FreeOrion Changelog

New in version 0.4.4

October 18th, 2014
  • Key Changes:
  • Interface and turn processing time improvements
  • Extensive AI updates
  • Combat mechanics reworked
  • Balance changes including supply mechanics, damage control, ship hulls
  • New "core" slot type
  • Configurable Hotkeys
  • New save / load file dialog
  • Queued fleet move orders
  • Python scripted universe generation
  • Change Log:
  • New Features / Improvements:
  • Implemented Python scripted universe generation
  • Can be easily modified by editing script files
  • Accessible through "Irregular 2" galaxy shape in galaxy setup
  • New "core" ship design slot type, added to some hulls and required for some powerful ship parts
  • Made all empires' sitreps visible to moderators and observers
  • System and ship names moved into stringtable, so they can be translated with the rest of the in-game text
  • Added a bombardment mechanic, allowing ships to target and affect planets outside of battle
  • Added a UI for configurable hotkey command key bindings
  • Galaxy setup data is stored and can be accessed from the pedia during a game
  • Graphs display added that allows plotting game history of various statistics about empires
  • Made it possible to refresh the stringtable or change stringtables without restarting the program (although not all of the GUI will immediately refresh text when doing this)
  • Gifting mechanic allows giving ships to other empires with a presence in the same system
  • Improved support for FreeBSD
  • Modified system naming to group adjacent systems and give them similar names, distinguished by Greek suffixes, to prevent running out of system names in large galaxies
  • Reordered turn processing to improve consistency between server results and client-side estimates of effects processing
  • Added tracking and pedia display of various statistics about empires, such as numbers of things destroyed, lost, invaded...
  • Combat mechanics reworked:
  • 3 rounds, during which objects all fire simultaneously at random targets
  • Initially undetected ships that fire become targetable on later combat rounds
  • Made low-aggression AIs even less dangerous to help new players
  • Added shift-right-clicking to queue fleet move orders
  • Set default multiplayer autosave option to true
  • Content:
  • Various tech tree adjustments, including removing prerequisite techs and merging of similar techs
  • Translation updates:
  • Added / updated / corrected descriptions of various parts, techs, hulls, buildings...
  • Added more star names and ship names, and gave unowned monsters names
  • Added sitreps for unlocking buildings, hulls, ship parts, monster growth,
  • Reformatted / standardized sitrep text, added information to sitreps
  • Replaced the "Weapons" species bonus with piloting skills, which modifies ship damage
  • Organic hulls "grow", increasing structure over time
  • Core slot type introduced, appearing on some hulls, and with some parts only mountable in core slots
  • Changed default galaxy options to 150 stars and 6 AIs
  • Added more predefined ship designs
  • Ancient Ruins special:
  • Modest decrease in spawn rate
  • Preventing them from doubling up in a system
  • Much rarer now if Monsters Frequency is set to "None" (in part due to lack of guard monsters in this case)
  • Explored Ancient Ruins are now marked as excavated
  • Made less sparse on Low Planet Density setting
  • Added preferred focus to species, to which new colonies will default
  • Made all (including non-monster) unowned ship hulls move around on their own
  • Head on a Spike specials track the locations of captured empire capitals
  • Natives sometimes given advanced tech bonuses, making them more dangerous to attack
  • Reworking the Experimentors
  • Starlanes removed at the beginning of the game will not be replaced until after turn 200
  • Sitreps announce monster release events
  • The stealth levels of Black Kraken and Bloated Juggernauts are reduced
  • A Victory Sitrep is generated if the Experimentor Outpost building is captured
  • Ensuring after capture / destruction, fleets are not trapped in a no-lane system
  • Removed some old and uninteresting specials and renamed some existing specials
  • Added Robotic Interface Shields, which get bonuses from being located near other ships with the same part
  • Added Krill Spawner part as a possible Ancient Ruin unlock
  • Added Ramscoop part
  • Added Transpatial Drive part
  • Removed Interstellar Lighthouse because it was incompatible with current visibility mechanics
  • Reworked Psychic Domination to require a focus setting to enable, and to require telepathic species
  • Added some restrictions to when buildings can be added to the production queue
  • Can't build a second palace
  • Prevent quirks where a second something could be added to the queue, but would then become unproducible due to there being too many of it enqueued
  • AIs announce their aggression at the start of a game
  • Graphics / GUI:
  • New and updated icons for various ship parts, buildings, techs
  • Added right-click popup on players list to look up empires
  • Fleet management improvements
  • New automatically created fleets are set to aggressive if they contain warships, or passive otherwise
