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FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.7 released! (20-feb-2020). Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 12 Feb 2020 13:01
by rotterdxm
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FIRS and CHIPS style objects (FaCso)
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Hi all, this is FaCso, my first project. I think you all will enjoy this. Please feel free to check out the source! I would love some feedback as well.

Industry and miscellaneous tiles as objects, to expand and prettify/grungify your industrial areas. You don't need FIRS or CHIPS to use this NewGRF, but why wouldn't you use them?
This project is very much a work-in-progress, as there are a lot of objects to add still. Currently, a majority of the dirt-, concrete- and cobblestone-based industry tiles are included as well as a vast selection of decorative CHIPS-style cargo tiles.

Graphics used: FIRS and CHIPS by andythenorth, FooBar, planetmaker, Terkhen, Yexo and many others. Industrial Stations Renewal / DWE by Sanchimaru, Arte Pro, Norfolksouthern, Oz, Aegir, Born Acorn, Zimmlock, Ben_K, Maedhros, mart3p. You all rock!
Some graphical edits and variants by me.

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NOTICE! 0.1.8 is on the way!
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I have decided to split off the resource piles and new terrain decorations into their own set, because I'm going to hit the limit of 256 objects per newGRF for FaCso otherwise.
THIS WILL BREAK BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY IF YOU USE FACSO 0.1.7 OR OLDER

The new standalone project is called CIRso, CHIPS Industrial Renewal style objects, and is meant to bridge the gap between ISR/DWE style sprites and FIRS/CHIPS style sprites. While you don't need FaCso to enjoy CIRso, the two newGRFs are intended to work together as seamlessly as possible.
With CIRso, you can have any mix of dirt, concrete, cobblestone and (slightly tidied up) ISR/DWE ground tiles. I spent quite a bit of time creating transitional tiles for this purpose and am excited to share my works with you all.
You even get two flavors of terrain-aware transitionals, so you can mix-and-match with openGFX style snow as well as FIRS-style (brighter) snow.
Also in CIRso are DWE-style fences and barriers (in company color 1, color 2, 2CC and inverted 2CC) to match these ground tiles. More to come very soon!

Sneak peek!
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CHANGELOG:
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0.1.7 FIX: the random variations of resource tiles (piece goods, bulk, etc.) were not checked over as thoroughly as they should be before release. Most of them would still be generated with a dirt ground tile, even when selecting concrete, cobblestone or snow. Oops.
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Other than that, it's now possible to make your own custom clay pit/phosphate mine/quarry mud banks. With some new sprite edits by me, you can expand the water area quite a bit.Not only that, but they're terrain-aware and will match the grass, snow and desert if placed there. Sneak preview in the spoiler!
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CHANGELOG: OLDER VERSIONS:
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0.1.6 includes a HUGE set of cargo resource tiles from CHIPS for almost every resource (only items not included are farm animals and grain silos). They have their own subsection, and are available for all ground types (dirt, concrete, cobblestone and snow). Resource tiles come in 9 to 12 random variants each, with the smaller piles having a lower random chance to be selected when placing the object.
MANY thanks to Erato for helping me with the randomization code!

0.1.5 adds the "cobblestone" category, which includes industries like textile mills, brickworks, metal workshops and the like. Also new: (animated!) steel mill buildings.

0.1.4 adds most remaining mine buildings, with animated mine carts for potash, pyrite, limestone, iron ore and manganese mines. New sprites from the in-development FIRS 4 are also being included (thx Andy!).

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SCREENSHOTS:
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Screenshots of included objects in 0.1.3!
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New additions in 0.1.4!
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Some of the new additions in 0.1.5!
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NOTES:
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I know that there are some objects which appear slightly misaligned by a pixel or so, but that's how they're set up in FIRS. I kept these alignments to maintain 100% visual compatibility with FIRS.
The objects' names and descriptions will be cleaned up eventually, when I settle on a definitive naming scheme. ;)

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LICENSING:
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The originating mods are under the GPL-v2 license, so I guess that applies to this project too.
http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html

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THANKYOUS:
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Much gratitude to the people who have spent all these years coding, modding, spriting, developing and documenting.

