SCTA Project: Balance, Bugfixing, and more!

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Supreme Commander Total Annihilation or SCTA, is a mod porting the two Total Annihilation Factions to Forged Alliance.

So players new and old can see for themselves what our ‘parent’ game looks like and how it is different from ours. Where Forged Alliance had come from it. And now is on the Vault! So you can download and start playing today!

The two mods on the vault are SCTAFix which, is bugfixed version of the original mod, which has the goal is to emulate an original TA experience.

While SCTABalance rebalances CORE and ARM to be comparable vs Supreme Commander Factions.

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Discord Link
https://discord.gg/5QfAtU3

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The Project:
The project uses as its base the SCTA code made Raevn to port, but much of that code or methods/tools that FAF user Axel had done to convert the mod from its GPGNet Era incarnation to FAF is broken and where it works is often CPU intensive.

CORE Base

These are often the files in Lua Folder or the unit script files where in the animations are handled. And require extensive rewriting, to work or reduce cpu usage. While I have handled all or most of the coding so far, I have been helped by Balthezar of Brewlan extensively. The code for faction reselection was made by Seneth and the code for Necro was done was by Uveso. Additionally the porting of the TA Sound bank and the coding of the TA Shaders was done by Armored Fish.

ARMBase

The second is conversion process was porting of TA Meshes directly. To become Vault Legal (and featured Mod heyond that). All original TA Models must be replaced. We have currently replaced over 70 models, new ones created by Madmax. And then Gamma of TA Total Mayham has graciously provided his redone/remade versions of TA OG Units for this purpose.

Mantis Fighting Strikers

Third is the rebalancing process to make TA and Supcom Factions in line with one another. The balance team is composed of F-Odin of GB, Harzer of EDC, and Silene. Every other Sunday, from Noon EST to normally 3PM EST. A series of games and such are hosted were I watch the balance between players and unit engagements. And during the week I play games vs people with SCTA Balance to further refine everything!

ARMBase2

The Link
https://github.com/Dragun123/SCTA

CORE Navy Vs Nomads

To Install the PlayTest Version (updated Daily)

  1. Simpy Download as Zip from the Code tab to Desktop.
    1b: If you have an Old Version SCTA-Master (and/or SCTA-Balance Master if you have gotten a much older of the two mod projects) Folder Delete it
  2. Extract from SCTA-Master to the Mods Folders
    -The Folder is located in /Documents/mygames/gaspoweredgames/forgedalliance/mods
  3. Click SCTA Fixed Mod. If you have a version named SCTA that is Raevn’s or Axel’s (not Developer Axle) version
  4. In Lobby if you wish to enable Rebalance (which rebalances the TA Factions to be closer in line with the Supreme Commander Factions) go to Options the Mods, click Mod SCTA Rebalance to enable it.

Drakes Attacking UEF Firebase

Installation Issues:
Not Deleting Old Version of the Mod
Extracting Original Zip to the Mod. And after extracting not deleting the original

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Great to see work continuing on Raevn's fine mod. I kind of forgot about this project. I meant to put my git repo online to show the exact changes I made on top of Raevn's last release on the off-chance that it might assist those that followed. I'll take this as a reminder! See https://github.com/Axle1975/SCTA-v18

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@Axle Axle! Your alive! I have so many questions for you! Awesome, nice to see you, I’m Dragun, (well guess that kinda obvious) but interested in rejoining the project feel free!

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Hello Dragun. Well, if you have some questions I might pop into your discord sometime maybe this weekend

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Coolio cya then

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So decided to do bi-weekly updates on this thread about, what happening in the mod.

Major Developments:
For Balance Kbot & Vehicle Labs- Share a Engineer now.
Several new Core Units and Meshes replaced.
Navy has been rebalanced to better be in line with Supcom Navy. For Balance.

Two Navy units given TMD. Core Battleship and ARM Anti-Air Ship. The two land based TMD Hedgehog and Scarabs have been minorly adjusted to better fit price of normal TMD.

Futures adjustments or plans:
Sea Planes and Hover Units be looked at again. Hover Unit taking a position potentially of T3 in Balance (relatively ideally still weaker than Supcom T3). Sea Planes will fill in a theory a similar in Balance once implemented

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Some basic updates:
One thanks for Axel we have now have access to a very expanded library of SCM base files to work with. Meaning any units not originally portable by Raevn or Axel are now doable for us. Among these are around 10 remaining Gamma Mayham Models:
Big Bertha, Vulcan, Pyro and more. However Axel method would require you do a bit more work texturing and more but now we have the models avaliable to us a dramatic improvement from where we were.

