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[Script] Ship Hijacker v1.1 by Nividium 05/01/09
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PostPosted: Mon, 8. Jun 09, 02:17    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Using Ver.2 (not-quite-cheat) one and I've noticed that it seems to be broken; ship control isn't transferred and the abandoned ships are unclaimable (option is completely missing from HUD context menu)

*Sigh* Tried using this script to get me a quick M6. Now I'm going to have to buy a naff race M6 and spend a few years training some marines... thinking of restarting now I've messed up the game by bumping up my fight rank too high. Can't believe how spectacularly useless Terran tech is (no fighter weapons stronger than an IRE! Even on M3+!)

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PostPosted: Mon, 8. Jun 09, 10:46    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

OKay I have a great idea
I make my living capping ships, and I of course had to try this. I went out on a mission that required me to defeat an osprey, which i required me to site there for 10 minutes in the ospreys blind spot railing on it with short bursts from hepts and IREs to depleat the shields. I took down the shields, transferred the chip, and gained control of the osprey beautifully. Got me a cool 12million in the bank or an attack frigate.

However, this is practically a cheat, although the logisitics are very accurate. I did, however, come up with some great ideas to balance this script.

First of all, to gain control you should be required to hold the shields down for large ships or below a certain amount for small ships, say 30% shields. This grants 100% cap probability at the cost of some damage, perfectly acceptable by anyones standards.

I was thinking about the logistics of a device that could do this, and I got a great idea. You should have two choices with this script. 1, if you hold the shields down or keep them below a certain percentage you can transfer the chip and get 100% cap probability. 2, you could drop the shields and instead of transferring a chip, transfer a warhead that destroys the ship after a certain period of time. This gives you 100% kill probability, an insta kill fire and forget missile for example.


I was thinking about my conflict with the osprey and either of these choices I would have taken without a second thought.

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Meltdown





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PostPosted: Mon, 8. Jun 09, 16:45    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

crimson522 wrote:
i encountered something strange while using this script. whenever i try to cap xenon ships they never obey my commands for long. they will return to what they were doing before i started fighting/cappping them. in my case, i tried capping xenon ships in black hole sun that were on patrol through the sector. all the xenon ships i capped started to fly into the xenon sector above BHS. despite my commands to get them to stop they continued and were subsuqently destroyed by the other xenon on the other side
is this some kind of bug?

Are you using the original script by Nividium or one of my modded ones?
In the first case, it's a bug - the change in owner race doesn't reset the AI due to (most likely) a missing waiting time in the script. In the second case it really shouldn't happen, since my main reason for modding the scripts was to remove precisely that bug. If it still happens I'll be expending more profanity allowance. Razz

jimmydude wrote:
Using Ver.2 (not-quite-cheat) one and I've noticed that it seems to be broken; ship control isn't transferred and the abandoned ships are unclaimable (option is completely missing from HUD context menu)

This doesn't happen to me at all. A capped ship is claimable as normal - eject, get near, "claim" option becomes available.
If anyone else can confirm this I'll get to work on it in a few days - I'm at my parents' at the moment and I don't have access to my gaming computer. Doubt there's much I can do though, because after the script gets to the "force eject" point everything else in the eject/transfer process is handled by the game engine. If something's broken it's in the "force eject" function, over which I have no power.

Phosphene wrote:
First of all, to gain control you should be required to hold the shields down for large ships or below a certain amount for small ships, say 30% shields. This grants 100% cap probability at the cost of some damage, perfectly acceptable by anyones standards.

I don't get what you mean. You already have to beat at the target's shields in order to pass the microchip, and they've got to be at a lot less than 30%. Unless you mean to keep them under 30% during the whole of the capture process... which may be a bit of a problem, since it would limit you to a single capture in any fight with more than one enemy, otherwise the others would pummel you as you concentrated on one target alone.

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2, you could drop the shields and instead of transferring a chip, transfer a warhead that destroys the ship after a certain period of time. This gives you 100% kill probability, an insta kill fire and forget missile for example.

If anyone wants to write their own script for this they're welcome, but I don't think I'll be modding this feature in myself (though I can always change my mind, you never know). It just seems to me that this would make it way too easy to blow up big ships. Hell, if all it takes to kill a carrier is to drop its shields and then transfer an armed bomb inside it, why would anyone bother with weapons that damage hull? Every ship in the game would only need shield degrading weapons, a transporter and a few warheads in the cargo bay. The only sensible way to do this would be to make it horribly expensive, but then it'd make more sense to spend the money for big guns, which - unlike warheads - can be re-used after you've blown up a ship.


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PostPosted: Tue, 9. Jun 09, 14:02    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Sorry, think it was my fault - M6s are cappable (in theory) in TC but aren't supposed to be. There was a bug that generated Xenon P/PX in the first FF mission with low Morale and who (if you were lucky) could be capped just like fighters.

