Mother's Fantasy UI
Not a lot of visible changes. The crafting window was highly revamped to this packs style. There are a lot of window elements in the crafting windows, which will hopefully make it easier to bang through other windows in the future.
Hit many of the examine windows and changed their style to be consistent with the pack's theme.
Fixed a few bugs I had noticed. Probably introduced other ones.
Moved the title bar on the chat windows because even hidden, they were interfering with clicking on the hotbar I keep just above the chat.
Old Guy Rant
I've been away for a minute and been playing other MMOs in the meantime. I am currently playing FFXIV with my wife. And I do have some problems with FFXIV, but it's the MMO my wife plays and so while I'm not forced to play with her, playing with her is definitely a highlight and I'll be doing that as my main MMO.
Anyhow, every MMO since EQ2 has left me feeling flat and I keep chasing that high. Recently, as I became aware that EQ2 still exists, I decided to log in on a free account and see if the game was all that I remembered or if it was just deep time lacquering over all the rough edges. It has mostly felt like coming home and I want to keep playing.
I had already changed my UI in FFXIV to make it as close to how I felt an MMO UI should be as I could, but it has limited configurability. Since I currently plan to play both games, I decided to whip up a little something that makes switching back and forth as intuitive as possible for myself.
So in instances where the FFXIV team made some weird choices... why is my health show up twice on screen, once as played, and once in the group window? Well, I don't know but unless it actively made EQ2 worse to follow their lead, I just went with it.
Ok, so what're the changes/What you trying to do?
One of the big things I've focused on is sizing up different UI elements. I'm on a 2k monitor, so I believe I have about 4x the screen real estate I used to. Many things seemed too small for me, or I had to crane my neck looking to the very edges of the screen. So, I've made a lot of things bigger and invited them into the screen a bit more.
The second thing I did was replace the fonts on most of the windows. I'm sorry, Arial, you have done a lot of work for a long time, but you need to move on. I removed a lot of the drop shadows, adding a sort of a bloom effect to the text which softens the jaggies even more.
EQ2 can recognize system fonts but I am at this moment rocking Linux for my OS and the font names will not match up to anything in Windows. I used Google's Public Domain Roboto font for everything. I included the files for the fonts I used in a fonts folder in the .zip, and I believe it is as simple as putting them into the C:\windows\fonts folder. I put them there in my wine install and it worked fine. But if I'm wrong the internet has the answers and if you inform me I'll be sure to update the instructions here.
Finally, I desaturated many of the UI elements, muting the colors and using fewer of them. Looking at my older work, I find my young self screaming "Blasphemy!" at me, but alas I like the more muted look. In some respects, I may have taken that to extreme, but when working with the EQ2 client, I had trouble creating bright text and colorful text at the same time, so I went brighter even if it washed it out a bit.
If you don't have and UI mods currently, unzip this file into the UI folder of your EQ2 client.
Mine is at C:\Users\Public\Daybreak Game Company\Installed Games\Everquest II\UI - your mileage may vary.
In addition, go into the UI\mother9987 folder and rename the file currently called eq2ui_custom_example.xml to eq2ui_custom.xml. (This extra step prevents people who are installing this mod with other mods from losing the other mods custom styles.)
Finally, take the fonts from the fonts folder and put them in you C:\windows\fonts folder. I'm unaware of anything nefarious that could happen by trusting the fonts I included but if you want to download them yourself, it's Roboto by Google in the public domain. The UI uses Roboto Medium, Roboto Condensed Regular, Roboto Dark and Roboto Regular. (Roboto Dark doesn't appear to have made any difference and I may remove it. I was trying to make the popups thicker but the game client seems to mostly ignore it so far. Still working on it.)
Inside the game, you will have to adjust the size of the fonts in each chat tab (Mine are set at 18pt). And you'll have to adjust the size of the hotbar icons if you want to achieve the same results in the screenshot.
Any other tips for bouncing FFXIV to EQ2?
I bound the 'i' key to open bags, and unbound KeyPad 8 and 2 from go forwards/backwards. Changed a bind for KP8 to pan camera up, 2 to pan down, 3 and 9 then do zoom out and in respectively.
I turned on the "Always show my name" option as well.