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Desert Combat - Contra Tournament
Posted February 23, 2021. By predator_bg.

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Greetings Generals

Following the growth of the Contra Mod community & the wonderfully balanced fun gameplay it offers, the very first tournament has opened for signups.
 

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Date, Time and Location

Desert Combat will be on Sunday, 28th Feb beginning at 16:00 GMT. We will meet in the Contra Tournaments network on Radmin immediately after you check-in.

 

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One map will be played per round.

 

  • Tournament Desert / Map for Round 1
  • Lagoon Day / Map for Round 2
  • Barren Badlands / Map for Round 3
  • Gorge Drought / Map for Finale

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**** ALL REPLAYS MUST BE SAVED! ****



Desert Combat will be a SINGLE ELIMINATION. All rounds will be BO3 up to the Semi-Finals which are a Bo5. There is no 3rd place match.

Minimum participants: 8
Maximum participants: 16
 

Registration

All you need to do to register for this tournament is to post your in-game name & Discord name in the registration topic (also linked below). Only register if you're going to be able to show up on the day of. Registration officially closes on Saturday, 27th Feb at 20:00 GMT.
 

Check-in

The check-in period will be between 15:00 and 16:00 GMT, at which point the brackets will be drafted and made official. There will be an official check-in thread that will open at 15:00. To check-in: simply post in the check-in thread and include your in-game name if it's different than your forum name. If you check in and you don't participate, you may be banned from any tournaments for 30 days. If you can't play, don't check-in. Only players that are registered will be allowed to check-in. Only checked in players will be in the bracket. If you have a situation that would cause you to not be able to check-in, but you can still participate then message Leikeze.

You will have 15 minutes to begin your games after the brackets are posted. Brackets will likely be posted by 16:05, but this depends on how late players check-in. You must start your games by 16:15 or you will be disqualified.


If you're early then you're on time. If you're on time then you're late. And if you're late you're disqualified!

There is simply no fun in sitting around waiting on people, so the 15 minutes is the maximum grace period allowed in between all rounds. Failure to appear at any stage of the event will result in a forfeit. Extreme circumstances can be discussed with event staff.

If you need to take a break in between games, inform your opponent and the Referee. At most, five minute breaks will be allowed and only if needed. Maximum one break per round. If a player is found to be abusing this freedom or failing to inform the necessary parties or not returning on time, you will be disqualified at Referee discretion.
 

Streaming

All matches will be streamed. So do not start playing until you and your opponent have arranged with a streamer.

In case the streamer causes bad lag, you may choose to play without one, however, you must then send the replay after each match to a streamer so that they can stream the matches.
 


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Contra 009 FINAL Patch 3 Hotfix
Posted January 27, 2021. By predator_bg.

Welcome to another update! A small hotfix patch has just been released!

 

NOTE: This hotfix includes cosmetic and solo play changes only, so it is not required to keep playing online! You will not get a mismatch if some players have the hotfix, but others don't.

 

Contra Launcher will ask you to download and apply the hotfix, so you don't have to bother doing it manually.

 

There's not quite too much more to say or show, so here's a straight link to the changelog: https://www.moddb.co...angelog-part-23



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Contra 009 FINAL PATCH 3 released!
Posted December 31, 2020. By predator_bg.

Happy New Year everyone!

Thank you for voting once again in this year's MOTY!
We made it to honorable mentions, and that's a good sign that people still love and support our work.

As promised, Patch 3 is here!!!!

We've worked hard, especially this month, to make even more content. As usual we worked on all aspects, visuals, balances, voices, bug fixes, everything to improve previous version and to give something new, as we heading towards our final goal = Contra which will have everything in its best!

There are many people who are working with us freely, artists, testers, voice actors, mappers. They are all respectively listed and credited in Credits!

With every update, we also share sneak peak of new stuff. We will respect tradition!

USA Cybernetic Lancer Droid model was not well received by many people as it didn't fit rank 1 drone army. Lancer benefits from AP Bullets upgrade (+25% damage).

 

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We started with GLA structures in past, adding extra objects to each side to make structures even more unique. We continued with all other factions too. You will notice them in game even more.

 

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Please, feel free to use this download button and give yourself a treat!!
And special thanks to people who support us, their names are listed in Credits! It means a lot to us!

 

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Contra 009 work in progress - News Update 17
Posted December 14, 2020. By predator_bg.
Hello everyone!!!
 
A lot of time passed since our last update, but this doesn't mean we stopped working on the mod.
This year was weird and strange for all of us, we can agree on that.
 
Current situation caused unpredicted stuff in our real life, but still we try to find time and inspiration for continued work, even though most of the times it doesn't turn out as we wanted.
 
All of you were kind to us, supported us, and once again you voted for us and helped us achieve TOP 100 in MOTY.
Please, throw a vote for us one more time, so we might have a good score in top 100 too -> https://www.moddb.co...he-year-awards/
 
This means a lot for us, and in order to return a favor we decided to post an article about progress.
 
