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The Penguin Piracy Mod (Update Intermission) V7.3

Pirates! Plunderers! Penguins! This mod adds penguin affiliated content, and much more!

  1. ManicRykker


    The current update to the PenguinPiracyMod is going to be the last update, for the time being.

    I am not done with the mod. I am not discontinuing it. I'm sorta going to be putting it into a sort of... "Intermission".

    I feel I have reached a point in my progression where pushing updates is becoming difficult. Ideas are more limited, and I'm not getting as many suggestions as before. (Ones pretaining to the actual mod, as well as being something I can feasibly do right now)

    I feel that if I keep going at the current moment, future updates could get lazy. and I don't want that.

    So, I'm pausing development for the time being. I will still keep an eye on the mod's pages, and answer questions when I can.

    What will I be doing? Well, catching up on other games and things.. and actually using the time to finally play as a penguin!

    I will be opening up a feedback discussion thread on the Steam workshop. (For those here on the Chucklefish forums, you can just use the normal discussion thread.) I would like feedback from players who chew through most of the mod's content. I want to know what you like, what you think is balanced/or unbalanced (Taking their placement in progression in mind), etc.

    My pause doesn't mean you should stop giving me feedback though. Feel free to continue giving me suggestions and what not! I will get to comments and questions when I can.

    As for when updates could kick back in? I'd say either around the time the Space update drops, or some time after that. (Depending on how early or late it is.)

    Until next time. See you guys around.


    Quick note: Please view this spoiler for a Q/A, Bug list, a note on compatibility, and a brief installation guide!


    "Does this work with multiplayer?"

    Answer: Not without all users having the mod installed. It introduces unique content that present in the vanilla games, and tweaks the penguins in general considerably.

    "Help! I've run into a bug/something in the mod is crashing my game!"

    Answer: Do not be shy when it comes to telling me of a bug. I do not like seeing users unable to enjoy the mod, so I'm always willing to lend a hand.

    If you ever run into a bug, either throw it down in the discussion thread, or just start a conversation with me.
    For optimal performance, you can really help me find what's going on by describing what the bug is, when it happens, etc.. And more importantly, you can send me your Starbound.log file!

    Even if it's something only occuring on your end, I will at least try to provide some assistance when I am available.


    0a. If you do not plan on using a different race extender, place the PenguinCharacterExtender mod into the mods folder.
    0b. If you do not wish to use the extender that comes with the mod, download the Character Extender you like, if you don't already have one!
    1. Download the mod!
    2. Extract the .zip file.
    3. Place the mod in your mods folder
    4. You're ready to play! (You can find more instructions in the zip if necessary!)


    -Penguins may hold and use certain instruments very weirdly. I don't think there are any offsets I can change to fix this, so I don't think I can do much about this :/
    -Penguins suffocate in spaces that aren't 3 blocks high. There isn't much I can do about this unfortunately.. And it at least isn't too drastic of a bug. The issue is negated once you get an EPP.
    -Some races may look interesting when sleeping or sitting in penguin specific objects, such as the UFO Chair


    While this mod should play nice with other mods, there may be some instances where it may not behave properly. Particularly with:

    -Mods that change the beam up and down animations (due to a mini-mod I created built into the mod, which replaces the vanilla animations with more generic ones, 'cause penguins. (It's called Generic Teleport))
    -Anything that modifies vanilla penguin files.
    -Any mods that introduce tiles that use materialIDs 46000-46100. These are ids I have reserved for the mod, for any future penguin blocks I add.
    -The mod is currently incompatible with the Mad Tulius Spaceship Mod.



    Of the races in the Starbound universe, none are as adorable and mischievous as the little penguin.. and, while it's great that there are two bosses featuring them, and penguin mercenaries we can hire on as crew members.. haven't you ever wished there was more to these flightless birds?.. Perhaps, maybe you have wished you could "play" as a penguin?... Maybe you wish there was more content affiliated with the race?

    Well look no further!

    The Penguin Piracy Mod does just that: It makes the penguin race playable, and aims to add a ton of penguin affiliated content!


    You are a lone penguin agent. Your mission: To get your little flippers on the legendary matter manipulator, so your race can reverse engineer it for the benefit of penguin kind!

    Your mission goes smoothly at first: You knock out a protectorate graduate (sending them flying out into space in an escape pod), and "fill in for them" for the graduation ceremony.

    After taking a quick nap, you nearly miss the ceremony, and then...


    After a tragic chain of events, you are forced to flee planet Earth. Your ship is damaged. You're stranded in the middle of no where. For now, your mission is going to have to wait... for not only will you have to survive, but you are about to get swept up into an even bigger mess...



