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Star Trek - 10/1/2018 9:00:01 AM   
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I think I mentioned it before but just wanted to clarify that the way I am doing these mods will make them look different and play differently to the vanilla game. Changing the research tree will make changes to how the game plays and the third screen of research will be devoted entirely to role play and damage control.

When role play tells you your shields are down and your warp drive engines have taken damage, you go into the 3rd screen and initiate repairs. You can not warp out of the system until you get a message top of the screen that your warp engines have been repaired.

This will add a new dynamic to the game because when ever you finish a battle with a Klingon ship Kirk will ask for a damage report. If the Enterprise has taken a lot of damage while in Klingon space you may be nearing Game Over unless Scotty performs one of his many miracles.

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RE: Star Trek - 10/1/2018 4:55:16 PM   
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rjord1,
Dang it sounds like you're making a mountain out of a mole hill for repairs. I'm fine with the repair function as is, keep it simple. I'm not sure I want to do role playing either. I like the game scale as is, don't want to junk it up with too much tactical nonsense that adds more micromanaging for no worthwhile gain in gameplay. I do like the concept of playing in a Star Trek inspired galaxy while playing the base game.

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RE: Star Trek - 10/1/2018 8:46:00 PM   
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rjord1,
Dang it sounds like you're making a mountain out of a mole hill for repairs. I'm fine with the repair function as is, keep it simple. I'm not sure I want to do role playing either. I like the game scale as is, don't want to junk it up with too much tactical nonsense that adds more micromanaging for no worthwhile gain in gameplay. I do like the concept of playing in a Star Trek inspired galaxy while playing the base game.


This mod will have two versions.... One version will be no bells and whistles... The other is the one I am creating for those who want to see something like with Star fleet Battles

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Star Trek - 10/2/2018 7:00:11 PM   
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There are many different races of Klingons and Romulans and these will appear in the mod.

For example using Star Trek Online and Star Trek Timelines as references I have work in progress on the Fek'Ihri who are a race of Klingons who were genetically manipulated by the Dominion 2,000 years ago and have returned to wage war against the Klingon Empire.

Below is my work in progress on the Fek'Ihri which is still early in development.







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Star Trek - 10/5/2018 2:21:53 AM   
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Adding in a new research tree for Star Trek is a complex process....but saying that it is well under way.
The hardest part of the entire process is working out what to put where and how to get it working with Distant Worlds Universe.

To do this I am using a huge amount of reference material which allows me to add in the components and resources required to build a starship.

For example when you construct a starship the first step is always to construct the hull and skeletal structure which is used as the frame for which the rest of the starship is added to. The question then has to be asked : "What resources do I need to build a starship Hull? Steel? Gold? Plastic?"
Well some of those may be on the ship making drink cups, food trays,etc but what we need are the actual resources.

To build the hull you need to have access to the following:
Duranium
Duritanium Polyalloy
Polyduranium
Titranium

and of course we also need Tetraburnium.

Wait...none of those materials exists in Distant Worlds Universe! Ok...I have to add those in.


Then I look at things like the Strucural Integrity Field, Transporters, Weapons and of course the Warp Engines.

Can I build the warp engines using the 5 materials listed above?

No ..... apparently warp engines need a matter / antimatter reactor to work and for that I need to have deuterium and the well known (to Star Trek fans anyway) much loved Dilithium Crystals. Oh great...more to add.

By the way, with these mods I am creating you don't find warp drive or hyperdrive in ancient ruins... you need to research it.

And with Dilithium it was discovered by the Federation when a planetary scan was taken of a moon around Jupiter. Howeve Dilithium is highly used resource and will be found on more than a few planets.

Research is still required to know how to use dilithium crystals to make a warp capable ship.

My aim is to have a new way of playing Distant Worlds Universe with new tech and new components with the plan to use all of these to eventually move the mod over to Distant Worlds Universe 2.






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Star Trek - 10/5/2018 5:33:11 PM   
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After doing some testing I have decided no longer to have the 3rd research screen used for role play..... the idea I had was good but I was not able to get it working the way I wanted.

I am now using this 3rd research screen for another idea I have in mind.

