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There will be at least two weeks notice with the release date listed ingame, and the old version is available on ModDB for people who want to continue saves anyways.

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Discussion, Suggestions & Feedback / Re: More units from Dark Empire?
« on: November 08, 2019, 01:23:09 PM »
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You should be able to make 'em quite easily - I guess - by editing the already-existing model of the Dark Troopers 3rd series. I miss the Dark Troopers a lot, so I may be biased.

They're really not that close to Dark Troopers, it'd probably be more work to edit the Dark Troopers to look like them than to just make them entirely from scratch. Character models (which SDs basically are) are one of the most difficult things to do, especially animations, which isn't the primary strength of anyone on the team.

The primary reason there's not more Dark Empire stuff in the mod is because it's so niche- it's typically weirder units that would gtake a lot more work to get to do whate they should in Empire at War than other stuff, for the reward of being sued by one faction in one era, so it's hard to justify doing them over the huge number of other things we have to do. Things like FotR's core rosters, updating EotH, fleshing out Hapes, even updating the NR/Ir core units are also still ongoing, so it's hard to justify making those units of limited use. I'm not saying none of it will ever happen, but that's typically why it hasn't so far.

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News & Updates / Feature Preview: CIS Government Mechanics
« on: November 08, 2019, 01:19:36 PM »
We've spoken about our new galactic influence and government mechanics a bit already, having looked at both the influence system and the New Republic's government setup with Chief of State elections. Today we're taking a look at the CIS' government mechanics, which involve gaining the trust of the member corporations for extra heroes, ships, and even territory.


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News & Updates / Imperial Civil War 2.3.3 Released
« on: October 03, 2019, 11:02:36 AM »
Hello and welcome to the release overview for Thrawn’s Revenge: Imperial Civil War 2.3.3. This release includes a reworking of some galactic-level scripting, new models, a new gameplay mode, and much more, but before we get into the overview, there’s a few other things to note first. As usual, the update will mean saves from 2.3.2 will not be useable- we keep instructions on how to make a backup and have had a warning of the release date ingame on several menus for the last month, however since we know there will be people who didn’t read that, we have also released a backup version of 2.3.2 on Mod Database for the Steam version. There is also a copy of 2.3.3 there for people who want that instead of the workshop version, for whatever reason (and as a backup for when 2.3.4 is out).

Video version:



This is also the first release of 2.3’s cycle for non-Steam version, specifically Disk and GoG. There are several things to note about this, since it’s one of the things I’m asked about all the time, and quite often, along with many other modders for EaW, harassed about. The Steam version of Empire at War has several patches that Disk and GoG do not have. These patches from Petroglyph addressed engine issues that impact stability and the capabilities of the game pretty heavily, and releasing the mod at all for other versions has necessitated stripping out a lot of content in order to try to make sure saves will work, especially. It was not possible for the GoG or Disk versions to save in Art of War and Empire’s End, so those maps will not be available outside of Steam. Unit VOs and map preview images also use up RAM space on the galactic map, and make it more likely that saves will also fail to load in other maps, so they too will remain only for the Steam version. The GoG / Disk light version of the mod will be linked in the description, but it is being provided as-is. The game goes on sale on Steam for $5 fairly regularly, so while we understand that’s not possible for everyone, the reality of the situation is that until and unless the Disk and GoG versions get patched, we will never be able to provide the exact same features we can in Steam.


Download [Steam] Imperial Civil War 2.3.3

Download GoG/Disk 2.3.3 Light Version





That being said, it’s time to go over the major changes for 2.3.3. The biggest new addition is a new game mode, instant action, which we announced recently. In this mode, you can build up custom fleets of whatever composition you want for each faction and fight it out, even disregarding pop cap. Right now, the mode only supports playing as the Empire and is only Empire vs New Republic, but that’s just while we work on expanding it and fleshing it out. Eventually, it will allow battles involving every possible faction in the mod, simultaneously. It can be accessed from the galactic conquest menu. There is setup phase where the factions won’t fight, which can be ended by clicking the tactical cam button (which is not a permanent solution, just for now)

