Author Topic: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)  (Read 30682 times)

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Offline Luis Dias

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Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
Finally got to play this! So cool! :yes:

My only problem was that I couldn't have that exterior view for some goddamned reason! :(. So I stuck with my pilot view and imagined how the Deimos was dealing with everything near it.

Still great fredding here :D!

 

Offline Lepanto

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Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
Annoying Bughunt Slows Lepanto's Workflow, Causes Moderate Inconvenience

In pale mockery of Battuta-sama's bughunt reports, I thought I'd share with you my own tale of woe caused by bizarre bugs (with a requisite side of extra DRAMA).

Currently, I'm working on Lopez's mission. It shall be an epic battle between the ill-fated commander of the Carthage and the ravenous Shivan hordes, with BEAMZ and bombs flying, and tens of thousands of lives on the line. FREDding has been rather long and complex, and I still have much work to do before this harrowing gauntlet is even beta-ready, much less release-worthy.

Anyhow, I was beta-testing a section where you have to fight a Ravana. I noticed that the Ravana's forward LReds were carving up the Carthage, even though I had told two of my bomber wings to defang the Shivan destroyer's fragile forward beam mounts. When fiddling with Alpha and Beta wings' weapon loadouts didn't help my bombers to complete their assigned task, I used the screencam script to take a closer look at the situation.

Lo and behold, the bombers were not firing at all. :wtf: These bomber pilots of the warlike GTVA had, no doubt by some mysterious design of the Vishnans, embraced the pacific joy of Ubuntu with a fervor which even the Council of Elders would envy. They had resolved to appreciate the beauty and fragility of all life, even in the Shivan tide seeking to snuff out their lives and those of their comrades. They merely hovered in front of the enemy warship's beam mounts, all their weapons silent as their flagship was reduced to debris by their inaction.

Of course, their embrace of enlightened pacifism was simply unacceptable, as it ruined my carefully-built playground of war.  :hopping: I had to restore my pilots' burning fires of bloodlust, so that they might destroy the Shivans' weapons and ships, and restore balance to the Force my poor mission. The magic of friendship and harmony had no place before the exigencies of pitiless gameplay expediency.

But how? After some bughunting, I narrowed down the problem to a quite unusual cause; apparently, my bomber wings' arrival orders. For reasons I still cannot fathom, the very act of launching from a capship (ANY capship, apparently) turned my bomber pilots into committed pacifists who would not fire a single weapon on the enemy.  :banghead: Only by abandoning my plan of launching Alpha and Beta wings from an Orion's deck mid-mission, and just setting their arrival cues to True, was I able to turn them back into the merciless killers which they were born to be.

So, anyway, I didn't really solve the problem; I just worked around it. Does anybody have the slightest clue what quirk of FRED/AI/whatever could have made my bombers refuse to fire their weapons whenever they launched from a capship?
"We have now reached the point where every goon with a grievance, every bitter bigot, merely has to place the prefix, 'I know this is not politically correct, but...' in front of the usual string of insults in order to be not just safe from criticism, but actually a card, a lad, even a hero. Conversely, to talk about poverty and inequality, to draw attention to the reality that discrimination and injustice are still facts of life, is to commit the sin of political correctness. Anti-PC has become the latest cover for creeps. It is a godsend for every curmudgeon and crank, from fascists to the merely smug."
Finian O'Toole, The Irish Times, 5 May 1994

Blue Planet: The Battle Captains: Missions starring the Admirals of BP: WiH
Frontlines 2334+2335: T-V War campaign
GVB Ammit: Vasudan strike bomber
Player-Controlled Capship Modding Tutorial

 

Offline Nyarly

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Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
Very eager to try this mod!  However, I'm running into some errors trying to run it.  Do I need to have this installed in the BP2 file, or on its own in the main FS2 directory?  Also, I've tried running it using multiple recent builds including the obvious default BP one.
Do not taunt Magic Boulder.

 
Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
Stick it in its own mod directory.
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Offline Lepanto

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Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
Thanks!  :) Any recent build should work.

Also, put the attached version of the mission into BattleCaptains-Severant/data/missions (replace the one that's already there.) This should fix a problem with your beam-overload ability in the released version.

