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  1. X - Division Enemies Inbound V0.99.4 for 1.65+ and 0.34.2 HF+ XCE We are in the sky ... We are on the ground ... We are a paramilitary organisation ... We have the best of the best - with some personal issues here and there. Real characters as you say nowadays ... We do everything, from stealing to protecting transports, smuggleing weapons for those who can pay for it. We destroy organisations if the price is right and provide safe routes from A to B, even through hell if it has to be ... Sometimes we also do some good guy stuff, but dont ask for it, except you can put enough money on the table ... Our people are unhonorable discharged veterans or geniuses who dont feel quite valued in their former organisation. Some average guys as well who are attracted to the way we do things ... but honestly they have to be a bit crazy to be hanging around those guys ... say us ... ... everybodys a bit crazy here ... We have been hired by some wealthy individuals who think we can save the earth and believe in our methods. This group has put their faith in us ... and most importantly, their money. I guess it is time to do some good guy stuff again ! Whats my spleen ? World Domination ! Everybody ought to have a goal, no ? But if these aliens do as they please there will be nothing left to rule over. What is yours, commander ? Welcome to X-Division ! The Team Drages - Lead Modder and Art Manager Charon - Code Manager Draku - Debugger and Tester AI Advisor and XCE Support - Kabill, Solver, Ilunak Support - Max_Cain, Kabill Special Thanks - Nuclearstudent, odizzido, Xany, Squaddie Perseus, Woz2, asierus24, Blackwolf, Reactorcore, Alienkiller, CherryCoke, XCOMJunkie, Brandon ( Steam) Special Thanks to Content Contributors: Max_Caine, the XNT team, We are thanking Chris for a wonderfully modable game and all the experience we could make because of this What people say about X-Division "Before all of this, the aliens were fighting seriously with jokes, then we gave them actual weapons and now they are fighting seriously, jokeing about you" - Drages "Your blinking dots on the hull look so awesome that its the first time i actually looked at the UFO in over 600 hours of gameplay time" -Charon Table of Content 1. Game Overview 1.1 Game Details 2. Questions & Answers 3. Requirements 3.1 Installation 3.3 Troubleshooting 3.4 Latest Patch 4.Known Bugs 5. FAQ 1. Game Overview X-Division is a complete overhauled game experience, featuring an vast amount of different enemies to capture, a new and improved, aggressive AI, 186 new weapons including katanas, 9 vehicles and 3 mechs and 13 sets of armour. New revised Aircraft game , crafted by me which builds and extends on the existing aircraft mechanic and polishes it to the extreme. New mechanic, hit and run tactics, new alien weapons and more .. so totally not what drages planned :). 22 new aircrafts from which 5 are alien interceptor to recruit and 24 aircraft weapons. Enemies feauture different armor resistances, different strenght points and weaknesses. Every alien race is good and bad in and against something and you better find that out quickly before its too late, commander. Terror and base attack missions will happen frequently and will be of importance all the way to and in the end game. Captureing aliens is immensly important in this mod as it will open up all the vital and better tech for you. Unique specialists you can only capture at terror sites, crash sites or base attacks. Special UFOs with a special goals which carry special units into battle. Special Officier Units for every phase of the game to capture to give you that special research boost you need. Aliens will adapt to your style of playing with different strategies of aggressive overwhelming force. " Every phase will have their own weapon branches. Ths branches will be mostly energy or ballistic based. Addidition to this your arsenal will make updated versions we call as MK in the mod. You will get the MK 1 versions as prototype and easy. For MK-2 versions, you will need to capture alien specialist and for MK-3 ultimate versions you will need to get specific things. Vehicle Weapons, Grenades and Explosives will have updated versions too. Special UFOs with a special goals which carry special units into battle ! UFOs with their own puposes and missions. You will see huge ufos for terror and base attacks, nearly impossible to stop at the air. You will see shuttles and special cargo ships along others. You will see any kind of ufo nearly at every phase with their upgraded stats, weapons and crew. Near endgame, you will see the real force of the Alien menace with the all mighty dreadnought and motherships." - Drages An detailed manufacture and disassembling system for alien weapons, grenades, UFOs. A chance based, incredible intrigues, complex research tree featuring around 900 xpedia entries and lively maps with civilians and local forces appropriatelly equippted. All of this over 4 balanced Phases over the game presenting a long and hard journey to menkinds destruction or, temporary, survival. It is in your hands, commander. 1.1 Game Details Weapons and Ground Combat Aircraft and Aircraft Gameplay Manufacture, Researches, Xenopedia Maps, Graphics and UI, Miscancellous Picture Gallery 2. Questions & Answers Whats the recommended difficulty ? The intended way to play this game is to always play on veteran, and to learn from your mistakes to come back stronger everytime you lose the campaign. Every death should mean something to you. However, if that is not your favourite difficulty you can start on Easy and play your way up. The game gets harder the more you progress so there will always be an increase in difficulty and a new challenge to come, the only difference is the starting point. Its not recommended to play on Insane, although the option is there to choose from. Its simply put just a harder version of veteran. Charons Changes mod aims at making the game harder without making the game unbalanced by simply buffing accuracy and stats of the aliens. Good luck commander. Is this version balanced ? What should I look out for ? Every manufacture and research as well as every economic gameplay element has been implemented. However the requirement quantity has been set to the lowest level for Grenades, Rockets, Melee Weapons Armor, Vehicles and Vehicle Weapons Aircraft and Aircraft Weapons Economical gameplay elements which are still pending Sell prices for alien loot except UFO Datacores Things which won´t change are The weapon DSB system The UFO DSB system The xenonaut weapon sell prices ( 1:1 ) UFO datacore sell prices Please report on these issues and give us feedback on how we can balance them. Help ! I mean HELP ! Any guidance on how i should play this game ? Here you go: For people knowing how the game works, feel free to help others or submit things you think are important or a guidance. I want to help, how do i apply ? Yes, you are very welcome. Currently we are looking for people who can write some good stuff and good mapmakers. You can simply send me an pm about the subject and Ill see what i can do. If you want to apply as a writer i usually ask for some samples to see your writings skill and confidence. Same goes for mapping. 3. Requirements XCE 0.34.2 HF 23/02/17 Steam: Change your steam version to XCE under "Properties" "Beta" for steam GOG: Download the official version from the forum ( This mod is map pack ressource depending: Khalls´s Tundra Tileset Random Map Pack Arctic Collection Random Map Pack Desert Style Random Map Pack Farm Edition Restored Community Map Pack Skitsos Alien Base Booster Pack Skitsos Improved Tile Art Pack Skitsos Ultimate Mega Mix Map Pack 2000 X:CE Extra Maps Pack All this map packs are available in XCE as of 0.34.2 HF. It looks like this: 3.1 Installation 1. To avoid complications unsubscribe to all other mods on steam, and delete your your whole mods/.. folder. Then make a fresh install of xenonauts. 2. Install the latest XCE version. For steam users right click on Xenonauts in your library > Porperties > Betas > community - Xenonauts: Community Edition branch For GOG users follow the latest installation instructions here: 3. If you downloaded the steam workshop support mod install it now. This is to show some support but has no other purpose than that. 4. Download all 3 parts of X-Division 0.99.4: Download ( Part 1 MD5: ad4da0a00434208b0069f9f51474f714, Part 2 MD5: e635e5ada7cc9bafca2131149ba7baea , Part 3 MD5: eb7a87b4801c18917038e7d686c3a7f2 ) 5. Unpack the multi rar file and put everything into your Xenonauts folder -This is a multirar file, you open it by having all 3 in the same folder and opening the first one. This will open all 3 files, you cant extract part 2 and 3 seperately - and it isnt necessary. 6. Delete your C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Goldhawk Interactive\Xenonauts\internal folder every time you change or install something. Like right now. (windows, i dunno about other OS). Ubuntu 16.10 : /home/USER_NAME/.local/share/Goldhawk Interactive/Xenonauts/mods/internal/scripts This is important - every computer has these files. 7. Start up your game, and bring your modloader to EXACTLY this state: There are some optional mods you can activate/deactivate. Lets go through them one by one: 1. X-Division Easy Airgame X-Division Easy Airgame increases all autoresolve winning chance calculations by around 70%, totally throwing off my balancing and making you a favour. Additionally the dmg to the winning squad gets reduced from 30% to 20% and the coeff for the winning squad is set from 2.0 to 1.3. 0% winning chance is 0% below 0.875 and 100% is above 1.25, meaning that when the autoresolve calculator shows 100% you have a reasonable chance to emerge without any harm from the Airfight Recommended state: ON if you want the airgame to be easier autoresolveable. 2. COM - Ambient Sounds/COM - Ambience Forest This mods add ambient sound and add the least amount of instability to the game - it still makes the game more unstable. Recommended State: OFF if you dont want to risk a higher instability for beautiful sounds. 3. COM - [V1.08] Jsleezy's Real Fighter Portrait Pack Adds alternative soldier faces to the game. Deactivate Khall´s more Portraits if you are using this to avoid art inconsistencies Recommended State: OFF if you dont want to play with more realistic faces. Checklist: You only have X-Division Workshop Support if you subscribed and installed it from the steam workshop The modloader needs to be EXACTLY in this Priority order. ALL mods you want to play with need to have a "YES" in the Active column, if you want to play with X-Division Easy Airgame you have to activate it ( I dont ) You shouldn`t play X-Division with any other mods than stated. Only cosmetic mods are allowed and only if you know exactly what you are doing. Keep in mind every savegame is unique to its mods its saved with. 8. Apply the latest available patch - 3.4 Latest Patch section ^^. Every patch contains all prior changes as well. You did it. Welcome onboard, Commander ! 