FTL Insurrection+ (and Remastered HUD) for Hyperspace

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FTL Insurrection+ (and Remastered HUD) for Hyperspace

Postby slowriderxcorps » Sat May 15, 2021 4:12 pm

The pet project of a disgruntled FTL veteran, the Polish Kit represents the results of over four years of learning to both play, modify and observe a dearly-admired game. With an eye for the most intricate details, his efforts (hopefully) managed to bring the game into a state that ambitiously seeks perfection. With the visual fidelity of the game fine-tuned and several glaring balance issues with the original game fixed to the best of the author's ability, the Kit aims to be the most complete form of the original FTL Advanced Edition.

Once this was achieved however, the disgruntled veteran seeked to go beyond the limits of vanilla FTL. So over the course of a year, the content expansion FTL Insurrection slowly took form. Its purpose was more of a proving ground for ideas about adding additional, lore-friendly content into the game, but as time went on, it resembled something more than that. Thus, Insurrection was released alongside the Polish Kit in the same download as its official expansion pack, promising a more entertaining experience without compromising on the game balance that the Kit was designed around. It also provided a real challenge for true veterans of the game in its new Final Boss.

Before Insurrection, the Polish Kit was also known for its take on altering the most popular FTL mod in existence, Captain's Edition. While marked as a listed contributor on the Title Screen, the author would eventually move back into the realm of adjusting CE once the work on Insurrection had mostly concluded. In the end, he realized that he could do a lot more to the mod with a rewrite rather than a patch that would be installed on top of the original mod.

This resulted in Captain's Remix, which polishes over the base mod in practically every area the author was able to. With the overall text mass of the mod reduced by over 40% compared to the source material, Captain's Remix does its best to mitigate the potential performance issues that could arise on weaker machines. At the same time, it doesn't compromise on content, retaining the vast majority of Captain's Edition's equipment while further expanding upon it with the weapons native to FTL Insurrection. It aims to be the most refined form of Captain's Edition around.

Truth be told, it's been a tough ride from start to finish. Modifying FTL might be a lot easier than other games, but it's still far from trivial. Adjusting to the changes made in Advanced Edition was especially tough, and not only because the solid balance of the original game was completely knocked off kilter by the presence of weapons like the Flak Guns, not to mention the overwhelming dominant cheat code that was the addition of the Hacking system. Being able to play a form of Advanced Edition where even such god-like equipment could be brought right back in line with everything else is a grand relief to the author, but being able to play with an expansion pack of almost completely my own creation has been nothing short of a magical experience.

With the Polish Kit and all of its content, I hope to share that sense of enjoyment with you all.

-slow


Oh, how times have changed since the good old days. Not the Polish Kit or Insurrection, those have pretty much remained the same as they always did. And that's because I was forced into a retirement from everything FTL-related by computer problems that wiped out all the progress that was being made into a prospective 'final' update to Insurrection. With a whole wall of progress deleted by hard drive problems (caused by a faulty PSU of all things...), the update never happened, and so I vanished into the void, devoid of motivation so long as the problems persisted (which they did for two years).

A lot has changed in the FTL modding community in my absence, most notably the Hyperspace project coming into its own and finally getting off its feet, as opposed to being tripped over every single time Subset Games updated FTL. I remember back when it was just a thing that could make hull numbers appear for the player and enemy ships. Now, it enables the most ludicrous of feats that were previously thought impossible. The most extreme example of what can be achieved with Hyperspace is the Multiverse mod, which is continuing to expand even to this day.

I didn't have anywhere near enough curiosity to look and see what had been going on in the interim, until a certain Cass invited me to do guest comms for an FTL tournament (that is still ongoing as of the time of writing this post). This effectively pulled me out of retirement, and I started paying attention to things again. And this is when I learned that BurningCookies/FearTheBlaziken had left a present in my forum inbox... a mod for Insurrection that adapts it for Hyperspace. Not only that, but a mod that implemented everything I was hoping to do from before. Because of this contribution, and all of the work he's done for Insurrection in the past, I have gifted him the honorary label of Co-Creator.

With this in hand, I steeled my mind and went to work for one last time. There was a whole new framework to get used to, and a long road ahead of me. Although BC had made the mod, there was more that I wanted to do with it, to take full advantage of Hyperspace's possibilities (or at least, as much advantage without going overboard). It's taken over a month, but in the end, I hope to have assembled something that will bring veteran FTL players back into the world of Insurrection.

