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A Few Miscellaneous Suggestions...
« on: February 04, 2012, 08:18:38 PM »

Amazing work, Fractal Softworks team! I'm really, really, really impressed with how the game is so far. There's already a ton of replay value just for the battles themselves.

From my few days of playing Starfarer, though, I do have two quick suggestions. Both are pretty minor, though.

1.- Hold Fire Button: Yes, I know it's possible to hold fire effectively by taking manual control of all the weapon systems, but I think it's a really useful command for some strategies, and would also help respond to near-overloads.

2.- More Battles on the Main Screen: Only ships flying by? Pfttt! It'd be nice to see some small sorties play out on the main menu screen, or at the very least, have the AI ships use their point defense against the rocks that they're currently flying into. Overall, an understandably minor point though.

While swimming laps, I did think of a couple others, but I've since forgotten them. I'll post in this thread again if I think of any more :)
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Re: A Few Miscellaneous Suggestions...
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2012, 09:08:29 PM »

2.- More Battles on the Main Screen: Only ships flying by? Pfttt! It'd be nice to see some small sorties play out on the main menu screen, or at the very least, have the AI ships use their point defense against the rocks that they're currently flying into. Overall, an understandably minor point though.
I do hope someday for transcendence screensaver style battles.  :) I'm pretty sure they do duke it out. It's just rare.
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Re: A Few Miscellaneous Suggestions...
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2012, 09:56:50 PM »

I do hope someday for transcendence screensaver style battles.  :) I'm pretty sure they do duke it out. It's just rare.

Yeah, I realized; but usually it's just a quick skirmish with a fighter. It'd be cool to see something Battleships Forever-esque, where a bunch of ships duke it out on the main screen   ;D
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Re: A Few Miscellaneous Suggestions...
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2012, 12:17:24 AM »

ZELDA!

That is all.


*Ahem* sorry, just had to get that out of my system, anyways, I quite like your suggestions, I think that you have some valid points.
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Re: A Few Miscellaneous Suggestions...
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2012, 08:40:39 AM »

Amazing work, Fractal Softworks team! I'm really, really, really impressed with how the game is so far. There's already a ton of replay value just for the battles themselves.

From my few days of playing Starfarer, though, I do have two quick suggestions. Both are pretty minor, though.

1.- Hold Fire Button: Yes, I know it's possible to hold fire effectively by taking manual control of all the weapon systems, but I think it's a really useful command for some strategies, and would also help respond to near-overloads.

2.- More Battles on the Main Screen: Only ships flying by? Pfttt! It'd be nice to see some small sorties play out on the main menu screen, or at the very least, have the AI ships use their point defense against the rocks that they're currently flying into. Overall, an understandably minor point though.

While swimming laps, I did think of a couple others, but I've since forgotten them. I'll post in this thread again if I think of any more :)


Hi! Thank you for the kind words. They are much appreciated.

There is already a hold fire button (I am not sure if it was in 0.35a) the default mapping is X. If it wasn't in the .35a build, you will get it as soon as .5a is out, which should be... aah. Hm, I better not start any speculation here. As soon as 5.a is out, which we are hard at work on! Yeah.


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Re: A Few Miscellaneous Suggestions...
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2012, 09:59:55 AM »

There is already a hold fire button (I am not sure if it was in 0.35a) the default mapping is X. If it wasn't in the .35a build, you will get it as soon as .5a is out, which should be... aah. Hm, I better not start any speculation here. As soon as 5.a is out, which we are hard at work on! Yeah.

Great to hear! Yet another reason to eagerly await 0.5a ;)

Also, thought of another suggestion I forgot to mention:
3.- Access to Settings During Battle
In the Esc menu, it'd be nice to be able to access the Settings control panel to tweak controls. More a convenience feature, really.
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Re: A Few Miscellaneous Suggestions...
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2012, 11:05:50 AM »

Hi! Thank you for the kind words. They are much appreciated.

There is already a hold fire button (I am not sure if it was in 0.35a) the default mapping is X. If it wasn't in the .35a build, you will get it as soon as .5a is out, which should be... aah. Hm, I better not start any speculation here. As soon as 5.a is out, which we are hard at work on! Yeah.

See you around the forums!

You're such a tease!
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Re: A Few Miscellaneous Suggestions...
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2012, 03:24:04 PM »

4.- Friendly fire avoidance not aggressive enough? In the Nothing Personal mission, I have my Aurora's HILs on autofire most of the time, but my allied Tempests just seem to have a knack for diving in front of them when they're strafing a target.

Although sometimes it's admittedly unavoidable, I think the AI's movement decision should prioritize allied damage avoidance a bit higher when their hull integrity is low: one time, I was about to finish with no ships lost, and a Tempest with very low hull integrity passed right through two of my HIL beams (with its shield pointed in the opposite way, towards the enemy Onslaught) and was disabled :(
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Re: A Few Miscellaneous Suggestions...
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2012, 08:30:41 PM »

Also, thought of another suggestion I forgot to mention:
3.- Access to Settings During Battle
In the Esc menu, it'd be nice to be able to access the Settings control panel to tweak controls. More a convenience feature, really.

Yes.
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