Proteus is a simple installer for Age of Empires II graphical mods. To use, place the installer and !Assets folder in a subfolder of your AoK directory (e.g. Age of Empires II\Proteus) or that of a mod (e.g. Age of Empires II\Games\Realms\Proteus). Note: the C patch is required. Using Proteus in a mod will apply changes to the mod instead of the base game.
Once located, place graphical mods in the same folder as Proteus. These can be folders containing numbered slps as well as akx, aks, or gcm files. The Scarlet Macaw folder is an example mod that changes Macaw appearance.
To install mods, select them from the list on the right of the program, then click 'Install Selected'. To remove all mods, click 'Uninstall All'
To make the current selection of graphics permanent and persist through uninstalls, delete gamedata_x1_p1.bak from the game or mod's data folder and restart Proteus.
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Proteus Installer is a program created by Vardamir which allows or multiple mod packs to be installed simultaneously.
This is undoubtedly a gift to Age of Empires modding community. The program allows users to install multiple SLPs at the same time without the use of data editing. For example, using the program a player can install a number of different units which replace existing units to create a diverse or more historically accurate version of the game. Beyond this, Proteus can also install akx files so you can download and replay all of the old mods designed for the now defunct Mod Pack Studio without having to extract the SLPs from the akx file, including old total conversions such as Rome at War and Middle Earth Total Conversion.
The program is very user friendly an easy to use. It's got a simple user interface and buttons are clearly marked and labeled to allow users to understand exactly what each one does. Theres a detailed readme file which comes with the program which outlines the different features of the program and how it works so anybody can use it.
Overall this is a fantastic tool which will be useful for many downloaders of mod packs and a Highly Recommended Download.