3.3 Troubleshooting This mod is %98 stable. If you got any weird problems like aliens without guns, strange visual errors, game crashes, they should be about wrong install or mod loader issues. Be sure that you got X:CE, X-Division and X-Division Patch is installed and then come to our topic with your save game and we will help you. Sincerely yours, Drages NEVER USE THE MODLOADER DELETE BUTTON, ITS BUGGED AS HELL. Rather delete the mod folder from your mods/... folder directory. If you have a subscribed workshop mod then unsubscribe first then manually delete the folder in your mods/... directory. I think i got a bug, can you help me ? If you want some help, make a bug report or think that something is not the way it is supposed to be, add a full screenshots of your whole modloader and your savegame ( geoscpae only ). Why does the first start take so long to load ? Thats normal. X-Division is quite a big mod so loading all of its ressources takes time. Help ! I cant click on anything in the geoscape ! Hotkey are working though. Make sure that everything is the way it should be and then: Simply start up the game, go straight to new game, start a new game, load your current save, save it, exit and restart the game. This should now be fixed. 3.4 Latest Patch ( theres a patch history in the third post - with downloads ) Notes: X-Divison has gone the step to replace vanilla files. There has been an original file added for every replaced one in case you want to deinstall the mod. In case of doubt make a reinstall of the game or verify game integrity through steam. Before applying patches withdraw all scientists and engineers from their current projects. You can reapply them afterwards. You only need to download and install the latest Patch avaialble, it contains all prior fixes as well. The .4 to .41 version is savegame compatible As a basic rule never patch during Ground Combat Installation: Download the X-Division 0.99.41 Update: ( MD5: a9e16d6951dff9f0ce49d6807659bb66 ) Follow the instruction of the installer Be happy DAY 256 Version 0.99.41 "Make Thy Enemies Stronger" The AI made an 180 alien weapons got totally revised for accuracy and aim sets The UFO crew has been revised - created stage 2 and 3 for UFO GroundCombat, the fight for the UFO and the command room New armour class system: Scout Class, Soldier Class, Tank Class, Scout-Chemical Class. Different armours provide different bonuses to contemplate the role the unit takes on in the battlefield halfed the selling price for alien interceptors Grenade throwing mechanisms have been revised - more accurate but lower range Psionic units capabilities have been capped for phase 3 and 4 units ( lowered ) finished the human heavy interceptor design, the aircraft should now work as expected ( untested ) added view range and night bonus to the armour in the xenopedia changed how androns spawn dogs appended drops from andron terror units to the appropriate robodog units added robodog death sound revised defensive AI, thats the AI responisble for defending the UFO or alien bases hyperions ground images got fixed increased alien numbers in alien bases decreased all human and alien interecptor anti missile coodlown to 0.3 seconds, they should be a fun and fast weapon only limited by the maximum ammo now decreased and changed all long range aircraft weapons and engagement ranges for UFO encounters, this mainly concerns long range torpedos and mines Increased fear damage from 50% to 60% Increased fear strenght from 1.4 to 2.0 Decreased paralysis range from 6 to 1 Decreased mind control range from 6 to 1 Decreased xenomorph sound effects from 1.0 to 0.7 increased shield hitpoints Added Phase 3 and 4 alternative mk3 weapon requirements Weapon manufacture revised, mk3 weapons now need additional cores to get constructed 4. Known Bugs ( at least until the next patch ) Units can spawn outside map tiles in base attacks - If that happens make sure you did in that mission what you wanted to do, then save and exit. Start the game with the Xenonauts_gc_editor.exe in mods/xce/... and load up your save. Press "V" to kill every non xenonaut unit. Save and exit and continue to play like normal. 5. FAQ Why does this look halfway done ? Its halfway done. I will write the rest at a later date :). I just produced Alien Flamer Rifle 4:1B but the weapon doesnt show up. Thats not a production but a dissasemble. You disassemble X alien weapons for X ballistic/energy/antimatter/chemical cores. You need the cores later for better weapon production. This is the disassemble system. You can sell the weapons either for good money or produce cores for better weapon production. Your choice :). I just produced an Alien Scout DSB but i cant find it ? DSB means disassemble. You are disassembling the UFO and get its part. The Xpedia has detailed information what parts it EXACTLY produces so check that out. Those are needed for aircrafts and aircraft weapons. Most aircraft need the engine, the controlsystem and alien computers. The weapon systems are mostly for aircraft weapons. This is the UFO disassemble and aircraft production system. What does your "fixed" mean ? The problem you are stating has 1. been noted 2. completely been fixed. This means you will get the fix with the next patch. In urgent situations ill put up a direct link where you will be able to download the patch for exactly the stated problem but usually you will get all fixes with the next patch available. You can check the Known Bugs part in the OP before you report one to check if it doesnt already has been noticed. This is also where we put emergency links directly beside the stated bug. I cant see inside when im in Cruiser Class UFO. What to do ? Play around with the toggle options here until you find one that works for you. You propably wont get a full view, but at least you can see something. If you have visibility issues try to put 1 soldier on the lower level to see the upper one. Try reloading the save with manual one, that could fix issues too. Dont use auto or quicksaves. Next questions Yes, the Airgame is painted in my needs. Gone are the times where you said "The first UFO, ah, one condor should be able to take care of that". Condors are BAD, very BAD. You are practically fighting with sticks and stones right now. My advice: get as many condors as you can get. My first base has 9 hangars, my second base has 8, and my third base has 10 hangars. Build them all on your first day. ... the bases i mean. With some more experience you will be able to handle the airfights pretty easily. I mean, they are scouts and lightscouts after all ... . But you can only make experience if you have enough condors. Soon you will know EXACTLY what to do and how to behave in the airfight. At this point corvettes will crush your dreams. Just ... at ... the ... right ... time. When you thought you started to be able to handle the fight for air supremecy. What will follow are a lot of smokeing airplanes and your need to think a way out of this mess. Heres how you L2P: Knowledge: This is the first step. Collect information. The most important information is the HP. You will only get this information AFTER you brought that specific UFO down and SUCCESSFULLY raided it. The next step is to count your total dmg. Do i have enough dmg to bring this UFO down ? Other questions are: How fast is this UFO ? Can i outturn it ? Can it outturn me ? What weapons does it use ? After some time you will get a handle on the information and put it together what this UFO is so special about. Let me stress this again: You can only learn through EXPERIENCE. Nobody has yet learned how to handle a situation without having a minimum of experience. This means destroyed aircraft. Learn to handle that you are up against the unknown. Get the right aircraft/weapon lodout: This means that you learn what weapon is good in what situation and equipt it on the appropriate aircraft. An example is the fighter UFO in the first Phase. Get Asierus and 2 short range mauser cannons and you will destroy a fighter 1 on 1 with only sustaining 15 % dmg. Learn what aircraft is good against what UFO. Learn how a weapon behaves. ADAPT your aircraft/weapon lodout to YOUR PLAYSTYLE. DECISIONS: This is the utmost perfection of the airgame. After you learned how your enemy behaves and learned to deploy simple and advanced tactics like baiting, holding down, piercing, rolling into the enemy, choseing the right angle, fishing, throttleing and learned how to have the appropriate aircraft and weapon lodout, tailored to YOUR playstyle you will know what is possible. Than you will have different options in your head to choose from. Do i make it simply but lose one foxtrot ? Do i have enough fuel to bait it out ? Do i do 50% dmg and draw back and reengage again ? Is it worth it to sustain 40% dmg on this aircraft. These are ALL your options. Choseing from ALL of this options is a GEOSCAPE decision which will determine your future options and possbilities, thus setting your path to victory or defeat. Why is it so hard ? Its not, it has specific goals: Throw you into a situation where you are CLEARLY inferior. Activate your brain and think your way out of it. Its just an AI after all, not a human. The gradual mastering of the situation is an immense factor of satisfaction, provided you can do it. Try again or start on lower difficulties. Baffling you RIGHT at the time you think you are starting to get a grip on it, throwing you in another crisis. Saying "Start to learn to fight your way out of disadvantageous positions." This is the most important point: Decisions. Even if a moderate skilled person with the right aircraft/weapon lodout cannot switch on the autowin button, but has to make a decision on how he wants to play his cards/aircrafts. If he screws up he screws up. If he hesitates in the wrong moment, he may pay the price for it. Theres no clear right or wrong. Its an individual experience which shows you and your way with dealing with challenging uncertainties, most importantly it shows YOUR way. There will never be a "OMG, its that UFO again. This is so boring" or you activate Easy Airgame and autoresolve Next Questions I can indeed write an essay and the whole story, but im the coder. So i will do the creative work when theres nothing to code left ... never. So we would indeed appreciate a good writer who wants to write the story of X-Division. Let me rephrase what Drages said in my own and some borrowed words. Xpedia entries have all the pictures and none of the words. However i provided all teh necesssary and vital information for every xpedia entry. If you feel theres missing something please report it. We´ll remove them asap. They are developer items and are not meant to be build. Let me say this straight: this is not the vanilla game :). For better or for worse. Theres no "streamlined" experience anymore which takes you at the hand and shows you all the things one by one and leads you to a comfortable victory. This is harder. It is more complex. Nobody will tell you what to do. Not much hints will be given. You will have to crave for every little experience and knowledge. You have to take it slow and look closely. Heres the quote from the starting xpedia: "Spend our funds wisely and always look for opprtunities to learn. Its our only effective weapon we have, commander." Now that we have cleared this let me elaborate on the idea of this. It`s decisions. You will have a lot of researches, because you can choose which way you want to go, Only one thing is for sure: You cant research all at once. Not only that, its decisions in everything. Economy. Manufacture. Research. Earth Coverage. Aircraft