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Vanilla Factions Expanded - Insectoids
Mod, 1.1, 1.2
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Vanilla Factions Expanded - Insectoids

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1.2.1 (13/08/2020): Amarillix can now grow without light (1.2 & 1.1)
Removed the teleporter usage from 1.2 (until it's fixed)

After a long delay, our brand new Vanilla Factions Expanded module is now ready. Insectoids feature a diversified, new, unplayable faction that will populate the world with insects and monstrosities your colonists never dreamt of. Led by an Ancient Insectoid queen, these eusocial creatures can be heard chittering underground, with outposts and villages across the surface mysteriously disappearing overnight.

Vanilla Factions Expanded - Insectoids allows you to take a fight to the insects. No longer such an interesting faction will be limited to one ingame event only. Insectoids now possess bases on the surface - in the form of overrun outposts filled with riches and hives for you to purge.

They will now be allowed to raid, the same way as mechanoids or other factions can. They won’t engage in diplomacy and they won’t give you quests - as they are forever hostile. This mod features a number of new insectoids filling various niches whilst still keeping the feel of the faction the same as in vanilla - melee only, relying on swarming their opponents.

For those brave enough to harness their power, bio-engineering is now a thing. Obtained from traders and quest rewards only, players can now vat-grow over 20 unique insectoids, obeying their every command and performing tasks around the base.

Genomes used in bio-engineering can also be implanted in colonists and prisoners alike, leading to various genetic mutations - some good, some bad.

New riot gear is craftable and ready to be used by your base security whilst new quest-reward only plasma weapons will allow you to get rid of the insectoids even more effectively.

Mercenaries starting scenario pits you in the battle against the insectoids at the very beginning, placing you on the outskirts of an overrun outpost. Can you clear it out with your superior weaponry and call it home? Or will you evacuate the area and find a new settlement?

We are aware that ship chunks sometimes become indestructible. We are trying to fix this issue ASAP.


Oskar Potocki, an artist and a designer, responsible for all the artwork and visual imagery.

Sarg Bjornson, a programmer responsible for bio-engineering code and new insectoids.

Luizi, an artist in charge of graphic design of the new insectoids.

Kikohi, a programmer responsible xml and C# of the mod.

Helixien, author of plasma gun graphics.

Rimworld is owned by Tynan Sylvester.

Thank you:

Vanilla Expanded team for constant support.

Beta testers from our beta testing channel for long hours of testing and reporting books efficiently.

(CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)[creativecommons.org]

Q: Does this mod add playable insectoid race?
A: No. It would take years to make a whole new playable Vanilla Expanded race that would make me happy. We didn’t have years.

Q: Is this mod compatible with better infestations?
A: Yes, our code doesn’t even touch infestations code!

Q: I tamed a queen and she doesn't spawn any larva.
A: No insectoid in this mod should be tame-able. You tamed it due to a mod conflict or exploit. I won't add support for tamed insects.

Q: Do I need the base module for it to work?
A: Yes, the base module is required as it contains all the functionality of the mod.

Q: Do vat-grown insectoids spawn in the wild?
A: No. These insectoids ONLY exist when you make them/buy them.

Q: Is this mod compatible with Combat Extended?
A: Most likely will be, on the Combat Extended side of things.

Q: Is this mod save game compatible?
A: Yes, you can add it whenever you like, however you do need a mod like Orion’s Faction Discovery for the Insectoid faction to actually spawn. Removing a mod is a whole other ball game - you cannot remove a faction mod mid-save without risking corrupting the save.

Q: Is it compatible with X mod?
A: It is compatible with majority, if not all, mods. In case you encounter errors, please refer to Known Issues section.

Q: Are the genome body mutations visible?
A: Only if running Pawnmorpher - Insectoids! https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2215953133

Q: Do I need to play with Empress Evil for the faction to spawn?
A: No, not at all. As always, our storytellers and our actual mod are two independent modules. Faction and all items will spawn with or without the storyteller!

Popular Discussions View All (25)
Sep 23 @ 6:59am
Infested ship chunks bugged
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Aug 2 @ 5:19am
Aug 9 @ 1:27am
Eating Royal Jelly Bug
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Eveanore Blackwood 9 hours ago 
Oooooooooooooh, thank you ><
Oskar Potocki  [author] 16 hours ago 
They can spoil if not in the fridge.
Eveanore Blackwood 20 hours ago 
I'm having a weird problem(?) where the Genomes will suddenly vanish. This is after both from the start of the game with the custom scenario & after just buying some. I'm in commitment mode so I can't properly check, but is this a bug or is someone/something consuming these?
The Merchant Guild Sep 23 @ 6:00pm 
No i didn't, always forget they are there! ill have a look thank you
Oskar Potocki  [author] Sep 23 @ 4:59pm 
Did you check the mod options?
The Merchant Guild Sep 23 @ 4:21pm 
Is there a way to turn off the infestation repeller ripple effect, im finding it to hurt my eyes especially seeming i play on 3 speed and i dont want to have to dig a far away corner on the map to place it there
Oskar Potocki  [author] Sep 23 @ 3:45pm 
Please read changelog - it's disabled until further notice.
Darkir Sep 23 @ 3:16pm 
I cant figure out how to use Teleporter, right click produces no actions. Any special instructions?
Oskar Potocki  [author] Sep 23 @ 10:00am 
It's from Alpha animals and allows you to make black hive insectoids.
qwertypo Sep 23 @ 9:42am 
what does the black insect genome do?