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NewsWednesday June 21, 2017
We typically don't post personal stuff of our team not related to the mod, however one of our 3D Artists had some serious medical issues recently. If you could take a moment to read, share, or if possible, support the gofundme, we would all appreciate it.https://www.gofundme.com/jakes-appendicitis-emergency-fund ...Read more »Sunday June 18, 2017
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A quick look at another ability coming in Thrawn's Revenge: Imperial Civil War and Fall of the Republic, Microjumps. ...Read more »Thursday June 08, 2017
I've begun my full Empire of the Hand playthrough on my channel, covering several of the new units, graphics and functions in 2.2. Episodes will be posted every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. ...Read more »Wednesday June 07, 2017
Continuing our faction video preview series for 1.1, Corey has just posted the Imperial Remnant's, covering their new tech and ship abilities. Next up will be the Hand, and finally, heroes. ...Read more »Friday June 02, 2017
Tomorrow (Saturday, June 3rd) at 3pm EST, Corey Loses will be hosting a stream to celebrate 11 years of Thrawn's Revenge with several members of the dev team (so far, Corey, Slevered, Dr Nick, and Pox, with potentially Robin, Endcar and Slornie). We'll be revisiting Imperial Civil War 1.0 while talking about future plans for Imperial Civil War, Ascendancy, and Fall of the Republic, mod history, and answering questions from the chat.If you wanna watch and join in on the chat or have some questions, click the link below:https://gaming.youtube.com/c/CoreyLoses/live ...Read more »Wednesday May 31, 2017
Did a quick video on the sing;e-unit retreat function coming up in ICW 2.2 and FotR 0.5 while prepping for my EotH preview campaign to kick off. ...Read more »Tuesday May 30, 2017
As I was compiling all the updates for this release cycle of our projects for the helpful new News Post Compendium thread on the forums, I noticed that while Ascendancy has had some very specific updates, we haven't done an overview of some of the more general changes yet. Because of the proximity of the 0.95 and 1.0 releases, which were primarily about setting up basic content, 1.1 is the first release where we really have had an opportunity to address some of the bigger points of community feedback, instead of just working on the basic content of the mod. hopefully this update will give a better idea of some of those features, as well as an overview of how testing and future releases will go....User Interface...First, one of the more common complaints against 1.0 relate to some of the icons- planetary icons aren't particularly clear, and unit icons tend to take up too much screenspace. We were attempting to simplify the information as much as we could, and also trying to address the icon situation in a way to get around the fact that Star Wars ships in the same faction tend to have a similar profile, making the Sins style less feasible. This was not always successful. The changes to presentation of the unit stacks/force indicators beside planets were also harder for some players to find. So, since the last release OzWolf has redone all of these aspects entirely; unit pips should take up less screenspace, hopefully still being clear enough about what they are, while maintaining the larger more prominent style for planet infrastructure, highlighting its importance and helping it stand out. We still feel that having just renders of the planets, while technically being the most "accurate" isn't always the most clear (especially when so many are primarily green), so we've tried to use some simple, clean symbols to represent them, as you can see below. We've already posted some screenshots in the past of the updated menus and such, so here are some more screenshots of some of the ingame HUD-related changes, including planets, unit icons, and all of that. Crucially, we've also played around with team colours. Hopefully these changes help more easily provide information to players than previous versions....Balance, Economy, Research & Factions Fleshed Out...For the fleshing out of the factions in terms of additional tech and abilities, I have been doing full faction profiles on Corey Loses (Hand and Remnant still forthcoming, so I won't say too much about that here, save that I have been bringing each faction up to at least 100 research options for 1.1, with plans to expand that as we figure out which gaps each faction needs to fill, and Bane & I have been filling all the empty ability slots from 1.0, which should help give some added flair and flavour to the different units and