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krasnyj bibliotekar
written by Serpens on Jun 15, 2007 20:19
Okay, so some of you who follow the Frespych talk probably already know that I've been lately going over the Noctis IV CE code, modifying it in some ways, to make the game have more variety and be even more extensive. Since Megagun and Shadowlord, creators of NICE, have nothing about it, I'd like to release an alpha version of my crude modifications.

http://www.sendspace.com/file/dlqq3a

Above is the link. Inside, I have put all the files which should replace the old NICE files. There's also a readme file, but extremely small, telling basically only what version of NICE is this based on. That's because I'm going to put all the details here.

The changelist includes:
-changing the maximum total number of bodies in a system from 80 to 400, although the upper limit can basically never be reached... now.
-allowing more than one planet, not only substellar objects, and moons (in small quantities) in S07 systems.
-allowing a planet to be found in S06 systems.
-allowing felysian worlds to be found in all systems, even S06s... well, except S10s , if my memory doesn't fail me... I'll have to fix this too.
-putting in the ruin generator from NICE 10.
-adding another star class - S12, red dwarf, with rather small planetary systems.
-adding another star class - S13, small star cluster, with 10 to 20 stars very close together, with lots of planets.
-adding another "star" class - S14, free-floating planet. It can even be Felysian!
-making it possible for both animal and plant life to appear on thin atmosphere worlds, though they should be rather rare.
-might be something else which I forgot about...
-most probably lots and lots of BUGS.

Keep in mind that this is all nothing serious, just some amateurish modifications, which I feel that migh just be a bit interesting. I hope that you will try my creation/modification and actually even enjoy it.

The Mad Dok.

Edit: two example screens:

cd/pngs/Serpens/freefely (18 Kb)
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written by Tacogeddon on Jun 15, 2007 20:31
Simple, but it sure adds a lot more to explore! All planets are as they would be expected to look...S06 planets are dark and cold, free-floaters are...REALLY dark and REALLY cold. Good stuff. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
omg! toadstoolz!
written by Dumbum on Jun 16, 2007 09:26
Rather very unrealistic changes :-/
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written by Pomelos on Jun 16, 2007 09:47
Dumbum said:
Rather very unrealistic changes :-/
Like it was realistic to begin with.
krasnyj bibliotekar
written by Serpens on Jun 16, 2007 10:58
Pomelos said:
Dumbum said:
Rather very unrealistic changes :-/
Like it was realistic to begin with.
Right.
I know that they're unrealistic, but if, for example, a felysian world could be found orbiting a brown dwarf, so why not a grey giant, or anywhere else. It adds some depth to exploration, and allows you to find life in places where you've never found it before.
journeyman
written by Stargazer on Jun 16, 2007 11:46
Serpens said:
I know that they're unrealistic, but if, for example, a felysian world could be found orbiting a brown dwarf, so why not a grey giant, or anywhere else.
Though nothing is impossible, there are many potential laws which would make that very improbable to happen, both in real life (where S06's might not exist at all, anyway), and certainly in a wave-field universe such as Noctis'. I won't start an argument here though - if you want to toss every single theoretical law of physics, biology, gravity, chemistry, thermodynamics and etcetera down the toilet because you think they stand in the way for gameplay, that's all fine by me; it is your choice and while I might not agree with it, I do respect it.

So thanks for the effort and all, but personally, I'll stick with vanilla Noctis and NICE for now. Fine work, anyways.
krasnyj bibliotekar
written by Serpens on Jun 16, 2007 12:12
Stargazer, I do know how ridiculous scientifically are the changes I introduced. It's a Mad Dok's creation after all - a crazy creation, so to speak. What I aimed for wasn't realism, in fact, this was the thing I considered the least. I wanted my "addon" to give some more plain fun out of exploring, give additional possibilities, etc. I didn't even expect anyone to stick with it instead of NICE, it would be enough for me if even one person tried it and took some enjoyment out of it. That's all.
Besides, red dwarfs, clusters and free-floating planets aren't so impossible at all Even though they might need some work.
written by Stellanaut on Jun 16, 2007 16:29
If you want to explore a vast universe freely, play Noctis. If you want hardcore realism, play Orbiter.

I think these are MAJOR improvements and hope that at least some of them get included in NICE officially
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