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Author Topic: [0.96a] Carter's Freetraders - V 1.7 - 06/15/23 Ship balance update  (Read 124879 times)

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A faction mod that focuses on smuggling, scrapping and trade

New system full of wrecks and salvage
Upgradeable faction colony structure
Faction specific smuggling bar event
44 faction ships
31 standard weapons
6 mining weapons
2 hull mods
11 wings


Mod integrations:

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Employed Personnel

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Faction Lore

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This mod is dedicated to a distant relative, John Carter of Prussia Cove who was known as the “King of Prussia” and was the most successful and notorious smuggler of the Penzance district between 1777 and 1807, together with his two brothers, Harry and Charles. According to 19th century historian Sabine Baring-Gould, John Carter received his nickname as a boy. The cove was originally called Porthleah but became Prussia Cove in recollection of Carter’s exploits.

John Carter had a reputation for honest dealing. On one occasion during his absence, the excise officers carried off a recently arrived cargo of tea to the Penzance custom house. On his return, Carter and his men broke into the stores at night and carried off all the confiscated cargo, without touching a single article which he did not consider belonged to him. The excise men knew immediately who had broken in as he was known to be an upright man. There are many other stories about the smuggler, including a history written later by his brother, Harry Carter.

In-game lore is based on his history with several references.
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Mod technical notes

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  • CFT ships are all midline and are made to be blockade runners. They are lightweight and fast with low armor, below average hulls, above average shields, and above average flux capacity and generation. Each trade ship has above average cargo space and is equipped with shielded holds. They use a mixed blend of weapons and ships will have mounts for each type of weapon.
  • The added system has salvage areas, wrecked ships, supplies, weapons and some blueprints floating around. Nothing too much, just enough to reward exploring. There is also a pirate planet with a strong battle station. There are two asteroid rings and different types of planets for mining. All CFT planets are flagged as freeports
  • The CFT "letter of marque" from commissioned crews adds an increase to sensor range, lowers sensor profile and increases cargo space.
  • There are two utility ships that have a custom hull mod called Combat Engineers. This mod repairs a % of armor and hull damage after battle and increases the recovery chance of any ship in the fleet that is disabled or destroyed
  • Each ship that has those yellow and black labels (Bawley, Danube, Clipper, Collier and Bolster) have mining stats and you will receive a bonus to mining if you have them in your fleet.
  • The included colony structure produces recreational drugs with an option to update it into an industry that also produces heavy weapons
  • Each CFT planet and station is flagged as a freeport and will trade in all goods with the exception of slaves
  • CFT is set as neutral to just below neutral to all in game factions (including pirates and pirate themed modded factions) with some exceptions like Hiver swarm. I set it this way so that the player can decide if they want to play as more of a pirate or a bit of a shady rogue with a good reputation. You will have some time to make that decision but the game will slowly make it for you since as time goes on you will loose reputation with one faction because you are friends with another. So think ahead on how you want to play and act accordingly.
  • All in game assets are named after real life naval terms. Mostly taken from the time period when John lived with some exceptions like the carriers which was a ship type that did not exist then so they have more modern naval names as well as laser weapons that are named after a certain old school space naval anime I loved as a kid.
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Mod vision

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In real life John Carter was what was known as a wrecker, which is someone who salvages wrecked ships and sells the cargo w/out paying excise taxes. In this version of game history John sold all his holdings and migrated his clan to the Corvus sector to start anew. The faction is based around a blend of smuggling and salvage to reflect the nature of wrecking. The system is littered with salvage and wrecked ships to reflect the nature of where John lived was a cove that the tides washed all manner of salvage ashore.
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Sources and Thank You Credits

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The John Carter Biography is from https://www.cornwalls.co.uk/history.

Each ship, weapon and drone sprite is an original Dazs kit bash with a few of my own creations. I used the skills I picked up while designing ships for my other faction mods and I hope you enjoy them.

All parts were sourced from the forum page, Spiral Arms II https://fractalsoftworks.com/forum/index.php?topic=12896.0 and the #spiraled-arms forum on the Spaceport Corvus discord. All credit goes to the multitude of kind people who have donated their artwork.

The logo and associated graphics are free assets from the site Vectorportal.com.

Beta Testers: Big Thank you to Kris_xK, Zoro89, polkageist, Shadow Rune, rawkhawklives and 5ColouredWalker
Portraits: TY to Severian Void for hosting the Stable Diffusion Image AI Generation page on Huggingface
Lore: Huge TY to KMS for writing and helping flesh out the in game ship descriptions and lore
Code: Big ole hug to Timid for all the code help and advice
A special thank you to Alex and team for their hard work making this game and keeping it up to date all these years
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Current Changelog

v1.7 - Save compatible with v1.61 but you will need to re-arm any ships changed in this update that are in your saved fleet
   -A needed ship re-balance update - TY 5ColouredWalker for your suggestions:   
   -Increased the cost of the Danube by 50k, lowered the OP by 10 and added survey equipment
   -Replaced the middle PMB on the Tender drone with a mining laser - Brings down the power and mining strength but keeps is effective
   -Changed the medium mounts on the Scow to Synergy and Hybrid to give more options in loadout - Better matches CFT's multiuse lore
   -Changed out the small missile mount on the Barque to a medium - Gives it better punch w/out increasing the OP
   -Lowered the OP on the Naruebet by 5 and switched out one of the Skiff fighters with a brig interceptor on the variant
   -Widened the side facing turrets on the Knarr from 180 to 200 degrees - Gives them better engagement
   -Increased the OP on the Foudre by 15 and changed the loadout on the variant - Allows it to carry a better compliment of fighters
   -Re-wrote the description to Combat Engineers to clarify they only effect the ship they are assigned to - TY Indie Winter for pointing it out
   -Lowered the range of the line of CFT railguns to 1k - 5ColouredWalker made a good point that the range advantage was a bit too much   
   -Corrected grammar errors in the descriptions by replacing all instances of it's with its` - TY jamitron for letting me know   
   -Touched up the ship sprite for the Barque to reflect the medium mount and cleaned it up - Barque_old is in the ZIP if you are curious to compare
   -Replaced the sprite for the Barque on the "All Ships Image" with the updated version
   -Converted the compression from RAR to ZIP - Received some "requests" and it is a more widely used format

