Setting up my server for HCE this saturday, so churning out a thread to get prepared
WHAT IS HALO CUSTOM EDITION?
HCE (Not to be confused with the PC version of Combat evolved, which is typically called HPC) is a stand alone version of Halo PC that supports custom content. Released by Gearbox, HCE boasts not only custom multiplayer content but singleplayer.
If you have issues with mega grab this tool. This also bypasses the need to install their shitty plugin.
Download the desired build
Extract to it's own folder
Locate cmd.exe on your computer
Copy and paste it into the megatools folder
Run that cmd.exe
Type "megadl <link>"
To paste a link into cmd right click and hit paste, do not try Crtl+V it won't work.
WHERE TO DOWNLOAD
Mega : mega.nz
The megalink is a repack of what I run on the server, it's larger than the torrent due to having all the maps you'll need for the gamenight hopefully which cuts down on time downloading to join
Contains just HCE 1.10 and HAC2.
DDL SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS
To reduce file size I compressed the maps folder before packaging everything in the easy to digest 5 gig download. Before running HCE make sure you extract the maps.7z folder. just right click the archive and hit "extract here" as it's already in a maps folder and running "extract to 'maps'" would create a maps within a maps folder and Halo will obviously fail to run.
=ENHANCEMENTS YOU MAY WANT TO USE=
How to disable mouse acceleration
Invisible chat fix
(The redist folder is in an odd place on the pre-packed DDL, look in the maps folder)
(You will need this for some commands)
Enabling EAX sound
Follow the install guide in the thread here.
Fixing 30fps animations and aiming magnetism through chimera
(Chimera is pre-packed in the ddl already, refer to this post for commands to throw into console)
Optic is a addon for clients that allows you to use the announcer and medals from H3, Reach or H4 (but let's be honest H4 is shit). Optic itself is already part of HAC2. the medals must be installed.
H3 Medals/Announcer: mega.nz
Reach Medals/Announcer: mega.nz
installing optic packs
Download the pack of your choice
DO NOT EXTRACT THE CONTENTS LEAVE IT IN IT'S ARCHIVED FILE
Run HCE and then close it to create the folders
navigate to your documents folder
Go to My games>HaloCE>HAC
Create a folder named "pack"
Final path should look like: My Documents>My Games>HaloCE>HAC>pack
Drop the archive into the pack folder
Start up HCE
Type "Optic" to view all loaded packs, this is to confirm you installed the pack(s) right
Type "Optic_load <filename>" with the filename being as it is on the archived file
(Example: Optic_load Haloreach)