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"We have now reached the point where every goon with a grievance, every bitter bigot, merely has to place the prefix, 'I know this is not politically correct, but...' in front of the usual string of insults in order to be not just safe from criticism, but actually a card, a lad, even a hero. Conversely, to talk about poverty and inequality, to draw attention to the reality that discrimination and injustice are still facts of life, is to commit the sin of political correctness. Anti-PC has become the latest cover for creeps. It is a godsend for every curmudgeon and crank, from fascists to the merely smug."
Finian O'Toole, The Irish Times, 5 May 1994

Blue Planet: The Battle Captains: Missions starring the Admirals of BP: WiH
Frontlines 2334+2335: T-V War campaign
GVB Ammit: Vasudan strike bomber
Player-Controlled Capship Modding Tutorial

 

Offline An4ximandros

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Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
I give you a 6/10 in a scale of Battutas. Where the maximum is BAttuta's Writing Standard. You need to utilize more exotic words and make your phrases read like prose. Keep going at it, ye will improve.

 

Offline Nyarly

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Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
Stick it in its own mod directory.
Ah, good thing I was doing it right the first time.

Thanks!  :) Any recent build should work.

Also, put the attached version of the mission into BattleCaptains-Severant/data/missions (replace the one that's already there.) This should fix a problem with your beam-overload ability in the released version.
Cool, thank you!

Unfortunately, I've figured out what's wrong; somehow, my copy of FSO has become rather corrupted.  No idea how harm came to my files, but everything was working well until I started playing ST:R (I can still play the FSPort)...

Might need to do a fresh reinstall.
Do not taunt Magic Boulder.

 

Offline Lepanto

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Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
I give you a 6/10 in a scale of Battutas. Where the maximum is BAttuta's Writing Standard. You need to utilize more exotic words and make your phrases read like prose. Keep going at it, ye will improve.

Meh, the whole attempt was kinda forced anyway. I'm just not cut out for witty DRAMATIC commentary, I suppose. Not all of us can be as absurdly multi-talented as Battuta-sama.  :)

Nyarly:

Wish I could help, but I'm no tech-support expert.
"We have now reached the point where every goon with a grievance, every bitter bigot, merely has to place the prefix, 'I know this is not politically correct, but...' in front of the usual string of insults in order to be not just safe from criticism, but actually a card, a lad, even a hero. Conversely, to talk about poverty and inequality, to draw attention to the reality that discrimination and injustice are still facts of life, is to commit the sin of political correctness. Anti-PC has become the latest cover for creeps. It is a godsend for every curmudgeon and crank, from fascists to the merely smug."
Finian O'Toole, The Irish Times, 5 May 1994

Blue Planet: The Battle Captains: Missions starring the Admirals of BP: WiH
Frontlines 2334+2335: T-V War campaign
GVB Ammit: Vasudan strike bomber
Player-Controlled Capship Modding Tutorial

 

Offline niffiwan

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Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
@Nyarly; behold the cry of the HLP tech support ninjas...

Please post your fs2_open.log file.  Instructions on how to do this can be found in this post.
Creating a fs2_open.log | Red Alert Bug = Hex Edit | MediaVPs 2014: Bigger HUD gauges | 32bit libs for 64bit Ubuntu
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Linux OBS Packages: FSO 3.7.0 | FSO BP Build | wxLauncher (?) | PCS2 (?) | wxVPView (?)
Debian Packages (testing/unstable): Freespace2 | wxLauncher
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m|m: I think I'm suffering from Stockholm syndrome. Bmpman is starting to make sense and it's actually written reasonably well...

 

Offline General Battuta

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Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
I give you a 6/10 in a scale of Battutas. Where the maximum is BAttuta's Writing Standard. You need to utilize more exotic words and make your phrases read like prose. Keep going at it, ye will improve.

Meh, the whole attempt was kinda forced anyway. I'm just not cut out for witty DRAMATIC commentary, I suppose. Not all of us can be as absurdly multi-talented as Battuta-sama.  :)

Damn that's all harsh n ****, I thought it was quite good.

 

Offline Nyarly

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Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
No worries Lepanto.  I appreciate the help with the .fs2 file.  Sorry for cluttering up your release thread!

Anyway, niffiwan.  Here is the debug log.  Seems some of the CMD options aren't working.



