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  1. Thank you for the effort! I'm afraid this is doomed though. For one, they didn't understand the question. User-created mods are fundamentally different from X:CE so answers for mods won't apply. The way we ended up using beta branches is also a hack, really, they're not quite intended for this, so it's logical that different launchers are not supported for branches. I have my own contacts (and a Steam dev account) so that's not the problem - but at this time, even if there's a satisfying answer, I don't want to risk breaking things anymore by uploading something. In the worst case, I could end up breaking the main Linux branch. Too risky, and I no longer trust myself to even build a release of X:CE correctly. There are workarounds to run X:CE on Linux, I don't like them much, but I have no plans to make any more changes.
  2. I no longer have an available Windows machine. But I can see that the XML files in your French translation are CRLF-terminated, and the rank entries look fine to me, though I wouldn't be too surprised if somehow the game gets broken by the weird degree symbol (is it?) in "1┬░Cl".
  3. Oh now I remember why I can't get X:CE uploaded to the Linux depot anymore. I can upload, I cannot specify different launchers per branch. The main Linux depot is a native port (of questionable quality), so it starts the binary directly. The X:CE branch would start wine (so a launcher script instead of the binary), and setting that up isn't possible without breaking the native launch command.
  4. You're not doing anything wrong, the issue was with uploading the Linux version to Steam. I'm not sure how 0.34.1 got on there, if anything. But perhaps I should try again, the Steam tools have also changed...
  5. I already play X2 on Linux, and it works fine despite the lack of official support. Unity games really tend to work quite well on Linux as long as they do not use any graphical features that are too fancy. DXVK takes care of getting the graphics working on Linux, while the core game code can be expected to work because it's .NET. Unity has for a long time targeted the Mono redistributable for .NET support, so that should work as well on Linux as it does on Windows (and of course MS .NET is also cross-platform these days). I would have released Linux versions of X:CE if I could. That was never possible unfortunately. I have the source code to the game itself, written by Goldhawk, but I don't have the engine's source code. It's only available as a bunch of libraries for Windows (I think Mac versions exist), not Linux, and only in binary form. Goldhawk never had that source either. As a result, building native Linux versions wasn't possible, not easily at least. The game is finnicky enough as it is, and only compiles "as is" with a particular version of the MSVC compiler, too. In fact X:CE was also the reason to keep a separate box for me - I released a small X:CE patch earlier this year, which required me to boot that box for the first time in over a year. This inconvenience is a major reason why there will probably be no more X:CE updates.
  6. Solver

    Silly question: version number

    Start the game, look in the top right corner of the launcher, that's where the game version is.
  7. If you're feeling brave, you can try editing the UI screen, it's assets/scripts/workshopview.lua. But the game is pretty borked if you try to play in 4K...
  8. Some ideas for aliens that are, behaviour wise, a bit more interesting than "soldier with a gun" (of which you still need to have several types). Shield Drone. Something like the light alien drones, but stays close to friendlies, and can project a shield around a friendly alien in range. So you either fight the tougher, shielded alien, or try to first take out the agile drone. Heatlamp alien. No gun, but has a damage aura some 3 tiles around it, so it just damages all enemies within range, doing more damage if it's closer. Somewhat low damage overall, so it's not an instakill, but you want to get rid of these before they get too close. Dangerous due to their area of effect ability, their weakness can be low TUs or HP. Fire-using alien. Fire was very underused in X1. You can have an alien that, by itself or with a gun, causes fires, which would be fun due to the unpredictable spread of fires in some biomes, and generally being a completely different type of hazard. The second-form alien. Upon being killed, it produces a weaker form of itself, or splits into two smaller aliens, or something else along those lines, the idea being that it creates a new, smaller threat. Mobile shield robot. The alien version of your shield soldiers essentially. Doesn't buff anyone else, instead it's just a big shield that aims to stay between your soldiers and other aliens (probably said to be remote-controlled in-game). Unarmed, but with very high HP, requiring you to shoot around it or to take it down with concentrated mass fire.
  9. I've also been doing just that in UFOs, trying to focus fire a single Andron to create a big boom. That said, it might be good to move the ability to another alien and decrease the explosion's power. You should prefer to kill exploding aliens from a distance, and you should be able to use that explosion against enemies, but it probably shouldn't be like setting a mininuke off.
  10. I really like the idea of introducing more complexity and substance into the economy. It feels like all x-com games have a strategic economic management game somewhere, trying to get out but buried under other issues. In the original game, the economy is entirely meaningless because you can set up manufacturing for profit, and also because missions give way too much loot after the first few. In X1, the economy is not broken, but it's simple and self-reinforcing. If you're doing well, you get more money so that you continue to do well. If you're doing poorly, you have a limited time window to turn things around or else everything comes crashing down. Having alloys and alenium for production was good but ultimately irrelevant. If you were doing well enough to have access to the advanced items, you had enough materials. Manufacture components could add a lot, as long as they're scarce enough, and there's variability in how you get them. You could make it worthwhile to assault landed UFOs (which carry a higher risk) by making sure they carry some valuable components that are fragile and usually get destroyed in a crash. You could reward air combat success by having rare, difficult spawns of UFO fighter wings that carry valuables. And so on. At the same time it needs not to be too random, it absolutely ruins the feeling if you're just there waiting for some rare component to drop from a UFO. This is a good idea, but I think the main thing is to make sure resources, whether it's the usual alloys or components, actually introduce some choices into the game - which means different ways of getting the resources with varied risk/reward ratio, and having the numbers such that you usually don't have the resources for everything.
  11. Solver

    Xenonauts 2: Ground Combat

    I understand why you're leaving the boxy UFOs behind, but if at all possible, please keep the assets in the game files - they could be great for modding and mapping.
  12. Solver

    New forums online!

    Try the http links again now (after clearing browser cache or in an incognito window).
  13. I'm afraid you're misunderstanding, it's not about several dropships on a single mission, it's about the game having multiple types of dropships in the first place, X1 style.
  14. I suppose this post is for Paul primarily (welcome!) - great to see a Discord server go up, but it should be mentioned that a community Xenonauts server has been around for a couple of years. It's not a big server but does have some recognizable people from the X1 community, so it would perhaps make sense to merge the two, or reach out on the old server and let them know that an official one now exists?
  15. I pushed a small update on Steam (launcher version 0.35.1) that fixes the unfortunate bug with Reapers one-shotting vehicles.
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