Besides dozens of balance changes, there are also many visual updates and improvements.
Here are some of them....
 
- All USA factions (besides Cybernetic general) got new Machine gun defense structure. Patriot turret was universal defense, effective vs all types of units (infantry, vehicles, aircraft, structures) and often it was used and abused for early rush, in combination with cheap structures like Barracks with upgraded Security Systems. This often lead to early game deciding moments with building Patriot near enemy supplies (mostly vs China). In order to change this, and make game more fair, Patriot defense is now barely effective vs infantry units (such as RPG-s), and none of the USA structures benefit from Security Systems, except Supply Center (Security Systems damage is increased since it can be only used on Supply Center). New Machinegun defense is cheap and does not consume power. It is effective only vs. infantry and light vehicles. Can be upgraded with Flashbangs to stay effective in the later stages. Rushing with USA dozers is harder now, since you need to combine both Patriot and Machinegun defense to cover all targets.
 

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- Most of the visual changes were focused towards Laser general, and his unique way of playing. Unlike all other generals (except Cybernetic general), Laser general favors gaining experience the most. Basic laser powered units, with each veterancy state change too. We saw it in patch 2 already, but now laser colors are corrected, experience gaining through destroying targets is harder (currently you need 20% more EXP pts for rank up). Laser powered units do have help gaining veterancy, and it is through 3 generals powers. Veterancy generals powers are linked and accessible at rank1, rank3, and rank5 game phases by the cost of 2pts each.
Biggest change is their visual update, which helps you determine which laser damage currently they have (red, green, blue, violet).
 

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- Besides laser visuals, Microwave tank got a makeover too, since he was using Avenger's basis.

 

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- Many changes were done to Super Weapon general as well. We are very proud of Saturn's makeover. Besides just a visual update, he has a new weapon. He fires a new beam which has huge potential to freeze targeted vehicles, so in general he fires Ice beam.

 

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- But we didn't forget other generals too. China infantry general was mostly changed in order to be more balanced, and more appealing to player. Helix is replaced with new helicopter, Harbin.

Harbin has speed and cost of Thor, but health of Helix. His basic weapon is a small machine gun, but his main characteristic are the bunker slots (currently 2).

 

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Some in-game screenshots. New Saturn:

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Updated Sturm-S model and skin: https://media.moddb...._comparison.jpg
 
Redone Phobos chassis. As the chassis suggests, Phobos is now a hovering unit, thus can traverse water: https://media.moddb...._comparison.jpg
 
In the end of this update, we want to answer you on the most asked question:
"when patch 3 will be released"
 
The answer is:
"we are hoping, and we are targeting upcoming holidays (during or shortly after) to be perfect for patch 3 release"
 
There is still work left to be done, but we will try to make these holidays a bit better for all of us. We all deserved this.
 
If you still wish to support us, and help us, feel free. We are grateful, and supporters will be credited in upcoming release.
 

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Contra 009 FINAL - Official trailer
Posted December 11, 2018. By predator_bg.

Dear all!!!

We want to thank you for voting for Contra in this year's MOTY.

Thanks to you, again, we are in second round. As a part of gratitude we made a short, but very tasty trailer for the stuff you can expect very, VERY soon :)
 

 

We hope you enjoy it, but also, vote once again for Contra so we can get even better results in MOTY second round! http://www.moddb.com/mods/contra

See you soon!



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Contra 009 work in progress - News Update 15
Posted September 16, 2018. By predator_bg.

Hi guys!! (and girls, I hope there is at least one girl playing Contra mod)

Autumn did not officially start yet, but sometimes we like to be super crazy and break the rules.
So even before Autumn we are bringing you Autumn update (how crazy is that)!?

As we are heading towards Contra 009 FINAL release, we are polishing and improving existing units, AI behavior and gameplay.

In this update we will show you some of the updated units. Of course, besides just units renders, there are a lot of "touches" which you will notice when actually playing.
Once again, we are doing this all for you, so please be a bit more patient.

- First one is updated Microwave Tank for Laser general. Finally that old tuna fish can is replaced with better model. Yes, he is using Avenger bottom, and no, not every tank has to be super unique.

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- "Gate guardians" are cool guardian drones made only for Seraph mech. Due to game balance Seraph`s shield is removed. New drones are made by default, you don't have to spend money for them. They protect Seraph in pair. Repairing him while standing above him, destroying missiles with lasers, and shooting on both infantry and vehicles. Drones cannot be killed (nor targeted) until Seraph dies.

