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[ICW] Testing Process & Release Date

Saturday January 13, 2018

That's right, the time has finally come for us to tell you all when the time will finally come for you to be able to play Imperial Civil War 2.2. As usual, this news post is available in both text and video form:Before we go any further, I do want to stress that everything you're about to see is a tentative guideline, not a guarantee. We can't see the future, so we don't know what circumstances will come up, but we're fairly confident in what we have planned.That being said, as we've discussed in previous updates, the testing of the mod will be handled in a few progressively more open phases. We've been testing the mod internally and with the permanent testers as we've gone, so there's a lot of issues which have been caught and dealt with already, but broader pools of testers make it far easier to test the less common occurrences and figure out things like balance issues, while exposing as few people as possible to the more major issues that tend to come up at the beginning of any testing phase. The goal with this structure is to find the easiest way to get a progressively bigger testing pool while allowing the dev team to focus on actually developing the mod, as opposed to herding a bunch of testers or trying to manually select a huge pool of potential testers.With that goal in mind, the first bit of open testing will take place on the official Thrawn's Revenge forums in the Admiral's Lounge section. This is a post-restricted board, which requires 25 posts to access. It can be accessed whether you've posted 25 times before, or during the testing period- there is no cutoff date beyond the end of testing. We know there are plenty of people who love the mod and have been just as if not more active in other places, whether that's ModDB, Discord, YouTube comments on Corey Loses, or the Steam Workshop, but the point of this is not to somehow reward or punish anyone for activity or lack thereof- as I said above, this is the simplest way for us to get a narrower but still considerable starting pool of testers that requires the least direct management by the team so we can focus on the more important bits of actually developing the mod. This is about testing it and making it as bug-free and ready for widespread play as possible, not about rewarding anyone with early access or something like that. The forums also provide the best platform to handle the posting of feedback (which is far, far less manageable in the instant-message or comment thread style of, say Discord or Steam), distribution of instructions, patch notes, and the other bits that actually go into testing. This is also not an invitation to spam, which will just annoy us and put us off of doing any sort of open testing in the future if it becomes a problem. When we've done similar testing methods in the past, some people have either tried to spam their way in, or protested that it's unfair, which is why I again reiterate, this is not about who does or doesn't deserve access or something, testing is a very important part of development, and this is the way that lets us maximize feedback and minimize how much effort goes into managing and collecting that feedback instead of actually working on the mod and acting on that feedback. We promise, we are doing our best to make sure 2.2 is as enjoyable as we can make it, and we want as many people to be able to enjoy it as possible, as soon as possible, but we need your cooperation in thisThe planned date for the testing to begin in the Admiral's Lounge is: February 15th.From here, we'll be testing for around 2-3 weeks in that stage as necessary to work out all the major issues that we can, and finalize any of the content that's still being worked on. Once we have all of that done, we'll be opening the testing board to all forum members to continue on with any balancing changes, bug fixes, etc. Once we're confident that we've sorted out everything we reasonably can, we'll be moving on from there to the final, full release of the mod. Currently we plan to have a version uploaded to ModDB, EaW Nexus, and we'll update the 2.15 Steam Workshop copy to 2.2, so if you haven't subscribed to that, make sure to do so. The Demo workshop item will be removed near the end of testing. Once the testing process is over, we plan to ask a few of the people who contribute feedback and bug reports during the process to stay on as permanent internal testers for our projects going forward.Our target date for this final release is: March 29th, 2018Around that time, we'll start posting about our plans with 2.3 and Ascendancy 1.2, some of which has already started, as well as have a lot more information and content about Fall of the Republic, our Clone Wars-era mod. That's it for now though. - The Thrawn's Revenge Team ...

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[FotR] Faction Profile: Confederacy of Independent Systems

