BrewLAN is a mod for Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance that has been in on and off development by a team of one for over half a decade. It adds a wide variety of new units for all factions, as well as offering several new game modes and features. The core design goals for the mod are simple; to add new, interesting, and visually aesthetic units which complement those already in existence and to maximize technical compatibility with other mods.

New units

BrewLAN version 0.5.8.1 adds 108 new playable units. 25 for Aeon (T1: 7; T2: 6; T3: 11; EXP: 1), 25 for UEF (T1: 7; T2: 3; T3: 13; EXP: 2), 27 for Cybran (T1: 4; T2: 5; T3: 15; EXP: 3), and 31 for Seraphim (T1: 7; T2: 6; T3: 15; EXP: 2). You can find more details by clicking each of these images:

New game modes and modules

In addition to the units, BrewLAN now also offers additional sub-module modifications for adding additional variance to game play, and has some optional extra features separated from the main mod. The first two offer new game modes with different starting or victory conditions, the second two offer small tweaks with big impacts on gameplay (that probably exist elsewhere almost identically, they are quite simple in concept), and the final two are specific to BrewLAN. They are as follows:

  • Crystal Hill: A King of the Hill style game mode, which features a large crystal in the center of the map. Capture the crystal by moving units near it, and if necessary, killing the units already there. Once it has been captured for the first time it starts a 20 minute countdown. At the end of this countdown, each player who isn't allied with the controller of the crystal, loses the game. If control of the crystal changes within the last 5 minutes, then the countdown resets to 5 minutes. Symmetrical maps with flat land in the dead center of the map work best. AI support for Crystal Hill is partial. They will send troops and drop ships to the area and scout it out, and sometimes camp it with small armies, but not much past that unless they would usually occupy the center on the chosen map.
  • Paragon Game: A few vs many asymmetrical style game mode. If teams are fixed, the player(s) on the smallest team(s) each start with an experimental resource generator with four tech 3 shields around it, and a Support Commander. If teams aren't fixed then everyone starts with them and it becomes like playing with nothing but time. This mod also adds 3 factional experimental resource generators, so Aeon don't get a home field advantage on Paragon access, and restricts access to them for players who didn't start with them, so only the players who started with them can ever build more. Additionally the Paragon was removed from the 'game ender' restriction unit list, so the other game enders can be restricted without breaking the game mode.
  • Metal World removes the build restriction from anything that would be built on a mass point, which is usually just extractors unless you have other mods, and removes mass points from the map. This breaks regular AI, although Sorian AI have some cheaty workarounds in place that make them work with this.
  • Waterlag adds aquatic abilities to each building that isn't a factory, wall, silo, or experimental. The amount of mileage the AI get out of this is based entirely on the map.
  • BrewUI adds the additional field engineers to the idle engineers tab. Its a UI only mod that checks if BrewLAN is active before doing anything, meaning if you play a game without BrewLAN for any reason you don't need to disable it to prevent it from being active. Its separate from the rest of BrewLAN because there are many other mods that alter that part of the UI, and it can cause compatibility issues.
  • BrewLAN: Gantry AIx 1 adds an extra level of difficulty to UEF Sorian AIx's. Use if regular AIx isn't enough to challenge you. For modders interested it also acts as a scripting side example of how to create mods for mods.

Multilingual support

BrewLAN 0.5.8.1 has full language support for English, and almost complete support for French, German, and Russian. These translations are only lacking for the unfinished Seraphim Experimental Resurrection Engineer, which was a prematurely released bonus in the Christmas release, but are otherwise complete. Of the sub-module mods Metal World, Waterlag, and BrewUI add no new text to the game, so as such will function as expected for any language. Crystal Hill on the other hand has new text notifications, which are available in English, German and Russian (0.6+). While Paragon Game only 3 words of new text (the names of the race specific Paragon alternatives), which are available in English and Russian (0.6+)

German localisation by 106.Bluebird, French localisation by asdrubaelvect29 and jaisse, and Russian localisation by theonewhonevergivesa. If you would like to see BrewLAN translated into your language you can help! The majority of the translating is done in this one document, the sub-mods have separate localisation documents. There are many benefits including your name on the credits, this mod being available in your language, and possibly even being able to name one or more units (especially in your own language).

No special installation is required for non-English language versions. If you are running the game in French, German, or Russian then you will see BrewLAN units in those languages. If you have any issues, bugs, spelling corrections, or anything else that requires my attention you can send me a message directly, or leave a comment below.

