Daeridanii

[Kopernicus](V0.55)(1.1.3) Universe: Star Pack

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After being distracted for far too long, I'm working on Universe again. However, I'll be completely rebuilding the mod (with the fancy stuff added), and so this might take a while. Thanks for your patience!

 

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Universe - The Stock Interstellar Experience

Version 0.55


Most planet packs adding other stars have all had one flaw in my opinion - getting to those other stars takes either mods or ridiculously large and laggy spacecraft. What if going to another star took as much time and effort as going to Jool? No millennium-long transfer orbits. No crazy mods required - just stock KSP. Well, here it is.


Downscale - by 90%

Yes, that's right. Universe is the same size as the Toy Solar System mod, except, instead of just downscaling existing planets, Universe replaces and adds more. A LOT more. Where the stock game has 16 non-stellar bodies, Universe has 30, around five (and a half) different stars.


Notes and Download

 

I'm still working on heightmap smoothing through PQS (I've learned a lot (kinda)) so you should notice that several planets, (Minthe and E-1, most noticeably) no longer look like pixely piles of junk. As for total planetary count, there's nothing large left - maybe a few asteroid moons or another gas giant, but I want to keep the normal version from being GIGANTIC.

   DOWNLOAD AT SPACEDOCK


Explore Strange New Worlds

http://imgur.com/a/1TDyE (I'm posting the album as a link because Imgur is going totally wacko.)

 
Spoiler

 

KERBOL:

Cthonias - Microdis

Vestan

Kerbin - Orpheus - Minthe

Helias - Idris - Helian - Eporex - In

Erbin

 

KERB 359:

Eporis - E-4

 

CYDAS:

Ecex - E-1

Perdis - Modo - Aracatis - E-2 - E-3

Merad Novo - E-5 - E-6

 

KEGA:

KNRB-1

Sagan - Frontris - E-7

 

KSR-15/KSR-15-B

Pemid


What May Become Frequently Asked Questions/Comments (Please read if you think something is wrong!)

Does this replace our stock system? - Yes, it does, and replaces it with my own textured planets.

Will this have compatibility with (insert mod here)? - Will it? Maybe. Does it? No. Currently, due to resizing everything, planet packs like OPM, or frankly just about anything are going to be 10x larger. This is one reason Universe is still in add-on development. 

One of the planets is acting up! - Please tell me which one it is and what's wrong. I haven't done a huge amount of testing, and there might be some problems. Once again, still in add-on development.

I want MOAR! - First of all, thanks, and secondly, I'm working on an Expanded Version that will have some more planets to add, as well as a Light Version if your computer is on the weaker side.

What do I need to make this work? - You need the latest version of Kopernicus and ModuleManager - that should be all. (If not, please tell me!)

I see all these references to binaries and rings and stuff. Why aren't they ingame? Did I do something wrong? - This is still V0.55, and I'm mostly working on adding planets and stuff like that, so rings and binaries aren't there yet because they don't exist in the pack yet!


Credits:

 - @GregroxMun for letting me use the removestockplanets.cfg from his Vernian project

- @AndrewDrawsPrettyPictures for letting me use the Valentine config from the unfortunately abandoned Extrasolar mod as a template for the stars. Also, for helping me a lot with learning how to make decent textures in GIMP

- @_Augustus_ because I'm using the Pledna config as a template for rougly half my terrestrial planets. (I don't claim ownership of the config structure - I'm still a starter when it comes to planet packs and am working on writing my own config templates) I'm in the process of switching to KopernicusExamples templates.

- GIMP and SpaceEngine - the two most important parts to making planets with water

- @daniel l. because I used the Sun's ring texture from the abandoned Dark Days mod as a ring for Kega, recolored.


 Changelog:

Spoiler

0.55

  • Added KSR-15 system
  • De-pixelated surfaces of a lot of the planets, mostly the ones that really need it. This will continue to the next update, but I need to know what kind of performance impact this might have, and I got bored of not releasing anything.
  • Added ring to Kega
  • Added big asteroid/minor dwarf planet to Kega
  • Tweaked Cydas' texture
  • Fixed problems with Kerbin's heightmap
  • Added a few more "easter eggs"

0.5

  • Initial (pre)release

Bugs and What's Next:

Kerbin still has the annoying heightmap noise, and I just can't seem to get rid of it. Erbin has a similar problem, but I'm trying to iron this out.

The next update should consist of continuing depixelation of planetary heighmaps through PQS, and maybe some ground scatter if I feel like it.


License:

CC-BY-NC-SA

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What a wonderful and creative mod! I will probably find myself playing more KSP than usual...

And decent textures in GIMP? I've got a plan for a planet pack of my own, it would be wonderful if passed on the knowledge, @Daeridanii.

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3 hours ago, TheSealBrigade said:

What a wonderful and creative mod! I will probably find myself playing more KSP than usual...

And decent textures in GIMP? I've got a plan for a planet pack of my own, it would be wonderful if passed on the knowledge, @Daeridanii.

I'll try to make a tutorial tomorrow, I need to sleep before doing so. Also, you just made my day.

1 hour ago, ImkSushi said:

Right click the download button on spacedock, and click 'Copy link address'

Thanks! Will do.

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I think this mod is beautiful and awesome, but I specialize in atmospheric flight in this game. I wouldn't be able to actually use the mod lol.

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Aside from obvious WIP textures and alike, that I'm positive will be redone soon, this is actually really cool! Even at stock KSP or even real scale, this would be a great experience!

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3 hours ago, AlexTheNotSoGreat said:

Aside from obvious WIP textures and alike, that I'm positive will be redone soon, this is actually really cool! Even at stock KSP or even real scale, this would be a great experience!

