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Hi All, i just wanted to offer a quick update on the mod this week so lets get started, it wont be long i promise but it may enlighten you as to our silence.

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So what have the devs been up to?

Particles, Mesh Updates, Particles and more Particles? - Maxloef and His team of modellers

Max has been incredibly busy the past few weeks single handedly building over 40 new particle effects for the capital ship abilities in the game, he has already completed a massive workload on the federation, Klingon and Borg Factions, he continues to work hard on missing particle effects for the Cardassian and Dominion factions as well as running the overall project. His team of modellers many who you know by name now have been polishing many of our ships as well as adding in those missing extras that make the game really feel like it is in the star trek universe.

Icons, Icons, Icons and yet more icons? - Chris (Gul Dukut), Anthony and Connor (KillaBC/Garak)

Chris, Anthony and Connor have been hard at work adding glamour to our UI screens with constant Icon Upgrades, when we said full conversion mod we aimed to replace mostly everything stock entity wise, Chris and his team have been hard at work to do just that with over 75 icons replaced in the past fortnight alone, you may not even notice these in game but its the little things that keep us going...

Strings and Thinking of good text? - Ambarenya

Christian has only recently rejoined the team after a hiatus but he is the master of our text and often tells me off for breaking the strings....im not as eloquent as he and i have to say his descriptions for anything from a phaser turret to pulse disruptor's are nothing but as efficiently canonised as possible.

We need custom maps - Cailaen (or colin>?) or however ....ok don't hit me dude!

Caillan556, my good old Australian friend has been hard at work building map after map after map, he not only does this but he tests them to, having recreated both the federation and Klingon insignia as maps he even recently did a hold the line style map for earth's own solar system, something i think you'll find interesting, his own custom maps by his name include so many difficulty levels it ensures whatever you play it will be a real challenge for those who like a bit of extra gun ports on their menu.

Simon (el-vi-riachi) and the beta testing team

Have worked incredibly hard recently supplying test after test for the balance team its been so good in fact its helped us find two major unbalanced scenarios so far, they continue to work with all teams to nitpick and find spelling mistakes, icon errors and balance issues without them the game would not be as good as it is right now.

Balance Balance Balance Testing - Rick and Keith

Myself and Rick have been rebalancing faction after faction, whether it be reprogramming economies or forcing AI to work a little more how we intend in games, we feel were as close to factional balance with unique play style as we can be, but only time will tell if our many hours have really payed off after release day.

Finally id like to thank you all the fans, the supporters, the jokers, the question askers, you as you are right now is why we the dev team have someone to share this experience with, we have always been incredibly proud to have a loyal fan base here at our mod and we consider each and everyone of you a valid member of team ARMADA so thank you once again for your support, the 15th is getting ever closer and so i thought after downloading in chronological order id knock up a quick memory video of version 1.0 from start to finish screenshot style, see you all soon

Max, Chris, Connor, Keith, Rick, Christian, Colin, Simon, Anthony and everyone else on the STA3 team

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Drauxx
Drauxx

Great job guys keep up the great work :D

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Bornstellaris
Bornstellaris

It has been incredibly satisfying to see this mod from its humble beginnings, to the powerhouse of a community it is now. I think I can speak for the entire Sins of the Prophets team in saying a job well done, and we look forward to seeing your next successful release!

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MasterN
MasterN

If you need icons just PM me with the list of the ones u need and the dimensions of the icons. I have some free time so I could help you. :)

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OrionSlaver
OrionSlaver

I've only been beta testing for you guys for a short while, but as someone who was watching this mod since long before 0.95 came out I can see just how far this mod has come.

You've created something very special for this, our most beloved of franchises, and you, all of you, have every right to hold your heads high. Well done.

PS: Again, I've only been beta testing for a short while, but I swear I got all nostalgic when I saw those old neutral ships. :D

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SFC3
SFC3

I've been beta testing since this Summer. I've not been playing much recently, but these guys are awesome, they really are.

I want to personally thank the dev team for not only giving beta testers a chance to help out the mod, but for making the mod in the first place. I've never seen finer work. Bravo.

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Lighterius
Lighterius

I'm soooooo waiting for the release. It's looking really great.
From the bottom of my heart - I THANK YOU!!!

p.s. Is it just me or do screenshots change too fast in the video? As much as I'd like to, I'm not able to watch it fully because my eyes start to hurt. Transitions from to dark to light screenshots or vice versa are really taxing my eyes.

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Bane(Dev) Author
Bane(Dev)

they do change quickly but there were over 350 shots to squeeze in :)

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masterdude94
masterdude94

You guys are doing a great job! Both in the mod so far(as it looks AMAZING), and in keeping us informed. So hats off to you guys!

And congrats for making Star Trek Armada 3 the BEST mod for any game, ever!
In my opinion of course.

Thanks guys, I look forward to a future release!

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Hmmmgood
Hmmmgood

Winning mod of the year or similar wouldnt even remotely acknowledge the amount of hard work you boys have been doing imo and for me as an Star Trek/rts fan its hard to say thanks enough.

You guys are simply awesome.

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Gul-Dukat(tech)
Gul-Dukat(tech)

Would love the votes from you guys when it comes up good sir!

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MindwipeUK
MindwipeUK

The mod was a pleasure to work on. Im proud of all the teams contributions, dilligence, hard work and attention to even the smallest detail. Im honored to have been part of this project.

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gargamosch
gargamosch

I'll Vote for you. And for Schack showcasing this mod in the first place to raise my interest in it :)

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boofhead21
boofhead21

Just got to say all the people involved in this project are awesome forget all the haters out there what you guys do is pure perfection and I and all the others out there who repect and appreciate what you do thank you

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Empire_of_the_Galaxy
Empire_of_the_Galaxy

Re: Particles, Mesh Updates, Particles and more Particles? - Maxloef and His team of modellers

What about the Omega Particle?
Moddb.com

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Bane(Dev) Author
Bane(Dev)

i see what you did there!

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Ambarenya
Ambarenya

For the record: Keith and I are best buds. I was his first little protégé. :p

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Bane(Dev) Author
Bane(Dev)

Your ruining my hard earned reputation for being evil BANE!!!! now people will think I'm a fluffy bunny :( ... hehehe

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Ambarenya
Ambarenya

Bane: Ambarenya, you merely adopted the mod. I was born in it!

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MindwipeUK
MindwipeUK

wait wha.. then that would in essence make Max (your parent!) .ooohhh K moving on!

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Karamanga
Karamanga

Will there be a Constitution Class Refit?
The News-Picture is looking damn good.

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mleadenham
mleadenham

I was wondering about that as well. The devs were adamant that the Constitution Class wouldn't be included it in CTA. A teaser for the next project perhaps? :)

Also, to the Armada III team: You have done an astoundingly excellent job. Calling this a mod would like calling The Birth of Venus a wall decoration.

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