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Delta66
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Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by Delta66 » Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:49 am

Delta66 Units Revision Mod v1.3


I.Short Description :

This mod was designed with Panzer Corps 1.22 (or 1,23) vanilla game.
It is mostly a units revision mod, a campaign is provided to make it a comprehensive package, but it could also be used for other solo campaigns from the Germans perspective.

It was made by using original Slitherine's materials as well as many other materials created by users. See the Credits in the accompanying manual for full details of contributors.

What you'll get in this mod :

- Revised values for most Germans units, plus a few new units ,
- Re-worked campaign path that links all scenarios from the vanilla Panzer Corps game,
- A campaign scoring system, a separate spreadsheet is provided to keep track of your results.

Visual and audio enhancements to add more historical flavor. For the most part this is not my own work, but a collection of some of the best users made materials:

- Enhanced units artwork, this is not my work, see the credits for each artist contributions,
- Expanded black and white units illustration to add more historical flavor,
- Improved sound fx, using VPaulus Sound Redux Mod.


Download links at the bottom of the first post:


II. Goal :

The idea for this mod comes from Deducter's Grand Campaign Units Revision Mod, I wanted to do something similar for the base game campaigns, and which could also be used for other Axis campaigns. I included a campaign covering all of WW2 in Europe to illustrate the new units values in action.

The aim of this mod is to encourage more varied and more historical forces composition. Within the game engine limitations, I try to achieve this by two means :

- firstly, by increasing the price of the rare and more powerful units. Now there is a bigger price difference between the weak units and the stronger ones.
- secondly, most units values has been changed to make units frequently used historically more cost effective, and to try to make less used units more interesting, at least in niche roles. For example in 1944 every infantry type has a role in which it is better than the other, no single type is better for all purposes, hence you are encouraged to field a combination of types that best suit the coming battle.

You will probably not be able to both purchase the most expensive type of units available and at the same type boost them to maximum over-strength. This is intentional, and indeed is the central point of the whole mod design. Instead, there should be more tough decisions on how you spend your pp in between scenarios. Instead of blindly repairing your units with Elite Replacements, and purchasing the maximum Over-Strength (OS) for all your units, you should make each choice carefully always balancing the pros and cons of Green Replacements versus Elite Replacements. Similarly you should make decision of whether it is better to keep pp to purchase better equipments or if you can afford OS. In the later case you should also pay attention to each point of OS, as the price increase quickly the further you go for OS.

Hopefully this make the build phase more challenging. You might also be surprised by the fact that you could still achieve very good results with significantly weaker cores by using more diverse and refined tactics.


III. Campaign Changes :

Although this is primarily a « units mod », I realized during development that the base game campaign was too short. If you make only Decisive Victory(DV) in the 1939 campaign it gives :

Poland > Norway > Low Countries > France > Sea Lion > Barbarossa > Rush To Moscow > USA East > USA Mid-West > USA West.

Both from a gameplay and from a historical perspective this is not completely satisfying. As a campaign lasting only 10 scenarios seriously limit your core building options. There is also a big temporal gap from Rush to Moscow (1941) , and USA East Coast (1945), leaving no rooms for many units in the database to play any roles.
Moreover, from the 10 scenarios, 4 are « what if », and the eastern front which was the main theater of world war II, has only 2 scenarios.

So using only scenarios from the base game, I reworked the branching of the campaign to give a broader view of main battlefields of WW2. Basically I link all scenarios in the historical order.
Sea Lion is moved to 1945 and is heavily modified from the vanilla game, the other scenarios are almost identical except some adjustments on prestige income.

Whether you make a Decisive Victory (DV) a Marginal Victory (MV) or a Loss (L), you will still continue on the same path at least until the Germany (1945) scenario. However your performance in each scenario will affect your global campaign score (see below).

Playing until the end of the historical scenarios is guaranteed whatever your results, but toward the end of the campaign, the rule change for the “what if” scenarios:
- A Loss or MV in the Germany (1945) scenario will end the campaign,
- A Loss in Sea Lion 45, USA East Coast (1945) or USA Mid West (1945) will also end the campaign.

The mod is designed to be played with the full campaign starting in 1939. This gives a campaign made of 17 historical scenarios plus 4 what-if scenarios, and the whole can be completed in a reasonable amount of time showing most significant battlefields of WW2 while allowing varied unit types to see actions. The other campaign starting points are still available but I haven't play tested the shorter campaigns, and they may require some Prestige modifications.


IV. Difficulty:

Overall this mod make the game harder than the vanilla game campaigns, however it is not mean to be hardcore, and is actually intended to be playable by all players. However I suggest that you reduce the difficulty level by one rank or even two. In Field Marshall Difficulty the mod should be hard from 1943 onward even for experienced players.

