Alpha EXPERIMENTAL 9.0 - Update

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Hi Galactic Survivalists,

We released another update for Alpha 9 - Experimental.

Please continue to report bugs here: https://empyriononline.com/threads/...lay-read-introduction-before-reporting.46683/

CHANGELOG: Alpha 9.0.2 - Experimental (Build 2062)

Added new type of Entity Spawners: "Static"
> these new spawners should behave as if you actually place the NPC in the POI
- Spawn spawns NPC once
- No particle effect
- Will also spawn NPC when structure has no core anymore ie after conquering
- "Static" can be configured via CP of spawner block
> Idea is to be able to create POIs where the player needs to clear a POI completely from enemies even after it has been captured
> we recommend using for these static spawners the thin plate and texture it so it is hidden

General Entity Spawner Update:
- Added dummy model to all spawner blocks so that the spawner blocks can be easily found in Creative mode in a POI
- Added the possibility to set faction on a per-spawner basis (eg you can place Civilian prisoners in a Zirax prison)
- Entities that are spawned within a structure are now also saved with this structure (this means when resuming a save game, the NPCs will be at the same position as when leaving game): PLEASE test well
- Entities spawned in a structure now stay within the structure and a boundary of 5 meters around
- Updated Talon POIs with static spawners

Faction Changes:
- No reputation loss if opening container in AI faction POI that is set to 0000
- Added new trigger levels for some actions, eg when attacking an NPC or opening a container, reputation drops to neutral not unfriendly
- Updated colors of player faction and admin faction

Other Changes:
- Increased version nr to 9.0.2
- Added vessel deco parts:
- Allow to set blocks to a structure that is regenerate-able in super godmode
- Updated Localization.csv
- Implemented that the Logistics window opens when you press 'Manage' in CP for fuel or O2
- Increased HP of Cargo Controller L and Extension L to 500 HP
- Added proper projectile for Turret HV Rocket (FastRocketGV)
- Updated dead version for AlienBug01
- Updated messages with Material Transmitter
- Added TalonChief and ZiraxCommander NPC
- Allow for possibility of generating a random system for a scenario
- Adapted drone base attack on starter planets: only after placing turret (not when base gets powered)
- Exchanged Troop Transport content: RipperDog instead of Crawler
- Added new Talon Trader content for all Talon traders in POIs

Volume Balancing:
- Reduced volumes of ores and ingots
- Slightly adjusted volumes of (intermediate) components

Re-added Arid planet as a 2nd starter planet:
- Please double check PDA Robinson Protocol
- How is start on Arid (too difficult or ok)?

Default Akua-Omicron scenario:
- Abandoned POI and Artifacts are now Alien Faction
- No fixed Escape Pod start position anymore
- Update starting equipment (like in A8)

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed: When trying to add fuel or oxygen to a vessel's tank via logistics from another structure a CoQ is triggered
- Fixed: Fuel / O2 withdrawal from one structure to another loses items
- Fixed: Problem that some blocks on Tower (story) were missing
- Fixed: When player uses a Furnace at a POI after setting up an input container a CoQ loop is triggered
- Fixed: CoQ when opening a Personal Container while PDA action with 'InventoryOpened' check is active
- Fixed: Using the last 4 slots of the PC results in an exception (Please start a new save game if this still triggers a exception in previous A9 saves)
- Fixed: Neutral State with Zirax lead to base does not defend vs. Base Attack (now no Base Attack of Zirax if standing Neutral or better)
- Fixed: Command regenerate / RegenAfter set a NPC faction structure to Public
- Fixed: Issue with the Detector showing to go in directions where this is nothing to discover.
- Fixed: Faction base getting changed to public
- Fixed: Collider on Boarding Ramp
- Fixed: Problem that in Hard setting no Energy Bar was given and thus Robinson Protocol task could not be fulfilled
- Fix for regenerate POI and faction getting lost
- Fixed: PF log exceptions after trying to use Deconstructor
- Fixed: Reputation getting hostile for some actions (eg killing spider in Talon territory)
- Fixed: Player is disconnected from a server when trying to take fuel or oxygen from a tank
- Fixed: Problem that weapons without scope could be zoomed slightly and got stuck
- Fixed: XP is not given in MP for killing any NPC's
- Fixed: Last 2 shapes of container extensions where wrong (temporarily removed)
- Fixed: potential exception when using console command 'changemode'
- Fixed: Scope reflection on pistols
11/12/2018 16:12:16


Alpha EXPERIMENTAL 9.0

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05/12/2018 14:55:05




Update: December 7, 2018

Thanks for your great feedback. We already integrate some of it and released a new version.

CHANGELOG: Alpha 9.0.0 (Build 2053)

Changes:
- Added modular expendable harvest and ammo containers for all structures
- Rebalanced reputation matrix: rivalry impact reduced by 50%, outside faction territory gain reduced by 50%
- Added new group ZiraxRipperDogPatrol to all playfields
- Adapted faction affiliation for creatures
- ZiraxOverseerPatrol, ZiraxCrawlerPatrol should not be used anymore (Overseer = Alien, Crawler = Talon). We are now spawning RipperDogs for these groups
- Replaced ZiraxOverseerPatrol, ZiraxCrawlerPatrol with ZiraxRipperDogPatrol on all playfields
- Updated Talon Deco NPC with new model
- Updated POI spawning on starter planet (AlienTowers are now Alien faction, more predator spawn around AlienTowers)
- Changed Trader content of Talon Trader (now all AuntMary > still needs to be tweaked and renamed)
- Added new gameoptions parameters for Coop games: ForcePvP and OriginFactionStart
- Added headgear and clothes to Talon
- Updated preview icons for several handheld weapons
- Now using SpawnRateZones in playfield.yaml to prevent spider spawn at escape pod drop (radius 400m)
- Robinson Protocol: display all chapters from the beginning

