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Starcraft Team Fortress (0059 Beta released!)

Postby Hercanic » Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:53 pm

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      The Humans in STF are mercenary armies funded by corporations to claim oil in lawless third-world countries, protecting their assets while thwarting their competition. This is a time in our future where many governments have destabilized, and big business filled the void.

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      In their lust, one corporation made a startling discovery while drilling in what was once a country called Iraq, or in ancient times Mesopotamia. A strange new kind of microbial plant with a very rapid mitosis was unearthed. Alone, it emitted a very low electromagnetic field, but as it multiplied the field increased exponentially. Excited by the prospects of a potential new energy source, the corporation invested into the plant’s study and proliferation.

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      While examining the plant’s cellular structure, a scientist noted an oddly dense cluster of cells that seemed to serve no function, but consumed a considerable amount of the plant’s metabolism to maintain. The nucleus of the cells was grossly enlarged, dominating nearly all space inside the cells. DNA research revealed the cells to contain a massive, coiled strand of DNA, thousands of times longer than any terrestrial organism, yet the DNA was utterly dormant.

      Curious, the scientists expanded the size of the testing environment and exposed the plants to direct sunlight. After a certain critical mass was reached, the electromagnetic field each microbial plant emitted stabilized, and the microbes instantly coalesced together. The mass rose from the floor of the test chamber, a writhing cloud of microbes. It hovered for a few minutes, and then darted around the perimeter of its limited surroundings.

      Shocked, yet amazed and excited, the scientists present watched with anticipation. The cloud seemed to exhibit some form of intelligence, methodically probing the walls, ceiling, and floor. Once finished, it moved to the center of the room, where the sunlight was strongest. The electromagnetic field disappeared from the monitors, and the cloud fell to the ground as a fine mist.

      Days later, the spot where the cloud had dispersed and come to rest grew outward and thickened. It continued to spread out to the extremities of the sunlight as a sort of moss. A mound formed in the center, growing taller with every passing day.

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      The maturing central mass eventually took shape as what could only be described as a bizarre, unearthly tree. Strange crystals sprouted from the moss, glittering in the light. Harvested samples perplexed the scientists, who were unable to ascertain their function, though the molecular structure was found to be extremely unusual.

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      Research abruptly ceased when a rival corporation assaulted the facility. Explosions shattered the containment unit and destroyed much of collected data and material. The facility was deemed unsalvageable, and the specimens presumed lost.

      Weeks later, Observer agents learned of what the corporation had been researching, much to their chagrin. The humans had no idea what they nursed back to health, but the Observers were well-acquainted with what had been resurrected: the Metaphyte.

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      This is the stage of STF: a covert war between corporations, the influence of the Observers, and the spread of the Metaphyte.





Races

Humans: Units are powerful and specialized, but limited in number. They use small squads of mixed infantry, with tactics emphasized over strategy. Bases are simple but expansive due to territory needs. The tech tree is horizontal and open-ended. Gameplay focus is on unit dynamics, ability usage, and choice. Humans are ideal for players who like to concentrate on individual units and enjoy the intense adrenaline-rush of micro.

Metaphyte: Units are fast and adaptable, but not particularly strong. They use large armies of various warbreeds, which permit an adjustable, mobile strategy. Bases are simple and small, but the economy is most vulnerable. The tech tree is unit-centric and restricted by its secondary resource. Gameplay focus is on unit dynamics, breed management, and aggression. Metaphyte are ideal for players who like to concentrate on numerous armies and enjoy the assertive push of macro.

Observers: Units are invisible and manipulative, but not directly offensive. They only use a few unit types, but each kind has many abilities emphasizing strategic and tactical control. Bases are complex and cloaked, but limited in number and size. Gameplay focus is on teamplay, ability usage, base management, stealth and defense. Observers are ideal for players who like to concentrate on base building and enjoy the sense of control that devious stealth and abilities bring.




