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Actual information about all features presented in Turbo Lanzer overhaul modpack for X4: Foundations

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GENERAL LOGO PROJECT Turbo Lanz 1


TURBO LANZER

Total Overhaul Modpack for X4: Foundations

mod is open, and free to edit or modify to anyone interested


current version: alpha

* playable, no game-breaking bugs


modular:

  • TURBO LANZER is divided into a main_mod mod, and several sub_mods which can be turned on/off
  • sub_mods regulate things like amount of ships, resources, new game start scenarios, less complex economy, easier start, etc.
  • each sub_mod has its description, explaining what it does

idea:

  • create world rather compact, but full of life (in opposite to large, but a bit empty)
  • shorten time needed to manufacture own ships, ease economy, but keep some of the logistic complexity
  • move challenge accent from economical planning to more warlike activities, like ship and fleet design, fleet control, dogfights and battles etc.
  • make dogfights less predictable, more dynamic
  • increase / manipulate scale of conflict to experience more epic battles
  • re-create world, bring in some tension and emotions, make it worth effort
  • increase variety of weapons, shields, other equipment

features:


NEW PARADIGM
  • new world with long, unique history, new factions, and races
  • based on tales and legends and true historical events that had place in the PARADIGM WORLDS, where creatures' story has its origins


DEGRINDERS / QUALITY OF LIFE

  • grind in X4:Foundations may be a pure pleasure and fun - after all vanilla is more about chasing a rabbit, than catching it
  • Turbo Lanzer shifts accent from 'chasing', to actually 'catching', so economy is supposed to be a tool to achieve military advantage within hours, not days, of game play
  • there are sub_mods adding more resources, shortening construction time, increasing habitats, and storage space (also because bigger storage/habitat = less module in space = better frame rate)


ECONOMY, STATION BUILDING & LOGISTIC

  • all listed features are optional (modular)
  • easy economy - small and medium ship are being printed, and so to manufacture any ship of their size, there is needed only single product: Small / Medium Printing Press Cartridge (SPPC & MPPC)
  • these cartridges are very easy to manufacture, and thus player (but also AI!) can easily manufacture large quantities of S and M size space ships
  • several modules have been removed from supply chain needed to construct even more advanced ships, of size L and XL, however process has still some complexity
  • in general, the bigger the ship, the more advanced technology is needed (in opposite to vanilla where all kinds of materials are needed to build any ship)
  • all construction times have been reduced (around 10 times), except station defense modules
  • all cost have been reduced (also 5-10 times), ie. less resources needed to manufacture ships
  • ship, shield, engine, weapon costs, will be increased to some point, to provide basic challenge in next edition, any feedback appreciated


NEW WARFARE - new philosophy of conflict

  • more ships, a lot more ships around, sectors are more populated, and each core-sector (inhabited by faction representative) is now being guarded by super-defense fleet, and ultimate line of defense
  • minor factions more active, more dangerous - whole is space if more colorful and full of live, factions conduct many operations, send more ships, etc.
  • all (well, 85% - work in progress) military ships have been edited to carry more weapons, and also to be able to use various sizes.
  • some larger ships have smaller weapon pods as default, for instance SS Werewolf - Large size ship, can use multiple large and medium sized weapons, but even has 3 small weapon pods
  • some smaller ships are able to mount larger size equipment, to become elite units, for instance S (small) fighter can equip M (medium) size engine, or M size weapon.


BALANCE, VARIETY, WEAPON & EQUIPMENT

  • Vanilla divides all equipment into 2-3 grade categories, Mark1, 2 etc. The higher grade, the better and more expensive item.
  • Turbo Lanzer uses alternative philosophy:


    • weapons / turrets / missiles - described by 3 most important factors - range, damage, and projectile speed - are divided into two major categories:
      • Long range: low damage, high projectile speed, good range
      • Short range. very high damage, medium projectile speed, limited range
    • shields - described by 3 most important factors - reaction time to recharge, recharge rate, maximum capacity - are graded:
      • fastest reaction time, high recharge rate, low max capacity
      • long time to shield charge activation, medium rate, very high max capacity
    • engines - described by following factors :
      • boost (acceleration speed, max time, speed)
      • travel-mode (time to turn on/off, acceleration, speed)
      • normal mode fly parameters (max speed, acceleration, yaw, pitch, inertia)
      • there are no 'best' engines
      • some have long, steady boost, medium speed and low travel-mode capability
      • other have fast, but short boost, good speed, medium travel-mode
      • each model 'specializes' in one thing, is weak in another
    • thrusters - responsible for yaw, pitch, roll and strafe - generally for ships' 'agility'
      • similar like engines, there is no 'best' thruster
      • there are special 'strafe' thrusters, other are good in rolls, etc.


