.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 it includes all of the up to date models as well as those 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 SSC 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!
.If you grab either of the base packages from SSC, then be forewarned that it will be archived in 7zip (.7z) format and that there have been a couple of reports that these files were corrupt after downloading. This should not be the case and the issue is most likely due to the user trying to unpack the files with outdated software.
.Tip: If you are using the basic FFED3D beta1.12++ pack rather than Ittiz's, then I recommend using JSGME that's within the FFED3D folder to then enable the replacement models and textures that are not normally active. There are also different versions of some textures/models to choose between.
.Adding the FFED3DAJ patch
.I keep a SpaceSimCentral page updated with each new build here.
There's also a discussion thread with downloads over at the Russian Elite-Games forum here.
.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 primary "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!
.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 testing the never-ending beta builds and for feeding back both bugs and suggestions to help get the version to where it's at today. (And also for supplying a few new loading-screen 'hints'!)
.Recommended Texture Add-on packs
.To get the best visuals from the latest builds of FFED3DAJ, I recommend that you add the following texture packs by nanite2000. These were created in collaboration to accompany the release of v1.10a, and they will continue to be compatible with future versions.
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
.Finally - Please do post in this thread if any help is required or to leave any feedback!
.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