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Re: Oolite (Not the egg stone variety)

#24
For any Oolite players who use Firefox, there's a browser skin here. I mention it mainly to demonstrate how easy it is to create your own custom Firefox skin - 'cos when it comes to graphics skills, I was stood at the back when they were handed out.
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Re: Oolite (Not the egg stone variety)

#27
Last I tried Oolite I was totally turned off by it.
Horrible graphics. Even worse sound & music.

It was so blatantly bare bones that I suspected immediately that it was meant to be played with mods.
In fact I searched for mods and found a scary long list of them. So long that again I was turned off... because I wanted to try something new (I never played Elite, if you wonder), instead I was in for a boring session of "decide which mods" before I could even begin to sink my teeth into the game.

Of course I uninstalled. This was months ago.


Now...
Since you have brought the game to my attention, and since you appear to know Oolite so well, would you feel to suggest me a good list of mods to try?
I know, mods are down to personal preferences. Point is, I do not have personal preferences because I have not even tried the game. Pretend that Oolite is an AAA title set in stone and with no modding support. I buy the game, I install it, and the mods you suggest me make the game's OOBE for me.
I want the game to be more appetizing, just so I can estabilish a feeling and play with it.

Can you help?
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Re: Oolite (Not the egg stone variety)

#28
If, only months ago, you found the graphics etc horrible, no amount of mods are going to change that. Oolite is what it is, a retro-game (kinda) which scratches an itch for a certain type of space game player (usually those who were playing space games back in the '80s, but not exclusively). Out-of-the-box, Oolite is a complete game, but it was designed right from the start to be modded extensively. Of course, all mods are limited by what the core game can do/allow. Mind you, there are players who use few if any mods - that's a serious itch. Myself, I sail close to the core's wind, and the mods I use are almost all eye-candy.

Many have been the discussions, some heated, over what constitutes a suitable mod pack for beginners, and opinions vary wildly. Yes, I could recommend a few mods that I personally consider suitable, but I fear it'd be futile. Perhaps I'll put together a list, but that'll have to be later as it requires some thought, and I'm busy at the moment. In the meantime, from the game's start page select Manage Expansion Packs/Update expansions list/Install expansion pack. The first one on the list is Addons for Beginners, which will install a bunch of mods deemed by its creator to be suitable - try that for starters, see if it looks/plays any better.

Whatever you do, it'll be tough at the start.
Most games have some sort of paddling-pool-and-water-wings beginning to ease you in: Oolite takes the rather more Darwinian approach of heaving you straight into the ocean, often with a brick or two in your pockets for luck.
We pray for one last landing
On the globe that gave us birth
Let us rest our eyes on the fleecy skies
And the cool, green hills of Earth
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Re: Oolite

#30
If something like an Explorers mod had been around when I first started playing Oolite, Commander Cody would probably have the full set by now - all 2048 systems visited (including all the unreachables).
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