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by AMX
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Tiny rocks and gas giants question
Replies: 27
Views: 2682

Re: Tiny rocks and gas giants question

Argh. It figures they'd be in German. I'm your typical ignorant American who only reads English. I am not sure, but I doubt the "second empire" books were ever published in English. The highest number I ever read was something like #88 in the Ace editions. Let me check the list on perrype...
by AMX
Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Tiny rocks and gas giants question
Replies: 27
Views: 2682

Re: Tiny rocks and gas giants question

Just remembered another old game - Perry Rhodan: Operation Eastside. Gas Giants there could not be settled - but they had moons, and the moons were treated exactly like planets. No chit? Somebody made a Perry Rhodan game? Man I remember reading those books as a kid. Can I blink on "tell me mor...
by AMX
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Tiny rocks and gas giants question
Replies: 27
Views: 2682

Re: Tiny rocks and gas giants question

We want to avoid the situation where you can always place colonies on all four orbital slots. This is partly for the flavor of the game -- good colony sites should be rare enough that factions may get into conflict over the best ones -- and partly for mechanical considerations, as increasing the nu...
by AMX
Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Tiny rocks and gas giants question
Replies: 27
Views: 2682

Re: Tiny rocks and gas giants question

Just remembered another old game - Perry Rhodan: Operation Eastside.
Gas Giants there could not be settled - but they had moons, and the moons were treated exactly like planets.
by AMX
Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Modding
Topic: fleet pane showing embarked unit
Replies: 15
Views: 2077

Re: fleet pane showing embarked unit

DanTheTerrible wrote:How does one open a .7z file? I don't seem to have an application to unpack it with, do I have to download something?

With 7-zip:
https://www.7-zip.org/
by AMX
Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Modding
Topic: How do I load a mod?
Replies: 4
Views: 904

Re: How do I load a mod?

Basically you just unpack the mod into the "Mods" directory.

So using PopReport as an example, you would end up with
\steamapps\common\Stars in Shadow\Mods\PopReport\

And that contains the subfolders Drawers and GUI
by AMX
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Terraforming
Replies: 47
Views: 8958

Re: Terraforming

Arioch wrote:But I'm also not sure how useful that information would be. The max pop calculation doesn't penalize you for having sub-optimal races in the mix.

One of my pops unexpectedly suffering from overcrowding seems like enough of a penalty to me.
by AMX
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Terraforming
Replies: 47
Views: 8958

Re: Terraforming

Arioch wrote:Max population is subjective to population type, so any display of max population by definition has to take this into account.

But the maximum for one pop type can go down, even if the overall maximum goes up - having a more detailed preview than currently would be useful.
by AMX
Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Terraforming
Replies: 47
Views: 8958

Re: Terraforming

The Glacier type is not closely related to the Ocean and Iceball types. A Glacier is essentially just a colder Garden. An Ocean world is distinctly different from an Island world; an Island world is essentially a warmer Garden world with deeper oceans but still a relatively thin layer of surface wa...
by AMX
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: First Impressions
Replies: 16
Views: 2709

Re: First Impressions

viscid spore torpedo That's the evilest thing I can possibly imagine. :twisted: A 'moderately' successful containment via pop drop. https://i.imgur.com/h6CdroS.png It's the only way I've found so far of not being overrun: Ignore it until you can flood the place with your own pops. The most effectiv...
by AMX
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Strategic map combat questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1791

Re: Strategic map combat questions

-when an enemy fleet arrives at one of my planets though, is when things get weird: I have a planet with planetary defenses and a star base (the armed and armored space station). I also have moved my own fleet so that it arrives at the attacked system the same turn that the enemy does. The message ...
by AMX
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New player impressions
Replies: 11
Views: 2317

Re: New player impressions

gaerzi wrote:I think I managed to get smaller population number than that but from capturing a planet after some bombings. Might be misremembering, though.

I've seen that as well.
by AMX
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New player impressions
Replies: 11
Views: 2317

Re: New player impressions

As a side note, the assault shuttles that the "command cruisers" come with are awesome... or would be, if they didn't constantly get shot down immediately by PD (even at "ramming" distance). Sounds like you're not getting quite close enough - when you're actually in contact with...
by AMX
Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Testing
Topic: Do range mods do anything for PD weapons?
Replies: 0
Views: 2495

Do range mods do anything for PD weapons?

I noticed that LR and FL mods appear not to do anything when applied to PD weapons (other than increase cost and power use).
Am I seeing things, or is there a bug there?
by AMX
Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Galactic Breaking News: Humanitys Homeworld Finally Discovered?
Replies: 12
Views: 2319

Re: Galactic Breaking News: Humanitys Homeworld Finally Discovered?

As for the name, "Ephelos" is the name of one of the varieties of helichrysum , aka "everlasting" flowers. Yes, but what does it actually mean? After some digging, it appears to mean "freckled", from Greek ἔφηλις (Ephelis), which is itself derived from ἐπί (epi) and, i...

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