.So what is this FFED3DAJ thing then & how to install it?
.First of all, FFED3DAJ is not a stand-alone game that will run 'out of the box' - it's a continuation of the FFED3D project and aims to stabilize it, fix the outstanding issues and to add further enhancements. The aim of FFED3D was to update JJFFE for "modern" (2008+) PCs and add 3D models and effects using DirectX9. Before that, JJFFE updated the original FFE to be playable on Windows 95 systems.
.So - FFED3DAJ requires the texture/model assets of FFED3D to be playable. If you are starting out from scratch then you will first need to download and install a base pack. There is the choice of the smaller, standard FFED3D beta1.12++ package or Ittiz's beta3 package which is significantly larger but includes all of the up to date models pre-enabled as well as the infamous videos.
.The basic FFED3D beta1.12++ is available here:
Elite-Games.ru: full beta
SpaceSimCentral.com (SSC): FFED3D_Complete.7z 1.1x (alternatively, split into 4 .7z files: 1, 2, 3, 4)
.Or, Ittiz's beta3 pack is available at the SCC here
.Please note that although both sites require registration, they are free to join.
They both also have active community/forum boards, so perhaps stay a while and say hello/thanks when you download, and see what other goodies they may have to offer!
.Also please note that if you do grab the archives from SSC they are in .7z (7zip) format, so make sure you have a current version of that installed. People using older versions have had issues unpacking & thought the files were corrupt. The same issue can occur if you let other software, e.g. WinRAR try to unpack the files, just a warning!
.For the FFED3DAJ patch itself...
I keep a SSC page update each new build here,
Also there's a thread over at the Russian Elite-Games forum here.
.NB. If using packs other than Ittiz's set, then I recommend running JSGME that's within the FFED3D folder and to enable the replacement models and textures that are not normally active. (potsmoke's are a matter of preference, the stud-city model in some packages is a 'lego' inspired model which perhaps doesn't really fit FFE!)
.The distribution of FFED3DAJ is split into 3 standard .zip files. 2 of these are mandatory, one contains the new patch .exe files and the other a set of updated or new core textures. The 3rd zip is an optional install and contains some examples of multiple-textures on ships as well as a custom shader that colorizes the cargo canisters for variety. They're split like this to save bandwidth, as often it's only the 2MB patch zip file that gets updated between builds. These files should be unzipped into your FFED3D folder over the top of the base installation.
.There's a readme file included in the patch .zip "FFED3DAJ_readme.txt" that hopefully explains a lot of the various configuration settings, so please do take a look at that and then edit your ffed3daj.cfg to suit your own requirements / preference!
.And well, please do post in this thread if any help is required or to leave any feedback
.The current version is v1.11. [Release notes & Changes]
.As always, a very big thanks to Steve of FrontierAstro for all of the time that he's spent beta testing the never-ending builds and for feeding back both bugs and suggestions to help get the version to where it's at today. (And also for a few new start-up 'hints'!)
.Recommended Texture Add-on packs for v1.10a
.To get the best visuals from this latest build then I recommend that you add the following texture packs by nanite2000 which have been created specifically for this build:
Enhanced planet surfaces, Enhanced metal surfaces and also, Cockpit icons and Planetary information graphics
.Or from this post at Elite-Games.Ru: http://www.elite-games.ru/conference...171500#3171500
.There is an album of images for each of nanite2000's texture packs here
.Anyone wanting to leave feedback, bug reports etc, please join in with this thread and continue to do so!
.Donik has recorded the intro using the v1.10a build and also nanite2000's textures pack and posted it Here.
.And pettytyrant101 has posted this little vid for your viewing pleasure: "FFED3DAJ- Elite Frontier: First Encounters- see the galaxy for less than 3 Altarian dollars a day!"
.Version History: FFED3DAJ_versions.txt