Expanding Fronts is a massive modification for Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds aimed to breathe life back into the classic LucasArts strategy game by adding various new units, features, and gameplay elements. Each of the 8 civilizations are being reworked and enhanced to make each feel more unique and authentic to the universe, while maintaining the classic Battlegrounds gameplay. In addition, the Scenario Editor is being filled with hundreds of new units, buildings, effects, triggers, and objects to allow campaign and scenario designers more freedom than ever before.

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A new version of Expanding Fronts is available, featuring countless new units, buildings, and props, alongside a massive list of new features and improvements.

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IT'S AWAY!

The newest version of Expanding Fronts has been released, featuring countless new units, buildings, and objects, as well as new features and improvements to the game. You can download Expanding Fronts 1.1 from the links below:

ModDB

Exe | Manual


Heaven Games

Exe | Manual


Torrent

Exe | Manual



CHANGE NOTES


NEW CONTENT AND FEATURES:
- Widescreen and Windowed mode functionality added
- Hundreds of new units, buildings, and props are available for placement in the Scenario Editor
- Monitors and Hvy Monitors can now be constructed by all civilizations (Shipyard)
- Many Gaia buildings can now be captured by players, and provide special bonuses and units/techs when owned
- Campaigns, Scenarios, and saved games can now be run directly from Windows Explorer

BALANCE AND UNIT STATS:
- (All civs) Interceptors do significantly less damage against ground targets, gain +2 range. Speed increased to 2.8 (from 2.4)
- (All civs) Scouts gain automatic upgrades to Sight, Speed, and Fire Rate with each Tech Level advancement
- (All civs) Command Centers now have an anti-air attack while garrisoned
- (All civs) Excessive damage bonuses of Clone Campaigns Jedi heroes significantly reduced
- (All Civs) Revamped air damage system. There are now light (Fighter, Bomber, Interceptor) and heavy (Attacker, Transport, Air Cruiser) aircraft. Interceptors, and AA Batteries perform better against light aircraft, while AA Turrets, AA Troopers, and Attackers are better vs heavies.
- (GR) Attacker - Damage of secondary weapon reduced
- (GR) Jedi Starfighters now have a damage bonus against other Unique Units
- (RA) Airspeeder anti-mech bonus reduced to 14/21 (from 20/30)
- (TF) Droidekas have a faster rate of fire, do less damage per shot and are less accurate; arm cannons fire independantly
- (TF) Carbon Mining weakness reduced by 10% (now 10% slower from 20%)
- (TF) Hidden Mech Destroyer damage bonus removed
- (WK) Missing DuraArmor for Jedi Masters restored
- (ZC) Vornskrs - Increased training speed; unit is now immune to conversion

AI:
- Zann AI now advances through Tech Levels properly

RANDOM MAPS:
- NEW Scripts: Dantooine, Jakku, Jedha, Saleucami, Scarif, Takodana
- Alderaan - Size of mountains slightly reduced, water sources are larger
- Bryndar - Cliffs now appear in significant numbers regardless of map size
- Felucia - Connections between players have been widened; jungles are less dense; fixed issue causing forests to not spawn properly on some map sizes

GRAPHICS/AUDIO:
- New weapon sounds and projectile effects for many units
- New Gungan units now fire Boomas instead of lasers
- Better projectile displacements for (ZC) Mech Destroyers, Artillery, Cannons, and Air Cruisers
- Transport Mechs leave proper debris on death
- Many units and animals now generate noises while idle and/or moving
- Shield Generators now have an animated radial effect similar to Fambaas
- (GR) Echuu Shen-Jon - Changed lightsaber color to green to coincide with General Echuu's graphics.
- (RA) Luke Skywalker - Changed lightsaber color to blue
- (RN) Obi-Wan Kenobi/Qui-Gon Jinn - Reduced number of attack frames for more fluid movement (14 from 20); fixed issue of Obi-Wan's saber appearing player-colored
- (TF) Hvy Droidekas have their visible shield bubbles restored
- (ZC) Cannon Transformation fixed
- (ZC) Anti-Air Battery should display its graphics properly
- (ZC) Sith Temple uses proper construction graphic
- (ZC) Destroyer graphic properly implemented

