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December 23rd, 2017, 11:50
Stellar Tactics now has space combat.

Space Combat Patch Released!

23 DECEMBER - STELLAR TACTICS

I'm happy to announce the release of the Space Combat patch.

First, I just want to say - "I'm not finished with space combat!"

That's right. The goal here was to get all the base systems in. The turrets, effects, ships, ship and equipment vendors, stats and skills, loot and all the rest of the core systems that make up space combat in Stellar Tactics. What do I have planned for the future?

  • Point defense systems
  • Equipment that will give you a quick shield or capacitor charge when you need it.
  • Warp Drive inhibitors
  • Sub-system targeting
  • Branching missions that take you to other systems, then take you to planetary locations, stations, anomalies and space wreckage.
  • Missions for miners so they can gather rewards for surviving in dangerous systems or for finding rare minerals
  • Escort missions
  • More AI ships on various tasks in the systems of the universe.
  • Perks for space combat. I'm holding off on these until I have more feedback on the core systems from the community
  • And more…
Before you get started, please review the Space Combat Guide. At least the first section as it gives you a few very important survival tips.

Official Space Combat Guide
A Guide for Stellar Tactics
By: Stellar Tactics
The basics of space combat. Covers buying ships and equipment, basic combat tactics and ship combat systems.



With the release of space combat, the game should hold over 200 hours of content to max your crew in the best equipment and to acquire the best ships and gear available. I hope you all enjoy the update and I'm looking forward to all of your feedback on the forums.

I'd like to thank rebelwolf75, nottrusted, nobrien, Roberto and others for testing Stellar Tactics over the last few weeks. They spent a lot of time in the game and made a lot of helpful suggestions and found a good number of bugs that are now fixed.

I've also crushed a good number of bugs unrelated to space combat and made a few enhancements to the game. See the patch notes below.

What's next? I'll be taking another pass at ground combat to remove a few annoyances, perfect the blocking system and tighten things up. I'll likely take a few passes at ground combat before the game is finished.

Following that I have a bunch of content that's been developed in parallel with the space combat patch that I need to get in the game - content that needs to go in so I can open up the FTL gates.

Here are the patch notes:

