[CLIENT] Galactic War Overhaul

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  1. Quitch

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    This mod works with Planetary Annihilation: TITANS only. It changes the following elements of Galactic War:
    • Restore faction personalities:
      • Legonis Machina: tank
      • Foundation: air/naval
      • Synchronous: bot
      • Revenants: orbital
    • Customise each enemy/Sub Commander:
      • Unique model
      • Unique personality
      • Unique colour
      • Fight according to their faction's preferred style
    • Nine new difficulties suitable for anyone from a new player to a veteran of the game
    • Reduced Sub Commander effectiveness
    • Adds the possibility of multiple factions in a system and an FFA occurring
    • Adds support for shared army enemies
    • Bosses are distinctly more difficult than the surrounding systems
    • Added planetary intelligence to allow you to make meaningful decisions on the galactic map
    • Randomised spawn assignments so maps remain fresh on replay
    • Uses all game modes:
      • Bounty mode
      • Land anywhere
      • Sudden death
    • Option to give yourself more starting neutral systems
    • The AI uses tech card buffs
    • Guaranteed loadout to unlock every war
    • 13 new loadouts
    • Unlocks Galactic War's biggest planetary systems
    • Adds the classic Galactic War systems in addition to the TITANS systems
    • Adds a new faction
    • Fixes all the errors in the tech cards
    • Over 100 new tech cards
    • Multiple AI opponents to choose from
    Be sure to check out my guide on adding more maps to Galactic War to enhance the experience further.


    You should download and install this mod via the Planetary Annihilation: TITANS in-game Community Mods.

    If you are using PAMM you will need to download the mod from GitHub.

    In Action


    Sub Commanders are not impacted by difficulty. At any difficulty level, you can choose to enable Easier Start which provides you with more neutral planets with free tech.

    [​IMG] Beginner: for when you've completed the tutorial and are new to the game.
    [​IMG] Casual: for when you've some PA experience under your belt.
    [​IMG] Iron: for when you've overcome your turtle instincts.
    [​IMG] Bronze: you've beaten vanilla Galactic War.
    [​IMG] Silver: you can beat the skirmish AI.
    [​IMG] Gold: you can beat the Queller AI.
    [​IMG] Platinum: for when one enemy Commander is no longer a worthy challenge.
    [​IMG] Diamond: for when your loadouts become too powerful.
    [​IMG] Uber: for when you're a Galactic War master ready for the ultimate challenge.
    [​IMG] Custom: for when you want to create your own challenge.

    Difficulty Options
    • Faction Scaling: the number of factions put into the galaxy depends on its size.
    • System Scaling: system size depends on how far into the galaxy you are.
    • Easier Start: choose to have four neutral systems to plunder at the start instead of the usual two.
    Planetary Intelligence

    Each system will display the following information:
    • System Area: the total surface size of all planets, excluding gas giants.
    • Threat Level: based on the total eco score of all enemies.
    • Bounties: gain an eco bonus for each army destroyed. Enemies gain these too.
    • Land Anywhere: you can land anywhere on any starting planet.
    • Sudden Death: the defeat of a single army on a team leads to the defeat of the entire team. This includes Sub Commanders.
    • Threat: the eco threat of that Commander. This increases the deeper you proceed into the galaxy.
    • Personality: the playstyle adopted by the Commander. Some are better than others and it's up to you to figure out which.
    • Additional Factions: the system is a FFA and these factions will fight against you, each other, and the primary faction.
    AI Buffs
    • Build: AI has Improved Build Arms.
    • Combat: AI has Combat Tech.
    • Cost: AI has Fabrication Tech.
    • Damage: AI has Ammunition Tech.
    • Health: AI has Armour Tech.
    • Speed: AI has Engine Tech.
    These buffs are applied to commanders and then on a per-faction basis:
    • Legonis Machina: vehicle units and factories
    • Foundation: air and naval units and factories
    • Synchronous: bot units and factories
    • Revenants: orbital units, orbital and superweapon structures
    • Cluster: all structures
    Commander Threat Scale

    From easiest to hardest:
    • Worthless
    • Helpless
    • Weakling
    • Inexperienced
    • Competent
    • Skilled
    • Experienced
    • Veteran
    • Masterful
    • Hardcore
    • Dangerous
    • Deadly
    • Inhuman
    • Genocidal
    • Nightmare
    • Demigod
    • Godlike
    • Titan
    Compatible Loadouts & Tech Cards

    To create a GWO compatible loadout or tech card, please see the New GW Cards repository.