Past Changelogs

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V1.6.1 - Just a quick hotfix - Save Compatible with v 1.6
   -Adjusted the sprites for the Wrecker base and recoil to differentiate them from the HVD - TY Inhilicon for pointing out that it was very similar just darker
   -Fixed an error with the Wrecker not producing any sound - TY Inhilicon again for noticing it and letting me know

v1.6 - Save Save Compatible with v 1.5.2 - Fine tuning update
   -Fixed an issue with the Schooner having misaligned turret arcs - TY oporpu for letting me know
   -Fixed an issue with the medium pulse mining blaster being underpowered, I raised the damage from 60 to 120 and energy from 55 to 110 - TY sajberhippien for the report
   -Fixed the shield placement on the Apollo - It was slightly misaligned
   -Realigned the launch bays on the Barkentine - The launch animation is synched now
   -Realigned the center of the Clipper - Only slightly off but helps with weapon accuracy to have it precise
   -Widened the side missile firing arcs from 15 to 25 degrees on the Coventry - Increases the chance of a lock on
   -Widened the firing arcs of the forward facing turrets from 75 to 120 degrees on the Dhow - matches the arcs on the side and rear facing turrets
   -Widened the firing arcs of the side facing turrets from 180 to 270 and the rear missile mounts from 5 to 25 on the Griffon - Better symmetry and greater chance of engagement
   -Widened the firing arcs of the forward facing turrets from 75 to 360 degrees on the Jackdaw - Now matches the rear facing turret arcs
   -Note: There is still an unsolved issue with Linux that popped up in the .96a update as reported by Solar Mechanis that I am still trying to find an answer to

v1.5.2 - Nex is back! edition - Not save compatible with prior versions - Sorry, if I had only waited another day before releasing 1.5.1 :(
   -Re-enabled Nexerelin interactions and features   

v1.5.1 - Not save compatible with prior versions
   -Updated the mod to work with 0.96a
   -Disabled Nexerelin interactions - I will re-enable them once a stable patch for that mod is released by Histidine
      -NOTE: mod integrations will be re-enabled as they are made 0.96a compliant

v1.5  Save Compatible with v 1.4 - note if you have a Fusta in your fleet, you may need to reallocate OP
   -Expanded the new CFT specific smuggling mission that occurs in CFT bars introduced in v1.3 - Lucrative "Free Trade" missions now show up with priority from CFT military and trade contacts - TY Timid
   -Added a new light cruiser carrier, the Foudre - ARandomRobloxJal asked me to add a sprite he made, emto demto had some suggestions and I cleaned it up to it's final form - hope you like the group effort :)
   -Re-classified the Dromon in the default ship roles from combat capital to large carrier - Noticed the boo boo when I was adding the Foudre
   -Added two new mining weapons 1 med and 1 large based on the Electro-Magnetic Rail Gun released last update - I received some nice comments and requests for larger versions
   -Fixed a typo in the Electro-Magnetic Rail gun's description - noticed it when I was adding the medium and large variants
   -Changed the vanilla escort package hullmod on the Fusta variant to fluxbreakers - there was a conflict with the mod 'Of Ludd and Lions' escort package hull mod
   -Replaced the image used for Biolab - numerous complaints that the stock image I used was out of place - TY to Butterslingshot for the initial image I bashed from
   -Replaced the image used for Grey Industry - Same as above, ok I get it discord fans, no more stock images - A kitbash remake of light industry not great but not a stock image :)
   -Added the new ship to the "All Ships Image" on the forum OP - Take a peek!

v1.4 - Save Compatible with v 1.3
   -Swapped/fixed the designations destroyer/heavy destroyer of the Cute and the Happy - The Cute is an in and out skirmisher and the Happy is a hard charger
   -Added a direct download link to the forum and discord d/l links that bypasses the google drive preview - one less step to get to the good stuff :)
   -Added a missing label to the asteroid field near the Prussia jump point - TY Maradrax for noting it
   -Added a new small long range fragmentation mining weapon, the Electro-Magnetic Rail Gun  - CFT lacked a non-PD frag weapon and it gives them a long range option for small ballistic mounts - TY Madbadger2 for helping balance it
   -Added a new manned fighter mining wing, the Arkyd - It is equipped with the new weapon and a custom ship system that deploys four mining drones - Ty HopeFall for giving me the idea
   -Added the new fighter to the "all ships image" link on the forum OP so you can take a sneak peek! - Hint, it's the one with the black and yellow lines ;)

