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The Silent Armada
              Demo version 0.12 - For Starsector 0.8a              






IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ!
This first release of The Silent Armada mod is a Demo only. It is an experimental version intended to gauge initial community opinions on the theme and style, and especially to gain early feedback that will be implemented in the balancing of game features (eg. modded ships and weapons) against the stock game. This means the content within this mod is extremely limited. Ships are currently unavailable in the campaign, and will only appear in the included test mission for you to play around with. Weapons and Fighter LPCs should spawn in markets in the campaign game and will be available in the "Refit" window for all ships in single missions.

If you have a question related to compatibility or plans for the mod, please check the FAQ at the bottom of this page before you make a comment.


Download here:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/3ba0y9pyh7hqp1d/TheSilentArmada_Demo_v0.12.zip
^^^ Now with 0.8a Compatibility! ^^^



"Arrival"
(Backstory)


Three cycles ago, they arrived. A Hegemony outer system patrol was the first to pick them up on long-range scanners. A silent armada of unknown, unregistered spacecraft pushing their way through Hyperspace. The numbers where vast, the sensor signatures otherworldly, the power readings never before seen... Yet not a single vessel showed any lifesigns. As a single autonomous unit, they ponderously edged their way into Sector space, making no moves to attack. Scouts were sent to investigate, and confirmed previous suspicions – the vessels were uncrewed, running on the barest of autopilot essentials, and possibly had been for dozens of cycles. Maybe hundreds.

But the strangest bit? The ships carried no data. Other than the most basic of computer programs, not a single ship had any form of flight data stored on their drives, leaving the sector dumbfounded as to their purpose and origin. While clearly intended for human use, these ships were built from technology either far in advance of our own, or ancient to the point of being forgotten to the grips of time. They were built for war, that was certain. But a war against who? Or what? The sector couldn't know.

 Where had they come from? Were they sent many cycles ago by the old Domain, to travel through hyperspace until they reached the sector? If so, why would they carry no recordings or information? Perhaps they were merely leftover war vessels dismissed as junk, or the remnants of an ancient civilization making a desperate attempt to help their technology survive. Maybe the sector was not their final destination, but a waypoint in their endless, autonomous travels across the infinite star-speckled blackness of the universe.

Either way, the Hegemony has easily gained control of the plethora of warships. They have been relinquished of their autopilots and moved to Hegemony space where they may be examined by the best scientists, engineers and archaeologists the sector has. If they are lucky, some facts may be revealed, but for now, these weapons of war are an asset that cannot be wasted. So, they are being put to good use in the best way possible: Active military service.




"The Armada"
(Ships)

"The ships recovered from this Silent Armada, while in fairly good condition, do not appear to carry any forms of registration or classification. They appear to meet with Domain-standard conventions for tonnage, so the Hegemony has decided to classify many of these mysterious yet familiar vessels to help keep them organized. We have also noted that the flux-handling cores on each of these ships are uniquely configured to maximize ballistic firepower and resilience, at the expense of out-of-combat additional drive thrust. Now, I should like to introduce you to some of the craft we have so far examined and how we believe they would have performed in a military situation. Can I have the next holo-slide please?"
- A Hegemony military representative explaining the logistics of "adopting" ships from the Silent Armada.


Buckler Interceptor Drone Wing (NEW!)



Pew pew pew!


Leadspitter Heavy Fighter Wing

   

Does exactly what it says on the tin.


Encounter Torpedo Bomber Wing

 

Hammertime!


Sidewinder Rocket Skiff Wing

   

I hope your point defence is up to the task...


Gatekeeper Heavy Fighter (UPDATED!)

   

Here to ruin your day.


Strider-class Corvette



Catch me if you can!


Reliant-class Gunboat



Out-think, out-gun, out-last.


Challenger-class Battleline Frigate



Everyone's favourite kiter.


Rambler-class Missile Boat



Nothing special, but it won't let you down.


Explorer-class Transport Scow (UPDATED!)

   


Everyday military support ship. Features a dedicated Buckler escort.


Voyager-class Combat Carrier



Get into the thick of the battle.


Vengeance-class Battleline Destroyer



Beware its deadly gun-play when its flux is high!


