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  1. Praetorian

    Xenonauts-2 April Update

    Sorry to hear about that Chris. I hope you're okay.
  2. I can't put my finger on it. Is it the font, its size, its color, the pixel spacing between letters, I don't know. I can't read the Xenopedia without squinting (I got no eye problems and it's only in this game so it's not my TV) and I end up giving up after a paragraph. Over and over. I didn't have this problem in X1 (which I played 2 months ago for the last time so my memory's fresh) which means despite the Xenopedia being similar in presentation in both games, something has changed in X2. I hope it's only me. But I humbly think it's a real problem. While I'm at it, I'd like to seriously compliment whoever wrote X1's xenopedia. He nailed it so hard that even I who hates reading blocks of text ever since I was 5 ended up eating the entire Xenopedia up. Back to the issues. It's not just the Xenopedia. Those hints during loading screens seem to be slightly blurred, not perfectly crystal clear to read, as if a mild fog was in front of the sentences. I don't know how to say it. I also noticed that the events in the Geoscape are also blurry and the fact that they're written in very small font size doesn't help. I'm talking about "Electrical Blackout, Train junction bombed, Crop circles etc". The text which appears on the map itself, not on the log down there even though that one is kinda small too. And my TV is a meter in diameter sitting 1.5m in front of my face. Yes yes dont tell me its bad lol City names on geoscape are also very slightly blurred. While I'm at it, I'm not complaining but the blue squares that indicate the location of a city aren't as nice to look at in comparison to the red circles in X1, according to my personal preferences. But this here is entirely subjective, I realize that, and people have different tastes etc etc. Thank you for reading.
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    Readability Issues (Xenopedia mostly)

    Fair enough. If I was a game dev I would think about it the same way.
  4. I don't know about this guys. I appreciate the feature because it's helpful against fighters and early UFOs but it's getting me in trouble against midgame UFOs and especially against Battleships. Those things are no joke. The planes roll too early sometimes and end up getting missiled (sometimes). Not the dev's fault, it's a good and useful feature, but maybe a box during air combat that we untick to disable/re-enable it at will would be useful as well. After all in air combat we control everything, where to go, authorizing release of missiles, who to target. I think we should be able to control exactly when to roll for those tight situations that demand it.
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    Readability Issues (Xenopedia mostly)

    I am playing at 1333 x 768. I wrote this post in case everybody had it but considered it normal. I've had many games with things that really pissed me off but when I read the negative reviews on steam nobody mentions it and it doesn't seem to bother anybody, so I thought this might be the case with this game. But since it's only me, it means the game doesn't need fixing so it's all good, since no one else said anything. I'll tolerate it if it's like that in the final release, no problem. You're busy enough as it is.
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    [v 16.1 Ground combat] Army of Reapers

    55 ? I killed 95 then quit assuming it was a base for dev-testing with infinite reapers. Don't know if it's the case though. Kudos to the guy who cleared that infernal place.
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    The last transport - Valkyrie

    Thanks for making me laugh with those screenshots.
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    Readability Issues (Xenopedia mostly)

    I forgot to say. On the screenshot you sent me, Lagos Nigeria looks perfect to me and is perfectly readable.
  9. Praetorian

    Xenonauts-2 December Update

    I like how you explained things. But to be honest, when I played the game, it didn't feel like stress was there to discourage grinding. It didn't feel like that at all. It felt like "well my soldiers are getting stressed due to combat, let's give these brave human specimens a rest". They can say it's to discourage, but it doesn't feel like that in the game and it doesn't feel like you need to bypass anything, for which I'm glad. It's feels exactly like the fatigue mechanic in XCOM Long War. Your chinook at the beginning can carry only 8 soldiers, so hire 8 more on day 1 and it's all fine (or less because you seem to prefer teams of 6 instead of 8 - why is that by the way ?). They cost 10'000 each I think - it's all good. Just look at the stress mechanic like tiredness, not like the devs want to discourage us, and you won't mind it and it will actually make sense to have it ingame. But I get your point about removing it if it is flawed. Flawed things don't belong in Xenonauts.
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    Readability Issues (Xenopedia mostly)

