There have been several changes/fixes made to the Chainsaw code in the Empire 2 Server. This outlines the various changes and how they will affect you, the player. Most of these changes were coded by Ken Stevens <email@example.com>.
Ships now have three letter abbreviations.
"load" syntax has been changed to make it the same as the "move" syntax.
- The following changes were made to the sonar command: - will only work from ships at sea - will only detect ships at sea - will now detect the shoreline - will only detect things if there is a straight line of water between the detector and the detected - now displays a map and changes your bmap - for ships with tech > 310, shows mines on the map with an X and puts the X on your bmap
All ships (including subs) in harbors are now visible via the lookout command by all ships (including subs) in adjacent sectors
If a NEUTRAL (or worse) ship sails within your coastwatch range, then you will receive a telegram like this:
TheBorg lc2 light cruiser 2 (#666) sighted at -9,-1
This telegram is sent before any interdiction is done. If you want to turn this feature off, then type "toggle coastwatch off". Note that you can also now turn off those nuisance sonar ping detection telegrams by typing "toggle sonar off".
You may now tend land units which have "assault" capability (see info tend).
"build" syntax has been simplified. You no longer need to specify tech
level to build at (the default is your current tech level). Also, the
<NUMBER> arg now comes before the <TECH> arg:
[##:##] Command : build s 4,0 fb1
builds a fishing boat at current tech level.
[##:##] Command : build s 4,0 fb1 5
builds 5 fishing boats at current tech level.
[##:##] Command : build s 4,0 fb1 2 99
builds 2 fishing boats at tech level 99.
"show" output now shows you the total amount of avail used to build something.
The Autonav code has been completely rewritten and is dramatically improved. Thanks Chad!
You now get a telegram if someone loads something onto your ship or if someone unloads into your harbour.
Load/Unload now tell you exactly how much stuff got loaded/unloaded from each ship.
You can now only unload into a sector if you are friendly towards them.
The "coastwatch" command now shows ship names! (Empire invents the telescope!)
The "payoff" command now shows the distance your ship has traveled--handy for making sure you pass those critical distances.
The tech level required to build aegis cruisers has been increased from 150 to 260.
The following ships: "mc missile cruiser", "aac aa cruiser", "agc aegis cruiser", and "ncr nuc cruiser" have been given a new ship capability called "anti-missile" This means that they will use their anti-missile systems to attempt to intercept enemy missiles aimed at any ship within a 1 sector radius. Note that just like abm & a-sat missile interception, only missiles belonging to countries you are "Hostile" or "At War" with will be intercepted. Thanks Chad!
Ship damage now always factors the armor value of the ship, no matter where the damage comes from. Also, whenever a ship is hit, the player is told exactly how hard that particular ship was hit.
The "scuttle", "scrap", "mission", and "fuel" commands will now accept "l" for the unit type. (You are no longer required to type "la".)
Now when you load land units onto a ship, the code will automatically try to supply them, and if they are out of supply, you will get a warning. Subs
ASW planes will now fly out to track any non-FRIENDLY (including NEUTRAL) sub movement.
However there is a chance that the plane won't even leave the ground and notice any sub movement at all. The chance of detection is identchance = (1 - (1 - hitchance)^2).
ASW planes will no longer detect subs they fly over while flying an interdiction mission.
Once the planes have arrived at the sector where the sub movement was detected, then identchance is checked again. If success, then the plane is able to identify the owner of the sub. If the owner is neutral, then the player gets the message:
np1 naval plane 1 #2 tracks TheBorg subs at 2,-6
If the plane is unable to identify the owner of the sub, then the player gets the message:
np1 naval plane 1 #2 detects sub movement in -3,-3
If the ship was identified as HOSTILE or AT_WAR, then the plane will drop depth charges.
