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Changelog

1.5.0 -> 1.5.1

Stability

  • Fixed possible crash on accessing faction description
  • Fixed possible thread race on exit to main menu
  • Game will now show error message instead of silent crash on corrupted H3 data
  • Fixed possible crash on double-deletion of quest artifacts placed by RMG
  • Fixed crash on loading save made in version 1.4 with removed from map Quest Guards
  • Added workaround for crash on accessing Altar of Sacrifice on saves made in 1.4
  • Fixed possible crash on map restart request
  • Fixed crash on attempt to open scenario list with no save or map selected
  • Fixed crash on host resolving error when connecting to online lobby
  • If json file specified in mod.json is missing, vcmi will now only log an error instead of crashing

Interface

  • Added retaliation damage and kills preview when hovering over units that can be attacked in melee during combat
  • Clicking on combat log would now open a window with full combat log history
  • Removed message length limit in text input fields, such as global lobby chat
  • Tapping on already active text input field will display on-screen keyboard on systems with one
  • Fixed possible freeze when trying to move hero if hero has non-zero movement points but not enough to reach first tile in path
  • Fixed selection of the wrong reward in dialogs such as the level-up window when double-clicking on it
  • Fixed launch of wrong map or save when double-clicking in scenario list screen
  • Right-clicking on a hero in a tavern will now select that hero as well, in line with H3
  • Fixed slow map list parsing when hota map format is enabled
  • MacOS and iOS can now use either Ctrl or Cmd key for all keyboard shortcuts
  • Small windows no longer dim the entire screen by default

Mechanics

  • Recruiting a hero will now immediately reveal the fog of war around him
  • When both a visiting hero and a garrisoned hero are in town, the garrisoned hero will visit town buildings first.

Multiplayer

  • Fixed in-game chat text not being visible after switching from achannel with a long history
  • Fixed lag when switching to channel with long history
  • Game now automatically scrolls in-game chat on new messages
  • Game will now only plays chat sound for active channel and for private channels
  • Cheats are now disabled by default in multiplayer
  • Game will now show status of cheats and battle replays on map start
  • It is possible to change cheats or battle replay on game loading
  • It is now possible to join rooms hosted by different hotfix versions, e.g. 1.5.1 can join 1.5.0 games
  • Fixed game rooms remaining visible in the lobby even after they have been closed
  • Fixed possible lag when there is a player in lobby with a very slow (or dying) connection
  • Game will show correctly if player has been invited into a room
  • Fixed overflow in invite window when there are more than 8 players in the lobby

Random Maps Generator

  • Generator will now prefer to place roads away from zone borders

AI

  • Fixed possible crash when Nullkiller AI tries to upgrade army
  • Nullkiller AI will now recruit new heroes if he left with 0 heroes
  • AI in combat now knows when an enemy unit has used all of its retaliations.

Map Editor

  • Fixed setting up hero types of heroes in Prisons placed in map editor
  • Fixed crash on setting up Seer Hut in map editor
  • Added text auto-completion hints for army widget
  • Editor will now automatically add .vmap extensions when saving map
  • Fixed text size in map validation window

1.4.5 -> 1.5.0

General

  • Added Portuguese (Brazilian) translation
  • Added basic support for game controllers
  • Added option to disable cheats in game
  • Game will no longer run vcmiserver as a separate process on desktop systems
  • Game will no longer show server error messages in game chat in release builds
  • Implemented switchable artifact sets from HD Mod

Stability

  • Fixed possible crash in Altar of Sacrifice
  • Fixed possible crash on activation of 'Enchanted' bonus
  • Fixed possible race condition on random maps generation on placement treasures near border with water zone
  • Fixed crash on missing video files
  • Fixed crash on using healing spell as 'casts before/after attack' bonus
  • Fixed crash on defeating hero that was located in boat on game start
  • Fixed possible crash on turn timer running out while player has town screen open
  • Fixed crash when player has manual control of arrow towers during siege
  • Fixed crash on attempt to attack with Magma Elementals with Erdamon as hero
  • Fixed crash on attempt to access removed Quest Guard
  • Fixed crash on moving through whirlpool when hero has no troops other than commander
  • Fixed possible freeze when moving hero over events that give enough experience to cause a level-up
  • Fixed possible crash on movement of double-wide creatures next to gates during siege
  • Fixed possible hanging app on attempt to close game during loading

Multiplayer

  • Game map will no longer be locked during turn of other human players, allowing to change hero paths or inspect towns or heroes
  • Game will now correctly block most of player actions outside of their turn
  • Implemented new lobby, available in game with persistent accounts and chat
  • Removed old lobby previously available in launcher
  • Fixed potential crash that could occur if two players act at the very same time
  • Game will no longer pause due to network lag after every tile when instant movement speed is selected in multiplayer
  • Game will now show "X player's turn" dialog on new turn in online multiplayer
  • Fixed loading of turn timers state from saved games
  • Simultaneous turns will now break when players are 1 turn away from each other instead of 2 turns
  • Implemented rolling and banning of towns before game start

Interface

  • Implemented configurable keyboard shortcuts, editable in file config/shortcutsConfig.json
  • Fixed broken keyboard shortcuts in main menu
  • If UI Enhancements are enabled, the game will skip confirmation dialogs when entering owned dwellings or refugee camp.
  • It is now possible to move artifact to or from backpack using Alt+click
  • It is now possible to transfer artifact to another hero during exchange using Ctrl+click
  • It is no longer possible to start single scenario by pressing "Enter", in line with H3 and to prevent interference with game chat
  • Empty treasure banks will no longer ask for confirmation when entering
  • Game will now save last used difficulty settings
  • Opening random map tab or scenario selection tab in pregame will no longer reset starting towns or heroes unless different map was selected
  • Town Portal dialog will now show town icons
  • Town Portal dialog will now show town info on right click
  • Town Portal dialog will center on town on clicking it
  • Town Portal dialog now uses same town ordering as in adventure map interface
  • Game will now remember scrolling position of hero backpack
  • Heroes can now be recruited from the tavern by double-clicking on them
  • Added status bar to the backpack window
  • Quick backpack window is now only available when enabled Interface enhancements
  • Fixed assembly of artifacts in the backpack when backpack is full
  • Attempt to use enemy turn replay feature will now show "Not implemented" message
  • It is now possible to configure size of small battle queue in config file
  • Opening hero window in town will now open exchange dialog if there are two heroes in town, allowing artifact exchange
  • Fixed positioning of FPS counter after resolution change
  • It is now possible to access extra options window from campaigns startup dialog
  • Size of message boxes should now match H3 better. Maximum-size message box will always be smaller than screen size
  • If monsters are willing to join for money, game will now show gold icon in this dialog box
  • Fixed visual duplication of artifacts on Altar of Sacrifice
  • Fixed translation of some bonuses using incorrect language
  • Added option to use 'nearest' rounding mode for UI scaling
  • Fixed various minor bugs in trade window interface
  • Removed animation of spawning of every single new monster on new month
  • Game will now correctly reset artifact drag-and-drop cursor if player opens another dialog on top of hero window
  • If player has no valid saves, game will pick "NEWGAME" as proposed save name instead of empty field
  • Fixed incorrect visitation sounds of Crypt, Shipwreck and Abandoned Ship
  • Fixed double sound playback on capturing mines
  • Recruitment costs that consist from 3 different resources should now fit recruitment window UI better

Campaigns

  • Game will now correctly track who defeated the hero or wandering monsters for related quests and victory conditions
  • Birth of a Barbarian: Yog will now start the third scenario with Angelic Alliance in his inventory
  • Birth of a Barbarian: Heroes with Angelic Alliance components are now considered to be mission-critical and can't be dismissed or lost in combat
  • Birth of a Barbarian: Yog can no longer purchase spellbook from the Mage Guild
  • Birth of a Barbarian: Yog will no longer gain Spellpower or Knowledge when leveling up
  • Birth of a Barbarian: Scenarios with mission to deliver an artifact will no longer end after just defeating enemies
  • Dungeons and Devils: AI will no longer take troops from garrisons in "Fall of Steadwick" scenario, in line with H3
  • Gem will now have her class set to "Sorceress" in campaigns
  • Fixed missing names for heroes who have their names customized in map after being transferred to the next scenario
  • Artifact transfer will now work correctly if the hero holding the transferable artifact is not also transferring
  • Fixed crash on opening of some campaigns in the French version from gog.com
  • Fixed crash on advancing to campaign mission in which you can pick hero as starting bonus
  • It is now possible to replay the intro movie from the scenario information window
  • When playing the intro video, the subtitles are now correctly synchronized with the audio
  • Fixed invalid string on right-clicking secondary skill starting bonus

Battles

  • Added option to enable unlimited combat replays during game setup
  • Added option to instantly end battle using quick combat (shotcut: 'e')
  • Added option to replace auto-combat button action with instant end using quick combat
  • Battles against AI players can now be done using quick combat
  • Disabling battle queue will now correctly reposition hero statistics preview popup
  • Fixed positioning of unit stack size label

Mechanics

  • It is no longer possible to learn spells from Pandora or events if hero can not learn them
  • Fixed behavior of 'Dimension Door' spell to be in line with H3:SoD
  • Fixed behavior of 'Fly' spell to be in line with H3:SoD
  • If it is not possible to cast 'Dimension Door', game will show message immediately on picking spell in spellbook
  • Added options to configure 'Dimension Door' spell to be in line with HotA
  • Casting 'Town Portal' while in boat will now show correct message box instead of server error
  • Game will now take mana before visiting town after casting 'Town Portal', allowing Mana Vortex to correctly replenish all mana points
  • Fixed loading of negative luck and morale in events, pandoras and quests on h3m maps
  • Fixed incorrect 'duplicate hero' error on loading of some vmap maps
  • Fixed previously broken digging of the Grail
  • Successful digging for Grail will now show correct message
  • Game will now correctly update movement range after rearranging armies
  • It is no longer possible for two towns with random names to have same name, just like in H3
  • Creatures that were consumed by Demon Summon ability will no longer return to life after the battle
  • Effects of melee-only or ranged-only spells, such as Bloodlust or Precision are no longer cumulative
  • It is no longer possible to use summoning spells if such spell would summon 0 creatures
  • It is now possible to assemble or disassemble artifacts while in Altar of Sacrifice
  • It is no longer possible to move war machines to Altar of Sacrifice
  • If HotA mod is enabled, game will no longer incorrectly replace all prisons on map with HotA version
  • Fixed regression leading to large elemental dwellings being used as replacements for random dwellings

Random Maps Generator

  • Game will now save last used RMG settings in game and in editor
  • Reduced number of obstacles placed in water zones
  • Treasure values in water zone should now be similar to values from HotA, due to bugs in H3:SoD values
  • Random map templates can now have optional description visible in random map setup
  • Implemented biomes system, for more consistent and natural obstacles placement
  • Implemented Penrose tiling to produce more natural zone edges
  • Increased minimal density of obstacles on surface level of the map
  • Decreased minimal density of obstacles on undergound level of the map
  • Density of objects should now closely resemble H3 RMG
  • Generator will now avoid routing road under guarded objects whenever possible
  • Generator will now avoid placing guards near roads
  • Generator will not place a guard near the road if it's stronger than 1/3 of max guard strength for this zone
  • Interactive objects will now appear on top of static objects
  • Windmill will now appear on top of all other objects

Launcher

  • Launcher now supports installation of Heroes 3 data using gog.com offline installer thanks to innoextract tool
  • Fixed loading of mod screenshots if player opens screenshots tab without any preloaded screenshots
  • Fixed installation of mods if it has non-installed submod as dependency
  • It is now possible to import game settings using drag-and-drop
  • Added button to import mods, maps, or settings in addition to drag-and-drop
  • Added Spanish translation to launcher
  • Added Portuguese translation to launcher

Map Editor

  • Added Chinese translation to map editor
  • Added Portuguese translation to map editor
  • Mod list in settings will now correctly show submods of submods
  • Fixed display of resource type and quantity in mines
  • Fixed inability to change object owner in editor
  • Added map sizes larger than XL in map editor
  • It is now possible to customize hero spells

AI

  • Fixed possible crash on updating NKAI pathfinding data
  • Fixed possible crash if hero has only commander left without army
  • Fixed possible crash on attempt to build tavern in a town
  • Fixed counting mana usage cost of Fly spell
  • Added estimation of value of Pyramid and Cyclops Stockpile
  • Reduced memory usage and improved performance of AI pathfinding
  • Added experimental and disabled by default implementation of object graph
  • It is now possible to configure AI settings via config file
  • Improved parallelization when AI has multiple heroes
  • AI-controlled creatures will now correctly move across wide moat in Fortress
  • Fixed system error messages caused by visitation of Trading Posts by VCAI
  • Patrolling heroes will never retreat from the battle
  • AI will now consider strength of town garrison and not just strength of visiting hero when deciding to attack town

Modding

  • Added new game setting that allows inviting heroes to taverns
  • It is now possible to add creature or faction description accessible via right-click of the icon
  • Fixed reversed Overlord and Warlock classes mapping
  • Added 'selectAll' mode for configurable objects which grants all potential rewards
  • It is now possible to use most of json5 format in vcmi json files
  • Main mod.json file (including any submods) now requires strict json, without comments or extra commas
  • Replaced bonus MANA_PER_KNOWLEDGE with MANA_PER_KNOWLEDGE_PERCENTAGE to avoid rounding error with mysticism
  • Factions can now be marked as 'special', banning them from random selection
  • Replaced 'convert txt' text export command with more convenient 'translate' and 'translate maps' commands
  • Game will now report cases where minimal damage of a creature is greater than maximal damage
  • Added bonuses RESOURCES_CONSTANT_BOOST and RESOURCES_TOWN_MULTIPLYING_BOOST

1.4.4 -> 1.4.5

Stability

  • Fixed crash on creature spellcasting
  • Fixed crash on unit entering magical obstacles such as quicksands
  • Fixed freeze on map loading on some systems
  • Fixed crash on attempt to start campaign with unsupported map
  • Fixed crash on opening creature information window with invalid SPELL_IMMUNITY bonus

Random Maps Generator

  • Fixed placement of guards sometimes resulting into open connection into third zone
  • Fixed rare crash on multithreaded access during placement of artifacts or wandering monsters

Map Editor

  • Fixed inspector using wrong editor for some values

AI

  • Fixed bug leading to AI not attacking wandering monsters in some cases
  • Fixed crash on using StupidAI for autocombat or for enemy players

1.4.3 -> 1.4.4

General

  • Fixed crash on generation of random maps

1.4.2 -> 1.4.3

General

  • Fixed the synchronisation of the audio and video of the opening movies.
  • Fixed a bug that caused spells from mods to not show up in the Mage's Guild.
  • Changed the default SDL driver on Windows from opengl to autodetection
  • When a hero visits a town with a garrisoned hero, they will now automatically exchange spells if one of them has the Scholar skill.
  • Movement and mana points are now replenished for new heroes in taverns.

