[Ship][AE] Custom Arwing [v2.1]

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[Ship][AE] Custom Arwing [v2.1]

Postby Gencool » Tue Sep 22, 2015 4:25 pm

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                                                            Custom Arwing
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Praise for this mod:

   "I personally like the older design"
                        "Only 4 rooms?"
"I think this mod is a nightmare."




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Looking for a tiny starfighter that's almost powerful enough to take out a cruiser on it's own?
Look no further!

The idea with this ship is to have a strong, fully-loaded ship that is still weak enough to be interesting.

Choose a variant loadout at the start beacon!
Have an entire set of systems and weapons from the start - an upgrade tree just waiting for you to feed on your spare scrap!
Fight alongside your (NPC, rng-driven) friends!*
                            *provided you have the resources to do so.

...It won't be an easy fight.
Infact, I cannot promise that you can actually beat the game with this - it's more an experiment or a horrible challenge.


Download links follow, with a full description of the mod below.


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                                                                 Download Links!
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Currently only available on ModDB:
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Latest version: V002 - (Updated 22/Sep/2015)
                  A quick update has added mod-specific tips at the start beacon, plus another to replace a sprite I forgot to add in.

Since the mod changes UI elements, the download also includes a patch for anyone who runs Shiny!UI.



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                                                                          The ship
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The Arwing is a very small, but very powerful fighter ship.
It is only 4 rooms big, but starts with an almost entire set of systems.




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In order to fit so much into such a small space, the ship uses Layered Systems - each room houses at least two systems, if not more.
Since systems are stacked, you can't manually repair all of them. To combat this, the Arwing is able to repair itself;
It is an AI ship - which also means all your systems are constantly manned. This is very useful, since you need all the dodge you can get.


The Cockpit seats the pilot, most of your subsystems, and your life support.
The Fusalage starts with a drone system, and also houses any 'custom' systems (shields, teleporter, hacking, mind control and battery - more on this later)
The Left Wing houses cloaking and a single-bay weapon system, while the Right Wing holds the engines and an artillery system.
If one wing goes down, you still have the attack and defensive capabilities of the other.


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                                                                           Loadouts
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At the start-game beacon, you'll get the chance to choose a pilot.
The pilots races are picked to represent the aspects of the characters in the games, and because who has time to make sprites?
Each pilot has a customized ship, with at least one additional system, a ship upgrade, and a powerful Augment.

The playstyle of the ship will be greatly effected by this, so choose wisely.

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The event also fills up your inventory -
A set of upgrades for your Laser Cannon (be careful not to equip them too soon)
And a set of drones that represent your teammates (they cost no system power to run, but still use drone parts - only use them when you need to)

The Laser Cannon is a fairly simple but versatile weapon; 1 shot 1 damage, with a cooldown boost and the ability to charge a second shot.
The first upgrade for it, the Twin laser, adds a second projectile to each volley, and speeds up cooldown.
Later you'll be able to use the Hyper Laser, which adds ion damage to each laser, and again reduces cooldown.

The Smart Bomb auto aims and fires like any good artillery.
It acts as a 1 damage missile with hullburst and /huge/ sys damage, with the potential to hit up to 3 rooms.
It won't completely destroy most ships, but can definitely turn the tide of a battle.


--As of v2, Fox is no longer the only pilot without a full loadout, and starts with Mind Control installed.
The ships also start with a slightly more powerful titanium casing augment, and the wording has been altered to reflect just how powerful it is--



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This pack is now included with the standard Arwing Package, and is highly recommended to be used.
(I only haven't combined them because I'm lazy)

With this pack installed, you no-longer start the game with a full inventory.
Instead, all the stores in the game now give you the option to contact the Great Fox, which can provide you with free power-ups.

The power-ups are unlocked as you upgrade your systems, so you'll always find something that matches your current power level.

These unlocks aren't limited to just the weapon system, though - the more systems you upgrade, the more options you'll have.

All in all, it makes for a more interesting, hopefully more balanced, style of gameplay.

Please make sure you place the pack after the ship in your mod load order.

