Jump to content


Speeder

Member Since 04 Jul 2004
Offline Last Active Feb 25 2017 11:42 AM

#1051635 Campaign missions.

Posted by Speeder on 21 February 2017 - 01:05 PM

Surely Allies are enthusiastic to see Soviets back again at Chicago that was nuked by them.

 

I like this explanation.




#1050392 When is the staff updating the Faction Information sections?

Posted by Speeder on 11 February 2017 - 03:25 AM

Oh yeah, I guess I should update those pages.

 

The Foehn Info page will only be updated when the story reaches their introduction point though.




#1049709 MO 3.3 // Proposed Changelog for 3.3.1 Update

Posted by Speeder on 04 February 2017 - 08:00 PM

Proposed 3.3.1 Changelog




#1049703 Mental Omega News Bulletin #27 (4/02/2017)

Posted by Speeder on 04 February 2017 - 07:02 PM

So, in case you missed the big news, Mental Omega 3.3 has been released over a month ago.
 
First of all, I'd like to express my sincere thanks to everyone involved in the development of this new version, most notably: AlexB, the current developer of Ares DLL, Nooze, the designer of majority of the new side's visuals, World Beyond, the artist behind new side's soundtrack, Rampastring, the developer of the new client, Mevitar, ONEX, Azri_Apoc, the designers of majority of new mechanical units, Seoras, De'Lante, for voicing so many units added after 3.0 and also Toveena, Alstar, Lovalmidas,  Cesare, Sandman, Esther, iForce, Martinoz, Ollerus, Nolt for designing maps, missions, various story and gameplay elements and of course lots and lots of testing. For the full list of credits please visit this section of our website. Thank you, you made it possible to take this project this far!
 
The new release adds an entirely new faction - the Foehn Revolt - to the previously heavily modified vanilla sides from Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 Yuri's Revenge, which were already divided into 3 subfactions each, the new one being no exception. Haihead, Wings of Coronia and the Last Bastion are the subfactions of Foehn and each comes with its unique units, buildings, support powers and heroes. There are also new additions for the Allies, the Soviets and Yuri's Epsilon, as well as new missions, skirmish maps and game modes.

 

foehn_tech_tree_promo.png

What's also important is that the new release makes use of Rampastring's client, originally created for Dawn of the Tiberium Age mod, which allows us to do some interesting things. The most important thing this client has given to Mental Omega, is the possibility to use version 5 of CnCNet for multiplayer services. Since the release, there've been many players on our server with the amount of players peaking at around 150 at times. According to Rampastring, there've been 44 000 unique users of the client in a month since the release, which I think is nice for a mod.
 

The new Mental Omega version arrived with an updated soundtrack, to keep the tradition of giving each of the factions a unique one. The soundtrack for the Foehn Revolt is an album called "Mindshell" created by World Beyond, which is available for download on his Bandcamp page in best quality. You can also listen to it on his YouTube channel.

mindshell_facebook.png

Now would be a good time to discuss what's ahead.

We are aware there is a group of players who can't start missions at all, this is one of the fixes that will be included in 3.3.1 in a form of an Ares DLL update. Initial 3.3 release did not contain all of Act Two missions, so there's more of those to come for sure. We have several missions more already finished, but they require additional polish and internal tests before they are included in one of the Mental Omega updates. Speaking of those, we've been following your feedback and comments in all places possible and so here's a proposed changelog for the first mod update, for which there is no date just yet. Keep in mind this is not final, discuss it here.

 

Proposed 3.3.1 Changelog

 
One thing we want to expand for sure and already in patch 3.3.1 is the Challenges mode. These are quite fast and fun to make and it seems like many people are trying their best not to lose those battles. These challenge maps are made with an uncontrolled difficulty mindset, meaning that don't expect a balanced fight getting into those. Remember that you can adjust the difficulty and handicap of challenge maps using standard skirmish settings, and like with everything else, there's three difficulty options and the additional Mental AI toggle, which replaced the Meteor Shower mode in 3.3.
  

plasmchal.png

 
New additions to the arsenals of Mental Omega factions are a possibility but not a priority right now, but if you have suggestions in regards to what you'd like to see next in the mod, let us know.
 