Logistics:
- Changed: When accessing the Logistics window via the Constructor or Control Panel the left selection dropdowns are now enabled
- Disabled Volume/Weight per default (before it was enabled per default but disabled with gameoptions.yaml), ie when resuming a A8 save game it will be deactivated
- improved performance (especially when switching between player inventory and a container)
- Constructor: Made the 'access linked container' button more obvious: recognizable button, icon now the opposite of the top-left back icon in window to return to the previous window
- grids are not constant 8x8 but as defined for the container
- player inventory is correctly linked with the Suit Constructor, i.e. if the constructor works, items are removed live as needed
- Updated messages with Material Transmitter
- Changed: Text in Constructor > now reads: "Please assign container from dropdown"

Weapon Handling:
- Updated aiming on Sniper T1
- Added new red dot sight to Pulse Rifle T1
- Added new building shape to standard blocks
- Added new building shape to container extensions
- Added animation to pistol T1

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed: Switching between F4 and TAB deletes inventory fully or partially bec. TAB has fewer slots than F4 (F4 now shows same grid as TAB window)
- Fixed: Cannot put blocks into Connected Toolbar that exceed Player Inventory Volume with Volume/Weight enabled
- Fixed: Accessing Container with F does not provide full Logistic Menu
- Fixed: Reputation Standing not working for MP Factions
- Fixed: Volume not working for ammo boxes (we added placeholder volume for now > not yet balanced)
- Fixed: Removing/Deconstructing a standalone container does not drop its contents
- Fixed: Faction tab NPC showing empty in some use cases
- Fixed: Container extension small had wrong shapes available (now same shapes as large version)
- Fixed: PDA Tutorial > Task: "Place blocks around Core" could not be fulfilled
- Fixed: Drone mounted weapons randomly appearing on planets under & above terrain
- Fixed: Correct position of StarterBiomes (center is where escape pod lands without steering)
- Fixed: HV hover engine in wrong state when switch from the control panel
- Fixed: CoQ after warping or leaving a planet
- Fixed: Talon cannot be looted: no access point
- Fixed: Several internal exceptions found in log of EXP server

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Hi Galactic Survivalists,

Instead of teasing you with dev blogs about the new Alpha 9 features, we decided to give you the possibility to test them hands-on. Welcome to Alpha 9 - EXPERIMENTAL.

Here is a quick overview of the main features of the upcoming Alpha 9:
1. Logistics (preparation for weight/volume integration)
2. AI Factions, Reputation and Territory
3. Leveled NPCs
4. Improved Weapon Handling
5. Improved Game Start
... and many more features as documented in the changelog below.

Please report bugs here: https://empyriononline.com/threads/bug-reports-exp-9-0-gameplay-read-introduction-before-reporting.46683/

Have fun with the Experimental version of A9.

Yours,

Emp Dev Team

P.S. The voting for the "2018 Indie of the Year Awards" has started. If you like Empyrion, please vote for it here: https://www.indiedb.com/games/empyrion-galactic-survival



CHANGELOG: Alpha 9 - Experimental (Build 2049)

MAJOR FEATURES:

1. Logistics

With Alpha 9, we prepared the grounds for integrating volume restrictions and weight into the game. Even though we already added and updated weight and volume for most of the items and blocks, we did not yet activate it. We still need to polish some parts and rebalance everything.

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For those who want to test how it feels when weight and volume restrictions are active, you can enable it as follows:
1. Set "EnableVolumeWeight: True" in Steam\steamapps\common\Empyrion - Galactic Survival\Content\Scenarios\Default Random\gameoptions.yaml
2. Start a new Survival game

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The change you might need get accustomed to is, instead of carrying around any block or item in your backpack or placing it from there, you will need to use the new LOGISTIC feature, which not only allows you to circumvent volume and weight limitations, but also allows to use this for remote actions via Wifi and the Connected Toolbar.

Logistics Window
Logistic as a whole, not only means how items and blocks can be moved without having to move them "through" your inventory, but also how inventories of construction devices will work from now on.

As soon as you are in reach of a Wifi or standing on your base or vessel, you can access the new logistic menu with F4 - or by facing a container and clicking F.

This is how the GUI of the logistics window looks like


On BOTH SIDES you can select
- a structure (even the same structure)
- a container (cannot be the same if structure is the same)

On the RIGHT side you can also select Fuel Tanks and O2 Tanks from an additional dropdown in order to fill them (fill-source needs to be selected on the LEFT side!)

You can freely move around items from one side to the other (if you activated the limitation: given there is enough volume) by drag and drop, SHIFT-Click or with the buttons in the middle.

Example: You can fill a tank of a vessel you are connected with (select vessel and tank on the RIGHT side) while standing on the base or in Wifi Range of another vessel, and moving fuel cells from any container (select source structure and container on the LEFT)

If you want to lift and place blocks or devices that are too heavy for your player or have a volume that exceeds your inventory, you can use the CONNECT button in the middle. This will "connect" you to the base and allow you to use the Connected Toolbar.

Connected Toolbar


As indicated, the integration of weight and volume limits will change how you handle blocks and items - especially the big ones: Large Constructor has 2500 L volume and your Inventory has 500 L storage capacity.

The connected toolbar is a toolbar to allow building without having run back and forth between containers due to the volume limits or be able to build at all and will stay in the future iterations, as most of the midgame blocks and devices are too heavy or voluminous for you to carry around in your backpack!

New Constructor Input / Output
With the new way on how logistics will be handled, the availability of internal inventories of the construction machines has changed. When you set up one of these devices and open its GUI you will notice that the devices do not have an internal inventory anymore. Instead you can assign ANY container (except fuel tanks and o2 tanks) to the INPUT and OUTPUT fields.



Modular Containers
To solve the ever-increasing demand of volume (when volume is activated as a limit), we added the new MODULAR CONTAINERS for all structures (BA, CV, SV and HV) for the initial A9 release (possibly also helpful for reworking your blueprints!)


Each Container consist of a
- Container Control Unit (CC, max one per container)
- Cargo Expansion Unit (CE)

For more details and feedback, please visit: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-9-experimental-logistics-virtual-toolbar-modular-containers.46638/#post-281863

2. AI Factions, Reputation and Territory

In the last major versions, we referred to some NPCs and groups of NPCs in a way that would let you imagine, those are real factions - but they still were only "NPCs" grouped in a POI. There was only ONE enemy that attacked you with drones and troops. This has changed now - and will change in future versions.