Multiplayer

  • Simturn contact detection will now correctly check for hero moving range
  • Simturn contact detection will now ignore wandering monsters
  • Right-clicking the Simturns AI option now displays a tooltip
  • Interaction attempts with other players during simturns will now have more concise error messages
  • Turn timers are now limited to 24 hours in order to prevent bugs caused by an integer overflow.
  • Fixed delays when editing turn timer duration
  • Ending a turn during simturns will now block the interface correctly.

Campaigns

  • Player will no longer start the United Front of Song for the Father campaign with two Nimbuses.
  • Fixed missing campaign description after loading saved game
  • Campaign completion checkmarks will now be displayed after the entire campaign has been completed, rather than just after the first scenario.
  • Fixed positioning of prologue and epilogue text during campaign scenario intros

Interface

  • Added an option to hide adventure map window when town or battle window are open
  • Fixed switching between pages on small version of spellbook
  • Saves with long filenames are now truncated in the UI to prevent overflow.
  • Added option to sort saved games by change date
  • Game now shows correct resource when selecting start bonus
  • It is now possible to inspect commander skills during battles.
  • Fixed incorrect cursor being displayed when hovering over navigable water tiles
  • Fixed incorrect cursor display when hovering over water objects accessible from shore

Stability

  • Fixed a crash when using the 'vcmiobelisk' cheat more than once.
  • Fixed crash when reaching level 201. The maximum level is now limited to 197.
  • Fixed crash when accessing a spell with an invalid SPELLCASTER bonus
  • Fixed crash when trying to play music for an inaccessible tile
  • Fixed memory corruption on loading of old mods with illegal 'index' field
  • Fixed possible crash on server shutdown on Android
  • Fixed possible crash when the affinity of the hero class is set to an invalid value
  • Fixed crash on invalid creature in hero army due to outdated or broken mods
  • Failure to initialise video subsystem now displays error message instead of silent crash

Random Maps Generator

  • Fixed possible creation of a duplicate hero in a random map when the player has chosen the starting hero.
  • Fixed banning of quest artifacts on random maps
  • Fixed banning of heroes in prison on random maps

Battles

  • Battle turn queue now displays current turn
  • Added option to show unit statistics sidebar in battle
  • Right-clicking on a unit in the battle turn queue now displays the unit details popup.
  • Fixed error messages for SUMMON_GUARDIANS and TRANSMUTATION bonuses
  • Fixed Dendroid Bind ability
  • Black Dragons no longer hate Giants, only Titans
  • Spellcasting units such as Archangels can no longer cast spells on themselves.
  • Coronius specialty will now correctly select affected units

Launcher

  • Welcome screen will automatically detect existing Heroes 3 installation on Windows
  • It is now possible to install mods by dragging and dropping onto the launcher.
  • It is now possible to install maps and campaigns by dragging and dropping onto the launcher.
  • Czech launcher translation added
  • Added option to select preferred SDL driver in launcher

Map Editor

  • Fixed saving of allowed abilities, spells, artifacts or heroes

AI

  • AI will no longer attempt to move immobilized units, such as those under the effect of Dendroid Bind.
  • Fixed shooters not shooting when they have a range penalty
  • Fixed Fire Elemental spell casting
  • Fixed rare bug where unit would sometimes do nothing in battle

Modding

  • Added better reporting of "invalid identifiers" errors with suggestions on how to fix them
  • Added FEROCITY bonus (HotA Aysiud)
  • Added ENEMY_ATTACK_REDUCTION bonus (HotA Nix)
  • Added REVENGE bonus (HotA Haspid)
  • Extended DEATH_STARE bonus to support Pirates ability (HotA)
  • DEATH_STARE now supports spell ID in addInfo field to override used spell
  • SPELL_BEFORE_ATTACK bonus now supports spell priorities
  • FIRST_STRIKE bonus supports subtypes damageTypeMelee, damageTypeRanged and damageTypeAll
  • BLOCKS_RETALIATION now also blocks FIRST_STRIKE bonus
  • Added 'canCastOnSelf' field for spells to allow creatures to cast spells on themselves.

1.4.1 -> 1.4.2

General

  • Restored support for Windows 7
  • Restored support for 32-bit builds
  • Implemented quick backpack window for slot-specific artifact selection, activated via mouse wheel / swipe gesture
  • Added option to search for specific spell in the spellbook
  • Added option to skip fading animation on adventure map
  • Using alt-tab to switch to another application will no longer activate in-game console/chat
  • Increased frequency of checks for server startup to improve server connection time
  • added nwcfollowthewhiterabbit / vcmiluck cheat: the currently selected hero permanently gains maximum luck.
  • added nwcmorpheus / vcmimorale cheat: the currently selected hero permanently gains maximum morale.
  • added nwcoracle / vcmiobelisk cheat: the puzzle map is permanently revealed.
  • added nwctheone / vcmigod cheat: reveals the whole map, gives 5 archangels in each empty slot, unlimited movement points and permanent flight to currently selected hero

Launcher

  • Launcher will now properly show mod installation progress
  • Launcher will now correctly select preferred language on first start

Multiplayer

  • Timers for all players will now be visible at once
  • Turn options menu will correctly open for guests when host switches to it
  • Guests will correctly see which roads are allowed for random maps by host
  • Game will now correctly deactivate unit when timer runs out in pvp battle
  • Game will show turn, battle and unit timers separately during battles
  • Timer in pvp battles will be only active if unit timer is non-zero
  • Timer during adventure map turn will be active only if turn timer is non-zero
  • Game will now send notifications to players when simultaneous turns end

Stability

  • Fixed crash on clicking town or hero list on MacOS and iOS
  • Fixed crash on closing vcmi on Android
  • Fixed crash on disconnection from multiplayer game
  • Fixed crash on finishing game on last day of the month
  • Fixed crash on loading h3m maps with mods that alter Witch Hut, Shrine or Scholar
  • Fixed crash on opening creature morale detalisation in some localizations
  • Fixed possible crash on starting a battle when opening sound from previous battle is still playing
  • Fixed crash on map loading in case if there is no suitable option for a random dwelling
  • Fixed crash on usage of radial wheel to reorder towns or heroes
  • Fixed possible crash on random map generation
  • Fixed crash on attempting to transfer last creature when stack experience is enabled
  • Fixed crash on accessing invalid settings options
  • Fixed server crash on receiving invalid message from player
  • Added check for presence of Armageddon Blade campaign files to avoid crash on some Heroes 3 versions

Random Maps Generator

  • Improved performance of random maps generation
  • Rebalance of treasure values and density
  • Improve junction zones generation by spacing Monoliths
  • Reduced amount of terrain decorations to level more in line with H3
  • Generator will now avoid path routing near map border
  • Generator will now check full object area for minimum distance requirement
  • Fixed routing of roads behind Subterranean Gates, Monoliths and Mines
  • Fixed remaining issues with placement of Corpse
  • Fixed placement of one-tile prisons from HotA
  • Fixed spawning of Armageddon's Blade and Vial of Dragon Blood on random maps

Interface

  • Right-clicking hero icon during levelup dialog will now show hero status window
  • Added indicator of current turn to unit turn order panel in battles
  • Reduces upscaling artifacts on large spellbook
  • Game will now display correct date of saved games on Android
  • Fixed black screen appearing during spellbook page flip animation
  • Fixed description of "Start map with hero" bonus in campaigns
  • Fixed invisible chat text input in game lobby
  • Fixed positioning of chat history in game lobby
  • "Infobar Creature Management" option is now enabled by default
  • "Large Spellbook" option is now enabled by default

Mechanics

  • Anti-magic garrison now actually blocks spell casting
  • Berserk spell will no longer cancel if affected unit performs counterattack
  • Frenzy spell can no longer be casted on units that should be immune to it
  • Master Genie will no longer attempt to cast beneficial spell on creatures immune to it
  • Vitality and damage skills of a commander will now correctly grow with level

Modding

  • Added UNTIL_OWN_ATTACK duration type for bonuses
  • Configurable objects with visit mode "first" and "random" now respect "canRefuse" flag

1.4.0 -> 1.4.1

General

  • Fixed position for interaction with starting heroes
  • Fixed smooth map scrolling when running at high framerate
  • Fixed calculation of Fire Shield damage when caster has artifacts that increase its damage
  • Fixed untranslated message when visiting signs with random text
  • Fixed slider scrolling to maximum value when clicking on "scroll right" button
  • Fixed events and seer huts not activating in some cases
  • Fixed bug leading to Artifact Merchant selling Grails in loaded saved games
  • Fixed placement of objects in random maps near the top border of the map
  • Creatures under Slayer spell will no longer deal additional damage to creatures not affected by Slayer
  • Description of a mod in Launcher will no longer be converted to lower-case
  • Game will no longer fail to generate random map when AI-only players option is set to non-zero value
  • Added option to mute audio when VCMI window is not active
  • Added option to disable smooth map scrolling
  • Reverted ban on U-turns in pathfinder

Stability

  • Fixed crash on using mods made for VCMI 1.3
  • Fixed crash on generating random map with large number of monoliths
  • Fixed crash on losing mission-critical hero in battle
  • Fixed crash on generating growth detalization in some localizations
  • Fixed crash on loading of some user-made maps

1.3.2 -> 1.4.0

General

  • Implemented High Score screen
  • Implemented tracking of completed campaigns
  • "Secret" Heroes 3 campaigns now require completion of prerequisite campaigns first
  • Completing a campaign will now return player to campaign selection window instead of main menu
  • Game will now play video on winning or losing a game
  • Game will now correctly check for mod compatibility when loading saved games
  • Game client will no longer load conflicting mods if player have both of them enabled
  • If some mods fail to load due to missing dependencies or conflicts, game client will display message on opening main menu
  • Game will no longer crash on loading save with different mod versions and will show error message instead
  • Saved games are now 2-3 times smaller than before
  • Added Vietnamese translation
  • Failure to connect to a MP game will now show proper error message
  • Added VSync support
  • Implemented tutorial
  • Implemented support for playback of audio from video files
  • Windows Installer will now automatically add required firewall rules
  • Game audio will now be disabled if game window is not focused
  • Fixed formatting of date and time of a savegame on Android
  • Added list of VCMI authors to credits screen
  • Quick combat is now disabled by default
  • Spectator mode in single player is now disabled

Multiplayer

  • Implemented simultaneous turns
  • Implemented turn timers, including chess timers version
  • Game will now hide entire adventure map on hotseat turn transfer
  • Added option to pause game timer while on system options window
  • Implemented localization support for maps
  • Game will now use texts from local player instead of host
  • Multiple fixes to validation of player requests by server

Android

  • Heroes 3 data import now accepts files in any case
  • Fixed detection of Heroes 3 data presence when 'data' directory uses lower case

Touchscreen

  • Added tutorial video clips that explain supported touch gestures
  • Double tap will now be correctly interpreted as double click, e.g. to start scenario via double-click
  • Implemented snapping to 100% scale for adventure map zooming
  • Implemented smooth scrolling for adventure map
  • Implemented radial wheel to reorder list of owned towns and heroes
  • Implemented radial wheel for hero exchange in towns

Launcher

  • When a mod is being downloaded, the launcher will now correctly show progress as well as its total size
  • Double-clicking mod name will now perform expected action, e.g. install/update/enable or disable
  • Launcher will now show mod extraction progress instead of freezing
  • "Friendly AI" option will now correctly display current type of friendly AI
  • Player can now correctly switch to global chat after disconnect
  • "Resolve mods conflicts" button now attempts to fix all mods if nothing is selected
  • Implemented support for mention in game lobby
  • Implemented support for global and room channels in game lobby
  • Added option to reconnect to game lobby

Editor

  • It is now possible to configure rewards for Seer Hut, Pandora Boxes and Events
  • It is now possible to configure quest (limiter) in Seer Hut and Quest Guards
  • It is now possible to configure events and rumors in map editor
  • Improved army configuration interface
  • Added option to customize hero skills
  • It is now possible to select object on map for win/loss conditions or for main town
  • Random dwellings can now be linked to a random town
  • Added map editor zoom
  • Added objects lock functionality
  • It is now possible to configure hero placeholders in map editor
  • Fixed duplicate artifact image on mouse drag
  • Lasso tool will no longer skip tiles
  • Fixed layout of roads and rivers

Stability

  • Fix possible crash on generating random map
  • Fixed multiple memory leaks in game client
  • Fixed crash on casting Hypnotize multiple times
  • Fixed crash on attempting to move all artifacts from hero that has no artifacts
  • Fixed crash on attempting to load corrupted .def file
  • Fixed crash on clicking on empty Altar of Sacrifice slots

AI

  • BattleAI should now see strong stacks even if blocked by weak stacks.
  • BattleAI will now prefers targets slower than own stack even if they are not reachable this turn.
  • Improved BattleAI performance when selecting spell to cast
  • Improved BattleAI performance when selection unit action
  • Improved BattleAI spell selection logic
  • Nullkiller AI can now use Fly and Water Walk spells

Campaigns

  • Implemented voice-over audio support for Heroes 3 campaigns
  • Fixes victory condition on 1st scenario of "Long Live the King" campaign
  • Fixed loading of defeat/victory icon and message for some campaign scenarios

Interface

  • Implemented adventure map dimming on opening windows
  • Clicking town hall icon on town screen will now open town hall
  • Clicking buildings in town hall will now show which resources are missing (if any)
  • Fixed incorrect positioning of total experience text on Altar of Sacrifice
  • Game will now show correct video file on battle end
  • Game will now correctly loop battle end animation video
  • Implemented larger version of spellbooks that displays up to 24 spells at once
  • Spell scrolls in hero inventory now show icon of contained spell
  • Fixed incorrect hero morale tooltip after visiting adventure map objects
  • Fixed incorrect information for skills in hero exchange window
  • Confirmation button will now be disabled on automatic server connect dialog
  • Attempting to recruit creature in town with no free slots in garrisons will now correctly show error message
  • Implemented window for quick selection of starting hero, town and bonus
  • Implemented map preview in scenario selection and game load screen accessible via right click on map
  • Show exact map size in map selection
  • Added support for folders in scenario selection and save/load screens
  • Added support for "Show Random Maps" button in random map setup screen
  • Added starting hero preview screen
  • Added option to change name of player while in map setup screen
  • Implemented loading screen with progress bar
  • Game will now stay on loading screen while random map generation is in process
  • Team Alignments popup in scenario options will no longer show empty teams
  • Fixed missing borders on team alignments configuration window in random maps
  • Fixed map difficulty icon on save/load screen
  • Main menu animation will no longer appear on top of new game / load game text