    Why am I not seeing the latest changes in my war?
    Many changes will only apply to new wars.

    Why am I seeing multiple Commanders for a single enemy army?
    Both bosses and FFA factions will use Shared Armies to allow for multiple Commanders within a single army. This provides them with more additional build power and more lives. It allows them to very quickly connect multiple planets.

    Why aren't awarded bounties showing on the player list?
    Galactic War hides eco modifiers from the player list. The bounties are still being awarded. If you gain one it will show below your eco bar.

    Known Issues
    • More Pew Pew will cause some units modified by tech card to show incorrect stats and range circles.
    • Selection and combat grouping mods e.g. Air Scout Select, can cause the AI to use these units incorrectly.
    Recommended mods
    • Shared Systems for galactic war
    Incompatible mods
    • Aurora Artillery
    • Challenge Levels for galactic war
    • Enemy ramp for galactic war
    • Galactic War Unique Loadouts
    • Section of Foreign Intelligence for galactic war
    Thanks to
    • wondible, who continues to be amazing with his JavaScript support and for his mod Section of Foreign Intelligence for Galactic War, a modified version of which is included within this mod
    • PA Inc, for including official translations for the mod and assistance in integrating AI modifications
    • nemuneko, whose Unique Commander Loadouts for Galactic War are included in this mod
    • WPMarshall, for the Cluster faction logo and home system
    • trialq, whose discontinued Galactic War Loadouts mod has been partially included in this mod
    • Tristan, who created the casual, iron, and diamond icons

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    Last edited: July 3, 2022 at 2:02 PM
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  2. Quitch

    Quitch Post Master General

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    The full changelog can be found on GitHub.

    Version 5.39.0 - 2022-07-04

    • Reduced bounty values to one decimal place at all levels so the UI will never lie about your eco bonus
    • Bolding of inner rings indicating an ally or FFA
    • Duplicate inner ring bitmaps being created
    • Mouse hover sometimes on the wrong system after a planet with an ally or FFA is displayed
    • Tech not being deletable if GWO was applied to a non-GWO save
    • Expanded tech not being dealt if GWO was applied to a non-GWO save
    • Tech deals breaking if GWO was applied to a non-GWO save
    Version 5.38.0 - 2022-07-03

    • The inner ring of a system indicates whether any other factions are present
    • Threat Level is now numerical
    • Removed individual army threat assessments
    • Factor system ally into threat assessment
    • AI Tech is approximated into the system threat rating
    • Multiple commanders being in an army is factored into the system threat rating
    Version 5.37.1 - 2022-07-02

    • Deals sometimes containing duplicate cards
    Version 5.37.0 - 2022-07-01

    • Systems will sometimes feature an allied commander
    • Personality tags not being correctly restored if the last war used Custom difficulty
    • The Guardians' commander colour
    Version 5.36.2 - 2022-06-23

    • AI not building fabbers from bot and vehicle factories if the player had the Bot or Vehicle Factory Upgrade Tech
    Version 5.36.1 - 2022-06-23

    • Potential for card deals to break
    Version 5.36.0 - 2022-06-22

    • Setting to choose between the basic tech deck and the expanded GWO deck
    • New and improved interface for customising AI difficulty settings
    • System complexity now decoupled from difficulty and selectable as the war option Simple Systems
    • Your previous war settings are remembered
    • Diamond and Uber have less additional commanders
    • Beginner never receives AI tech
    • Beginner grows its eco slower
    • Casual through Platinum start gaining AI tech slightly later
    • Cluster is disabled if TITANS is not enabled
    • Commander Upgrade Tech improved
    • General Commander starts with the Skitter
    Version 5.35.0 - 2022-06-15

