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News and Updates / Community Poll: Daala vs Zsinj
« on: January 17, 2017, 01:35:24 PM »
For those of you who are unaware, we're dividing the Remnant tech tree into three possible regimes; Thrawn & Pellaeon, Palpatine, and currently Daala. Each will have their own separate gameplay hooks, bonuses and negative attributes. People have repeatedly asked "well why not Warlord X," however the key point here isn't just throwing in another name. It's developing distinct trees between all factions and branches, and in this case, putting a fourth spin on the Imperial doctrine, as it can be represented in the Sins engine (between the Pentastar Alignment, Palpatine, Thrawn & Pellaeon, and the final slot here). The final style we're looking for can be pretty equally represented by two people; Daala and Zsinj. This is essentially a tech focused one, where the big bonus is non-permanent hero death and two SSDs at once. Daala brings the first through the Maw Installation, Zsinj brings it through his own close association with different scientific projects. Each has one or two additional techs they can bring to the table (Daala with reunification stuff like Crimson Command and some of the Maw's weapons, Zsinj with some of his own weapons research and Night Cloaks), but not enough to justify making both. So, we're asking for your input; which would you rather see?

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News and Updates / Redone Procursator
« on: January 11, 2017, 05:26:11 PM »
I've redone the Procursator model and skin, and here's the result. Still working on some of the texture maps to get some of the effects right, since things display in Substance Painter a bit different from Empire at War & Sins, but it's more or less done. The original high-poly reference by FractalSponge is included in the top right (and can be seen in its full gallery at: http://fractalsponge.net/gallery/procursator/).

It should be making an appearance in my upcoming playthrough episodes that i've been doing on my Youtube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/c/CoreyLoses ) if you want to check those out, too.


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News and Updates / 1st Place Editor's Choice!
« on: December 22, 2016, 08:53:18 PM »
Thanks to your support, we've managed to get the attention of the ModDB staff and get 1st place in the Mod of the Year Awards, Editor's Choice! Players choice hasn't been posted yet, however regardless of whether we place there, this already tops any of our achievements in previous years and we promise to reward that trust with new content throughout 2017. For a full list of all the mods in the Editor's Choice category, check here:
http://www.moddb.com/mods/star-wars-ascendancy/features/editors-choice-mod-of-the-year-2016

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News and Updates / 2.2 Faction Profile: Eriadu Authority
« on: December 13, 2016, 01:58:52 PM »
Thanks to everyone's amazing support in Mod of the Year, we've once again cracked the Top 100, and are eligible for the voting in round 2. So, if you haven't already voted in the second round and you want to continue showing your support for Thrawn's Revenge, be it Ascendancy or Imperial Civil War, you can click on the banners below to go to their profiles and vote. We'll wait here. Keep in mind you can vote for however many mods you like in this round.



Done it? Great! So, we've already covered the other two new playable factions in 2.2, being Warlord Zsinj and the Greater Maldrood, leaving us with the Eriadu Authority (and the various minor factions, but more on those later). As far as screenshots go, this is actually the least finished faction at the moment, so you'll see more of their new stuff later on.




Yes, this is the only picture of Delvardus.

The Eriadu Authority

Leaders: Superior General Sander Delvardus (4-12 ABY)
Capital: Eriadu (4-5 ABY), Kampe (5 - 12 ABY)

Although the Eriadu Authority's reign outside of the Deep Core was short lived, for a brief time it controlled some of the richest parts of the galaxy outside the core, centered around Eriadu (home to the wealthy Tarkin family) and the Seswanna Sector, with territory up and down the Rimma Trade Route and Hydian Way. Delvardus was initially fairly successful in the establishment of his Empire. Along with these wealthy planets, he managed to recruit the likes of General Maximillian Veers and the remainder of Blizzard Force, afterwards granting himself the (rather irksome to Veers) title of Superior General.



"I'm not sharing my glory."
―Sander Delvardus

His ambition would soon become the cause of his undoing; when Delvardus launched an assault against Sullust, Sullustan Captain Sien Sovv, who would go on to succeed Admiral Ackbar as the Supreme Commander of the New Republic and Galactic Alliance Fleet during the Yuuzhan Vong War, took his forces to aid his homeworld. With the cooperation of Admiral Firmus Nantz and the First Fleet, Sovv was able to not only drive off the assault on Sullust, but launch a campaign which ended with Delvardus forced into the Deep Core and the elimination of other warlord groups such as Prentioch's Dominion in the Western Reaches.




