Famous Planets Overhaul (FPO)
Famous Planets Overhaul is Stranger's updating of the original Famous Planets OXP (which included planet textures).
102 planet highly detailed planet textures for some of the main planets in Galaxies 1 & 2. The other 410 planets are not yet included.
This is a suite of 5 oxp's - one overarching oxp (which includes the planet descriptions for the F7 screen), a music pack for 10 of the planets and another three filled with the textures.
They were last updated in 2016, and so precede the most recent improvements in planet rendering. They still look superb!
Famous Planets was written by PA Groove back in 2008 and covered a mere 10 planets in Galaxy 1. It provided music for arrival at each of them, detailed planet descriptions and new textures matching those descriptions. The oxp grew to cover some 30 planets in each of Galaxy 1 and 2 as well as adding liners travelling between them.
At this time Submersible was creating new planet textures, and these ended up including PAGroove's Famous Planets textures too. They were eventually published as Povray Planets - highly detailed planet textures for every main planet in each of the 8 galaxies. PAGroove removed the textures and the music (which he had other plans for) and expanded the F7 screen descriptions, creating the current in-game Expansions Manager version of Famous Planets in 2013.
Meanwhile, Stranger, who greatly prefers astronomical realism, took PAGroove's original concept, developing it further with even more highly detailed textures - and adding more planets.
Then, with the recent improvements in Oolite's rendering of planets, he took two of them - Lave & Zaonce, and updated the textures to take advantage of the improvements. Hence his two oxp's on the in-game Expansions Manager (FPO Lave & FPO Zaonce). Zaonce has a new texture from that in his original FPO suite of oxp's.
Background - Stranger's FPO/Famous Planets Overhaul (v.1.3 is circa 2018, the original was 2013) contains some 100 or so high quality textures for the Famous Planets with the original music. His System Makeup (v.2.6 is circa 2019, the original was 2013) takes the same textures and uses them for all the planets but loses the ability to use the music and possibly the FP planet descriptions. PlanetLand is Stranger's enhanced version of our PlanetFall. PlanetEngine is part of this Planetary Systems .oxp and is detailed above. This is presumably all available through Roolite. These textures are realistic and big: 2.5Mb - 15Mb each. The resulting oxp's are massive.
- Famous Planets Overhaul 102 detailed Planetary textures for Galaxies 1 & 2
This suite of OXPs seems to combine well with Povray Planets which then fills in the gaps with individual textures for the main planets in the remaining 1,950 systems. And also combines well with Stranger's Planetary Systems suite which textures any remaining planets in the solar system.
- FPO Lave Famous Planets Overhaul (Lave): gives a more lore-based look to Lave, using the new graphics of Oolite v.1.90.
- FPO Zaonce Famous Planets Overhaul (Zaonce): gives a more lore-based look to Zaonce, using the new graphics of Oolite v.1.90. That version is different from the Zaonce texture in this oxp.
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Ambience OXP's add to aesthetics but don't usually affect gameplay.