v1.3 - Save Compatible with v 1.2.1  - Some changes will only take effect on a new game (see log notes for details)
   -Added new lore-friendly descriptions to the CFT fighters and drones written by KMS
   -Finished adding new lore friendly descriptions for all CFT ships - Ty so much KMS for writing these and helping me flesh out the CFT lore.
   -Re-named the Dingy to its' proper spelling of Dinghy - My guess is spellcheck changed it at some point and it took KMS' keen eyes to spot it, ty again.
   -Fixed an error in the title of the Carronade Torpedo Pod and made the description grammatically correct- TY SteelSirokos for noticing my boo boos.
   -Re-wrote the description for the Volley Rocket that better describes its flaws - TY Maradrax for pointing out that is was vague
   -Lowered the impact particle effect of the Pulse Mining Blaster - for a small weapon it had quite the eye glaring whallop :)
   -Ditto for the medium Pulse Mining Blaster - a happy medium between the small and the large
   -Lowered the probability that CFT NPC fleets will use combat freighters in favor of standard combat ships from 40% to 10% - Too many tankers were being used in their fleets
   -Raised the probability that CFT NPC fleets will use combat freighters in favor of standard freighters from 60% to 80% - Helps balance the above change
   -Added two built in Mizzen drone wings on the Kerebos - When I designed the sprite I put two hangers on it but neglected to add the wings in the code -just fixin yet another oopsie :)   
   -The following eight changes give the CFT ships with the yellow and black stripes a common identity and purpose
      -Changed the effects of the Combat Engineer hullmod - they still repair damage but now they reduce d-mods on the ships they are installed on - Timid kindly let me know that my assumptions in the old version were incorrect
      -Added a new cruiser, the Knarr - A combat engineer mining & salvage rig - CFT lacked a cruiser mining ship and it adds another combat engineer ship to the lineup - win/win
      -Added a new mining drone, the Tender - Able to withstand the battering of an asteroid field it also doubles as an armored fighter when things get hairy
      -Added a new ship system for the Knarr, EMP Burst Wave - a modified version of the EMP system that has a larger radius and does more damage but has lower uptime and increased flux cost
      -The Bawley, Bolster, Clipper, Collier, Danube and Knarr all now have the Combat Engineer hull mod and EMP burst ship system
      -Changed the built in Borer drones on the Bawley, Bolster, Collier and Danube to the new Tender drone but left the mining drone wings as was - On brand that all Combat Engineer ships have them
      -Added/adjusted Nexerelin mining strength to the above Combat Engineer ships varying on their ship size - CFT lacked dedicated mining ships for Nexerelin
      -Added all the above CE ships to the list of ships that are randomly picked to add to NPC mining fleets
   -Added the Knarr and Tender to the ship image on the forum OP
   -The following is added to the mod with the insight and generous code donation from Timid who's assistance allowed me to offer the following additions/changes:
      -Added an RNG mission and bar event that allows Freetraders to ask you to smuggle in goods to other factions for the sake of free trade (save-game compatible)
      -Once the first smuggling mission is completed you receive the option to develop that quest giver a trade or military agent who will give new smuggling missions every 2 game days
      -Removed some unnecessary conditions (up to you if you were keeping those not save-game compatible but wont break old saves)
      -Kings Cove now has 5 industry cap instead of 4 (this change not save-game compatible, but wont break old saves)
      -Added introduction text if you start as the Carter's Freetraders - requires a new game start to see this (duh?)
      -Updated the description text of the faction information in the intel blurb
      -Updated the description of Prussia Station
      -Added a direct download link to the Version file that mod managers can use to auto-update

V1.2.1 Just a quick little fix - Save Compatible with v 1.2
   -Changed the mixed engines on the following ships to all midline - A style choice I made for JYD and carried over to CFT - TY Klize1917 for noting that it did not fit with CFT
      -Astera,Barkentine, Barque, Carrack, Chester, Clipper, Collier, Coventry, Exeter, Griffon, Jacht,Jackdaw, Schooner, Sloop and Vasa
   -Widened the boundary lines on the Bourbon, Exeter and Scow - noticed it while I was checking the engines
   -Removed an extra engine exhaust on the Draeck - Only has one engine, I guess I double clicked when I made it 

v1.2 - Save Compatible with v 1.1 - Note: you may need to rearm any CFT ships in your fleet that have been adjusted
   -Added new lore-friendly descriptions to some of the CFT ships - Ty so much KMS for writing these and helping me flesh out the CFT lore - more to come!
   -Added a new ship, the Fusta, a very fast corvette sized ship that is a favorite among blockade running smugglers or capturing strategic points when deployed
   -Fixed an error regarding the Basilisk's description not showing in game - TY Noobishnoob for pointing it out
   -Went through the other description texts and fixed some grammatical errors - because punctuation matters!
   -Added a line of HE damage energy mining weapons, small medium and large pulse mining blasters - though CFT has some mining ships, they lacked weapons with mining stats
   -Fixed the glow effect on the Wavemotion Pulse Laser - mistake on my part when I introduced it I misspelled the file path
   -Re-equipped all the variants of CFT mining ships (Bawley, Danube, Clipper, Collier, and Bolster) with the new mining weapons
   -Changed the weapon mounts on the Danube from 2 Ballistic/2energy to 4 Synergy - because options are nice :)
   -Adjusted the sprite for the Barkentine -Took out a lot of the green tint and changed the sides to be less grimy
   -Cleaned up the sprite for the Pinnacle - The body was too blurry and chaotic and the saucer tail was choppy
   -Removed some stray pixels on the Barque ship sprite - Noticed it when I adding the new ships to the forum ship image
   -Added 20 AI generated portraits (10 female 10 male) all in CFT white and red -Formerly it was set to random and I was unhappy with some of the results - Ty to Severian Void for hosting Stable Diffusion Image Generation
   -Added the new Fusta as well as the improved Barkentine, Pinnacle and Barque to the ship image on the forum OP
   -Made a new spoiler post on the forum OP that shows the added portraits

v1.1 -The great hull mod migration and fixing the oopsies edition - NOT save compatible - New game required due to removed content
   - TY edixo for noticing the shield on the Freebooter was off center and giving me the idea to check all the ships for errors and fixed the following:
      -Centered the shield on the Freebooter, Chester, Danube, Exeter, Jacht, Mizzen, Vergulde
      -Fixed misaligned engine exhaust on the Apollo, Bombardier, Bourbon, Brig, Brigantine, Carrack, Chester, Clipper, Pinnacle, Retourschip, Skjold, Vasa, Vergulde, Vestale
      -Fixed some off center mounts on the Bombardier, Bourbon, Clipper, Coventry, Cutter, Dhow, Dromon, Galleon, Raven,Schooner, Scow, Shallop, Sloop, Triton,
      -Matched weapon alignments on the Carrack, Clipper, Cutty, Dhow, Dromon, Exeter, Freebooter, Ironclad, Jackt, Schooner, Skjold, Sloop, Triton, Vasa, Vestale - the right mount didn't match the left
      - Sorry for the sloppy coding and visual headaches and overall OCD nightmares all
   -While I was doing all that close up work I noted a couple ships that needed some clean up, nothing major like I did for Hiver Swarm but a little nicer I think:
      -Barkentine - Deleted some stray pixels, lightened the edges, added a light strip to the engines like the apogee has and changed the side strip from a dirty brown to a bronze
      -Barque - Cleaned up the engines from some stray grey pixels, lightened the lower body a shade and darkened the side stripe to be closer to the Barkentine's stripe
      -Oram - added a missing outline on the sides, raised the lower right turret to the same height as the left, darkened the side strip and added bridge lights
      -Pinnacle - added some missing pixels and lightened up all the black pixels along the lower bottom, cleaned up the sides and changes the purple lighting to yellow
      -Shallop - Added some bridge lighting, lighted up the sides a little and filled in some missing sprites on the hardpoints and lightened the side strip to better match the other Apogee rip offs :)
      -Coventry - deleted some loose pixels along the sides
   -Based on numerous "feedback" regarding the balance of the Sledge I decided to rework it: Lowered range and damage from 10k to 5k, increased turn rate and ammo count to 6, reduced the chargedown to 40 and HP down to 2000
   -Removed all hull mods with the exception of the commissioned crews and combat engineers mods and added them to the new CJHM mod (link in my forum signature)
   -Removed the former CFT hull mods from the following CFT ship and variants:
      -missile_ammo built-in hull mod from the galleon
      -salvagedarmor hull mod from the bawley_standard variant
      -missile_ammo hull mod from the galleon_standard, ironclad_standard, pdplat_standard variants
   -Updated the ships image on the forum OP with the cleaned up sprites mentioned above