Superiority. Detection Range. Weapon Equipment. The path is yours to take. The only thing which is sure is that you cant have it all. Take your path and makle it work. If you dont, well, thats the untimely end for earth. Let me quote from Long War: This is my oppinion as well. Some help will be up soon, if we can make it, but dont expect anything yet. Its hard and X-Division is even harder. I had the same problem with XCOM, then beaglerush introduced me to new concepts. We hope we can do something similar. Next questions Wrong, sebillians are affected by smoke like any other unit, as i learned recently. Isnt that what is the best option ? Not doing what you want him to do ? And on top of that to stay crouched ? From a human standpoint ? Before, they neither did that nor other things, and on top of this the aliens would helplessly run around in the back lines and never shoot because their accruacy was too low. Now they are at least effective at what they are doing ( because the AI was rewritten, not because of the accuracy buff, but they both play together ). I dont get what you are saying. When you have only 50% Tu available because of the suppression, than bursting takes away your whole TU to move. Its a tradeoff, either max damage or hide again. And max damage and on top of that staying crouched is clearly the better option, why make an suboptimal choice when you can make the best one ? Ofcourse they stay dangerous after you suppressed them, if not this would be a childs game. Ok, ok stop. I think you this might help you. Let me quote from Long war. If you stand in front of a caesan on insane it is fine that the an burst kills you. Thats the game. There is always a strategy available which let you achieve a different result. But thats the game, off the top of my head i can instantly think about 1 strategy where you wont get any damage at all. But thats for you to find out . Well, first of all, the game hasnt been balanced yet, but the GC has. Secondly, any other option than Veteran hasnt been balanced. Yes, values are different on lower difficulties. Either way, I wouldnt call this flawed. That units cant manually crouch, that is flawed. I think you are forgetting that half of the TU is not available in the next turn, and dont take advantage of it. I dont really get the idea, stunning is a hard buiseness which may require some units close by. Stunning is the pinnacle of achieving victory in a GC. You can measure the amount of success by the amount of stunned, needed units you got in a GC. The closer you get to a unit the more dangerous it becomes, naturally. If you dont like that take the guy out with a sniper rifle, while he is suppressed. Furthermore let me quote from the advice section: <Tip>Do not stay in an aliens Line of Sight! Do not trust cover!</Tip> That might be true. As in, it is true, but i still have to decide if that is a bad thing. That might be true. As in, it is true, but i still have to decide if that is a bad thing. I would disagree and state again that this game is nothing which you can learn, or is obvious how to play, on the first turns. Dont expect suboptimal strategies to succeed. Always stay flexible. Accept that mistakes can happen. I believe that randomisation is a simulation of the approximitation of the randomness of war. If it wouldnt be, war would be a chess game, which firaxis game is far closer to than the open evironment Xenonauts provides. For the sake of wholeness please let me quote some historian quotes about the romans and the roman culture. The most important one is the following Like i said earlier, i dont believe you are digging deep enough into the strategy box. Suppression is a powerful tool available, but you have to know how to use it. ... and please dont stand in light of sight of a crouched alien, if you know its bad, change your tactic then. X-Division tries to compensate that by stressing the importance of live aliens to capture. Rockets kill aliens as well as the corpses and the loot, 2 major income sources. But its not yet balanced, eg. you get enough for everything at the moment. For now, the money almost flows constantly after the first phase, but in the future people who dont capture enough aliens wont succeed in the long run. So they will have to put themselv in the best position, but will still havee to take the danger head on. Like Tacitus said it: I agree that Snipers are very good in the encounters, as it is the backbone of my squad as well, even with their low acc in the beginning. Its ok, i believe it is valuable feedback. While it might not change anything in the short run, it might change the entire course of the game in the LONG run . I think i know this feeling, I felt the same way when i got discouraged of playing XCOM 1 on the higher difficulties, because I didnt know what to do, and i didnt receive any guidance on how to IMPROVE on how i was playing. This made me bump against the same stupid wall over and over again, with the feeling that even when i succeeded it wouldnt be because of me, but because of some stupid dice that rolled in the right direction this time. The whole game felt like it was completely disregarding my actions and rolled the dice for the encounters. The feeling of not having an impact on anything is the feeling of frustration. ( Btw this also makes great games, letting the player feel the impact of the his/her actions, its the fundamental part of game design to give the player something where he can see how he effects something. This is the fundamental principle of playing, in the exact same matter a baby feels joy because it experiences that his/her actions affect something and do something with the world, no matter what it actually does. Experiencing your actions having an impact on the world is one the greatest, fundamental joys in life, taking away from that feels frustrating ) Then i met beaglerush - Not only was he better than me, he also introduced me to far wider variety of the question you can ask in a game. What determines this is a good position ? What tools do i have available ? Most importantly, what even, are the possible outcomes of a situation ? What CAN even happen ? AND what is likely to happen ? How do i manipulate the odds so that i can stay on top of changing factors throughout the game ? What is the worst possible situation ? How much is one worst possible option worth against the other ? This is why i believe youtubers and Lets play videos are so immensly important, because at the end of the day gaming is a social thing. Even if you only play single player and sit alone in your room alone all the day, at one point your single playing gaming will turn into something too hard for you to manage alone. On the other hand If you would be able to clear a game without any challenge it would be boring. So what do you do ? You turn on the internet and search for NEW IDEAS on how to approach your favourite game. It could be walkthroughs, FAQs, tips and tricks websites like gamefaq is one. Back in the days people sat down and wrote around 20 comprehensive pages about a subject in a game and other people would read about it. Dragon Warrior Monsters and Monster 2 are a good example about this. Heck, Pokemon is a good example of this. Did you know that pokemon had a stats had a genetic buff from +0 - +61 stats when they were born, also known as IV ( individual values ) - and NOBODY KNEW about this until later generations ? Do you think that one person alone would have cracked this ? Or that it was something people might eventually figure out ? Actually it was discovered by somebody making the ROM available for emulators, now it is an important part of every strategy in the competetive gaming scene. It could be a Lets play, or it could be a review. It could be a MAKING OF or it could be a spreadsheet document. Or you simply bother your friends to play this game and ask about their oppinion. Gaming is a social thing because ultimately we strife to increase our horizon and learn and experience new things, and per definition this needs new things and new impulses to take from. Some also like other people . There is also the group of hardcore players, who want to figure out everything on their own, because they like the experience of this journey, but an estimated guess is that this group makes up around 5% of all gamers, maybe less. Most other people want to approach games 1. in social way or 2. getting provided basically cinematic material without making the experience of bumping into the frustration wall i mentioned earlier. And ofcourse there are invinite variations inbetween. So take what you can from other people approaching this game, if you want . Take a break from the game, that is also important. Reapproach it later. Drop it. Pick it up again. Do what you think it is you need. The Developers Diary - is the approach to this, but it still has no commentary, and may not get one in the future, but this tries to give players new ideas, new approaches, and to make the experience of playing this game a memorable one, where there are always higher ceilngs to climb, and mauntains to discover. The offical X-Division youtube channel is still under construction - - for now you can get all videos here - - . The next three posts are the continuation of the OP, please take a moment to glance over it.
  2. Bug: Mod cannot override fonts, launcher images, and splashscreen image. Steps to reproduce: Run launcher, add attached mod and put it at top. Launch game. Note that splashscreen is not overridden by the mod. In the game, note that all text is missing, because the font is not overridden by the mod. Exit and run launcher. Note that the launcher button is not overridden by the mod. Exit launcher Manually replace the "fonts", "launcher", and "splashscreen" folders in xenonauts with those in the mod. (Keep a backup!) Repeat step 2-5 and note that the replaced resources are functional (screenshots below). In plain words, I got a Chinese translation mod for X:CE, very comprehensive and intended to be a nice citizen of X:CE. But it won't work as a mod (which is forward-compatible) unless at least the font can be overwritten. What the launcher and game should look like after mod:
  3. This is an old issue that I already saw several old posts for with no resolution as far as I could find. All my mods in the launcher keep resetting to inactive after exiting the game. I have to go back and reorder them and reactivate each of them every time I want to play. Everything worked fine until I DLed some new mods. I recently installed the new map mods after getting tired of seeing the same map over and over. The Swamp maps mod does not work BTW, it crashes the launcher if activated. This started after this round of Mod installs. I am running vanilla version 1.65W
  4. Hi all, you may remember a few years back I did an AWACs mod which let you put in an AWAC recon flier at the game start. I playtested it and I loved it, thought it added a whole new level of strategy to the game. Well, I'd love to update it to the CE version and be able to upload it to Steam. The problem is I just can't get the damn thing to work. I wonder if anyone could help? I also can't seem to get the modding log to show up, I can get the thing to show up in the Xenopedia. I can get the Condor purchase box to move, so it registers something there, but just no. It's not working.
