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C&C Red Alert: Able Archer

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Took a while, but I finally finished a full conversion mod for the original Red Alert. 

Able Archer is to portray how Red Alert would have played out in the 1980s. I tried to make it as realistic as possible with the limited engine.

Original campaign works, as do most of the extra missions. Ant missions are strange, as ant units are used for regular buildable units.

 

Installation: C&C Red Alert Able Archer is confirmed to work with C&C The First Decade with TFD 1.03 rev4, and the freeware version by CNCNet.

Red Alert's version should be 3.03. It may work with other versions of the game, but may encounter bugs.

**Remember to backup your copy of Red Alert before copying Able Archer over to your installation.**

-Simply copy and paste all of the files in this folder into your Red Alert directory.

-If you are using C&C The First Decade v1.03 rev4's installation of Red Alert, copy the files from Red Alert - Able Archer TFD to your Red Alert folder.

-If you are using CNCNet's installation of Red Alert, copy the files from Red Alert - Able Archer CNCNet to your Red Alert folder.

 

PATCH 1.3.1 has been released to fix TFD compatibility. No other patch notes.

Download is available on ModDB due to limited bandwidth on CNCNet forums.

https://www.moddb.com/mods/cc-red-alert-able-archer/downloads/red-alert-able-archer-patch-131

 

Known bugs:
-Game crashes when loading more than one save game per .exe instance. Save often. If you need to load another save, exit the game and reload.
-Structures sometimes will need to be hit multiple times to destroy.
-Transport Helicopters will attempt to leave the map when Spetsnaz board them. This is hard coded. Simply order the helicopter to stay behind.
-Soviet mission 3, the enemy spy will get stuck at the first house and not fire on your troops. If you kill him, you win. This is a lucky break for you. If the spy actually fired like he's supposed to, you'd be in trouble.
-Soviet mission 14 - Good luck. If you're the first person to beat it on Hard and record it all, I'll send you $10.

 

Graphics Credits: AchromicWhite, ROB, Tschokky, Westwood Studios.

If I forgot to credit you, please let me know so I can add you here.

 

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Red Alert - Able Archer.rar

Red Alert - Able Archer Patch 1.1.rar

 

Able Archer Allied Tech Tree.jpg

Able Archer Soviet Tech Tree.jpg

 

Red Alert - Able Archer Patch 1.3.rar

Edited by Sadukar09
New patch 1.2!
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The same idea (RA1 on early 80's real warfare) came to my mind. It was a long ago, but only now, I decided to something to do. Firstly, I wanted to get some question answers.

This one is not the OpenRa, as i understood, and based on classic RA1 engine, am i right?

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On 10/16/2018 at 6:35 PM, bask185 said:

I am going to try this out allright. How do you add the TD structures to RA?

I found some mods that had converted should files from TD, or were scratch made.

On 10/21/2018 at 3:49 PM, Skystranger said:

The same idea (RA1 on early 80's real warfare) came to my mind. It was a long ago, but only now, I decided to something to do. Firstly, I wanted to get some question answers.

This one is not the OpenRa, as i understood, and based on classic RA1 engine, am i right?

Unfortunately, this is for the classic RA only. I only tested the mod for TFD edition with 3.03 patch. I tried it on a fresh TFD installation, and it works, but it gets the rainbow colour effect.

 

On 11/10/2018 at 10:54 AM, Tschokky said:

Hi there!

I'll definately take credit for the Weapons Factory and the Tiberium Refinery.

Added you! Thanks.

 

Sorry about the late reply, I was a bit busy with work.

If you find a bug, please let me know. I will be able to work on this in about a month, so ill try fixing everything I can then.

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Red Alert - Able Archer Patch 1.1.rar

Been a while, but here is patch 1.1. It is standalone, and replaces the previous version.

Made some balance changes, and fixed a few bugs.

Known bugs:

-Can only load one saved game per game instance. Loading more than once will crash to desktop. I have no fix for this, but I recommend saving often.

Game crashes when loading more than one save game per round. Save often, and exit the game and reload.

Transport Helicopters will attempt to leave the map when Spetsnaz board them. This is hard coded.

Soviet mission 3, the enemy spy will get stuck at the first house and not fire on your troops. If you kill him, you win. This is a lucky break for you. If the spy actually fired like he's supposed to, you'd be in trouble.

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Patch notes:

Retuned technology levels for campaign play.

