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Offline Strygon

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
All development work has (temporarily) hit a dead stop until further notice. Will most likely not be able to resume development until late February at best.
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[23:22] strypolygon: andrew
[23:22] strypolygon: i have one favor to ask of you
[23:22] strypolygon: never try speaking german again
[23:23] Andrewofdoom: No.

[18:50] 島風改八百三: the duck has multipli
[18:50] 島風改八百三: many duck
[18:50] 島風改八百三: left side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: even side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: handle it

[21:34] MP-Ryan: Why on earth would you Google this
[21:34] The_E: why would you not

[06:46] Strigon: how big is a mini-campaign again?
[06:46] Asteroth: smaller than a campaign
[06:47 ]Strigon: thanks

 

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
Seems my initial assumption was excessively pessimistic after all. Development is finally picking up again, though at a reduced pace for now.

I've been working on a few things in the meantime, such as a few minor sound changes, a new weapon and some tinkering with the VN Script.



A proper main menu that doesn't just rip off Exile's.



Custom pre-load image.

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/771390881424080936/800092797964386344/2021-01-16_21-01-05_Trim.mp4

New zappy sounds when on low hull.

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/771390881424080936/800525011437879346/2021-01-18_01-40-09.mp4

New gun



Redone map screen.



And following in WoD's spirit, ship maps for letting you interact with people in various areas of the ship.
Makes missions sometimes.
Finished Projects: Operation: Cloak and Dagger

Current Projects: Scrolls Part 2 (FREDding), Dimensional Eclipse (Art),
The First Contact War, GTDr Amazon HTL

[23:22] strypolygon: andrew
[23:22] strypolygon: i have one favor to ask of you
[23:22] strypolygon: never try speaking german again
[23:23] Andrewofdoom: No.

[18:50] 島風改八百三: the duck has multipli
[18:50] 島風改八百三: many duck
[18:50] 島風改八百三: left side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: even side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: handle it

[21:34] MP-Ryan: Why on earth would you Google this
[21:34] The_E: why would you not

[06:46] Strigon: how big is a mini-campaign again?
[06:46] Asteroth: smaller than a campaign
[06:47 ]Strigon: thanks

 

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
And here's a new ship class. The Intervention-class Cruiser.







With this I'm now about 1/3 through with making all the ships needed for the campaign. Grand total estimate lies at around 110 ships, with 35 ships already finished.
Makes missions sometimes.
Finished Projects: Operation: Cloak and Dagger

Current Projects: Scrolls Part 2 (FREDding), Dimensional Eclipse (Art),
The First Contact War, GTDr Amazon HTL

[23:22] strypolygon: andrew
[23:22] strypolygon: i have one favor to ask of you
[23:22] strypolygon: never try speaking german again
[23:23] Andrewofdoom: No.

[18:50] 島風改八百三: the duck has multipli
[18:50] 島風改八百三: many duck
[18:50] 島風改八百三: left side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: even side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: handle it

[21:34] MP-Ryan: Why on earth would you Google this
[21:34] The_E: why would you not

[06:46] Strigon: how big is a mini-campaign again?
[06:46] Asteroth: smaller than a campaign
[06:47 ]Strigon: thanks

 

Offline Colonol Dekker

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
35 is, impressive still 👍

 

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
With a new frigate and dreadnought done, make that 37 now.

40 if you also count a bunch of cargo containers I finished tonight.
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Finished Projects: Operation: Cloak and Dagger

Current Projects: Scrolls Part 2 (FREDding), Dimensional Eclipse (Art),
The First Contact War, GTDr Amazon HTL

[23:22] strypolygon: andrew
[23:22] strypolygon: i have one favor to ask of you
[23:22] strypolygon: never try speaking german again
[23:23] Andrewofdoom: No.

[18:50] 島風改八百三: the duck has multipli
[18:50] 島風改八百三: many duck
[18:50] 島風改八百三: left side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: even side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: handle it

[21:34] MP-Ryan: Why on earth would you Google this
[21:34] The_E: why would you not

[06:46] Strigon: how big is a mini-campaign again?
[06:46] Asteroth: smaller than a campaign
[06:47 ]Strigon: thanks

 

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
That's an impressive rate of development, I'm impressed.  :yes:

Any news on the lore front? I'd like to learn even more on FCW ahead of the next release.  :)
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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
I've been holding off on posting lore stuff until I got actual releases out in case people wanted to strictly read that stuff in gameplay, but I'm more than happy to provide some. Is there anything specific you want to read about?
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Finished Projects: Operation: Cloak and Dagger

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The First Contact War, GTDr Amazon HTL

[23:22] strypolygon: andrew
[23:22] strypolygon: i have one favor to ask of you
[23:22] strypolygon: never try speaking german again
[23:23] Andrewofdoom: No.