Triumph-class Hunter Destroyer (UPDATED!)



Find, chase, kill.


Thunderbolt-class EW Artillery Destroyer



Do you like massive lasers? Of course you do.


Matchmaker-class Battleline Cruiser



The epitome of sub-capital broadside combat. FIRE ALL THE GUNS!




"The Arsenal"
(Weapons)

"... Not only did the Hegemony recover these ships from hyperspace, they found their cargo holds to be littered with blueprints and disassembled parts for a full military arsenal of mothballed weaponry. Missiles, cannons, you name it and these ships were carrying it. We have offered the Hegemony some of our best engineers, weapon technicians and archaeologists to assist with their investigation of the hardware, and in return they have granted us some 'prototype' assembled versions of these weapons for live field testing against our common Pirate enemy. The weapons that will soon be made publicly available to all Independent sub-nations are as follows..."
- A public service announcement by the Independents.


KIRB Launcher
 
Low cost, EMP damage, maximum levels of chaos.


Goshawk ASM Launcher and Goshawk ASM Dual Launcher
   
Give it time, then watch it fly!
(Also available as a single-shot rack)


Ares-class Torpedo and Ares Torpedo Launcher
   
Armoured warhead, nuclear payload. Named after the Greek god of war for a reason...


Light Flak Gun

Also known as the 'Anti-Missile Pop Gun'.


Woodpecker HMG

Dak-dak-dak...


Eris-class Salvo Cannon

Charon's baby brother


Hades Gun

A sniper's best friend.


Dual Hades Guns

When you want more bang for your buck.


Cascade Autocannon

Riddle them with holes!


Hellhound Scattergun

A PD shotgun with a bite as bad as its bark...


Electra Phase Howitzer

Strike from safety.
(Previously known as "Electra EM Mortar")


Charon-class Salvo Cannon

I don't know what "composite lattice" shells are, but they pack a punch against shields!


'Odin' Siege Laser

Split the battlefield in twain.
(Permanently fixed to the Thunderbolt-class destroyer)




"Combat Methods"
(Tips for piloting added ships in combat)
NOTE: The Silent Armada ships are highly unique and require a certain playstyle to use properly. While it is not vital to follow this guide, and you may choose to ignore it in order to maintain the sense of mystery the mod's backstory offers, it is recommended that confused or curious players take note.


General Spacecraft Traits
You will quickly find ships from this mod tend to have...
- Poor agility and low speed
- Decent armour and high hull integrity
- Broadside-focused weaponry usually using slightly larger-than-stock mount sizes for their class
- Almost exclusively ballistic weaponry, with the occasional missile mount thrown in and extremely rare energy mounts
- Low flux dissipation but high flux capacity

Further balancing is still to be done for campaign gameplay, with further traits (relative to stock vessels and within lore and reason) possibly including:
- High maintenance costs
- High minimum crew requirement
- Inefficient engines (high fuel usage per light year of travel)
- Weak stellar drives (low burn speed)

Combat Specialization
The Silent Armada vessels are mostly designed as highly standoffish, frontline, broadside combat vessels, able to damage-tank a fair amount and gradually push their way forward against an enemy force. This is portrayed in two key ways, using custom systems that are unique to TSA ships:

"Phoenix Hull Composition" is a shield alternative used by TSA ships as their primary defensive tool. It can be toggled like other types of shield with the right mouse button (or whatever your "toggle shield" keybind is) to engage a Damper Field-like ability. While active, the Phoenix Hull will greatly reduce damage taken by the ship, and actually repair damaged hull at a slow rate, while at the same time preventing passive flux dissipation, slowing turret turn rate, and generating hard flux at a fairly high rate.

"Flux Sink" ship systems come in several forms, on most TSA frontline combat ships (less common among support vessels). Their purpose is to generate a buff to an area of the ships' stats that scales with their current flux level, while also bleeding off a large quantity of flux in a short time. For example, the Vengeance's "Autoloader Flux Sink" increases ballistic rate-of-fire relative to the ship's flux level, dynamically changing as its flux goes up and down, as well as dissipating flux at a high rate. At 0% percent flux capacity, the buff is only minor, but at 100% capacity ballistic RoF is increased by up to 300% of its normal rate!