Adventure Map Interface

  • Picking up an artifact on adventure map will now show artifact assembly dialog if such option exists
  • Minimap will now preserve correct aspect ratio on rectangular maps
  • Fixed slot highlighting when an artifact is being assembled
  • Ctrl-click on hero will now select him instead of changing path of active hero
  • In selection windows (level up window, treasure chest pickup, etc) it is now possible to select reward via double-click
  • Attacking wandering monsters with preconfigured message will now correctly show the message
  • Revisit object button will now be blocked if there is no object to revisit
  • Fixed missing tooltip for "revisit object" button
  • Fixed calculation of fow reveal range for all objects
  • Attempt to close game will now ask for confirmation
  • Right-clicking previously visited Seer Huts or Quest Guards will show icon with preview of quest goal
  • Right-clicking owned dwellings will show amount of creatures available to for recruitment
  • Right-clicking previously visited creature banks will show exact guards composition with their portraits
  • Right-clicking artifacts on map will show artifact description
  • Right-clicking objects that give bonus to hero will show object description

Mechanics

  • Heroes in tavern will correctly lose effects from spells or visited objects on new day
  • Fixed multiple bugs in offering of Wisdom and Spell Schools on levelup. Mechanic should now work identically to Heroes 3
  • Retreated heroes will no longer restore their entire mana pool on new day
  • Fixed Grail in Crypt on some custom maps
  • Added support for repeatable quests in Seer Huts
  • Using "Sacrifice All" on Altar will now correctly place all creatures but one on altar
  • Fixed probabilities of luck and morale
  • Blinded stack no longer can get morale
  • Creature that attacks while standing in moat will now correctly receive moat damage
  • Player resources are now limited to 1 000 000 000 to prevent overflow
  • It is no longer possible to escape from town without fort
  • Pathfinder will no longer make U-turns when moving onto visitable objects while flying
  • Pathfinder will no longer make paths that go over teleporters without actually using them
  • Game will now correctly update guard status of tiles that are guarded by multiple wandering monsters
  • Moving onto Garrisons and Border Guards entrance tiles that are guarded by wandering monsters will now correctly trigger battle
  • It is no longer possible to build second boat in shipyard when shipyard should be blocked by boat with hero
  • Gundula is now Offense specialist and not Sorcery, as in H3

Random Maps Generator

  • Increased tolerance for placement of Subterranean Gates
  • Game will now select random object template out of available options instead of picking first one
  • It is no longer possible to create map with a single team
  • Game will no longer route roads through non-removable treasure objects, such as Corpse
  • Fixed placement of treasure piles with non-removable objects, such as Corpse
  • Fixed interface no displaying correct random map settings in some cases
  • Fixed misleading error "no info for player X found"
  • Fixed bug leading to AI players defeated on day one.

Modding

  • All bonuses now require string as a subtype. See documentation for exact list of possible strings for each bonus.
  • Changes to existing objects parameters in mods will now be applied to ongoing saves
  • Fixed handling of engine version compatibility check
  • Added support for giving arbitrary bonuses to AI players
  • Most mods of type "Translation" are now hidden in Launcher
  • Added new mod type: "Compatibility". Mods of this type are hidden in Launcher and are always active if they are compatible.
  • Added new mod type: "Maps"
  • Added new TERRAIN_NATIVE bonus that makes any terrain native to affected units
  • SPELL_DURATION now allows subtypes. If set to spell, bonus will only affect specified spell
  • Both game client and launcher will now correctly handle dependencies that are not in lower case
  • Implemented support for refusable Witch Hut and Scholar
  • Added "variables" to configurable objects that are shared between all rewards
  • Added visit mode "limiter" for configurable objects. Hero will be considered as "visited this object" if he fulfills provided condition
  • Added option to customize text displayed for visited objects, e.g. show "Already learned" instead of "Visited"
  • Added option to define custom description of configurable object, accessible via right-click
  • Added option to show object content icons on right-click
  • Object now allows checking whether hero can learn spell
  • Object limiter now allows checking whether hero can learn skill
  • Object reward may now reveal terrain around visiting hero (e.g. Redwood Observatory)

1.3.1 -> 1.3.2

GENERAL

  • VCMI now uses new application icon
  • Added initial version of Czech translation
  • Game will now use tile hero is moving from for movement cost calculations, in line with H3
  • Added option to open hero backpack window in hero screen
  • Added detection of misclicks for touch inputs to make hitting small UI elements easier
  • Hero commander will now gain option to learn perks on reaching master level in corresponding abilities
  • It is no longer possible to stop movement while moving over water with Water Walk
  • Game will now automatically update hero path if it was blocked by another hero
  • Added "vcmiartifacts angelWings" form to "give artifacts" cheat

STABILITY

  • Fixed freeze in Launcher on repository checkout and on mod install
  • Fixed crash on loading VCMI map with placed Abandoned Mine
  • Fixed crash on loading VCMI map with neutral towns
  • Fixed crash on attempting to visit unknown object, such as Market of Time
  • Fixed crash on attempting to teleport unit that is immune to a spell
  • Fixed crash on switching fullscreen mode during AI turn

CAMPAIGNS

  • Fixed reorderging of hero primary skills after moving to next scenario in campaigns

BATTLES

  • Conquering a town will now correctly award additional 500 experience points
  • Quick combat is now enabled by default
  • Fixed invisible creatures from SUMMON_GUARDIANS and TRANSMUTATION bonuses
  • Added option to toggle spell usage by AI in quick combat
  • Fixed updating of spell point of enemy hero in game interface after spell cast
  • Fixed wrong creature spellcasting shortcut (now set to "F")
  • It is now possible to perform melee attack by creatures with spells, especially area spells
  • Right-click will now properly end spellcast mode
  • Fixed cursor preview when casting spell using touchscreen
  • Long tap during spell casting will now properly abort the spell

INTERFACE

  • Added "Fill all empty slots with 1 creature" option to radial wheel in garrison windows
  • Context popup for adventure map monsters will now show creature icon
  • Game will now show correct victory message for gather troops victory condition
  • Fixed incorrect display of number of owned Sawmills in Kingdom Overview window
  • Fixed incorrect color of resource bar in hotseat mode
  • Fixed broken toggle map level button in world view mode
  • Fixed corrupted interface after opening puzzle window from world view mode
  • Fixed blocked interface after attempt to start invalid map
  • Add yellow border to selected commander grandmaster ability
  • Always use bonus description for commander abilities instead of not provided wog-specific translation
  • Fix scrolling when commander has large number of grandmaster abilities
  • Fixed corrupted message on another player defeat
  • Fixed unavailable Quest Log button on maps with quests
  • Fixed incorrect values on a difficulty selector in save load screen
  • Removed invalid error message on attempting to move non-existing unit in exchange window

RANDOM MAP GENERATOR

  • Fixed bug leading to unreachable resources around mines

MAP EDITOR

  • Fixed crash on maps containing abandoned mines
  • Fixed crash on maps containing neutral objects
  • Fixed problem with random map initialized in map editor
  • Fixed problem with initialization of random dwellings

1.3.0 -> 1.3.1

GENERAL:

  • Fixed framerate drops on hero movement with active hota mod
  • Fade-out animations will now be skipped when instant hero movement speed is used
  • Restarting loaded campaing scenario will now correctly reapply starting bonus
  • Reverted FPS limit on mobile systems back to 60 fps
  • Fixed loading of translations for maps and campaigns
  • Fixed loading of preconfigured starting army for heroes with preconfigured spells
  • Background battlefield obstacles will now appear below creatures
  • it is now possible to load save game located inside mod
  • Added option to configure reserved screen area in Launcher on iOS
  • Fixed border scrolling when game window is maximized

AI PLAYER:

  • BattleAI: Improved performance of AI spell selection
  • NKAI: Fixed freeze on attempt to exchange army between garrisoned and visiting hero
  • NKAI: Fixed town threat calculation
  • NKAI: Fixed recruitment of new heroes
  • VCAI: Added workaround to avoid freeze on attempting to reach unreachable location
  • VCAI: Fixed spellcasting by Archangels

RANDOM MAP GENERATOR:

  • Fixed placement of roads inside rock in underground
  • Fixed placement of shifted creature animations from HotA
  • Fixed placement of treasures at the boundary of wide connections
  • Added more potential locations for quest artifacts in zone

STABILITY:

  • When starting client without H3 data game will now show message instead of silently crashing
  • When starting invalid map in campaign, game will now show message instead of silently crashing
  • Blocked loading of saves made with different set of mods to prevent crashes
  • Fixed crash on starting game with outdated mods
  • Fixed crash on attempt to sacrifice all your artifacts in Altar of Sacrifice
  • Fixed crash on leveling up after winning battle as defender
  • Fixed possible crash on end of battle opening sound
  • Fixed crash on accepting battle result after winning battle as defender
  • Fixed possible crash on casting spell in battle by AI
  • Fixed multiple possible crashes on managing mods on Android
  • Fixed multiple possible crashes on importing data on Android
  • Fixed crash on refusing rewards from town building
  • Fixed possible crash on threat evaluation by NKAI
  • Fixed crash on using haptic feedback on some Android systems
  • Fixed crash on right-clicking flags area in RMG setup mode
  • Fixed crash on opening Blacksmith window and Build Structure dialogs in some localizations
  • Fixed possible crash on displaying animated main menu
  • Fixed crash on recruiting hero in town located on the border of map

1.2.1 -> 1.3.0

GENERAL:

  • Implemented automatic interface scaling to any resolution supported by monitor
  • Implemented UI scaling option to scale game interface
  • Game resolution and UI scaling can now be changed without game restart
  • Fixed multiple issues with borderless fullscreen mode
  • On mobile systems game will now always run at native resolution with configurable UI scaling
  • Implemented support for Horn of the Abyss map format
  • Implemented option to replay results of quick combat
  • Added translations to French and Chinese
  • All in-game cheats are now case-insensitive
  • Added high-definition icon for Windows
  • Fix crash on connecting to server on FreeBSD and Flatpak builds
  • Save games now consist of a single file
  • Added H3:SOD cheat codes as alternative to vcmi cheats
  • Fixed several possible crashes caused by autocombat activation
  • Fixed artifact lock icon in localized versions of the game
  • Fixed possible crash on changing hardware cursor

TOUCHSCREEN SUPPORT:

  • VCMI will now properly recognizes touch screen input
  • Implemented long tap gesture that shows popup window. Tap once more to close popup
  • Long tap gesture duration can now be configured in settings
  • Implemented radial menu for army management, activated via swiping creature icon
  • Implemented swipe gesture for scrolling through lists
  • All windows that have sliders in UI can now be scrolled using swipe gesture
  • Implemented swipe gesture for attack direction selection: swipe from enemy position to position you want to attack from
  • Implemented pinch gesture for zooming adventure map
  • Implemented haptic feedback (vibration) for long press gesture

LAUNCHER:

  • Launcher will now attempt to automatically detect language of OS on first launch
  • Added "About" tab with information about project and environment
  • Added separate options for Allied AI and Enemy AI for adventure map
  • Patially fixed displaying of download progress for mods
  • Fixed potential crash on opening mod information for mods with a changelog
  • Added option to configure number of autosaves

MAP EDITOR:

  • Fixed crash on cutting random town
  • Added option to export entire map as an image
  • Added validation for placing multiple heroes into starting town
  • It is now possible to have single player on a map
  • It is now possible to configure teams in editor

AI PLAYER:

  • Fixed potential crash on accessing market (VCAI)
  • Fixed potentially infinite turns (VCAI)
  • Reworked object prioritizing
  • Improved town defense against enemy heroes
  • Improved town building (mage guild and horde)
  • Various behavior fixes

GAME MECHANICS

  • Hero retreating after end of 7th turn will now correctly appear in tavern
  • Implemented hero backpack limit (disabled by default)
  • Fixed Admiral's Hat movement points calculation
  • It is now possible to access Shipwrecks from coast
  • Hero path will now be correctly updated on equipping/unequipping Levitation Boots or Angel Wings
  • It is no longer possible to abort movement while hero is flying over water
  • Fixed digging for Grail
  • Implemented "Survive beyond a time limit" victory condition
  • Implemented "Defeat all monsters" victory condition
  • 100% damage resistance or damage reduction will make unit immune to a spell
  • Game will now randomly select obligatory skill for hero on levelup instead of always picking Fire Magic
  • Fixed duration of bonuses from visitable object such as Idol of Fortune
  • Rescued hero from prison will now correctly reveal map around him
  • Lighthouses will no longer give movement bonus on land

CAMPAIGNS:

  • Fixed transfer of artifacts into next scenario
  • Fixed crash on advancing to next scenario with heroes from mods
  • Fixed handling of "Start with building" campaign bonus
  • Fixed incorrect starting level of heroes in campaigns
  • Game will now play correct music track on scenario selection window
  • Dracon woll now correctly start without spellbook in Dragon Slayer campaign
  • Fixed frequent crash on moving to next scenario during campaign
  • Fixed inability to dismiss heroes on maps with "capture town" victory condition

RANDOM MAP GENERATOR:

  • Improved zone placement, shape and connections
  • Improved zone passability for better gameplay
  • Improved treasure distribution and treasure values to match SoD closely
  • Navigation and water-specific spells are now banned on maps without water
  • RMG will now respect road settings set in menu
  • Tweaked many original templates so they allow new terrains and factions
  • Added "bannedTowns", "bannedTerrains", "bannedMonsters" zone properties
  • Added "road" property to connections
  • Added monster strength "none"
  • Support for "wide" connections
  • Support for new "fictive" and "repulsive" connections
  • RMG will now run faster, utilizing many CPU cores
  • Removed random seed number from random map description

INTERFACE:

  • Adventure map is now scalable and can be used with any resolution without mods
  • Adventure map interface is now correctly blocked during enemy turn
  • Visiting creature banks will now show amount of guards in bank
  • It is now possible to arrange army using status window
  • It is now possible to zoom in or out using mouse wheel or pinch gesture
  • It is now possible to reset zoom via Backspace hotkey
  • Receiving a message in chat will now play sound
  • Map grid will now correctly display on map start
  • Fixed multiple issues with incorrect updates of save/load game screen
  • Fixed missing fortifications level icon in town tooltip
  • Fixed positioning of resource label in Blacksmith window
  • Status bar on inactive windows will no longer show any tooltip from active window
  • Fixed highlighting of possible artifact placements when exchanging with allied hero
  • Implemented sound of flying movement (for Fly spell or Angel Wings)
  • Last symbol of entered cheat/chat message will no longer trigger hotkey
  • Right-clicking map name in scenario selection will now show file name
  • Right-clicking save game in save/load screen will now show file name and creation date
  • Right-clicking in town fort window will now show creature information popup
  • Implemented pasting from clipboard (Ctrl+V) for text input

