Hello. It’s been a while. A long while. I can still remember quite clearly the last few times I posted here, but it’s been longer than it feels, for sure. I don’t even feel very comfortable writing here, since I haven’t really done much at all, but that’s precisely why I feel this merits a proper announcement.
First of all, the less important one. I have finally brought myself to upload the fixes and submods to the site so you can download it from here instead of going to a third party site that I won’t bother to check whether the files are still up or not. You will find it in the downloads section of the website, the folder aptly called ‘Fixes and Submods’.
Second, and the reason why I made this announcement here: The 1.1 Alpha version of the JEBMMP is available to be downloaded by anyone. The current build as of this writing (1.1 Alpha Build 2 + Hotfix 1) is a very barebones version that contains many fixes I deemed essential to the mod pack; it is perfectly stable (I have used it personally ever since I developed it, even for video game streaming and multiplayer on EB Online), but contains no enhancing mods at all except for my own ExTSO and the Historical Battles Add-On (which I also deemed indispensable, hence why I added it to the alpha build).
I have chosen to make it available for everyone because of three reasons. First, I have not made much progress with regards to the Alpha Build. I wanted to research a way to make it so you could choose the mods you wanted to install before I added any mods to test compatibility; but I didn’t find a way how, even though I have many mods ready to be added and made fully compatible with the current Alpha Build. I think I do anyways; even with my carefulness I have still quite a mess or two at times.
Second: it’s a stable build; at least Alpha 1.1 Build 2 + Hotfix 1 is. I would not recommend you use the build 1, since it was before I implemented ExTSO on it, and Build 2 is much, much simpler and better with it.
Third: I find it a tad silly to keep this whole thing private if I’m not making much progress and the current build is stable enough that people can enjoy it. It’s a nice little thing for those who don’t care much for mods, but would like to have the best vanilla EB experience there is. There aren’t any mods, but you can play multiplayer on EB Online, and the unit cards are much more detailed. In any case, you can always consider it a Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/Yuletide/Saturnalia/etc. gift.
Since I am ‘releasing’ the alpha build, I should credit those that helped me with its testing development so far, so here are a short few credits:
I thank you all, testers, friends and fans who were there with me and helped me in this task; and I hope this little thing goes on. Maybe even in EB2 as well.
You can find the alpha build here. In order to install the current build (1.1 Alpha Build 2 + Hotfix 1) you have to download and install the base Alpha Build 2 package (JEBMMP 1.1-a2.zip), then download and apply the Hotfix 1 afterwards on top of it (JEBMMP 1.1-a2h1.zip). Further installation instructions will be in the Readme located in the EB\documentation\JEBMMP\ folder of both packages. Make sure to read them both.