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Reaver's Harmony Megamod - A Massive X-Com Expansion
« on: April 27, 2021, 12:05:00 am »
Greetings! I am Reaver and I would like to present to you my OXCE megamod which expands and overhauls the entire game, taking advantage of many new capabilities for mods, while maintaining the original spirit of the game, all while being way better balanced! My design philosophy is to always present the player with an array of choices, to give the player several tools which all serve a purpose and have plenty of ways to be used. My mod is quite difficult and challenging, but there is always a way to beat every challenge the game throws at you, and the five difficulty settings have been greatly expanded to help you select the right amount of challenge for you!

The following details are spoiler-free, and will serve as a guide and introduction, giving you important insight as to how the mod works. If you'd prefer to spoil yourself, or just want to watch someone else play, have a look at Hadriex's playthrough of Harmony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFDkRDzya9w

Installation: standard mod install. Download the attached mod here, unzip it, and put the mod's folder into your mod directory. Requires Open Xcom Extended (OXCE) 7.0+.

Selecting a difficulty setting
The five difficulties in my mod have been expanded, such that there is a much greater difference from one to the next.

Beginner: This setting should be even easier than Beginner in vanilla x-com, especially with the expanded array of items you will have available. This difficulty setting has less enemies, enemies are weaker, UFOs deal less damage, enemy psionics are weaker, and your body armor and aircraft are stronger. The council will be extremely lenient with you when you have a negative score.

Experienced: This should be about the same as Experienced or Veteran difficulty in vanilla x-com. This difficulty setting has less enemies than Veteran, enemies are a bit weaker, you have stronger body armor but your aircraft are the same as in Veteran. The council will be very lenient with you over a negative score.

Veteran: This should be about as hard as Superhuman difficulty in vanilla x-com. This difficulty setting has a normal amount of enemies, normal enemy toughness and psionics, UFOs deal normal damage, and your aircraft and body armor are all normal. The council will be fairly lenient with you over a negative score compared to the original game.

Genius: This difficulty is much harder than the original game, being more like the difficulty of most of the popular megamods in the x-com community. This difficulty setting presents a normal amount of enemies but they are much stronger and have sturdier armor, and more potent psionics. Your body armor is normal. UFOs deal a bit more damage, and your aircraft will be significantly weaker. The council will not be very lenient with negative scores.

Superhuman: This is a very difficult setting, comparable to the most difficult mods in the community. This setting presents more enemies which are stronger, they have tough armor, potent psionics. Your body armor and aircraft are both weaker, and UFOs will deal a lot of damage. The council will not be any more lenient with your score than in the original game.

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Research Project Information

There is a new section in the UFOPedia which will often contain important info related to your research. Any time you have a research project that you'd like to know more about before you start it, check in the Research Project Information section and there will likely be an entry on it! These articles will help you decide if you want to spend time researching this topic, or choose something else.





Feel free to explore the UFOPedia, and potentially find other useful information! I have added many new UFOPedia entries, information collected by the X-Com Project's finest scientists and intelligence operatives, to ensure that you stay as informed and as up to date as possible!



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You Always Have Choices

I try to never lock the player into any one option. You won't often have an obvious right answer to any problem, and if you think you do, you're probably missing an alternative strategy somewhere.  But you'll have plenty of tools to play with, and all of them will be useful in their own way, and none of them will be optimal all of the time.

It may seem overwhelming at first that you have so many options to choose from right at the start of the game. If you feel overwhelmed, try focusing on just a handful of things at first. Follow these steps for a decent starting strategy. It is by no means the best, but it will serve you well until you get the hang of everything.

1.) Stick with the initial base setup and don't bother building any new facilities yet. Don't bother buying any equipment for your soldiers, either, for now just stick with what you start with.

2.) Purchase 15 scientists. This will fill up your first laboratory and help you unlock science faster. Purchase a few soldiers with any living space you have left, as you will need replacements when they die. And don't get too attached to soldiers because they will die. A lot. (At first.) Get your scientists started researching one of the four options--use Research Project Information to help you decide.

3.) You don't need to buy engineers right now, but you can put the ones you have to work making incendiary grenades. If you hit the [ Sell ] button, the grenades will be sold as soon as they are made, and your engineers will earn you most of the money it costs to pay their wages. If you keep the grenades, you can load them onto your Mammoth later and use them in combat. Set the production number to infinite for now (right click the up arrow).

3.) Load your tank onto your Mammoth. Other than that you can stick with your starting craft loadouts.

4.) That's about it! Hit one of the time control buttons in the Geoscape to make time go by faster. Eventually you'll either finish research, or your radar will detect a UFO. Once you have your first UFO, check its size. If it is very small, chase it down with your Skyraider. If it is small, chase it down with your Interceptor. If it is medium or larger, ignore it for now.

5.) If it lands, or if you make it crash land, then send your Mammoth out to do ground combat! Once you have your first ground combat, you can arm your troops however you like or stick with the default armaments. Combat is tricky at first, but you will get the hang of it!