If depth-charges miss, then the ship owner will get the message:
RUMBLE... your sub in 24,0 hears a depth-charge explode nearby
torp and fire will now only tell the victim that a "sub" torped them, or that return fire damaged a "sub" (rather than giving out detailed information about the sub number, type, and owner...)
max sonar range has been reduced to 7 and sonar output no longer prints blank lines.
sonar has been changed in the following way: detection = (source "spy" value) + (target "vis" value) If the detection value is less than 8, then sonar will just print
Sonar detects sub #12
If the detection value is above 7, then sonar will report the type of sub. Only if the detection value is above 9 will the owner of the sub be revealed.
For ASW planes flying "sonar" or "recon" missions, a similar change has been made. The plane needs to pass one identchance check to see the type of sub, and needs to pass two identchance checks to see the owner of the sub.
Note in both of the above cases, owner and type of FRIENDLY and ALLIED subs will always be revealed. Navigation
When you "nav" or "order" your ships, they will automatically avoid "x" and "X" sectors on your bmap.
now when you navi (or march), any new sector designations automatically appear on your nav map and get added to your bmap (you no longer need to do a "look" to find out their designation. Note that subs will only see sea, harbors, and bridges and will have to look" (and risk detection) to see anything else.
If you hit the wrong character, navi will now display all possible navi commands.
You can now draw a 'M' map or a 'B' bmap while navigating.
You can list the ship you are navigating using 'i' and you can change your flagship using 'f'.
Navigating using "nav", "order" or "sail" now calls exactly the same code and will thus result in exactly the same risks (mines & interdiction).
Now you can type commands like this:
[##:##] Command : nav 72 jlsruMluBursh
That is, you can mix directions with other navigation commands.
Interdiction of navigating ships now works as follows:
1. Forts interdict. 2. If there are any ships left, ships, land, planes interdict. 3. If there are any ships left, marine missiles on interdiction fire one at a time until there are no ships left.
There is now a new kind of diplomatic relation that you can have with a country: "Friendly" which falls between "Neutral" and "Allied". This basically splits "Allied" into two steps: anything to do with ships is available to "Friendly" nations (nav, load, unload, tend, upgrade, order, sail, follow), whereas anything to do with planes or military support is reserved for Allies. This allows you to establish trading relationships without the necessity of a military relationship. See info relation for full details.
If the BIG_CITY option is enabled, then small ships may navigate, load, and unload in 2% cities. Planes
Planes which are less than 40% efficient can not fly.
If you're tech is higher than 290, then you may not build planes with tech lower than 150.
Planes will only abort if they have been damaged below 80% (it used to be that they could abort at anything below 100%).
The range of marine missiles and SAM's has been reduced.
Air combat reports are now succinct tables with headers. Much easier to read. Thanks Waffen!
New command "skywatch" scans your skies overhead for satellites. Works very much like "coastwatch".
You can now filter your satellite output to list, for example, only banks owned by country #7 which are over 60% efficient. The selectors available are exactly the same as those used by the "census", "ship", and "land" commands. See "info satellite" for more details.
A 75% satellite now only sees 75% of sectors (the rest are blank). It's always the same 25% that are blank.
All missiles are now VTOL. In particular, this means that missiles on missions will now fire from anywhere (including on subs).
Surface missiles can now be put on interdiction mission. To distinguish surface missiles from anti-ship missiles, the latter have been given a new capability called "marine". Surface missiles on interdiction will keep firing on the enemy until at least 100 damage has been done.
Interdicting marine missiles will also fire on ships when they "fire".
Missiles and planes flying interdiction missions will now detonate any nuclear warheads that they are carrying.
When you "arm" a missile or plane, you will be asked whether you would like to program the warhead to airburst or groundburst.
Missiles and planes are now limited to a maximum of one warhead apiece.
A-sats will now automatically attempt to intercept any satellites launched by a country you're "Hostile" or "At War" with. This works exactly the same way as ABM defense. Also, if you launch a satellite over a sector which is owned by a non-ally then they will get a message telling them that you have positioned a satellite over their sector. In the age of advanced telecommunication such things don't go unnoticed.