Thanks! I'm mostly going to try to be adding ground scatter and biomes in the next update, as well as smoothing some of the smaller moons (moonlets, mostly) and larger planets (Vestan, especially.) That might take a while, though, so I'll try to release it in chunks.

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Very creative idea for a mod! I really like the concept will be keeping track of where this mod goes. Good luck on your modding adventures!

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Update to Version 0.55, mostly surface fixes and improvements, but also some new bodies and a neutron star! For the full changelog and download, check the OP.

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Am gonna keep en eye on this mod as it looks great;

Testing on Mac and It looks like the world first contract orbit kerbol 3 keeps coming up, have 4 completed so far, however this is blocking the future world firsts such as orbiting one of the moons of kerbol 3 from showing up at all.  Is super easy to get off of kerbol 3 and orbit it with just 2 tech nodes open Excited to see how easy planets/stars will be

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correcting auto correct

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Hi! i made some modification to this wonderful mod to made in work with the original system, and also upgrade it to the stock size! i'll post some info soon as i can!1 ( sorry for my bad english )

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3 hours ago, SartinMax said:

Hi! i made some modification to this wonderful mod to made in work with the original system, and also upgrade it to the stock size! i'll post some info soon as i can!1 ( sorry for my bad english )

I look forward to seeing it!

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OK, HERE WE ARE: 

 

Universe: Star Pack STOCK SIZE + STOCK PLANETS + OPM

version 1.0

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I fell in love with Universe: star pack, it fells so gorgeous and genuinely stock, so why don't make it work in symbiosis with the stock system, and add an another wonderful Planets Pack: OPM!

 

this is a link to some explaining image stuff: http://imgur.com/gallery/z0WTm

 

I changed some orbits to keep the planets of the mod in the other star system:
 

  • Cthonias to Kerb 359
  • Helias to Kega
  • Vesta to KSR-15
  • Erbin to Cydias

                    

All the orbits, gravity influence and dimensions are increased  10x!

Here is a link to the file, copy it directly into the Game Data folder : https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zj2nx7wgjli3ypy/AAAR9rge3_EyHQdy2T86_OFIa?dl=0

Remember to install Kopernicus and Module Manager first!

If you want to make it work with OPM, install it before this

 

 

Special thanks to @Daeridanii and @CaptRobau for their wonderful work: Per aspera ad astra!

 

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Edited by SartinMax

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What is the offset in VHM, and the order in VCM NOTE: VHM = VertexHeightMap, VCM = VertexColorMap.

I want to make my planets look reallistic, not balls of pixels.

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9 hours ago, EnriqueB said:

What is the offset in VHM, and the order in VCM

VertexHeightMap offset is usually zero, but usually is different on planets with oceans. VertexColorMap order is 500 on all of them. (You can find this out yourself in the files.)

NOTE: I've been away for a while, but am continuing work on planetary surface pixelation, so the worst of it should be gone by next update. :)

Edited by Daeridanii
Offset, not deformity.

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Thank you.

How you make Normal maps with GIMP?, I want to make normal maps for my planets!!!

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12 hours ago, EnriqueB said:

How you make Normal maps with GIMP?

Use the Sobel function under Filters/Edge Detect.

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Thank you, again.:)

Because my planets are for 1.1.2, i had been used ''color to alpha'' to make it transparent, making sure my planets will not look like black bumpy balls.

My inspiration for that: New Horizons.

 

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Actually, I like the extensive need to get a warp-drive or cryogenic stasis sarcophagi before you go to other stars.

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More of a progress update than anything else.

7 hours ago, _Augustus_ said:

Thanks for thanking me, Pledna was a 10-minute config that I made out of boredom.

It was a very useful config. :wink:

 

Unfortunately, I haven't been working on Universe for a while due to numerous reasons, including some other games that I found. Don't worry, I have no intent of abandoning it any time soon! I'm back working on it now, but development will be a bit slower than the first update.

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I wanna do a version for KSP 1.1.2, Kopernicus 1.0.4 and 4 GB min. memory required.

CHANGES

- Changed scale to stock scale. You need to have warp drive mods like USI Alcubierre Warp Drive, WarpShip, or KSP Interstellar, if you don't wanna make decades of travel.

- Changed the folder arrangement and code to be compatible with Kopernicus 1.0.4 and KSP 1.1.2

- Changed all textures to .dds (using a DDS plugin for GIMP).

- Added biome maps!

Looks great, no? :D

 

 

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i forgot biomes!!!!!!!!!!!!

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For the scatters try something like this:

PQS

{

           Mods

           {

                        LandControl

                        {

                                    LandClasses

                                    {

                                                  Class

                                                  {

                                                                name = LandClass1

                                                                color = RGBA(100,123,100,255) 

                                                                scatters

                                                                {

                                                                            Scatter

                                                                            {

                                                                                        density = 1

                                                                                        scatterName = boulder

                                                                           }

                                                              }

                                                     }

                                              }

                                  }

                       }

         }

}

 NOTE : This is only an example, you need to define it. A(255) is solid color.


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I'd like to present the new Minthe. Work is proceeding well on the PQSing - you can't see a single pixel while landed.

However, I'm still running into the overbright terrain issue - if anyone has any ideas, I'd be quite grateful.

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Thought I should put this out here as an explanation for my silence. Also, sorry for the bump. :blush:

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Is there any way to put it at 1x size, since it said it was 1/10 size? I find that with most star packs, the stars are so bright or so close that it'll constantly be day on Kerbin or other planets. If anyone can give me pointers on how to either increase the size of the systems, or to decrease the brightness of the stars so they don't cause mass insomnia among the kerbals, I'd very much appreciate it.

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