The two above systems are designed to function in tandem. Though mutually exclusive in operation (Flux Sink systems disable the Phoenix Hull if it is active), they work together to produce exceptionally tough and powerful vessels provided their captain knows what they're doing. It may take some practice to fully get to grips with the TSA playstyle, but this is the basic checklist:
- Take pot shots at an enemy from range and a side-on position;
- Strafe closer when comfortable, enabling the Phoenix Hull to tank damage and build flux while keeping your guns on target;
- When you think you have enough flux stored up, activate your ship's Flux Sink system to unload fire/accelerate away/do something else with maximum effect;
- Through whatever means, deal a bunch of damage to the target and back off;
- Repeat.


The systems are also designed to be extremely versatile. The Phoenix Hull's ability to reduce damage means it can be used at a moment's notice to block heavy or even lethal damage to your ship - say, from torpedoes or a missile barrage. The Flux Sink systems, with their massive increase to flux dissipation, can be used as an alternative to active flux venting, which TSA ships are decidedly poor at doing, allowing much more control in combat when you need it most.

It should also be noted that TSA ships, with the radical uniqueness of their combat systems, do not benefit from the classic zero-flux engine boost sported by most ships in the sector. This makes them deceivingly slow off the mark, but once in a brawl you might not even notice.

TSA ships function best in a traditional battleline. In all circumstances, they will perform at their maximum capacity when adequately supported by a capable frontline of combat vessels - stock or not - allowing them time to fall back and repair hull when necessary. Without that it can prove a challenge to maintain an upper hand. When surrounded, cut off from support or under constant pressure, TSA ships will quickly falter, due to the cooldown of the Flux Sink systems and the constant flux generated by the Phoenix Hull - note that the Phoenix Hull, if left running until the ship reaches 100% flux, will cause the ship to overload just like a Phase Cloak, leaving the ship vulnerable. The Phoenix Hull also has lowered damage absorption against EMP damage, so TSA ships are often extremely vulnerable to ionizing weapons, having no reliable way to defend against them. You should also remember that while Flux Sink systems are active, the Phoenix Hull is disabled and so situational timing is vital to ensure you don't leave yourself defenseless.

To summarize: TSA ships focus on tanking damage, broadside gunplay, and abilities that scale with their flux level to create powerful ship-of-the-line vessels that trade mobility for firepower, resilience and extreme grace under pressure. Flux is no longer an overheat meter, but a power meter, and TSA ships can maintain combat potential even - and especially - at high flux levels, without needing to actively vent. The best combat performance will always be experienced with a capable supporting fleet, and a well-commanded TSA frontline can be used to deadly effect. You would do well to use them as such.




"New Discoveries"
(Changelog)

Version D 0.12 (Demo quickfix #5)

- Added fighter "Buckler Interceptor Drone":
   - A cheap wing of agile, short-range drones each armed with a single machine gun.

- Altered characteristics of Gatekeeper Recon Fighter:
   - Changed variant name from "Recon" to "Heavy"
   - Changed wing name from "Recon Fighter" to "Heavy Fighter"
   - Enabled market spawning and dropping as loot (ie. removed tags "no_sell" and "no_drop")
   - Increased firing arc of rear turret from 270 to 360 degrees
   - Replaced wing-mounted Woodpecker HMGs with Hellhound Scatterguns
   - Lowered top speed from 200 to 150
   - Raised OP cost from 0 to 18
   - Lowered engagement range from 10,000 to 5,000 units
   - Increased wing size from 1 to 2
   - Raised rebuild time from 10 to 18 seconds
   - Raised base purchase cost from 4000 to 10,000
   - Raised rarity from 0 to 0.2

- Reconfigured fighter handling for Triumph Hunter Destroyer:
   - Removed fighter bay
   - Removed built-in Gatekeeper wing
   - Added stock hullmod "Converted Hangar" as built-in
- Reconfigured fighter handling for Explorer Transport Scow:
   - Removed built-in Gatekeeper wing
   - Added built-in Buckler wing

- Updated the mod-pointer line in each ship/weapon codex description to be less immersion-breaking.
- Updated several codex descriptions


