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Offline redmagejoe

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Props to Passionate Community + Shameless Stream Plugging
Hello you wonderful people of HLP.

I'd like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for having the passion for this wonderful piece of my childhood to keep this game alive for over 20 stonking years. I've been feeling old lately, and recently ordered a brand new flight stick so I could polish off my old FreeSpace 2 disc, reinstall some mods, and sit down for some nostalgia. I wouldn't be able to enjoy this product and its derivative works nearly as much were it not for the dedicated community you've all been.

I'd like to return the favor somehow and share my passion for FreeSpace however I can, so to christen the new flight stick, I'm dusting off the old YouTube channel me and my gaming chums used to maintain and streaming a full playthrough of FreeSpace, Silent Threat, Silent Threat: Reborn, and FreeSpace 2. I'm going to be starting tomorrow in 11 hours as of the posting of this thread, and I'd like to invite all you folks who made this experience and this renewed joy I feel possible with your mods and support of FreeSpace Open / Source Code Project. I hope I'm not breaking any norms here dropping a link, but I'd love to have any of you relive these games with me.

Hope to see you there, HLP community!

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I'm going to try to organize what campaigns to tackle in what order after I finish FS2. I'm thinking we'll go back and deal with "unseen" perspectives of the canon before moving outside those realms in a somewhat chronological order. Suggestions on what campaigns to add to the list, and possibly what order in which to play them, are welcome here.

  • Memories of the Great War (2335) (COMPLETE!)
  • Deneb III (2335) (COMPLETE!)
  • Shivans (2335) (COMPLETE!)
    • Phantoms (COMPLETE!)
    • Echo Gate (COMPLETE!)
  • Tango (2335) (COMPLETE!)
  • Trimurti (2335 Alternate Reality?) (COMPLETE!)
  • Shrouding the Light (2335 & ~2335-2345) (COMPLETE!)
  • Series Resurrecta (~2335-2336)
    • Gehenna's Gate (COMPLETE!)
    • The Spirit of Ptah (COMPLETE! totally, and we're never going to talk about it again)
  • The Destiny of Peace (~2335-2336)
  • Eagle Takes Flight (~2336?)
  • Awakenings (2338)
  • Between the Ashes (2336-2339)
  • Pandora's Box (~2365-2366)
  • Eyebleach (2367, 72 hours before FS2)
  • Vassago's Dirge (2367)
  • Fall of Epsilon Pegasi (2367)
  • Uncharted Territory (2367)
  • Walls Closing (2367)
  • Ancient-Shivan War (???? years before 2335)
  • Cardinal Spear (2331)
  • Frontlines 2334 (2334)
  • Sol: A History Upgraded (various events between 2335 and 2372)
  • The Procyon Insurgency (~2368-2369)
  • Transcend (2370)
  • The Aftermath Reboot (2370)
  • Warzone (2371)
  • The Aftermath Reboot II (2372)
  • Derelict (2372)
  • Incursion (2376)
  • The Scroll of Atankharzim (2378)
  • Return to Sol (2380)
  • Blue Planet Complete (2385)
  • Inferno Classic (2400)
  • Inferno Nostos (2400)

Mods that I'll tackle or consider after the main playthroughs. (more to come)
  • Bem Cavalgar
  • SHMUPSpace: Battle of Deneb
  • Solaris (original total conversion)
  • Beyond the Red Line (Battlestar Galactica total conversion)
  • Diaspora (Battlestar Galactica total conversion)
  • Adversary (Battlestar Galactica total conversion)
  • Exile: Into the Dark Waters (2367; being rewritten, Su-Tehp WIP ~few months)
  • Reunion (need info)
  • New Path (need info)
« Last Edit: October 17, 2021, 03:23:04 pm by redmagejoe »
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Offline starlord

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Re: Props to Passionate Community + Shameless Stream Plugging
Welcome, that looks great.

Be sure to also cover some community campaigns as well in your playthroughs. There’s lots of stuff that could use more exposure.

Best

 

Offline redmagejoe

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Re: Props to Passionate Community + Shameless Stream Plugging
Taking a lunch break for a few hours.

As for community campaigns, what I'd like to do is Ancient-Shivan War, Derelict, Blue Planet Complete, Vassago's Dirge, Trimurti, Transcend, and Shrouding the Light. I've yet to play any of them save for ASW, so it'll be blind plays.
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Offline starlord

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Re: Props to Passionate Community + Shameless Stream Plugging
May I suggest others as well, like memories of the Great War, bta, scroll, uncharted territory, Pandora’s box. The list is extensive. Pick your pleasure.

 

Offline redmagejoe

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Re: Props to Passionate Community + Shameless Stream Plugging
Due to the YouTube stream dropping my audio stream for some reason, I'll be restarting this series with other Ill Fated Gaming friends commenting as well this upcoming Sunday!

https://youtu.be/VKUf0ur6KMk
« Last Edit: May 04, 2021, 04:49:29 pm by redmagejoe »
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Offline redmagejoe

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Re: Props to Passionate Community + Shameless Stream Plugging
Thank you to everyone who tuned in yesterday or watched the archive. Hoping to get most of the way through the campaign this next Sunday, and I'm doing more reading up on user-created campaigns to add to the list.