v1.0 - Save Compatible with 0.9
   -Added a new kinetic interceptor, the Centurion as requested by Centurion Chet, Fighter Enjoyer - Though fragile, it is fast and deadly and equipped with a front shield to help stay in the fight
   -Added a new bomber, the Blackburn as requested by Centurion Chet - Armed with Carronade torpedoes, equipped with a rear pd turret to defend against interceptors and an active flare launcher to fend off missiles
   -Added a new rocket weapon, the Chet Scrap Launcher also requested by, you guessed it! - A cheap, fast, and terrible frag damage brawler weapon - Quantity over quality best describes it
   -Fixed a minor error with the Skiff being described as a drone
   -Fixed a couple spelling mistakes in the weapons descriptions
   -Fixed the Inferno Rocket not rendering it's missile before firing
   -Added a turret sprite for the Volley Rocket
   -Redesigned the Heavy Railgun with greatly changed stats to be a High Explosive version of the Hypervelocity Driver - The past version was the #1 complaint against CFT and now it fills a hole in the vanilla weapon lineup - win/win
   -Added the two new fighters to the All Ships Image on the forum OP

v0.9 - Save Compatible with 0.8
   -Reduced the impact visual effect of the Basilisk - TY Titann for pointing it out - the length was set to 48 instead of 8 lol
   -Changed the stats of the Saker - Range 750 to 650, energy/shot 9 to 10, burst size 10 to 8, projectile speed from 1200 to 800 - Titann made a good point that for it's OP it was too strong
   -Lowered the range of the Heavy Railgun from 1500 to 1100 - I received numerous complaints regarding that extended range causing issues
   -Lowered the cargo capacity of the Dhow from 1300 to 1000 - Essentially I matched the fuel capacity for balance reasons
   -Increased the supply use and deployment of the Carrack from 12 to 18 - Having the same as the Schooner was too low for it's size - (edit ty Mendora for your comments)   
   -Increased the supply use and deployment of the Scow from 4 to 5 - I felt being a combat freighter it should use more than the standard freighter
   -Changed the nanoforges on all CFT industries from pristine to corrupted - Made them a bit too OP  - Also pristine are way too rare for a bunch of hardscrabble smugglers
   -In 0.7 I added custom Tech/Manufacturer tags to all CFT weapons and Ships but apparently I neglected the drones and fighters - fixed
   -Added a new Heavy Fighter, the Skjold - CFT lacked a manned fighter option in it's lineup and I wanted to give them a punch with some staying power
   -Added missing fleet points to all CFT drones and fighters - Had not realized they were blank until I designed the Skjold - oopsie :)
   -Fixed a capitalization mismatch in the wing data that could cause issues with players who use Linux
   -Slanted the small lower side mounts on the Bombardier and widened the firing arcs from 15 to 35 degrees to help them better engage - TY Mendora for your comments
   -Fixed the middle right side slanted mount on the Bombardier being off center - noticed it when I was widening the arcs
   -Added the new fighter pixel and replaced the Bombardier pixel with the updated one on the "All Ships Image" on the forum OP

v0.8 - v0.7 Save Compatible
   -Changed the name of Salvaged hull to Stripped Hull - More in line with what it does
   -Change the graphic of Salvaged hull - looked too similar to reinforced hull
   -Deleted some redundant Java files - less load and HD space (not much but every little bit)
   -Replaced the center section of the Clipper due to a plagiarism claim by MesoTroniK -  A lingering issue that I thought I had corrected months ago
   -Changed the graphic for the Clipper in the "All Ships Image" on the forum OP with the updated Dazs kitbash version
   -Corrected the designation and description of the Clipper from Light Cruiser to Heavy Destroyer - Hadn't thought it an issue until I tried to install a targeting core...
   -Increased the Supply use and deployment of the Freebooter from 45 to 50 - As was pointed out by SirStargateur it is a powerful ship
   -Lowered the projectile speed of the Heavy Railgun from 2500 to 1500 and projectile HP from 750 to 75 - that was a insane mistake on my part woops!
   -Flagged all CFT stations as Freeports - Ty N3ophobe for pointing out that having a free market w/out that "can be a bit awkward" :)
   -Added CFT as well as it's two industries (Bioloab & Grey Industry) to Timid's Better Colonies mod Age of Innovation feature whitelist
   -Added a link to Better Colonies as a mod integration on the Forum OP
   -Changed the name of King's Cove to Kings Cove - Improper grammar, I know, but for some reason the system map could not translate the ' - TY Stormy Fairweather for the comment
      -Note: the above change will only take effect on a new game start when the system is generated

