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Reply #435 on: July 06, 2022, 06:30:58 AM
As an aside when I used to play WitP the biggest fun was sorting out supplies and fuel and getting neck deep in the logistics - there is a guy on the matrix forum who has switched to manual all the planets and stations stock piling and supply distribution and advocates that this is how the game should be played and was always meant to be - taking responsible for the entire empires resource allocation



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Reply #436 on: July 06, 2022, 07:20:46 AM
I only know of the game what I read here, but that does sound terribly tedious. But there again, some folks like doing that sort of stuff, so its all subjective, innit.

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Reply #437 on: July 06, 2022, 11:26:21 AM
That would be incredibly tedious, yes. There are dozens of resources in the game and having to manage them individually for every colony sounds like a nightmare.



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Reply #438 on: July 08, 2022, 04:04:16 AM
A new beta update just dropped: 


https://www.matrixgames.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=5013276#p5013276




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Changes in 1.0.5,3 Beta - July 7th, 2022

CRASH FIXES
- fixed rare crash when showing research screen
- fixed rare crash while ship is determining system jump path
- fixed a number of multi-threading-related crashes

PERFORMANCE AND MEMORY
- extended multi-threading to better utilize CPU cores and provide better performance
- improved texture memory management to improve performance and further minimize crashes
- enabled early exit from many multi-threaded tasks to provide more responsiveness in very large games when exiting to main menu or initiating load or save
- improved performance when calculating construction yard wait times for incoming ships, thus improving responsiveness in very large games

DIPLOMACY
- empires now properly decide whether to honor Defense Treaties, will consider whether to declare war on aggressors against their allies. Declining to honor treaty negatively impacts relations and reputation, whereas honoring the treaty (declaring war on aggressor) improves relations and reputation. When war diplomacy is not automated, player will be prompted with modal message window where they must choose whether to honor treaty or not
- value of offer to end war with 3rd party in diplomacy trade deal screen now valued much lower. Other empire also has to be interested in an end to your war with 3rd party, i.e. they are friends with 3rd party and concerned about the war
- Non Aggression treaties no longer offered when diplomatic strategy for a faction is set to Conquer
- altered acceptance levels for diplomatic trade deals with other empires: angry empires require much higher value offered, friendly empires no longer offer very favourable deals
- increased negative diplomatic incident amount from invading colonies, whether the colony is independent or owned by another faction. Negative incident amount now also scales with colony size, i.e. larger colonies generate stronger incident. However when at war with faction then incident is much lower, as is negative reputation impact
- increased negative diplomatic incident amount from colony bombardment. Note that this is not just a constant value, but rather is tied to actual amount of population loss
- fixed bug where special locations could be traded repeatedly in Diplomacy trade screen
- fixed bug where could not refuel ships at pirate bases when have Military Refuelling agreement

FLEETS AND SHIPS
- fleets no longer incorrectly refuel when assign prepare and attack mission against target outside a star system
- default designs for medium and large freighters now have more fuel tanks to give greater range than small freighters
- fixed bug where some ship/base retrofits were not completing properly, i.e. some new components were not being added
- improved willingness of construction ships without hyperdrives to build new bases at own location

COLONIZATION
- colony ships now less likely to retrofit and more likely to colonize any targets within range before refuelling (i.e. do not refuel if already have colonization target within range)
- improved willingness of automated Colony Ships to colonize queued colonization targets that are independent colonies but are unsuitable for empire races (does not matter because bulk of population is pre-existing well-suited native race)

MODDING SUPPORT
- enabled IsPlayable flag in Races.xml file to better support modding. Note that races list in Start New Game screen does not scroll horizontally, so can currently only add 3-4 more races before disappear off right side of screen, but will add scroll support in future
- added better support for custom mod-loading through command-line arguments

OTHER
- refresh 'Continue Game' button tooltip with latest savegame when exit to main menu
- properly refresh empire territory path lines after load game
- fixed shift key sometimes not working when editing text
- reduced volume for construction sound effects
- fixed empires using independent flags



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Reply #439 on: July 17, 2022, 04:57:15 AM
New beta update: 


https://www.matrixgames.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=5015694#p5015694




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Changes in 1.0.5.6 Beta (July 14th, 2022):

CRASH FIXES
- fixed crash when calculating construction yard wait times
- fixed crash when calculating stock levels
- fixed crash when removing list items
- fixed crash when merging temporary locations
- fixed crash when resolving character location description
- fixed crash when generating message log user interface
- fixed crash when ship evaluates nearby threats

SHIP BEHAVIOR
- ships now remain in hyperjump when assign new mission if target is at same location as previous mission, e.g. thus have all fleet ships continue their jump to threat investigation location after first ship exits jump and upgrades mission to attack threat (no need to exit jump and then restart new jump)
- added new ship mission type: Explore Location - explores all items at a location, useful for manually exploring asteroid fields. Select exploration ship and right-click on an item for popup menu with this mission

