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July 2, 2011
 

Vietnam Glory Obscured - Hydra v2.1

The first official patch for Hydra is now released! We've fixed some Bugs that people found, as well as some Balance Changes due to people exploiting some of the units and some units not working as well as we intended. Along with these changes, we've also added some New Particle Effects made by Boidy himself.

When you start the Mod Launcher, Hydra will automatically update to version 2.1

Graphical Changes
- New HE mortar explosion.
- New tank shell explosion.
- New howitzer explosion (Tango, AC130, firebase, M110).
- New commando vault explosion.
- New BM21 firing fx.
- New SA7/Redeye trails.
- Fixed BM21 missile size.

Balance Changes
- Build time of NVA rocket pods increased from 15s to 60s. Individual upgrade increased from 10s to 20s
- Mig17 equipped with anti-infantry machine guns.
- M110 damage radius increased from 20m to 30m.
- Increased truck damage from small arms from 3% to 8%.
- Transports can evacuate on the move.
- Helidrop cost reduced from 1600 to 1400.

Bug Fixes
- Different mortar types restricted to Rank II mortar.
- Snake cannot be revived, as this caused multiple snakes.
- Fixed ZPU deployment on bridges.

 

 

 

Vietnam Glory Obscured v2.1 - The Hydra Release

Don't have the mod yet and want to try it out? DOWNLOAD the mod and it will automatically update to 2.1! Also feel free to swing by IRC or our Forums if you're looking for a game!

Technical Support

 

You Review VGO!

Did you love the mod? Hate the mod? Or somewhere in between? Let us know what you thought, what you liked, what you didn't. It can't get better if you don't let us know! Go to Mod Db and post you're own review!

Find some bugs you want us to fix? Let us know the details!

 

If you played Pegasus, then you may remember the USA Command Center having a flag that displayed the team color. For Evan, one of our Beta Testers, having the flag be a team color was in no way acceptable. He insisted it display a texture of the American Flag. Bug reports poured in with things needing American flags. After annoying the hell out of us, Evan finally got his wish - and you can thank him, the American flag appears all over for the USA faction. Evan has leveled up Patriotism - He is a True Patriot (even the Patriot appears in the mod).

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

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June 18, 2011
 

The Fate of Medusa

With the USA and NVA completed in the Pegasus and Hydra release respectively, many people are starting to ask the question, "When will Medusa be released?" For those unfamiliar, the Medusa release was to include the Viet Cong as playable faction.

After doing much research into the Viet Cong, we realized the VC would not be able to have enough units to support a separate faction. We decided to make the VC a sub-faction of the NVA and add the ARVN (Army of the Republic of Viet Nam) as a sub-faction to the USA. The sub-faction would act similar to how the generals are for Zero Hour, only going much further than adding a special unit or structure to the main factions, in fact most of the faction would have been made up of these sub-faction units.

The Mobile Guerrilla Force (MGF) and China were soon added as sub-factions as well.

The idea was the player would pick NVA or USA before the game started, then once the game began, the player could pick if you wanted to play as the main faction or sub-faction directly from the command center, unlocking the choice of the main faction or one of the two sub-factions available for each side. We felt this was a neat game mechanic because the player would never fully know what the enemy play style was going to be.

Design documents and unit lists were made, even some gray models were created. The M50 Ontos was gray modeled for MGF and the MIG19 for China (pictured below.) Things were looking up, but people began leaving the team, got jobs, or they dropped off the face of the earth. We decided to focus the remaining team on finishing the NVA models, but it was rapidly apparent there was only one person that was left to do all the art - ScreamingCricket - and only one person left to do all the code and scripting - AntiSocialKindaGuy.

Screaming with rage, shaking his fist at the sky as lighting arced across the heavens, the rain poured down, ScreamingCricket gnashed his teeth as he swore he would finish the NVA Hydra Release. As AntiSocialKindaGuy sang dirges of lament, they got to work. 3 years later Hydra was released.

It is apparent to finish any part of Medusa (and to do it right), it would take years. It's already been almost 7 years to get to this point, and that's a long time to work on anything! For the years it would take to finish Medusa, who knows if anyone would still be around waiting for it. No - it's time to call it done, to call it finished. So with that, we are Officially Scrapping Medusa, we are cutting the gorgon's head off.

This doesn't mean we stop supporting the mod or fix bugs. We plan to continue supporting it, just not full fledge production. It's time for us to enjoy our free time again. But don't be surprised if M50 Ontos or the MIG19 make it into a future patch for Hydra...

 

VGO Tournament

We are still looking for players interested in signing up for a tournament. We want to gauge the interest so be sure to let us know on our forums, post your time zone from GMT. This would be a VGO only set of games played online with other players. More details will be coming if we have enough people interested.