[18:50] 島風改八百三: the duck has multipli
[18:50] 島風改八百三: many duck
[18:50] 島風改八百三: left side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: even side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: handle it

[21:34] MP-Ryan: Why on earth would you Google this
[21:34] The_E: why would you not

[06:46] Strigon: how big is a mini-campaign again?
[06:46] Asteroth: smaller than a campaign
[06:47 ]Strigon: thanks

 

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
Gah! I forgot I actually have a job to do, namely keeping this page updated with whatever work I've managed to crank out over the last couple of weeks...



Let's introduce this thing here, the Glisean Brute. A repurposed civlian shuttle strapped to the maximum with guns, ammunition and engine power to make this a lightning bruiser of a vessel, but the lack of Mil-Spec armoring makes this one rather susceptible to kinetic weaponry.



A fancy new skybox!



Finalized Bluespace Warp effects and sound redesign.

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/771390881424080936/803356916415594496/2021-01-25_21-12-38.mp4



Added screen effects for when you've suffered a certain amount of hull damage, mostly the "canopy" cracking the more damage you take. Don't worry though, hull repair by Support ship or just carrier landings will get rid of these effects.



A whole bunch of cargo stuffs.



And now, a truly monstrous creation...



The USDF Helios

The only Dreadnought-type vessel in the USDF Navy, the Helios is the largest vessel ever constructed, dwarfing even the massive battleships.



It even features a fighterbay tucked away near the front.





And now back to something much smaller.



The Castle-class Frigate has been in service for over 40 years and with continuous upgrades, it still performs its roles perfectly.
Makes missions sometimes.
Finished Projects: Operation: Cloak and Dagger

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The First Contact War, GTDr Amazon HTL

[23:22] strypolygon: andrew
[23:22] strypolygon: i have one favor to ask of you
[23:22] strypolygon: never try speaking german again
[23:23] Andrewofdoom: No.

[18:50] 島風改八百三: the duck has multipli
[18:50] 島風改八百三: many duck
[18:50] 島風改八百三: left side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: even side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: handle it

[21:34] MP-Ryan: Why on earth would you Google this
[21:34] The_E: why would you not

[06:46] Strigon: how big is a mini-campaign again?
[06:46] Asteroth: smaller than a campaign
[06:47 ]Strigon: thanks

 

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
Wait carrier landings are a thing mid-mission!?

 

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
Yup! I've worked up a functional concept for carrier landings that include even things like changing your ship and weapons loadout mid-mission.

This system should be available to the player during long combat missions.
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Finished Projects: Operation: Cloak and Dagger

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The First Contact War, GTDr Amazon HTL

[23:22] strypolygon: andrew
[23:22] strypolygon: i have one favor to ask of you
[23:22] strypolygon: never try speaking german again
[23:23] Andrewofdoom: No.

[18:50] 島風改八百三: the duck has multipli
[18:50] 島風改八百三: many duck
[18:50] 島風改八百三: left side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: even side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: handle it

[21:34] MP-Ryan: Why on earth would you Google this
[21:34] The_E: why would you not

[06:46] Strigon: how big is a mini-campaign again?
[06:46] Asteroth: smaller than a campaign
[06:47 ]Strigon: thanks

 

Offline Colonol Dekker

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
Dilmah-G might be interested in that for his battle of Neptune mission.

 

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
im going to assume that's not a giant bayonet on the Helios, so what is it

 

Offline Colonol Dekker

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
Red rocket

 

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
Probably a bunch of comms stuff and sensor equipment so it can act as a strategic coordinator for its fleet and such.
Makes missions sometimes.
Finished Projects: Operation: Cloak and Dagger

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The First Contact War, GTDr Amazon HTL

[23:22] strypolygon: andrew
[23:22] strypolygon: i have one favor to ask of you
[23:22] strypolygon: never try speaking german again
[23:23] Andrewofdoom: No.

[18:50] 島風改八百三: the duck has multipli
[18:50] 島風改八百三: many duck
[18:50] 島風改八百三: left side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: even side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: handle it

[21:34] MP-Ryan: Why on earth would you Google this
[21:34] The_E: why would you not

[06:46] Strigon: how big is a mini-campaign again?
[06:46] Asteroth: smaller than a campaign
[06:47 ]Strigon: thanks

 

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread




Took me long enough. Here's a station.