Early history

Development for BrewLAN began on the 26th of August 2009, under the very short lived name of the "Tech 1 Balance Mod", because that was initial inspiration to create the mod; to balance tech 1 after a particularly unbalanced-feeling vanilla tech 1 only match. The actual name "BrewLAN" was adopted from a LAN party of the same name, hosted at the home of Joshua Wilson (CHCJoe) within the first week of development, where the mod saw its first multiplayer usage. The LAN itself taking its name from the fact CHCJoe was notorious for his tea; his enjoyment of it, and his frequent offering of it. Shortly thereafter, the first public download of BrewLAN, version 0.2b, was released on 13th of October 2009 with a sum total of 16 new buildable units (17 if you count the modified Novax, 18 if you count the Novax satellite separately); around a seventh of the current unit count.

Recent releases

The latest public release is version 0.5.8.1, a hotfix for the 2014 Christmas surprise release; version 0.5.8. The download for 0.5.8.1 accidentally excludes the SCD file. Make sure to follow the installation instructions and download it. The BrewLANniversary edition, version 0.5, was released on the five year anniversary of the first public download; 13th of October 2014.

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The fourth and final section. Finally.

Aeon

Aeon units available in 0.5They get 6 units each at tech one and two, eleven at tech three, and a single experimental. (Although the Salvation gets re-listed as an experimental.) They get an entire 10 units with fully unique models (although 3 of those share the same custom model with different bits hidden), including one of only two walkers in BrewLAN; and the only one with a custom walk animation. This is mostly due to the fact that their art style is amorphous shiny sliced blobs, and are quite easy to make fully custom models for.

Tech 1

Field EngineerVivifier: Tech 1 Defense Engineer
"Tech 1 amphibious construction, repair, capture, reclamation, and mine layer unit. It is equipped with a personal shield and can build specialist defenses."
Unlike the other races field engineers, the Aeon defense engineers don't come equipped with weapons, instead only featuring a shield. If you are paying enough attention to micromanage, they can still beat the other field engineers in 'combat' by reclaiming them.

Light GunshipRespirer: Tech 1 Light GunshipTech 1 Gunships
"Light Gunship. Primary role is base defense. Effective against low-level ground units."
The respirer, being one of the first ever units added to BrewLAN, is over five years old. I have always planned to give it a more unique appearance than that of a distorted slightly retextured version of the tech 2 gunship... yeah... eventually.

Light Artillery InstallationCharis: Tech 1 Light Artillery InstallationAeon Resource Base
"Light stationary artillery. Designed to engage low to mid-level units."

Pressure MineMolehill: Tech 1 Pressure Mine
"An all-terrain, low damage, pressure detonated, mine system. Visible only to Omni."
The molehill technically counts as one of the units with 'fully unique' models, but its just a round shiny blob (Like any other Aeon unit OOOH BURN). But its a mine, its there to exist and explode people.

Light Shield GeneratorAspis: Tech 1 Light Shield Generator
"Generates a protective shield around units and structures within its radius. Upgradable twice."
This unit was another named by CHCJoe. At the time he suggested the name to be for the Cybran tech 1 shield, but since my plan was to bump the ED1 down to tech 1, along with the very clear naming convention of Cybran shields, that wasn't to be. Similarly for UEF and Seraphim tech 1 shields, they both had very clear naming conventions I wished to follow. Leaving Aeon, where it fits almost perfectly. Incidentally, the name 'aspis' comes from the ancient Greek word for shield, so if you build more than one they would be 'aspides'.

Light Air Staging FacilityPedestal: Tech 1 Light Air Staging Facility
"Light air staging facility. Repairs and refuels individual aircrafts."
This was the first of the tech 1 air staging facilities completed, and for a while was the only one. Mostly because it was the only one I had a proper idea of what I wanted it to look like. For a while it was also unable to pay host to tech 3 aircraft. Since it can hold the same number of tech 3 aircraft as the tech 2 air staging facility its more space efficient, however it doesn't repair them as fast, but its a good option for bulk refueling, if population limit isn't a concern.

Tech 2

Field EngineerButler: Tech 2 Defense Engineer
"Tech 2 amphibious construction, repair, capture, reclamation, and mine layer unit. Equipped a personal shield and radar."
This is one of a parallel pair of tech 2 alternative engineers with names taken from the family names of people who attended the namesake LAN party. The other being the Cybran 'Wilson', of course.

Tactical BomberImpaler: Tech 2 Tactical BomberAeon Tech 2 Bomber
"Mid-level tactical bomber. Equipped with a light Quark bomb and radar."
The impaler is a rare case, in that it was one of the only units which has a completed appearance before anything else. All other units started out the other way round; with a specific slot or role in mind, often with specific statistics but with without a defined appearance. As for the unit itself, impalers are basically glass cannons; they are a force to be feared if unopposed, but a flak cannon or two will see them come tumbling out of the sky.

Energy StorageTech 2 Energy Storage
"Stores large amounts of energy. Construct next to power generators for adjacency bonus."
Not a particularly interesting unit, doesn't even have a name, and is one of the only units with a directly re-used models that I have no plans to change eventually.

