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Re: new devices?
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2009, 07:54:50 pm »

You could travel in enemy territory without ever having to worry about running into a fight.
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« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2009, 09:18:25 pm »

But only once you have the cloaking device, which (presumably) would be hard to find. It could even be deep within Ur-Quan space, meaning you need to risk encountering the Ur-Quan in order to find it at all.

And there are really three separate possibilities for the cloak. It could hide you only in a star system, or it could hide you only in HyperSpace, or it could hide you in both. I think perhaps the first would be best.

(Of course there's also the possibility of a cloak in combat, but I don't think I would like that as much. I don't like the Ilwrath's cloak because it's almost impossible to tell which direction I'm facing while using it.)
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« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2009, 09:30:59 pm »

So essentially, it would be like a cheat code?
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« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2009, 09:45:58 pm »

Um... let's go with "no"?
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« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2009, 12:01:04 am »

I'd like to see a cloaking device that would just work in hyperspace. Something that would keep me from getting swarmed by friendly ships over and over.
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« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2009, 11:07:43 pm »

Maybe a temporary cloaking device that lasts until all enemy blips have disappeared (they all immediately lose you and go do something else when activated). Useful in UQ space if you get stuck in a loop of dudes.
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« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2009, 11:42:33 pm »

I'd like to see a cloaking device that would just work in hyperspace. Something that would keep me from getting swarmed by friendly ships over and over.

This would be my use for it...

I don't worry about enemies, but I hate my time wasting friendlies.
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« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2009, 04:02:11 am »

Yeah, loops like that lost me a game once...
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« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2009, 07:03:34 pm »

The cloak could have a significant drawback, like a fuel cost and a cooldown time... but we'd need to decide on behavior for the pursuers in the event you disappeared.
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« Reply #24 on: June 26, 2009, 11:44:25 pm »

The idea of stealthing past fights seems almost unnessicary. The nature of the game actually seems to minimize such encouters anyway and I find that problematic as is. In detail...

Time is an important resource and this is one of the best aspects of the game, you can loose, you have to plan intelligently. However this means it is vital to get speed upgrades on the Vindicator and the Quasiportal ASAP. Since the upgraded Vindicator is faster than any enemy alien ship dodging fights in hyperspace or systems is rather trivial. In fact I more or less feel like the encounters aren't random but chosen by the player at their whim. Manuevering through a system full of dozens of enemy ships and not getting into a fight just requires a bit of patience and planning. All of this is of course contingent on the aliens behaving as if they have no tactical or strategic sense whatsoever as they move toward your current location in a massive horde and make no attempt to devise an interception course or maybe even create a net if enough fleets are availible.

So I'd say a stealth device only has merit if such a mod also makes the fleets behave inteligently.
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« Reply #25 on: June 27, 2009, 03:27:55 am »

So, attempting to surround you and such-like...
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« Reply #26 on: July 03, 2009, 03:06:23 pm »

The cloak could have a significant drawback, like a fuel cost and a cooldown time... but we'd need to decide on behavior for the pursuers in the event you disappeared.

This should do it, it's a decent trade-off. Put a bit higher cost for activation and voila - it's not cheating anymore (but I still think it's a bit broken).

Another thing came to my mind concerning the "stealth approach": why have one cloak when you can have two? One of them would be used to hide you while navigating the starmap ("Hyperspace Shroud") while the other one would hide you while moving around in solar systems ("Cloaking Device"), with separate quests for obtaining each device. In addition the Vindicator could support only one of these devices so you would have to choose which one you want to use.

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Here's my 2 cents concerning the new devices in UQM:

1) Escort Bay
- provides all necessary room on board for more spacecrafts for your fleet. It would allow you to take 2 more ships with you for your travels. This "device" (module to be precise) could be implemented multiple times in the same manner as other modules are used (takes one slot and each one gives you +2 to max number of ships in your escort).

I always wanted to have one of every ship types in the game, just for fun Smiley

2) Warp Interdictor - this device prevents all ships from running out of combat via defensive hyper-jump. So no more running away for you...and your opponent. Let me explain:

I always found somewhat boring the fact that enemy can't run away from you and will always act as a most fanatical kamikaze while in battle. I mean ether all races have a death wish or the Shofixti culture is the most influential in this region of the Galaxy Tongue

This is ok for some races like Ur-Quan (Submit or DIE!/ DIE or...DIE!), Slylandro (~mindless probe ships) or Mycon ("We are the Mycon. Resistance is futile") and the said Shofixti, but I mean not even the Spathi would attempt to flee when facing death in the form of your triple Hellbore Cannons (not to mention when it's ship vs ship combat)! Furthermore the game itself states that warp escape module is a quite common piece of tech and that it's available to almost all races...so it's kinda lame that all of the alien captains are serial suicidal maniacs on the loose Undecided

So if this device is to be implemented, the cyborg AI should be also altered to make it a bit more "cowardly" (and realistic) and an option for warping-out should become available to him. When an enemy ship loses almost all crew units it would attempt to flee rather than to meet his premature demise (doesn't have to happen 100% of time but at least some 60-70%); it would also lower the income a bit I guess (more fleeing = less cash) but it's not like you're not swimming in RUs most of the time in the game.

3) Voidsphere - inspired by the Egg of Darkness from the Inkal comics, this is a toy for the dark siders; if you want to destroy some alien race that bugs you (or to do it just for fun), why to torment yourself with laying siege to their homeworld and facing wave after wave of enemies ready to fight till their last breath? When you could just turn-off their sun and let them die as their planets freeze in the infinite void of cosmos! Cool

So essentially this device destroys a star in a system in a matter of days. After that the race occupying the system can either flee to another colony or (more likely) die off, unable to counter a disaster of such proportions.
 
This "attack" should only affect the colonies in the system in which the Voidsphere was used. Also the sphere of influence should shrink (or even disappear) proportionally with the number of systems you "erase".

I'm just not sure should it have a limited number of uses or some ludicrous activation cost (~1000 Fuel?); also I'm not sure to which race exactly should go the credit for making such an horrible weapon (definitely one of the exterminated Milieu races, Yuli, Drall or Yuptar ). And of course an appropriate quest to get this item it is in order.


I guess that all these things are not so hard to code (IMO, but I'm not a programmer so... Tongue) and that they would be a nice add-on to already formidable gameplay this game has.



p.s.- I really like the ideas for the VUX screen and the friendly Ur-Quan (under the Dnyarri Pet influence of course), these changes would fit in great!
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