Greetings everyone. Wow, its been such a long time. I was last active on HLP in 2008. I suspect a few of you old-timers like me probably remember the several attempts I made to create a mod for the “Echoes of the Past” universe; an IP of my own creation.
Like many mods, especially those for a unique IP without a fan base, every time I tried it petered out. In hindsight, that was to be expected. It was probably a miracle and a testament to the great modders here, that it got as far as it did back then.
In the last twelve years (God, we’re starting to get old, aren’t we?!!?!) I’ve done a lot of things in life, seen ups and downs, success and failure. But one thing has never gone away – the desire to create EOTP. A few years back, I started to ponder what I could reasonably do on my own that would produce income. What came up with was writing a series of novels set in the universe.
I won’t bore the board here with all those details, but suffice it to say after a disastrous start because I had no idea what I was doing, a high level author took me under his wing and offered mentorship and guidance (and a foreword for my first novel), and I launched again last year under the title “Echoes of War”. This time… it worked. I’ve got nine novels out now, two novella’s, and I’ll be releasing two more novels by May. Several of them have been as high as #5 in Military Science Fiction on Amazon, and one hit #24 in the overall Amazon free store, along with #1 in Science Fiction overall. (That was a wild ride!)
As a result of this success, I’m back to looking at other things I can do in the universe. I came back to HLP, found it doing great, reconnected with Goober5000 and decided that perhaps this time, I could make – with the help of many others – an Echoes of War mod a reality.
Here’s what I need help with:
- Modeling (I have a ton of reference art, but game ready art needs to be created. My stuff is 1 to 50 million polys)
- Textures (For models)
- Weapons/Shield FX (will borrow where I can from released assets)
- Loading new ships/fighters/bombers into FS2
What I’m going to do:
- Story (hey, I am a professional author at this point. 😊)
- Project Management
- Custom Music (Have a friend lined up who’s a composer)
To prove I’m not insane, here’s some a link to the series page for the Echoes of War novels on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PP539NJ
Feel free to PM me with any questions, or post here.
The mod (really more like total conversion) will focus on the beginning of the war, about 30 years prior to the events of the novels. The player will experience the opening attack on Canaan, and then draw convoy escort duty (as the player is cast as a reservist during his 2 week per year active duty deployment). The player will end up doing some interesting, covert missions, before ending up on a fleet carrier and in the middle of a large counter-offensive. I think it’ll be fun. 😊
Yoseph, AKA, Daniel Gibbs (Pen name)