    • Loadout badges for completing a war in hardcore mode
    • Queller AI updated to v5.23.0
    • Updated Queller AI personality for Revenants
    • Removed orbital delay from all Queller AIs
    Version 5.34.0 - 2022-06-11

    • Enemy Queller AIs use different behaviours for each faction
    • Queller AI uses some of its FFA behaviour for FFAs
    • Queller AI updated to v5.22.0
    • Don't deal Sub Commander Fabber Tech if the AI is Queller
    Version 5.33.0 - 2022-06-10

    • Spinner Upgrade Tech changes targeting instead of rate of fire
    • Skitter weapon not receiving correct stats or buffs
    • Firefly weapon not receiving correct stats or buffs
    Version 5.32.0 - 2022-06-09

    • Queller AI updated to v5.21.0
    Version 5.31.0 - 2022-06-05

    • Intelligence Fabrication Tech now applies to Teleporters
    • Queller no longer modifies its teching time in accordance with the econ rate modifier
    • Meta penchant reflects changes to meta
    • Updated faction tooltip to reflect Cluster being unable to build Angels and Colonels
    • Queller AI updated to v5.20.0
    • Base game error where Intelligence Fabrication Tech didn't reduce its chance of being dealt in larger galaxies
    • Intelligence Fabrication Tech tooltip displaying the wrong units (thanks to Lula Mae for the report)
    Version 5.30.0 - 2022-06-01

    • Beginner loadout victory icon
    • Paratrooper loadout missing units from Unit Cannon after player gained tech (with thanks to Zarc for the report)
    • AI missing some units that Paratrooper makes available in the Unit Cannon
    Last edited: July 4, 2022 at 9:46 AM
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  3. stuart98

    stuart98 Post Master General

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    Couldn't you set up a Queller as a client mod and make it work somehow?
  4. Quitch

    Quitch Post Master General

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    Not the AI brain part (which is most of what Queller is) because that's loaded into the server, and GW doesn't provide a mechanism to do this.
    Last edited: September 14, 2018
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  5. Quitch

    Quitch Post Master General

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    This mod is now available, but consider it very much a beta right now. It shouldn't break anything (though please see incompatible mods in the OP), but the balance could be terrible. I would welcome feedback on difficulty and scaling.

    Version 0.1 - 2017-03-16
    • Assign a general personality to each faction
    • Reduce number of minions per faction to 13
    • Assign a unique commander model to each minion
    • Name minion after commander to allow identification
    • Assign unique personality to each sub-commander
    • Append five new difficulty levels to Galactic War
    Last edited: March 17, 2017
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  6. Quitch

    Quitch Post Master General

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    Version 0.2 - 2017-03-24
    • Legate Kapowaz, Acolyte Osiris, Servant Beniesk and Seeker Banditks have undergone a personality change as the previous personality did not perform as intended
    • Properly tagged mod to show support for PA classic and Titans
    • Forum link goes to the right thread
  7. moatmanoo

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    Wow, I tried platinum to start and am getting my *** handed to me. The difficultly level is way higher than vanilla. I will probably have to drop it down a notch. This mod makes the Galactic War very challenging for dirty casuals. Don't get me wrong, that's a good thing. Thanks and nice work!
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  8. Quitch

    Quitch Post Master General

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    Let me know how you fare, I'm hoping that the difficulty curve is relatively smooth (though the top difficulties are much harder as you noted), but it's likely some adjustments will be needed. But it needs enough player feedback to justify any changes.

    I also recommend using wondible's Section of Foreign Intelligence for Galactic War mod as it will let you make more informed decisions about where to attack and what you're up against.
  9. moatmanoo

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    Ok, I've found a bit of a problem with the scaling. I dialed back the AI to a level that I was comfortable with but as soon as I got to system with multiple enemy commanders I really get my butt kicked. 2v1's are bad enough, I can't imagine what a 3v1 would be like. Is it possible to somehow drop the difficultly level programmatically down a level for each enemy commander? So if I started 0n Platinum, 1v1's would be vs Platinum, 2v1's would be vs Gold, 3v1's would be vs Silver, etc.?