"We've researched the amount of funding Delvardus funneled into his operations, and I am not impressed with what I saw at his fortress. I hope he hasn't been squandering the Empire's resources."
"I assure you, Admiral, he has not. I think even you will be impressed."

―Admiral Natasi Daala and Colonel Ivan Cronus

Once established in the Deep Core on the desert world of Kampe, Delvardus began the construction of his secret weapon, an Executor-class called Night Hammer for its unique black stealth armour, believing it was the key to ruling over other Warlords. His plans were delayed when Emperor Palpatine returned and reunited the forces of the Empire for a campaign against the New Republic, Operation Shadow Hand. Once this failed, as Imperial plans so often do, Delvardus returned to the construction of the Night Hammer and infighting with other warlords, especially Treutan Teradoc. Delvardus, along with twelve other Warlords, was invited to Tsoss Beacon by Admiral Daala in order to secure peace amongst Imperial forces. Once the warlords refused to meet her demands, Daala killed them all. She then brought Delvardus' body to his former fortess, and gave his second in command, Colonel Cronus, an ultimatum; join her or be destroyed.

Keep in mind unit lists aren't necessarily final. With both Maldrood and Eriadu in particular, there's some stuff (including vehicles, ships and infantry) we may end up doing but we're trying to focus on getting the already-planned things done.

Space Unit Roster
Executor
ISDI, ISDII, Tector, Torpedo Sphere, Praetor II, Interdictor
VSDI, VSDII, Class-II, Strike Cruiser, Acclamator
Vigil, Gladiator, Bayonet, Escort Carrier, Ton-Falk, Carrack
Unique Fighters: TIE Hunter

Ground Unit Roster
AT-AT, A6 Juggernaut, A9 Floating Fortress, SPMAT
AT-ST, IDT, AT-AA, U-LAV, Imperial Escort Fighter, 2M Saber Tank
Stormtroopers, Shock Troopers, Storm Commando, E-Web, Specialist



Corey is still going through a lot of the new features of 2.2 in full preview playthroughs on his channel. He's currently doing Maldrood, and Eriadu will be next. If you're interested, you can watch that by clicking here.



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News and Updates / MotY Round 2: Top 100
« on: December 12, 2016, 02:20:27 PM »
Thanks to your amazing support, we have one again managed to breach the Top 100 in Mod of the Year with both Ascendancy and Imperial Civil War! Because we must beat our previous placings for each mod, we have to do really well to place in this year's competition during the final round, so let's see how far we can go! In order to vote, just click on the banners below and click on the "vote" button on their respective pages. Remember, you can vote for as many mods as you like in this phase as well.



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News and Updates / MotY Round 2: Top 100
« on: December 12, 2016, 02:19:55 PM »
Thanks to your amazing support, we have one again managed to breach the Top 100 in Mod of the Year with both Ascendancy and Imperial Civil War! Because we must beat our previous placings for each mod, we have to do really well to place in this year's competition during the final round, so let's see how far we can go! In order to vote, just click on the banners below and click on the "vote" button on their respective pages. Remember, you can vote for as many mods as you like in this phase as well.



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News and Updates / 1.2 Faction Profile: the Hapes Consortium
« on: December 10, 2016, 01:23:28 PM »

We've had the big "Coming Soo" slots in the faction select screen since the first release, and while we've made some offhand comments about who they can or will be, it's time for us to officially announce who's filling that first slot. Keep in mind, this faction will be coming in 1.2, not the upcoming 1.1 which is primarily about fleshing out the existing factions. We just wanted to give people a quick rundown and show that we are always thinking about the future. So, without further ado, the Hapes Consortium awaits.



...History...
"The Hapans have kept closed borders for over three thousand years. I've seen firsthand what happens when you get too close to them. Believe me, they're hiding something." - Han Solo

The Hapans are the descendants of a group of pirates known as the Lorell Raiders, who were mostly wiped out after a confrontation with the Jedi Order 4000 years before Endor. Hapans are famous throughout the galaxy for being extraordinarily beautiful, a result of the selective capturing of the most attractive humans in the cluster by the Lorell Raiders. The Consortium finds its home in the Hapes Cluster inside the Transitory Mists, a considerable astrographic barrier to attack, where it controls 63 systems guarded by the Hapan Royal Navy. The Consortium is ruled from the Fountain Palace on Hapes by the Queen Mother, a replica of which was built into the Queen Mother's personal flagship, the Star Home. Staunchly isolationist for millenia, the Hapans made their first forays into the galaxy after 3000 years in 8 ABY when they began a strong alliance with the New Republic, prompted by a mutual interest in the destruction of Warlord Zsinj. Hapan society is both filled with political intrigue among the ruling classes and strictly matriarchal. The Hapan armed forces were described by Prince Isolder as, "billions of warriors, thousands of starships." These thousands of starships were organized around a primary honour guard for the Royal Family of 63 Battle Dragons, one for each of the member worlds.



