2 Years after the release of "Klingon Academy II: The General War" comes a multiplayer/instant action expansion, "Klingon Academy II: Empire at War". KA2: EAW takes the enhanced combat gameplay of KA2: The General War and adds a rich, detailed 'Empire Building' element to it. No longer can you quickly build up your forces. Now you must dedicate time and resources to research and development. This detailed system of hull, conversion packs, systems, weapons and other miscellaneous research also sheds light on the backstory behind KA2. Learn about the Klingon Empire designs her warships, how the Federation developed the massive Yamato Class, and discover the history of the Interstellar Concordium and the Tholian Assembly. Each side has an expanded set of ship classes, and a mysterious new power has entered the galaxy. The Federation's worst fears are about to be realised...

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2 comments by SquireJames on Sep 22nd, 2014

Hello there, just a quick update to inform you that v1.3 Beta will soon be released. Still calling it a beta since it's only me doing the testing so, if there are bugs I promise I tried to eradicate them.

What's different in 1.3 you might ask? Well I like to keep a few surprises but, here is a basic outline.

- Two New Sides; The Hydran Kingdoms and the Lyran Star Kingdom.
- New Terran Empire NPCs that will either be found derelict or attack you on certain maps
- New Civilian freighters imported from Klingon Academy.
- Updated graphics for many iconic ships (Missouri, Yamato, Imperial Hawk, Senator etc) and for some stations (Federation Sensor Probe now uses the correct Klingon Academy model)
- Redone Computer voices for the Federation
- Resampled Music (Higher quality)
- New sound effects for station selection etc (taken from Armada I). Now each race has its own.
- Hero units for the Federation, ISC and Gorn Confederacy
- FleetOps inspired "Mixed Tech" (which I will explain below)
- Captured shipyards can now produce your races vessels (i.e if a Klingon player captures a Federation shipyard, he can build Klingon ships there as if it were his own shipyard)

For those unfamiliar with FleetOps and Mixed Tech, basically it gives you special rewards, units, powers etc when you either capture another races construction ship or are allied with them (varies based on "canon" alliances and conflicts). The only race that has no mixed tech, and no mixed tech based on them, is the Tholian Assembly for obvious reasons (they can neither capture nor be captured).

For example, the ISC is at war with...everyone, ergo they will need to capture construction tenders to get access to their mixed tech abilities and units. The Federation on the otherhand is at war with the Klingon Empire, the Romulan Star Empire, the Lyran Star Kingdom and the ISC, but is allied with the Gorn Confederacy and the Hydran Star Kingdom. If they start off a game allied with the Gorn or the Hydrans, their Equipment Research Station has a Databank Research Project for the relevant power, which once researched gives access to otherwise hidden units.

A special case is the relationship between the Klingon Empire and the Romulan Star Empire. To simulate the changing relationship between them, they have both an "Allied" option and a "Capture" option. The Lyran Star Kingdom, staunch allies of the Klingon Empire, also has the dual Allied or Capture option with the Romulans.

Given as most of you will simply go straight to the tech tree files and look at who gets what anyways, I might as well tell you what each mixed tech does. Also, bear in mind that mixed tech combines together.

Federation - Klingon = Enables construction of the USS Star Empire (a very powerful Dreadnought)
Federation - Romulan = Enables construction of the USS Cerberus (a Light Cruiser with holographic generators)
Federation - Gorn = Enables construction of Excelsior Class Refit Battlecruisers (stronger hull and shields than the regular Excelsior Class)
Federation - ISC = Refits Excelsiors (and Excelsior Refits if enabled) with Subspace Distortion Generators (long ranged instantaneous travel)
Federation - Hydran = Enables construction of Hornet-B Fightercraft (more phasers than regular Hornets)
Federation - Lyran = Refits Miranda (and the USS Cerberus if enabled) with Defensive ESGs

Klingon - Federation = Refits pIH-S Class Science Frigates with ESPlaDs (Cloak detection)
Klingon - Romulan = Refits Sensor Posts with Cloaking Devices
Klingon - Gorn = Enables construction of the IKS Qeh'Ral (a powerful new Battleship prototype)
Klingon - ISC = Refits pIH-C Class Cargo Frigates with Grappler Beams (immobilises and beams over Klingon Marines)
Klingon - Hydran = Enables construction of StoH'Goh (Steel Fist) Fightercraft (armed with Heavy Photons)
Klingon - Lyran = Refits Chava'Kal Class Assault Transports with Defensive ESGs

