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December 25, 2014, 08:41:40 PM

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Dev Diary #13: Escapism
« on: December 25, 2014, 08:41:40 PM »
...The Somewhat-Exorable March of Progress...

As I'm sure many of you have noticed, our Mod Database profile is currently claiming that the mod is going to release on December 31st. We've been attempting to put the finishing touches on the first version of the mod for the last few weeks, however work and other factors have been trying to mess us up as much as possible. The dates we've put on Mod DB (the 18th and the 31st) were determined based on the assumption that I would be working 3 days a week for the end of November and December, and that I'd be taking the 14th to the 27th off. What ended up happening was I worked 6 days a week, and didn't finish until the 22nd, which as you can imagine severely disrupted the modding time I had scheduled. Either way, we're almost ready to start putting it out for feedback and balancing; all that remains are abilities and a few scenarios, as well as some cleanup. This first version will not include the Empire of the Hand. As the faction where we have the most freedom to explore different options, we want to make sure we don't rush it, however we don't see the point in delaying letting everyone play with the two other factions that are done, or nearly done, and iterating on the feedback there while we finish the Empire of the Hand.

Don't worry, you'll be able to play with (or kill, whatever floats your boat) a bunch of Clawcraft soon enough, you'll just get to play with X-Wings and TIE Fighters even sooner. Along with other stuff...



...Survivor's Quest...

We'd also like to use this opportunity to talk about another feature we're implementing to the game; Escape Pods. These are primarily related to the New Republic as the faction most concerned with saving as many of their own lives as possible although they do make some appearances in the other non-Saurian and non-biological factions. Their key role is as part of a passive ability for all New Republic capital ships and cruisers. Upon the near-destruction of these ships, their surviving crew will escape in the aptly-named Escape Pods. These pods cannot hyperspace, can be destroyed, and are somewhat slow to manoeuvre. They have the ability to dock with allied ships in order to provide several bonuses, including a temporary damage bonus credits, restored health, and restored supply. Essentially, in order to maximize the cost efficiency as the New Republic's lategame ships, you'll need to recover as many pods as possible. As ever, the exact bonuses are subject to change as we go.



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December 26, 2014, 12:50:25 PMReply #1

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Re: Dev Diary #13: Escapism
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2014, 12:50:25 PM »
If a ship launches pods but manages to survive and is repaired, will it launch pods again if its health gets that low again? (In other words, is this a one-shot ability?)
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December 28, 2014, 05:18:35 PMReply #2

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Re: Dev Diary #13: Escapism
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2014, 05:18:35 PM »
Love this idea can't wait to see it in all its beauty, will the Imperial's still have pods too just not as important? Also would be interesting if the Imperial Remnant can leave behind its fighters in order to jump to hyper faster.
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December 28, 2014, 05:30:33 PMReply #3

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Re: Dev Diary #13: Escapism
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2014, 05:30:33 PM »
The only time any Imperial ship has escape pods is with the Altor's self destruct ability.
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December 30, 2014, 03:11:22 PMReply #4

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Re: Dev Diary #13: Escapism
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2014, 03:11:22 PM »
would a late game research that requires the Pellaeon doctrine that gives the empire escape pods and maybe one that does the same for the Vong called jeedai heretic be possible be possible to putt in?


December 30, 2014, 06:14:35 PMReply #5

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Re: Dev Diary #13: Escapism
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2014, 06:14:35 PM »
would a late game research that requires the Pellaeon doctrine that gives the empire escape pods and maybe one that does the same for the Vong called jeedai heretic be possible be possible to putt in?

That would be cool, though for the Empire's they should bail while the ship is still at either 30,20,10% of its ships life or something to simulate them leaving while the ship is still alive, as the Empire stayed on their ships most of the time to prevent capture / last ditch effort to pump out damage. It would provide a negative for taking the doctrine as well as positives similar to the NR's.

December 30, 2014, 06:29:28 PMReply #6

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Re: Dev Diary #13: Escapism
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2014, 06:29:28 PM »
would a late game research that requires the Pellaeon doctrine that gives the empire escape pods and maybe one that does the same for the Vong called jeedai heretic be possible be possible to putt in?

The point is to emphasize the humanitarian side of the NR, which we don't want to dilute. Also, that would require escape pods to be their own ability (right now they're piggybacking on degrading systems for the NR), so it would take up a second passive ability slot on every Imperial ship, limiting them to 3 abilities at most.
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Re: Dev Diary #13: Escapism
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2014, 08:39:28 AM »
leave no one behind, save every officer you can !
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Re: Dev Diary #13: Escapism
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2014, 09:54:20 AM »
Target the escape pods, and remember!!  LAUGH while blowing the defenseless scum away!!!
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Re: Dev Diary #13: Escapism
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2015, 02:31:01 AM »
Target the escape pods, and remember!!  LAUGH while blowing the defenseless scum away!!!
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