Code: [Select]
==========================================================================
DEBUG SPEW: No debug_filter.cfg found, so only general, error, and warning
categories can be shown and no debug_filter.cfg info will be saved.
==========================================================================
FreeSpace 2 Open version: 3.7.1
Passed cmdline options:
  -missile_lighting
  -3dshockwave
  -soft_particles
  -post_process
  -fxaa
  -mod mediavps_2014
  -mipmap
  -window
  -spec
  -glow
  -env
Deprecated flag '-spec' found. Please remove from your cmdline.
Deprecated flag '-glow' found. Please remove from your cmdline.
Deprecated flag '-env' found. Please remove from your cmdline.
Building file index...
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_A-Glows.vp' with a checksum of 0xd8f529e2
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_Advanced.vp' with a checksum of 0x337ffc37
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_Assets.vp' with a checksum of 0x23b7997e
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_CB_ANI_1.vp' with a checksum of 0xa69eade8
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_CB_ANI_2.vp' with a checksum of 0x070ae320
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_Effects.vp' with a checksum of 0x6fbd3357
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_Music.vp' with a checksum of 0x6c8f665e
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_RadarIcons.vp' with a checksum of 0x04a9e65a
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_Root.vp' with a checksum of 0x107a739e
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\fsport3_4.vp' with a checksum of 0x27404416
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\Root_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0xce10d76c
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\smarty_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0xddeb3b1e
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\sparky_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0x164fe65a
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\sparky_hi_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0xa11d56f1
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\stu_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0xd77da83a
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\tango1_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0x4c25221e
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\tango2_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0x86920b82
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\tango3_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0x705e8d71
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\warble_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0xd85c305d
Searching root 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\' ... 0 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_A-Glows.vp' ... 1735 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_Advanced.vp' ... 1654 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_Assets.vp' ... 2015 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_CB_ANI_1.vp' ... 32 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_CB_ANI_2.vp' ... 57 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_Effects.vp' ... 2063 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_Music.vp' ... 32 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_RadarIcons.vp' ... 24 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_2014\MV_Root.vp' ... 848 files
Searching root 'C:\Games\Freespace2\' ... 6 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\fsport3_4.vp' ... 967 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\Root_fs2.vp' ... 157 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\smarty_fs2.vp' ... 10 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\sparky_fs2.vp' ... 3027 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\sparky_hi_fs2.vp' ... 1337 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\stu_fs2.vp' ... 2355 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\tango1_fs2.vp' ... 32 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\tango2_fs2.vp' ... 15 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\tango3_fs2.vp' ... 10 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\warble_fs2.vp' ... 52 files
Searching root 'e:\' ... 0 files
Found 22 roots and 16428 files.
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_root-lcl.tbm' ...
Setting language to English
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_root-lcl.tbm' ...
Game Settings Table: Using Standard Loops For SEXP Arguments
Game Settings Table: Using standard event chaining behavior
Game Settings Table: External shaders are DISABLED
Game Settings Table: Removed extension on ignored campaign file name FreeSpace2
Game Settings Table: Removed extension on ignored campaign file name STemplar
Initializing OpenAL...
  OpenAL Vendor     : Creative Labs Inc.
  OpenAL Renderer   : Software
  OpenAL Version    : 1.1

  Found extension "ALC_EXT_EFX".

  Sample rate: 44100 (44100)
  EFX version: 1.0
  Max auxiliary sends: 1
  Playback device: Generic Software on Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
  Capture device: <not available>
... OpenAL successfully initialized!
Failed to init speech
Initializing OpenGL graphics device at 1600x900 with 32-bit color...
  Initializing WGL...
  Requested WGL Video values = R: 8, G: 8, B: 8, depth: 24, stencil: 8, double-buffer: 1
  Actual WGL Video values    = R: 8, G: 8, B: 8, depth: 24, stencil: 8, double-buffer: 1
  OpenGL Vendor    : NVIDIA Corporation
  OpenGL Renderer  : GeForce GTX 650 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
  OpenGL Version   : 4.3.0

  Using extension "GL_EXT_fog_coord".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_multitexture".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_texture_env_add".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_texture_compression".
  Using extension "GL_EXT_texture_compression_s3tc".
  Using extension "GL_EXT_texture_filter_anisotropic".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_texture_env_combine".
  Using extension "GL_EXT_compiled_vertex_array".
  Using extension "GL_EXT_draw_range_elements".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_texture_mirrored_repeat".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_texture_non_power_of_two".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_pixel_buffer_object".
  Using extension "GL_SGIS_generate_mipmap".
  Using extension "GL_EXT_framebuffer_object".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_texture_rectangle".
  Using extension "GL_EXT_bgra".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_texture_cube_map".
  Using extension "GL_EXT_texture_lod_bias".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_point_sprite".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_shading_language_100".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_shader_objects".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_vertex_shader".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_fragment_shader".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_shader_texture_lod".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_texture_float".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_draw_elements_base_vertex".
  Found special extension function "wglSwapIntervalEXT".