Humans: Unique Features

Territory
Humans require land as an abstract resource. This is represented by three key buildings, the Territory Claim, Sweatshop, and Oil Pump, which cannot be built near each other. Thus, Humans must expand their territory outward to construct more.


Sweatshops
Shops earn cash, the Human's primary resource. Engineers loaded inside will generate even more cash. Units bunkered within a shop will trade in their killcount for resources.
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Oil Pumps
Pumps earn Influence, the Human's secondary resource. Engineers loaded inside will generate even more Influence. Units bunkered within a pump will slowly heal and regenerate more energy.
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Influence
As a Human, you are employed by a corporation to exploit resources in lawless third-world countries, protecting their investment with mercenaries while sabotaging any competition. Oil is a crucial commodity, and the more your operation ships out, the more favorable your employer will regard you.

When demand on a type of mercenary increases, their Influence requirement also rises. They won't work for just anyone. Since all companies hire from the same pool of mercenaries, the cost rises for all Human players.


Adrenaline
Every three kills, Human units will gain an adrenaline rush, improving their reaction time and movement speed. The effect lasts longer with higher killcounts. The choice is yours as to whether you wish to keep the killcount of your units for longer adrenaline rushes, or to trade them in at a Sweatshop for resources.


Economy Ticker
Displays in the top right corner of the screen how much cash and influence you will receive next cycle, with taxes factored in. You can mouse-over the ticker to see additional information about your economy, such as how many Engineers you have and how many are out in the open, how many Sweatshops you have and how many Engineers are loaded inside them, how many Oil Pumps you have and how many Engineers are loaded inside them, what your current taxes are, and how many Hubs you possess.
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Influence Ticker
Displays in the lower right corner (above the HUD) when an update cycle passes on the Influence cost of mercenaries. The simplified version can be expanded by mousing-over it, detailing each type of mercenary and their new cost, color-coded to indicate whether the price rose, fell, or stayed the same. Units you do not have access to are not displayed.
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Taxes
The more cash you have stockpiled, the more your employer skims from your income rate. It is ideal, then, to always keep your resources spent to ensure maximum cashflow.


Idle Worker Selection
Displayed in the lower left corner (above the HUD) is a count of how many of your Engineers are currently idle. Mouse-over this display for help on how to select them. Pressing the 0 key will select and cycle through each worker. Pressing twice in rapid succession will center your view on the selected Engineer.
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Development

Download 0059b Hotfix! Desync bug isolated and squashed!
(Released March 6th, 2009)
Turns out it was how the mineral fields were made invisible. They didn't agree with the fog of war after being explored.

This is a quick fix intented for multiplayer only. I simply ordered all mineral fields to die on start, killing the bug but also disabling the Zerg AI. If you wish to play singleplayer, the original release is still your best bet. For online play, only use 0059b. Just be sure everyone else playing doesn't mistakenly load the original! That'll definately cause an immediate desync for them. =oP

Next release will include a long-term solution for mineral fields, as well as a rework of the Territory Claim mechanic.

Thank you for your patience!



Download STF Beta 0059
(Released March 1st, 2009)
Our first public release of the new STF! Only features the Humans at present. Remember, as a Beta, imbalance and bugs are to be expected. You can help our development process by playing as many matches against friends online as you can and giving us as much feedback as possible! Thank you, and we hope you enjoy!

If you're interested in the other two races, don't worry, they will be developed and released in due time. Each race will sport drastically different economies, tech trees, units, and gameplay. We cannot wait to show them to you!



This project is brought to you by...

The STF Team
Hercanic (Project Lead)
Poiuy_Qwert (Lead Programmer)
Calvin (Lead Artist)
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Re: Starcraft Team Fortress (Beta release tonight)

Postby FlyingHat » Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:22 pm

Hercanic wrote:We cannot wait to show them to you!