  • The new fleet aggression toggle can be set to automatically decide aggression for new fleets, as above
  • Right-clicking fleets or ships gives management commands: merging, splitting, and splitting by design
  • Added changing expression planet happiness icon
  • Production queue made to highlight items in the currently selected system
  • Added production queue right-click menu commands
  • Improved rendering of visibility circles
  • Limited copy-cut-paste functionality in some GUI text controls
  • Indicated mountable slot types in part descriptions
  • Made some multiline text areas scroll multiple lines per single mousewheel tick
  • Fixed longstanding missing item drop sound issue on options screen
  • Made looking up techs, buildings, ship parts or hulls from the map screen just show the pedia entry, and not open the design, production, or tech screens
  • Increased thresholds for displaying wasted PP or RP notifications, to avoid them appearing due to rounding errors
  • Sorted system droplist by system name (except for Deep Space, which are scatted through the list)
  • Numerous pedia text and GUI control placement layout adjustments
  • Tweaked cloud spawning effects
  • Design screen disables the confirm button to prevent creating duplicate designs
  • Added tooltips for design confirm button to explain why it is sometimes disabled
  • Restored system name colouring by owners, including multiple colours when shared between empires
  • Added right-click command to rename ship designs
  • Fixed / implemented mouseover highlighting in popup menus
  • Made clicking on a non-command in a popup menu not cancel the popup
  • Fixed a few places where changing text or list contents would annoyingly reset list scroll positions
  • Hid fleet/ship names when panels are small to avoid overlapping with destination text
  • Added Linux install targets and icons
  • Added toggle buttons for info windows: graph, messages, empires
  • Modified rendering of GUI windows to show a pointed bottom-right corner when resizable, and a cut off corner when not
  • Added buttons to adjust objects list window visibility filters more quickly
  • Added tooltips to tech tree tech panels, production queue
  • Made production / research queue widths adjustable in options
  • Reworked fleet icons to be more complicated and informative
  • Added All / None sitrep filter toggles
  • Enabled sitrep filters for observers
  • Added turn auto-cycle button, which automatically ends turns for players (immediately) or moderators (when all players have finished their turn)
  • Made clicking empire PP and RP total indicators open the production or research screens
  • Improved disabling of order-giving GUI controls when a player's order giving is disabled between turns
  • Redesign of save/load file dialog, now showing information about each game, and sorting by file modification date
  • Added automatic generation of repeat keypresses while holding down a key
  • Rates and delays for keyboard and mouse repeat have options in the options screen
  • Made objects list columns configurable by right-click popup menu
  • Enabled (glitchy) sorting of objects by any column by left-clicking the column heading
  • Incomplete ship design name changes are now immediately reflected in the pedia description
  • Added Available, Unavailable, and Redundant parts filtering on the design screen
  • Added right-click popup to enqueue production items and techs on their respective screens
  • Hulls and designs can be dragged from the list to the main design panel to load them (and can also be double-clicked, as before)
  • Made clicking the design background image show the hull in the pedia instead of the incomplete design
  • Added toggle to pin GUI windows in place
  • Removed X from top-right of windows that can't be closed
  • Changed the default design screen layout
  • Balancing:
  • Extensive ship hull rebalancing
  • Made colonization require at least partial visibility of the target planet
  • Made stargate construction require at least 1 population, so the required focus can be set
  • Added penalties to planet resource meters when changing focus, to discourage doing so frequently
  • Tweaked various effects, to ensure intended-bonuses never actually amplify penalties, and penalties never actually give bonuses
  • Various supply mechanics changes
  • Made supply meter grow 1 per turn up to max supply
  • Changed Interstellar Logistics to give a fixed +3 to supply range
  • Planet size affects supply: smaller gives more supply than large
  • Space Elevator gives any planet equivalent supply to tiny planets
  • Species can have good or bad supply traits
  • Increased native planet troop levels, making invasions more costly
  • Adjusted universe generation special distributions
  • Made meters reset to 0 if a planet is conquered, and disabled meter growth on the turn after capture
  • Changed Ion Storms to give fixed 40 point penalty to stealth and vision
  • Made derelict specials stealthy (40 stealth)
  • Adjusted monster spawning rate dependence on galaxy setup setting
  • Damage control techs rebalanced
  • Made Concentration Camps require a population of 3 to be built
  • Bugs:
  • Fixed production costs at start of queue processing, so that processing the queue doesn't affect the costs of other queue items during the same turn.
