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Offline General Battuta

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SVN Commit of the Day/capship command discussion
July 11 2010

Improved meditation widget CB behavior to remove the unintentional implication that it was a brainwashing tool.

(additionally if you haven't seen the capital ship command stuff click here; if you haven't seen the ModDB assets show and its pretty pictures click here)
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Re: SVN Commit of the Day
July 11 2010

Improved meditation widget CB behavior to remove the unintentional implication that it was a brainwashing tool.

That was the best part of it. :(
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Re: SVN Commit of the Day
July 11 2010

Improved meditation widget CB behavior to remove the unintentional implication that it was a brainwashing tool.

That was the best part of it. :(

We had a long discussion about it, but ultimately...

 

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Re: SVN Commit of the Day
I just saw the capital ship commanding thing. I'm in love. Let me do that with a Tev vessel in a mini-campaign and I will love you oh so much. You can have my firstborn child as it is.
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Re: SVN Commit of the Day
It's surprisingly fun. I thought it'd be a clumsy bore but it's exciting.

One thing we're debating right now is whether to place the main guns under player control (i.e. press shoot to SHOOT THE GUNS) or leave them as part of the ship's fire control system (you select a target, the AI handles shot placement.)

I know it sounds like the first solution is the obvious one, but there's so much to keep track of already that it almost feels more fun to let your gunnery people handle the gunnery.

 

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Got a little captain in you?  Autonomous gunnery all the way.

Although, for main guns, I dunno.  The promise of DAKKA makes me want to be pulling the trigger...

 

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Re: SVN Commit of the Day/capship command discussion
It's surprisingly fun. I thought it'd be a clumsy bore but it's exciting.

One thing we're debating right now is whether to place the main guns under player control (i.e. press shoot to SHOOT THE GUNS) or leave them as part of the ship's fire control system (you select a target, the AI handles shot placement.)

I know it sounds like the first solution is the obvious one, but there's so much to keep track of already that it almost feels more fun to let your gunnery people handle the gunnery.

The forward guns you mean? I'd feel it's a lot more satisfying if you get to push the button and watch things asplode, rather than wait for the AI to do it. :P
'specially if you could get them to fire straight (ie. no autoaim, point your ship!)
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Re: SVN Commit of the Day/capship command discussion
It's surprisingly fun. I thought it'd be a clumsy bore but it's exciting.

One thing we're debating right now is whether to place the main guns under player control (i.e. press shoot to SHOOT THE GUNS) or leave them as part of the ship's fire control system (you select a target, the AI handles shot placement.)

I know it sounds like the first solution is the obvious one, but there's so much to keep track of already that it almost feels more fun to let your gunnery people handle the gunnery.

The forward guns you mean? I'd feel it's a lot more satisfying if you get to push the button and watch things asplode, rather than wait for the AI to do it. :P
'specially if you could get them to fire straight (ie. no autoaim, point your ship!)

You'd think so, but in combat, you've got so much to track that constantly mashing 'fire' might just turn into a distraction. Plus the guns would need to have their field of fire somewhat reduced to make them player-usable. Plus they'd need to be tabled in a roundabout way using 'burst' since normally player weapons cannot have a firewait > 1 second or so.

Plus it's just...not what a captain does.

It could be fun. Not sure yet. Balancing the satisfaction of unleashing mass drivers and gauss cannons versus the need to focus on situational awareness and captaining rather than GUNS GUNS GUNS.

Decisions will be made.

 

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Re: SVN Commit of the Day/capship command discussion
You gonna fit strike craft deployment into this system as well?
 
Ie- launch and recovery.

 

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You gonna fit strike craft deployment into this system as well?
 
Ie- launch and recovery.

One of the first things we tried, but it doesn't work yet; wings can't arrive from a player fighterbay.

 

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Would it be possible to put the forward weapons on a toggle, to switch between AI guided turret-mode and player controlled straight-forward-mode?

I guess something like in X (two and following anyway) were you could switch between piloting and each side with turrets wouldn't be possible (at the moment) in FS.

 

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I'm not sure, since player weapons have to be listed under primaries. Although, perhaps you could link a keypress (the trigger?) to firing a turret or whatever? But I think it requires you to acquire a target for that. I'm not sure if there's anything that picks up your current target however, that you could insert in there. It'd be an interesting thing to try.
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Re: SVN Commit of the Day/capship command discussion
You gonna fit strike craft deployment into this system as well?
 
Ie- launch and recovery.

One of the first things we tried, but it doesn't work yet; wings can't arrive from a player fighterbay.
Couldn't you just find the relative coordinates of the fighterbay to the center of the Karuna and use get-object-coords and coordinate manipulation to move the ships into the fighterbay?

 

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Re: SVN Commit of the Day/capship command discussion
I'm not sure, since player weapons have to be listed under primaries. Although, perhaps you could link a keypress (the trigger?) to firing a turret or whatever? But I think it requires you to acquire a target for that. I'm not sure if there's anything that picks up your current target however, that you could insert in there. It'd be an interesting thing to try.

Of course there's things that pick up your current target - look at the fire control system currently in place.

Would it be possible to put the forward weapons on a toggle, to switch between AI guided turret-mode and player controlled straight-forward-mode?

I guess something like in X (two and following anyway) were you could switch between piloting and each side with turrets wouldn't be possible (at the moment) in FS.

It would be possible, but would require swapping between different pofs. It could be done, it's just ugly.

You gonna fit strike craft deployment into this system as well?
 
Ie- launch and recovery.

One of the first things we tried, but it doesn't work yet; wings can't arrive from a player fighterbay.
Couldn't you just find the relative coordinates of the fighterbay to the center of the Karuna and use get-object-coords and coordinate manipulation to move the ships into the fighterbay?

Yes, but their behavior afterwards is problematic.
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Re: SVN Commit of the Day/capship command discussion
Oh, yeah. I forgotted about that part.

 

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I guess as a compromise you could just warp the fighters in close, but still outside of the fighterbay (without warp-effect of course). Unless you are on external camera and front view, the illusion should be convincing enough.

 

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Re: SVN Commit of the Day/capship command discussion
Problem is, you kinda need to be on external camera, just to gauge your ship's maneuvers accurately.
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Yes, but isn't the fighterbay at the front?
Most time you will be in external, but behind the ship, and thus the ship itself hides the place the fighters are spawned at.
At least I think the Karuna has the bay at the front.... or am I only thinking that because of the close resemblance to the Babylon 5 Omega?

 

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Cool stuff going on with FS lately.


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Re: SVN Commit of the Day/capship command discussion
Yes, but isn't the fighterbay at the front?
Most time you will be in external, but behind the ship, and thus the ship itself hides the place the fighters are spawned at.
At least I think the Karuna has the bay at the front.... or am I only thinking that because of the close resemblance to the Babylon 5 Omega?

It does, but if we're going to warp the fighters in, we'd rather just warp the fighters in.

We can get a code-side fix for player fighterbays later.
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