    This mod offers a ton of neat features:

    -Greatly expands upon the penguin race, allowing them to be playable (To play as a penguin, you must use one of the addons included with the mod, and a race extender.. (A race extender known as PPM-RaceExtender is packed with the mod in this archive. It offers 72 slots for modded races. If you wish to use a different extender, one with enough slots for the addons will be needed. (AT LEAST four additional slots is needed if you use all addons.)), it changes them in the following ways:

    the mod changes penguins in the following ways:

    1. gives them a wide range of color options
    2. gives them personality poses
    3. offers a handful of cosmetic accessories for the penguins
    4. makes them glass cannons: They have extremely nerfed health. They are extremely fragile unarmed, and rely on their tactical penguin armor (Which provides heftier buffs to their energy and attack damage!). They perform best by fighting from afar with ranged weapons, or in the safe confines of tunnels.

    they also have bounce physics (a shock induced bounce when they hit the ground at the end of a jump), and slide slightly when standing on uneven surfaces.

    -In terms of content as a playable race, they have:

    1. A recolored Old floran ship AI as the SAIL
    2. A revitalized orbis ship pet, which comes in a vivid range of colors
    3. A custom ship, inspired by Dreadwing's UFO
    4. Their own race specific flag
    5. A set of clothing that hides wearables
    6. Custom hurtsounds and chattersounds. (penguinoid players also make a cute sound when they jump!)

    -The mod expands penguin npcs. They have access to the expanded namegen, color options, and (in some circumstances) the penguin accessories. The Penguin Piracy mod adds penguin tenants and crewmembers!

    Penguin mercenaries are improved, offering their services for five dubloons, in exchange for packing a larger array of potential weapons (From randomized guns, to flamethrower-like weapons!)

    -Offers tons of penguin affiliated content:

    1. Several crafting stations
    2. A nice handful of decorative objects
    3. Completely legal services that improve your penguin affiliated experience!
    4. Juicy penguin lore and codexes (features malleable lore: It will be tweaked and improved in the event new information is revealed in the vanilla game about the penguins)

    -And much MUCH more! If you want to know more, you'll have to experience it yourself! (If I revealed EVERYTHING in here, it would ruin the surprise wouldn't it?)


    Ok, so the features are all well and good.. But as I mentioned, penguins play quite differently from your average race.

    First, before I go into too much detail on this, let me list the pros and cons of the penguin..:

    -Shorter than other races. Can fit through smaller tunnels. Your hitbox is also smaller, and enemies don't spot you as easily because of this.
    -Penguins are immune to debuffs inflicted from the cold (Be it from enemies, or the freezing temperatures of planets in frozen star systems, they don't mind the cold one bit.)
    -Penguins have 10% higher base attack
    -Penguins have 50 more points of energy
    -Run a little faster than other races, and are excellent swimmers!

    That said, not all is perfect for the little birds...

    -Penguins have 50 less points of base health
    -Penguins slide a bit when standing on uneven surfaces
    -Penguins have a some bounce physics (They have some shock-induced bounce when they hit the ground after a jump, and they are knocked back a bit if they jump into a wall.)

    Chances are, when you first start playing as a penguin, you may find the different physics jarring at first. Don't worry, that is perfectly normal! I felt the same way when I was getting used to them, and it's MY mod. :rofl:

    The secret to success as a penguin, is pretty simple. You just have to follow a few rules:

    1. Be careful and cautious. Don't be reckless with your jumps.
    2. You have the extra energy. USE IT! Don't be afraid to use your special if you are in a dangerous situation.
    3. Get to know your physics: You won't bounce back if you hug a wall before you attempt to jump over it, and you won't slide completely off a surface if you don't panic.

    Once you get past the initial shock, your physics can be pretty predictable, and managable. (And hey. You have to admit it's at least fun bouncing around. :rofl:)


    -Expand the dialog for penguin tenants
    -Finish adding jukeboxes for the remaining starbound tracks

    -Thoughtful additions to improve the player's experience (Not necessarily penguin specific)

    WISHLIST (Items and features I would like to add, but don't really have any idea on when they would make their way into the mod)

    -More penguin exclusive vehicles
    -more penguin exclusive legendary weapons

    This mod has come a long way since it's previous incarnation I introduced a couple weeks back. I am happy to be a part of this community, and very happy with where my first mod has ended up! I am looking forward to introducing much more content and features in the future!

    If you have any questions or feedback, please drop it in the mod's discussion thread! I want to get this mod as stable and fun as I can, so please don't hold back when it comes to suggestions!

    Have fun!

    I would just like to mention, I "hope" to be able to perform updates and upkeep for this mod as long as possible.. But naturally, due to various things that can happen (Life decides to kick you in the rear, other stuff occupies your time, etc), I may not always be available to keep this alive.

    Therefore, I feel it's important that I give this little message:

    If, at any point in the future, I become unable to update the mod, or I drop off the face of the planet entirely (Respond to NO replies from users, either in the discussion or pm)... And it has been months since the mod has had an update, or is no longer compatible with the latest version of Starbound..

    Any modder can pick up where I left off, with the files supplied from my mediafire, and continue the mod/make it compatible with the latest Starbound in my absence.

    Let the above message be proof of my consent if those circumstances do arise.


