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need a bit of help with the custom factions

Discussion in 'Alpha Centauri' started by tuga2112, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. tuga2112

    tuga2112 Warlord

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    update.

    the ECB2 and ECB3 are finished. (might rework on them a bit but the "important" is done. just need some work on a few pixels that are non-white

    my FLC file is not working. when i open diplomacy the first slide is there but the game doesnt scroll trhouth the slides. i have currently 20 slides.

    im a bit stuck now as i have no idea why the first slide is there but the others dont scroll. i have tried changing the order and didnt made a change. the first slide of the new order was the only one to appear.

    any ideas ?

    *EDIT*
    tryed to copy a few slides to repeat then and make it up to 28 but still doesnt scroll. there is something else wrong not the amount of slides.

    *EDIT2*
    checked that web page you gave me previously in detail (i mean i read it all not just the first 3 posts lol) and apparently the image not being scrilling is something related to gimp. i registered on the weplayciv forum and asked for help there. will see how it goes.
     
  2. Kilkakon

    Kilkakon King

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    I know next to nothing about how the FLCs work--posting there is your best bet. Let us know how it goes!
     
  3. tuga2112

    tuga2112 Warlord

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    just a quick update. i have got help there. althouhg somehow i am still stuck in the same dead end. i think i have to re-do all the work. seems like gimp somehow screwed up all the process.

    onse i have some time and patiance (mostly patience) i will have to redo all the work and try onse again to make an flc file.

    on a side note. have you noticed the amount of changes i made on the social engineering of the faction compared to the initial ideals ?

    Code:
    TECH, Indust, FACILITY, 7, SOCIAL, +ECONOMY,SOCIAL, -RESEARCH, SOCIAL, +INDUSTRY, SOCIAL, --PROBE, SOCIAL, +EFFIC, SOCIAL, --PLANET, SOCIAL, --SUPPORT, POPULATION, -2, ENERGY, 150, COMMERCE, 2, HURRY, 150, INTEREST, 3
    i gave a free tech of the first layer of techs instead, -1 reseach. only +1 to industry and economy, removed the terraform bonus. increased the hurry cost to 150% instead of 130%. added 3% interest to the faction. 2 lvls of comerce bonus. reduced the support penalty from -3 to -2, and finally put a shorter limit on the bases. (-2)

    i am hopping this (IMO drastic) changes make the faction balanced compared to the original factions.

    i am considering starting creating a faction based on the principles of terrorism after i finish this faction. but im open to sugestions. the most important thing to me when building up a custom faction is to have some kind of ideology that exists in the real world. my idea for a terrorist factions would have slower grow rate, slower research, better police and probe. and a bonus on morale (jihad) yes the idea is extremist musling terrorist. after all that's the current world's terrorism.

    other vague ideas of ideologies i got are "civil service" (based on the "yes minister series" ) and the american "al capone" mafia.

    btw is there any place where everyone has dumped their custom factiosn where i cans ee what i should not make ? i dont want to reinvent the wheel. my main goal would be to have my factions to be balanced enough to have other people enjoying to play them not just me. (even tho this game is outdated already lol)
     
  4. tuga2112

    tuga2112 Warlord

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    now i just need help to make the small gold borders image for the top of the piramids. anyone can help i am a bit stuck on this i am afraid gimp doesnt provide the "right" help for it. or i have no idea how to find it.
     
  5. Kilkakon

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    I can help you with that. :D

    If you want to try and do it yourself, perhaps you should first experiment with Emboss tools, and then change the layer to Multiply. I'm not sure what options GIMP provides though... let me know if you need more information! :)
     
  6. tuga2112

    tuga2112 Warlord

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    had a look at google for emboss related to gimp. apparently it can outline "things" but what i found was related to making watermarks on text.

    i would like to learn how to make this for future reference but at the moment im getting busyer with univercity again and im afrai of dropping again the project and only picking it up next year so i wanna get this one finished and next time i'll probably be working in a new faction with a new ideology.

    could you do this file golden border thing for me in photoshop kilkakon ?
     
  7. Kilkakon

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    Sure, could you please provide the logo image for me to use as a base? :)
     
  8. Kilkakon

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    Mission complete: here is the ecb3.pcx completed.

    And heh-heh, Yes Prime Minister was a classic show. It'd be funny to see a new Civil Service controlling everything with really long sentences :lol:.
     

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  9. tuga2112

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    i think the civil service is the faction with most enphasis i have in mind however in practical means i am strugling to think about the appropriate bonus and defects for it. making extra long conversations for the diplomacy will be easy- i have seen the full series and even been at the theatre of the new episode so i think will be easy to make up that kind of sentences onse i put some effort into it =)
     
  10. phriskiii

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    Hey everyone. Sorry to comment on an old thread, but I'm new to message boards and don't know the best way to proceed. I am having the darndest time editing the .pcx files in Alien Crossfire. Every change I make, I get that cyan-ish square behind my cities. I downloaded tuga2112's ECB files and they worked great! I edited the color in index 252 to not match the one in 255 using GIMP, but the game still seems to be picking whatever color I have in 252 for the background color, rather than being transparent. Do you all have any hints? Just as an example, I've been messing with this angels.pcx to see if I could successfully make any change and have it work. Here's my progress so far - the random pink dot I added shows up, but so does the background.
     

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  11. Buster's Uncle

    Buster's Uncle AC2 Co-Owner

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    Thanks for the reply! I read that one, but I'll give it another shot - your confidence boosts my confidence.
     
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