[MOD][AP] Advanced Weapons Research Mod (AWRM) [v1.4 - Sa-15-Jun-2013]

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[MOD][AP] Advanced Weapons Research Mod (AWRM) [v1.4 - Sa-15-Jun-2013]

Post by Roger L.S. Griffiths » Sun, 8. Apr 12, 01:32

Hi Guys,

I am currently working on a mod to help improve the selection of weapons for Terran ships primarily and secondly to provide a way to obtain other weapons and equipment.

As of v1.1, this mod is for Albion Prelude V2.5 or later (for now). For the legacy Terran Conflict version see here.

For users of v1.3 (or prior) of this mod, a restart will be required.

This is basically a weapon expansion mod for X3 Albion Prelude:-
  • Adds more weapon variety to the Terran arsenal (31 new lasers)
  • Adds some more powerful but less energy efficient weapons for the Kha'ak (6 new lasers)
  • Adds some slightly more powerful weapons intended for use by the Xenon (5 new lasers)
  • Adds more powerful and energy efficient Commonwealth energy based weapons (16 new lasers)
  • Adds 4 new Commonwealth Point Defence Lasers (PDL) (IRE, PAC, HEPT, and PPC mount variants)
  • Adds more powerful Commonwealth ammo based weapons (6 new lasers)
  • Makes "Beam weapons" available to buy (Vanilla Kha'ak weapons only sold by JCRA and a Kha'ak owned station)
  • Converts a remote Unknown Sector to a Kha'ak Core sector
  • Converts a remote Xenon border sector to a Xenon Core sector
  • Includes a variant of my CPLS and PMTS scripts
  • Adds some new Terran and Commonwealth missiles (6 new Terran missiles and 6 new Commonwealth Missiles - some of which are intended for Player only use)
  • Adds some new Kha'ak missiles (6 new missiles) and changes the cargo requirement for the Needle to M
  • Generally improves equipment availability and makes most equipment immune to future unavailability due to GoD being overzealous in the destruction of factories
  • Adds 3 new alternatives to the Mosquito missile in the form of the Sentinel missile series.
  • Adds Enhanced and Advanced versions of the Mosquito missile for Commonwealth use.
  • Provides a supply of Terran and Teladi marines which increase in skill level (and cost) over time if not bought.
WARNING FOR STO USERS
There are FOUR sectors with invincible stations created by AWRM and they are as follows.
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Grand Exchange : JCRA HQ
The Moon : Spirit Industries HQ
Xenon Sector 596 : Xenon Shipyard and Xenon Equipment Dock
Kha'ak Sector (aka Unknown Sector [16,0]) : Kha'ak Shipyard and Kha'ak Equipment Dock
Installation Instructions
WARNING: The AP version of this mod is not suitable for installation using the Plug-in Manager. It is recommended that this mod be installed manually to a copy of the the game directory.
  1. Download the desired ZIP file(s)
  2. Ensure that you have the AWRM_AP.zip distribution as opposed to the AWRM.zip distribution (the later is for TC).
  3. Extract the ZIP file(s) to a single (temporary) directory independent of the game
  4. Locate the main game directory of the copy of Albion Prelude you wish to mod
  5. Copy the extracted files/directories as-is to the main game directory (i.e. when the executable sits).
Suggested Mods/Scripts Downloads
Please check here or try the download buttons below.

Image ZIP (Google Docs)

Downloads (Optional) : Capital Ship Beam Laser Upgrade
NOTE: This add-on is NOT compatible with the Xtra Ship/Station Pack mod.

Image ZIP (Google Docs)

Downloads (Optional) : Xtra Capital Ship Beam Laser Upgrade
NOTE: This add-on requires the Xtra Ship/Station Pack v2.01.

Image ZIP (Google Docs)

Downloads (Optional) : AWRM Starts for Albion Prelude

Image ZIP (Google Docs)

Downloads (Optional) : AWRM Starts for Albion Prelude (Starting with Capital Beam Lasers)
NOTE: This add-on requires one of the Capital Ship Beam Laser Updgrades.

Image ZIP (Google Docs)

Downloads (Optional) : AWRM Missile patch for MDM

Image ZIP (Google Docs)

