Alpha 7.3: Convenience, Re-Balancing and NPC Deco Crew

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  1. EleonGameStudios

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    Hi Galactic Survivalists!

    Welcome to the public release of Alpha 7.3!

    As we announced in the last Experimental release, we have considered your feedback about the most recent balancing changes introduced with Alpha 7. Due to this, we have addressed quite a few concerns and have made some changes to the balancing in Alpha 7.3. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback on these changes.

    If you closely followed the Experimental release, the following is not new to you anymore. For all the others, please read on:

    In Alpha 7.0, we rebalanced large parts of the game start, moving resources, changing templates and more. Some of these changes, like the new SSOR mining, were direct results of new technical necessities that came with some of the new major game code changes (like handmade planets). Others, like the changed templates, are of course a natural part of the ‘release-feedback-adjust’ Alpha-stage development loop and will be changed, improved and refined as we add more features, materials, templates etc. ;-)

    In the meantime, we have gathered a lot of feedback on the major and minor elements of rebalancing and, as a result, added some adjustments for 7.3 that will smoothen (in particular) the game start and add a few more options to your very personal game setup. Based on your very detailed discussions, other feature updates will be revisited as well, but changes will take more time than we could afford for the current intermediate version release.

    For now, we removed, e.g. Cobalt from the growing plots and the O2 Stations and added the possibility to configure the max-block count (allowing you to use as many weapons per structure as you want) or the blueprint-spawn limit (allowing you to again spawn vessel blueprints wherever you want) in the game start menu.

    However, this does not mean that we dropped our plans to add, e.g., real Shipyards, but we want to give you choices wherever this is possible in terms of a single feature or adjustments that can basically work as a ‘choice’ on its own.

    Please find all the changes in the changelog below.

    Speaking of non-mandatory features: in Alpha 7.3, we also added a very early version of “Crew NPCs”. These merely consist of the NPC deco you already know from the Trading Stations and Civil Settlements - but you can now buy them from a trader and also use them in your blueprints to decorate your bases and capital vessels. Besides that, they are static and only have a basic animation. They will not (yet) react to you and they currently won’t die or fight with you or against others. This is a more global topic and will be addressed in a future major update. Of course, we are eager to read your ideas about NPC Crews right now! :)

    As always, enjoy Alpha 7.3 and do not forget to report bugs and issues right here: https://empyriononline.com/threads/bug-reports-alpha-7-3.28284/

    Thanks a lot!

    Empyrion dev team

    PS: We will soon announce the contents of the next major update.

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    Changelog: Alpha 7.3.0 (Build 1357)

    Rebalancing:
    - Removed cobalt requirement for Growing Plots Concrete and Wood so that they can be crafted on starter planets again + added back Fiber to template of Growing Plots
    - Removed cobalt requirement for Oxygen Stations (SV + BA) so that they can be crafted on starter planets again
    - Tweaked several stock prefab Bases so that the low tier bases can be spawned on starter planets (no cobalt needed). Re-arranged several stock prefabs
    - Tweaked stock prefab HV Tier 2 so that it is spawnable on starter planets
    - Tweaked several stock prefab SV so that the low tier SVs can be spawned on starter planets (no cobalt needed). Re-arranged several stock prefabs
    - Replaced stock prefab SV Tier 1c
    - Removed cobalt requirement for Turret Radar (deco block)

    More Start-Options for Single Player:
    - Added "Block Limit for Certain Devices" to Difficulty Settings: you can now enable/disable block limits for certain devices (e.g. weapon limit per vessel)
    - Added "Blueprint Spawn Limit" to Difficulty Settings: you can now enable/disable whether blueprints must be placed on a BA / CV when being spawned

    Added NPCs as Crew (only deco, no functionality yet):
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    - Added several human-style NPCs as deco blocks (2 Commanding Officers, Engineer, Tactical Officer, Pilot, 2 Security Guards). If you like them, we will add more.
    - Added alien-style NPC: security guard and commanding officer
    - Added 2 new block groups: HumanNPCBlocks and AlienNPCBlocks (added all current NPC deco blocks to these 2 groups)
    - In Creative mode, you can now place the HumanNPCBlocks and AlienNPCBlocks on your bases and capital vessels and in Survival you can "hire" (buy) them at traders.
    - Tweaked NPC deco prefabs (better colliders)
    - Want to hire a crew? Go for a drink at PaxPurgatory, Crash Landing Bar or the Sky Guys Bar!