There is now only one formula for determining whether a plane/missile hits its target and how much damage it does (including abm's and a-sat's). See "info bomb" for the formula. In particular, planes/missiles flying missions will now have exactly the same hitchance as those flown by hand. Land Units
Land units now have three letter abbreviations.
Artillery must be at least 20% efficient before it can fire.
The "lmine" command now allows you to lay as many land mines as you want. If the unit can't carry as many mines as you asked it to lay, then it will just keep resupplying itself until it finishes the job. Also, it now costs engineers 1 point of mobility per mine laid.
If land units are accompanied by engineers, then their chance of hitting a land mine is reduced by a factor of 3. E.g. if there are 25 mines in the sector, then a land unit has a 33% chance of hitting a land mine. If it is accompanied by an engineer, then that chance drops to 11%.
If an engineer sweeps a land mine that it cannot carry, it drops it as a shell into the sector.
Engineers now sweep a number of times equal to 2 times the number of shells they can carry.
The chance of an engineer finding a land mine in a sector is now 50% time the "att" value of the unit:
# of sweeps chance of finding a mine old system 5 66% eng1 130 6 60% eng2 165 8 75% meng 260 8 90%
You can now draw a 'M' map or a 'B' bmap while marching. Also, if you hit the wrong character, navi will now display all possible march commands.
Fortifying a land unit no longer clears the unit's mission.
You can list the units you are marching using 'i' and you can change your leader using 'f'.
Now you can type commands like this:
[##:##] Command : mar 72 jlruMluBurh
That is, you can mix directions with other march commands. Forts
Forts now get their range bonus for return fire if they're > 60%.
Forts now do not cost anything to designate.
You may not fire a fort which is less than 5% efficient.
Forts will now only automatically interdict ships that the country would be able to see using the "coastwatch" command. Ships out of visual range will not be interdicted by forts. Note that ship/ship, unit/ship, plane/ship interdiction was not changed, and also the "fire" command was not changed. _only_ fort/ship interdiction was changed. Sectors
Bank interest is now scaled by efficiency rather than simply turning off below 60%.
Shoot syntax has changed from "shoot 2,0 c 400" to "shoot c 2,0 400".
Harbors now have the same packing bonus as a warehouse.
You can now build bridges all on one line as in:
[##:##] Command : build b 2,2 j
You are now only allowed to cede to nations which are Friendly towards you.
The new Empire command "strength" will show you the defense strength of all your sectors (including number of land mines and reacting units from nearby sectors).
The "test" command no longer requires there to be the commodity in the sector (useful if you want to use that sector as a temporary stopover and you don't want the stuff to get stranded there).
Shelling now factors in the efficiency of the sector into its defensive bonus, so now a 0% bank defends the same as a 0% fort which defends the same as a 0% road. The formula for calculating the new defense value of a sector is: ((defense - 2)*eff/100) + 2
The "neweff" command now checks to see if a sector has been stopped.
xdist and ydist are now in player coordinates.
Any interdiction of things being moved will also damage the sector being moved into. Note: this will slow down bridge attacks!
Deliver now gets the same 4x bonus that distribute gets.
The "spy" command now gives you much more useful information:
SPY report Wed Jul 26 21:10:13 1995 sect type own oldown eff civ mil shl gun pet food bars units planes 29,5 c+ 4 4 90 980 0 940 10 0 0 0 2 0
A new option has been added to the server called BIG_CITY. When the BIG_CITY option is turned on, it takes lcm's, hcm's, and money to create a city ('c' sector), but they can hold ten times as many civs, and get a 10x packing bonus for moving civs.
It used to be that a gold mine could not hold more than 999 dust. Now all sectors are allowed to hold 9999 of anything, but it is now only _production_ which is limited to 999 per update.
Now the "starvation" command will let you check for starvation on land units or ships. Info
The info pages are now organized into subjects. Type "info" for a list.