COLONIZATION AND SUITABILITY
- tweaked independent colony suitability for some races so that always have suitability of at least +20 (economically viable)

UI IMPROVEMENTS
- added extra filter in New Mining Locations list: 'All Resources - No Asteroids'
- improved selectability of fleets and other items at galaxy level
- added popup selection when click multiple items at same point
- selection popup list is ordered by type, with fleets, stars and spaceports first
- ensure player empire territory marked green (friendly) in Diplomacy map overlay
- now include Autosaves for Continue Game button, i.e. if an autosave is the most recent savegame then that game will be resumed
- better selection of default user interface size based on screen resolution (i.e. larger default size for larger screens)
- fixed bug where ships sometimes could not be selected at system level

BUG FIXES
- fixed Mining Locations list sometimes showing wrong items when filtering by a specific resource
- properly filter out unknown resources in Colonies list
- ensure Upgrade Design button properly accounts for components that have matching category but not the necessary capabilities, e.g. Star Marine Barracks that are crew quarters category but are used differently

SOUND EFFECTS
- limit number of simultaneous sound effects of same type to avoid very high effect volume, especially when first zooming into a location

OTHER
- provided better download link when prompting to install .Net 6.0
- properly clear room background when speak with independent colony for non-playable race
- capped maximum number of user-defined starting empires in Start New Game screen to 20
- remove HighDPI aware registry flag for current user (no need for this as DW2 now handles this itself)
- fixed a typo regarding the Technocracy government
- Military Academy facilities are now 1 per Empire as originally intended



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Reply #440 on: July 19, 2022, 10:15:38 AM
Found the perfect planet without realising it’s in an ion storm - colony ship keeps cutting out trying to get in

Need to develop ion armour - love this crap

Unfortunately GPU fan is having a heart attack in this weather so will have to wait



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Reply #441 on: July 23, 2022, 12:58:43 PM
Reading a number of DW2 guides…….

Blah blah blah these weapons are great til mid game

🤷‍♂️ Wtf is mid game? Who defines what mid game is?



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Reply #442 on: July 23, 2022, 02:05:00 PM
Its the long bit in between the start and the, erm..................end.

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Reply #443 on: July 24, 2022, 06:53:41 PM
I have 30m poor souls lost in an ion storm aboard a coloniser ship - this sounds like great narrative so I don’t know whether to fix the situation or leave it

I have researched the ion shield and can send ships into the area but cannot get this lost ship out - advice on the matrix forums is to go into the editor and scuttle the ship and put 30m back on the home planet but part of me likes the lost millions story - I’ll think about it

The haaakons who wouldn’t migrate - apparently there’s a limit of 500m before the population will consider emigrating

I still can’t get the new worlds screen to show which planets are suitable for haakons but that may have something to do with the 500m floor limit too - which I was getting close to until a continental sink hole appeared and dropped 100m into the planets core ☹️☹️

I also have a planet with a certain kind of plague that leaves us vulnerable to mind control - I don’t know which race excels at mind control but what a cool option



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Reply #444 on: July 27, 2022, 05:56:11 PM
Everything that needs an ion shield now has one - I expect that whenever there’s an auto upgrade to the explorer and construction fleet it’ll be taken off again and I can’t find a ‘this must be compulsory’ option

My biggest fear now is the massive civilian fleet of haulers and miners - will the ai ignore that they don’t have an ion shield for the sake of gameplay or do I have to manually tweak every ship in the civilian fleet AND every time there’s an upgrade

We’ll find out



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Reply #445 on: July 29, 2022, 08:30:39 AM
Beta build 1.0.6.0 is now out: 


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Changes in 1.0.6.0 Beta (July 28th, 2022):

CRASH FIXES
- fixed crash when checking ships within range at a location
- fixed crash when finding shortest docking wait queue at a location
- fixed rare crash when calculating jump path between systems

FLEET, SHIP AND FIGHTER BEHAVIOR
- fixed fleet ships sometimes getting stuck in deep space unable to jump
- fixed damaged fleet ships that cannot jump to repair location causing repeated fleet repair missions
- improved fleet target selection so that do not upgrade attack against enemy ship to attack against entire fleet unless lead ship of enemy fleet is visible, thus better assessing whether need to refuel or gather before attack
- now ensure ships always get properly refueled by fuel tanker, even when very close to planet
- fighters now better at continuing to escort carriers when supporting ongoing Raid, Capture or Bombard missions (fighters no longer stop idle in space)

COLONIZATION
- improved loading colonists for new colony targets so that load most suitable race even when is not dominant race at load colony

