When you first launch the game, click Multiplayer Game from the main menu. This will bring
up the Multiplayer Setup dialog, which allows you to configure certain basic aspects of your
multiplayer game.
Player Name
Enter the name you will use during
gameplay here. It doesn't have to be your
real name; fanciful names like Ungar The
Bloodthirsty are wholeheartedly
encouraged.
Team Name
Only necessary when playing in a team
game. Again, you can name your team
whatever you like, and the more creative
your name is, the better.
Player Icon
Each player or team has an icon which appears beside his or her name in player lists, making it
somewhat easier to differentiate players. Click and hold the mouse button on the icon to bring
up a menu of available player icons; highlight the icon you want and let go of the mouse
button to select it.
Colors
You can choose a primary and secondary color for your forces. The clothing or flesh of your
units will take on these colors, making it easy for you to see which troops on the battlefield are
yours. To select a color, click that color in the color wheel. You can make the color lighter or
darker by clicking on the color bar to the right of each color wheel.
If two players select the same colors, the game will automatically reassign a new color to one
of those players. In a team game, players take on the primary color of the team Captain and
use their own secondary colors.
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Network Options
You have three ways of hooking up with other players for a network game: bungie.net, TEN, or
Other (which includes LAN and Appletalk). Each of these services is described below.
BUNGIE.NET
What is bungie.net?
bungie.net is a free internet-based service which allows players from around the world to
gather in one central location for Myth net games.
How to get an account
Fire up your web browser (a recent version of Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet
Explorer works best) and surf over to HTTP://WWW.BUNGIE.NET. Click the "Register A New
Account" link and fill out the form that appears. Make sure you enter the serial number on the
back of the Myth CD-ROM jewel case. You will be able to choose a login name and a
password. After completing and submitting the form, a confirmation message will be sent to
the e-mail address you've provided containing your account information.
Make sure you keep your login and password in a safe place. We've provided a space in the
back of this manual for you to write it in.
Note that playing Myth: The Fallen Lords on bungie.net requires that you have a dialup or
dedicated internet connection via an Internet Service Provider and a valid bungie.net account.
If you installed a network-only version of Myth, you will not be able to play on bungie.net.
Login
This is where you put the Login name you chose when you first registered
on bungie.net.
Password
This is where you put the password you chose when you first
registered on bungie.net. For more information on bungie.net, see
below.
Save Password
If this box is checked, the game will remember your password between
gaming sessions, saving you the minor hassle of typing it in every time you
log on. As long as no one else uses your computer, you can leave this box
checked. However, if you live or work with evil people who would log on
from your bungie.net account and do or say bad things, it's best to keep
it unchecked.
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Update bungie.net Appearance
Checking this box will update your appearance on bungie.net if you change your player name,
team name, player icon, and colors. By default, this button will automatically check itself if you
change any of the above.
Logging Onto bungie.net
Before you log on, make sure you have the Myth CD in the CD-ROM drive. After logging onto
bungie.net, you'll arrive in one of bungie.net’s rooms. Here you can chat with other players
and define the parameters of your network games.
At the top left corner of your screen is the
name of the "room" you're in. There are
two numbers next to this name: the upper
number is the number of players in the
current room; the lower number is the
number of games taking place in the
current room. If you're on bungie.net, you
can click the room name to switch to
another room.
Beneath the room name is a list of all the
players in the room. Next to each players
name is an icon which denotes their
ranking. Each player starts off with a dagger icon and works upwards from there.
To the right of the room name are four buttons:
Mute/Unmute
Even though everyone who plays Myth is inherently cool, sometimes you just don't want to get
any messages from one of them. Select a player in the player list, then click the Mute button.
You will no longer receive any messages from that player. Click the button again to Unmute
the player.
New Game/Options
Click New Game to create a new network game. It will appear in
the list of available network games directly beneath the four
buttons. If you'd like to change the parameters of a game you've
already created, click Options. See the Multiplayer Game
Options section for more information. (Note: only the player
who created a game can change its parameters.)
Join Game
Select a game from the list of available games directly
beneath these four buttons and click Join Game to enter
that game. You can only join games that are NOT greyed out.
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Chatting
The bottom half of the Game Setup screen is a chat area. To send messages to all the players in
your room, simply type your message into the text field at the bottom of your screen and hit
Return/Enter or click the Send button. To send a private message to an individual player, select
that player's name in the Player List and type your message as usual. Private messages will
appear on a red background.
Leave
Leave bungie.net and return to the main menu.
