12 Crazy Planets 12 Crazy Planets

(11 votes)
Twitch, 2004-05-26

This mod adds 12 new planets to Armada 2. These planets are really cool and pure eye candy. The myriad of colors really add to the game and help keep the diversity.

12 Crazy Planets
by Twitch - simdoktor@aol.com

All of these planets are armed with a 4000 meter range planet phaser. All my planets will be
armed from now on and you can use the examples here to arm any planet. I use 50000x50000 maps
mostly so you can change the range of the weapon for smaller maps in fpphas, p4phot &
ppulse.odf. Armed planets really change the game and the AI uses them pretty well. I've
added a planet pulse phaser on a couple of these planets with the same power and range as
the phaser along with long-range photons topredoes.

I had a difficult time to get planets to have weapons. First was the use of the Borg Sphere?s
SOD with hardpoints scaled up. I had to fool around with the enclosed files to get it all to
work. I?m still not certain if all the changes I made are absolutely necessary but it does work
this way and affects nothing else. The station.odf may not really help but it is enclosed. It
has resource ability and range of site added. The planet odf can over ride the station.odf on
ones you may do. The station.odf will give all your stations a long scan range but resources
only if you designate it in the actual odf. So it will not hurt anything to include it then all
stations will have long range scan ability.

The planet.odf is modified to allow weapons, alert, combat, have resources and partly give the
planet a facility definition. Special weapons are possible but they do not work well with the
AI using them even with the special energy added. The regular weapons are plenty potent.

Many of the planets now have planet cloaks. The AI does not seem to use them but the player
controlled planets will. If you cloak the planets they lose their red alert status when
uncloaked and you must restore it or they get dumb and lazy if you leave them on their own.
When cloaked they will never be seen by ship with out cloak detecting equipment. If you
cloak your orbiter and add CloakEnable = 1 at the bottom of the gorbitalbeam.odf file you
can mine while cloaked from a cloaked planet! The AI will usually not let the planet cloak
when you hit the claok icon until it has reached max population but sometimes will.

If you have lots of planets like I do you can just add
more "named planets" file names to the e_planet.odf file like this:

menuTitle = "Planets"

buildItem1 = "ep_stand.odf"
buildItem2 = "ep_named.odf"
buildItem3 = "ep_named1.odf"
buildItem4 = "ep_named2.odf"
buildItem5 = "ep_named3.odf"
buildItem6 = "ep_named4.odf"

So whether you have this one extra group of planets (it would be ep_named1.odf) or more, the
above layout works by changing the number to the next in sequence to your e_planet.odf. The
example enclosed is ep_named10.odf

If you have a lot of planets and want to keep planet types together you can put something
like- menuTitle = "H & L Class Planets" in the heading in the ep_namedx.odf depending on what
type of planets they are- Class D, H, M, K, L & J. This makes for easier map making so you do
not have to search through many ep_namedx.odf lists. It will show types in the planet menu
when you press F10.


e_planet.odf -the above sample file is enclosed
ep_named10.odf -lists the enclosed planets -change # as needed






solaris1.tga, solaris2.tga
carda1.tga, carda2.tga
ikol1.tga, ikol2.tga
romas1.tga. romas2.tga
fereng1.tga, fereng2.tga
vulcan1.tga, vulcan2.tga
vulga1.tga, vulga2.tga
kalho1.tga, kalho2.tga
bingo1.tga, bingo2.tga
negrito1.tga, negrito2.tga
lastat1.tga, lastat2.tga
wpulse.tga -This changes the pulse sprite colro on many ships so don't use if you like the

As always, these mods are not Activision official stuff so proceed with care. Back up files 1st
& manually add these. To uninstall delete these and put originals back in. They can be used in
any mod that does not have a modded station.odf or planet.odf file. Even then just add the lines
I put in and it should work.

You can use any of my files in any form you want- I don't care about credit
on anything you may use- just have fun!

Version    Author  Twitch  Website   
Downloads  1,182  Size  6.11 MB  Created  2004-05-26 



#1 STGamerNew2002 2004-05-26 09:06
Hey Twitch,

Thank you very much for some MORE planets. I wish there were some with RINGS and all sorts of goodies around them(ideas for you maybe?). :D
#2 Twitch1 2004-05-28 01:05
I have several dozen more new ones I'll upload. As for rings I just haven't cared about more complex features as such.
#3 comorov 2004-05-28 06:47
there very good twitch and STGamerNew2002 i think rings would possibly hide some of the features of the planets?

#4 armad2 2004-06-11 07:10
does it matter if it hides the features i mean it wouldnt hide that much also actually orbiting moons would be nice. but great plants :thumbsup:
#5 armad2 2004-06-11 07:10
oops planets not plants
#6 STGamerNew2002 2004-06-11 08:07
No, I think rings wouldn't 'hide' anything, I mean HOW? If it's a a certain angle, it may be abit over such a small section of the planet, but NOT 'hiding' anything, Plus(in my opinion), it gives a planet a more different 'viewing perspective' in image(s). I LOVE the Celestrial mod 'Gases Giant' that's on this site(and I got a pic of it in one of my Dominion 1.3 CORRECTION patch). That's a NICE planet mod there. Rock
#7 Captain_Prealta 2004-10-23 07:10
They Look cool, Like intergalactic Super-Balls!!!!!!!

Serious;y, they look cool

#8 Alienmoviefreak 2004-12-06 16:28
well..ive downloaded all of your planets and for some reason, it looks like they are just not compatible with each other. Ive edited every odf file and sod file i could..nothing works. and I just got armada2 the way i wanted it..oh wait, all i gotta do is reinstall the sod files of every thing and then the textures and then the odf other..which..well its a little less work than reinstalling the 100+ mods i have...anyways..they really did look great before it stopped working. nice job..oh wait a minute..i might be able to just use the same sod file over and over for every one of your planets..that might work.

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