There may be spoilers for the missions from page two onwards.


--As of v2, some new options have been added to the Great Fox store.
Drone control can no longer be upgraded, but starts at level 3 for fire resistance.--


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                                                                   Let's plays!
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Arwing only:
Styles-rj: Katatonik's run (early build)

Arwing Adventures:
Biohazard063: Part1[Fox]

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Let me know if you have any let's plays you'd like featured on this page!




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                                                            Credits and stuff!
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Many thanks to Rad-82, Styles-rj, Yizzy, Sleeper Service, and Chrono Vortex for the kind words and help.

Also for the record, VoV made an Arwing before me. It's not AE compatible as far as I know, but here's the forum post for reference;
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=15646

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Credits:

The Start Event code, and much of the event-driven aspects, were built using Rad-82's "Auto Terminator" as a base.

The sounds for the mod were sampled from;
http://www.sounds-resource.com/nintendo_64/starfox64/
http://www.sounds-resource.com/snes/starfox/

The barrel roll spin was created using additional samples from;
Woosh lasso (1) http://www.freesfx.co.uk/users/ztke/
Woosh 1 (assorted) http://www.freesfx.co.uk/users/jhemzc12/



This is a fan-made mod, and is not for profit.
Characters, names, sounds, belong to Nintendo.

If there are any issues, please let me know and I will do my best to rectify them.

Jon - GenCool - PuppetSquid.


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Re: [Ship][AE] Custom Arwing

Postby stylesrj » Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:14 pm

I see no mention of shields. Are there shields? And if so, where are they located?

Because if they're located in the same room as your Engines and Piloting, say goodbye to your evasion at the first ion strike (no really, I made that mistake once when stacking systems. That's why all my Zoltan ships have piloting separated from the main area)

Also, Mantis Katatonik might do a video run of it.
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Re: [Ship][AE] Custom Arwing

Postby Gencool » Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:28 pm

Ah, well spotted.
The 'custom' systems (shields, teleporter, hacking, mind control and battery) all go in the fuselage, where the Drone Bay is.

At most, that room can have 3 systems in it; 1 'custom' system, the drone bay, and the battery.
Since the custom drones are all powerless, ionization won't affect them. The battery could still be effected, but there's nowhere else I can put it (It messes up the piloting if it's in the cockpit and it upsets att/def balance if it's in either wing)
It's also worth noting that only two ship variants (Fox and Peppy) can have personal shields installed, so for many playthroughs it might not even be an issue.

I'l update the first post to reflect this better.

Send my best to Katatonik. Would love to see a veteran hunter take a spin in this ship.
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Re: [Ship][AE] Custom Arwing

Postby stylesrj » Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:39 pm

Gencool wrote:Since the custom drones are all powerless, ionization won't affect them.


I think it'll affect whether or not they can be powered though (why would you power them down though? Because you don't want to have a Repair Drone trying to fix an invaded room and take up a space that could be used with a person)

Now come to think of it, what happens if you have a full crew somehow and you have onboard drones? Where do they go? There's only 8 spaces on the ship.
In those circumstances, however unlikely (or you're playing CE Infinite) the game may very well crash

Send my best to Katatonik. Would love to see a veteran hunter take a spin in this ship.


Yeah, I'll be sure to let him know from my secret hiding location.
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Re: [Ship][AE] Custom Arwing

Postby Gencool » Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:48 pm

You can't actually de-power 0-power drones, weirdly enough.

I'm kind of banking on the idea that players will keep all the starting equipment.
See, it's all pretty much powerful enough to last to the endgame, it's all tailored to cover some major weaknesses in the ship, and it all builds into the theme and gameplay.

I know I haven't gone into it much in this post, but I always like leaving out information so that people have something new to discover when they play. I guess we'll see the results when people actually try it out...



Also, I love how on the ball Sleeps is with the AE Mods thread. Good work, sir.
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Re: [Ship][AE] Custom Arwing

Postby stylesrj » Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:35 am

Damn, my assassination attempt didn't work. Who knew Dread Pirate Tuco was such a coward? Worst of all, Mantis Katatonik is alive and he's just made a video run chronicling his experiences with the ship.

https://youtu.be/2UAO9keptgg

Check it out and tell me how I can do better at taking his life out and reclaiming my channel.
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Re: [Ship][AE] Custom Arwing

Postby Gencool » Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:58 am

Styles how are you so good at finding errors in my mods?

