Starship Command 2 (Alpha Build 161125-1606) Update

Weapons! (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Gamma Beam Mk. 5)

So, I missed last week’s release target due to the work on weapon generation. But, that is now done and with the extra time I had, I was able to add more into this weeks release:

WEAPONS

Primary  & Secondary weapons have been worked out an implemented in Starship Command 2. This also means that weapon arcs are back in!

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The difference between a primary and secondary weapon is that the primary weapons charge directly from the power supplied from your ship’s reactor. Secondary weapons use ammo and create an explosion.

OTHER MAJOR CHANGES

First is the ability to fund a shipyard’s construction in your empire’s sectors.

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This will create a shipyard with a random EDOS rating in this sector. And as you can see, it is expensive!

And when you FTL drive reaches max radiation accumulation, it will no longer stop outright. Instead, it’s speed will keep decreasing until it is at 1% of its normal speed.

Also in this build are:

  • Ambient sounds in the galaxy view
  • Fixed a bug where friendly empires kept “touching” allies and never expanding
  • Language generation now defaults to using templates in “\languageTemplates\” folder
  • Watcher mode no longer shows player’s travel log and shipyard EDOS
  • Increase/Decrease sector development are now split into a 1X, 10X, and 100X options each

Starship Command 2 (Alpha Build 161106-1715) Update

The update for November 6th introduces some new features, changes and bug fixes.

The Biggest Change

In previous builds, empires were able to expand from any controlled sector. The recent introduction of shipyards opened up a much better way of handling expansion. Empires are now only able to expand from controlled sectors with shipyards.

This makes expansion more interesting, as the empire’s territory becomes more “shaped” then just a ever-increasing circle. Second and most importantly, is for when combat is introduced, this gives the player a direct focus to cripple an empire without having to attack each sector individually.

Also with the shipyards, the component generation was tweaked. Now, each shipyard has an E.D.O.S. rating (Economics, Defense, Offense & Size) which is shown in the galaxy view:

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In the sector information panel, the E.D.O.S. rating is shown, 3 in Economic, 2 in Defense, 5 in Offense, and 1 in size. The yellow numbers surrounding the two sectors are the E.D.O.S. ratings going clockwise starting at the left.

Size is the shipyards hull size. In the picture one shipyards has a hull size of 1, the other has a hull size of 2.

Each of the components of a ship (FTL Drive, STL Engines, Shields, Reactors, Thrusters, Weapons) use a combination of the three ratings. An FTL Drive, uses the Economic and Defense ratings, so the lower shipyards will have a better FTL Drive then the one above it.

A full breakdown (or cheatsheet) on what components use what will be made when everything is in place.

Other Changes

Also changed, is in the shipyards windows, you can now see the components name:

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Also the full price of the component, instead of just the difference need for purchase:

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Another small change planets, stars and asteroid belts now are named by the controlling empire. The name will be changed if taken over by an enemy empire, but if taken back the original names are restored:

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Small bug fixes includes:

  • Completely aggressive empire will no longer hate themselves.
  • Empires that revolted from another no longer have black ship codes.
  • Minor GUI tweaks and a test button click sound.

FTL Drives and You

 

FTL Drives have been introduced in the latest build of Starship Command 2 along with other new features and small bug-fixes:

FTL Drives:

Right now, the only type of FTL is a basic Warp-Drive style (there are other types planned for future work).

The warp-drive style has six properties:

  1. Speed – How fast you can travel to your destination.
  2. Strength – Every time your hull is hit by weapons-fire, a component has a chance of breaking down.
  3. Charge Time – In tactical combat, how many seconds it will take at full power & strength to charge.
  4. Power Requirement – How much power is required to charge the FTL drive in minimum time.
  5. Mass Reduction – Another tactical combat property, this is what percentage your total ship’s mass is reduced by. Making your ship respond that much faster.
  6. Radiation Accumulation – In the galaxy view, whenever you are travelling, the FTL drive “picks up” radiation. ftl-radiation-accumulationWhen it reaches max, the FTL drive will shut down to vent off the radiation. This can be quickened by pressing the FTL Radiation button:ftl-radiation-overloadOr the radiation can be removed immediately by visiting a shipyards.