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Star Trek - 10/5/2018 10:16:13 PM   
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Today I am adding in the facilities such as Starfleet Command, the Vulcan High Command, The Parliament Andoria Complex, the Ferengi Chamber of Opportunity and many more facilities which are all added as Wonders.

A lot of research is needed to locate the correct definition for where each government and some of themn are really hard to find.

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Star Trek - 10/6/2018 7:28:45 PM   
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I am testing a new Klingon D7 Cruiser for the mod.
I was not happy with the Klingon ships I had in the mod previously.


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Star Trek - 10/7/2018 3:30:33 AM   
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Below are two different versions of the Klingon D7 Class Battlecruiser.

One of these will most likely be the D7 that appears in the mod.






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Star Trek - 10/7/2018 3:47:11 AM   
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Using photoshop to fix some issues with the Klingon base where part of the structure is missing on the left and fixed on the right.






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Star Trek - 10/7/2018 4:15:40 AM   
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For this mod to work I need to get the phasers and photon torpedoes looking and sounding just right. Will start testing this week modifications to the weapons to try and get it looking like the concept art below.






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RE: Star Trek - 10/7/2018 5:36:35 AM   
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By the time you get this finish or out for release, Distant Worlds II would probably be out by then.

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RE: Star Trek - 10/7/2018 6:33:26 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Rising-Sun

By the time you get this finish or out for release, Distant Worlds II would probably be out by then.


It does take time to create mods for DW...but I can assure you this mod will be out in next month or so.

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Star Trek - 10/11/2018 7:57:55 AM   
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I am now editing together the music that will come with the mod.

I am trying to extract some of the music from the original series and include it in more modern music pieces which do not sound so 60's. I do however want to pay homage to the soundtrack we have heard from the original series where possible...just give it a 2018 feel.

For example the opening score of the mod before you start the game begins with the Star Trek TOS Theme and is followed by a great piece of Klingon music to indicate that the Klingons will be one of the Federations early foes to battle.

This is a time consuming process and I am still putting together a longer version of the Original Series Main Theme.


The main




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Star Trek - 10/13/2018 10:26:49 AM   
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The mod soundtrack that is heard when you are in the selection menu should be finished by the end of the weekend.
2 days to do one Star Trek theme?

The first 2 minutes of the mod theme were nice and quick and include a monologue by Captain Kirk which you will really enjoy..... and no what I am referring to is not the "These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise" monologue. It is a really neat piece of audio I have managed to locate. I needed to do work on it to remove the scratches and other noises appearing on the original monologue. It was also in mono and needed to be converted to stereo to fit in with the rest of the theme.

That was the first part of the mod theme song.

Tomorrow I am taking specific scenes from Star Trek and removing just one part of those scenes and adding them to my mod. I am not going to say more about it but what I have so far gives a 2018 update to Star Trek TOS.

What I do tomorrow will see the likes of Khan, the Borg, Q, the Cardassians and more seemingly appearing in the TOS episodes with Kirk.

Yes it is taking time to do but believe me when you hear the finished result in the mod it will be worth the time spent on it.

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RE: Star Trek - 10/14/2018 5:15:27 AM   
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in my opinioni the soundtrack of a Star Trek original serie's mod MUST be sixties.. !!!!!!!!!!!

any other more modern tune "sounds" absolutely inappropriate.

my "two cents".

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RE: Star Trek - 10/14/2018 4:40:30 PM   
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I like the green Klingon D7. Thanks for putting in the time to make an awesome Star Trek mod, hope you can finish the Star wars one even more.

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Star Trek - 10/14/2018 9:52:10 PM   
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As you expand across the galaxy you will need to consider how you communicate with your starships. The further away your starship is from a planet or other ship it will take longer for a subspace signal to be sent to that starship.

In this mod this problem will be fixed by building a subspace communication network consisting of subspace relay stations as shown below which will boost the signal and allow faster communications between planets and starships.

The next few days will be spent working out how to get these stations working and put together the rules such as what to do when a Klingon ship destroys your subspace relay station.

The actual size of the relay station is still to be set in the config files.





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Star Trek - 10/16/2018 8:54:04 AM   
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There were 79 episodes of The Original Series and 22 episodes of The Animated Series and I am hoping to have many if not all of these episodes appearing in the mod in one way or another.