Balance changes:
Allies
Pathfinder 
-Range reduced from 9 to 7.5
-Sight reduced from 8 to 7

SAS
-Sight reduced from 8 to 7

M113 Lynx
-Sight reduced from 9 to 8
-Weapon range reduced from 4 to 3
-Damage reduced from 22 to 15
-Can now disrupt radar from 5 cells away.

M60 Patton
-Cost reduced from $850 to $825.

Gun Turret
-Health increased to 800 from 600 (to require at least two MIGs to destroy).
-Armour decreased from concrete to heavy.

Pillbox
-Fixed the build anim

Soviet
MIG-25 Recon
-Sight increased from 8 to 9.

Bug fixes:
FACTIONS
Warsaw PACT
-Changed armour modifier from 1.1 to 0.9, like it's supposed to be.

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New patch comrades! 

The patch is completely standalone, and includes major revamp to the vehicle mechanics.

 

Patch notes:

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New Construction Options:
Allies

M106 Mortar Carrier
-Sandbagged M113 APC redesigned to carry a 4.2 inch mortar.
-Lower cost base defence that doesn't require power.
-Effective against infantry and light vehicles. Vulnerable to most weapons.
-Shoot further than pillboxes.

Fennek
-Unit removed in favour of a new French Main Battle Tank. 
-Fennek offered little combat value, was out of timeline, and had no niche.

AMX-30B2
-A direct foil to the M60A3 Patton. It is $50 cheaper. AMX-30B2 is faster and more mobile, but significantly less armoured, as in real life. The 105mm F1 gun 
does less damage and has a shorter range (due to depending on an older Obus G HEAT round), but fires slightly faster. 
-It has a co-axial 20mm autocannon. It is excellent against infantry, and can target helicopters, eventually destroying them if it survives long enough. 
-The autocannon is not very effective against fast moving aircraft, due to limited range and acquisition time. You'll still need dedicated AA for that.
-BRENUS ERA package on the tank means the crew can replace blocks as part of field maintenance. Basically it auto repairs to 50% hitpoints.
-More useful for hit and run/ambushes than M60A3.

Soviet

Foxhole
-Dug in short ranged anti-tank and machine gun position.
-Low cost base defence that doesn't require power.
-Vulnerable to anti-infantry weapons, infantry but is strong against tanks.

Balance changes

Common
-All anti-infantry barriers are now free.
-Hesco barriers cost reduced to $10 from $50.
-Construction Yard, Helipads, Airfields, Superweapons, Command Posts, Regimental HQ, and powerplants
will now repair to 50% given time. This is to simulate troops performing emergency repair on runways and HQ buildings.
-All field defences now will repair to 50% due to troops re-fortifying their positions.
After all, troops in combat will not let their defensive positions crumble too much after a firefight.
Further repairs still require player interaction.
-Selling units and buildings now returns 80% credits instead of 50%.
-Repairing a unit or building fully, now cost 10% of its purchase price.
-Tactical Nuclear strike now does 100% more damage. (1000->2000)
-All naval units will repair to 50% as their crews conduct proper damage controls.


Warhead changes
Small Arms - spread decreased.
Armour Piercing - spread decreased.
Super - spread increased. Damage vs unarmoured increased to 50% from 30%.
Nuke - spread increased.
Rate of Turn - Almost all vehicle and aircraft received lower RoT, for both balance and some realism. 

Light Infantry
-Cost decreased to $50 from $100

Naval Transport
-Hitpoints reduced to 300 from 800.

Allies

M113 Lynx
-Speed decreased to 8 from 12

Pathfinder
-Hitpoints decreased to 90 from 100.
-Range increased to 8 from 7.5.

M110 Artillery
-Hitpoints decreased to 125 from 180.
-Armour changed to light from heavy.

M163 VADS
-Speed decreased to 6 from 8.

M270 MLRS
-Speed decreaed to 4 from 6.

Jaguar 2
-Cost increased to 1600 from 1200.
-Weapon warhead changed to increase anti-personnel damage.
-Speed decreased to 7 from 9.

AH-64D
-Speed decreased to 11 from 12.
-Weapon warhead changed to increase anti-personnel damage.

Iowa Class Battleship
-Can now fire dual Harpoon anti-ship missiles at Soviet ships.
-Cost increased to $3500 from $3200.

Type 22 Frigate
-Cost reduced to $800 from $1150.

Soviet

2S3 Akatsiya
-Speed decreased to 5 from 6.

9K35 Strela-10
-Soviet Tech Centre prerequisite removed to boost mid-tech level Soviet mobile AA.

