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Offline dino

EXE patch ideas
« on: June 03, 2017, 01:40:56 PM »
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  • I'd like to start a topic that could contain suggestions / ideas for exe patches ( Ytzi's next patches in practice ).
    I'd suggest to limit this thread to ideas that should be reasonably easy to implement given the chellange exe modders face ( assembler :/ ).

    Below some of my suggestions:

    AI factions
    An option that automatically loads a faction from faction_ai.txt instead of faction.txt when faction is computer controlled.
    Would make AI buffing with custom factions much less of a hassle

    SMAC interface graphics
    Make an option that use SMAC start movie and startmenu background also change start menu font color and ingame interface textures.
    (I currently use SMAC textures renamed to SMAX variants ( added '_a' ) they work fine. It would make SMAC in SMAX engine conversion complete.

    Option to adjust defensive structures defense bonus
    Since AI can't into maneuvering in the field, I experiment with equalizing weapon and armor stats, but it makes bases with tachyon field too difficult to conquer for AI.

    Option to disable stack splash damage when defender is destroyed in regular attack.
    Again, since AI can't into maneuvering in the field,  human player can easily devastate its stack of any size, with a few times smaller stack of rovers.

    AI disband or upgrade obsolete designs
    Easy to conquer bases chock full of obsolete units eating into AI mineral output are scourge of the AIs. It could be limited to units with defensive plan.
    Because obsolete offensive units exploring the map, gathering pods, planet pearls and making contact with other factions, or destroing terrain improvemnts, formers and crawlers are useful.

    Along the same lines a routine that would prevent to build more units if unit support exceeds a certain percentage of base mineral output would help a great deal with proper development.

    « Last Edit: June 03, 2017, 05:32:47 PM by dino »

    Offline MercantileInterest

    Re: EXE patch ideas
    « Reply #1 on: June 07, 2017, 08:57:26 PM »
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  • Yitzi hasn't been here for a while. He has given much to the cause. *salutes*

    Offline gwillybj

    Re: EXE patch ideas
    « Reply #2 on: June 07, 2017, 09:27:16 PM »
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  • Yitzi ;llap

    I've been modifying my alphax.txt for years - all the way back to when I started playing in 2000. Yitzi's terranx.exe patches and alphax.txt additions have helped me in many ways. SMAX has become something I can't put down in favor of anything else. Sometimes I might play a few games of Space Empires IV, or get down to earth and play an all-out wargame in The Operational Art of War III, but SMAX always pulls me back.
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    Re: EXE patch ideas
    « Reply #3 on: September 10, 2017, 02:02:24 AM »
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  • Yitzi hasn't been here for a while. He has given much to the cause. *salutes*

    Yeah, the job search has taken a lot of my energy, particularly when I wasn't sure what I wanted to do.  Now that I've decided against actuary and in favor of software engineering, I'll probably be getting back to at least some extent.

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    Re: EXE patch ideas
    « Reply #4 on: September 10, 2017, 02:51:48 AM »
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  • [shrugs]  I've come to be quite fond of you just for you, independent of your monolithic value to the community.  I hope it works out that you can come around more.

    Offline PvtHudson

    Re: EXE patch ideas
    « Reply #5 on: September 25, 2017, 10:37:48 AM »
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  • An option that forbids planting forest in arid tile, as well as auto-spreading of forest into arid tile. Another level of the same option could kill off forest if tile beneath it becomes arid. Can make terraforming more diverse for those who used to forest "from sea to sea". Can also give a thrill to those who happen to planetfall at Upland Wastes, Uranium Flats, or Unity Wreckage. By the way: am I the only one who plays with 1-2-0 forests, and finds them still almost OP?
    Another suggestion I saw somewhere on the forum: transfer "Prevent airdrops" function from Aerospace Complex to Tachyon Field. Loads off part of value from over-useful Aerospace Complex, and at the same time makes airdrop prevention map more observable.

    Offline PvtHudson

    Re: EXE patch ideas
    « Reply #6 on: October 04, 2017, 10:38:33 AM »
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  • An option that lets everyone to decide for themselves: is Probe Team ability to provide circumvention of Zones of Control to regular units a bug or feature? I.e., when the option is set, regular unit trying to move to tile with friendly Probe Team (and without friendly regular units) is not exempted from ZoC check. Sorry if I missed that already has been implemented.
    Also I'd like to once again raise the question of non-finishing airstrikes. I'm afraid, this feature as described in has been over-engineered and is therefore hard to implement. To me, it is quite sufficient in its original edit:
    Attack by air unit cannot reduce land unit's health below 10% outdoor, 50% in base or bunker. Ideally, collateral damage to population from Nerve Gas Pods should still apply. Probe teams can be obliterated, inglourious basterds they are! And probably SAM land units must fight to the death.

    Offline PvtHudson

    Re: EXE patch ideas
    « Reply #7 on: November 13, 2017, 08:36:04 AM »
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  • I wonder, how an option 'Treat use of natives against human units and, especially, bases, as atrocity' could change the game? Probably, good for roleplaying, but bad for gameplay. And not so easy to implement, as it involves changes to AI code.


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