Older changelogs:


Version D 0.11 (Demo quickfix #4)

- Added weapon "Hellhound Scattergun":
   - A shotgun-type weapon intended for point defence or short-range area denial

- Altered characteristics of Electra EM Mortar:
   - Changed name to "Electra Phase Howitzer"
   - Changed sprite
   - Changed projectile appearance
   - Changed collision type (no longer counts for friendly fire and can pass through objects)
   - Raised proximity trigger range from 60 to 100 units
   - Raised chargeup time from 0 to 1 second
   - Lowered chargedown time from 4 to 3 seconds
   - Added charge sound (stock "phase collision" sound effect)
   - Updated codex description
- Altered characteristics of KIRB Launcher (fighter-specific version):
   - Raised burst size from 2 to 4
   - Changed firing method from LINKED to ALTERNATING

- Reconfigured several ship variant presets


Version D 0.10 (Demo content expansion #4)

- Added ship "Triumph-class Hunter Destroyer":
   - A relatively quick destroyer with a powerful missile payload and a dedicated Gatekeeper fighter for escort

- Added ship system "Flux Submunitions"
   - Deploys swarms of guided submunitions that deal energy and EMP damage to ships
   - Drops the ship's hard flux level by 20% of its base flux capacity when used
   - Can be used up to three times in quick succession

- Thunderbolt EW Destroyer now uses system Flux Submunitions
- Gatekeeper Recon Fighter now uses system Flux Submunitions
- Reliant Gunboat now uses system Flux Submunitions
- Challenger Battleline Frigate now uses system Autoloader Flux Sink
- Altered various stats for Leadspitter Heavy Fighter:
   - Raised hull integrity from 300 to 500
   - Lowered armour rating from 75 to 30
   - Raised flux dissipation from 50 to 80
- Altered various stats for Gatekeeper Recon Fighter:
   - Raised hull integrity from 750 to 1000
   - Lowered armour rating from 100 to 75
   - Removed flare launcher
   - Now uses system Flux Submunitions

- Altered characteristics of 'Odin' Seige Laser:
   - Lowered damage-per-second from 1000 to 800
   - Lowered range from 1800 to 1500
   - Lowered turn rate from 5 to 2

- Altered characteristics of ship system "Supercharger Flux Sink" (now unused, may end up being removed):
   - Removed "jitter" effect on ship sprite
   - Changed weapon glow colour
   - Lowered chargeup/down times from 1 to 0.5 seconds
   - Raised cooldown from 10 to 15 seconds
   - Now uses stock "High Energy Focus" icon in status bar
   - Now disables shields while active
   - Energy weapons now generate 0% flux while active
   - Raised baseline buff to energy damage from +0% to +50% (still caps at +200%)

- Altered characteristics of ship system "Injector Flux Sink":
   - Now increases top speed by a flat value rather than a percentage modifier
   - Raised flux dissipation bonus from +50% to +100%
   - Raised maximum boost from 100 to 150
   - Raised base boost from 20 to 30

- Updated several codex descriptions


Version D 0.9 (Demo quickfix #3)

- Reconfigured weapons loadout for Gatekeeper Recon Fighter:
   - Replaced forward cannon with a Swarmer SRM Launcher
   - Replaced wing-mounted missile launchers with Woodpecker HMGs
   - Slightly altered weapon positions
- Reconfigured weapons loadout for Leadspitter Heavy Fighter:
   - Removed flare launcher
   - Replaced forward dual machine gun with a single machine gun
- Reconfigured weapons loadout for Sidewinder Rocket Skiff:
   - Added flare launcher

- Altered characteristics of Goshawk ASM Launcher:
   - Now has a ready-rack autoloader (similar to stock Pilum LRM Launcher)
   - Base 3 ammunition
   - Regenerates 1 ammunition every 20 seconds
   - Lowered cooldown from 30 to 10 seconds
   - Lowered ordnance cost from 6 to 5 ordnance points
- Altered characteristics of Goshawk ASM Dual Launcher:
   - Now has a ready-rack autoloader (similar to stock Pilum LRM Launcher)
   - Base 12 ammunition
   - Regenerates 2 ammunition every 20 seconds
   - Lowered cooldown from 30 to 10 seconds
   - Lowered ordnance cost from 12 to 10 ordnance points
   - Raised purchase base cost from 1600 to 1800 credits
- Raised the ordnance point cost of several weapons:
   - Cascade Autocannon:      10 to 11
   - Charon-class Salvo Cannon:   20 to 24
   - Eris-class Salvo Cannon:   5 to 7
- Electra EM Mortar now also deals 250 EMP damage per shot

