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Caffeinated Xcom [WIP]
« on: April 22, 2017, 03:29:49 pm »
Trying to make a mod that jazzes up the original art-work and adds some new elements that I think might complement the original design. This is all pretty much just a dream, this is one of a few hobbies I have, but I do hope to have something ready before the end of the year.

Aims:
(Long-term) Renovate Art: Paperdolls, Cutscenes, Research Images, etc.
Add Variety: Replace or re-imagine units from Xcom, but keep from becoming bloated.
Grim-Dark Story: Adjust story to feel a little less fantastical.


Features Idea List
Spoiler:
Fatigue-System using Mana-System
Lower Inventory (Remove most backpacks (You're a rapid-response team, you're not hiking in))
Lower Strength Cap (Helped by power-armors) (Reduce Crazy Grenade throws. and superhuman feats)
Power-Armor Advanced (Cost-Effective, Bulky, Shielded, With Armaments)
Pilots (Suit, High-G Suit, Astro-Suit)
Agent?? (Sub-Class of soldier perhaps, allowed to go on undercover missions, mixing a little of the X-files with the Troopers)
Placeable Sentry Turrets (Places a shooty civilian no movement)
Flying Power Armor replaced with flying Personal Armor (make it a trade off, less economic and more risk based)

UN Council...
Political Taboos (Female Soldiers, Child Soldiers, Cybernetic Conversion, Performance Enhancing Drugs, AI)
Favors (Rescue VIPs, Give Technology, Assassination Missions, Refugee Crisis (Caused by nations falling to aliens))
UN troops

Plastic Eating Bacteria (Silicone Plague) Brought by aliens rots infrastructure


Possible Factions Concept Only
Spoiler:
AETOS (You (XCOM)) the eagle of Zeus, Anti-ExtraTerrestrial-Operation-Service, an orbiting object fell into Area-51 where it was taken for analysis, it was thought to contain a relay to Mars, the probe contained organic material, it was alive, after years of study the probe was asking to be taken to our leaders, it was taken before the UN council, it engaged in a conversation, it demanded surrender, the council refused, the probe relayed the refusal, and sent back a response, and started shooting council members.
-Possible Mission defending Council-
One year later a barrage of shots hits major urban areas, and observable military targets, the world is thrown into chaos, and in desperation the UN is indefinitely granted total power.
A number of probes were also sent, some infiltrate and undermine the earth's economy, others simply carry out assaults.
A larger mass approaches earth's orbit


UN Forces (Civilian) [Medium]
Note: The targeting of all earth's national militaries triggered a pact you can choose to support (Unlocks; UN Lasers, UN Adv-Alloys, ect, on market).
Note 2: Support will leak out into traitor factions such as Advent.
Advanced UN Trooper: (Unlocks when you share technology) A trooper in UN cyan, armed with laser rifle and advanced-alloy armor.
UN Trooper: A trooper in UN cyan, armed with an assault-rifle and helmet.

Eldritch (Later Aliens)
Eldritch Priests of the Red Cloth: A warrior caste of the Eldritch, not psionically strong enough to ascend the ranks based on merit.
Eldritch Priests of the White Cloth:  The stronger psionically gifted amongst their species.
Chosen: Child Warriors, gifted from the cult and given a spartan-esk upbringing, they are thought to be especially effective against their adult kin. (hitler-youth)
Chosen Elite: Graduates of the Chosen program, they are psi-resistant. (power-rangers)
Human Thralls: Humans with explosive collars, forced onto the frontlines.

Advent Cultists [Low Priority]
Cultist Member: Members of the cult of Advent, swamped in brown, symbolising their lowly status.
Cultists of Red Cloth: The warriors of the cult, they police the meetings, and occasional inserections.
Cultists Speaker in White: The men who claim to have spoken with the Eldritch. (Hat with Eldritch eye)
Cultist Martyr: A man in motley with a strapped on IED

Transhumanist Protesters [Lowest Priority]
Note: It is bad to shoot down protestors, as they are only guilty of being misled
Instigating Protester: Protesters that came for a fight, they have gas-masks and sticks.
Emboldened Protester: Protesters caught up in the violence, they chuck stones and throw punches, but little else.
Emboldened Protester with sign: Protesters with signage conveying things like; "Love thy Neighbor signs", "Give talk a chance", "Change", etc.