I play-tested the full modded campaign to make sure that you can get a DV on all scenarios on Field Marshall difficulty. For this I used a moderate strength core, using only 10 strength units for front-line troops like infantry and tanks and purchase Over-Strength only for support units and planes.

V. Main Changes:

1/ Rules Changes

- Rules 1.20 are in effect, but Prestige Soft Cap is completely removed
- In game Elite Replacement now cost only 75% more instead of 100% in the vanilla game
- SE units will be of one of the best available type for the time period
- SE units cost -10% and have Ammo +1, Fuel +20%, in Addition of the usual Attack +1


2/ Unit Stats Changes

- Most Germans units values have been modified, here are the most important changes but see the mod manual for full details.
- some units have different modes, this is indicated by a small cross-hair icon in the bottom right. You can switch mode with the 'W' key or the 'Switch' button.
- Motorcycle are now Recon unit, with split movement ability.
- Late war improved infantry now only appear in January/1/1944, when the new small arms were more widely available, Improved SE Infantry still appear mid 1943.
- Fallshirmjäger 44 CANNOT use paradrop!!! however they are very strong on defense.
- Panthers are in the same upgrade family as Pz III.
- Tigers are very expensive, but Tiger II are in the same upgrade family as Tigers I.
- Most towed artillery guns are now in DIFFERENT upgrade families, no more cheap upgrade from 105mm > 150mm > 170mm > 210mm, However each type has its own advantages.
- StuG now have a Range of 2!!! additionally they can switch from Artillery mode to Anti-Tank mode.
- There are 2 new Mortar artillery units.
- Submarines have 3 switchable modes, Surface, Periscope, Dive. This is McGuba work, following IceFlame's original idea.


3/New Unit Types

Panzergrenadier, fight as infantry but move as half-track, in effect strong (but expensive) infantry with Movement of 5.
Panzergrenadier 44, late war improved version of the above, stronger and more expensive.
PanzerAufklärung, recon infantry in Sdkfz 250/1 half-track, movement 7 with split move.
PanzerAufklärung 44, late war improved version of the above.
GrW 34 81mm Mortar, cheap artillery with high Rate Of Fire (12), and Movement 2. Which allows them to follow infantry, and still provide defensive fire.
GrW 42 120mm Mortar, heavier mortar but with Movement 1 only.
More Bf 109G and FW 190A variants to allow more upgrade options as the war progress. This is McGuba work.


Changelog

V1.1:
- Corrected Germans SE tanks Hard Attack value, they now have +1 compared to regular versions.
- Fixed missing movement sound for some units, Sdkfz 251/1 transport, several Panzer III variants and captured Somua
S35. (Thanks to Chodan for pointing this out).
- Added credits to Flakfernrohr for AFV camo skins made with his Dwight's Camo Sprayshop.

V1.2:
All Germans units should now be properly linked to a sound file. There may still be some minor issues with attack animation sfx positioning. Removed some duplicate sound entries. Corrected sounds for following units:
- Wehrmacht_Inf_43
- Pioniere 43 (thanks to Jaywalker, for pointing out this one)
- Panzer_38(t)E
- StuG IIIF-8
- Panzerwerfer_42
- StuG_IIIB
- 280_mm_K5
- SdKfz_10-4
- Horse_Transport

Corrected game icons for the following units:
- Wehrmacht_Inf_43 (Added Panzerschreck)
- SE Pz IIIJ/1
- StuG IIIF

V1.3:
Added missing icons for some units. Somehow some units icons from the base game were missing, or their name was changed in the equipment file resulting in occasional “invisible” units on the battlefield. (Thanks to Andreas3 for pointing this out).





Download:

http://www.mediafire.com/download/dze59 ... Folder.zip



NB: It may happens that Mediafire prohibit download from certain countries, for a a couple of hours from time to time, in that case try again later, or search the web for troubleshooting advices for Mediafire download.

edit: Sendspace repository link removed, because after a few months they ask for money even for a simple file.
Last edited by Delta66 on Tue Jan 12, 2016 7:35 pm, edited 6 times in total.

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by hs1611 » Fri Mar 06, 2015 10:15 am

Link does not work

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by Ballermann » Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:12 pm

I´am downloading, it works...
Sorry, for my bad school english...

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by hs1611 » Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:13 pm

I confirm, it's working now.

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by Ballermann » Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:14 pm

but very slow...
Sorry, for my bad school english...

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by Delta66 » Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:35 pm

Thanks for the reports,
I checked that I could download it myself before posting this thread.

Difficulties may depends on your country or provider. Let me know if you still have problems.
I also tried to upload it to Mediafire, but upload didn't succeed for me.

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by Cataphract88 » Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:42 pm

Delta66,

Thank you very much for making this available to the forum. It downloaded/installed fine. :D :D :D
Richard

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by Delta66 » Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:50 pm

I have added, and checked, a second repository for download, see the bottom of the first post for the new link.