  5. Hey all, just letting people know that I released the first version of Xenoscape, a simple mod that's designed to add and replace the music in the game. I loved the Xenonauts game from start to finish, but thought that it could've probably used a more distinct atmosphere for it music-wise. Since I've recently been making electronic music anyway, thought it might be interesting to try modding a game with it as its background. This is the first time I tried anything like this (usually I tend to focus on live performances only) and it's a work-in-progress experiment of sorts, but would love to hear what people think. As mentioned below, the style is sort of a mix of IDM, ambient, and a jam band -- I think taste-wise it's a pretty niche thing, but thought it might fit the sort of eerie, weird atmosphere of the game itself. Most of the tracks are improvised on a ROLI Seaboard in a very weird way, so the sound has a kind of "raw" quality to it that you normally wouldn't get from traditional recording techniques. The mod has over 3.5 hours of music in it, so it's pretty large. (~400MB) If you play very quickly (or like to save/reload a lot ), there's a good chance that you might not even get to the end of a lot the tracks. Hoping this will increase immersion, if anything. It's been a pain trying to get it on the Steam Workshop because of its size limitations but it'll be up there as soon as I figure out a workaround. Looking forward to Xenonauts 2, by the way! Hoping that the game will continue to support the modding community for the next release. FYI - I've been having issues with volume control doesn't seem like the "volume" parameter in the sounds and sounds_gc files are always responsive. If it becomes a major issue I try for another update, but we might leave it if it doesn't bother people that much. Let me know if you think there's anything that can be done. Description and links here: Xenoscape is an original music add-on mod for Xenonauts, designed to replace and change the atmosphere of the game throughout its gameplay. Most of the tracks are longer than the play-duration of each setting (Air Combat finishes in under a minute, usually, but the track goes on for much longer) for increased immersion. The style is a mix of 80s cheese-synths, IDM, ambient music, and improv. If you enjoy jam bands you might like this mod, since most of it is improvised!! Tracks 3 Air Combat Tracks 4 Geoscape Tracks 3 Day Combat Tracks 3 Night Combat Tracks Main Menu Track YouTube Playlist: Nexus: If you enjoyed the music and would like to support the lab, like the YouTube videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel, and stream the music directly from the site at any time. The channel will be periodically updated for new projects and musics in the works!
  6. The purpose of this mod is to expand on the backgrounds of Xenonaut grunts, add more names, and to add some more nations. Parts of this mod have now been incorporated into the official game: *denotes nation that comes with the vanilla game The nations included in the mod are: NATO: United States* United Kingdom* Canada* West Germany* Greece* Spain* Italy* Portugal Norway* Netherlands* Denmark* France* Belgium Turkey Iceland Western Allies: Australia* Malaysia New Zealand* Japan* South Korea Warsaw Pact: Soviet Union* East Germany* Hungary* Bulgaria Czechoslovakia* Romania Poland Communist Bloc: Vietnam China Cuba North Korea Non-Aligned or Neutral Nations: Rhodesia South Africa Israel Egypt Sweden* Finland* Ireland Brazil Nigeria Kenya Morocco Philippines Indonesia Mexico Thailand Chile Argentina Austria Switzerland Yugoslavia I've also expanded most nations' available regiments and/or made them more "elite". This represents the nations giving the Xenonauts their best of the best. The combat experiences are all historical wars from the 60's and 70's that a soldier's nation was involved in but you will get the occasional non-historical result due to there being no relationship between a soldier's age and previous combat experience when they are generated. e.g you might get a 21 year old veteran of Vietnam. Here's the full list of nations with units and possible experiences: Special Thanks: ResFu for helping out with the Polish names and units. jamoecw for U.S. unit experience. llunak for correcting Czech names and adding Slovak names. steelgonads for correcting Portugese names I've included 2 extra files called regiments.xml and experience.xml which are the slices of strings.xml that this mod uses. What this enables you to do is copy and paste over the regiments and experiences that are in any version of strings.xml and let you use this mod with any other mod.It will also allow you to update the mod yourself if you wish This was developed for V22 but should work fine for the V21 stable. Download Link: Xtended
  7. Hi, Falkner Here The first reason i signed up is to say what a fantastic job everyone here and the Dev team are doing with Xenonauts, it's clearly a labor of love. I'm very happy I purchased the game and looking forward to the full release. Why am i posting this in the modding forum? Well I'm an avid tinkerer and love to customize my games, I love how accessible Xenonauts is even to the casual modder and I'd like to share the content I make for myself freely with the community. Onto the content! One of the things I truly missed from the classic UFO:EU was the soldier portraits, the savage faces and outrageous hair were something I wanted to recreate for my own nostalgia. So i spent an entire weekend, perhaps a little longer in a flash utility called Hero Machine 3 generating portraits, 2d sprite style. Long story short, I now have around 115 new soldier portraits in the style of my profile pic from generic to the outrageous, a lot of them are inspired from videogame and movie characters (like the blatant MGS:4 Solid Snake lookalike in my profile pic) and I'd like to share them freely with everyone - if that is OK. I'm asking permission first because, from what I gather, a lot of people paid a substantial amount of kick-starter money to have their own custom soldiers in xenonauts, and this infringes on that somewhat. I'd like some feedback if this content is ok before Posting. Thanks for reading! _______________________________________________________ Updated 22/7/13 Download Link is up. This mod replaces *all* portraits for Male and Female, Also fills in some portraits that are currently missing in the experimental build (nor12-20 etc.) Just drop the 'assets' folder into your xenonauts directory As always, make backups of the files you are replacing first - in case you decide to revert to the original portraits. Thanks guys n gals, enjoy! LINK: Xenonauts Hero Portraits Download (right click, save as) I included the photoshop master too if you fancy tinkering.
  8. I really love this mod, even if it is quite hard and could do with some updates,(maybe one allowing for a more casual experience, ect.) i've juts re-installed the mod, and I just can't figure out how to get it to work, as, when I click on shields or(when trying to equip my soldiers) try to enter a battle, the game crashes. Anyone have an idea as to how I can fix this/ is there an updated version of the mod/ when will the dev be back?(as well does the xenonauts community edition work with this?)
  9. Xenonaut Choices Part 1 Introduction I am releasing this Mod early as a "Part 1" as I want to take a break for a while, however what I have so far has plenty of content and mainly adds new items, weapons & Tech trees to the game. At the last count it adds around 70 items/weapons to the game, all with full research paths. We've got Mine Launchers, we've got Alien Proximity Scanners (Film Aliens), we've Grenade Launchers, Combat Stims, Hypo Sprays, Lightning Weapons, Tranq Guns n Crossbows and hopefully a shed load of other things that you would really like to find in this kind of game. What is the Concept Sometimes games are very linear and the path you take is drip fed to you. I personally hate games that progressively get harder as you level up or get items. If I lived in such a world I would never pick anything up or attempt to better myself, because as soon as you do all your enemies level up too. I would downgrade to a club and go beat my enemies while they are weak Hopefully this mod is designed so that good choices are rewarded by actually making the game easier. This is a bit experiment and I am not sure how much I am going to have to tweak things to make it work. The idea of Xenonaut Choices is an attempt to cater less for the casual gamer and more for those who want a whole lot more out of their game. What I am attempting to do is add lots of extra command choices in an attempt to really mix things up; Do you work broadly across the Tech Trees in attempt to be an all rounder, or do you work deeply perfecting in each category before moving on. This will test your skill as a commander. Summary Of Changes Gui Changes New Projectiles New Weapons & Items (Lots) New Tech Trees New Particle Effects New Sounds How Is Game Balance Effected I actually like the balance of the vanilla game and found it challenging but not so difficult that I had to save it every time my soldier blinked. So in general terms I have tried to keep the game balance at about the same level, however I also wanted to give a sense of progression and reward good choices so the mid term part of the game should actually be easier if you are playing well. I also wanted to heighten that sense of achievement by making the start of the game much more difficult. This has been achieved not by upgrading the aliens but by downgrading your arsenal to be underfunded options for the time period. This I feel fits with the Game story well, as its obvious that your worldwide organization wasn't taken seriously by the fact that you only had a few planes and only one base. That is of course until the Invasion at which point the world would have your full attention but unfortunately any spare funds they had are now channelled elsewhere try to bolster up local defences etc.. Therefore Its down to your leadership skills to procure the funds needed. Economy The idea was and still is, to allow opportunities for manufacturing for profit. The world suddenly needs weapons right, and you have a crack team of scientists. Are you going to devote resources to making manufacturing plants and setup business. Its harsh but maybe its the only way you are going to win the war of course the choice is yours. I have added a few items that will make a good profit and some that will lose you money. The first few rounds of weapon and item research will result in unlimited quantities to reflect the ease of sourcing or manufacture, however as better and better items are researched they will need to be manufactured and require rare parts etc. GUI Changes I have tried to keep them to the minimum as part one of my mod, however I have in the short term at least had to expand out some of the menus to fit all the extra stuff in. (Otherwise the little scroll-wheel on your mouse will be worn out.) Ballistic Lovers Yes I have tried to cater for you and it is possible to complete the game with ballistics only. Since programs like Stargate and similar have been around, it seems that there is a demand for old and new technologies to coexisting in games. So although more Hi-Tech weaponry options will turn up in my mod you can still keep updating ballistics. There may be an eventual limit on damage, however you can keep investigating weapons that chuck out more rounds per minute of have other advantages. If you go this route there is plenty to keep you busy. Pacifists For those who like to play the game with as little blood shed and deaths as possible there is a pacifist route, however I think it would be so difficult to get past the begging part of the game without killing an Alien that you would have to compromise. I do however lay down the challenge. Armour Not this release I am afraid, Its a timely operation and I think I will add these as late steps to my final mod. However short term I made my gui images for my male shoulders have a more beefed up and muscled look. Hopefully I have made the female soldiers look more feminine without crossing in to the realms of being sexist. CREDITS If you like the graphics on the Weapons then its time I introduced you to an awesome site that will hopefully make your modding life easier. The weapons here very much match the graphics of the game. You can use the weapons listed or use the tool to create your very own designs using pre created parts. Installation Dont forget to take a backup of you Xenonuats folder first. Download the and uncompress the Changes Folder. Copy the contents of the changes folder into your "assets" folder. Recomended Mods That Work Well With This One. Skitsos Ultimate Megamix Map Pack 2000 (This is currently Crashing At end of Mission) Skitsos Sleek AI turn mod There is another mod called "Fire in the Hole" which is fantastic and should have been part of the core game if you ask my opinion, however its not possible to integrate without some modding knowledge as some of the files are shared. Aditional Things Of Interest This Mod returns enemy weapons captured in combat back to the Equipment screen. You can use them or sell them of like regular items. I have not found in my playthroughs that it unbalances the game in any great way as they are very inacurate. I have added Double Barrel Shotguns to the game and these have the ability to fire both barrels at once at no extra timecost. I think this adds a nice little tactical dilema to the game as it leaves your soldier very prone if he has fired both shots as he is now defensless until he reloads. Flamethrowers are back in, however you may not be too overwhelmed by my implementation. In my opinion they are betting in than out, even if they do not have the original cool triangular spread pattern that was intended. Feedback Yes please, If this Mod is so bad and I am wasting my time, I would rather be put out of my misery. However if you thinks its got some good ideas and got merit let me know and I will continue on with the next instalment. Also if you have content you want added and know how to implement it please update the post. Finally if you notice any issue that need fixing and or even better you know how to fix them please update me. My Favourite Addition Is the ability to call Airstrikes from within a ground combat mission. You need a reasonable spec machine otherwise the explosion is real laggy, but seeing that mushroom shaped explosion taking out everything in site is real fun. A costly option in more ways than one, but as said before the choice is yours. Next Steps Part 2 will be about adding new Vehicles and Planes. I had a request from Kiel to add more Enemy Weapons, I think its a cool idea and will put these in as the final stages of the mod. + any more interesting Items I can think of. Research if Area Effect Healing possible Put Alien Praetor Gun in Put Alien Flamethrower in Put in new Dropships if Community Maps will support. (Max came up with an idea to create "extradropship" place holder that could be added to all community maps as a modding standard) Thanks for Reading.....