SU-25 
-Now fires 50x of DU rounds instead of 25x HE, making it effective vs groups of tanks. 
-It is still mildly effective vs. infantry.
-Cost increased to 1300 from 900.
-Speed increased to 16 from 14.

MIG-144
-Speed increased to 18 from 16.
-Weapon warhead changed to increase anti-personnel damage.

Badger Bomber
-Speed increased to 15 from 12.

MIG-25
-Speed increased to 25 from 20.

Mi-24VP
-Speed increased to 12 from 10.

Udaloy Class Destroyer
-Cost reduced to $650 from $850.

Guard Tower
-Cost reduced to 600 from 700.

Bug fixes
Allies
-Type 42 and Type 22 name bugs fixed.
-M163 VADS self healing removed.

Soviet
-Kirov Cruisers will now defend themselves again from all targets in guard mode.
-Kirov sidebar cameo fixed with AA icon.

 

 

Red Alert - Able Archer Patch 1.2.rar

Red Alert - Able Archer Patch 1.2.rar

Edited by Sadukar09
Patch 1.2

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4 hours ago, TaxOwlbear said:

Looks great, but why not bundle this with the full game, considering that RA1 is freeware anyway?

 

I'm on a limited bandwidth connection right now unfortunately. 

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On 8/10/2018 at 10:09 PM, Sadukar09 said:

-Simply unzip the archive into your Red Alert folder.

I did this and it didn't work. Was there something else I was supposed to do?

I'm playing the CNCnet freeware RA1

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4 hours ago, LamborghiniDude7 said:

I did this and it didn't work. Was there something else I was supposed to do?

I'm playing the CNCnet freeware RA1

Fixed it.

 

Red Alert - Able Archer Patch 1.3.rar

 

1.3 Patch notes

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Balance changes

Common
-Significantly reduced the shell travel speed of artillery pieces.
-Infantry damage while prone reduced to 40%.

Allies

M110 Artillery
-Speed reduced to 3 from 5.
-Fires 50% slower.

M60A3
-Speed reduced to 4 from 5.

Leopard 2A4
-Speed reduced to 6 from 7.

AH-64A Apache
-Missile loadout increased to 16 from 12.

Soviet

2S3 Akatisya
-Speed reduced to 4 from 5.

Soviet

Bug fixes

Changed the expand file's name to de-conflict with CNCNet's freeware Red Alert.
Allies
-M60A3's model shrunk slightly to prevent flickering.
-AMX-30B2's model shrunk slightly to prevent flickering.

Soviet
-MIG now requires the proper pre-requisite again. This makes Soviet Mission 10 tougher, as you'll need to save your three initial MIGs.

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16 hours ago, Sadukar09 said:

Fixed it.

 

Red Alert - Able Archer Patch 1.3.rar 3.12 MB · 2 downloads

 

1.3 Patch notes

-----------------------------------------------

Balance changes

Common
-Significantly reduced the shell travel speed of artillery pieces.
-Infantry damage while prone reduced to 40%.

Allies

M110 Artillery
-Speed reduced to 3 from 5.
-Fires 50% slower.

M60A3
-Speed reduced to 4 from 5.

Leopard 2A4
-Speed reduced to 6 from 7.

AH-64A Apache
-Missile loadout increased to 16 from 12.

Soviet

2S3 Akatisya
-Speed reduced to 4 from 5.

Soviet

Bug fixes

Changed the expand file's name to de-conflict with CNCNet's freeware Red Alert.
Allies
-M60A3's model shrunk slightly to prevent flickering.
-AMX-30B2's model shrunk slightly to prevent flickering.

Soviet
-MIG now requires the proper pre-requisite again. This makes Soviet Mission 10 tougher, as you'll need to save your three initial MIGs.

It didn't work either at first, but then I took expand4.mix out of the Able Archer folder within my directory onto the directory itself. Now it works and I'm really enjoying it so far!

Would like a fix to the saving crashes though.

 

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12 hours ago, TaxOwlbear said:

Are the patches cumulative?

Each patch is stand alone.

8 hours ago, LamborghiniDude7 said:

It didn't work either at first, but then I took expand4.mix out of the Able Archer folder within my directory onto the directory itself. Now it works and I'm really enjoying it so far!

Would like a fix to the saving crashes though.

 

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Ahh, I should've been more clear to copy and paste all of the files in the folder to the game folder itself. Sorry about that! If you copy the rest of the files (hires1.mix and the rest of the .ini files), it should fix the giant infantry too.

Glad you're enjoying it though!

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