Monday, January 30, 2012

Coming Soon! MH3G Support!


With the release of MHAG Desktop 2.1, I am free to work on MH3G support.
I plan to make a MH3G version with english translation and original japanese names.  If MH3G comes to the west, all translations will be converted to the official data.

I don't have the game myself yet, but I am currently gathering information from multiple sources.  Meanwhile I am helping Monster Hunter 3G Wiki to build some wiki data.  For example,
MH3G Armor Skill and
MH3G Jewel (Decoration) Item
And most important one: MH3G Armors coming next.

Since I've dealt with MH3 data myself, and I participated in MHP3rd translation, it's not very difficult for me to do stuffs for MH3G.  Not to mention MH3G is surprisingly similar to MHP3rd. :P

Thursday, January 26, 2012

MHAG Desktop 2.1 Release!


MHAG Desktop 2.1 was finally released today!  This version should have been done long time ago, but I kept adding some more features. >.>  I added almost all features users requested.  Most importantly, the new version is ready for G-Rank data now.  So I can work on MH3G or MHFU at any time in the future.

This is the download link!
MHAG V2.1 (Jan 2012)

What's new in this version?

   1. new look and feel.
   2. new feature: Now all games are integrated into a single package.  Users can choose a game at the beginning.  All user data are saved in sub-dir.
   3. new feature: Data structure are modified to allow G-rank data.  (so it's ready for MHFU and MH3G support)
   4. new feature: Add the option to display armor/charm materials in the calculator.  Data is extracted from the open source project TriDB (thanks to Feox for convert the data to MHAG format) and P3DB (Most armor/charm names were synchronized with mhf3.com).
   5. new feature: Enhance keyboard controls. Most comboboxes now has auto-completion function.  "enter" key can trigger button.
   6. new feature: Adjust female/male checkbox.  Now if male/female is selected, only male/female sets are available in the armor selection menu. (mostly for mp3rd and future games)  The generator also search sets only for specific gender.
   7. error: The Boss' Set and Snake's Set have different skills (mhp3rd).  Fixed, sets are now separated.
   8. Fix some typo/translations of armor names or jewel names. (Bnahabra Pants, Mutsu Gusoku, Archer's Gauntlets, Chainmail Armor+, Shadow's Shades, Alloy Faulds+, Bnahabra Mail+, Bnahabra Faulds+, Bnahabra Greaves, Steal Coil+, Damascus Set, Assult Jewel, Storm Jewel)


How to run MHAG/upgrade from previous version?

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New user
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1. Unzip the MHAG package to a folder/directory
2. Make sure the system has JRE 6 or 7
3. Run Mhag.jar (doutble click in Windows)
4. In the pop-up welcome dialog, choose a game

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Update from previous version
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1. Unzip the MHAG package to a NEW folder/directory
2. copy user data to mhtri for Monster Hunter Tri, and mhp3rd for Monster Hunter Portable 3rd
3. Run Mhag.jar (not in the specific game directory anymore)
4. In the pop-up welcome dialog, choose a game


if you have any question about the new release or want to request new feature, leave comment here or check http://blogs.mhag.info/p/bug-report-suggestions.html

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Monster Hunter 3 Startup Armor Path (1-4 Stars)

Welcome to the first part of my Startup Guide for armor sets and good beginning weapon choices early on.

In this first video, I will be going over sets for players that only have access to low rank quests (1-4 star village quests) and what are some sets they should try to get early on.  This set will cover players that are just starting out, those that have already had experience, (recommended for players HR 100 or below, and for those who are not 100% confident about their knowledge of monster's attacks) and finally for the best players who are very knowledgeable about monster movements, habits, and when to effectively use bombs and traps.

With that being said, here is part 1 of my early game armor set recommendations.




Thank you for viewing, and I hope to have more 2 more related videos soon, 1 with early bowgun help, and another for 5* village quest mix sets. (pre-HR 31 quests)
-Predator

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sample Lance Mix Sets for all Large Monsters (MH3)

Hello everyone, I've been recently "promoted" to author here (thank you Tifa for adding me and for pointing out this blog to me), so I thought I'd start things off with my Lance Mix Sets videos.

The purpose of these videos (I will do all weapons when I have the time) is to demonstrate sample sets for any large monster in the game and they are meant to work very efficiently against said monster. These sets are based solely on the skills which the armor set will have, and not on defense, resistance, or looks.

I currently have 2 projects I have plans to work on, first being a Start-up Set Path (What sets to go for early on, and the best sets to use when you don't have access to the best armors. [As requested by Vion]) for newbies. My second project is to finish the mix sets for all large monsters for all weapons, and if I still play Tri after that, I will then just add miscellaneous sets that didn't make the cut.

With that being said, here are my mix sets for all large monsters in the Wii's Monster Hunter Tri. (These videos are impossible to view the details of the sets while embedded, so you can click the links to go to YouTube and then go to fullscreen to read them.)

Part 1



Part 2




I hope you all enjoyed and I hope to be working more with you all in the future!
-Predator

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Keep MHAG Database Clean


We are aware that some people complain MHAG calculator allows impossible talisman.
We adopted the current method because of the new talisman rules for MHP3rd.  It does allow impossible talisman.  But our admin will help to keep the database clean and accurate.


To maintain the high quality of MHAG database, our admins moderate entries according to the following rules.
1. Sets with impossible talisman (or combination) will be removed, unless it can be easily fixed with a correct talisman.
2. Sets with large portion of wasted skill points will be removed, unless the owner specify their reason to keep it.
3. Redundant entries, if posted at the same time or by the same author, will be removed.
4. In case a set can be easily improved (for example, use less weapon slot, or add a charm), a new entry will be posted to replace the old set (with same owner name and set name).

