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Ascendancy Mod

Discussion in 'All Other Games' started by Nicheal, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. Nicheal

    Nicheal Warlord

    May 30, 2009
    near Munich

    First of all: It is legal to release my Ascendancy Data Files. The Logic Factory
    sells the 1995 released PC Game Ascendancy as a Universal App for iPad,
    and dont wants free Downloads of the whole Game (but you could find in Internet!).
    So i release only two modded Files, and not the whole Game.

    After all these Years i found a Way to mod Ascendancy.
    Yes, it is a damned old Sci-Fi Game, but it was quite Fun, and on my DOS-BOX
    it is quite Fun, still. I modded a Data File called Ascend00.COB, and thats the File,
    necessary to replace in your Original Game.

    So, who of you wants to play Ascendancy a bite more challenging and just better,
    download the CRACY and the SUPREMACY Zip Files, and unpack into your Main Folder
    Ascendancy. You will find two new Sub-Folders CRACY and SUPREMACY, the Supreme.exe,
    the Choice.com, a BATCH File and a README.
    Open the BATCH File to choose one of the three available MODs, and one of
    the 6 Difficulty Levels each of the three MODs includes.
    Then close, and open the Supreme.exe to play a brandnew Ascendancy Game.

    My Files are NOT the whole Ascendancy Game, only some modded Files!
    You will NEED the Original Game. I downloaded the English Version of Ascendancy,
    a no-CD Version, and my Supreme.exe and my BATCH worked, on a 32Bit System, XP,
    and on DOS-BOX. Hopefully it will work for you, too.

    The SUPREMACY MOD is the basic MOD.
    The CRACY MOD includes redirected Prerequisites for Planet and Ship Stuff.
    The TOTALLY CRACY MOD is the CRACY MOD with deleted Specials.

    Modding Files and Explanation at Abandonia:


    It is very important for me, to release my sweet little MOD, yes, it is a damned old Game,
    but i waited for over 10 Years to play that Favorite Game quite better, and i hope,
    some Guys out there, will have at least a better Ascendancy, like me. Have Fun.


    Attached Files:

  2. eduhum

    eduhum Aahh the gold old days...

    Dec 26, 2008
    All of this was field back in days
    There is an iOS version which costs 3,99 euros and its pretty nice

    But always better in a computer (and freeeee)
  3. Nicheal

    Nicheal Warlord

    May 30, 2009
    near Munich
    Yeah, i know, that there exists an iPad Version, as Universal App.
    Never played, never had. Have you played that Version?

    Has anyone played that iOS Version, and could tell a little bit?
    Has anyone played Ascendancy hard, AND that iOS Version, to tell the Changes?

    I only know the PC Version, with a huge Lack of the AI. Too stupid,
    for playing it hard. Therefor i modded that Version, see above.

    My Version changed many Things, and is much better than Original Game, i think.

    Saw by Google Search, this Thread is only shown by Archive.
    This Thread for real at this Link here with Download Options on CivFanatics.
    It is important to me, that every Ascendancy Fan could download this, cause its a real Joy.

    Really no Comments, Folks?


    I am very happy for Guys like you, having found my Mod. I was ever, since its Release, the biggest Fan
    of Ascendancy, like the other biggest Fans of that sweet little Game. And i hate the Thought, that
    the Logic Factory released for iOS and all these Apple Toys, but not for their true Fans Community.

    Perhaps you read my READMEs and found out, how my Mod works: To unpack the TWO .zips into the
    already existing Ascendancy Main Folder, AND to load a hopefully working BATCH, to automatically
    load the required ASCEND00.COB into Main Folder, and thats my Answer for your Question:

    I used nothing, but the Notepad Editor to alter the Ship Stuff, Planet Stuff and some other Stats.
    I altered the ASCEND00.COB, into three Mods, SUPREMACY as Basic Mod, CRACY and TOTALLY CRACY.
    Three Mods, and every Mod includes 6 Difficulty Levels. The BATCH should load automatically the required Files.

    To choose a Mod in BATCH and a Difficulty Level will load the required ASCEND00.COB and the RESUME.GAM
    into Main Folder Ascendancy. And as i told another Guy out there: If you wonder, why Ascendancy
    has not changed "a lot", and you are disappointed by another Ascendancy Hope, i have to tell you this:

    If you havent loaded that damned new ASCEND00.COB into Main Folder, then there was quite a damned
    Zero Change in Ascendancy!!!!!!!!!! There cannot be a damned Change in Game, if the new Files arent loaded.
    You need any of the Files out of the two new Sub Folders Supremacy or Cracy plus the RESUME.GAM!!!!!!!!!!

    And if the Solar System Names havent changed, then it is quite only the same damned old Game...

    The SUPREMACY MOD has Basic Changes, and is the Basic Mod.
    The CRACY MOD changed the Prerequisites of Ship and Planet Stuff, which MOD i prefer.
    The TOTALLY CRACY MOD is the CRACY MOD plus deleted Special Stuff,
    so that the AI Ships are damned heavy to kill.