- Lowered base ordnance point count of several ships:
   - Matchmaker:   180 to 170
   - Voyager:   75 to 70
   - Thunderbolt:   60 to 50
   - Challenger:   45 to 42

- Slightly altered all fighter sprites
- Reconfigured several ship variant presets


Version D 0.8 (Demo 0.8 compatability update - It's a coincidence I tell you!)

- NOW COMPATIBLE WITH STARSECTOR 0.8!
   - Ship, fighter wing, weapon and hullmod files all updated to match the new system
   - Reconfigured ships with flight decks/drone bays:
      - Voyager features 2 flight decks and stock "Reserve Deployment" system
      - Explorer features 1 built-in flight deck and stock "Flare Launcher" system
   - Reconfigured several ship variant presets
   - Reconfigured missions to match new carrier/fighter mechanics

- Added fighter "Gatekeeper Recon Fighter" (single-unit wing, built-in only)

- Changed Leadspitter primary weapon from Light Autocannon to Light Dual Machine Gun
- Lowered all fighter armour/hull values
- Raised all fighter speed/acceleration/turn rate etc. values
- Lowered all ship fuel capacities
- Balanced Ordnance Points for Thunderbolt and Voyager to match hullmod and carrier changes, respectively
- Updated several codex descriptions


Version D 0.7 (Demo combat overhaul #1)

- Introduced a new custom shield alternative for all TSA ships, "'Phoenix' Composite Hull":
   - Described in an inert built-in hullmod on all TSA ships (alternative description in the codex under "Ship Systems")
   - Can be toggled like a normal shield with your normal "activate shield" keybind
   - While active:
      - Reduces incoming damage to armour and hull by 90% (some discrepancy - EMP damage is only reduced by 45%)
      - Slowly repairs hull integrity
      - Doubles weapon and engine repair rate (not noted in description)
      - Reduces turret rotation speed by 75%
      - Prevents passive dissipation
      - Generates hard flux at a constant rate
   - Has adopted the additional static bonuses of the "Exotic Flux Core" hullmod (and replaced the latter):
      - Ballistic weapons generate 25% less flux in combat
      - Weapon mounts have 50% increased health
      - Ships do not benefit from zero-flux engine boost

- Altered characteristics of ship system "Autoloader Flux Sink":
   - No longer reduces weapon turn rate while active
   - Removed "jitter" effect on ship sprite
   - Changed weapon glow colour
   - Added 0.5 second cooldown time (for visual purposes)
   - Now uses stock "Accelerated Ammo Feeder" icon in status bar
   - Raised baseline buff to ballistic rate of fire from +0% to +50% (still caps at +200%)

- Altered characteristics of ship system "Injector Flux Sink":
   - Increased acceleration bonus to double that of the speed bonus
   - Changed visual effect to engine contrails
   - Now disables shields while active
   - Now lowers turn rate while active
   - Now uses stock "Burn Drive" icon in status bar
   - Raised baseline buff to top speed etc. from +0% to +20% (still caps at +100%)

- Lowered armour ratings of many TSA ships:
   - Reliant: 450 to 300
   - Challenger: 400 to 250
   - Explorer: 400 to 200
   - Rambler: 400 to 200
   - Strider: 180 (No change)
   - Vengeance: 750 to 500
   - Voyager: 600 to 500
   - Thunderbolt: 600 to 450
   - Matchmaker: 1300 to 1000

- TSA ships now carry the built-in hullmod "'Phoenix' Composite Hull"
- TSA ships no longer carry the built-in hullmod "Exotic Flux Core"

