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Product Update - Valve
r20587b
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed a known defense manager fleet list crash.
+ Fixed an end of combat crash related to combat involving neutral factions.
+ Made numerous sound system changes to help with frame rate issues.
+ Fixed a crash related to queued station modules.
+ Fixed a minefield related crash in combat.
+ Fixed a crash in the design screen related to selecting and submitting defense platforms.
+ Fixed a combat retreat crash.
+ Fixed a crash related to entering and exiting the empire manager.
+ Fixed known memory leaks in transitions to and from the star map.
+ Fixed a silent multiplayer crash related to random encounters.
+ Fixed a crash that could occur when opening the build screen.
+ Fixed a multiplayer hang that could occur versus lone gate ships.

Other Fixes:
+ Reduced ship spark effect density to help with frame rate issues.
+ Fixed an issue preventing the Repair All function from working.
+ Fixed an issue where a VN disintegrator beam could remain linked to ships that left its range.
+ It is no longer possible to cancel return missions for retreating fleets.
+ Fixed the issue where colonies were firing at targets outside of sensor range.
+ Fixed the issue where planets would mysteriously disappear from the list of colonization options.
+ Fixed an multiple combat round issue where the game would try to select eliminated fleets.
+ Fixed the issue where construction missions would leave stations under construction if the construction ships were destroyed.
+ Fixed known issues of missiles spinning in space.
+ Fixed a bug that was causing prototyped ships to become too cheap.
+ Fixed known issues where diplomatic actions could result in a negative cost, adding to a player's RDP instead of subracting from it.
+ Addressed issues that were causing the AI to declare war too frequently.
+ Fixed the missing news event notifying players of war declarations against them.
+ Fixed an issue where colonies were not correctly reporting when they were developed.
+ Fixed an issue that was preventing Hivers from upgrading gate stations fully.

Other Changes:
+ Build and design screens now show design attributes.
+ Made some improvements to the mine field placement flow in the defense manager.
+ Tracking weapons can now target the dish on a command monitor.
+ Fleets involved in multiple rounds of combat will lose additional endurance.
+ Non-Zuul factions are now attacked by pirates.
+ Developing colonies no longer support fleets.
+ Improved the research and feasibility study complete dialogs.
+ Variety of tweaks and corrections to ship turrets for all factions.

Product Update - Valve
r20461c
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Critical fixes:
+ Fixed a new first-turn networked multiplayer crash.
+ Fixed a crash related to the Xavier module.
+ Fixed the issue that was causing Hiver gates not to function until
the game was reloaded.
+ Temporarily removed localization files causing crash on start-up for
German and Russian players.

Other fixes:
+ Fixed an issue where non-standard fleets could get into combat rounds.
+ Fixed an issue where module repair points were not being factored in
to the total.
+ Build orders are now cleaned up with a player's colonies are lost.
+ Espionage panel in the diplomacy screen now lists pending intel
operations for the turn.
+ Hiver gate icons now appear when gate ships are deployed.
+ Fixed new placeholder UI elements in the design screen.
+ Some weapon-related framerate optimization made in combat.
+ Fixed an issue where colony IO was not being redistributed when
either terraforming or infrastructure were maxed.

Product Update - Valve
r20461b
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed a game loading crash related to asteroid monitors.
+ Fixed all known crashes related to deep space interception.
+ Fixed a potential infinite loop in Hiver movement that could occur
during turn processing.
+ Fixed known multiplayer de-sync issues that were leading to crashes.
+ Fixed a crash when returning from a demand or request with an indy.
+ Made optimizations to turn processing times.

