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Nick XR

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[0.96] Cooperative Multiplayer Combat v3.8 (2023-08-26)
« on: January 30, 2017, 09:56:06 AM »

Cooperative Multiplayer Combat v3.8
-=Download=-

(Requires LunaLib)



Now your friends can help out in combat with this shared screen/couch co-op/multiplayer mod


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New UI Elements

Readiness color key:
  • Green = ready
  • Yellow = almost ready
  • Orange = not close to ready
  • Red = out of ammo

Features:
  • Enjoy shared screen cooperative play with up to three friends
  • New UI elements to support weapon and system cool downs
  • Pushbutton targeting of nearby ships
  • Shield AI to manage shield facing
  • Works with just about any mod
  • Mission Support!

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How to use
1. Download & install this mod
2. Make sure this mod is enabled
3. Configure your keys via the in game Luna UI
4. When combat starts and ships are deployed, have your friend press the Select Ship key ('Insert' by default for player 2)
5. If sharing a keyboard is hard (or awkward), use a second keyboard or a game pad that can emulate keys.
6. When combat starts, zoom out more than usual so your friends show up on the screen
7. -optional- Install the Detailed Combat Results mod (http://fractalsoftworks.com/forum/index.php?topic=11551.0) so you can see who's better.
 
Player-game interface changes / Known Issues
  • No mouse to control where a shield faces, instead an AI is used to "aim" the shield
  • No mouse to control where weapons aim, weapons can only aim directly forward.  Mitigate this by using in your group 1 only weapons that fire directly forward
  • No mouse to select targets for weapons, instead a new "cycle targets" command has been added which cycles through nearby targets
  • Camera/view-port stays centered on Player1, to compensate zoom out level has been greatly increased

How To: Controller Support (optional)

How To: Internet/Remote Play
Install a game streaming app (like Parsec.tv), you'll need a decent internet connection to pull this off.

Mod compatibility
  • Requires no extra mods/libs to function
  • should work with any mod that doesn't assign very high priority AIs
  • Tested with nexerlin, lots of ships & factions

What this mod is not and will not be (even though it might be cool)
  • An MMO
  • Allow you and a friend to both have different fleets on the campaign map

Using this mod in other mods
This mod is covered by the MIT license, you can do what ever you want with this, no need to ask.  Just be nice and mention that this mod exists and where you got it from

Acknowledgements
Some code related to rendering was taken from the excellent Leading Pip Mod, attribution is here by granted to Magehand LLC per licensing.


Change Log
Spoiler
3.8
 * Updated for StarSector .96a
 * Now uses LunaLib for key configuration

3.7
 * Updated for StarSector .95a
 * Backwards compatible
 * Added PREV_TARGET key, so it's now possible to cycle through targets both directions

3.6
 * Players can now change which ship they are controlling during battle ('Insert' key by default for player 2)
 * Players can now retreat. Simply order a retreat and switch ships until no one is controlling any retreating ships.
 * Changed how keys are configured to be a bit simpler to add additional players
 * Backwards compatible

3.5
 * Made many values configurable in the CoOpCombatSettings.json
 * Increased lock-on range
 * Added engage/regroup toggle for carriers
 * Player 2+ aiming reticles are larger
 * Attempts at fixing Auto-Fire issue.

3.4
 * Add ability to toggle phase-cloak

3.3
 * Prevent exception when transferring command

3.2
 * Now works with Starsector .9a

3.1
 * Add mission support, just edit the variant of a ship to be "player#" like you would with the ship name
 * Added experimental PvP mission (Doing anything more interesting would require work)

3.0 - Now works with Starsector .8.1a, minor graphical improvements


 2.0 - UI elements for:
        * Selected weapon group
        * Weapon cooldown
        * System cooldown
        * Weapons have their own targeting lane
        * Switching between weapon groups now works (had to disable autofire)

 1.0 - Created
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Forum: http://fractalsoftworks.com/forum/index.php?topic=11598.0
Source: https://bitbucket.org/NickWWest/starsectorcoopcombat
License: MIT License (Do what ever you want, creators not liable)
« Last Edit: August 26, 2023, 02:23:02 PM by Nick XR »
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Re: [0.7.2a] Cooperative Combat (2017-01-30)
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2017, 10:02:11 AM »

That... looks pretty cool. I could see setting it up with particular hard-ware for player-two like a custom button set, Otherwise, having the AI controll the weapons and the Player controll the weapon-group would be an effective control I think.

