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Unkerballed Start by SpinkAkron and theonegalen This is an unmanned start mod inspired by Yemo’s SETI, Unmanned Before Manned. It is structured around early probes and aircraft. Manned capsules become available as later tech. License is Creative Commons, so it can be continued if I go MIA. Download link is at bottom of this post. Overview Starting with the Stayputnik probe core, lack of control is the first challenge to overcome. The QBE is available at Stability (T3) and the OKTO at Flight Control (T4). RCS has been moved to earlier in the tech tree. Only .625m engines are available at start. More powerful engines have been moved up the tech tree. Multi-engine stages are essential. Making History's engine plates are made available earlier to facilitate this. Revamped tech tree - The tech tree has been de-squished, de-tangled, and rationalized. Orphan lines such as Nuclear Power and Colonization have been fully integrated. Additional nodes have been added to flesh out the early tree and where needed at various other points. The Precision Rocketry line has been expanded to cover additional tiers, splitting Rocketry into a Power/Boosters line and a Specialty line. This further slows rocketry advancement. NOTE: All inputs to a node are now required to unlock, not just one like stock. Links that didn't make sense have been removed. Just like the Community Tech Tree, on which this is based, most of the later nodes will have no parts in them unless mods using them are also installed. See the CTT thread for a mod list. To balance the delayed availability of powerful engines, many other parts such as docking clamps and station hubs have been moved up allowing for earlier station development. The intent is that the player spend more time developing the Kerbin SOI before heading out to the planets. Special thanks to @Pand5461 for the concept of later engine availability. That was the key that made the whole project come together. Early aviation with extensive mod support generously provided by UBM Extended's @theonegalen. Thanks! The Soviet-style Reentry Pods now have their own tech line. They are simple and cheap, but ultimately a dead end. In a low-income playthrough they become a real option. Only the tech tree node placement of parts is effected. No parts or resources are changed, reducing compatibility issues. Three new .625m engines have been added. The LV-T05 and LV-T10 are re-scaled versions of the LV-30 and LV-45. The RT1 SRB is a re-scaled version of the RT-10. They are removed when a mod with equivalent parts is installed. Added .625m Fairing generously provided by @PocketBrotector from his Extended Antenna Progression Mod. Thanks! OPTIONAL - Small parts means more parts so the upgrade costs for VAB/Launchpad and SPH/Runway have been swapped via Custom Barn Kit. This allows for earlier VAB upgrading. To activate this change rename CustomBarnKit.cfg.disabled to CustomBarnKit.cfg Spreadsheet showing what parts are in what node: UnKerballed Start Tech Tree Spreadsheet (google docs link) Screenshot (click for full size) Compatibility The only mods that are incompatible are other tech tree mods. All parts added by mods will work as designed but their position in the tech tree may not be consistent with the changes made by this mod. If you’d like a mod adapted, I’d be happy to make a config for it. Custom configs are provided for the following mods so far: Recommended Mods Making History - Official Expansion Missing History - Adds the parts that Making History missed Restock Plus - You're already using this, right? No? Go get it! Contracts - Having a good set of contracts that compliment the tech tree is crucial. The stock contracts assume the stock tech tree. For the career, I use SETI Contract Pack made by @Yemo, UKS's spiritual godfather . As an alternative, Exploration Plus is very good for those who prefer a less guided career. @theonegalen recommends Career Evolution Contract Pack I don't care for the stock contracts, so I use Stock No Contracts. I fill out the contracts with these contract packs Clever Sats Field Research Kerbal Academy Bases and Stations Reborn Remote Tech Contracts - currently not working. Unofficial fix HERE Rover Missions Redux Tourism Plus Giving Aircraft a Purpose Strategia - replaces stock strategy system Above all, use what gives you the greatest enjoyment. Make the game your own. There is no wrong way to play! mod list for my Let's Play Using UKS (YouTube playlist) UPDATES 1.0.5 Re-disabled the CustomBarnKit.cfg. In previous versions, I had mistakenly included the non-disabled version. Added compatability for 1.7 1.0.4 Fixed the fix for LV10 attachment nodes that I failed to fix. 1.0.3 Incorporated ModZero's fix for LV05 and LV10 attachment nodes when Restock is installed and Missing History is not. 1.0.2 Fixed Real Plume configs to eliminate MM warnings. 1.0.1 Fixed tier 13 costs Added RealPlume configs Added theonegalen's configs for AirplanesPlus, MAD, Mk3Airliner, ReStockPlus, KAX, TAC Self Destruct 1.0.0 Added theonegale's aero configs Adjustment of the starting parts suggested by MaltYebisu Standardized engine placement More mod configs added. Added Tier markers and wings nodes 0.9.1 Unscrewed up the engines. 0.9.0 Balancing. Added Config for Custom Barn Kit. Uploaded to Spacedock. 0.8.1 Fix for Antenna not showing at start Fix nodes for the new LF engines when Missing History is not present BARIS config added 0.8.0 Initial Beta release Required mods: Community Tech Tree Module Manager Custom Barn Kit - OPTIONAL for VAB/Launchpad & SPH/Runway upgrade cost swap. To activate this change rename CustomBarnKit.cfg.disabled to CustomBarnKit.cfg Installation Instructions: 1. Uninstall any previous version of the mod when upgrading to the latest version. 2. Copy the UnKerballedStart folder into GameData. Download: UnKerballed Start on SPACEDOCK This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Version 3.0 is released on Spacedock! How to install: I've been playing with UnmannedBeforeManned for a long time. In that time, I've made UBM configs for a bunch of mods. In the past, I've sent them to Yemo and had them integrated into the main UBM mod, but Yemo hasn't been answering my PMs. Therefore, I've decided to release what I have as an add-on for UBM. As UBM is released under an ARR license, I have not modified or redistributed anything from UBM, and you will need it to use these configs. Configs included: Dependencies: Unmanned Before Manned, by Yemo - required Community Tech Tree, by Nertea - recommended ModuleManager, by sarbian. - required Hide Empty Tech Tree Nodes, by ev0. - recommended Community Tech Tree Naval Branch, by Pdelta41 - Required for Aircraft Carrier Accessories, MaritimePack, and SM_Marine License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 This mod contains models and textures by Porkjet and SQUAD, released under the CC-BY-NC 3.0 License. Changelog