Commies.oxp (v2.07)

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Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

Post by UK_Eliter » Wed May 08, 2019 12:14 am

Thanks phkb. It would be nice not even to see the message, though. Failing that, perhaps the message could tag itself 'Notice' or somesuch - so that one does not think it is the report of an error.

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Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

Post by phkb » Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:37 pm

Version 2.17 of Commies has just been released. Apart from suppressing those debug messages, a couple of spawning issues have been addressed for Commisar Limousines and Giant Ray's. As a bonus, you can now save your game at Astro Factories and Collective SLAPU stations.

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Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

Post by UK_Eliter » Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:00 pm

Good stuff, phkb!

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Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

Post by montana05 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:05 am

phkb wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:37 pm
Version 2.17 of Commies has just been released. Apart from suppressing those debug messages, a couple of spawning issues have been addressed for Commisar Limousines and Giant Ray's. As a bonus, you can now save your game at Astro Factories and Collective SLAPU stations.
I was always wondering if its intentional that the "Sun Ray" due to the role (roles = "sunskim-trader";) is not showing up.
Trying to survive behind the controls of a Caduceus Psi XT in Alpha test :lol:

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Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

Post by phkb » Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:57 am

Hmm. Yes, that is a problem. It should definitely have more roles than that.

Perhaps something like this, do you think?:

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   roles = "trader(0.15) trader-courier(0.05) trader-smuggler(0.01) hunter-medium(0.25)";

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Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

Post by montana05 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:40 am

I am not sure for what this ship was originally intended for, since it got an pirate AI maybe as enemy of the government. Perhaps Rustem could translate us whats written on the hulk (my Russian is close to not existent) ? However, for my personal opinion any new roles fitting to the OXP idea would do.
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Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

Post by phkb » Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:16 am

montana05 wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:40 am
since it got an pirate AI
Ah, yes, didn't see that! In that case a strictly pirate set then:

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roles = "pirate pirate-medium-fighter(0.2) pirate-heavy-fighter(0.1) pirate-light-freighter(0.05) pirate-medium-freighter(0.01)";

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Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

Post by montana05 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:43 pm

My best guess today would be that the ship was originally intended as a pirate close to the sun (role in combination with AI). The texture is a little sloppy but you will not see this in the game and if you need some variation I did a small modification for my own WIP's I will be happy to send you.
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Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

Post by phkb » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:03 pm

Please, PM me your example and I’ll see about using it. Thanks!

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Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

Post by GearsNSuch » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:50 am

Hello!
I've started a graphics overhaul for this OXP, starting with the Astromine Convict Miner. It is finished and in the game.
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Next up is the Worker's Commuter.
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Feedback and advice are welcome.

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Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

Post by Disembodied » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:56 am

Hi GearsNSuch, welcome to the boards! Your Astromine Convict looks suitably grim and coffin-shaped … As a convict, though, maybe it could have something to make it visible (even if it's faded/degraded over time) - the hull equivalent of an orange jumpsuit maybe? Even a couple of orange flashers?

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Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

Post by GearsNSuch » Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:01 am

Disembodied wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:56 am
Hi GearsNSuch, welcome to the boards! Your Astromine Convict looks suitably grim and coffin-shaped … As a convict, though, maybe it could have something to make it visible (even if it's faded/degraded over time) - the hull equivalent of an orange jumpsuit maybe? Even a couple of orange flashers?
Thank you!
I think you're right about the orange stripes or flashers. The "d134" label might not be conspicuous enough. I'll play around with different methods.

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Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

Post by GearsNSuch » Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:52 am

(3 weeks later)

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The Worker's Commuter is all done except for the engine section and underbelly.
I've also added shiplibrary.plist entries for all the ships and stations.
Next up, the Ray (and derivatives). After that's done, I think it'll be release time.

Also, I have a couple questions:
First, how would one invert the input of specular_map? Right now, I'm using low alpha to designate specular and high alpha to designate flat, but when I put it in the game it reads it low alpha as flat and vice versa. I should have thought of that before, but I'm wondering if there is an easy way to fix it.

Secondly, I'm really not sure how to get the flickering window effect when at low energy. I've looked at a couple of Griff's shaders, and, well... I don't understand that magic. I would really appreciate a shader-wizard's advice.

Thank you!

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Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

Post by another_commander » Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:45 pm

GearsNSuch wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:52 am
First, how would one invert the input of specular_map? Right now, I'm using low alpha to designate specular and high alpha to designate flat, but when I put it in the game it reads it low alpha as flat and vice versa. I should have thought of that before, but I'm wondering if there is an easy way to fix it.
If you are implementing specular lighting by means of a specular map and are relying on the default game shader, be aware that the alpha channel is the gloss value, which is a reference of how "concentrated" the specular reflection will be Actual specularity is achieved via the RGB channels of the map and that represents the intensity and color of the specular light.

You cannot invert the input of the gloss map, but you can easily invert the map itself. Just invert the cheannel (newValue = 1.0 - originalValue) and you can use it without any problem.

You may want to have a look at this series of posts describing the lighting model in version 1.88 for some more detailed information on how all this works. Obviously, if you are using a shader other than the default one, then none of the above applies.

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Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

Post by cbr » Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:30 am

Those are nice commies ships ! :)

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