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And so I present FTL Insurrection+, the hopefully final-final version of my expansion mod that makes use of Hyperspace to complete the experience as much as one man (and his pen-pal) can. Everything you might remember from OG Insurrection is still present and correct, and for clarity's sake, the list of additions is as follows:

* All the graphical/balance changes from the sM Polish Kit, far too many to even count
* 42 New Weapons, bringing the overall count to ~90
* 578 Weapon Variants, courtesy of the Augmented Weapons Module
* 104 Exotic Weapons, courtesy of the Named Weapons Module
* 6 New Drones
* 43 Drone Variants, courtesy of the Augmented Weapons Module
* 24 New Augments
* 33 New Enemy Ships (at least)
* 31 New Events (and many, many others changed)
* 1 New, Challenging Late-Game Sector
* A Fearsome New Rebel Flagship Fight

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But if I had just left it there, it wouldn't be the whole story, not by a long shot. So in addition to this, here are some additions for Insurrection+:

MUCH SIMPLER INSTALL
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By far the most painful running theme with the Polish Kit was that the modular nature of the modification was very frequently an issue for many players, causing a whole host of issues with incorrect Mod Order, attempted installation with other Total Conversion mods, and lots more besides. Now, there's only three files to worry about, and it's a lot harder to mess up. This does mean that Insurrection+ is completely separate from the Polish Kit, however it's a worthy trade-off. Because of this, please note that you should not try to use Insurrection+'s mod files with anything from the old Polish Kit.

30 NEW UNLOCKABLE SHIPS
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With Hyperspace enabling the expansion of the Hangar Screen, it's possible to add a whole host of ships without touching the original 28 at all. Thanks to this, the Insurrection Player Ships mod has been made redundant, and all of its ships are available by default... kind of. You will need to unlock them via event quests like the others, but it's nowhere near as convoluted as the existing ones. In addition, some of the IPS ships have new loadouts, so that they are no longer upgraded clones of the OG cruisers. There's even a couple of guest appearances from some of my other work...

WEAPONS, AUGMENTED
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Not only does the whole cast of Insurrection weapons return (as well as all of their variants with the Augmented and Named modules making a comeback), but their presentation has been given a fresh coat of polish. The biggest addition, by some margin, is the custom-made Weapon Descriptions. A Hyperspace feature, this allows for the old method of relaying weapon stats to the player to be swapped out, in favor of bespoke, hand-typed descriptions that point out every single detail of importance. This extends to modified weapons, which now directly display what their original stats were, and what they currently are as an Augmented weapon.

AUGMENTED WEAPONS, AUGMENTED
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One more crucial addition to the AWM was the addition of Toolkits, which was a rather late addition to the mod. These allow you to further customize your loadout to your current demands, slowing some excessively hasty weapons down a little to grant them more firepower, or sacrificing some of the edge of the heavy-hitters so they can more easily keep pace with everything else you have. In its new form, the Toolkit system is effectively finalized. The addition of mid-event Tooltips means you can see exactly how each Toolkit will affect your weapons before you commit to the change. In addition, the Restoration Toolkit was removed entirely, but instead replaced with the ability to restore worn-out weaponry to normal condition for a small fee.

CREW STAT CHANGES
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Of course, Hyperspace allowing for the alterations of crew stats means that a whole new avenue of modding has been made available. It would be foolish of me to neglect this, and so some changes to the species have been added. Some were done to reduce the Flanderization of the Engi and the Mantis, while others make species like the Rockmen less annoying to work with. And this also means that Slugs are no longer just superior clones of Humans... But in addition, the requirements for levelling up crew skills has been streamlined, generally lowering the requirements for most of them. Max Repair skill is no longer a meme.

ACTIVE ABILITIES
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With some of the extremes reined in, the addition of being able to create whole-new Abilities for crew members granted me a blank canvas to further add to the personalities of the various species. The powers are subtle ones, but they aim to make crew members more dynamic and fun to command, as opposed to just dragging them around the ship and waiting for them to do things.

TRADE SYSTEM REWORK
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This is actually a change that should have happened long before Hyperspace existed. The old Insurrection trade system was created long before Subset Games added the code to allow for the removal of Items from your inventory. This upgraded trading system now mirrors what was assembled in Captain's Remix back in the day, allowing for an alternate means of earning your keep during the mission.

FURTHER REBALANCES
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The quest for a perfect equilibrium is never truly over, and so there are a few more subtle changes to the balance of Insurrection, mostly regarding the more powerful explosive launchers. Internal drones have also seen massive changes, mostly down to Hyperspace finally allowing the player to assume manual control of the things.

