1.8 Alpha 3

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george moromisato
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Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:44 pm

Alpha 3 is finally ready! This release is coming in hot, so there are likely to be lots of bugs (I might do a patch if there are severe bugs).

This release is mostly focused on API changes for Part II, but there is still lots of good stuff:

* Vault of the Galaxy Alpha 3 is ready. This build mostly adds content (more enemies, items, etc.). It's still missing a lot of content and it is far from balanced, but it makes good progress towards an end of the year v1.0.

* A lot of the small ships now have 120 rotation frames, courtesy of NMS and PM.

* Korolov shipping has a new user interface for picking missions (as seen on Twitch several weeks ago).

* GiantCabbage has worked a lot to implement missions using MissionTypes (so they show up in the mission list). GC has updated almost all Commonwealth Fleet missions, so there are likely to be some minor bugs.

* And there have been lots of API enhancements.

The complete list of fixes is here: https://ministry.kronosaur.com/program. ... sed&tag=91
The API changes are here: https://ministry.kronosaur.com/record.hexm?id=73457

The new version should automatically download if you have one of the Alphas. Otherwise, you can get it at the usual place: https://kronosaur.com/downloads/TranscendenceNext.zip

I've got another couple of months of work on Part II. I'll be focusing on sovereigns for the higher levels, roughly from 16 to 21. But of course, I'll also be making lots of core changes. As always, if you have comments, suggestions, or bugs, please file them with Ministry!

Thanks to everyone who submitted feedback and code for this release!

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Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:56 am

I have TWO - yes TWO items that hit me on first run :

First Un-Cool item, Heliotrope Destroyer STILL fires from it's center of image as opposed to the Nose - it used to fire from it's nose.....but I suppose I am the only one that cares how insane that looks.


Second Un-Cool item : the option to remove an item from the collection is still not available at the Multiverse user collection sections that I can determine.

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Since obviously the rest of the universe is going to continue to run with the renaming of the Heliotrope Destroyer as a Frigate I would like to suggest that a Boss Ship be added to the Heliotrope Fleet.

With the Charon Pirates it makes reasonable sense to have 'Frigates' when there is a Boss Ship in the fleet.
But, without a stronger version of the Heliotrope Frigate being available , simply renaming the ship is just cruel.

a 'Beefed up' version of the Destroyer that I like to use ( mostly comes after you if you blow up the bigger station ) is set up as :
** NOTE:
The weapon position for the main gun is at the Nose of the ship.
This ship was first placed into my games before the New Solar Armor was introduced into the game, I never upgraded the ship with new armor ( but will )

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	<!-- Heliotrope Destroyer -->

	<ShipClass UNID="&scHeliotropeDestroyer;"
			manufacturer=		"Heliotrope"
			class=				""
			type=				"Destroyer"
			defaultSovereign=	"&svHeliotropes;"

			attributes=			"genericClass, heliotropes"

			size=				"100"
			mass=				"5000"
			thrustRatio=		"2"
			maxSpeed=			"15"
			cargoSpace=			"50"
			>

		<!-- Configuration -->
		
		<Armor
			armorID=			"&itSolarArmor;"
			count=				"12"
			/>
		
		<Devices>
			<Device deviceID="&itSunflareCannon;" posAngle="0" posRadius="72" posZ="0"/>
			<Device deviceID="&itBlinderCannon;"secondaryWeapon="true" minFireArc="0" maxFireArc="170" posAngle="43" posRadius="24"/>
			<Device deviceID="&itBlinderCannon;"secondaryWeapon="true" minFireArc="185" maxFireArc="355" posAngle="238" posRadius="20"/>
			<Device deviceID="&itSolonShieldGenerator;"/>
		</Devices>

		<Maneuver
			maxRotationRate=	"9.0"
			rotationAccel=		"1.0"
			/>

		<Interior>
			<Compartment name="interior"
					hitPoints=	"100"
					/>
			
			<Compartment name="main drive"
					type=		"mainDrive"
					hitPoints=	"80"

					posX=		"-24"
					posY=		"0"
					sizeX=		"48"
					sizeY=		"48"
					/>
		</Interior>

		<Items>
			<Item				count="2d6"	item="&itHeliotropeFuel;"/>
			<Lookup				count="1"	table="&trConsumables3;"/>
		</Items>

		<!-- Image and Effects -->

		<Image imageID="&rsHeliotropeFrigate;" imageWidth="120" imageHeight="120"/>

		<Effects>
			<Effect type="thrustMain"		posAngle="180"	posRadius="48"	posZ="-25"	rotation="180"/>
			<Effect type="thrustMain"		posAngle="160"	posRadius="54"	posZ="-12"	rotation="180"/>
			<Effect type="thrustMain"		posAngle="-160"	posRadius="54"	posZ="-12"	rotation="180"/>
			<Effect type="thrustMain"		posAngle="160"	posRadius="54"	posZ="12"	rotation="180"/>
			<Effect type="thrustMain"		posAngle="-160"	posRadius="54"	posZ="12"	rotation="180"/>
			<Effect type="thrustMain"		posAngle="180"	posRadius="48"	posZ="25"	rotation="180"/>
		</Effects>
		
		<!-- AI and Behavior -->

		<AISettings
			aggressor=			"true"
			fireRateAdj=		"20"
			fireAccuracy=		"85"
			perception=			"4"
			
			noFriendlyFire=		"true"
			combatStyle=		"standOff"
			/>

	</ShipClass>
	
Flying Irresponsibly In Eridani......