CHARACTERS
- better handling of imprisoned characters when reconquer colony (ensure properly removed from prisoners of previous empire)
- properly exclude imprisoned characters when determining defensive bonuses at colony (as shown in Troop Report screen)

PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS
- avoid precaching some models and textures when have low video memory
- added some extra game settings to allow disabling some rendering effects

AI IMPROVEMENTS
- now properly handle situation when empire was planning to build expensive planetary facility at a colony, but lost colony while saving up construction funds

UI IMPROVEMENTS
- added further tooltips to Design List screen explaining Retrofit and Status columns
- ensure that accepting a request to help another empire battle the Hive threat also ends any war between you
- fixed sorting in Defensive Bases list for Name and Distance From Spaceport
- added more detailed inline text formatting for markup language
- extended text formatting to messages

OTHER
- improved error reporting in some situations
- further reduced simultaneous sound effects that can sometimes create loud bursts of sound
- implemented better approach for resetting static base data (loaded from XML files) when start a new game in same session (no longer reload from files), thus better supporting modding






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Reply #446 on: July 29, 2022, 12:10:42 PM
Hmm, that colonisation change might solve a problem or two.



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Reply #447 on: August 10, 2022, 08:42:22 PM
Beta updated to version 1.0.6.2 AND 1.0.6.3 (yes, I'm running behind again): 



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Changes in 1.0.6.2 Beta (August 5th, 2022):

CRASH FIXES
- fixed rare crash when executing some game events
- fixed crash when signalling docking completion for a ship
- fixed rare crash when use planet destroyer
- fixed crash when ship evaluates nearby threats
- fixed issue where some older savegames could not be loaded
- improved locking to reduce contention and fix crashes

RENDERING AND GAME SETTINGS
- added Vulkan/DXVK rendering option in game settings
- integrated new command line option to use DirectX11, which resets any registry settings to use DXVK. To use add /use-dx11 as a command-line argument to DistantWorlds2.exe
- persisted some previously unsaved game settings (Control Center List item size, rendering option toggles)

UI IMPROVEMENTS
- added text formatting to various messages
- fixed some minor display issues with text layout

PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS
- minor performance improvements in some areas

OTHER
- ensure creatures move away from stars if too close
- improved error reporting
- improved profiling to enable frame capture using RenderDoc
- added extra checks with multi-file loading for mods, giving better feedback on data error


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Changes in 1.0.6.3 (August 10th, 2022):

CRASH FIXES
- fixed crash when determining threat level for enemy ship
- fixed crash when checking whether research project prerequisites have been researched
- fixed rare crash when escorting target
- fixed rare crash when calculating ship strength including fighters
- fixed rare crash when drawing diplomatic relation details
- fixed crash when click on non-item area of Resource Flow selection list

FLEET AND SHIP BEHAVIOR
- fixed ships sometimes incorrectly reassigning mission when get too close to planets
- reduced collision avoidance contention when ships are docking at base, thus improving throughput
- further extended logic for ships to avoid exiting hyperjump when mission changes: will now remain in hyperjump when change - mission to move to coordinates (at same location), even though do not have specific target
- more careful auto-loading and unloading of troops for automated troop transports that are not part of a fleet. Avoid getting in endless loop of loading/unloading troops

TROOPS
- fixed some non-playable race troop sizes (were zero, thus very fast recruitment, etc)
- ensure troop recruitment costs always paid, even when manually recruited
- troops named with proper numeric prefix that relates to number of troop units in empire
- Infantry defense strengths increased

MANUAL PLAY IMPROVEMENTS
- added action buttons for multi-selected ships: scrap and retire selected ships
- added new right-click mission for multi-selected ships: capture (when ships have capability)

OTHER
- fixed story events sometimes being generated in the wrong location (e.g. ancient debris fields at homeworld)
- fixed minor text formatting issues
- further improved planet quality for independent colonies (always suitable for native population)
- added extra tooltip descriptions for character traits Corrupt (Scientist) and Double Agent



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Reply #448 on: August 12, 2022, 01:56:13 PM
Beta updated to v1.0.6.4.  Sounds like this will probably be the version that goes live next week as the next major public update. 


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Changes in 1.0.6.4 (August 12th, 2022):

CRASH AND BUG FIXES
- fixed rare crash when resolving ship mission commands
- fixed rare crash when calculating ship collision avoidance factors
- fixed bug where location effects could sometimes linger for ships, disrupting subsequent movement

COLONIZATION
- ensure some story planets have proper quality levels to eventually become colonized by specified race
- fixed automated colonization sometimes colonizing targets slightly below suitability threshold in empire policy

OTHER
- ensure correct infantry image always used in research screen for troop research projects
- fixed scuttle button sometimes not working for single ships or bases



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