CREATING GAMES VS JOINING GAMES
It's important to note that the person who creates the game ends up being the server during the
game. After a game begins, bungie.net does not do any of the routing of the packets. Instead,
the person who creates the game becomes the server once the game begins. This is important
to know for two reasons:
1) In general, the game will perform better and with less lag if the server is connected to the
Internet with a fast connection (for example, T3, T1, ISDN, ASDL, 56K, etc). 2) If the server
quits the game in progress or loses his connection to the Internet, everyone else will be
disconnect from the game. A "disconnected" message will then appear.
TEAM GAMES
When the person creating a network game has clicked the Allow Teams button, players may
organize themselves into teams. To do this, the players pick who will be the Captain of their
team. The other players select the Captains name in the name list, and click the button Join
Team. They will see a bar with the name of the team and the Captain and teammates under it.
During gameplay, hitting F7 will show what the teams are and who is Captain.
When the game begins, the Captain controls all of the units. The Captain can divide the units
amongst the team members by selecting units and then hitting the Backslash (\) key to Detach
them. If it's a team of two, the other player will get control of those units: they will take his
color, will change from blue to green in the overhead map, and will be under his control. If
there are many players on the team, hitting Backslash will bring up a numbered menu of the
players. The Captain types the number of the desired player, and the troops are Detached.
Despite detaching troops, the Captain still has full control over them, which can be exercised
in an emergency. The Captain has the responsibility of overseeing the whole battle. If he sees a
player is unaware of imminent danger, or has failed to charge at a critical moment, the Captain
can select the troops and direct them personally. Thus, in a team game players may see their
troops inexplicably taking action on their own—it is actually the Captain stepping in.
Multiplayer maps are set up with a maximum number of different armies they can support. If
ten players start a game on a map that only supports five armies, and they have not formed
themselves into five teams, they will be randomly placed into teams.
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OTHER
Up to 16 players can play via TCP/IP or AppleTalk. Myth allows you to play 2 players via
TCP/IP with one copy of Myth. Install a network-only version on one computer, and install the
full version of Myth onto another computer (the later machine must have the Myth CD-ROM in
the CD-ROM drive. If you want to play with 3 or more people, they'll need their own copies
of Myth. When you click on Other, a dialog will appear with the following choices:
TCP/IP (Internet)
Selecting this option brings up a
dialog with the following options:
Name
The name which will appear in
the list of available games.
Password
If you only want certain people to
join a game, type a password in
this box and only give the
password to the people you would
like to include in your game.
Create Game
Clicking this will create a game using the Name and Password supplied.
Port
The port on which the game will be created. Unless you know what you're doing, it's usually
best to leave this set to 3453.
Games on the local network
A list of multiplayer games you can join.
Join
Select a game in the list of available games and click this button to join it.
Join by address: by checking this box, you'll be able to link up over the
Internet for network games with a machine that is not on your local
network. Enter the host machine or IP address in the field below.
Note that you must set up a connection to your ISP before launching
Myth for this to work. This option may be difficult to use with dialup
net connections, since many dialup accounts dynamically give you a
new hostname/IP address when you sign on.
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APPLETALK
Mac users have access to this additional networking protocol. If you pick this option a dialog
will appear with the following choices:
Name
The name which will appear in the
list of available games.
Password
If you only want certain people to
join a game, type a password in
this box and only distribute it to
the people you would like to
include in your game.
Create
Clicking this button will create a new game with the name given in the Name field and take
you to the Game Setup screen.
Join
Joins the game selected in the list of available games, and takes you to the Game Setup screen.
Zone List
A list of available AppleTalk zones on your AppleTalk network.
Use My Zone
Click this button to restrict the list of available games to those in your own AppleTalk zone.
Use Selected Zones
Clicking this radio button restricts the list of available games to the zones selected in the Zone
List. You can select multiple zones by Shift-clicking them in the Zone List.
All Zones
Clicking this radio button builds the list of available games from every AppleTalk Zone on your
network.
TEN
If you have a subscription to TEN, you'll be able to use their service for guaranteed low-latency
Myth net games. Here's how it works:
- Click the TEN button in the Multiplayer Setup dialog box and click OK to connect to TEN.
- Myth will quit and your TEN Client will launch.
- Choose Myth: The Fallen Lords from Ten's menu of available games.
- You'll be taken to a screen not unlike Myth's own game setup screen. You can chat with other
players, create new games or join existing games.
- When all preparations have been made, Myth will launch and the game will begin.