Mass StorageTech 2 Mass Storage
"Stores large amounts of mass. Construct next to extractors or fabricators for adjacency bonus."
Unlike the energy storage, this is more than just a slightly larger version of its tech 1 counterpart; this one has a new texture. The texture is identical to the tech 1, but bigger so it doesn't look as pixelly.

Proximity MineMound: Tech 2 Proximity Mine
"An all-terrain, high damage, radar detonated, proximity mine system. Visible only to Omni."

Heavy Wall SectionTech 2 Heavy Wall SectionAeon T2 Wall
"Restricts movement of enemy units. Can sustain extreme amounts of damage."
Not as cool as the laser covered Cybran equivalent, but functionally identical.

Tech 3

Field EngineerBilmon: Tech 3 Field Engineer
"Tech 3 amphibious construction, repair, capture, reclamation, and mine layer unit. It is equipped with a personal shield and can build specialist defenses."
Armored Assault Tank
Moldavite: Tech 3 Armored Assault Tank
Scarab: Tech 3 Mobile Strategic Missile Defense
"Heavily armored assault tank. Low rate of fire, designed as a heavy support unit."

Mobile Strategic Missile DefenseScarab: Tech 3 Mobile Strategic Missile Defense
"Mobile strategic missile defense. Build costs include first missile, however the vehicle lacks a fabrication suite to produce additional missiles unassisted."

Heavy Air TransportSolaris: Tech 3 Heavy Air TransportAeon Tech 3 Transport
"Heavy air transport. Armed with a powerful shield and heavy anti-air weapons. Can carry up to 72 units."

I briefly considered making the Solaris an experimental, or able to carry experimentals. Eventually decided against both.

Decoy PlaneBeguiler: Tech 3 Decoy Plane
"Lightly armored decoy plane. Equipped with powerful radar jamming equipment designed to create multiple false radar signals. Mimics air superiority fighter movements."

Shielded Mass ExtractorTech 3 Shielded Mass ExtractorAeon Shielded Mass Extractor
"High-end Mass extractor. Must be constructed on Mass deposits. It generates a shield dome large enough to cover itself and 4 small storages."
The shield doesn't take up any power, and can't be disabled.

Shielded Power GeneratorVon Mayer Reactor: Tech 3 Shielded Power Generator
"Large power generating structure. Possesses a powerful shield, which consumes a small portion of its operating output."

Shielded Mass FabricatorTech 3 Shielded Mass Fabricator
"Large mass fabrication structure. Possesses a powerful shield, which consumes additional power."

Nuclear MineMountain: Tech 3 Nuclear Mine
"An all-terrain mine armed with a full-yield nuclear warhead. Manual detonation required. Visible only to Omni."

Heavy Point DefenseAeon T3 Heavy PD, Anti-Armor PD, & Field EngineerOrbos: Tech 3 Heavy Point Defense
"Heavy defensive tower. Attacks land-based units, sea-based units, and low-altitude aircraft with a powerful laser. Does not engage high altitude aircraft, or submerged units."
One thing about the Orbos that you can't tell from the description is that it also comes with omni, and has a tendency to stare at random stuff. It can also miss sometimes. Less than 5% of the time.

Anti-Armor Point DefenseNihiloid: Tech 3 Anti-Armor Point Defense
"Very heavy defensive tower. Attacks land- and sea-based units with a powerful oblivion cannon."

Experimental

Experimental Siege TankAbsolution: Experimental Siege TankAeon Experimental Seige Tank
"Experimental hovering siege assault tank. Equipped with a powerful oblivion cannon and tactical missile defenses."
The tactical missile defense on the Absolution is one of the best in the game. Beyond that its basically similar to the Tempest.

BrewLAN 0.5.1 UEF unit overview

BrewLAN 0.5.1 UEF unit overview

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The third section of four of the BrewLAN version 0.5 and 0.5.1 units overviews.

BrewLAN 0.5.1 Seraphim unit overview

BrewLAN 0.5.1 Seraphim unit overview

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Continuing with the overview of units in the BrewLAN 0.5 beta; we go through the units Seraphim get.

BrewLAN 0.5 Cybran unit overview

BrewLAN 0.5 Cybran unit overview

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In lieu of posting the full change log since the last public release as I usually do I have chosen to post a general overview of the mod as a whole as...

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BrewLAN 0.5 announcement

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BrewLAN 0.5 release announcement. With screenshots of all available units.