That's all for now, stay tuned for more announcements! 

 

news_contribute.png

 
If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to mental.omega.apyr@gmail.com
We always welcome additional Voxel Artists, 3D & SHP Artists, Mission Scripters and Voice Actors.
Single contributions are also welcome and will speed up the development of the mod.
 

news_follow.png
bt_left.pngbt_fb.pngbt_yt.pngbt_tw.pngbt_md.pngbt_ds.pngbt_tch.pngbt_right.png
controlmore.png




#1049579 Allied Air Force Command Headquarter in Mental Omega 3.3?

Posted by Speeder on 03 February 2017 - 06:28 PM

ONE MENTAL HOSPITAL 3.3.1 COMING UP




#1048168 Old Pro C&C Player Plays: Mental allied campaign mission 7 (NEW vid 2/17/17)

Posted by Speeder on 23 January 2017 - 08:50 AM

Tis okay, these videos are fun, even when they're about the inferior vanilla Red Alert 2. :shiftee:


#1046969 Poll: Favorite New Stolen Tech Unit?

Posted by Speeder on 14 January 2017 - 01:25 PM

I've added a multiple-choice poll to this thread, because why not.




#1043701 MO 3.3 // Feedback & Suggestions (Balance, New Features, Modifications etc.)

Posted by Speeder on 19 December 2016 - 09:03 PM

The best solution to the Gehenna problem and problem with many anti-air units would be a hack that's already been done in TS that stops those units from chasing aircraft all over the map.

 

The problem is not unique to Gehenna.




#1043630 Where to place custom maps made with FinalAlert2?

Posted by Speeder on 19 December 2016 - 12:03 PM

Your map file would need to have something like this under [Basic] section (open in a word editor).

 

GameMode=Unholy Alliance

 

If you'd like to keep it for Standard too then it would be:

 

GameMode=Standard,Unholy Alliance

 

Etc.




#1042982 MO 3.3 // An explanation to why there is no Save/Load function in Mental Omeg...

Posted by Speeder on 14 December 2016 - 09:40 AM

I've split and pinned this for others to read.




#1040653 MO3.3 // Side 4 "The Foehn Revolt" - General Discussion

Posted by Speeder on 03 November 2016 - 03:07 PM

Also, the Shadray looks like a reference to ROTR ECA Wotan Array :D


Shadray is based on the End of Nation's Sonic Tank concept combined with the Disruptor.


#1039725 Wanna hear a joke? (THE SEQUEL)

Posted by Speeder on 12 October 2016 - 11:55 PM




#1039104 MO3.0 Feedback // SUGGESTIONS

Posted by Speeder on 29 September 2016 - 07:46 AM

Not only it gets more firepower but it can also act as a more reliable and resistant transport compared to standard T1 transports like Stinger or Halftrack. Have you tried doing an Engineer rush using three Opus Tanks? Even if one dies you can deal enough damage with the tanks to make a capture through two or one Engineers safely.

 

Opus' quirk won't be modified, the only thing that might change is the firepower of the main and buffed weapon.




#1037312 Mental Omega News Bulletin #26 (27/08/2016)

Posted by Speeder on 27 August 2016 - 12:42 PM

So what are we doing these days? We are mostly testing. I know this is taking time but there's only a few of us and we're making the mod in our free time. If we were Westwood in their prime, we'd do this all in half a year probably but we're not. We're just modders.
 
We're testing the client created by Rampastring of the Dawn of the Tiberium Age fame who's been so kind as to help us get the next version of Mental Omega, which has now been labeled 3.3, to work with CnCNet5 and make use of other various advantages that this client provides. If you're not familiar with DTA, you should check this video to see what it's all about. We're also testing new and old missions, skirmish for bugs and crashes and of course doing some balancing since an entirely new side is now involved.
 
Speaking of the 4th side, the Foehn Revolt, I've prepared this short video which reveals the recent additions to the unit roster of Mental Omega in more detail. 
 


