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[Release] Smuggling Operations - Dune 2000 Campaign

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Some years ago I created a small mini smuggler campaign that contained only 4 missions long. I was trying to keep the theme of my vision of the Smugglers; If the campaign would be bigger (and increasing the tech from map to map) at the end the missions would feel like if you were playing as Ordos but with another color.

But today I had new ideas and I manage to pick up those 4 missions already made and expand that mini campaign into a full complete campaign: 9 missions + 1 bonus extra mission, being able to maintain the main theme of the Smugglers, so here we go.

STORY:
This it's the story of a specific group of smugglers, led by Esmar Tuek. He hired the player to command his army, since you have the skills to do it and help them with the problems that a hostile planet as Dune can throw at them.

The Smugglers are neutral in the big war for Arrakis. They main purpose it's getting money by harvesting or doing business with contraband of vehicles inside or outside Arrakis. But this doesn't mean that their lives will be easy; not everyone is so peaceful.

Can you help solve all the problems that may affect this small group of smugglers?


THE THEME:
For my vision of "who are the smugglers" I followed these three points:
*Neutral: Smugglers are neutral in the big war of Dune. They don’t have allies or enemies, but this does not mean that they are not exempt from dangers.
*Money: Smugglers main purpose it’s to earn profit. Harvesting it’s a good way to do it, but not the only one.
*Weak: Smugglers are not too well prepared to fight like other factions, so they don’t really want to start a war against any House.

Although that it’s the theme of the Smuggler, this campaign still has traditional fighting, building a base from zero and all that, but you never will face several factions at the same time, or maybe there are other favorable factors that will help you to survive, making credible that a such weak faction can win in specific situations.

MINI CAMPAIGN REUSED:
The original mini campaign was composed of four missions; I reused the three first to make the start of this new campaign. They are overall the same but I made a few adjustments now that I know more about the game.

For example on the mission 2 the Ordos now will target your silos with their engineers instead going against a windtrap. Or in the mission 3 the walls around the base are owned by the player instead on an ally AI without affecting the main outcome of the events.

There are a few more changes, but those missions are played roughly the same. I changed the most the briefing to add Esmar Tuek and other parts of the text to adapt to the new situation. Also the dialogue in mid-game will change a bit too, not only adding Tuek's name when talking/warning the player, but also a couple of more lines more.

The 4º mission no longer made sense with the story of the full campaign extended, but I didn’t want to delete or leave this map out. For this reason I included it as part of a bonus singular mission following an alternate ending. This final map its' not part of the main cannon, so it's not mandatory to play it.

The bonus mission has been altered a bit. The main part it's I make the enemy to not crush deliberately your infantry, so the luck (of being crushed by the AI or not) it's not a factor to win or loose the map. The map is still hard and can not be taken lightly.

UPDATE:
*Mission 4
: 1 Silo added, but that won't change too much unles you are really slow. At a normal pace the player should get around 2500-3000 credits by the time you do the first part of the mission. Also a couple of more tiles of spice near the player base.
*Mission 5: Enemies emergency build it's slighly faster (is still long). The player have 1 harvester removed (overall the AI will have their refineries and silos full or almost full, so 1 it's enough). Also some spice fields around the Ai's were moved, so players won't encounter too easily a harvester messing with them (and far enough to force Ai's to use the carryall). Finally, one of the enemy refineries it's surrounded by walls and guarded by a bunch of troopers: Siege tanks can kill them easily. Last: the AI now start repairing buildings sooner, so you are less likely to destroy a building you didn't want by accident.
*Mission 8: The briefing now states not only that there are 5 groups you need to visit, but also tell who you will encounter. Even on the objetive part said your goal it's to sell 1 special weapon to each of the 5 groups. Also the Atreides base now it's more open and require much less walk around to reach the exit.
*Mission 9: Near the two biggest spice fields over the middle section of the maps now there are a few enemy troopers and infantry guarding. They are there just to split the attention of the player that go too early on that area.