6.) Your first terror mission will be hell. You will probably perform horribly there. And that's okay!



Have fun and enjoy the mod!
« Last Edit: June 06, 2021, 08:36:34 am by The Reaver of Darkness »

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Re: Reaver's Harmony Megamod - A Massive X-Com Expansion
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2021, 12:57:08 am »
Looks very interesting! Gonna try it tomorrow! if you don't mind I will drop my opinion about it here :)

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Re: Reaver's Harmony Megamod - A Massive X-Com Expansion
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2021, 01:01:14 am »
I've been on the hype train since... huh, two years ago. I'm glad it finally came to the hype station!

Congrats for your new release, my friend! Looking forward to see this mod active a long time.  ;D

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Re: Reaver's Harmony Megamod - A Massive X-Com Expansion
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2021, 02:17:23 am »
if you don't mind I will drop my opinion about it here :)
This is the best place to drop your opinion about it!

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Re: Reaver's Harmony Megamod - A Massive X-Com Expansion
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2021, 06:06:19 am »
So now i have to choose between this, scarfcom, and multimod. or finally commit to an xcf playthrough.
Too many danged options.
Thanks though

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Re: Reaver's Harmony Megamod - A Massive X-Com Expansion
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2021, 05:28:20 pm »
I'll have to try it out, but I'm also having too much fun checking out Xpiratez.  :)   I'm assuming this mod requires OXCE?  I'll set up another install folder to add to the collection & rotation.

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Re: Reaver's Harmony Megamod - A Massive X-Com Expansion
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2021, 12:57:19 am »
Too many danged options.
Well if it helps you decide, I can assure you that I would definitely attend any livestream of Harmony, and would want a rookie named after me to feed into the War Engine.

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I'm assuming this mod requires OXCE?
Oh yes! I forgot to add that! I must update the OP! Thanks for reminding me!
« Last Edit: April 28, 2021, 10:34:54 am by Solarius Scorch »

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Re: Reaver's Harmony Megamod - A Massive X-Com Expansion
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2021, 02:42:00 pm »
What mod/options do you recommend?  I noticed you supplied Statstrings, but they are also commented out within the file.

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Re: Reaver's Harmony Megamod - A Massive X-Com Expansion
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2021, 05:20:10 am »
Well if it helps you decide, I can assure you that I would definitely attend any livestream of Harmony, and would want a rookie named after me to feed into the War Engine.

man... if only I could stream. I'd name a rookie after you though.

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Re: Reaver's Harmony Megamod - A Massive X-Com Expansion
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2021, 11:49:52 am »
What mod/options do you recommend?  I noticed you supplied Statstrings, but they are also commented out within the file.
I recommend playing it with the Community Map Pack. It expands the globe and has many more interesting battlescape terrains. I haven't extensively tested it so it might be buggy, but initial tests suggest it meshes pretty well with Harmony. https://openxcom.mod.io/community-map-pack
Make sure you have Harmony at the bottom of your mod list, so that it takes priority over everything else!
edit: several users are experiencing bugs when using CMP with Harmony. Use at your own risk!

I tried to make statstrings for Harmony but they are wonky and need work. You can uncomment them to enable them if you want them. A block uncomment on notepad++ should suffice.

man... if only I could stream. I'd name a rookie after you though.
Great! I'm subbed to you on bitchute already!
« Last Edit: June 15, 2021, 10:22:01 pm by The Reaver of Darkness »

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Re: Reaver's Harmony Megamod - A Massive X-Com Expansion
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2021, 02:14:23 am »
Oh. So that's who it was. I was wondering lol.
Thanks, though I think I'm probably going to be moving on from bitchute to lbry. seems to have a much more reliable backend, and it's immune to being shutdown as it's peer to peer/blockchain based. not to mention a bit less toxic community.

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Re: Reaver's Harmony Megamod - A Massive X-Com Expansion
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2021, 02:58:35 am »
Thanks, though I think I'm probably going to be moving on from bitchute to lbry.
Alright well just link me to wherever you post it!

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Re: Reaver's Harmony Megamod - A Massive X-Com Expansion
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2021, 10:20:40 pm »
Si, this is like an upgraded faithful?

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Re: Reaver's Harmony Megamod - A Massive X-Com Expansion
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2021, 07:48:24 pm »
Si, this is like an upgraded faithful?
Yeah! It's way upgraded. Faithful is like an expansion to the game, Harmony is built right on top of Faithful and is a much bigger expansion.

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Re: Reaver's Harmony Megamod - A Massive X-Com Expansion
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2021, 08:44:54 am »
Hi, question about Research Project Information, I have multiple new projects after downing ufos but none of them are showing in the RPI section, is this normal? Only the starting projects show up.

Thanks for the mod, really enjoying it in genius difficulty (I'm also playing with support drones mod because I love it, don't know if its already integrated I'm just trying to keep my soldiers alive for now.)

Edit. Disregard, after delving further into the mod I got new RPIs.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2021, 12:10:38 am by LagT_T »