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The Multiplayer Game Options Screen
If you create a game (via bungie.net, tcp/ip, or appletalk), you will be taken to this screen to set
the parameters of the game you're about to play.
Name
The name that will appear in the
list of available games.
Password
If you only want certain people to
play the game you're creating,
enter a password here and
distribute that password by
whatever means you prefer.
Levels
The menu on the far left side of
the screen allows you to select the
map you'll play on. If you check
the Use Single Player Levels
checkbox, you'll also be able to play cooperatively on the maps from the single-player
scenario.
Game Type
Allows you to choose what kind of net game you'll play. A complete description of all net
games can be found in the Types of Network Games section.
Difficulty Level
This menu lets you set the difficulty of the game.
Player Limit
Allows you to set the maximum number of players in your game.
Time limit
Allows you to set the length of the game. Net games can be a
maximum of 90 minutes.
Planning Time
If this box is checked, players will have an additional amount of
time to scope out the map, trade units and diagram strategy
on the whiteboard. You can increase or decrease the
length of the planning time using the arrows
to the right of this option. The maximum planning
time is ten minutes.
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Allow Unit Trading During Planning Time
If this box is checked, players will be allowed to exchange the units they start with for other
types of units. See the Unit Trading section for more info. Note that you can only turn on this
option if "Planning Time" is checked.
Allow Veteran Units From Last Game
If this box is checked, surviving units from your most recent net game will join your force in the
next net game. This can be a real boon if the units have built up a great deal of experience.
Note that veteran units replace inexperienced units; the size of your army will not increase if
your whole force survived the last game.
Allow Teams
Checking this box allows players to team up and fight cooperatively against other teams, rather
than every man for himself.
Maximum
If this box is checked, you can set a limit of how many teams are allowed.
Click OK to create the new game, or Cancel to return to the Game Setup screen. After creating
a new game, or joining an existing game, you'll be taken to a slightly different version of the
Game Setup screen. The list of players is still on the left, but it only shows players who have
joined your game. To the right, the list of available games is replaced with an overhead map of
the level and a description of the game parameters. The chat function at the bottom of the
screen works the same as before. The buttons at the top of the screen are different:
Boot Player
Select a player from the list of joined players and click this button to kick him out of the game
and back to the bugnie.net room screen.
Join Team
Select a player and click this button to join that player's team.
Close Game
Remove the game from the list of available games to prevent additional players from joining.
Options
Allows you to change the parameters of the game.
Start Game
Begins gameplay, after all players who want to join have done so.
Leave Game
If you simply joined the game, this button drops you back to the Game Setup
Screen. If you created the game, this button deletes the game from the list of
available games and drops everyone back to the Game Setup screen.
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Types of Network Games
King Of The Hill
One area of the map is designated as the hill and marked with a flag. The hill is captured when one
or more of your units moves within a certain range of the flag and eliminates any enemy units in the
same area. The winner is the player who controls the hill for the longest time. Tactics in this game
are quite interesting, as you must preserve as much of your force as possible while constantly
fending off the attacks of every other player in the game. If two or more teams are within capturing
distance of the flag, the flag is contested, and colored gray as a result. If time runs out and the flag is
contested, the game will switch to sudden death overtime until one player has definite control of the
hill.
Steal The Bacon
Somewhere on the battlefield is a ball, which assumes the color of the last team that touched it. The
object is to snatch the ball and keep it away from your opponents. Since the ball isn't attached to
the ground like a flag is, your units can kick the ball around the battlefield by clicking on it like a
target. The last team to touch the ball is the winner, although the game will switch to sudden death
overtime if the ball is contested when time runs out.
Balls On Parade
Each team has a ball. The object is to capture as many opponents' balls as possible. When time
runs out, the player with the biggest set of balls wins.
Flag Rally
A number of flags stand on the battlefield. The winner is the first player to capture all the flags. It is
not necessary to defend a flag after it has been captured; touch it and move on.
Territories
There are several flags on the map. The object is to capture and hold more flags than your
opponents. Remember: if you leave a flag unguarded after capturing it, an opposing team might
take it for their own. Play carefully.
Scavenger Hunt
A number of balls are scattered around the map, and the first player to touch all five wins. This
game is similar to Flag Rally, although the ability to move the balls around the map adds a new
challenge.
Captures
A number of balls are placed on the battlefield. The winner is the player who is the uncontested
owner of the most balls at the end of the match. Similar to Territories, although the movable nature
of the balls means that you can carry the balls back to a well-fortified position rather than spreading
your troops thin across the entire map.