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georgesebamc
georgesebamc

Hello,
I may have a big request. I am a 3d modeller and I can animate too. I use blender. It seems as unit creation is a dead art for supcom. I want to mod this game and I have done a lot of research about it but there is serious lack of info regarding modeling animating and texturing. The modeling part I think I have figured it out (how the bones work and the vertex groups). But I really need info about animatons and how you go about texturing the models. I can't recreate that artsryle. About the animations, I its simple to animate mechanical parts like recoil, but with how the bones are set up I can't animate walk cycles as I have learned to make them with IK and FK that both require the bones to be connected. You could even make a wiki :)
Thanks,
Mortifero

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Balthassar Creator
Balthassar

I'll try and do an extensive writeup of things when I next get some free time.

In short though animations:
Weapon recoil is handled by the game.
Most animations I try to do through lua scripts, and I use 3DSmax otherwise, so I'm not sure how much will directly translate.
I have only ever made one walking unit, and its animation isn't that great if you look at it. I have heard that the engine does support IK, but never actually tested it.

Aeon and seraphim are easy to get looking right, since their textures are mostly flat patterns on blobs, with most of the work being done by the shaders. Cybran are harder, UEF are the hardest to get looking right. I usually end up stealing parts of texture of UEF civilian buildings as the bases for my UEF textures.

If you have any questions about any specific areas of more narrow scope, I'll probably be more able to make time to answer in real detail.

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georgesebamc
georgesebamc

Hmmm did i work it out ? Forums.faforever.com Am i that smart ? :P
Also since i an amatuer modeler i could help you if you are in need :) Still the last part is animation(walk,idle or any other animation like building, takeoff, landing) i'll touch that subject later

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Guest
Guest

Thank you very very much for your response :),
still a bit confused with animation but we'll that for now. I am more interested (or lost xD) in the normal maps. The gimp .dds works fine for compressing the albedo and specteam maps with dxt1-dxt3 accordingly, but i noticed that with the dxt5nm the plugin does not generate proper supcom normal maps "grayscale", i know that the moho engine uses compression by switching the color channels for saving on ram and gpu/cpu load, but i dont know how or what program to use to generate them. I could photoshop but i havent ever used ps, only gimp and krita.

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georgesebamc
georgesebamc

Thats me xD(stupid mistakes),
Just in case i'll rewrite that:
Thank you very very much for your response :),
still a bit confused with animation but we'll that for now. I am more interested (or lost xD) in the normal maps. The gimp .dds works fine for compressing the albedo and specteam maps with dxt1-dxt3 accordingly, but i noticed that with the dxt5nm the plugin does not generate proper supcom normal maps "grayscale", i know that the moho engine uses compression by switching the color channels for saving on ram and gpu/cpu load, but i dont know how or what program to use to generate them. I could photoshop but i havent ever used ps, only gimp and krita.
Also a post I made, it explains further : Forums.faforever.com

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Balthassar Creator
Balthassar

The supcom normal maps use luminance/alpha instead of red/green (might be instead of green/red; not at home can't check) they don't use the standard blue channel.

When making a supcom normal you need to copy either the red or green channel, can't remember which but you should be able to work it out by comparing to an existing one, then copy the other across the other color channels, or delete them and define the other as luminance. Then I usually have to invert both channels, because for some reason they are usually interpreted inverted. Then save as 8/8 luminance/alpha.

Idle animations are almost always scripted in supcom (for things like rotating parts), most of the vanilla idle animations from files were disabled between supcom and FA to reduce system resource use. Take off/landing animations are usually the same file, but one played in reverse. Building animations are mostly scripted, although my gantry uses an animation file for it's arm movement during building, and a script for it's arm movement during death.

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-Grimlock-
-Grimlock-

a question here..
FA is a 32bit game that uses only 2gb ram ,i know
most people including myself use 64bit
im refering to the crashes mostly in skirmish,but sometimes during the campaign..
that was a problem back when gpg was still around
you sir are one of not many people who still works with this piece, (not including those cultish faf people
do you have any idea how to minimize that? i already tried compatibility mode for xp sp2 and 3
i also tried the 4gb patch
i will try to play without mods and see if it those that still ..(but what would be the fun without mods right?)
my pc btw is good enough to handle this game..
i heard setting your sound to stereo could fix it ..but no one replied that it worked so i haven`t tried

i searched fat far and wide but didn`t find a solution,..do you have any?

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-Grimlock-
-Grimlock-

and of course i set all settings low.. played with aunit cap of just 500
only 1 ai (sorian), and on a 20x20 map..
google hides the answer...

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Balthassar Creator
Balthassar

Unfortunately I don't have anything useful. There is also core maximiser, but that doesn't really fix that issue.

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-Grimlock-
-Grimlock-

alright,but it seems that it can also have something to do (surprise) with mods that are not compatible..
i turned some mods off .. and it worked playing with 4 ai till the end..

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Balthassar Creator
Balthassar

I have always suspected that log spam from conflicting mods amplifies the issue, but it's hard to diagnose.

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