Romulan - Federation = Refits Imperial Hawk Class Battleships with Dual Assault Phasers
Romulan - Klingon = Refits War Eagle Class Dreadnoughts with AMFPs
Romulan - Gorn = Refits Legion Class Light Cruisers with GHRCs and Senator Class Command Cruisers with QCBs
Romulan - ISC = Refits Condor Class Dreadnoughts with Standard PPDs.
Romulan - Hydran = Enables construction of Shadowblade Class Fightercraft (armed with Medium Plasmas)
Romulan - Lyran = Refits Centurion Class Heavy Cruisers with Defensive ESGs

Gorn - Federation = Refits Sensor Emplacements with ESPlaDs (Cloak detection)
Gorn - Klingon = Refits King Snake-S Class Scout Frigates with Cloaking Devices
Gorn - Romulan = Refits Grendel Class Dreadnoughts and King Grendel Class Battleships with EHFRCs
Gorn - ISC = Refits Basilisk Class Battlecruisers with Standard PPDs
Gorn - Hydran = Refits Viper Psuedo-Fighters with GHRCs
Gorn - Lyran = Enables the construction of the GNS Queen Derenesktta (a Psuedo-Fighter Tender)

ISC - Federation = Enables construction of Sensor Buoys
ISC - Klingon = Refits Type APA-VII Assault Transports with Grappler Beams
ISC - Romulan = Refits Type FF-IVsc Scout Frigates with Cloaking Devices
ISC - Gorn = Refits Type DD-III (and Type DD-IIId Refits) with GHRCs
ISC - Hydran = Enables construction of Type FA-IX Fightercraft (more phasers than Type FA-VII)
ISC - Lyran = Refits Type CVN-VI Fleet Carriers with Defensive ESGs

Hydran - Federation = Refits Sensor Drones with ESPlaDs (Cloak detection)
Hydran - Klingon = Refits Monarch Class Dreadnoughts with AMFPs
Hydran - Romulan = Refits Archer Class Scout Frigates with Cloaking Devices
Hydran - Gorn = Refits Royal Sovereign Fleet Carriers with Defensive GDDS
Hydran - ISC = Refits Regent Class Light Cruisers with Light PPDs
Hydran - Lyran = Refits Knight Class Destroyers with Offensive ESGs

Lyran - Federation = Refits Sensor Posts with ESPlaDs (Cloak detection)
Lyran - Klingon = Refits Serval Class Assault Transports with Grappler Beams
Lyran - Romulan = Refits Wildcat Class Scout Frigates with Cloaking Devices
Lyran - Gorn = Refits Caracal Class Destroyers with GHRCs
Lyran - ISC = Refits Wildcat Class Scout Frigates with Subspace Jump Drives (short ranged instantaneous travel)
Lyran - Hydran = Enables construction of Occilot Pseudo-Fighters (increased weaponry compared to Occicat PFs)

So as you can see, capturing your enemy's construction tenders, or choosing your allies carefully, can yield some powerful benefits. As mentioned, these stack, so if you were Lyran and allied with the Romulans, then captured an ISC Construction Tender, with the correct research undertaken your Wildcat Class Scout Frigates could Cloak AND have Subspace Jump Drives.

Now to the slightly dull bits. Installation remains the slight odd procedure it was before, but it's simple really and if you have 1.2 installed, all you need do is delete your KA2 EAW folder (inside the FleetOps Mod Folder) then install 1.3. I would not suggest installing it over a 1.2 install as this has not been tested.

I hope to eventually upgrade all the 3d models in KA2, polish it a bit further, work out some balancing issues etc as time goes by. I very much doubt 1.3 will be the final release but, it will be the last for a while (with the exception of bug fixes and such)

So, enjoy! By the time this news goes live it should be available for download.

