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This is a known issue right now, that was caused by the update to v1.92 for Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion.
We'll be making an update to resolve the problem shortly, but for now you can roll back your Sins to v1.91 by following these instructions:
1.) On Steam go to your games library, and locate Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion.
2.) Right click SoaSE:R, and select properties. This will open up a properties/settings menu for the game.
3.) Select the Betas tab from the properties menu.
4.) Select the beta release for "v191mods - v1.91 for Mod Use Only" in the drop down menu.
5.) Close the properties menu, and launch Sins as usual. The mod should now work as normal, and menus will have been fixed.
We will be providing a v1.92 compatibility patch in the near future, with some additional changes to the build regarding balance - so be sure to grab that on ModDB when we release it! Just be sure to follow these steps listed above again and opt back into v1.92 again so that you can play our next patch without issue.
@chase314 Hey Chase,
Glad to hear that you're enjoying the mod, and we hope that you haven't had any issues with Darkspacing that some of the other people in this thread, and elsewhere, have had.
Hopefully you don't mind, just going to quickly address that for others: Our latest release was a hotfix that should have resolved any major issues with the release back in September - if you're someone else lurking in this thread seeing ships flying off into the void, I highly recommend making sure to download the latest release of Alpha v0.88.
Anyway, getting back to your post Chase: As you said, we really don't have much control over the AI, so there's not a ton we can do. We can really only nudge the AI to do things we want it to do, and it's all through indirect actions like AI specific research, that players are unable to reach, or changing ship role types. Otherwise, we don't have much influence over what they're doing. Basically, we have two primary options in the way we can potentially manipulate the AI to resolve their difficulty problems, those being:
1.) We can nerf them through removing the AI specific buffs that we've given them, through the research tree. This would have the negative impact of incredibly incompetent AI. We've attempted this in the past, and unfortunately the AI becomes so terrible, so immensely brain dead, that at times it will completely stop building fleets, researching, and upgrading planets. This is not optimal, because we want there to be a challenge for players, and the AI being unresponsive at all difficulty settings isn't quite acceptable for that goal.
2.) We can let them continue to cheat; while this may sound as though it's a bad idea, letting the AI cheat, the alternative is shampoo drinkingly idiotic skill level emanating from AI opponents. Lobotomized enemies are just not fun to play, and unfortunately the only way to avoid that issue is through a continual buff to economy output granted through unreachable research tree items only available to AI players. This has the side effect of letting the AI build massive fleets at considerably lower costs than human players, and allows them to expand and entrench aggressively. This typically explains the overwhelmingly powerful AI you've been encountering.
So, you can either face ridiculously easy AI, or relatively difficult AI. We've obviously chosen difficult, which at times may be a bit of an understatement. I dare you to beat a Reclaimer...
While it's not all peachy facing them, they're not insurmountable, and can be defeated even beyond their veil of cheating level buffs. Some different strategies need to be utilized, and it sounds like you're still in the learning phase for SotP, so I'd suggest hoping into our Discord to learn some new skillz:
Hop in, and play some games with the community. We host community game nights every Friday and Sunday, with loads of spontaneous matches throughout the week.
See you there!
This is an issue with base Sins, though we have been attempting to resolve the issue through some internal changes. We know about the issue, though as it stands there's not much we can do about it. It just happens sometimes.
Unfortunately we cannot dictate what the AI does, as it's all hard-coded into the game, and we can't touch it. We can influence them by changing prices on ships and structures, changing ship class roles, and putting research into the tech tree that players cannot get, but otherwise we're unable to do anything that would tell the AI "Hey, do something instead of sit around all match!"
Some of the issue comes with the way Titans work, some of it comes from buff changes that we have made - the issue may be partially resolved in the next release, though it is ongoing development trying to figure out a 100% solution eventually.
If you could possibly provide a screenshot, that would help.
What is your screen resolution, and what resolution do you have the game running at? This doesn't sound like a SotP related issue, though I'll be happy to help as much as I can. We haven't had any bugs like this reported internally.
It wouldn't really be worth it, because as I said, when the MAC is put onto a ability there's a lot of issues with the way the ability fires, and it's not really worth it. Plus, lower skilled players would have issues micromanaging fleets of hundreds of ships, manually dictating which ships should be firing, when the system in place is less micro, and more meta style fighting.
I'm heavy into economy throughout any given match, and having a strong economy in Sins also means you typically can have a pretty powerful military in the mid-late game, but you're weak for rushes early-mid match, so you've got a bad Achilles Heel when that's your focus.
It works for me though, because if you're smart about it you can turtle for a while, while your economy bubble builds up.
The way to do it is to have a very small initial fleet that is all about fast and efficient expansion, that can take early game unoccupied worlds very quickly, that you can then bolster with upgrades that will boost your economy, like better population centers. This small fleet means you're not really going to be able to defend yourself outside of tactical structures like MAC/Hangers/Patrol Stations, and so when you're on the defense (which you will be) you need to be focusing partially on turtle-ling either some of your inner colonies so you don't get completely swept over, or building a good external defense line on some of your key boarder worlds where you can push an enemy to attack you at.
Basically, don't get any fleet upgrade until you hit the point where you absolutely need a fleet, because fleet supply upgrades (not capital ship slots, but fleet supply specifically) eat away at your economy, as there's a meta surrounding it where you now have to actually monetarily and resource-wise supply your fleet. At later upgrades you might be eating away 50 - 70% of your potential economy just to have a larger fleet, and you might not actually need that larger fleet because you're just focusing on tech early game, unless you're being rushed.
Pushing the civilian tech tree forward, building trade stations, resource extractors, upgrading your planet population upgrades, and making sure every planet has a resource boost structure like a Springhill helps massively push your economy upwards. By the time you're entering the end game your enemies may be spending everything they have to fight you, while you have strong defenses that they can't push through, and you can pump ships out that are fully upgraded because you've had the resources to upgrade a build ships the whole match.
This strategy works for me pretty well, but as I said before, it leaves you weak early - mid match, and you can definitely get trashed by even moderately sized fleets if you're not ready, because you really don't have a major force to defend yourself until late game.
MACs already have a cooldown - there's generally a 60 second wait between volleys, depending on the ship. You'll notice this in large engagements, as there's waves of MAC rounds fired every so often opening up a new attack of Alpha Damage, which is what the UNSC is balanced around.
If we moved the MAC to an ability slot we would have a lot of issues, as we have done so in the past internally, some time ago, and there was a lot of problems with the way the ability fired off; not to mention we lose a potential unique ability in the process, for a lot of ships that could be cooler with something else as an ability.
The issue is related to the recent base Sins update; it changed the way the rendering engine works, and added a lot of functionality related to loading mesh normals with higher resolution details, etc.
Unfortunately a few of the ships look less than stellar now, and are going to eventually need to be redone - which I must note, is being done currently. I'm not sure what the plan for the Sahara is, but it's likely to get a facelift in the future, that will clear up the issue in the recent releases.