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General Discussion / Refit Points
« on: February 14, 2012, 01:25:29 PM »
Is anyone else confused about how the refit screen works?

Ships seem to have points, but stock ships (e.g. the one you start with) seem to exceed theirs e.g.

29/25 (29 out of 25?)

but when you remove outfits and go below that, you can't increase back to that level, e.g. you can't go above 25/25

Is this an intentional behaviour that I'm just misunderstanding?

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Mods / Black Guard
« on: September 28, 2011, 03:15:04 PM »

Black Guard is going to be a total conversion for Starfarer set in the Nightfall universe, and will feature space battles on an epic scale.

Work is still in its early phases but I thought it would provide a little encouragement to post updates here on the forum as I work.

Once the sprites' vectors are complete and finalised I'll do overpaints of them in photoshop to really get them up to scratch, so for now they're all very much a work-in-progress.
Obviously the mod can't really get started until the campaign element has been added to the game proper, so the following is for a series of prequel missions;

Setting


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http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq158/Nightfall-Universe/Black%20Guard/BlackGuardMap.png

All Ships


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http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq158/Nightfall-Universe/Black%20Guard/ShipsMegaRender-1.png


Pirate Fleet



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http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq158/Nightfall-Universe/Black%20Guard/piraterender.png



Corporate Yacht and Corporate Escort Fighter



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http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq158/Nightfall-Universe/Black%20Guard/CorporateYachtPublishingFrame.png



Pirate Asteroid Base



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http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq158/Nightfall-Universe/Black%20Guard/PirateBasePublishingFrame.png



Gaian Commonwealth Fleet



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http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq158/Nightfall-Universe/Black%20Guard/GaianCommonwealthFleetPublishingFrame.png



Civilian Freighters



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http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq158/Nightfall-Universe/Black%20Guard/CivilianFreightersPublishingFrame.png




New Backgrounds





















Missions


-Mission 1-
-Mission 2-
-Mission 3-
-Mission 4-
-Mission 5-
-Mission 6-
-Mission 7-


More to be posted soon.

update 1; new logo added pirate fleet

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Suggestions / general suggestions
« on: September 27, 2011, 02:41:03 AM »
First things first, I just want to say what an excellent game Starfarer is shaping up to be, it's a really original combination of gameplay mechanics that I think is going to end up doing rather well. The only other real time game that I think has really managed to capture an authentic feeling of the ebb and flow of battle, albeit in a wildly different setting, is the Total War series, so kudos to all of the developers and Alex especially.

Anyway, this is the suggestions forum so here goes;

1. I, probably like everyone else, am probably most excited about the campaign, but I hope that there is still some focus left on missions as they represent a great opportunity for modding and a lot of mods are probably not going to have the resources for a full total conversion so missions will probably be their main focus. Games like the PDS mod for Homeworld 2, and the scenarios in the Total War games provide a good example of how missions can be used to create interesting story driven or one-off scenarios. I imagine modders will enjoy re-creating specific battles in Starfarer, something which hasn't really been easily achieved in other games up to now - I know I'd love to play the rebel assault on the Death Star! Anyway broadly just a suggestion that missions not be neglected when campaign development starts up.

2. Somewhat related to the last point; a real focus on mod support, specifically; nested menus for missions, so you can create individual mission strings that don't just get dumped on to the mission list with everything else, as once mod development really gets going and people have several mods installed that will get messy very fast; also more possibilities for win conditions, some of these I would guess are already in-game, and some not, but things like destroying a specific ships, having a specific ship break through and retreat, capturing a specific relay or buoy, reaching a certain time limit or completing the mission within a certain time limit.

Additionally support for bigger sprites and/or the possibility of a single ship using multiple sprites, as presumably for performance reasons, sprites only render at a certain proximity to the camera, which means that very large ones (I built a huge asteroid base) pop in while you're already on top of them.

Last but not least, a mission editor would be excellent. I know there are arguments against it, and it takes up development resources, so it could perhaps be a post-release thing depending on strong sales. I'm sure to someone who is coding full time that text editing a file is perfectly simple, but to most people it's not, it's precisely the opposite, and it will decrease the number and quality of mods. Mods will be harder to make and will discourage the sort of people who do them best; writers and artists, in favour of them being developed mainly by the technically minded (on the plus side though you'll probably get a lot of Star Trek mods and arguments about the science of deflector dishes.

I myself am trying to work on a mod but I got somewhat frustrated when just changing a few ships took me half an hour and fifteen or so crashes followed by the joys of wading through Starfarer.log. I think Minecraft has already show us the possible benefits of unleashing the creativity of ordinary players rather than just a tiny minority so I'd say it's really something worth putting some serious thought into.

ps stop wasps from taking on super-capital ships, solo, head-on  :P

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