Loved the resteraunt advert.

Wasn't aware of the 5weapon thing, but I don't remember it being an issue in testing... I'l double check...
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Re: [Ship][AE] Custom Arwing

Postby Gencool » Wed Sep 23, 2015 10:07 am

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This should work, to get rid of shield drones from stores, right?


Tactics wise, I find that using a laser that requires less slots than your weapon system actually has really helps against beams. The extra upgrade slot acts like a buffer, meaning you can take a point of damage to the room without instantly loosing your weapon system. It's pretty useful when you only have 1 weapon slot, especially when you get to the higher levels. Fully upgrading your system just for the Smart Hyper laser isn't a bad idea.
Also, I know you noticed the charges in the video, but I don't know if you noticed that the weapons also have a cooldown boost. The two effects are quite interesting together (especially on Smart Laser variants, where an opening tactic of [shoot>charge>shoot] is exactly as fast as [charge>shoot])



Edit: Yeah, I just ran MTE and loaded up the 5-power lasers - they don't crash when turned on, fired, charged, or anything. Only issue is it breaks the 5th power slot is outside the UI box, but at this point the UI is beyond repair anyway, so...
It should be fine to use, unless there's something I've missed?






Edit2:
Once this version's fully working, I think I'ma take a break from modding for a while. I get way too addicted to it.
Unfortunately I had an idea for a mod supplement for this. If anyone's interested in picking up a bunch of events, let me know, and we'll chat about ideas.
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Re: [Ship][AE] Custom Arwing

Postby stylesrj » Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:17 pm

Styles how are you so good at finding errors in my mods?


I had my wild phase with an experimental ship that went through Old FTL to AE FTL. I learned a great deal of things from figuring out how to make an overpowered Marine Frigate from Homeworld 2 :lol:

Tactics wise, I find that using a laser that requires less slots than your weapon system actually has really helps against beams. The extra upgrade slot acts like a buffer, meaning you can take a point of damage to the room without instantly loosing your weapon system. It's pretty useful when you only have 1 weapon slot, especially when you get to the higher levels. Fully upgrading your system just for the Smart Hyper laser isn't a bad idea.


My tactics tend to revolve around putting things at the max :D. I guess that's a bad strategy in this case and I should wait for more power before jumping to the next gun.

Also, I know you noticed the charges in the video, but I don't know if you noticed that the weapons also have a cooldown boost. The two effects are quite interesting together (especially on Smart Laser variants, where an opening tactic of [shoot>charge>shoot] is exactly as fast as [charge>shoot])


I think Katatonik mentioned it was like the Vulcan at least once somewhere in there, but because of all the ion going on, it was hard to acquire full charges. But it is noticeable.

Edit: Yeah, I just ran MTE and loaded up the 5-power lasers - they don't crash when turned on, fired, charged, or anything. Only issue is it breaks the 5th power slot is outside the UI box, but at this point the UI is beyond repair anyway, so...
It should be fine to use, unless there's something I've missed?


That's interesting. Maybe it was a pre-AE thing where it crashed the game.

Edit2:
Once this version's fully working, I think I'ma take a break from modding for a while. I get way too addicted to it.
Unfortunately I had an idea for a mod supplement for this. If anyone's interested in picking up a bunch of events, let me know, and we'll chat about ideas.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X_7bdD8P0w

So I won't expect the Wolfen and Starwolf any time soon?
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Re: [Ship][AE] Custom Arwing

Postby Gencool » Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:47 pm

Heh, well my iron will ain't as iron as I'd like - I've already kinda drafted up a bunch of events for this mod...
Y'know, some things are just too cool to leave alone, and this one's easy enough to at least have a go at.

I'm not making any new image assets, though, so no Wolf / etc, and definitely no new boss events. Sorry!
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