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  1. Dagar

    Xenonauts-2 August 2021 Update!

    Thanks for the update, as always, Chris! Can you tell us more about the mission types? How will they play and what exactly are the win/loss states? Also, when can you tell us more about the nations, the Cold War factions and the whole Geoscape workings?
  2. FiraXCOM had a setting where it would randomize the money each nation gives you, altering the rationale to satellite coverage in the process (you did not build a base on a certain location there). Phoenix Point has you starting at a random (?) point in the world and secure territory from there. In Xenonauts 2, if they get their Cold War plans straight, you could alter the start by having only a few nations that support the Xenonauts organization from the start enough to allow you to build a base (or grant you an accordingly suited facility). That would mean that, to more of an extent than in FiraXCOM, each campaign start with a random seed has far reaching implications on how the campaign goes. If you have to first convince nations that the aliens are real, earn their trust and a good standing with them to build a base, that will also have an influence on where you want to do which missions. But to my knowledge, how exactly the strategy map is going to play and how the Cold War theme comes in is still in the concept stage (which also has me worried slightly that it might get dropped because of time and money constraints, which would be a shame).
  3. You could check what is displayed if you pick two identical alien grenades up on the battlefield.
  4. Apollo and you are right, I messed Corsair and Sonda up. Apologies. As for @Apollo: I invite you to change your tone. You are here because you want help, @Ruthless Reuban and me are here of our accord to give it. To then go around and post stuff like "Uhhh did you read my post?" and "When was the last time you played?" (the last one is even more hilarious as I have my active LP linked in my signature right there) and generally indicate that everyone else is wrong and you totally 100% did everything correctly with the installation is not very inviting to me personally to be constructive and helpful.
  5. You must have a modified game. The normal Foxtrot also only has one Heavy Hardpoint. But from what I have seen in LPs, Lancers are a hard sell over Foxtrots anyway. The Cannons definitely are not in that order in the tech tree. Sonda is a replacement for the Asierus and should have two Cannon mounts. The thing with the first rocket being free is a vanilla game bug that is known for years and seems to be unfixable. The good thing about the shock weaponry is that they do not need consumables to be produced. They have their uses the same way batons have theirs. You still need to be close to the enemy at the start of your turn or suppress and shock it enough that it cannot resist to use them safely. You are right about shields, it is a viable way to play. All in all, it seems you have a scrambled research tree and altered planes.
  6. Well, the only advice I can offer is to reinstall and do exactly as told in the instructions. The install process is very finicky and it is easy to miss a step, which you might not uncover until later in the campaign.
  7. I am sure it has, but I don't know the remedy for that. Do you have a geoscape auto-save before the mission? Maybe the map is corrupted and breaks the game. That said I think the maps have all been fixed by now, but if you play on an older version of the mod, something like this seems reasonable.
  8. From what I have gathered following the development of Xeno2 I am pretty sure that this is not in the scope of the development of the vanilla game, so instead I am going to ask whether the code is flexible enough and the mod tools will be powerful enough to realize something like this. Pitch: It is the Cold War, October 1st, 1979. Aliens have conquered the Earth Orbit. Only two countries, namely Soviet Russia and USA, are even aware of their presence, as next to no Earth observatories are sophisticated enough to spot the concealed Alien crafts, and these are in the hands of the two super powers. ESA and China have lost satellites in the process, but are not aware of the cause for now. Even the secret Xenonauts organization, formed by both powers after the Iceland incident in 1958 are not prepared for the sudden invasion. The Aliens know that they cannot risk an open war with Earth, if they want to assimilate humanity into their Empire, as their present forces are too weak. Instead, they will do everything in their power to covertly destabilize the delicate balance of power the Earthlings currently display. That means silencing whistleblowers and voices calling for an end to the Cold War, performing false flag attacks and pushing war mongers and other puppets to power. The Xenonauts are the counter insurgency force to the Aliens. Made and funded for this lone reason, their final goal is to prevent the alien invasion and getting them to abandon their attempt at subduing humanity. They try to stop any mission the aliens execute, but also to raise awareness of what is happening in the global community so the aliens are faced by a unified, strong humanity. USA and Russia both are aware of the threat the aliens pose and, ultimately, want to stop the aliens. At the same time, decades of conflict and mistrust have left their mark. The balance of powers on the planet is disturbed, and each of the super powers want to get the upper hand over each other. If the alien crafts sink some vessels or bomb military stations of the enemy, they will think twice to intervene. If they can get the extraterrestrials to focus on their enemy, they might just remain as the last power standing. What is more, the rapid technological advances of the coming months are all but guaranteed to catapult more nations into a position of power. Uniting a deeply divided humanity in times of terror and turmoil will not be an easy task for the Xenonauts. --------------------------------------------- What I would ideally want is to have a system where, in addition to the aliens and the Xenonauts, each country has their own set of goals depending on their awareness of the alien threat, the state of the invasion in their territory and the actions other countries (most notably the big two, but there might emerge more) or the Xenonauts take towards them. They would also have their politicans, form of government, military capability and so on as tools for their goals. Depending on what is happening to a country, they might be independent, allied with a super power or even subverted by the aliens and turned into their willing puppets, and their goals would adapt according to the situation they find themselves in. Is there a system for the behaviour of Earth's nations that modders could adapt? Do they have agency at all? Could it be possible somehow to integrate such a system?
  9. Yeah, roof button should help you out. These UFOs are pretty iffy with sight.
  10. As a rule of thumb, if you are going to win the mission, the only thing you need to collect is your own melee weapons on the ground and producable consumables (i.e. things like alenium grenades, stun rockets and so on). Also, if you want to salvage friendly AI weapons (e.g. the Laser Rifles Mk 1 some soldiers have later on), put them in your inventory (I think that worked for me, but that is such an edge case that I cannot even remember 100%). Basically, check your own downed soldiers for consumables you have to produce in your workshops, and for melee weapons you need to produce, and pick them up. Weapons, armour etc are automatically collected.
  11. Dagar

