Madrias

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  1. Don't have quite enough data to start making good predictions, but... Another chapter or two and I can zone in on things. After all, I didn't predict an Age of Fire overnight, I had to take several chapters to get that far. But I'm in the mood for a good mystery, so I'm already halfway plotting my list of predictions and trying to decide what makes sense and what doesn't. Right now is a maelstrom of chaos that could go literally any way... But I do have a couple of things in mind.
  2. You know, years ago before the internet was fast enough to handle massive downloads, we had these things called "expansion packs" for our games. They added massive new features, new things to do, new ways to play the same old game we'd been playing for a while at that time. Yes, back then, a lot of your bug-fixes came in those expansions, too, because the majority of people ran Dial-Up, or at best, DSL, and couldn't handle a 600 MB download of goodies. These expansions were huge deals back then, because they allowed developers to give us something good in return for some money so they could continue working on their next big project. Once the internet became fast enough and stable enough to handle big downloads, developers started pushing bug-fixes down the lines, reducing the amount of stuff crammed into one expansion. Everyone benefits from bug fixes, and as a result, the expansions decreased in size. Early DLC, still called Expansions at that point, was still impressive. Sure, not long after that, scummy companies made DLC into a rather foul word and soured the idea for everyone, with things like horse armor, a gun and map pack, Day One DLC, on-disk DLC, and 'buy a better ending', but that doesn't necessarily mean all DLC is bad. For reference, I'm a big Elder Scrolls fan. Morrowind, with Expansions Bloodmoon and Tribunal. (Probably my least favorite game to play of the three I have, but still enjoyable in small amounts). Oblivion, with Expansions Shivering Isles and Knights of the Nine. (Been playing this again lately, lot of fun, really.) Skyrim, with Expansions Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn. Now yes, this means that I've effectively doubled the price of all of those games by picking up the DLC. But, on the flip side, I've massively increased the stuff I can do in those games. On the flipside, I have played my share of first-person-shooters, and I've only ever bought one DLC, and that was Battlefield Bad Company 2's Vietnam expansion. Otherwise, I just ignore the DLC in those games, because it's not worth it. And developers wouldn't bother making DLC if people were to vote that it's not worth it. The bottom line is that not all DLC is bad. Some companies are scummy with DLC, others are decent about it. It's too early to condemn SQUAD as being the former, and still too early to praise them for being the latter. The end result: If you don't like it, don't buy it. But don't lump every developer into the same sack EA created by fart-bombing people with broken games and tons of $ worth of DLC. Some are good, others, not so good. But condemning DLC from the start is like saying that everyone should drive around in cars that are nothing more than an engine, four wheels, a couple seats, and a steering wheel. KSP's DLC isn't trying to sell you the doors or windows of the car, it's trying to sell you a better radio than the one you already have. Sure, you can go down to the local parts shop (the modders) and pick a radio that's pretty good, too, but SQUAD is trying to sell you a better one to start with.
  3. I'll open with the fact that I understand the reason behind DLC (expansions, if you choose to call it that), and that I've even gotten my fair share in other games. That said, I personally can't see anything in this expansion that I really want. Maybe some-time in the future, but with what little we know at this point, I'm not overly interested. As for the people claiming that we have a moral obligation to support SQUAD in every way possible: No, we don't have an obligation. I have paid for the base game, same as everyone else has. The DLC is extra. If I'm not interested in its content, then I'm not going to buy it. For the record, August of 2013, so I don't get free DLC anyway. The way capitalism works is that people will vote with their wallet. If you feel you have to support SQUAD for several hundred or thousand hours played of KSP, or you like what you're hearing about the DLC, then feel free to buy it. If you feel you've paid enough for KSP, or you don't really care for the DLC's offerings, then don't buy it. It's as simple as that. The thing I'm more annoyed about is that the game has a hint of an unfinished feeling about it. There's a lot of variations between the MK1, MK2, and MK3 Spaceplane parts, the 1.25, 2.5, and 3.75 meter rocket parts, and a ton of variation in things like the control surfaces for rockets. Not to mention the engines. Spaceplanes got a rough polishing, which helped bring them more into line with each other, though I feel there's a lot of voids that could be filled, specifically regarding adapters between various sizes. Rockets, however, are a total disaster, an eyesore, when assembled. Shiny white tanks with no stripes, or with stripes, for your 1.25 stack. Steel-gray or bright orange for your 2.5 stack, and white with stripes for 3.75. I would personally have liked to see the parts revamped a bit, given a good model revamp and a bit of polish to bring everything in line with each other, so that everything goes well together, and so that there were adapters to fit all the various parts together, before we started dealing with DLC. But I understand that DLC pays the bills. And at the core of this game we're all playing, the people working in the company need money, too. I suppose my point is, I'd like to have seen KSP a bit more polished before the DLC thing had to happen. As for the DLC itself, this one just doesn't interest me. Sure, the parachutes would be nice to have, but, in my opinion, it's not worth an entire expansion for one thing I might find useful in very limited situations.
