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Hello MechCommanders,
as many of you will know - MechCommander is one of the hardest games - not only playing this game successfully is difficult - but although modding ain't easy to come. How many people did i have seen in the past decade that wanted to introduce new mechs in MC1/MCG? - I can't imagine anymore. The people come with modding knowledge from other games or are clueless about modding at all. The main argument i saw all the time: It can not be that difficult to make new mechs.

And sure - technically it is easy done. But to introduce it you need to do allot more. Even IF you have created 2.000+ little *.tga & shapefiles for the game - introducing them as functioning units is way more work to do. The reason is that MechCommander was not built on an existing gaming creation platform like Unity - Unreal/Half-Life engine or others - but on a special library & compression system - in a language that is called Advanced Business Language. It has many elements from C++ in it. Further you can say that C++ code was used as backbone. But MechCommander not allow all C++ codes - only the codes that where designed or present as entry into mentioned function-libraries. The whole game works with that library system. There is no "engine" at all. MechCommander is the source itself compressed - functioning threw seperate moduls that work together/similar.

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When i came to MechCommander modding in 2016 the game was almost completely vanished. You could find the open source code on GitHub by Alex Gopher. MechCommander was released as freeware 2006. Microsoft then although released the source code for MechCommander 2 - which was build on another "engine" than the original. Rumors where that they lost the original source. I don't know exactly how the extracted source got created - but i believe people like Alex Gopher, CMunsta and others extracted the files in a reverse engeneering process and the modding group uploaded the source on Github then. Correct me in the comments when i'm wrong. The problem with the extracted source on GitHub is that it doesn't contain my remastered file content and the mission files are completely messed up in the basic version. Even for modders - the code in the basic version is stored really confusing. And to work efficent with all modding tools the files need to saved in a certain way. They need to be saved with its subdirectories in order to make them work with the development tools. I did that work with ALL missions that i could find for MechCommander. And i restructured/ordered the source. Not only the remastered source but although the existing retro stuff got completely overhauled - including all basic missions of the original version. I have uploaded an older version of my personal extracted source here on modDB. I recommend you use those files to mod MechCommander. It spares you allot of time. Bringing the files into that order was almost one year of work. Repetitive things i already did - the most of it. So using my extracted source will be much more comfortable for modders than the original Github version. All to be used in the manner of cMunsta's Modding Guides - work folder strategy - that are although available as download on my profile.

Then there was a website called NoGutsNoGalaxy that gave modders a forum place for communication. There was allot MechCommander internal and technical knowledge and database shared by the community. This site went offline at the end of 2019. It's content of information can nowadays only be accessed via web.archive wayback machines. But it is only a rudimentary backup of NGNG. Most of the files for players - so that they can still play the game - i reuploaded here on modDB now.

So players already can enjoy the game & it's excessive guide / tactical information content by using the existing guides and MechCommander content link collections.

At the moment i'm working on a brandnew "original built" for MechCommander. The pre-installed Original Desperate Measures Version on modDB is way outdatet right now. With that new fullversion i although will release a new "basic" source code - only containing the basic game functions. The game will be the same for players. No mentionable difference. But the file structure - and the physical backbone of MechCommander will be more stable then. All 42 missions got recompiled in a CLEAN naming procedure and compressed seperately as mission.fst files out of the main mission.fst. The size of the Main mission.fst will be reduced by up to 80% - this will make it run more smooth and stable. But this is not the only thing i will update. Some other minor or major issues will be solved with that new Original Version built.


You would like to give it a try? - Mod MechCommander!

To make a long story short: This place will be filled with modding information, articles and knowledge how to mod MechCommander by a long time run. When you have any interest in modding MechCommander - never mind to leave a comment - thank you for reading this.



Planned article's topics:

  • ABL - Advanced Business Language - useable library content
  • MechCommander Scenario & Map Editor & Editor Extender
  • *.pkk, *.sol & *.mpk file extensions
  • *.fst & *.dpk file extensions
  • modding campaigns
  • modding solomissions
  • modding mechwarriors
  • modding battlemechs
  • modding vehicles
  • modding equipment
  • modding purchase & logistics
  • modding starting conditions
  • ArtWork modding / Game design
  • General MechCommmander modding knowledge

Regards RizZen
(c) 21/04/2020

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MechCommander Gold - Darkest Hours
Player's Guide


MechCommander Gold - Darkest Hours - Full Version - Download
Free Full Version, No Costs, MechCommander is legally free to download mod and play since 2006.




Tactics for combat
Mech Commander Gold - Desperate Measures - especially pages 26-33 about Tactical combat!



Single Player

XXL - Campaign Merges containing 130 single-player missions. For sp campaigns there is IS technology available as purchases in logistics. Clan technology can be salvaged from battlefield during campaigns. For Solo-Missions integrated mixed-tech is available.

