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Yes, the recent change to the colour scheme has improved the look in several areas. Also, I view the forum at 133% zoom in my browser, which helps too. Firefox remembers this each time I visit 🙂
I flagged this up purely because SSC had gone from being a site I used to visit on a daily basis to one I really struggle with. Of course, Real Life issues take priority 🙂October 27, 2017 at 3:41 pm in reply to: New Ship Models for FFED3D AJ by Potsmoke (Gernot) #110723
Looking forward to this, Gernot 🙂
Actually, it’s only reading the site on my phone/tablet that has improved. On my PC it’s as unreadable as ever! 🙁
Ah, much better! The combination of greater contrast and slightly larger text has worked really well. Thanks!
Even so, I hope it goes well Gernot. The community misses you!
Yeah best of luck with that Gernot. We need you back designing things for FFED3D! 😉
Right, gonna spend some time getting those save games ready this weekend. I had some computer problems in the week, specifically everything overheating and the machine shutting down. I took the heat sink off the CPU and cleaned all the dust out, cleaned the fan as well and put it all back together with a nice new splodge of thermal paste. SpeedFan now reports that the computer is cooler than a polar bear wearing sunglasses B)
OK, I’m working through the game and compiling a set of hand-coded mission saves, as you mention above. I’m not using Buffet to advance the game time, as I’m not sure what side-effects it might have. The process is therefore taking a little bit of time, not helped by Real Life™ getting in the way recently. I’m making good progress though 🙂
Yes, I did go a bit crazy on the subscriptions! 😀
I think you’re on to something there Andy, and unfortunately it looks like extending the commander’s life beyond January 3317 causes a number of issues with the game. Even using Buffet to advance a few years can cause problems with the journals 🙁
Here’s what I tried…
I went back to the Gateway start position at 1-Jan 3250 and equipped my ship/commander with how things are in my latest save game. At that point you have 11 subscriptions to each of the journals. You can buy subscriptions to Frontier News, Universal Scientist and RIG at Old Blackelk. When I used Buffet to jump to 2-Apr-3321 I found I had 153390771 subscriptions left! Advancing to the next monthly update reset them all to “No subscription” and they were all blank.
I bought a subscription to one of the journals and jumped to the next update. The story picked up at a point I assume the program found was appropriate. Frontier News, Universal Scientist and RIG were still the only journals available and this was the case wherever I went.
I started again in 3250, bought 10-year subscriptions and jumped forwards 5 years. Those publications for which I hadn’t bought extra subscriptions ie. they’d run out gave silly values until the next update when they zeroed. Those which I still had valid subscriptions to updated but only by one month. For example, the Frontier News referred to “last month’s Wiccan Ware race” which actually takes place in Jan/Feb 3250. By flying around I was able to buy subscriptions to all the journals.
In relation to your point about the two journals that always appear having more issues left in my subscription, they only way I can think of to “zero” them is to advance a crazy number of years and update. When I did this they reset ok but those two journals were still the only ones that were offered anywhere, and that blasted “Jo Merion” ad stil popped up everywhere too!
In conclusion, it seems using Buffet to advance time can mess up the journals to some degree, but going beyond 3317 renders some publications permanently unavailable.
I’ve decided to go back to 1-Jan 3250 (by re-starting the game, not using Buffet!) with everything else the same. Might even try out some of the scripted missions! Should be a lot easier now, in my super-Viper B)
I will undertake further investigations but for the mean time hope this helps, Andy…
As well as being offered subscriptions to Universal Scientist and RIG everywhere I go, the bulletin board message which reads “INFORMATION FOR SALE: I have information for sale that may be of interest to friends or colleagues of Jo Merion of Olwain” popped up a few game-months ago and appears everywhere, all the time. Not sure if this is normal game behaviour, but I suspect not :/
Love your wall of text Gernot, and those quotes are wonderful. I’m tempted to cut and paste them into my startup, to replace the slightly straight-laced ones Andy and I produced!
I think the problem we have at the moment is that we’re all playing slightly different versions of FFED3D. Personally, I don’t see any point in running any version other than Andy’s FFED3DAJ because it has improved so many aspects of the game it’s just crazy. That’s not to denigrate the work of Dreamzzz, Ittiz, or anyone else but Andy has really moved the program onto a different level.
One solution might be to put up a file on SSC which includes a definitive version of FFED3DAJ which we can all work from. By that, I mean the whole install,; models, textures, everything. That way, we can be sure that we’re all encountering the same issues with the same program. Also, if we’re ever going to interest a wider gaming community, a single download that can be extracted and run is an absolute must. I’m sure most people aren’t interested in programming, or hacking, or bug fixing. They don’t want to be hunting around for various files and paste them into their game folder. They just want to get out into space!
Andy, if v1.12 is nearing completion, is this an option? I don’t want to lump everything on you, but since JJ you’re the man with the in-depth knowledge of the game code. Ultimately, incorporating the options in the cfg file into an options screen would be best, but I guess that’s not easy? But if we can get an out-of-the-box game available for download, that’d be great!
One last thing Gernot; yeah JJ introduced roll with the [ ] keys in JJFFE 🙂
Testing of beta 4 had been going really well, with no issues apparant until….
Ok, maybe not so dramatic, but I happened to notice that the bulletin board only gives me subscription offers for RIG and Universal Scientist. No matter where I go it won’t offer the Federal Times, Imperial Herald or Frontier News, irrespective of whether I go to an Alliance, Federation, Imperial or Independent system.
Curiously, if I load in an old save game the subscription ads for all the journals are there, but not with my current Commander.
Other than that, all good 🙂
Ooh, Beta4 you say? Beta4? :p
Any time you want a new build testing just show me where to download it from Andy. Always delighted to help wherever and however I can, plus I’ve got a few days off work which I can spend at least part of hunched over the computer. Sorry to hear you’ve got the lurgy again. Sounds like you’re a bit of a bug magnet, while I just seem to sneeze twice and carry on :/
I did think something was awry with the new system of loading in the journals from an external file in different languages, because setting _enableTranslations=0_ in the cfg file seems to rectify the issue of the stockmarket items getting messed up. It doesn’t cure the journals getting “stuck” if I use Buffet to go back to, say, 3255, which suggests a different problem. But anyway, I do like using the external files for loading in game data, as I can have Achernar spelt correctly and change CD -37°15492 to Gliese 1 (don’t ask!) And of course it allows the game to be played in other languages, which is pretty cool…
Good luck with fixing the event bug. I remember JJ saying a long time ago that the event and mission code was giving him a major headache. But yeah, as I say, drop me a new build and I’ll test it B)
Urgh. Setting the year back to 3255 with Buffet didn’t cure the problem. Neither did setting ExtendedLifetime=0 in the cfg file.
Indeed, setting the date back seems to break the journals completely. They don’t update every 28 days, or at all.
Hope you can figure this one out Andy!