factions.Primarily, though, almost every single stat has been changed in a significant way. The cost and times associated with research have all been adjusted, which should help with the early game slog, while unit upkeep costs help to keep the late-game credit and resource overflow in check. While the stats are not yet final, and will be regularly tweaked up until release, we have a full spreadsheet with all damage, health, and other helpful values which should both help players understand how the units work, and help bring inconsistencies or outliers to the attention of the team more easily. Keep in mind, though, that while stats like this are helpful they don't always tell the full story (especially with abilities coming into play more). This spreadsheet can be found here, and will be updated as we approach release and beyond as we make further changes:Unit Stat SpreadsheetIt's not reflected in this spreadsheet just yet, but we've rescaled shield regeneration, significantly increasing the speed at which ships will recharge, which was far too low before. We also plan to do some alterations to ship ranges in the future, both to add some variation between units, and also to help combat be a bit more visible (right now ships are probably a bit more spread out than we'd like).Alongside this, of course, we've worked over the last year to resolve bugs with unit behaviour as they've been reported, including the VSD firing issues, along with trying to address some of the more abusive strategies. The function of starbases has been greatly expanded as well, and the Esseles-class Civilian Station has been removed. Stations, now being the Cardan (Remnant), Empress (New Republic), Validusia (Alignment, pictured below) and Oto (Hand), should now each be a lot more capable than the Command Station/Empress of 1.0, while still reflecting the unique flavour of the factions.When it comes to number changes like these, it's hard to really get across what we're doing without being able to play with them for yourself, bringing us to......Release Structure & Testing...A lot of the biggest issue with where the mod currently stands in our mind come as a result of how long it has been between releases, with 1.0 having been released essentially over a year ago in its beta form. In our experience with Imperial Civil War, while balance was still certainly a concern, it was not a primarily multiplayer or "competitive" game, which meant we could take longer to address some edge strategies that would be overpowered- having 6 months to a year between releases doesn't impact enjoyment as much. It also had a much more stable foundaction, being several releases in. In Ascendancy, with more moving parts and as a primarily-multiplayer experience and without such a long history of iterating on feedback, we need to be able to react more readily to balance or design issues as they arise, rather than waiting for the larger content release goals to be met. This is something we will be changing going forward. We will still be structuring the release of new content versions similarly (ie, not releasing the upcoming factions piecemeal), however within those cycles we plan to have a new release or patch to address any issues in game mechanics or balancing every 2-4 months, as necessary (on top of any hotfixes necessary at release). This has been especially obvious in 1.0 since, as I say, it was the first release, and therefore does not benefit from the ability to have been made and iterated on with larger amounts of player feedback.To that end, we will be starting a semi-open beta process on our forums at www.thrawnsrevenge.com/forums around the end of June. This will be done in two progressively more open stages. First, once we're satisfied we've caught the major bugs with our internal development and testing teams, we will be opening up the beta to members of the Admiral's Lounge on the forums. After a week or two weeks there, we will open it up to all forum members until we're satisfied that it's ready for release. To be clear, the entire point of doing a beta like this is to provide feedback before a full release to ensure a stable, fun release, not to simply play an early version. As such, we are setting it up in the way that is most conducive to managing that process, especially since we're likely gonna have to do a lot of explaining how to use GitHub. We will be setting up boards for reports, updates, changelogs and multiplayer matches during the process.We hope you're looking forward to giving these changes a try, and as ever, we're looking forward to hearing everyone's feedback.- The Thrawn's Revenge TeamFollow AscendancyForums - Facebook - Steam Group - Mod DB - Twitter ...Read more »Saturday May 27, 2017