    This is how I see the Xenopedia. I just noticed that some letters are darker in contrast than others. In other words in a sentence, the contrast varies/jumps from light (normal white I guess) to darker to white to darker. For example, do you see the 2nd word on the first line "Destroyer" - if you zoom in you'll see that the letter "r" is dark, "o" is 2/3 white 1/3 dark, "y" is white. On the 1st line again you have the word "than" which is almost completely dark. My point is the entire text has these variations. The same words and letters will be white in some places and dark in others. Maybe that's why I have trouble reading it. But if you guys don't see it like I do then it's all good because it's only on my end. Here I just noticed the same contrast problem both in the log and the "Communications disruptions" on the world map. As much as with the green letters in the log as everywhere else, really. Do you have these contrast variations ? See the "I" in the name of my base ? Maybe "blurry" wasn't the right term when I first wrote the post.
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    Xenonauts-2 December Update

    Reduce the amount of crash sites ? You don't want that. And that's not gonna work because of the Terror mechanic. You start with 1 base, thus covering about 1/3 of the world with a small radar diameter. This means that if 4 UFOs spawn each wave (for example) then you're gonna see only 1 of these per wave if you get lucky, 2 if you get really lucky. And you really need money. If they reduce the number of UFOs that spawn each wave, it's less likely for anything to enter your radar range for the longest periods of time, which means that the 2/3 of the world you are not covering is getting more and more terrorized because of the UFOs doing their genocidal activities over there. You need more crash sites, to get more cash, to open more bases before you Game Over due to continental terror reaching over 100. In other words if they reduce UFO counts, you'll never accumulate enough money on time and then Game Over.
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    The aliens are here! Gathering intelligence on us!

    They're not gathering intelligence because they already know everything they wanna know about us. They've had thousands of years. Unless some new race of aliens is late to the party and just found its way to Earth. I'm pretty sure some have finished inventing their hyperdrive today lol.
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    Readability Issues (Xenopedia mostly)

    Thanks for taking the time to reply. I'm glad it's only me.
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    Air Combat Autoroll

    I completely agree with you.
  15. It's from the build from 24/12/2020. I don't know if it's V16 or V16.1 but I'm positive about the date. I uninstalled more than a week ago which is why I'm not checking it now. I read the bug report format. I'll try my best, but I got about 10 bugs I wanna unload, I'm not sure if you actually prefer a new singular thread for each of them or a list, so since it's 1:30 am I do the list ok ? Don't kill me (just this time, first time I write here lol). GEOSCAPE / IN-BASE Toronto, Canada is next to Beijing, China. Stress mouseover tooltip in soldier screen displays Time Units tooltip instead. Ilya is a guy's name only, never a girl's name. If you manage to get a girlfriend named Ilya, run. Or you'll have a surprise. You'll find it in the Russian soldier's names section. I had 2 female soldiers named Ilya and 1 male so the name is coded for both genders ingame. Downed Battleships first give 500'000 cash then 150'000. Not sure if it's a bug or intentional. Retaliation Cruisers do not generate a crash site. TUs not growing during training at base. I have 2 training rooms, 100% efficiency and all that, but all my 36 soldiers remained with the same total TU for the entire length of the game, all of them. There is that dark green color that indicates improvement but it doesn't stretch like with the other stats, instead it eat at the light green. All other stats' training seems to work fine. AIR COMBAT Firing Arc of autocannons : it doesn't seem to register a UFO is in it (thus doesn't fire) for maybe half a millimeter in. I other words the UFO just entered the tip of the tip of my firing arc (or the very edges) yet autocannons aren't firing until the UFO is one millimeter (or something like that) further in. I seem to remember the same problem but at very close range also but I'm not 100% sure because I played more than a week ago. That's very dangerous when you're trying to shoot a Battleship from behind going slowly and all. All I know is something wasn't right about the autocannon's firing arcs. Missiles work fine. X1 didn't have that problem so I assume it's a bug. GROUND COMBAT The green Androns, oohhh the green androns. If they shoot at me or a civilian during their turn, alien turn never ends (game breaking, I was forced to abandon a terror site which resulted in +50 panic). If they shoot at me during their overwatch when I'm moving during my turn, game doesn't freeze but there's nothing you can do, can't open menu, can't select soldiers, it stays during enemy's overwatch phase forever. The only thing I'm able to do is to open Task Manager and close the game. Then restart the game. This happens everytime without fail. Also the attack crosshair doesn't appear when I target them with my mouse. Enemy overwatch doesn't activate when I'm behind them (or on their sides - 90 degrees) while beating them with stun batons and knives. I manage to get behind them when they have their backs turned, and when I beat them like a policeman they don't turn and shoot me. I'm positive that they did not already spend their TUs because if I run in front of them with another soldier (beater is still behind them) during the same turn, I receive a plasma blast to the face. Advanced Laser Sniper ammo doesn't diminish when my soldiers fire. I killed 95 reapers in that base in Iceland, yet all my soldiers had 5/5 ammo at the start of every turn, without a single reload. I am not sure if this applies to normal Laser Snipers also or if it's an Advanced Laser Sniper bug only. This is all that caught my eye so far (apart from the obvious medbay crash) so I cannot begin to imagine how many bugs you've already fixed. Well done, you guys have come a seriously long way. Genuine heartfelt Applause.
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    [V16] A Bit Of Every Species Of Bugs