Other Fixes:
+ Suul'ka can now be summoned again.
+ Mining and defense stations no longer double-charge players for construction.
+ Resolved conflicting broadside versus pursuit orders in combat.
+ Rapid prototyping now applies proper bonus.
+ Made changes to resolve minefield overlap and frame-rate issues.
+ Made changes to resolve PD phaser frame-rate issues.
+ Improperly configured requests and demands are no longer allowed to
be committed.
+ Trade income is now correctly reported when no trading is available.
+ Fixed an issue where mining stations were not showing up in station
construction options.
+ Fixed mis-labelled Zuul station types in news events.
+ Fixed an issue where colonization missions were not cancelling when
critical ships were destroyed.
+ Fixed a known issue related to incorrect movement speed on the starmap.
+ Fixed issues that were preventing AI players from declaring war when
they should.
+ Fixed an issue where heavy and planet missiles were not re-targeting
in combat.
+ Fixed an issue where stations were reporting incorrect remaining and
total structure.
+ Fixed an issue where in-transit fleets could be incorrectly
displayed in repair dialogs.
+ Fixed issues where asteroid monitor encounters would cease to occur
after destroying a command monitor.
+ Fixed some combat stance issues related to planets.
+ Fixed issues where alien habitation modules could take up standard
habitation module slots.
+ Fixed a couple issues where warhead damage was not being adjusted
correctly for researched technology.
+ Fixed an issue that was preventing government graph from updating.
+ Fixed issues where missiles targeting spectres could damage a colony instead.
+ Addressed network de-sync issues with certain weapons in combat.
+ Addressed some turret arcs that weren't firing or engaging correctly.

Additions:
+ Node Cannon and Node Maw weapons have been re-introduced for Zuul players.
***To use the Node Maw in combat, go to sensor view and click on the corresponding buttons above the desired Bore node points.*** ***These will collapse the node points, to devastating effect for ships in the area.***
+ Updated combat screen GUI
+ Added a multiple combat system.
+ Added Morrigi tombs.
+ Introduced the ghost ship random encounter.
+ Turrets and modules now show up in the fleet manager.
+ Quantum disassociation now adds the intended 20% bonus to production.
+ Combat now occurs in multiple phases depending on the number of
fleets present.
+ Intelligence-gathering missions can now be executed from the diplomacy screen.
+ Increased AI diplomacy reactions.
+ Increased savings required for morale boost.
+ Biosphere preservation now reduces consumption by 50%.
+ Colonies now get an initial bonus on the turn they are established.
+ Fleets that lose their command ships in combat will now disband and retreat.
+ Increased battle rider mission times.
+ Reduced the density of minefields.
+ Added new drone attack behaviors.

Product Update - Valve
r20241c
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed a handful of known multiplayer sync issues that could lead to crashes.
+ Fixed crashes when doing Zuul intercept mission
+ Fixed a crash caused by AI players attempting to ally with indy players.
+ Fixed an issue that was preventing certain technologies from being unlocked.
+ Fixed an issue that was causing premature ending of combat in
certain single-player and networked games.

Other Fixes:
+ Fixed some overlapping text issues in the mission screens.
+ Survey complete and planet colonized dialogs now show interactive
system and star map, respectively.
(Click the right/left buttons on the viewports to cycle.)
+ Fixed the drawing of intercept mission waypoints.
+ Fixed return trips for intercepts when a target fleet goes out of range.
+ Prevented Zuul ships from boring temporary node lines back from a
deep space encounter.
+ Fixed the issue where Radiant Bore ships could not create node lines.
+ Gate Lab upgrade requirements can now be met.
+ Hiver gates now display Gate Lab module options.
+ Ships no longer flee so far from an incoming comet in combat.
+ The sensor view icon has been centered correctly on the comet in combat.
+ Fixed a function that allowed a non-player owned system to request a
check for an enclave permission before colonizing a planet.
+ Fixed the provincial capital visual effect.
+ Fixed an issue where combat UI was allowing freighter speeds to be set.
+ Combat zones no longer appear in deep space combat.
+ The battle manager is no longer available for deep space encounter locations.
+ Fixed an issue where infrastructure was resetting to zero each time
a planet was recolonized.
+ Zuul trade now unlocks correctly.
+ Barren planets now have some resources.
+ Fixed issues where inappropriate battle riders were being used to
aid in surveys.

Other changes:
+ Reduced overthrust in combat.
+ Ships with drones now survey faster.

Product Update - Valve
r20241b
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** Changes will likely break old save games. **

Critical Fixes:
+ All known crashes related to fleet lists and drag-drop have been fixed.
+ Fixed a diplomacy point generation crash.
+ Fixed a crash related to improper battle rider cleanup after combat.
+ Fixed issues where weapon banks were being misidentified. These
changes will break some existing games.
+ Fixed a pirate encounter related crash and lockup.
+ Fixed a crash related to adding ships to a fleet.

