Devnet Ideas Postings
These are postings into the Egosoft Development Forum,
reproduced here for those without access to this forum area.
and Complex Management on the HUD.
I'd like to see all Player ships and complex
icons with key info
displayed on the hud, out of the way of combat. Move the guns icons to
where they can be viewed while aiming, and use the side places made
vacant to display every thing the player is keeping tabs on.
For example :
Each UT so you know where they are all the time.
Each capital ship.
Each Flight/Squadron Leader.
Capped ships on the move to somewhere.
Station delivery ships.
Mouse over the icon and you get popup
information as to where it
is, what its condition is and what its doing. Option to click this
information on permanently for an icon, until clicked off again. So for
UT's, you could always know at a glance where they are.
Then, if one of them is attacked, the icon
flashes red, you click
on it, nav options and combat options appear and you can give orders at
a single click without needing to pull up the nav map of that sector to
find the ship and get it out of there. An option for avoidance would
flash the icon when an enemy is in scan range, to prompt you for orders
before combat happens.
Click on jump to safety and it jumps to the
nearest gate in a
nearby sector without an enemy presense. Click jump to repair, and it
jumps to the nearest shipyard.
Option to click for player ship to immediately
jump to nearest gate
to ship under attack. So flashing red icon, mouse over icon, list of
commands for the attacked ship with last command being Jump player to
Drag a cap ship or flight leader over the
flashing red icon and the cap ship or flight jumps to resue it.
Drag a ship over another ship in the same
sector, it forms a unit.
If the latter is a carrier, then it forms a unit with the carrier as
homebase. If the latter is a station, then the station becomes
homebase. Mouse over the carrier and the units are displayed. Click to
hold them in place. Drag another ship onto a unit and the ship joins
that unit and flies to the base. Drag a ship off a unit and it becomes
a single ship again and appears on the hud, unless you drop it on
another unit. Flight leaders and such are assigned automatically, from
criteria selected from a menu of options.
Claim a ship, it appears on the hud, mouse over
click on move to shipyard or move to carrier, dock at nearest station,
double click to move to sector, or drag it over a TL or M1 or hub to
have it go dock there, whereever it is.
Universe map to appear overlaid on the hud, so
drag an icon onto a sector moves the ship there, options for jump or
Click on the hub icon and it brings up the
details screen for the hub with sub-clicks for landed ships and other
Most of the repetitious menu searching can be
done by putting your
key assets on the main hud as small icons and clicking or dragging them
gives orders quickly.
This would be in addition to the existing menu
system, and within
that is the ability to turn on or off the hud icons. On each hud icon,
the last option is turning it off.
Damaged ships or stations, or ships that have
just had a part
damaged and needs replacing, show a small cross or something as part of
Ships without guns show an icon that indicates
they cant fight.
Ships without full shielding show an icon that indicates they are
As you get more ships, you join them into
flight, then squadrons,
then fleets, and each time you do, the ships become a group icon, with
mouse over showing the composition of the group.
Other information shown is if the ship or group
is jump capable,
and if not why not, including no jump drive fitted or short on e-cells.
Have a freighter full of e-cells and drag it
over any other icon,
and it goes (jumps/flys) and beams over e-cells to the ship or group,
then restocks either from your SPP or complex if you have supplies, or
from the nearest SPP (choice of standing orders). When its stock is
low, it goes and fills up, or flashes low to tell you for orders. Ditto
ships with missiles and alternate gun loads.
See enemies icon would expand when clicked to
display icons of all
enemy units in proximity to player assests. At the same time, units
available to attack come brighter, units inappropriate to attack go
dimmer. Dragging our own ship icons onto the enemy one initiates an
attack on the specific enemy. Moving a fleet to attack an enemy M2
would take only a few quick drag and drops. No matter if you are in
sector or on the other side of the universe. Drag, drop, fight. Then
orders to repair/reload afterward.
Pretty well all the Fleet and Factory management
we currently have to do through very cumbersome menus could be done on
At a guess, you should be able to put 30 to 50
small icons on the
hud in non-critical areas of the screen, and be able to manage your
empire predominantly without menus. I'd be happy to sacrifice a lot of
the exisiting hud items that floats around the edge of the hud, so I
can keep tabs on all my ships instead. I dont need to see civilian
icons on the hud. Nor do I need to see traders, unless I'm targetting
them (so turn on or off as need). The hud still should have room for
the flowing edges of icons, and still place fixed icons for all player
The game lacks the ability to give orders to
player assets in seconds.
If I am in the middle of combat, and another one
of my ships in
another sector is attacked, I need to give orders in seconds without
interrupting my own combat.
True Fleet management is missing from the game,
battlegroups with multiple m6 support, and hundreds of fighters), and
doing anything in large numbers is so cumbersome that many who want to
(me) do not bother, its too hard.
By putting it all in an organised fashion on the
hud, complicated groupings and orders could be made in seconds.
All hud items need to be selectable. Turn them
on and off depending
on what you need to see at any time. Some players will want to turn
many existing hud items off, and turn managment ones on. Others will be
the opposite. So the player needs to be able to choose.
STATIONS - Player Trading and EQ Docks
I do not understand why such expensive
stations as Trading dock and EQ dock, cannot sell to NPC Traders.
In a game where seller ships just commit suicide all the time or
randomly vanish for no acceptable reason, these stations become useless
simply because the NPC traffic ignore them.
Please make the Trading and EQ docks the same as every other station
and allow all NPC ships to trade with player owned docks.
TRADING - Supply ship role
Supply Ship role for freighter.
Asign a supply ship to keep assigned stations/complexes supplied with
ALL the products they need simultaneously, by assessing the entire
network at once, and loading ALL the products needed at each stop,
instead of a single product, and jump to each destination.
For example, Giskards Trading Network idea.
Asign a single freighter to supply them all, accross the universe.
Tell it to collect from certain complexes/stations, and supply to each
As the trading stations (and could also be eq docks) will
specialise in low volume, high price items, taking 2 125mj shields on a
single trip is pointless when the same ship could take a top up for
every product on the station and still only have half a load. Instead
of 30 trips carrying a few items with 12000 empty space, each station
is resupplied in 1 or 2 trips using the whole cargo space.
Where stocks are small and not many products, 6 (more or less) trading
stations could be round robin supplied with a single load of wares
begining at a complex and ending there, and then redoing over again.
This could also be used for complexes where they mutually support
each other with many products. Instead of 10 ships moving 10 products
in 2 directions, you have a single ship moving 10 products in 2
directions depending on need.
The desire is to remove the need for masses of ships to do what 1 ship
would do if you piloted it (which of course you dont, your out capping
or Am or XI).
So replace lots of dumb ships with a single intelligent ship.