A mature overhaul of the entire game, not a total conversion in that the canon is retained, as are most existing units, but all sides are expanded greatly. Each country gets several new units, and everything is rebalanced with those in mind. There is a much greater sense of uniqueness to each country, and play styles will have to compensate for the relative strengths and weaknesses. The AI has received a dramatic overhaul as well. Gone are the days of boring skirmish games or co-op against computer players, the AI is genuinely BRUTAL! Coupled with the increased lethality of weaponry, every game is a challenge. For newbies to the mod, the MEDIUM setting offers the same intelligence, but at a slightly relaxed pace. Everything from new terrain, new decorative objects, new civilian structures and vehicles, and a bunch of quality maps are added to improve the general look and feel. Many of the all-new maps included are asymmetric or irregular, most take advantage of the new objects.

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There are three crucial aspects to any strategy game to get right, economy, maps and tactics, in my opinion. Unit design, buildings, decorations, add to the mood of the game, but really they are just affected by personal taste, there's no real right or wrong when it comes to themes or styles. Scorched Earth isn't meant to be cheesy or campy, at least not to a greater degree than the original game, nor does it have many ridiculous characters/units like a large number of other mods seem to. It is entirely focused on providing the best battle experiences instead.

The economy is often the hardest one to get right, other games like SimCity 4 are complicated, but have a very easy to understand economic structure, that once you master, makes the game impossibly easy. Conversely, Starcraft had an impossibly rigid economy, where build order and mathematical ratios of units would win the game. What I was adamant about is retaining Westwood's delicate balance of being able to recover from near defeat, and to focus on making more variability, with more exceptions, and more tricks to employ.

Though the ideal map in a strategy game also doesn't exist, there's several ways to approach making good maps, and each has their own pitfalls. I feel that similar to economy, maps need to push players to be creative, to take risks, and find novel ways to defend at the same time. Westwood maps tended to have choke points, but often included too many highly defensible areas, with no long-range weapons that were long-range enough to reach. This creates incentive for players to turtle up, play defensive, and by default enter a war of attrition, without a ton of ore to fund it. So to that effect, many of the new Scorched Earth maps force a player into an offensive guard, stationing troops or tank squads outside of a base, in a kind of layering. Others focus a player to grow as fast as possible, to expand into strategic areas to advance economically, where boldness is rewarded.

With the above two points, tactics have to change naturally. Acting militarily to enhance ones economy, or vice versa, is the method of all the greatest empires. Attacking the attacker to limit or redirect the assault on the core of the base can be essential to surviving. Attacking an enemy base from the air, land, and sea simultaneously, can distract enemy forces to create openings that otherwise don't exist. Every unit has strengths, and generally an obviously exploitable weakness. Learn your strengths, and chain them together in clever ways, or watch the clever AI do it to you...

I want players to both curse and laugh, at their successes and failures. If a new player experiences that, I'll know I achieved what I wanted from this mod.

*Update*

Many of the 2018 goals regarding general cleanup and a finalization of the urban terrain expansion have been reached, but as is often the case, progress tends to inspire more ambitious undertakings. Major milestones, such as completion of an Empire State building, the Woolworth's building and other feature buildings have given city maps new life, but the introduction of dead grass and new sporting venue tiles have also added to long neglected areas. Since Scorched Earth will always be primarily focused on urban warfare, additions along that line will always take precedence, even when other aspects are being completed.

The careful focus on new terrain for the urban theater is helping to map out the deficiencies that both Snow and Temperate terrains suffer from. Simple things such as the urban laneways and parking lots are severely lacking for the other threaters, but with the greater number of available tilesets to take advantage of, the goal will be to quickly grow beyond mere imports from one to the other, and add entire replacement tilesets for dirt roads or other tilesets fundamental to making cities, especially where the rural nature of the existing tilesets is inadequate.

Even with intermittent work on the mod, things should progress rather quickly for the rest of the year!

Installing/Troubleshooting Scorched Earth

Installing/Troubleshooting Scorched Earth

Installers Tutorial

Since all the comments/questions relate to installation, here's everything you need to know.

YR to SE Map Conversion Guide

YR to SE Map Conversion Guide

Mapping/Technical Tutorial

This is a guide on modifying maps to work with SE, or making them compatible.

Some Words on Available and Stolen Technologies

Some Words on Available and Stolen Technologies

Design/Concepts Tutorial

Without attempting to dictate tactics, a few hints regarding basic balance changes might be worthwhile to hear. Consider these as "fast start tips" more...

A Discussion on Base Defenses

A Discussion on Base Defenses

Design/Concepts Tutorial

A summary of changes to the defensive structures, new additions, and overall effectiveness.

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Scorched Earth RA2 Mod - September 20th snapshot

Scorched Earth RA2 Mod - September 20th snapshot

Full Version

New artwork, new game modes, new maps, new tweaks, and a new voxel here or there! The release only requires a functional copy of RA2, and doesn't require...

FAData.ini for SE compatibility v2

FAData.ini for SE compatibility v2

Patch

Contains one file for allowing FinalAlert2 to edit and save maps for Scorched Earth. Simply extract and overwrite the file of the same name wherever FA2...

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Worrall2735
Worrall2735

Are you guys looking for Mappers?..

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ATHSE

The next snapshot may throw off any farmlands or wetlands if you used them, I discovered an interesting glitch in another program related to terrain, the cause of which is cells out of sequential order in the tiles... fixing them to the expected order then screwed up all the maps using those tiles.

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Worrall2735
Worrall2735

Thank you for the heads up. My progress has slowed but i will Put up a WIP snapshot in PPM Soon

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ATHSE

Just as an aside, setting the map's ambient light level to 0.9 makes the voxels look best...

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ATHSE

So far I haven't encouraged it because the urban expansion was still in flux, but I think it's at the point where very little will change (urban jungle, washington rubble are still subject to update/replace tiles) and most of the changes should be limited to the newest tilesets which aren't completed though functional. What did you have in mind exactly?

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Worrall2735
Worrall2735

I know this hasn't being said in this Mod but have you thought about having a Fortress Style map " Just to make things a little harder " I do map. and wondering if you wouldn't mind that if i could do it for you

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ATHSE

Well feel free to make the map and maybe show progress to discuss it on ppmforums (find the SE thread under Public Mod Announcements)...

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Guest
Guest

How to download and do i need the main game too?

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ATHSE

You can get RA2 from xwis.net ...

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ATHSE

Hey, if you guys haven't voted as of yet, please give the mod a rating and write a short review up top :)

Thanks!

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