In the 2.0 patch Egosoft seem to have made doubly sure that will NEVER happen again - on top of adjusting the Morale of M6s in certain missions it seems they have completely removed the Claim function from M6s' context menus Embarassed

Given that you can *claim* any ship in X3R and TC up to 1.4 (its just M6 and up refuse to bail) I'm guessing this is a new feature for 2.0 (even if a bail is forced through scripts the derelict is unclaimable)

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PostPosted: Tue, 9. Jun 09, 23:36    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

I get it; the script allows you to force-eject M6s' pilots, but the game doesn't let you claim them, right?
Try using the "take ownership" cheat script. You're not actually cheating, since the ship's already lost the shields and cargo, you're just claiming it in another way. Smile
I've edited the modded script post to reflect this.


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PostPosted: Mon, 22. Jun 09, 01:37    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

meltdown, i think i found a bug in your version 1 of your script. i tried capping a xenon LX yesterday and it didnt listen to my commands like before. i was even able to get itto one of my carriers but when my carrier jumped out to my PHQ the LX somehow undocked itself and continued to fly into a xenon sector. this is weird since i was able to cap other xenon ships in the same sector with no ill effects

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PostPosted: Thu, 2. Jul 09, 05:08    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Sorry mate, no idea what caused your specific problem, and I'm not likely to tackle it anytime soon cos I stopped playing X3TC for the moment. Since it seems to happen very rarely, a temporary solution would be to use the cheat scripts to clone the capped ship and eliminate the original. The cloned ship should be identical with the same equipment and upgrades, but with no active AI.


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PostPosted: Wed, 16. Sep 09, 03:10    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

TheElix wrote:
How about making System Override Software a required component for it to work?


This, and also it would be better if it was a bit more... challenging. Like having SOS, and having to also keep the target ships' shields low until the program overrides the ship's systems. Just popping in a chip and going off is a bit too simple and unbalanced gameplay-wise. Could you please make a version that requires the player to focus on keeping target ships' shields down during the process? (if you have time and if you want, ofc)


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PostPosted: Wed, 14. Oct 09, 02:28    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

I LOVE this script! I got jumped by 5 pirate ships when I was alone. I went home with 5 new ships to sell.

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PostPosted: Wed, 14. Oct 09, 06:08    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

I'm with DevilDog_016, the script's too easy as is. Keeping targets' shields below 10% while the chip does its' thing is an excellent way of keeping some sort of balance..

Also, just requiring that SOS be present on playership is another nice move, requiring player to at least expend a bit more money and time managing the ownership of SOS.


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PostPosted: Sat, 24. Oct 09, 03:11    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

The new patch sparked my interest in X3TC again, and I've just patched the game to 2.5. I'm not going to play it right now (there are other games that I've delayed a lot longer), but I can work on the script a bit (but if you expect any sort of scheduled release, you're dreaming Razz )

I'll see about the software; I'm not crazy about the idea, but I don't hate it either.
Keeping shields below 10% seems a good idea. I'm not sure if I have enough scripting skills to pull this off, but I'm going to try.

By the way: Nividium, I see you haven't added the fixed mods to the first post yet. Any chance you could do it? Many people are probably using the bugged versions since the fixes are only waaaay down in the thread.


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PostPosted: Sat, 24. Oct 09, 03:19    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

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Keeping shields below 10% seems a good idea. I'm not sure if I have enough scripting skills to pull this off, but I'm going to try.

Ask LV, he's already made a boarding ops script (HAT1.2a for X3R) that had exactly that coding component.


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PostPosted: Sat, 24. Oct 09, 08:54    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

With the addition of keeping shields below 10% and required SOS this script might be the perfect replacement for spacewalk boarding from an M6 Smile

I assume it is possible to capture M6 and M7 with this?


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PostPosted: Sat, 24. Oct 09, 13:59    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

costi wrote:
I assume it is possible to capture M6 and M7 with this?

With version 1, you can cap them no problem. With version 2 you'll get them to eject, but you'll need to use the "change ownership" cheat script to claim them, because the game doesn't let you use the claim command on anything bigger than a fighter. The only real consequence of using the cheat script instead of the official claim command is that the number of capped ships in your stats doesn't increase, but that's hardly a serious problem.


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PostPosted: Sat, 7. Nov 09, 15:41    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

really helpful script for beginners that have no experience with boarding....I just started a new game and this one together with find free ships script is really great boost to the new game when you have no money or ships. I've always started my game by getting some of the official ownerless ships to get some money to get jumpdrive and some essential stuff....in my previous game I was using some other claim ship script but forgot which one it was



and btw I capped two ownerless mammoths, one elephant and one centaur (M6) with this one (guess those were added by the find free ships script)

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