    -Cobra5's racebase. I would have never gotten the mod off the ground without it
    -Chucklefish, for any vanilla game assets used in this mod (whether placeholder, modifed, used as a base for something else or reworked), and for creating such a great game.
    -The user Lefl. The Etherbeak vehicle uses a tweaked version of their Shuttle Script.
    -Seraphi's Colorbound mod. Avian colors from the mod are used for some of the penguin's color options.
    -The user Cyel - They provided the script used for the penguin player's jumpsound.
    -The user Dekadrachm - Some items from the assets released version of their Black Market Mod are available in the PenguinPiracyMod.
    Mod Pack Permissions:
    You must get the author's consent before including this mod in a compilation.
    Mod Assets Permissions:
    You must get the author's consent before altering/redistributing any assets included in this mod.
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Recent Reviews

  1. mireika
    Version: V7.2.1
  2. Turbotowns
    Version: V7.1
    An inevitable race mod with cool extras and a cool guy behind it.
    1. ManicRykker
      Author's Response
      Aww thanks! ^-^

      I'm glad ya like it! :D
  3. DJ Ice
    DJ Ice
    Version: V7
    Amazing mod the loss of micro races didnt even bother me because I never used them but u can call me a cheater but is there any spawn commands for the items because I cant get the weapons shop to open up in the outpost for that stupid laptop part but anyway really amazing mod
    1. ManicRykker
      Author's Response
      I "THINK" the weapon shop is supposed to open after the Pagoda Library mission.. Can't quite remember.

      Fyi, there should be an ID documentation in the archive! It contains all of the ids of stuff added in the mod. (The part's id is penglaptoppart)

      (In normal gameplay, the part is obtained as a drop from the Shockhopper)

      You can spawn the item in with the /spawnitem command (you have to be in admin mode though, /admin) remember, stuff spawns in at your cursor location

      Anyways, thanks for the review!
  4. TheGuyThatAteTheHat
    Version: V6
    I can't really play it for some reason. When I put it in the mods folder and try to play, my game crashes, then when I take it out, it's fine.The reason I gave it 5*s is because I believe everyone has a chance, and I hear the great things about this, so when it's brought to Steam Workshop, I'm definitely getting it.
    1. ManicRykker
      Author's Response
      Thanks for the review! Very much appreciated!

      I'm definitely looking into a Steam Workshop release. I feel the mod's stable/big enough now for it to matter.

      (I've started a conversation with you to try to troubleshoot the issue you're having with the mod here)
  5. Kelthazan
    Version: V6
    Loving this mod, and it's frequent updates! Like Zach_Attack said, wish it was on Workshop for the automated downloads, but "very soon" gots me hopeful enough. Great job!
    1. ManicRykker
      Author's Response

      Definitely looking into it! Whenever that happens, I'll be announcing it in the discussion thread.
  6. Zach_Attack
    Version: V6
    Amazing Mod! My only complaint is that its not on the steam workshop :P
    1. ManicRykker
      Author's Response
      Thanks for the review!

      I think that is due very soon... I will more than likely be looking into that eventually
  7. Hylotl _Zealot
    Hylotl _Zealot
    Version: v5.1
    This is a great mod as penguins are my favorite race in Starbound but I have 1 question where do i find the penguin laptop part for King Penguin
    1. ManicRykker
      Author's Response
      Thanks for the review!

      The ability to complete some of the penguin king's quests depends on where you are in the game progression.

      In the case of the laptop part, he gave a hint in the quest's description. ("I've heard Biggy, a penguin armsdealer knows a guy that could provide the part.")

      So, you will have to complete the Shock Hopper mission to get the laptop part. The Shock Hopper boss drops it!

      (And, if you have already beaten the mission? No sweat. Just repeating the mission and beating the boss again will do the trick)
  8. Chofranc
    Version: V3.2
    The idea is good but is too complicated to install, i had to install one of the optional micro-race with the PenguinPiracyMod folder because with the last alone didn't work, also those micro-races are unnecessary to have as separated races, you should have only PenguinPiracyMod+PPM-MiscTweaks folder only, those micro-races should be cosmetics not separated races.
    1. ManicRykker
      Author's Response
      I have tried to address the complicated install issue.

      I may have found a work around for the issues I have had with armor... So this review might have just caused me to stumble upon something. XD
  9. Admen413
    Version: V1
    The archive is either in unknown format or damaged
    1. ManicRykker
      Author's Response
      Hi! Thanks for the review!

      I just re-uploaded PPM v1 with an attempted fix of the archive. Hopefully that will help
  10. FazgotyAzzSite
    Version: V1
    Penguins. I love penguins. I love them more than all of those ugly, popular race mods combined. What else is there for me to say. Oh, well, i love penguins, i love this mod, i love the new update, and i love you for making it. Keep up the good work, because i certainly will keep frequently checking up on it's progress. Thank you again. P.S. I love penguins.
    1. ManicRykker
      Author's Response
      Thank you for the review! ^-^

      I'm really glad you like it!