  • Hopefully fixed issue causing dangling server processes from failed load game attempts, which would prevent starting a new game.
  • Fixed issue with having multiple different production block sizes on the queue leading to incorrect production costs
  • Fixed Collective Thought Network bonus range
  • Fixed bug causing display errors in the production queue, including "never" for items that should complete in one turn
  • Fixed xenophobic self script triggering from outposts with negative population, or from use of exobots
  • Fixed homeworld growth focus overriding homeworld bonus for the same species elsewhere if it has more than one homeworld
  • Fixed crash and memory leaks when filtering the objects list
  • Gaia special will no longer trigger for Exobots on an Adequate planet
  • Fixed issue on OSX where selecting observer or moderator mode in multiplayer lobby could cause a crash
  • Fixed memory leak in tech tree display code
  • Fixed memory leaks in AI ship design code
  • Removed rename command from other empires' fleets' popup menus
  • Fixed issue where failed colonization attempts could leave ships in an inconsistent state
  • Fixed issue where hotkeys would be enabled while entering text, preventing certain letters from being typed
  • Fixed issue where auto-exploring fleets wouldn't update the GUI to show that they had been told to stop exploring
  • Hopefully fixed issue where the system instead of bundled Python framework was being used on OSX
  • Fixed issue with a ship moving from a system with the derelict special to another system with the derelict special not receiving both bonuses
  • Fixed issue with scrapping multiple ships causing a crash
  • Disabled game saving in GUI when doing so could cause problems
  • Stopped Asteroid Snails from moving
  • Fixed (broken) use of galaxy setup seed in multiplayer games
  • Fixed crash with observers enabling multiplayer autosave
  • Fixed glitchy window dragging
  • Fixed random seeding functions to properly seed more random number generation
  • Fixed some crashes when a model dialog was open (such as a droplist) when turn updates arrived and caused a GUI refresh
  • Fixed Cosmic Dragon adding Nova Bomb Activator specials to any / all planets when it was not in a system
  • Attempted to fix some quirky GUI state issues when alt-tabbing or clicking in/out of the game window
  • Stopped setting of galaxy map pedia article when opening the research or production screens
  • Adjusted population reduction formula for the Concentration Camps and Evacuation buildings, to correct odd results when target population is substantially below current population
  • Adjusted colonization process so colonizing an outpost doesn't cancel scrap orders on buildings on the planet
  • Fixed issue with multiplayer chat history display
  • Fixed issue with ships with self-repairing hulls starting with 0 structure when produced
  • Fixed rare situation where if a floater is the only monster outside a system, it could spawn forests at almost every system
  • Removed design window options for moderators in multiplayer to prevent crashes

New in version 0.4.3 (August 3rd, 2013)

  • New Features / Improvements:
  • Fundamental change to ship shield mechanics: ship shields reduce the amount of damage suffered from a hit by a fixed value (determined by the shield strength stat), instead of providing additional structure that regenerates between battles
  • Reworked supply block / fleet movement blockade mechanics
  • Supply blocks and fleet movement blockades have been harmonized to occur in the same situations
  • Non-stationary ships no longer create blockades / supply-blocks
  • Armed aggressive fleets arriving in a system and then remaining stationary will maintain any supply flow for their empire, and block it against enemies not already having armed aggressive fleets present.
  • If armed aggressive fleets for two enemy empires arrive at a system at the same time, supply maintenance takes precedence over supply blocks -- they will each maintain supply for for their empire, and not block supply for the other, for so long as both sides remain and survive.
  • An empire 'secures' use of a starlane as an exit from a system simply by having a fleet enter that system along that starlane. If no armed aggressive enemies were already present in the system, then passage through all exiting starlanes is secured for that empire so long as it maintains an armed aggressive fleet presence in that system.
  • Passage of an empire's fleets through 'unsecured' starlanes exiting a blockaded system is blocked until the blockade is completely broken, by defeating all armed aggressive enemy forces present (previously movement was only halted for one game turn); exit along a 'secured' starlane will be allowed after the fleet has halted for at least one turn in the system, even if the blockade is not broken.
  • Raised max number of systems to 5000 in GUI.
  • Note FreeOrion is balanced for and performs best with a galaxy in the low 100s of systems. Higher numbers make a game increasingly unbalanced and make rendering performance and turn processing times worse.
  • Many fixes and improvements to the AI
  • Added a configurable random seed value for galaxy generation
  • Made focus visible on detected planets a player doesn't control
  • Detailed combat log display
  • New Moderator player type in multiplayer mode
  • Sees the full universe like an observer.
