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So I made this killer Auton just to beat the tar out of everything that comes up in the 'random arena' (for lack of a better term) starting screen, which I occasionally use as a screensaver, and I thought to myself "Quick Play".

Having just beat the game (again, but newly for v.99c) both straight and modded, I really don't feel doing it all over again anytime soon. What about a 'QuickPlay' or 'Survival Play' option that let's you pick your starting ship like normal, but then dumps you into the 'random arena' to see how long you can last against the spawned enemies?

It would be a great option for modders, as we would be able to test new ship designs for play balance against a variety of other ships without going thru the 2 or 3 days (or hours :P) worth of 'normal' gameplay to encounter all the different levels & types of enemies.

If anybody has a systems mod that does the same thing, I'll take it :lol:
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I've thought that would be cool too, especially if it spawned two ships plus you. Think of all the loot! :-D There'd have to be a station to install stuff for you.
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What about a 'QuickPlay' or 'Survival Play' option that let's you pick your starting ship like normal, but then dumps you into the 'random arena' to see how long you can last against the spawned enemies?
That is a top notch idea. I will definitely give it a go.
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now THAT's cool

it's better if the game mode name is "Star System Domination"
then we can:
- pick waht ship will we use,
- pick friendly "escort" ship type, just like stormhawk say,
- pick enemy difficulty

plus a homebase with a complete facilities (dry dock, item shop, weapon dealer, etc) and an advanced defensive system with walls (like battle arena maximus)

and enemy base that just looks like our homebase where the enemy ships will spawn from.

we will win the game if we destroy enemy base, loose it if we're dead

make sure there will be no stargate. :D
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http://xelerus.de/index.php?s=mod&id=307

If the arena wall hadn't taken for ever to place, it would be more done by now.

I will update this mod soon, but would like to get some feedback on how it should play.

Note: This is filed as work in progress, because that is what it is. There will be a station or two, some stats should be stored and displayed, some better logic for the enemy. Probably more stuff too. Please fill up requests in the comments.

have fun .]
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I haven't tried it yet but it sounds awesome!!! Thank you so much!
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Just posted a huge update to it. It is now a quite large mod and includes a station, some "gameplay" and, well, stuff... I'm too tired to go over it right now, but have a download over at xelerus, and give it a spin. The first player who reaches lvl 13 in a non godmodded version, receives a present!! (mod request perhaps?? :))

Please let me know any thought about this. There is bound to be some bugs, and it might need to be balanced quite a bit to be really enjoyable.

have fun (i did) .]
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I played and it is awesome! One bug and one suggestion though. The bug was in the Shop n stuff's remove device screen. There was no continue button and the game errored out.

The suggestion, though I don't know how you'd do it, is to let the player choose their starting level. Other than that this is an awesome mod. Good Job! :-D
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Stormhawk wrote:I played and it is awesome! One bug and one suggestion though. The bug was in the Shop n stuff's remove device screen. There was no continue button and the game errored out.

The suggestion, though I don't know how you'd do it, is to let the player choose their starting level. Other than that this is an awesome mod. Good Job! :-D
Yeah - i just saw that bug myself today. I will roll out a new version a bit later today.

I have plan to let the player control the starting level and other variables. Different game 'modes' could also be nice.

Glad you like it. Please keep the suggestions and bug reports coming! :)
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Is it a bug that shop n stuff has no armor or missiles?
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Yeah - that would be a bug. Or more like a bad configuration. The items for each level are randomly generated from some lists, and they need quite a lot of tweaking. I will make sure there is ammo and armor in the next version.

Btw. If you dropped in on irc, maybe you could help me balance it out more. That would be cool.

Anyways - thx for the reports

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Your welcome! And I'll see about joining the irc. I want to say again that this mod is awesome! I love your graphics!
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i've got a reproducible bug where I push ESC to close the dockscreen of the station and transcendence crashes.

Also I lost all the items in the station and got error msg. like this:

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02/20/2009 00:11:56	Start logging session
02/20/2009 00:11:56	Transcendence 0.99c
02/20/2009 00:11:56	Small typeface: Tahoma
02/20/2009 00:11:56	Medium typeface: Lucida Sans
02/20/2009 00:11:56	Large typeface: Trebuchet MS
02/20/2009 00:11:56	Console typeface: Lucida Console
02/20/2009 00:11:57	Blt with Lock: 2 ms
02/20/2009 00:11:57	Blt without Lock: 5 ms
02/20/2009 00:11:57	Blt with Lock enabled
02/20/2009 00:11:58	Loading adventure desc: Extensions\BattleZone
02/20/2009 00:11:58	Loading extension: Extensions\IocrymBattlePod
02/20/2009 00:11:58	Loading extension: Extensions\IocrymBattlePodGod
02/20/2009 00:12:00	Loading adventure: Extensions\BattleZone

02/20/2009 00:12:40	CheckSpawn [SpawnMaster]: No binding for symbol: gEnhancementEffectProbability ### (count gEnhancementEffectProbability) ###
02/20/2009 00:12:42	Frames: 30   Paint: 1  Blt: 4  Update: 0
02/20/2009 00:12:45	CheckSpawn [SpawnMaster]: Unknown ship class ID Nil ### (sysCreateShip shp loc 4112) ###
02/20/2009 00:12:50	CheckSpawn [SpawnMaster]: Unknown ship class ID Nil ### (sysCreateShip shp loc 4112) ###
02/20/2009 00:12:52	Frames: 30   Paint: 1  Blt: 4  Update: 0
02/20/2009 00:12:54	CheckSpawn [SpawnMaster]: Unknown ship class ID Nil ### (sysCreateShip shp loc 4112) ###
02/20/2009 00:12:59	CheckSpawn [SpawnMaster]: Unknown ship class ID Nil ### (sysCreateShip shp loc 4112) ###

02/20/2009 00:14:19	CheckSpawn [SpawnMaster]: Unknown ship class ID Nil ### (sysCreateShip shp loc 4112) ###
02/20/2009 00:14:26	CheckSpawn [SpawnMaster]: Unknown ship class ID Nil ### (sysCreateShip shp loc 4112) ###
02/20/2009 00:14:26	Frames: 13   Paint: 1  Blt: 4  Update: 0
02/20/2009 00:14:33	CheckSpawn [SpawnMaster]: Unknown ship class ID Nil ### (sysCreateShip shp loc 4112) ###
02/20/2009 00:14:38	Station Created
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May I suggest that the shop n stuff de-contaminates you? Because one plague is all it takes to wipe out my Ranx Dreadnought. :twisted: I'm having lots of fun with this mod otherwise :lol: Thanks!
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Stormhawk wrote:May I suggest that the shop n stuff de-contaminates you?
Noted and added to the list

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