The shipyards will show a comparison of their FTL drive and yours:shipyards-ftl-comparison

As with the hulls, each shipyards will generate a unique FTL drive based on the empire’s FTL technology priorities. Since the FTL drives are generated, the empire selection window will show the empire’s FTL priorities:empire-ftl-priorities

What Else is New:

  1. A new panel in the sector screen will tell you the empire owner and relations, and shipyards are now not accessible unless the empire’s relations are positive:allied-empire-shipyards-available
  2. Also at the shipyards, it is now possible to sell a ship from your fleet:sell-ship
  3. The undiscovered sector graphic has been changed so there will be less “white-out” for large galaxies.
  4. Tweaked empire relation change when buying and selling.
  5. Fixed an error when an empire surrenders, that the surrendered sectors were not counted into the winning empire’s count.
  6. And a new Watch-Mode, pressing F5 will toggle unfog all sectors and center the camera, so you can just sit back and watch the empires expand and duke it out.

Starship Command 2 Major Update!

Major update today for Starship Command 2! Shipyards are now in place.

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This means you can buy new/trade-in components in your fleet (as of right now, only hulls are implemented). Implementing this meant fixing a few bugs and tweaks to the hull generator code, mainly to calculate available cargo spaces based on the empire’s economic priority.

Also, implemented is a small quality-of-life improvement, the travel log:

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This will, by default, keep track of your last five stops.

Another major change in terms of gameplay, is the added penalty of new governor claims. The cost of claiming a new sector as a governor, is multiplied, again by default, by the amount of already-governed sectors. This was to keep the player from just claiming every sector on the cheap. Adding this meant the player would have to be able to relenquish his governor’s claim. Doing so will sell the claim to your empire, the value of it is based on the development of the sector.

This introduced real-estate flipping! Claim a sector, buy and sell in the market, then immediately sell the claim. During testing this became game breaking as I was able to gain 4 billion credits in under a game-year. So, to squash this game-breaking “feature”, a cap was introduced to increasing sector development by market trading. All these values can be changed in the settings file, so if you want to be a space-real-estate mogul, just change the settings.

Also changed were the atmosphere graphic, it now is now longer “chopped” at the left side:

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vs. the old:

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The GUI graphics have been changed to a simpler/modern style
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And fullscreen is toggle-able in-game by pressing Alt+Enter.

Starship Hull Generator Is Now Making Custom Config Files!

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YAY!

The starship hull generator code that takes a JSON config file and makes a hull out of it is now capable of creating a brand-new config file for the generated empires. That means the default 250 empires will have their own unique ships, no default/undefined shape. So, the next thing to do is take these configs and make similar versions for different classes. Then, followed by coding the actual shipyards in-game!

It took a while to detect/get rid of hull shapes that intersect themselves. But it is finally ready. I may add this into a new build of the Ship Flight testing program.

Starship Command 2 is Now in Progress

Or I should say it has been in progress for three months. I should update the site more often. So…

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Currently, the empires (expansion, relations, wars, etc.), and markets are working and I plan to have an alpha build up in the next week. So stay tuned.

State of Starship Command

Hi to the ~20 Starship Command players!

It has been too long for any news about SsC, but here we go!

I have not abandoned Starship Command. I’ve just had to take a break. There is so much more I want to add especially the ship boarding. But after two months of that, I’m still hitting some game breaking bugs with it.

So, with NaNoWriMo, coming up I figure I’d take a break from SsC and get back into writing. After that, I’ll see how I feel about it. Starship Command is the game I’ve always wanted and there is more that can be done with it, but it has taken up pretty much every single hour of free time that I have had for the last 14 months, and I’m burnt.

So, here’s to all the captains playing it. It’s not dead, just a hiatus.

Thanks you.