  • Controls the length of turns.
  • Can create and destroy objects, add or remove starlanes, and set ownership of objects.
  • Can be used with no other human players and several AIs to have a more-controlled AI test arena than using observer mode.
  • Made fields visible if any part of them is within detection range, rather than their centre.
  • Content:
  • Major revision of shields/armor/weapons (due to the new shield mechanics)
  • Added new shield techs and parts
  • Added new armor techs and parts
  • Rearranged tech tree for armor and shield techs
  • Changed starting techs: instead of basic shields players now get basic armor at the start of the game
  • Completely reworked/rebalanced shield, armor and weapon parts stats, tech and build costs
  • Adjusted space monsters accordingly
  • Adjusted a few basic pre-made/starting ship designs, discarded the rest
  • Adjusted affected species picks accordingly
  • Reduced Acirema ship shield bonus to +1
  • Added molecular clouds that reduce ship shields, which spawn outside the galaxy and move in
  • Added nebulae that spawn on no-star systems.
  • Added more species write-ups
  • Added terraforming reversion building
  • Translation updates: Finnish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Russian
  • Tweaks/refinements for Evacuation building
  • Concentration Camps now cause a lingering negative effect on population, of indefinite duration even if the camp is removed.
  • Fixed Solar Orbital Generator building description
  • Fixes to Psychogenic Domination and System Defense Mines techs
  • Corrected description of requirements for the Static Multicellular hull
  • Fixed Egassem species description
  • Tech tree reorganization and various adjustments to techs
  • To avoid confusion removed "can colonize" property from species that can't build ships
  • Fixed weapon species picks:
  • Grant not only a specific refinement level, but also all preceding techs at the start of the game
  • Lowered weapon tech for ultimate weapons from Laser 4 to Laser 3, adjusted premade ship design "Mark IV" accordingly
  • Graphics / GUI:
  • Replaced galaxy map toolbar button text with icons
  • Added detection range circles opacity control to galaxy map options
  • Added empire statistics to empires window
  • Sitrep window will not pop up if the design, research or production screens are open
  • Sitrep messages:
  • Added sitrep message when tame monsters mature
  • Added sitrep message upon total population loss from Concentration Camp
  • Added sitrep messages for mines
  • Added sitrep messages for Psychogenic Domination
  • Reordered sitrep order of presentation; is now customizable via content files
  • Augmented census popup with tag/characteristic info
  • Reorganization of species description text
  • Planet and field icons in objects list
  • On the ship design screen ship parts are now hidden for which improved/refined parts have become available that are superior in every aspect (so, Laser 2 hides Laser 1 etc.)
  • Added "X" close buttons to objects list and pedia windows
  • Added aggregate fleet stats icons at top of fleet window
  • Moved focus drop box to top level of planet panel, out of the resources subpanel
  • Overhauled research screen rendering
  • Rewrote rendering of tech panels.
  • Adding tooltips to tech panels with details that are now not shown on the panel itself.
  • Highlighted enqueued techs on tree.
  • Tech panel mouseover and selection indicators
  • Removed tech type buttons on tree filter
  • Added prerequisites and unlocked techs to tech descriptions in pedia
  • Removed tech navigator. Pedia entry for techs have equivalent links.
  • SHIFT + single click enqueues a tech
  • CTRL + double click enqueues a tech to top of queue
  • Ship stats of a ship design displayed on the ship design screen now take into account effects groups acting on a ship
  • Readjusted fleet window summary bar to show current stat rather than projected next turn values
  • Modified pedia panel "up" button behavior to always be enabled and to always go directly to the index, regardless of what page the view is currently on
  • Replaced pedia panel button text with arrow icons
  • Tweaked multiplayer default empire names, species and colors selection
  • Balancing:
  • Reduced required distance to moving ships for Collective Thought Network (from 500 to 200)
  • Species balancing:
  • Having xenophobic species in an empire causes disruption (in form of maluses) for the colonies of the xenophobic species as well as for other colonies near them
  • Xenophobic species get the Concentration Camp tech at the start of the game
  • Reduced Etty detection range malus (from 20 to 9)
  • Increased chance for no star systems
  • Made Gas Giant Generator and Interstellar Lighthouse building bonuses non-stacking
  • Bugs:
  • Fixed spawning of Acirema guard ships so as to not be triggered by (player owned) Acirema ships
  • Fixed several issues with one click colonize/outpost buttons
  • Fixed issue with empty fleets appearing in-game after their ships have been destroyed
  • Various fixes/adjustments to Concentration Camps
  • Fixed issue that sometimes stars were stacked on top of each other during galaxy generation
  • Fixes for various issues with loading/saving games
  • Restricted speed bonuses granted by Infrastructure Ecology tech and Interstellar Lighthouse building to ignore immobile ships
  • Fixed stealth reducing effect of Interstellar Lighthouse building
  • Fixed display of system name for systems that have no star but do have planets
  • Fixed map hotkey issues
  • Fixed issue that production progress stops for ships if their design is deleted
  • Fixed non-working "Cancel Scrapping Ships" order for fleets
  • Fixed issue where planets that lost population and converted to outposts retained their focus setting
  • Fixed some crashes in research screen / tech tree
  • Fixed detection range circle overlap artifacts at high detection ranges
  • Fixed issues with fleet stat calculations
  • Fixed sometimes inaccurate population projections on colonize button and planet suitability report
  • Numerous other bug fixes

New in version 0.4.2 (February 23rd, 2013)

  • New Features / Improvements:
  • Very much improved AI.