  4. Have I ever mentioned how much I end up grinning when I see the MACE mentioned? As for the rest of the chapter, an impressive turn of events, an interesting plot twist, and maybe I can start trying to draw some predictions again.
  5. Given that tracks are notoriously hard to steer in large groups, and that Infernal Robotics joints don't have an auto-return to center, would it be possible to make a steering pivot, something that could be attached to the vehicle either on the track nodes or in the middle for articulation, that would allow heavy vehicles to have a better steering circle? While steering the tracks may be a bit out there, the one I want is more like you see on heavy construction equipment, like the bucket loaders, that pivot at a central point to steer.
  6. That just rung alarm bells and made me search through the thread for something I thought I saw mentioned earlier. And I think I found it. Could be a grasp at straws, but I'm fairly well known for chasing shadows when it comes to references in stories.
  7. I've done several runs just for fun after putting up my time, and the most fun I had was a run with the Dead Bug where I lost one of the rear wheels and ended up limping it to the end of Stage 4, dragging the back left corner the whole way. Sometimes it's more fun to complete a stage missing parts than it is to complete the whole event in one piece. It's the additional challenge to get to that stage that makes it more fun.
  8. Beetlecat's right, the idea I had in mind would be just a more industrial-looking critter crawler running on the new Kerbal Foundries / KSP Wheel plugin system. Essentially just animated legs that 'walk' instead of wheels that roll, still using wheel colliders to provide functionality but otherwise just behaving as really cool looking tracks.
  9. Well, if you're already planning some new parts to do later, mind adding some form of walker to that list somewhere? Obviously, very low priority, as making everything work should come first.
  10. I will admit, I'm not running the latest version, but I may be able to offer up a bit of assistance. This mod doesn't wipe out the old KF parts, which means that the old parts that won't work, and the new parts that do work, are both active at the same time. What I suspect has happened is you've unintentionally built your craft with the old KF parts. I don't know if it has been changed, but the ones I've used have "KSP Wheel" in front of them. They should work.
  11. Well, to be fair, I rolled the Dead Bug probably eleventy-billion times on my run, so it finished missing lights, missing structural tubes, missing batteries, etc. Just managed to not knock any wheels off this time, though I think at one point I had collapsed the rear suspension. I may still have a picture of that.
  12. It got that name after flipping the original Dead Bug and causing both Jeb and Bill to be flung out of their seats, collided with Kerbin, and both poofed while the rover proceeded to smash into pieces down the hill. If you catch Stage 3's hill going too fast... You've got a rover full of dead kerbals. Hence the name I gave it.
  13. For me, the fun of the challenge was simply to get a vehicle to finish the run. My 2-hour time is dismal compared to many of the Fuel/Electric Hybrids, and is beaten by a lot of the Electric-Only runners. But, I can say honestly that I had a lot of fun, I spent probably 30 minutes running Kerbals back to the Dead Bug after rolling it down a hill, and that it's definitely a mark of a good run to have 70% of a functional vehicle at the end. Even if your only source of light is the Kerbal's helmet lamps because every other light got smashed.
  14. Yeah... About that. The smaller you make the wheels, the less acceleration and braking power you'll have. Just something to consider before you get too far into that idea, because I've gotten vehicles stuck in Stage 3 because they couldn't climb out of the pit at the bottom of Dead Kerbal Hill.
  15. Something I config bashed myself. Swapped XenonGas for IntakeAir, cut down the electricity use so it's more efficient. Still weighs just as much, so it's a heavy piece of equipment to drag around.