The Saga Continues!
Content! We've been quiet, but not idle. Version 0.2.4.0 is now available. The modDB download page has the files. Some people have expressed problems getting the files from gamefront, we'll be looking into mirror choices for those with problems. In the meantime, here's a quick run down of what we've got in this release.
Vaygr Ion Destroyer
Dark Sentinel's textures for the Vaygr destroyer are done, and now finally available to you! You've probably already seen older pictures of it, possibly seen video of it, and if you've played the earlier releases, played with the untextured version a fair amount. But here are more pictures anyway.
The Vaygr Glaive class ion destroyer is not a fast raider like the UNH destroyer, and more of an anchor of the Vaygr fleet. They have a great deal of anti-fighter firepower to go with the fixed dual ion cannons, and a pair of large kinetic turrets can serve passably in either anti-frigate or anti-corvette roles.
But what's that ship behind it?
Mesh and texture by Dark Sentinel, the Vaygr finally get their pinnacle warship. You've seen it untextured, now see it in full glory.
With eight fixed ion cannons and a suite of secondary weapons, the Morning Star class is a very different ship than the typical cruiser. More heavily armed, but fixed main guns instead of turreted. Faster and nimbler, but more fragile. It should be used to supplement a fleet's firepower rather than acting as the primary pain sink like a traditional cruiser does.
Do the Vaygr get any other new toys this update? Yes!
Vaygr Flare Gunship
Mesh by me, texture by Dark Sentinel, the Flare Gunship is to corvettes what the Battlecruiser is to super-capitals. Check it out.
The Arbalest class Corvette uses a weapon unique to the Vaygr known as the flare gun in a heavy anti-capital ship role. Expensive, but worth the price, flare gunships will rapidly chew up destroyers and cruisers with a hail of radioactive death. They look rad as hell doing it, too.
But this isn't just a Vaygr update!
UNH Heavy Cruiser
You've likely seen the old cruiser placeholder, included in past releases and some screen shots. Well, we junked that concept and started over. Modeled by myself and Avatar, and textured by Avatar, the new one is an homage to one of the finest SF starships - Bablyon 5's Warlock Destroyer, but given a Kushan spin. I think you'll like it.
The Zeal class heavy cruiser is largely a traditional ship. It's job is to soak up damage and be generally survivable against any target. Turreted ion and energy cannons provide good coverage against anything larger than a frigate, a battery of heavy missiles extend it's striking range and help against corvettes and fighters, and a compliment of point defense guns will deter small bomber groups from attacking. It may not be the fastest ship, but it is hard to catch it by surprise.
Notes and stuff
If you want to know more about the ships from a story perspective, each has a full passage in the included manual. Also in the manual is a list of known issues, full credits, and change log.
Also in the readme is a section about the use of our assets in other mods. If you would like to use our material in your mod, please read this section and follow it. We're happy to participate in sharing and cooperation to the benefit of everyone, but it is no fun at all to find our hard work being used elsewhere without our consent or credit. Please help us avoid any such unpleasantness.
Now, go get the mod, if you haven't already! And if you have fun with it, please let us know. If not, we should probably know about that too.