BATTLES:

  • Implemented Tower moat (Land Mines)
  • Implemented defence reduction for units in moat
  • Added option to always show hero status window
  • Battle opening sound can now be skipped with mouse click
  • Fixed movement through moat of double-hexed units
  • Fixed removal of Land Mines and Fire Walls
  • Obstacles will now corectly show up either below or above unit
  • It is now possible to teleport a unit through destroyed walls
  • Added distinct overlay image for showing movement range of highlighted unit
  • Added overlay for displaying shooting range penalties of units

MODDING:

  • Implemented initial version of VCMI campaign format
  • Implemented spell cast as possible reward for configurable object
  • Implemented support for configurable buildings in towns
  • Implemented support for placing prison, tavern and heroes on water
  • Implemented support for new boat types
  • It is now possible for boats to use other movement layers, such as "air"
  • It is now possible to use growing artifacts on artifacts that can be used by hero
  • It is now possible to configure town moat
  • Palette-cycling animation of terrains and rivers can now be configured in json
  • Game will now correctly resolve identifier in unexpected form (e.g. 'bless' vs 'spell.bless' vs 'core:bless')
  • Creature specialties that use short form ( "creature" : "pikeman" ) will now correctly affect all creature upgrades
  • It is now possible to configure spells for Shrines
  • It is now possible to configure upgrade costs per level for Hill Forts
  • It is now possible to configure boat type for Shipyards on adventure map and in town
  • Implemented support for HotA-style adventure map images for monsters, with offset
  • Replaced (SCHOOL)_SPELL_DMG_PREMY with SPELL_DAMAGE bonus (uses school as subtype).
  • Removed bonuses (SCHOOL)_SPELLS - replaced with SPELLS_OF_SCHOOL
  • Removed DIRECT_DAMAGE_IMMUNITY bonus - replaced by 100% spell damage resistance
  • MAGIC_SCHOOL_SKILL subtype has been changed for consistency with other spell school bonuses
  • Configurable objects can now be translated
  • Fixed loading of custom battlefield identifiers for map objects

1.2.0 -> 1.2.1

GENERAL:

  • Implemented spell range overlay for Dimension Door and Scuttle Boat
  • Fixed movement cost penalty from terrain
  • Fixed empty Black Market on game start
  • Fixed bad morale happening after waiting
  • Fixed good morale happening after defeating last enemy unit
  • Fixed death animation of Efreeti killed by petrification attack
  • Fixed crash on leaving to main menu from battle in hotseat mode
  • Fixed music playback on switching between towns
  • Special months (double growth and plague) will now appear correctly
  • Adventure map spells are no longer visible on units in battle
  • Attempt to cast spell with no valid targets in hotseat will show appropriate error message
  • RMG settings will now show all existing in game templates and not just those suitable for current settings
  • RMG settings (map size and two-level maps) that are not compatible with current template will be blocked
  • Fixed centering of scenario information window
  • Fixed crash on empty save game list after filtering
  • Fixed blocked progress in Launcher on language detection failure
  • Launcher will now correctly handle selection of Ddata directory in H3 install
  • Map editor will now correctly save message property for events and pandoras
  • Fixed incorrect saving of heroes portraits in editor

1.1.1 -> 1.2.0

GENERAL:

  • Adventure map rendering was entirely rewritten with better, more functional code
  • Client battle code was heavily reworked, leading to better visual look & feel and fixing multiple minor battle bugs / glitches
  • Client mechanics are now framerate-independent, rather than speeding up with higher framerate
  • Implemented hardware cursor support
  • Heroes III language can now be detected automatically
  • Increased targeted framerate from 48 to 60
  • Increased performance of UI updates
  • Fixed bonus values of heroes who specialize in secondary skills
  • Fixed bonus values of heroes who specialize in creatures
  • Fixed damage increase from Adela's Bless specialty
  • Fixed missing obstacles in battles on subterranean terrain
  • Video files now play at correct speed
  • Fixed crash on switching to second mission in campaigns
  • New cheat code: vcmiazure - give 5000 azure dragons in every empty slot
  • New cheat code: vcmifaerie - give 5000 faerie dragons in every empty slot
  • New cheat code: vcmiarmy or vcminissi - give specified creatures in every empty slot. EG: vcmiarmy imp
  • New cheat code: vcmiexp or vcmiolorin - give specified amount of experience to current hero. EG: vcmiexp 10000
  • Fixed oversided message window from Scholar skill that had confirmation button outside game window
  • Fixed loading of prebuilt creature hordes from h3m maps
  • Fixed volume of ambient sounds when changing game sounds volume
  • Fixed might&magic affinities of Dungeon heroes
  • Fixed Roland's specialty to affect Swordsmen/Crusaders instead of Griffins
  • Buying boat in town of an ally now correctly uses own resources instead of stealing them from ally
  • Default game difficulty is now set to "normal" instead of "easy"
  • Fixed crash on missing music files

MAP EDITOR:

  • Added translations to German, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian
  • Implemented cut/copy/paste operations
  • Implemented lasso brush for terrain editing
  • Toolbar actions now have names
  • Added basic victory and lose conditions

LAUNCHER:

  • Added initial Welcome/Setup screen for new players
  • Added option to install translation mod if such mod exists and player's H3 version has different language
  • Icons now have higher resolution, to prevent upscaling artifacts
  • Added translations to German, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian
  • Mods tab layout has been adjusted based on feedback from players
  • Settings tab layout has been redesigned to support longer texts
  • Added button to start map editor directly from Launcher
  • Simplified game starting flow from online lobby
  • Mod description will now show list of languages supported by mod
  • Launcher now uses separate mod repository from vcmi-1.1 version to prevent mod updates to unsupported versions
  • Size of mod list and mod details sub-windows can now be adjusted by player

AI PLAYER:

  • Nullkiller AI is now used by default
  • AI should now be more active in destroying heroes causing treat on AI towns
  • AI now has higher priority for resource-producing mines
  • Increased AI priority of town dwelling upgrades
  • AI will now de-prioritize town hall upgrades when low on resources
  • Messages from cheats used by AI are now hidden
  • Improved army gathering from towns
  • AI will now attempt to exchange armies between main heroes to get the strongest hero with the strongest army.
  • Improved Pandora handling
  • AI takes into account fort level now when evaluating enemy town capturing priority.
  • AI can not use allied shipyard now to avoid freeze
  • AI will avoid attacking creatures standing on draw-bridge tile during siege if the bridge is closed.
  • AI will consider retreat during siege if it can not do anything (catapult is destroyed, no destroyed walls exist)

RANDOM MAP GENERATOR

  • Random map generator can now be used without vcmi-extras mod
  • RMG will no longer place shipyards or boats at very small lakes
  • Fixed placement of shipyards in invalid locations
  • Fixed potential game hang on generation of random map
  • RMG will now generate addditional monolith pairs to create required number of zone connections
  • RMG will try to place Subterranean Gates as far away from other objects (including each other) as possible
  • RMG will now try to place objects as far as possible in both zones sharing a guard, not only the first one.
  • Use only one template for an object in zone
  • Objects with limited per-map count will be distributed evenly among zones with suitable terrain
  • Objects above zone treasure value will not be considered for placement
  • RMG will prefer terrain-specific templates for objects placement
  • RMG will place Towns and Monoliths first in order to generate long roads across the zone.
  • Adjust the position of center town in the zone for better look & feel on S maps.
  • Description of random map will correctly show number of levels
  • Fixed amount of creatures found in Pandora Boxes to match H3
  • Visitable objects will no longer be placed on top of the map, obscured by map border

ADVENTURE MAP:

  • Added option to replace popup messages on object visiting with messages in status window
  • Implemented different hero movement sounds for offroad movement
  • Cartographers now reveal terrain in the same way as in H3
  • Status bar will now show movement points information on pressing ALT or after enabling option in settings
  • It is now not possible to receive rewards from School of War without required gold amount
  • Owned objects, like Mines and Dwellings will always show their owner in status bar
  • It is now possible to interact with on-map Shipyard when no hero is selected
  • Added option to show amount of creatures as numeric range rather than adjective
  • Added option to show map grid
  • Map swipe is no longer exclusive for phones and can be enabled on desktop platforms
  • Added more graduated settigns for hero movement speed
  • Map scrolling is now more graduated and scrolls with pixel-level precision
  • Hero movement speed now matches H3
  • Improved performance of adventure map rendering
  • Fixed embarking and disembarking sounds
  • Fixed selection of "new week" animation for status window
  • Object render order now mostly matches H3
  • Fixed movement cost calculation when using "Fly" spell or "Angel Wings"
  • Fixed game freeze on using Town Portal to teleport into town with unvisited Battle Scholar Academy
  • Fixed invalid ambient sound of Whirlpool
  • Hero path will now be correctly removed on defeating monsters that are at the end of hero path
  • Seer Hut tooltips will now show messages for correct quest type

INTERFACE

  • Implemented new settings window
  • Added framerate display option
  • Fixed white status bar on server connection screen
  • Buttons in battle window now correctly show tooltip in status bar
  • Fixed cursor image during enemy turn in combat
  • Game will no longer promt to assemble artifacts if they fall into backpack
  • It is now possible to use in-game console for vcmi commands
  • Stacks sized 1000-9999 units will not be displayed as "1k"
  • It is now possible to select destination town for Town Portal via double-click
  • Implemented extended options for random map tab: generate G+U size, select RMG template, manage teams and roads

HERO SCREEN

  • Fixed cases of incorrect artifact slot highlighting
  • Improved performance of artifact exchange operation
  • Picking up composite artifact will immediately unlock slots
  • It is now possible to swap two composite artifacts

TOWN SCREEN

  • Fixed gradual fade-in of a newly built building
  • Fixed duration of building fade-in to match H3
  • Fixed rendering of Shipyard in Castle
  • Blacksmith purchase button is now properly locked if artifact slot is occupied by another warmachine
  • Added option to show number of available creatures in place of growth
  • Fixed possible interaction with hero / town list from adventure map while in town screen
  • Fixed missing left-click message popup for some town buildings
  • Moving hero from garrison by pressing space will now correctly show message "Cannot have more than 8 adventuring heroes"

BATTLES:

  • Added settings for even faster animation speed than in H3
  • Added display of potential kills numbers into attack tooltip in status bar
  • Added option to skip battle opening music entirely
  • All effects will now wait for battle opening sound before playing
  • Hex highlighting will now be disabled during enemy turn
  • Fixed incorrect log message when casting spell that kills zero units
  • Implemented animated cursor for spellcasting
  • Fixed multiple issues related to ordering of creature animations
  • Fixed missing flags from hero animations when opening menus
  • Fixed rendering order of moat and grid shadow
  • Jousting bonus from Champions will now be correctly accounted for in damage estimation
  • Building Castle building will now provide walls with additional health point
  • Speed of all battle animations should now match H3
  • Fixed missing obstacles on subterranean terrain
  • Ballistics mechanics now matches H3 logic
  • Arrow Tower base damage should now match H3
  • Destruction of wall segments will now remove ranged attack penalty
  • Force Field cast in front of drawbridge will now block it as in H3
  • Fixed computations for Behemoth defense reduction ability
  • Bad luck (if enabled) will now multiple all damage by 50%, in line with other damage reducing mechanics
  • Fixed highlighting of movement range for creatures standing on a corpse
  • All battle animations now have same duration/speed as in H3
  • Added missing combat log message on resurrecting creatures
  • Fixed visibility of blue border around targeted creature when spellcaster is making turn
  • Fixed selection highlight when in targeted creature spellcasting mode
  • Hovering over hero now correctly shows hero cursor
  • Creature currently making turn is now highlighted in the Battle Queue
  • Hovering over creature icon in Battle Queue will highlight this creature in the battlefield
  • New battle UI extension allows control over creatures' special abilities
  • Fixed crash on activating auto-combat in battle
  • Fixed visibility of unit creature amount labels and timing of their updates
  • Firewall will no longer hit double-wide units twice when passing through
  • Unicorn Magic Damper Aura ability now works multiplicatively with Resistance
  • Orb of Vulnerability will now negate Resistance skill

SPELLS:

  • Hero casting animation will play before spell effect
  • Fire Shield: added sound effect
  • Fire Shield: effect now correctly plays on defending creature
  • Earthquake: added sound effect
  • Earthquake: spell will not select sections that were already destroyed before cast
  • Remove Obstacles: fixed error message when casting on maps without obstacles
  • All area-effect spells (e.g. Fireball) will play their effect animation on top
  • Summoning spells: added fade-in effect for summoned creatures
  • Fixed timing of hit animation for damage-dealing spells
  • Obstacle-creating spells: UI is now locked during effect animation
  • Obstacle-creating spells: added sound effect
  • Added reverse death animation for spells that bring stack back to life
  • Bloodlust: implemented visual effect
  • Teleport: implemented visual fade-out and fade-in effect for teleporting
  • Berserk: Fixed duration of effect
  • Frost Ring: Fixed spell effect range
  • Fixed several cases where multiple different effects could play at the same time
  • All spells that can affecte multiple targets will now highlight affected stacks
  • Bless and Curse now provide +1 or -1 to base damage on Advanced & Expert levels

ABILITIES:

  • Rebirth (Phoenix): Sound will now play in the same time as animation effect
  • Master Genie spellcasting: Sound will now play in the same time as animation effect
  • Power Lich, Magogs: Sound will now play in the same time as attack animation effect
  • Dragon Breath attack now correctly uses different attack animation if multiple targets are hit
  • Petrification: implemented visual effect
  • Paralyze: added visual effect
  • Blind: Stacks will no longer retailate on attack that blinds them
  • Demon Summon: Added animation effect for summoning
  • Fire shield will no longer trigger on non-adjacent attacks, e.g. from Dragon Breath
  • Weakness now has correct visual effect
  • Added damage bonus for opposite elements for Elementals
  • Added damage reduction for Magic Elemental attacks against creatures immune to magic
  • Added incoming damage reduction to Petrify
  • Added counter-attack damage reduction for Paralyze

MODDING:

  • All configurable objects from H3 now have their configuration in json
  • Improvements to functionality of configurable objects
  • Replaced SECONDARY_SKILL_PREMY bonus with separate bonuses for each skill.
  • Removed multiple bonuses that can be replaced with another bonus.
  • It is now possible to define new hero movement sounds in terrains
  • Implemented translation support for mods
  • Implemented translation support for .h3m maps and .h3c campaigns
  • Translation mods are now automatically disabled if player uses different language
  • Files with new Terrains, Roads and Rivers are now validated by game
  • Parameters controlling effect of attack and defences stats on damage are now configurable in defaultMods.json
  • New bonus: LIMITED_SHOOTING_RANGE. Creatures with this bonus can only use ranged attack within specified range
  • Battle window and Random Map Tab now have their layout defined in json file
  • Implemented code support for alternative actions mod
  • Implemented code support for improved random map dialog
  • It is now possible to configure number of creature stacks in heroes' starting armies
  • It is now possible to configure number of constructed dwellings in towns on map start
  • Game settings previously located in defaultMods.json are now loaded directly from mod.json
  • It is now possible for spellcaster units to have multiple spells (but only for targeting different units)
  • Fixed incorrect resolving of identifiers in commander abilities and stack experience definitions