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alexbond45 Dec 24 2012 says:

I cannot download the manual, all of the links seem to be broken [it will not start]

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SquireJames Dec 25 2012 replied:

I am afraid that's a ModDb issue. I do however have an alternative download link. I know that over holiday periods, ModDb server loads (and those of download mirrors) can be very overpopulated, so I keep a set of files on mediafire for such occasions


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alexbond45 Dec 26 2012 replied:

Thank you! A couple of years ago I tried this mod when it was not Fleetops [General War or whatever] and I really liked it. I just like watching TMP Era ships blow each other up while knowing there is still a sense of balance that you did not get in Vanilla Armada 2 [Since the bigger ships=better]

I decided to redownload while playing a TMP/TOS Era mod for Star Wars: Empire at War and thought "Wasn't there an Armada 2 mod for this?".
Thankfully, I arrived right when you released the fleetops version, as I cannot install Armada 2 anymore due to my OS.
Really good work!

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SquireJames Dec 26 2012 replied:

I considered moving it to Star Wars: Empire at War actually. It was a bit of a tie between that and Sins of a Solar Empire, but I know too little about modding either to know whether various special weapons and such would work in those engines and so on, so I stuck with an engine I knew. Glad you like it. I'll be releasing a manual addition soon with the Hydrans added to it, followed shortly by the latest version of the mod with the Hydrans included as a fully playable race.

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ngforever1989 Dec 23 2012 says:

Ok, back, almost played everyone. Romulans pack a freakin punch thats for sure. Some constructive criticism here: Preatorian Enhancement Institute, texture for one of the pods is about 5 times too large.

AI: The AI for ship movement bugs me, among other things. When I order to attack, naturally weapon arcs facing other enemies fire at other things, ok, cool, but.... I have to constantly re order a fleet to attack something(such as the behemoth war mongering starbases, tough I tell ya) because after a few volleys they will veer off in their menuevers and attack something else. Pain in the butt really.

So far im wildy impressed, the sound effects keep making me wanna play old school Starfleet Command and such. I really wish their were more original models but I know there isnt a ton of material to work with on the TMP era, so they would have to be original or inspired by other peoples works(concept art maybe?) I would say add some more personal information on ship classes in the info cards but that would just clutter them seeing as they have alot of technical info in them, which is awesome by the way.

I understand this is beta, but even then it is quite an amazing mod. In my top ten now.

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ngforever1989 Dec 23 2012 replied:

Looking forward to playing the ICS!

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SquireJames Dec 24 2012 replied:

There is some kind of strange interaction between my modded files and the changes that the FleetOps team made to the engine which causes ships to drift way more than they should.

Regarding them firing volleys at the wrong thing, they are programmed to fire at will with their primary weapons, but will fire at your designated target with secondary and heavy weapons. This stops the usual "target gank" where every ship fires at one ship. Now they space out their targets so fleet combat really is fleet combat.

The personal information on ships used to be in the tooltips but I found that technical info was more important ingame. The descriptions and such can be found in the manual :)

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SquireJames Dec 24 2012 replied:

Oh and thanks for the bug report with the Research Station. I found the file and the sizing error (was set to scale 2.4 rather than 0.6!) Thanks for that :)

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ngforever1989 Dec 25 2012 replied:

NP, im gonna have fun with the manual hehe. Oh god sometimes i feel way too nerdy lol. The targeting thing, yea that makes sense, i do love the secondary targeting. It makes it feel more canon, and enjoyable to watch.

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SquireJames Dec 23 2012 replied:

I have tested it but without delaying the release immensely it isn't possible for me to exhaustively test it. There shouldn't be any massive bugs, but as I am not intimately familiar with the changes that FleetOps makes to the Storm3d Engine I cannot guarantee it. Again, hence the Beta...

To install, run the installer and install in your FleetOps Mod directory (so Mods\KA2 EAW). To get it to run takes a little tweak. Remember to download the "Replacement Texture Folder" RAR also.

Firstly you will need the STA2 Classic Mod installed.
Copy the Classic Mods folder and rename the copy to "CutDown".
Open this new folder. Find the textures folder. Delete it.
Open the Replacement Texture Folder RAR and copy the Textures folder from it to your new CutDown directory

What you have essentially just done is made a bare-bones version of the STA2 Classic Mod that does not feature the texture files (_1 and _2 files) that cause KA2 to crash. It's an incompatibility i've never really been able to solve.

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