  • Added an AI aggression setting during game setup.
  • Keyboard presses should now account for the operating system language setting, and it should be possible to type non-Latin characters in-game as long as the appropriate character set is used in the selected stringtable file.
  • Added an objects list window, with collapsable rows showing objects containing other objects
  • Objects list has an incomplete filtering function to control what objects are shown.
  • Right clicking an object in the objects list give a command to data dump about that object to the messages window. (For debug purposes)
  • Added ion storms moving around the map. Ships and planets in storms have reduced stealth and detection.
  • Improved Sitrep
  • Added type filters.
  • Old sitrep entries are kept on later turns, and may be reviewed.
  • Different icons for different event types
  • Added droplists to items on production queue to produce multiple items before being removed from the queue.
  • All ships produced by an empire on a single turn are now put into a single fleet, rather than a separate fleet for each ship.
  • Added a happiness meter to planets.
  • Disabled production of duplicate buildings when one already has been produced.
  • Various turn-processing and GUI speed improvements.
  • Added a Protection Focus
  • Reworked combat:
  • An attacking ship will fire each of its weapons separately at independently-selected targets.
  • A ship that is not visible on the map to an empire cannot be fired at by that empire's ships in battle until the ship fires on one of that empire's ships.
  • Reworked autosaving
  • Autosaves are in a separate directory from regular saves
  • There is a customizable limit on the number of autosaves to keep
  • Balancing:
  • Unified resource and fleet supply into a single meter: the Supply meter. Infrastructure is not involved.
  • Outpost now provide 0 jump supply, and colonies 1 jump supply. Techs and buildings can extend that.
  • Removed infrastructure from having any effect on producing Industry or Research.
  • Greatly reduced the number of Theory techs that have no direct effect.
  • Adjusted price and research time of many techs.
  • Recallibrated Stealth & Detection Strength numbers
  • to max around 100
  • to work with the new mechanics
  • Reduced detection ranges for ships and planets by roughly half.
  • Loosened requirements for Asteroid hulls/parts
  • Asteroid processors are no longer shipyards, but must be built on a belt for a shipyard anywhere in the system to build asteroid hulls.
  • Rock/Crystallized Armor Plating now requires an Asteroid Reformation Processor somewhere in the empire.
  • Rebalancing of weapons, ship hulls, armour, and shield parts.
  • Made Terraforming more expensive, and made it get more expensive for repeatedly terraforming the same planet.
  • Made colony ships more expensive.
  • Disable production of shipyards at outposts.
  • Adjusted Microgravity Industry to "Increases Industry by +5 on all Industry-focused colonies in system with an asteroid belt outposts. Additional asteriod outposts do not provide additional benefit."
  • Removed loophole that made Exobot Origin buildings cheaper than building Exobot colony ships on Exobot worlds.
  • Some rough species balancing:
  • Weakened Trith with Narrow EP
  • Strengthened Egassem with Ultimate Industry
  • Strengthened Laenfa with Average Industry
  • Strengthened Gyisache with Great Research
  • Species with a starting weapons bonus now also start with more ships
  • Major Redo of Ground Troops:
  • Protection focus now increases max troops to 200%
  • Species Bonus/Malus is now multiplied
  • Native planets and homeworlds now have a bonus to troops
  • Outposts have weaker defenses
  • Increased cost of Garrison Techs, and decreased capacity of Troop Pods
  • Increased penalties to population on poor and hostile planets.
  • Planet meters, such as population, can now be negative, which can lead to faster loss of population on uninhabitable planets.