1.1.0 -> 1.1.1

GENERAL:

  • Fixed missing sound in Polish version from gog.com
  • Fixed positioning of main menu buttons in localized versions of H3
  • Fixed crash on transferring artifact to commander
  • Fixed game freeze on receiving multiple artifact assembly dialogs after combat
  • Fixed potential game freeze on end of music playback
  • macOS/iOS: fixed sound glitches
  • Android: upgraded version of SDL library
  • Android: reworked right click gesture and relative pointer mode
  • Improved map loading speed
  • Ubuntu PPA: game will no longer crash on assertion failure

ADVENTURE MAP:

  • Fixed hero movement lag in single-player games
  • Fixed number of drowned troops on visiting Sirens to match H3
  • iOS: pinch gesture visits current object (Spacebar behavior) instead of activating in-game console

TOWNS:

  • Fixed displaying growth bonus from Statue of Legion
  • Growth bonus tooltip ordering now matches H3
  • Buy All Units dialog will now buy units starting from the highest level

LAUNCHER:

  • Local mods can be disabled or uninstalled
  • Fixed styling of Launcher interface

MAP EDITOR:

  • Fixed saving of roads and rivers
  • Fixed placement of heroes on map

1.0.0 -> 1.1.0

GENERAL:

  • iOS is supported
  • Mods and their versions and serialized into save files. Game checks mod compatibility before loading
  • Logs are stored in system default logs directory
  • LUA/ERM libs are not compiled by default
  • FFMpeg dependency is optional now
  • Conan package manager is supported for MacOS and iOS

MULTIPLAYER:

  • Map is passed over network, so different platforms are compatible with each other
  • Server self-killing is more robust
  • Unlock in-game console while opponent's turn
  • Host can control game session by using console commands
  • Control over player is transferred to AI if client escaped the game
  • Reconnection mode for crashed client processes
  • Playing online is available using proxy server

ADVENTURE MAP:

  • Fix for digging while opponent's turn
  • Supported right click for quick recruit window
  • Fixed problem with quests are requiring identical artefacts
  • Bulk move and swap artifacts
  • Pause & resume for towns and terrains music themes
  • Feature to assemble/disassemble artefacts in backpack
  • Clickable status bar to send messages
  • Heroes no longer have chance to receive forbidden skill on leveling up
  • Fixed visibility of newly recruited heroes near town
  • Fixed missing artifact slot in Artifact Merchant window

BATTLES:

  • Fix healing/regeneration behaviour and effect
  • Fix crashes related to auto battle
  • Implemented ray projectiles for shooters
  • Introduced default tower shooter icons
  • Towers destroyed during battle will no longer be listed as casualties

AI:

  • BattleAI: Target prioritizing is now based on damage difference instead of health difference
  • Nullkiller AI can retreat and surrender
  • Nullkiller AI doesn't visit allied dwellings anymore
  • Fixed a few freezes in Nullkiller AI

RANDOM MAP GENERATOR:

  • Speedup generation of random maps
  • Necromancy cannot be learned in Witch Hut on random maps

MODS:

  • Supported rewardable objects customization
  • Battleground obstacles are extendable now with VLC mechanism
  • Introduced "compatibility" section into mods settings
  • Fixed bonus system for custom advmap spells
  • Supported customisable town entrance placement
  • Fixed validation of mods with new adventure map objects

LAUNCHER:

  • Fixed problem with duplicated mods in the list
  • Launcher shows compatible mods only
  • Uninstall button was moved to the left of layout
  • Unsupported resolutions are not shown
  • Lobby for online gameplay is implemented

MAP EDITOR:

  • Basic version of Qt-based map editor

0.99 -> 1.0.0

GENERAL:

  • Spectator mode was implemented through command-line options
  • Some main menu settings get saved after returning to main menu - last selected map, save etc.
  • Restart scenario button should work correctly now
  • Skyship Grail works now immediately after capturing without battle
  • Lodestar Grail implemented
  • Fixed Gargoyles immunity
  • New bonuses:
    • SOUL_STEAL - "WoG ghost" ability, should work somewhat same as in H3
    • TRANSMUTATION - "WoG werewolf"-like ability
    • SUMMON_GUARDIANS - "WoG santa gremlin"-like ability + two-hex unit extension
    • CATAPULT_EXTRA_SHOTS - defines number of extra wall attacks for units that can do so
    • RANGED_RETALIATION - allows ranged counterattack
    • BLOCKS_RANGED_RETALIATION - disallow enemy ranged counterattack
    • SECONDARY_SKILL_VAL2 - set additional parameter for certain secondary skills
    • MANUAL_CONTROL - grant manual control over war machine
    • WIDE_BREATH - melee creature attacks affect many nearby hexes
    • FIRST_STRIKE - creature counterattacks before attack if possible
    • SYNERGY_TARGET - placeholder bonus for Mod Design Team (subject to removal in future)
    • SHOOTS_ALL_ADJACENT - makes creature shots affect all neighbouring hexes
    • BLOCK_MAGIC_BELOW - allows blocking spells below particular spell level. HotA cape artifact can be implemented with this
    • DESTRUCTION - creature ability for killing extra units after hit, configurable

MULTIPLAYER:

  • Loading support. Save from single client could be used to load all clients.
  • Restart support. All clients will restart together on same server.
  • Hotseat mixed with network game. Multiple colors can be controlled by each client.

SPELLS:

  • Implemented cumulative effects for spells

MODS:

  • Improve support for WoG commander artifacts and skill descriptions
  • Added support for modding of original secondary skills and creation of new ones.
  • Map object sounds can now be configured via json
  • Added bonus updaters for hero specialties
  • Added allOf, anyOf and noneOf qualifiers for bonus limiters
  • Added bonus limiters: alignment, faction and terrain
  • Supported new terrains, new battlefields, custom water and rock terrains
  • Following special buildings becomes available in the fan towns:
    • attackVisitingBonus
    • defenceVisitingBonus
    • spellPowerVisitingBonus
    • knowledgeVisitingBonus
    • experienceVisitingBonus
    • lighthouse
    • treasury

SOUND:

  • Fixed many mising or wrong pickup and visit sounds for map objects
  • All map objects now have ambient sounds identical to OH3

RANDOM MAP GENERATOR:

  • Random map generator supports water modes (normal, islands)
  • Added config randomMap.json with settings for map generator
  • Added parameter for template allowedWaterContent
  • Extra resource packs appear nearby mines
  • Underground can be player starting place for factions allowed to be placed underground
  • Improved obstacles placement aesthetics
  • Rivers are generated on the random maps
  • RMG works more stable, various crashes have been fixed
  • Treasures requiring guards are guaranteed to be protected

VCAI:

  • Reworked goal decomposition engine, fixing many loopholes. AI will now pick correct goals faster.
  • AI will now use universal pathfinding globally
  • AI can use Summon Boat and Town Portal
  • AI can gather and save resources on purpose
  • AI will only buy army on demand instead of every turn
  • AI can distinguish the value of all map objects
  • General speed optimizations

BATTLES:

  • Towers should block ranged retaliation
  • AI can bypass broken wall with moat instead of standing and waiting until gate is destroyed
  • Towers do not attack war machines automatically
  • Draw is possible now as battle outcome in case the battle ends with only summoned creatures (both sides loose)

ADVENTURE MAP:

  • Added buttons and keyboard shortcuts to quickly exchange army and artifacts between heroes
  • Fix: Captured town should not be duplicated on the UI

LAUNCHER:

  • Implemented notifications about updates
  • Supported redirection links for downloading mods

0.98 -> 0.99

GENERAL:

  • New Bonus NO_TERRAIN_PENALTY
  • Nomads will remove Sand movement penalty from army
  • Flying and water walking is now supported in pathfinder
  • New artifacts supported
    • Angel Wings
    • Boots of Levitation
  • Implemented rumors in tavern window
  • New cheat codes:
    • vcmiglaurung - gives 5000 crystal dragons into each slot
    • vcmiungoliant - conceal fog of war for current player
  • New console commands:
    • gosolo - AI take control over human players and vice versa
    • controlai - give control of one or all AIs to player
    • set hideSystemMessages on/off - supress server messages in chat

BATTLES:

  • Drawbridge mechanics implemented (animation still missing)
  • Merging of town and visiting hero armies on siege implemented
  • Hero info tooltip for skills and mana implemented

ADVENTURE AI:

  • Fixed AI trying to go through underground rock
  • Fixed several cases causing AI wandering aimlessly
  • AI can again pick best artifacts and exchange artifacts between heroes
  • AI heroes with patrol enabled won't leave patrol area anymore

RANDOM MAP GENERATOR:

  • Changed fractalization algorithm so it can create cycles
  • Zones will not have straight paths anymore, they are totally random
  • Generated zones will have different size depending on template setting
  • Added Thieves Guild random object (1 per zone)
  • Added Seer Huts with quests that match OH3
  • RMG will guarantee at least 100 pairs of Monoliths are available even if there are not enough different defs

0.97 -> 0.98

GENERAL:

  • Pathfinder can now find way using Monoliths and Whirlpools (only used if hero has protection)

ADVENTURE AI:

  • AI will try to use Monolith entrances for exploration
  • AI will now always revisit each exit of two way monolith if exit no longer visible
  • AI will eagerly pick guarded and blocked treasures

ADVENTURE MAP:

  • Implemented world view
  • Added graphical fading effects

SPELLS:

  • New spells handled:
    • Earthquake
    • View Air
    • View Earth
    • Visions
    • Disguise
  • Implemented CURE spell negative dispell effect
  • Added LOCATION target for spells castable on any hex with new target modifiers

BATTLES:

  • Implemented OH3 stack split / upgrade formulas according to AlexSpl

RANDOM MAP GENERATOR:

  • Underground tunnels are working now
  • Implemented "junction" zone type
  • Improved zone placing algorithm
  • More balanced distribution of treasure piles
  • More obstacles within zones

0.96 -> 0.97 (Nov 01 2014)

GENERAL:

  • (windows) Moved VCMI data directory from '%userprofile%\vcmi' to '%userprofile%\Documents\My Games\vcmi'
  • (windows) (OSX) Moved VCMI save directory from 'VCMI_DATA\Games' to 'VCMI_DATA\Saves'
  • (linux)
  • Changes in used librries:
    • VCMI can now be compiled with SDL2
    • Movies will use ffmpeg library
    • change boost::bind to std::bind
    • removed boost::asign
    • Updated FuzzyLite to 5.0
  • Multiplayer load support was implemented through command-line options

ADVENTURE AI:

  • Significantly optimized execution time, AI should be much faster now.

ADVENTURE MAP:

  • Non-latin characters can now be entered in chat window or used for save names.
  • Implemented separate speed for owned heroes and heroes owned by other players

GRAPHICS:

  • Better upscaling when running in fullscreen mode.
  • New creature/commader window
  • New resolutions and bonus icons are now part of a separate mod
  • Added graphics for GENERAL_DAMAGE_REDUCTION bonus (Kuririn)

RANDOM MAP GENERATOR:

  • Random map generator now creates complete and playable maps, should match original RMG
  • All important features from original map templates are implemented
  • Fixed major crash on removing objects
  • Undeground zones will look just like surface zones

LAUNCHER:

  • Implemented switch to disable intro movies in game

0.95 -> 0.96 (Jul 01 2014)

GENERAL:

  • (linux) now VCMI follows XDG specifications. See http://forum.vcmi.eu/viewtopic.php?t=858

ADVENTURE AI:

  • Optimized speed and removed various bottlenecks.

ADVENTURE MAP:

  • Heroes auto-level primary and secondary skill levels according to experience

BATTLES:

  • Wall hit/miss sound will be played when using catapult during siege

SPELLS:

  • New configuration format

RANDOM MAP GENERATOR:

  • Towns from mods can be used
  • Reading connections, terrains, towns and mines from template
  • Zone placement
  • Zone borders and connections, fractalized paths inside zones
  • Guard generation
  • Treasue piles generation (so far only few removable objects)

MODS:

  • Support for submods - mod may have their own "submods" located in /Mods directory
  • Mods may provide their own changelogs and screenshots that will be visible in Launcher
  • Mods can now add new (offensive, buffs, debuffs) spells and change existing
  • Mods can use custom mage guild background pictures and videos for taverns, setting of resources daily income for buildings

GENERAL:

  • Added configuring of heroes quantity per player allowed in game

0.94 -> 0.95 (Mar 01 2014)

GENERAL:

  • Components of combined artifacts will now display info about entire set.
  • Implements level limit
  • Added WoG creature abilities by Kuririn
  • Implemented a confirmation dialog when pressing Alt + F4 to quit the game
  • Added precompiled header compilation for CMake (can be enabled per flag)
  • VCMI will detect changes in text files using crc-32 checksum
  • Basic support for unicode. Internally vcmi always uses utf-8
  • (linux) Launcher will be available as "VCMI" menu entry from system menu/launcher
  • (linux) Added a SIGSEV violation handler to vcmiserver executable for logging stacktrace (for convenience)

ADVENTURE AI:

  • AI will use fuzzy logic to compare and choose multiple possible subgoals.
  • AI will now use SectorMap to find a way to guarded / covered objects.
  • Significantly improved exploration algorithm.
  • Locked heroes now try to decompose their goals exhaustively.
  • Fixed (common) issue when AI found neutral stacks infinitely strong.
  • Improvements for army exchange criteria.
  • GatherArmy may include building dwellings in town (experimental).
  • AI should now conquer map more aggressively and much faster
  • Fuzzy rules will be printed out at map launch (if AI log is enabled)

CAMPAIGNS:

  • Implemented move heroes to next scenario
  • Support for non-standard victory conditions for H3 campaigns
  • Campaigns use window with bonus & scenario selection than scenario information window from normal maps
  • Implemented hero recreate handling (e.g. Xeron will be recreated on AB campaign)
  • Moved place bonus hero before normal random hero and starting hero placement -> same behaviour as in OH3
  • Moved placing campaign heroes before random object generation -> same behaviour as in OH3

TOWNS:

  • Extended building dependencies support

MODS:

  • Custom victory/loss conditions for maps or campaigns
  • 7 days without towns loss condition is no longer hardcoded
  • Only changed mods will be validated

0.93 -> 0.94 (Oct 01 2013)

GENERAL:

  • New Launcher application, see
  • Filesystem now supports zip archives. They can be loaded similarly to other archives in filesystem.json. Mods can use Content.zip instead of Content/ directory.
  • fixed "get txt" console command
  • command "extract" to extract file by name
  • command "def2bmp" to convert def into set of frames.
  • fixed crash related to cammander's SPELL_AFTER_ATTACK spell id not initialized properly (text id was resolved on copy of bonus)
  • fixed duels, added no-GUI mode for automatic AI testing
  • Sir Mullich is available at the start of the game
  • Upgrade cost will never be negative.
  • support for Chinese fonts (GBK 2-byte encoding)

ADVENTURE MAP:

  • if Quick Combat option is turned on, battles will be resolved by AI
  • first hero is awakened on new turn
  • fixed 3000 gems reward in shipwreck

BATTLES:

  • autofight implemented
  • most of the animations is time-based
  • simplified postioning of units in battle, should fix remaining issues with unit positioning
  • synchronized attack/defence animation
  • spell animation speed uses game settings
  • fixed disrupting ray duration
  • added logging domain for battle animations
  • Fixed crashes on Land Mines / Fire Wall casting.
  • UI will be correctly greyed-out during opponent turn
  • fixed remaining issues with blit order
  • Catapult attacks should be identical to H3. Catapult may miss and attack another part of wall instead (this is how it works in H3)
  • Fixed Remove Obstacle.
  • defeating hero will yield 500 XP
  • Added lots of missing spell immunities from Strategija
  • Added stone gaze immunity for Troglodytes (did you know about it?)
  • damage done by turrets is properly increased by built buldings
  • Wyverns will cast Poison instead of Stone Gaze.