...The Canon Conundrum...
We're announcing this fairly early partially to address the topic of canon and how we address it, especially with factions like the Hapans, Empire of the Hand and any less developed group. We always strive to make the best representation of the Star Wars galaxy that we can, and essentially we try to approach it the way we would want any new game to. For some people, this means strictly staying to what already exists. For us, this means not contradicting the available information or replacing the parts that exist, but building on that where it's lacking. For example, the Empire and New Republic are very well fleshed out in canon; they have entire fleets with developed backstories and ship designs, so we would never want to make up a ship for them, unless it's a case like the Proficient where there's information but no design, and an opportunity exists to examine the contributions of a member group that you don't really see in their fleet. With the Empire of the Hand, the canon indicates that there is a well-developed and unique fleet behind it, but that's never really explored, so we took that opportunity to build on what existed. We take the mod as an opportunity to explore some of the less highlighted aspects of the post-Endor galaxy. So, what does this mean for our approach for the Hapans...

...The Hapan Fleet...
Essentially, while the Nova and Battle Dragon are the only fully-developed classes (there are some like the Beta Cruiser which exist, but were never given a design) Isolder's description of the fleet indicates that it was probably a bit more diverse than that, especially as they became embroiled in galactic politics after 8 ABY and especially towards the Vong War. The primary gimme we're using here is that the term "Battle Dragon," instead of just meaning the one specific class, is a catchall term much like "Star Destroyer," within which you have anything ranging from small frigates to huge dreadnoughts. To that end, we'll be developing different types of Battle Dragons based around their design principles to supplement the canon ships that do exist. These will be addressed as we go, and while this post is a primer on how we're approaching them, we'll have a more full gameplay-related post on them after 1.1 is released.



With that said, today is the last day of voting for the Top 100 phase of the Mod of the Year competition, so if you want to support the mods you can click on either of the banners below to vote. Remember, you can vote for as many mods as you like in this phase. We appreciate all the support so far!





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News and Updates / We Could Be Heroes - Greater Maldrood
« on: December 07, 2016, 09:01:27 PM »
A couple of weeks ago we did a news post about the expanded hero roster of the Pentastar Alignment, and we intend to do this for each of the remaining Warlord factions (the other factions aren't changing Warlord Zsinj's turn.

As we mentioned in the Zsinj version, heroes can be a bit tricky for the more obscure factions. Maldrood was probably the hardest of any faction to develop in this respect, however we think we've managed to piece together a decently diverse roster which should provide a bit of different flavour and even some different goals while playing. There are one or two other options we may explore in the future, but for now we're fairly confident that this will be the Maldrood roster on release.



Before we get there, two quick things. It is currently Mod of the Year on Mod Database, so if you'd like to support the mods by voting, we'd really appreciate it. In order to vote, just click on the banners below and click on the "vote" button on their respective pages. Remember, you can vote for as many mods as you like in this phase.



Secondly, we're doing a demo for Imperial Civil War fairly soon. For more details, click here.






High Admiral Treutan Teradoc - Space: Crimson Command Victory-class Star Destroyers, 13X, Maldrood
Treutan Teradoc very quickly established himself as a capable naval theorist while at the Imperial academy on Corulag, and very quickly in his career was promoted to the position as High Admiral of Crimson Command, part of the Queli Oversector fleet led by Warlord Zsinj before the breakup of the Empire. After Palpatine's death, Teradoc took the Crimson Command and left Zsinj and the Empire behind, taking captive Zsinj's lackey Grand Moff Selit and acquiring the local defenses of multiple sectors along the Perlemian Trade Route, combining them into the Greater Maldrood. Maldrood quickly made many enemies, with a long-time rivalry between Teradoc and the neighboring Warlord Zsinj, assaults from the fledgling New Republic, and many disputes with Hutt-controlled forces to the south. Zsinj's death and Teradoc's subsequent defeat of Imperial Admiral Teren Rogriss brought many of his forces to the side of Maldrood, however with Zsinj out of  the way Teradoc became the focus of Imperial and New Republic attention. Teradoc was able to hold bits of his Mid Rim territory only with the assistance of his brother, Kosh. Teradoc would later lead one of the Reborn Emperor's fleets out of Byss, however after suffering several defeats Kosh ordered him and his forces into the Deep Core. Such benefit was short-lived, as Teradoc was murdered by Daala along with the other prominent warlords at Tsoss Beacon.