  • Redstricted production of imperial palaces if an empire already has one that it produced.
  • Some buildings deduct from their planet's infrastructure, reducing benefits from having high infrastructure on those planets.
  • Added increasing cost to some ship hulls depending on the number of ships an empire owns.
  • Incrased amount of information players are sent about other empires, including capitals and their supply network.
  • Content:
  • More Game Concepts 'pedia entries.
  • Russian & French translation update.
  • Added Dampening Cloud monster
  • Added Planetary Evacuation
  • New ultimate detection strenght tech "Omni-scanners"
  • New detction strength booster special, Panopticon Complex
  • Added Philosopher Planet special
  • Added Furthest species
  • Added a ship speed boost effect to lighthouses
  • New engine ship parts
  • Added planetary shield and defense boosting techs.
  • Reworked stargate mechanics.
  • Made three of the indigenous species telepathic
  • Graphics:
  • New Focus & Planet meter icons with matching chart colors.
  • Sitrep icons.
  • More unique icons, especially fo ship parts.
  • Added scanlines to more places in GUI to indicate objects the player previously saw but can't see on the current turn.
  • Added multi-turn expanding ring effect for supernovae.
  • GUI:
  • Added one-click colonize and invade buttons to sidepanel. Selecting ships in the FleetWnd will override the default selection of ships to use for these actions.
  • Added cumulative weapon, structure, and sheild, information to fleets so it is easy to gauge a fleet's chance of winning.
  • Numpad keypresses now enter numbers when numlock is on, and act as arrow navigation keys in text edit widgets.
  • Added option to swap left and right mouse buttons, for left-handed players.
  • Added line to producible item tooltips to indicate that items must be unlocked.
  • Added key remapping function for hotkeys, via the file keymaps.txt
  • Recoloured most planet meters.
  • Added right-click popup menu commands to:
  • set map / misc options (enabled in options screen).
  • split damaged ships from a fleet.
  • split unfueled ships from a fleet.
  • scrap a whole fleet.
  • have a fleet automatically explore.
  • look up special icons in the 'pedia.
  • look up ship designs in the 'pedia.
  • generate planet-species suitability report
  • New Census tootlip that shows the species breakdown of the player's empire's population
  • Other empire resource icons have simple tooltips.
  • Adjusted contrast of progress bars.
  • Hid some details of projects on production queue when there is insufficient screen space.
  • Added red/green colour coding of colony predicted target populations on colonize button.
  • Added ! indicators on top of screen to indicate if PP or RP are going unspent.
  • These indicators may be clicked to open the appropriate production / research screen.
  • Added thick starlane indicators in empire colour to show connected systems that can share production.
  • The colour of these indicators is altered conspicuously when the group of systems has unspent PP available.
  • Alphabetized entries in most encyclopedia lists.
  • Added fleet summary statistics (number of ships, weapon strength, etc.) to fleet data panels in fleets window.
  • Added somewhat unsightly text indicator of star colour to system sidepanel.
  • Made popup menus less transparent by default.
  • Changed how names are shown for enemy ships and fleets.
  • Added Can Produce Ships and Can Colonize conditions to popups for ship designs in the production screen, to better indicate why they can / can't be produced at a location.
  • Added links to techs that can unlock buildings, ship hulls, and ship parts in their 'pedia entries.
  • Added empire summary icons for empire detection and a count of ships owned.
  • Removed mineral and trade icons.
  • Added a plain-text stealth indicator to the building tooltip.
  • Bugs:
  • Disabled building shipyards at outposts.
  • Disabled the construction of any duplicate buildings at the same location. It is still possible to double-queue a building and get multiples.
  • Fixed longstanding font corruption with non-Latin text.
  • Partial fix for a crash with font text colours wrapping over line ending in the encyclopedia window. May still result in glitchy text colouring, but hopefully won't crash.
  • Fixed issue where some producible items would be replaced by empty space on their list.
  • Fixed issue where in-game options taking text would be saved as "1" instad of blank text.
  • Hopefully fixed crashes when manipulating fleets.
  • Fixed miscalculation of number of production projects in progress.
  • Fixed building indicator progress bar
  • Prevented ships from engaging in combat with planets of which they have only basic visibility.

New in version 0.4 (February 8th, 2012)

  • New Features / Improvements:
  • Further reduced turn processing times.
  • Added ship repair.
  • Split LifeFrequency galaxy setup setting into separate Monster and Native Frequencies.
  • Added lists of planets and fleets to Empire encyclopedia entries.
