So this been a major update taking in consideration several things from the tournament. Several OTA units now disabled in balance will likelyhood of one or two more in the longrun. The deployment of T3 Development Labs. Do note these Units will still be weaker T3 than Supcom T3's. As one of the major reasonings for this change is the cleaning of the interface, the other unit likely disabled in will be scout hovercrafts. Or Scout Hovercrafts will have counter intel as well omni. That they currently have access to.
Several factories have been resized, the Air Engineers have been given moderate nerfs. Decoy Commanders are now buildable only in Gantries and are something akin RAS-Combat SACU. The Warriors have gotten some minor nerfs to make them less powerful. Several accuracy and improper targeting issues have been resolved. Furthermore we now have confirmation that in two weeks time, I will be hosting an expedition game. Wherein Postal of TA, the best or second best TA players still playing today, will be facing against F-Odin.
Additionally units and models from TA Zero have been ported and replacing numerous ARM Units. Looking at around 100 or more unit models replaced entirely now.
This weeks updates:
Cleaning up of several function, hitboxes overhaul and a couple more units disabled in balanced. A complete list will be published eventually. Otherwise transports been work to now able to transport Supcom, T2 and T3. A couple fiddling with hotkeys to make it so less 'units' show up and make hotkeys for certain buildings more usable.
Big Birtha and Immidator both a rather sigificant range buff added to them. To be try and emulate there original utility in TA. And to remade into of TA strength's. Otherwise just some basic adjustments and reworking.
What's the best to way to play this mod in AI games? Can the AI play as these factions at all? Or is using the Balanced version of the mod and having the AI play a regular faction the only way to go?
Best way is way SCTAFix and Balance enabled. And the ai cannot play a ta faction
Awesome! Thanks for the response
This week updates:
Some reworks of TA Mexes, Hitboxes and standard footprint things. Several new models ported such as new arm warrior and thunder. Additionally somehow missed that core anti-air flak had the wrong model still. So that was replaced. Other units rebalanced and things. Some reversions of some ideas I was testing are now done.
So some an emergency bugfix was released also some coding cleaning was done. But now here is an important question and wanting to canvas opanions:
SCTA does not have an Engi Mod currently implemented into its balance. And I am back and forth on longrun intending to add one. I have a couple options avaliable to me I could consider. But for now here is the the thing.
A TA Factories have same relative BP to a Supcom similarly tiered factory. A Pillar vs TA Pillar Equivalent unassisted draws same amount of mass and takes same amount of time to produce. However I do emphasis phrase a relative.
The RAW BP of a TA T2 Factory is around 26-30 BP
While RAW BP of Supcom T2 Factory is 40.
The TA and Supcom Engies have about same RAW BP count. (12-13)
A TA T2 Engi Assisting a TA T2 Factory increases its BP by 50% or 33% (26 to 39). So takes 10 seconds to 5 seconds. At 150 Mass per T2 TA Engineer
A Supcom T2 Engineer assisting a Supcom T2 Factory increases BP by slightly more than 25% or 20% depending how you want to look at taking that above mentioned Pillar it goes from 10 seconds to about 7 or 8 seconds. At cost of around 130 an Engineer.
This becomes even more notable a T3 Stage as TA Factories go from 26 to 30 or 36 depending. With there T3 Engies at around 18 build power. So about 2/3 or to a half a T3 Factory BP. Additionally they only cost a T1 Engi more in price (50 Mass).
This week update is doing a psuedo engimod, for the factories and some reworking. As well as some unit balancing as well. Including there been more cleaning up of code.
This week, is important update and love hear feedback given some of these changes are very drastic.
So this week update:
Brings a pretty massive naval update. Stage 1 Of Naval Rebalancing (i.e. me eyeballing) is now done. Be looking at some test games to adjust then look at the Spreadsheet made by @Harzer99 before I go on to do some more micro adjustments. Otherwise the opening has been redone a bit. You'll notice Commanders have there spawn animations now.
Tomorrow a Big Day for SCTA!
The First Exhibition Game: A Clash Across Time (and Franchises!)
In one corner, is Postal, he has recently published an interview with Chris Taylor, has agreed to show us noobs, what the old pros, can do.
Repping TA, and using his old reliable Core Commander
And the mighty CORE arsenal shouldn't be taken lightly, old is not the same as weak.
But us here at FAF we are not without our defenders! After all, we can some show some of these old dogs some new tricks. Represented by Swkoll, one of our finest UEF mains and tournament directors, us at FAF representing Supreme Commander will be putting a solid foot forward.
With the Supreme Commander Big Boy, UEF Armored Command Unit in hand, Swkoll will be taking the field, to show his predecessor, that Supreme Commander is not to be taken lightly.
Leading the UEF Forces, Swkoll will be showing folks at Total Annihilation that sometimes newer is better. After all shields are nice after all aren't they?
Who will win in this clash of Titans? New vs Old? Greying or our young hot rods? 10PM EST, December 7th, come and find out!
There will be a Stream by Swkoll of the games on Twitch, while Postal will be doing a replay casting of the games later that week.
So Postal lost to Swkoll 4 to 0. Congratulations to Swkoll, hope our viewers watched it. I'll be doing an update tomorrow evening. And here is the major things to expect:
Code Cleaning has happened.
