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by kennworl
Fri May 22, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Design docs
Topic: Time Accelerator as Ship Equipment
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: Time Accelerator as Ship Equipment

Yeah, well, we're just going to disagree about this. A bunch of game mechanics thrown together to simulate an activity without any backstory or lore is just that....a simulator, lacking that hook, that emotive buy-in which keeps people interested. So if that is what Pioneer is supposed to be, despit...
by kennworl
Fri May 22, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: Design docs
Topic: Time Accelerator as Ship Equipment
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: Time Accelerator as Ship Equipment

Thanks for the in-depth answer, Nozmajner. I am an architect by trade, and for me at least, the gameplay is as much about the story as the mechanics. It all forms part of the experience. This will be different for others, so not a criticism, but I do like to have everything interconnected in a world...
by kennworl
Thu May 21, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Design docs
Topic: Time Accelerator as Ship Equipment
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Time Accelerator as Ship Equipment

Hi all. I was thinking about trying to do up some of the equipment descriptions in the Wiki, and I thought about we are supposed to explain away the time acceleration, so that it becomes part of the ship and the game immersion, instead of a glaring game control that is not part of the universe. X ha...
by kennworl
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Other space games
Topic: Star Sector Economy
Replies: 3
Views: 1985

Re: Star Sector Economy

Interesting. The "approximate" economy algorythm would be good for procedurally generating a stable-ish economy, but it would have to follow the same rules for the detail economy that the player would see. However, the scale of pioneer is so vast that I'm not sure if you could ever put together a tr...
by kennworl
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Pioneer development
Topic: Hardware adventure: Navigational questions
Replies: 2
Views: 1079

Re: Navigational questions

I would have thought so, yes. But if I start a new game in London, jump straight to Sirius, and bingo, no frame of ref. Assume it's abug and will check the issue list. For the record, it does this every time with the standard 27 Aug build.
by kennworl
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Pioneer development
Topic: Hardware adventure: Navigational questions
Replies: 2
Views: 1079

Hardware adventure: Navigational questions

Hi all. Still working on my hardware console, using a 20x4 LCD display to do the frame of reference data (altitude, approach speed, relative speed, etc.) So test playing, I jumped into the Sirius system and all of a sudden I had no frame of reference. Q1, how close to a celestial body do you have to...
by kennworl
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Pioneer development
Topic: Which SciFi show does Pioneer most resemble?
Replies: 4
Views: 1823

Which SciFi show does Pioneer most resemble?

When I play Pioneer, I have Firefly in my head with maybe a little Star Wars mixed in. The tech level and culture are such that I keep humming the Serenity theme from Firefly when I'm flying around. That is probably where I will head when I start designing an economy revamp, as opposed to Star Trek ...
by kennworl
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Pioneer development
Topic: Ship sketches
Replies: 121
Views: 174117

Re: Ship sketches

Adding or modifying ship components (such as cargo pods, enlarged engines, or extra weapons pods) will or should change the external appearance of a ship. How could we implement this in Pioneer? It would be cool to have customised ships that look the part. One of the ways that players in X get start...
by kennworl
Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Pioneer development
Topic: Forced Time Acceleration
Replies: 4
Views: 1485

Re: Forced Time Acceleration

I'm not saying get rid of time acceleration, just limit where it can be forced and/or improve the physics (or autopilot) to cope with it. Ecraven thinks that an n-body gravity physics engine should be able to cope with x10000 easy (and pioneer has only 2-body), so maybe the autopilot needs a pay ris...
by kennworl
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Pioneer development
Topic: Forced Time Acceleration
Replies: 4
Views: 1485

Forced Time Acceleration

There is an issue that ecraven discovered when trying to orbit Ceres when starting from earth and forcing x10000 time acceleration. The physics goes absolutely bonkers. Works ok on x100. I like that the time acc automatically scales back when I am close to something to give me some reaction time, an...