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Modding DEFCON?

Postby Kuth » Sun Sep 10, 2006 6:21 am

It's probably a little presumptious of me to ask, but until we have something playable...

Darwinia and Hacker seem to have a lot of room for modding, but could anything be done with Defcon? New maps, other units... whole other scenarios? What could the possibilities be?
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Postby Aaargh » Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:51 am

Hacker? Uplink you mean?

The only people who now the answer to your question are the beta testers, and they are bound by the NDA.
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Postby elDiablo » Sun Sep 10, 2006 11:03 am

The American version of Uplink was "Uplink: Hacker Elite", so Hacker is another name for Uplink, yes :)
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Postby jelco » Sun Sep 10, 2006 11:25 am

I am bound to the NDA, but I'm not giving away anything here:

You could possible create completely new units, weapons, maps, maybe even storylines. Although the latter one of course is a little difficult, as you destroy the world completely in every mission. Mankind doesn't build up itself again so quickly.

But I personally think it would be very cool if you could also be able to play on other maps. You have to think of completely new strategies and stuff. And of course new units are cool, but the idea of Defcon is to keep it as simple as possible, so many units would actually kinda demolish the concept. But maybe you could give units new weapons, except only the nuclear things. But something using chemical warfare would actually belong to an expansion pack. Which I think should really come. Defcon deserves expansion packs...

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Postby Kuth » Sun Sep 10, 2006 11:42 am

The only reasonable thing I can think of is using other maps.

Depends on how the game is structured though... I mean from looking at it there's obviously land and sea zones to descriminate what units can go where and so on. Is the background glow something rendered for the map or is it periminent?

I can imagine a system setting up continents by mapping out points to define the land boundaries- not unlike using the pen tool in, say, adobe illustrator. The computer recognizes this zone as land and all is well and good- again unless the map is hard-coded into the game.

The abstract nature of DEFCON seems to point nukes as the 'general' WMD- be it bio or chemical the target (and the population) is still dead anyway- Nukes are the quickest and most iconical of this kind of thing. Subs are done, Aircraft and battleships are done, as well as Missile defenses...

One addition could be Star Wars, but that might defeat the purpose of the whole game.

And yes I meant Uplink. I own Darwinia but not the other IV game.
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Postby maed » Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:06 pm

What about Monkeys?
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Postby tChr » Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:30 pm

maed wrote:What about Monkeys?


Yeah, they could be used to clear minefields or as a backup for the missiles' autopilot :lol:
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Postby jelco » Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:27 pm

Ok, this MAY just break my NDA, but here we go:

[Some edit due to something which probably DID break my NDA which I didn't realise in time, however, it's been edited out by now, so all of you who now what w written here not included in the testing ranges, please blow your own heads off now.] It's too much fun knowing stuff you guys out there only get to know later... 8) 8) 8)

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Postby Phrage » Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:08 pm

your evil! :twisted:
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Postby NeoThermic » Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:21 pm

Re-reading the NDA, if you signed it, you just broke it :P

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Postby Phrage » Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:26 pm

does that mean due to his evil taunting of us he is banished from the beta testing, IV forum, fan group and general social group forever!! or just a slap on the wrist?
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Postby maed » Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:58 pm

Maybe he get's DEFCON a week later than us and won't be able to play the beta anymore. I thin I would kill myself :P
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Postby Hmuda » Sun Sep 10, 2006 11:29 pm

Phrage wrote:does that mean due to his evil taunting of us he is banished from the beta testing, IV forum, fan group and general social group forever!!
...and as a result, a beta slot becomes free and they choose me to fill it. Oh, how nice of you IV. :D
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Postby jelco » Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:45 am

It does? Hell, you're right. Edit away!

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Postby DocHorror » Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:08 am

On the subject of mods it isn't much of a stretch to imagine things like custom maps, altered weapons, extra large maps that reflect the real scale of a global conflict, that sort of thing.

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