Current version: 1.2.0 (Coming of the Vanguard)


The current release of the mod contains:


  • Five new lifestyles with various pros and cons
    • Berserkers, exemplified by the warlike Rahta race
      • Be the finest warriors in the galaxy, but be wary of galactic peace, for your internal strife will cripple you
    • Pacifists, such as the telepathic Fasshi
      • Peace is a means and a purpose to your people, but war disturbs them greatly
    • Researchers, exemplified by the determined Alipha
      • Stop the impending Overlord invasion through the power of superior technology
    • Progenitors, represented by the ancient, recently reawakened Ulthaar
      • Rebuild your broken civilization and awaken the Remnants to reclaim your heritage
    • Ringworlders, the first 'Vanguard' race, exemplified by the hedonistic, sedentary Bluuhbi
      • Funnel the galaxy's resources to your Ringworlds as you work to reassert your dominance over the Vanguard and gain the favor of the Overlords by ensuring their conquest of this galaxy
  • A fully transformed tech grid, bringing back the organized nature of the ABEM grid and reintroducing its specialization system
  • More than a dozen new subsystems, including Ferrofluid Armor, Miner Hulls, Covariant Shield Generators, and Singularity Cores
  • A complete overhaul of weapon balancing
  • Several new orbitals - Stellar Shield Generators, Power Transmitters, Subspace Telescope Arrays, and others
  • Several new buildings, including Command Centers and Centralized Coordination Complexes
  • Increased control over the way the game plays, with settings such as First Contact Mode, Research Effectiveness Decay, and more being changeable during game configuration
  • New gameplay mechanics:
    • Derelicts - flagships not using Sinew now have a chance of being disabled rather than destroyed when they lose all their Control, depending on how badly damaged they are
    • Stellar phenomena - the unique 'Nebula' system of the base game is now a variety of non-unique nebulae with all sorts of different effects and valuable resources, while black holes hold valuable 'Ancient Hubworlds' that are guarded by powerful Remnant fleets, and are no longer limited to galactic cores
    • Boarding - send troops to attack the enemy from within and take their ships for yourself
    • Vanguard Victory - races such as the Bluuhbi can construct Portal Stabilizers on Ringworlds and Artificial Planetoids, working to summon an unstoppable alien armada
  • New maps:
    • Precious Clouds - 4-player map; race to rule the rich nebulae at the heart of this small sector

Credits:


  • Dalo Lorn - Lead programmer and story writer; content developer
  • (RETIRED) Alarcarr - Original author; balance technician; content developer
  • (RETIRED) Darloth - Lead balance technician; programmer; content developer; author of the Reclusive Ringworlders and Subsystem Assortment mods, both of which have made it into the mod in some increasingly small part; logo designer
  • (RETIRED) IllyiaSvara - Balance technician; minor content developer
  • Further credits can be found at Steamcommunity.com
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It seems I've been neglecting ModDB a bit - I never got around to announcing my return, or the Patreon, or the new update I was working on. (Okay, I sort of announced all three of those in the comments section, but that's not the same.)

However, my failure to coordinate the ModDB and Steam releases was more deliberate (even if it did last a little longer than I originally intended). Releasing to or updating from the Steam Workshop is a lot more convenient for modder and user alike, and there's inevitably a number of issues that need to be fixed after the initial Workshop release. Some of those are me being a blind idiot, others are things that have just been noticed after a few years of slipping by undetected.

Having said all that, version 1.2.0 has now reached a sufficiently stable state that I'm comfortable with the idea of releasing it to ModDB. (In fact, it released 10 hours ago; I just didn't manage to write this up before I had to leave for college.)

The full patch notes can be found at Steamcommunity.com, as usual. Here's some of the most important bits, though:

  • Massively revamped the tech grid to make it more like ABEM and improve compatibility with the base game. Unfortunately, Technocracy was doomed.
  • Reworked terraforming, making it a research unlock and building a specialization tree around it.
  • The Bluuhbi are back from ABEM. They're basically the same as they were before.
  • Boarding Parties are back, working more like the ones in Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion. (Rahta get Boarding Parties by default.)
  • Several new toys like Forcefields. (Alipha get Forcefields by default.)
  • Non-orbital FTL methods now use the same research mechanism (research prototype -> build prototype -> pay FTL to unlock normal equipment) as Gates and Fling Beacons.
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Rising Stars 1.0.2 is now live on ModDB!

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Rising Stars now live on Steam!

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Even the deadly hand of a major patch can't keep a mod down... ;) (Quite the contrary! :O)

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[LATEST] Rising Stars 1.2.0 for v2.0.3

[LATEST] Rising Stars 1.2.0 for v2.0.3

Full Version

Rising Stars version 1.2.0 (Coming of the Vanguard). Made for Star Ruler 2 version 2.0.3. Full version, does not require previous versions.