REMASTERED HUD RETURNS
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Probably my favorite companion mod of all time has also been adapted for use with Hyperspace, to the point where it can be used alongside other mods if the user desires to. Both the vanilla and Remastered HUDs have full access to the Hull Numbers feature, integrated as seamlessly as the author felt was possible.

With some degree of luck, that should be everything of critical importance regarding Insurrection+'s feature list. It might not be anywhere near as expansive as other mods out there, but that was never my intention when making it in the first place. This was a personal vision: subtle yet prominent and powerful. Aside from any more additions to Hyperspace in the future, I don't see myself adding to this mod too much more. It's got all the content that it needs to make it what it is. It doesn't really need anything else. Just remember: just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

And with this, I will likely re-retire from modding FTL, at least on a semi-full-time basis. Real life is a cruel beast, and I can see the swathes of spare time available to me being culled in the near future. For everyone who's stuck with me and my work over the past several years, despite my prolonged absence, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

REQUIRED: DOWNLOAD HYPERSPACE HERE AND FOLLOW INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS FIRST

DOWNLOAD FTL INSURRECTION+ HERE

Final Credits Section
Credits for various aspects across the development of the sM Polish Kit go to:
liakad for art assets from diversityMod
Sleeper Service for art assets from Captains Edition
Tweevle for Type B Enemy art assets
splette for Highres Shields Classic art assets
DarkTwinge for research into FTL game mechanics
Mr. Mister and Russian Rockman for mod feedback and ideas
ClockSpin for beta testing of Insurrection and mod feedback
RecursiveBlaze for mod feedback
Gencool for Flagship Construction art assets
TheSwiftTiger, Winderps, ih8ih8sn0w, Admiral Billy, laszlogasd and mathchamp93 for creating Hyperspace
BurningCookies for adapting Insurrection for Hyperspace
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Re: FTL Insurrection+ for Hyperspace

Postby e2e3kaka » Sun May 16, 2021 8:14 am

Great mod update! We are glad you came back.

The genius hyperspace bring new life into FTL. Smpk is in my opinion the best mod that fit well with the original play style of vanilla FTL, with not so many fancy but useless weapons. The best idea in Smpk is the augmented weapon toolkit.

One suggestion, the augmentation can be a little stronger. Like the thermal toolkit, which costs 20 scraps, and an empty augmentation slot to carry around, and an empty beacon to update my weapon. However, I only get a 10% fire chance increase. It seems not worthy the effort put in.

Anyway, it is a great mod, and I'm trying to unlock all your ships. :D
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Re: FTL Insurrection+ for Hyperspace

Postby Nomiddlename » Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:05 am

Ayyy, it's back! This has always been my absolute favourite mod - while other overhaul mods try to add swathes of new content to the game with varying success, Insurrection really does feel like a second Advanced Edition, adding new content but keeping the original tone and vibe of vanilla.

I do have one question though. The human active ability, 'stim shot', says it slightly boosts all stats across the board, but I didn't notice any difference in health or manning bonuses when active. Is this a bug, or is it intentional?
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Re: FTL Insurrection+ for Hyperspace

Postby slowriderxcorps » Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:48 am

Stim is currently a minor boost to a bunch of things: +20% Movement Speed/Repair Speed/Sabotage Speed and +10% Melee Damage. It's deliberately set up so that it can be used for a number of different purposes, but not as severely as other crew types can.

Also using this response to put out there as, per tradition with my work, the mod (and the HUD) have been getting relatively constant minor updates since the public release. If I posted every time I ended up fixing something small, the forum spam would be... obnoxious, putting it mildly. It's mostly been minor tweaks, balances and checks in many places, and there's still a few things that I want to fully flesh out. Probably one of the biggest, most recent ones is the BL4 now being a 3-power weapon (for the player).
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Re: FTL Insurrection+ for Hyperspace

Postby aaaaaa50 » Mon Jun 28, 2021 2:43 pm

"It's back!" is my reaction, too! I always loved the SM Polish Kit for having by far the best batch of fixes and improvements for the base game, and Insurrection+ exceeds my best hopes for a vanilla-style content expansion. I especially love how it's actually reasonable to level the repair skill, and your system of augmenting weapons is strategically interesting without being clunky or overpowered.

As much fun as kitchen-sink style overhaul mods can be, it takes real craftsmanship and attention to detail to make a mod that improves on the base game while still feeling like it's a seamless part of the original. Insurrection+ has quickly become my favorite FTL mod and I've been having a lot of fun going back to the game because of it. Thank you for making it! :mrgreen:
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Re: FTL Insurrection+ for Hyperspace

Postby slowriderxcorps » Sun Jul 18, 2021 6:07 pm

Work on the mod has slowed down a fair amount, after what might possibly the hopefully-final-major rework of certain player-only weapons, as well as some minor bugs on the side (namely Stunner variants mysteriously having no set sector to spawn in).