- Lowered Hades Gun turn rate from 50 to 35
- Lowered Dual Hades Guns turn rate from 30 to 25
- Removed clip-loading ammo system for Light Flak Gun (now fires same as prior to vD 0.5)

- Added a custom hull style for all TSA ships
- Fixed description not showing for ship system "Dedicated Fighter Escort" (x3, as on Voyager)
- Slightly extended KIRB Launcher rocket flight duration after flameout
- Updated mission tactical briefings with more up-to-date tips, as per above combat system changes


Version D 0.6 (Demo content expansion #4)

- Added ship "Strider-class Corvette" with:
   - New ship system "Injector Flux Sink"
- Added weapon "Ares Torpedo Launcher"
- Added weapon "Eris-class Salvo Cannon"

- Lowered purchase base price of Explorer-class Transport Scow from 9000 to 6000 credits

- Raised tech-level of Charon-class Salvo Cannon from 1 to 3 (hidden stat, affects the spawning of weapons in campaign markets)
- Altered several stats for ship system "Autoloader Flux Sink" (balancing attempts):
   - Now disables shields when activated
   - Now reduces weapon turn rate by 90% when activated
   - Venting rate is now a constant +50% (previously changed with flux level)
   - Raised maximum buff to ballistic rate of fire from +150% to +200% (at max flux level)
   - Removed charge up and down times (were 1 second each)

- Reconfigured several ship variant presets


Version D 0.5 (Demo content expansion #3)

- Added story-based mission "01 - Learning On The Job"
- Added story-based mission "02 - House Party"
- Added story-based mission "03 - Wild Goose Chase"
- Added a generic icon for TSA missions (placeholder, subject to change)
- Added fighter "Sidewinder Rocket Skiff" with:
   - KIRB Launcher (fighter-only variant with altered characteristics)
   - Woodpecker HMG (fighter-only variant with alternative smaller sprite)

- Raised KIRB Launcher emp damage from 150 back to 200
- Light Flak Gun now reloads on a 5-round clip
- Lowered Hades Gun and Dual Hades Guns range from 750 to 700 units
- Altered characteristics of Cascade Autocannon:
   - Removed ammo limit (was 12)
   - Removed ammo reload
   - Removed burst delay
   - Raised chargedown time from 0.1 to 0.3333 seconds
   - Raised damage from 60 to 75
   - Raised flux per shot from 75 to 90
   - Raised range from 700 to 800
- Altered characteristics of Electra EM Mortar:
   - Lowered proximity range from 100 to 60
   - Lowered inner damage range from 100 to 75
   - Lowered outer damage range from 250 to 180

- Altered various stats for Vengeance-class Battline Destroyer:
   - Changed front small missile turret arcs from 225 to 270 degrees
   - Changed amidships small ballistic turret arc from 210 to 360 degrees

- Changed name of hullmod "Rewired Flux Dispersal" to "Exotic Flux Core"
- Ship system "Autoloader Flux Sink" now allows ballistic weapons to fire at 0 flux cost while active (experimental, subject to change)
- Reconfigured several ship variant presets


Version D 0.4 (Demo content expansion #2)

- Added weapon "Ares-class Torpedo"
- Added weapon "Woodpecker HMG"
- Added weapon "Charon-class Salvo Cannon"
- Added weapon "Goshawk ASM Dual Launcher"
- Added ship "Matchmaker-class Battleline Cruiser"
- Added hullmod "Grounded Hull" (for 4/8/12/22 OP):
   -  -50% EMP damage taken
   -  -25% sensor profile

- Altered characteristics of KIRB Launcher:
   - Altered sprite
   - Lowered base ammo capacity from 24 to 20
   - Raised burst size from 3 to 4
   - Lowered damage from 150 to 120
   - Lowered EMP damage from 200 to 150
- Altered characteristics of Goshawk ASM Launcher:
   - Introduced a new launcher sprite
   - Loaded missiles are now rendered
   - Removed ammo limit (was 5)
   - Raised reload time from 3 to 30 seconds
   - Lowered damage from 1000 to 800
   - Lowered purchase base cost from 1100 to 800 credits