I don't like to kill pirates in cold blood ..I do it.. but I don't like it..

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Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:37 pm

Just did a brief scan of API38 and noticed that item drops with components may drop components instead. Are components intended to be limited to consumables and minor items? I ask because Tinkers support components, and I have considered recipes (for Tinkers and VotG foundaries, at least) that include lower level devices or similar "majorItems" (such as two low level beam weapons to build a dual beam weapon). With drops having a chance for components, affected items with components of more lower level fully-functional devices may yield... more valuable loot than items without components, assuming all component items always drop intact.
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:37 pm

PM wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:37 pm
Just did a brief scan of API38 and noticed that item drops with components may drop components instead. Are components intended to be limited to consumables and minor items? I ask because Tinkers support components, and I have considered recipes (for Tinkers and VotG foundaries, at least) that include lower level devices or similar "majorItems" (such as two low level beam weapons to build a dual beam weapon). With drops having a chance for components, affected items with components of more lower level fully-functional devices may yield... more valuable loot than items without components, assuming all component items always drop intact.
This is a good point; I think we need to add some override on the item to prevent component drops. Eventually, we might even have a separate (optional) table for component drops (i.e., one table for assembly and a different table for drops).

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Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:59 am

Can someone update me on how the bioships work now? I don't appear to be getting growth points for anything, be it refueling, healing, killing or spending fuel.

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Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:15 pm

JohnBWatson wrote:
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:59 am
Can someone update me on how the bioships work now? I don't appear to be getting growth points for anything, be it refueling, healing, killing or spending fuel.
I haven't played alpha 3 yet, but growth points have been broken since alpha 1. My ticket for it is still open.

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Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:02 am

The Korolov mission selection screen is great. Now you can see what freighters you can escort. You can compare the payments. You can even undock and check how far away the destination is. Awesome.

And thanks for unvSetObjectKnown. That'll come in handy.

Anyone else getting the "circling orange rings of death"? On quite a few occasions trying to start a new game results in the loading screen getting stuck forever creating a game. The prolog disappears and the circling orange game creating stuff just goes on and on. It can happen with or without mods in the Extensions or Collection folder.

And some general VOTG info that could be part of development rather than bugs.

Remora metropolis shows credits as its currency while nearby Remora stations use RU.
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Repairing armor at stations on the Efreet Explorer and Eridan Patrol playership is free of charge.
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The scrDesc at the Remora Ripper asks "May we dismantle your broken items?" but intact weapons appear in the dockscreen list. Not sure if it should only be damaged items.
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Non-specific archaeotech weapons , eg "a Majellen weapon", "a Core Era weapon" all have "generic 0 hp @ 3.8 shots/sec" in itempicker lists.
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Also using plyChangeShip with some ships gives no actual thrust. The thrust effect shows and the ship will turn, but not move anywhere.
Examples:
V3 Temblor
Tor Quan Leviathan
Gargoyle gunship
Eridan Patrol ship (NPC)

Zhen Ma Cruiser, D7 Freighter, Grome heavy gunship and C1 Transport are fine.
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Tor Quan Swift and Efreet Explorer playership shows a duplicate of the ship's information in the Ship's Interior screen as well as showing the same info in the Ship Configuration screen. Not sure if that is intentional.

Sapphire and Eridan only show ship info in the Ship Configuration screen as is usual.
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And lastly, those Balin Dragons look fantastic!!!
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Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:08 am

relanat wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:02 am
Anyoen else getting the "circling orange rings of death"? On quite a few occasions trying to start a new game results in the loading screen getting stuck forever creating a game. The prolog disappears and the circling orange game creating stuff just goes on and on. It can happen with or without mods in the Extensions or Collection folder.
Just got this last night for the first time. I was able to alt-F4, but the game was still running in the background. Last debug log entry was "Starting new game."

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Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:23 am

NMS wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:08 am
relanat wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:02 am
Anyoen else getting the "circling orange rings of death"? On quite a few occasions trying to start a new game results in the loading screen getting stuck forever creating a game. The prolog disappears and the circling orange game creating stuff just goes on and on. It can happen with or without mods in the Extensions or Collection folder.
Just got this last night for the first time. I was able to alt-F4, but the game was still running in the background. Last debug log entry was "Starting new game."
( for those that don't know )
When the game "hangs" in Windows operating systems, it is not a bug, it's a windows feature ( they actually have a .dll file for hanging up programs, as I learned this past weekend - the desktop is in for repairs now )
you can always bring up the task manager to be sure the game shuts down - or shut off the .exe manually using the task manager.

often, closing the game does not shut down the .exe and the game will decline to initialize until the .exe is turned off by the system or manually.
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I do remember the "Orange Rings of Death",
I always assumed the game was trying to advance the system and had far too many calls for encounters that caused fighting but the math of determining wrecks (or not) left in the fight could cause a "hang".
I prefer some wrecks to be left, but I think the obvious choice for these latest versions cleans out many wrecks that we normally expect in the busy lower systems because, I assume, they create an obstacle for the engine on loading.
the game has advanced a great deal in a short time, it will get buggy on occasion.

Just don't be shy about shutting it down manually if needed.
Flying Irresponsibly In Eridani......

I don't like to kill pirates in cold blood ..I do it.. but I don't like it..

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Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:38 am

Also using plyChangeShip with some ships gives no actual thrust. The thrust effect shows and the ship will turn, but not move anywhere.
This has been an issue for a while.

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