With Alpha 9, we introduce the first iteration of a real NPC faction and reputation system, starting with the global NPC factions of:
- Zirax Empire (the former "always bad guys")
- Talon (the natives)
- Polaris (a company with a monopol on machines & mining)
- Aliens (default faction for all the "always bad" guys; it is always hostile and you cannot change/influence the standing towards this faction)

Starting from Alpha 9, you basically can be friend or enemy to any of these factions - or all of those. This means that you can walk into a Zirax Dronebase and not bein shot, but walk into a Polaris Trading station and be attacked right away...or the traders will not share their offers with you at best.

Said that, the NPC Faction system and its underlying "Rivalry & Reputation" matrix (See below) will be constantly evolved up to a point where you, as a creator, will be able to also customize these elements and the NPC Factions as a whole.

What you need to know for Alpha 9:
1. Action leads to reaction. Killing or looting and other actions now come at a cost or with a reward of REPUTATION POINTS
2. NPC Factions have TERRITORIES. Performing the aformentioned Actions inside or outside the territory might show different results
3. You can make friends, but due to the RIVALRY of faction, you might make enemies at the same time

Territory View:
This is how the territories look on the map. They are static and NPC factions do not expand them (maybe in the future)


On the HUD in the upper right corner you can see the territory you are currently in - and the Standing towards this faction:


In the Player Menu (TAB) you can see the current Standing towards any faction. More factions are planned.


Reputation Points and Standing:
There are 6 dedicated standing levels which are tied to a defined Reputation Points threshold in a 6000-per level interval

0 - 6000 : Hostile
6001 - 12000 : Unfriendly
12001 - 18000: Neutral
18001 - 24000: Friendly
24001 - 30000: Honored

Example: If you see “Hostile: 5800/6000” you just slipped into “hostile” with 200 points. Gain 200 points and the counter will reset to 0 and you will advance to “Unfriendly”. You need 6000 more to get to Neutral then. Same for Neutral: 199/6000 means that you are 199+1 point away from “Unfriendly”

Special Standing Actions:
Some of the actions depend on a given standing level, eg. you can only do an action as long as you are on the correct standing level with the NPC faction member in front of you
[LIST]
[*]On Honored State:
> get a discount at the faction trader
> mine ore without RP penalty
> spawn structure without RP penalty
[*]On Friendly State:
> able to trade with a faction trader
> stay in territory (BA or vessel) without RP penalty
> harvest plants without RP penalty
[/LIST]
Rivalry:
Factions are not necessarily friends to each other - they might even be rivals. Given the Lore behind those factions, certain actions you as a player (or faction) do in favor or against a faction might lead to a faction standing change for another faction.

Of course, running missions for a faction might rise or drop Your faction standing as well.

For more details and feedback, please visit: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-9-experimental-factions-and-faction-standing.46641/#post-281867

KNOWN ISSUE:
- Reputation towards AI faction changes when creating / leaving a player faction in MP (will be fixed soon)

3. Leveled NPCs

In Alpha 9, you will notice an additional number when facing a NPC or a POI. This is the "level" of your opponent.



The level of the NPC is basically a multiplier of its attack (damage of his weapon) and defense (hitpoint) values, pretty much like the decision, which Difficulty mode to start the game with does also multiply the attack/defense parameters.

The level is an additional multiplier. If you played on MEDIUM before and now run into a Level 10 NPC on the same difficulty level, the NPC is 2.5x stronger than in Alpha 8.

For more details and feedback, please visit: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-9-experimental-leveled-enemies.46643/

4. Improved Weapon Handling

- Added iron sight aiming aka "aim-down-sight" (ADS)

- Added Recoil to all handheld weapons
- Added separate recoil parameter "Recoil" per weapon (can be configured in Config.ecf)
- Added recoil also in aiming mode (iron sight and scope aiming)
- Added red dot in aim mode to weapons if they have either a red dot sight or a zoom scope


5. Improved Game Start

- Added new Tutorial-Style Robinson Protocol in the beginning of Random Survival start
- Tutorial is now also visible in MP
- Added reduced start health and food (amount depends on difficulty level)
- Removed safe zone around starter biome (starter biome itself is still relatively safe)
- Increased creature spawn rate on starter planet
- Smaller welcome screen
- Gravity closer to earth for starter planet
- Added Silicon Rocks in "Shallow Water" biome to be able to guide player more easily to this location
- Tweaked start equipment

For more details and feedback, please visit: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-9-experimental-revised-game-start-tutorial.46644/


OTHER FEATURES:

Updated New Game Menu:
- Added possibility to select size of starter planet (Use range from dynamic playfield file to drive Planet Size selections, ie the dynamic.yaml determines which planet sizes are available for UI of Starter Planets)

Additions:
- Added Boarding Ramps

- Added 9 fully retractable landinggears

Updated Decoration System:
- Integrated new system for plants and trees: the decorations are now GPU instanced which should improve performance
- Improved visuals of decorations (billboards etc)
- Faster loading of decorations

Texture / Model Update:
- Model update: core blocks, generator T2, troop transport, alien bug on temperate planet, Talon (added more variation)
- Texture update: Turrets, containers, ammo and harvest box, Overseer NPC
- Exchanged model of Assault Rifle and Pulse Rifle
- Updated model of Pistol T1
- Updated model of Survival Tool

Improved AI Pathing:
- AI can now path between terrain and bases
- AI can now path in narrow bases
- AI can now path through doors

General AI Update:
- Reduced impact effect when hitting a drone
- Do not despawn NPC creatures in space after exit to main menu
- Drones do not have map marker anymore and do not show up on radar (to be consistent with other entities). Note: Planet Vessel and Space Drones still show up on radar
- Reduced HP on traders, alien civilians and assault cyborg
- Alienbug01 can now get aggressive if approached too close
- Added Ripper Dog
- Desert worms attack if their friend is damaged. note: desert worm Large is considered as different species to desert worm
- AlienBug01 is now Prey faction
- Improved Trader behavior (now standing at the edge of a block, does not attack and gets killed easily, will respawn after 5min if POI has not been conquered)
- Reduced weapon damage on Trader and AssaultCyborg weapons
- Crawler now belongs to Talon faction