SCREENSHOTS:
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FILE:
The file uploaded contain the missions and a few extra files just in case you apply it into a vanilla dune 2000, but I think at this point those extra files are not neccesary on gruntmods, just in case are added.
Smuggling Operations.rar

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Nice work! Thank you. I enjoyed the first two levels. First time I died right away, second time I kept building units and survived. Nice how the engineers focus on silos.

However the third level is too difficult for me. I cannot build enough units on time and I cannot build turrets.
Also building harvesters at the same time is not possible. :) Any hints, tips or tricks?

In the readme.txt there is a small mistake. You wrote:

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<where you instaled>

But it should be "installed" with two l's.

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12 minutes ago, D2k Sardaukar said:

Nice work! Thank you. I enjoyed the first two levels. First time I died right away, second time I kept building units and survived. Nice how the engineers focus on silos.

However the third level is too difficult for me. I cannot build enough units on time and I cannot build turrets.
Also building harvesters at the same time is not possible. :) Any hints, tips or tricks?

Wow, I was still editing the main post to change a few things wrong and you already beat 2 missions xD.

On the third level you have 2 choices:
*you can start producing a couple of harvesters and trying to survive with your initial units, trying to pop up manily infantry and troopers (but not using money on raiders or updates for the quads) so for the late game you have a better economy.
Or
*You can use all the money on units early, no harvesters at all. After the first defense you will recieve some help to protect you, so that's the moment to produce a few harvester more.

In either case, try to set your units together but in small groups, Missile tanks can be killed quickly even for infantry, so having infantry spreaded around will help a lot. You can have a few troopers with you just for killing the tanks once they lost they shot at your cheap infantry. Same with the light vehicles coming at you, wait until they reach you and, if you can, place your units behind the walls. Troopers will reach the trikes/quads and the enemy AI will do a bit of walkaround.

12 minutes ago, D2k Sardaukar said:

In the readme.txt there is a small mistake. You wrote:

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<where you instaled>

But it should be "installed" with two l's.

Oh; I've using this readme since... forever and nobody told me anything xD. well, doesn't matter, I think is still easy to understand.

Edited by Cm_blast

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Hype, moar smugglers campaign!

Imma give this a look at some point after the holidays, because busy at the moment. 😢 But soon! Soooon. Soon. :D

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2 hours ago, MattBaker said:

I played the 4 mini missions, they were too hard for me haha. I really don't like using the infantries :laugh:

Don't worry; the 4º one now it's just bonus mission; after finishing the campaign you can play it for an alternative ending (which you already what it is) but if you don't enjoy that map you can skip it; also in this new mission 4 you already start controlling tanks, so the tech increases, just slighly slowly than usual.

The original mini-campaign was hard because was short. this one it's not exactly easy, but the 2º mission and the 3º one now it's extra help for players.

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50 minutes ago, Szwagier said:

Ok, i have got still moded dune2000 so i got crash mission 6, in few sec after start

Take this; but before I suggest to do a back up of all the files before ovewritting, just in case.
Template Original.rar

This template it's the original values I use to revert after playing a campaign that mod units/tech.
It's also included the colour.bin since a couple of missions over there ask for a custom colour too; I think there are a mod that slighly changes the shades of blue/red/etc to make the units more visible during online game; My colour.bin revert to the very original state so depending of what you have you may need it or not; just in case do a copy of any of those files before overwritting.

After placing these files (all of them will overwrite the ones you have now) try to play the mission again.

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it works thanks :)

 

ok played mission 6, ixian was inactive half game till i moved all hark army to his base and he went hostie, it should work diffrent?

 

lol mission 8  after when u are in atriedes base, enemy got reinforcement between ordos and artedes base, and i spent 15 min to micro to win vs them XD

i was sure i need make base in ordos base :P

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8 hours ago, Szwagier said:

ok played mission 6, ixian was inactive half game till i moved all hark army to his base and he went hostie, it should work diffrent?