v0.7 -  Save Compatible with 0.6
   -Increased the fleet points, deployment and supply use of the Danube from 6 to 7 - Ty to 5ColouredWalker for noting that when I updated the ship I should have done it then
   -Added custom Tech/Manufacturer tags to all CFT weapons and Ships - TY Hexxod for suggesting the QOL idea, sorry it took me so long to update :)
   -Centered the shields on the Freebooter - Good catch from 5ColouredWalker
   -Increased the fleet points for the Freebooter to 30 and deployment/supply use to 45 - More in line with it's performance
   -Changed the four side hardpoints on the Ironclad from small to medium, increased it's OP by 5, redesigned it's variant and updated the Ship Image - 5ColouredWalker made a good point that it lacked a role in is past form
   -Added the phase field built in hull mod to all CFT phase ships - Another good point made by 5ColouredWalker
   -Added a new Phase Combat Tender, the Dhow - A cruiser sized freighter/tanker for smugglers that rely on super sneaky phase tech - A gift for 5ColouredWalker for all the testing he has done
   -Adjusted the CFT doctrine to have less warships and more phase ships. - When I added phase ships to the faction I neglected to tell the game to use them, oopsie :)
   -Changed the rear turret of the Cutter from Fog of War to Culvern, increased speed by 50 and lowered rebuild time by 1 - It was slower than the heavy drone and the range of the fog of war was too low to be of use
   -Added the Bawley, Naruebet and Lennox to the CFT blueprint - The first was listed under JYD, the second and third were blank - oopsies on my part - TY yet again 5ColouredWalker
   -Added the new ship to the forum front page image (it's on the bottom left if you'd like a peek) and re-arranged the image so it no longer cuts off on the right on smaller monitors
   -Cleaned up the Forum page making it an easier read - TY Liral for your suggestion

v0.6 - Save Compatible with 0.5 - Some changes require a new game to take effect
   -Fixed an error with the Carrack, the right rear turret was incorrectly flagged as a medium and is now small - you will have to re-arm it if you have one
   -Fixed a typo with the Odam being listed as the Oram in the description
   -Fixed some grammar issues with he CFT faction description
   -Changed the description of the Inferno Rocket to be more descriptive of it's two stage firing system
   -Widened the firing arcs of the Danube's rear turrets to 360 and front turrets to 275 - Gives it complete PD coverage as was intended in the design
   -Widened shield arc of the Bourbon from 110 to 200 to better protect it's sides from strikecraft and missiles   
   -Renamed the Auto Cannon to Heavy Railgun - A suggestion by Centurion Chet on discord to help soothe his OCD
   -Fixed an error in the description of the Wrecker from Kinetic to Explosive - TY Waffle for pointing it out on discord
   -Fixed the boundary lines of the Bombardier that could cause a crash in rare cases - TY to my favorite Discord fan, MapleDaddy for noticing it
   -Fixed the description of the Howitzer to correctly state it is a 2 burst weapon not 3 - Was originally 3 but I had lowered it w/out fixing the description - TY DemonX3 on Discord for catching it
   -Increased the flux per shot of the Howitzer from 250 to 275 - My main man on Discord, MappleDaddy, correctly pointed out that it needed a balance pass
   -Decreased the speed of the Galleon from 70 to 50 and removed the missile auto forge and added the CFT hull mod missile storage expansion to the Standard loadout - Received numerous complaints it was OP for the missile forge
   -Lowered the armor on the Triton from 1690 to 1500 and increased the deployment and supply use to 48 - Balance pass based on comments on Discord
   -Fixed two case sensitive mistakes that would cause a crash in Linux - TY Oik for letting me know
   -*NOTE*: Unless otherwise stated, changes below are thanks to 5ColouredWalker for his tireless pursuit in helping me balance the mod
   -Increased the wing count of the Mizzen from 1 to 2, widened the shield arc to 270, lowered the hit points from 125 to 100 and armor from 100 to 80 - Gives them a better chance of intercepting missiles
   -Increased the wing count of the Brig interceptor from 2 to 3   
   -Increased the OP on the Danube from 70 to 80 and added twO hullmods to the Standard layout - gives it more flexibility in weapon choice and/or hullmods
   -Re-aligned the two small energy turrets on the Barque to forward facing, widened the arcs to 360, increased the DP by 1 and added surveying equipment to it's built in mods - It is an Apogee based variant after all
   -Added two built in Mizzen PD drones to the Carrack and increased its DP and supply use from 10 to 12 - With it's size and weapon layout it had difficulty engaging missiles
   -Added a battered Clipper to the list of recoverable ships in Pengersick - A request from 5ColouredWalker and implemented by me as a personal TY for all their hard work
   -Changed the Standard layout of the Raven to be more offensive by replacing the Bombard with a Saker, the Shredder with a Basilisk, Inferno rockets with volley rockets and added a Flux Distributer
   -Lowered the DP and supply use of the Griffon from 33 to 28 - It is partially automated after all
   -Lowered the speed of the Kerberos from 85 to 70 and acceleration from 60 to 50 - As a more armored ship it shouldn't have been so fast
   -Increased the speed of the Odam from 60 to 70 and acceleration from 50 to 60 - As a light cruiser ship it shouldn't have been so slow
   -Lowered the OP of the Falconet from 6 to 5 - Brings it more in line with similar explosive weapons
   -Decreased the ammo count of the Inferno from 100 to 60, the Volley from 250 to 200, the Firestorm from 180 to 120 and the PD missile from 360 to 300
   -Increased the speed of the Volley Rockets from 750 to 850 - with it's low hp per missile, not many were reaching their target
   -Changed the sound used on the point defense misses to be less loud
   -Reduced the MIRV split of the Hellfire and Firestorm rockets from 12 to 8
   -Changed the descriptions of the Hellfire and Firestorm to reflect that they are MIRV and split into 8 homing missiles and that the Inferno splits into 4
   -Changed the names of the Hellfire, Inferno and Firestorm rockets to correctly reflect that they are actually MIRV launchers
   -Changed the damage type of the Firestorm from Kinetic to Explosive, added the STRIKE AI hint and reduced the range from 2000 to 1000 to match the other CFT MIRV Launchers
   -Reduced the damage of the Wrecker from 500 to 450 - was outperforming similar weapons
   -Reduced the range of the Heavy Railgun (formerly Autocannon) from 2500 to 1500, the damage from 2700 to 2500 and increased the energy per shot from 750 to 900
   -Added a new medium sized direct fire kinetic rocket - The Twin Plasma Rocket Launcher fires two fast direct fire unguided superheated rockets that deplete enemy shields - Fills a gap left in the CFT weapon lineup when I changed the Firestorm