    AI programming in general

    I have played neither PP nor WotC (not buying FiraXCOM ever again after the disaster that was XCOM 2 for me) or Long War 2 (but 1 I have played), but I feel that what you pointed out here is not exactly what I'd like to happen in a game. X-Division, since Charon brought it up, also does not exactly do that for me. Yes, you as player have access to a tech tree and it enables you to alter your tactics and perform operations you previously could not. But the enemy in all these games is pretty static. Yes, they gain stuff over time, sometimes even according to their success over you, but never in response to your actions. Basically, the aliens escalate pretty much with or without your interference. What they encounter on the battlefield does not matter, at most the outcome of a battle or of the overall campaign determines their progress. What I'd like to see is both their equipment and their tactics or maybe even strategy change according to what you do. Ideally not only on the battlefield, but also in the air, with your bases and with your tech. For example, in the beginning they only send scout UFOs to see what humanity is up to, and to scout areas for bases, bombing and terror attacks and so on. If you shoot down 90% of these, they should start scouting with escorted scouts or with bigger UFOs (that is the equipment side) or overwhelm an area with multiple scouts that you cannot all shoot down, or do multiple very short "dip into the atmosphere for a few minutes and get out quick" missions. Instead, what we get is heavier scout UFOs at some point, irrespective to our success in preventing scout missions. Instead, we get steady progression into generally stronger, bigger, better enemies (Long War, FiraXCOM) or leaps in progression (X-Division), which are disconnected from what happened before. Maybe some game does this, but if so, they fail to properly communicate that this is happening. I brought up PP, because from this game at least I know that the ground units "evolve" according to what you do (even though it seems to be a pretty abusable, broken system). I want an enemy that rushes AoE weapons, and concentrates on area denial and flanking hit-and-run type enemies if I always waltz over the map with a squad of close range shield bearers. I want the enemy to emphasize cover and teleporting into my backline if I have a strong sniper-and-scout combo going for some missions now.
  12. Dagar

    AI programming in general

    I agree to the general points here: AI in games should be fun (as in an engaging, interesting opponent) and good (as in challenging, making good decisions within the decision space given). To this I would maybe add that in games, fun is always more important than good. If there is a strategy that makes the AI very good but that is "uncounterable" by the player, that would not be very fun. One thing that in my opinion is missing from the discussion here is that ideally, it should react to the player, as in adapting to counter the player's play style. This is more on the focus of the overall campaign rather than a single mission and could take multiple facets. For one, the AI tactics could change, e.g. in the form of the balance of different behaviour archetypes being adapted. If the player likes to blow up cover and snipe everything from a distance, the prowling, sneaking archetype might become more pronounced. The other way to adapt is what Phoenix Point tried with their evolution of enemies according to what happens in missions. That does not have to be genetic adaptation, but can also be in the form of new equipment. If the player likes to rush in with shields and shotguns, it would feel great if the aliens could try to cover their approach ways with incendiary grenades and the use of a better suppression weapon. The most important thing I feel there is to consider here as a developer is that the change in behaviour should be gradual, so that the player has the chance to observe the new strategy and counter it herself. And if the system regresses to the same optimum regardless of the player, that would most likely be the fault of constraints or the overall game system being flawed. As for the waypoint system, it is pretty easy, from a programming perspective, to make it unpredictable even with the same map blocks, you can distribute many possibly traversable waypoints over each element, choose for a particular patrolling enemy or group a rough patrol path over the map (most likely roughly circular or elliptic) and randomly select waypoints in the vicinity to that rough path, with the closer waypoints being more likely to be chosen. Finally, for what the AI should know and whether it should be more than the player can know, I'd say keep to what is most fun but communicate the AI's capabilities to the player. An enemy that can look through walls can still be fun, if the player knows that and can act accordingly.
  13. I think I recall discussions about this from the past. The gist is that explosive damage is not that effective. If I remember correctly, at some point it was changed for kinetic and energy weaponry that they do 5x the damage against props (like walls, fences, doors etc.), so that most likely is what happened there. In my last mission I shot an alenium missile from a tank against a UFO main door and it still was functional. So yeah, use your normal weapons with high damage output.
  14. Dagar

    Xenonauts-2 March Update

    Or on a window or low wall. Or you can hold the bipod in the other hand possibly as a forward grip. I think the mechanism still holds well, as a prepared shooter can hit targets better even if her firing position is suboptimal. @Chris how expandable will the recoil mechanism for modders be? can you e.g. delay the recoil effect, meaning e.g. the first three shots hit with full accuracy and then it takes effect, or with a "stopping" accuracy where it does not deteriorate further? Does this influence the projectile spread pattern? Apart from that, I find the inclusion of sight blocks in the air game an interesting way to widen the decision space. I am curious though; why should you not be able to shoot through clouds? Are you considering utility items on planes that can create clouds? Strong wind currents that influence your movement could also be interesting to explore.
  15. Batons do normal as well as stun damage. Most likely you just killed her with the normal damage? Maybe wait a turn; Xenos recover HP on their turn, but nothing recovers stun threshold.