Vietnam Glory Obscured v2.0 - The Hydra Release

The mod was released on June 4th and the fan reaction so far has been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you all for supporting us and getting excited over the Hydra Release! If you haven't done so already, DOWNLOAD the mod and try it out! Also feel free to swing by IRC or our Forums if you're looking for a game!

Technical Support

 

You Review VGO!

Did you love the mod? Hate the mod? Or somewhere in between? Let us know what you thought, what you liked, what you didn't. It can't get better if you don't let us know! Post you're own review!

Find some bugs you want us to fix? Let us know the details!

 

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June 11 , 2011
 

Interview with VGO Developers

The folks over at ModSentry have posted and interview with ScreamingCricket and AntiSocialKindaGuy. Check it out to see how the mod was started, the trials and tribulations endured during development, and what events shaped mod into what it is today. Here is an excerpt:

What motivated you to start making Vietnam Glory Obscured?

AntiSocial: I was previously working on a World War I mod for ZH, The Great Trench War, which after about a year and a half sank due to difficulty getting good people and the primary art guy vanishing. I was looking for another ZH mod, and found VGO. While the administration of the mod was tremendously poor at that time, ScreamingCricket impressed me with the rate at which he could pump out textured models, and I figured him and I could produce something great if we worked together. Eventually, as expected, the less competent and the “talkers” vanished, leaving us to re-design the mod and build it from the ground up.

VGO Tournament

We are thinking about starting up a tournament for all interested players. We want to gauge the interest so be sure to let us know on our forums, post your time zone from GMT. This would be a VGO only set of games played online with other players. More details will be coming if we have enough people interested.

Vietnam Glory Obscured v2.0 - The Hydra Release

The mod was released on June 4th and the fan reaction so far has been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you all for supporting us and getting excited over the Hydra Release! If you haven't done so already, DOWNLOAD the mod and try it out! Also feel free to swing by IRC or our Forums if you're looking for a game!

Video Tutorials

Don't forget that we have made a series of Video Tutorials to show new players what they can expect with the new game play in VGO. Check them all out here.

Technical Support

And if you're having any trouble getting the mod to work or having problems running ZH on Win7 or Vista, be sure to check out our COMMON ISSUES thread to find a solution! Or go ahead and post a question on our forums for help!

 

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IRC http://screamingcricket.com/vietnam/irc.php

 

June 4 , 2011
 

 

Vietnam Glory Obscured v2.0 - The Hydra Release

Almost 7 years in the making and the end is near here. VGO v2.0 - The Hydra Release completes the NVA faction as well as adds many more features. Included with the Hydra Release are:

  • Mod Launcher with Auto Updates
  • USA and NVA Factions
  • New Units and Buildings for USA
  • New Monetary System
  • Dynamic Jungle and Open Field Warfare (Fire Propagation, Stealth and Stat Buffs)
  • Combat Tactics and Strategy New to Zero Hour
  • New Construction Mechanic for the NVA Faction
  • New Game Modes including King of the Hill, Bombardment, Meat Grinder as well as Standard
  • New Custom Maps Designed Specifically for VGO's New Game play
  • Custom AI
  • Weather System
  • Bloom
  • Custom Particle Effects
  • New Musical Score
  • Intro Video
  • Custom Voices
  • Fully Compatible with The First Decade
  • Hidden Easter Eggs and More!

 

Download Hydra v2.0

Some things to keep in mind BEFORE installing the mod:

Remove any PREVIOUS version of VGO before installing Hydra
Zero Hour has the LATEST patch installed
Remove ALL mods that don't use Mod Launchers
Generally a fresh install of Zero Hour will fix most problems

Full Download (421 mb)

Mod Database Download (421 mb)

More Mirrors will come online soon

 

Additional Programs

To play online with your friends, we recommend Hamachi, a free program that lets you set up a virtual LAN over the internet. Download the Unmanaged Mode version of Hamachi.

The latest version of Microsoft .NET Framework 4 is required for the mod launcher.

Video Tutorials

We have made a series of Video Tutorials to show new players what they can expect with the new game play in VGO. Check them all out here.

 

Technical Support

Trouble getting the mod to work or having problems running ZH on Win7 or Vista?
No problem, check out our COMMON ISSUES thread to find a solution!

Additional Goodies

More stuff to do while you wait for the download to finish! Nuka5's Developer blog of his journey to Vietnam where he almost died! And in case you missed it last week, VGO's Memorial Day wallpaper titled "Homecoming." Also feel free to swing by IRC or our Forums!

