For decades, us scientists have been wasted under the rigid, wasteful bureaucracy of military research divisions - the best and brightest minds forced to toil at producing a slightly more powerful beam laser, or a slightly cheaper deflector shield. Research for its own sake has stagnated, and the joy of new discovery has been lost to us. The blind and regimented factions cannot see things any other way - they cannot understand us, they can only force us into their industrial machine. But no more! We stand as an independent gathering of theorists, researchers and engineers, united in our desire for research for its own sake. We fund subspace exploration, quantum-gravitic field theory, and hyper-energy physics not because they are militarily useful (though they are), but because they are the next frontier! We are the Collective! We stand for every research forced under the heel of the Great Powers! We will defend our freedom to expand the boundaries of knowledge with the very knowledge we have gained! For Mathematics! Physics! Chemistry! Biology! Nanobiochemistry! FOR SCIENCE!
Here’s the Mod DB link for the latest version:
To install, just extract the zip folder to your Gratuitous Space Battles directory (merge the data folder with the main one).
[size=120]Requirements:[/size] Tribe, Order, Swarm, Nomads, Parasites
[size=120]Contents:[/size] Four fighters, four frigates, four Cruisers, two Stations, a Battleship, five scenarios, and a whole bunch of modules!
So yeah, the Collective are a big group of scientists from various races, with a set of compressed, powerful, and expensive ships, which can mount many advanced new systems. Right now, the mod is nearly done - I just have to finish adjusting the lighting for some ships, adjust the [targets] and [explosions] sections for the individual hulls, and do a bit more balancing. For now, I’ll be using this topic for updates - once the mod is released, any feedback would be appreciated. I guess you can also comment on the ships in the image above - it contains everything except the Collective’s two stations, and the tiny Minima drone.