BrewLAN is a mod for Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance that has been in development by a team of one for since 2009. It adds a huge variety of new units for all factions, as well as offering several new game modes and features. It is available in 9 different languages, most of which were translated by humans; English, Russian, German, Czech, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, & Chinese.
BrewLAN 0.8, not including any of the packaged sub-mods, adds around 150 new units. Including Bubble Tea, Caffe Corretto, and Research & Daiquiris (The 3 main extra units mods), BrewLAN adds 38 for Aeon (T1: 9, T2: 8, T3: 18, EXP: 4), 48 for UEF (T1: 11, T2: 9, T3: 22, EXP: 6), 48 for Cybran (T1: 8, T2: 9, T3: 24, EXP: 7), 46 for Seraphim (T1: 9, T2: 12, T3: 20, EXP: 5). Most, but not all, can be seen in the image to the right.
The sub-mods included with BrewLAN are subdivided by the categories Units, Gameplay, RNG, and Aesthetics, and modules.
Mods that you'll probably want active for most games.
Bubble Tea: Adds experimental shield structures for Aeon, Seraphim, and UEF.
Caffe Corretto: Adds a bunch of extra turrets, so far only for Cybran and UEF.
Research & Daiquiris: Overhauls how the game treats tech levels, and includes a large number of units to facilitate that, such as research centres. This does not function anything like Supreme Commander 2, and only affects how you get to the various tech, not what they consist of. This mod also serves as a location for me to dump my other units that don't fit into BrewLAN, Bubble Tea or Caffe Corretto.
Twists to standard gameplay. You may only want one or two from this category active at any given time.
Crystal Hill: King of the Hill game mode. Functions as it does in Age of Empires II.
Paragon Game: With locked teams, it gives the players on the smallest team(s) a starting Paragon, with a few shields, and support commander each. On unlocked teams everyone gets that.
TeaD: Replaces everything with a, currently quite basic, tower defence. Work in progress.
Antimass: Swaps mass and energy production. Have fun with those shields.
Corrosive Ocean: Water exposure deals exponentially growing damage over time.
Metal World: Maps spawn without mass points. Mass extractors have no limitations.
Waterlag: Lets buildings which aren't factories, walls, silos, or experimentals be built on water.
Mods that affect gameplay in random ways. Take or leave them as taste dictates.
Cost Variance: Randomly increases or decreases the costs and stats of some units.
Crate Drop: Command & Conquer style random crates appear on the map. Picking them up gives gifts. Has a hats-only option.
Lucky Dip: Tech demo mod for situations where multiple mods add similar units; per player it restricts all but one at random. Partially configured for BlackOps and BrewLAN.
Do-nothing mods, only Experimental Icons Overhaul, Baristas, and maybe Damage Numbers are recommended for regular use from his category.
Baristas: Tags each unit with the name of the mod it is from, listed as an ability. So you know what is from what.
Damage Numbers: Damage numbers float up from your units showing what they have dealt and are being dealt.
Experimental Icons Overhaul: Replaces the default circle strategic icons for experimental units with icons that actually mean something.
Pulchritudinousity: Increases the view distance of various things for the sake of taking better screenshots. Not recommended for regular games due to increase performance drain.
Expert Camo: Framework mod for custom skins for units. Functionally inert on it's own, and not currently used by any BrewLAN mod.
Debug Tools: Creates numerous log outputs for things, including unit locations, expected AI thread values, DPS, and other such things. For testing purposes only, not designed for use in real games. Causes severe lag when Cybran engineers build.
BrewUI: Adds the BrewLAN field engineer tab. Functionally inert without BrewLAN active.
BrewLAN: Gantry AIx: Additional difficulty for Sorian AIx, giving fairly severe hacks for the AI when they build an experimental factory. 3 variations exist. You can play them all together, but you probably shouldn't. The variations are:
It has been a while since the last update.
You may find yourself asking why 2020 and 2021 saw no 'public' releases of BrewLAN, and why this one isn't version 0.9 or something. Well one reason is because I set some arbitrary goals for what "BrewLAN 0.9" would be, and this isn't that.
But we're here for what BrewLAN 0.8.9.9 is, not what it isn't, and what it is is large.
Before we start, there is now a BrewLAN wiki. You can find it here.
The most notable new mod additions stem from BrewLAN: Research & Daiquiris being cut up into parts. BrewLAN: Penetration, BrewLAN Bletchley Park, and BrewLAN Magnum Dong are the direct result of that, taking the aircraft, intel, and other experimentals respectively from R&D.
Following this, units that would have previously ended up in R&D were placed in those mods and also BrewLAN: Tea Party; which contains a single unit created after this change.
Swiss Cheese causes damage to make craters, Cityscapes causes civilian cities to spawn on maps that support it, BrewLAN UI: Strategic Icon Overhaul replaces the old icon mod and affects all strategic icons, and then there's the cursed mods, which I make a point to not document. If you want to know what Stonks does, you have to find out the hard way. No looking at the source files. That's cheating.
Some more unit model refreshes, not as many as last time, and not as many as planned but they are for: T2 Proximity Mine, T3 Nuclear Mine, T3 Artillery Defense Grid, T3 Engineering Station, T3 Mobile Rocket Platform, Experimental Transport, and Experimental Point Defense.
There were a lot of changes, you can see the full, painfully long, changelog since the 0.8.9 here, but some of the notable ones; the ones that I noted while scrolling through the big list, are:
There were a lot of fixes, and I've tried to filter for interesting ones that weren't also caused since the last public release, some interesting ones include:
*crumples papers, read notes* oh yes, I'm supposed to plug things *ahem*. So what are you waiting for? Download today, subscribe to my YouTube for time-lapses and other extra content, support me on the money thingies, and do the thing!
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