Saturday December 16, 2017

Before we get into the update, we want to first thank everyone for their fantastic support so far through the first round of Mod of the Year. With your support, we have made it into the top 100 with not one, not two, but all three of our current projects. If you would like to vote for any of our mods in the final round of voting, you can do so by clicking on the appropriate button below, which will take you to the voting page. There you just click the "VOTE" button next to the mod's name. You can vote for as many mods as you like in this round, too. Again, we appreciate all the support! As has become our new common way to do news posts, this update is also available in video form. The video form doesn't include the historical context blurbs, but does cover both this update and the previous Republic one:The Confederacy of Independent SystemsLeader: Count Dooku, as Head of the Separatist Council (de facto Darth Sidious)Capital: Raxus SecundusHistorical Context"Our friends from the Trade Federation have pledged their support. And when their battle droids are combined with yours, we shall have an army greater than any in the galaxy. The Jedi will be overwhelmed. The Republic will agree to any demands we make."―Count DookuInitially, the separatist forces were more of a loose association of largely-independent forces sourced from various disenfranchised sectors and organizations within the Republic organized in the wake of the Raxus Address by Count Dooku, a call to action against the Senate and Jedi and what they saw as the corruption in the galaxy. The formation of the Grand Army of the Republic, and its effective sue against these individual forces caused them to more strongly integrate. Chief among these groups were organizations like the Commerce Guild, Banking Clan, Techno Union and Trade Federation, which sued their vast resources to fund the production of arms through companies including Bactoid, the Colicoid Creation Nest, and Geonosian Industries. Each of the major contributors to the CIS would operate and organize their forces somewhat independently, however with the appointment of General Grievous to command all of the separatist armies, the chain of command was unified and forces integrated more fully. Addressing the Cartoon. AgainAlthough our initial reveal post pretty much covered this, one of the most common questions we still get about the mod is whether we'll be covering the newer cartoon "or" Legends. This, like Imperial Civil War, is a Legends mod. As we covered back then the newer cartoon is part of Legends though, and has been since it started, it just also happens to have been the one thing kept along with the movies in the creation of new Canon. Yes, there are some contradictions between the cartoon and other sources, however not as many as you might think, especially on the scale where the mod is able to reflect the storyline in the first place. It also provides access to several new ship designs and characters which we would otherwise have to do without, especially on the CIS side. Besides, several contradictions already existed between previous sources- this is Star Wars, everything contradicts everything to some extent. Typically, the best indicator of where we're going with the mod is the book Essential Guide to Warfare and its endnotes by Jason Fry, which, since its release, has been effectively a production bible for us in the creation of Imperial Civil War, and now Fall of the Republic. It does a very good job of sorting out the inconsistencies and providing a broad overview of every era in Legends, while putting it all into 'historical' context.Roster OverviewThe initial releases of FotR will cover the three years of the Clone Wars, making each into its own era. One of the goals within this is to represent the move from independent command within the CIS to the unified command under General Grievous between the first and second eras, the specifics for which will be fleshed out and discussed more fully as we get further into development. There were also some other types of local forces which were involved (ie Umbarans), however these will not be fleshed out until later versions.As we're planning to do an initial beta release (0.5) and then a more fleshed out release (1.0), there will be some units left out until the latter release, allowing more time for testing while the additional assets are finished and ideally getting something playable out as soon as possible. The regular text below are unfinished 0.5 units, green are finished 0.5 units, and italics are units planned for 1.0. As ever, plans can change at any time during development, so don't take any of this as being set in stone. Some things will also be added in releases past 1.0, so if you notice something missing, don't worry, we just don't want to overload the first build (also, things like landers aren't included in the list, but will be included in the mod).Space Unit RosterSubjugator, Lucrehulk (Multiple Variants)Providence, BulwarkRecusant, Munificent, Geonosian Cruiser, CaptorDiamond, Gozanti, Lupus, C-9979Vulture Droid, Hyena Bomber, Trade Federation Bomber, Belbullab, Nantex, Rogue, Tri-Fighter, Mankvim-814, GinivexGround Unit RosterOctupterra, Crab Droid, Hailfire, AAT, GAT, HAG, HMP, MTT, MAF, Spider Droid, PersuaderB1 Battledroid, B2 Super Battledroid, Magnaguard, BX Commando, Droideka, Droideka Mk II, STAPHeroes will be covered in an upcoming post. 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[ICW] MotY Round 2 & Systematic Upgrades