This class is used in both civilian and military situations, and is incredibly spacious. It even features frigate docks, multiple shuttle hangars and a system-wise sensor beacon.
Makes missions sometimes.
Finished Projects: Operation: Cloak and Dagger

Current Projects: Scrolls Part 2 (FREDding), Dimensional Eclipse (Art),
The First Contact War, GTDr Amazon HTL

[23:22] strypolygon: andrew
[23:22] strypolygon: i have one favor to ask of you
[23:22] strypolygon: never try speaking german again
[23:23] Andrewofdoom: No.

[18:50] 島風改八百三: the duck has multipli
[18:50] 島風改八百三: many duck
[18:50] 島風改八百三: left side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: even side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: handle it

[21:34] MP-Ryan: Why on earth would you Google this
[21:34] The_E: why would you not

[06:46] Strigon: how big is a mini-campaign again?
[06:46] Asteroth: smaller than a campaign
[06:47 ]Strigon: thanks

 

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread



Ooo debris.



Ooo new cruiser!
Makes missions sometimes.
Finished Projects: Operation: Cloak and Dagger

Current Projects: Scrolls Part 2 (FREDding), Dimensional Eclipse (Art),
The First Contact War, GTDr Amazon HTL

[23:22] strypolygon: andrew
[23:22] strypolygon: i have one favor to ask of you
[23:22] strypolygon: never try speaking german again
[23:23] Andrewofdoom: No.

[18:50] 島風改八百三: the duck has multipli
[18:50] 島風改八百三: many duck
[18:50] 島風改八百三: left side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: even side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: handle it

[21:34] MP-Ryan: Why on earth would you Google this
[21:34] The_E: why would you not

[06:46] Strigon: how big is a mini-campaign again?
[06:46] Asteroth: smaller than a campaign
[06:47 ]Strigon: thanks

 

Offline Strygon

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
Hey hey people! Bet you weren't expecting another progress report so soon?

Once again got another batch of stuff to show off. Less in the ships department but a lot of visual stuff's been added.

First off, new briefing icons!



I took the lazy route and did it how FS2 did it by just using topdown/sideview shots of the ships, downscaling them to the correct resolution and cranking them through ANIBuilder. They look a *lot* better than my old icons I made some time ago.



I also finally got around to making unique models for each primary.



In order from left to right: USW-11 Spear, E-350 Gatling, USW-26 Proton Lance, E-325 Crossbow

These models will all be visible in the loadout room to finally get rid of that awful placeholder HL-7.



The loading bar has been replaced with this funny lil thing.

And finally the window name and icon have been made.



Almost feels like a full on game now.
Makes missions sometimes.
Finished Projects: Operation: Cloak and Dagger

Current Projects: Scrolls Part 2 (FREDding), Dimensional Eclipse (Art),
The First Contact War, GTDr Amazon HTL

[23:22] strypolygon: andrew
[23:22] strypolygon: i have one favor to ask of you
[23:22] strypolygon: never try speaking german again
[23:23] Andrewofdoom: No.

[18:50] 島風改八百三: the duck has multipli
[18:50] 島風改八百三: many duck
[18:50] 島風改八百三: left side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: even side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: handle it

[21:34] MP-Ryan: Why on earth would you Google this
[21:34] The_E: why would you not

[06:46] Strigon: how big is a mini-campaign again?
[06:46] Asteroth: smaller than a campaign
[06:47 ]Strigon: thanks

 

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
loving those gun models, they look p cool.

 

Offline Colonol Dekker

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
What modelling program do you use buddy?

 

Offline Strygon

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Re: The First Contact War - DevLog Thread
Blender, it's free and pretty easy to use nowadays.
Makes missions sometimes.
Finished Projects: Operation: Cloak and Dagger

Current Projects: Scrolls Part 2 (FREDding), Dimensional Eclipse (Art),
The First Contact War, GTDr Amazon HTL

[23:22] strypolygon: andrew
[23:22] strypolygon: i have one favor to ask of you
[23:22] strypolygon: never try speaking german again
[23:23] Andrewofdoom: No.

[18:50] 島風改八百三: the duck has multipli
[18:50] 島風改八百三: many duck
[18:50] 島風改八百三: left side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: even side
[18:50] 島風改八百三: handle it

[21:34] MP-Ryan: Why on earth would you Google this
[21:34] The_E: why would you not

[06:46] Strigon: how big is a mini-campaign again?
[06:46] Asteroth: smaller than a campaign
[06:47 ]Strigon: thanks