Okay, time to pull this idea together all in one place. This particular mod is primarily a hull pack for the Great Powers (further content is intended once the hull portion is complete). You can see the beginning of the thought process that led to it (for those who are interested in that sort of thing) here: http://positech.co.uk/forums/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=6647
And now, for the first time (or perhaps later, depending on how many times I’ve edited this post before you’re reading it), you too can use these monstrosities of amateur ship design. Feel free to download the mod below. Questions, comments, and concerns are all welcome here in this thread (or you can PM me if it’s something personal and embarrassing). In particular, please tell me if a link is broken or blocked. Enjoy!
This mod is now structured as several pieces - the Core Great Powers (Federation, Rebel, Alliance, Empire) and one each for the DLC races (Tribe, Order, Swarm, Nomads, Parasites, Outcasts) - so that folks can pick and choose which races’ stations they want/need.
Again with me and the threadomancy, but I wanted to bump this thread up to where I can find it again soon.
Having done some playing around of late, I think my ultimate goal with this will be 18 hulls - two stations for each of the Great Powers, one frigate-class and one cruiser-class. That number may get pared down a touch depending on how difficult it is to get the stations together the way I want them, time will tell.
Just a quick aside: I’ve started applying actual names to these hulls; e.g., what was once simply the Rebel Relay Station is now the Rebel Freyr Relay Station. I’d like to toss it open if anyone has good station class names for any of the Great Powers (though I’ve already named both Rebel stations), feel free to suggest here.
I didn’t mean to imply any obligation on my part or anyone else’s. I figured getting people brainstorming might A) be some fun for we few active forum folks; and B) save me some brain damage trying to name the hulls.
For the Federation: it’s an outpost, right? Maybe something like “Pigeon”? As in a carrier pigeon? I don’t know. “Sloth”? It’s slow, doesn’t move much… Kinda weird name, though. Just brainstorming, and there are no bad ideas when brainstorming!
Just a quick update: I’ll be updating pics in the first couple posts sporadically, and may not tack on a new message each time I add a station image. Just to reassure those who may notice a bit of change here and there that no, you’re not going mad. Well, not madder, at any rate.
And I am still working on various hulls for this, [subtle hint] which are in need of names. [/subtle hint]
I like the sound of Crocodile, though it sounds more Alliance to me (they do have the Alligator and Shark cruisers). As the pic above now reflects, “Kodiak” popped into my head as a good name for the large Fed station. There is still a frigate-sized one to go, though. Plus all the other races.
I’ve got a fall-back position for the large Swarm station (still to be designed), which I’m not going to share because I don’t want to pollute the waters of brainstorming.
And as a note, there’s no need to restrict your thinking to just the pics posted here. I’m shooting to have stations for all 9 Great Powers, and the probable total of 18 stations will all need names.
UPDATE: The Imperial Listening Post is now functional in-game:
(Yes, it looks kind of like a sextant when deployed on your side.)
Currently the Tribe Commune and the Federation Terrapin need coding, plus of course everything for the various slots I haven’t started yet. But it’s coming along…
EDIT: The Tribe Commune is functional in-game. I’ll post an image later on when I get the chance.
FURTHER UPDATE: I have created the sprite for the Swarm Pharaoh Colony, a dreadnought-sized monstrosity. Posted above. My intent at this point is to code the Federation Terrapin, Tribe Arcology, and Swarm Pharaoh, as well as create/code the Imperial cruiser-class station. Once that’s all done, I’ll release an update to the vanilla stations pack and an initial release of the DLC stations pack. Then all that’s left is Alliance for the vanilla, and Order, Nomads, Parasites for the DLC.
FURTHER FURTHER UPDATE: The Federation Terrapin is coded and functional in-game. One down, four to go.
New update, new post. Here is a pic of both Tribe stations in-game:
As you can guess from the spinning hulk at the bottom of the image, this battle did not go so well for the Tribe. Oh well.
Swarm and Empire dreadnought stations are left for damage/hulk textures and coding, then I will put out an updated version of this mod for public consumption. At the rate things are going, maybe by next weekend.
For the Empire:
They seem to have Roman Military Terminology naming their ships,
Source: [url=http://s_van_dorst.tripod.com/glossary.html]List of Roman Military Terminology[/url]
[b]Arx =[/b] Fortress
[b]Burgus =[/b] A small fortification
[b]Centenaria =[/b] Also a small fortification
[b]Cinctus =[/b] Combat Ready
The list goes on. I stopped after the first four that I saw that looked good for the name of smaller to gigantic sized stations in space.
For the Federation:
They seem to like Apex Predators or Large Animals to name their hulls
Crocodile = They are bad-ass predators that have outlived their dinosaur brethren. Nuff said.
Rhinoceros = Can’t see good and short tempered. Tough skinned and a group of them is called a “crash.” I wonder why?
Sturgeon = Go watch the show “River Monsters.” These fish can get hella big.
For the Alliance:
They like insects, bugs, sharks, and reptiles:
0 = [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_snakes_by_common_name]Different Kinds of Snakes by Wikipedia[/url]
1 = [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spider_common_names]Common Spider Names by Wiki[/url]
2 = [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_venomous_animals]Venomous Animals Wiki[/url]
3 = [url=http://listverse.com/2007/11/15/top-10-deadliest-insects/]Top Ten Deadliest Insects[/url]
Warning: Some semi-graphic images.
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