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The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release => General UQM Discussion => Topic started by: Davidnoi on February 15, 2006, 08:44:40 am



Title: Stuck in the very begining
Post by: Davidnoi on February 15, 2006, 08:44:40 am
Call me as u will, newbie, noob, blind or stupid, i just cant seem to find Pluto...i understood its in the solar system and ive been traveling for about 2 hours and no luck.

Dunno if there's a connection but i also cant land on certin planets such as the big white on in the middle of the sol system, Mars, Neptun and such.
Plz help me i wanna continue the plot :(


Title: Re: Stuck in the very begining
Post by: Novus on February 15, 2006, 09:30:49 am
Call me as u will, newbie, noob, blind or stupid, i just cant seem to find Pluto...i understood its in the solar system and ive been traveling for about 2 hours and no luck.
Outer-most planet in the solar system, right?

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Dunno if there's a connection but i also cant land on certin planets such as the big white on in the middle of the sol system, Mars, Neptun and such.
Plz help me i wanna continue the plot :(
Big white one? You mean the Sun?

Flying around in solar systems is just a teensy bit confusing. Basically, you have the solar system view, that shows the sun and the planets. When you approach a planet, the game switches to the planet system view that shows the planet and its moons (and anything else that may be in orbit). Just to make things a bit more complicated, the solar system view zooms in on the sun as you get closer to it.

So, to approach a planet from the solar system view, you have to first enter the planet system by approaching the planet, then approach the planet again to go to the planet. At this point, you should enter orbit around the planet and be able to scan it and land on it (if it has a surface you can land on; gas giants such as Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune can't be landed on). To leave a planet system or solar system or force the solar system view to zoom out, head toward the edge of the visible system.

The status bar at the top of the screen shows the solar system and planet system (where applicable) that you are in.


Title: Re: Stuck in the very begining
Post by: Davidnoi on February 15, 2006, 09:37:45 am
(http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/5141/blahhhh7wy.jpg)
Hmm k i got it, cant land on gas planets (damn shouldve guessed it  :P)
now look at the pic, ive been to all the planets in the system, including the moons and other small planets near it.

Can you tell me which one (color or diraction) is Pluto ?
Thx in advance.


Title: Re: Stuck in the very begining
Post by: TiLT on February 15, 2006, 10:26:22 am
The purple one just above your ship. Some planets can be really small. When in doubt, look at the orbit lines on the map, and see if you can't find the planet somewhere along them.


Title: Re: Stuck in the very begining
Post by: Davidnoi on February 15, 2006, 10:59:00 am
Thank you guys, this planet sure is small ! wouldnt have guessed i can go into any planet small as this one..
hope there aint many planet like this, or if there is a trick for finding them beside trying to enter each star on the system  ;D


Title: Re: Stuck in the very begining
Post by: Novus on February 15, 2006, 11:11:06 am
As TiLT mentioned, the trick is to look at the great big dotted ellipses representing the orbits of the planets. Each of these ellipses has exactly one planet (or, in planetary systems, one moon or starbase). The orbit ellipses are oddly dim on your screenshot, but that may be due to JPEG compression.


Title: Re: Stuck in the very begining
Post by: ^Nytro^ on February 15, 2006, 05:36:19 pm
I think all your probelms begin (well, maybe not begin) with your monitor being too dark. If you too think that brightness is needed you should tweak a bit with the gamma setting.
Right-click the shortcut icon you have to UQM, and in the "target" field add this after the   "   sign at the end:

--gamma 1.6

or just replace the value with whatever you want.
stars, orbit circles and many other things are hard to see when it's so dark. personally I use 2.1 ..


Title: Re: Stuck in the very begining
Post by: Death 999 on February 15, 2006, 05:43:11 pm
I agree that the larger colored stars  in the background are a strong anti-feature. No star in the real is large enough to cover more than 1 pixel (excepting of course the local star; in this case, Sol), and to add these fat stars here really muddies the planet identification issues.


Title: Re: Stuck in the very begining
Post by: guesst on February 15, 2006, 07:11:40 pm
This is an issue with the graphic design as is common with 320x2X0 mode. But trust me, as the game progresses you get much better as spotting the planets against the backdrop.


Title: Re: Stuck in the very begining
Post by: Kohr-Ah Death on February 16, 2006, 12:14:56 pm
i suggest turning pluto into a different color...   lol

maybe to reflect it's real color as i and most otther people have seen it in science magazines:
BROWNISH WHITE or TAN...    lol

or turn it a brighter hue of purple, if thats possible  :-\


Title: Re: Stuck in the very begining
Post by: Clay on February 16, 2006, 04:33:56 pm
It perhaps could be more visible, yes...but as others have noted, it's the ONLY colored spot on that orbit line.  Once you know how the orbits work, it's really not hard to find.


Title: Re: Stuck in the very begining
Post by: Michael Martin on February 18, 2006, 02:07:33 am
maybe to reflect it's real color as i and most otther people have seen it in science magazines:
BROWNISH WHITE or TAN...    lol

Real world Pluto isn't made of delicious Tzo Crystals, though.

Real world Pluto might even have its planet status revoked by the time this hits 1.0...


Title: Re: Stuck in the very begining
Post by: Clay on February 18, 2006, 03:07:39 am
Real world Pluto might even have its planet status revoked by the time this hits 1.0...

It's been talked about for decades, I think.  But it's so firmly ingrained in popular culture that I don't think it will ever fly.

In much the same way tomato is considered a veggie, even though it's actually a fruit...