Tuesday December 12, 2017

Before we get into the meat up this update, we want to first thank everyone for their fantastic support so far through the first round of Mod of the Year. With your support, we have made it into the top 100 with not one, not two, but all three of our current projects. If you would like to vote for any of our mods in the final round of voting, you can do so by clicking on the appropriate button below, which will take you to the voting page. There you just click the "VOTE" button next to the mod's name. You can vote for as many mods as you like in this round, too. Again, we appreciate all the support! As usual, this update has a text and a video version. The contents are the same, it's just a matter of which medium you prefer. The video version can be seen here:Over the development of 2.2, we've done several updates talking about new content and content changes, and while there's plenty of documentation in both text and video form of the mod as it changes, we haven't really taken an update to talk about the more structural changes to how the mod works, or addressing what we and other people have seen as the weaker points of the mod in previous versions, so that's what we'll be doing today. Some of these things we've touched on in some ways before, and some reaches forward a bit more into 2.3, but it's good to have it all in one place. This will be divided into a few different points/categories.1. The number of projectiles (and some other factors) in the mod make it feel arcade-y/reduce the visual quality of the mod.We definitely agree with this in 2.1. Essentially, the projectile counts in 2.1 were meant to most easily and clearly represent the canon armaments of ships, however while it made it more clear in one sense, it made the game less readable in other ways. While we are keeping the representative armament system in the mod, the total amount of projectiles is significantly lower. Even SSDs, while they put out a lot of firepower, won't be covering your screen in sheets of lasers. Health has also been proportionally increased across the mod, making ships feel a lot more solid.2. Lack of abilities and similar ranges contribute to a feeling that there's not as much unit diversity in the mod in terms of actual role as there could be. Also, why are Praetor's weapons so long-ranged? And TIE Defender spam?To address the second last part first, the reason Praetors and other larger ships have such high ranges is because we were attempting to mitigate the tendency for ships to spin when they can't use as many weapons as they'd like. We've since found other, better ways to do this, and frankly the benefits aren't worth the tradeoff of the Praetor being so powerful, so that particular change has been removed. Praetors are meant to be damage sinks, not snipers, and their new range will reflect that. In general, ships will have a broader... well, range of ranges helping to contribute to their ability to fill different roles. There's also going to be a split in the Concussion Missile weapon type, with one anti fighter type (which is what is currently in the mod), and an anti-ship variant, the kind you'll find on ships like the VSD, which will help them become more dedicated capital ship killers. A lot of the changes in weapon types, among other things, are to help smaller ships become more viable in general. In addition to the weapon changes, there have been changes to population cap to help some units feel less clustered near the bottom, and make super ships like the Executor feel like more of an investment. The new space cap is 60 instead of 40, with the cost of mainline capital ships brought up to 6 from 4, which provides us with extra space to distribute some of the smaller ships. In the case of the top-of-the-line fighters like TIE Defenders and Furions, their pop cap value has been increased to 2, meaning only 30 squadrons can be fielded at once instead of 40, and they have also been nerfed in other ways.Abilities have also been given another look in the mod- we've never liked the idea of just renaming Power to Weapons a couple times, slapping it everywhere, and calling it a day, so while the base game abilities will be making more of an appearance than before, we've also added in some fully-custom abilities to flesh units out even more. In the mod right now are the new single-unit retreat and microjump abilities, as well as boarding abilities, the ability to rotate space stations on command, and in future versions we will continue to flesh out this list with more abilities. Some more general, others specifically tailored to individual units.3. AI ImprovementsIn previous versions, we didn't edit the AI from the base game much beyond adding in the necessary tags for the AI to sue our new units, and that sort of thing. There are a few technical reasons for this which I won't go into, but in 2.2 this has changed, so in 2.2 and beyond you can expect to see some significant changes to AI behaviour. A lot of the reworking will come in 2.3, but we've already implemented or at least started to implement certain behavioural changes which should make the AI's actions make way more sense and remove some of their more exploitable tendencies. For one, units will no longer idle below allied space stations and allow themselves to be picked off. While they will still prefer to hang out near their stations, their ships will now move out to meet approaching enemies (prioritized by type, though that's fairly rudimentary so far). This also applies to ground unit behaviour, which should no longer exclusively hang out around bases either. The other major space tactical change for 2.2 is that the AI will no longer use corvettes and fighters to randomly scout the map, and this is a fairly impactful change. Instead, they will focus on actually fulfilling their roles. Which brings us to...4. SSDs are just too powerful, and too common. It's too easy to win once you get one.When you fight an SSD, or use an SSD, it's supposed to feel somewhat rare and cool. In 2.15, they were everywhere, and once you got them, you essentially could win any engagement. Once you knew how to handle them, they could still be beaten by the player but the AI couldn't really handle them. We've made several changes to address this, as well. First, build limits are significantly reduced. The typical cap for SSDs is 1 at a time, and a lifetime max of 3. The exception are Bellators, which are a lifetime cap of 4, and a current limit of 3. We've also made it so their weaknesses are more pronounced, making them easier to take down with proper tactics, and as importantly, easier to lose. They have become significantly more vulnerable to bombers (which combined with the AI's proper usage of bombers, makes it so you need to defend them a lot more and can't drop them in haphazardly), and have the oft-requested engine hardpoint to help stop them from escaping with 5 turbolasers left, which was incredibly annoying in previous versions. No longer does an SSD mean victory, it just means you have an powerful ship which excels in its niche against capital ships, as it should, but with especially pronounced weaknesses where it struggles against groups of smaller targets.5. The era-system is lacking in some ways story-wise, and it's not always clear that higher era doesn't necessarily mean better tech for the Remnant players.We wanted to bring this up to acknowledge it, but the next news post will be specifically about the multi-era GCs and the changes to era progression, so we'll hold off on that discussion until then.6. Everything moves really fast in ground battles, and it feels weird.Our attitude towards ground battles in previous versions was that they were bad, and they weren't entirely fixable, so we weren't even gonna try- we were just gonna make them as painless as possible, and move on. This was the wrong attitude, and is certainly a valid criticism of existing versions. However, this won't be an issue we tackle all at once. There's a few key things we've done in 2.2, namely infantry firing while running and trying to add a bit of variety within them, removing the worse and larger ground maps, working on a better distribution of ground maps so it feels less repetitive (there's now generally at most 2, in a few rare cases 3 planets using any given map between 250 planets in the mod, so you shouldn't notice as much repetition), and some balance changes, along with reverting the aforementioned pacing change. In 2.3, we want to do a more thorough retooling of some ground systems, so we'll talk more about that when the time comes and we've fleshed it out even more.So that's obviously not an exhaustive change list, but hopefully it's assuaged some concerns for people, or convinced people who may not have been as keen on 2.15 to give 2.2 a shot. We're always looking to improve the mod, so we're always happy to hear feedback both during development and afterwards for the next version. 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[FotR] Faction Profile: The Galactic Republic