No. On this map Ixian are not your ally nor your enemy, but they are not Harkonnen ally or enemy either.

Spoiler

Once you do the first part of the plan it's the time to do the second: Trigger a fight between both, and to do that you need to drag some Harkonnen units into your units into the Ixian base. The splash damage will trigger the hostility between both sides and from there the map become more easily to finish; although still is a triple threat, so you need to be carefull to not be the ones under Ixian siege.

8 hours ago, Szwagier said:

lol mission 8  after when u are in atriedes base, enemy got reinforcement between ordos and artedes base, and i spent 15 min to micro to win vs them XD

I don't know if felling mad or impressed.

I deliberate made the rock at the Atreides base so small to discourage people to deploy there; and then I proceed to drop an insane amount of advance tanks to ensure that players are enforced to not come back into the Ordos base and then... I read your post. Those units are a "ok, definitely that's not the way I need to go" but you guys are just too insane; I mean, I know about thinking outside the box and that type of things, but after doing multiple jobs and Moving foward to the next, what part of you mind made you see a too big amount of units that it's not way it's balanced compared to the rest of the whole campaign and said "mmm. I wonder if I need to go that way".

Fortunatelly; I hope I have gotten ahead of that kind of behavior and the game don't tell you a "you win" deploying the MCV on the Ordos base.

8 hours ago, Szwagier said:

i was sure i need make base in ordos base :P

The only good thing about this it's to know that even if you deploy the MCV into the Ordos base you still need to reach the next objetive.

Asking seriusly now. What I am suppose to place there to avoid to people like you to ever try that again? just what combination of units will give you a "ok, not even my master-skilled-ultimate-saiyan-final-form can't beat that". Because at this point I am out of ideas!

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i think u can make if player will make construction yard will be lose, also you should add artiedes units near turret so player will see where he should go

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On 12/20/2018 at 4:51 PM, Szwagier said:

i think u can make if player will make construction yard will be lose, also you should add artiedes units near turret so player will see where he should go

I am a bit full of events here, so I need to remove stuff to add that. But that doesn't fix the problem, if you go into the Ordos area and deploy there the game show a "mission fail" but that it's not telling you where to go; and even if I made that, after the player reach the final destination you are asked to deploy the MCV in the inner of the final base (because there is no other place to do it). Nothing could stop you to wait with your MCV on the Ordos base, reaching that final base and after the "deploy the MCV" message you do it into the Ordos base and you won the map.

I can opening a bit the Atreides base to make it more easy to cross.

but how about if I write on the briefing "1 special unit per base" or something among those lines? that will make things more cleary by saying "you sell that to the Ordos, no reason to come back to them"?. Better this way?

Of if really necesary I can tell details like "you will visit 5 bases, travel to all of them", so you at that point you know you still has 1 more place to go.

File for Gruntlord:
level 1 and 2 maps.rar

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After enough time of resting, I replayed this campaign once more; I did things different and didn't remember everything present on the maps, so I played a bit more blindy than in intense test.

The first post got update with the full list of the changes, overall the biggest changes are part of the mission 5; 1 enemy refinery it's 100% surrounded by walls and protected with multiple troopers. Use the Siege tanks given to kill them from a safe distance with no damage. Also I move some spice fiels because the enemy harvesters were going into my ways and I didn't want my units to attack them damaging themselves due the splash damage.

On the mission 8; the briefing now it's more clear with the objetives. Now Tuek sais that you will meet 5 specific factions during your journey, doing a deal with all of them. Even the goal at the end of the briefing ask for selling 1 special unit per group. Also the Atreides base now it's more open and more easy to cross; no longer need to do a walk around around walls to reach the exit, so now should be more clear to understand that you need to keep moving group after group until you met the 5 of them.

First post updated and file updated too.

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