  • Disabled order issuing on various screens between turns, which should avoid potential crashes.
  • Balancing:
  • Simplified the tech tree.
  • Adjusted stealth and detection values for monsters and early ship hulls. This helps avoid sudden appearances of ships in player systems, battles, and resulting loss of ship messages without warning.
  • Imperial palace now adds +10 to the capital planet troop meter.
  • Switched research output to be population based.
  • Added ship shield regeneration when they have not recently fought in battles.
  • Content:
  • Added techs for increasing the size of troop garrisons.
  • Added new 'Planetary Defense' tech catagory
  • Combined some theory techs with their application to simplify the tech tree.
  • Made some techs, ship parts, ship hulls, and building types that had very large costs be officially not researchable or producible.
  • New Sitrep messages: when a planet is terraformed by the Terraforming building, and when a tame space monster is 'born'.
  • AI script updates
  • New default premade shipdesigns for empires.
  • Graphics:
  • Made companion stars always visibile in in sidepanel.
  • Added clearer fleet icons.
  • Made AI empires choose more distinctive colors.
  • Made structure meter icon distinct from health meter icon.
  • Added icons for some ship parts.
  • Added animated system selection indicators.
  • Replaced ground invasion overlay graphic.
  • GUI:
  • Sorted techs alphabetically in encyclopedia index.
  • Added a separate message for starting up AIs so any problems with that won't appear to happen during universe generation.
  • Hid unresearchable and unproducible items on the tech tree, production screen, and design screen.
  • Made map zoom with the slider smoother.
  • Removed separate fleet windows that opened when double-clicking a fleet in the main fleets window.
  • Limited messages window history to 100 lines.
  • Coloured fleet window icons with empires / monster colour.
  • Tweaked tech dependency arc positions.
  • Added tooltips to producible items in production screen list.
  • Added highlighting to show which producible items can be produced on the selected planet.
  • Made automatically adding parts to ship designs more flexible; parts will be moved around to accomodate the new one, if possible and necessary.
  • Improved in-game chat autocomplete.
  • Bugs:
  • Fixed problem with non-Latin font character rendering.
  • Fixed tamed monsters wandering off on their own initiative.
  • Fixed some crash bugs related to the Psychic Domination tech.
  • Fixed bug where the tech tree view reset every time a tech was added or removed from the queue.
  • Fixed / prevented crashes when font files are missing.
  • Fixed misplaced text on tech tree tech panels.
  • Fixed a crash occurring during tech tree layout.
  • Fixed centring on techs on tech tree.
  • Fixed issue that caused AIs to do nothing on OSX.
  • Fixed crash or graphical glitch ocurring when transferring all ships out of a moving fleet.

New in version 0.3.17 Alpha (September 24th, 2011)

  • New Features / Improvements:
  • Added space monsters
  • Added neutral natives on planets
  • Added frequecy of monsters and natives can be adjusted during galaxy setup.
  • Ground troop ship parts that allow a ship to invade neutral or enemy planets. Planets can be invaded only if their shield meters are zero. The original and new owners get sitreps after invasions succeed.
  • Very basic ground combat system for capturing planets - ship combat can no longer capture planets.
  • Reduced turn processing time, particularly for large galaxies.
  • New versions will ignore old config.xml files, preventing some crashes after updating.
  • Added more lists of content, and more details about content, in the encyclopedia.
  • Reduced file save size by using binary format (instead of semi-readable text).
  • Balancing:
  • Generally a lot of little tweaks to make the beginning of the game more playable.
  • Decreased cost of colony pods by 20%.
  • Unexplored systems block resource sharing between planets, preventing players from knowing about a hostile presense in a system before exploring it.
  • Ships no longer have functional detection when moving on starlanes. Ships must be in a system to detect objects.
  • Planets can be seen, although without details, by any object in their system, regardless of detection and stealth. Detection strength above planet stealth gives details about the planet.
  • Planets do not increase their shield, troops, or defense meters on a turn they are attacked.
  • Fleets must end a turn's movement if they arrive at a system that contains hostile fleets and no friendly fleets.
  • Increased base detection of all hulls to at least 5.
  • Colonies target construction is increased to 20 so once the meter fills, they create 1 jump supply lines.
  • Content:
  • Added a lot of minor "native" species, a few of which have extended descriptions.
  • Experimental addition of various space monsters
  • Added domesticateable space monster nests.
  • Added Small & Medium basic hulls (smaller and cheaper than standard)
  • Improved, usually cheaper, pre-made ship designs
  • Added Computronium Moon & Damaged Computronium Moon specials.