Visuals / Sounds:
- Grass is now growing closer to POIs, set distance to deco from 12m to 8m
- Map view: slightly fading in shore now instead of hard clip
- All texturable devices now use tiled hull texture instead of plain hull texture
- First draft of printing the player damage death reason on screen
- Dark side of planet darker in space
- Tweaked particle effects on SurvivalTool, MultiTool
- 3d map: other player shows a bit darker now
- Tweaked LOD of growable plants: later culling
- Added new square sniper overlay on Sniper T2 and Sniper Epic
- Floating + Underground BAs: keep grass and deco below/above, do not show underground terrain texture
- Added dead model versions of Talon

Gameplay:
- Renamed "Enhanced Weapons" back to "Epic Weapons"
- Added Epic Drill and Epic Heavy Armor to Purple Loot
- Epic weapons cannot be crafted anymore
- Updated Loot: added more weapons to Alien Containers
- Using INSERT/DELETE will now rotate a blueprint before placing it
- When placing a starter block or a BP, it can only be rotated by 90° (due to change in AI pathing)
- Removed difficulty setting for spawn rate (always set to Medium)
- Toolbar can now wrap around when using scroll wheel (ie from handsfree slot to slot 1 and vice versa)
- No Plant Growing / No Life Check if CoreNPC or Admin
- Destroying deco NPC does not give XP anymore
- Starter block of CV does not have cockpit anymore
- Escape Pod start is now a bit earlier during the day (ie it will be a bit to the west)
- Added possibility to use a fixed position for Escape Pod start (eg for Coop > every player who joins server will drop at same location)
- Entities on POIs (that already get despawned after 5 minutes no player adjacent) will now also get despawned with DSL unloaded of this POI
- First draft in adding CPU points (WIP). Currently CPU limit is not yet activated

UI Changes:
- Removed “mode” (PvP, PvE) display in map for orbit playfields in SP
- Improved sector map display and UI
- Changes to status effect status icon display in HUD.
- Terrain Editor Window: Added "All" tab for textures
- Added HSV/RGB Sliders and Color Presets to Player Setup Color Picker
- ColorPalette: Change button HIDE to UNHIDE when triggered
- Added "No Build" zone legend label to 3d map.

PDA Update:
- Added reputation rewards to PDA
- Added PDA mission visibility by Reputation level
- Refinements to Skip/NoSkip for PDA briefings. Integrate PDA SkipMessage parameter.
- Ignore auto-activated PDA missions when in God Mode and landing from the Escape Pod.
- First step to implement Faction Reputation into PDA missions.
- Show PDA category Tutorial in MP games.

Modding:
- Supporting now | in damage multiplier > see Config.ecf
- Removed some entities from debug spawn menu
- Added Status parameters to FixedPlayerStart
- Exporting MaxVolumeCapacity to Config.ecf
- Allow to set default reputation to Polaris, Talon, Zirax depending on Origin > see DefReputation.ecf

Creative / Builder Changes:
- Added harvest stage of player growable plants to Creative menu so Builders can use them in POIs (we will soon create a own block group)
- In creative mode you can now spawn a BA in air on a planet to ease editing it
- Renamed CoreEnemy into CoreNPC > Important: All PDA creators, please update your PDA and replace "CoreEnemy" with "CoreNPC"
- Separated walkway and railing blocks into Small and Large
- Separated ramp blocks into Small and Large
- Proper separation between Shutter Doors Small and Large
- Added Hay texture for tribal villages: page 2 on Wood texture tool
- Updated all POIs and all stock CV / BA with new cargo containers. You can do the same with your BPs:
replaceblocks 1081 1677 (2x1x1 containers)
replaceblocks 1084 1677 (2x1x1 containers)
replaceblocks 273 1676 (1x1x1 containers)

Other Changes:
- Added console cmd to visualize the NPC spawn points in SP (use "dm" and then F9 twice, to zoom in use PgUp/PgDown)
- Temporarily only 1 starter planet for Random Default until other starter planets are setup correctly
- Added "Auto-Brake" toggle in Control Panel
- Added PentaxidElement as new ingredient for energy-based weapons (replaces PentaxidOre) > no balancing changes were made, just template adapted
- Converted mass into float
- Deactivated old container blocks since they are now too small
- Chunk loading optimization
- Deactivated In-Game Hints temporarily
- Temporarily deactivated WellFed status effect
- Improved console cmd "ents" by only showing full data when -full is specified
- More exact collider on AlienBug01
- Temporarily removed TemperateSwamp from Random Default
- Filter display of scenarios in New Game Window via '.hide.txt' file in scenario directory (we are currently hiding DoG, SoS, IvD scenarios)
- Showing now "< 1 minutes" instead of seconds when picking up something
- Dedi: Increased playfield load timeout from 10 to 20 seconds

Rebalancing:
- Rebalanced all turrets and mounted weapons against entities > now they inflict lower damage on entities (eg turret against drones / players / NPC)
>>> FEEDBACK required
- AtmoDensity has stronger effect on weapon range => all weapons have now a lower range on planets
>>> FEEDBACK required: idea is to have closer combat on planets
- Weapon rebalancing: turret rocket HV now uses other ammo (lower damage)
- Reduced HomingSpeed of Turret Rockets
- Crosshair gets red now if target is in reach
- Reduced crafting time of PowerBar
- Parasaur loot different between parent and baby
- Bandages now also heal (75HP)
- Rebalancing: increased variance of rock resource drops
- stamina penalty through low food is less severe
- stamina recovers faster when walking

Planet Update:
- Added AtmosphereParams: [10, 0.5] =[RayleighMultiplier, Atmosphere Contrast] that will allow to set sky colors better
- Updated SkyColor on several planets
- Updated POIs on Temperate Starter: separated XenuRadarTurret and XenuRadarTurretRocket
- Updated Swamp Starter and Swamp Planet
- Updated some wreckage POIs to prevent from easy collapse through SI
- Improved some POI so that they do not collapse so easily anymore
- Decreased min temperature on temperate planet to obtain more variation
- Resources are less deep buried on temp starter
- Renamed StarterBiome into Crashsite
- Resources on starter planets are now less deep buried
- Adapted deco in starter biome on temperate starter: more alien deco
- Added Tribal Tower to starter planets
- Added new Auxiliary algorithm for POI placements (see Talon villages on starter planet)

