Hi everyone, I’ve just managed to create several graphics mods for AoE1, these mods mimic the most popular mods of AoE2. These are pure graphics mods, so their presence do not affect any other player both gameplay and display. To the extent of my knowledge, these are the first graphics mods that directly manipulate the graphics files of the game. Right now, I’ve been able to make 3 mods, these are available in the official mod library:
1, Grid mod: Gridify the terrain, help you with better cognitive sense of the field.
2, Small trees: Replace trees with smaller version of themselves, improve vision and maneuverability.
3, High contrast fish: The original intent is to mimic the fish border mod of AoE2, however in AoE1 it seems that fish-shore and fish-salmon, fish-tuna share the same graphics, which makes it awkward to draw border for different-size units. So, I increase the contrast of the fish in accordance to the ocean background, help you easier notice fish while doing early food scouting.
The library I use to manipulate the slp files is here. Right now, it’s still quite messy and not beginner friendly. I’ll spend my upcoming weeks improving the usability of the library, so that everyone can create their own favourite mods. Any help or suggestion is more than welcome.