- New Mode: Instant Action / Fleet Battle (Empire Beta)
- New/Updated Models & Textures: AT-AP, ARC-170 AT-TE, Victory Star Destroyer, Allegance, Venator, LAAT, Praetor
- New Galactic Conquests: Corporate Acquisitions, Deep Core Conflict
- New Unit: BTL-B Y-Wing (CSA), Swift Assault 5 Hoverscout (Maldrood)
- Attempt at some GC AI performance optimization (stagger freestore servicing)
- Revamped planet defection events, fixed several issues with progressive GCs/Shadow Hand scripting
- Z-layers for ships now randomize over a larger range
- New Reinforcement Point indicators for CSA, Pentastar, Hapes
- Changed planet selection ring collision
- Fixed cloud texture for low-orbit maps
- Some updated icons
- Various other balance adjustments and minor bug fixes

We’re also working towards finishing the beta for Fall of the Republic, our Clone Wars mod, which will hopefully start October 31st. If you would like to report bugs for 2.3.3, please do so in the Discord server linked in the description.

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Discussion, Suggestions & Feedback / Re: CSA Fleet Analysis.
« on: October 03, 2019, 10:59:49 AM »
Why would they? There's nothing that they used or which fits them.

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Ascendancy Discussion / Re: Best version of Steam sins to run with this mod?
« on: September 16, 2019, 02:43:55 AM »
The mod supports the most updated version of Sins with the latest release.

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Discussion, Suggestions & Feedback / Re: Unit Upkeep
« on: September 16, 2019, 02:43:21 AM »
Are there any enemy units there? That will also do it.

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That is correct. Infrastructure I don't think is actually used anymore. It was for when we were having trouble spawning structures at the start of the GC for certain ones that we set up through LUA, so we gave them a huge budget so they could build structures quickly, but we ended up figuring out the spawning.

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The Empire of the Hand's ships weren't explored beyond the Clawcraft and mentions of "Chiss Star Destroyers." Beyond that, we had to design them.

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Multiplayer / Re: Multiplayer stable?
« on: September 08, 2019, 02:04:52 PM »
Verify the integrity of your game files through Steam.

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The income bonuses cruel gets are defined in DifficultyAdjustments.xml, however I'm not sure if switching the stuff in that file would impact ongoing saves.

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News & Updates / FotR: Progress Update, Beta & Release Date
« on: September 08, 2019, 02:03:23 PM »

Today we've got a quick progress video going over what's left for the first release of Fall of the Republic! The short version is that units ans heroes are basically done, and the primary work is in UI edits and galactic conquest/story elements. We're hoping to start the beta on October 31st. For more in-depth breakdowns, see the video.


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Discussion, Suggestions & Feedback / Re: Version 2.3 idea
« on: September 02, 2019, 04:43:39 PM »
I'd suggest doing that to your own version if it's what you want. It's not something we'd be likely to put into the mod itself, but it's relatively simple (simple to make it universal, at least, locking it to one GC is a bit more complicated).

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Discussion, Suggestions & Feedback / Re: CSA vs NR help
« on: July 31, 2019, 05:04:48 PM »
Right now, the gunship types beat pretty much everything when all else fails.

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News & Updates / Re: Imperial Civil War 2.3 Released - Steam Version
« on: July 31, 2019, 05:03:50 PM »
EotH is getting a lot more things reworked, Intego will be part of that, and Efodio will if certain other mechanics happen. It's always been a fleet tender, so its inclusion will depend on fleet tenders being a useful category to have.

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Please report any bugs that you find in 2.3 here. Please also refrain from double-reporting issues that have already been posted except to add more information.

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News & Updates / Imperial Civil War 2.3 Released - Steam Version
« on: July 11, 2019, 12:07:07 AM »
Imperial Civil War 2.3

Today, the Steam version of the mod has been updated from 2.2.5 to 2.3. The link for the workshop can be found here for those who are not already subscribed: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1125571106
After we've had a chance to respond to any initial issue reports, we'll make the necessary changes to be able to post a version on ModDb to support non-steam versions of the mod. Like with 2.2, this will necessitate the removal of custom VO and map preview images, along with some other things like that. We strongly recommend people play the Steam version where possible.

