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Modding Resources / Re: [Guide] Semantic Versioning for mods
« on: October 22, 2020, 10:31:49 AM »
Yeah, this is ludicrously out of touch for a community where you can write a comprehensive FAQ, voluminous changelogs, label your save-breaking updates and explain the architecture issues that make save-breaking updates a fact of life at length, and users will barely learn to tell which mod contains which factions, systems, ship, weapon, or feature.

Semantic Versioning makes the most sense in a context where you control architecture and users have incentives to learn and consistently apply your versioning. Neither applies to Starsector modding.

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Mods / Re: [0.9.1a] Tahlan Shipworks 0.3.17
« on: October 21, 2020, 06:03:14 PM »
You can actually tweak that AI behavior yourself, since it's not set in compiled code but in the .json file for the ship system. Just copy the AI field from one of those systems and the ship should treat it exactly the same way.

If there are any issues with it, you should find them pretty fast with simple testing.

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It's weapon_data.csv, and I went and checked Tahlan's weapon_data.csv; it does, indeed, have the STRIKE tag.

The chances are very good this is 100% intended behavior, and it fits the weapon design; better not to have it waste shots on fighters. If you want it to shoot frigates, you can add the USE_VS_FRIGATES tag with a comma:

Code
STRIKE, USE_VS_FRIGATES

And that should work just fine.

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General Discussion / Re: Starsector has ruined Mount & Blade games for me
« on: October 08, 2020, 04:03:28 PM »
If you don't take breaks, you burn completely out. It sounds cool to think about working 100-hour weeks on your game, but that's the route to hypertension and possible suicide, not a sustainable working schedule.

I don't begrudge our Benevolent Overlord breaks; they keep him sane(ish), and more productive over the long run. Leave the deathmarching to EA; and when was the last time you enjoyed one of their games without reservations?

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This long dev cycle has proven out again and again as a winning strategy, so it's hard to guess what, realistically, could be changed that wouldn't have a detrimental effect on the next release's quality. Adding more people to the team at this late date isn't going to meaningfully speed things up, and there's no reason to think more testing would help (after all; *we* are the final alpha testers each release).

It's frustrating, but look on the bright side; mod breakage is likely to be resolved pretty quickly. We have a better idea of the sorts of things coming down the pipe now, and on the whole, more experience. I'm itching to get started on story missions.

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Mods / Re: [0.9.1a] Dassault-Mikoyan Engineering v.1.18a
« on: October 05, 2020, 04:25:48 PM »
I just had an amazing run with the deserter start, ending with a fleet of 3 Bladewoods and their carrier and cruiser escort, and I just wanted to thank you, Harmful Mechanic, for one of the best mod out there. I'm always amazed about the quality content done for free for this gem of a game.
Thanks. One of the things I really enjoy is content that extends the midgame, and I feel like Deserter runs sort of naturally settle at a one-capital-and-escorts level. Multiple Bladewoods are, indeed, really good; I find that operating two is ideal for me.

As far as the rest goes, it's self-indulgent; I like making stuff.

Can't wait for Magellan.
I just cleared up a big to-do item on DME last night at the cost of sleep, so the moment when I can get it out into the sun is drawing ever-closer.

Regarding the previous post about deserter ships and weapons: I found all the ships pretty usefull and efficient, even if the bladewood is pretty hard to equip correctly (I managed to find a good loadout with just DME beam everywhere and the "usual" EM missiles/Torpedo launcher combo).
It's definitely a weird ship, but that's what made it so fun to design. I tend to load mine down with PD and let the fighters do the talking, but it really shines as a platform for the Phased Buster.

However, regarding the weapons, I have to agree with Warnoise, they are a little bit underwhelming... I would reduce either their CP cost or their flux demands to make them more usefull, as it stands now I found using only DME weapons was way more effective. Is this by design ? To underline the on the run roguish nature of the deserter ?
Absolutely by design; trying to use only energy weapons marked 'Deserter' isn't going to pan out, but mixing them in as flux-efficient secondaries alongside DME Kinetics and HE allows you to use them for bonus DPS. Then there are a couple of specials like the Phased Buster and GX Blaster that really are as good as their OP cost suggests - but mostly, they're only a bargain on Deserter hulls with the OP discount. Because you have to produce the weapons yourself to use them, I did some experiments, like the Streak MIRVs. You can use them, or not, as you prefer; there are a few niches (in the case of something like the MX Autocannon, '800-range hard-flux energy weapon' is more useful, even with frag damage, than you'd expect; try them as backup for Heavy Autocannons on an Eagle) where they might turn out to be handy, or not, depending on what you mix them with.

In particular, the DX Autogun is a ferocious anti-fighter/PD combo weapon; it's a high-end Vulcan with a touch of IR Pulse and makes for excellent protection. Two on an Omen will clean up.

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Mods / Re: [0.9.1a] Dassault-Mikoyan Engineering v.1.18a
« on: October 05, 2020, 08:18:23 AM »
I did actually get in some modding time this weekend, so I'm proud to announce substantial forward motion on an update. Not there yet, but made some good progress.

Got back into the game after a long hiatus and... OH GOD my poor Calliope :(
To be fair, the change to frag is well deserved, I ll miss covered the entire map in HE rockets though.
Yeah... it kinda had to happen, though. The concept was that where Pilums rarely hit but do substantial damage, Calliope rockets do minimal damage but hit quite often, providing the same broad function (a volume-fire missile that's more distraction than threat) in a different way (like tying up more PD and sneaking in more hits on wounded ships).