  10. The beta 0.2 has been unleashed onto the world! get it HERE Beta 0.2 changelog: - changed rocket launch sounds, removed spring trigger effect to allow faster ignition sound (was doing shenanigans ingame on short range rocket fires) - gave frag grenades some added ambience making the explosion sound with much more..errm...presence. -finished with the machinegun. 10 bullets burst. each bullet has 5 parts. that was 50 audio parts in total + 1 echo part at the end. This would not be possible without coffee for sure~ progress update 12/1/2015: - new air combat canon and missile launch sounds. - new reloading sounds for all vanila balistic weapons. - new firing sounds for all except the machinegun (it needs the most work since its bursts only and those are the hardest to make the way i do no I didn't shoot up the neighboorhood to make those >_>; ). - new rocket launcher fire + explosions and new grenade exposions. - updated preview files to showcase new changes. Progress update 10/1/2015: - 1 new vehicle death explosion sound. - 1 new aircombat explosion sound. - 1 new aircombat crash sound. - 1 new flames sound. - changes in sounds and sounds_GC , renaming some sounds and assigning new ones. ( aimed to preserve the number of sounds and their use ingame rather than adding a bigger number of files, reason:not sure how much new stuff I can add so will be changing exsisting files for now .) work preview, switched to .ogg files since .WMA downgrades sound quality for some reason ( preview style: original sound followed by mod sound after some silence ) next on the todo list: - finishing machinegun - more grenades - start work on wounded and dead sounds of humans
  11. So ,Phantra what is this mod about then? Well, this mod aims at Improving the sound effects and adding voiceovers to some of the actions/events happening in the game by replacing exsisting .ogg files or incorporating entirely new ones. All of the sounds currently in the mod have been extracted,compiled and build in the model of their xenonauts vanilla counterparts from bits and pieces by me. (current version original bits and pieces were taken from bf3 and bf4's massive arsenal of sounds. ) keep in mind: although I did my best to preserve the style of sounds of the original in the new files, some turned out utterly different. Beta 0.2 Release: - new balistic vanila weapon sounds . - new aircombat sounds for missiles and canons aswell as new a crash sound. - new vehicle death sound ~ - new flames sound. - new rocket launcher and frag grenade sounds. Plans for the future: - making new sounds for injury/death sounds of humans and maybe some of the aliens if i can manage to make them sound as they should. - changing footsteps/impacts/door stuff/etc. - new sounds for the rest of the vanilla weapons/items. - adding voiceovers to ground combat actions/events. How does one Install this mod? - step one, make backups of your sounds.xml and sounds_GC.xml aswell as sounds and sfx folders ... after that: - If you are getting this mod for a clean instalation of 1.06 you just need to extract the zip file into your xenonauts install folder. - if you have mods that modify the sounds.xml and/or sounds_gc.xml or have a newer version of those files (CE/patch etc) then: you would need to Install the sound files manualy + make changes to sounds and sounds_GC, the files that would need assingment in there would be: AirCrash.ogg -> in sounds.xml assigned to the sound played when a unit crashes in aircombat AirCombat_explosion.ogg -> in sounds.xml assigned to aircombat explosions VehicleDestroyed_1.ogg -> in sounds_GC.xml assigned to vehicle explosion *Currently it has been tested on version 1.06 of the game and in need of testing on other versions. Download Link here Discuss the mod + Idea's/requests here:
  12. I've been working on equipment and weapon mods which provide interesting and novel effects. They aren't things that you'd spam, but they provide tools that create specialists who can help the line solider (especially when you get to the shrike and have a larger squad to play with). The first of these tools is the Firewall Weapon Details A suppression-centric weapon, the Firewall is good at locking down the enemy but not very good at much else. It has a range of 20 tiles, does 20 pts of damage with 0 mitigation, fires a burst shot of 4 shots, with a suppression value of 80 and a suppression width of 5 tiles (so 80 suppression on the target tile and up to 2.5 tiles, then 40 suppression outside of that). You need to research lasers before you can research the Firewall (it takes a very short time to research the weapon), and it costs 5 units of alien alloys and $50,000 to manufacture. Alas, given the way the game works, if you've already researched lasers you can't research the Firewall and will need to edit the researches.xml file so you can research it after your current subject. Mod Details This is a almost-full mod, which includes research, a xenopedia entry, manufacturing, a gui and xenopedia image (made by Ferry Susanto, one of my regular artists), tooltip entries and a custom sound (by me!). The sprite chosen was the scatter laser sprite. Advice The mod doesn't seem to work with the modding system Giovanni has created on the installer, so the only way to use it is to overwrite the current files. I haven't included backup files (as I don't know how you have modified your own game files), so please backup your files if you intend to try this mod. Download the zip here Any feedback would be most welcome. EDIT: Wups! Forgot to add the custom sound. All fixed!
  13. Quick and dirty hack to get the Soviet Weapons Chris released the artwork for into the game. All of the Soviet weapons have been given their own ammo types with the exception of the shotgun and the rocket launcher. Stock weapons were left alone. In general the magazine sizes are smaller than stock weapons (sniper, shotgun, pistol). The shotgun I think was just supposed to be a 'generic Soviet shotgun' but the closest in appearance that I was able to find is a Baikal MP-153 (semi-auto gas operated): I could not find any information as to when this shotgun was first manufactured so I have no idea if this is "lore friendly"/historically correct. Also all weapons use existing sprites so although it does not look like a pump action in the artwork you will still see your Xenonauts cycling the action. To remove run the soviet_uninstall batch file in your Xenonauts install folder. Have fun!