Body Count
The object of body count is to do as much damage to as many enemies as possible while keeping
your own casualties to a minimum. The winning player will have the best ratio of damage done to
damage taken.
Last Man On The Hill
The point of Last Man games is simply to own the hill when time runs out. Strategy and pacing are
important, since you don’t stand a chance of winning if you simply rush into battle at the first
opportunity. Your need to bide your time, position your units carefully and take preemptive potshots
at other players to improve your chances of taking and holding the hill at game’s end.
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Capture The Flag
Each player has a flag, and the objective is to protect your own while capturing the flags of the
opposing team. If you lose your flag, you lose.
Communication During Net Games
The Whiteboard
During network games - especially team games - you may find it useful to draw up a battle
plan on the overhead map. Small pencil and eraser icons will appear above the overhead map
during net games. Clicking on the pencil puts the map in draw mode. Click on the pencil icon
with your mouse, then click and hold the mouse button to draw on the overhead map.
Clicking the eraser icon clears the map.
Whispering
You can send private messages to your teammates during team games using the Whisper key.
This can be useful to change strategy on the fly or alert team members to impending disaster.
The default Whisper key is Y. If you are not in a team game, Y will broadcast the message to
everyone (your opponents).
Yelling
You can also send messages to everyone during a team game. Hit the Yell key, then type your
message and hit Return/Enter. Your message will appear at the bottom of every player's screen.
The default Yell key is Shift-Y.
Unit Trading
If you click the Allow Trading checkbox in the Game Options screen, you can exchange some
of your units for others at the beginning of a net game. If you are in a team game, only the
captain will be able to trade for units. Trading can only occur before any of a team's units have
moved. To trade, consult the scoreboard which will appear at the top of the screen during
planning time. Each unit is worth a certain number of points. Click the Down arrow next to a
unit type to remove one of those units from your force. Your available points will increase
accordingly. You can spend those point by clicking the Up arrow next to another unit. If you
have enough points, you will add another of those units to your force.
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Post-Game Carnage Statistics
After a net game has ended, all players will return to the Game Setup screen. In place of the
list of available games will be the Post-Game Carnage Statistics list, graphs which show just
how well you did. All stats are written as team scores, with single players constituting a team
of one.
Rank - Team rankings
Perm - The running stats for that gaming session
Score vs. Time - Progressive score over time
Kills vs. Time - Kills over time by team
Damage vs. Time - Damage inflicted o ver time
Units vs. Time - Number of surviving units per team over time
Team Kills vs. Other Teams - Which teams were beating on which
Internet Latency
An inevitable reality of the Internet is that latency (the measure of the time that it takes for your
computer to send and receive information over the net) will cause games played over the
Internet to sometimes "hicup", "jump", or slow down. There are a few things you can do to
reduce these Internet anomalies.
If you are using a modem, turn off modem compression and error correction. Turn on TCP
header compression.
Multiplayer Gameplay Tips
Especially in a two-team game, where you know there's one enemy, and they're across the
map, it's tempting to march your forces out without guarding their backs. Setting up rearguards
and maintaining reserves in back are crucial, and neither projectile nor melee units should
move far from the protection of the other.
Sometimes you'll come back to a bunch of units you parked on the map, and find nothing but
a bloody smear. The replay will tell you what happened to them, though once you're a little
experienced, you can make a good guess of how things fell out based on the pattern of blood
sprays, dropped weapons and craters on the ground.
Thrall and Wights can not only hide under water in ambush, but also move downstream or
even fight other Thrall, all invisible to view. To direct your troops under water, just band-select
the piece of river over them and they'll appear in your Status bar.
Archers die easily, but a group of archers with a Journeyman behind them, periodically healing
the wounded and protecting them from Ghôls, can inflict a lot of long-range damage.
Characters
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V. Characters
Below is a list of units you will encounter while playing Myth: The Fallen Lords. In a singleplayer game, your forces will be limited to Light units; in a multiplayer game, your force can
include both Light and Dark units.
THE LIGHT
Warriors
The few survivors of the human armies which have not yet fallen to
Balor's forces of undead. These men have survived previous
encounters with the Fallen Lords, and might be able to do it again.
Warriors are equipped with swords, and shields that can block attacks.
Archers
Formerly enemies of humans and their nations, the fir'Bolg changed their
minds when they realized they didn't stand a chance against the Fallen
Lords by themselves. They fare poorly in hand-to-hand combat, but
their archers' skill is so well-developed that most foes don't get that
close.
