Star Traders: Frontiers Update #217: Czar and Samrak Jul 15, 2020 23:42:07 GMT -5 strega and lordscrod like this
Post by fallen on Jul 15, 2020 23:42:07 GMT -5
Update #217 comes quickly on the heels of #216 to provide a hotfix for one issue related to replacing officer cabins, to improve the warnings about those component swaps and to provide proper coverage to specialist component types that provide officer living space. In addition, we've improved the Contact list search options, addressed an issue with maximum repair times not lining up on high value components, added a new Explorer -5 risk card "Time Dilation", improved power levels on faction-specific Contacts and turned how the Coalition contacts use their actions in the simulation.
So, let's look in detail!
Contact List Search
You can now search in the contact list by the type of zone they live on, such as "mining". Keep in mind that search uses an AND syntax, so you can't search "mining refinery" but you can use one at a time in combination with other filters such as Black Market. This can definitely help in smoothing out paths, and I've found it useful in quickly checking the opportunity to complete multiple tasks during a visit to a contact.
Time Dilation and Time Lost
We've rebalanced the amount of time that can be wasted in the "Lost" card to ensure that it lives up to the threat of "weeks". In addition, we've added another time related negative card, "Time Dilation" which threatens that your expedition can wander into some time rift, possibly related to the hyperwarp dimension.
Czar and Samrak
The power levels of the Contact types Trade Czar, Mining Samrak, Red Lion, Naval Commander, Ranking Executive Contacts have all been bumped up with Update #217, putting more power into the hands of these rarer but awesome faction-specific Contacts.
We've also changed how the Coalition Liaison Contact fits into the world, buffing their starting Influence. Finally we've tweaked the Contact AI for all Coalition Contacts when it comes to how to use their influence and turns in the simulators -- they now have unique Rumor buying logic focused on Tax, Civil and Starport Rumors. The Coalition will now more directly support the faction economic status quo.
Officer Cabin Replacement
Thanks to the captains who posted on Steam, emailed, tweeted and dropped this bug into Discord. We've now fixed the issue where officer cabins could not be replaced, which was related to #216 but also had its in much older code. With this update, we've made 3 improvements to how officer cabins work. First, we've fixed the bug -- they can now be removed. Second, we've improved handling of those components that are not cabins directly -- such as medical bays -- which were not properly participating in the rule set around officer cabins. Finally, we corrected an issue that was preventing a red warning from appearing if a captain installed a cabin that went over the ship's officer max.
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v3.0.77 - 7/15/2020
- Zone Economy Type ("refinery") now searchable in Contact List
- Adjusted maximum repair times for any single component -- be sure to repair at high level starports
- Rebalanced "Time Lost" Card in Explorer, a -1 Risk
- Added new "Time Dilation" Card in Explorer, a new -5 Risk
- Increased the power levels of Trade Czar, Mining Samrak, Red Lion, Naval Commander, Ranking Executive Contacts
- Improved the "Coalition Liaison" starting power level and Contact AI
- Coalition Era Contacts now have unique Rumor buying logic that prefers Tax, Civil and Starport Rumors
- Fixed issue with replacing officer cabins
- Fixed issue where some non-officer cabin components (medical bays) failed to print warnings when being replaced
- Improved warning message about installing more officer cabins than your ship's max capacity