  14. This mod aims to add a large number of weaponry to the early ballistic weapon tier(s,) and while I hope to greatly expand on later weapon tiers eventually, for now, its bullets, and all bullets baby. Naturally, I am taking my own risks in trying to balance the game while still providing a very large arsenal of weaponry for a number of tactical tasks. Things that you can expect to be coming in V1: Changes to standard ballistic weapons: Added a Submachinegun: "A small ballistic firearm with optics designed for short range combat, it spews pistol ammunition at an alarming rate. While its range is limited, it has an excellent rate of fire, and is easy to aim, resulting in extremely high damage potential. This will likely be among the first weapons we decommission, due to its poor ability to penetrate hard armor, but for now, it is likely an excellent secondary weapon for specialist units." - Good at breaching doors Altered the standard rifle: Reduced damage. Increased armor mitigation. Slightly increased range. Improved aim shot accuracy, reduced normal shot accuracy. - Overall, it is more specialized in damaging targets at longer ranges then other rifles, and softening the armor of "hard targets" like those Sebellian noncombatants I hear so much about. It is better against armor then other rifles, but has lower damage potential. Altered the shotgun: Increased damage, and TU costs (To simulate pumping the weapon, but awarding you good damage in exchange for it.) Increased suppression value and radius (The radius sticks as a shotgun class feature.) Increased reaction fire rating significantly. - It has solidified very well into a weapon that is good for advancing on hard alien positions, moving from cover to cover while taking turns suppressing the alien with intimidating shotgun blasts. -- I have heard reports of suppression being mildly bugged, however, in most instances where I have used them in a tactically sound manner... Shotguns have done their job admirably. Altered the precision rifle: Lowered damage, gave it a considerable amount of armor mitigation. Decreased suppression value. Removed its snapshot, to bring it in line with a very good idea from the experimental build. - Its killing power at range has improved, its mobility.... Not so much. However, your snipers have a variety of pistols, submachineguns, shotguns, and carbines that will help with their mobility, as secondary weapons (Shotguns may push the envelope of being a little too heavy.) Machinegun: Wasn't altered... Yet. Notice: All art comes from the talented LaggyWolf. Thank them for me getting ready to release early, as they did a great job! Haggle with Soviet bureaucracies Warsaw weapons pack: (35 man days research, so three and a half days if they are a major priority for you.) (Note, still cleaning the image for the Skorpion and the SKS... Which I did modify from the original in a moment of great sillyness.) Soviet weaponry: Soviet weaponry is all designed to be the set of unusual, unconventional set of weaponry. They defy class roles (Or exemplify them) more heavily then standard weapons, but also offer some of the first examples of many of the weapon classes. AK47: "Soviet rifle" "A powerful soviet assault rifle with simple optics. While its rounds have poor ballistic properties and armor penetration, they are extremely deadly to soft targets. Its sights, while good for aiming shots quickly, tend to be fairly unscientific, loosing the gun a great deal of accuracy. This compounds with the weapons inherently high shot dispersal, and recoil." Soviet Carbine: "A soviet carbine which uses a narrower round then its parent rifle. It fixes many of the accuracy issues of its parent rifle, but still uses the soviets conventional iron sights. As a carbine, it is extremely easy to hip-fire, and quite easy to bring to shoulder. Its muzzle break allows it to boast improved automatic fire over its parent rifle, however, it has greatly reduced single shot stopping power, making it quite dangerous to use when fighting armored opponents." - Defines what my rebalanced carbine class will do: Superior snapshots, and faster normal shots then standard rifles, they will generally be slightly better at automatic fire, but that is not their emphasis (Machineguns, and submachineguns do emphasize automatic fire, for one reason, or another.) Skorpion: "Soviet submachinegun" "A soviet sidarm which is designed to use its brutal rate of fire to deter approaching enemy soldiers. While unlikely to be of much use against the advanced materials used in alien armor, it may be able to ward of a wounded threat. While not advised, it is certainly available." SVD: "Soviet sniper." "One of the most powerful anti-personnel weapon we have. While cumbersome, and difficult to aim, it is a valuable addition to the Xenonaut arsenal." Saiga-20: "Soviet shotgun" "An interesting shotgun designed to fire light 20 gage shells at a rapid rate of fire. It sounds like one of the most threatening weapons on the battlefield, however, with the advanced armor of the aliens taken into account, it is likely to be among the less lethal." SKS: "Soviet battle rifle" "A underpowered rifle produced shortly after World War II, designed to prototype their current AK47's round, the current model has been re-purposed to fire the overpressure rounds of a scrapped light machine gun design. Its sights are abnormally generous for a soviet weapon, but require a great deal of time to use properly. While quick shots can be made with this mildly cumbersome weapon, do not expect great precision from anyone other then the most experienced of soldiers. An unusual feature of this version of the weapon is that the barrel sports an integrated flash suppressor. While this would be useful for fighting human soldiers while remaining hidden, this is unlikely to prove to be of much use when fighting most aliens, and simply makes the weapon turn out to be far less intimidating then it should be. Despite this, it is an excellent weapon for finishing of enemies in a crossfire situation." - Defines the battle rifle class of weapons: They sport four aim modes (Like the old snipers,) are not heavy weapons, but are a great deal weaker, and not as mobile as other non-heavy weapons. While they generally are more damaging then other weapons, they are less damaging then machineguns, sniper rifles, and shotguns, and entirely lack a burst fire mode (Some later battle rifles may avert this.) -- This one in particular is also fairly bad at suppressing fire. -- Snipers out range and damage them, assault rifles out rate them, and are more versatile. Contact civilian arms manufacturers, for a real challange: (Can be completed within 5 hours of starting!) Civilian weapons: Ok. So WHAT is the point? Why would I us this. Quite simply, these civilian weapons are designed to add more challenge to the game if you want that, but can arguably be useful, until you find better replacements. Hunting revolver (Weapon.ballistic.callahan:) "A revolver of great weight. The monkeys down in manufacturing played with the empty versions of these for quite some time upon their arrival, fanning the hammer to wear down the gun at an alarming speed, and playing cowboys and Indians with the (mostly) empty guns double action trigger one handedly: Neither gives good accuracy, and both are inadvisable. While aiming the weapon takes a considerable amount of time to, aim your patience is in fact rewarded when you take the time to do so. While it has high power, owing to its being designed to kill deer, its low capacity, range, and rate of fire offset this enough that this whole weapon is probably not recommended. Despite this, it is the weapon of choice of many farmers for home defense, its also used by a few dirty cops. I don't see why we need this weapon, and I don't see why you had me calling representatives of Colt at 3:00AM in the morning to get it." Hunting rifle: "A rifle that uses a manual lever to re-chamber rounds. This process takes some time, and is compounded by aiming the rifle, so do not expect great rates of fire from our men. It shares ammunition with the hunting revolver, which means it is very lethal, but it still lacks much of the range that military rifles have to offer. Why I bothered with the people at Ruger to get this for you is beyond me." Hunting shotgun: "A over-under double barrel shotgun that lacks a pump, and uses powerful 12 gage shells. It could actually be useful, due to the lack of a manual action and power similar to our military shotgun. Its long barrel also improves its range and accuracy ever so slightly. However. It holds only two shells, and I certainly wouldn't want to get caught with my pants down in front of one of those two-legged iguanas. I don't know why you would want this either." Note, that these are not the strings descriptions, but feel free to criticize them for grammatical issues. However, they could be, as I am about to head out and do those in a few hours. This is simply a brief preview of what is to come from the tier 1 edition of my ballistic will entail, as well as an announcement that it will be released this week. On lasers and above: This mod will have a good number of research hours in it, but relies less on alien technology to progress for the early game, if you get lucky, you might skip most of this mods later versions in terms of content. I will cover them eventually, and very soon I will make my first touches to them. However, I feel like getting a content base at all for you guy's skepticism and input is more important: This mod is all things go, if you can outdo me when it comes to making magazine sprites, then I will take your magazine sprites. If you have a balance suggestion to a lasting issue, I will test the hell out of it. However, one thing that is fairly solid in this mod is the role of the weapon classes. I do want carbines to be mobile weapons with a unaimed semi-auto emphasis. Battle rifles are going to be assault rifle ranged weapons with a greater emphasis on the longer ranges, instead of the closer one. The Submachineguns are going to stay a mobile weapon with low power, and a burst fire emphasis. Assault Rifles are still to be all around decent guns. Shotguns will be close range dominance guns: Good reaction fire times, good supression, short range, better then average damage. Pistols will be one handed guns with limited accuracy, but able to be mix and matched. Snipers, machineguns, and rocket launchers will be weapons that turn you into a powerful, barely mobile turret when equipped. Edit: I am contemplating delaying this mod slightly, as I work on fixing a bad assumption I made earlier. Third Tier 3 kinetic weapon art to be finished, they will generally have a similar aesthetic. While I definitely like the first two much better, I uploaded this first. I just need to tease, Its in my nature.
  15. Changelog:Bugfixes, particularly in strings.Added new sound effects, art, and the alien class mod.Recoil experiment: Many weapons have been made more accurate, but require fairly superhuman soldiers to use effectively (In theory.)- Quote from a cross country relative who I have doing testing: "The hunting revolver is no longer inaccurate, you just have shitty soldiers!"- Other weapons subject to recoil: SVD (Now quite accurate, but high recoil,) machinegun (Minor nerf, shouldn't effect most soldiers well suited to wielding it,) SKS (In compliment with an accuracy buff. Once again, many soldiers will be better with it, many will be TERRIBLE with it.)XP alterations: XP should be earned at a faster pace, but you will quickly max out out on your per mission XP (In most cases.)- Strength is astray from this, soldiers don't need to be carrying nearly as much to be eligible for a strength increase, but strength XP is slower for eligible soldiers (As strength is a very important stat due to recoil.)Alien armor isn't quite ready yet, multi ammo is in redesign, and will likely not be a part of tier 1 (Which was going to have stun ammo, but I have decided that it would be best to introduce such things later in the teir tree, where we could add a REASONABLY useful set of stun ammo's, as opposed to anti-human ones that would only really work against ceasans only... In balance, AND realism.)This changelogs spelling, and grammar sucks in the original version (I was tired when I wrote it,) read it here, its much more bearable. - Also redid the animations, they should be less shit now. CLICK THE GIRL TO DOWNLOAD THIS MOD! (Or... Go to the page where you can get V1 Full.) Just overwrite your V18 xenonauts assets folder to get the juices flowing, and enjoy the somewhat improved version of the first version of the mod. Also included are teasers of many of the assets I plan on using in the final tiers of the ballistic era, and some PDN files I may have sloppily left in the mod folder. (I actually cannot remember if I did this.) You will need to open them, mind you. IF you are interested in how I make my art assets, those are for you. Regardless, Rallying call to everyone who uses the first version of the mod, as this one should be vastly improved, albiet. I need feedback. I cannot build this alone, need all of your love, feedback, and glorious tears.... Harsher feedback and complaints. If you want something, be sure to make yourself heard. Unfortunately, if that thing is a G3, I am having serious trouble doing a good job on one of those. I will try some more, but I might not be able to put out. Credit goes to to Max Caine, his artists, Laggy Wolf, for their respective bits of art (The Alien class mod, And Laggy Wolfs initial weapon sprites that sparked off this very mod.) Big new questions for those who wish to use my mod: Alien armor is a pretty huge feature, and.... Balancing it is actually very difficult. It may be a long time before I release the next version, as balancing alien armor prior to me working my tier magic is going to be excessively difficult. So, I ask you the magic question to those of you interested in using this mod: Are you interested in seeing versions of the mod released as I finish the unpolished tiers, or do you want to see a distant future update consisting of all the new content for the ballistic segment of the game, followed by the alien armor and balancing patch?
