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Better Gas Giants
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Jun 15, 2019 @ 11:23pm
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Better Gas Giants

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This is a simple mod that increases the satellite spawn chance on Gas Giants to 90% as well as making them appear bigger in the sky to be a tad bit more realistic.

This should be compatible with most mods. For sure it is compatible with True Space.

Anything that does not edit these in celestial.config should be compatible:

Anything that still uses the vanilla JSON variable /planetaryTypes/GasGiant in celestial.config should be compatible. This edit does the bare minimum it needs to do, nothing more, nothing less.

Known Incompatible Mods:
Frackin' Universe (their gas giants are different)
Landable Gas Giants

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License: MIT License (See github for details)
This basically means you can easily use it or modify it without permission or needing to credit me. (although it would be cool if you did) This mod will be provided as is and I will not adapt or port it to work with other mods, but feel free to do so yourself. The most I can and most likely will do is update it if it breaks in vanilla.
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Lucretia Mar 13 @ 3:07pm 
This looks awesome!
If I already have a colonized planet on a gas giant, does adding this mod will alter the look of the parallax backdrop to show the bigger gas giant?
Skiddlydiddlydooda Jul 25, 2021 @ 5:10pm 
Awesome thank you!
I hope to get to modding soon, and I'll keep this mod in mind to have a look through and learn from!
Syphist  [author] Jul 25, 2021 @ 5:08pm 
I was always under the impression it was a hardcoded limit when they changed the navigation map. This game is not difficult to mod. Most of it is just json patching from what I've done. There's not much to this mod, but it is open source so you can view what I did as an example if you did want to start modding this game. I also did check out the link, it was actually quite interesting.
Skiddlydiddlydooda Jul 25, 2021 @ 4:40pm 
Ah cool stuff, thanks for the reply!
I've been thinking about modding, (no experience yet) I just wish I had more time and money to dive into it deeply (I've ideas for Starbound and Stellaris)
Mod related question though, do you think the solution might lie in making a bigger navigation window? Simulatoralive's More Planets mod successfully had more moons around planets, but that was before 1.3, and he suggested a larger nav window mod to make his work, but unfortunately I can't find one out there.
Also check out the link I posted below if you're into space/astronomy stuff!
Syphist  [author] Jul 25, 2021 @ 4:30pm 
Starbound cannot handle more than 4 satellites unfortunately. I tried and it didn't show on the map. As far as adjustments to this mod I will most likely not do anything to it. This mod is 2 years old and I will probably just leave it as is because the people using it will be used to it like this. Thanks for the feedback though. If this was 2 years ago when I played the game and the mod was still fresh, I certainly would've taken it into account.
Skiddlydiddlydooda Jul 25, 2021 @ 3:53pm 
24x = if jupiter was where the moon is in our sky
Skiddlydiddlydooda Jul 25, 2021 @ 3:52pm 
I like the idea of this mod. Especially the increased chances of satellites. Though maybe 90% is a bit high?
I also wish gas giants could have more moons. Dunno if that's something you're interested in doing.
Also, if you're interested, it seems that Chucklefish was right about the vanilla gas giant size in the night sky of it's moons. I did a quick google search. The gas giant would likely be around 24 times the size of the moons
Indioker May 11, 2021 @ 2:26pm 
Dam i want my gas giants to have more moons and look big but the mod isnt compatible with FU :(
Good idea man i would love to see it compatible in a future if you would like :steamhappy:
WatcherCCG Feb 16, 2020 @ 4:27pm 
To be fair, that mod has nothing on FU's Gas Balls. I've never quite understood why Sayter was unable to completely replace all Gas Giants.
Syphist  [author] Feb 14, 2020 @ 1:43am 
That is a shame, but good to know, I will update the description.