ok so i have been researching graphic editing in ufo and tftd and i keep running into the unable to inject images into pck files problem. so i was wondering has any progress been made into getting a working application to do this? i don't care about how aesthetically pleasing it is just that it can extract the images from all of the obj.pck packs and then after editing them inject them back in so that they function. (by all the obj.pck file i mean the bigobj.pck,groundobj.pck and handobj.pck)
i have found the information i needed to edit the ufopedia, can't remember the exact post but im using notepad on the computer at work to do the editing.(for some unknown reason my notepad opens the englang.dat file in chinese, and the wierd thing is windows vista doesn't even have asian text support files yet
) so thank you whoever said to use notepad, sory i can't give you username credit. and i have the tools to edit the stats on all the items ingame so far except the craft ammo stats (which only related to the begining craft gas cannon so if i can't do it i'll figure out something.
so now onto my thoughts on a mod.
I think it's about time that tftd became a sequal to ufo, not just a game that follows after in the timeline but ignores everthing that happened in ufo,except for the occasional mention of sectoids and such in the ufopedia. and before i get someone complaining about "didn't you read the history insert in xcom interceptor that expalins why.... I would like to say that i only yesterday even found out about said insert and got to read it and im sorry but to me it just screams STBS
I mean come on you expect me to believe that in 40 years no research has been done into upgrading the laser weapons, even after the elerium was all used up. or even for that matter an upgrade to "normal" weapons. so I thought I would atempt to chance a few things to make tftd seem more like the sequal it should have always been and less like the cross-dressing brother you avoid at family reunions (sorry i do love the game it is just ufo in diffrent cloths) so here are my ideas plz give me feedback.
1. change the gauss weapons to rainbow lasers (by modulating the beam color it allows the laser to be used under-water and on-land. on a side note i heard that you can't remove the ammo to give a weapon unlimited ammo in tftd, if this is the case then i will just have to modify the ammo to become focusing lenses that eithor give you unlimited ammo or at the very least such an excesive amount of ammo that it might as well be unlimited.
2. alien alloys WTF happened to them i mean we learned how to make them in ufo but are apparently using steel again in tftd until we get aqua-plastics? so who's the moron who hit the delete key on the file in the ufopedia that contained the compusition on the alloy? but any way, mainly I plan to modify the begining armor of both your soldiers and you ships (not much, no elerium powered flight suits, but start with the equalivent to the old combat armor you made out of alien alloys (which means i may have to balance the other armors a little better but no big deal there I love running mathamatical equations) and then change those lame diving suits to a mroe fitting xcom combat armor.
3. you would think that after the first war that when xcom says it is recuiting the "best of the best" from militaries of the world they would mean it, i mean how can you truly say that the best men for the job can't even hit the broad side of a barn with an aimed shot let alone a humanoid shape at less then 50 yards. I mean who trains them to shoot a pascifist? so rebalance the begining stats of all agents you hire (or at least the 8 you start with) so they seem more like military and less like saturday morning warriors.
those are the biggest things i want to implement in this mod, im sure more will come to mind latter and I will probly add more after I get these in place and see things I would like to changed. any help on this is welcome, i do have some programming exp. and have done "in-house" mods on a few games over the last 10 yrs but nothing worth uploading to a site eithor because it had already been done or because it was just a small thing i wanted to see if i could do. anyone wishing to offer advice or help of any kind can alst email me here.