It's our goal to keep MHAG database from impossible sets and useless sets.  But we still encourage people to save sets for their daily hunts, even if it's not optimal.  I, myself, loves sets that can be easily created, and without rare talisman.
But our admins are human beings, so we may make mistakes.  To help us moderating sets, users are recommended to do the following.
1. Create an account, so users can manage their sets in the future.  Or if not, at least use a specific owner name for each saved entry.
2. Use a detailed set name.  Show the purpose of the set, or/and your description.


MHAG Database Report (Jan 2012)

MHAG Online server was available to the public for about three month.  So far, we have 378 armor sets for Monster Hunter Tri (Wii), and 211 sets for Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP/PS3).

We thank a lot of hunters for their supports to MHAG.  Especially the following fans for their big contributions to customized armor sets.
MHtri: Alpal, Amir the hunter, Predator
MHp3rd: frost, VengefulTorture, Grimford, Ace



Web Dev

Testing out bloggers :-)
Plan is json support this will improve speed for the users far away from UK.

Predator's YT Video: MH3 Mixed Set for Lance

I just saw a YouTube video, in which the author used MHAG to show his MH3 customized armor sets for lance.  Then I took a close look, and I found he is Predator!!!  Oz78 mentioned that Predator loves MHAG a lot, and can even be our speakman.  lol   Predator, thank you for your support!!

Monster Hunter 3 Mix Sets for Lance (Part 1)

Monday, January 16, 2012

MHAG Introduction Video

I made this video about two month ago for Gondor's mh3 EU podcast.  It's an introduction video for Monster Hunter Armor Generator Program.  Enjoy!

MHAG Desktop Review by Softoxi


Since last month, I noticed that MHAG Desktop 2.0 started to be noticed by some software download sites.  They independently tested MHAG and put it on their websites.
Such as

But surprisingly, I learned today that Softoxi wrote a detailed review on MHAG and made a video tutorial! Here is how Softoxi describes MHAG:
MHAG is an useful piece of software that helps you generate armor sets for your Monster Hunter character. This simple and efficient application can easily become a great tool for any Monster Hunter player out there.



And their review:
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Are you a fan of the Monster Hunter fantasy role-playing game and you are not decided which armor sets to use on your character? If that is the case, then you will definitely enjoy the MHAG.

MHAG, short for Monster Hunter Armor Generator, is a handy piece of software that allows you to generate every possible armor set and combinations and quickly calculate their bonuses for your Monster Hunter character. With the help of this lightweight application you could easily create the best possible armor set for your character so that you could play it at its maximum potential.

MHAG comes with three useful features that will help you out in choosing the best possible armor setup that you could get your hands on in the game: the calculator, where you are able to choose every armor part, along with their possible bonuses, and preview your final setup so that you could easily perform any modifications, the generator, which allows you to create the best possible armor sets according to the skills of your character and the viewer which lets you load and add your data from the calculator and export your armor sets either as text or HTML documents. This way, you can quickly share your generated armor sets with your friends and show off your awesome character setup.

Furthermore, MHAG offers you both an online and offline version so that you can easily generate your armor sets in any possible situation. In addition, if you want to upload your armor setup to show it to other users from the MHAG community, this easy to use piece of software allows you to do that with just one click. Just press the "copy set link" button and the URL pointing to your build will be copied to the clipboard.

All in all, if you need a handy piece of software that will help you easily generate armor sets for you Monster Hunter character, then you should give MHAG a look.
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Announcement: the MHAG Project


The MHAG Porject was announced on Oct 18, 2011 @ Capcom Unity forums.  Here is the copy of the announcement.  It can also be found at Monster Hunter Wikia Site.


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The MHAG Project: a Monster Hunter Armor Toolkit

Gondor and I are happy to announce the Monster Hunter Armor Generator (MHAG) Project!  MHAG is a FREE armor toolkit, featuring a desktop version (MHAG Desktop) and an online version (MHAG Online).

Website: 
http://mhag.info

1) Features:
  1. MHAG Desktop: Create and organize sets offline
      a. Manually build armor sets with the built-in calculator
      b. Use the generator to search armor sets automatically within seconds
      c. Use the viewer to manage, browse and export armor sets
      d. The three components can interact with each other
  2. MHAG Online: Create and share sets online
      a. Works on ANY device that connects to internet
      b. Features the same calculator as MHAG Desktop
      c. Use the online database to share and search mixed sets
  3. Integration of MHAG Desktop and MHAG Online
      a. Share same data and core functions
      b. Easily access MHAG Online from MHAG Desktop
  4. Support Games
      a. Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)
      b. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP/PS3)
      c. (future) Monster Hunter Tri G (3DS)*
      d. (future) Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP)**

(Notes:
*   When MHTri G comes to the west, or if many users request it
**  If any user can provide MHFU data)


II) System Requirements:
  1.  MHAG Desktop:
      a. Any PC (WinXP or later, MacOS and Linux)
      b. JAVA 6 (JRE 1.6) or later
      c. Screen resolution: 1024x768 (minimum), 1280x720 or above (recommended)
  2. MHAG Online:
      a. Any device (PC, tablet, smartphone)
      b. Web browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera etc.)
III) Links:

  1. MHAG Desktop 2.0 Download
  2. Getting Started Guide PDF Version
  3. Bug Report:
    http://code.google.com/p/mhag/wiki/Bugs_Report
    http://code.google.com/p/mhag-web/wiki/Bugs_Report


Welcome to MHAG Blogs!

I decided to initiate this blog space for mhag.info
Our developers will post news, our plans, text/video tutorials of our tools and some information about monster hunter here.  Stay tuned.