Fixed TAD Indian TC age2 stage3 construction model (crash)
MandosRex (id: mandosrex)
Posted on 06/15/23 @ 02:05 PM
Have you ever had AoE3 TAD, with mods or without, crash unexpectedly without any error while playing a game as Indians or with the Indian AI in the match?
Did it maybe happen around Age3/Fortress Age when players start building extra Town Centers?
Did you maybe blame this on something you did, or an issue with the game on modern systems, or other weird unexplained reasons?
Worry not, because it's not your fault and it's not unexplained or unfixable either.
The cause of this "random" crash is a corrupted TC model made by the original developers of Asian Dynasties, and that file is "Age of Empires 3\bin\art\buildings\asian_civs\town_center\india\age_2\india_towncenter_age2_con_stage3.gr2", which is the stage 3 construction model for the Age2 and Age3 (they share the same models) Indian Town Center, located inside "art\Art5.bar".
But why do I say "random"? Well because this crash doesn't happen for everyone every time, there seems to be something that triggers this crash to happen (don't know what yet) but when it starts happening it happens every game when the above scenario is met. But then it can also stop happening again after a period of time. The model is not completely broken, but corrupted in some way.
Don't believe me? Extract "india_towncenter_age2_con_stage3.gr2" from "Art5.bar" and attempt to open it in Granny Viewer or 3dsMax and you'll see how both programs will refuse to view or open the file.
If you are a modder you can also download my fixed model and put it in your own mod.
And if you don't like the model I made, then you can make your own now that you know what the problem is.