[MOD iP] New Dimensions [Alpha 4.2] (Update 06/09/10)

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[MOD iP] New Dimensions [Alpha 4.2] (Update 06/09/10)

Post by X2-Illuminatus » Sat, 29. Aug 09, 20:41


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New Dimensions

X3: Terran Conflict. What's the matter of this game? Fast money by fight and build missions. Short ways due to the use of a jumpdrive. Strong weapons in the player ship. Stronger weapons in the player ship than the playership’s target. All those things could be seen as advantages. Advantages that simplify a start in the X-Universe. However, what would be if the accustomed player had to completely reconsider his known tactics? No fast money, no jumpdrive and a different fight behavior. The universe seems to be bigger, more dangerous and the accustomed player feels like a greenhorn again.

But those will not be the only things. A stronger competition in the trading section will cause a lot of new problems for the player. If the player wants to build a station, he don’t only has to look for the right place, but also has to be fast. Otherwise some of the market niches are going to be filled by competitors. On the other hand there may be chances to gain profits from the business competition, e.g. by purchasing already built stations.

How will that work? You are going to get a number of new possibilities, for example ships, which are build for longer flights. Freighters with more cargo space. The heavy freighters Argon Thelesto and Split Waran (both from the TriMod) are two of them. Also the ship data will get a few changes, so that the ships will better fit into the new universe. There will be other changes, which we either comment later or let the players discover themselves.

A modification lives from ideas and their implementation. To collect ideas and discuss them we have an external forum. So, good ideas won't be lost. Of course you're allowed to post ideas here, as well. But especially in larger topics it is difficult to keep track of all ideas.

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ALPHA 4.2 OUT NOW

Yes its out, and it will make even the hardest veteran look like he/she never had played an X game before. All possible strategies you may have, scrap them, they won't fit in New Dimensions' Universe.
We made some hard changes, most not visible to the eye, some not even noticeable at first glance (or second), but they will make you rethink the way you play TC as you discover them, like:
  • No more Self-sustained Complexes! Mines and SPP are not connectible to complexes
  • Only few "jumpable" gates left
  • Jumpdrive only fits in Bigships
  • Sun strength differs from sector to sector
  • No real good asteroids in "sunny" sectors
  • L1 Fabs can only be build in "specific" sectors (they are now "planet dependent")
  • Ships are faster
  • Ships Hull/Shield ratio changed (battles actually are fun now)
  • Tweaked the relations between races (you wont be friends with everyone at the same time)
  • 19 Bonus ships placed randomly throughout the universe in 19 different sectors
  • 6 randomly generated and positioned sectors (more below)
  • Increased sector size of most sectors
  • Improved mission rewards
This is all based on Vanilla TC where all plots should work (exception is the HUB Plot which was removed), note though that this is just an alpha, more features and content to come in future and some thing may not be perfect yet.
That's where you come in, we need you to report to us as much feedback as you can, constructive and as precise as possible. That feedback is imperative to our development.

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Installation
  • Extract the archive (.zip) into any folder.
  • Start the NewDimension.exe and follow the instructions of the installer.
  • Start NEW game
    NOTE: The installer installs New Dimensions as 12.cat/dat. So if you already have a 12.cat/dat you have to save them, before installing New Dimensions.
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Uninstallation of a previous version
  • Start the removeND.exe in the X3TC main directory and follow the instructions of the installer.

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Compatibility:
  • New Dimensions is compatible to Vanilla X3:TC 2.7 and higher
    Probably incompatible to most other modifications
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Testing guides:
  • Please don't use scripts or mods that change the balance of ships and/or weapons, such as CODEA, MARS, etc. these would falsify the results of our changes making any feedback based on that useless for us.
  • Scripts like CAG, CLS or cheatscripts can be used, but avoid cheating if possible.
  • Feedback on economy, plots, non-plot missions, complex building or general building of fabs are the things you should be looking at mostly.

    Note: HQ Plot, Aldrin Plot and A new home won't start in A4.2.
Testing Random Sectors:
  • After a minute or two you will get a message with all the coordinates for the sectors so you can have a look at those.
    Note that in next release the sectors will spawn over time instead of all being there at the same time, and there will not be any info to where they did spawn.
    Please have a look at them a report your findings.
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External Forum New Dimensions [Broken link removed - Gazz]

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Post by xavierd » Sat, 29. Aug 09, 21:14

Holy guacamole Batman!

Screenies look awesome, and some big names on the team, expecting big things from this!

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Post by [Snipe] Bando » Sat, 29. Aug 09, 21:18

Looks promising. Great stuff.

Good liuck with this. I'll follow this topic closely.

Thanks for the effort you guys put into this.

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Post by Deadbeat_Spinn » Sat, 29. Aug 09, 21:25

I admit I'm intrigued. The Argon Thelesto looks like a freighter version of a Heavy Centaur. Since it's a Heavy Freighter, does that mean it's capable of defending itself (i.e. heavy shields and weapons)? I don't know much about the TriMod though, since my knowledge of German is limited, at best. The sector background look good. On the fourth/fifth sector background, is the blue a sort of electrical planetary ring or a disortion in the universe like a tear in space/wormhole?
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Post by Idea » Sat, 29. Aug 09, 21:28

It seams that Greek mythology is coming alive :o

The TITANS are gathering :D
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Post by Ketraar » Tue, 1. Sep 09, 16:15

We are glad to announce that Alpha 1 was released for internal testing.

We hope to have more news in near future maybe even some new screen shots. In the meantime feel free to post your comments and possible ideas.

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Post by Iifrit Tambuur-san » Tue, 8. Sep 09, 00:40

We released Alpha 2 for internal testing last night.

What we have so far:
  • overhauled map
  • more challenging complex construction
  • overhauled ship data und jobs
  • new Superfreighters coming from the old TriMod for X3 Reunion
  • Boron, Paranid and Split Trading Stations now with internal docks for Fighters
  • several fixes for Vanilla stations
And as promised here are 5 new screenshots:

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1) Argon Quasar
2) Paranid Thesus
3) Boron Coelacanth
4) Split Ocelot
5) Teladi Cormorant

All those are TS Super Freighter and well shielded and armed.

And as usual, feel free to post comments and ideas. :)
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Post by yokozuna » Tue, 8. Sep 09, 20:13

Is there a way the jumpdrive removal to be optional?

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Post by Ketraar » Tue, 8. Sep 09, 20:28

Let me see... Nope.

Besides its not completely removed, just very, very, very ... limited.

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Post by xavierd » Tue, 8. Sep 09, 22:08

changed to XL or ST cargo class? something i'd thought of doing

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Post by Ketraar » Thu, 10. Sep 09, 11:40

Yeah probably something like that. But even those ships with jumpdrive wont be able to jump everywhere. Universe gets bigger do to this.

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Post by [Snipe] Bando » Thu, 10. Sep 09, 14:31

Looking great.
Hope the public Beta comes out soon.

I will give it a go as soon as it comes out.

Good luck to the team. :thumb_up:
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Post by MegaJohnny » Thu, 10. Sep 09, 15:22

Those superfreighters look like I'd expect to see them in a vanilla game with that professionalism.

The backgrounds are good but perhaps a bit vivid? Maybe I've been playing too many modern 'lol needs moar brown+grey' games.

The market competition thing sounds very interesting. Dynamic station spawning? Not controlled by GoD? I like that a lot.

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Post by X2-Illuminatus » Mon, 14. Sep 09, 21:00

How could the week better starts than with posting some new screenshots which show another feature of New Dimensions!? :D

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Post by Ketraar » Tue, 15. Sep 09, 18:46

And some more eye candy, hope its any good.

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