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Edge of Eternity
The stars have come and gone, but eternity has only just begun

 

Trillions of years ago, the ICS Mercury departed to set up the first extrasolar colony. As it was en route, it encountered a temporal wormhole, into which it was pulled, hurling it both into the far future and untold distances away. In order to avoid the unstable wormhole's imminent collapse, the crew had no choice but to press forward on a journey far longer than the Mercury was ever meant to travel. Over the decades, more and more of the ship had to be cannibalized until they finally reached their destination: a binary system consisting of a red dwarf and a blue dwarf, hosting several planets including one that could possibly sustain them. Unfortunately, due to the ship's state of disrepair, the landing was hard and much was lost, sending them back to the pre-industrial age. While Haven was habitable, it was only barely so: UV radiation was abundant, it had no native life, the oxygen content was only 60% of Kerbin normal despite the denser atmosphere, and the temperature was low enough that major settlements were restricted to near the equator. Despite this, over time, they managed to regain their technology, and are now ready to look upwards to the unending abyss once again.

 

Edge of Eternity is a WIP planet pack set near the end of the stelliferous era of the universe. Most stars are dead, and those that remain are low-mass red dwarfs (and the blue dwarfs they evolve into); Terminus being one of these blue dwarfs. The system favors flyby missions and probes due to the positioning of Haven in the system, and science is balanced against roughly 30% of stock for most worlds besides Haven (with a boost around Eterna and particularly Apep to respect the minimum tech requirements of getting science from there)

At its current state of development it is highly WIP, with many worlds having only placeholder noise-based textures and no custom biomes, and there are doubtless a good few more bugs than you'd see in a completed planet pack. Everything, particularly balance-related things, is subject to change

 

Beta download for those still interested: On Github
Uses Sigma Replacements - Skybox for the starless void of the end-times (really rather immersion-breaking without it), and Custom Barn Kit to rebalance the DSN (including adding a fourth level) for a better antenna range progression (note: due to issues with how CBK handles configs, disabling the rebalance through the settings.cfg won't disable the CBK configs). Kronometer is also recommended for synching the clocks to Haven's day and year, as is Transfer Window Planner for planning transfer windows (some can be rather unusual)

Also contains CRP and SpaceDust resource placement definitions, Kerbalism configs, PlanetShine configs, Scatterer atmospheres, and mostly functional EVE configs. Principia-stable.

 

Diagrams and dV map:

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A diagram of the system:
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Drawn sizes proportional to square root of radius; some values slightly out of date (but not off by much)

 

A Delta-V map:
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Reads just like any other dV map, but also includes rough phase angles (TWP is still recommended though)

 

And a diagram of DSN ranges with the included antenna rebalance:
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Future plans:
near term (0.17) - Finish Prometheus phase 2 textures, hopefully do the same for some other as yet undecided planet (maybe Achlys?)
long term (at some point before release) - science definitions, proper maps and biomes for all remaining planets, higher quality maps for all planets, kspedia, actually properly working EVE, more thorough balance testing, whatever other miscellany I discover I'll need to add
post-release - (probably but depends on reception; my next major pack may take priority) EoE: Phoenix Cluster, an addon with a few extrasolar destinations to visit since other extrasolar packs don't fit thematically.
(not very likely but maybe) Prelude to Eternity, set when the system was half its current age and Terminus was main sequence, homeworld of Revenant.

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The beta is now on version 0.14.2

Highlights of the update:

  • Added a setting for 2.56x rescale (using Sigma Dimensions) that does the necessary adjustments for the rescale
  • Added a setting to optionally change the homeworld to Prometheus (not canon, and is definitely going to be considered a secondary option)
  • Added a moon to Achlys
  • Started work on all new terrain for Prometheus; currently has general continent and ice layout, and some major islands and mountains near the alternate KSC if the homeswitch option is enabled
  • Added custom loading text
  • Added support for MPE, rearranging the orbits of MPE's minor planets to fit in the system (no, I do not plan on doing the same for OPM; whole gas giants can't be made to fit in the way dwarf planets and asteroids can)
  • Various other tweaks and fixes
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On 10/1/2020 at 3:43 PM, Nebulagoodies said:

this mod is both promising and amazing. but will there be a larger moon to haven, or no? (don't take this to mean you have to add it)

No, it's planned to remain two small moons. Cerberus being easier to get to than Duna and having several moons should compensate though.

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0.15 is well on its way. It will bring an update to 1.10, and implement OnDemand Loading (which should help performance). Also, custom sunflares. Not much else flashy, but 1.10 will bring at least bring comets, and probably its own performance improvements. There's also a few other small things, like loading screens, and an even faster spinning and more oblate Typhos.

It should be ready in a few days, barring any significant issues cropping up.

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Alright, 0.15 is out now.  In addition to the previously mentioned stuff, I also reworked the asteroid spawning to hopefully generate them in each group more reliably. I had intended to also add multiple possible asteroid compositions, but for some reason doing that breaks comets, so until that gets fixed (I'm have a feeling it's on the Kopernicus end) they'll just be normal asteroids still.