Admiral Kosh Teradoc - Space: Imperial II-class Star Destroyer, Lancet
Kosh had been competitive with his older brother Treutan for all of his life. Although Kosh was a capable commander in his own right, he tended to live in Treutan's shadow, especially with Treutan's promotion to High Admiral of the Crimson Command. After Endor, he set up his own holdings in the Deep Core, following the example of Blitzer Harrsk and Zero Command. After Maldrood gained the attention of the Remnant and New Republic, Kosh and his forces came to their defense, combining the Empires into the Federated Teradoc Union. After the early failures of Treutan during Shadow Hand, Kosh moved into the Mid Rim to defend their territory there while Treutan retreated to the Deep Core. At the conclusion of the campaign, Kosh was one of the few people who managed to hold Imperial territory in the Mid Rim. Treutan's conflict with Blitzer Harrsk, in an attempt to impress Kosh, led to the murder of both Treutan and Harrsk by Daala. Kosh held out for around a year after his brother's death in bitter depression. His death, achieved with the help of Wraith Squadron, led to his forces rejoining the Imperial fold under Daala or the now-dominant New Republic.

Kosh is recruited by killing Warlord Zsinj in any GC where he is not already a starting hero.

Vice Admiral Gilad Pellaeon - Space: Victory-class Star Destroyer, 13X
Gilad Pellaeon, the old man of the Empire, had a storied carrier leading from the Clone Wars to the days of the Empire. He strongly believed in the ideals of order espoused by the Imperial system, and proved himself time and time again to be among the most competent and level-headed of any Imperial commanders, rivaling even his brilliant mentor Grand Admiral Thrawn in some ways. After the death of Thrawn Pellaeon found himself under the command once again of the Reborn Emperor, and as this Empire once again collapsed, Vice Admiral Pellaeon became the new head of Crimson Command under Treutan Teradoc. At this point, most of Pellaeon's considerable talents were directed towards infighting amongst the Warlords, particularly Blitzer Harrsk. During Harrsk's attack on Teradoc's stronghold, Daala condemned the actions of both men squandering the resources of the Empire, drawing Pellaeon to her side to cooperate in her reunification efforts.

Pellaeon joins with Maldrood on the death of the Reborn Emperor

Pirate-Moff Leonia Tavira Space: Imperial I-class Star Destroyer, Invidious
Tavira was a former Moff who began her pirate career by allying with the forces of Kavil's Corsairs, hoping to use pirate connections to propel herself into the position of a Warlord. In pursuit of this, she formed her own group, the Invids, and allied herself temporarily with Zsinj. Soon after Pestage lost control of the Empire, Tavira instead joined with Kosh and Treutan, playing them off against each other. Treutan provided her with her own Star Destroyer, the Invidious. Leonia's presence allows the recruitment of pirate units.

Leonia Tavira joins with Maldrood after Isard takes over the Empire.

Boba Fett - Ground, Space Pursuer-class Enforcement Ship, Slave II
Dengar - Ground, Space: JumpMaster 5000 Punishing One
After Fett escaped from the Sarlacc (for a second time), he was aided by a fellow bounty hunter, Dengar, with whom he undertook many jobs related to the Black Sun, until a mission to capture . He lost the iconic Slave I when he "borrowed" Bossk's Hound's Tooth, leaving Slave I drifting in space. For years, Boba undertook only secret missions from discreet clients in the new Slave II, until an encounter with Han Solo on Nar Shaadaa. Both had a history of cooperating with the Empire, and were active in the area of the Greater Maldrood during most of the mod's timeframe.

Moff Lesan Ramier - Galactic Hero (Economic Bonuses)
Moff Ramier controlled the Brak Sector, one of the sectors along the Perlemian Trade Route under the control of the Greater Maldrood. Early on in the days of the New Republic, the Brak Sector overthrew the local Imperial government to join it.

Admiral Garrik Trier - Space Secutor-Class Star Destroyer, Contrite
Trier commanded the fleet stationed in Brak sector during the Galactic Civil War. Trier was known as a confident commander, who spent a great deal of time analyzing naval tactics used by the Rebel Alliance. (From Wookiepedia)

Both Ramier and Trier are starting heroes in Era One GCs.