I have other projects in the pipe that should satisfy your desire to flood the battlespace with Angry Smol Boom, though.

On the other hand, I like the other changes, Zelenograd seems better than before. (It had a subsystem change?), new Bladewood looks better, more awesome but impractical BB stuff etc
Thanks.

Why do DME and Scalartech start out hostile though? Not that I dont appreciate it because it creates some great opportunity for salvage, but does contribute to the possibility of DME getting wiped out early.
That's all set on Nia's end, since DME doesn't set relations with Scalar (yet. Everybody gets a silly comment in the Nex config sooner or later) so you'll have to ask in their thread.

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Mods / Re: [0.9.1a] Dassault-Mikoyan Engineering v.1.18a
« on: October 03, 2020, 06:49:37 PM »
The problem with phase fighters is that they do weird buggy stuff if you put them in a ship with Recall Teleport, and there's no real way to fix it, so they're going to become a built-in on the mainline BB Sparrowhawk. So very much intentional there.

Lycosids are getting rebalanced a bit and made droppable again, though.

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I think the arc is fine, but bumping up the cost to 1 OP is a good idea because it solves the main issue of 0 OP fighters; one wing and many wings having the same cost. This way, with the single Shredder it's still useful to have one wing, and the cost scales with effectiveness. Lower DPS is offset by a higher hit rate and greater range... Should hit the sweet spot.

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Mods / Re: [0.9.1a] Dassault-Mikoyan Engineering v.1.18a
« on: September 26, 2020, 11:53:42 PM »
They were originally meant to be a hireable merc faction; it took long enough, and Vayra liked them enough, that I decided to simply give them Council tags.

They are extremely unremarkable ship, overall; I haven't revised the art in dog's ages and might not ever bother. Feel free to remove the tags; I might tweak them later, but it's more likely that they remain a weird offshoot that never goes anywhere.

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Mods / Re: [0.9.1a] Dassault-Mikoyan Engineering v.1.18a
« on: September 26, 2020, 11:08:58 PM »
I look forward to the next update! Though rather then stressing you. I'll take another novel approach.
It's extremely novel, believe me. And thanks. I'm actually doing fine.

Progress has been slow because I'm busy with other things, including work... but the holidays should coincide with renewed modding time. I've been doing some visual and balance improvements here and there, but it's still pretty scattershot.

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Mods / Re: [0.9.1a] Dassault-Mikoyan Engineering v.1.18a
« on: September 23, 2020, 09:14:46 AM »
I'm currently balls-deep in a very demanding freelance contract and the next version will be fixed when it releases.

Commissioned Crews will be in the next update, which is coming when it's ready, AKA Soon™ (IE, somewhere between 'later' and 'much later').

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I bet you anything it's the weapon arc - most vanilla fighter weapons are fixed or have extremely small (5º) arcs - whereas most Blackrock fighters have 20º-30º weapon mounts. That means they can make a lot more marginal shots, and coupled with the burst-fire, higher projectile speed, and greater range, I could see that easily translating to a much higher average hit rate.

Now that BRDY includes a single-barrel Shredder, you can just swap it out in the files and see if halved firepower fixes anything.

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Mods / Re: [0.9.1a] Dassault-Mikoyan Engineering v.1.18a
« on: September 21, 2020, 04:01:56 PM »
Hello there.
I like the DME ships in general and how they got several "sub-factional" variants for Vayra's commies and for independents. But why there is no Export Package for player to find or purchase from DME with enough reputation? Export hulls are slightly different or worser then baseline ones but are much more rare. And it is just strange that some independent captain the player is could easily purchase DME hulls while the rest of independents have to resort using modified hulls.
Though it was not too difficult to mod that one in myself for personal use.
No especial reason - one of the things I'm looking at for the new story mission framework is little overlooked things like that, though, edge-case stuff that would make good mission rewards.

So I tried to field an army exclusively made of d'assault Mikoyan ships and weapons.

For the life of me I couldn't make something out of them.

They barely can beat pirates. The lack of range kills them. Especially the Baikal, I didn't manage to make it worth its dp since it just dies in every battle.
One thing to remember is that you can use missiles and fighters as your long-range weapons and fit your ships to do punishing burst damage closer up. Ships like the Tonnerre and Normandie are your artillery; ships like the Baikal should be focused on riding enemy flux up and tanking. Fast ships should try to work the flanks rather than charge in.

Many DME weapons are very close to vanilla weapon types, but rearrange their stats for higher DPS or per-shot damage at the cost of range (or specialize more). You just shouldn't be losing a lot of range, most of the time; a 50% reduction over the 600/700/800/1000 su thresholds is really not that much.

I understand the author's view in making this faction as fast and close combat focusing faction, but I think there needs to be tweaks to the AI since they just stand there and eat shots.

Am I doing something wrong here? I would appreciate hearing the opinions and advice of others.
Without seeing your ships and the sort of fights you're getting in, I can't tell you. The design concept is 'sub-capital ships that need to work together to be effective', so if you're used to solo heroics or plinking away with high-alpha weapons on capital ships, yeah, you're gonna have a bad time.

Not that you can't get up to some impressive solo heroics in a Snow Goose or a Sparrowhawk, but those are definitely exceptions.

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Modding / Re: [0.9.1a] The Star Federation (Based on FTL) - v0.5
« on: September 15, 2020, 01:29:12 PM »
Really glad to see this finally leave the nest. Looks great; I love the way you translated FTL's designs and mechanics into Starsector.

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