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==Objective==
 
==Objective==
The goal of this project is to even out the effectiveness of Star Control II's ship line-up so that everything is worth using in competitive player-versus-player melee. The various ships have been strengthened or weakened accordingly. Additionally, many minor adjustments have been made for the sake of aesthetics or continuity. The changes are quite extensive, though I tried not to stray too far from vanilla gameplay. The Balance Mod is not intended for Star Control II's campaign, nor melee against the cyborg.
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The goal of this project is to make every ship in Star Control II's line-up worth using in competitive player-versus-player melee. To this end, the various ships have been strengthened or weakened accordingly. Many minor adjustments have also been made for the sake of aesthetics or continuity. The changes are quite extensive, though we tried not to stray too far from vanilla gameplay.
  
  
==Recent Changes==
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==Credit==
  
===v1.30===
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* Shiver is the original creator of the mod. He came up with almost all of the ideas and wrote most of the code. He does not work on the mod anymore, so Gekko and Oldlaptop have taken over the development.
  
[Ilwrath]
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* Gekko was Shiver's primary play-test opponent early in the mod's development. He also helped port this mod from UQM v0.6.2 to v0.7.0.
  
* Revised the triple flame spout. Diagonal spouts no longer activate if energy is at 4 or less.
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* Oldlaptop has been a great help in testing and debugging the mod. He has implemented many of the latest features and fixed bugs.
  
* Battery regeneration decreased very slightly.
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* Xaionaro wrote the original retreat patch and has helped in the general mod development.
  
[Orz]
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* UQM core team members Meep-eep, Fossil and McMartin provided coding and debugging assistance.
  
* Marine tracking instructions refined once again. They are less amazing than 1.29's marines.
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* Elvish Pillager wrote a few bits of the most difficult code for this mod and gave significant design input. His Crazy Mod source code was a valuable reference when altering melee.
  
[Thraddash]
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* Bleeding Star gave some useful design input which led to several necessary adjustments.
  
* Repulsor knockback speed cap increased from 72 to 80. For reference, Druuge's knockback speed cap is 96 and maximum gravity whip speed is 72.
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* Death 999 cooked up a nifty program which saved hours of work when making a larger antimatter cone for Umgah.
  
* Repulsor thruster downtime reverted to its previous setting as of version 1.28.
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* Gostu--a stranger to the Star Control fan community--helped port this mod from UQM v0.6.2 to v0.7.0.
  
[Ur-Quan]
 
  
* Fusion bolt homing capability removed.
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==Links==
  
* Jumbo fusion bolt graphic reverted back to the smaller vanilla graphic.
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* [[User:Shiver/Balance_Mod/List_of_Changes | Mod Details]]
  
* Fusion bolt initial velocity, duration, hitpoints and cooldown reverted to vanilla UQM characteristics.
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* [[User:Shiver/Balance_Mod/Installation | Download & Installation Instructions]]
 
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* Fusion bolts now launch in an alternating pattern between the front, left arm and right arm of the Dreadnought. The pattern loops like this: Center-Left-Center-Right. The pattern will reset back to center if the Dreadnought's battery is full or empty.
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* Fusion bolt energy cost set to 5, which is lower than vanilla UQM's 6 or homing fusion's 8.
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* Fusion bolt given a velocity push of the ship's current speed toward the direction the ship is traveling.
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* Fighter laser has been given its own collision graphic. Generic "scored a hit" sound effect no longer triggers for this weapon.
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* Autoturret added! This weapon periodically fires a single damage, super accurate homing projectile at nearby threats if they are close enough. The effective range of this weapon is quite short. Small enemy projectiles are high priority targets while large projectiles such as Kohr-Ah buzzsaws are ignored. The enemy ship is a low priority target. Autoturret cooldown is 22 frames. This weapon consumes one point of energy per shot.
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===v1.29===
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[Arilou]
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* Arilou will now rescue itself from teleporting inside solid matter 100% of the time as long as it has the energy to teleport again.
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* Arilou rematerializes after teleportation the same way it dematerializes before. This exists in vanilla UQM and was not present in previous iterations of Balance Mod.
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[Chenjesu]
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* Fixed the crash bug which sometimes occurs when a cyborg Chenjesu wins a bout.
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[Orz]
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* Marine tracking instructions refined.
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* AI will Deploy marines against Earthling.
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[Thraddash]
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* Repulsor knockback softened up. The difference is most noticeable on high mass ships.
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* Afterburner puff duration decreased (once again!) from 120 to 108.
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* Afterburner puff fade animation extended.
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[Ur-Quan]
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* Fighters are more responsive to the enemy ship's facing angle.
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* Fighters no longer whirl around immediately after catching a slow moving ship. They will instead reduce speed and match facing with a target if it is moving faster than a crawl. "Whirl around" instructions still persist when attacking a stationary or near-stationary ship.
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* Fighters now fan out properly.
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[Utwig]
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* Guns given a velocity push of 1/2 ship of the ship's current speed toward the direction the ship is travelling.
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* Reverted range of guns back from 9 to 10.
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[Yehat]
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* The velocity push of Yehat's guns increased from 1/2 to 3/4 of the ship's current speed.
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==Credit==
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I received extensive assistance while making this project. I wish to express my thanks to the following individuals:
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* Elvish Pillager wrote a few bits of the most difficult code for this mod and gave significant design input. His Crazy Mod source code was a valuable reference when altering melee.
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* UQM core team members Meep-eep, Fossil and McMartin provided coding and debugging assistance.
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* Gekko was my primary beta test opponent during this mod's creation.
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* Bleeding Star gave some useful design input which led to several necessary adjustments.
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* Death 999 cooked up a nifty program which saved me hours of work when making a larger antimatter cone for Umgah.
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==Links==
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* [[User:Shiver/Balance_Mod/List_of_Changes | Full List of Changes]]
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* [https://github.com/Roisack/Shiver-Balance-Mod Github]
  
* [[User:Shiver/Balance_Mod/Installation | Installation Instructions]]
 
  
 
[[Category:Mods]]
 
[[Category:Mods]]

Latest revision as of 20:17, 27 October 2017

Objective[edit]

The goal of this project is to make every ship in Star Control II's line-up worth using in competitive player-versus-player melee. To this end, the various ships have been strengthened or weakened accordingly. Many minor adjustments have also been made for the sake of aesthetics or continuity. The changes are quite extensive, though we tried not to stray too far from vanilla gameplay.


Credit[edit]

  • Shiver is the original creator of the mod. He came up with almost all of the ideas and wrote most of the code. He does not work on the mod anymore, so Gekko and Oldlaptop have taken over the development.
  • Gekko was Shiver's primary play-test opponent early in the mod's development. He also helped port this mod from UQM v0.6.2 to v0.7.0.
  • Oldlaptop has been a great help in testing and debugging the mod. He has implemented many of the latest features and fixed bugs.
  • Xaionaro wrote the original retreat patch and has helped in the general mod development.
  • UQM core team members Meep-eep, Fossil and McMartin provided coding and debugging assistance.
  • Elvish Pillager wrote a few bits of the most difficult code for this mod and gave significant design input. His Crazy Mod source code was a valuable reference when altering melee.
  • Bleeding Star gave some useful design input which led to several necessary adjustments.
  • Death 999 cooked up a nifty program which saved hours of work when making a larger antimatter cone for Umgah.
  • Gostu--a stranger to the Star Control fan community--helped port this mod from UQM v0.6.2 to v0.7.0.


Links[edit]