Admiral Ledre Okins Allegiance-class Star Destroyer
Ledre Okins was a distinguished commander under Palpatine's rule. In 3 ABY he assumed command of a fleet led by the Executor to demolish a Rebel shipyard at Vergesso.


The following heroes were members or leaders of independent warlord groups located were also leaders of their own local Warlord groups, who can essentially be recruited somewhat like vassals.

Grand Admiral Peccati Syn Space - Imperial I-class Star Destroyer, Silooth
Syn was one of the original 12 Grand Admirals. Although he was ostensibly loyal to Sate Pestage's Empire, he was primarily a religious devotee to the Church of the Dark Side who spent most of his time over Kashyyyk, where he was attacked by Admiral Ackbar and requested help from the nearby Greater Maldrood. After Endor, he positioned his forced at Colla IV in the Mid Rim, however a New Republic attack intended to cut the Greater Maldrood off from the rest of the Empire resulted in his death.

In early Era 1 GCs, you will have the opportunity to secure Kashyyyk. If successful, Syn will join Maldrood.


Antemeridian Sector - Nearby independent sector. In order to recruit these heroes, you just need to conquer Antemeridias.

Moff Tol Getelles - Galactic Hero (Economic bonuses)
Tol Getelles was one of the final Moffs to be promoted under the Emperor's Reign. He maintained control of the Antemeridian Sector and remained nominally loyal to the Ruling Council after Endor although he slowly slipped away from their control. Despite this, he lacked ability to strike out at the New Republic on his own. He was widely seen as more level-headed and pragmatic than his close friend Admiral Larm, though Natasi Daala once described him as a, "quibbling, incompetent, boot-licking, corset-laced little sand maggot."

Admiral Larm - Space Hero: imperial II-Class Star Destroyer, Antemeridian
Larm is the Admiral in charge of Antemeridian forces, having been promoted by his friend Getelles over several more experienced officers. He is a sycophant who ingratiates himself to his superiors with a dedication to protocol

The last two heroes are both recruitable from Commenor in any GC

General Arndall Lott - Ground: AT-AT
Lott excelled in walker operations during his training, resulting in him serving under Maximillian Veers in Darth Vader's Death Squadron for two years. After this tour, Lott eventually worked his way up to the position of General and commander of Walker Operations and Tactics at the training center on Jardeen IV. After Endor, Lott and and Captain Gendarr fled Jardeen to establish themselves as Warlords. Lott designed a variation of slave-rigging similar to that on the Katana Fleet which he installed on AT-ATs and other walkers for the duo.

Captain Iolan Gendarr - Space: Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Reliance
Gendarr received his promotion to captain shortly after the Battle of Hoth, having served under Needa on the Avenger. He and Reliance were assigned to the planet Jardeen IV.



That's all for now. Just a quick reminder that the Greater Maldrood can be seen in action in Corey's playthrough on his personal channel, Corey Loses, where he's previewing a lot of the 2.2 content.





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News and Updates / Updated Faction Select Screen
« on: December 06, 2016, 10:55:16 AM »
Mod of the year is still going on! If you have no yet voted, you can do so on the two Mod Database pages!

http://www.moddb.com/mods/star-wars-ascendancy
http://www.moddb.com/mods/thrawns-revenge



We've shown a lot of the new UI for 1.1 so far, but have yet to show the faction select screen, so here it is, with one really notable change as far as gameplay goes.




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News and Updates / 2.2 Demo Announcement
« on: December 02, 2016, 12:05:20 PM »

That's right, we're doing a demo for 2.2. In the past we've avoided doing "demo" versions, since we were typically more concerned with just getting out the full version of the mods, whether as a beta or full release. However, since we're now closing on three years since 2.1, we want to thank everyone for their patience with something, since we're not quite near release yet with everything. There are some other practical considerations for this as well; it provides a good motivator for us to focus on getting certain things done, and also should get us some feedback on new systems before they're too integrated into the mod, and let us gauge if we're going in the right direction.

So, what will be in the demo?
The demo will include one of the new 2.2 GCs, Hunt for Zsinj. This GC is both the closest to being done, and provides a good taste of both some old and new content, as well as having a fair variety of different story elements. Keep in mind that there will be a significant amount of development time between the Demo and the 2.2, so while it should give an idea of what the final version will be, there'll still be some incomplete elements.

If you don't know what the Hunt for Zsinj GC consists of, you can see the breakdown of it by clicking here.

