The ShackTac Group Indicators mod – or STGI – is the second part of the ShackTac User Interface (STUI), acting as a complement to the ShackTac Fireteam HUD (STHUD).
A video illustration and talkover of how STGI works can be viewed here. Note that this is a pretty subtle visual mod, and Youtube’s compression doesn’t do it the best justice.
STGI is designed to take the existing vanilla group icon concept and flesh it out into something more usable – instead of being a perfect representation of team members at any distance, we’ve made it a much more interesting package that helps to preserve functionality while increasing depth.
The features of STGI are as follows:
- Group member coloring. As with STHUD, group colors will be reflected in the color of the group indicator. This helps to allow for easier buddy-team usage and less of a need to look at STHUD to determine that information.
- Transparency. STGI icons are less visible than the default ones and will fade to half of their normal brightness when night falls. This makes them viable for identification, but not distracting or intrusive.
- Distance fade. STGI icons will begin to fade out starting at 30m, becoming completely invisible at 60m range. This makes them useful for close-range coordination and identification, emphasizing team cohesion while making for more interesting identify friend/foe situations when people fall behind or get split up.
- Removal of the “stay in formation” indicator. This is a little caret that was intended to let you know where the AI expected you to be in a given formation – as it’s not relevant for player usage, it’s been removed.
Usage of STGI requires agreement with the following terms. The STGI may NOT be modified, included in other mods in whole or part, used for military training or any commercial purposes whatsoever, without prior permission from the authors (zx64 and dslyecxi). Redistribution of the addon via 6updater/PwS etc is permitted only if it is unmodified and free of charge. Modifications are forbidden without prior permission from the authors.
You can reach the authors at firstname.lastname@example.org
STGI is part of the STUI compilation – download information can be found here.
STGI was conceptualized by Dslyecxi and implemented by zx64.