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Pardus is a free Massive Multiplayer Online Browser Game (MMOBG) playing in a future where traders, pirates and other pilots of various races and factions strive to gain wealth and fame in space.

"If you ever played the BBS game Trade Wars 2002, this game is a lot like that but it adopts some of its technology ideas from the Masters of Orion games. It's a perfect mix of politics, economics, and combat. There's even the chance for role-play in a number of forms." - user comment


September, 2003

Empress Text Mod
Posted by Bladefist on September 21, 2003 at 03:49:29 AM (246 views)
I've received a new MoO3 mod submission: The Empress Text Mod by pedxing

Here's a short description by himself:
"I've done a simple mod to some of the text in wStrings, for those that would rather play an Empress than an Emperor. This is especially appropriate for the Insecta, I think, where the Hive is likely to have a Queen, and the workers are likely to be female as well."

Download here.

Bugfix in Ethos Mod
Posted by Bladefist on September 16, 2003 at 12:39:08 PM (257 views)
The Readme file of Richy's Ethos Mod says that the pick points for Senate Membership have been removed. However, he hadn't included that version of racemodifiers.txt in version 1.0 of his mod.

So he released version 1.0b which is basically version 1.0 without the point cost for Senate Membership.

Our download link has been updated. Just download the mod again if you've already got version 1.0. I'm to extend his sincerest apologies to all visitors of the MoO3 Guardian.

Richy's Race Ethos Mod Version 1.0
Posted by Bladefist on September 14, 2003 at 11:25:40 PM (258 views)
Today I've received a new MoO3 modification by Richy. Here's the description of his Race Ethos Mod:

I've modded ethos back into the game as three separate race pick categories.

Version 1.0 includes:
Ethos Goals (Pursuit of knowledge, Honour, Materialism, Equality)
Ethos Society (Individualist, Clan, Nationalist, Universal)
Ethos Divinity (Monotheist, Polytheist, Atheist, Emperor-god)

In-game description of each pick (about four pages of text), and unique point values for each race that match the backstory.

This mod is made on Bard_of_Prey's Race Balance Mod. It includes all the changes from version 1.2 of his mod, except the Social Order category, which I removed. It was too similar to the Ethos Society category.

Plus, I've removed the pick points for Senate Membership. I thought it was kinda dumb, since random was free and you could just quick-game it until you got the starting position you wanted. From now on, any starting position you want is free. I however had to switch the order of the picks in that category, so that random would come last and be the default pick.

The ethos have been balanced so each pick would have the same point value.
Mathematically, it's balanced. I have not however had time to test the balance in-game. It should work, but I would appreciate any and all feedback.

Download the mod here.

Posted by Bladefist on September 02, 2003 at 04:40:29 PM (305 views)
Otsego19 has sent me a mod called the DiploMod.

This mod does a few things:
Fixes all typos and misplaced punctuation in the diplomatic text
At least doubles the amount of phrases used
Gives each emphasis type more distinct responses
Fixes the broken Fulfill Obligation and Counter-Offer text
Adds more variety to the sentence structures so each response seems more unique
Rewrites most of the existing diplomatic text

The result of this is that each race has a more distinct personality, the messages make more sense, and are of a greater variety. There are still a few weird bugs that can only be corrected by a hard-coded fix, but they only show up in the lesser used diplomacy options so they should be pretty hard to find.

You'll find the mod here.

New MoO3 modification
Posted by Bladefist on September 01, 2003 at 12:13:15 AM (285 views)
Velli has released version 2 of his Combat FX+ mod. Here are the details:

This mod replaces the original combat sounds and graphical effects. It does NOT affect gameplay/difficulty/weapon stats, only the aesthetic side of the game.

Further finetuned the spreadsheet values
Lots of enhancements to bolt weapons (speed, scale, explosion, frame rate, color...)
Some explosions redone
6 new/updated bolt animations
1 new beam animation / 2 beams updated
1 new enhanced weapon sound (overall: 23 of 24 weapon sounds replaced; nothing wrong with the original laser sound)
High-level weapons' sounds updated (mostly lower pitch, more bass)
Interceptor weapon effects further tuned down
Fixed lots of bugs, display errors, etc.
Removed the beta test 'rainbow texture'

Click here to get this great mod by Velli.

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