WHAT IS THIS MOD ABOUT?
Vanilla icons defile the eye as much as they flee the intellect. They are ugly and unintelligible. Their poor design makes it extremely difficult to understand designing, which is arguably the single most relevant variable of the balance of power within your war-thorned galaxy. For this reason, I have developed a new set of icons for components and planetary facilities that consists of simple pictures made of just 1 colour upon a dark background. Each colour combination reflects the main purpose of the component or the nature of the facility in question, accordin to the following scheme:
RED: offensive components --> mainly directed at dealing damages.
BLUE: defensive components --> mainly directed at preventing or repairing damages
ORANGE: structural components --> required for the construction of most of the ships and the stations.
GREEN: utility components --> add new functionalities to ships and stations but are usually not mandatory (with the exception of few specific designs.)
PURPLE: buff/debuff components --> enhance or reduce the effectiveness of other components.
Here are some in-game screenshots:
Research screen: research_1, research_2
Design screen: design
Ship's Components screen: ship_details_1, ship_details_2, ship_details_3
NOTE: components with inversed colours (bright background, dark icon) are available only to specific races.
2) PLANETARY FACILITIES
INDIGO: ordinary facilities. Indigo works well with the predominant grey palette of the user interface.
GOLD: pirate bases.
Here are some in-game screenshots:
Research screen: research_3
HUD screen: hud_big, hud_small
Ground screen: ground_report
Colony screen: colony_details
NOTE: facilities with inversed colours (bright background, dark icon) are advanced wonders.
1) First of all, decompress the archive "Understandable Icons.zip".
2a) Then if you want to use this pack as a stand-alone mod: simply put the whole "Understandable Icons" folder inside your "Customization" folder.
2b) If, instead, you prefer to merge this mod with others, simply copy and paste the content of the folder "Understandable Icons" (the content of the folder, not the folder itself) inside "Customization/[the main folder of your favourite mod]" and answer "yes" to every request of overwriting already existing files that might pop up.
This mod is compatible with any other that does not modify the icons of components or facilities.
It would work even with mods that add further components or facilities. However, since this mod contains icons only for components up to #128 and facilities up to #32, the ones with a higher numerical value will maintain their own icons, that the user will have to replace manually (by deleting the other mod's icons and filling the voids with renamed copies of this one's).
EDITING IS ALLOWED
The icons are at the disposal of the community. Any user is welcome to utilise or modify them as he or she pleases.
Should this little mod manages to enhance the "readability" of the game, a great amount of credit must go to Monochromatic Spider for his truly indispensable insight on how to force the game into displaying a more human-friendly resolution. I highly recommend every wanna-be galactic emperor to read his post on Steam: How to force full-screen resolution for the game. His mod has been used to make the screenshots linked above.
Have fun pacifying the galaxy and feel welcome to deliver any feedback. Knowledge is power and I am not at all a professional designer.
Here is a reproduction of all the icons contained in the mod.
v.2.3 - May 11th 2020
fixed error in "component.txt"
v.2.2 - May 11th 2020
modified icons: damage control unitm now considered buff/debuff component
modified files: damage control unit (help)
v.2.1 - May 10th 2020
modified icons: armor, damage control unit and scanner jammer
scanner jammer is now considered buff/debuff component
modified files: armer, damage control unit, scanner jammer and overview files (help)
changed picture index for component_155 inside "components.txt"
added files: about.png, about.txt
v.2.0 - May 8th 2020
added files: components files (help)
modified icons: torpedo
< Message edited by logopatico -- 5/24/2020 8:44:55 AM >