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UKSA Challenge "All these worlds are Ours." I've always dreamed of this challenge, this ultimate goal of having at least one orbital and surface "Colony" on every planet and moon in the Kerbolar System, and then taking that to steps even farther beyond with life support, construction, shipyards, and even adding in OPM to truly push the boundaries of "Challenge" in KSP 1. So, here I am, sharing this with you all to see what you think. The Mission: Expand Kerbalkind's influence to the whole of the Kerbolar System and make the Kerbals a Multiplanetary Species that has exploited the resources of their entire home Solar System, Kerbol. Challenge Goals * One Orbital Colony per Celestial * One Surface Colony per Celestial Challenge Ruleset (Base) * SP / MP / Sharing: The "Default" setting for this challenge is a "Single Player" experience to push your knowledge of KSP, and of mods, to achieve a grand goal. If you'd like to share and go MP with it however, feel free to do so, you need only state that you've chosen to play MP with or without Save Sharing. in any posts. * FTL : Disallowed (See Difficulty Modes for Exceptions) * OPM: Required (See Difficulty Modes for Exceptions) * Life Support: Required (See Difficulty Modes for Exceptions) * Game Mode: Career Mode / Medium Difficulty or Higher (See Difficulty Modes for Exceptions) * Interstellar End Game: Special Rule - (See Difficulty Modes for Exceptions) * Ironman (No Kerbal Respawns): Optional * Mod List: Required - You must include the mods you're using in any post sharing your progression of this challenge. (Feel free to truncate the list of mods and make sure to spoiler the list in any posts.) * MODS USED MUST BE PUBLIC: Any mod you use must be available to the KSP community publicly. * Colony Guidelines: To Count, a "Colony" must be a "Base" that is either an Orbital or Surface Installation that has life support for at least 20 or more Kerbals. (seats in "Command" Parts do not count.) * Outposts: Outposts may be surface or orbital installations that are focused on logistics and operations and may be entirely automated. These could be "gas stations" or other facilities like "surface labs" for science gathering. Achievements Achievement: To Go Even Further Beyond - Swap out the Stock Solar System for KSRSS, A Rescale Mod of your Choice, or "Real Solar System." Achievement: Articles of Colonization - All your Colonies are entirely Self Sufficient Achievement: Harbor Grand Master - Build at least two fully operational Ship Yards that can produce vehicles in space using any mods of your choosing. Achievement: Colonial Fleet Command - Have at least one "Ship" in orbit of every planet. (Check Quote for Guidelines) Achievement: In a Galaxy Far Far Away - Swap the Stock+OPM system requirement with another planet pack + expansion if needed. The replacement system must have more than 20 celestials in total. (Check Quote for Guidelines) Achievement: Three Sisters - Colonize the Stock System with OPM as well as GPP Secondary and GEP (This pack turns Kerbol in to a Trinary Star System and removes the need for a /True Interstellar/ Mod.) Difficulty Options (For those that want to partake but have a more tailored experience with the challenge. Difficulty mode chosen must be stated when undertaking the challenge.) Very Easy * FTL: Allowed * Game Modes: Any / Sandbox Allowed * Life Support: Not Required * OPM: Not required * Kerbals in Command Parts Count towards Colony Size Easy * FTL: Allowed * Game Modes: Science or Career Mode On Easy * Life Support; Required (Suggested LS Mods for Easy: Snacks, USI Life Support) * OPM: Not Required Medium * FTL: Disallowed * Game Modes: Science or Career Mode On Medium * Life Support; Required (Suggested LS Mods for Medium: TAC-LS) * OPM: Required Hard * FTL: Disallowed * Game Modes: Career Mode On Hard or Science Mode Equivalent * Life Support; Required (Suggested LS Mods for Hard: TAC-LS)) * OPM: Required Very Hard * As Hard Mode + Add in at least one other Solar System and have at least one Surface and Orbital Colony in that system. How to Share Progress Please feel free to share screenshots, videos, and "blogs" / updates ni this thread of your progress if you choose to undertake this Challenge. Mod Suggestions: WIP Special Thanks: @JadeOfMaarFor feedback, support, and guidance. Also, for tolerating me talking about this challenge way to much... >.>
It's been a while since I've done this sort of thing, so bear with me... Welcome to Ultra Hardcore, a KSP career save played with punishingly difficult settings and mods. No quicksaves, life support, part failures, a 2.5x system rescale, the works. I've wanted to try something like this for a long time. Don't take the flashy banner as an indication of any real story, this will mostly be your standard garden-variety mission report. Mod list: Settings: With that out of the way, time to get started! Part 1: Sine (I already have the screenshots for a couple more parts taken and ready to go, but I didn't want to put all of them in one post, because that would be huge. Expect those soon-ish, I guess)
So in a bit on insanity, I've decided to revive my KSP obsession and try some new mods after playing realism overhaul for awhile. For bonus points, I'm going to be playing on the stock hard setting which disables respawning, and quicksave/reload (I'll conditionally re-enable it if something glitches, but if I screw up, I'm rolling with it). There is a loose metaplot going on, starting in Chapter 5.1 Dreaming in Light/Skipper, but it's not the main focus for this thread. Current Achievements of This Space Program Here's a quick reference guide for what we've done thus far. I'm not using the Return Chevron as it makes it hard to see each. For the craft type, I'm going with whatever is the most challenging or what I was most impressed by, hence why Kerbin has a plane ribbon, and not a capsule or station. Guidelines Mistakes will be permament, if I blotch a Duna landing, you're going to get to see it Exception: Atmospheric flight is quicksave/quickloadable as otherwise I won't get the epic photos. Exception: For plot relevant stuff, I'll generally allow quicksave/quickload. This happened during the first lunar mission as I was trying to get a good screenshot of an anomaly for the thread and flew too low. I'll note in each chapter where quicksaves/quickloads were done. I've never played with Kerbalism before, so expect hilarious failures The save is in career mode, stock tech tree. I'll likely be running some missions without posting about it (no one wants to read 300+ part testing contracts) I'm sticking to a 30 day minimum delay between mission launches for the most part. On rare occasions, I'll bend this rule for special/planned events This is primarily to avoid Mun landing in-game day 2, and then fastforward to Duna at the first launch window For missions that don't leave the planet (i.e., launchpad part testing), I won't bother advancing time The mod list will be somewhat fluid, list is at the below Rough goal of at least doing a kerbaled mission to each planet. Will take suggests for mission ideas/craft names/etc. Will also edit the save file if someone wants a kerbal beyond the original four. Current Mod List Kerbalism Kerbal Engineer Alarm Clock Better Burn Time SCANsat Scatterer/EVE Astromauner's Visual Pack + KSPRC was added starting in Chapter 7 DMagic TAC Fuel Balancer KAS/KIS KRASH FAR Gravity Turn Redux NavUtils Chapter 1: K-3 Project (full imgur album: https://imgur.com/a/Kov5g)