Sins of a Solar Empire is often described as a 4XRTS game, or a game that tried to merge the action and tactics packed gameplay of a Real time strategy game with the deep, complex, empire wide strategy of a 4X turn based game. It's up to debate whether Sins succeeded in this goal, but I think all can agree that of the 4Xs of "explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate", Sins is much more focused on the exterminate than on the others. This mod seeks to give more depth to the other 3Xs of the game by adding additional game elements or refining the existing ones to reward players who give more strategic thought to the non-combat side of the game. Combat will still be the center point of the game, but players will find that the non-combat options available will be much more rewarding. Spying, exploring, sabotage, diplomacy, culture, and economic development have all been added or changed in innovative new ways. Regardless of what you think Sins is, this is the 4XRTS it should have been.
A series of optional minimods for the Enhanced 4X Mod and Interregnum to allow the player to customize their experience. Please read the entire description, and keep the minimods in the same relative mod order as the picture. This update adds three new minimods; More Tactical Slots, Infinite Research, and a special new research called Beskar for Interregnum. It also fixes some minor compatibility issues with E4X 1.83/Interregnum 3.31.
Apply any minimods you like in the same relative order as the screenshot above. In other words take out any you don't want, and if minimod A is above minimod B in the screenshot, keep that same relative order.
Interregnum specific minimods have a prefix of "INT" instead of "E4X". If a minimod has a version for both Interregnum and E4X, Interregnum users must the INT version and E4X users the E4X one. These minimods have an "*" symbol next to their name below. Otherwise E4X minimods can be used for both mods.
Star Wars Factions Only: Relive Star Wars battles from before the Interregnum with this add on, which prevents the vanilla Sins factions from being played. It will not change random encounters, so you may see a few vanilla ships owned by minor factions.
Beskar: This special minimod increases the difficulty of the Mandalorian Raiders, to the point that they feel more like a proper hostile faction. Mandalorian Raids will become more deadly and frequent, and the Mandalorians will even colonize any worlds they conquer and turn them to local base of operations. Not recommended for new players or weak AI difficulties. WARNING: This minimod is not compatible with Deathmatch.
All E4X Random Encounters: Alternatively, if you want more non-Star Wars content in your game, you can use this minimod. Interregnum now disables a few E4X random encounters since they have been replaced with Star Wars versions. This minimod adds them back in. You can see a full list in the minimod readme.
Lend-Lease Capitals: The first minimod created by fellow Interregnum player instead of the dev team, Lend Lease Capitals modifies the extra capitalship the Triple Alliance factions (TEC, Ascended Advent, VIR) get. They will now use the weapon types and fighter squadrons of your faction, so your weapon upgrades will benefit these foreign built capitalships.
E4X and Interregnum Minimods
Alternate Main Menu Music: For those wanting a retro Sins feel, this minimod will change the main menu music to the theme of the Original Sins of a Solar Empire. If you're looking to return it to the Rebellion theme, do not apply this mod and delete the the Rebellion Title.ogg file from the main mod's sound folder.
Doubled Fleet Supply and Capitalships: Allows you to have twice as many ships and capitalships at any particular research level. Note that this will certainly make any performance issues worse, especially on maps with lots of players.
Faster Combat*: Increases all weapon damage by 50%. Works well with Deathmatch, or if you just wish Sins combat was faster like other RTS games.
Deathmatch*: Increases the influence of the map fleet supply, income, build time, and research options. Usually slow is equal to the old normal, normal the old faster, and fast and faster are much higher than what was previously available. Best for small and medium sized maps, as this allows you to afford to use every weapon at your disposal. Note that this mod and Doubled Fleet Supply will combine to further increase your maximum fleet size.
WARNING: This minimod is not compatible with the Beskar minimod.
Expanded Research: Inspired by mods like Mad Scientist and Distant Stars, the Expanded Research minimod doubles the amount of most stat increasing research available. For example, the TEC Laser research will go from having two techs with 2 levels each for a max 20% damage bonus to having 2 techs with 4 levels each for a max 40% damage bonus. Can be used with any other minimod.
Infinite Research: Adds two new techs, Surviveability Mastery and Weapon Mastery, that slightly increases your units stats but can be researched 999 times. These techs get more expensive with each research. This minimod is intended as a money sink for long games on huge maps where the major empires can easily run out things to spend resources on.
No Superweapons: Prevents you and the AI from building superweapons.
Resetting Titan Levels: It's a little crude, but the result is titans will lose their levels on being destroyed, so they are always rebuilt at level 1. This was a major gripe of some who thought titans were too strong, and works especially well on larger maps.
non-Vasari Phase Gate: Allows factions other than the Vasari build phase gates to warp between all connected planets, but at a much higher cost.
Max Starbase Upgrades: Gives all Starbases 20 upgrade slots, enough to purchase all available upgrades for them.
Enhanced AI: Gives your favorite AI level a little more challenge without it feeling more "Cheaty". Now updated to help the AI in both E4X and Interregnum with their early expansion, where easier AIs often took too long to get started.
Exploding Mines: Reverts space mines to explode when enemy targets are in range, rather than dealing damage over time. However, the mine limits have no been changed, so mines are still more expensive, have longer range, and now do devastating damage to make up for the limited numbers of them.
More Tactical Slots: Increases the number of tactical slots at all planets by 10.
*Minimod has both an E4X and Interregnum version. Enhanced 4X Mod players must use the "E4X" version, and Interregnum players the "INT" version.