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[XND] Manhunter Animals Rebalanced
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Dec 12, 2017 @ 5:43am
Feb 15, 2018 @ 6:54am
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[XND] Manhunter Animals Rebalanced

Direct download from GitHub[github.com].

I haven't patched any animal mods to be rebalanced yet, but they'll still work fine. Dinosauria's animals have already been calculated on the spreadsheet used to calculate the combat power ratings though so expect an update for that in the future.

This mod should work fine with other mods such as Hardworking Animals and Animal Logic.

In theory, this can also be added to and removed from existing savegames without issue since it only patches Combat Power values for animal PawnKindDefs.

This little project is one I undertook because some of the 'combat power' ratings for animals seemed way off for how effective those animals are in combat. Examples include wild boars and insects having a lower combat power rating than what they're worth, and boomalopes having a combat power rating that's higher than what they're worth. The changes here affect both manhunter packs and infestations.

As a result, boars are now worth 80 points rather than 55; megascarabs are 55 rather than 40; spelopedes are 165 rather than 75; megaspiders are 270 rather than 150. Boomalopes are 65 rather than 95 since they're slow, large, fragile and have a tendency to chain react. Many other animals were changed too though.

What's factored into the new formula for 'Combat Power' ratings:
  • Movement speed relative to a baseline human
  • Total coverage of parts that directly and indirectly affect movement
  • Body size's impact on ranged accuracy
  • Health scale (multiplier of body part HP and pain to incapacitate)
  • Total coverage of parts that may cause death when destroyed
  • Effective damage reduction for sharp and blunt damage
  • Damage per second (DPS)

Here's just the spreadsheet[www.dropbox.com] for those that want to perhaps patch or amend to their animal mods or something like that - maybe even experiment with or come up with a better formula. Do note that for animals like boomrats, their explosion wasn't factored in; I added a value on myself.

For those that don't know what 'combat power' ratings do: the size of a manhunter pack, like raids, is determined by using 'points' which is influenced by colony wealth; population and how long the colony's been around for. Think of the points as a budget, which the game uses to 'buy' hostiles to attack your colony. The higher a pawn's 'combat power' rating, the more they cost when using this analogy.

While one can argue that the new combat power ratings that this mod introduces are purely from a theoretical standpoint whereas vanilla's combat power ratings are based on results from practise, the 'battle royale' mode used to test the latter is completely random in terms of pawn pairings and therefore results will be skewed to varying degrees. I tried my best to ensure a mostly accurate replication of in-game conditions in the new formula though.

Marnador for their wild RImWorld-style font.

As is standard with my mods: you may include this mod in a mod pack, and you may derive from this, but please inform me if you're doing so either through here or Ludeon Forums, and give credit where credit's due.
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AstroniFTY Aug 12, 2018 @ 12:12pm 
dropbox link gone again
TheGster Feb 26, 2018 @ 11:00am 
actually just went through my mods and saw i accedenally disabled it lol:steamfacepalm:
TheGster Feb 26, 2018 @ 10:48am 
@XeoNovaDan, it appears to be working fine with No Infestation - No More Ridiculous Backstabs mod!
XeoNovaDan  [author] Feb 20, 2018 @ 1:17pm 
TheGster - Never actually played around with the no infestation mod since I'm fine with them. I'd assume it only removes the event though, in which case this will still work with it, yes.
TheGster Feb 20, 2018 @ 12:26pm 
ok so i hate the infestation thing in the game, so have "no infestation - no more ridiculous backstabs!" mod on, will this work with the no infes. mod, so it only balences animals, or will it not work?
onidlorah Jan 10, 2018 @ 5:09am 
Thats totally understandable and allright i am totally not a computer person so to speak and i find it wonderous how you guys make all these mods and complete this game so well ... so good even that i dont know which mods i want to take and i want to use them all lol :P but i like the part that i can insert a lot of animals so that it ads variations and i thought with this mod that it would add also maybe variations to the man hunter packs so to speak ... and as i dont know anything about modding thats why i was asking it .... :D well i subscribed to your mod and when the patches come out i will certainly be one of the first to use them. Thanks a million for the quick reply and have a good start of the year. sincerely haroldino
XeoNovaDan  [author] Jan 10, 2018 @ 1:04am 
@onidlorah It's fine. To answer your questions in order:

* I haven't got around to actually working on patches yet since motivation's been rather low.
* This should work fine with both mods you mentioned, yes. I'll add that to the compatibility notes section.
onidlorah Jan 9, 2018 @ 4:12pm 
hey xeonovadan i was wondering if this mod would also include new creatures of other mods that they would be included into the manhunterpack or if this mod would be compatible with mods that change creatures like the hardworking animals b18 & animal logic mod. Thanks in advance and sorry to take your time
james76543 Dec 19, 2017 @ 3:18pm 
I do the same thing all the time. Thanks for responding so quickly! I was trying to balance a creature I'm about the post and this will be helpful :)
XeoNovaDan  [author] Dec 19, 2017 @ 8:03am 
@james76543 Damn, I must've accidentally removed it when cleaning out my dropbox. Re-adding now, check again in a few minutes.