  • Added automatic terraforming to Gaian planets
  • Added guard ships sometimes to Gaian, Ancient Ruins, & Computronium specials.
  • Graphics:
  • Added binary star variant star graphics.
  • Added new building graphics.
  • GUI:
  • Systems with no stars but with populated planets now show their system name on the map.
  • Systems with only non-player populated planets have a lighter name on map than non-populated systems.
  • New sitrep messages
  • Slightly improved resolution settings apply button functionality on OSX
  • Made default sidepanel with slightly larger so that the 6th meter icon in planet panels will not be partly hidden.
  • Made default message window and players list wider and less tall.
  • Invade button on planet panels works similarly to the Colonize button; a troop ship must be selected in the same system.
  • Bugs:
  • Fixed issue where empty fleets would remain when moving ships around
  • Fixed crash when using conditions to check the distance between two systems
  • Made sidepanel disable focus droplists when the planet is not owned by the client's player
  • Modified the Imperial Palace to only work on planets owned by the empire that produced it, preventing captured palaces from moving a player's capital.
  • Fixed bug with detection system where ships in a system could detect arbitrarily stealthy objects in the same system regardless of their detection strength.
  • Fixed issue where planets would not feed themselves, even if they produced adequate food, while being blockaded.
  • Fixed issue where ordering a single ships to colonize multiple planets in the same system could leave nonfunctional cancel buttons on planet panels.
  • Fixed bug where actual system name was being shown instead of "Deep Space" in the FleetWnd.

New in version 0.3.16 Alpha (September 22nd, 2011)

  • Replaced the fullscreen turn progress window that covered the map with progress indicator text in the message window. The map now stays visible between turns, but with order-issuing UI disabled until the next turn starts being playable.
  • Chat messages are now entered in the same message window with a more obvious interface for entering text and displaying old messages.
  • Added an empire / player list window above the chat / message window. When any empire or player is selected, chat messages are sent only to that player.
  • The server now sends updates several times between turns, including fleet movements before combats, and a full update (as before) at the start of the next turn.
  • Added an encyclopedia to the in-game interface, showing information about game content like ship parts, techs, species, etc.
  • Added the option to have observer players in multiplayer games. These players can see the whole universe, but don't have an empire to control and can't control when turns are ended.
  • Added the option to have AI players in multiplayer games.
  • With the observer option and AI players in the multiplayer lobby, it is now possible to create an AI-only game with only a human observer. This works like an AI test arena, with the AIs playing against eachother and no human player.
  • Added a "Drop" option in the multiplayer lobby, to allow removing human or AI players from games.
  • Added "Deep Space" to possible types of systems in universe. These systems have no star, but may still have a planet.
  • Made map screen zoom centre on the cursor instead of the centre of the screen.
  • Improved rendering support for graphics cards that don't support rendering buffers and shaders.
  • Made system sidepanel resizable and draggable.
  • Made the UI generally respond better to FreeOrion window resizing. The intro screen generally looks good, but production and research don't resize properly, yet.
  • Content updates, including new species.
  • Tweaked fleet window layout to remove the new fleet drop panel when the window is very small.
  • Added optional autogenerated effects descriptions to various tooltips and content descriptions. These must be enabled in the options to be seen, since many people complained that the autogenerated text was hard to read.
  • Translated stringtable updates.
  • Updated AI scripts.
  • Reworked autoresolved combat.
  • Added an "Apply" button on the resolution screen. This seems to work on Windows, but may not on other operating systems.
  • Changed the tech tree layout code to a custom implementation. There may be some quirks with this new system.
  • Tweaked layout and rendering of meter bars.
  • Fixed issues with food distribution to planets.
  • Made rollover link text colour modifiable in options.
  • Made SidePanel retain scroll position of planets list between opening and closing the panel or changing system, and when pressing the turn button.
  • Fixed issue with SidePanel where scrolling up planet panels would cause the system droplist and forward/backward buttons to become unusable.
  • Fixed sidepanel scrolling problem when expanding and collapsing planet panels.
  • Tweaked how colonization works, so that ships ordered to colonize, and their fleets, don't disappear until the turn is ended. Ships ordered to colonize are marked with an indicator. As well, colonization now can't occur if there are enemy armed ships in the same system.
  • Various bug fixes and new features within the game content and AI scripting systems.
  • Made the client respond more promptly to server disconnections, so that players don't attempt to finish their turn before being made aware of the disconnection.