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 on the horizon, featuring widescreen support, an improved level editor, and countless new objects.

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It's that time again. After months of struggle we are prepared to release the newest version of the Expanding Fronts mod, which features some of our most significant changes to date. New gameplay features and units for standard games, countless improvements to the Scenario Editor, and long-awaited support for widescreen resolutions and windowed mode. Watch our new trailer for a quick look at the new features!


BUILDING YOUR GALAXY

Our primary focus for this update was improving the Scenario Editor, giving designers a plethora of new features and items to work with, a goal which we have met tenfold. Over a hundred new props, buildings, effects, and units are available for placement, alongside a handful of extremely versatile and powerful trigger Conditions and Effects that provide more control than ever before to scenario builders.


SKIRMISH ENHANCEMENTS

Though the scenario editor may have been our focus, other aspects of SWGB have not gone ignored. In addition to fine-tuning the function and performance of new assets like the Interceptor and Attacker units, we are introducing a new sea unit, and a new feature that may reshape how standard games are played; native structures.

Players who frequent the 'SW Locale' maps have likely always dreamed of a purpose to the dozens of prop buildings littered around the terrain. Dream no more, because Expanding Fronts seeks to bring a new functionality to nearly every Gaia building. Like Nerfs/Banthas, these structures can now be captured by any player that brings a military unit close enough, and will provide a number of benefits ranging from passive bonuses to unique units and technologies. Harvest Reytha's vast Food supplies; Enlist the help of the Jabba's henchment on Tatooine; Mine for Ore beneath Kessel's surface; and much more! Maintaining control of the map is now more important than ever, lest your empire fall beneath hordes of stick-wielding Ewoks.


Monitors have been added to the standard unit roster, and can now be constructed at the Shipyard. These vessels excel at bombarding land units, allowing you to swiftly clear hostile coastlines before landing troops, or to punish an enemy foolish enough to wander their Workers too close to the shore. Monitors are effective against Mechs and Infantry, but have poor defense; especially against other watercraft, and should be escorted by Frigates and Destroyers. They can be upgraded to Heavy Monitors.


COMING DECEMBER 16

This Expanding Fronts update will be released on December 16th for everybody to download. But that isn't all. Starting January, players will be able to download new Monthly builds. As the name implies, these updates will be released every month, and will contain whatever new work is currently in progress. Stability is not guaranteed. Further details will be provided at a later date.


HELP WANTED

Despite all of the progress we've made with the editor, we are still severely short-staffed in one major role: 3D animation. Without skilled people that can model and animate characters, we are unable to add the plethora of new infantry, animals, monsters, heroes, and even entire civilizations we have planned for Expanding Fronts. We need your help to make all of this possible. If you, or anybody you know has the skills, and is interested in helping the project, please let us know by contacting the project head Gen_Rhys_Dallows. Alternatively, you can post a message in our project thread at SWGB.HeavenGames.com




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Emperors_Fist
Emperors_Fist

Woohoo, widescreen support!

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SweetJuleka
SweetJuleka

Awesome, can't wait to see what this Update has in Store. :)

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Lord_Baal
Lord_Baal

Thanks! May I suggest you bring back the way repeater troops where a separated thing from regulars?

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Gen_Rhys_Dallows Author
Gen_Rhys_Dallows

Only if there is a way to give them a unique role that does not make the normal Trooper obsolete. The Trooper line would also need to have a replacement upgrade for Tech Level 4, which brings us back to our lack of infantry animators.

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Lord_Baal
Lord_Baal

They could be slower and require a set up (like the siege weapons) for once. Be more of a defensive than offensive unit. Just tossing some ideas.

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Gen_Rhys_Dallows Author
Gen_Rhys_Dallows

Again, animation. We would have to create new sequences of them standing with the weapon packed, as well as deploying it.

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JerryTheSloth
JerryTheSloth

If there is anyway you can do this I would much appreciate it!

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Dalo_Lorn
Dalo_Lorn

What kind of stuff does the ever-desirable 3D animator need to do, anyway? :P

I'm more of a code/gameplay/writing sort of person myself, but I've been known to do some rudimentary, mostly-repetitive work on getting graphics assets set up - depending on the skill level required to make it work, I might be able to help out.

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Gen_Rhys_Dallows Author
Gen_Rhys_Dallows

Our biggest need right now is for people who can build and animate characters - infantry, droids, and animals - and can then render them as image sequences that we can turn into game sprites. Each unit generally has five required animation sequences - Idle, Attacking, Walking, Dying, and Decaying. Said sequences are usually around 8-15 frames, then multiplied for each direction the unit can face (south, southwest, west, northwest, north). The detail level required for GB infantry models isn't particularly high: Vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net
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Our high priority at the moment is filling out the character rosters for the new Zann Consortium civ, including troops, workers, medics, and heroes.

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Dalo_Lorn
Dalo_Lorn

Modelling aside, I'm still not 100% sure whether I can or can't do it. Knowing more about the mod's workflow might help. :/

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JjForcebreaker
JjForcebreaker

Yaaay! Awesome news, can't wait.

Thank you!

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RC-3197
RC-3197

You guys are pushing this game to new limits. I wonder what the future of SWGB has in store.

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DarkWolfV
DarkWolfV

looks incredible! well done

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colmrebel
colmrebel

Would you be able to add a building similar to a farm that produces carbon instead? And possibly a way to buy nerfs using nova?

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xlucidx
xlucidx

Sweet jesus, I hope all those scenarios are playable in the game!

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Guest
Guest

What you are doing here is truly amazing!

Your work is greatly appreciated.

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KopaSpetsnaz07
KopaSpetsnaz07

Tomorrow 0.0

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