I can't wait to have it shown to me. :)
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Re: Starcraft Team Fortress (Beta release tonight)

Postby Lavarinth » Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:23 pm

Trust me.. This thing.. Is out of this world.
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Re: Starcraft Team Fortress (Beta release tonight)

Postby Castlebunker » Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:52 pm

Wow! Everything looks great. I'm glad that the project has really picked up momentum, I've wanted to play as observers for 5 years

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Re: Starcraft Team Fortress (Beta release tonight)

Postby Lavarinth » Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:54 pm

Castlebunker wrote:Wow! Everything looks great. I'm glad that the project has really picked up momentum, I've wanted to play as observers for 5 years


Did you have those nightmares of never getting to play, too?
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Re: Starcraft Team Fortress (Beta release tonight)

Postby Arcan » Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:50 pm

This is amazing.

Also, please tell me you've purged all of the old Battle Reports.
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Re: Starcraft Team Fortress (Beta release tonight)

Postby Hercanic » Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:10 pm

Dear Arcan:
Ah-hahaha! I still have them. They are even online, though not directly accessible at the moment. Good to see you still around, old chap!


Dear Castlebunker:
The Observers should be a blast. As a bit of extra info: their economy is based on their vision of the map, implantion, and abduction. Their secondary resource is a bit different, earned from using spells.
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Re: Starcraft Team Fortress (Beta release tonight)

Postby DrumsofWar » Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:16 pm

I definitely like.  I've followed your progress from way back and the ideas put to work in the gameplay are great.  As far as I know, only Mesk or the guys who made Funguscraft have tried as hard to bend the limits of the Starcraft engine.  This'll definitely keep the torch lit until Starcraft 2 if not beyond.

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Re: Starcraft Team Fortress (Beta release tonight)

Postby Hercanic » Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:05 pm

Arcan's old STF Battlereport wrote:Arcan: The last town in the countryside
Hercanic: Sir Lag a Lot
Jasonien: The Evil Cable Dragon


The Battle That Stole Jasonien's Title...
Sniper vs. Sniper.

Sir Lag a Lot approached the battered city, watching over the destruction that took place mere seconds ago.

He knew it was there.

The Cable Dragon.

He quickly took out his weapon, and walked stealthfully across the destruction. There it was, the Cable Dragon and his army, killing off and taking whatever they found useful.

As soon as he advanced toward the scene, Sir Lag a Lot's body suddenly froze. He fell to the ground. Dead.

The Cable Dragon cackled with glee as he looked at Sir Lag a Lot's corpse.
There was only one place he had left to conquer.

Arcan's city.

This, was his greatest mistake.
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Re: Starcraft Team Fortress (Beta release tonight)

Postby Hearst » Sun Mar 01, 2009 12:04 am

Hello everyone,
It is I, Darkhearst from a while ago at stf.campaigncreations.org, I've caught wind of this and Needed to check it out, now I'm either blind and can't find the link for dling the beta, OR, you didn't post it yet.  Help?  0.o;

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Postby Lavarinth » Sun Mar 01, 2009 12:43 am

Hearst wrote:Hello everyone,
It is I, Darkhearst from a while ago at stf.campaigncreations.org, I've caught wind of this and Needed to check it out, now I'm either blind and can't find the link for dling the beta, OR, you didn't post it yet.  Help?   0.o;


It's not up yet. I'm sure someone'll send you the link when it's up, ol' chap.
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Re: Starcraft Team Fortress (Beta release tonight)

Postby omega20 » Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:38 am

I really want to try this...
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Re: Starcraft Team Fortress (Beta release tonight)

Postby IskatuMesk » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:15 am

Does it come with spinners?
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Re: Starcraft Team Fortress (Beta release tonight)

Postby Mucky » Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:28 am

I noticed that many units have unfamiliar names. Are these units the same as their old selves, or are they completely new?

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Re: Starcraft Team Fortress (Beta release tonight)

Postby Hercanic » Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:18 am

Dear Mucky:
The units are new in a many ways, with fresh tricks up their sleeves.


Dear IskatuMesk:
Hey, just noticed you're back to your old, more awesomer name! And yes, the mod comes complete with spinners, spoilers, grills, blings, and hoes.
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