Revisions to AI kernel
NPC troops can now more frequently self-heal (using medkits) and self-repair
(using repair kits). They can also do this while clearly close to the point
of death (Grey TTD). Previously they won't pause to do this during a combat
engagment or if badly injured.
Since there is no ability for you or an NPC to carry an injured comrade to safety
(wait for the next game), you have to ensure that you manually pull your people
out of a hostile zone if they are badly injured as they will NOT abandon their
order (and subsequently their comrades) without a direct order. i.e. an Assault
Force Marine, carrying the devastatingly powerful A9MAG will never leave - even
if he has a very low LF or very high FF. You have to find a safe location and
then give him the order to escort you (and subsequently to that location) or
another NPC (in a safe location). If you give the RTB, he will bugger off home
and be lost to you.
NPC marines have long term memory - so treat them nicely or they will get you
killed at the very first opportunity, by ignoring a direct order.
NPC troops can now use supply stations (like the player) - even ones located
in hostile bases.
The supply station object is now a support platform so that NPCs (and player)
can get closer to it, since several NPCs may decide to use it all at the same
The supply station must must exist in the current 3D world to be usable.
A supply station is not usable if more than six people are already using or
intend to use it.
A supply station is not usable if a hostile person is using or intends to use
A supply station is not usable if more than 5km from the position of the person
trying to use it.
Persons currenty do not go to a supply station of their own accord because there
are situations where they will bugger off in search of one - just when you need
them to be engaging enemy forces. They must be given an order using the Proceed
to Supply Station order in the Team Orders Menu. The order is ignored if there
is no suitable supply station nearby.
Once a station is selected, the person will then proceed to the supply station,
stand at a vacant position, and orient towards it. The supply operation takes
10 seconds to complete. On completion the person is rearmed, healed, resupplied
and the armor is restored. The person then resumes previous orders.
Supply station use is implemented as a gesture. The disarm/pose change/rearm
gesture sequence begins when the person arrives at a certain distance from the
TEAM tag position being used that is defined in the station object. The person
uses side steps to position accurately similar to when escorting a person.
The supply station use is cancelled if an order is issued that sets the objective
of the person e.g. "Attack My Target"
NPC personnel troops can now RTB to a Mobile Forward Base
Sometimes when you (as the leader) of a marine team goes prone, some members
of the team do not follow suit. This is because members who do not have direct
orders from you, will take orders only from their leader. So, if you have marine
A escorting you and you go prone, only marine A will go prone, as marine B (escorting
marine A), will not. This has been addressed so that orders are propagated based
on the chain of command within the team.
Changes to NPC repair/healing
Armor repair takes priority and has a higher "must repair" threshold.
Unit will now repair armour if it is less than 50%.
After performing healing/maintenance the NPC will repeat until he runs out of
supplies or is repaired/healed.
NOTE: that using a single MEDPAK, NUTRIPAK, or TOOLKIT (as viewed in the CVD/SMD)
will not immediately change the stores manifest as they each have 2 and 4 uses
respectively. The stores manifest will change after the healing process is completed,
not when it starts.
Disabled persons will not repair/heal themselves. They are considered unconscious,
it is up to something else to treat them.
The pain timer is used to reduce the number of pain SFX. The pain SFX will not
be issued for 3 seconds. (this uses the pain timer).
Increased the spectrum coverage of planetary SAM/SAL threats so that they acquire
and fire on hostile targets more frequently. This was heavily revised from previous
BC games in order to make the game a bit more playable without overwhelming
the first time player with a barrage of hostile fire they simply couldn't avoid.
Now, their previous rules have been restored, but a margin of error has now
been introduced so that experienced players don't cry foul.
Revisions to Dynamics kernel:
Tweaked the CALS system (manual p59) a bit more in order to alleviate twitching
when landed on some terrain slopes. Also resolves some issues related to landing
profiles in some instances.
Tweaked the landing profile for NPC gunships in order that they can better intercept
landing waypoints especially when under fire.