  16. Hi, so i was playing this game for a while... and it is great Well...yesterday after few beers and some chat with friends which i share the amusement of alternate reality scifi's i got this crazy idea, some sort of "weaker" Extra Terrestrials (which could be absolutely done i suppose) because i want to set this mod into post WWI-war scenario. I am familiar with that the planes were almost wooden coffins armed with some pew-pew stuff which is almost certainly incapable of shooting down current ETs. So i was wondering if there is some way for this "total conversion" or not any advice/help/note will be appreciated.
  17. The current list of available mods for Xenonauts. Let me know if there's something to be added/ updated. Current Build V1.03 – Downloads with compatibility below 1.0 may not work in your game. An archive of Older Mods You Can't Take the Sky From Me - A Hard-Mode Air Combat Mod v0.1 [/td] [td] Kabill [/td] [td] v1.03 [/td] [td] 08/06/14 [/td] [td] Adjusts air combat, interceptors and UFOs with the intention of making air combat require more skill.[/td] [td] [/td] [td] Enhanced UFO Crash Site Mod [/td] [td] [/td] [td] Download [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] '> Alien Analysis Mod that enhances the Xenopaedia entries covering race subclasses and the '> UFO Mission Analysis Mod that enhances the xenopaedia information on alien missions. [/td] [td] [/td] [td]Download [/td] [/tr] [/table] Soldiers [table=width: 730, class: grid, align: left] [tr] [td] Name& Link [/td] [td] Author [/td] [td] Compatible [/td] [td] Created [/td] [td] Comment [/td] [td] Blank [/td] [td] Download [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] Xtended Soldiers Backgrounds [/td] [td] Pinetree [/td] [td] v0.22 [/td] [td] 19/02/12 [/td] [td] Adds in new names and background options to the soldier pool. [/td] [td] [/td] [td] Download [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] Femonauts [/td] [td] Skitso [/td] [td] v1.03 [/td] [td] 21/05/14 [/td] [td] Updates graphics for female soldiers. Replaces Girly Xenonauts [/td] [td] [/td] [td] Download [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] Modding inventory containers [/td] [td] Mikhail Ragulin [/td] [td] v1.03 [/td] [td] 30/05/14 [/td] [td] How to mod inventory spaces and add mission & kill information. [/td] [td] [/td] [td]In forum post[/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] SteelSoldier Role Images [/td] [td] SteelSoldier [/td] [td] v0.19 [/td] [td] 12/08/13 [/td] [td] Replaces soldier portraits [/td] [td] [/td] [td] Plain Coloured Extras [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] Real Fighter Portrait Pack [/td] [td] Jsleezy [/td] [td] v1.03 [/td] [td] 26/07/13 [/td] [td] Replaces soldier portraits and combines with the Real Armour mod [/td] [td] [/td] [td] Download [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] Real Fighter Sounds [/td] [td] Jsleezy [/td] [td] v1.03 [/td] [td] 29/11/13 [/td] [td] Adds 105 sounds into the game, with lots of soldier chatter[/td] [td] [/td] [td] Download [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] Hero: Custom Portraits [/td] [td] Falknerr [/td] [td] v0.19 [/td] [td] 21/07/13 [/td] [td] Alters soldier portraits[/td] [td] [/td] [td] Download [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] Simple XP Mod [/td] [td] Ol' Stinky [/td] [td] v0.19 [/td] [td] 09/07/13 [/td] [td] Adjusts requirements for skill up, removing need to exploit features. [/td] [td] [/td] [td] Download [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] WG Mod [/td] [td] War Games [/td] [td] v0.19 [/td] [td] 09/05/13 [/td] [td] New rank (with new system), role, medal and difficulty images [/td] [td] [/td] [td] Download [/td] [/tr] [/table] Soldiers – Alternate Role & Rank Images [table=width: 730, class: grid, align: left] [tr] [td] Name& Link [/td] [td] Author [/td] [td] Compatible [/td] [td] Created [/td] [td] Comment [/td] [td] Blank [/td] [td] Download [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] Custom Role Symbols [/td] [td] KWill [/td] [td] v1.03 [/td] [td] 11/06/14 [/td] [td] Alternate rank insignia [/td] [td] [/td] [td] Download [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] Alternative Rank Insignia [/td] [td] Skitso [/td] [td] v1.03 [/td] [td] 07/06/14 [/td] [td] Alternative rank insignia [/td] [td] [/td] [td] Download [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] Alternate Rank Images [/td] [td] MortuusSum [/td] [td] v0.22[/td] [td] 11/05/14 [/td] [td] Alternate Rank images[/td] [td] [/td] [td] Images are in forum post[/url] Download – Existing UI [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] New Rank Insignia [/td] [td] Pinetree [/td] [td] v0.21 [/td] [td] 28/11/13 [/td] [td] Alternative rank insignia [/td] [td] [/td] [td] Download [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] Alternate Role Images [/td] [td] thothkins [/td] [td] v0.19 [/td] [td] 17/12/12 [/td] [td] Add custom role images to soldier screen [/td] [td] [/td] [td] Download- New UI Download – Existing UI [/td] [/tr] [tr] [tr] [td] New Role Icons [/td] [td] StK [/td] [td] v0.19 [/td] [td] 17/12/12 [/td] [td] Replacement role icons [/td] [td] [/td] [td] Download [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] Role Icon Pack [/td] [td] Erutan [/td] [td] v0.19 [/td] [td] 04/05/13 [/td] [td] Add custom role images to soldier screen [/td] [td] [/td] [td]Download DaFranker's variant download [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] "True Xenonaut" Rank Names and Images [/td] [td] GizmoGomez [/td] [td] v0.19 [/td] [td] 17/07/13 [/td] [td] Changes rank names and images [/td] [td] [/td] [td] Download [/td] [/tr] [tr] [td] Aufklarer's Soldier Role Images [/td] [td] Aufklarer [/td] [td] v0.19 [/td] [td] 03/07/13 [/td] [td] Adds new Role Images into the game [/td] [td] [/td] [td] 2D Download 3D Download [/td] [/tr] [/table] Continued in the next post...
  18. OK, here is the buckshot beta. What I did was to make the shotgun less armor penetrating, increase the range to match a pistol, large damage increase, reduce the clip size, and make it slower than a pistol. This should bring it roughly in-line from a comparative perspective with the rifle and pistol based on my research. 1. I would simply copy the bullet folder over with the new name "buckshot". So, copy C:\Program Files (x86)\Desura\Common\xenonauts\assets\projectiles\bullet to C:\Program Files (x86)\Desura\Common\xenonauts\assets\projectiles\buckshot 2. In the buckshot folder replace bullet_e.png with the attached picture and rename it buckshot_e.png 3. Create or replace the contents of bullet_e.xml with this: <?xml version="1.0"?> <!DOCTYPE sequence SYSTEM "sidewalkdtd"> <sequence name="C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Desktop\blast-red\gunshot\bullet_e.xml" source="./bullet*.png"> <img regx="36" regy="0" name="buckshot_e" savedname="buckshot_e.png" w="0.000000" h="0.000000"/> <framelist> <frame regx="35" regy="-1" name="buckshot.png" w="55" h="13" x="0" y="0"/> </framelist> </sequence> And rename the file as buckshot_e.xml 4. Create or replace the contents of bullet_spectre.xml with this: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <spectre id="rocket" version="1"> <state id="default" name="buckshot" pivotX="30" pivotY="20" sortPoint="0.49"> <anim src="projectiles/buckshot/buckshot_e" anim="main"/> </state> </spectre> and rename to buckshot_spectre.xml 5. Finally, modify the shotgun entry in your C:\Program Files (x86)\Desura\Common\xenonauts\assets\weapons_gc.xml to this: <Weapon name="weapon.shotgun" bulletType="normal" emptySound="Empty Click 1"> <props range="6" hands="2" recoil="0" weight="5" isHeavy="0" clipSize="8" reloadAPCost="45" reloadSound="Weapon Shotgun Reload" reactionModifier="1.4"/> <SingleShot sound="Weapon Shotgun Single" delay="0.6" suppressionValue="30" suppressionRadius="2"> <Set1 ap="19" accuracy="83" /> <Set2 ap="22" accuracy="90" /> </SingleShot> <BurstFire/> <GUIImage name="gui/weapons/Shotgun.png"/> <GroundImage name="grounditemimages/shotgun.png"/> <Ammos> <Ammo name="ammo.ballistic.shotgun" type="kinetic" damage="60" mitigation="4"> <Projectile spectre="projectiles/buckshot/buckshot" speed="1200"/> <Impact spectre="particles/bulletplume/bulletplume"/> </Ammo> </Ammos> </Weapon> Let me know if you like it.