Among other things, this includes:
New Heroes & Units (Neutron Star, Secutor, Allegiance, Bellator, Dauntless, Jumptroopers, Providence, Gladiator, Arquitens, Droideka, Skyhopper, Procursator)
Several Redone Units (Most fighters, Battle Dragon, ISDI/II, VSDI/II, Acclamator, Venator)
New Skydomes
Schism Events, Minor Factions, Story Events
Revamped Projectile Particles
Performance Optimizations (Loading & Running)

We'll be posting a more complete list of features and unit lists with the actual download, however for now I will just add the disclaimer that Maldrood will not have access to the Sorannan in the demo, and the Bellator will be the model that was in Ascendancy 1.0 as opposed to the shiny new one. As for release dates, we know better than to give one but it will be very soon.

In the meantime, Corey has been doing a playthrough of that particular GC on his youtube channel if you're interested in watching it. Tomorrow (Saturday the 3rd) he will also be doing a livestream at 2PM EST of that playthrough.



In the meantime, this week ModDB's Mod of the Year competition kicked off. Last year we managed to crack the top 10 with both Ascendancy and Imperial Civil War, and we need your support to try to do even better! So, let's see how far we can make it this year! In order to vote, just click on the banners below and click on the "vote" button on their respective pages. Remember, you can vote for as many mods as you like in this phase. A huge thanks to everyone who's voted for either mod so far.


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News and Updates / MotY Day 1: Bellator
« on: December 01, 2016, 04:11:39 PM »
It's that time of year again, and we need your support! Each day of Mod of the Year, we'll be posting new content on both Ascendancy and Imperial Civil War's profiles, including one pretty big announcement. If you want to vote for either or both mods, the profiles are here:
http://www.moddb.com/mods/thrawns-revenge
http://www.moddb.com/mods/star-wars-ascendancy

Just click the links, and click vote. Remember, you can vote for as many mods as you like in this phase.

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First up, we have an ingame shot of the new Bellator by Robin. Aside from the graphical update, there'll also be a set of new abilities to make the Bellator a lot more useful in the upcoming version, slotting it into a supportive role while also helping it stand up to the other more powerful SSDs:



Reactor Switch:
Toggles power between weapons and engines, giving a persistant boost to either stat.

Repair Crews:
Rapid-Response repair crews deploy from the Bellator, healing allied ships around it for a limited time.

Resilient:
If the Bellator's hull drops below a certain point, repair crews will restore a significant amount of its health over a short period of time. Passive, with a long cooldown.

Microjump:
One of the Bellator's advantages is meant to be its speed compared to other SSDs. Reactor Switch gives it an overall strategic speed advantage, but Microjump allows it to tactically get in position a lot more quickly than any other SSD, not to mention escape if a Sovereign or Eclipse comes calling.

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News and Updates / Mod of the Year 2016
« on: November 30, 2016, 09:32:08 PM »
It's that time of year, once again!With your support, last time we managed to place with both Ascendancy and Imperial Civil War in not just the top 100, but the top 10 of their respective categories, so let's see how far we can make it this year! In order to vote, just click on the banners below and click on the "vote" button on their respective pages. Remember, you can vote for as many mods as you like in this phase.



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News and Updates / Mod of the Year 2016
« on: November 30, 2016, 09:31:32 PM »
It's that time of year, once again!With your support, last time we managed to place with both Ascendancy and Imperial Civil War in not just the top 100, but the top 10 of their respective categories, so let's see how far we can make it this year! In order to vote, just click on the banners below and click on the "vote" button on their respective pages. Remember, you can vote for as many mods as you like in this phase.



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News and Updates / Community Multiplayer Game - Saturday, 3PM EST
« on: November 23, 2016, 03:05:19 PM »
Saturday, November 26th - 3PM EST

To join, go to:
gaming.youtube.com/c/Coreyloses/Live

We'll be starting at 3PM EST, slots are first come first serve (though since it's done through Corey's channel, his patrons do have first dibs). Make sure you have your game files verified and the 1.0F version installed beforehand.

We'll be in Corey's Discord channel while we play, so if you want to come hang out, regardless of if you're playing or not, that can be found here:
https://discord.gg/0r6o1Twrk4BdgYRx

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News and Updates / Ascendancy Community Game
« on: November 11, 2016, 06:57:19 PM »


To join, go to:
gaming.youtube.com/c/Coreyloses/Live

We'll be starting at 2PM EST, slots are first come first serve (though since it's done through Corey's channel, his patrons do have first dibs). Make sure you have your game files verified and the 2.1F version installed beforehand.