Compiling new shader:
   Loading built-in default shader for: soft-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: soft-f.sdr
Shader features:
   Depth-blended Particles
Compiling new shader:
   Loading built-in default shader for: soft-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: soft-f.sdr
Shader features:
   Distorted Particles

  Compiling post-processing shader 1 ...
   Loading built-in default shader for: post-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: post-f.sdr
  Compiling post-processing shader 2 ...
   Loading built-in default shader for: post-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: blur-f.sdr
  Compiling post-processing shader 3 ...
   Loading built-in default shader for: post-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: blur-f.sdr
  Compiling post-processing shader 4 ...
   Loading built-in default shader for: post-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: brightpass-f.sdr
  Compiling post-processing shader 5 ...
   Loading built-in default shader for: fxaa-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: fxaa-f.sdr
  Compiling post-processing shader 6 ...
   Loading built-in default shader for: post-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: fxaapre-f.sdr
  Compiling post-processing shader 7 ...
   Loading built-in default shader for: post-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: ls-f.sdr

  Max texture units: 4 (32)
  Max elements vertices: 1048576
  Max elements indices: 1048576
  Max texture size: 16384x16384
  Max render buffer size: 16384x16384
  Can use compressed textures: YES
  Texture compression available: YES
  Post-processing enabled: YES
  Using trilinear texture filter.
  OpenGL Shader Version: 4.30 NVIDIA via Cg compiler
... OpenGL init is complete!
Size of bitmap info = 742 KB
Size of bitmap extra info = 48 bytes
ANI cursorweb with size 24x24 (25.0% wasted)
GRAPHICS: Initializing default colors...
SCRIPTING: Beginning initialization sequence...
SCRIPTING: Beginning Lua initialization...
LUA: Opening LUA state...
LUA: Initializing base Lua libraries...
LUA: Beginning ADE initialization
ADE: Initializing enumeration constants...
ADE: Assigning Lua session...
SCRIPTING: Beginning main hook parse sequence....
Wokka!  Error opening file (scripting.tbl)!
TABLES: Unable to parse 'scripting.tbl'!  Error code = 5.
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_flak-sct.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_exp-sct.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_dbrs-sct.tbm' ...
SCRIPTING: Inititialization complete.
SCRIPTING: Splash screen overrides checked
SCRIPTING: Splash hook has been run
SCRIPTING: Splash screen conditional hook has been run
Using high memory settings...
Wokka!  Error opening file (interface.tbl)!
WMCGUI: Unable to parse 'interface.tbl'!  Error code = 5.
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_effects-sdf.tbm' ...
Dutifully ignoring the extra sound values for retail sound 36, 'l_hit.wav'...
Dutifully ignoring the extra sound values for retail sound 37, 'm_hit.wav'...
Windows reported 16 joysticks, we found 0
Current soundtrack set to -1 in event_music_reset_choices
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_music-mus.tbm' ...
TABLES => Unable to find 'colors.tbl'. Initialising colors with default values.
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_effects-mfl.tbm' ...
Wokka!  Error opening file (armor.tbl)!
TABLES: Unable to parse 'armor.tbl'!  Error code = 5.
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_effects-amr.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'fsport-aip.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_assets-aip.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_root-wxp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_effects-wxp.tbm' ...
BMPMAN: Found EFF (exp20.eff) with 75 frames at 20 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (ExpMissileHit1.eff) with 92 frames at 30 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (exp04.eff) with 49 frames at 22 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (noeffect.eff) with 1 frames at 1 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (exp05.eff) with 93 frames at 20 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (exp06.eff) with 92 frames at 22 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (capflash.eff) with 40 frames at 10 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (Maxim_Impact.eff) with 23 frames at 30 fps.
ANI Lamprey_Impact with size 80x80 (37.5% wasted)
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'railguncycle-wep.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_root-wep.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_effects-wep.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_assets-wep.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_effects-obt.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'fsport-resetmodels-shp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'fsport-turretangles-shp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'fsport-abtrails-shp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_root-shp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'radar-shp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_effects-shp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_assets-shp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'fsport-reticle-hdg.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_root-hdg.tbm' ...
ANI support1 with size 108x24 (25.0% wasted)
ANI damage1 with size 148x25 (21.9% wasted)
ANI wingman1 with size 71x53 (17.2% wasted)
ANI wingman2 with size 35x53 (17.2% wasted)
ANI wingman3 with size 14x53 (17.2% wasted)
ANI toggle1 with size 57x20 (37.5% wasted)
ANI head1 with size 164x132 (48.4% wasted)
ANI weapons1 with size 126x20 (37.5% wasted)
ANI weapons1_b with size 150x20 (37.5% wasted)
ANI objective1 with size 149x21 (34.4% wasted)
ANI netlag1 with size 29x30 (6.3% wasted)
ANI targhit1 with size 31x21 (34.4% wasted)
ANI time1 with size 47x23 (28.1% wasted)
ANI targetview1 with size 137x156 (39.1% wasted)
ANI targetview2 with size 4x96 (25.0% wasted)
ANI targetview3 with size 7x20 (37.5% wasted)
WARNING: "Cannot load hud ani: 2_energy2_fs1" at hudtarget.cpp:5431
Int3(): From c:\code\fs2_open_0\code\globalincs\windebug.cpp at line 1378
Do not taunt Magic Boulder.

