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.
SCTA Project: Balance, Bugfixing, and more!
So this week update:
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.
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 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.
So today update or week. I had alot of small revisions or fixes thanks to Rock. A few bug fixes and a new factory model. Couple big things however is several TA Energy costs been reeaxmined. And several been increase or decreased. Solars get a small mass cost increase (90 to 120) to try ajd promote building Winds more. Mostly been a cross board reduction in energy costs for SCTA
Tomorrow SCTA Update; some bugfixing, a little bit of rebalancing of course some new models. TA E Drain mechanics have gotten reworked much of the code has been improved overall. A little fixes here and there nothing major.
Only 30 models left, not counting ones that were commissioned. And join tomorrow for glorious SCTA gameplay testing on the discord at Noon EST
Today update, mostly minor, a rework of scta engi mod (again). I might have one more rework to go until I am happy with it. Otherwise some pretty basic things.
Today I released an emergency bugfix and included tje change meant for next week because the Mine Layers won’t be renabled for SCTABalance, instead the FARK and Necro have both gained the ability to build the mines.
SCTA Mod is now uploaded for the week! we have a couple new things. ANOTHER reworking of SCTA Engi Mod. Through now it is finalized and unlikely to be changed again in the future. The next SCTA Show Match is official! And with a banner courtesy of Phong.
This week we'll be seeing the likes of Postal from Total Annihilation replays face off again Swkoll this time. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLavjsigQSOmg3q62ckLKVA
Guests include two famous modders, the creator of TA Zero, Vohvelieläin and, Balthazar the Creator of Brewlan. Alongside discussion of various environments modders have to plan and build for, there will be discussions of moddng process itself. And today's showmatches will focus and highlight on high economic enviroments using Crazy Rush and Metal Worlds.
The stream will be at 9:30 PM EST to 11:30 PM EST on Wednesday the 31st. We also be taking a journey for some of us on memory lane, to see an place to play TA!
This week update out, a couple fixes here and there. Some solidly major updates, in other areas. Mostly a bit of improvement all around will be trying to diagnosis in the upcoming weeks why core over arm is when played by ai can cause sim issues