We'll be in Corey's Discord channel while we play, so if you want to come hang out, regardless of if you're playing or not, that can be found here:
https://discord.gg/0r6o1Twrk4BdgYRx

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We've talked a fair bit about having a more story-based focus in our campaigns, as well as trying to fill in some of the gaps left by the era system, and era three is going to be one of the most changed in the mod. Before anyone asks, no this does not mean we're making people go through both Eclipse I and Eclipse II, simply because that would get kind of redundant. The jump between Era III and IV left out a fairly important period with the Crimson Empire and parts of the Imperial Mutiny, which made Era IV unclear as to what exactly was being reunified. Much like Era I was split into Sate Pestage and Isard, Era 3 is now going to be split between these two fairly distinct periods, with Operation Shadow Hand and Crimson Empire. There will also be some changes to the jump between Era II and III.


Death clones are underway!


Era Updates

We've shown off the Regicide feature before, where you can jump between eras manually without having to go on a suicide run with your leader, but the basic nature of the eras is changing a bit as well. For the most part, the idea is still if your leader is defeated, you move on to another era, but some eras were always more attractive than others, and from both a story and gameplay perspective will require a bit of a different way through. Here's a new summary of what the eras consist of and how you progress. This may all seem like gibberish to a lot of people right now, however it will all be clearly and helpfully explained in-game, so you should never feel confused as to what's happening or your options and objectives.

Era I: This era has been moved from a solo-Isard focus into being represented by Sate Pestage and Ysanne Isard sequentially. In order to proceed from Sate's portion to Isard's portion, the Empire will either have to lose Coruscant, lose Pestage, or pay to extract Lusankya up from of Coruscant.

Era II: We've always limited Era II to Thrawn, however while he was still touring around and therefore makes sense to have during the period in which the New Republic was canonically hunting for Zsinj, there was a significant gap between the end of the Thrawn Campaign and the start of Shadow Hand. Losing Thrawn will no longer directly end the era. The first option is that his defeat will start a countdown leading to the emergence of Palpatine when playing against the AI, however as the player in order to proceed to Era III you'll need to actively join Palpatine, which will be fairly expensive and time-consuming. You can do this entirely without losing Thrawn, however there will be a bit of a penalty possible in the form of a schism event for losing Thrawn without having joined your forces with Palpatine.

Era III: What used to just be Shadow Hand is now both Crimson Empire and Shadow Hand. This whole era will be explained in this news post, so basically for now I'll just say you kill Palpatine, bad things happen for the Empire, then you kill Jax.

Era IV & V: As far as the direct era-change related process goes for these guys, they essentially work the same as always; Daala gets defeated, resigns and hands the reigns over to Pellaeon. There will be a lot stuff within their eras, but not a huge change to the link between them.

Tech Research: Instead of just getting new ship options automatically as you progress, there will typically be some research associated with the creation of these new classes for the Remnant (rarely), New Republic (primarily them) and Empire of the Hand. We can't do it with the Warlords unfortunately, as there's some story scripting that won't work with these groups because of engine limitations. Typically these research options will become available when the ships started to be developed, whereas the pure-era based approach was based on when the ships started active duty. This means, for example, the Viscount, with proper investment, could become available as early as the second half of Era III instead of the end of Era V, as it was developed in response to the effects of Shadow Hand's massive dreadnaught slugfests.
 


Schism Events & Emergent Factions
The Imperial groups during the mod's period by virtue of their sheer number demonstrate just how hard it is to keep an Empire together in a post-Endor galaxy, and schism events are one of the ways that is represented. This refers to a point when one faction splits into more factions, whether altogether or in small parts. It will also be conditional on the faction having certain territory at a certain time, though there are certain points where control will switch to an emergent faction regardless of who controls it. This list isn't necessarily exhaustive, but here's some of the bigger points when this can happen:

Era I-V: Warlord Zsinj dying while his Empire controls the Corporate Sector (Etti IV and surrounding territory) will cause the Corporate Sector to break off of his Empire and become independent.
Era I: Progressing to Isard from Pestage will cause Zero Command to split off from the Empire at Kalist VI and Abregado-Rae, if these planets are controlled.
Era II: Losing Thrawn without already having joined Pellaeon will cause the Ciutric Hegemony and Corellian Sector to split off from the Empire.
Era II: (Hunt for Zsinj GC only) - killing Zsinj will cause the alliance of the New Republic and Imperial Remnant to break off, giving the Empire Kuat and surrounding territory.
Era III: Losing Palpatine will cause the Greater Maldrood, Eriadu Authority, Zero Command and Pentastar Alignment to break off. The entire territory controlled by the Empire will be divided up between the Empire and these 5 factions depending on where the Empire controls at the time. We've thought about having the Imperial factions all coalesce back into the Empire under Palaptine if you're not playing as them, but at least for now we feel like that could get a little problematic.