Game Resources Used
  • Commands
    • [1249] COMMAND_TYPE_SHIP_49 (PMTS Command Console - COMMAND_TYPE_SHIP_RLSG_PMTS)
      [1250] COMMAND_TYPE_SHIP_50 (CPLS Command Console - COMMAND_TYPE_SHIP_RLSG_CPLS)
    Strings
    • 17:250000-250399
    Changed Data Files
    • addon\types\TLasers.pck
      addon\types\TBullets.pck
      addon\types\TMissiles.pck
    New Data Files
    • addon\director\md.rlsg.awrm.xml
      addon\t\2500.xml
      addon\t\2501.xml
      addon\t\2502.xml
      addon\t\2503.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.awrm.buy.cpls.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.awrm.buy.pmts.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.awrm.hq.init.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.awrm.hq.wares.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.awrm.restock.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.awrm.news.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.awrm.wares.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.awrm.wares.entry.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.alert.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.buy.repair.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.buy.upgrade.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.check.level.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.check.notreqd.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.coeff.drain.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.coeff.laser.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.coeff.shields.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.coeff.ship.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.damage.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.emergency.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.main.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.main.00.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.main.01.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.main.02.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.main.03.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.main.sub.00.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.main.sub.01.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.main.sub.02.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.main.sub.03.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.manual.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.news.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.price.main.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.price.upgrade.1.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.price.upgrade.2.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.price.upgrade.3.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.ware.cmd.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.ware.cmd.sos.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.ware.cmd.start.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.ware.cmd.stop.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.ware.cmd.sitrep.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.ware.key.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.cpls.ware.key.sos.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.jcra.buy.cpls.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.jcra.buy.pmts.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.jcra.hq.init.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.jcra.hq.wares.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.jcra.restock.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.jcra.wares.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.khaak.hq.init.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.khaak.hq.wares.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.khaak.news.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.khaak.restock.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.khaak.wares.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.marines.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.marines.fix.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.buy.upgrade.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.check.level.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.check.limit.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.main.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.manual.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.news.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.price.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.ware.cmd.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.ware.cmd.dec.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.ware.cmd.flip.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.ware.cmd.inc.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.ware.cmd.start.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.ware.cmd.stop.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.ware.cmd.sitrep.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.ware.key.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.ware.key.dec.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.ware.key.flip.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.ware.key.inc.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.pmts.ware.util.power.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.xenon.hq.init.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.xenon.hq.wares.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.xenon.news.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.xenon.restock.xml
      addon\scripts\plugin.rlsg.xenon.wares.xml
      addon\scripts\setup.plugin.rlsg.awrm.xml
      addon\scripts\setup.plugin.rlsg.cpls.xml
      addon\scripts\setup.plugin.rlsg.pmts.xml
      dds\fx_awrm_ape.dds
      dds\fx_awrm_cpbc.dds
      dds\fx_awrm_epbc.dds
      dds\fx_awrm_fbc.dds
      dds\fx_awrm_fbc_p.dds
      dds\fx_awrm_khaak.dds
      dds\fx_awrm_palc.dds
      dds\fx_awrm_pbc.dds
      dds\fx_awrm_pnc.dds
      dds\fx_awrm_tbc.dds
      objects\effects\weapons\bullet_awrm_ape.bod
      objects\effects\weapons\bullet_awrm_cpbc.bod
      objects\effects\weapons\bullet_awrm_epbc.bod
      objects\effects\weapons\bullet_awrm_fbc.bod
      objects\effects\weapons\bullet_awrm_fbc_p.bod
      objects\effects\weapons\bullet_awrm_khaak.bod
      objects\effects\weapons\bullet_awrm_khaak_a.bod
      objects\effects\weapons\bullet_awrm_khaak_b.bod
      objects\effects\weapons\bullet_awrm_palc.bod
      objects\effects\weapons\bullet_awrm_pbc.bod
      objects\effects\weapons\bullet_awrm_pnc.bod
      objects\effects\weapons\bullet_awrm_tbc.bod
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Post by Roger L.S. Griffiths » Sun, 8. Apr 12, 01:33

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Post by Eriodas » Sun, 8. Apr 12, 05:17

I think the Download link for the first ZIP file (the mod) is pointing to the second ZIP (Capital Ship Beam Laser Upgrade).

Also, i suppose the files on the Capital Ship Beam Laser Upgrade must be copied to /X3/addon/types folder right?

Edit: I suppose we have to make a new game right?. Also, since it edits the cockpit and ships file i think it's incompatible with cockpit mods. I have ITS installed and the terran ships got argon cockpits (didn't crashed outright, but when i opened my old save, the beams didn't fire and the game crashed with other gun).

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Post by Roger L.S. Griffiths » Sun, 8. Apr 12, 09:14

Eriodas wrote:I think the Download link for the first ZIP file (the mod) is pointing to the second ZIP (Capital Ship Beam Laser Upgrade).

Also, i suppose the files on the Capital Ship Beam Laser Upgrade must be copied to /X3/addon/types folder right?

Edit: I suppose we have to make a new game right?. Also, since it edits the cockpit and ships file i think it's incompatible with cockpit mods. I have ITS installed and the terran ships got argon cockpits (didn't crashed outright, but when i opened my old save, the beams didn't fire and the game crashed with other gun).
The crash upon firing is a symptom of the game being unable to find the models for the bullets which must reside in the Terran Conflict directory.

BOTH ZIP files need to be extracted to the X3 Terran Conflict root directory, they include the addon path where possible and exclude the add-on path where it is not.

The Capital Ship Beam Laser Upgrade is an optional component, but if you do not add it (or something similar) then you will be unable to make full use of the anti-capital beam weapons. It was a quick fix for not having the Xtra Ships/Stations mod in AP.

EDIT: Download link for the main ZIP file fixed - thanks for the heads up :D
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Post by Roger L.S. Griffiths » Sun, 8. Apr 12, 16:04

Status Update
Since the initial release this morning (UK) the AWRM Start pack has been added. The start pack does not require the Capital Ship Beam Laser upgrade.