It can sometimes be hard to locate all of the news related to a current development cycle, so this thread compiles all of the relevant news posts in chronological order, for all of our projects.Imperial Civil War 2.2:February 7th, 2016: Faction Profile: Warlord ZsinjJuly 18th, 2016: Regime ChangeAugust 2nd, 2016: The 2.2 ManifestoSeptember 3rd, 2016: We Could Be Heroes- The Pentastar Alignment September 15th, 2016: We Could Be Heroes - Warlord ZsinjSeptember 24th, 2016: Era One - Galactic Conquest BreakdownOctober 13th, 2016: Era Two - Galactic Conquest BreakdownOctober 21st: Faction Profile: Greater MaldroodNovember 7th, 2016: Schism Events, Research, and Galactic Conquest Breakdown - Era 3December 7th, 2016: We Could Be Heroes - Greater MaldroodDecember 2nd, 2016: 2.2 Demo AnnouncementDecember 13th, 2016: Faction Profile: Eriadu Authority March 3rd, 2017: 2.2 Demo ReleasedMarch 6th, 2017: Beta Testing and We Could Be Heroes - Eriadu AuthorityApril 13th, 2017: EotH: Past, Present and FutureMay 26, 2017: GC Selection Layout UpdateAscendancy 1.1:May 31st, 2016: 1.0 Post-Release RoundupAugust 2nd, 2016: Ssi-Ruuvi Redux & Development ProgressOctober 15th, 2016: Fractured EmpireDecember 6th, 2016: Updated Faction Select ScreenDecember 10th, 2016: 1.2 Faction Profile: The Hapes Consortium (1.2 Early Look)April 13th, 2017: EotH: Past, Present and FutureApril 28th, 2017: Pentastar Capital Ship Ability and Tech OverviewMay 11th, 2017: New Republic Capital Ship Ability and Tech Overview]May 30th, 2017: Ascendancy 1.1 Overview & Testing PlansFall of the Republic 0.5:April 1st, 2017: FotR Teaser TrailerMay 9th, 2017: Fall of the Republic Announcement and FAQ ...Read more »
Thrawn’s Revenge includes a brief tutorial to explain several of the key new features introduced by the mod (all of which are also outlined in this manual). You can access and play through the tutorial from the Galactic Conquest menu.
At several points during Galactic Conquest scenarios you, the player, may be informed of specific missions by one of your heroes. These missions can be completed or ignored as you desire, however you will normally receive a bonus for successfully completing them. The available missions are as follows:
- In the Thrawn Campaign, Talon Karrde (for the New Republic), or Grand Admiral Thrawn (for the Imperial Remnant) may appear and direct you to take them, along with a suitably sized fleet, to a specific planetary location where you will encounter an opposing force attempting to salvage the Katana Fleet.
Note: This mission will only be triggered after you capture Pantolomin (Imperial Remnant) or Myrkr (New Republic).
- In Reunification as the Imperial Remnant, you will be tasked with capturing specific enemy planets in order to gain more heroes and hero upgrades. These include: Colonel Cronus (Capture Odik II), Gilad Pellaeon (Capture Hakassi), and Knight Hammer (Capture Odik II to replace Admiral Daala’s flagship).
- In Final Imperial Push, The Art of War, and Essence of War, as the New Republic, Talon Karrde will invite you to upgrade the Errant Venture for Booster Terrick at the start of Era 5. This will result in a fully-functional and upgraded Errant Venture, complete with custom red hull plating.
Planet Capture Bonuses
When you capture certain key planets, such as major shipyards or population centres, as the Imperial Remnant, New Republic or Empire of the Hand, you will be rewarded with some form of prize. This will vary depending on the planet and the faction but may include captured units or structures that are added to your forces at that location. You will always be informed of any additional bonus received and this is in addition to the standard credit bonus for capturing the planet.
Sometimes during space battles taking place within a Galactic Conquest scenario you may receive a warning message informing you of additional unidentified forces entering from hyperspace. The third force will be unaffiliated with either faction already on the map and will target both fleets indiscriminately; it is up to you how you choose to deal with them. Note: The raid fleet is not brought from any force on the galactic map and will not be carried back across in the event of it winning the battle.
When you begin a Galactic Conquest scenario you will now see your chosen faction’s logo (such as the Pentastar logo shown to the right) followed by a Star Wars text crawl with a brief outline of the current state of the galaxy. This can be skipped by clicking or pressing any key. After the text crawl has finished (or been skipped) your faction leader will introduce you to the scenario and outline your principal enemies, targets and objectives.