ADDED - You can now eject stacks of items from your cargo hold while in space. Anything you eject is automatically destroyed and cannot be retrieved. Should make mining runs a bit more profitable.
ADDED - a reminder message will be displayed that micro-warp is disabled in gravity wells and enabled when leaving gravity wells.
UPDATED - If inside the gravity well of any sun, you will start taking damage. First to your shields and when those are depleted, you will take damage to your hull armor. If you stay in the vicinity of the sun your ship will eventually be destroyed.
UPDATED: Weapon impacts, explosions and projectile effects updated for all ranged weapons in ground combat.
UPDATED: On skill-up, messages are now queued and displayed both on the screen and in the log.
UPDATED: Collisions with asteroids are now active.
UPDATED: Cargo can now be sorted by all items, ore/gas, commodities and equipment. Commodities are not in the game yet.
UPDATED: Afterburner speed greatly increased. Capacitor cost decreased.
UPDATED: Ship speed is now based on piloting skill and the equipped warp drive.
UPDATED: Micro-Warp speed increased and is now based on piloting skill and equipped warp drive.
UPDATED: Interactions with chests, objects and npc's are much faster now.
UPDATED: Area exits are now much more obvious. Small panels for area transitions have been removed and replaced with panels that cover doors on rollover and when holding down the highlight key = TAB by default.
UPDATED: Base weapon damage now scales per the level requirement of the weapon every few levels. So, you get bonus base damage depending on the level requirement of the weapon and of course bonus damage based on your skills/perks. Enemies get the same base damage scaling. This change is not retroactive so weapons in your inventory use the old range modifiers.
UPDATED: Pistols, rifles and heavy weapons have had their range increased. This change is not retroactive so weapons in your inventory use the old range stats
UPDATED: You can now mine any asteroid, not just asteroids in asteroid fields.
UPDATED: When purchasing ammo (ship and ground combat), the HUD now displays the maximum amount of ammo you can purchase in the pop-up window and the slider is set to only allow you to buy the maximum purchasable amount for that ammo type.
UPDATED: Second round of visual polish for the Dauntless - Added addition effects, lighting and grime.
UPDATED: Removed the siren effect on all decks except for the VATs - it was annoying while engaging the last part of the Dauntless experience.
UPDATED: All areas of random mission maps are now displayed on the mini-map. As you explore, areas that have been explored turn grey. Areas that have had mission objectives cleared turn green. the area you are currently exploring is black with a small compass indicator. Should help better undestand the scale of the area to be explored for missions.
UPDATED: Removed the option to generated a full party of team members. When you leave the Dauntless, you can choose only one team member and this was confusing and some felt that it was a waste of their time if they did not read the universe creation screen carefully. The loss of crew members after the Dauntless is a key story element for future story content.
UPDATED: Dialog with Dr. Rhamus in ruins revised to add additional dialog options.
UPDATED: Addition of a new mission when receiving your starter ship. You are now sent to the Trade Station to gather your team of mercenaries.
UPDATED: Loot rewards for the Halamis Facility are now more consistent. Reward tokens and faction are less random so you can better gauge the level of reward for a mission type.
Fixed - Can now use F1-F4 in inventory and character info screens to switch team member info when in space.
Fixed - System messages are now queued so all messages are displayed to the screen in order.
Fixed - When approaching the sun, you will now make an emergency stop.
Fixed - A major physics error that could send your ship careening into the sun or elsewhere when you collide with stations and other space objects.
Fixed - A display bugs when dragging team members between ship station slots.
Fixed - A bug in space when selecting objects that could cause objects in the foreground or another object from being selected.
Fixed - You can now re-scan object like planets and ships
Fixed - When leaving the Dauntless, in some cases, the selected final team member's equipment was unequipped and placed in the stash leaving them standing there in their underwear once they arrived in the ruins.
Fixed - Material error on the trade station - too shiny!
FIXED: Ambient audio slider renamed to Music Volume - main menu music volume is not set to your current settings.
FIXED: Combat movement when healing will no longer result in negative AP
FIXED: Movement cursors will no longer be left on the ground in some rare cases
FIXED: When moving, you can no longer loot items. Previously it would appear as if you could loot items from long distances.
FIXED: A bug where landing on a planet could take you to another planet landing location
FIXED: A long standing bug that could cause extra AP to be used in combat when healing targets that you walk to.
FIXED: A long standing bug that could cause your entire AP bar to drain while walking towards an enemy target for attack when wielding a melee weapon or fists.
FIXED: A bug introduced by the new navigation icons could cause the player to arrive at target and then rotate in an arbitrary direction when attacking with melee weapons by clicking on an enemy from a distance.
REMOVED - Motion blur micro-warp effect - replaced with a new effect.
PERFORMANCE: General optimizations for AI in all locations.
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December 23rd, 2017, 14:01
Does this mean the game is feature complete? I was holding of until official release but…I guess I could…try it just a little bit?
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December 23rd, 2017, 15:19
Do it TomRon. I own the game. This developer is awesome. If anyone deserves your $20, it's him.
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December 23rd, 2017, 15:31
Originally Posted by Lynchden View Post
Do it TomRon. I own the game. This developer is awesome. If anyone deserves your $20, it's him.
Oh, there's not a doubt in my mind I'll purchase this game, the question is not if but when. I usually don't play games in EaAc, but I'm considering making an exception.
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December 23rd, 2017, 17:01
Looks like the game is almost feature complete but not story complete. I reached a point where there was no more story implemented after about 10 h iirc. Although, you can play indefinitely with random generated missions. But that got boring after a while.
All in all a great and very promising game. I will wait for story completion before I dive back in again,though.
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December 23rd, 2017, 17:35
Space combat is turn-based too, right? I tried a demo of the squad based combat, it was *very* clunky and dull.
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December 23rd, 2017, 21:13
Originally Posted by screeg View Post
Space combat is turn-based too, right? I tried a demo of the squad based combat, it was *very* clunky and dull.
I have hopes it will bake into a cake rather than a bland pudding.
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December 24th, 2017, 04:57
Space combat will *not* be turn-based. (Thankfully.) But still not quite how he advertised earlier. (Or maybe he just hasn't implemented the GUI indicators yet?)
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Space combat will *not* be turn-based. (Thankfully.)
What is there to be thankful about? One really good way to make sure your game appeals to no one (or at least a lot fewer people) is to mix turn-based combat with real time, or (gag) RTWP.
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December 24th, 2017, 21:53
Originally Posted by screeg View Post
What is there to be thankful about? One really good way to make sure your game appeals to no one (or at least a lot fewer people) is to mix turn-based combat with real time, or (gag) RTWP.
Well…Total War is still going pretty strong? UFO:Enemy unknown is pretty good too.

That's grand strategy though, I agree it might not be the best choice to mix it up when talking smaller scale.
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December 27th, 2017, 15:46
Amazingly just watching Stellar Tactics videos this game must be Über Boring Heap of Junk. Try out and support way more exciting Star Traders instead. There you can fight turn based space battles, hunt for treasure on planets and board Xeno ships for a good alien bashing.
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December 27th, 2017, 18:19
You sound like Trump. Did you use the same doctor he used for a lobotomy ?


Originally Posted by mercy View Post
Amazingly just watching Stellar Tactics videos this game must be Über Boring Heap of Junk. Try out and support way more exciting Star Traders instead. There you can fight turn based space battles, hunt for treasure on planets and board Xeno ships for a good alien bashing.
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December 27th, 2017, 18:36
Does everything have to be compared to stupid US politics?
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December 27th, 2017, 22:10
As long as US politics remain stupid yea; it is good bait for comparisons

Until Trump election; us politics had its lows but now ….


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Does everything have to be compared to stupid US politics?
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December 27th, 2017, 23:59
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As long as US politics remain stupid yea; it is good bait for comparisons
Until Trump election; us politics had its lows but now ….
Politics is generally a reflection of the public.
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As long as US politics remain stupid yea; it is good bait for comparisons

Until Trump election; us politics had its lows but now ….
Everyone bashes on Trump but so far Bush has been way worse for USA and the world.
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December 28th, 2017, 00:37
I know and it shames (or at least embarrass) myself. This is something I've chatted with people extensively. I was going to reply to post on Bush (which I only partly agree with) but this is not the politic forum so this will be my last post in this thread on the topic. I will add this comment Bush; Bush did some horrible things (mostly via stupidity) but Trump is destroying social norms (for usa).

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Politics is generally a reflection of the public.
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