    Gameplay:
    - Increased gun elevation of all drill and multi turrets
    - Increased ranges of drill attachments, drill turrets and multi turrets turrets (Hover Vessel)
    - Added more Pentaxid on NewMoon & NewMoon2 in SP / MP default setting
    - Added moons to all starter planets in MP Default setting

    Changes:
    - Updated Tutorial (adapted Bases to "close" some alternative routes, minor logic adjustments, updated prefabs to take into account fiber requirement for growing plots)
    - Added "Back" button for Scenario, Language Selection and Player Setup
    - Updated deco on Akua: more Pentaxid in deeper lakes
    - Improved handling of manipulated files of managed Blueprints (factory and produced)
    - Removed "Max Block Count" from Local Dedi setup window (now in Difficulty Settings)
    - ModAPI Notification: Game event, PDA Chapter activated / deactivated / completed event

    Visuals/Sounds:
    - Added jetpack animation
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    - Added new biome sounds: thanks to Alexander Jordon:




    You can use these music tracks in your custom scenarios for biome music or custom POI ambience sound, by referencing "EnergyMatrix, Helios, Sanctuary, Transit in your playfield.yaml
    - Added better particle effect when underground resource rock is destroyed
    - Added particle effect when rocks and other deco objects on terrain get destroyed
    - Updated water colors for map view for some planets
    - Better color difference for Growing Plot Concrete and Wood
    - Updated model for MoundzTree
    - Better setting for Screen Space Reflection SSR
    - Less smoke particles when a block falls because of structural integrity SI
    - Removed lerping of selection box (i.e. selection box now moves instant). What do you prefer: instant moving or smooth moving?

    Updated Stock Prefabs:
    - Added stock prefab HV Tier 2a: thanks to govrom https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1199267889
    - Added stock prefab HV Tier 3a: thanks to MiKaSooN
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    https://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/?id=1193745073
    - Added stock prefab HV Tier 6b: thanks to Arturius1967
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    https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1104600852
    - Added stock prefab Base Tier 2a: Thanks to Cute demon https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1193745073
    - Re-arranged some HV stock prefabs to better reflect their role and unlock level

    Updated Empyrion Admin Helper (EAH) to Version 1.40.0.0:
    Remember to Stop the Server, Start the Tool and then Start the server to apply the Update. Please turn off AutoBan for the first few minutes to see if everything works fine. If you dont get messages about cheaters that are not correct, then turn on AutoBan again. We STRONGLY recommend to turn on AutoBan!
    - Added: New Mod
    - Added: New Items 7.3 and Item Icons
    - Added: Config: Upload Backup folder
    - Added: Config: Upload Backup same name
    - Added: Config: Autorestart when memory exceeds %
    - Added: Structures: Regenerate (only for POI!)
    - Added: Structure: Pilot / Core Type
    - Added: Structure: Change Name
    - Added: Structure Log: Pilot
    - Added: Backup: Automatically copy latest backup into a separate folder for upload
    - Added: Chatbot: CB:FM:Message --> Sends a message to all faction members (even when offline)
    - Added: Offline Job: Remove old ones
    - Added: Items: Time (for Decay)
    - Added: Backpack Backup: Makes a backup of each backpack every time a player is loaded. You can easily view all former backpacks of that player and also alerts of the tool (Player Logs). You can also - restore a backpack.
    - Added: Player: Improved performance for Cheater Check
    - Added: Included Deposit/Ground reset again (On your own risk!)
    - Added: Send Logs to Devs: Automatically saves Zip also in Upload directory
    - Added: Automatic disk Space warning on Backup
    - Added: Automatic warning if memory exceeds certain percentage
    - Added: Automatic Autorestart when memory exeeds a certain percentage.
    - Added: Latest Warnings: Less unimportant warnings
    - Added: PDA Events: for now only in statistic logs
    - Fixed: Building deleted not always registered
    (for more details, please visit: https://empyriononline.com/threads/tool-emp-admin-helper-eah-free-v1-40-0.5771/page-36#post-189866)