With the soundtrack I do aim to have the original music in the mod.... but it will be mixed in with other music.
However the majority of it will be from the Original Series....

This is the background story of the mod:

"It has been 70 years since we saw the Romulans.... it seems that they have decided to leave our space alone for the time being and leave us alone.

It has also been many years since we had problems with the Klingon Empire. Many years ago the Klingon ships had arrived in our system and our freedom was under serious threat from invasion. Thankfully we received help from a fleet of ships that arrived soon after the Klingon warships and drove the Klingons away.

We were contacted by the Vulcans who had driven off the Klingon threat. The Vulcans assured us that they would monitor the Klingons and make sure the Klingons stayed in their own space. That was 10 years ago.

We feel that the Klingons and Romulans will not stay away much longer and the Federation has setup an organisation called Starfleet which will build Earth's first interstellar starships.

We need to make contact with the Vulcans who we have not seen in 10 years and also begin exploring our neighboring systems and make contact with new races and new civilizations and ally together to defend against any further attacks by Romulan or Klingon warships.

Your first steps are to establish Starfleet and build the early mark Federation starships, research new technology and establish sensor arrays on the edges of our system pointing towards deep space looking for signs of new civilizations as well as monitoring for early signs of Klingon or Romulan activity.

We do not know where Klingon or Romulan space is located but once we find their locations we can establish outposts to monitor ships heading our way. Hopefully the Vulcans will help us with this ...but we also need to find the Vulcan system first."



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Star Trek - 10/16/2018 7:16:52 PM   
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Encountering Kodos the Executioner

While playing this mod you will at some stage discover the Tarsus system and meet Governor Kodos who is also known as Kodos the Executioner.

The story of Kodos is one of the stories I remember from the Original Series where as Governor he responded to an exotic fungus which destroyed most of the colony's food supply by murdering 4000 of the 8000 people in the Tarsus IV colony so that those colonists who survived would ot die slowly of starvation.

Kodos will not appear as he did in Conscience of the King where he was part of the Karidian Company of Players. Kodos will still be on Tarsus IV leading a society who wanted to be left alone by the likes of the Federation, Klingons and Romulans.

The Federation has learned of the extermination of 4000 colonists from Earth and I am putting a story together of how the Federation reacts to what Kodos did.

I have read the Discovery novel "Drastic Measures" which goes into detail what Kodos did on Tarsus IV and gives a lot of detail into who Kodos is as a character.




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Star Trek - 10/16/2018 7:56:16 PM   
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When will you be able to play this mod?

I know that there are many people here eager to get their hands on this mod....after all it has been in development for some time now.

With that in mind I am aiming to release a very early version of the mod in the next few weeks which will allow you to play the Kirk era mod.

The mod will be limited to around 22 races while I am working on the rest of the mod.
Updates will then be downloadable as each section of the mod is finished.

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Star Trek - 10/16/2018 8:23:46 PM   
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The early version of the mod released in a few weeks will have civilizations encountered by the Enterprise in the first season of The Original Series.

This will of course include the Klingons, Romulans and Vulcans.

Civilizations from the Second and Third seasons will then be released in subsequent updates.







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Star Trek - 10/16/2018 10:34:49 PM   
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The Salt Creature of Regulus VIII has also had a slight makeover.

While considered the last of its kind in The Man Trap episode a small colony of these creatures had being able to escape Regulus VIII and hide on another planet.

I am still in two minds of what to call this creature and how or even if they should be in the mod.

EDIT:

In this mod the Salt Vampire will be known as a Regulan Vampire





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RE: Star Trek - 10/17/2018 1:47:27 AM   
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After 34 pages is this an art project or a mod?

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RE: Star Trek - 10/17/2018 3:31:18 PM   
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Patience. "As it will be ready, when it is ready" (quoted from Master and Commander)

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RE: Star Trek - 10/17/2018 7:26:59 PM   
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Patience. "As it will be ready, when it is ready" (quoted from Master and Commander)



Thanks for your comment Lecivius

I was not sure how to respond to the prior comment by Wolfe1759. I am ok with little feedback in the forum but yesterdays comment left me feeling a bit miffed.

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