Blueprint Update:
- Blueprint property window now supports flatten terrain and digout terrain as separate options per blueprint (ie a BP can have either of them or both)
- Removed the need in blueprints to always have a y offset of -2 => offset now correctly displays the amount in meters that a POI is spawned in y direction (offset can also be Float > see eg BA_TribalCropField_TEST)
NOTE: POIs in all old save games are moved 2m in the ground > please start new save game)
- Updated y offset on Junk POI: please verify if they are placed correctly
- Added "FillerBlock" (no preview icon yet): these blocks will be removed when spawned in Survival > can be used to create POIs with dirt like that: https://i.imgur.com/nETXJiQ.jpg or https://i.imgur.com/Q0nk9ed.jpg (both use filler blocks)
- Added Tribal Village (with filler blocks) and crop field
- Replaced plant sprouts with harvestable version in all POIs (we added harvestable plant version to Creative Menu)
- Possible to spawn POI very close to each other (when using SpawnPOINearRange)

POI Update:
- Added new Polaris POIs - a big thanks to Rainyday
- Added new Polaris and Talon POIs: thanks to jmcburn, Kaeser, vermillion
- Added new stock BP Base Tier 7: thanks to jrandall https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1532190955
- Removed core from crashed ships
- Separated ruins into Tribal (Talon) and Modern (Polaris)
- Separated POI Tribal Villages in Stone and Wood (new group: TribalVillageStone)
- Added new Talon fields: thanks to jmcburn, Jacoviz
- Adapted y-offset for Junk T1 per POI (they also flatten ground now)
- Added Crop Fields (thanks to geostar1024, vermillion)
- Polaris Mining Aux Building: Ore Mill (thanks to: Kaeser)
- Tribal Bazaar (thanks to: Vermillion)

Repair-to-Template Window:
- Allow shift-click to quick move ingots from bag to item drop
- Increase timeout before updating Repair Data when adding ingots to 6s

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed: Explosive device does not explode in space
- Fixed: Large & heavy HV's can become stuck underwater & become very difficult to get out & free from the water.
- Fixed: Fuel disappears from a base if you power it on before adding fuel to it.
- Fixed: Deconstructor does not give back pentaxid after energy ammo deconstruction
- Fixed: When the AG zone is off for a playfield the offline protection can be disabled.
- Fixed: Placing follow-up light does not use settings from the previously placed light
- Fixed: Barrels of some retractable turrets could stick out of box when retracted
- Fixed: Problem that some drones had the wrong destroyed model
- Fixed: Lettering symbols out of alignment.
- Fixed: Problem that is was not possible to have FixedPlayerStart in a Structure in Random orbit playfield
- Fixed: Survival tool beam showing wrong for other players
- Fixed: R2T console accepts iron, copper and silicon ore stacks
- Fixed: UI/Scroll Area Movement issue in Vessel Statistics
- Fixed: Containers could not be mirrored with Mirror Planet
- Fixed: Problem that some creatures on temperate swamp did not respawn
- Fixed: Broken deco: AlienBushRedFronds has extreme colour in distance; branches move too fast in wind
- Fixed: Heightmap discrepancies between SSG preview generated and in-game generated
- Fixed: Walkway & Railing blocks BP issue > Please check if still exploit possible
- Fixed: Lava "Transparency" SSAO Issue
- Fixed: HV sometimes sink into the water
- Fixed: Plant that gives Grains did not have a harvest version
- Fixed: Problem that dirt under POIs was not calculated on first entry of a game
- Fixed: Jump in Lava when player moves over planet
- Fixed: Small gap when placing spawner plate thin
- Fixed: Event_Entity_Faction_Changed spams the API
- Fixed: Warning "missing script" on certain weapons
- Fixed: Preview shader is white for some devices
- Fixed: SV Hitscan logic
- Fixed: If MapDistance: 0 in playfield.yaml, then POI was still discoverable when teleporting close to it (now only show HUD marker if debugging ie via map command)
- Fixed: Slime now only attacks player after being attacked
- Fixed: Lights blocks are removing blocks that are behind them.
- Fixed: Too bright grass in forests
- Fixed: Big Flower model was transparent from below
- Fixed: Missing hull block in Alien Tower (story POI)
- Fixed: Wrong position of ModWing T-Connector
05/12/2018 14:55:05


Alpha 8.7.1: Back to Unity 2017

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HOTFIXES:

Update: November 21, 2018 (Build 1909)
- Fixed: Problem with terrain not updating correctly
- Fixed: Internal exception linked to AI Drones
- Updated SV for story mission

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Update: November 16, 2018 (Build 1908)

EAH (Empyrion Admin Helper) fixes:

- Playfield Restriction for Origin set to Origin 0 by default
- Please check the Playfield list for the "Belongs to Origin" column and set it to 999 for no restrictions. (You can also use the button "Set belongs to to "No") Or turn of the Playfield Faction restriction in the config, if not in use.

==========

Update: November 13, 2018 (Build 1907)

Changed:
- Increased timeout for playfield loading to 10 sec

Fixed:
- Small Oxygen Bottle has O2 value of 75 but only adds 35 to the O2 tank
- When the AG zone is off for a playfield the offline protection can be disabled
- Wrong configuration of several deco objects leading to spam of log files
- Several internal exceptions

==========

Hi Galactic Survivalists,

Unfortunately, we had to revert the game engine back to Unity 2017 because several internal crashes and problems appeared after the Unity 2018 upgrade.

These game-engine related problems were almost impossible to find during the closed tester and Experimental phase and showed up only after the public release when a high number of players were playing the game on different machines.

We decided to do this step to be able to entirely focus on the upcoming Alpha 9 release and not be distracted by hunting these internal Unity 2018 bugs.

Be assured that we will revisit the Unity 2018 upgrade after the Alpha 9 release. The efforts we have invested into the Unity 2018 upgrade were not in vain because we can quickly re-integrate the Unity 2018 related changes after the Alpha 9 release. We will then again need your help in finding these nasty bugs.