Wednesday December 06, 2017

We said in the initial announcement for Fall of the Republic that we'll be focusing solely on Imperial Civil War 2.2 until release, save for some art assets, and while that has been the case (so no FotR-specific screenshots quite yet), as we get closer to the Imperial Civil War release we'll be able to start talking about Fall of the Republic a bit more. Keep in mind, while ultimately the mod will cover a larger time period, the first two releases will solely cover the 3 years of the Clone Wars, and that's what this faction profile covers as well.The Galactic RepublicLeader: Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (22BBY-19BBY)Capital: CoruscantHistorical ContextThe Galactic Republic, for the years leading up to the Clone Wars, did not have a standing regular army. Instead, it relied on sector forces to control their own affairs and deal with any impending threats with occasional help from the Jedi, as in the cases of the Mandalorian Civil War, Stark Hyperspace War, and the Separatist Crisis at Naboo. Some of these sector forces stood out as more powerful than the others, like the Seswanna Defense Force under Ranulph Tarkin, and the Kuati Sector Forces, but all were subjected to strict limits on armament and hyperspace capability by the reforms of the Ruusan Reformation 1000 years prior. Large ships like the Mandator and Praetor classes had long served in these regional forces, sometimes flaunting the longstanding regulations. Ranulph Tarkin in particular spent years attempting to form a more organized defense fleet for the Republic and from 57 BBY to 22 BBY when the Clone Wars began, the Republic Outland Regions Security Force attempted to fill that void with the leadership of Ranulph and later his nephew, Wilhuff Tarkin. After this point, with the outbreak of the Clone Wars, the Republic fully organized and moblized its armed forces, bolstered by millions of Clone Troopers ordered in secret by Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas and supported by all new state-of-the-art warships.Roster OverviewWithin the first two versions of Fall of the Republic, the three eras present will be the three years of the Clone Wars. During the earlier years, there will be a heavier reliance on the sector forces, with the later eras involving more of the Grand Army of the Republic's units and some of the units they developed leading up to the declaration of the Empire. If the two primary factions of FotR could be reduced to their simplest form, then the CIS is quantity over quality, while the Republic is quality over quantity. While their and vehicles ships tend to be smaller than their CIS counterparts, they tend to be a bit better proportionally, and in terms of fighters, significantly outclass the Separatists.As we're planning to do an initial beta release (0.5) and then a more fleshed out release (1.0), there will be some units left out until the latter release, allowing more time for testing while the additional assets are finished and ideally getting something playable out as soon as possible. The regular text below are unfinished 0.5 units, green are finished 0.5 units, and italics are units planned for 1.0. As ever, plans can change at any time during development, so don't take any of this as being set in stone. Some things will also be added in releases past 1.0.Space Unit RosterPraetor I, Imperator, Tector, Mandator IIAcclamator I, Acclamator II, Dreadnaught, Venator, Victory ILight Assault Cruiser, Carrack, Arquitens, ChargerARC-170, Delta-7, Eta-2, V-19 Torrent, H-60 Tempest, Z-95, Y-Wing, Alpha-3 Nimbus, NTB-630, PTB-625Ground Unit RosterAT-RT, AT-PT, AT-AP, Juggernaut A5, Juggernaut A6, AT-TE, BARC Speeder, LAAT, TX-130 Saber, TX-130T, AV-7, ISP, UT-ATClone Troopers (P1), Clone Troopers (P2), ARC Troopers, JediHeroes will be covered in an upcoming post. We do have a poll going where you can vote on which jedi heroes get included by clicking here.It's currently Mod of the Year time, so if you're so inclined you can vote for any of our projects by clicking on the links below and then the "vote" button on their page. We haven't shown much of FotR, but we'd still appreciate your vote for Ascendancy or Imperial Civil War if we haven't quite won you over yet with the bits we have shown.Imperial Civil WarAscendancyFall of the RepublicAlso, as with ICW and Ascendancy, Corey will be doing some preview FotR livestreams and playthroughs on his Youtube/Twitch channels as the mod progresses. The pages for those can be found hbere:YouTubeTwitchSo, hopefully that gives you a decent idea of where we're going with the faction. The CIS breakdown shouldn't be too far off. ...

