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In this post I write about military intelligence (that is information collection and analysis approaches to provide guidance and direction to assist commanders in their decisions, according to Wikipedia) and I will provide additional information on the map screen.

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In this post I write about military intelligence (that is according to Wikipedia, information collection and analysis approaches to provide guidance and direction to assist commanders in their decisions) and I will provide additional information on the map screen.

Military Intelligence

Each player or AI spacecraft has a Sensor component (presumably). Every Sensor component has an inner and an outer range which are defined by a sphere with center the position of the Sensor on the spacecraft and radius the length of the range. If a hostile, neutral or friendly ship is outside the sphere that is defined by the outer range it is invisible, if it is within the outer range but outside of the inner range it shows as a blurred square and if it is within the inner range, its hull type is visible along with additional information.

The length of each range depends on the Sensor type. More advanced Sensors are capable of scanning larger areas. The Sensor component can be upgraded from the fleet retrofit screen if a suitable upgrade is present in one of the fleet's cargo bays (see previous devDiary), or it can be removed completely (empty slot) and the ship will remain without sensors (not a good idea). In addition each sensor component has a level (with higher levels corresponding to more advanced Sensors). More advanced sensors will show additional info in the fleet retrofit screen. Obviously the amount and quality of information that is shown depends on the maximum level of the Sensor that scans the selected spacecraft.

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Each spacecraft has a Sensor component (presumably). Each Sensor has two ranges, the inner and outer range. If a hostile, neutral or friendly ship is outside the outer range it is invisible, if it is within the outer range but outside of the inner range is shows as a blurred square and if it is within the inner range its hull type is visible along with other information. On the upper left part of the screen there is a group of toggles. One of the toggles sets whether the sensors ranges will be visible if the player selects or hovers over one of the visible spacecrafts.


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The fleet screen where information about player's fleet and (left side) non-player fleets (right side) is shown. At the right side a non player spaceship is selected. This spaceship is scanned from one of payer's sensors with level 1 (in the parenthesis). The number in the parenthesis shows the maximum level of the player's Sensor that scans the selected spacecraft.


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One of our spaceships has a sensor of level 2 and it is scanning the selected non-player spacecraft. More advanced sensors will show additional info in the fleet screen. Obviously the amount of available information depends on the max level of the Sensor that scans the selected spacecraft. The number in the parenthesis shows the maximum level of the Sensor that scans the selected spacecraft.


The Map

The map shows every discovered solar system in the galaxy and it is accessible from the action screen or the missions screen (more on that in a future devDiary) or pressing the Tab key. The navigation on the map screen is similar to that of the action screen (i.e. the map screen is 3d). Traveling between solar systems takes place through star lanes following the shortest path (for more information and video see previous post) between the origin and the destination solar system.

If the player's fleet has visited a specific solar system, its contents are also shown (i.e. planets asteroids etc. but not spaceships) otherwise a question mark appears within its limits to indicate that this solar system has not been visited yet. Each time there is only one active solar system, the one that the player's fleet is in. Every visible spaceship and its position on the active solar system appears also on the map and within the confines of the active solar system. If the player's fleet moves to another solar system, any foreign fleets become invisible because of lack of intel but the previous position of planetoids (i.e. planets, asteroids) remains.

On the upper left part of the screen there is a group of toggles. Each toggle shows useful information about the state of the galaxy, specifically:

  1. Show reachable solar systems
  2. Show faction borders
  3. Show names
  4. Show enemies
  5. Show player fleet
  6. Show fleet destination

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The map shows every discovered solar system and the positions and types of the visible spacecrafts. he navigation on the map screen is similar to that of the action screen (i.e. the map screen is 3d). Traveling between solar systems takes place through star lanes following the shortest path (for more information and video see previous post).


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On the upper left part of the screen there is a group of toggles. In the image above, the toggle which shows faction borders is on.


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On the upper left part of the screen there is a group of toggles. In the image above the toggle which shows the names of the solar systems is on.


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On the upper left part of the screen there is a group of toggles. In the image above the toggle which shows the player's fleet is on.


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When the player hovers on a solar system the shortest lane path is shown on the map and additional information like the time it will take to traverse the lanes appears on a panel on the lower right part of the screen.


Thank you for reading,

@Tensorial11

Tensorialproductions.com

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