    I'm happy you found it useful. Thank you for the reply. That's what I like about you (based on X1, X2, forum...), you like to do things well and care about providing quality. Unlike most devs nowadays that just provide minimum quality required to make sales. I've been playing PC Games since 1997 and you're probably the only developer (on big projects) left that I trust both in quality end-product and design/features choices. Also while I'm at it, I like that in your games, you don't include any unnecessary mechanics that are annoying. In other words in your games I never find myself thinking "this is so annoying, why did they include it when they could have left it out and it wouldn't have changed anything". lol the Russian devs are pros to include those in their games.
  17. A zoom would be very, very appreciated. This one is a subjective personal preference, I just write it here just in case if you think it's a good idea. I find the portraits on top during GC to be a tad too small, and I tought maybe a 5-10% increase in diagonal size would do it. Reason is I was struggling a bit to see how much TUs I have left, especially when I spend 80-90% of the TU then decide to make a move with my other soldiers and coming back to that one to finish the turn, yet when I'm done calculating and moving the other 11 soldiers I forgot about my plans for that one because I thought I spent all his TUs (couldnt see) and hit end turn. Then "oh no". About the zone creating and the civilian order giving, it's a good idea and a useful one. It's great to tell civilians to get out of my line of fire. But I'm not sure it would *feel* like it belongs in a Xenonauts game. In Xenonauts and XCOM civilians run around uncontrolled and it adds a bit to the game. Maybe an automatic zone near the cockpit of the chopper that the player doesn't define himself, for unarmed civilians only because that grandpa with the shotgun has to shoot at an alien and die a turn later instead of running for the chopper. I can't say what would be best overall.
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    Xenonauts-2 December Update

    Yes it was no problem. Wait did I say 10 ? I meant 3 teams of 12 soldiers, my bad.
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    Xenonauts-2 December Update

    Stress mechanic was fine in the build from 24/12/2020. Besides, you don't wanna do every UFO crash because you're gonna be so short on money while trying to open 2 more bases (not counting your HQ) to cover the rest of the continents. With how the balance is right now, if I didn't miscalculate, early UFOs seem to be less financially rewarding when you send troops. When you "delegate" them you get more money (the equivalent of "Air Strike" in X1). So what was best was to Ground Combat only those new UFOs that you haven't seen before to unlock research options, and delegate/air strike the rest. When bigger UFOs appear, it seems to me that they start to become more financially rewarding via GC. Then I had 3 teams of 10 good looking soldiers lol (great art) that I rotated. Battleships give you 500'000 at first, then weirdly 150'000 (which does not match the gymnastics I have to do to take one down omg I even started sweating during Air Combat one time) but if I send in my soldiers I brought back 1'700'000 worth of things after I sell them from my storage room. Though battleships, that's an endgame thing so you can't rely on that because they come in too late, I just mentioned them here to give an example. But the midgame ships seem to be somewhat rewarding via GC.