Finally it's done. The new version of Famous Planets. This OXP adds new planets texts for the F7 screen for a lot of planets based on the original planets texts and Oolite Fiction. This OXP is designed to work in tandem with Povray Planets.
The Povray Set can be found here: http://aegidian.org/bb/viewtopic.php?f= ... ay+planets
Example Screenshot of a description (view is out of the beta version so there could be errors in this example screenshot).
No textures included in this OXP. For seeing the Famous Planets texture you need also at least Galaxy 1 and 2 of the Povray Planets. The Povray Planets can be found here. http://aegidian.org/bb/viewtopic.php?f= ... ay+planets
NOTE: AT THE MOMENT SUBMERSIBLE HAS NOT RELEASED THE POVRAY PLANETS FOR GALAXY 2 WITH THE FAMOUS PLANETS INCLUDED. HE WILL MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT WHEN HE DOES IN HIS OWN THREAD.
You also can also use this oxp with any other planet pack. You need at leest version 1.77 of Oolite.
Famous Planets 2.7. features:
- Unique planetary textures for 89 planets throughout Galaxy 1 and Galaxy 2, but they are not in this oxp. The textures are in the Povray Planets OXP.
To see the textures you need the Povray Sets also (more on that later).
- More Planet descriptions for the F7 screen than in v 2.5. Also some famous places in other galaxies get some text. Many descriptions are true to the described planets in Drew Wagar's novellas Status Quo and Multabilis. Others are short extracts from the excellent Rough Guide by Disembodied that can be found on the wiki. Further descriptions were contributed by many others (see credits).
- The textures themselves are not in this oxp anymore. The textures are in the Povray Planets OXP. To see the textures you need the Povray Sets also. (more on that later)
- The music packs are also taken out of the oxp. I want to make some new music and/or make a hyperradio station pack for the Hyperradio OXP by Svengali.
3. The Famous Planets concept:
Oolite offers you the chance to relive Elite. This in itself is a marvel because the game concept is at the time of writing more than 25 years old. The Elite game engine always generated pretty wild planet descriptions. In the old days I tried to imagine how such planets might have looked.
In the original Oolite distribution the planets are kept as simple possible. This is true to the descriptions in original Elite. While this is fine for getting that retro-feeling, I felt that something was missing.
Early versions of Oolite included the procedural texture branch by Dajt which generated good textures; however this was disabled in later versions because of problems. Capt. Kev offered a solution for this by releasing System Redux. This OXP offerred randomized textures and moons. This OXP is still available. Later other oxp's came out like Cmd. Cheyd's excellent Deep Horizon series. But there was still no OXP that gave each and every one of the 2048 planets a unique texture. At the time I felt that really unique places like Lave, Tianve and Tionisla deserved their own textures. After all, these planets are 'famous' within the Oolite fiction. That was the reason I started to make unique textures for these planets. From Oolite 1.76.1 and onwards the generated textures in the core game came back, by the way.
Famous Planets version 1.0 and later Famous Planets Expansion pack 1 were released. Teraed was the first planet in HD (High Definition) with a resolution of up to 4096 by 2048 pixels. Version 2.0 offered 46 planets in Galaxy 1, most of which are on the route Lave -Tianve, but also many in other areas. Nearly a year after the release of the Famous Planets 2.0 version 2.5 offered more planets and texts.
In 2012 Submersible entered the Oolite community and offered the Oolite scene something very special. He generated 2048 unique textures for all planets. I felt that this was the point that I could roll my Famous Planets into this OXP so I contacted Submersible. He was willing to integrate the textures of my OXP for which I'm very grateful. With the textures rolled in I could concentrate on making more interesting planet texts for F7. As I'm no native English writer, the community provided proofreading of these texts.
Now that the latest version is a planetary text-only OXP you will be able to use it with the texture pack that YOU like. I recommend the Povray Planet sets if you also want to SEE the Famous Planets as they are integrated in that texture set but you are not bound to that pack if you don't like it. By giving the freedom back to the customer I feel that this is now a better (and smaller) OXP.
At the moment the only future plans are more texts. But this depends on my free time. And there will be a patch for some missing planets.
To install this OXP, copy the folder "Famous_Planets_v2.7.oxp" and its contents into the AddOns folder within your Oolite installation. It is mandatory that you use a new version of Oolite. (Oolite 1.77 and up).
This gives you the planet texts only!
- Some planet descriptions are overwritten by other OXP's. Thats why for Lave itself there is no text. I recommend the Lave.oxp for this.
- If you use the Galactic Navy OXP then on some navy planets the description in that OXP gets priority over the Famous Planets description.
Download and install the Povray Planets.oxp by downloading the files in this thread.
http://aegidian.org/bb/viewtopic.php?f= ... ay+planets
Step 2 is optional and only important if you want to SEE the Famous Planets. To fully enjoy my work I fully recommend it. The Povray Planets give you (provided you download all packs) textures for all 2048 planets. The Famous Planets Textures are only in Galaxy 1 and 2 so the Galaxy 1 and 2 are the minimum requirement if you want to see the textures that I've made (amongst the excellent ones by Submersible). But this is not required. Even with other packs such as Sytem Redux/Demux and Cmd. Cheyd’s Deep Horizon packs you can still READ the Planet descriptions in the F7 screen.
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