Quick question here, so I'll jump right in to it: Is it possible to have Avatars (like in FO) without actually having the FO patch installed? If so, how would one go about it?
As far as I know the only way you could do it with out the patch would be to have the avatars as pods on your science station then edit the tech tree so your avatar specific ships would only be build when you had build the avatar pods but if the pod got destroyed you would have the rebuild it before you could build the ships dependent on it.
you could also propably just make a new race for each of the avatars and make the player choose at the beginning of the game. similar to how it's done in c&c: generals.
I'll probably be passing on the Avatar idea, just had wondered what my options were if I had decided to venture down this path. :)