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More visible Troop Icons - 2/28/2019 9:28:01 PM   
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V2.01 More visible Troop Icons (Racial characteristics RETAINED)

Was DELIGHTED that Distant Worlds Universe has exciting, nail biting, ground combat in the tradition of Masters of Orion 1.
Even more delighted when, during an invasion, troop transports were coming in dropping off tanks to help.

HOWEVER, less delighted at the troop icons getting lost in the terrain. The ground combat map just does not expand up far enough to see the individual troops, just the weapons fire bringing down their health bars

This work is meant to help that. The troop types are now LARGER outlined in unit flag blue, so they should be visible against ANY planet surface.
Racial characteristics RETAINED and BETTER map visibility.
The trade off is less figures per unit icon is present, instead of up to 5 figures per icon, only 1 or 2 are retained, enlarged and outlined so they can show up better on the map. At a glance in mixed occupation situations or planetary invasions a player should readily identify the troop types present.

INSTALL
--Unzip archive
--Backup troop folder found in ie ...\Steam\steamapps\common\Distant Worlds Universe\images\units\troops


Overwrite files (they will replace those files in the TROOP folder, which you backed up )


The changes should be seen right away once you load a saved game.

To UNINSTALL
For Distant World Universe, open folder ie ...\Steam\steamapps\common\Distant Worlds Universe\images\units\ and delete the TROOPS folder. replace with your backup.

CUSTOMIZATION
Using an imaging editing program such as PHOTOSHOP you can try different effects and to attain troop visibility on the map.
At this time Extended Universe is not directly supported, meaning no troop icon edits have been made for them. However, the troop.png icon files can be copied and renamed and added for the Extended Universe Troops if desired. Extended Universe Troop icons, for the most part, are re-coloration of the original troop.png files.

Version changes
V2.01
--Updated graphic on to be less dark Troop_3.png (for troop pirate and special forces )

V2.0
--Racial characteristics of troop icons RETAINED
--no custom replacement files for Extended Universe troop.png files

V1. 0 Initial release
--Supports Distant Worlds
--Supports Distant Worlds Extended

Credits and license
May be used in any project, spread it around the Internet



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RE: More visible Troop Icons - 2/28/2019 9:30:04 PM   
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RE: More visible Troop Icons - 2/28/2019 9:48:45 PM   
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Another image view for V2.0 ,





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RE: More visible Troop Icons - 2/28/2019 9:54:04 PM   
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Version 1.0 view, the inset box to the upper left gives an idea of a lineup of troops on an occupied planet looks like.(still available for download in subsequent post).

This version 1.0, superseded by v2.01 (see image in previous and subsequent posts)




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RE: More visible Troop Icons - 3/8/2019 9:12:12 PM   
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More Visible Troop Icons V1.0
(supports Extended Universe)
See Image in previous post for example of how they cook on the map
FYI works in mods too, using it in the Star Trek mod


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RE: More visible Troop Icons - 3/13/2019 8:20:31 PM   
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Another v2.0 view

Real swinging fight, allies helping out





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RE: More visible Troop Icons - 3/13/2019 9:15:01 PM   
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Edit the post that has the picture in it, look at the drop down box and make sure it does not say "No change in picture embedding".... if it does say that then change it to "Embed picture in post" and then click OK to post the changes.



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RE: More visible Troop Icons - 3/13/2019 10:33:16 PM   
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Image posts Working now, thanks, apparently had to wait 7 days after my 10th post (not a fake error)

A tiny update on troop_3 (ant empire) to make them less dark, see attachment 1st post to download

Before (Vanilla) and after (More Visible Troops V2.01)






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