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by WinterWiking » Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:30 pm

Really nice mod, i've downloaded it to compare your stats with the one deducter made, since i use Elite mod to be able to recruit SS units, so i had to remake all the unit stats, which took a loooooong while :D , i find it very interesting the new things you included, like the mortars or the diff versions of BF 109. And about the stats i see you made the ones of deducter a liiiiiiiiiittle more easy and less hardcore, by a point more here or there.

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by Delta66 » Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:00 pm

The value may looks less hardcore than the last revision of Deducter's mod, but nos so much than earlier revision made for rules 1.14.
However it was not at all my "goal" just to make an easier version. Its is more a consequence of various things rather than a deliberate intent.

Some of the reasons are:
- My values are designed for shorter campaigns, and is more generic. Deducter's mod is designed specifically for the Grand Campaign, and works very well for this indeed.
- I reduced a lot the prestige given in each scenarios of the provided campaign, so units price are reduced a bit.
- Allies units are not as much modified as in Deducter's mod, so the German values are modified accordingly.
- The maps are smaller and feature battles at a little larger scale than in the GC.
- A slightly different design philosophy, or point of view. Yet I don't claim mine is better than the other.

Having played with Deducter's mod a lot, I think that my campaign in FM is harder than the GC with Deducter's mod in FM. With Deducter's mod I play in Rommel or even Rommel+50% prestige.
I calibrated my campaign to make it hard on FM, yet as it is the first release I added roughly 20 000 pp more than I used during my playtest. I'm waiting more feedback to tune prestige down.

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by WinterWiking » Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:22 pm

Oh yes of course, i wasn't criticizing the stats :) . I just compared it to see if you had a different point of view on a unit , based on historical/realism only.

I never played the normal campaign too, just the GC.

I saw you made it much more hardcore to overstrengh an unit, i might use this in the GC, because with deducter mod stats i finish at 10k prestige already in begin of 1941, though i'm in FM difficulty, but customized to give me much less prestige already (this is what happen when you don't play normal campaign, never unlocked the other difficultys grr :p ). I think i might use your overstrengh stats in a little bit less, that it doesn't turn ultra hardcore since there is more scenarios, as you explained.

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by Delta66 » Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:24 pm

I don't make it harder to overstrength units, this is just Rules 1.20 untouched.

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by Delta66 » Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:06 pm

WinterWiking wrote:...since i use Elite mod to be able to recruit SS units, so i had to remake all the unit stats, which took a loooooong while :D ,...
Also note that my values for SE units are based on the assumption that there will be only a very limited number of SE units, and that they come into play as free bonus units.
If you make SE units freely purchasable, I would suggest to increase the prices I use, as they were equipped with better and more numerous equipments.
And maybe reduce a little the extra fuel I gave them.

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by WinterWiking » Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:36 pm

Oh yeah to this i've given the wehrmacht stats to SS units, it's different from the SE ones, both on skins and stats.

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by Waffenamt » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:55 am

Many thanks for the effort you've put into this. I had no problems downloading it and now look forward to trying it out.

Regards

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by TangSooDo » Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:55 pm

I have just gotten around to playing this mod and enjoy it a great deal. One thing I've noticed is that there is no movement sound accompanying the following units so far: PzIIIF (not elite PZIIIF), SdKfz 251/1, Somua35 (captured armor). Any thoughts on what the problem might be and how I could fix it?

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by Delta66 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:01 pm

Thanks for your feedback,
It's a bit late tonight, I'll check this tomorrow evening, and I'll keep you informed.

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by Delta66 » Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:43 am

I fixed the issues you mentioned, and some other missing or corrupted movement sounds.
I uploaded a new version 1.1

Changelog

V1.1:
- Corrected Germans SE tanks Hard Attack value, they now have +1 compared to regular versions.
- Fixed missing movement sound for some units, Sdkfz 251/1 transport, several Panzer III variants and captured Somua
S35. (Thanks to Chodan for pointing this out).
- Added credits to Flakfernrohr for AFV camo skins made with his Dwight's Camo Sprayshop.



For your information, the sound effects are defined in Graphics\efx.pzdat, they are tied to the unit png icon which are defined in Data\equipment.pzeqp.

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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by flakfernrohr » Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:18 pm

Thanks Delta66, I appreciate your gesture and recognition.
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Re: Delta Units Revision Mod

Post by jaywalker32 » Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:41 pm

I've just downloaded and installed version 1.1 of this mod. Looks really good so far, and am experimenting with the various units. Especailly like the Panzergrenadier units...really effective and well worth the cost. Also noticed that there doesn't seem to be a movement sound for the Pionere units. I've looked at the efx.pzdat and equipment.pzeqp files, but have no idea how to check for errors. Help please?

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