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[Release] Ascendancy v1.1.5

Sunday December 03, 2017

Hello everyone! It's been a couple months since the release of 1.1 for Ascendancy, so we wanted to take this opportunity to release a patch before jumping full-on into the development of the next faction, the Hapes Consortium. This isn't a huge update, but it does make some fairly impactful changes. For a full breakdown of what this patch does (and doesn't) do, we've provided a full video and text breakdown. The content is the same, so choose whichever medium you prefer.First, here's the patch notes with all major changes in this version:Quote from: 1.1.5 Patch Notes- Ships now display their cost per second, but drain rate adjusted to one tick per five seconds.- Implementing veterancy buffs- Reducing PA supply lines effectiveness- Adding supply lines research for Thrawn/Pellaeon research- Flak abilities re-added to Vigilance, Asdroni, Lancer, CR90, Raider- Altor self-destruct replaced with persistant AoE heal (10/11/12/14 hp every 6 seconds for 10/12/14/16 targets)- All Altor ability ranges buffed (3200/4200/5200/6200 from 2200 at all levels)- Escape pod credits raised from 50 to 100, hull from 250 to 450, fighter supply from 12 to 24- Fixed broadcast research for IR having 2 levels for no reason- Fixed NR access to Arbitrate Tariff, Democratic Peace Theory- Skipray front bank damage reduced to 80 from 110- SPHAT ability cooldown increased from 40 to 120 seconds (PA Venator)- Venator slotcount 8 from 6.- Skipray added to Secutor- Syndic health/shields increased to 4800/4800- Phalanx health/shields increased to 6100/6100- Fixed mole miners being able to capture heroes- Fixed PA supply line tech granting significantly more supply restoration than intendedThere are still some known bugs we're working on fixing for the next major version, but we decided it was more important to get some of the balance changes out, and start getting feedback on some of these changes as we start breaking things again and head into the next major build. The major addition here is the new Veterancy system, wherein some frigates and cruisers are able gain stat buffs by participating in the destruction of enemy ships. This stacking buff can go up to 50% damage reduction and 100% bonus damage for any given ship, so there is significant incentive for players to keep their ships alive (and thereby indirectly buffing the New Republic and Empire of the Hand, who tend to want to keep their ships alive more as it is). The other focus was reigning in some of the excesses of the Pentastar Alignment, nerfing the Venator which had proven itself to be far more powerful than it should be through its efficient slotcount and ability, and buffing the Secutor a little bit, which was underperforming because it lacked the Skipray. Before we get into what's coming up next, here's the download link:[Download Ascendancy v1.1.5]Corey will be running more community matches through his Youtube \ Twitch channel, Corey Loses, and there's also a Discord server which includes official channels for the Thrawn's Revenge mod series where you can discuss strategies and feedback, and the official forums exist for that as well. Click the links below to see any of those. The first community match will be held Thursday December 7th at 5pm EST, and different matches will be held at different times to accomodate as many timezones as we can. We'll try to plan the schedules out in advance and post them in the image gallery on ModDB.Discord - Forums - Youtube - TwitchAs we wrap up development on Imperial Civil War 2.2, our mod for EaW, we'll be shifting out focus back to a more 50/50 approach between the mods (or 33/33/33 when FotR gets going) and we'll have more Ascendancy stuff to show. So please, keep the balance feedback coming! We likely won't be doing another balance patch like this before the 1.2 release adds the Hapans, however any feedback we do get will be taken into account as we develop that version. We'll have some more news updates covering the specific things the release will cover, but as it stands, the rough breakdown of planned content is as follow:1. Hapes Consortium faction added,2. Expanded selection of random events and encounters,3. 5+ new techs for existing factions to fill any lacking slots,4. Expansion of diplomatic tech options,5. Some updated art (Lucrehulk, MC80, MC90, MC40a, Home One already finished),6. Expanded militia (more than just Imperial forces everywhere),7. Reworked shipbuilding economy.As ever, priorities can shift as development goes on and as different needs become more evident and as feedback from 1.1.5 comes in, however the primary focus will remain getting the Hapans in, and that will be the primary benchmark for release. Their faction breakdown should be coming soon, so stay tuned. Also, it's currently Mod of the Year time, so if you're so inclined, we'd appreciate your support by voting for us on the main mod profile page!Click Here to Vote for Us On ModDB! ...

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Mod of the Year 2017 - We Need Your Support!

Friday December 01, 2017

Video version:Mod of the Year has once again started on Mod Database. For the unfamiliar, it's a yearly competition where players get to vote on their favourite mods. There are two phases. In the first, any mod is eligible, and you can vote for as many mods as you like. In the second, the Top 100 vote-getters in the first round are voted on to get the final positions.2017 has been a big year for Thrawn's Revenge. We've released the 2.2 demo for Imperial Civil War, the 1.1 update for Ascendancy, and announced the return of our Clone Wars mod for Empire at War, Fall of the Republic. While most of this has been setting us up for an even bigger 2018, we hope that our work this year has earned your consideration for support in the 2017 awards. If you are so inclined, you can follow through on any of the links below to vote on that mod for the initial phase of the 2017 awards by clicking on the "vote for this mod" button below the description, and we'll be posting some extra content over the week (including the Ascendancy beta).Vote for Imperial Civil WarVote for AscendancyVote for Fall of the RepublicThanks for your support everyone! And if you decide not to vote for us, we hope what we have coming next year changes your mind for when MotY 2018 rolls around. ...