The main goals of 2.3 were to clean up some elements of 2.2, while also putting down the ground work (haha) for some changes that we're starting to flesh out in 2.4. The first steps of our ground reworks have been implemented, changing how a lot of squad sizes work, infantry loadouts, unit ranges, movement changes, and plenty of other changes and stat tweaks (MMTs shouldn't be shredding everything quite as much, for example) as we build up to completely redo projectiles and armour/damage modifiers on ground and in space for 2.4. We have some major ground mechanic changes in discussion on top of that which we'll be starting to experiment with in 2.4. There's also been the start of some economic and planetary development changes, built around helping to slow down snowballing and nerfing blitzing strategies to allow longer campaigns to remain interesting, including the introduction of the local planetary capital/garrison buildings (major government features to come). But, here's a non-exhaustive list of 2.3's changes.

New playable faction: Corporate Sector Authority
The CSA has been upgraded from non-playable to playable, and can be found in most progressive Galactic Conquests along with a couple era specific ones, and has their own From the Ground Up setup as well. Because of game limitations where we can only safely have 17 faction slots (including non-playables, and some coded factions like neutral that are more functionality things), we've had to downgrade the Yevetha from playable to non-playable and group them with the Independent Forces faction that represents a lot of the much smaller groups, since their slot is best used for some other more unique, less Imperial-clone factions we've spoken about in other news posts (some playable, some not).

New Mechanic: Era Selection
On top of some script cleanup to flesh out the era changes a bit more and eliminate some bugs, we've added the option to select which era you start in for Galactic Conquests, adjusting starting points accordingly. In the future, we'll have evrsions of the maps which allow you to choose starting eras while keeping more even starting territory (so you can play the New Republic with era 5 ships, but without starting with more territory). Obviously, since some factions didn't exist for the whole timeline, some factions will not be able to start in later eras.

AI Updates
We've already done a whole news post about this, so I won't cover it too much here, but we've also done some pretty significant changes for galactic and tactical game modes, including three new difficulty settings using the Cruel AI modifiers. We've also tried to clean up certain functions to make the AI run more smoothly and improve ingame performance. The issue where certain factions would not land a significant amount of their troops has been solved as well.

New Galaxy Art
We've modified Lord Enpremi's galaxy model and shader setup to fit the mod's aesthetic, so that's what you'll be seeing when you're conquering or liberating worlds.

Tactical Maps
On top of a bunch of new maps, including some shared with Phoenix Rising (another great mod developed by our own evilbobthebob), most existing tactical maps have had a series of updates and fixes.

New Units
Vigil, Victory II Frigate (like in Battlefront II), Imperial II Frigate (Rand Ecliptic), TIE Punisher, Jumpmaster (Dengar's Punishing One), Bulwark I, Bulwark III, Citadel, Invincible Cruiser, Recusant, Mankvim Interceptors, IRD & IRD-A, Gozanti, PX-4 Mobile Command Base, T-Wing, Espo Soldiers, Strikebreakers, JX40 Jailspeeders, Airskimmers, GX20 Hovervans, A-A5 Speeder Trucks, K-222 Aero Interceptors, Persuader (Snail Tank), Espo Walker, Repulsor Scout, Battledroids

Redone Models
Praetor II, Munificent, Dreadnaught, Nebula, Endurance, Secutor, Procursator, Gladiator, Y-Wing, Snowspeeder, Juggernaut, TIE Crawler, AT-TE (animations)

And plenty of other small changes.



Into the Future

Although 2.3 has just been released, we've already got several things underway for the upcoming versions. This will also involve a new way for us to handle release structure. Rather than year-long development cycles, in order to make sure things stay consistent and to get changes out faster to players, we're hoping to make the scope of each release more focused and get versions out to players more frequently. While the Hapans becoming playable will mark the 2.4 release, there'll be several 2.3.x versions adding and updating new content. In order to facilitate this, we'll be maintaining a constant testing team on the Discord server for the mod ( https://discord.gg/t3WJugG ), which will get the new versions every few months/weeks, and then the Discord server as a whole will have access for testing in the week before any release. We'll consistently be looking for people to add to the testing taskforce from the Discord as well, so if you want to track mod development, that's the best way to do it.

