Hi Everyone,

The 20th Anniversary of the release of Birth of the Federation is now less than 2 months away "May 25 2019" it is gratuitous that it also falls on Saturday.

I propose we gather on GameRanger for quick multi-player games and reminiscing about our favorite game.

I will try to be on GameRanger as much as I can that day and night and hope to see you there.

thunderchero

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Shades of Grey

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Shades of Grey

Post by Axis » Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:34 am

Once again I'm thinking of creating a mod, this time with 1920 x 1080 resolution.

I'll call it "Shades of Grey", or "SOG". :wink:

It will have almost totally redesigned Federation GUI, some changes to Romulans, Klingons, Cardassians and the Ferengi... well, the Ferengi, I hate the Ferengi! :grin:

At least I'll try to complete the Federation with this resolution.

So far I've thought that the first version won't have much changes from the original game.


Here's two finished screenshots from the game :

Start menu :
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Federation tech management screen :
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Here's also a "not so finished" screenshot of the Federation main screen of a solar system with 9 planets and my own design of a Gaia-type, class X planet :
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One might also notice that I've increased the max populations a lot.

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Re: Shades of Grey

Post by Axis » Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:55 am

So, what do people think?

I think I need some help when creating the file itself, when I'm ready.

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Re: Shades of Grey

Post by Axis » Thu Feb 11, 2016 1:49 am

Here's two more screenshots.

Empire status :
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Build screen :
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Re: Shades of Grey

Post by Axis » Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:38 pm

Diplomacy screen :
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Re: Shades of Grey

Post by thunderchero » Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:28 pm

Axis wrote:I think I need some help when creating the file itself, when I'm ready.
be sure to keep track of edited files (UE will keep track as long as all file are added with UE) also I hope you started with a clean vanilla install.

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Re: Shades of Grey

Post by Axis » Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:01 am

thunderchero wrote:
Axis wrote:I think I need some help when creating the file itself, when I'm ready.
be sure to keep track of edited files (UE will keep track as long as all file are added with UE) also I hope you started with a clean vanilla install.
Yep, I started from scratch, 800 x 600 Vanilla, and I haven't used anything but UE, some modifications with hex editor (is hex editing a problem? I mean, I think I should keep track of those changes too, right?).

Here comes what I have done so far with hex editor :
1. Federation font colors.
2. Gaia-type planet.
3. Shipspeeds increase (from 5 to 99).



And this is what I have been pondering for some time : "Pioneer Universe", an alternate universe.
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This is total fantasy, Flag of The Terran Federation (Seal on black background, and 9 stripes representing the 9 planets of Sol Invictus star system) :
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Terran Federation Dreadnought :
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"For the love of God Jim, don't use those torpedoes!" :wink:
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Re: Shades of Grey

Post by thunderchero » Fri Feb 12, 2016 10:28 am

Axis wrote:some modifications with hex editor (is hex editing a problem? I mean, I think I should keep track of those changes too, right?).
if you only edit the trek.exe it is no problem. QD created a little tool for me to compare original to edited and create list of hex changes that is used during install.
if you edit any other files such as English.snd, alt.res, any video, ect. those files overwrite backup files when installing.

so a file list of other edited files is all that is needed to keep track of, if you need to edit any.

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Re: Shades of Grey

Post by Axis » Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:00 am

Tech field database :
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That object picture is 600 x 500, would be quite cramped in the good old Vanilla.

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Re: Shades of Grey

Post by Martok » Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:23 pm

Looks good, Axis!
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Re: Shades of Grey

Post by Axis » Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:25 pm

Thanks Martok! :up: I think so too.

After I've finished this Terran Federation, I'm planning for Romulans next.

Here's ships (now I've completed the Fed tech screens) :
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Re: Shades of Grey

Post by Axis » Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:22 pm

Intel management :
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Oops! something's missing
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"It's alive, it's alive"!
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"He's dead, Jim!"



Allright, now I've completed solar system, tech and intel screens, moving on to tactical.

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Re: Shades of Grey

Post by Axis » Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:15 am

Meanwhile... at Romulus (under construction, just a teaser):
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Green-blue theme for romulans then (with a hint of grey), and no, those v's in the corners are not british "super-sergeant's" chevrons :grin: , they represent the romulan foreheads in a way.

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Re: Shades of Grey

Post by Axis » Wed Feb 17, 2016 9:48 am

Allright, this is more like it, more romulan :
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Re: Shades of Grey

Post by Martok » Wed Feb 17, 2016 1:50 pm

Pretty! As someone whose favorite race in BOTF is the Romulans, I heartily approve. :up:
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Re: Shades of Grey

Post by Axis » Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:26 am

Hey!

If anybody knows decent background images for this resolution, I'd take them (Feds have already a good one, and Roms might have one too, not that one above though).

I need at least 3 good ones (for the rest), they don't have to be in colors, at least 1920 x 1080, quite dark and stars small, so you don't confuse them with star systems.

Good nebula images I can take too (for galaxy maps).

If anyone has good link(s), please post them here.

More than 3 is always better, then I can decide which ones are the best.

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