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Unread 05-04-2014, 12:31 AM
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To start, I'm referring to those art pieces that randomly display during a loading screen. I had successfully changed 5 of them through the UI folder and yet, there were so many more that were unchanged and no corresponding file for them in the "random" folder.

...And so my search began.

After 4 hours of searching both in my UI folder and online, I found everything except for the information that would point to where the rest of the Loading Screen backdrops were located.

That's when I thought that maybe they might be in the same folder as all the 3D art assets for characters and environments within the game.

- "\paks\loadscreens.vpk"

Same name as the folder where the 5 loadscreen dds files are located.

- "\UI\<custom folder name>\images\loadscreens\random"


And that's where my tale ends. So far, my glances at the xml code has not revealed to me an option that would grant me a redirect back to the "random" folder for the rest of the backdrop images.


PS:

I have no idea if this means anything, but there are 2 xml files where the name "RandomScreen" comes up:

"eq2ui_hud_zoning" and "eq2ui_newcharscene2".



PPS [March 22nd, 2015):


The game checks the "paks" directory for the "loadscreen.vpk" file first. If it doesn't find it, it then checks the folder of the same name in the UI directory of the UI your using. So simply deleting that "loadscreen.vpk" after the patcher checks for files will force the game to use whatever is in the UI folder that you chose to use.

Last edited by Nutsun : 03-22-2015 at 12:38 PM. Reason: additional information
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Unread 05-05-2014, 04:21 PM
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Found a program within these very forums to unpack "loadscreens.vpk" with.

http://www.eq2interface.com/forums/s...4&postcount=92

To make a long story short, I could find no way of modding in custom loading screens without the patcher overwriting the files. I did however find that if you make a folder within the "paks" directory and rename it "loadscreen.vpk" and load the game from "everquest2.exe" (bypassing the patcher), the game will load up the loading screens from that folder.

The interior directory and file names are as follows:

Code:
battleground/bg_loadscreen.dds
exp01_cty_majdul/dof_ls_majdul_001.dds
exp01_cty_majdul/dof_ls_majdul_002.dds
exp01_cty_majdul/dof_ls_majdul_003.dds
exp01_cty_majdul/dof_ls_majdul_004.dds
exp01_cty_majdul/dof_ls_majdul_005.dds
exp01_cty_majdul/dof_ls_majdul_006.dds
exp01_cty_majdul/dof_ls_majdul_007.dds
exp01_cty_majdul_arena01/image.dds
exp01_dun_clefts_of_rujark/dof_ls_cleftsrujark_002.dds
exp01_dun_clefts_of_rujark/dof_ls_cleftsrujark_004.dds
exp01_dun_shimmering_citadel/dof_ls_shimmeringcitadel_003.dds
exp01_dun_shimmering_citadel/dof_ls_shimmeringcitadel_004.dds
exp01_dun_silent_city/dof_ls_silentcity_master_003.dds
exp01_dun_silent_city/dof_ls_silentcity_master_004.dds
exp01_rgn_pillars_of_flame/dof_ls_pillarsflame_001.dds
exp01_rgn_pillars_of_flame/dof_ls_pillarsflame_002.dds
exp01_rgn_pillars_of_flame/dof_ls_pillarsflame_003.dds
exp01_rgn_pillars_of_flame/dof_ls_pillarsflame_004.dds
exp01_rgn_pillars_of_flame/dof_ls_pillarsflame_005.dds
exp01_rgn_sinking_sands/dof_ls_sinkingsands_001.dds
exp01_rgn_sinking_sands/dof_ls_sinkingsands_002.dds
exp01_rgn_sinking_sands/dof_ls_sinkingsands_003.dds
exp01_rgn_sinking_sands/dof_ls_sinkingsands_004.dds
exp01_rgn_sinking_sands/dof_ls_sinkingsands_005.dds
exp01_rgn_sinking_sands/dof_ls_sinkingsands_006.dds
exp02/kos_ls_aviak.dds
exp02/kos_ls_banners_001.dds
exp02/kos_ls_draconian.dds
exp02/kos_ls_dragon.dds
exp02/kos_ls_dragoncropolis_001.dds
exp02/kos_ls_dragoncropolis_002.dds
exp02/kos_ls_dragoncropolis_003.dds
exp02/kos_ls_dragoncropolis_004.dds
exp02/kos_ls_dragoncropolis_005.dds
exp02/kos_ls_dragoncropolis_006.dds
exp02/kos_ls_dragoncropolis_007.dds
exp02/kos_ls_dragoncropolis_008.dds
exp02/kos_ls_dragoncropolis_009.dds
exp02/kos_ls_dragoncropolis_010.dds
exp02/kos_ls_dragoncropolis_011.dds
exp02/kos_ls_dragoncropolis_012.dds
exp02/kos_ls_insectoid.dds
exp02/kos_ls_realmnight_001.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_001.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_002.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_003.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_004.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_005.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_006.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_007.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_008.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_009.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_010.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_011.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_012.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_013.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_014.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_015.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_016.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_017.dds
exp03/exp03_ls_018.dds
exp04/exp04_dun_charasis_north.dds
exp04/exp04_dun_chardok.dds
exp04/exp04_dun_chelsith.dds
exp04/exp04_dun_karnors_castle.dds
exp04/exp04_dun_sebilis.dds
exp04/exp04_dun_veeshans_peak.dds
exp04/exp04_rgn_fens_field_of_bone.dds
exp04/exp04_rgn_jarsath_danak.dds
exp04/exp04_rgn_kunzar_jungle.dds
exp04/exp04_rgn_kylong_spires.dds
exp04/exp04_rgn_timorous_shore.dds
exp04_dun_charasis_north/exp04_dun_charasis_north.dds
exp04_dun_charasis_south/exp04_dun_charasis_south.dds
exp04_dun_chardok/exp04_dun_chardok.dds
exp04_dun_chelsith/exp04_dun_chelsith.dds
exp04_dun_karnors_castle/exp04_dun_karnors_castle.dds
exp04_dun_kurns_tower/exp04_rgn_fens_field_of_bone.dds
exp04_dun_sebilis/exp04_dun_sebilis.dds
exp04_dun_veeshans_peak/exp04_dun_veeshans_peak.dds
exp04_rgn_fens_of_nathsar/exp04_rgn_fens_field_of_bone.dds
exp04_rgn_jarsath_wastes/exp04_rgn_jarsath_danak.dds
exp04_rgn_kunzar_jungle/exp04_rgn_kunzar_jungle.dds
exp04_rgn_kylong_plains/exp04_rgn_kylong_spires.dds
exp04_rgn_timorous_deep/exp04_rgn_timorous_shore.dds
exp05/eqii_exp05_ls_befallen_hallways_all_001_001.dds
exp05/eqii_exp05_ls_befallen_objects_001_001.dds
exp05/eqii_exp05_ls_landforms-002_001.dds
exp05/eqii_exp05_ls_landforms-003_001.dds
exp05/eqii_exp05_ls_landforms-wormy_001_001.dds
exp05/eqii_exp05_ls_tillage_terrain_003_001.dds
exp05/eqii_exp05_ls_troll-arch-001d_001.dds
exp05/eqii_exp05_ls_troll_arch_001_001.dds
exp05/eqii_exp05_ls_troll_arch_tribal_001_001.dds
exp05/eqii_exp05_ls_tufta-frogart-all-001_001.dds
exp06/eqii_exp06_ls_erudite-observatory_001.dds
exp06/eqii_exp06_ls_erudin_001.dds
exp06/eqii_exp06_ls_join_001.dds
exp06/eqii_exp06_ls_kejak_001.dds
exp06/eqii_exp06_ls_the-hole_001.dds
exp06/eqii_exp06_ls_toxxulias-mound_001.dds
exp06/eqii_exp06_odus_ls_erudite-objects_001.dds
exp06/eqii_exp06_odus_ls_erudite-village_001.dds
exp06/eqii_exp06_odus_ls_gardens_001.dds
exp06/eqii_exp06_odus_ls_quel-ule_001.dds
exp06/eqii_exp06_vasty001.dds
exp06/eqii_exp06_vasty002.dds
exp06/eqii_exp06_vasty003.dds
exp07/eqii_exp07_ls_drunder_001.dds
exp07/eqii_exp07_ls_drunder_002.dds
exp07/eqii_exp07_ls_thurgadin_001.dds
exp07/eqii_exp07_ls_thurgadin_002.dds
exp07/eqii_exp07_ls_thurgadin_003.dds
exp07/eqii_exp07_ls_tofs_001.dds
exp07/eqii_exp07_ls_tofs_002.dds
exp07/eqii_exp07_ls_tofs_003.dds
exp07/eqii_exp07_ls_velks_001.dds
exp07/eqii_exp07_ls_velks_002.dds
exp08/eqii_exp09_ls_skyshrine_001.dds
exp08/eqii_exp09_ls_withered_001.dds
exp08/eqii_exp09_ls_withered_002.dds
exp08/eqii_exp09_ls_sirensgrotto01.dds
exp08/eqii_exp09_ls_sirensgrotto02.dds
exp08/eqii_exp09_ls_cobaltscar01.dds
exp09/eqii_exp09_ls_eidolon_001.dds
exp09/eqii_exp09_ls_skyshrine_001.dds
exp09/eqii_exp09_ls_withered_001.dds
exp09/eqii_exp09_ls_withered_002.dds
exp09/eqii_exp09_ls_wurbmone_001.dds
exp09/eqii_exp09_ls_wurbmone_002.dds
exp09/eqii_exp09_ls_wurbmone_003.dds
exp_0/eqii_exp07_ls_thurgadin_001.dds
exp_0/eqii_exp07_ls_thurgadin_002.dds
exp_0/eqii_exp07_ls_thurgadin_003.dds
random/drawing_01.dds
random/drawing_02.dds
random/drawing_03.dds
random/drawing_04.dds
random/drawing_05.dds
random/drawing_06.dds
random/drawing_07.dds
random/drawing_08.dds
random/drawing_09.dds
random/drawing_10.dds
random/drawing_11.dds
random/drawing_12.dds
random/drawing_13.dds
random/drawing_14.dds
random/drawing_15.dds
random/drawing_16.dds
random/drawing_17.dds
random/drawing_18.dds
random/drawing_19.dds
random/drawing_20.dds
random/drawing_21.dds
random/drawing_22.dds
random/drawing_23.dds
random/drawing_24.dds
random/drawing_25.dds
random/drawing_26.dds
random/drawing_27.dds
random/drawing_28.dds
random/drawing_29.dds
random/drawing_30.dds
random/drawing_31.dds
random/drawing_32.dds
random/drawing_33.dds
random/drawing_34.dds
random/drawing_35.dds
random/drawing_36.dds
random/drawing_37.dds
random/drawing_38.dds
random/drawing_39.dds
random/drawing_40.dds
random/drawing_41.dds
random/drawing_42.dds
random/drawing_43.dds
random/drawing_44.dds
random/drawing_45.dds
random/drawing_46.dds
random/drawing_47.dds
random/drawing_48.dds
random/drawing_49.dds
random/drawing_50.dds
random/drawing_51.dds
random/drawing_52.dds
random/drawing_53.dds
random/drawing_54.dds
random/drawing_55.dds
random/drawing_56.dds
random/drawing_57.dds
random/drawing_58.dds
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