Interplanetary is a turn-based strategy game for PC, Mac and Linux, featuring both single- and multiplayer modes.
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|Dec 12 2013 Anchor|
Having played a couple more hours, these are my observations:
Otherwise, the game is a blast to play! I'll post more thoughts/suggestions when I have them.
|Dec 13 2013 Anchor|
Thanks for the feedback! I'll just go address the issues you've found.
Save feature is coming. We need to leave developing it for a bit later, unfortunately, since many more features need to be implemented before it's sensible to start working on it.
This was actually a much more complicated issue than it seems, but we've fixed it now. The problem will be gone from the next update.
They are not, at the moment. Their rotation, right now, does add a very random element to the game, so the idea is good. We'll look into it.
Nice catch! This is a bit of a complicated issue and just changing the velocities creates new problems altogether. It is still not possible to do the straight shots when your gun is on the wrong side of the planet, so it's not a huge problem, but we'll see if there's something we can do to make this work a bit better.
Good idea, we've already considered something similar and a better indicator is definitely coming later. In our current version, the camera focuses on the active player at the start of the turn. Seems to work quite nicely.
Figuring out the right distance can be frustrating. We've been thinking about making the connector lines dynamic, so that they will go thinner as you pull away from the other building. This should show the distance pretty well.
Good idea! This should be an easy fix.
Thanks again! Very useful. Glad you're having fun!
|Dec 13 2013 Anchor|
Without testing, I can't tell you which would lead to better gameplay. Perhaps a small number of days per year would work well. Small enough that a railgun built on turn one would still be facing the enemy on turn two, but large enough that huge offensive installations can't be planned to be pointing at the enemy during their closest approach a year from now. (May I suggest a multiple of phi? By its nature, it evenly spreads the directions a point on a rotating sphere will face, without resorting to randomness.)
Perhaps it can be cleanly implemented by making the proposed building stop moving outwards once the boundary has been reached. Don't have the connection cut itself. Implement a sort of semi-deadzone where moving the mouse only adjusts the angle along the outer circle where the building will be placed. To deliberately cut the connection, move even further, outside of the generous deadzone. Or assign a button/key for cutting the connection manually. Not sure how difficult it would be to implement this feature, but I think it would be user-friendly and intuitive.
One more thing; Projectiles will orbit along the same path as a planet, but at a higher speed. This deviates from Kepler's Laws. I fully understand that sometimes simulation accuracy must be sacrificed for gameplay quality, but you should have a rebuttal prepared for the nitpickers out there who don't get it.
Edited by: Sendai45
|Dec 15 2013 Anchor|
We've also considered that approach to the power grid connectors, but we're a bit worried that it can lead to a lot of frustration when accidentally making unwanted connections. For now, we'll try the thinning lines, but add to it in case it's not enough.
Heh, we do talk about the whole "battle of realism vs. fun" all the time! At the moment, the planetary system really isn't very keplerian. Since we're already giving the game out for players to play, the most important thing is that it feels good to play. Once we have more time to concentrate on it, we'll definitely see how we can do a better compromise on the issue.
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