Rage/Spice Dealers [Low Priority]

An addictive hallucinogen (Stella-X/9D/Spore), and the powerful steroid (Rage/Zulu/Amber), appear on markets, rarely concentrated, often cut with conventional drugs...
Zulu is thought to be manufactured in West-Africa, it is then shipped to Mexico and distilled with Crystal-Meth to form an amber-crystal...
"The Mexican Laboratory" is an underground facility run by gangsters come death cultists of "Santa Muerte"...
"The West African Distribution Facility" is run by Shaka, he maintains an army of child-soldiers...
The Facility is where the product is taken, they grow crystals on the splines of the living...

The shipments of Spore are equally nefarious and come from Advent, they use human cadavers to feed the psychedelic mushrooms

Thoughts: Zombie like addicts could be featured, drugs could be used to upgrade troops (perm/temp)
These drugs could be made synthetically (by xcom), but it's much harder than growing them on human livestock, as the organisms tailor themselves to their host.
Some of the drug pushing is made to undermine the economy of earth's resistance, a little like China's opium crisis undermining their efforts at resisting the british.

Mantoid [Medium]
Note: A flying xeno baring passing resemblance to a mantis or locust, fairly intelligent if short-lived creature, fairly erratic species by human standards.
Mantoid Swarm: A dangerous and ravenous swarm of insects hard to kill without a broader projectile
Mantoid: A drone in the middle of its lifespan, it projects a corrosive acid towards its foes
Mantoid Carrier: A female Mantoid that will cling to a foe and explode, spawning a Mantoid-Swarm
Mantoid Gelded: A rare form of Mantoid less prone the the suicidal urges of other Mantoid, they will often rid themselves of most of their anatomy, but they are still by nature driven towards the preservation of the Mantoid race

Kratonian [Higher]
Kratonian Chieftain: A leader of his tribe
Kratonian Long-Tusks: Elites of the tribe
Kratonian Grunts: Standard Troops
Kratonian Thralls: Fallen warriors, often challengers punished with the conversion. Only in this state can a Kratonian control himself enough to fly.
Kratonian Bloodluster: Gladiatorial-esk berserkers, affected by a mental-disease the Kratonians sought fit to retain

Deep-Ones [Medium]
Notes: I'm thinking a lobsterman would be way way cooler if he was a 4 tile beasty, and that they held the key to the final mission.
Deep-One Ancient: Huge monster with an energy-shield, uses shotguns, explosive slugs, and claws
Deep-One: Huge monster that uses shotguns, explosive slugs, and claws
Red Bio-Drone: An exploding jellyfish
Blue Bio-Drone: A mind-controlling jellyfish

Slogutis/Wyrm [Medium] (Snakemen)
Notes: Snakemen are a little generic, I'm thinking in my take they'll be depicted as blind, perhaps with bat-like ears, and then that can be tied into them being much weaker to sonic damage.
Slogutis Matriarch: Breaths fire, attacks with tail
Slogutis Drone: Similar to now but cosmetically different, maybe uses a polearm (ties in with guarding a queen)
Slogutis Drone (Fertile): A sneaky variant that on death releases offspring.
Slogutis Offspring: A nasty snake-like beast that spills from the corpse of its father.

Geminae [Higher]
Notes: I'd like to make them appear smaller than Sectoids, they eat till they throw up an egg-sack, the embryo takes DNA from what they eat.
Geminae Ethereal: Geminae that are psionically gifted
Geminae Soldier: A Geminae in a light alloy power-suit
Geminae Drone: The majority, they use pistols, or light variants of rifles
Geminae Egg Sack: Pops on proximity releasing the following...
Geminae Hatchling: A smaller, but well developed drone, only armed with its claws

FAQ:
  • Can I download this?: Nope this is mostly concept
  • Can I use XYZ?: Not for now (especially as I have so little), I'll put up a zip of assets I'm happier to part with soon


Thanks to everyone that has commented so far, i'll hopefully have something up soon.
« Last Edit: November 03, 2019, 11:31:21 pm by SuperCaffeineDude »

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Re: Question: Left Right Armor
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2017, 03:57:50 pm »
Adding a shield to armor is part of both XCom Files and Piratez, if you want to look at examples there. Unfortunately you can't differentiate between sides with normal armor values, though you may be able to write a special script in OXCE/OXCE+ to reduce an attack's power if it hits the left side specifically - that's some difficult code to learn though.