Thrawn’s Revenge has replaced the vanilla interface with a custom-designed version created by Dr. Nick. While the layout is substantially the same as vanilla, there are several minor differences, including the absence of a visible advisor, a modified Galactic Conquest selection screen and updated tech-trees for the playable factions.
Unlike in vanilla Empire at War heroes In Thrawn’s Revenge do not automatically respawn when they are killed. This is to minimise the imbalance created by a large number of heroes, often accompanied by powerful ships or vehicles, regenerating at no cost to the player. The exceptions to this rule are Skirmish mode, where the player buys, and can re-buy, heroes individually, and a few select cases in Galactic mode where a hero returns after a change in era (namely Admiral Ackbar, Admiral Daala and Grand Admiral Pellaeon).
Orbital Support for Ground Battles
In Thrawn’s Revenge the Bombing Run provides a faction with the ability to order precise attacks to devastate individual targets, such as a specific structure in the enemy base or a turbolaser installation, without the danger of causing too much collateral damage in the immediate surroundings. To complement this surgical strike ability is the Planetary Bombardment which provides a larger and more indiscriminate attack option by launching a torrent of turbolaser fire over a large area, although individual targets are less likely to be hit.
Several planets across the galaxy are home to renowned starship manufacturers. If you control the home planet of one of these corporations you may be able to build a relationship with their headquarters (10000$) and gain significant production bonuses on their products.
Kuat Drive Yards (IR)
History: Now regarded as the largest military starship manufacturer in the galaxy, Kuat Drive Yards first gained prominence during the Clone Wars as the Old Republic’s primary starship contractor, a role it has retained under the Empire.
Hint: Provides a 30% reduction to the production time and cost of the following products built on Kuat:
Acclamator II-class Assault Ship, Escort Carrier, Executor-class Super Star Destroyer, Imperial-class Star Destroyer, Imperial II-class Star Destroyer, Interdictor-class Star Destroyer, Praetor Mark II-class Battlecruiser, Sovereign-class Dreadnought, Tector-class Star Destroyer, All Terrain Armoured Transport, All Terrain Personal Transport, All Terrain Scout Transport, Self-Propelled Medium Artillery
Mon Calamari Shipyards (NR)
History: One of the oldest and best starship manufacturers in the galaxy, Mon Calamari Shipyards utilise both orbital and underwater production facilities to build their uniquely beautiful cruiser liners and highly advanced and powerful warships.
Hint: Provides a 30% reduction to the production time and cost of the following products built on Mon Calamari:
MC40a Light Cruiser, MC80 Liberty-type Star Cruiser, MC80B Star Cruiser, MC90 Star Cruiser, Viscount-class Star Defender
Sienar Fleet Systems (PA)
History: Founded on Corulag by the wealthy Sienar family during the early days of the Old Republic, Sienar Fleet Systems is now one of the Empire’s primary military suppliers, including the entire TIE series, manufactured from various subsidiaries located throughout the galaxy.
Hint: Provides a 30% reduction to the production time and cost of the following products built on Jaemus:
Enforcer-class Picket Cruiser, Gat-12 Skipray Blastboat, Immobilizer 418 Cruiser, IPV-1 System Patrol Craft, Praetor Mark II-class Battlecruiser, Vindicator-class Heavy Cruiser, TIE Crawler
Sycan Fleet Systems (EotH)
History: With Emperor Palpatine dead at the Battle of Endor, Grand Admiral Thrawn turned to his industrious allies on Syca to produce warships designed specifically for the dangerous unknown regions patrolled by his secretive shadow Empire.
Hint: Provides a 30% reduction to the production time and cost of the following products built on Syca:
Decimator-class Cruiser, Kariek-class Cruiser, Phalanx-class Destroyer, Syca-class Bomber, Syndic-class Destroyer, Warlord-class Gunboat.