    The bottom line, the AI improvements you made are great at making 1v1's challenging, but those improvements make it too difficult with multiple AI's.
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  10. ace63

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    I was pretty upset when Uber lowered the default difficulties of GW to ultra-easy levels. I will give this mod a try, thank you!
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  11. Quitch

    Quitch Post Master General

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    What difficulty level are you playing at? Can you beat it at the level below? What settings are you using for your Galactic War? Do you nibble around the edges of each faction or tackle them one at a time? Do you use Section of Foreign Intelligence for Galactic War?

    The optimal way to play GW is to nibble at each faction, so that by the point you've got to multiple Commanders, you have the best tech load out you could manage. Certainly if you're being beaten by multiple Commanders but haven't exhausted the single Commander systems then you've still got options.

    I can't control Commander difficulties independently, you can only do that at pre-made systems. It might be possible for every minion to have a pre-made system, but if you insert additional Commanders that way you're losing the ability to control difficulty by distance.
    Last edited: April 17, 2017
  12. spriksprak

    spriksprak New Member

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    Hi Quitch,

    First off thanks for your fantastic mods and articles on exodus - has helped a new player like me get to grips with the game and already have some good fun out of it.

    Thought I'd provide some feedback on this mod in case it's useful. I play at silver and have had a very interesting few missions against the AI as a result - big improvement over vanilla! But I have noticed the commanders lack self preservation. A few times now I've had an enemy commander isolated at the front either intently focused on my army or that particular part of it's base and pounded him into oblivion whearas there were defences he could have retreated to further in his base that would have kept him safe from a losing battle.

    Hope that helps and thanks once again :)!
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  13. Quitch

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    That's a limitation of the hardcoded AI Commander behaviour. However, I believe mikey has identified an error in its threat assessments, so it should be smarter with the next patch. Silver also overestimates its strength, so will sometimes do dumb things.
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  14. moatmanoo

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    Hi Quitch. No bugs to report. Everything is good. There is a pretty big jump between Silver and Gold difficulties though. I can win pretty easily on Silver and but on Gold vs 2 AI's at Dangerous 1.4 it's pretty ugly. The Foreign Intelligence mod is must to help avoid the traps until I have enough techs and a subcommander. I pretty much need a subcommander to survive beyond the single AI's. I can't imaging multiple Platinum's at 1.4 or 1.5 difficulty. But that's not a bug now is it. :)
  15. Quitch

    Quitch Post Master General

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    Thanks, appreciate the feedback. Will look at smoothing out that curve.
  16. Quitch

    Quitch Post Master General

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    Version 0.3 - 2017-05-17
    • Reduced base level of eco that Gold through Uber start with
    • Increased base level of eco that Bronze and Silver start with
    • Casual's expansion is no longer crippled
    • Bronze expands a little faster
    • Casual builds faster from its factories
    • Bronze builds a little slower from its factories
  17. Quitch

    Quitch Post Master General

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    Version 0.3.1 - 2018-03-03
    • Corrected what appears to be an error in the base game where one of the Foundation bosses was using Legonis Machina personality settings
  18. Quitch

    Quitch Post Master General

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    Version 0.4 - 2018-04-17
    • Remove Q prefix from difficulties in vain attempt to clarify that this is **not** using the Queller AI brain
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  19. Quitch

    Quitch Post Master General

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    Version 0.5 - 2019-01-13
    • Fixed issue with turtling subcommander personalities only building a single factory
    • Skewed personalities closer to Absurd skirmish difficulty settings except where specifically Queller personality aligned
    • Updated Queller subcommander personalities with latest Queller personality settings
    • Updated difficulty levels to use the latest Queller economic personality settings
    Last edited: January 13, 2019
  20. Quitch

    Quitch Post Master General

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    Version 0.6 - 2019-01-14
    • Huge overhaul of difficulty levels
      • All difficulties now use minions as a difficulty ramp tool
      • Platinum and below introduce minions earlier in the galaxy
      • Casual has a higher base economy
      • Casual uses the same system template as all other difficulty levels
      • Bronze has a higher base economy but gains economy over distance slower than before
      • Gold moves to T2 slightly later
      • Platinum now always has at least two minions in a system
      • Platinum handles its economy better
      • Uber is now setup as an ultimate challenge difficulty without attempt to be fair

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