Sanity - A Full Conversion Mod
Update 12-19--- Scavenge win implemented.
There seems to be some overlap going on in the modding forums so I added a section describing the game modes we have planned.
Sanity: A full conversion mod for Natural Selection 2 using some of the best parts of the engine to create a horror focused, heart pounding experience.
Build State - 12-19-12
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- Tweak sanity_coeus map.
- Various Features and mechanics.
- Add music and effects to increase horror atmosphere.
Who we need, and why.
- Mapper - We have a mapper now, always looking for more help in that deparment. The greatest difference in our maps will be that they take place on Earth, several decades from now. Think a more modernized Bladerunner. There will be very few places on the map with a high clearance, our maps are meant to feel as claustrophobic as possible without being too tight to find places to hide.
- Modeler - If you know Maya, or 3DS Max, or really any modeling program, we need you. We need textures, units, and backgrounds specfic to our mod. This is especially important for our units, but we also have to use textures you just don't find in NS2 like roads, wood, concrete, etc.
- Anyone else is welcome to join us, programming help would speed up the arduous process Double Hex is handling on his own right now.
- I want to thank everyone who has supported us with words of encouragement so far, and all the people who have expressed their willingness to help us test once we have an Alpha together. I can only beg so much, the fact is that we can't do all the work, so please, if you know anyone who can map/model contact me.
There are two sides upon joining a game.
Humans start in an always designated location with one high intensity, highly defensible light source that they spawn below.
The human side battles the Darkness with guns and light, this includes projectile weaponry, flashlights, flashbangs, area lighting, and some advanced weaponry like high beam lasers. They have an Infestation tracker starting at 10 when they spawn, their Infestation decreases as they power up generators, and kill the enemy. If they remain in base they can achieve a set minimum to their Infestation, but the base light source will not decrease their Infestation beyond that, and all other light sources decrease it at a much slower rate to prevent turtling. Your Infestation level can be forceably increased by pressing/holding F to create an AOE that damages desecrated ground, enemies, and the Darkness spawn point. If a human reaches Infested status they enter an insane state wherein they can be converted if another Human is unable to purge them before they turn, an enemy must initiate the final turn otherwise the Human is debuffed until they enter a light source or are purged by a teammate. A purged unit receives Infestation at an increased rate and will die instantly upon re-entering Infested status, this is meant to discourage a team rushing the Darkness spawn being turned as they purge themselves into Infested status.
- Blueprints are researched at mapper placed buy stations, the weapon is permanently unlocked for that player for the rest of the round.
- Only one primary and one secondary weapon may be held, except for the Solid-state plasma rifle which occupies both slots.
- Both the flashlight and the pistol can be swapped.
- Your Infestation can be altered via artifacts, and these upgrades persist through death. Weapons do not persist.
- Infestation upgrades include: Dmg/range/recharge of Purge, faster Infestation decrease in light.
The Darkness spawn is created at a random location and their side is limited to 5 players vs 10-13, not including any turned humans. Human stacking is prohibited server side. The Darkness spawn has an intensified Desecrated Ground that causes health drain to humans.
The Darkness fights Humanity by expanding their zone of control, Desecrated Ground, and by transforming the humans. The Darkness have no resource bar, only an energy bar that handles their abilities. Darkness units take damage while in the light, the damage varies by source, with human spawn providing the most damage. Desecration automatically produces health regen for The Darkness no matter where they are on the map, the more desecration the faster the regen. While on desecrated ground the Darkness regens at a highly increased rate, this rate is no different in their spawn.
All darkness start as a basic Void unit, a humanoid with melee range claw-like protrusions(all units primary attacks have a very slow secondary fire that turns insane humans) and the ability to teleport between desecrated ground that is not under attack, this ability has an extensive cool-down.
- 1 Artifact - You may transform into an Architech. These are half the height of Void units. Their primary fire is an AOE field that they eminate around them. This field drops the sanity within the field. Architechs secondary fire creates nodes to speed up Desecration in unlit and unclaimed areas. Further artifacts grant other abilities.
- 2 Artifacts - You may transform into a Horror, or spend 1 if you are already an Architech. The Horror is a slender husk, repurposed to fire at range. Their primary fire does dmg on contact. These units are the fastest of all Darkness, and also, the weakest. They can upgrade through another Artifact to receive a shot that launches a Desecrated projectile that explodes in an AOE, causing all humans hit to appear Insane to their team mates, they do receive slowed movement and are unable to fire briefly. Purging does not clear this state, but their team will be encouraged to Purge unless they are completely sure they are not Insane, to prevent conversion.
- 3 Artifacts - You may transform into the Antiquus, if you have already spent Artifacts towards either of the other units this cost is lowered. The Antiquus is a hideous mass of muscle and bone, taller and wider than the Void. Primary attack is a cleaving swing of both of it's axe-like arms that creates a cone of dmg that shrinks at distance. His conversion ability is a brief channel before he launches a slow moving projectile from his chest that instantly converts an insane Human on contact.
- All units may spend Artifacts to add new abilities.
- All Darkness upgrades persist through death.