You can now eject from a craft (while in VTOL mode) without having to first
land it. This allows you to do silly and crazy things like, oh, I dunno, say
(a) flying a fighter into another unit while ejecting at the last minute (b)
dropping in on a carrier deck and stealing a fully functional fighter from its
deck (c) ejecting from a craft that is sure to be destroyed in the coming moments
etc. Naturally, if you jump at a high altitude and end up on land instead of
water - without a jetpack - you're dead.
Significantly revised and tweaked the collision detect and avoidance so that
it is less likely to fail during low frame rate processing. NPC units will now
predict a collision more quickly and can avoid them where possible. This is
mostly beneficial on planetary scenes where there are a lot of buildings and
NPC (mostly troops) have too many buildings to process in order to eliminate
from their decision tree.
Revisions to interface:
Completely revised the DJP menus. Are now cascade style menus; making selection
Revisions to the Priority List Viewer (PLV)
The PLV is now active in all craft views. Was previously only available in
the fp mode view. It was originally designed for ease of handling combat troops
in this mode.
The image of a speaker is no longer displayed if the PLV is active
Adding a target to the priority list (P) now plays a sound and provides visual
feedback (same as target designation using G)
Revisions to the Team Orders Menu (TOM)
Now has three new orders :(REPAIR, DOCK WITH, PROCEED TO...WDU/SUPPLY STATION)
The 1-9 command keys have been remapped to F1-F12.
Entries that have no effect are displayed in Red
The "DOCK WITH" order tells a person to dock with a player asset.
When completed the person will disappear. This command will later be revised
for better support so that if an NPC docks with, e.g. a vehicle, it can later
exit when you do. Also, if you order your own CC team to dock with one of your
own assets (e.g. SC), they will appear in the cargo manifest.
The "REPAIR" (NYI) command tells a person to repair either another
person using a Medkit for LF or Toolkit for armor. Since NPC do not currently
assist each other in this regard, you can order them to do it.
The "PROCEED TO..." command takes either a (1) WDU (Waypoint Designator
Unit) which you can select from the list, if you have deployed any or (2) a
supply station (the NPC will seek out the nearest supply station in the vicinity).
Revisions to content:
Revised the numbering scheme of the IA scenarios to go from IA0101 to IA0115
for those non-programmers who don't understand that numbering starts at zero.
Not one. And thus wondering what IA0100 to IA0114 is all about.
Added LCAC naval units to the shores where naval (subs, carriers etc) are. This
makes it easier to access them without having to swim - or die trying.
Revised the APR_GPR rocket (fired by some weapons e.g. the KLMP launcher) attributes
and added a shockwave explosion for better effect and coverage
Created several more planetary scene templates and added more units (vehicles,
crafts etc) to these new ones as well as existing ones.
Revisions to gameplay:
All capital naval (sub, carrier, cruiser) units can now be used by any career
if the EP is 500 or higher. Previously (see the manual addendum) for game balancing
reasons, only some careers could use them, regardless of EP.
Revised the damage factor for some missiles (ATS/APM/APR)
Due to their vulnerability and need for precision strikes, gunships no longer
use conventional ATA/ATS missiles. They now all (those with weapons) use the
more powerful and accurate all purpose RALIX and RALAR missiles.
Implemented turret target prediction, mostly to prevent friendly fire within
Enabled gesture animations in single-player mode and taught NPC marines how
to use/respond to them. This allows NPC personnel to (a) use them (b) react
to them based on your use. e.g. if you salute and a bunch of NPC marines are
around (and friendly to you), they will also salute. If you wave, they will
wave back. If you tell them to hold position or follow you, they will comply.
As long as they see you do the gesture. Refer to the keyboard commands sheet
for a list of gestures. WARNING: Go saluting your troops in the middle of a
hot zone and they'll all get shot in the head (since they have to drop their
weapons in order to return the gesture).
Revisions to graphics kernel:
You can now toggle OFF planetary clouds in Config
Revisions to multiplayer kernel:
Developed an all new console based server. To use it, add /console to the "Start
MP Server" shortcut. This allows you to now have remote servers, administer
it etc etc. Previously, due to its graphics nature, the server could not be
started or administered remotely, using Terminal Services (win2K), Remote Desktop
Connection (winXP) or similar. This is a WIP console server and may have some
quirks though. A Linux server is in the works.