 

Offline niffiwan

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Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
You don't seem to have the mod installed or selected correctly.  You should have a -mod line like this:

Code: [Select]
-mod BattleCaptains-Severanti,blueplanet,blueplanet2,mediavps_3612

instead of this:

Code: [Select]
-mod mediavps_2014

I'm not sure if BP and BattleCaptains support the Mediavps_2014 yet either, if you want to use it then you may get unexpected results.

Anyway, check the mod you have selected in your launcher.

Lastly, this is fairly minor, but you don't need these options anymore so they can be safely removed:

Code: [Select]
Deprecated flag '-spec' found. Please remove from your cmdline.
Deprecated flag '-glow' found. Please remove from your cmdline.
Deprecated flag '-env' found. Please remove from your cmdline.
Creating a fs2_open.log | Red Alert Bug = Hex Edit | MediaVPs 2014: Bigger HUD gauges | 32bit libs for 64bit Ubuntu
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Linux OBS Packages: FSO 3.7.0 | FSO BP Build | wxLauncher (?) | PCS2 (?) | wxVPView (?)
Debian Packages (testing/unstable): Freespace2 | wxLauncher
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m|m: I think I'm suffering from Stockholm syndrome. Bmpman is starting to make sense and it's actually written reasonably well...

 

Offline Nyarly

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Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
Oops, I didn't think the 2014 VPs would work, yet I accidentally used that build.  Herp derp.  Also, removed those flagged options.  Still not working, though.

Code: [Select]
==========================================================================
DEBUG SPEW: No debug_filter.cfg found, so only general, error, and warning
categories can be shown and no debug_filter.cfg info will be saved.
==========================================================================
FreeSpace 2 Open version: 3.7.1
Passed cmdline options:
  -missile_lighting
  -3dshockwave
  -soft_particles
  -post_process
  -fxaa
  -mod BattleCaptains-Severanti,blueplanet,blueplanet2,mediavps_3612
  -mipmap
  -window
Building file index...
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet\adv-bp.vp' with a checksum of 0x6e9d550d
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet\bp-audio1.vp' with a checksum of 0x53c3080c
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet\bp-audio2.vp' with a checksum of 0xc9c97c6b
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet\bp-core.vp' with a checksum of 0x16ea6fad
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet\bp-visuals1.vp' with a checksum of 0x8c01538d
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet\bp-visuals2.vp' with a checksum of 0x6a0a46ec
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet2\adv-bp2.vp' with a checksum of 0x4d6319c8
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet2\bp2-audio1.vp' with a checksum of 0x4f978a6b
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet2\bp2-core.vp' with a checksum of 0x64e738b9
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet2\bp2-visuals1.vp' with a checksum of 0xbaa4dbd6
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet2\bp2-visuals2.vp' with a checksum of 0x9689af32
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_Advanced.vp' with a checksum of 0x4b8b0f5a
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_AnimGlows.vp' with a checksum of 0x6a554026
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_Assets.3612.vp' with a checksum of 0x59649c21
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_Assets.vp' with a checksum of 0x529cc70f
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_CB_ANI_1.vp' with a checksum of 0x9c948078
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_CB_ANI_2.vp' with a checksum of 0xd1e3fc51
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_Effects.3612.vp' with a checksum of 0x9c510aa0
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_Effects.vp' with a checksum of 0xb9a9a485
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_Music.vp' with a checksum of 0xb3e21469
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_RadarIcons.vp' with a checksum of 0x31dd7781
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_Root.3612.vp' with a checksum of 0x7c9d7e74
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_Root.vp' with a checksum of 0x6ffd5c78
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\fsport3_4.vp' with a checksum of 0x27404416
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\Root_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0xce10d76c
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\smarty_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0xddeb3b1e
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\sparky_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0x164fe65a
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\sparky_hi_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0xa11d56f1
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\stu_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0xd77da83a
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\tango1_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0x4c25221e
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\tango2_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0x86920b82
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\tango3_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0x705e8d71
Found root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\warble_fs2.vp' with a checksum of 0xd85c305d
Searching root 'C:\Games\Freespace2\BattleCaptains-Severanti\' ... 31 files
Searching root 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet\' ... 0 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet\adv-bp.vp' ... 358 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet\bp-audio1.vp' ... 41 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet\bp-audio2.vp' ... 683 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet\bp-core.vp' ... 47 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet\bp-visuals1.vp' ... 400 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet\bp-visuals2.vp' ... 1561 files
Searching root 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet2\' ... 39 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet2\adv-bp2.vp' ... 33 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet2\bp2-audio1.vp' ... 243 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet2\bp2-core.vp' ... 92 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet2\bp2-visuals1.vp' ... 682 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\blueplanet2\bp2-visuals2.vp' ... 2480 files
Searching root 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\' ... 0 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_Advanced.vp' ... 1283 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_AnimGlows.vp' ... 1641 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_Assets.3612.vp' ... 315 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_Assets.vp' ... 1527 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_CB_ANI_1.vp' ... 32 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_CB_ANI_2.vp' ... 52 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_Effects.3612.vp' ... 10 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_Effects.vp' ... 1876 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_Music.vp' ... 32 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_RadarIcons.vp' ... 24 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_Root.3612.vp' ... 13 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\mediavps_3612\MV_Root.vp' ... 94 files
Searching root 'C:\Games\Freespace2\' ... 6 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\fsport3_4.vp' ... 967 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\Root_fs2.vp' ... 157 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\smarty_fs2.vp' ... 10 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\sparky_fs2.vp' ... 3027 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\sparky_hi_fs2.vp' ... 1337 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\stu_fs2.vp' ... 2355 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\tango1_fs2.vp' ... 32 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\tango2_fs2.vp' ... 15 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\tango3_fs2.vp' ... 10 files
Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\warble_fs2.vp' ... 52 files
Searching root 'e:\' ... 0 files
Found 39 roots and 21557 files.
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_core-lcl.tbm' ...
Setting language to English
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_core-lcl.tbm' ...
Game Settings Table: Using Standard Loops For SEXP Arguments
Game Settings Table: Using standard event chaining behavior
Game Settings Table: External shaders are DISABLED
Game Settings Table: Removed extension on ignored campaign file name FreeSpace2
Game Settings Table: Removed extension on ignored campaign file name STemplar
Initializing OpenAL...
  OpenAL Vendor     : Creative Labs Inc.
  OpenAL Renderer   : Software
  OpenAL Version    : 1.1

