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    Is AHD worth getting?

    I have the vanilla game and have played V2 somewhat sporradically since its release. I never found it to be quite as enjoyable as my beloved Vicky 1. nevertheless, I am toying with firing the game up again and wondered whether AHD expansion is a must have or not?

    I notice that to get AHD I'll probably need to but the game all over again. The gold edition VicII+AHD is much the same price as a digital download of AHD alone anyway. I don't know whether a digital download will be compatible with my original boxed version. For instance, does a Steam download of AHD work over a non steam copy of the original game?
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    I don't think a Steam-version would work with a physical copy. Buying it from Gamersgate or some other DRM-free store might work, no guarantees though.
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    Steam won't even let you buy AHD if you don't have V2 on Steam.

    The Gamersgate AHD version works fine with the CD-V2 version. It's what I also have.
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    Okay thanks.

    But what does the AHD expansion add to the game? What new features or improvements?




    EDIT: Found a short description of what AHD adds and have ordered a boxed copy of the gold edition.
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    BTW the gold edition is a CD version of Viccy 2 and a Gammersgate Code for AHD
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    Quote Originally Posted by s1234567890m View Post
    BTW the gold edition is a CD version of Viccy 2 and a Gammersgate Code for AHD
    Seriously? You buy a boxed copy and still get lumbered with having to negotiate a digital download? Bugger!!!

    So I now have two boxed copies of Vicky II and I'm still stuck with having to do battle with performing a download on my crappy internet connection.

    On the plus side, will GG automatically update my game with patches?
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    Nope, you download them from the launcher you start the game with.
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    Okay, so my Gold Edition box set arrived. I uninstalled my existing Vic II and reinsalled from my new disc. Fire her up and realise you're right - AHD isn't on the disc (though the box intimates that it is).

    Indeed, you have to download AHD from Gamers Gate (not that there is any instruction in the Gold Edition to inform you of that). Anyhow I downloaded AHD, patched up to 2.31 and have a checksum that's nothing like what the 2.31 thread says I should have. Bugger.
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    What's your checksum? I also get a different one from the one in the 2.31 thread and I also got my AHD from Gamersgate. I haven't tried multiplayer with it yet, but I'm very happy with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Selzro View Post
    What's your checksum? I also get a different one from the one in the 2.31 thread and I also got my AHD from Gamersgate. I haven't tried multiplayer with it yet, but I'm very happy with it.

    My checksum is SXIU.
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    Hm, I checked again and I do have the proper checksum after all (OWZA). I must have made a mistake the first time I checked.

    The other thing is, when I downloaded it from Gamersgate a couple of weeks ago I'm pretty sure it was already patched up to 2.31...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Selzro View Post
    Hm, I checked again and I do have the proper checksum after all (OWZA). I must have made a mistake the first time I checked.

    The other thing is, when I downloaded it from Gamersgate a couple of weeks ago I'm pretty sure it was already patched up to 2.31...
    There should be an instruction somewhere to show the correct order of installation - i.e do I need patch 1.3 before downloading AHD or does AHD install over a clean Vic II? Do I add sprite packs before or after AHD etcetera. I'm sure this must have a lot to do with why I have the wrong checksum??

    As it is there isn't even an instruction to inform you that AHD isn't included on the disc, nor how or where to acquire it.
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    You don't need to patch base V2 before installing AHD, just make sure you've got a clean install. Sprite packs, depending on which ones you have, may or may not be good to install before AHD, so without knowing which ones you have I'd say play it safe and do them last. They may also be why you have a different checksum, so if the game gets up and running fine, you should have nothing to worry about.
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    I noticed the checksum thing as well. Whenever you install a new patch I think the first time you start up it'll have the wrong checksum. Just restart and it'll fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikepie View Post
    I noticed the checksum thing as well. Whenever you install a new patch I think the first time you start up it'll have the wrong checksum. Just restart and it'll fix it.
    You're absolutely right. Re-started it and now I get the correct checksum.

    I hadn't done this before because I'm busy getting my arse kicked by the AI in HoI3 at the moment. I hope to fire up a Vicky AHD game as soon as my Italian army finishes surrendering to the French. Il Duce is busy washing the white flag in readiness as we speak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garuda View Post
    You're absolutely right. Re-started it and now I get the correct checksum.

    I hadn't done this before because I'm busy getting my arse kicked by the AI in HoI3 at the moment. I hope to fire up a Vicky AHD game as soon as my Italian army finishes surrendering to the French. Il Duce is busy washing the white flag in readiness as we speak.
    One would think that Il Duce would always have it at the ready...
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