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Update (July 17th, 2021): This campaign is considered finished because I had lost all ideas on how to continue this campaign. I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. Thank you for all your supports. My first campaign. Still WIP. But here we go. The plot: The campaign takes place in a what-if scenario where 3 Great House failed to kill the padishah emperor in "WOA: SS" campaign by aKaFedaYkin. The combined army of Spacing Guild and House Corrino launched a counter-offensive against all 3 great houses. The result is devastated. House Ordos simulated their eventual destruction against the Emperor. They decided to booby trap their building, and hid the rest of the army somewhere in Arrakis, using their Stealth Technology. House Ordos raids Emperor/Spacing Guild's mining facility almost everyday and send intel to their allies. They calculate that this is the best way to profit from the situation. Baron Harkonnen's was KIA during a battle against Sardaukar. This created a power vacuum between Copec Harkonnen and Gunseng Harkonnen. Copec allies himself with the Emperor, refusing to work with their eternal enemy, Atreides. While Gunseng reject the traitorous emperor, believing that Copec is being used by him, and will be disposed later. House Atreides is the main target of the Emperor's offensive operation. Shaddam IV thinks that house Atreides is the biggest problem and need to destroyed first. However, to keep house Harkonnen and house Ordos at bay, he supplies weapons and tanks to Copec, so that he could fight his brother, and deploy search party for Ordos's outpost. Much to smuggler's dismay, he also claim all spice as his, and require his permission to harvest, no need to say that the price for such paper is absurd. Anyone who doesn't have his permission is permanently retired. Spacing Guild refuses all transportation between Arrakis and 3 homeworld of house Harkonnen, Atreides, and Ordos, they profit from harvesting spice under Emperor's protection. A few concerned noble house of Landsraad fears the rising power of house Corrino and Spacing Guild. They fear the combination of space travel monopoly, spice monopoly, and Sardaukar would allow Shaddam IV to swallow up the Landsraad. They contract you, a renowned leader of now-disbanded mercenary group to prevent such future. They will transfer a huge amount of money to your bank to get you started, because any other methods might reveal their involvement in Arrakis' affair. After signing the contract, you contact Jim, your previous right hand man, to bring you and your newly-formed mercenary group to Arrakis. Jim, actually his codename, while looking unreliable, but is pretty ruthless and capable during his time as mercenary. He joined the smuggler's guild shortly after the group's disbandment, seeking the thrill of battle. He climbed rank rapidly, and now he is the leader of smuggler guild's branch in Arrakis. With that, start your story in the desert planet of Dune. The campaign features: 25+ missions. Twist. Everyone loves plot twist. Often rich in money, but low tech. Unique objective. Multiple ways to complete objective. Progress: Mission 1-4: Done. Re-balancing. Mission 5: Done. Re-balancing. Mission 6: Done. Re-balancing. Mission 7: Done. Re-balancing. Mission 8: Testing. Mission 9: Scripting. Mission 10: Mapping. Mission 11: Scripting. Mission 12: Mapping. Download: Merc - FOE v1.1.rar How to install: Extract the contents to their respective folder in /data/ folder in your Dune 2000 installation. Ensure that you have the lastest version of Dune 2000, Mission Launcher, and "Tiledata.bin". Launch mission through mission launcher. Changelog: FOE v1.0 -> v1.1: Note: I intend for these missions to be more difficult than original campaign. So play to your maximum capability. The campaign is still work in progress, there might be additional changes to existing mission. I greatly appreciate your feedbacks, possible bugs, bad English (English is not my native language), especially balancing concerns, as my skill is not that good, and I balance based on that. Let me know if you found any cheese tactics as well. Thanks for playing my campaign. I hope you have had a great time.
This is a new Campaign titled: “The origin of the mercenaries”. This is the story (non official) of how the mercenaries were born and giving a feeling to the player that you are actually somewhat weak. PLOT: At the beginning, there were a group of smugglers picking the spice and sending it out of dune in exchange for money, but now with all those Atreides, Harkonnen, Ordos and even the Emperor fighting each other every day is harder and harder to harvest, with all the good places already taken by one of those factions and all that remains are poor places of spice or too dangerous. Because of that, a man decided to become a mercenary, hoping to make more money that way. A few fellow smugglers will join him and start this new job by meeting with the first faction they'll encounter. THE CAMPAIGN: For this campaign I tried the approach to make the player to feel overall weak, needing the help of whatever house that you’ll join during the campaign. The player, most the time, has much less technology than the other enemies, so when your quads and troopers gets destroyed by those siege tanks, then you know that you are not strong enough to win alone or your job consists in an easiest task, at least in the firsts levels. In some of the mission the player will start with a base that can’t be expanded, but in other maps you have your own Construction Yard to build the base at your will. THE FEELING: To maintain the fantasy that you, as mercenary, should not be the main objective from the other factions, I made some AIs to focus your ally and not the player. Technically, the AI will attack the closest enemy (and I mean attacking directly, not going after the player and then turning on your ally - chaotic battles may modify the behaviour of AI). For example, there is a mission where the player is working for “someone”. Also, there are other two factions that will send units each other, so as long as the player does not move too far away from your own base, those two will ignore you. The player still needs to deal with trouble, but is less dangerous than those two factions. IMAGES: FILE: The origin of the Mercenaries.zip INSTRUCTIONS: The file uploaded includes all the files needed except “Dune2000.exe” and “missionlauncher.exe”. If this is your first time getting a custom campaign then you need to search those two .exe and copy/paste everything included in my zip. If the previous step already was done for another custom campaign, then just copy/paste the files in the "mission" folder. Read the readme.txt for more detailed instructions.
What is the origin of the Mercenaries faction in Dune games (Super Dune 2 , Dune 2000)? If I don't mistake, the army of the House Ordos (colored by green) is are mercenaires. But who are the yellow-colored Mercenaries? (I started creating a new dune II remake/clone few weeks ago, and I set the Mercenaries as a playable house (like in Super Dune2 or in Dune Legacy), but I don't know what should I write in the mentat-sections). Any idea?