Multiplayer Scenarios

In Multi-Player games both sides using same techs equalizes the natural disadvantage on IS side. This way all competitors of a multi-player scenario can use same potential for building a force.

Mixed-Tech all goods

(only remastered version)
For campaigns & solo-missions - mixed-tech can be used on both sides (IS & Clan). In solo-missions mixedtech is available for playing free as players desire to play using all stuff game offers in its original content.

Player´s Gadgets

  • VCD for Mounting *.iso as disk on XP/older Windows then 10 - freeware
  • GameRanger Download GR for Multi-Player feature
  • Customizing Ingame Music
  • Changing Starting conditions // Sharing Savegames // PKK Work



User feedback & Bugfixing

  • Feedback from "MechCommander Gold - Darkest Hours 3.0"-players
  • Bugs & Solutions - Thread for MCG-DH-v3.0


MCG - Discord & Reddit


MechCommander Gold


MechCommander Modding - Threads, Tools & Milestones




Terms of use

MCG Darkest Hours CONTENT

(c) by RizZen (2016 - 2020)

§1
Reproduction & translation of my work (as a whole or parts of it) in any mode without permission is strictly forbidden allowed.
I don´t claim owner rights of all informations and files i have created while modding and working on this game. Anyone is free to do with it what´s desired. I love to test new game improvements and evolving old retro games. What i have done on MechCommander is my tribute to one of the best Real-Time-Tactics games i´ve ever played. I don´t feel offended or betrayed when someone is using my Version - i would be honored.

§2
All names and marks are properties of respective owners (FASA Interactive / BattleTech / Micropose / Microsoft & Hasbro) - freeware since 2006 (Begin of active Modding: 02/2017).

§3
MCG Darkest Hours - Guide - you are here!
MCG Darkest Hours - Full Version (all versions)
MCG - Downloads on modDB

are all officially hosted by owners of everythingbattletech.com

Without this website & forum there won´t be a single version of mod or a full version standalone for MechCommander. Only after given a new home by it's owners all MechCommander content would be actually permanently offline. Therefore i dedicate MechCommander Gold - Darkest Hours - with all content to everythingbattletech.com, AceTimberwolf and his crew. If changes are desired i admit my help to make them. My only attempt on MechCommander is and was all-time = FUN!


(c) by RizZen (2017-2020) - overhauling (2020)

"Thanks for reading! Have fun, that's an order, RizZ!"

MCG Prometheus - Campaign overview

MCG Prometheus - Campaign overview

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This will become the MechCommander 1 Gold Prometheus campaign overview & walkthrough guide.

MCG - Prometheus: V5.0 - VersionLog / History

MCG - Prometheus: V5.0 - VersionLog / History

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This is the official change- & versionlog for my newest MechCommander Gold fullversion standalone, called MechCommander Gold - Prometheus. In this article...

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MechCommander 1 / Gold - Map Editor Notes

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Cause the question for MechCommander Map Editor functions repeats itself again and again by the community - i wrote this article in order to inform you...

MC - Beginner's Guide - All MechCommander Versions - Overview

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This is an overview for all existing MechCommander versions. Actually there are existing 6 different standalones that can be played. Read article for...

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Lostech 082 for DH 5.0 campaign

Lostech 082 for DH 5.0 campaign

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This is to be used in Darkest Hours version Prometheus 5.0 Enhancements: - Clan campaign buy from the start. - Consistent UI in preparation screens. ...

MCG Prometheus & Darkest Hours High Resolution Patch

MCG Prometheus & Darkest Hours High Resolution Patch

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This is an optional patch - containing new resolutions AND NO-CD resolution files for testing game without original CD / ISO file. A resolution compatibility...

LosTech Mod 081 for Darkest Hours

LosTech Mod 081 for Darkest Hours

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Updated version of 0.8 with bugfixes and some extra features. Version for compatibility ONLY with Darkest Hours packs. Put the contents of the extracted...

Lostech 081 Omni Mini

Lostech 081 Omni Mini

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Updated version of 0.8 with bugfixes and some extra features. Version for compatibility with non-Darkest Hours packs. Put the contents of the extracted...

MCG Prometheus Full Version 0.2Beta

MCG Prometheus Full Version 0.2Beta

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This is the former beta release of my BRANDNEW MechCommander 1 - Gold version: MCG Prometheus Read the descriptions for more information, have fun, that's...

LosTech 0.8 - Omni Mini

LosTech 0.8 - Omni Mini

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Lostech mod - Omni version 0.8 This version is intended to work with Non-Darkest Hours MechCommander installs. However, it cannot be assured that it will...

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