Thanks to GarryG for uploading many of his Auz objects newGRF source files, which I learned quite a bit from.

Special shout outs to seΛn | spnda, Erato and Gwyd on the openTTD Discord for helping me get started with openTTD modding!

Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.3 released! Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 13 Feb 2020 00:19
by kamnet
This looks sweet! Great job on a first release!

Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.3 released! Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 13 Feb 2020 13:17
by andythenorth
Lots of work. Pretty rad. :thumbsup

Some recently updated spritesheets attached, or find them all at https://github.com/andythenorth/firs - there's currently an active branch for 'v4 release track'.

Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.3 released! Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 13 Feb 2020 14:26
by rotterdxm
andythenorth wrote:
13 Feb 2020 13:17
Lots of work. Pretty rad. :thumbsup

Some recently updated spritesheets attached, or find them all at https://github.com/andythenorth/firs - there's currently an active branch for 'v4 release track'.
Thank you andythenorth! I'm glad you appreciate my project. And thanks a lot for the tip on the new spritesheets! Will download those when I get back home and compare. *Edit* wanted to say the new sheets look fantastic, I'm a sucker for well-crafted isometric buildings.
Are the new spritesheets being actively worked on still? In that case I'll need to start keeping track of the github.

Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.3 released! Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 13 Feb 2020 15:23
by andythenorth
rotterdxm wrote:
13 Feb 2020 14:26
Are the new spritesheets being actively worked on still? In that case I'll need to start keeping track of the github.
The ones I've posted are done, unless I find mistakes ;)

There are more industries to draw before I can release FIRS v4.

Commits for v4 are in https://github.com/andythenorth/firs/co ... ease-track

Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.3 released! Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 14 Feb 2020 11:46
by rotterdxm
andythenorth wrote:
13 Feb 2020 15:23
rotterdxm wrote:
13 Feb 2020 14:26
Are the new spritesheets being actively worked on still? In that case I'll need to start keeping track of the github.
The ones I've posted are done, unless I find mistakes ;)

There are more industries to draw before I can release FIRS v4.

Commits for v4 are in https://github.com/andythenorth/firs/co ... ease-track
Awesome. Thanks for the support andy! I have added the slag pit buildings to the latest build of the project. Looks tasty :)

I see a lot of dark grey areas around those FIRS 4 buildings' footprints, is that the direction you're going in with all of the buildings in FIRS 4? Will you be adding the dark areas to the older style buildings from FIRS 3 as well?

Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.3 released! Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 14 Feb 2020 12:59
by andythenorth
rotterdxm wrote:
14 Feb 2020 11:46
I see a lot of dark grey areas around those FIRS 4 buildings' footprints, is that the direction you're going in with all of the buildings in FIRS 4? Will you be adding the dark areas to the older style buildings from FIRS 3 as well?
FIRS art style goes through different phases and fashions. Currently I think the grey helps connect the building to the tile sprite.

I probably won't go back and retrofit the older stuff though :)

Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.4 released! (14-feb-2020). Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 15 Feb 2020 21:31
by Diesel Power
Great job! I've always thought the industries don't look big enough. Now I can make them look much bigger. I'll be using these in my next game. I'll let you know if I find anything.

Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.4 released! (14-feb-2020). Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 15 Feb 2020 21:49
by andythenorth
Diesel Power wrote:
15 Feb 2020 21:31
Great job! I've always thought the industries don't look big enough. Now I can make them look much bigger. I'll be using these in my next game. I'll let you know if I find anything.
Screenshots, or didn't happen :twisted:

Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.4 released! (14-feb-2020). Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 15 Feb 2020 21:56
by Hyronymus
This is some good stuff, bull's eye I say :),

Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.4 released! (14-feb-2020). Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 16 Feb 2020 12:33
by rotterdxm
0.1.5 is nearing release. New additions: near-full set of the cobblestone-based industries as well as the blast furnace/steel mill (with multi-part animations!).
Sneak peek:
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Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.5 released! (16-feb-2020). Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 16 Feb 2020 23:46
by rotterdxm
*edit* accidental double post, my bad

Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.5 released! (16-feb-2020). Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 16 Feb 2020 23:49
by rotterdxm
0.1.5 is out! Some examples of what can be done with this:
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Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.5 released! (16-feb-2020). Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 18 Feb 2020 00:43
by rotterdxm
0.1.6 is ready!
NEW: Added a HUGE set of cargo resource tiles from CHIPS for almost every resource (only items not included are farm animals and grain silos).
They have their own subsection, and are available for all ground types (dirt, concrete, cobblestone and snow).
Resource tiles come in 9 to 12 random variants each, with the smaller piles having a lower random chance to be selected when placing the object.

MANY thanks to Erato for helping me with the randomization code!

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Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.6 released! (18-feb-2020). Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 18 Feb 2020 09:30
by lostpawn
Great work! Thank you so much.

Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.6 released! (18-feb-2020). Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 19 Feb 2020 01:30
by rotterdxm
More progress! When FaCso 0.1.7 drops, you'll be able to make custom clay pits/phosphate mines/quarries. This was a TON of work, but it's been truly educational. :mrgreen:

Did some custom sprite editing for a bit more variety in the mud banks. Also added full water tiles for the pits so you can make them much larger now..

Bonus feature 1: these objects are terrain-aware and will adapt to desert and snow terrain.
Bonus feature 2: the pit area itself will stay visible when transparency is enabled, while the buildings/conveyers are overlaid and will thus be see-through. Just like in FIRS!

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Once again thanks to spnda and Erato on the openTTD Discord for helping me figure this out!

Also, I appreciate the warm reception. Thanks, all the people who've downloaded FIRS and CHIPS style objects and especially those who have commented! The 500 downloads mark is approaching quickly. 8)

Will look into getting the whole shebang up on Github some time semi-soon.

Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.6 released! (18-feb-2020). Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 20 Feb 2020 02:45
by rotterdxm
PROGRESS!
0.1.8 will include ISR-style fences and terrain transitions.

The fences are available for dirt, FIRS concrete and FIRS cobblestone terrain.

The booms (barriers) come in 8 varieties:
- raised and lowered
- company color 1, company color 2, dual colors and reversed dual colors
All are available on dirt, concrete and cobblestone terrain.

The transitional terrain allows you to connect ISR-style tiles with dirt, FIRS concrete and FIRS cobblestone tiles.

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Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.6 released! (18-feb-2020). Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 20 Feb 2020 23:29
by rotterdxm
More progress! Transitional tiles for concrete, cobblestone, dirt and the ISR/DWE tiles are being added in the next version. Terrain-aware versions are also in the works, but this will require a lot more coding on my end so I'll wait a little bit until I can further automate that process. Not just that, it will take MANY of the 256 available object slots within any newGRF. I might decide to split off the fences, transition pieces and decorative cargo tiles into its own newGRF eventually.
Sneak preview:
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Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.7 released! (20-feb-2020). Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 21 Feb 2020 22:59
by rotterdxm
Did a lot more work on the fences and transitional tiles. Now the straight fence parts come in all transitional variants, leaving a lot more room to build in your fenced-off areas.
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Second image shows another addition: terrain-aware fences. These come in 2 variants (normal/desert/FIRS snow and normal/desert/OpenGFX snow). You can build these on the outside of your fenced-off areas and they will still match up seamlessly. Again, much more room for other decorations, because it will let you build right up to the fence!
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Re: FIRS and CHIPS style objects 0.1.7 released! (20-feb-2020). Also on BaNaNas!

Posted: 24 Feb 2020 01:16
by rotterdxm
As requested by user Olionkey, I've tried my hand at frankensteining and manually reworking some specific sprites; in the next version of FaCso, expect rotated variants of the animated mining carts for the iron ore, manganese, pyrite, potash and limestone mines.

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(yes, the left image isn't animated, but it's just the standard animated FIRS mine exit... you know what it looks like :mrgreen: )

This is what the whole building looks like:
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