Your interest and viewership is appreciated!  :)
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Offline Goober5000

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Re: Props to Passionate Community + Shameless Stream Plugging
Glad to see this. :)  Highlighted.

 

Offline redmagejoe

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Re: Props to Passionate Community + Shameless Stream Plugging
Hey Goober!  :)

I absolutely LOVE the FreeSpace Port and Silent Threat: Reborn. I cannot wait to show them off in full on the streams. You guys really keep my passion for this game alive with your work. I feel like an 11-year old playing this game with my old Microsoft Sidewinder again when I pull this game up.
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Offline Goober5000

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Re: Props to Passionate Community + Shameless Stream Plugging
Thank you!  And we, in turn, are always delighted when streamers showcase our campaigns on their channels. :)

 

Offline redmagejoe

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Re: Props to Passionate Community + Shameless Stream Plugging
I'll be streaming again tomorrow, and I've prepared a more formal shout-out to all the talents behind the mods I'm playing, as well as the community here as a whole. I figure getting more attention means it would be a good idea to point people towards where to buy the games, where to come if they're interested in the mods, and who to thank for these wonderful improvements and mods.

I'd like to be sure that I name the appropriate people without having it ramble on for too long, but for the FSPort I found that the main contributors listed on the page were Galactic Emperor, Goober5000, Yarn, and Admiral Nelson. I'd hate to feel like I didn't drop any appropriate names, and I'll do one of these again before each new mod, so if I've missed anyone for the FSPort or the MediaVPs, please let me know so I can revise my script before tomorrow's stream airs.
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Offline Colonol Dekker

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Re: Props to Passionate Community + Shameless Stream Plugging
I've done nothing but my name is 👆🏻

😜

Hope you're enjoying it all mate.

 

Offline redmagejoe

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Re: Props to Passionate Community + Shameless Stream Plugging
Thank you to everyone who showed up, especially the awesome HLP people who gave insight into the inner workings of the game and gave me some solid advice!

I hope you all had fun and hope you'll tune in next Sunday!

EDIT: Damn, I forgot to ask Mito what lighting settings he was recommending for my Knossos command line to make the ships look nicer. :(
« Last Edit: May 17, 2021, 12:37:24 am by redmagejoe »
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Hi there, just let me quickly toss a couple graphic suggestions at you while I'm at it.

Firstly, the lighting setup - there's a Wiki page and a visual comparison on it. There's also a summary of the flags (although it's very technical). I personally use this:
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-ambient_factor 73 -spec_point 0.3 -spec_static 1.0 -spec_tube 0.4 -bloom_intensity 45It gives you the slightest hint of ambient light, but still deep and dark shadows on surfaces facing away from suns. The suns get a large contribution, while primary and beam fire... not so much. A bit of bloom makes most lights on ships "bleed out" a bit (and honestly this makes warp vortexes look fantastic). Also that makes every mission have its own flavour of a light environment. You can play around with most of these parameters in the F3 Lab.

Emissive lighting (IIRC, in recent builds it's opt-in in Knossos flags instead of opt-out) just gives you a basic, high level of ambient light. With it stuff looks kinda flat, in my opinion.

Maybe you would also be interested in disabling motion debris (the specks of space trash you can see flying by you) and screen shaking (the one you experience when you hit your afterburner or shoot Maxim). Both should be flags available in Knossos settings.


The stream was really fun and I just can't wait for the next one!
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Offline Colt

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Re: Props to Passionate Community + Shameless Stream Plugging
Loved the stream as well. Caught up on the last hour via vod, and I'm also looking forward to this weekend's stream!  :yes:

 

Offline redmagejoe

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Thank you guys for the support. I hope to attract a larger audience with each stream.

I tried out the settings Mito suggested and looked at ships in the F3 model viewer, and WOW! They look gorgeous! Thanks for the advice, that flat lighting was kind of bothering me, but then I remember retails FreeSpace 2 and even flat lighting with better models and textures are an improvement for me. I didn't realize just how much better it could look.
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Offline redmagejoe

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I'll be streaming again in 11 hours. Hope to catch everyone there! :)
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Good luck on this!
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Offline Goober5000

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Re: Props to Passionate Community + Shameless Stream Plugging
I'm definitely a fan of the in-mission commentary.  It's pretty hilarious listening to your frustration with some of the original Silent Threat missions.

By the way, there are 17 wings of HOL ships in Secret Recovery.

 

Offline redmagejoe

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I've been a busy bee this week, and have a bit of a rambly rant about Secret Recovery at the start of tomorrow's stream. Hopefully everyone enjoys my characteristic fuming.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at tomorrow's stream!
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Offline Goober5000

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Valid points in your Secret Recovery rant.  All I can say is that the mission is an exact port from FS1 to FS2.  The enemies, weapons, positions, events, etc. are all identical.  The differences are almost certainly due to code changes.  Unfortunately, since the AI code is notoriously difficult to work with, it's very difficult to pin down exactly what might have changed in the AI code between FS1 and the current version of FSO.  (If someone has some extra time and doesn't mind doing testing, it would be informative to see videos of a Secret Recovery playthrough using each major version of FSO.)

The last time I played Secret Recovery, I just focused on staying alive long enough for Epsilon 1 and 2 to both be lost, and then I destroyed the Giordano myself.  This is a valid victory condition, although not the ideal one.