COMBAT

  • Combat is generally faster, more surprising, more dangerous, nuanced
  • FASTER: All ships have increased speeds x2 or even x3
  • Capital ships (size L and XL) are still cumbersome, but some models may be quite fast
  • Speed - ship's and projectile's - plays important role, chases and hunts, evading missiles
  • Most military ships have a lot more weapons pods, turrets than in vanilla
  • Weapons of same size has very much different ranges and effects - there are weapon than deal huge damage up to 500 meters, and beams causing minor damage in 10+ km distance
  • Ships vary a lot depending on hull resistance, speed, drones/missiles capacity etc. can play very nuanced roles, like snipers, rocket barges, bombers, anti-fighter, anti-capital,etc.


PURE_XML - OPEN PROJECT

  • Turbo Lanzer is made only by xml editing and currently does not add any new assets
  • It is very easy to tweak, or see changes, in the relevant sub_mod folders
  • Turbo Lanzer is and will be fully open project, ie, you can do whatever you want with it
  • Open project: everyone is invited to join TURBO LANZER devteam, you can also upload your mod version here on mod site, you don't need permission or anything


UNLOCKER

  • some starting scenarios hidden in debug mode are now playable
  • some of these scenarios got additional ships, settings, etc to fit Turbo Lanzer scale
  • Xenon and Khak ships are available to manufacture - they are named as Re-Engineered X Xenon Ship - but they cannot be piloted by a player - this is beyond my abilities (now)
  • almost all hidden modules (factory buildings) that were hidden to player, are now available to build by player too. It has rather decoration / immersion value, not all of them appear in building menu, so estimation is 75% of hidden buildings (like parts of Trade Station, Ring Habitats, etc.) are available
  • Xenon modules are available to buy at faction representatives, UNFORTUNATELY they do not appear in the building menu
  • Gently Xenons sub_mod - it may be turned of / on - that submod improves Xenon and Khak relation with player and some other factions. Xenon should even comply to police interdictions. That however makes Xenons defenseless against other aggressive factions.


FRAMERATE: it will vary a lot, depending on pc and amount of sub_faction mods

each faction has dedicated enhancing sub_mod increasing its presence - how many ships it can deploy

    • each sub_mod may be turned on/off, each submod is a burden to a framerate
    • but: thanks to a simplified economy, and better mining efficiency, better cargo storage for trading ships, all this works for a lowering of burden on PC
    • you don't need 40 traders to supply large station, 4-6 maybe 10 ships - that's all you need
    • also for that reason this mod does not need, or use any DLC.
    • there is difference in performance between peace and war, it seems that multiple projectiles have also impact on performance
    • it is advised to try some battle scenario and check how much / how many ships at battle Your Pc may handle
    • if frame rate is lower than you expect, just 'turn off' sub_mod, a couple of factions, in the extensions menu
    • certainly fact, that all ships have many more weapons, than in vanilla, as well as turrets, etc, has an impact on performance
    • this was at some point countered by lowering fired bullets per second to keep overall amount of projectiles in space at decent level
    • remember - X3 - a previous generation X-game can still easily beat any 'civilian' PC, X4 has not even warmed yet.
    • Each faction has one core sector defended by very heavy fleet, they especially may hit performance, but as this has to be 'Last Bastion Fleet, it has also to be a challenge in quantity and this is price (Argon Prime for instance is constantly patrolled by two large fleets)
    • if you pick violent scenario, where each faction will fight against each other, then from experience, I can tell, that faction begin instantly battle, grind their forces fast and by time improve framerate due to kill rate (in other words: they kill more ships, than they are able to manufacture, and thanks to that, performance improves in time)
    • also that is why economy was simplified, less buildings needed = lower hit on frame rate


KNOWN BUGS

  • as adding weapons pods for several ships by trial and error xml editing, there are certainly some clipping, bad positioning, etc.
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