TOWN:

  • Fixed issue that allowed to build multiple boats in town.
  • fix for lookout tower

0.92 -> 0.93 (Jun 01 2013)

GENERAL:

  • Support for SoD-only installations, WoG becomes optional addition
  • New logging framework
  • Negative luck support, disabled by default
  • Several new icons for creature abilities (Fire Shield, Non-living, Magic Mirror, Spell-like Attack)
  • Fixed stack artifact (and related buttons) not displaying in creature window.
  • Fixed crash at month of double population.

MODS:

  • Improved json validation. Now it support most of features from latest json schema draft.
  • Icons use path to icon instead of image indexes.
  • It is possible to edit data of another mod or H3 data via mods.
  • Mods can access only ID's from dependenies, virtual "core" mod and itself (optional for some mods compatibility)
  • Removed no longer needed field "projectile spins"
  • Heroes: split heroes.json in manner similar to creatures\factions; string ID's for H3 heroes; h3 hero classes and artifacts can be modified via json.

BATTLES:

  • Fixed Death Stare of Commanders
  • Projectile blitting should be closer to original H3. But still not perfect.
  • Fixed missing Mirth effects
  • Stack affected by Berserk should not try to attack itself
  • Fixed several cases of incorrect positioning of creatures in battles
  • Fixed abilities of Efreet.
  • Fixed broken again palette in some battle backgrounds

TOWN:

  • VCMI will not crash if building selection area is smaller than def
  • Detection of transparency on selection area is closer to H3
  • Improved handling buildings with mode "auto":
    • they will be properly processed (new creatures will be added if dwelling, spells learned if mage guild, and so on)
    • transitive dependencies are handled (A makes B build, and B makes C and D)

SOUND:

  • Added missing WoG creature sounds (from Kuririn).
  • The Windows package comes with DLLs needed to play .ogg files
  • (linux) convertMP3 option for vcmibuilder for systems where SDL_Mixer can't play mp3's
  • some missing sounds for battle effects

ARTIFACTS:

  • Several fixes to combined artifacts added via mods.
  • Fixed Spellbinder's Hat giving level 1 spells instead of 5.
  • Fixed incorrect components of Cornucopia.
  • Cheat code with grant all artifacts, including the ones added by mods

0.91 -> 0.92 (Mar 01 2013)

GENERAL:

  • hero crossover between missions in campaigns
  • introduction before missions in campaigns

MODS:

  • Added CREATURE_SPELL_POWER for commanders
  • Added spell modifiers to various spells: Hypnotize (Astral), Firewall (Luna), Landmine
  • Fixed ENEMY_DEFENCE_REDUCTION, GENERAL_ATTACK_REDUCTION
  • Extended usefulness of ONLY_DISTANCE_FIGHT, ONLY_MELEE_FIGHT ranges
  • Double growth creatures are configurable now
  • Drain Life now has % effect depending on bonus value
  • Stack can use more than 2 attacks. Additional attacks can now be separated as "ONLY_MELEE_FIGHT and "ONLY_DISTANCE_FIGHT".
  • Moat damage configurable
  • More config options for spells:
    • mind immunity handled by config
    • direct damage immunity handled by config
    • immunity icon configurable
    • removed mind_spell flag
  • creature config use string ids now.
  • support for string subtype id in short bonus format
  • primary skill identifiers for bonuses

0.9 -> 0.91 (Feb 01 2013)

GENERAL:

  • VCMI build on OS X is now supported
  • Completely removed autotools
  • Added RMG interace and ability to generate simplest working maps
  • Added loading screen

MODS:

  • Simplified mod structure. Mods from 0.9 will not be compatible.
  • Mods can be turned on and off in config/modSettings.json file
  • Support for new factions, including:
    • New towns
    • New hero classes
    • New heroes
    • New town-related external dwellings
  • Support for new artifact, including combined, commander and stack artifacts
  • Extended configuration options
    • All game objects are referenced by string identifiers
    • Subtype resolution for bonuses

BATTLES:

  • Support for "enchanted" WoG ability

ADVENTURE AI:

  • AI will try to use Subterranean Gate, Redwood Observatory and Cartographer for exploration
  • Improved exploration algorithm
  • AI will prioritize dwellings and mines when there are no opponents visible

0.89 -> 0.9 (Oct 01 2012)

GENERAL:

  • Provisional support creature-adding mods
  • New filesystem allowing easier resource adding/replacing
  • Reorganized package for better compatibility with HotA and not affecting the original game
  • Moved many hard-coded settings into text config files
  • Commander level-up dialog
  • New Quest Log window
  • Fixed a number of bugs in campaigns, support for starting hero selection bonus.

BATTLES:

  • New graphics for Stack Queue
  • Death Stare works identically to H3
  • No explosion when catapult fails to damage the wall
  • Fixed crash when attacking stack dies before counterattack
  • Fixed crash when attacking stack dies in the Moat just before the attack
  • Fixed Orb of Inhibition and Recanter's Cloak (they were incorrectly implemented)
  • Fleeing hero won't lose artifacts.
  • Spellbook won't be captured.

ADVENTURE AI:

  • support for quests (Seer Huts, Quest Guardians, and so)
  • AI will now wander with all the heroes that have spare movement points. It should prevent stalling.
  • AI will now understand threat of Abandoned Mine.
  • AI can now exchange armies between heroes. By default, it will pass army to main hero.
  • Fixed strange case when AI found allied town extremely dangerous
  • Fixed crash when AI tried to "revisit" a Boat
  • Fixed crash when hero assigned to goal was lost when attempting realizing it
  • Fixed a possible freeze when exchanging resources at marketplace

BATTLE AI:

  • It is possible to select a battle AI module used by VCMI by typing into the console "setBattleAI ". The names of avaialble modules are "StupidAI" and "BattleAI". BattleAI may be a little smarter but less stable. By the default, StupidAI will be used, as in previous releases.
  • New battle AI module: "BattleAI" that is smarter and capable of casting some offensive and enchantment spells

0.88 -> 0.89 (Jun 01 2012)

GENERAL:

  • Mostly implemented Commanders feature (missing level-up dialog)
  • Support for stack artifacts
  • New creature window graphics contributed by fishkebab
  • Config file may have multiple upgrades for creatures
  • CTRL+T will open marketplace window
  • G will open thieves guild window if player owns at least one town with tavern
  • Implemented restart functionality. CTRL+R will trigger a quick restart
  • Save game screen and returning to main menu will work if game was started with --start option
  • Simple mechanism for detecting game desynchronization after init
  • 1280x800 resolution graphics, contributed by Topas

ADVENTURE MAP:

  • Fixed monsters regenerating casualties from battle at the start of new week.
  • T in adventure map will switch to next town

BATTLES:

  • It's possible to switch active creature during tacts phase by clicking on stack
  • After battle artifacts of the defeated hero (and his army) will be taken by winner
  • Rewritten handling of battle obstacles. They will be now placed following H3 algorithm.
  • Fixed crash when death stare or acid breath activated on stack that was just killed
  • First aid tent can heal only creatures that suffered damage
  • War machines can't be healed by tent
  • Creatures casting spells won't try to cast them during tactic phase
  • Console tooltips for first aid tent
  • Console tooltips for teleport spell
  • Cursor is reset to pointer when action is requested
  • Fixed a few other missing or wrong tooltips/cursors
  • Implemented opening creature window by l-clicking on stack
  • Fixed crash on attacking walls with Cyclop Kings
  • Fixed and simplified Teleport casting
  • Fixed Remove Obstacle spell
  • New spells supported:
    • Chain Lightning
    • Fire Wall
    • Force Field
    • Land Mine
    • Quicksands
    • Sacrifice

TOWNS:

  • T in castle window will open a tavern window (if available)

PREGAME:

  • Pregame will use same resolution as main game
  • Support for scaling background image
  • Customization of graphics with config file.

ADVENTURE AI:

  • basic rule system for threat evaluation
  • new town development logic
  • AI can now use external dwellings
  • AI will weekly revisit dwellings & mills
  • AI will now always pick best stacks from towns
  • AI will recruit multiple heroes for exploration
  • AI won't try attacking its own heroes

0.87 -> 0.88 (Mar 01 2012)

  • added an initial version of new adventure AI: VCAI
  • system settings window allows to change default resolution
  • introduced unified JSON-based settings system
  • fixed all known localization issues
  • Creature Window can handle descriptions of spellcasting abilities
  • Support for the clone spell

0.86 -> 0.87 (Dec 01 2011)

GENERAL:

  • Pathfinder can find way using ships and subterranean gates
  • Hero reminder & sleep button

PREGAME:

  • Credits are implemented

BATTLES:

  • All attacked hexes will be highlighted
  • New combat abilities supported:
    • Spell Resistance aura
    • Random spellcaster (Genies)
    • Mana channeling
    • Daemon summoning
    • Spellcaster (Archangel Ogre Mage, Elementals, Faerie Dragon)
    • Fear
    • Fearless
    • No wall penalty
    • Enchanter
    • Bind
    • Dispell helpful spells

0.85 -> 0.86 (Sep 01 2011)

GENERAL:

  • Reinstated music support
  • Bonus system optimizations (caching)
  • converted many config files to JSON
  • .tga file support
  • New artifacts supported
    • Admiral's Hat
    • Statue of Legion
    • Titan's Thunder

BATTLES:

  • Correct handling of siege obstacles
  • Catapult animation
  • New combat abilities supported
    • Dragon Breath
    • Three-headed Attack
    • Attack all around
    • Death Cloud / Fireball area attack
    • Death Blow
    • Lightning Strike
    • Rebirth
  • New WoG abilities supported
    • Defense Bonus
    • Cast before attack
    • Immunity to direct damage spells
  • New spells supported
    • Magic Mirror
    • Titan's Lightning Bolt

0.84 -> 0.85 (Jun 01 2011)

GENERAL:

  • Support for stack experience
  • Implemented original campaign selection screens
  • New artifacts supported:
    • Statesman's Medal
    • Diplomat's Ring
    • Ambassador's Sash

TOWNS:

  • Implemented animation for new town buildings
  • It's possible to sell artifacts at Artifact Merchants

BATTLES:

  • Neutral monsters will be split into multiple stacks
  • Hero can surrender battle to keep army
  • Support for Death Stare, Support for Poison, Age, Disease, Acid Breath, Fire / Water / Earth / Air immunities and Receptiveness
  • Partial support for Stone Gaze, Paralyze, Mana drain

0.83 -> 0.84 (Mar 01 2011)

GENERAL:

  • Bonus system has been rewritten
  • Partial support for running VCMI in duel mode (no adventure map, only one battle, ATM only AI-AI battles)
  • New artifacts supported:
    • Angellic Alliance
    • Bird of Perception
    • Emblem of Cognizance
    • Spell Scroll
    • Stoic Watchman

BATTLES:

  • Better animations handling
  • Defensive stance is supported

HERO:

  • New secondary skills supported:
    • Artillery
    • Eagle Eye
    • Tactics

AI PLAYER:

  • new AI leading neutral creatures in combat, slightly better then previous

0.82 -> 0.83 (Nov 01 2010)

GENERAL:

  • Alliances support
  • Week of / Month of events
  • Mostly done pregame for MP games (temporarily only for local clients)
  • Support for 16bpp displays
  • Campaigns:
    • support for building bonus
    • moving to next map after victory
  • Town Portal supported
  • Vial of Dragon Blood and Statue of Legion supported

HERO:

  • remaining specialities have been implemented

TOWNS:

  • town events supported
  • Support for new town structures: Deiety of Fire and Escape Tunnel

BATTLES:

  • blocked retreating from castle

0.81 -> 0.82 (Aug 01 2010)

GENERAL:

  • Some of the starting bonuses in campaigns are supported
  • It's possible to select difficulty level of mission in campaign
  • new cheat codes:
    • vcmisilmaril - player wins
    • vcmimelkor - player loses

ADVENTURE MAP:

  • Neutral armies growth implemented (10% weekly)
  • Power rating of neutral stacks
  • Favourable Winds reduce sailing cost

HERO:

  • Learning secondary skill supported.
  • Most of hero specialities are supported, including:
    • Creature specialities (progressive, fixed, Sir Mullich)
    • Spell damage specialities (Deemer), fixed bonus (Ciele)
    • Secondary skill bonuses
    • Creature Upgrades (Gelu)
    • Resorce generation
    • Starting Skill (Adrienne)

TOWNS:

  • Support for new town structures:
    • Artifact Merchant
    • Aurora Borealis
    • Castle Gates
    • Magic University
    • Portal of Summoning
    • Skeleton transformer
    • Veil of Darkness

OBJECTS:

  • Stables will now upgrade Cavaliers to Champions.
  • New object supported:
    • Abandoned Mine
    • Altar of Sacrifice
    • Black Market
    • Cover of Darkness
    • Hill Fort
    • Refugee Camp
    • Sanctuary
    • Tavern
    • University
    • Whirlpool

0.8 -> 0.81 (Jun 01 2010)

GENERAL:

  • It's possible to start campaign
  • Support for build grail victory condition
  • New artifacts supported:
    • Angel's Wings
    • Boots of levitation
    • Orb of Vulnerability
    • Ammo cart
    • Golden Bow
    • Hourglass of Evil Hour
    • Bow of Sharpshooter
    • Armor of the Damned

ADVENTURE MAP:

  • Creatures now guard surrounding tiles
  • New adventura map spells supported:
    • Summon Boat
    • Scuttle Boat
    • Dimension Door
    • Fly
    • Water walk

BATTLES:

  • A number of new creature abilities supported
  • First Aid Tent is functional
  • Support for distance/wall/melee penalties & no * penalty abilities
  • Reworked damage calculation to fit OH3 formula better
  • Luck support
  • Teleportation spell

HERO:

  • First Aid secondary skill
  • Improved formula for necromancy to match better OH3

TOWNS:

  • Sending resources to other players by marketplace
  • Support for new town structures:
    • Lighthouse
    • Colossus
    • Freelancer's Guild
    • Guardian Spirit
    • Necromancy Amplifier
    • Soul Prison

OBJECTS:

  • New object supported:
    • Freelancer's Guild
    • Trading Post
    • War Machine Factory

0.75 -> 0.8 (Mar 01 2010)

GENERAL:

  • Victory and loss conditions are supported. It's now possible to win or lose the game.
  • Implemented assembling and disassembling of combination artifacts.
  • Kingdom Overview screen is now available.
  • Implemented Grail (puzzle map, digging, constructing ultimate building)
  • Replaced TTF fonts with original ones.