Early focuses in 2.3 patches will include:
- Mon Calamari art updates
- New units (ie Assertor, VT-49 Decimator)
- Tactical space map art updates (environment lighting and low-orbit maps)
- Economic overhauls
- Continued ground emchanic changes
- Space and ground projectile reworks
- Balance patches

I'll also be running community matches on my youtube/twitch channel 2-4 times per month. The dates for these will be posted and updated each month ingame, the first of which will be next Tuesday, streamed on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/coreyloses . On top of Imperial Civil War, we're also working on a Clone Wars mod which is approaching release as well, Fall of the Republic. I'm currently running a preview playthrpough for the Republic on that channel as well, which can be found here:

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Discussion, Suggestions & Feedback / Re: Disappearing Fleet?
« on: July 08, 2019, 06:53:04 PM »
It tries to find a planet without space units.

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June 6th (or 8th, depending on how you want to classify things) marks the 13th anniversary of Thrawn's Revenge! Today we're going to be talking about the next release of Imperial Civil War, the 1.0 version of which came out way back in 2010, but first I'd like to thank everyone who's supported the mod over the last 13 years. Some people may have come more recently to the mod, and I know there's still some out there who've followed since basically day one, but either way, we appreciate you all! I also personally want to thank the other members of the Thrawn's Revenge team. Some of whom, similarly, have been around for a short time and some since the first months of development. The mod wouldn't be anywhere near where it is today without all of your contributions, and it's been an absolute pleasure and privilege to work with this team for so long. That current lineup between all of our projects, in order they appear on Discord while I'm writing this, is Benjin, Slevered, Valerie, Pox, OzWolf, Slornie, Caesar's Legion, ConnerJB, David, DarkJedi, Hexodus, evilbobthebob, Inertial, Revanchist, Max, Jorritkarwehr, Kalo, MrPuertorican, and Rogue. Also a shout out to those who've been on the team in the past but since moved on (most of whom still just hang out in the team Discord anyways).

As the title says, though, this news post is about the upcoming beta for 2.3. In this news post, we're going to outline what 2.3 contains, a little bit of what's next, and how the beta process is going to work (with some rough release dates). On Thursday at 5pm EST I'll also be doing a livestream with some testing and answering questions during the last phases of beta prep, which you'll be able to watch at https://www.youtube.com/coreyloses/live . The Video will be available right after. We'll also have the 2nd and 3rd part of this anniversary news post covering Ascendancy and Fall of the Republic respectively this month.

Imperial Civil War 2.3



The main goals of 2.3 were to clean up some elements of 2.2, while also putting down the ground work (haha) for some changes that we're starting to flesh out in 2.4. The first steps of our ground reworks have been implemented, changing how a lot of squad sizes work, infantry loadouts, unit ranges, movement changes, and plenty of other changes and stat tweaks (MMTs shouldn't be shredding everything quite as much, for example) as we build up to completely redo projectiles and armour/damage modifiers on ground and in space for 2.4. We have some major ground mechanic changes in discussion on top of that which we'll be starting to experiment with in 2.4. There's also been the start of some economic and planetary development changes, built around helping to slow down snowballing and nerfing blitzing strategies to allow longer campaigns to remain interesting, including the introduction of the local planetary capital/garrison buildings (major government features to come). But, here's a non-exhaustive list of 2.3's changes.

New playable faction: Corporate Sector Authority
The CSA has been upgraded from non-playable to playable, and can be found in every progressive Galactic Conquest along with a couple era specific ones, and has their own From the Ground Up setup as well. Because of game limitations where we can only safely have 17 faction slots (including non-playables, and some coded factions like neutral that are more functionality things), we've had to downgrade the Yevetha from playable to non-playable and group them with the Independent Forces faction that represents a lot of the much smaller groups, since their slot is best used for some other more unique, less Imperial-clone factions we've spoken about in other news posts (some playable, some not).