Significant improvements to packet sizes, rates, transmissions etc etc resulting
in a marked improvement in multiplayer games.
Enabled client side gestures (wave, salute etc). This no longer needs to be
configured on the server.
FIXED: In some cases a dropped client alias remained on the server indefinitely,
though the client had physically disconnected.
Updated several appendix files, as well as the CONFIG OPTIONS.PDF and UC_MANUAL_REVISIONS.PDF
In first person mode, the step L/R keys have been changed from from END/PGDOWN
to HOME/PGUP. This is so that stepping left and right works when using a weapon
with a zoom scope. Previously you could not use END to step left with such a
weapon because that key would effect zoom in instead. Using HOME/PGUP avoids
this problem because the zoom out function provided by HOME has no effect when
zoomed out (off) so the key can function as step left. Stepping left right is
disabled when zoomed in.
The numeric arrow keys are no longer effected by the state of NUMLOCK
FIXED: Naval units could sometimes not be moved if they were too close to land
e.g. there is a naval base on Earth and even when you switch to the carrier
(assuming you have the required EPs and rank), you couldn't move it. Same thing
applies to subs, LCACs etc. This bug actually crept in as a result of a recent
seabed detection routine revision and nobody noticed it (since naval units aren't
that sexy to play with).
FIXED: The PL12 sniper rifle and FG45 combat rifle had incorrect export values.
This resulted in them being incorrectly attached to a jetpack or backpack when
holstered. They attach just fine to the characters back holster, as long as
there is no jetpack or backpack.
FIXED: Grenades are no longer removed from list of inventory ammo when running
an IA scenario. This also fixes an issue whereby NPC troops are created without
grenades (for manual throwing) if they don't have a weapon (ZS10 rifle or GLE22
launcher) that uses them.
FIXED: A crash related to escort NPC troops trying to copy the pose of a target
that has not yet selected one.
FIXED: Escort troops remain in prone state and move at running speed when leader
decides to up and run
FIXED: Excessively injured characters no longer instantly vanish instead of
being correctly killed and thus causing the death animation to be played. If
you ever see a marine killed and he instantly disappears with no death animation,
thats what this fix corrects.
FIXED: commlink personnel image sometimes not being displayed in FP front view
e.g. in some IA scenarios the image of the speaker (e.g. NPC marines) is only
displayed in other views
FIXED: Player gun no longer fires (left-click) after using the DJP menu to
make a destination selection
FIXED: Turning some planetary terrain options off in CONFIG, had no effect
FIXED: Some collision detect issues with units (especially on the deck of carriers).
e.g. if you walked up to an Intruder gunship from certain angles (e.g. near
its ramp and tail fin section), you could walk through the model because the
support structure (which allows you to get that close, since you can climb on
its ramp) and precise collision detect (which allow you to pass under its tail
fin etc without triggering a false collision) flags were being set.
FIXED: Game was attempting to auto-save (when player killed) in INSTANT ACTION
mode. This could cause a crash in some instances.
FIXED: The person would not re-arm or resume action after maintenance if the
gesture time was decreased to exactly zero.
FIXED: The invert Y axis toggle in CONFIG did not work in first person mode
or when in turrets. Now operates in the first person view and mouselook. It
now also effects the turret pitch when controlling a turret in a vehicle (OC).
FIXED: Switching to some assets (e.g. AX25 SAM) would sometimes cause a crash
due to incorrect missile loadouts defined in the DATAASSETS.INI
FIXED: The environment weather was not being overwritten via a script command
if not running in debug or cheat mode. e.g. IA0115 should take place in stormy
FIXED: Crash in some Frontend modules (e.g. Logistix, Tradcom) due to inventory
not being initialized
FIXED: Crash resulting from items inventory not being initialized. This resulted
in weapon modes containing incorrect clips counts for weapons with more than
one mode (e.g. ZS10)
FIXED: In first person the view position would drift due to precision loss.
FIXED: The NAVCHART.INI file was missing some military base entries. This would
result in a crash if you tried to start on EARTH08_MB01 using a marine career.
FIXED: A crash would occur if you tried to select an asset for the Space Force
Marine career. At one time this career could not use assets, but in UC it has
access to shuttles.