- Altered various stats for Challenger-class Battleline Frigate:
   - Altered sprite
   - Removed front hidden missiles mounts
   - Changed front-most turret from BALLISTIC to COMPOSITE
   - Lowered base ordnance points from 55 to 45
   - Changed shield type from FRONT to OMNI
   - Lowered shield arc from 105 to 90 degrees
   - Lowered deployment/repair/maintenance costs from 6 to 5
   - Lowered purchase base cost from 12,000 to 11,000 credits
- Altered various stats for Voyager-class Combat Carrier:
   - Changed shield type from OMNI to FRONT
   - Raised shield arc from 150 to 180
   - Altered stats of ship system:
      - Added new form of "Dedicated Fighter Escort" system (independent to that used by the Explorer)
      - Raised maximum drones deployed from 1 to 3
      - Raised number of uses from 3 to 6

- Reconfigured several ship variant presets to use more modded weapons
- Renamed "Wanderer" to "Rambler" and class from "Missile Frigate" to "Missile Boat"
- Slightly altered Cascade Autocannon hardpoint texture
- Fixed incorrect collision class for Goshawk missile (no longer counts for friendly fire)
- Previously missing ships now appear on the title screen


Version D 0.3 (Demo quickfix #2)

- Added codex descriptions for Explorer and Voyager
- Added new hullmod "Compact Warheads" (for 10/20/30/50 OP):
   -  +25% missile damage
   -  -10% missile speed and turn rate

- Lowered Reliant deployment/repair/maintenance costs from 5 to 4
- Raised Vengeance purchase base cost from 20,000 to 22,000 credits
- Raised Thunderbolt purchase base cost from 28,000 to 32,000 credits
- Altered various stats for Leadspitter Heavy Fighter:
   - Raised max speed from 130 to 140
   - Lowered armour rating from 125 to 100
- Altered various stats for Encounter Torpedo Bomber:
   - Raised armour rating from 100 to 150
   - Lowered hull integrity from 750 to 700
   - Raised shield arc from 105 to 120 degrees
   - Raised purchase base price from 12,000 to 12,500 credits


Version D 0.2 (Demo content expansion #1)

- Added ship "Thunderbolt-class EW Artillery Destroyer" with:
   - New ship system "Supercharger Flux Sink"
   - New built-in weapon "Odin Siege Laser"
- Added ship "Wanderer-class Missile Frigate"
- Added weapon "KIRB Launcher"


Version D 0.1 (Demo quickfix #1)

- Added a custom icon for the "Rewired Flux Dispersal" hullmod
- Changed Reliant ship system to Autoloader Flux Sink (same as Vengeance)
- Lowered Explorer deployment cost from 4 to 3


Version D 0.0 (Demo release)

Additions:
- Reliant-class Gunboat
- Challenger-class Battleline Frigate
- Vengeance-class Battleline Destroyer
- Leadspitter Heavy Fighter
- Voyager-class Carrier
- Encounter Torpedo Bomber
- Explorer-class Transport Scow
- Hades Gun
- Dual Hades Guns
- Electra EM Mortar
- Light Flak Gun
- Goshawk ASM Launcher (+ single mount)
- Cascade Autocannon
- Built-in hullmod "Rewired Flux Dispersal" to specialize modded ships
- Mission "TSA TESTING" for testing and balancing of the above added ships




"Public Relations"
(FAQ)


Where do I find the ships in the campaign?
At present you can't - ships are only implemented in the included missions. It is planned to introduce them into the campaign at a later date through existing (stock) factions.

Where do I find the weapons in the campaign?
Added weapons will spawn randomly in markets on planets and stations, along with fighter LPCs. Hullmods are available to the player from the start.

Is 'The Silent Armada' compatible with Nexerelin? Dynasector? Starsector Plus?
It should be, since it doesn't add anything to the campaign except the chance for weapons and fighter LPCs to spawn in markets. If you try TSA along with any of above mods however you're out of my league of technical support, so I can't help you if it doesn't work.

Will there be more/bigger ships in future?
You bet! I currently have plans for (at least) a logistics frigate, a logistics destroyer, a cruiser-sized freighter and two capital combat ships. Spriting is harder to do for bigger ships of course, so you won't see those for some time.

