Happy New Year from the Taiidan Republic Mod!
So, what news and what plans for 2017, I hear you cry. Well, I'm glad you asked...
We started 2016 with some new team members and an explosion of activity. Towards the end of the year involvement from the team and myself had dropped off somewhat. This is for legitimate reasons of course, mod work is all non-committal voluntry stuff!, but all the same perhaps we owe you all an explanation. I had been distracted by the blender dae importer for a while, @radar3301 has been making valuable contributions to DAENerys and the FX tool, @talros and @nathanielmattock by other real life things. Our team discussions dried up a bit, as did our progress and hence updates in this thread.
As the New Year dawned, I posed a frank question to everyone: "do you want to continue as part of the team?" The answers:
@radar3301 - yes, remains a team member, focussed on scripting
@nathanielmattock - he has PC problems, so limited involvement
@talros - yes
So what does that mean? A while ago I stated
This didn't really happen - I started writing it, got to a couple of blockers and switched focus to the frigates, mainly because I needed to keep working on what motivates me most, otherwise the whole thing might grind to a halt! So that remains the next big goal, but there are other things in the pipeline as well, such as platforms and the EMP turret modelled by @unifin for us recently.
Here is a very minor update on the Marine Frigate:
One thing that might happen more now that our team discussions have become more sparse is more ideas and concepts in this thread....such as this:
1) Utility Platform - for dropping off resource and docking strike craft for repairs (possibly one slot for a strike craft production module)
2) Defence Platform - 2 kinetic turrets, maybe destroyer type and 4 flak turrets
3) Electronic Warfare Platform - shield generator, EMP turrets
The platforms would look a little bit like this, each one forming a third of a ring:
The idea is that they can be docked together, a bit like the Kushan Research Ships. The player could choose to use them independently, or to join three of them together (different types or the same types). Docking them together would give an armour bonus.
A ring station composed of three docked platforms would look something like this:
Platform technical issues:
The key question is whether it is doable from a scripting point of view? I thought of using latch paths with no exit path. However the problem is that the player could still order a new platform to dock with a complete ring, but the new platform would just get stuck in the "queue"... I think we need to somehow allow docking/latching and detect when the ring is complete and then disable docking. So far I have not succeeded in getting platforms to latch to other platforms. Does anyone know how the Kushan research ships work? I had a look but I have a feeling some of it is hard coded
The other question is: is it "cool" and is it "homeworld"? I like the idea because the similarity to the Kushan Research Ships gives it a Homeworldy feel, and the curved platform designs could be made to look similar to the Taiidan Supernova station from the HW1 campaign, keeping the Taiidan theme strong.