Mental Omega 3.3 - New Units Showcase #1


The music for this preview has kindly been provided to us by World Beyond whose music will comprise the soundtrack of the Foehn Revolt. Go and check his entire catalogue, it's great.
 

news_arsenal.png


As I have tweeted quite recently, we've finished creating and voicing the units for the Foehn Revolt and there will be about 50 of them in its first release. After that, if we get some good ideas for new ones we will expand their tech tree accordingly. The only thing that will not expand is the stolen tech roster once it hits 16 units. And speaking of stolen tech..

 

stolentech_roster.jpg
The new stolen technology roster: 8 units to go.

 
Two additional stolen tech units have been revealed: the Allied Quickshifter and the Epsilon Salamander. The Quickshifter becomes available after the Allies have constructed their War Factory, their technology buildings and also infiltrated an enemy Allied Tech Center. There are traitors on the battlefield after all, right? People have been asking 'how do the Allies get more tech from the Allies', I wouldn't know, but hey, we all know how stolen tech works in this game. It's always a fun way to acquire some special units during a skirmish.
 

allquick.png
Allied Quickshifter by ONE X


The Quickshifter is the new chronoshifting tank which uses a missile barrage similar to that of the Aegis Cruiser. Compared to the Chrono Legio nnaire, Quickshifter deals standard damage which is something that might make it even more dangerous than the trooper. Additionally, it can target aircraft and transport a single passenger, effectively making it a chrono transport.
 
Thanks to Ares DLL though, this passenger is unable to leave as long as the Quickshifter is still warping in. The ridiculous oversight of chrono transports in mods that didn't rely on Ares was that a passenger could leave the chrono transport as soon as it appeared on the target cell, so imagine what was happening when that was combined with a Navy SEAL and his C4. The Quickshifter does not have this issue.
 

epssala.png
Epsilon Salamander by Azri_Apoc


The Salamander is essentially the next generation Basilisk which was possible to be built thanks to some of Foehn's advanced technology. When an Epsilon Proselyte manages to infiltrate a Foehn Cloud Piercer with the use of his Infiltrators, he receives access to their confusion ray technology, which Epsilon technicians combine with many, many A.R.O. launchers. This forms an aircraft with incredible firepower and a way to prevent enemy forces from even firing back.
 
The Salamander can target both ground and air units alike and has two types of confusion rays. The first one will be fired at range, with reach similar to its A.R.O. launchers. The second one will be activated below the aircraft, making all enemy units in an area below target each other instead of the Salamander or any other unit that belongs to you. Salamander is slow and its armor is not that great, however it'll be quite tricky to even damage this unit considering its eclectic weapon combination and quite a large range.
 
But enough about the stolen tech units, let's take a closer look at the new units of the Foehn Revolt.
 

foedraco.png
Coronian Draco Tank by ONE X


The Draco is a very unique tank which acts as a basic combat vehicle for the Wings of Coronia subfaction of Foehn. While its basic speed and durability are nothing spectacular, Draco Tank has two special characteristics that make it very effective in battle. First of all, it is equipped with devices similar to those of a Jackal Racer or Sweeper which make it receive high speed boosts whenever they are nearby a Spinblade. Once a Draco has been boosted, it can outrun even the Mantis Tank of the Scorpion Cell, which is said to be one of the fastest main battle tanks in the world.
 
The other special feature of the Draco is the ability to detach its turret upon destruction and allow it to act as an autonomous aircraft unit. The turret is in fact a small drone which, while it won't be able to withstand too much anti-aircraft fire, might still give the Foehn Commanders the necessary edge to win an armored battle with the enemy tanks. The presence of Draco on the battlefield alone forces the enemies of the Wings of Coronia to not only rely on their tanks but anti-aircraft vehicles as well.
 

foediver.png
Haihead Diverbee by ONE X


Do not underestimate this little aircraft judging it by its size - Haihead's Diverbee is an extremely dangerous thing to see on the battlefield on the enemy side. Just like all the other aircraft of Foehn, the Diverbee makes the best of their wind control technology and never has to land on an airstrip. Once it catches on with your ground units, it will launch itself at them from a short distance and violently explode causing lots of damage to all types of armor and infantry as well.
 