INTERFACE:
- (GR) Air Cruiser Boost no longer occupies Fighter slot in Airbase menu
- Restored missing icons for various added units
- Many hero and misc unit icons have been improved
- Units now display statistics for Speed, Reload Time, and Blast Radius
- Reconfigurable hotkeys added for Attackers, Interceptors, Monitors, Transport Mechs, AA Batteries, Mines, and all Zann units
- Sith Apprentice/Knight icons are now depicted with red lightsabers

SCENARIO EDITOR:
- 'Inverse' option added to Trigger Conditions (Effects will fire when conditions are NOT met; untick checkbox under trigger list to enable)
- New Trigger Condition: Per Mille Chance
- New Trigger Effect: Explore Area
- New Trigger Effect: Change Unit Variable
- Map Revealers, Water Rocks, and weather effects can be placed on any terrain
- Map Revealers are no longer removed when objects are placed on top of them
- Various 'duplicate' units removed from editor listings
- Capital ships moved to Units list, are now attack-capable
- Guri, IG-88, Prince Xisor, Bossk, Virago moved to Zann Hero List
- (TF) AAT (OOM-9) has secondary anti-infantry lasers when garrisoned
- (GE) TIE Mauler - All angles show properly when standing, added animated treads
- (GE) Dropship Transport - Shadow added, other graphics reference proper slps and frames per angle
- Fire, explosions, and other effects can now be placed in the editor

CAMPAIGNS/SCENARIOS:
- NEW multiplayer scenario: Blast League

MISC BUG FIXES:
- Issues causing crashes when opening Scenario Editor addressed
- Units can now properly target landmines
- Zann Sith Masters can now pick up holocrons


MONTHLY BUILDS

In an effort to keep people from waiting too long between major updates, we will be uploading new Expanding Fronts test builds to Google Drive on a monthly basis. Interested players can stay up to date with our latest progress. You can access our monthly builds Here. The currently available version is the same as provided in the download links above. These builds are provided as-is, and may contain bugs, balance or stability problems, and incomplete content.


WHAT'S NEXT?

Good question. We will continue improving the editor as we see necessary, but we are looking to shift our focus to adding more new content to the core game. And, for a moment, I'd like to lay our cards on the table, and show you the possibilities. I have a strong personal dislike of showing off things like concept art, or empty, unrealistic 'ideas.' Anybody can Google search Star Wars art, post it on their profile and say "this is what I want to do." Which is why we have been very reluctant to do anything like that thus far. We're making no promises about the items we're showing here. This is what we want to do, but cannot, if we do not find additional help:

Proper Confederacy Acrhitecture/Making the Geonosians/CIS two distinct civilizations.


The First Order and Resistance


The Lok Revenants


The Mandalorians


...And many, many more. These are all conceptual models that show the potential of where we can take this mod. But without artists, especially those who can create and animate infantry, droids, heroes, animals, and walkers, we cannot do a fraction of what we would hope to do. If you, or anybody you know has the skills, and wishes to contribute to the continued improvement of Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds, please let us know. So maybe for the next update, instead of adding a bunch of new boxes and trees, we can add entire new civilizations. Thank you for your continued support, we hope you enjoy the latest version of Expanding Fronts, and whatever the future holds for it.



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Lateralus10k
Lateralus10k

Awesome, Downloading.

Also do I sense new Factions in a Future Update? :)

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Gen_Rhys_Dallows Author
Gen_Rhys_Dallows

No. Not without people to help build them.

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JjForcebreaker
JjForcebreaker

Downloading, thank you!

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ElrosAmandil
ElrosAmandil

I can name only a few things that I want, more than I want your mod to find a quality animator/artist. I mean, SW fanbase is quite huge and some are really fanatic. How come anybody is not suitable for this job?

Again, I really appreciate your struggle even you know that there is some hard limits for you. Hope you guys find who you are exactly looking for and carry out what you are dreaming about this mod.

Maybe posting this into facebook SW groups can be useful? I mean AOE2 is using the same engine and there is a lot of people creating new units, animating them. I think there are lot of people suits for this job but probably we haven't been able to reach them yet :).