Other Fixes:
+ AI players now have personal preferences when researching.
+ Rider placement in Rider Manager screen fixed.
+ Fixed a bug where new admirals were being assigned to fleets in deep space.
+ Salvage odds now take correct ships and races into account.
+ Volume slider now affects GUI sounds as well.
+ Fixed issue that was having impact on screen transition times.
+ Recent combat effects no longer show up on systems outside sensor range.
+ Save games now recall initial encounter and GM settings.
+ Increased morale penalty associated with raising taxes.
+ Fixed an issue where civilian populations were not resuming growth
after recent combat.
+ Cancelled missions now return fleets immediately if possible.
+ Fixed issues related to constructing mining stations.
+ Added support missions.
+ Fixed a number of minor visual glitches in UI appearance.
+ Hardened Structures now behave correctly.
+ Fixed an issue where battle riders were not assignable in the battle
rider manager.
+ Fixed incorrect production cost display for prototyped designs.
+ Fleets outside of sensor range can no longer be selected.
+ Added missing animations to Zuul Immersion content. This was
preventing certain weapons from functioning.
+ All budget pie charts are now buttons that transition to the Empire Summary.
+ Fixed the loophole allowing feasibility studies to be skipped.
+ Icons are now clearly visible for deployed gates on the star map.
+ Fixed all known instances of Human AI players slow-boating fleets.
+ Encounters tuned.
+ Kalvenic Torpedos tweaked.
+ Intertial Cannon (standard and heavy) added. Each shot will slow
down target properly.

Additions and Changes
+ Interception missions are now available.
+ New drone and assault shuttle designs are now selectable on carriers.
+ Grav Cannon added.
+ Tar Baby COL added.
+ Cry Baby COL added.
+ Thud Missile added.
+ Leech Rounds added.
+ Improvements to VN encounters made.

Known Issues:
- Fixes to game data will likely break existing save games.

Product Update - Valve
r20025b
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed a multiplayer combat desync that could occur in games
involving more than two players.
+ Fixed a crash related to unlocking salvage projects.
+ Fixed a pirate combat crash.

Other Fixes:
+ Stimulus sliders now default to zero when starting a new game.
+ Ships can no longer be dragged in and out of defense fleets in the
repair widget.
+ Fixed an issue where too many battle riders were being added to
defense platforms.

Product Update - Valve
r19983b
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed crashes from indy demands when they do not have a value to select.
+ Fixed a possible crash with pirate-related combat.
+ Fixed a Hiver pathing crash related to retreating.
+ Fixed a plague-related crash.
+ Fixed an emitter-related crash in combat.
+ Fixed all strategic turn-related multiplayer sync issues.

Other Fixes:
+ Fixed Scansats and Dronesats not appearing in defense manager widget.
+ Added Battlerider Sats to defense manager.
+ Fixed biome colonizers from hurting biosphere when terraforming.
+ Fixed independents with "RandomOrbital" as their homeworld names.
+ Indy factions now only get one faction type per star system per game.
+ Zuul are no longer able to initiate trade treaties with other factions.
+ Fixed a miscalculation with the tax rate slider.
+ Enabled Diplomacy Interactions on Independent Races you have
completed a study on.
+ Made Survey Button in Independent Study Complete Dialog more clear.
+ Tribute stations now unlock the trade view for Zuul.
+ Star systems now show an effect where recent combats have occurred.
+ Building a science station at an independent world now unlocks a
special research project.
+ Players may no longer repair using enemy systems.
+ Fixed an edge case for when stimulus rolls tried to use data about a
player's homeworld that did not exist.
+ Alien habitation modules now increase RDP.
+ Indy players who lose their colonies are now eliminated from the game.
+ Studied asteroid monitors are now moved into the defense fleet of
the star system/player and will properly function in combat.
+ Modules now yield repair point bonuses.
+ Fixed some defence platforms not being recognized or added to the
defense widget.
+ Fixed known combat zone reassignment issues.
+ Addressed fleet reassignment and naval support capacity issues.
+ Fixed localization names for interceptor missiles.
+ Fixed some overlap/string cutoff issues in UI.
+ Fixed various UI issues in the diplomacy screen.
+ Splinter factions now display the correct avatars.
+ Fixed an issue where splinter factions and easter eggs could show up
as diplomatic entities.
+ Fixed an issue preventing engagement of Hiver gates.
+ Players are now awarded bounties for destroying pirate ships.
+ Neutral indy factions no longer prevent colonization.
+ Friendly Asteroid Monitors now appear in the defense manager.
+ Fixed an issues where the news events were not displaying correctly
for the current turn.
+ Fixed the Line Abreast formation in the fleet manager.
+ Fixed some known turret arc issues.
+ Fixed known issue where heavy turrets on Zuul Armada section not
tracking or firing.

