I'm back from the silent and absent land, just finished reading the 58 pages that appeared since my last visit
While getting here again took me longer than I expected, I must say that reading all those CE-related discussion was a pleasure (apart from some trolling attacks and people not bothering to read troubleshooting, obviously). You guys are really an high-standards example amongst game's mods word, and Sleeper rocks as always!
It's really nice to see CE being updated, even if no really big new features appeared (still no Federation cruiser wingmen, *sniff, sniff*, but I imagine that it would take muuuch work). It really feel complete, and those polish touches are making it shining brilliant. When it will end? (hint: never!! I hope...).
And "yay!", there is finally a way to support Sleeper's work by a way of donating! I can't count the number of times I asked for it
Ironically, at the moment I'm not able to pledge more than lowest monthly support, but man, I'll try to squeeze some more when possible, you really deserve it for your continuous work. Congratulations on choosing a platform, too - considering that CE is maintained and updated all the time for literally years, Patreon seems to be fitting best, and I see it as more friendly for long-standing creators than things like kickstart&co. I wish you getting your milestone at some point!// Edit
And the mandatory "OMG1!1!1!!!11!, the CE/Patreon explaining video is awesome!". No, seriously, it is. Great quality, good sense of humor and, while kept warm/informal, it is actually very informative. Heck, the quality of putting it together is so good, that before the first FTL:CE related bits kicked in, I was in doubt if I'm watching some general Patreon (friendly made) usage instruction. Kudos!
Now, as for few things that I noticed during long read:
Russian Rockman wrote:
BlueTemplar wrote:But you can't just change singular to plural in most instances...
Yeah those words are not only plural. Also, I've never heard of the use of them, they, or their to refer to a singular individual of non specified sex being arguably invalid karto. Though, I'm not an English professor.
"Pay the ransom or I'm going to kill him" ---> "Pay the ransom or I'm going to kill them"
"Your crewmember is in his personal quarters" --> "Your crewmember is in their personal quarters"
"He defeats the Mantis with a mighty blow" ---> "They defeat the Mantis with one mighty blow"
All of these are perfectly proper sentences, as long as you've identified who "they" are previously, which the texts always do. Your crewman, crewmember, crew, etc...
I really appreciate your spell-checking efforts Rockman (and I'm glad that Sleepy opted for git, after all!), but as for this specific dillema, I feel replacing her/his by they/them really awkard, in most situations. I know that you're right that it's formally legit language-wise, but things like "Your crewmember is in their personal quarters" instantly rises the "whose quarters?" question in my head. Well, the "wrong gender" thing wasn't ideal either, maybe the new one just need getting used to...
Sleeper Service wrote:Playing on easy works just as good in CE as it works with the vanilla game. The "Designed to be played on normal difficulty" hint below the download mostly means that the mod wasn't designed with hard mode in mind (cause hard mode didn't exist when most of the mod was made).
...and (as you have mentioned in later post) there are people that made it in Hard
Personally, I never play FTL:CE in any other difficulty - it just seems *perfect* that most of the time, I get far, but can't make it. The victory feels like really rare achievement, I even stopped looking at the "victory ratio" alltogether. Before AE's Hard mixed with CE, winning started getting a little too easy (at least 1/10 runs and increasing).
Out of curiosity, you had other reports of success in "legit" FTL:CE Hard? ("legit" as in one of default ships, not Infinite, no other mods making it easier, etc.) I was a little surprised that I haven't found further reports of that "achievement", I don't believe it wasn't done... Albeit, holding the, erm, "title" of only person achieving this for a while was cool, I must admit
Biohazard063 wrote: BlueTemplar wrote:
Maybe it should cause a disturbance in your AI crew... repair bot on strike!
"You're repair drone burns a hole through the hull whilst your AP drone is choking a crewmember."
1. Listen to their demands
2. Power down drone control
Actually, this gave me biggest FTL-related laugh in a while... Just imagining this rebellion, something like cleaning drones from Space Crawlers, spraying detergent on "organics", mop drone chasing "meatbag"...
Sleeper Service wrote:
Russian Rockman wrote:Anyway, do you plan to include the Horror and Federation Bonus tracks into the CE Additional Music Addon? It doesn't sound like Ben would mind.
Then again the FTL soundtrack is a commercially released album (Chromatic T-Rex is not) so the legal situation does not really allow this anyway.
Albeit, having permission of the copyright holder would work! Does anyone know who currently holds the copyright for that? Creator, or some label? I could ask them.