As for blocking a hand, just put an item built-in‚Äčto the armor on that hand, and make sure it can't be dropped. If you give the item a proper handob too, you don't have to change the personal armor sprites at all.

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Re: Question: Left Right Armor
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2017, 04:16:32 pm »
Is there a way to define the left side of my armor as a greater/different variable than the right, the example I'm using just has "sideArmor".

Not yet, but I can add it to OXCE+. Should be a small change.

Also is there a way to disable an arm?

You can disable an arm by adding a built-in/fixed weapon to your armor (which will look like shield) and specifying, which armor slot it should occupy (left or right hand). I'm not 100% sure anymore, but I think it requires OXCE+, vanilla most probably doesn't offer this.

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Re: Question: Left Right Armor
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2017, 01:51:11 pm »
Thank you for your responses, I'll investigate the suggested mods, if OXCE+ should feature L/R variables that'd be great, but it's no worry, tbh I'm just dipping my toes in modding atm, as I've been meaning to for a long time now.

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Re: Question: Left Right Armor
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2017, 01:04:44 am »
Right now using scripts you should create something like that. You can reduce weapon damage by arbitrary value when it hit one side of unit.
One drawback will be lack of UI feedback on unit stats.

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Re: Question: Left Right Armor
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2017, 07:08:46 pm »
Left and right armor can now be different.

The "sideArmor" now defines the right armor; and left armor is defined as "sideArmor" + "leftArmorDiff".
Diff can be positive or negative.

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armors:
  - type: STR_PERSONAL_ARMOR_UC
    frontArmor: 50
    sideArmor: 40 # right armor = 40
    leftArmorDiff: 50 # left armor = 40 + 50 = 90
    rearArmor: 30
    underArmor: 30

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Re: Question: Left Right Armor
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2017, 03:11:33 am »
Nice! Appreciated Meridian, I hope this assists others to, I'll try to submit something soon.

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Re: Question: Left Right Armor
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2017, 12:03:23 am »


Damn, I'll defiantly have to go through the tedium of editing the sprites now :p.

This is cool though man cheers, do you list the ruleset changes to your OXCE+ armor-wise anywhere?

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Re: Question: Left Right Armor
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2017, 12:48:26 am »
This is cool though man cheers, do you list the ruleset changes to your OXCE+ armor-wise anywhere?

There is a changelog in the main thread, you can go through and check links/details for what looks like armor change.

But probably easier is to open let's say PirateZ ruleset and look there... most, if not all new attributes are used there.

Or wait for official documentation... which is coming... but it will take time.

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Re: Question: Left Right Armor
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2017, 09:26:30 pm »
There's no worries, I had a look at the PirateZ ruleset, obviously they've got the shield down as a hand-object, I'm going to continue with my course though and draw it on-top the left arm using the "Personal Armor Variants" mod, just to try out the left armor value change. I'll probably try a few different methods if I don't like it though.

It took me a while to understand which arms where which, and at which orientation, but I'm making some progress with the sprite sheet now


I kind of think the south/north facing person's shield (that faces east/west) needs some work,  and I've not done movement and the grip pose just yet, but you can hopefully see where I'm going with it.

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Re: Question: Left Right Armor
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2017, 02:01:48 am »
Looking good.

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Re: Question: Left Right Armor
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2017, 02:18:35 pm »
Cheers ;D , it's shaping up...



I'm trying to figure out how to save over the personal-armor information to adjust minor details right now, I seem to be missing something idk, I'll have another go at it later.

I need to do a vanilla female-PerArmor (light&heavy) portrait and adjust 6 of them for skin tone.

Ideally i'd like to also expand the number of portraits, have multiple hair styles per skin-tone. Make it like a manga (gantz), to make dudes stand out from each other, at least in the inventory (afros/hobo/bandanna/army-cap/etc).



We'll see, just seeing what's possible atm.

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Re: Question: Left Right Armor
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2017, 07:09:54 pm »
btw in battlescape you aren't limited only to two chest types, you can add many more using scripts.

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Re: Question: Left Right Armor
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2017, 06:59:50 am »
I've got a notion what you mean, I suspect that's a huge project for me at this time (sprites and code), so I'll keep it basic for now and add to it later.
There's also some more minor content I want to test out and bundle with my project.

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Re: Question: Left Right Armor
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2017, 12:51:54 pm »
Wow, these are some fine cyberpunk troopers. Make my knees weak.