The start pack includes two new starts:-
  1. Terran Captain - Similar to Terran Commander start but starting in The Moon near Spirit Industries HQ, with better starting rep with the Terrans, and flying a Kyoto with a number of USC fighters docked
  2. Commonwealth Captain - Argon-Race Plot Start with the player starting in Grand Exchange near JCRA HQ with a Boron Megalodon and a 5 Aamon Prototypes docked
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Post by Crip67 » Mon, 16. Apr 12, 20:27

thanks Roger... loving this mod :D but i did have an issue with beam weapons not working... i found that if i move the objects and dds dir. to main tc dir. everything worked beautifully.. :)

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Post by Roger L.S. Griffiths » Tue, 17. Apr 12, 08:19

Crip67 wrote:thanks Roger... loving this mod :D but i did have an issue with beam weapons not working... i found that if i move the objects and dds dir. to main tc dir. everything worked beautifully.. :)
They should be there anyway (I know they are with the ZIP). How are you installing the mod?
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Post by Crip67 » Tue, 17. Apr 12, 11:21

i used the spk to install.

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Post by Roger L.S. Griffiths » Tue, 17. Apr 12, 22:04

Crip67 wrote:i used the spk to install.
I had a feeling that the SPK install would not work properly with this mod. I think for AP mods it treats the addon folder as the root directory :rant:.

[rant]The addon folder is a kludge to allow TC and AP to share some of the same files and install directory but the job was only half-done IMHO.[/rant]

I will see what I can do about the SPK package for the next release (in the meantime I may consider removing the link to it as it does not install 100% correctly).
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Post by Roger L.S. Griffiths » Fri, 27. Jul 12, 01:52

Status Update
Formal Release of V1.1 for Albion Prelude V2.5.

Changes include:-
  1. Addition of the High Yield Matter/Anti-Matter Launcher which uses Matter/Anti-Matter Mines as ammo
  2. Addition of the Sentinel missile series (Terran mosquitto missiles)
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"May god stand between you and harm in all the dark places you must walk." - Ancient Egyption Proverb

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Post by Roger L.S. Griffiths » Sat, 28. Jul 12, 00:24

Status Update
Formal Release of V1.1a for Albion Prelude V2.5.

Changes include:-
  1. Minor update to Spirit Industries HQ wares to sell the Terran variant of the HQ (36k Cargo Size as opposed to 25k Cargo Size).
Roger (aka [SRK] Mr^Rabbit)

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"May god stand between you and harm in all the dark places you must walk." - Ancient Egyption Proverb

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Post by Roger L.S. Griffiths » Sat, 28. Jul 12, 00:43

For some time some people have been asking for new weapons to be added to the TC version of AWRM (in particular a Terran GC). As of V1.1 (X3:AP only), there is the "High Yield Matter/Anti-Matter Launcher" which is intended to fill the requested role.

At this time, it is powered by the expensive and illegal (even in Terran Space) Matter/Anti-Matter Mine. Alternate suggestions for legal wares to use as ammo will be considered.

There is limited room for further additions (maybe a couple more) so if there are any other weapons you would like to see added please shout :)
Roger (aka [SRK] Mr^Rabbit)

"Understanding is a three edged sword... your side, their side... and the Truth!" - J.J. Sheriden, Babylon 5 S4E6 T28:55

"May god stand between you and harm in all the dark places you must walk." - Ancient Egyption Proverb

"When eating an elephant take one bite at a time" - Creighton Abrams

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Post by Killa17 » Sat, 28. Jul 12, 08:23

Loving the varied loadout capabilities for the Terran, as I just started a Terran game to check out the new plot in AP 2.5. Looks like a good balance, especially when I went to attack a Pirate Blastclaw not expecting it to be packing a full loadout of Enhanced weapons. Those Enhanced PACs hurt, lol.


And I just fired my first few Vanguard Aldrin. Holy....crap.


EDIT: Any chance at MARS compatibility, or am I overlooking it somewhere?
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Post by Roger L.S. Griffiths » Sun, 29. Jul 12, 00:43

The MARS files from the TC version should work with this version (although the balance has changed a bit between AP and TC).

Yeah the Vanguard Aldrin is a beast, and the Vanguard Earth is toned down from it's original version. They are the WMDs of the Terran arsenal ;)

Just watch out for the Commonwealth Advanced Firestorm Torpedos, they smart quite a bit :P

The Enh/Adv Commonwealth weapons were an attempt to make the Commonwealth a bit more threatening in the light of the new Terran weapons but I think the Terrans still have the edge... especially since the Terran fighters can pack insta-hit shield ignoring beam weapons and the capitals can pack the SSC mount rapid fire Prototype Fusion Beam Cannon which is great at anti-fighter/missile/drone defence given enough ship energy.
Roger (aka [SRK] Mr^Rabbit)

"Understanding is a three edged sword... your side, their side... and the Truth!" - J.J. Sheriden, Babylon 5 S4E6 T28:55

"May god stand between you and harm in all the dark places you must walk." - Ancient Egyption Proverb

"When eating an elephant take one bite at a time" - Creighton Abrams

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