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- Cybernetic general Factory has been remade because of few reasons. First one is, old model had really bad UVW map where some parts of texture were stretched. When exported, few animation frames were cut (no one actually noticed and I never told anyone). And texture style didn't fit other USA structures. So now, you can see brand new factory which fits Ironhand style. Factory doesn't have dining room, sleeping room and other rooms like barracks, instead, there is a butchery needed for assembly of human and robot parts. Where are human parts from? Well, don't ask me. Ask general Ironhand who claims there are less homeless on the streets since he runs his program.

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- Another USA structure makeover is given to Airforce generals Superweapon. Again, bad UVW map and texture design, but also lack of night version led to improvement. Few more details added, looks neat in game.

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- China also got few things. Zhu Rong or Thermobaric mortar, got improved cannon and few details attached. Once you play general Bao challenge, you will know you are in Hell.

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- Contra doesn't have many public models in game. In fact, there is one only. It is famous Dragon Tank. I couldn't find a better concept for this true masterpiece, in order to make this tank unique for Contra. At the end, it would be just a slight variant of this unit. So, Dragon tank got his texture and UVW map improved to fit all other China tanks in Contra mod.

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- And at last, Tank general Overlord Headquarters got improved structure. We will all agree that old one was lacking details.

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And, at the end, as usual...

Please don't ask for release date as we don't know exactly. Yes, we are doing our best to release 009 FINAL this year. Both you and we are waiting for this very long. But keep in mind that we are trying not to release a version filled with bugs, or with broken gameplay where one general rules over others. We are aware that we won't be able to achieve a perfect balance, but we assure you that it will be much better than before. That's hard when you have so many unique units.

Anyway, thank you for patience, and thank you for support. It means a lot!



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Contra 009 work in progress - News Update 14
Posted July 8, 2018. By predator_bg.

Greetings everyone!
 

 

A short video presentation of a new super unit for Cybernetic general, "Widow".

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In case you didn't notice yet on Contra 009 stream videos, Cybernetic general got his spider units back, as an option to counter fast and deadly GLA attacks.

This means, when you reach rank3 and build Strategy Center, you will have to decide whether you will join the cult of Spiders or follow the path of Angels.

- if you select Angels, you will be able to build rank3 Angel units, together with their rank5 leader "Seraph" mech.

- if you chose Spiders, you will be able to use rank3 Spider units, with their mother "Widow" as rank 5 super unit.

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Many of you will ask what is the difference and which one to use!? Well, it depends on your twisted mind. :)

- But it also depends on the type of the opponent you are facing. If you are fighting China, or USA, most likely you will go with Angels because of their firepower and armor. Angels are strong, but also slow and cost more.

- If you are fighting any of GLA generals, you will probably want to go with Spiders, as Spiders are fast and weak, but also cost less.

Depending on which option you chose, you will be able to build one Super unit, either "Seraph" or "Widow".

"Widow" is fast long range Super unit, armed with prototype of dual rail gun cannons, missile system effective vs ground and air targets, and is able to deploy spider mines for cheap price (used by repair droid in the past).

Please note that final version of Widow may differ from what you saw in video, as things are still being tested, fixed and repaired.

Widow is voiced by streamer MaelstromX103

Follow our ModDB page for more updates, as they are coming soon!

Join us on Discord, arrange games with other people, check our internal games and more.

We are a few steps away from new release, be patient!



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Contra 009 work in progress - Update 13
Posted April 8, 2018. By predator_bg.
Welcome to another Contra update and Happy Easter!
 
This time it took longer to release a news update, but the work never stopped since the last update. There's work behind the scenes and there's work you see in news such as new models. After all, we posted News Update 11 and 12 one week apart like never before, while keeping them detailed.
 
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Weather Manipulation Device (or WMD) is in the spotlights again. But why this model again? A sudden game crash was preventing us from inserting the model with all the initial details. Fortunately, that was fixed and the model was successfully inserted and looks as good as planned.
 
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Laser general's Tokamak super power plant got a texture overhaul and it glows on night maps.
 
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Salvage Factory is a new building for Assault general. It was about time for Assault to get a special building since Stealth has Jammer Station, Toxin has Chemical Lab and Demo has Airfield. This new building is of course still being tested, but currently, it is available at rank 3 and costs $3000. Salvage Factory drops a salvage crate at the red mark each few seconds. Players have to manually place their tank on that spot in order to get the crate. In addition, "Recycling" upgrade is now available for research at this structure, thus at rank 3. We have some more ideas for this structure which may become active abilities.
 
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The good old SDI Cannon is now a good new SDI Cannon. All stats remain unchanged.
 
One good screenshot follows up. Let's not forget about the standard way of showing cool stuff, hey! Infantry general's Troop Crawlers...
 
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... but it's not over yet. Particle and sound effects have also been improved without performance cost.
 

 
Before we end this update, we want to link you to Maelstrom's twitch. He streams Contra every Saturday, showing new content while testers play online: https://www.twitch.tv/maelstromx103
He was very generous to record new voice lines for Angel robots, and is planning to do some more for other units.

