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Offline An4ximandros

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Your Dream Campaign/Mod/Etc.
I been having thoughts lately of how to make Freespace fun again. When I first played, I had a blast. But nowadays, it is all so stale... even things like BP feel... bland.

So I began asking myself a question: What would it take to make the game fun?

From the Brainstorming, I had an idea of a game in which you control a "Light Carrier" of sorts, with you on a RTS/RTT command scheme, with the ability to take control of a drone craft (Which plays on a more traditional Flight sim mode). There would be different drones and each squad of them would focus on something (Anti-Fighter, Bomb Intercept, Transmitting commands to allies, ECM/ECCM, ramming larger vessels...) The challenge would lie on coordinating a flotilla for assaults on locations of strategic importance.

What about you people? What would make the game fun (Or more fun!) for you?

 

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Re: Your Dream Campaign/Mod/Etc.
I really wanted to see if I could implement a high fidelity capital ship control system where you could manually aim the turrets and manage systems but it required .lua scripting and somewhere in the execution I got lazy and stopped.

What you are describing has been attempted before, but it's not one of those things that fits smoothly. Sounds cool though.


I like the game for what it is. I still think there are a lot of options that a modder has to make this game fun. It's just a matter of creativity, time and execution.
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When you've got stuff like JAD out there, I think the game is still plenty of fun. You can't get much more creative than JAD or say BP act 3.
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Offline General Battuta

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Re: Your Dream Campaign/Mod/Etc.
I think there's a lot of design space left to explore. Working at a triple-A studio has really made it clear to me that FreeSpace's design and the FRED editor in particular are way more powerful than most of the tools available to 'real' designers.

 

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Re: Your Dream Campaign/Mod/Etc.
I once wanted to make a campaign in which you'd play, at different points, as a starship commander, a fleet commander and a fighter pilot. It'd either have to involve multiple characters or a main character somewhat akin to Darth Vader (normal rank progression is too slow to go well with a campaign), but we've got everything that would be needed. That said, I don't even have time to play anymore (it turned out college work regularly eats my weekends), let along undertake such a huge project.

 

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Re: Your Dream Campaign/Mod/Etc.
I always thought of a mod with a magic + technology theme on the ships in some sort of anime/manga universe (possibly Negima, since, well, the plot at the end sort of enters space territory despite never really being covered) but Wings of Dawn sort of already covered that and my modeling skills suck. And I haven't learned FRED yet.

 

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I have a dozen brilliant ideas for a time-travel campaign and no time to implement any of them.

 

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Re: Your Dream Campaign/Mod/Etc.
Which is totally appropriate :D
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i have some ideas i wont share coz i will implement them when i have the time which will happen soon after the big rip (no promises though)

 

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Re: Your Dream Campaign/Mod/Etc.
From the Brainstorming, I had an idea of a game in which you control a "Light Carrier" of sorts, with you on a RTS/RTT command scheme, with the ability to take control of a drone craft (Which plays on a more traditional Flight sim mode). There would be different drones and each squad of them would focus on something (Anti-Fighter, Bomb Intercept, Transmitting commands to allies, ECM/ECCM, ramming larger vessels...) The challenge would lie on coordinating a flotilla for assaults on locations of strategic importance.

If all continues to go according to plan, BtA will have some RTS stuff.  :)
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Re: Your Dream Campaign/Mod/Etc.
I would like to see a campaign in which the GTVA loses against the Shivans.

In this scenario i would be more interested in all the feelings and reactions of the characters... also what would command do to keep control over the troops? Because i think some of them would try to run away to survive instead to fight a battle they would surely lose.


Another interesting idea i read in the past was some kind of love story during one of the wars. Which were also a campaign that focus on feelings and thoughts during some problems (love is MIA or you were forced to leave her/him behind etc.)
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Offline General Battuta

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Re: Your Dream Campaign/Mod/Etc.
I would like to see a campaign in which the GTVA loses against the Shivans.

In this scenario i would be more interested in all the feelings and reactions of the characters... also what would command do to keep control over the troops? Because i think some of them would try to run away to survive instead to fight a battle they would surely lose.

Another interesting idea i read in the past was some kind of love story during one of the wars. Which were also a campaign that focus on feelings and thoughts during some problems (love is MIA or you were forced to leave her/him behind etc.)

If you are interested in a love story set during a war which our protagonists are losing really really badly, well, I sure have a campaign to recommend to you!

 

Offline Darius

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Re: Your Dream Campaign/Mod/Etc.
Wings of Dawn!

EDIT: Proper post this time.

If I had the time, I'd really like to do something in the Duniverse, maybe something like the Dune Encyclopaedia version of the Butlerian Jihad in space. Jihadist fighters, shunning computer targeting, would probably use rudimentary melange-enhanced powers which serve as something similar (and the HUD elements for that would be pretty fun to design).
« Last Edit: March 26, 2014, 08:03:00 am by Darius »

 

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Re: Your Dream Campaign/Mod/Etc.
Bless Darius and all His Water. Bless the coming and posting of Him, May His passing cleanse the Code.

 

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By will alone I set my ship in motion. Press the Will key to proceed.

 

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Re: Your Dream Campaign/Mod/Etc.
I think there's a lot of design space left to explore. Working at a triple-A studio has really made it clear to me that FreeSpace's design and the FRED editor in particular are way more powerful than most of the tools available to 'real' designers.
would you care / can you even elaborate? i'm really curious now?
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Offline An4ximandros

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Re: Your Dream Campaign/Mod/Etc.
I don't think he can get into specifics if he wants to keep his job...

EDIT: While Darius' idea is really cool. Brian Herbert has been known to nuke fan projects...
« Last Edit: March 28, 2014, 06:31:49 pm by An4ximandros »

 

Offline Lorric

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Re: Your Dream Campaign/Mod/Etc.
Wings of Dawn!
I thought about doing that when the thread first appeared.

If you want to me to step into dream land though, since the WoD remake should become a reality, my dream campaign would be a Colony Wars campaign.

But if I had to pick between the two, I would keep Wings of Dawn, rather than kick it out for Colony Wars, so Wings of Dawn really is my dream campaign.

 
Re: Your Dream Campaign/Mod/Etc.
An adaptation of "Heart of Darkness" in FS2 would be great.

 

Offline Darius

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Re: Your Dream Campaign/Mod/Etc.
Wings of Dawn is a love story set during a war which our protagonists are losing really, really badly.

Ok.

My mod would instead take place in the original universe of Harrakis set during the Hitlerian Jihad. Jihadists use meflange-induced powers.
« Last Edit: March 28, 2014, 07:18:19 pm by Darius »