Sorry for the inconveniences during this rough week with Unity 2018 and thanks for your understanding & patience.

Please report bugs here:
https://empyriononline.com/threads/bug-reports-8-7-x-unity2017-gameplay-read-introduction-before-reporting.45730/

CHANGELOG Alpha 8.7.0 (Build 1905)
- Reverted game engine back to Unity 2017.1

Yours,

Emp Dev Team
31/10/2018 14:54:31


Alpha 8.7: Unity 2018 and A9 Preview

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The above screenshot shows one of the new features we are working on for Alpha 9


Update: October 29, 2018 - Build 1902

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed: Several internal exceptions found in logs

=================

Hi Galactic Survivalists,

After several small stabilizing updates for Alpha 8.6 over the last weeks, today we released Alpha 8.7 where we upgraded the game engine to Unity 2018. Since it is a major engine upgrade, we had to invest a lot of time making sure nothing breaks. Paradoxically, the ideal outcome would be that you do not see any difference to the last public release version Alpha 8.6.3.

Please report bugs here: https://empyriononline.com/threads/bug-reports-8-7-x-gameplay-read-introduction-before-reporting.45695/


CHANGELOG: Alpha 8.7.0 (Build 1899)
- Upgraded game engine to Unity 2018.1
- Temporarily deactivated trusted server label
- Reduced hitpoints of some obsolete blocks to avoid exploits

===

Alpha 9 Preview:

Besides the engine upgrade, our team has been working very hard on Alpha 9. However, at this point, we do not want to reveal too much about Alpha 9 but we can already say it will be a huge game changer!

Alpha 9 focuses on gameplay improvements - unlike the last major releases that focused on architectural changes. We will soon start our "Road to Alpha 9" dev blogs with more details and we are really looking forward to getting your feedback on the different topics.

So far, we just want to tease you with a couple of screenshots (maybe you can already guess on what features we are working):

Feature 1:






Feature 2:






Feature 3:


Feature 4:


But this is only a small part of the planned features for Alpha 9. Stay tuned...

Yours,

Emp Dev Team
24/10/2018 10:46:00


Alpha EXPERIMENTAL 8.7.0 and Alpha 9 Preview

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17/10/2018 16:51:31

Update: October 23, 2018 (Build 1899)

Bug Fixes:

- Fixed: Too dark color of planets in 3d planetary map

Changes:
- Reduced hitpoints of some obsolete blocks to avoid exploits
- Temporarily deactivated trusted server label

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Update: October 18, 2018 (Build 1896)

Changes:
- Build number is now inline with the public release

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed: Problem that all Blueprints in the BP Library were marked in red and not spawnable in Survival

========

Hi Galactic Survivalists,

We have been silent the last couple of weeks because a lot of things are currently happening behind the scenes. In particular, our team is working very hard in the following two areas:
1. Upgrade of the game engine to Unity 2018
2. Features for Alpha 9 Update

Upgrade of the game engine to Unity 2018
Today, we released the first version of Empyrion that runs with Unity 2018 on the Experimental branch. Paradoxically, the ideal outcome would be that you do not see any difference to the current public release version Alpha 8.6.3. Since it is a major engine upgrade, we had to invest a lot of time making sure nothing breaks. Now, we need your help to confirm. Thanks a lot in advance for giving it a thorough test.

Please report bugs here: https://empyriononline.com/threads/bug-reports-8-7-experimental.45657/

CHANGELOG: Alpha EXPERIMENTAL 8.7.0 (Build 103)
- Upgraded game engine to Unity 2018.1

Note: We will soon increase the build number to be consistent with the public release.

====

Features for Alpha 9 Update
Regarding the upcoming Alpha 9 version, we do not want to reveal too much at this point but we can already say it will be a huge game changer! Alpha 9 focuses on gameplay improvements - unlike the last major releases that focused on architectural changes. We will soon start our "Road to Alpha 9" dev blogs with more details and we are really looking forward to getting your feedback on the different topics.

So far, we just want to tease you with a couple of screenshots (maybe you can already guess on what features we are working):

Feature 1:






Feature 2:


Feature 3:


But this is only a small part of the planned features for Alpha 9. Stay tuned...

Yours,

Emp Dev Team
17/10/2018 16:51:31


Alpha 8.6.3 Hotfix

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16/10/2018 19:43:48

Hi Galactic Survivalists,

we just released again a small patch for Alpha 8.6.

Please continue to report bugs over here: https://empyriononline.com/threads/...play-read-introduction-before-reporting.43916

Yours,

Emp Dev Team

===========

CHANGELOG Alpha 8.6.3 (Build 1891)

Bug Fixes:

Changed:
- Repair-to-Template window: Allow shift-click to quick move ingots from bag to item drop
- Repair-to-Template window: Increase timeout before updating Repair Data when adding ingots to 6s
- Increased check-distance for free blocks in front of a weapon

Fixed:
- CoQ with Repair-to-Template
- After changing the faction of a CV it is sometimes possible to fly through hull blocks with the vessels that become undocked
- Dead NPC still persistent and targetable at 'edge of visibility range'
- Possible fix for fps drop when rotating a CV with docked ships
- Placing follow-up light does not use settings from the previously placed light
- Explosive device does not explode in space
- After changing the faction of a CV it is sometimes possible to fly through hull blocks with the vessels that become undocked
- Repair-to-Template is not completed after moving away then returning
- Harvest module info shows 'Harvest box missing' when box is placed on the vessel
16/10/2018 19:43:48


Alpha 8.6.2 Hotfix

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Hi Galactic Survivalists,

We just released another small patch for Alpha 8.6.