Late in 2009, one of the developers for the project, Will "Nuka5" Taylor, visited Vietnam. He traveled the country taking pictures and video of his adventures, a journey he wont soon forget. Will wrote updates on our internal forums while he was in Vietnam, letting us know what he was doing and what he saw. Now we thought it would be a good time to share his experience as work on the project comes to a close. This is his story...

Will in 'Nam

Download Wallpaper - Homecoming 1280 x 1024

 

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May 30 , 2011
 

Memorial Day - Never Forget

Today in the United States we celebrate Memorial Day, a day we recognize all U.S. Service Members who died while in military service. We should never forget the soldiers who gave their lives protecting those who couldn't protect themselves, today our nation comes together as one to honor the fallen.

To all soldiers who fight to defend our freedom and the freedom of others and keep us safe, Thank You for what you do.

Download Wallpaper - Homecoming 1280 x 1024

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May 21 , 2011
 

Oh, Sweet Rapture

We were banking on rapture happening and the world being in upheaval so we didn't have to finish the mod. Now that the rapture has come and gone, we are still here; either because we are heritics or it simply didn't happen. One thing is clear, however, we find we can in no way release the mod until next year because the amount of work we have left to do. Wait a minute, that's not true...

 

Tutorial Videos 3-5

This week we are releasing Tutorial Videos 3-5 to make sure everyone is familar with the game play by the time Hydra is released on the weekend of June 4th. The videos this week cover Combat Tactics, NVA Construction, and the Game Modes available in VGO.


VGO Video Tutorial 3: Combat Tactics - Vietnam Glory Obscured Mod for C&C Generals: Zero Hour - Mod DB


VGO Video Tutorial 4: NVA Construction - Vietnam Glory Obscured Mod for C&C Generals: Zero Hour - Mod DB


VGO Video Tutorial 5: Game Modes - Vietnam Glory Obscured Mod for C&C Generals: Zero Hour - Mod DB

 

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May 14 , 2011
 

Commentary Videos for the Upcoming Hydra 2.0 - NVA vs USA

The Commentary Videos we have shared over the past few weeks have hopefully showed the kinds of tactics and strategy present in VGO. This week we focus on some of the special infantry available to the NVA and how to employ them in a successful offensive. Developers Nuka5 (aka Private Sandbag) and Comedian are back to highlight a frantic battle for the upcoming Hydra 2.0 release of the mod.

NVA vs USA

 

The Blinding Light at the End of the Tunnel

We are quickly wrapping up work on the Hydra Release and adding some extra goodies when we aren't squashing bugs. We've shown the commentary videos on how the game and the new NVA faction works and plays. We'll also have more tutorial videos coming soon so everyone knows the basics before jumping in to play, we'll also be highlighting the new King of the Hill game play.

We'll also be releasing the log of one of the VGO developers who actually traveled to Vietnam, as well as photographs and video he took documenting his journey.

But many of you keep asking, "When are you guys going to release the mod?" Things are progressing on track, but due to the holiday over the last weekend of May in the USA, we are aiming for the weekend of June 4th to release the mod (pending any real life issues). 6 and half years later, I can't believe we are finally at the end.

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IRC http://screamingcricket.com/vietnam/irc.php

 

 

May 7 , 2011
 

Commentary Videos for the Upcoming Hydra 2.0 - NVA vs NVA

The Commentary Videos we have been sharing have been showing some of our top players using tactics and strategy in USA vs USA and USA vs NVA matches. Now we would like to show how an NVA vs NVA match plays out. Developers Nuka5 (aka Private Sandbag) and Comedian are back once more to talk tactics for the upcoming Hydra 2.0 release of the mod.

NVA vs NVA

 

Tutorial Video 2 - Jungle Warfare

A few weeks ago we shared the first of 5 Tutorial Videos that were made to help new players better understand the game play we have created in V|GO. The second tutorial video we are presenting today goes over the tactics and strategy if the jungle is properly used. This Tutorial covers all major aspects on the advantages and disadvantages of the jungle system in our mod. Every commander should take heed of how to use the jungle, for not only can it mean victory, but it can also mean defeat.


VGO Video Tutorial 2: Jungle Warfare - Vietnam Glory Obscured Mod for C&C Generals: Zero Hour - Mod DB

Commentating Fail

"I can't do it in a posh voice" he says, talking in a posh voice. Even our commentators stumble over their words from time to time. Here's an out take as Nuka5 and Comedian try to nail down the closing comments after commentating on a match :)

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April 23, 2011
 

Commentary Videos for the Upcoming Hydra 2.0 - USA vs NVA

Last time we shared a Commentary Video of USA vs USA to show how some of our top players use tactics and strategy. We got many requests to show the NVA, so this week we'd like to share a series of game play commentary videos for a USA vs NVA match. Developers Nuka5 (aka Private Sandbag) and Comedian are back again to talk tactics for the upcoming Hydra 2.0 release of the mod.