Additionally we have a few other changes, the icons are now organized and divided similar to Supreme Commander build ques. Thus providing a clenaer looking interface, finally the T2 rebalance has offacially begun for rebalance. Myself and a new member of the team NoHome, are beginning to look at T2 Stage Units and implement changes. Next weekend we will be if all goes as planned the first major unveiling of the Land T2 Rebalance stage. As always the rebalancing process will often be done three or four times till we are happy with it.

And take this announcement, as an announcement of an announcement but two major things be happening. Next month if all goes as planned, the SCTA 2v2 tournament will be hosted. Looking for Streamers and otherwise to well stream the event itself. The more formal post and announcement will be happening later this month. Time permitting, Postal, a TA Streamer, and among the best TA players, will be trying the SCTA Rebalance Mod in November or December. As we get closer to the event, I'll have more information. I have already asked a few of FAF's finest, to be his opponent for those games. I'll have more information next month.

Finally, we have begun process of writing unit descriptions for various TA Units. A process undertaken by NoHome, this will be for providing both flavor and otherwise to the TA Units. As always PM if your interested or want to know more about the SCTA Project.

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So today update, I am slowly getting better at doing this still not perfect but otherwise with version control. The first thing is first:
TA Shaders! This means that TA Shader mod is now dodo'd and no longer required. The second thing is Axel (not Developer Axel) has for every Kbot added a walking animation and redid several of the older units. A new concep; way TA Construction is working is that for comparable Build Time, a Factory + Engineer give or take = Supcom equivalent tech build power.

Some more units been rebalanced as stated as we morve more fully into the rebalancing the T2 Units and otherwise. So every Unit where applicable has cloak, walking and proper building animations now.

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So this weeks update:
Fixed a few bugs.
Invader and Roach both reworked in code. Buzzsaw and Vulcan resized Balance.

The Mines have been redone and rebalanced. Currently stats are shared between Fix and Balance. Longrun might create seperate weapon BP’s in Balance.

Additionally Balance only has reduce the mine variations to 3 for ARM and CORE.
1 “Nuke” Bomb
1 Small Radius Big Bomb High Damage
1 Big Radius Bomb Small Damage
The Decom’s been reworked a little bit. They are T2.5 Units. Not too dissimilar to SACU’s for TA.

At 1500 HP. And 100 DPS a second, the same BP and Build Suite of a TA Commander. They provide another 2.5 Unit.

The experiment last week has been reversed. Currently each Factory line has a few 2.5 Units.

ARMKbot:
Decom’s
Zues
Spider Bot (originally a vehicle in TA)

ARMVehicle
Lugar
Lighting Tank
Pentrator

ARM Shipyard
Carrier
Battleship

Core Kbot
Morty
Sumo
Decom
Necro

Core Vehicle
Goliath
Pillager
Necro

Shiypyard
Carrier
Battleship
Leviathen

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Too bad for many of us who dont play faf online we will never be able to enjoy these mods. Wish you guys could make a version working with offline skirmish or local lan at most. But i guess it must be incredibly hard to do that...?? . . .

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The version on github should be usable. On any location. Contact me on Discord and I’ll try and het it working and setup for you.

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Today update:
Some bugfixes, and footprints. Didn't get much done this week honestly was working a temp job. Roaching Bombing works once more, Spiders do Spider things. A few more superflous files removed so that the amount of things loaded have been condensed. Sadly had to remove in feature on the pod due to bugs. Hopefully be able to add it back eventually.

Refreshed the projectiles meshes and such. Tomorrow be Gameplay testing day. Also as a note:
There is no adjacaney for TA factions, for all those playing the mod.

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So be making a couple updates and reworks in coming days. Mostly minor adjustments overall. Spawn code been reworked a bit again. Here big thing:

We got zooming in to work correctly now. Also if you play game witj SCTA Mod please add SCTA to game title

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This week SCTA is up a couple bug fixes, and cleaned up code. Commanders gotten a minor touch. Mostly QOL changes. After Sunday gameplay testing, the final patch be prepped and readied for the tournament.

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Beside Wednesday release, and anything last minute messages, about breaking things or balance concerns. This patch which took in consideration the discussions and talks from Sunday Balancing. T2 was adjusted in terms of cost.

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Great to see you are putting all this effort into the mod 🙂 . Keep it up!

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So factory and assist bug has been fixed. And some clean up. Hopefully factory bug is actually gone now but based on tests and attempts to recreate it. It appears to be.

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