Known Issues:
- A network sync error may occur with combat rounds involving 3 or more players.

Product Update - Valve
r19908b
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed indy colonies from trying to add an already existing civilian
faction to a newly created colony through stimulus. (Caused a crash
during end turn)
+ Fixed a crash with declaring war on an independent
+ Fixed a crash when trying to add battleriders to platforms
+ Fixed a crash when simulating 2 AI vs AI combats involving battleriders
+ Fixed dronesats from crashing the game when trying to place them in
the defence widget
+ Fixed an SQL crash caused by improperly removing systems from a game
(when they are destroyed)
+ Fixed a crash when placing defence platforms
+ Fixed a hang when more then 1 combat took place
+ Fixed a crash when entering multiplayer games
+ Fixed a crash related to slaver encounters
+ Fixed the station sync crash in the fleet widget

Other Fixes:
+ Added AI cost assessment and picking for technologies
+ Added ability for AI to resume abandoned research projects
+ Enhanced AI research algorithms
+ Enabled UI for Special Research Projects
+ Hooked up Asteroid Monitor Special ProjectID
+ Hooked up Investigate independent Special project
+ Removed the poker chip system that combined 5 like items into 1.
+ Added additional trade from megafreighters, and an icon to represent
them in the trade view
+ Balanced freighter speeds
+ Increased visual ranges
+ Made target dish on the command monitor easier to see and hit
+ Added Pirates to randomized encounters
+ Added AI tech research strategies
+ Added the missing icon for building a mining station in the station
placement screen
+ Balanced Civilian and Naval Stations
+ Added Interceptor missiles
+ Removed waypoint arrows when specific stances are active
+ Added Indy races and Splinter factions
+ Rebalanced number of empty star systems
+ Improved zuul trade range
+ Build screen stats have been fixed and report correctly
+ Added mission times for boarding pods
+ Adjusted the number of slots available around planets for stations
+ Fixed modules not having a proper collision shape
+ Added the Comet randoms
+ Added a load screen after combat
+ Fixed a bug in the last capital standing end game rule that caused
players to be prematurely removed from the game
+ Added the ability to assimilate indy players by creating an alliance with them
+ Added an Indy button and diplomacy screen for managing diplomacy
between indy players
+ Fixed the Asteroid encounters to have the proper player avatar
+ Fixed some text width issues in the build screen related to cost
+ Dragging a ship into a fleet now selects the fleet after it has been moved
+ Tuned module deaths when they are blown off a ship
+ Added critical hits to space beasts
+ Added the combat manager button to the precombat popup
+ Tuned drone sats
+ Added a confirmation to the exit to main menu button
+ Ships destroyed by a boarding pod are now properly removed from their fleet.
+ Added death of crew if a ship breaks it's crews constraints
+ Fixed fleets not refreshing when being added in the fleet manager
+ Corrected the fleet times for missions
+ Fixed an issue where you could spam the ok button on the naming
dialog for an invoice and it would add extra empty invoices
+ Fixed feasibility studies to show 100% for techs you can definitely research
+ Tuned repair points for ships
+ Fixed an incorrect turn event for players that were being betrayed
(They were being labelled as the betrayer)
+ Fixed music from not changing if another cue was already playing
+ Fixed gms to only spawn for the number of gms picked in the game setup
+ Fixed the kill count for ships in the post combat screen
+ Fixed the human construction ships slowing down node travel significantly
+ Added Suicide Drones
+ Added Drain Drones
+ Added EW Drones
+ Clicking on news events now focus' on relevant system/colony
+ Rebellions now form splinter colonies if the rebellion is successful
+ Fixed infrastructure display value
+ Fixed the tech tree only displaying the cheapest path
+ Increased max length for fleet names
+ Changed colony stimulus to drop friendly indy colonies on
inhabitable planets - They are only negotiable when they have become
fully developed
+ Fixed an issue that caused encounters to become unhooked when naming
your player name the same as an encounter
+ Fixed indy colonies to simulate without starvation and support
(since they cannot have support)
+ Fixed the primary weapons being saved on your designs
+ Added turns remaining to build orders on the build button
+ Increased starmap label view range 20%
+ Fixed ships with structural fields not being able to be fully repaired
+ Fixed ships with structural fields not having full health when they
are created
+ Changed the slaves label to Deaths to represent the change in slaves
better on the colony summary
+ Added a mouseover to defence widget items
+ Fixed the AI from creating fleets that exceeded command point limits
+ Fixed a bug related to updating ships in the fleet manager
+ Fixed an issue with command points being calculated when moving
command ships (leviathan and cruiser commands)
+ Added color indication to defence items that require more cp then available
+ Added police cutters to defence manager
+ Added new art for defence platforms
+ Added new art for minefields
+ Police cutters are automatically added to defense fleets when they are built
+ Fixed the Vector3 Parse crash (a knock on from removing systems)
+ Fixed encounters from being properly removed when the system killer
destroys their homeworld.
+ Fixed repair points from not being rejuvinated each turn
+ Fixed invalid slot placements in the battle manager
+ Fixed morrigi sdbs not coming with drones
+ fixed jammers not working
+ Wraith abductors will now properly attack planets
+ Adjusted weapons for slaver ships
+ Fixed a typo in the encyclopedia
+ True grit is now a positive trait
+ Construction mission estimates are now correct for time and cost
+ Meteors now end combat early if they cannot hit a planet
+ Added splash screens for indy races
+ Fixed defence fleet from not showing up in the repair dialog and rider manager
+ Fixed weapon riders from showing up in the repair dialog