Please continue to report bugs over here: https://empyriononline.com/threads/...play-read-introduction-before-reporting.43916

Yours,

Emp Dev Team

===========

CHANGELOG: Alpha 8.6.2 (Build 1885)

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed: Signal setup of lights were randomly removed when opening Control Panel
- Fixed: Retractable SV landing gears stop working after a block is removed from the vessel
- Fixed: HV with 1.5m hover height cannot shoot weapons over water
- Fixed: Some landing gears had wrong collider size (collider too high)
- Fixed: Could buy from empty NPC Trader
- Fixed: Custom Color Palettes get lost when quit & resume game
- Fixed: NPC Trader fall in universe cause DSL is not fast enough
- Fixed: Too many entities crashes a playfield
- Fixed: Missing hull blocks next to oxygen tanks
- Fixed: Removed Prison POI from temperate starter (since it is not yet active in PDA mission)
- Fixed: Internal exception related to Grass
- Fixed: NPC Trader filter logic
- Fixed: Problem that some creatures on temperate swamp did not re-spawn
- Fixed: Several internal exception reported on support email and found in logs

Known Issues:
- Repair-2-Template is not always completed after moving away and then returning.
02/10/2018 11:43:38


Alpha 8.6.1: Hotfix

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12/09/2018 17:19:08

Hi Galactic Survivalists,

We just released a small patch for Alpha 8.6.

Please continue to report bugs over here: https://empyriononline.com/threads/...play-read-introduction-before-reporting.43916

Yours,

Emp Dev Team

===========

CHANGELOG: Alpha 8.6.1 (Build 1875)

Changes:
- Made DSL control parameters available in gameoptions.yaml
- Added new T0 HV Stock Prefab. Thanks to XCaliber https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1503757615
-> with some slight texture adjustments
- Old HV T0 does not need Sathium anymore (no hardened steel used anymore)
- Removed cobalt requirement for Turret Projectile template
- Added new Junk T1 and T2 POIs: thanks to jmcburn & rainyday
- Updated TalonTemple POI and TSO Akua Orbit
- Updated textures on Open Cockpit 2 (SV) and Cockpit 3 (CV)
- Updated block info for survival tool
- Blue selection box now gets removed if 'Selection' checkmark is uncheck

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed: Issue with Player names in factions
- Fixed: External camera view too far away from long CV
- Fixed: Mounted vessel weapons: destroyed weapons are firing "out of the nowhere"
- Fixed: Replace mode of the texture & color tool when used on terrain causes the game to freeze in the creative mode
- Fixed: Beam of (retractable) Drill Turret and Multiturret not visible
- Fixed: Parts of bases/ships morphing/appearing on other structures.
- Fixed: Spawned docked ships don't move anymore if vessel it was docked to is gone
- Fixed: When placing HoverThruster, there should not be in CP: RCS missing, Thruster missing
- Fixed: LCDs from previous savegames turn black when being edited
- Fixed: Falling parts of a base had no texture
- Fixed: Issue with Emissive textures with bloom enabled
- Fixed: Cut removes mesh collider
- Fixed: Bug for sector map 3d pathing
- Fixed: Internal exception linked to solar panel
12/09/2018 17:19:08


ALPHA 8.6: Bug Fixes and Improvements

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Hi Galactic Survivalists,

After our big Anniversary update last week, today we are releasing a smaller update Alpha 8.6 with bug fixes and a few more additions, like a new planet type, more retractable turrets, as well as UI and visual improvements!

Check out the update video by Ashrai:
[url]https://youtu.be/OsP3a-PPaRI[/url]

Please report bugs over here: https://empyriononline.com/threads/bug-reports-8-6-x-gameplay-read-introduction-before-reporting.43916

Yours,

Emp Dev Team

===========

CHANGELOG: Alpha 8.6.0 (Build 1867)

New Swamp Planet:


- Added new temperate swamp planet with a high biome diversity. The new planet can be found in the Random Default scenario and in the Akua-Omicron scenario as Roggery planet
(Note: It is not (yet) integrated as a new starter planet)




- The planet includes more than 20 new POIs (thanks to binhthuy71, rainyday, Ramachandra, jmcburn, jrandall, Needleship for their POIs) and several new terrain stamps (2 biomes on this planet were inspired by Vexray's creations)




Additions:
- Added retractable turrets for Bases and Hover Vessels

- Added Base Turrets in groups (similar to CV)
- Added retractable versions for alien sentry guns

- Added wall version for human sentry gun
- Added retractable version for all human sentry guns (and put into block group)

- Added Prefab Stock Tier 0 HV (very light, cheap and maneuverable by only using Hover Thrusters):


Gameplay:
- Limiting camera third person zoom to 300 meter
- Survival Tool does not consume Stamina anymore
- Increased rotation speed of all sentry guns

User Interface:
- Re-added weapon name to right-bottom HUD
- Allow to select Structure type (BA, SV, CV, HV) and Object type for more menus (similar behavior as with Constructor): BP Menu (F2) and Creative Menu
- Added tooltips to N Building Menu (Build Settings Window)
- Updated preview icons for Plastic (darker to better distinguish from other blocks)

Visuals:
- Added new static image when using Warp Jump (instead of white screen)
- Re-added parallax high setting

Planet Update:
- Updated Arid planet: Added Epsilon Main Radar Complex + Auxiliaries
- Added new POI: Xenu Fuel Storage (by fractalite): group name "XenuMain"

Balancing:
- Re-balanced NPC spawning on Temperate Starter planets (less spiders during night, more diversity in spawning)
- Re-balanced temperate starter (Default Scenario): starter POIs are now a bit closer to starter biome (ca 150m)

Other Changes:
- Enhanced Deconstructor to deconstruct group block's children
- Furnace no longer shows construction queue (not needed since furnace does step-by-step auto-crafting)
- Non-retractable turrets occupy now 1 block space less in y direction
- Added console command ("unlockdevices", "ud") for unlocking all devices
- Added console command ("calcunlockpoints", "cup") that calculates how many unlock points are needed to unlock everything in all tech trees
- TurretTemplate is now exported to Config.ecf
- Reduced night light intensity on desert planet

