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Shadow
08-26-2011, 11:33 AM
This is the fourth and last part of my blog on the cool, dynamic setting in our upcoming space action RPG. This time we going to talk a little about the environment. Even the environment itself will be extremely dynamic and create a cool setting for the game. In space there are a lot of things that make up the environment: stars, planets, asteroids/comets, and people on the planets. All of these things kind of have a life of their own. They don't just statically sit there. Things happen, sometimes good and sometimes bad. I think instead of explaining too much about the environment I'm just going to give a bunch of examples of how the environment in our space game will make things interesting.

Some examples of environment related events/quests:
Stars: solar flares, super novas, and gamma ray bursts.
Planets: mega drought, super volcano, earthquakes, super swarms, and killer plants.
Asteroids: usually not a problem until they head towards a populated planet.
People: riots, civil war, plagues, power grid failure, nuclear war, and mutants.

This is just a small subset of what we have planned but I think that gives you a good idea of how much chaos just the environment can cause. The nice thing about all of these is that the player has a lot of control over them. Most of them can be prevented or stopped by the player before things get too bad with quick action. That is if you want to. It is your choice if you want to help out your enemies. Speaking of enemies, sometimes you can even make the problems worse if you choose to. For example, instead of helping quell a civil war you can instead supply arms to the rebels.

Anyway, I think our galaxies will be interesting places. Thoughts?

GeorgiaBoy
08-26-2011, 01:52 PM
Just wow. Sounds like a lot of processing may be needed for a large galaxy. What is the maximum size of the galaxy planned? I have an i5 2500k 4.2GHz. Would that accomodate a 2000 system galaxy?

GB

Shadow
08-26-2011, 02:02 PM
Just wow. Sounds like a lot of processing may be needed for a large galaxy. What is the maximum size of the galaxy planned? I have an i5 2500k 4.2GHz. Would that accomodate a 2000 system galaxy?

It's moddable, but 2000 would be way bigger than our max. You can choose the galaxy size and a huge galaxy is around 50 systems currently. I really should rename it to something other than galaxy though.

GeorgiaBoy
08-26-2011, 03:56 PM
It's moddable, but 2000 would be way bigger than our max. You can choose the galaxy size and a huge galaxy is around 50 systems currently. I really should rename it to something other than galaxy though.

How about 'Sector' instead of galaxy? If it moddable to 255-500 systems, then 'Quadrant'?

GB

BQwoobie
08-26-2011, 04:00 PM
It all sounds pretty exciting! If it's anything like Din's Curse it'll be very well-paced.

I keep wondering, though: since you are the mercenary, is your goal to end the war -- or to keep it going forever, so that you can continue to profit?

Shadow
08-29-2011, 06:00 PM
How about 'Sector' instead of galaxy? If it moddable to 255-500 systems, then 'Quadrant'?

Sector would probably work.

I keep wondering, though: since you are the mercenary, is your goal to end the war -- or to keep it going forever, so that you can continue to profit?

I think ultimately that's really going to be up to you. We will probably have some kind of reward for "winning" a sector so will you profit more by winning, collecting your reward, and moving on to the next sector or milking the last couple of races left for a while?

Delve
08-30-2011, 08:31 AM
Planets: mega drought, super volcano, earthquakes, super swarms, and killer plants.

Can I implant a few Deep Children (http://wiki.uqm.stack.nl/Deep_Child) in one of those volcanoes? :D

Roswitha
08-30-2011, 11:23 AM
Can I implant a few Deep Children (http://wiki.uqm.stack.nl/Deep_Child) in one of those volcanoes? :D

So after reading through the wikipedia article and following a few links, I am still left with a question.

Does this information exist in any format outside of Wikipedia?

It sounds like a game or a book but I've no idea what it is or where to find it.

Delve
08-30-2011, 12:33 PM
Check out the wikipedia entry for Star Control II (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Control_II).

Roswitha
08-30-2011, 08:05 PM
That does clear things up. Thanks. :)

keith.lamothe
09-04-2011, 10:15 AM
Oh drat, I thought when I hit the rss-subscribe on the blog I would get all the blog posts, and here I was missing all this stuff about a new space action game from one of best sources of dynamic gameplay I've ever seen ;)

Sounds great!

Will have to pay more attention :)