  Found extension "ALC_EXT_EFX".

  Sample rate: 44100 (44100)
  EFX version: 1.0
  Max auxiliary sends: 1
  Playback device: Generic Software on Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
  Capture device: <not available>
... OpenAL successfully initialized!
Failed to init speech
Initializing OpenGL graphics device at 1600x900 with 32-bit color...
  Initializing WGL...
  Requested WGL Video values = R: 8, G: 8, B: 8, depth: 24, stencil: 8, double-buffer: 1
  Actual WGL Video values    = R: 8, G: 8, B: 8, depth: 24, stencil: 8, double-buffer: 1
  OpenGL Vendor    : NVIDIA Corporation
  OpenGL Renderer  : GeForce GTX 650 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
  OpenGL Version   : 4.3.0

  Using extension "GL_EXT_fog_coord".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_multitexture".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_texture_env_add".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_texture_compression".
  Using extension "GL_EXT_texture_compression_s3tc".
  Using extension "GL_EXT_texture_filter_anisotropic".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_texture_env_combine".
  Using extension "GL_EXT_compiled_vertex_array".
  Using extension "GL_EXT_draw_range_elements".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_texture_mirrored_repeat".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_texture_non_power_of_two".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_pixel_buffer_object".
  Using extension "GL_SGIS_generate_mipmap".
  Using extension "GL_EXT_framebuffer_object".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_texture_rectangle".
  Using extension "GL_EXT_bgra".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_texture_cube_map".
  Using extension "GL_EXT_texture_lod_bias".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_point_sprite".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_shading_language_100".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_shader_objects".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_vertex_shader".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_fragment_shader".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_shader_texture_lod".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_texture_float".
  Using extension "GL_ARB_draw_elements_base_vertex".
  Found special extension function "wglSwapIntervalEXT".