Since Haihead focuses on dealing as much damage to the enemy forces as possible, the Diverbee is no exception. It is a flying bomb capable of destroying the lighter of tanks in just a hit and taking down the heavier ones in a combination of three or four. It is however an expensive unit which requires full technology access on the Haihead's side and can still be shot down with a relatively small amount of anti-aircraft fire.
 

foenmin.png
Foehn Minermite by Mevitar


Last but not least today comes the Minermite which is Foehn's harvester of choice. Tiny, is the word that describers this miner best: it's small, it's cheap, as it costs only $700 and makes the price of the Foehn Ore Refinery go down to $1300, and as expected, it has small storage for the harvested ore, half of what the Allied Chrono Miner has. However, it is able to achieve high speeds and get additional speed boosts with the use of Spinblade, in a similar fashion the Draco Tank does.
 
Minermite is also capable of repairing nearby mechanical units just like the Soviet Repair Drone or an IFV/AMC/Tsurugi or Stinger with an Engineer inside. This means that if many Minermites are working in a group, they'll be quick to repair each other if the enemy is trying to destroy these little harvesters. Don't be surprised when it turns out that you'll need to include more units in your early rushes than you expected to take down at least one in a small group of Minermites with.
 
After updating the Factions info pages for the original sides, I've decided to update the Neutral Structures page wth new additions by Nooze as well. These are the following:
 

technplant.png
Tech Nuclear Plant by Nooze


It's a capturable nuclear power plant! What else is there to say? It provides less power than the Soviet Nuclear Reactor, as it's only 1000 units but it also explodes less violently. Considering that being on full power is even more important in the next version, capturing one of these early game might help you perform a quick tech rush. Remember that if you are on low power in the next version, your production speed will fall by 50%.
 

techmissile.png
Tech Missile Silo by Nooze


This is the updated Tech Missile Silo that grants you access to a powerful Missile Strike.
 

techacad.png
Tech Academy by Nooze


This is the first in a series of tech buildings which provide the units or defenses you build with initial veterancy thanks to Ares DLL academy logic. Tech Academy gives initial veterancy to your infantry.
 

techmachr.png
Tech Heavy Machinery by Nooze


Tech Heavy Machinery gives initial veterancy to your ground vehicles.
 

techaero.png
Tech Aeronautics by Nooze


Tech Aeronautics gives initial veterancy to all of your aircraft, this includes jets, helicopters, blimps, flying saucers, Rocketeers, Hornets on Aircraft Carriers, all of those things.
 

techdefb.png
Tech Defense Bureau by Nooze


In Mental Omega defensive structures will also become stronger as they kill more units. We don't refer to this as 'veterancy' but simply 'upgrades' instead. With a captured Tech Defense Bureau all the defenses you build will appear with an initial upgrade.
 

techmdock.png
Tech Military Docks by Nooze


Heavy Machinery doesn't give you veteran ships and neither does infiltration of an enemy factory with a spy. Capturing the Tech Military Docks however do. Note that this building is not placed on water, it is placed very close to it and that's what I recommend for mappers to do in the future.
After all, Engineers cannot swim in Mental Omega.

And that's it for today. Stay tuned for more updates and subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified about new Unit Showcase videos.
 

news_contribute.png


If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to mental.omega.apyr@gmail.com
We always welcome additional Voxel Artists, 3D & SHP Artists, Mission Scripters and Voice Actors.
Single contributions are also welcome and will speed up the development of the mod.
 
 

news_follow.png
bt_left.pngbt_md.pngbt_fb.pngbt_yt.pngbt_tw.pngbt_tch.pngbt_right.png
controlmore.png




#1035944 MO3.0 Feedback // SUGGESTIONS

Posted by Speeder on 07 August 2016 - 09:54 PM

Hunter-Seeker's label says (Max: 5) in the game.