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Original Backdrops for FS Port?
I don't know what the back grounds in game are called, the part with the stars and stuff... But I want the Freespace 1 version back. The ones in the port are too different and don't have the same vibe. Is this possible without going back to the original? :blah:

 

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Re: Original Backdrops for FS Port?
With some modding and mission making know-how, it is.

Give me some time later and I could possibly do this for you real quick,

What launcher are you using? (Knossos or WXLauncher)? I'm asking so I can tell you where to put stuff.
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Re: Original Backdrops for FS Port?
With some modding and mission making know-how, it is.

Give me some time later and I could possibly do this for you real quick,

What launcher are you using? (Knossos or WXLauncher)? I'm asking so I can tell you where to put stuff.

I'm using Knossos but have both. I know they'd be super low-res but I don't care, the minor graphical upgrades and 1080p are enough for me to replay the first one. I'm also just playing FS port, not the full mediaVPs one. (started full MediaVPs, didn't like the new room menu and music, made a bunch of progress in base port before realizing I can just turn that stuff off, now idk how to make my save work in the full MVPs version)

 

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Re: Original Backdrops for FS Port?
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1REV-LSKpvBddnLVV9MuFmWxpb44EVoya/view?usp=sharing

unzip and put the "data" part inside the FSport mod folder, or the fsport-mediavps_2014 mod folder depending on what you want, the Details tab in Knossos should help you find the root directory where the mods are stored. (I think)

This will work so long as it's in the right place.  :arrr:
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Re: Original Backdrops for FS Port?
No luck. Do I need to point at it some how? I don't see anything that it would be replacing in the "fsport" folder in the FS2/FSO directory. Perhaps it goes in C:\Program Files (x86)\Knossos\data ?

 

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Re: Original Backdrops for FS Port?
Do you mean these style of backgrounds? The purple gradient?



I haven't looked at what DefCynodont has done, but unless they have been re-enabled by the SCP, the FS2 engine has never been able to generate those, they were lost in the transition from FS1.
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Re: Original Backdrops for FS Port?
Do you mean these style of backgrounds? The purple gradient?



I haven't looked at what DefCynodont has done, but unless they have been re-enabled by the SCP, the FS2 engine has never been able to generate those, they were lost in the transition from FS1.

Yes those but I remember purple, white, royal, cyan, and red. One color per mission. What do you mean by generate? Isn't some kind of picture file stretched out?

 

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Re: Original Backdrops for FS Port?
The folder does not replace anything, (well, it does, but it replaces something in the .VP files) just add it in the FSport folder.


What I did was swap the background with the included legacy versions, not sure if that's the original FS1 background though, it could just be an older FSport thing.


It could also be that these are non-MVP version backgrounds, I did open up the MVP versions of the missions, If there is a difference between the Non-MVP FSPort mission backgrounds and the original FS1 ones, then what I did was not what you wanted.
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Re: Original Backdrops for FS Port?
The folder does not replace anything, (well, it does, but it replaces something in the .VP files) just add it in the FSport folder.


What I did was swap the background with the included legacy versions, not sure if that's the original FS1 background though, it could just be an older FSport thing.


It could also be that these are non-MVP version backgrounds, I did open up the MVP versions of the missions, If there is a difference between the Non-MVP FSPort mission backgrounds and the original FS1 ones, then what I did was not what you wanted.

Ah, I see. What I should have done was posted a picture like Black Wolf did, but in my OP. I did notice the MVPs skybox looked a lot better than base FS port. But I think the ones included in FS port are the originals from FS2, not 1. It doesn't bother me too much but I'll look for a way before I start STR. Thanks anyway, I do appreciate the effort!

 

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Re: Original Backdrops for FS Port?
Do you mean these style of backgrounds? The purple gradient?



I haven't looked at what DefCynodont has done, but unless they have been re-enabled by the SCP, the FS2 engine has never been able to generate those, they were lost in the transition from FS1.

Yes those but I remember purple, white, royal, cyan, and red. One color per mission. What do you mean by generate? Isn't some kind of picture file stretched out?

I don't know the precise details, but I believe they were generated by the engine, probably by defining points and projecting gradients. They definitely weren't an image you could choose and move, you just had the choice of colour and maybe three patters IIRC?

Unfortunately, that functionality is definitely gone from the engine AFAIK. All GS2 missions now either use the individual bitmaps chained together ala FS2 (though typically much prettier these days) or skyboxes, which sometimes look a little like modernised vereiona of the FS1 backgrounds (e.g. here). But if what you want is that retro feel from old school graphics, you're going to have to go back to retail FS1 unfortunately.
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Re: Original Backdrops for FS Port?
Do you mean these style of backgrounds? The purple gradient?



I haven't looked at what DefCynodont has done, but unless they have been re-enabled by the SCP, the FS2 engine has never been able to generate those, they were lost in the transition from FS1.

Yes those but I remember purple, white, royal, cyan, and red. One color per mission. What do you mean by generate? Isn't some kind of picture file stretched out?

I don't know the precise details, but I believe they were generated by the engine, probably by defining points and projecting gradients. They definitely weren't an image you could choose and move, you just had the choice of colour and maybe three patters IIRC?

Unfortunately, that functionality is definitely gone from the engine AFAIK. All GS2 missions now either use the individual bitmaps chained together ala FS2 (though typically much prettier these days) or skyboxes, which sometimes look a little like modernised vereiona of the FS1 backgrounds (e.g. here). But if what you want is that retro feel from old school graphics, you're going to have to go back to retail FS1 unfortunately.

Yeah it's disappointing since I just started with GOG version and couldn't get past a mission due to a glitch, which FSO fixed. Also because FS1 holds a special place in my heart since I didn't play FS2 until a few years back. That screenshot you linked, since the nebula or whatever is a single color, dark and simple, looks like a remastered version of FS1. I'd much prefer it to the rainbow barf with 8-bit asteroids that I'm currently seeing. Has anyone made any skybox mods to suit FS1 better?

Also do I have to quote for you to see a notification or can I just reply to thread?

 
Re: Original Backdrops for FS Port?
Quoting doesn't notify anyone, just write normal messages. It's... suggested to not quote people's entire posts, especially with pictures, for the sake of having the topic nice and clean.

Also, you have mentioned that your Knossos install is inside Program Files. It is advised to not have your Knossos and FSO mod library installed in directories protected by Windows (which Program Files is), as this can cause a bunch of troubles with launching your game.
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Re: Original Backdrops for FS Port?
The original FS1-version is like a skybox; however even if you import the required files from FS1 to FS2 the input does nothing for FS2 (technically it stops FRED2, retail from crashing but thats it).
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Re: Original Backdrops for FS Port?
I pointed to the FS2 folder when installing knossos but all it did was create a folder called Knossos to install the mods into I guess.

 
Re: Original Backdrops for FS Port?
I think there are some skyboxes that mimic the effect but it's not identical of course.

 
Re: Original Backdrops for FS Port?
I think there are some skyboxes that mimic the effect but it's not identical of course.

I'll do some more searching. I've never been able to find what I'm looking for with a forum search engine, the results often represent the opposite of what I searched for but it's probably my own ineptitude. Something similar but more detailed would be really nice.