New Mechanic: Era Selection
On top of some script cleanup to flesh out the era changes a bit more and eliminate some bugs, we've added the option to select which era you start in for Galactic Conquests, adjusting starting points accordingly. In the future, we'll have evrsions of the maps which allow you to choose starting eras while keeping more even starting territory (so you can play the New Republic with era 5 ships, but without starting with more territory). Obviously, since some factions didn't exist for the whole timeline, some factions will not be able to start in later eras.

AI Updates
We've already done a whole news post about this, so I won't cover it too much here, but we've also done some pretty significant changes for galactic and tactical game modes, including three new difficulty settings using the Cruel AI modifiers.

New Galaxy Art
We've modified Lord Enpremi's galaxy model and shader setup to fit the mod's aesthetic, so that's what you'll be seeing when you're conquering or liberating worlds.

Tactical Maps
On top of a bunch of new maps, including some shared with Phoenix Rising (another great mod developed by our own evilbobthebob), most existing tactical maps have had a series of updates and fixes.

New Units
Vigil, Victory II Frigate (like in Battlefront II), Imperial II Frigate (Rand Ecliptic), TIE Punisher, Jumpmaster (Dengar's Punishing One), Bulwark I, Bulwark III, Citadel, Invincible Cruiser, Recusant, Mankvim Interceptors, IRD & IRD-A, Gozanti, PX-4 Mobile Command Base, T-Wing, Espo Soldiers, Strikebreakers, JX40 Jailspeeders, Airskimmers, GX20 Hovervans, A-A5 Speeder Trucks, K-222 Aero Interceptors, Persuader (Snail Tank), Espo Walker, Battledroids

Redone Models
Praetor II, Munificent, Dreadnaught, Nebula, Endurance, Secutor, Procursator, Gladiator, Y-Wing, Snowspeeder, Juggernaut, TIE Crawler

And plenty of other small changes.





 So, now you're probably wondering how and when you can play it. The beta will be proceeding in three phases, allowing us to open it to progressively more people while keeping the testing pool a manageable size.  This time, we'll be handling the testing process through our Discord server, which can be found here: https://discord.gg/t3WJugG

Phase I
The first phase will be, fittingly, the most limited pool of people, where we'll hopefully be able to quickly nail down an idea of where the biggest rough edges that we've lost track of are. We try to keep this as limited as possible, because it's the phase where bugs or unfinished content are going to be easiest to find and fix, and we'd rather deal with the actual work than spend all the time managing tech support for people. This phase will include directly selected people based on the Save Crash Taskforce from 2.2 where we had a set of volunteers tracking specific bugs, and we'll be pulling in other people from the Discord as needed. This phase will start Thursday June 13th.

Phase II
By this point the obvious rough edges will hopefully be found and sorted, and we'll be able to expand the pool a bit to find the more hidden issues. This testing pool will be run from the Admiral's Lounge on the server, which is available to everyone with the rank of Rear Admiral and above, from the experience system based on activity. Spamming for experience will not be tolerated- spammers will be banned from the beta, or the server as a whole. We're doing this for actual feedback and people who decide to actively make our lives more difficult just so they can play a bit earlier are not the kind of people we expect it'll be productive to work with on that. The tentative date for this to start is Thursday, June 28th. If things go really well or really poorly in Phase I, that could be pushed up or back as needed.

Phase III
After Phase II has gone on for a bit, we should be ready to expand to the final phase of the beta, at which point it'll be available to everyone on the server. Assuming everything goes smoothly, this should give us a final 2.3 release date, when it'll be pushed to the Workshop, of

Thursday, July 11th

Keep in mind, this is all tentative and can change however it needs to based on scheduling, what bugs come up, family emergencies, unexpected dance recitals, or any other factor. Then, after we've had enough feedback to catch initial problems and apply patches, we'll work on compiling a version for download from ModDB for other game versions.  Throughout 2.4's development, we'll be able to push automatic workshop updates for the Steam copy as we go, but more details on that later. Hope you guys are looking forward to the release, that's all for now.

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