Naval has nearly finished its second round adjustments.
After these last adjustments be looking at the Spreadsheet for R3 Adjustments
Additional prep will begin in earnest for next set of exhibition games and tournaments. The game Tournament is tentatively set for Middle of January and be once more be a 2v2.
Be making new factional avatars as well. Or well TA Face Avatars. Or more specifically they will be designed to fit in as such.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zL_XRafDAQ&ab_channel=Swkoll > Swkoll prospective
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3_OQ_zN5XE&ab_channel=TotalAnnihilationReplays > Postal
In Postal Stream Game Begin at 36 minute mark
The final refactoring of factory code is now done. It might soon be time kill the hideflare function after all these years.
No major balance updates really
Okay: Final update barring major bugs, balancing issues until after new years. Then be one last patch until the next tournament. As of today, all major intended features of FAF are in SCTA.
A psuedo engi mod esque scenerio. Most notably. Furthermore there is some other aspects as well been worked in and done. But today’s big update is Auto DGun! Additionally DGun has been rebalanced slightly its now about 800 energy and the Decoy Commanders 1500 and has gotten several buffs.
A TA Commander with Energy to maintain will put out similar dps vs enemy commanders similar to a Supcom GunCom but less range. Additionally damage vs structures and experimentals has been greatly increased.
So this week/today update includes a few Evolva Models and also being next week update unless bugs or balance issues are noticed. Next Sunday at 11AM EST, the exhibition game, between two of SCTA own playtesters. F-Odin of GB, whose achieved 2k in global and consistency in 1850+ in ladder, vs a former RTS pro who has come to Supreme Commander community only this year, Se7ven, alongside Harzer won the first 2v2 SCTA Tournament.
These games will be casted by own of FAF's Councilor's Jagged Appliance.
In these exhibition games, Se7ven will be playing a TA Faction, using the tricks and knowledge he has gleamed or gathered against F-Odin playing a Supreme Commander faction. Perhaps even playing his Seraphim, and the newly buffed Selen.
A couple bugfixes and reworks:
ARM Warrior got reworked a bit. To be better.
Wind Generator variance is now 15-35 vs 10-40. So average remains the same.
Coms got bugfixed AGAIN.
Hydros got a BT Increase to help with Hydro rush.
This week uodate likely xoming out on Monday haven’t felt great this week
This weekend update or this week update is up now. There were some changes forgot to do, but the ARM Commander by Balth of Brewlan, is now finished and uploaded. It also contains several Volva portings done by my predecessor Axle. And a couple other unit replacements. Now SCTA only has 80 or so building lefts to replace.
Today latest update:
SCTA Engi Mod, is now finalized! Here how it works:
TA T1 Factories can upgrade at a comparable cost to HQ upgrade in Supreme Commander Forged Alliance Forever.
Once done so the Tech 1 engineers have there Tech 2 build suite unlocked. Enabling you to build Advanced Labs. These are are costed around 33% more than a Support Factory.
Unlocking Level 2 occurs automatically once 10 minutes of game time has lapsed.
The T2 Labs can also build T3 Units eventually.
Unlocking T3 requires a tech 3 upgraded plant to be built. Which will unlock tech/level 3 for TA Factions. Or once 20 minutes of game time has lapsed. And the Hover and Seaplane Platforms are costed similarly to Tech 3 Support factories.
SCTA has an AI! Thank you to Relentor created of RNG. SCTA now has an AI. It is fully functional for what it is intended to do. It is similar in conception and functionality to Dilli. Its mostly T1 Land spam. But it does tech up.
We have now AI Support for SCTA, these are some examples taking from a quick game I did earlier today. You can can see a few our newer models here as well. Additionally the TA Building Shader in action here. Then of course one of the more most recent additions, was gonna to be shown off last SCTA tournament but alas it couldn't be, but from Balthazar of Brewlan:
They have also done the Pee Wee and the Spider. But now the big news for next week. The next SCTA Show Match will be a neat treat. Our own OzoneX, creator of the FAF editor and long time contributor to our community. Will be on Stream with a legendary man from old days of yore:
Armoured Fish! Armoured Fish had done quite a bit for the Supcom Community back in days of GPGnet. You'll recognize his name from TA Music Mod, and he was also the one responsible for creating the TA building shader in use by SCTA. He similarly made the original building shader used by Nomads and is responsible for porting the TA sound effects in the SCTA Mod. And Armoured Fish maintains a program called Mappy which is a map editor for TA. The topics on stream will range from expectations of mappers from a mapping program, to the process of creating shaders. As well comparing the mapping process, and of course some good old analysis of gameplay, how TA and Supcom differ.
JaggedAppliance will be casting the stream starting at 2:30 PM EST on the 19th of February. The show matches will take place on streamers choice map, a map chosen by our other special guest, and map by the Supreme Commander Representative. But the last match played (if finished) will be on the SCTA Revised Gods of War, made by our own creative councilor, Biass.
The other guest of honor will be TAG_Rock, an older from GPGNet, and a TA and Supcom pro.
The player availability depending we might have a special treat for everyone at the end or later that day.