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Author Topic: realism overhaul: Replacing flux system with reactor system and energy system  (Read 4567 times)

Vulpis

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Bringing this back to the initial idea; it seems interesting but I suspect it would be too difficult to implement much less balance.
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JustALittleGravitas

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This is actually much less realistic.  The principle limit on how much energy you can get out of a reactor in space isn't how much energy the reactor has, but how much waste heat you can vent.  Combat vehicles can (theoretically) overload by storing waste heat in heatsinks to dump later, which is exactly what flux is modeling.
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Alex

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For what it's worth, in veeeery early builds flux was inverted and called "energy" instead. In some old code the variable names even reflect this :) IIRC - and since it's been a while, it's a bit hazy - I ended up flipping it around because it made more in-fiction sense for causing overloads due to shield damage, and for the venting mechanic.
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Deshara

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and it was a great choice, Alex. Building flux, overloading at max and having (getting) to vent flux is so much more interesting than just a static "energy" meter that I can't play Everspace bc of it
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and it was a great choice, Alex. Building flux, overloading at max and having (getting) to vent flux is so much more interesting than just a static "energy" meter that I can't play Everspace bc of it

This is what got me interest in Starsector as well.
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