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Era 5 Breakdown & 2.2 Release Process

Saturday November 18, 2017

After a long hiatus between regular news posts, we're back with the fifth and final era breakdown, and some discussion on what's left to do, and how we'll be structuring the release. We're also gonna be trying out something new, where we have the regular text version of the post, and a new video version. The information in each will be the same, so it's just whichever media you prefer. First, here's the video version:Era 5Era 5 begins in 12 ABY when Pellaeon took over the Imperial leadership after the resignation of Natasi Daala. While Pellaeon took a more pragmatic approach to the New Republic than any of his predecessors, there were still several times when conflict broke out, especially considering this is the longest of any of the 5 eras. For the events in this period in previous releases, we used to cover them in two GCs - one dealing with the Black Fleet Crisis alone, and another dealing with all the New Republic and Imperial (and Empire of the Hand)-related events all together. This was not ideal, so we've not broken it down into four total GCs.The Orinda Campaign"You must be strong. Follow your own convictions. We need an opportunity to recover from such a debacle. We need your strength. You are in command of the Empire now, Pellaeon."―Admiral Natasi DaalaTime Covered: The Orinda Campaign, Adumari Civil War (12-13 ABY)The Orinda Campaign was the last real cause for hope under the newly-united Empire. With Pellaeon having the combined fleets of the Warlords, now based in the newly-absorbed Pentastar Alignment, Orinda was chosen as a symbolic target to project Imperial strength. The Empire was able to take advantage of the combined might of three super ships, being the Reaper, former flagship of Grand Moff Kaine in the independent Pentastar Alignment, and Dominion and Megador, two ships recovered from Blitzer Harrsk's holdings, of which the New Republic was unaware. Pellaeon believed that Orinda, as the former home of the Ruling Council, would be valuable enough a target for the display of force to discourage further New Republic advances, without being enough to provoke a massive retaliation. Within the New Republic, the campaign was also characterized by an internal struggle, with one side favouring the use of large battleships to combat other large battleships in the wake of Shadow Hand's calamitous use of them, leading to the recommissioning of the captured Lusankya under the command of Wedge Antilles, and the other favouring the further development of smaller capital ships supported by more advanced fighters, a position symbolized in the campaign by Admiral Areta Bell.We've talked in the past about wanting to use slightly different victory conditions in some GCs, and this will hopefully be one of those GCs. For the New Republic, the primary goal will be to destroy the Dominion, Megador and Reaper. For the Remnant, the goal will be to hold Orinda by the time a certain week hits. Story-wise, there will also be some events related to the Adumari Civil War and Restored Empire in this GC, when complete (these may be some of the events which don't make the 2.2 cut). Also, the specific classes of the Dominion and Megador are never explicitly stated. Based on the limited information, we have gone with the assumption that the two related-but-different vessels are the 8000 meter long Mandator II for the Megador, and the 7200 meter long Bellator for the Dominion. In 2.2, both will be Bellators, but ideally in the future we'll be able to make the Megador a proper Mandator.Playable Factions: New Republic - CoruscantImperial Remnant - BastionNon-Playable Factions:Restored Empire's Forces - RZ7-6113-23Black Fleet Crisis - Yevethan Faction Expansion"Our claim to these stars is natural and ancient. Our eyes have owned them since the beginning of our days. They are alive in our legends. They call to us in our dreams. We draw our strength from the All. The purity of the All inspires us to perfection. Our claim to these stars is not a shallow thing of greed, or politics, or ambition. It is not a claim we would ever surrender."―Viceroy Nil SpaarTime Covered: The Black Fleet Crisis (16-17 ABY)The Black Fleet is the name given to Black Sword Command, an Imperial fleet which mostly went missing in the aftermath of Endor. The ships and shipyards had actually ben captured by a technologically adept but xenophobic and militaristic society called the Duskhan League (or Yevetha). They used this fleet and their own Thrustships to attack the New Republic, hoping to expand out into the galaxy, but were shut down by the modernizing New Republic fleet under Etahn A'baht. In layout, the GC is fairly similar if not identical to the 2.1 version, however the Yevethans as a whole have received some other major changes. We don't want to sacrifice the Black Fleet Crisis' position as a small, quick and focused campaign, however it has commonly requested that the Yevetha themselves be developed more. So, we have buffed up their infrastructure, added a couple more units and heroes to their roster (including the boarding shuttle, which they can use to capture enemy ships- the heroes will be covered in a future post), and they will also be both present and playable in at least a few of the era-progressive Galactic Conquest scenarios, most notably Art of War. They will, however, likely stay unplayable in skirmish, considering the Thrustship is available in other ways.Playable Factions: New Republic - CoruscantDuskhan League - N'zothFinal Imperial Push"When the dust from the conflict finally settled, Pellaeon's Empire had been pushed back into a mere eight sectors of a strategically barren section in the Outer Rim."―Voren Na'alTime Covered: Imperial Skirmishes (17 ABY)After 5 years of declining tensions between the New Republic and Imperial Remnant, the Imperial Moffs began to suspect renewed New Republic ambitions to take more Imperial territory. In order to pre-empt this, the Moffs contacted Daala, who had united the remaining core 'Replacement' Warlords since her abdication, convincing her to lead one half of a pincer attack from the deep core against the New Republic, while Pellaeon attacked from the main Imperial territory, with his forces having been bolstered by Imperials who had successfully escaped the Duskhan League in the wake of the Black Fleet Crisis. Pellaeon disagreed strongly with the plan, and so rested his hopes on being able to quickly eek some victories to give the Imperials a stronger foothold to begin proper peace negotiations with the New Republic. Initially, the campaign went well for Pellaeon, but as soon as Daala was defeated, the combined might of the New Republic fleet began converging on him, culminating in the massive and final defeat of the Imperials at Anx Minor.Playable Factions: New Republic - CoruscantImperial Remnant - BastionCaamas Crisis"If we're destroyed—if we all die—the concepts and ideals of the New Order die with us. But if we surrender, we can keep those ideals alive. Then, if and when the New Republic self-destructs, we'll be positioned to rise again. Maybe then the galaxy will finally be ready to accept us."―Gilad PellaeonTime Covered: Caamas Crisis (19 ABY)Where other single-era GCs tend to focus on specific conflicts, with the addition of Final Imperial Push and The Orinda Campaign, we're able to take the Caamas Crisis (formerly Final Imperial Push, and before that it was originally called Caamas Crisis) in a slightly different direction, trying to represent the larger galactic situation before the Vong War. While there will be events tied into the Crisis itself, and the Sinister Triumvirate's attempt to prolong or reverse the fortunes of the war efforts of the Empire, or the Empire of the Hand's hope for a united galaxy and the return of Thrawn before the invasion of the Far Outsiders, Caamas Crisis serves as more of a flashpoint where various things could have gone different ways, and no longer has the problem of trying to represent around 7 years at once. Most of the work here will be done to bring things more specifically into line with the 19ABY starting date. The layout is most likely to change out all the announced GCs, as it's currently only a few minor edits to the existing 2.1 version.Playable Factions: New Republic - CoruscantImperial Remnant - BastionEmpire of the Hand - NirauanMod Progress, Release, and StructuringAs we're entering the last stages of development, we've started clamping down on some of our priorities for 2.2, and deciding on what makes more sense being left to 2.3. Considering the major changes between 2.1 and 2.2, not to mention the huge time gap, there reaches a point of diminishing returns with what we can add or change at this point, especially as any significant overhaul projects will take longer to settle. So while we're making some changes to the AI and to ground combat in particular, those will primarily be left for 2.3, along with some of the additional fleshing out of story events.Because we want to make sure the final release is as stable as possible, and we get as much feedback as possible, we have internally begun discussing how to handle the beta process. While we do have a team of internal beta testers, which we hope to increase throughout the rest of... ...