And as usual: Link to Discord.
 
Hope you enjoyed!


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Contra 009 work in progress - Update 5
Posted March 27, 2016. By predator_bg.

Originally posted on ModDB by ThePredatorBG on Mar 27th, 2016
 

Hello, dear Contra fans and Happy Easter to those who celebrate it today! It is ThePredatorBG this time.
 
As said before, Cybernetic general is under revision. This means changing and/or adding new units.
 
One new unit for Cybernetic general is Cyber Dog, which is anti-personnel.
 
Cyber Dog is fully mechanical, and produced in Barracks. It is very fast, and because of this, is mostly used as infantry hunter. With its sharp iron teeth, it rips enemy infantry into pieces with one bite. You can use it in early game to block tech structures from being captured by your enemy. It is very effective vs. GLA generals. Due to its mechanical body, machine guns cannot harm it seriously. But RPGs and all other armor-piercing weapons can kill it almost instantly. Since it is a pure robot, it is vulnerable to ECM. Can be upgraded with Exoskeletons and Advanced Data Transmission upgrades.
 
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For the last few days, I've been busy with preparing some overview of what I've been working on lately. And I have them in video format.
 
 
Sequoia trees have a gameplay role. Destroying one sequoia tree will cause it to fall down and create a domino effect. The end result is pretty obvious - the middle area of the map is completely swept. Remember that you can always achieve a comeback when the enemy has middle control by destroying the trees.
 
 
 
The purpose of this video is to show that capturable trains are possible in multiplayer. Capturing the train engine transfers the entire train to that player. After being owned by a player, it starts following the railroad path, goes out of the map borders and comes back again until it's destroyed. The map is still in progress.
 
 
 
This is the map intro of a new challenger, USA Boss, who will be available in later versions of Contra. Also, an FPS Control button was added to all Challenge maps. Each click changes the game speed in real time. You may have seen this button in older versions, but this time it works!
 
 
We have a new member in the team - Josh Zemlinsky. He is helping with the creation of new maps, currently for Campaign. Thanks, Josh!
 
Yes, you read it right - Campaign. I want to remind you that our Campaign is still in progress and it will come out one day. I could have shown something in this update, but... I don't want to spoil it. You are free to speculate.
 
In addition, we are recruiting experienced mapmakers. This means you need to have good world building and scripting knowledge. Mapmaking background is a big plus! If you fulfill the requirements and are willing to help, contact me by PM. The more people we are, the faster we will complete and release Challenge and Campaign content!


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Contra 009 work in progress - Update 4
Posted February 14, 2016. By predator_bg.
Originally posted on ModDB by dcesarec on Feb 14th, 2016
 
Hi people,
 
I hope you are all enjoying 009 Beta release. We want to thank you for voting for us, and for your support. 
It's also great to see 100 downloads of 009 Beta per day.
 
As usual, we are working constantly on balance, bug fixing, and adding new stuff. I am here to present you 3 new finished models.
 
- So, let's start. In order to bring as much as diversity as possible to generals, SW general got a new structure. Well, it's not so new, but its stats are different than other USA generals, and thus model is also changed.
It is Ion Plant structure.

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Ion Plant is cheaper than any other power plant in game, it is built much faster (those stats are still subject to change, so I won't write them in numbers). It gives SW general opportunity for rush, expand faster and take more control of the map. But, in order to balance it, you cannot upgrade System defense on it anymore, because player would attack with these structures. Also, it brings less power to you. So, you will need to make very large number of them to support your base. It has less health, and when destroyed, causes a small EMP explosion, shutting down all nearby tanks and structures for a few seconds. You cannot purchase more energy production on it like you could on other USA power plants. It has a nice rotating animation and awesome lighting effect. This is the new thing for SW general.
 
- Another update is for Cybernetic general. His old stealth patriot defense is replaced with new defenses. First one is Missile Defense System.
 
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Missile Defense System is effective only vs. ground targets, and more specifically vs. tanks and vehicles. Deals small damage to infantry too. Fires 6 rockets instead of 4 like old Patriot and does not relay position of enemies to nearby Patriots anymore. But its firepower is slightly better than Patriot. It provides better defense vs. tanks and especially vs. ECM because it has a stronger secondary damage radius.
 
- And last structure, also for Cybernetic general, is Gatling Defense System

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It is perfect anti infantry and anti air defense. Not much to say about it, you get the picture. 
 
All those Cybernetic defenses are currently built as a separate object, but with help from TheHunter in coding, they could actually be built as upgrade on one specific structure (node).
 
Challenge and Campaign are being worked on. More info on those is coming in the next updates.
 
That's it for now, stay tuned.
 
P.S.
 
Once again, I will share you two YouTube channels which have and will have a lot of Contra videos, so track them and enjoy some nice battle videos:
 
 


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