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Kriegtooth
Kriegtooth

Curious, are the new units playable in skirmish, without creating scenarios?

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Gen_Rhys_Dallows Author
Gen_Rhys_Dallows

Monitors have been added to the standard roster, everything else is in the editor.

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DarkDiablos
DarkDiablos

Hope you eventually introduce these planned factions.

I personally wouldn't mind more units to build for all the factions to really spice things up, opposed to leaving so much potential in the scenario editor.

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Gen_Rhys_Dallows Author
Gen_Rhys_Dallows

There are a number of units available in standard games: Attackers, Interceptors, Transport Mechs, Monitors, Landmines, and AA Batteries. Adding even a single new unit to the generic rosters is a giant undertaking. Mechanically, it's very easy to give the Empire 20 new TIE Fighter types to build, or separate the Repeater and Hvy Trooper 'just because,' but trying to make sure that everything stays fair is a major concern for us. Adding more 'unique' units for anybody is highly unlikely. Additional generic units will require new graphics for every civ, which is currently a big issue with our lack of animation staff.

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pikachris64
pikachris64

I'm having trouble getting this mod to work. I know it's become a common issue, but every time I try to play a game, the campaign, or open the scenario editor, it crashes. IDK if it's an issue present when playing on Windows 10, but whatever the case; is there a way to get this mod to work? I'm only asking this because IDK if you guys got around to addressing that.

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Igan
Igan

I'm having a little issue with the resolution. I cannot play with my res and it gives me this error.

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Despite that, great game though! Hoping it grow up even more!

Cheers to you all!

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Gen_Rhys_Dallows Author
Gen_Rhys_Dallows

That message unfortunately means exactly what it says. We're working on a fix for it presently.

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xAltairSpartanx
xAltairSpartanx

Could we try posting this on r/starwars or unite our community to extend our reach and become noticed? I've been following this mod for a long time and it seems to me that this mod has too much work put in to be hindered simply because we aren't able to reach the right people. I know this is just counter productive as i'm sure you have already thought of this but maybe if we can find someone or a group that could help get the message out. Maybe a star wars youtuber. I have complete faith that everyone here supports this mod and i know if we put forth just a bit more effort we can solidify this as one of the best star wars mods ever made.

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Lucax2099
Lucax2099

Steam compatible??

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Gen_Rhys_Dallows Author
Gen_Rhys_Dallows

Yes.

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HERRERO_BOSS
HERRERO_BOSS

Pretty good mod! I really love it! But, the Databank page of Silri isn't displayed correctly.
(PS:I love the new units!)

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Gen_Rhys_Dallows Author
Gen_Rhys_Dallows

We have been able to pinpoint and correct the AI problems some players have been having during skirmish games, as well as issues with accessing the configurator, and widescreen options. We're sweeping over everything to make sure there aren't anymore unfortunate surprises hiding somewhere. Expect a patch soon, hopefully within the next week.

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pikachris64
pikachris64

This is amazing! One issue I came across is the AI doesn't seem to do anything other than wander around and kill animals. Should I set a higher cpu difficulty or did I do something wrong with porting the new AI scripts into the game folder?

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denjam-in
denjam-in

Awesome mod!Thank you for this work.
Can you add factions from Old era like Old republic and Sith empire?

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Gen_Rhys_Dallows Author
Gen_Rhys_Dallows

Unlikely without extra staff.

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peman90
peman90

can you play multiplayer with this mod? If so, how?

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KyberVoraluna
KyberVoraluna

Yes, and that's easy. One person creates the game, and the other can join by IP. IF you don't know your IP, then there is a box that you can click that says, Ip. That will tell you it.

Just relay that back too the person your wishing to play with. Pretty straight foreword.

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DarthTwinkie
DarthTwinkie

in scenario editor nova, food, and ore terrain are gone from the tools.

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DeathCrow7025
DeathCrow7025

I played in very hard difficulty and the AI never builded nothing.

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aidenpons
aidenpons

Have you done much in the way of stat edits or is vanilla largely untouched?

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