I'd love to see a video of this, the GIF doesn't give it justice. xD

This is a pretty good idea though! I did something similar with my brother that was a fun experiment. It wasn't a mod, we just gave each other differnt controlls of the ship. I managed the thrust, weapon-groups and Ship-system (keyboard) he managed the shield, weapon fire, and steering of the ship... (the Mouse). It was fun, and difficult!

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Re: [0.7.2a] Cooperative Combat (2017-01-30)
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2017, 12:02:38 PM »

Cool to hear that you and your brother play!  I loved the coop mod for M&B (inspired this) and I feel like there's a lack of good couch-coop games in general.

Like I mention in the main post, I've had a good experience with a friend using a gamepad and this mod.  The controls actually feel pretty natural, and in general I think the controls for SS would translate really well to a dual stick controller.

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Re: [0.7.2a] Cooperative Multiplayer Combat (2017-01-30)
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2017, 12:51:40 PM »

Ok wow, this might open up Starsector to an actual online multiplayer.
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Re: [0.7.2a] Cooperative Multiplayer Combat (2017-01-30)
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2017, 01:03:16 PM »

Ok wow, this might open up Starsector to an actual online multiplayer.

I want to manage expectations here, there's a strong limit about what can be done without it requiring hundreds of hours of Alex's programming time.  Maybe best case scenario is people play the heck out of this and something like multiplayer gets put on the road map.

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Re: [0.7.2a] Cooperative Multiplayer Combat (2017-01-30)
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2017, 05:15:19 PM »

I look forward to seeing how far this can go.
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Re: [0.7.2a] Cooperative Multiplayer Combat (2017-01-30)
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2017, 10:57:16 PM »

Hey Alex, any chance of getting support for a in-combat split-screen of the combat field? Sounds like a smallish tweak that would open up a huge field of opportunities for mods like this to go hog-wild
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Re: [0.7.2a] Cooperative Multiplayer Combat (2017-01-30)
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2017, 12:19:00 AM »

  • No visual indicator of which weapon groups are selected
  • No visual indicator of cool downs

Mmh I recently uploaded a plugin to create rasterized UI elements, you may want to look it up for these issues.
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Re: [0.7.2a] Cooperative Multiplayer Combat (2017-01-30)
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2017, 09:45:27 AM »

  • No visual indicator of which weapon groups are selected
  • No visual indicator of cool downs

Mmh I recently uploaded a plugin to create rasterized UI elements, you may want to look it up for these issues.

Wow, thanks, that's exactly what I need! 

That thread looks like a gold mine.

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Re: [0.7.2a] Cooperative Multiplayer Combat (2017-01-30)
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2017, 03:22:11 PM »

Now it's just a matter of getting two instances of Starsector to talk together (AIs and all) and we can have PvP matches
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Re: [0.7.2a] Cooperative Multiplayer Combat (2017-01-30)
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2017, 03:50:47 PM »

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Re: [0.7.2a] Cooperative Multiplayer Combat (2017-01-30)
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2017, 04:18:40 PM »

Now it's just a matter of getting two instances of Starsector to talk together (AIs and all) and we can have PvP matches
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Re: [0.7.2a] Cooperative Multiplayer Combat (2017-01-30)
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2017, 04:31:14 AM »

Now it's just a matter of getting two instances of Starsector to talk together (AIs and all) and we can have PvP matches
The day that happens is the day that swine discover the secrets of flight, hell freezes over AND politicians start telling the truth and become un-corruptable!

Depends.
If, somehow, one discovered the section of the code where a AI routine/Player input is translated into ship activity (moving, firing, etc), it could be possible to intercept the "commands" that regulate the movements of your own ships, send it to another computer, have this second computer replace the commands of it's player enemy's AI with the commands received (ie: translating Player1 allied ships movements into Player2 enemy ships movements and vice versa).
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Re: [0.7.2a] Cooperative Multiplayer Combat (2017-01-30)
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2017, 05:46:07 AM »

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Years ago, people said the same about KSP, but modders found a way. If someone is sufficiently dedicated and skilled, they might just do it for SS. It might not be likely, but don't say never.
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This is really impressive. I just don't know how much I fancy playing without a mouse, though.
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Re: [0.7.2a] Cooperative Multiplayer Combat (2017-01-30)
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2017, 08:36:34 AM »

Years ago, people said the same about KSP, but modders found a way. If someone is sufficiently dedicated and skilled, they might just do it for SS. It might not be likely, but don't say never.

There is a pretty big difference between a game built in an engine that is dedicated to support multiplayer games, and one in a custom engine that has nothing to even remotely help with multiplayer. Or at the least not in a legal "I-didn't-entirely-decompiled-and-recompiled-your-game" way.
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