Artifacts are randomly spawning pick-ups that apply to whichever unit reaches them first. Their method of spawning is currently under discussion. The first possibility is spawning them at a random time, but specific spot, and giving a warning to both sides when it spawns. This creates a contestable point, that may or may not have power. Possibly the area will have a backup power state and cannot be captured by either side. The other option is random spawns at a number of points on the map, whether they are captured by the Human's or Darkness, no prompt will be given, or a prompt will be given to the side controlling it. We'd love to hear your opinions.
Light and Desecrated Ground are the main mechanics of the game that effect sanity and the winning or losing by either side. There are many ways to win, the Antiquus is not necessarily required, neither are any units other than the Void, it all suits your strategy. You can go for a full conversion win, or cover the map in desecration until it becomes easy to drop the Human spawn light, or both. Similarly, the Humans can focus on creating a path to the Darkness spawn, holding specific areas while they assault the Darkness base, or they can capture more of the map, and win with superior weaponry.
Game Modes Planned
Default - This is self-explanatory, just look up.
Infection - This mode will be the default setting for less than five players, you can choose to play it with many more. Infection game mode focuses on a single Darkness unit that appears perfectly normal to the rest of the Humans. It is the Humans job to survive while trying to expose and cure the Darkness. On round start none of the humans have any offensive capabilities, they can only grab doses of the cure and use them, we've planned for these doses to kill regular humans, this is one way for the Darkness unit to gain an advantage. The Darkness unit will have the ability to overcharge and kill all the lights in an area, but exposes himself when doing so, so this ability must be carefully used. While in the dark the Darkness unit may freely attack, in the light he is offenseless, just like the Humans. The Darkness unit can also convert other players to his cause, this feat being more difficult than just killing them.
Onslaught - In Onslaught mode players will spawn at an even ratio instead of the skewed default player count split. Onslaught changes the dynamic of the game to holding your ground rather than escaping. Each player can hole up anywhere they see fit and has the ability to fortify their spot with things like turrets, flood lamps, cameras, and other defensive/offensive capabilities. If the humans manage to survive long enough they eventually escape, every human dead is instantly converted to Darkness and all Darkness spawn times are severely reduced.
One Man - Permadeath game mode where you have only a single life, similar to default game mode but weapon damage will probably be increased, this is the least formulated idea, we're trying to think of some interesting gameplay changes to make.
August 4th, 2041
Our grasp overreached. The private firms, in an effort to gain new consumer ground, rushed to make Mars theirs; Shenzen Aero, Zurich Global, and Venture Space each throwing in their substantial funds and political weight. A new thirst for exploration, coupled with fevered excitement around the world, led to a joint mission between the corporations and several national space programs. It was a day of pride for the entire world, for all human kind. We embarked into deep space and made our mark on something completely alien, Mars was ours. People across the world watched those first steps on the red sand at the edge of their seats. We scoured the internet for every over-hyped, heavily marketed, time delayed message sent back. Then we got bored. It wasn't a surprise to anyone, waiting months for the ship to return with it's fourteen astronauts, hurtling through space at breakneck speed, it sounded more exciting than it actually was. The surprise came at 2:11 AM BST, a new video uploaded to Shenzen Aero's feed from Jun Wong. It was her first video, and the crew's last communication. Shenzen removed the upload within minutes and flooded the in boxes of thousands of websites who re-posted the video, with cease and desist letters, but it was too late. Jun Wong was a heavily focused engineer who took her duties very seriously and was purported by the Chinese government to be the most suitable for the job, which in translation, turned out to be a glowing review. It was easy not to take her pitch black rant about abnormalities in the crew seriously. The world was assured, from every possible source, that the mission was proceeding according to plan. The only early doubts came from crackpots. When the video feeds all went dry and were subsequently removed a week later, the dissension grew. News was sparse from then on, and there seemed to be a concerted effort to distract the public from even asking questions. Some networks brought in experts to debate what kind of mental breakdown Jun Wong might have undergone, and suggested that close quarters might have affected the others infectiously. The 24 hour news cycle abandoned the topic for more interesting ones, right up until the day the ship made an unscheduled dock with our mining operations on the moon, as Coeus left for Earth we lost all contact with everyone there. They broke our atmosphere under autopilot and we held our breath for anything related to the well being of the astronauts, a picture of them exiting the ship, anything; nothing came, and every organization remained tight-lipped. Six days ago a press conference took place, it was revealed that all fourteen astronauts died of an unknown virus. It was hubris that led us to study the artifacts and the lifeform that lived in the dark corners of the ship. Today, as cities plunge into darkness, we accept the crews warnings without a single shred of doubt. We can understand how four astronauts spent their final days trying to circumvent safety measures in an effort to destroy or divert the Coeus from ever returning to Earth. That time has passed, now we can only hope to survive for as long as we can, there is no fighting back. We huddle under whatever light we can find, clinging to the last remaining shreds of our sanity.
None of this is finalized, everything is a work in progress. if you see any glaring problems let me know. Thanks for any input, and please post to keep this topic alive.
Check out our horror conversion Mod: Sanity
Lead Programmer: DoubleHex
Story & Gameplay: Somnambulist
Mapping: JoeScruff Stoia
Lead Programmer: DoubleHex
Story & Gameplay: Somnambulist
Mapping: JoeScruff Stoia