I can't fly the ships in combat!
Having difficulty understanding their purpose? Check the "Combat Methods" tab on this page for a detailed guide to Silent Armada spacecraft in combat.

When will this mod be released (no longer a "Demo")?
The Silent Armada will lose its Demo status once I implement the ships into the campaign. I'd rather have more content first however, so that may not be for a while.

Are the ship designs based on WWI/II naval ships?
Absolutely right! War-era and modern naval vessels are a big part of my inspiration for this mod, and you can see that most obviously in the design of the ships.





This is my first ever publicly-released mod for Starsector, and I really hope you enjoy it, even in its current stage of infancy. All feedback is gratefully accepted in the comments below, and questions and suggestions for balancing doubly so.

Thanks hugely for taking the time to stop by. Have a great day!

- Axle


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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2017, 05:41:52 PM »

Looks good so far, quite a lot of content for first release so I commend you on that.  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2017, 05:46:55 PM »

Looks good so far, quite a lot of content for first release so I commend you on that.  Grin

... I have 5 ships, 2 fighter wings, 6 weapons and 1 mission. It's really not a lot.  Wink But thanks for the encouraging words!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 08:02:24 PM »

O.O I am loving it that they actually look designed after actual sea ships. Kind of makes me think the navy being involved in the design of spaceships. Their mystery is definitely making me wonder what has happened Cheesy I am looking forward to the next slide for sure!
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2017, 09:24:57 PM »

I like the look of the flak cannon. It reminds me of an anchor...
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2017, 11:00:02 PM »

I like the look of the flak cannon. It reminds me of an anchor...

*Turns image upside down* Huh. So it does. XD The bit at the front is supposed to be a shrapnel shield, as you may see on modern naval AA guns.
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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2017, 05:16:30 AM »

Totally reminds me of a steampunk patria navy Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2017, 03:21:43 PM »

Just a little. Wink
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2017, 05:46:17 PM »

Quick question: Would people like a brief set of tips/advice in the OP on how to fly and fight the introduced ships? They are highly unique in combat, and may require a push in the right direction to function adequately. Or, would players prefer to leave the proper usage of these vessels to the same mystery as the rest of the mod, and discover it themselves by trial and error?
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2017, 06:42:06 PM »

Quick question: Would people like a brief set of tips/advice in the OP on how to fly and fight the introduced ships? They are highly unique in combat, and may require a push in the right direction to function adequately. Or, would players prefer to leave the proper usage of these vessels to the same mystery as the rest of the mod, and discover it themselves by trial and error?

Why not put it in a spoiler tab thingy like others do? That way if we want to know we can see, if we want to figure it out, then we can look
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Why not put it in a spoiler tab thingy like others do? That way if we want to know we can see, if we want to figure it out, then we can look
Too bad this isn't Github or I'd add a :thumbsup: to your post. Instead, have this reply wherein I say "+1".
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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2017, 07:06:00 PM »

Why not put it in a spoiler tab thingy like others do? That way if we want to know we can see, if we want to figure it out, then we can look
Too bad this isn't Github or I'd add a :thumbsup: to your post. Instead, have this reply wherein I say "+1".

Haha, I'll take that as a "put tips in a spoiler please" response. Wink I'll get on to that ASAP. Think of it as my birthday present to you!

EDIT: Done! For those who are curious or need a little assistance, open the spoiler tab under the new "Combat Methods" section of the OP.
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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2017, 07:56:44 AM »

This honestly is a really cool mod, and i hope you finish it soon!
I hope the scales of the ships are little bigger, but other than that it seems pretty good!

Keep it up  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2017, 02:26:32 PM »

This honestly is a really cool mod, and i hope you finish it soon!
I hope the scales of the ships are little bigger, but other than that it seems pretty good!

Keep it up  Smiley


Glad you like it! Cheesy What exactly do you mean by the scales of the ships btw? If you're asking if there will be cruisers and capital -sized ships in future, then yes I do have plans for those.
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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2017, 10:02:16 PM »

Minor Update: Version D 0.1 (Demo quickfix #1)

Check the OP changelog for details.

Please remember that I want to hear suggestions for balancing TSA ships' and weapons' stats against stock equipment! All recommendations welcome!
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