Perhaps most importantly though, the Remastered HUD has had a critical compatibility issue with MV fixed, where some crew/drone graphics were getting messed with because of the reversion of a Null graphic file being reverted to normal condition.
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Re: FTL Insurrection+ for Hyperspace

Postby Ashnal » Mon Jul 19, 2021 12:25 am

Maybe this is a silly question .... but is any part of this compatible with Multiverse? You mentioned a conflict in the previous post that was fixed, and that sort of implies that it is in some way.

If so, in what ways? I'd be interested in a mix that allows AWM and NWM with toolkits and such, but with the Multiverse storyline, environments, ships, and encounters. But hopefully without redundant weapons and such. Trade goods in Multiverse would be interesting I guess too.
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Re: FTL Insurrection+ for Hyperspace

Postby slowriderxcorps » Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:36 am

Insurrection itself is not compatible with MV. That's kind of a core rule of FTL modding: mixing-and-matching Total-Conversion class mods always ends in disaster.

The Remastered HUD mod is graphics-only and so it should work fine with any other mod. Just remember to install it last in the order, since it's reliant on deleting text strings in order for it to be able to use its own letter graphics. And on that same note, ReHUD (and Insurrection) are only made to be played with the Language option set to English.

If I could, I'd attempt to convert some of the vanilla FTL font files to adopt the Remastered visual style to try and subvert some of these problems. Unfortunately though, I've never been able to get the modding tools for fonts to work for me.
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Re: FTL Insurrection+ (and Remastered HUD) for Hyperspace

Postby slowriderxcorps » Sun Sep 19, 2021 7:41 pm

Time for a progress update.

With the release of Hyperspace 0.8 now finally having happened, the roadblock to progress that was previously in my way has been removed, and I can get back to work on finding new ideas, altering existing ones and pretty much everything else in between. The mod has been updated for 0.8, and so naturally you will need to also update Hyperspace from their forum post to make use of the update.

By far the biggest addition is the INS+ adaptation of Hyperspace's new widdly-wobbly-timey-wimey ship system, in the form of the Temporal Drive. Every player ship in the mod has been adapted to be able to equip the system, which has led to a small number of ship layouts having rooms added so that they have the space to install it. The stats on this thing *are* customizable, and so the numbers associated to its various power levels are currently subject to change as the playerbase attempts to evaluate the overall power of the system. Currently, the numbers are fairly restrained, with a focus on the system having either a fixed Duration or Strength, as the stats become far too complicated to display if everything is allowed to be variable.

In addition, but not unique to this new update, there was a complete art-pass for every Weapon and Drone in the mod, as I spent a good week recreating the blanks used for creating AWM weapon variants and making sure that they can't be lost to hard drive corruption again. Every weapon's appearance has been subtly altered, although Bombs no longer look like they used to and instead adopt an aesthetic akin to the FTL Remastered graphics, for those who remember that.

Perhaps the most critical change balancewise, is 0.8's ability to alter the entire economy of each Difficulty level. With this power, I've begun work on altering the Scrap Curve for Hard/Master difficulty to make it more akin to Normal, but with a lower increase in average scrap as you progress to each sector, as opposed to just delaying the curve for one sector entirely. Combined with the outright removal of strictly Empty beacons (and alterations to certain augments to account for that), the Master Mode scrap economy will be in its own state of flux as more runs are conducted to see where everything lies, and which changes need to be made going forwards.

This one's been a long time coming, and I'm so psyched to finally see it come to the light of day. With luck, nothing too severe is in a bad way.
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Re: FTL Insurrection+ (and Remastered HUD) for Hyperspace

Postby slowriderxcorps » Mon Oct 25, 2021 8:50 pm

Another minor progress update, just to say that a bunch of things have been tweaked and fixed over the past month, but that progress is going to slow down for a bit as I combat being... well, too busy with other things at the moment.

Most critically though, I need to point out a major glitch regarding the Temporal Drive added in Hyperspace 0.8, and that I've had to bundle a patch with the mod to combat this.

Just like way back in the day where buying Artillery would cause the game to die if you attempted to reload that particular run, so too does buying Temporal and then reloading the run. And just like back in the day, I've haphazardly put together a patch to force every ship to start with Temporal in order to allow such savefiles to continue safely.

I imagine this problem is going to have to be fixed in the future by the Hyperspace team, especially when Multiverse makes the eventual decision to integrate the system themselves. But for now, this will have to suffice.
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