Known Issues:
- When loading an old saved game, the fleet mission times will display
incorrect number of turns until they start a new mission.
- Unable to target polygons on Morrigi monitors.

Product Update - Valve
r19683b
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed plague-related crash.
+ Fixed a crash with the asteroid encounter.
+ Fixed a rare crash bug with interdict missions.
+ Fixed a crash related to building stations that could be caused by
loading older save games.

Other Fixes:
+ Fixed graphical bug where SDB's would not sit in correct slot.
+ Added missing cancel button to treaty request dialog.
+ Fixed an issue where armor display would not update correctly when
switching designs in the design screen.
+ Fixed a couple of lingering missing localized text.
+ Fixed Hiver and Liir Deep Scan bonuses not being applied.
+ Fixed planet scale in the battle manager.
+ Having a population hovering at 50% no longer saps resources from planets.
+ Fixed an issue with slavers no removing their fleets in some cases.
+ Naval stations now include Command Modules in CP calculation.
+ Players may no longer request gates of non-Hiver players.
+ Fleet positions set in the battle manager no longer carry over to
other star systems.
+ Fixed a potential issue where the AI could go bankrupt early in the game.

Other Changes:
+ Stations are now labelled in the battle manager.
+ Added confirmation for leaving build screen without committing a
pending order.
+ Abandoned colonies no longer remove science and naval stations.
+ Hooked up sounds to cancel mission events.
+ Added Pathfinder and Livingstone admiral traits.

Known Issues:
- Deep Scan designs from older saves may not work correctly when loaded into newer versions of the game.
- Drone variants have been added, but thier behaviour has not.

Product Update - Valve
r19631b
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed crash on startup for Russian players.
+ Fixed crash that could occur when attempting to scrap stations.
+ Fixed crash that could occur when exiting the Battle Manager after
placing fleets.

Other Fixes:
+ Stations will no longer show up alongside fleets in transit.
+ Battle Manager fleet positions are now obeyed.

Other Changes:
+ Added Slaver encounter.

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