The fir'Bolg archers are renowned for their dead aim and steady
hands. A group of them can do substantial damage to enemy forces
while they're still too far off to fight back. If cornered, fir'Bolg can
punch their attackers; double-click an enemy to punch it.
Dwarves
Dwarves are short, stocky creatures with a love of explosives and a passionate
hatred of Ghôls.
Dwarves throw small bottles filled with an unstable concoction which
explodes powerfully upon impact. Most of the time, anyway.
Dwarves can also place satchel charges (T) - essentially unlit
grenades which detonate if hit by another explosive. The strategic
possibilities of littering the ground with high explosives should
be readily apparent. Dwarves start with a certain number of
satchel charges and can pick up more from the bodies of fallen Dwarves.
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Journeymen
These men are all that remains of the Empire of the Cath Bruig. Formerly the
guards of the Emperor, they disbanded and wandered the earth after the Fallen
destroyed Muirthemne and everyone in it. Journeymen, when pressed into
battle, swing the shovel of a common laborer.
Journeymen can heal friendly units using mandrake roots (T). Select the
Journeyman, hit your Special Ability key and then click on the unit you
wish to heal. Journeymen start with a certain number of roots, and can
pick up more from the bodies of fallen Journeymen. A Mandrake root
disappears each time the Journeyman heals someone, and when they are all gone the
Journeyman can no longer heal. Journeymen can also wither undead enemy units - the Wight
and Thrall, for example - using this technique. Note that Wight remains are still explosive.
Berserks
Berserks are human warriors from the North who forego conventional armor for
the sake of speed. Their bare, battle-scarred flesh doesn't protect them much, but
the speed and ferocity of the Berserks' attack gives them a definite edge, especially
when they attack in groups. However, their eagerness to attack may make them
difficult to control.
Berserks use giant claymores to lop off pieces of their opponents until those
opponents stop moving.
Forest Giant
Massive wooden dwellers of Forest Heart. Their enmity with the Trow goes back for
centuries. The towering Forest Giant can swat smaller enemies out of his way, and
beat larger foes into submission.
Avatara
The Nine powerful sorcerers who lead the Legion against Balor and the Fallen
Lords. Because of their years of training as magic-users and strategists, they
tend to avoid melee combat but can be vicious when they have to be.
Each Avatar carries a sword, and knows how to use it. Each Avatar has a
unique magic ability.
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THE DARK
Ghôls
The Ghôl is a swift beast which drags its knuckles as it lopes along the
ground. Their speed makes them incredible scouts, and although they are
relatively weak they can dash up a hill and hack a group of archers to
pieces before they have a chance to react.
The Ghôl wields a cleaver longer than its own lengthy and muscular
arms.
Ghôls can pick up battlefield detritus and hurl it at their nearest enemy.
Axe blades, dwarven grenades, explosive pieces of wights, and scattered
limbs of the dead can be picked up by Ghôls and used for a more
destructive attack. To pick something up, select the Ghôl and click on the
item you would like him to use. He will carry it until told to throw it by
targeting another unit or the ground. Ghôls can also taunt nearby enemies
using the Special Action key.
Thrall
The reanimated corpses of humans who fought against the Fallen Lords and
lost. Because they’re dead, Thrall are ponderously slow, but they will also
withstand a great deal of damage before the foul sorceries that keep their
bodies upright fail. Another one of the benefits of being undead that Thrall
enjoy is not having to breath, this allows them to remain underwater
indefinately.
The only weapon that the mindless Thrall can use with any degree off
success is an ax. The Thrall, having no will of its own, can be ordered
to taunt nearby enemies to little effect by using the Special
Action key.
Soulless
Their souls literally stolen by sorcery, the Soulless slowly float across the
countryside; leaving pestilence and corruption in their wake. Their weapon of
choice is a barbed javelin anointed with a toxin that causes excruciating pain
that can build up to fatal levels.
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Cave Spider
Dwarven legend tells of spiders that grow larger than humans, living
unchecked in the deepest bowels of the earth. Their constitutions
were weak, but their frightful size - and sheer weight of numbers made them more than a match for those foolish enough to
delve into their subterranean lairs in search of veins of gold or other
precious metals. Having no loyalty, they will also attack
the Fallen.
Myrmidons
A race of warriors who betrayed the light when Balor promised them
immortality. Three hundred years later, their decayed bodies still walk,
held together only by rotting bandages and the desire to rend flesh from
the bodies of the living.