  19. THIS WORKS WITH: v20 stable and v21 Experimental 5 Okay, so yeah, I'm doing another one. I've noticed in several threads that people could use guidance on how the UFOs act in the Geoscape, and I was reminded of the UFO mission types you could get if you interrogated alien navigators in EU1994. I had said previously in a couple of threads that I should do a mod for UFO missions, and now the ACA is done, I thought it would be a good time to start the UMA. I'm working with a different artist this time. Long time forumites will recognise Henry Ponciano. The UFO art he did seemed to have a special resonance - it was the one I got the most comments and private messages about (people wanted moar ufos!) so I thought, well, as I usually would commission fanart, why not put the work I would have commissioned to good use in a mod? Like the ACA, the research is automatic and is corpse- or rather, wreckage- unlocked. Shoot down a UFO, and as well as the UFO analysis, you'll get a mission analysis tied to the UFO. What I'd like to have done was tie the research to the mission that the UFO was doing at the time, but there's no way to access that data, so the best I can do is to tie it into the UFOs themselves. I'm taking an experimental step in this mod and adding a new "voice" to the game. You aren't going to be getting your briefings on UFO mission types from the Director of Research. You'll be getting your briefings from your Operations liason officer. I've tried to provide a different, more buisnesslike tone, but I'm not quite sure how it'll pan out. And we're done! MOD COMPLETE. here's the v20 stable and v21 Ex. 5 downloads. Gentlemen? Your feedback is very much appreciated on this, as I'm branching out in several ways.
  20. This mod adds 3 new weapons that can be researched for the ballistics tier. These weapons are the submachine gun, carbine, and RPG. I've tried to fill specific roles with each of these weapons that (while not necessarily true to reality) enhance the game in my opinion. After researching Alien Invasion the Improved Ballistic Weaponry research becomes available which opens up these weapons. The research takes 20 man hours. Here is the research screen on completion: The submachine gun is modeled after the MP5 and I am using it as a one-handed weapon that is meant to give the scout a weapon that is useful. I am aware that the MP5 is not in reality a one-handed weapon, but I set it that way because I wanted to simulate having easy access to grenades. This is much more of a combat weapon than the pistol and while terrible at range, can cause significant damage up close. To counter this you will chew through ammo very quickly. The carbine (modeled after the M4) fills about the same role as the laser carbine in the next tier. Namely it fires a lot of rounds at close range, but has trouble with range. Its range is slightly better than the shotgun so it is suitable for close to medium range engagements. The RPG is designed to be a single shot rocket launcher. The reason I added this is that I wanted a general purpose rocket which could knock out lighter vehicles and so that the rocket launcher was not a weapon that felt required to bring. Compared to the rocket launcher it is inferior in almost all regards, but can be carried by a rifleman and is still quite capable of doing some serious damage. I have also added some other changes: - Most of the weapons have smaller magazines - The machine gun fires more rounds in a burst, but its damage, mitigation, and accuracy have been reduced. - The frag grenade's damage was dropped to 60 and 30 stun - Alenium grenades do 90 damage with 45 stun - The C4's damage was upped to 200 and the radius is now 4.0 for serious wall destruction. - The stun on Flashbangs is now 60 as I was having difficulty stunning anyone with them. Download the mod: To add it to the game extract the contents into the "assets" folder of Xenonauts. I recommend making backups in case you have any problems, but I have no difficulty with it. If you do run into a problem I do have backups of the original files which I can send to you. Let me know what you think!
  21. Hopefully when alien armour and armour mitigation become Things this will be more useful, probably as a better penetrating rifle, but more recoil and less accuracy. For now it's just a beefed up Ballistic Rifle because I don't know how recoil works. Click the images for bigger versions. The current sprites are basically placeholder images until I can trace over it in a more Xenonautsy-style I suppose as a hotfix or something. Just extract it into the Xenonauts root directory.
  22. So, having played a lot with the vehicles in 19.6 and having modded them to make them more useful, I thought I might put the mods up here for people to enjoy. The Type 2 Hunter The primary upgrades to the Type 2 hunter are a more powerful engine, an enhanced set of optics and a more powerful receiver/transceiver so it can report back what it sees to the squad. The armour has been enhanced with strategically located ceramic plates, especially at the front to protect the inhabitants and ammo storage. While the new engine gives better performance, it's physically bigger than the old one so the rear armour has been thinned to make room. The previous issue with the ammo feeding mechanism in the .30 cal turret has been cleared up so longer bursts can be fired without danger of jamming APs improved by +20 (80) Front armour improved by +10 (30) Rear armour reduced by -5 (15) Sight range improved by +4 (22) Burst fire improved by +2 (7 shots) Scimitar 20A1/B The B model Scimitar has been extensively redesigned to increase its durability in a protracted firefight. Armour plating has been thickened and borrowing a trick from Wolf armour, a superconducting lattice has been woven in which transmits energy from incoming plasma bolts to "bleed pods" that store and use this energy to power the vehicle and its weapons. Unfortunately repeated shots to the same area will damage the lattice and render it useless. There is also a potential issue with bleed pods possibly overloading, but we don't have the chance to give it a thorough field trial. We've added triple redundancy to the autonomous systems and added a secondary drive unit in case of failure of the main system. Improvements in weapon trajectory calculation have lead to modest increases in accuracy, although the updated fire control module has an alarming tendency to occupy most of the processor time when focussing on a particularly difficult shot, reducing the efficiency of other systems. APs improved by +10 (70) HP improved by +200 (600) Front armour improved by +10 (50) Side armour improved by +10 (50) Rear armour reduced by -10 (30) Accuracy improved by +25 (75) Laser weapons and above are capable of aimed shots at 40APs And the moment you've been waiting for! The download! This has been tested to work with v19.6 HF2. I do not know yet if it works with v18 - that' on my list of things to do. I'm still fiddling with the Hyperion, so I haven't included it on my list here. The vehicles... so pretty...
  23. There are multiple role images to replace the current ones. See below. If anyone has an idea for a role they would like to see in this set either post below or PM me. Aufklarer's Soldier Role Images 2D Aufklarer's Soldier Role Images 3D 2D Image Pack 3D Image Pack Last Update 25/08/13 - 3D Laser weapons added. - 2D Ballistics redone, although the focus will remain on the 3D pack from this point onwards. - Added colour bar to Laser weapons for those that need colour in their life.
  24. The purpose of these icons are to replace the role images that are currently found in the game, I am currently doing several experiments to see what type of backgrounds I should use on the icons and what weapons and items I can use on them in order to identify each role of each character. The Icons of Steel NEW Download Download Extras(Shields etc) Download ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Old Ones below Sharpened Icons here: These are the standard ones without any background. Normal Icons here Uploaded with These were just an experiment but you can download. The 25 Degree Icons
  25. Weapon and Suppression Balance Mod - 1.05 The goal is to change Suppression to a game mechanic that is to be used intelligently, vs a mostly ignored given, and to give a bit of flavor to the various weapon tiers. Besides Suppression overall Weapon Balance is reworked with the idea each weapon has a purpose and advantage. Also Alien stats vary more as they increase in rank. They have flavor, but none of them are harmless. Sebillians for example have a minimum of 30 reflexes that increase to 45. (Default is 20, which means you can run your entire squad right past them and probably wont trigger any reaction shots, and by default ALL Sebillian have 20 reflexes) Changes (Vanilla 19.6): -Suppression is reworked on human weapons with a general rule of 10 Suppression per bullet, with the exception of burst fire. - Alien Bravery Stats Increased (Suppression Points = Bravery) - Alien Accuracy Changed (Higher than 19.5, lower than 19.6) - Human Weapons Accuracy Increased from 19.5, but generally less than 19.6 - Close Range Hit Bonus Increased (From +15 per tile within 5 tiles to +18 per tile) - Suppression Point Regeneration per turn Increased from 25% to 50% - Shotgun Range Increased from 10 to 12 tiles - Grenade Throwing Range Increased +1 Tile - Weapon Tiers now vary in stats besides increased damage (Weapon Damage Unchanged) -Ballistic Pistol, Rifle, Sniper Rifle Reduced Suppression decreased to 10, Radius decreased from 3 to 1 (With the exception of Burst Fire) -Shotgun Decreased to 25 Suppression, from 30 -Lasers are more Accurate than Ballistics, Plasma has Increased Suppression and Radius vs Ballistics but with equal accuracy, MAG Weapons have the Accuracy of Lasers, and the Suppression of Plasma. -Suppression on Grenades Reduced -Stun damage on Stun Grenades reduced from 40 to 30 -Stun Damage on Rockets Increased (Download and place in your Xenonauts/assets Folder, and overwrite existing files.) Version 1.05 (Experimental Beta 19.6 Compatible) Feedback and Suggestions are Appreciated!