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  1. 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...
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Solver

    New forums online!

    Try the http links again now (after clearing browser cache or in an incognito window).
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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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    Xenonauts-2 April Update

    Congratulations on your daughter, Chris! I imagine you're barely getting any sleep now and of course working from home is quite the challenge with a newborn. Also good to know that development is proceeding apace. Looking forward to V13 with what looks to be a fairly feature complete Geoscape.
  11. Solver

    A few questions

    Shooting at aliens should contribute for accuracy increases regardless of whether it's reaction fire or normal fire. Correct, X:CE allows suppression to contribute to bravery increases. Without that change, bravery would very rarely increase - the only other way is to experience morale events, and those are rare. In the course of a normal game even getting +1 bravery for a soldier wouldn't be guaranteed. This goes hand in hand with another X:CE change, a bug fix for the psionic combat. Soldiers with higher bravery are supposed to be better at resisting psionic attacks but, due to a vanilla bug, the effect was marginal. X:CE fixes the calculation to work as intended, so higher bravery soldiers should now actually be braver in the face of psionic assaults, and combat vets should become braver with time. Yes, you can probably abuse it into bravery gains for everyone on every mission. I never bothered fixing that kind of issue in X:CE. You can trivially guarantee maximum TU and STR increases on every mission, and significantly boost your chance of ACC increases. That is not how the game was intended to be played, but if you want to do that, go ahead. I don't even want to pretend to know the whole system. You're correct in general, both the Xenonaut soldier and the alien get their initiative score, calculated from the factors you list. Soldiers will, I believe, use the best attack that they have TU for, but I'm not sure. They calculate a probability of hitting allies and don't take the shot if it's above some threshold, so it depends on particulars like the weapon accuracy and more.
  12. You can only replace existing sound files, there's no way to control any logic or do anything more sophisticated there.
  13. Sounds like something went wrong in the installation. If you have the game on Steam, just use the community branch there - don't install the manual download from the forums. With a manual installation, things could go wrong, the Steam install just works. Delete the script cache under %HOMEPATH%\AppData\Roaming\Goldhawk Interactive\Xenonauts\internal , then reinstall X:CE from Steam (use the Verify Files option) and see if it fixes things.
  14. Option 3 is the most intuitive to me. When a soldier isn't in a dropship, it makes sense that the assigned loadout is the desired template and not something that actually depletes your stores now. It's the most user-friendly solution, preventing "losing" items and preventing the need to repeatedly reassign equipment. The big issue here is to make sure that's not confusing, but I imagine a graphical cue could address that. if a soldier is unassigned, draw their equipment with some transparency mask applied. It should convey the idea that the equipment isn't really "there" yet.
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