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Redone Procursator

Wednesday January 11, 2017

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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2.2 Faction Profile: Eriadu Authority

Tuesday December 13, 2016

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 AuthorityLeaders: 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 DelvardusHis 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 CronusOnce 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 RosterExecutorISDI, ISDII, Tector, Torpedo Sphere, Praetor II, InterdictorVSDI, VSDII, Class-II, Strike Cruiser, AcclamatorVigil, Gladiator, Bayonet, Escort Carrier, Ton-Falk, CarrackUnique Fighters: TIE HunterGround Unit RosterAT-AT, A6 Juggernaut, A9 Floating Fortress, SPMATAT-ST, IDT, AT-AA, U-LAV, Imperial Escort Fighter, 2M Saber TankStormtroopers, Shock Troopers, Storm Commando, E-Web, SpecialistCorey 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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MotY Round 2: Top 100

Monday December 12, 2016

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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We Could Be Heroes - Greater Maldrood

Wednesday December 07, 2016

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, MaldroodTreutan 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, LancetKosh 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, 13XGilad 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 EmperorPirate-Moff Leonia Tavira Space: Imperial I-class Star Destroyer, InvidiousTavira 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 OneAfter 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, ContriteTrier 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 DestroyerLedre 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, SiloothSyn 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... ...

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2.2 Demo Announcement

Friday December 02, 2016

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 SkydomesSchism Events, Minor Factions, Story EventsRevamped Projectile ParticlesPerformance 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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Mod of the Year 2016

Wednesday November 30, 2016

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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Schism Events, Research & Galactic Conquest Breakdown - Era Three

Monday November 07, 2016

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 UpdatesWe'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 FactionsThe 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 MothmaTime 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 - CoruscantImperial Remnant - ByssEmergent Factions:Pentastar Alignment - Entralla*Eriadu Authority - Kampe*Greater Maldrood - HakassiZero Command - Kalist VIThese 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 JaxTime 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 - CoruscantImperial Remnant - Ord CantrellPentastar Alignment - EntrallaEriadu Authority - KampeGreater Maldrood - HakassiNon-Playable Factions:Zero Command - Kalist VIJust 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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Greater Maldrood Preview Playthrough

Friday November 04, 2016

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).Watch the full playlist: ...

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Less is More

Saturday October 29, 2016

We've not shown too many individual screenshots lately, however there's a lot going on behind the scenes. We've had a lot of focus recently on updating some of the older content, including putting some of our newer Ascendancy assets into ICW (including the Venator, Acclamator, TIE Fighters, ISDs, etc), on top of reworking some particles and the skydomes in the mod. These aren't just meant to look better; they also have a net decrease in polies, particles, and filesize, meaning better visuals, better performance, and better load times. ...

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