    Bug Fixes:
    - Fixed: After copy & pasting a selection of a BA onto another part or terrain Structural Integrity SI is not updating when pasted
    - Fixed: Ship keeps spinning uncontrollably after removing RCS
    - Fixed: Some enemies (like mech robot) were not firing at player when close to them.
    - Potential Fix: Factions set to public and other issues caused when a playfield server is loading a world with an exception
    - Fixed: Error in SP games when a POI regenerated
    - Fixed: Problem that NPCs did not shoot at player when s/he was shot out of cockpit
    - Fixed: NPC Trader over-stack sales does not get recognized
    - Fixed: Problem with font that is was not aligned horizontally
    - Fixed: Control Panel: Tabs in GENERALS column do not update if SIGNAL is used
    - Fixed: Problem that on barren planet immediately the rock layer was seen when removing sand with drill
    - Fixed: BP Class increases when blocks of vessel got damaged
    - Fixed: Custom toggles not updated correctly on first open of CP
    - Fixed: Exception with empty Blueprint directory
    - Fixed: Drill dust particles blocked Ore Scanner view
    - Fixed: Displaced ground plane of block preview wireframe when pressing ESC
    - Fixed: Some rock-like deco plants were showing wood particle effects (now: rock particle effect)
    - Fixed: ModAPI interface: fixed core type always being 0
    - Fixed: Several exceptions found in logs and reported on support email
     
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  2. eLLe

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    Nice ...
     
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  3. Kieve

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    Sometimes it's the little things that make a difference. So glad for jetpack animations. :)
     
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  4. Hicks42

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    Me as well. However, When you stop thrust in atmo... your avatar starts running in mid air still untill you apply thrust again or hit the ground.

    All in all though me likey.
     
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  5. ckulp99

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    A step in the right direction with the block limits being separated into categories. However, I think we still need to see a slider option put in so these values are not unlimited or limited but rather: limited, 2x limit 3x limit, etc and unlimited. Will give servers a unique control and balancing will also be easier for PVP servers.
     
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    I like new music additions, keep them coming :)
     
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    That HV>SV update must be a tough cookie to crack....But I love all these updates

    Keep rocking on Guys
     
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  8. Razorwire

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    Block limits controlable, NPC deco blocks, cobalt reductions from early devices and deco, turret tool elevation and range increase, fixed bug BP size increase on damage, orescanner works through dust, CV won't go mental if I take its last RCS... Christmas come early.
     
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    So glad youre working on animations (I hope we will see more anymations soon :))
    And also cool thing to add NPCs! Even if theyre just deco, I'm looking forward to hiring a big crew for my Flagship. I just hope they won't be too expensive.
     
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    NPC addition and SP start options, i love it!
     
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    So more eye candy and no substance. I wonder how many revisions until the crew NPCs actually do anything? Remember we still can't actually sell items to traders, and item costs are insanely unbalanced (even though this was a balancing patch).

    Can they not see a feature through to completion? Don't just add temporary stuff, finish it and make it work. THEN start balancing the game. 6 was the best patch as we got working armor, temp, atmosphere, etc. They didn't just add it as a placeholder- it changed gameplay. 7 is useless, and brings almost nothing important to the game.
     
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  12. Starwing6

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    Awesome updates, as always! I'm so excited to add some crew members to our vessels. :cool:

    Many thanks!
     
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    The Traders' prices are way too high, but they are configurable.

    If you would like to try my Traders file, it may be more to your liking! Download this file and place it in you Content/Configuration folder. I hope that helps!

    EDIT: Whoops, I needed to add the NPC blocks to PaxPurgatory. They're still priced at 1000 CR because to sell a workers' permanent contract for less would amount to slavery... hey, wait now!! That Pax... I remember when he tried to sell me a .50 cal bullet for 10000 CR! :p
     
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    So the bad aliens are slavers, and they are selling you the crew members they captured during their attack on the Titan....
    ... or are the good aliens already partnered with humans and it's actually a job hiring board?
     
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    It's a yard-sale. They're cleaning the consoles out of old, derelict space stations, and some stray humans have managed to get stuck to the things.
     
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    :D :D :D
     
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    Tips his hat to the Eleon team.

    Great idea with the crew npc's, they certainly add extra life and atmosphere to ships.

    Great work :)
     
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    So far, all I've seen is my ship has been severely altered, trapping me in a corridor while under attack. I've already died and re-spawned, and now I'm trapped!

    Still, I look forward to exploring the new developments.

    But, for now, I'm just really pissed!
     
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    Good stuff. The changes are spot on.
     
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    Thanx for watching and listening @EleonGameStudios and @Hummel-o-War !
    I hope you weren't pissed off my harsh words there ;-)

    NPCs are widely welcomed around the forum! :)

    Now we only need to flesh out the NPC roles and Survival in general ;-)
     
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