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Vaness
Vaness
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8/18/2015
Vaness
Vaness
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I just thought I'd chime in already, although this is probably very early in production still. I thought it might be nice if there was some sort of graphic in the galaxy map screen about whether you own something in a particular system/section/etc (Like a small ship or resource/plant icon). While you can see that from the list when something is selected, it would be a nice visual indicator to quickly find out where all your assets are located and browse there. smile

I saw that there was a "Comms" section but not sure if I saw anything in particular about the chat interface yet (probably not finished yet?), so I was wondering if this would be something that could always be accessible and "real-time" in every page so you could easily chat with your guild/any player in the game after selecting a chat room without having to rely on sending "email" style messages. Maybe something that could be minimized from the view?

Having a good chat interface I think is key to helping soften any possible learning curves! smile Even in a game like EVE the tutorials themselves rarely get you far and you have to mostly rely on other players to explain things to you. (And in a way, it makes the community better through helping people)

I was also wondering about the "expansion" mechanic! Can you see all the possible systems one could expand to at all times or are they revealed as people send exploration ships to the unknown?


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Doctor Dread
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8/18/2015
Doctor Dread
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On the viewscreen when you're on the Overview sub-tab you will see a colored icon in the corner of every location that you have a Structure (blue), Military Unit (Gold), Product (Green) or Item (Violet). They take up the 4 corners of the "Square" that those assets are in. We're probably going to add another one that shows the location of your Corporate headquarters also, probably a white diamond. This is true even when you zoom out, you will see those icons in the corners of a planet or star system is appropriate. There is also a bookmark system at the top of the viewscreen navigation that allows you to make your own named bookmarks with different colors. It places dotted line squares around the location you bookmarked and they can be planets or star systems also. There was a screenshot of earth showing the cities and these icons but it got removed. I should put it back up


We also want to implement a "Real Time" chat system into the game. We were looking for something that fits our need out of the box but nothing caught our attention yet. We imagine there would be chat rooms linked to every planet or even city in the game as well as the ability to make your own rooms. Sending notes would also be there.


As for the expansion mechanic we're thinking it might place an entire quadrant at a time when needed but only populate those quadrants down to the system level. You would be able to see the stars but you wouldn't be able to see anything inside the system (The star itself or the planets/resources). They would have question marks on them or some other indicator that they are not in game yet. As the city populations increase or maybe just after a number of cities in a system is reached, the game will populate those nearby systems with planets and resources.
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Kemot
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4/9/2016
Kemot
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I do not want to start a new thread actually but how about adding a real time chat for communication?
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