Myrmidons carry two Gridaksma Blades, composed of a human femur
capped on each end with the steel blade of a scythe. A few deft swings
will cut a swath through almost anything.
Wights
A stitched-up corpse, given new life by dark magic as a breeding ground for
virulent disease and foul decay. The wight shambles up to its target and
plunges a dagger into its gas-filled body causing it to explode, shaking the
earth around it, destroying anything in its immediate vicinity and coating
everything with a thin film of pus, which induces a brief paralysis.
Alternately, you can order a wight to detonate itself by using the Special
Action Key.
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Fetch
Priestesses summoned from another world by Balor for their magical abilities.
Disturbingly proud of their ability to singlehandledly decimate legions of
veteran warriors, the Fetch wear the skins of the men they've electrocuted as
trophy and warning.
The Fetch fires blasts of electricity from its withered fingertips.
Shades
The reanimated corpses of long-dead sorcerers, Shades take great pains to avoid
running water (since they can only cross it by using a bridge) and act as a
conduit for the evil magic of the Fallen Lords.
Trow
The Trow are relics from a forgotten age. During the
height of their golden age they were responsible for
the creation of many complex megalithic structures, but
as their civilization declined they began enslaving their
lesser brethren, the Oghres, to construct their cyclopean
edifices. Finally, during the Wind Age (after many centuries of
domination at the hands of their cruel masters), the Oghres
attempted to throw off the shackles of Trow tyranny. The resulting
war left the Trow city-states severely weakened and the
Oghres extinct. The hero Connacht took advantage of this
conflict and entombed the Trow where none would ever discover
their barrows, and melted their iron cities into the ice.
Since that time, the continent has been free of
brutalization at their massive hands.
Glossar y
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VI: Glossary: other important
people, places, and things
Alric: One of The Nine, former King of the Southern Provinces.
Balor: Leader of the Fallen Lords.
Bagrada: Southernmost of the three passes across the Cloudspine Mountains. It connects the
Plain of Scales with Forest Heart, and has been the site of battles from time immemorial.
Barrier, The: Desert east of the Cloudspine Mountains. This area used the be the fertile Empire
of the Cath Bruig, but was put to the torch and blighted after the passing of the armies of the
Dark fifty years ago.
Cloudspine Mountains: Mountain range in the central continent, which runs north and south.
There are only three passes across the Cloudspine - Bagrada, The Stair of Grief and Seven
Gates.
Comfort: Yet another small town outside of Madrigal.
Covenant: Once a major city of The Province, Covenant was sacked and destroyed fifteen years
ago by the Dark.
Crow's Bridge: A small town outside of the major city of Madrigal.
Cu Roi: One of The Nine.
Dire Marsh: Swamp in the north.
Eblis Stones: Magic artifacts of great power. Those who control them are said to be
unstoppable in battle.
Fallen Lords: Six powerful wizards who were suborned by Balor. Among them: Shiver, The
Deceiver, The Watcher, and Soulblighter.
Forest Heart: Huge forest east of the Cloudspine Mountains, home of the Forest Giants.
Gjol: A poisoned river that runs south into the Dire Marsh.
Great Devoid: A bottomless chasm near Myrgard, created by the Callieach during their final
days. Rather than be hunted to extinction by the Trow, the Callieach destroyed themselves and
many Trow, leaving behind only the Devoid.
Madrigal: One of the Free Cities of the North.
Maeldun: One of The Nine.
Muirthemne: Ancient capital of the Empire of the Cath Bruig, home to mighty sorcerers and
seat of a great empire. It was completely shattered and destroyed by the Dark.
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This is the place that the Tain was made.
Murgen: One of The Nine.
Myrgard: Ancestral home of the Dwarves. Along with the other major Dwarven city of
Stoneheim, it was seized and occupied by the Ghôls fifty years ago.
Myrkridia: A race of incredible evil and ferocity, destroyed during the Wind Age by Connacht.
Nine, The: Nine Powerful wizards who oppose the Fallen Lords. Alric is chief among them,
and Murgen, Rabican, Maeldun, Cu Roi, and four others act as his generals.
Otter's Ferry: Another small town outside of Madrigal.
Plain of Scales: Lowlands east of the Toven River, which rise to the Cloudspine Mountains and
Bagrada.
Rabican: One of The Nine.
Rhi'anon: Ancient capital of the Trow, melted into the ice by Connacht during the Wind Age.
Sack of Muirthemne, Fall of Cath Bruig: Fifty years ago the Fallen overcame the armies of the
Cath Bruig, sacked Muirthemne and turned the empire East of the Cloudspine into desert (now
called the Devoid).