Compiling new shader:
   Loading built-in default shader for: soft-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: soft-f.sdr
Shader features:
   Depth-blended Particles
Compiling new shader:
   Loading built-in default shader for: soft-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: soft-f.sdr
Shader features:
   Distorted Particles

  Compiling post-processing shader 1 ...
   Loading built-in default shader for: post-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: post-f.sdr
  Compiling post-processing shader 2 ...
   Loading built-in default shader for: post-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: blur-f.sdr
  Compiling post-processing shader 3 ...
   Loading built-in default shader for: post-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: blur-f.sdr
  Compiling post-processing shader 4 ...
   Loading built-in default shader for: post-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: brightpass-f.sdr
  Compiling post-processing shader 5 ...
   Loading built-in default shader for: fxaa-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: fxaa-f.sdr
  Compiling post-processing shader 6 ...
   Loading built-in default shader for: post-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: fxaapre-f.sdr
  Compiling post-processing shader 7 ...
   Loading built-in default shader for: post-v.sdr
   Loading built-in default shader for: ls-f.sdr

  Max texture units: 4 (32)
  Max elements vertices: 1048576
  Max elements indices: 1048576
  Max texture size: 16384x16384
  Max render buffer size: 16384x16384
  Can use compressed textures: YES
  Texture compression available: YES
  Post-processing enabled: YES
  Using trilinear texture filter.
  OpenGL Shader Version: 4.30 NVIDIA via Cg compiler
... OpenGL init is complete!
Size of bitmap info = 742 KB
Size of bitmap extra info = 48 bytes
ANI cursorweb with size 24x24 (25.0% wasted)
GRAPHICS: Initializing default colors...
SCRIPTING: Beginning initialization sequence...
SCRIPTING: Beginning Lua initialization...
LUA: Opening LUA state...
LUA: Initializing base Lua libraries...
LUA: Beginning ADE initialization
ADE: Initializing enumeration constants...
ADE: Assigning Lua session...
SCRIPTING: Beginning main hook parse sequence....
Wokka!  Error opening file (scripting.tbl)!
TABLES: Unable to parse 'scripting.tbl'!  Error code = 5.
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_flak-sct.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_dbrs-sct.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_exp-sct.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp2-turretHotkey-sct.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp2-trigger-sct.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp2-tcard-sct.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp2-stupid-sct.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp2-equip-sct.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp2-debrisgrav-sct.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp2-betty-sct.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp2-csc-sct.tbm' ...
SCRIPTING: Inititialization complete.
SCRIPTING: Splash screen overrides checked
SCRIPTING: Splash hook has been run
SCRIPTING: Splash screen conditional hook has been run
Using high memory settings...
Wokka!  Error opening file (interface.tbl)!
WMCGUI: Unable to parse 'interface.tbl'!  Error code = 5.
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_effects-sdf.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp-sdf.tbm' ...
Dutifully ignoring the extra sound values for retail sound 36, 'l_hit.wav'...
Dutifully ignoring the extra sound values for retail sound 37, 'm_hit.wav'...
Windows reported 16 joysticks, we found 0
Current soundtrack set to -1 in event_music_reset_choices
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_music-mus.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp2-mus.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp-mus.tbm' ...
TABLES => Starting parse of 'colors.tbl'...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_effects-mfl.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp2-mfl.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp-mfl.tbm' ...
Wokka!  Error opening file (armor.tbl)!
TABLES: Unable to parse 'armor.tbl'!  Error code = 5.
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_effects-amr.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp2-amr.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'fsport-aip.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp2-aip.tbm' ...
Warning: "$perform less checks for death screams" flag is deprecated in favor of "$perform fewer checks for death screams"
Warning: "$allow primary link delay" flag is deprecated in favor of "$allow primary link at mission start"
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp-aip.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_effects-wxp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp2-wxp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp-wxp.tbm' ...
BMPMAN: Found EFF (exp20.eff) with 75 frames at 20 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (ExpMissileHit1.eff) with 92 frames at 20 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (exp04.eff) with 49 frames at 22 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (exp05.eff) with 93 frames at 20 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (exp06.eff) with 92 frames at 22 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (capflash.eff) with 40 frames at 10 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (Maxim_Impact.eff) with 23 frames at 30 fps.
ANI Lamprey_Impact with size 80x80 (37.5% wasted)
BMPMAN: Found EFF (exp50.eff) with 92 frames at 30 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (explo3.eff) with 48 frames at 22 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (HFlakExp.eff) with 48 frames at 22 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (exp06b.eff) with 92 frames at 22 fps.
BMPMAN: Found EFF (bomb_flare.eff) with 69 frames at 20 fps.
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'railguncycle-wep.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_core-wep.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_effects-wep.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_assets-wep.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp2-wep.tbm' ...
Ignoring free flight speed for weapon 'Trebuchet#Aegis'
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp-wep.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_effects-obt.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp2-obt.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'fsport-resetmodels-shp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'fsport-turretangles-shp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'fsport-abtrails-shp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_core-shp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'radar-shp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_effects-shp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'mv_assets-shp.tbm' ...
TBM  =>  Starting parse of 'bp2-shp.tbm' ...
WARNING: "Unable to find WEAPON_LIST_TYPE string "Rockeye" in stuff_int_list  Many possible sources for this error.  Get a programmer!" at parselo.cpp:2737
Int3(): From c:\code\fs2_open_0\code\globalincs\windebug.cpp at line 1378
Do not taunt Magic Boulder.