v0.5 Save Compatible with 0.45 but if you have a Scow in your fleet, it may need to be refitted.
   -Fixed an error with the Inferno and Hellfire MIRV behavior, makes them more effective and flashy - TY Wasara for pointing this out
   -Added Nexerelin and lib dependencies to the mod files - TY Avanitia, drunk test pilot and Tim, IRS Mommy for the idea and solution
   -Removed the small missile mount from the Scow, touched up it's graphic to reflect the change and lowered it's OP by 5 - TY Kumquat & 5ColouredWalker for your valid points
   -Lowered the speed of the Scow from 180 to 120 putting in line with other CFT frigates - PeopleThief made a valid point that the speed was OP for a combat freighter
   -Updated the ship image on the forum OP with the new Scow sprite

v0.45 - Save Compatible with 0.4
   -Fixed a typo on the Demi-Culvern - changed the flux per shot from 2 to 20 as was intended
   -Changed the damage of the PD rockets 75 to 35 - Balances them and puts them in line with other PD weapons
   -Fixed an error on the Inferno rockets by swapping the damage rating of 25 and impact rating of 50 - They do the correct damage now
   -Reduced the Ammo count on the Auto Cannon from 100 to 50 - Makes the ammo limitation more realistic
   -Reduced the OP on the Sloop tanker from 60 to 50 and replaced the weapons on the variant to lower OP ones - was a tad too OP for it's role
   -Changed the Ship System of the Bombardier from microburn to forgevats
   -Changed the Ship System of the Galleon form microburn to cannister flack - Both ships are meant to be backline support and giving them a speed boost did not make sense
   -Replaced the sprites of the PD and inferno missile images with larger versions
   -A big THANK YOU to rawkhawklives and 5ColouredWalker for the above Balance and graphic suggestions - I've added you both to my list of Beta testers *hugs*
   -Added a new sound file to the Autocannon - TY ThatFolfy for pointing out that the previous sound was bugged
   -Sharpened the image of the Fog of War hardpoint and base - was a little too blurry and the barrel was not showing up
   -Added three torpedo weapons to the CFT lineup - All based on the new Carronade Fragmentation Torpedo in small medium and large sizes
   -Added a new small long range fragmentation missile the Katyusha - designed to be a small version of the Pilum
   -Replaced the single medium Pilum missile on the Apollo missile pod to a dual small mount Katyusha missile and the wing count from 2 to 1
   -Added a new Hull mod - Overclocked Shields inserts new circuitry into a shield generator that increases shield turn rate and unfolding speed at the cost of an overload duration increase

v0.4 Save compatible with v0.35a - Weapon balance changes and many graphic updates - Some ships in you current fleet may need to be re-armed (see below)
   -Changed the weapon mounts on the following CFT ships (Astera, Barque, Bolster, Bourbon, Carrack, Chester, Exeter, Griffon, Ironclad, Pinnacle, Retourschip) to be side by side symmetrical
      -In testing I found the AI had problems with the different ranges when facing forward in the asymmetrical layouts and it gave the more OCD players a headache :) -Ty 5ColouredWalker for having me look into it
         - NOTE: If you have any of the following ships in your fleet you will need to re-arm them due to the symmetry changes:
            -Bourbon: Changed the left large turret to be energy and the right medium turret to be ballistic
            -Carrack: Changed the left medium turret to ballistic and the left small turret to energy
            -Freebooter: Changed the right large turret to ballistic and the left small turret to energy and increased the OP by 5
            -Griffon: Changed the top left small turret to ballistic
            -Pinnacle: Changed the left small turret to energy      
   -Widened the firing arcs of the Astera mounts to line up with the symmetrical changes
   -Replaced the middle turret graphic on the Astera - Accidently used a side facing instead of a forward facing
   -Replaced the medium turret graphics on the Chester and re-aligned the left small turrets from 94 degrees to the proper 90 degrees - Fixing minor initial release oopsies
   -Re-designed the Dingy making it more symmetrical - Added missing boundary lines and weapon mount graphics and changed the rear forward facing hardpoint to a rear facing turret
   -Added a missing small turret graphic on the Cutter and centered the ship sprite - another graphical fix from the initial release
   -The above graphic changes are reflected on the forum OP image
   -Equipped a Wave Burst PD laser on an empty weapon mount on the Bolster variant - fixing a mistake on my part from initial release
   -Lowered the range of the Auto Cannon from 3k to 2500, Increases the flux per shot from 630 to 750 and projectile speed from 2k to 2500 - Balance suggestions from rawkhawklives and ThatFolfy
   -Adjusted the Culverin PD to be an upgraded version of the Fog of war PD - same damage/flux, more range and better accuracy for 2 OP more - Ty rawkhawklives for pointing out it was unsustainable in it's past stats
   -Increased the projectile speed of the Fog of War PD from 200 to 400 - puts it in line with the Culverin changes but still below the light machine gun
   -Increased the damage of the Paixhan and reduced it's charge down - Making it worthy of a 7 OP PD weapon
   -Added a new Hull mod, Salvaged Shield - Similar to makeshift shield but instead of a speed penalty it has a 15% hull & armor penalty - For when players use ships like the Hound but want to keep the CFT midline playstyle
   
v0.35a Save game compatible
   -Fixed some capitalization mismatches that would case a crash under Linux - Ty polkageist for taking the time to make a forum account to let me know, appreciated!
   
