Vanilla Animals Expanded — Tropical Swamp

MOD Desc

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1.0.0 (06/11/2019): Release

Tropical swamp never really had this “oh, this zone is dangerous” feel. It felt just like any other swamp. This very module, albeit only adding 3 new animals, is our way to remedy this. Alligators and Anacondas will now actively hunt in the tropical swamp biome, and they are a force to be reckoned with. To ease things up, we have also added Indian elephants – smaller versions of their african counterparts, with no tusks that can be sold. They are significantly easier to hunt and tame, and are a useful pack animal.

Vanilla Animals Expanded is a modular mod. It means it will come out in several modules allowing people to subscribe to only the animals they want in the game. This part is the Tropical Swamp biome expansion. It adds 3 new animals that will spawn in the Tropical Swamp, but some of them also spawn in other biomes. They have vanilla artwork, sounds and balancing.

Vanilla Animals Expanded: Tropical Swamp adds following animals to the base game:

There shouldn’t be any incompatibilities or issues, but in case anything pops up, report issues in the comments.

Q: Do the animals spawn randomly in biomes?
A: Yes, all these animals are guaranteed to spawn in Tropical Swamp biome, with some of them also spawning in other biomes.

Q: Is X a pack animal?
A: Indian Elephant is a pack animal.

Q: Why is X animal white?
A: It’s only white as a texture, but ingame, code applies colour to it. It’s a little trick that mod authors do to have a bit more control over how an animal looks.

Q: Can I suggest a feature?
A: Absolutely, leave a comment down below!

Q: Will you keep updating the mod with new animals?
A: No. I will focus on other modules, adding different animals for different biomes, but this workshop submission is completed.

Q: Why is your mod special?
A: I am a vanilla player. Anything that doesn’t suit vanilla game makes me cringe and I stay away from it. I did however find the game lacking after some time, therefore I’ve created these animals to be as accurate and as close to vanilla graphics style as possible. What is special? The best part is – nothing in this mod is special at all. Nothing will make you go ‘Oh that’s unusual’, because the whole purpose of this mod is to blend into the existing game.

Q: Is this mod save game compatible?
A: Yes, you can add it and remove it whenever you like.

Q: Can you add /this/ animal?
A: Chances are it’s probably already in the works as part of another biome. Please, stay vigilant and be patient. I’m just a human.

Q: CE compatible?
A: It will be soon, with a following mod being a patch for it: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1824112352&searchtext=animal+expanded

Graphics are created by me, Oskar Potocki.

Code work created by Sarg Bjornson.

Rimworld is owned by Tynan Sylvester.

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