ADVENTURE MAP:

  • Implemented rivers animations (thx to GrayFace).

BATTLES:

  • Fire Shield spell (and creature ability) supported
  • affecting morale/luck and casting spell after attack creature abilities supported

HERO:

  • Implementation of Scholar secondary skill

TOWN:

  • New left-bottom info panel functionalities.

TOWNS:

  • new town structures supported:
    • Ballista Yard
    • Blood Obelisk
    • Brimstone Clouds
    • Dwarven Treasury
    • Fountain of Fortune
    • Glyphs of Fear
    • Mystic Pond
    • Thieves Guild
    • Special Grail functionalities for Dungeon, Stronghold and Fortress

OBJECTS:

  • New objects supported:
    • Border gate
    • Den of Thieves
    • Lighthouse
    • Obelisk
    • Quest Guard
    • Seer hut

A lot of of various bugfixes and improvements: http://bugs.vcmi.eu/changelog_page.php?version_id=14

0.74 -> 0.75 (Dec 01 2009)

GENERAL:

  • Implemented "main menu" in-game option.
  • Hide the mouse cursor while displaying a popup window.
  • Better handling of huge and empty message boxes (still needs more changes)
  • Fixed several crashes when exiting.

ADVENTURE INTERFACE:

  • Movement cursor shown for unguarded enemy towns.
  • Battle cursor shown for guarded enemy garrisons.
  • Clicking on the border no longer opens an empty info windows

HERO WINDOW:

  • Improved artifact moving. Available slots are higlighted. Moved artifact is bound to mouse cursor.

TOWNS:

  • new special town structures supported:
    • Academy of Battle Scholars
    • Cage of Warlords
    • Mana Vortex
    • Stables
    • Skyship (revealing entire map only)

OBJECTS:

  • External dwellings increase town growth
  • Right-click info window for castles and garrisons you do not own shows a rough amount of creatures instead of none
  • Scholar won't give unavaliable spells anymore.

A lot of of various bugfixes and improvements: http://bugs.vcmi.eu/changelog_page.php?version_id=2

0.73 -> 0.74 (Oct 01 2009)

GENERAL:

  • Scenario Information window
  • Save Game window
  • VCMI window should start centered
  • support for Necromancy and Ballistics secondary skills
  • new artifacts supported, including those improving Necromancy, Legion Statue parts, Shackles of War and most of combination artifacts (but not combining)
  • VCMI client has its own icon (thx for graphic to Dikamilo)
  • Ellipsis won't be split when breaking text on several lines
  • split button will be grayed out when no creature is selected
  • fixed issue when splitting stack to the hero with only one creatures
  • a few fixes for shipyard window

ADVENTURE INTERFACE:

  • Cursor shows if tile is accesible and how many turns away
  • moving hero with arrow keys / numpad
  • fixed Next Hero button behaviour
  • fixed Surface/Underground switch button in higher resolutions

BATTLES:

  • partial siege support
  • new stack queue for higher resolutions (graphics made by Dru, thx!)
  • 'Q' pressing toggles the stack queue displaying (so it can be enabled/disabled it with single key press)
  • more creatures special abilities supported
  • battle settings will be stored
  • fixed crashes occurring on attacking two hex creatures from back
  • fixed crash when clicking on enemy stack without moving mouse just after receiving action
  • even large stack numbers will fit the boxes
  • when active stack is killed by spell, game behaves properly
  • shooters attacking twice (like Grand Elves) won't attack twice in melee
  • ballista can shoot even if there's an enemy creature next to it
  • improved obstacles placement, so they'll better fit hexes (thx to Ivan!)
  • selecting attack directions works as in H3
  • estimating damage that will be dealt while choosing stack to be attacked
  • modified the positioning of battle effects, they should look about right now.
  • after selecting a spell during combat, l-click is locked for any action other than casting.
  • flying creatures will be blitted over all other creatures, obstacles and wall
  • obstacles and units should be printed in better order (not tested)
  • fixed armageddon animation
  • new spells supported:
    • Anti-Magic
    • Cure
    • Resurrection
    • Animate Dead
    • Counterstrike
    • Berserk
    • Hypnotize
    • Blind
    • Fire Elemental
    • Earth Elemental
    • Water Elemental
    • Air Elemental
    • Remove obstacle

TOWNS:

  • enemy castle can be taken over
  • only one capitol per player allowed (additional ones will be lost)
  • garrisoned hero can buy a spellbook
  • heroes available in tavern should be always different
  • ship bought in town will be correctly placed
  • new special town structures supported:
    • Lookout Tower
    • Temple of Valhalla
    • Wall of Knowledge
    • Order of Fire

HERO WINDOW:

  • war machines cannot be unequiped

PREGAME:

  • sorting: a second click on the column header sorts in descending order.
  • advanced options tab: r-click popups for selected town, hero and bonus
  • starting scenario / game by double click
  • arrows in options tab are hidden when not available
  • subtitles for chosen hero/town/bonus in pregame

OBJECTS:

  • fixed pairing Subterranean Gates
  • New objects supported:
    • Borderguard & Keymaster Tent
    • Cartographer
    • Creature banks
    • Eye of the Magi & Hut of the Magi
    • Garrison
    • Stables
    • Pandora Box
    • Pyramid

0.72 -> 0.73 (Aug 01 2009)

GENERAL:

  • infowindow popup will be completely on screen
  • fixed possible crash with in game console
  • fixed crash when gaining artifact after r-click on hero in tavern
  • Estates / hero bonuses won't give resources on first day.
  • video handling (intro, main menu animation, tavern animation, spellbook animation, battle result window)
  • hero meeting window allowing exchanging armies and artifacts between heroes on adventure map
  • 'T' hotkey opens marketplace window
  • giving starting spells for heroes
  • pressing enter or escape close spellbook
  • removed redundant quotation marks from skills description and artifact events texts
  • disabled autosaving on first turn
  • bonuses from bonus artifacts
  • increased char per line limit for subtitles under components
  • corrected some exp/level values
  • primary skills cannot be negative
  • support for new artifacts: Ring of Vitality, Ring of Life, Vial of Lifeblood, Garniture of Interference, Surcoat of Counterpoise, Boots of Polarity
  • fixed timed events reappearing
  • saving system options
  • saving hero direction
  • r-click popups on enemy heroes and towns
  • hero leveling formula matches the H3

ADVENTURE INTERFACE:

  • Garrisoning, then removing hero from garrison move him at the end of the heroes list
  • The size of the frame around the map depends on the screen size.
  • spellbook shows adventure spells when opened on adventure map
  • erasing path after picking objects with last movement point

BATTLES:

  • spell resistance supported (secondary skill, artifacts, creature skill)
  • corrected damage inflicted by spells and ballista
  • added some missing projectile infos
  • added native terrain bonuses in battles
  • number of units in stack in battle should better fit the box
  • non-living and undead creatures have now always 0 morale
  • displaying luck effect animation
  • support for battleground overlays:
    • cursed ground
    • magic plains
    • fiery fields
    • rock lands
    • magic clouds
    • lucid pools
    • holy ground
    • clover field
    • evil fog

TOWNS:

  • fixes for horde buildings
  • garrisoned hero can buy a spellbook if he is selected or if there is no visiting hero
  • capitol bar in town hall is grey (not red) if already one exists
  • fixed crash on entering hall when town was near map edge

HERO WINDOW:

  • garrisoned heroes won't be shown on the list
  • artifacts will be present on morale/luck bonuses list

PREGAME:

  • saves are sorted primary by map format, secondary by name
  • fixed displaying date of saved game (uses local time, removed square character)

OBJECTS:

  • Fixed primary/secondary skill levels given by a scholar.
  • fixed problems with 3-tiles monoliths
  • fixed crash with flaggable building next to map edge
  • fixed some descriptions for events
  • New objects supported:
    • Buoy
    • Creature Generators
    • Flotsam
    • Mermaid
    • Ocean bottle
    • Sea Chest
    • Shipwreck Survivor
    • Shipyard
    • Sirens

0.71 -> 0.72 (Jun 1 2009)

GENERAL:

  • many sound effects and music
  • autosave (to 5 subsequent files)
  • artifacts support (most of them)
  • added internal game console (activated on TAB)
  • fixed 8 hero limit to check only for wandering heroes (not garrisoned)
  • improved randomization
  • fixed crash on closing application
  • VCMI won't always give all three stacks in the starting armies
  • fix for drawing starting army creatures count
  • Diplomacy secondary skill support
  • timed events won't cause resources amount to be negative
  • support for sorcery secondary skill
  • reduntant quotation marks from artifact descriptions are removed
  • no income at the first day

ADVENTURE INTERFACE:

  • fixed crasbug occurring on revisiting objects (by pressing space)
  • always restoring default cursor when movng mouse out of the terrain
  • fixed map scrolling with ctrl+arrows when some windows are opened
  • clicking scrolling arrows in town/hero list won't open town/hero window
  • pathfinder will now look for a path going via printed positions of roads when it's possible
  • enter can be used to open window with selected hero/town

BATTLES:

  • many creatures special skills implemented
  • battle will end when one side has only war machines
  • fixed some problems with handling obstacles info
  • fixed bug with defending / waiting while no stack is active
  • spellbook button is inactive when hero cannot cast any spell
  • obstacles will be placed more properly when resolution is different than 800x600
  • canceling of casting a spell by pressing Escape or R-click (R-click on a creatures does not cancel a spell)
  • spellbook cannot be opened by L-click on hero in battle when it shouldn't be possible
  • new spells:
    • frost ring
    • fireball
    • inferno
    • meteor shower
    • death ripple
    • destroy undead
    • dispel
    • armageddon
    • disrupting ray
    • protection from air
    • protection from fire
    • protection from water
    • protection from earth
    • precision
    • slayer

TOWNS:

  • resting in town with mage guild will replenih all the mana points
  • fixed Blacksmith
  • the number of creatures at the beginning of game is their base growth
  • it's possible to enter Tavern via Brotherhood of Sword

HERO WINDOW:

  • fixed mana limit info in the hero window
  • war machines can't be removed
  • fixed problems with removing artifacts when all visible slots in backpack are full

PREGAME:

  • clicking on "advanced options" a second time now closes the tab instead of refreshing it.
  • Fix position of maps names.
  • Made the slider cursor much more responsive. Speedup the map select screen.
  • Try to behave when no maps/saves are present.
  • Page Up / Page Down / Home / End hotkeys for scrolling through scenarios / games list

OBJECTS:

  • Neutral creatures can join or escape depending on hero strength (escape formula needs to be improved)
  • leaving guardians in flagged mines.
  • support for Scholar object
  • support for School of Magic
  • support for School of War
  • support for Pillar of Fire
  • support for Corpse
  • support for Lean To
  • support for Wagon
  • support for Warrior's Tomb
  • support for Event
  • Corpse (Skeleton) will be accessible from all directions

0.7 -> 0.71 (Apr 01 2009)

GENERAL:

  • fixed scrolling behind window problem (now it's possible to scroll with CTRL + arrows)
  • morale/luck system and corresponding sec. skills supported
  • fixed crash when hero get level and has less than two sec. skills to choose between
  • added keybindings for components in selection window (eg. for treasure chest dialog): 1, 2, and so on. Selection dialog can be closed with Enter key
  • proper handling of custom portraits of heroes
  • fixed problems with non-hero/town defs not present in def list but present on map (occurring probably only in case of def substitution in map editor)
  • fixed crash when there was no hero available to hire for some player
  • fixed problems with 1024x600 screen resolution
  • updating blockmap/visitmap of randomized objects
  • fixed crashes on loading maps with flag all mines/dwelling victory condition
  • further fixes for leveling-up (stability and identical offered skills bug)
  • splitting window allows to rebalance two stack with the same creatures
  • support for numpad keyboard
  • support for timed events

ADVENTURE INTERFACE:

  • added "Next hero" button functionality
  • added missing path arrows
  • corrected centering on hero's position
  • recalculating hero path after reselecting hero
  • further changes in pathfinder making it more like original one
  • orientation of hero can't be change if movement points are exhausted
  • campfire, borderguard, bordergate, questguard will be accessible from the top
  • new movement cost calculation algorithm
  • fixed sight radious calculation
  • it's possible to stop hero movement
  • faster minimap refreshing
  • provisional support for "Save" button in System Options Window
  • it's possible to revisit object under hero by pressing Space

BATTLES:

  • partial support for battle obstacles
  • only one spell can be casted per turn
  • blocked opening sepllbook if hero doesn't have a one
  • spells not known by hero can't be casted
  • spell books won't be placed in War Machine slots after battle
  • attack is now possible when hex under cursor is not displayed
  • glowing effect of yellow border around creatures
  • blue glowing border around hovered creature
  • made animation on battlefield more smooth
  • standing stacks have more static animation
  • probably fixed problem with displaying corpses on battlefield
  • fixes for two-hex creatures actions
  • fixed hero casting spell animation
  • corrected stack death animation
  • battle settings will be remembered between battles
  • improved damage calculation formula
  • correct handling of flying creatures in battles
  • a few tweaks in battle path/available hexes calculation (more of them is needed)
  • amounts of units taking actions / being an object of actions won't be shown until action ends
  • fixed positions of stack queue and battle result window when resolution is != 800x600
  • corrected duration of frenzy spell which was incorrect in certain cases
  • corrected hero spell casting animation
  • better support for battle backgrounds
  • blocked "save" command during battle
  • spellbook displays only spells known by Hero
  • New spells supported:
    • Mirth
    • Sorrow
    • Fortune
    • Misfortune

TOWN INTERFACE:

  • cannot build more than one capitol
  • cannot build shipyard if town is not near water
  • Rampart's Treasury requires Miner's Guild
  • minor improvements in Recruitment Window
  • fixed crash occurring when clicking on hero portrait in Tavern Window, minor improvements for Tavern Window
  • proper updating resdatabar after building structure in town or buying creatures (non 800x600 res)
  • fixed blinking resdatabar in town screen when buying (800x600)
  • fixed horde buildings displaying in town hall
  • forbidden buildings will be shown as forbidden, even if there are no res / other conditions are not fulfilled

PREGAME:

  • added scrolling scenario list with mouse wheel
  • fixed mouse slow downs
  • cannot select heroes for computer player (pregame)
  • no crash if uses gives wrong resolution ID number
  • minor fixes

OBJECTS:

  • windmill gives 500 gold only during first week ever (not every month)
  • After the first visit to the Witch Hut, right-click/hover tip mentions the skill available.
  • New objects supported:
    • Prison
    • Magic Well
    • Faerie Ring
    • Swan Pond
    • Idol of Fortune
    • Fountain of Fortune
    • Rally Flag
    • Oasis
    • Temple
    • Watering Hole
    • Fountain of Youth
    • support for Redwood Observatory
    • support for Shrine of Magic Incantation / Gesture / Thought
    • support for Sign / Ocean Bottle

AI PLAYER:

  • Minor improvements and fixes.