    Three MODs in one, and each 6 Difficulty Levels, but that is quite easy, too:

    I used the former LABORATORY as the Planet Improvement the AI ONLY should build.
    The Human Player could everything build, but NOT the Laboratory, which is now the SCIFACTORY.
    The Human Player gets his Research Rate by producing Factories, and then the other Stuff.
    But the SciFactories are for the AI ONLY, and that means the 6 Difficulty Levels:

    20, 30, 40.

    That is the Factory Rate the SciFactory gives to the AI.
    While the Human Player gets for his Factories 1/2, or 1/1 Research and Production, the AI gets
    1/20, 1/30 and 1/40, and thats why my MOD works: Cause the damned stupid AI gets,
    what the Human Player has to achieve by a lot of more Production and Improvement Rebuilds.

    So the 6 Difficulty Levels include that System of Factory, Human Player versus AI:

    2/20, 1/20, 2/30, 1/30, 2/40, 1/40.

    While the AI gets an Increase from 20 til 40 of Factory, the Human Player can choose,
    how much he will get against: 2 or only 1. So 1/40 is the highest Difficulty of the MOD,
    and the TOTALLY CRACY MOD plus Difficulty 1/40 SUPREME is the damned heaviest Game you could play.
    So, Nodstradamus, the only Tool i used was Notepad Editor, and i hope, you have played the MOD,

    not the Original Game while being disappointed...



    nobody reads the f*****ing manuals...

    >>>YOU SIMPLY NOT PLAYED MY MOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. Nodstradamus

    Nodstradamus Chieftain

    Sep 25, 2012
    Man you are a hero to me! I am a BIG fan of Alien Ascendancy, nobody could ever count the hours i spent playing this game, even with bad AI...

    I'm going to test your mod right now, and I will later make a little review of it. The Minions Assimilation shall begin!

    Can you tell me what tools you used for modding?
  5. grandad1982

    grandad1982 Deity

    Dec 4, 2007
    I loved Ascendancy. I wonder if I still have the old disk kicking around....
  6. Birdjaguar

    Birdjaguar Hanafubuki Retired Moderator Supporter

    Dec 24, 2001
    Albuquerque, NM
    I have mine, but no disk drives to put them in.
  7. Nicheal

    Nicheal Warlord

    May 30, 2009
    near Munich
    Hello Folks!

    It isnt necessary to "have the Disk". It is a Game from 1995, it should be for free, but
    The Logic Factory earns Money still, or just again, by Universal App Contract, so the
    most free Versions are off the Download Sections... but there are some british Versions
    downloadable, no-CD and free british Ascendancy Version, like mine.

    I am a German Guy, and my Original Disk would include German Language only,
    and CD-Check, so i downloaded that no-CD and british Version, it is still available.

    My Mod includes a Batch File which automatically loads the required Ascend00.COB,
    and now hopefully i changed this Batch File to also work for 64bit Systems, sorry Folks,
    i use still XP... @Birdjaguar: Yes, CD-Checks are sad, in DOS-BOX, and just annoying...
    so download the no-CD british Version, that works on DOS-BOX, without CD, and with my Mods!

  8. grandad1982

    grandad1982 Deity

    Dec 4, 2007
    CD my friend. CD. Oh yeah!
  9. Alnath

    Alnath Chieftain

    Oct 22, 2017
    Hi, I just created an account to answer to this, even if it is quite an old thread. I loved ascendancy but was utterly disappointed at the stupid AI and unchallenging experience it offered once you learnt the basics of the game. I 've dreamt of someone coming up with a patch that improves the AI truly, and just found this. The only problem I have is that I hate when, in order to improve an AI, its tweaked to cheat massively, and that's what this mod basically does.

    So I guess I thank you for having taken time to try to improve the AI, but I'll just keep dreaming for someone to truly make it better, not just make it cheat. If you ever read this and want to try to do that, know that there is at least one person who'll be anxious to play the game with a truly better AI.

  10. vmxa

    vmxa Deity Supporter

    Feb 9, 2004
    Oviedo, Fl
    I guess I missed this originally. I still play Ascendancy once in a great while. I still have my manual, such as it is and CD. The real pain for me was later in the game clearing planets with those grey dead tiles and routing ship long distances.
  11. grandad1982

    grandad1982 Deity

    Dec 4, 2007
    Woo, epic necro!
  12. Blake00

    Blake00 Prince Supporter

    Sep 24, 2016
    Thanks @Nicheal ! I love this game and have been thinking of replaying Ascendancy ever since I did a minor tribute to it on my Imperium Galactica and similar games website (been 20yrs so I want to play again and do a proper big tribute to it). Your AI mod should make it a more interesting experience!

    Might interest you guys to know that Ascendancy's creator recently posted on the Ascendancy FB page for the first time in 4 years about how busy his life is etc but that he's never forgotten about the dream of creating a sequel. Can't find his post now but he's since posted a poll on whether fans would want humans as a faction in the sequel if it gets made.

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