The budget command has been changed so that now you may choose not to pay maintenance costs. Also, "mil" on ships/planes/units has been moved from the maintenance costs for those items to the "Military" section of the budget. Commands
Broke countries are now allowed to use all commands except for the following:
arm assault attack board bomb build convert disarm drop enlist explore fire fly grind harden launch lmine mine paradrop recon satellite scrap shoot sweep torpedo treaty upgrade work
Broke countries used to be prevented from using the following commands, but will now be allowed to use them:
demobilize lload llookout load lookout lradar lrange lretreat ltend lunload march mission morale mquota navigate order qorder radar range retreat sail sonar sorder spy supply tend transport unload unsail Update
If you can not afford to maintain your ships/planes/units or you choose not to maintain them using the "budget" command, then they will lose ETU/5 % efficiency at the update. Also, if you are broke at the point of the update when it comes time to build something, then that thing will not be built. In short, the only way you can go broke now is by having lots of mil to pay. Communication
The new commands "flash" and "wall" permit instant communication between friends and allies respectively. Type "info flash" and "info wall" for more details.
The new command "toggle" can be used to instantly inform you when you receive a new telegram. You can also use "toggle" to temporarily block flash messages.
The server will now correctly report how many telegrams you have waiting.
The new command "pray" lets you send a telegram to the Deity. Also a telegram from the deity is no longer called a BULLETIN, it is now called a TELEGRAM.
The new command "motd" lets you see the "message of the day" (login message) again.
The buggy commands "mail" and "wmail" have been removed from the server. If you want to use them, you'll have to use pei.
You can now specify which countries you'd like to see in your "power" report.
New "report" command lists number ranges rather than "advanced", "superior", etc... Combat
Defense against attack, assault, and paradrop is now exactly the same.
If attack odds are > 90%, then defensive support is no longer called. This will put a stop to most shell-draining techniques.
You can now specify how many troops you want to board with. Also, the code now always forces you to leave at least 1 mil on your ship when boarding. You can also board from any sector type and with land units having "assault" capability. You may not board with more mil or units than the boarded ship can hold.
You may not attack with supply, security, artillery, or anti-aircraft (flak capability) land units.
Attacking land units & mil used to be taken out of the sectors/ship they were attacking/assaulting/boarding from. This caused endless problems (including stranded units). In the new code, mil and units stay where they were until they have finished attacking. The battle is assumed to take place along the "border" between the two sectors. Thus, the attacking mil & land units will be vulnerable to shelling and attacking while you are answering the attack prompts.
If, while you are answering the attack prompts, anything happens to either the sector you are attacking, or the mil & units you are attacking with, then you will be notified ("land unit #3 damaged from 80% to 50%", "Your mil in 3,1 damaged from 180 to 12", "defending mil has been increased from 10 to 250"). You will also be notified in this way if a bridge collapses, one of your attacking sectors was taken, you were shelled, your enemy abandoned the sector you were attacking, your land units reacted to fight another battle, ...) You will be notified if any of these things change before the battle and given a chance to abort your attack. If for some reason it is no longer possible to attack (e.g. you now own the sector, or a bridge collapses) then the attack will be automatically aborted.
The sub-prompt for both the "attack with" and the "move in" questions has changed to [ynYNq?]. The meanings of these 6 answers are:
y - yes this unit n - no this unit Y - yes all units in this army N - no all units in this army q - quit attack ? - print this help message
The server will now add up the mil you saw and the enemy land units your scouts saw, and based on this info, it will estimate a defense strength of the enemy. If your scouts didn't see the efficiency of the enemy units, then it will assume that they were at 100%. Based on this estimated defense strength, the server will calculate an estimate of your success odds for you and if these estimated odds are less than 50%, then the server will ask you if you're sure you want to continue with the attack. These estimates are made before support is calculated, and before the enemy reacting units have reacted, so it will not be particularly accurate. However, if by the time you've finished answering all the attack prompts something has happened which has made your odds much worse than you expected (e.g. your cavalry got shelled or your enemy beefed up his mil), then this will give you a chance to abort the attack.