0.64 -> 0.7 (Feb 01 2009)

GENERAL:

  • move some settings to the config/settings.txt file
  • partial support for new screen resolutions
  • it's possible to set game resolution in pregame (type 'resolution' in the console)
  • /Data and /Sprites subfolders can be used for adding files not present in .lod archives
  • fixed crashbug occurring when hero levelled above 15 level
  • support for non-standard screen resolutions
  • F4 toggles between full-screen and windowed mode
  • minor improvements in creature card window
  • splitting stacks with the shift+click
  • creature card window contains info about modified speed

ADVENTURE INTERFACE:

  • added water animation
  • speed of scrolling map and hero movement can be adjusted in the System Options Window
  • partial handling r-clicks on adventure map

TOWN INTERFACE:

  • the scroll tab won't remain hanged to our mouse position if we move the mouse is away from the scroll bar
  • fixed cloning creatures bug in garrisons (and related issues)

BATTLES:

  • support for the Wait command
  • magic arrow really works
  • war machines support partially added
  • queue of stacks narrowed
  • spell effect animation displaying improvements
  • positive/negative spells cannot be cast on hostile/our stacks
  • showing spell effects affecting stack in creature info window
  • more appropriate coloring of stack amount box when stack is affected by a spell
  • battle console displays notifications about wait/defend commands
  • several reported bugs fixed
  • new spells supported:
    • Haste
    • lightning bolt
    • ice bolt
    • slow
    • implosion
    • forgetfulness
    • shield
    • air shield
    • bless
    • curse
    • bloodlust
    • weakness
    • stone skin
    • prayer
    • frenzy

AI PLAYER:

  • Genius AI (first VCMI AI) will control computer creatures during the combat.

OBJECTS:

  • Guardians property for resources is handled
  • support for Witch Hut
  • support for Arena
  • support for Library of Enlightenment

And a lot of minor fixes

0.63 -> 0.64 (Nov 01 2008)

GENERAL:

  • sprites from /Sprites folder are handled correctly
  • several fixes for pathfinder and path arrows
  • better handling disposed/predefined heroes
  • heroes regain 1 mana point each turn
  • support for mistycisim and intelligence skills
  • hero hiring possible
  • added support for a number of hotkeys
  • it's not possible anymore to leave hero level-up window without selecting secondary skill
  • many minor improvements

  • Added some kind of simple chatting functionality through console. Implemented several WoG cheats equivalents:

    • woggaladriel -> vcmiainur
    • wogoliphaunt -> vcminoldor
    • wogshadowfax -> vcminahar
    • wogeyeofsauron -> vcmieagles
    • wogisengard -> vcmiformenos
    • wogsaruman -> vcmiistari
    • wogpathofthedead -> vcmiangband
    • woggandalfwhite -> vcmiglorfindel

ADVENTURE INTERFACE:

  • clicking on a tile in advmap view when a path is shown will not only hide it but also calculate a new one
  • slowed map scrolling
  • blocked scrolling adventure map with mouse when left ctrl is pressed
  • blocked map scrolling when dialog window is opened
  • scholar will be accessible from the top

TOWN INTERFACE:

  • partially done tavern window (only hero hiring functionality)

BATTLES:

  • water elemental will really be treated as 2 hex creature
  • potential infinite loop in reverseCreature removed
  • better handling of battle cursor
  • fixed blocked shooter behavior
  • it's possible in battles to check remeaining HP of neutral stacks
  • partial support for Magic Arrow spell
  • fixed bug with dying unit
  • stack queue hotkey is now 'Q'
  • added shots limit

0.62 -> 0.63 (Oct 01 2008)

GENERAL:

  • coloured console output, logging all info to txt files
  • it's possible to use other port than 3030 by passing it as an additional argument
  • removed some redundant warnings
  • partially done spellbook
  • Alt+F4 quits the game
  • some crashbugs was fixed
  • added handling of navigation, logistics, pathfinding, scouting end estates secondary skill
  • magical hero are given spellbook at the beginning
  • added initial secondary skills for heroes

BATTLES:

  • very significant optimization of battles
  • battle summary window
  • fixed crashbug occurring sometimes on exiting battle
  • confirm window is shown before retreat
  • graphic stack queue in battle (shows when 'c' key is pressed)
  • it's possible to attack enemy hero
  • neutral monster army disappears when defeated
  • casualties among hero army and neutral creatures are saved
  • better animation handling in battles
  • directional attack in battles
  • mostly done battle options (although they're not saved)
  • added receiving exp (and leveling-up) after a won battle
  • added support for archery, offence and armourer secondary abilities
  • hero's primary skills accounted for damage dealt by creatures in battle

TOWNS:

  • mostly done marketplace
  • fixed crashbug with battles on swamps and rough terrain
  • counterattacks
  • heroes can learn new spells in towns
  • working resource silo
  • fixed bug with the mage guild when no spells available
  • it's possible to build lighthouse

HERO WINDOW:

  • setting army formation
  • tooltips for artifacts in backpack

ADVENTURE INTERFACE:

  • fixed bug with disappearing head of a hero in adventure map
  • some objects are no longer accessible from the top
  • no tooltips for objects under FoW
  • events won't be shown
  • working Subterranean Gates, Monoliths
  • minimap shows all flaggable objects (towns, mines, etc.)
  • artifacts we pick up go to the appropriate slot (if free)

0.61 -> 0.62 (Sep 01 2008)

GENERAL:

  • restructured to the server-client model
  • support for heroes placed in towns
  • upgrading creatures
  • working gaining levels for heroes (including dialog with skill selection)
  • added graphical cursor
  • showing creature amount in the creature info window
  • giving starting bonus

CASTLES:

  • icon in infobox showing that there is hero in town garrison
  • fort/citadel/castle screen
  • taking last stack from the heroes army should be impossible (or at least harder)
  • fixed reading forbidden structures
  • randomizing spells in towns
  • viewing hero window in the town screen
  • possibility of moving hero into the garrison
  • mage guild screen
  • support for blacksmith
  • if hero doesn't have a spell book, he can buy one in a mage guild
  • it's possible to build glyph of fear in fortress
  • creatures placeholders work properly

ADVENTURE INTERFACE:

  • hopefully fixed problems with wrong town defs (village/fort/capitol)

HERO WINDOW:

  • bugfix: splitting stacks works in hero window
  • removed bug causing significant increase of CPU consumption

BATTLES:

  • shooting
  • removed some displaying problems
  • showing last group of frames in creature animation won't crash
  • added start moving and end moving animations
  • fixed moving two-hex creatures
  • showing/hiding graphic cursor
  • a part of using graphic cursor
  • slightly optimized showing of battle interface
  • animation of getting hit / death by shooting is displayed when it should be
  • improved pathfinding in battles, removed problems with displaying movement, adventure map interface won't be called during battles.
  • minor optimizations

PREGAME:

  • updates settings when selecting new map after changing sorting criteria
  • if sorting not by name, name will be used as a secondary criteria
  • when filter is applied a first available map is selected automatically
  • slider position updated after sorting in pregame

OBJECTS:

  • support for the Tree of knowledge
  • support for Campfires
  • added event message when picking artifact

0.6 -> 0.61 (Jun 15 2008)

IMPROVEMENTS:

  • improved attacking in the battles
  • it's possible to kill hostile stack
  • animations won't go in the same phase
  • Better pathfinder
  • "%s" substitutions in Right-click information in town hall
  • windmill won't give wood
  • hover text for heroes
  • support for ZSoft-style PCX files in /Data
  • Splitting: when moving slider to the right so that 0 is left in old slot the army is moved
  • in the townlist in castle selected town will by placed on the 2nd place (not 3rd)
  • stack at the limit of unit's range can now be attacked
  • range of unit is now properly displayed
  • battle log is scrolled down when new event occurs
  • console is closed when application exits

BUGFIXES:

  • stack at the limit of unit's range can now be attacked
  • good background for the town hall screen in Stronghold
  • fixed typo in hall.txt
  • VCMI won't crash when r-click neutral stack during the battle
  • water won't blink behind shipyard in the Castle
  • fixed several memory leaks
  • properly displaying two-hex creatures in recruit/split/info window
  • corrupted map file won't cause crash on initializing main menu

0.59 -> 0.6 (Jun 1 2008)

  • partially done attacking in battles
  • screen isn't now refreshed while blitting creature info window
  • r-click creature info windows in battles
  • no more division by 0 in slider
  • "plural" reference names for Conflux creatures (starting armies of Conflux heroes should now be working)
  • fixed estate problems
  • fixed blinking mana vortex
  • grail increases creature growths
  • new pathfinder
  • several minor improvements

0.58 -> 0.59 (May 24 2008 - closed, test release)

  • fixed memory leak in battles
  • blitting creature animations to rects in the recruitment window
  • fixed wrong creatures def names
  • better battle pathfinder and unit reversing
  • improved slider ( #58 )
  • fixed problems with horde buildings (won't block original dwellings)
  • giving primary skill when hero get level (but there is still no dialog)
  • if an upgraded creature is available it'll be shown as the first in a recruitment window
  • creature levels not messed in Fortress
  • war machines are added to the hero's inventory, not to the garrison
  • support for H3-style PCX graphics in Data/
  • VCMI won't crash when is unable to initialize audio system
  • fixed displaying wrong town defs
  • improvements in recruitment window (slider won't allow to select more creatures than we can afford)
  • creature info window (only r-click)
  • callback for buttons/lists based on boost::function
  • a lot of minor improvements

0.55 -> 0.58 (Apr 20 2008 - closed, test release)

TOWNS:

  • recruiting creatures
  • working creature growths (including castle and horde building influences)
  • towns give income
  • town hall screen
  • building buildings (requirements and cost are handled)
  • hints for structures
  • updating town infobox

GARRISONS:

  • merging stacks
  • splitting stacks

BATTLES:

  • starting battles
  • displaying terrain, animations of heroes, units, grid, range of units, battle menu with console, amounts of units in stacks
  • leaving battle by pressing flee button
  • moving units in battles and displaying their ranges
  • defend command for units

GENERAL:

  • a number of minor fixes and improvements

0.54 -> 0.55 (Feb 29 2008)

  • Sprites/ folder works for h3sprite.lod same as Data/ for h3bitmap.lod (but it's still experimental)
  • randomization quantity of creatures on the map
  • fix of Pandora's Box handling
  • reading disposed/predefined heroes
  • new command - "get txt" - VCMI will extract all .txt files from h3bitmap.lod to the Extracted_txts/ folder.
  • more detailed logs
  • reported problems with hero flags resolved
  • heroes cannot occupy the same tile
  • hints for most of creature generators
  • some minor stuff

0.53b -> 0.54 (Feb 23 2008 - first public release)

  • given hero is placed in the town entrance
  • some objects such as river delta won't be blitted "on" hero
  • tiles under FoW are inaccessible
  • giving random hero on RoE maps
  • improved protection against hero duplication
  • fixed starting values of primary abilities of random heroes on RoE/AB maps
  • right click popups with infoboxes for heroes/towns lists
  • new interface coloring (many thanks to GrayFace ;])
  • fixed bug in object flag's coloring
  • added hints in town lists
  • eliminated square from city hints

0.53 - 0.53b (Feb 20 2008)

  • added giving default buildings in towns
  • town infobox won't crash on empty town

0.52 - 0.53 (Feb 18 2008):

  • hopefully the last bugfix of Pandora's Box
  • fixed blockmaps of generated heroes
  • disposed hero cannot be chosen in scenario settings (unless he is in prison)
  • fixed town randomization
  • fixed hero randomization
  • fixed displaying heroes in preGame
  • fixed selecting/deselecting artifact slots in hero window
  • much faster pathfinder
  • memory usage and load time significantly decreased
  • it's impossible to select empty artifact slot in hero window
  • fixed problem with FoW displaying on minimap on L-sized maps
  • fixed crashbug in hero list connected with heroes dismissing
  • mostly done town infobox
  • town daily income is properly calculated

0.51 - 0.52 (Feb 7 2008):

  • [feature] giving starting hero
  • [feature] VCMI will try to use files from /Data folder instead of those from h3bitmap.lod
  • [feature] picked artifacts are added to hero's backpack
  • [feature] possibility of choosing player to play
  • [bugfix] ZELP.TXT file should be handled correctly even it is non-english
  • [bugfix] fixed crashbug in reading defs with negativ left/right margins
  • [bugfix] improved randomization
  • [bugfix] pathfinder can't be cheated (what caused errors)

0.5 - 0.51 (Feb 3 2008):

  • close button properly closes (same does 'q' key)
  • two players can't have selected same hero
  • double click on "Show Available Scenarios" won't reset options
  • fixed possible crashbug in town/hero lists
  • fixed crashbug in initializing game caused by wrong prisons handling
  • fixed crashbug on reading hero's custom artifacts in RoE maps
  • fixed crashbug on reading custom Pandora's Box in RoE maps
  • fixed crashbug on reading blank Quest Guards
  • better console messages
  • map reading speed up (though it's still slow, especially on bigger maps)

0.0 -> 0.5 (Feb 2 2008 - first closed release):

  • Main menu and New game screens
  • Scenario selection, part of advanced options support
  • Partially done adventure map, town and hero interfaces
  • Moving hero
  • Interactions with several objects (mines, resources, mills, and others)