v0.35 Tested with 0.3a save with no problems
   -Added a CFT emoji to the SS discord, you can now show your love CFT style - Ty to Timid for suggesting it and Avanitia for adding it!
   -Added the following missing code to the CFT weapons and Wings - TY to Shadow Rune for their help in tracking them down!
      -Added a PD tag to the Culverin so it will now target missiles and wings as intended
      -Changed the description of the Inferno rocket to reflect that is NOT a large mount, has tracking unlike the volley rocket and that it is explosive.
      -Added missing UI tags to all wings to better matchup when autofitting
      -Added UI tags to all weapons to better classify them and improve their functionality
   -Fixed an error in the planet King's Cove starting conditions - TY Kris_xK for that bug hunt
   -Added a fighter flare launcher system to the Mizzen PD drone - Makes them even more PD!
   -Changed the damage type of the point defense rockets from fragmentation to high explosive and set them to priority target fighters
   -Changed the following stats on the Barque - FP 8 to 10, flux 3200 to 6700, flux regen 230 to 400, price 29k to 39k - Puts it between the Hammerhead and the Sunder
   -Changed the following stats on the Barkentine - OP from 110 to 100, locked the first fighter bay to a Mizzen PD drone, changed the shield from omni to front - Puts it on balance with the Dover
   -Changed the flux rate of the Basilisk to be more efficient - TY Zoro89 for this and the two above suggestions
   -Touched up the graphic for the Barkentine to look less battered - As I was working on it I realized it looked more low tech than midline
   -Removed the scar running across the Pinnacle's graphic - Same reason as above - I can change either or both back if enough players want the previous battered sprites
   -Updated the ship picture on the Forum OP with the two new ship sprites if you'd like a peek
   -Updated the description string for the Barkentine to reflect the above ship changes
   -Added a missing description for the Dingy heavy bomber
   -Fixed a spelling error in the description string for the Skiff interceptor preventing it's description from showing - It's skiff not skif - D'oh!
      
v0.3a -Minor change save game compatible
   -Changed the version file to reflect being moved to the MOD forum

v0.3 Tested with a 0.2 save with no issues though if you have one of the changed ships in your current fleet they may need to be re-outfitted.
   -Re-designated the Ironclad from cruiser to Heavy Cruiser - I felt that the size and stats were a little out of line for a standard cruiser and the faction lacks a heavy cruiser so voila 2 birds 1 stone :)
   -Changed the Firestorm Missile damage type from Explosive to Kinetic, raised the damage to 50, increased the charge down to 2, and reduced the ammo count to 180 - Rounds out the CFT missile lineup   
   -Removed two of the missile pods from the Freebooter - it was a little too much and needed a balance pass
   -Replaced the built in hull mod, missile auto forge, on the Cog PD platform with expanded missile racks and removed the advanced turret gyros- Yet another balance pass change
   -Added a new phase cruiser, the Vasa - Partially to replace the Ironclad's slot as a phase cruiser but it adds a phase strike ship to the lineup
   -Added a new missile focused capital ship, the Galleon - A back line capital that will stay out of direct combat while flooding the field with ordnance to tie up enemy PD systems and deliver extended long range damage
   -Added a new light cruiser variant of the Apogee, the Odam - The faction lacked a medium/large scout/explorer ship   
   -Added a new hull mod that increases missile ammo storage by reducing cargo space - Since most CFT ships (especially the Bombard) have missile hardpoints this mod would allow them to be relevant longer
   -Added a new hull mod that increases ship speed when at zero flux, Zeroflux (original I know) - Could be used for several applications but envisioned as a way to give a boost to fleeing ships like freighters
   -Added a new hull mod that increases ship speed in combat, Booster Rockets - Similar effect of unstable injector but at a much lower OP and effect - UA and SO are incompatible
   -Fixed an error with the Volley Rockets being labeled as Anti-Armor to Anti-Shield as they are Kinetic damage
   -Optimized the script for the Pengersick system - Cleaned up some unneeded code and arranged the structure logically
   -Did a spelling and grammar pass on the CFT hull mods and fixed some mistakes
   -Raised the XP earned by salvaging the fields in Pengersick by 20% - Not game breaking by any means but it gives a new player a little head start
   -Removed 2 duplicates from the list of screen variants and sim opponents - Just removing some unneeded bloat
   -Updated the sprite for the Firestorm missile to reflect that it is a MIRV - The previous sprite only had 1 missile holder
   -Updated the sprites for the Fog of War base and turret - In the editor they looked fine but in-game they were kind of a JYD early era blurry mess :)

V 0.2 Tested with a 0.1a save with no issues
   -Removed the repair gantry from the Draeck - Balance change, it did not make sense for a ship that small to have that many mods
   -Added a new frigate sized logistics/mining ship the Bawley - Partially to make up for the loss of a small ship gantry but also to add a frigate sized miner for wolfpack players
   -Increased the cargo space of the Danube - it was a little low for a logistics destroyer
   -Adjusted the "Good trait frequency" for Starship Legends to be in line with CFT being a lightweight good shield smuggler faction
   -Added the Scow, Shallop and Sloop to the list of ships that can be generally offered in the Starship Legends derelict bar event
   -Added the Bolster and the Ironclad to the list of ships that can only be offered at a CFT faction bar in the Starship Legends derelict bar event
   -Fixed several grammatical errors found in the ship and weapon description files - Should have done that before initial release sorry
   -Cleaned up some of the CSV code - Essentially made it more efficient
   -Modified the the med energy turret on the Clipper by widening it to match the med ballistic turrets - I also touched up the sprite work a little while I was there
   -Did some minor touch up work on the Bolster's sprites
   -Fixed an issue with version checker - I had accidently referenced JYD instead of CFT in the file (I swear it wasn't some marketing gimmick :) ) - TY andristzr for brining it to my attention!
   
V 0.1a - Should be save game compatible
      -Received a PM regarding a conflict crash and had to do a quick hotfix
      -Updated the graphic on the Clipper - I accidently left a nono sprite and only noticed when I posted the op picture - my bad sorry

v 0.1
   - Initial release for review, testing and constructive criticism.
   
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Oh my, what an interesting collection of ships. I'll make sure to give this a go.
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Whoo boy this looks vanilla-friendly af, nice job King

I'mma try it out
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Pets mod developer on the head and give it a cookie for being so productive. Good job, I am very proud of you!