Scamander: Main river in the southeastern continent, flowing east from the Cloudspine
Mountains to the sea.
Seven Gates: Central of three passes across the Cloudspine Mountains, so named for its seven
chokepoints.
Shoal: Town where the player escapes from Covenant.
Shiver: One of the Fallen Lords.
Silvermines: A small mining town near Seven Gates.
Soulblighter: One of the Fallen Lords.
Tain: An artifact created by the Smiths of Muirthemne during the Empire of the Cath'Bruig.
Total Codex: A magical book of immense power, in which is written the fate of every creature
that will ever be born.
Twenty Year's War: A war of succession fought in the Province 150 years before present events,
in and around Covenant.
Tyr: A large city of The Province that was sacked by the Dark ten years before current events.
Watcher, The: One of the Fallen.
World Knot: Ancient relics which allow near-instant movement from place to place.
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Warranty and License Info
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Technical Support
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VII. Technical Support
If you experience problems installing or playing Myth: The Fallen Lords, please read the
following suggestions.
Windows 95:
- Have you installed DirectX 5 from the Myth CD? Myth requires it in order to run
properly.
- Are all your drivers (video card, sound card, etc.) DirectX-compatible? You may need
to contact the manufacturer of your sound or video card to get an updated driver.
- Is your filesystem fully 32-bit? If not, you will need to make it so. You may need to
contact the manufacturer of your CD-ROM drive to get a 32-bit driver.
- Is your networking card using Enhanced Mode drivers? If not, it should be.
MacOS:
- Have you tried turning off ALL your third-party extensions and control panels?
- If you're using a clock-chipper or hardware accelerator, have you tried disabling or
removing it?
- Have you tried deleting your Myth Preferences file?
- Have you zapped your PRAM recently? To zap your PRAM, hold down Command,
Option, P and R when booting machine, and let go when the Mac restarts.
Before your Call
If you've tried all these options and none of them have helped you, feel free to call our tech
support line at (312) 255-9600 (you can also e-mail us at [email protected]). Before you
call:
- Make sure you're near your computer
- Be able to describe your computer (Brand, processor speed, what sound and video
cards are installed, and what operating system you're using)
- Try to have a detailed description of the problem, and what you were doing just
before the problem occurred.
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Third Party Plug-ins
The star of the 1.3 update is the plug-in feature. It allows users to take third party plug-ins that
they download from various Myth sites online and plug them into Myth without having to
modify the Myth application. This is done through the plug-in folder. This folder is inside the
tags folder, which is in your Myth_TFL folder. Third party maps that end in the .gor extention
are placed here. Upon entering the multiplayer options screen you will notice a new list called
plug-ins on the far right side of the interface. Any .GOR files that have been placed into the
plug-ins folder will appear here. If you select a plug-in in your plug-ins folder it will appear in
your list of maps. If you select the newly appearing map, you will be able to play on it with all
of it's options. However the REALLY COOL thing is that if you select a plug-in but select
another map all of that plug-in's unit changes (assuming the author of said plug-in didn't create
new monster tags) will affect the map that you use. If it doesn't then you'll need to talk to the
author of the plug-in.
Now here are a few catches:
1)
You can only enter a game that is using a plug-in if you have that same plug-in installed.
2)
If you change plug-ins all people without that plug-in will get booted. Please note that
all players must have the same versions of a given plug-in as well. If you'd like to find
plug-ins a good place to start your search would be www.bungie.net/community/links.shtml.
3)
We will NOT be maintaining a list of plug-ins. Plug-ins are not maintained, distributed,
or regulated by Bungie. If you have a problem with a plug-in, you need to contact the
author of the plug-in in question. WE WILL NOT PROVIDE TECH SUPPORT FOR
THIRD PARTY PLUG-INS. This means that you should not send e-mail to us about plugins or call us with questions about plug-ins.
4)
Third party plug-ins can be played in ranked and unranked rooms. HOWEVER, anyone
playing on a third party map/plug-in takes full responsibility for knowing what they are
getting into. You should always look a map over and play with it in unranked before you
start using it in ranked. If a map turns out to be unbalanced in ranked, then direct your
complaints to the plug-in author, not us.