 

Offline niffiwan

  • 211
  • Eluder Class
Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
Ah.  Remove this VP from your freespace2 root folder, mod VPs should always be in their own folder, not the freespace2 root :)

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Searching root pack 'C:\Games\Freespace2\fsport3_4.vp' ... 967 files
Creating a fs2_open.log | Red Alert Bug = Hex Edit | MediaVPs 2014: Bigger HUD gauges | 32bit libs for 64bit Ubuntu
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Linux OBS Packages: FSO 3.7.0 | FSO BP Build | wxLauncher (?) | PCS2 (?) | wxVPView (?)
Debian Packages (testing/unstable): Freespace2 | wxLauncher
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m|m: I think I'm suffering from Stockholm syndrome. Bmpman is starting to make sense and it's actually written reasonably well...

 

Offline Lepanto

  • 210
  • Believes in Truth
    • Skype
Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
Fine by me, Nyarly; any attention tickles my ego a bit.  :p

Thanks, Battuta; irrespective of the quality of my writing, DOES anyone have any clue why my bombers might have refused to shoot stuff?
"We have now reached the point where every goon with a grievance, every bitter bigot, merely has to place the prefix, 'I know this is not politically correct, but...' in front of the usual string of insults in order to be not just safe from criticism, but actually a card, a lad, even a hero. Conversely, to talk about poverty and inequality, to draw attention to the reality that discrimination and injustice are still facts of life, is to commit the sin of political correctness. Anti-PC has become the latest cover for creeps. It is a godsend for every curmudgeon and crank, from fascists to the merely smug."
Finian O'Toole, The Irish Times, 5 May 1994

Blue Planet: The Battle Captains: Missions starring the Admirals of BP: WiH
Frontlines 2334+2335: T-V War campaign
GVB Ammit: Vasudan strike bomber
Player-Controlled Capship Modding Tutorial

 

Offline Nyarly

  • 24
  • Generic basement-dweller
Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
Sweet, that would do it.  Thank you, niffiwan!   :D


(No idea how it got there; probably an operator error from when I recently installed the FSPort.  :banghead:   ;))

Off to try the mission, Lepanto!
« Last Edit: March 21, 2014, 10:44:52 pm by Nyarly »
Do not taunt Magic Boulder.

 

Offline An4ximandros

  • 210
  • Transabyssal metastatic event
Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
Clearly they felt the power of the Unity Crystfish.

 

Offline niffiwan

  • 211
  • Eluder Class
Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
Were the attack orders given after they arrived from the docking bay?  It could also be a code bug, in which case a simple mission that reproduces the behaviour would help the SCP track it down.
Creating a fs2_open.log | Red Alert Bug = Hex Edit | MediaVPs 2014: Bigger HUD gauges | 32bit libs for 64bit Ubuntu
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Linux OBS Packages: FSO 3.7.0 | FSO BP Build | wxLauncher (?) | PCS2 (?) | wxVPView (?)
Debian Packages (testing/unstable): Freespace2 | wxLauncher
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m|m: I think I'm suffering from Stockholm syndrome. Bmpman is starting to make sense and it's actually written reasonably well...

 

Offline Shivan Hunter

  • 210
  • FRED needs lambdas!
Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
IIRC there are/were issues with launching anything from a player ship's fighterbay, but then I've also had odd problems with ships not firing on turrets even when they arrived from subspace. idk.

Also, I liked your bug post! It was lulzy.

 

Offline Nyarly

  • 24
  • Generic basement-dweller
Re: Blue Planet: The Battle Captains (Fan Campaign)
So Lepanto, I tried the mission.  It was really fun!  A little short, but that was fine given the intensity and quality.  I also loved how you gave Severanti a decent amount of personality in a rather small amount of time.  I appreciate this, as I honestly like the guy given his approach to war is similar to my own.  I personally think a conservative approach to conquering the UEF is smarter given how vital its resources and factories are, as well as the hearts and minds of its many, many people.  Steele's Blitz doesn't... sit well with me, and I say that as someone who understands where the GTVA is coming from in their great desire to reconquer humanity's cradle.

Also, I loved the fluff and the analogies to the American Civil War.  I've seen the NTF/GTVA as Space Confederates/Unionists for a while, so the comparisons were cool! 

(I also like that having Severanti die makes Steele's drive into Sol vastly more difficult.)




Do not taunt Magic Boulder.