Rising Stars 1.1.2 for v2.0.3

Rising Stars 1.1.2 for v2.0.3

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Patch for Rising Stars version 1.1.1 (Return of the Ulthaar). Made for Star Ruler version 2.0.3. Built for and requires Rising Stars 1.1.1.

Rising Stars 1.1.1 for v2.0.3

Rising Stars 1.1.1 for v2.0.3

Full Version

Rising Stars version 1.1.1 (Return of the Ulthaar). Made for Star Ruler 2 version 2.0.3. Full version, does not require previous versions.

Compatibility hotfix for Rising Stars 1.0.2

Compatibility hotfix for Rising Stars 1.0.2

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Compatibility hotfix for Star Ruler 2 version 2.0.3. Built for and requires Rising Stars 1.0.2.

Rising Stars 1.0.2 for v2.0.2

Rising Stars 1.0.2 for v2.0.2

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Rising Stars version 1.0.2 (The Glory of War). Made for Star Ruler 2 version 2.0.2, compatible with 2.0.1. Full version, does not require previous versions...

Rising Stars 1.0.1 for v2.0.1

Rising Stars 1.0.1 for v2.0.1

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Rising Stars version 1.0.1 (The Glory of War). Compatible with Star Ruler 2 version 2.0.1. Full version, does not require previous versions.

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Redlightning
Redlightning

That was quite the hiatus.

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Dalo_Lorn Creator
Dalo_Lorn

To be fair, it was shorter than I expected. :P

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Dalo_Lorn Creator
Dalo_Lorn

We're back in action, and 1.2.0 is just around the corner! I still have to write up the ModDB news post, but in the meantime: Patreon.com

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shitposter9191
shitposter9191

Great work. I love the mod. I noticed there is a bug in the file DestroyerHull.txt ... according to the description after mod activation the hp bonus of the destroyer hull should be a bonus of 200% ... so 3x .. but in the file it is still 6x ... I just checked it after I tried the destroyer hull and wondered why my destroyers could simple rape the enemy. I fixed it in the file "Rising_Stars_1.0.1\data\subsystems\flagships\hulls/DestroyerHull.txt". It works well for me and it gives other hulls a reason for existing again.

I hope it will help to improve balancing for others as well.

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vnucik
vnucik

seems legit, it was problem of SR 2 v 2.0.0 i fixed that manually too I will write this to Dalo on if you dont mind it may not be a bug but (small chance) but if its its pretty important one.

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vnucik
vnucik

EDIT: It is not a bug, confirmed by author. It is just a wrong tooltip!!!

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Dalo_Lorn Creator
Dalo_Lorn

Just uploaded a batch of screenshots from 0.5.0. Development is going along fairly slowly, I'm afraid, but we're still alive... ish.

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Guest
Guest

Great work!!!

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Dalo_Lorn Creator
Dalo_Lorn

*opens cookie jar and hands out a cookie*

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Guest
Guest

How do you install this without steam?

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Dalo_Lorn Creator
Dalo_Lorn

The instructions in the download descriptions should be pretty straightforward? (If not, please let me know so I can fix them. :()

I'm going to assume you're trying to install 0.4.1. The thing is, it's not a standalone mod - you have to install 0.4.0 first, then install 0.4.1 on top of that.

1. Download ABEM 0.4.0.

2. Extract the contents of 0.4.0's .zip into a folder in "Star Ruler 2/mods". I'm going to go with "ABEM", which would make that "Star Ruler 2/mods/ABEM".

3 (optional). Start the game up now, to see if you've properly installed it. You should know it's working when you see it, the game will pop up a mod selection screen before taking you to the main menu.

(It is not uncommon for the game to be a bit unstable after enabling mods of this scale - you may have to restart after enabling ABEM. It's possible that the game will crash, that the main menu will fail to load, or that the game will work perfectly.)

4. Download ABEM 0.4.1.

5. Extract the contents of 0.4.1's .zip into your ABEM folder (whatever it's called). If prompted to overwrite files (and you should be prompted!), overwrite everything.

6. Start the game up. If you haven't already done so, enable ABEM. If you have 0.4.1, you should see a pretty long bit of text in the lower right corner of the screen, telling you you have 0.4.1 for SR2 version this-and-that, yadda yadda.

7. Enjoy your game. Or come back here to tell me my instructions still suck. :o

You shouldn't need the 'Hotfix for ABEM 0.4.0', that one's been bundled into the 0.4.0 download immediately upon its release. I just released it separately because some people already had the broken version.

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