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2.2 Ability Preview: Capturing Ships (With FAQ)

Thursday November 16, 2017

A few days ago, I released a video showing one of the new abilities Pox has been working on for 2.2, unit boarding. We've held off on posting this in other usual news sources because I wanted to take some time to respond to some of the more common questions that go along with it, which I'll be doing after the video:Although it was specifically mentioned in the video that the exact numbers (success chance, unit price) you were seeing were not the actual numbers and instead just to make it as easy as possible to get the video showing the basic mechanics, one of the primary concerns raised by people was about balancing. First, I want to re-iterate that the boarding units will be expensive, in both credits and pop cap, typically similar to a capital ship in both areas. This is not a unit you will be spamming and trying to do so would be an incredibly bad idea. Your success chance with boarding is almost nothing if the target ship is anywhere near full health, and your boarding shuttles are incredibly vulnerable- successfully capturing an enemy ship will require something of a concentrated effort, and after you've captured the ship, it will typically be very heavily damaged- something you will need to protect, not something you will be using to help you win that engagement. we're also considering turning off major subsystems after a successful boarding (as you'll only have a skeleton crew).So, other FAQ:1. What can be captured?The typical rule of thumb will be ships between 500 meters and 2000 meters will be capture-able. There will be some exceptions, but that's essentially how it works. This includes things like Hapan Battledragons, Star Destroyers and most things in between. This does mean SSDs will not be boardable in this way.2. Who will have this ability?Right now, the New Republic, Duskhan League and era 2 Remnant have it, with era 5 Remnant being another possible candidate. It's undecided how far it will go beyond that.3. Does success chance change between ships?Success chance is currently based on proportion of total ship health, so it does take more actual damage to get larger ships down to any given success chance, but in terms of overall percent it is the same. Capturing ships is currently fairly difficult as it is, but if it ends up being too easy, this is one potential area we'll be examining.4. Can you tell your ships not to target the ship while it's being boarded?Currently no, however making ships invulnerable while being boarded is something we're considering.5. What's the cooldown? Is the boarding shuttle removed after being used?Currently we're undecided whether we're going to use a direct cooldown, a limited amount of tries for the ability per shuttle in any given battle, or both. Currently, the shuttle is not removed after successfully (or unsuccessfully) being used. While removing them for a successful boarding may sound like it makes it less powerful, in practice, they're quite fragile, quite expensive and because of the pop cap value they take up, keeping them in the battle afterwards makes more sense in keeping the attempt to capture a ship a primary focus of a battle, instead of something you just incidentally do.6. Will fighter compliments reflect the new or the original owners?Currently they stay with the original loadout, but this is something I'd like to change for the first patch post-2.2. It shouldn't be an especially difficult one to make, but there's certain other variables I want to change to certain fighter loadout situations, and it makes more sense to implement it all at once than doing piece by piece.So, hopefully that gives you an idea of how the ability works. If you still have questions feel free to post them here, on the video comments, or in our official discord channels on the CGB Coalition server: ...