Part 1

 

 

Part 2

 

 

Part 3

 

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April 9 , 2011
 

Commentary Videos for the Upcoming Hydra 2.0 - USA vs USA

Last time we shared the first of 5 Tutorial Videos that were made to help new players better understand the game play we have created in V|GO. This update we'd like to share the first in a series of gameplay commentary videos. Developers Nuka5 (aka Private Sandbag) and Comedian talk tactics for a recent game of VGO they had involving USA vs USA. For those with a watchful eye, you will pick out some new things that will be in the upcoming Hydra 2.0 release of the mod, including the new monetary system.

Part 1

 

 

Part 2

 

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April 3 , 2011
 
Whinging At Its Best

Now that he's in Canada and living in a hotel while starting his new job, AntiSocialKindaGuy decides to get an apartment in the dark of night, only realizing later he should have waited to see it during light of day. Now he has to embark on filling his tiny rundown expensive apartment with cheaply made swedish furniture. The whinging never stops, but we expected no less.

AntiSocialKindaGuy decides to embrace his new country by dining on fine delicacies the country offers, such as milk in a bag and frozen Minute Maid, taking up Curling, getting lost underground, and finally sobering up (the side effect being more whinging) since supermarkets don't sell alcohol. But striving to be a true Canadian now, he is mastering the Canadian way of saying "house" and "about." But how could one forget the celebrating of AntiSocial's birthday? He get's the gift of Canadian summer!

Once he fully settles in, we can get the mod released. You can thank Ubisoft for hiring him so we can get on to releasing this mod!

 

Tutorial Videos

We'd like to share the first of 5 Tutorial Videos that were made to help new players better understand the game play we have created in V|GO. The first one we are presenting today goes over the final iteration of our money system, and you will notice how it is even a bit different than the system currently in the release of Pegasus v1.4. This Tutorial covers all major aspects on how to obtain money in our mod; gone now are the supply depots that require supply carriers and micro management.

 


Videos & Audio - Vietnam Glory Obscured Mod for C&C Generals: Zero Hour - Mod DB

 

 

Obligatory Screen Shots

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Feb 20, 2011
 
Mod of the Year 2010 - Top 100
Mod of the Year Awards

This is a bit belated, but thanks to all of your votes, we made the Mod Database Top 100 in their Mod of the Year awards for 2010! We couldn't have done this without your support and belief in our project!

We hope to repay your dedication and loyalty with a polished and enjoyable game!

But We In It Shall Be Remembered

I'm sure most, if not all of you, are wondering why the mod has not been released yet. We had said, barring anything life throws our way, that we would try and release the mod end of December / early January. Obviously these dates have come and gone with no mod release.

Anyone that follows the game industry news knows by now that Activision has closed several of its studios and laid off people from a few that have remained opened.

Unfortunately, Bizarre Creations (Project Gothem Racing, Geometry Wars and Blur) was shut down, located in Liverpool, UK. This left AntiSocialKindaGuy, our main programmer, without employment. Thankfully he has found another job in the games industry, but is now in the process of moving to Toronto, Canada. As you can imagine, moving across a good part of the world takes some time.

Until AntiSocial is completely moved to the great white north and figures out how to drink milk in a bag, we won't be able to compile the mod into a release package. We wish him the best and safe move "across the pond." We will keep you all posted on when we think the mod will have a release, but right now it's looking like it would be around May.

You can thank Activision for the delay in our release of our mod. Please direct all letters of complaint and phone calls of verbal abuse to their corporate headquarters:

Activision, Incorporated
3100 Ocean Park Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
+1 (301) 255 - 2000

 

The State of Things

The Mod is complete. Yes, it's hard to believe, but the end is here. As mentioned above, with AntiSocial moving to Canada, this has pushed back our release window. So in the meantime we will be working on a few extras and goodies while we wait for AntiSocial to complete his move. We have a few things in the pipeline, some of these extras are already complete. Some we will even share over the coming weeks to hold everyone over. Believe us when we say we can't wait to share this game we've been working on for so long with everyone!

Aside from an even more polished game play experience, some of the things you can look forward to are:

  • A more improved Mod Launcher that updates faster with better and clearer update progress
  • A series of Tutorial Videos explaining the some of the new and exciting game play features
  • A custom Intro Movie when you start up the game
  • One of the developers traveled to Vietnam, taking pictures and documenting his journey
  • Adding some more easter eggs
  • A new game play type "King of the Hill"

 

Obligatory Screen Shots

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