<wags tail :)

Oh my, what an interesting collection of ships. I'll make sure to give this a go.

Woot glad you like them, I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to make them not a janky collection of haphazard sprites this time lol

Whoo boy this looks vanilla-friendly af, nice job King

I'mma try it out

Nice! Yea I was going for a more vanilla + friendly mod this time. It does need Nex to use the mining and other player made mod interactivity features but I am glad you like the aesthetic. I look forward to any opinions you may have after giving it a spin. I did my best to release a stable balanced(?) version but sometimes I get lost in the forest and miss things.

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Had to do a quick hotfix - Should be save game compatible to initial release

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Please do not use my art in your kitbashes.

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My apologies for that on the Clipper. Most of these ships were made parts from when I first started last year but never used. I have a large selection of parts from various ships on my HD I use to bash and I picked them up out of the bin and touched them up for this mod. I caught my error when I posted the OP and noticed the no no and replaced it as soon as I saw what I did. It was a bonehead move and I am sorry, I have a deep respect for your work.

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Thank you :)

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All your ships so thiccccccck  ;) ;D
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All your ships so thiccccccck  ;) ;D

Lol ok I hope that is a good thing :)

When I am playing Nexerelin, it informs that the mod has an update but it sends me to the page of: https://fractalsoftworks.com/forum/index.php?topic=22826.0

I think there is a mix up in the update url's, or is it supposed to do that!?

Nope not at all. One of the issues of juggling 4 mods, I made an oppsie and cross referenced the wrong mod in the version file. Thank you for brining it to my attention, it is so easy to miss things. It's why I have it flagged as a candidate and I really appreciate the free "beta testing" that players are willing to provide to help.

I am currently tinkering away on making the mod a little more efficient and I have a couple other tweaks I've done so I'll fix this and bundle it all up into a 02 release and have it out later today.

Thank you both for your comments!

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V 0.2 released today - Tested with a 0.1a save with no issues
   -Removed the repair gantry from the Draeck - Balance change, it did not make sense for a ship that small to have that many mods
   -Added a new frigate sized logistics/mining ship the Bawley - Partially to make up for the loss of a small ship gantry but also to add a frigate sized miner for wolfpack players
   -Increased the cargo space of the Danube - it was a little low for a logistics destroyer
   -Adjusted the "Good trait frequency" for Starship Legends to be in line with CFT being a lightweight good shield smuggler faction
   -Added the Scow, Shallop and Sloop to the list of ships that can be generally offered in the Starship Legends derelict bar event
   -Added the Bolster and the Ironclad to the list of ships that can only be offered at a CFT faction bar in the Starship Legends derelict bar event
   -Fixed several grammatical errors found in the ship and weapon description files - Should have done that before initial release sorry
   -Cleaned up some of the CSV code - Essentially made it more efficient
   -Modified the the med energy turret on the Clipper by widening it to match the med ballistic turrets - I also touched up the sprite work a little while I was there
   -Did some minor touch up work on the Bolster's sprites
   -Fixed an issue with version checker - I had accidently referenced JYD instead of CFT in the file (I swear it wasn't some marketing gimmick :) ) - TY andristzr for brining it to my attention!

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v0.3 released today - Tested with a 0.2 save with no apparent issues though if you have one of the changed ships in your current fleet they may need to be re-outfitted. I feel the mod is ready for a wider release but I will keep it here for the weekend for any player commentary (which I deeply appreciate) until I ask for it to be moved to the main mod forum and post it on Discord.

Changelog:   

   -Re-designated the Ironclad from cruiser to Heavy Cruiser - I felt that the size and stats were a little out of line for a standard cruiser and the faction lacks a heavy cruiser so voila 2 birds 1 stone :)
   -Changed the Firestorm Missile damage type from Explosive to Kinetic, raised the damage to 50, increased the charge down to 2, and reduced the ammo count to 180 - Rounds out the CFT missile lineup   
   -Removed two of the missile pods from the Freebooter - it was a little too much and needed a balance pass
   -Replaced the built in hull mod, missile auto forge, on the Cog PD platform with expanded missile racks and removed the advanced turret gyros- Yet another balance pass change
   -Added a new phase cruiser, the Vasa - Partially to replace the Ironclad's slot as a phase cruiser but it adds a phase strike ship to the lineup
   -Added a new missile focused capital ship, the Galleon - A back line capital that will stay out of direct combat while flooding the field with ordnance to tie up enemy PD systems and deliver extended long range damage
   -Added a new light cruiser variant of the Apogee, the Odam - The faction lacked a medium/large scout/explorer ship   
   -Added a new hull mod that increases missile ammo storage by reducing cargo space - Since most CFT ships (especially the Bombard) have missile hardpoints this mod would allow them to be relevant longer
   -Added a new hull mod that increases ship speed when at zero flux, Zeroflux (original I know) - Could be used for several applications but envisioned as a way to give a boost to fleeing ships like freighters
   -Added a new hull mod that increases ship speed in combat, Booster Rockets - Similar effect of unstable injector but at a much lower OP and effect - UA and SO are incompatible
   -Fixed an error with the Volley Rockets being labeled as Anti-Armor to Anti-Shield as they are Kinetic damage
   -Optimized the script for the Pengersick system - Cleaned up some unneeded code and arranged the structure logically
   -Did a spelling and grammar pass on the CFT hull mods and fixed some mistakes
   -Raised the XP earned by salvaging the fields in Pengersick by 20% - Not game breaking by any means but it gives a new player a little head start
   -Removed 2 duplicates from the list of screen variants and sim opponents - Just removing some unneeded bloat
   -Updated the sprite for the Firestorm missile to reflect that it is a MIRV - The previous sprite only had 1 missile holder
   -Updated the sprites for the Fog of War base and turret - In the editor they looked fine but in-game they were kind of a JYD early era blurry mess :)

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Oh yea quick FYI - I redid the ship sprites on the main page to show the three new ships, Vasa, Galleon and Odam, they are on the bottom right if you are interested. 

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Thus another faction gets added to my next run.  8)
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