Also, EVE no longer works, but hopefully it won't be too long before I can fix that

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5 hours ago, Maple Kerman said:

This wouldn't be compatible with any of those, would it?

No, it's a system replacer just like they are

 

5 hours ago, Maple Kerman said:

By the way, where's the license? I can't see it anywhere.

I haven't really figured out how licenses work yet; at its current state it doesn't have a huge number of original assets I'm really worried about people stealing. I will have to work that out fairly soon though, as I move back towards asset work with much of the main config stuff done now.

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19 hours ago, WarriorSabe said:

I haven't really figured out how licenses work yet; at its current state it doesn't have a huge number of original assets I'm really worried about people stealing.

To give your mod a license, all you have to do is put the name of the license in the mod description and forum post and put a LICENSE.txt file with the license text in your mod folder.

Having a license is important, so I suggest you read through this forum post and get a better understanding of what license you think you'll want.

At this stage, the GPLv3 or MIT licenses should fill your needs, although you might want to change it to something like CC-BY-NC-ND later on once you've done a lot of work on original assets.

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10 hours ago, Stone Blue said:

Question tho... are there *supposed* to be *two* identically named Gamedata folders in the repo?

No, that's some github bug I haven't figured out the cause of. It's only present in the repo though; the download itself should be fine



 

5 hours ago, Maple Kerman said:

      ... I suggest you read through this forum post and get a better understanding of what license you think you'll want.

At this stage, the GPLv3 or MIT licenses should fill your needs, although you might want to change it to something like CC-BY-NC-ND later on once you've done a lot of work on original assets.

Alright, that's mainly what I wasn't sure about - the actual legal stuff of what license is what

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1 minute ago, Maple Kerman said:

@WarriorSabeYeah, I hope that cleared things up.

Yeah, I just need to figure out what actually goes inside one since the post you linked still doesn't explain that part (I know literally nothing about licensing)

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13 hours ago, WarriorSabe said:

Yeah, I just need to figure out what actually goes inside one since the post you linked still doesn't explain that part (I know literally nothing about licensing)

So, inside the base folder of your mod, make a "LICENSE.txt" or "LICENSE.md" file. Find the license text of a license of your choice. As an example, here are the license texts for the MIT license and the GPLv3 license. Paste the entire text into the LICENSE file, and save it. (make sure to insert the year and your username at the beginning of the MIT license).

Your mod now has a license.

(Make sure to put the name of the license in your forum post somewhere, and where applicable on websites like Spacedock if you ever use them.)

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0.16 should come soon with completely redone visuals (that actually work) - it's mostly waiting on Scatterer to update (it uses a couple features from the upcoming version). Visuals also now properly get rescaled when using the builtin 2.56x rescale, so Scatterer atmos don't suddenly reach significantly closer to low orbit. 

This time I've got some actually decent screenshots as well

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Warden's acid lakes:
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Sunset on Cerberus:
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Cerberus from low orbit (rescale visuals, though it doesn't look much different in rescale):
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Haven (also with rescale visuals, a bit more noticeable here):
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0.16 is out. It includes: 

  • Esker and Apep now  slightly oblate (not super noticeable but present)
  • EVE and Scatterer redone almost from scratch, also includes:
    • Glowing lava (only from space at the moment)
    • Automatically adjusted visuals when rescale is used


And some fixes:

  • Warden oceans, Cerberus atmo fixed
  • Terminus and Haven now have their names show up properly in a few more places
  • Cerberus's rings should now show through Warden's atmosphere properly
  • Terrain material fixes
  • Lava heating fix
  • Ember/Shard kraken fix

 

Note: 1.11 functionality not yet confirmed

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Noticed a couple stock atmosphere effects weren't rendering like they should, 0.16.1 is out to fix that for anyone not using Scatterer.  I also added an option to disable Scatterer flares in favor of the Unity ones, which don't interact with atmospheres but do scale correctly with distance.

Side-by-side comparison using Achlys (both pictures taken at the same ingame time and date):

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Using Scatterer sunflares:
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Using Unity sunflares:
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On 8/11/2020 at 6:57 AM, WarriorSabe said:

Edge of Eternity
The stars have come and gone, but eternity has only just begun

w o a h

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Hello, I've been playing with this mod for a few weeks and while it has been very enjoyable, there is one issue that I've found. Being near the moon "Kere" causes some frame rate drops and it doesn't seem to render in below a certain altitude (around 15-10 km). It only renders its scaledspace version until that altitude is reached and just disappears, as seen below. Looking at the navball, the terrain should be right under me, but it isn't. Hopefully this helps, and I can't wait to see how this mod progresses from here.

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Whoa, this mod looks amazing! These planets and moons are very unique and detailed, and clearly a lot of time and effort was put into them. Warden's surface is the coolest in my opinion. Keep up the great work! :)

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