Immediately after a battle is won (i.e. before any move-in sub-prompts are asked), 1 mil (first choice) or 1 land unit (second choice) is automatically moved into the taken sector. Not only does this put a definitive stop to shell-draining tricks, but it also resolves what was a big problem in the old code of the taken sector being owned but not occuppied for a period. This problem resulted in, among other things, stranded land units. It is impossible to strand a land unit in the new code.
I have added a new option to the server called INTERDICT_ATT, which, when enabled, calls the usual interdiction routines against mil & land units moving into the victim sector after an attack. The same chances of interdiction apply as in "move" and "march". The mil get interdicted sector by sector, and the land units all at once.
In the new attack code, it is much harder for a unit to fail a morale check. The new chance (recalculated after each hit) is (retreat% - unit efficiency). Thus, a land unit which has a retreat percentage of 60% and is now 50% efficient, will have a 10% chance of retreating with each hit. Important bugfixes
Missiles on subs will now fly missions against enemy planes (in chainsaw, the missiles simply vanish).
Subs now only interdict subs if they have sub-torp ability (in chainsaw, sb1's will interdict sb1's).
Missiles will no longer hit subs.
Your airport now needs to be at least 60% eff in order to fly bombing runs from it (in chainsaw you can bomb from 40% airports, but only fly and recon to 60% airports).
You can't sweep, hit, or lay sea mines in a harbour. You can't sweep, hit, or lay land mines on a bridge. (In chainsaw, your ally can hit your land mines in your harbour.)
It is no longer possible to accidently go broke through any of the following commands: build, convert, demob, des, harden, upgrade. (In chainsaw it's easy to accidentally go broke through one of these commands.)
Much of the "attack" function was rewritten to check for "special cases" which can result in lost military and units. Thanks Chad!
The range of missiles on interdiction mission was half of what it should be. this is now fixed.
If you typed "realm #2 0:10,0:10", it would change realm #0. This is now fixed
If you downgraded your relations from Allied to Neutral, then the other country would downgrade their relations towards you to Hostile. This is now fixed.
You used to have to log out and back in again to stop being broke. Now your status will be updated as soon as you get the money (well, one command after to be exact).
The following options have been made standard: DROPANY: you can drop things on sectors belonging to allies REJECTS: you can reject announcements and teles from annoying countries BMAP: map info gained is saved in a big world map (bmap command) AUTONAV: ships can move automatically SCUTTLE: you can sink your own ships automatically CONVASAT: anti-satellite missiles don't need nuclear warheads ABM: anti-missile missiles exist GRIND: you can grind gold bars back into dust NONUKESUB: nukes don't affect submarines RANGEDIT: you can modify the range of your planes MISSDEF: ships with tactical missiles will fire them in defense SHIPSAM: ships can carry and use SAMSs BIND: network stuff, no interest to players (NITP) MERC: a collection of bug fixes TACARGO: planes that are cargo AND tactical can bomb (zeppelins) NOGODS: deity countries don't show up on power reports BETTERARMOR: armor has more of an effect on ship damage GODNAMES: bulletins are identified by which deity sent the MULTIFIRE: multiple ships/sects can fire at once SHIPTORP: ships can have torp ability SWEEP_PLANES: some planes can sweep mines MINE_PLANES: some planes can lay mines ASW_PLANES: some planes can detect/kill subs HARBOR_POLICE: you can board ships in your harbor using mil from the harbor WING_LOAD: you can load groups of planes on ships with 1 command ALLYUPGRADE: allies can upgrade your ships in their harbors ALLYHARB(etc): allies will increase your ships' efficiency in their harbors RETREAT: ships can automatically retreat, under conditions you set STEALTHV: stealth is a % chance to evade, all planes are rated 0-100% SEMILAND: some ships can land 20% of mil instead of 10% or 100% WIRE: announcements are seperated from teles/bulletins STOP: Sectors taken over must be started. Start and stop are enabled The following options have been permanently turned off REALM_IN_NAT: realms are displayed by the nation command DAVYJONES: nukes hitting sea affect 1 sect, hitting waste/sanct don't det BABY_NUKES: Nukes affect only 1 sector
See also : Server