5)
WE WILL NOT PROVIDE TECH SUPPORT FOR THIRD PARTY PLUG-INS. No, we really
mean it. If this doesn't make sense to you, please by all means reread items 3 and 5 as
many times as necessary until it does. ;)
6)
The plug-in module only supports those plug-ins that exist as a .GOR file. Previously
existing plug-ins will have to be rebuilt as a .GOR file. This can be done by the author
using one of the available third party .GOR composers.
Credits
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Project Leader
Jason Jones
Programming
Jason Jones
Ryan Martell
Jason Regier
Alex Rosenberg
Artwork
Mark Bernal
Robt McLees
Frank Pusateri
Story
Jason Jones
Robt McLees
Doug Zartman
Production Manager
Tuncer Deniz
Interface Artwork
Marcus Lehto
Level Design
Jason Jones
Jason Regier
Ryan Martell
Jay Barry
Mark Bernal
Robt McLees
Frank Pusateri
Win/Loss Artwork
Gary McCluskey
Juan Ramirez
Additional Programming
Alain Roy
Jamie Osborne
Sound & Music Design
by O'Donnell/Salvatori Music, Inc.
Marty O’Donnell
Bungie Software Products Corporation
Mike Salvatori
Paul Heitsch
Additional Sounds
Dave Sears
Voices
Geoffrey Charlton-Perrin - Narrator
Roger Mueller - Alric
Jeff Morrow - Balor, Soulblighter
Bob O’Donnell - Surly Dwarf
James Schneider - Archer, Warrior
Bob Swan - Journeyman, Trow
Tony Mackus - Warrior, Berserker, Tutorial
Paul Heitsch - Villager
Marty O’Donnell - Sinis, Fetch
Documentation
Matthew Soell
Tuncer Deniz
Doug Zartman
Max Hoberman
Jay Barry
Juan Ramirez
Packaging
13th Floor
Tuncer Deniz
Alexander Seropian
Max Hoberman
Cover Artwork
John Bolton
Damage & Spin
Alexander Seropian
Eric Klein
David Joost
Doug Zartman
Jonas Eneroth
Matthew Soell
Diane Donohue
Jim Ruiz
Max Hoberman
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Story Illustrations
Location Design
created by Dragonlight, Inc
Khai Nguyen
Art Director
Ron Franco
Head Illustrator
Rommel Franco
Illustrators
Mel Sia
J.C. King
Cutscenes
Canuck Creations, Inc.
Prop Design
Charlene Logan
Kevin Labanowich
Special Effects Design
Charlene Logan
Background Painting Supervisor
Khai Nguyen
Background Painting
Khai Nguyen
Davoud Magidian
Executive Producer
Alan Kennedy
Layout
Khai Nguyen
Khai Nguyen
Darren Donovan
Kris Pearn
Cameron Hood
Stephanie Boudreau
Carlos Arancibia
Special Effects Director
Animation Layout
Director
Hana Kukal
Art Director
Charlene Logan
Steve Lynes
Hana Kukal
Story Board Assistants
Ian Blum
Stephanie Boadreau
Story Board Timing
Kirk Hudson
Hana Kukal
Ian Blum
Character Design
Steve Lynes
Geri Bertola
Todd Kauffman
Key Animation
Steve Lynes
Ian Blum
Stephanie Boudreau
Trevor Hierons
Troy Quane
Darren Donovan
Cameron Hood
Kris Pearn
Kevin Labanowich
Carlos Aranicibia
Mathew Otto
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Special Thanks
Charlene Logan
Quoc-Nghi Tran
Darren Donovan
Brent George
Stephanie Boudreau
Ian Blum
Kevin Labanowich
Beta testers, Bart Farkas, Brad Newell, Chris
Jensen, Ryan Hylland, Anne Cesa Klein,
Gabbi and Emmy, Craig Fryar, Ken Feinstein,
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Greg Joswiak, Scott Alden, Richard Bernal,
Esther Bernal, Mike Bernal, Melissa Bernal, Eli
Diaz De Leon, Hee Kyung Kil, “The Localizers”, Crew Bailando, Melanie Rees, Orhan
Deniz, Nezahat Deniz, Nelly Mancilla,
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Basement, Mike, Maureen, Tim, Pete &
Madalyn, Hung H Nguyen, Neal & the gang,
Nance Zartman, and the folks at 3Dfx,
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Luis Matias
Key Clean-Up & Inbetweening
Vittoria Bologna
Namkook Lee
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Kirk Hudson
Colleen Jenkinson
Neil Exall
Sound Breakdown
Kirk Hudson
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Production Assistants
Neil Exall
Colleen Jenkinson
Digital Ink and Pain
Animation Group
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Janice Walker
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