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed: Mounted weapons can't reload if some of the other mounted weapons are inactive
- Fixed: Instant reloading for retractable turrets by turning them on and off constantly
- Fixed: Sometimes when returning to docked vessels they can be positioned incorrectly but still docked.
- Fixed: Spawned docked ships don't move anymore if vessel it was docked to is gone
- Fixed: Problem that sold stacks to NPC Trader were not split properly
- Fixed: Coloring with Mirror plane does not work for several blocks (eg Windows, Railing etc)
- Fixed: Item dupe after playfield change (landing to planet)
- Fixed: Solar Panels only show one yellow dot after a few restarts / after a while
- Fixed: Solar panels calculate the sun at the wrong position in some cases
- Fixed: Solar energy production displays wrong numbers in some cases
- Fixed: Problem that block texture and color was not visible when using "Lock" feature in N Building Menu (Build Settings Window)
- Fixed: Sometimes when approaching a structure in a vessel the vessel will be slowed down or stopped for a few moments
- Fixed: Some underwater flora is transparent when SSAO is on low
- Fixed: Sometimes after leaving a planet a random POI is appearing close to the planet & the player can be teleported far away
- Fixed: Block preview not showing original texture when Lock mode is switched off
- Fixed: Sporadic problem that docked ships did float above the base after spawning and when returning to the server
- Fixed: Sporadic error "Error assigning texarray texture to 2D texture property"
- Fixed: When the player enters a planet from orbit you see for a split second the terrain close up
- Fixed: Sprinting into a cockpit keeps Stamina draining
- Fixed: Furnace idle/working mode not correct
- Fixed: Revealed sectors not displayed in scroll list in sector map.
- Fixed: Issue with Emissive textures with bloom enabled.
- Fixed: Terrain Placeables could be stacked on top of each other (Tents, Work Lights, Water Generator etc)
- Fixed: Custom new game name is reset after changing difficulty settings.
- Fixed: Slot info missing from Armor info UI.
- Fixed: Internal AI Exception
- Fixed: Page down camera glitch through ground
- Fixed: Several internal exceptions
- Fixed: “EnergyIn” is displayed at bottom for Drill Turret (and all other drills) in Block Info (unlike for other devices)
- Fixed: Upgrade Info in tooltip sometimes showing "null" (instead of "None")
06/09/2018 11:06:01


Alpha EXPERIMENTAL 8.6.0

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Hi Galactic Survivalists,

We just released the experimental version of Alpha 8.6.

Let us know what you think and please report any issues here: https://empyriononline.com/threads/bug-reports-8-6-experimental.43819/

==========

CHANGELOG: Alpha EXPERIMENTAL 8.6.0 (Build 1867)

New Swamp Planet:


- Added new temperate swamp planet: it can be found in the Random Default scenario and in the Akua-Omicron scenario as Roggery planet
- The new planet includes more than 20 new POIs and several new terrain stamps (thanks to binhthuy71, rainyday, Ramachandra, jmcburn, jrandall, Needleship for their POIs). 2 biomes on this planet were inspired by Vexray's creations

Additions:
- Added retractable turrets for Bases and Hover Vessels
- Added Base Turrets in groups (similar to CV)
- Added retractable versions for alien sentry guns
- Added wall version for human sentry gun
- Added retractable version for all human sentry guns (and put into block group)
- Added Prefab Stock Tier0 HV

Gameplay:
- Survival Tool does not consume Stamina anymore
- Increased rotation speed of all sentry guns
- Limiting camera third person zoom to 300 meter

UI:
- Re-added weapon name to right-bottom HUD
- Allow to select Structure type (BA, SV, CV, HV) and Object type for more menus (similar behavior as with Constructor): BP Menu (F2) and Creative Menu
- Added tooltips to N Building Menu (Build Settings Window)
- Updated preview icons for Plastic (darker to better distinguish from other blocks)

Visuals:
- Added new static image when using Warp Jump (instead of white screen)
- Re-added parallax high setting

Planet Update:
- Updated Arid planet: Added Epsilon Main Radar Complex + Auxiliaries
- Added new POI: Xenu Fuel Storage (by fractalite): group name "XenuMain"

Balancing:
- Re-balanced NPC spawning on Temperate Starter planets (less spiders during night, more diversity in spawning)
- Re-balanced temperate starter (Default Scenario): starter POIs are now a bit closer to starter biome (ca 150m)

Changes:
- Enhanced Deconstructor to deconstruct group block's children
- Furnace no longer shows construction queue (not needed since furnace does step-by-step auto-crafting)
- Non-retractable turrets occupy now 1 block space less in y direction
- Added console command ("unlockdevices", "ud") for unlocking all devices
- Added console command ("calcunlockpoints", "cup") that calculates how many unlock points are needed to unlock everything in all tech trees
- TurretTemplate is now exported to Config.ecf
- Reduced night light intensity on desert planet

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed: Mounted weapons can't reload if some of the other mounted weapons are inactive
- Fixed: Instant reloading for retractable turrets by turning them on and off constantly
- Fixed: Sometimes when returning to docked vessels they can be positioned incorrectly but still docked.
- Fixed: Spawned docked ships don't move anymore if vessel it was docked to is gone
- Fixed: Problem that sold stacks to NPC Trader were not split properly
- Fixed: Coloring with Mirror plane does not work for several blocks (eg Windows, Railing etc)
- Fixed: Item dupe after playfield change (landing to planet)
- Fixed: Solar Panels only show one yellow dot after a few restarts / after a while
- Fixed: Solar panels calculate the sun at the wrong position in some cases
- Fixed: Solar energy production displays wrong numbers in some cases
- Fixed: When the player enters a planet from orbit you see for a split second the terrain close up
- Fixed: Sprinting into a cockpit keeps Stamina draining
- Fixed: Furnace idle/working mode not correct
- Fixed: Revealed sectors not displayed in scroll list in sector map.
- Fixed: Issue with Emissive textures with bloom enabled.
- Fixed: Terrain Placeables could be stacked on top of each other (Tents, Work Lights, Water Generator etc)
- Fixed: Custom new game name is reset after changing difficulty settings.
- Fixed: Slot info missing from Armor info UI.
- Fixed: Internal AI Exception
- Fixed: Page down camera glitch through ground
- Fixed: Several internal exceptions
- Fixed: “EnergyIn” is displayed at bottom for Drill Turret (and all other drills) in Block Info (unlike for other devices)
- Fixed: Upgrade Info in tooltip sometimes showing "null" (instead of "None")
05/09/2018 18:19:47


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