After this point, Daala pretty much makes them all come to their senses, so that should cover the major ones. Again, these will all be pretty clearly explained in-game when they're happening and the player will be warned of the consequences of their losses in these situations.


Operation Shadow Hand
"Someone...or something...has been biding its time, while the feuding Imperial factions distracted our attention..."
―Mon Mothma



Time Covered: Pre-Shadow Hand Campaigns (10ABY),Operation Shadow Hand (10-11ABY), Crimson Empire (11 ABY)

Since the Battle of Endor, Imperial forces would occasionally mysteriously disappear, leaving no records of their destination. In fact, these forces were being called to the new fleet of Emperor Palpatine, whose spirit had survived in a clone body. After Thrawn's defeat, Palpatine eventually reunited all of his former Imperial forces. The three massive Deep Core fleets comprised of multiple types of Star Dreadnaughts and their support ships struck outward while Kaine and Teradoc attacked from their respective holdings towards the core, catching the New Republic off guard and quickly reclaiming massive amounts of territory. The Imperials quickly fell to infighting, however Palpatine paid this no mind and instead continued with his campaign using new new types of superweapons; the Eclipse and the World Devastator.

If Palpatine is defeated, Warlord forces then unlock and the game progresses into the Crimson Empire period under Carnor Jax, detailed below. The Imperial territory will also divide back up into component Warlord groups.

Factions:
New Republic - Coruscant
Imperial Remnant - Byss

Emergent Factions:
Pentastar Alignment - Entralla*
Eriadu Authority - Kampe*
Greater Maldrood - Hakassi
Zero Command - Kalist VI

These factions will only emerge with territory already owned by the Empire, except for their capitals.


Crimson Empire
"The galaxy has changed—it's mine for the taking! I will rule the Empire…I will sit on Palpatine's throne."
―Carnor Jax



Time Covered: Crimson Empire (11 ABY)

The Empire has once again broken down into Warlordism. As the New Republic tries to regain its footing from before Shadow Hand, Carnor Jax is attempting to gain control of what's left under the Ruling Council's control. Warlord infighting is also at an all-time high, with long-time rivals Harrsk, Teradoc and Delvardus at each other's throats in the core. With Kaine's death in Shadow Hand, the Pentastar Alignment has also begun to fracture and succumb to outside pressure. This GC essentially takes up where the schism event in Shadow Hand occurs, but using a more canon-based interpretation of where each faction would have been at that time instead of, obviously, being based on how the game had progressed within that campaign. It also allows you to play Era III as a one of the Warlord factions.

Factions:
New Republic - Coruscant
Imperial Remnant - Ord Cantrell
Pentastar Alignment - Entralla
Eriadu Authority - Kampe
Greater Maldrood - Hakassi

Non-Playable Factions:

Zero Command - Kalist VI

Just like he did with Warlord Zsinj, Corey is doing another preview playthrough with Maldrood on his channel, so subscribe there if that's something you're interested in seeing. The first few episodes showed off some of the new schism events as well.

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Being the bulwark of galactic civilization is no easy task, and trying to administrate and defend the amount of territory held by the Empire of the Hand against the many threats to the Galaxy Far Far Away can be a logistical nightmare. The Oto-class Starbase is a multi-functional megacomplex which is able to serve as a base of operations for the Hand, allowing a central location in a system for ship construction and maintenance, supply deliveries and, most importantly, defense coordination. A strategically-placed Oto station in conjunction with the Brask, Visvia, Iero and Teichos defense platforms collectively allow the mobile Empire of the Hand fleet the freedom to quell threats across the Unknown Regions safe in the knowledge that their own territory is secure.


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News and Updates / Greater Maldrood Preview Playthrough
« on: November 04, 2016, 09:04:03 AM »
I'm continuing my series of Let's Plays in 2.2 on my channel to show off and discuss some of the changes we've made for 2.2 in a bit more detail than we can in pictures or news posts. The first two videos are up, and on Saturday the 5th (tomorrow, as of posting) at 2 pm EST he'll be streaming the next section of it and answering comments from the chat, so if you're interested, head over and check that out by clicking here (vods will be going up later in case you miss it).

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