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Pentastar Alignment Art of War Preview & Upcoming News Posts

Friday November 10, 2017

Hey everyone, it's once again time for me to do another preview playthrough in 2.2, this time as the Pentastar Alignment in Art of War. That being said, while we are closing in on release, there's also some other upcoming news posts:1. Ability Preview (Boarding)2. Era 5 Breakdown3. Hero and Roster Changes for NR/IR/PA/EotH/Yevetha ...

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Weapon System


Thrawn’s Revenge uses a representative system to assign appropriate weapons to different units and balance them according to, where possible, their canonical armament. The basis of this system is that, for any given ship or weapon-type, a single instance of that weapon counts as one pulse from a hardpoint. So, for example, if a ship canonically has sixty turbolasers, we could give it six hardpoints each firing ten pulses, or twelve hardpoints each firing five pulses, etc.

The armament of a ship is displayed in the form of Total Pulses/No of Hardpoints for each type of weapon it possesses. So, for example, the Imperial Star Destroyer’s 60/6 Turbolaser hardpoints translates into six hardpoints firing ten pulses in each round, whereas its 6/2 Dual Heavy Turbolaser becomes two hardpoints firing three pulses in each round. To compare this to another example, take the Venator-class Star Destroyer, with its canonical armament of eight Dual Turbolasers. Since we aren’t representing all sixty individual Turbolasers on the Imperial Star Destroyer, it would be unbalanced to set the Venator up with eight fully charged (10 pulse) hardpoints. Instead, we have given it four hardpoints firing two pulses each round. This system has been used for all space units, although starfighters and some anti-starfighter ships (such as the CR90 Corellian Corvette) are handled slightly differently.

Laser Cannons/Maser Cannons

Laser and Maser Cannons are weapons that fire bursts of particle beam energy. These weapons are of a small enough calibre to be quickly and accurately aimed at fast-moving targets such as starfighters. Laser and Maser Cannons are capable of damaging both hull and shields.

Weapon Type Damage (Normal) Damage (Heavy) Rate of Fire* Recharge Time*
Laser Cannon 2.5 3.5 0.2s 4s
Laser Cannon: Dual 5   0.2s 4s
Laser Cannon: Quad 10   0.2s 4s
Maser Cannon 3 4 0.2s 4s
Maser Cannon: Dual 6   0.2s 4s
Maser Cannon: Quad 12   0.2s 4s


Turbolasers and Megamasers are immensely scaled-up versions of Laser and Maser Cannons. Generally turret-mounted, they are commonly found on capital ships and space stations. Equipped with significantly larger capacitors, they can store and discharge far more powerful bursts of beam energy. They are primarily used for ship-to-ship combat because their size and slow target-tracking is ineffective against the small and fast targets presented by starfighters. Turbolasers and Megamasers are capable of damaging both hull and shields.

Weapon Type Damage (Normal) Damage (Heavy) Rate of Fire* Recharge Time*
Turbolaser 5 6.5 0.2s 4s
Turbolaser: Dual 10 13 0.2s 4s
Turbolaser: Quad 20 26 0.2s 4s
Turbolaser: Octuple 40   0.2s 4s
Megamaser 5 6.5 0.2s 4s
Megamaser: Dual 10 13 0.2s 4s
Megamaser: Quad 20 26 0.2s 4s

Ion Cannons

Ion Cannons are ranged weapons which fire ionised particles or plasma that can cause serious interference with the operation of electronics and computer systems. Ion Cannons are only capable of draining energy from shields and systems, they do not do hull damage.

Weapon Type Damage (Normal) Damage (Heavy) Rate of Fire* Recharge Time*
Ion Cannon 10 13 0.2s 4s
Ion Cannon: Dual 20 25 0.2s 4s
Ion Cannon: Triple (Trion) 25   0.2s 4s

Warhead Launchers

Warhead launchers are used to fire a range of self-propelled projectiles that can deliver considerable explosive power to their target. Concussion and Rhazor Missiles are able to target practically any unit, while Proton Torpedoes are restricted to Corvettes and above. All warheads cause damage to both shields and hull.

Weapon Type Flight Range Damage Rate of Fire* Recharge Time*
Concussion Missile 2200 18 0.4s 15s
Proton Torpedo 2200 12 0.4s 15s
Rhazor Missile 2200 20 0.4s 15s

*Rate of fire is the short delay between pulses as the weapon reloads. Recharge time is the longer recharge period after each completed round. The length of delay listed above is the standard rate for each weapon type; some vessels may have longer or shorter delays to reflect their power source, unit type, or technology.