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I've seen many people on this forum, and in game hope for and suggest being able to play from the bridge. I've heard that Cryptic had a working version but didn't like the results. Most people want it, maybe its only practical for Sector Space or regions with Star Bases, no combat etc. So in response to this I have created a quick mock-up of how a possible bridge view could work -

http://img195.yfrog.com/img195/9223/...viewmockup.jpg

Now, in order to make it more effective, and to work with all bridges Cryptic would need to rescale either the entire Bridge, or the Viewscreen. I personally would like to a combination of this on the larger bridges. I have also not heard of any huge bridge parties, so the need for immense bridges is not necessary. If this were done in combination with additional rooms/ship interiors, this would not be a concern at all. (This does not suggest that bridge view mode would require additional ship interiors, I recognize that that could cause issues.)

I feel that the particular bridge I chose (The standard design) works quite well, but again a larger viewscreen would make for a better experience.

The ship could be removed, leaving only (in this image) a view of Earth. This mode would be quite effective in sector space as was pointed out earlier, as well as areas like Earth Spacedock, DS9, K7. etc. I don't see why it couldn't work for combat as well, but you probably wouldn't be able to see much of your ship/ the enemy in this case.

Anyways I hope that you guys enjoy this and will give feedback. I may consider doing more mock-ups of some of the other bridges if there is any more interest. Who knows maybe Cryptic can implement something similar to this in the near future.

*Edit: I've seen a number of good ideas, so I'll create a bullet list of some of them*

-Rescale Bridges and Viewscreens Accordingly
-Move Captain's Chair, or reposition Camera over Captain's shoulder
-In time, allow movement around the bridge while autopiloting towards a destination
-Employ red lighting when ship goes to Red Alert like in the movies/TV Shows
-Allow an option to sit in the Captain's Chair (Goes with point # 3)
-Add grid system or arrow to point out enemy locations and to ease PVE (requires Bridge View to be valid)
-Add a hotkey to cycle cameras on the viewscreen to view the area from different angles. Also allow click and drag system like what is used now.
-Allow incoming hails to be viewed from the viewscreen
-Announce "Red Alert" prior to entering enemy signal contacts
-Ability to select what stations bridge officers occupy, allow players to select uniforms for NPCs that also occupy bridges. (Bridge officers could appear at stations based on the loadout one has in assignments.)
-Use of the bridge as a map for shipboard dialogue/hails/etc. In combat, captain could hail enemy ship and if successful, transport to bridge, saving combat stats in case things go sour. (see page 12 for more info.)
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# 2
03-01-2010, 07:28 PM
sounds good to me
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# 3
03-01-2010, 07:31 PM
looks nice
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# 4
03-01-2010, 07:32 PM
Agreed. This can work with a much larger viewscreen. Perhaps something similiar to the concept art for Voyager's Bridge?
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# 5
03-01-2010, 07:33 PM
Works for me I would love to have this.
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# 6
03-01-2010, 07:33 PM
Be good, but the view screen obviously needs to be re sized. If it were made big enough, you'd be in 1st person view basically though.
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# 7
03-01-2010, 07:35 PM
Yeah I like that bridge lol. I was a bit disappointed with how small the Ambassador, etc bridge's viewscreens were. Such a large space with such a tiny viewscreen =(

In response to DieScream: It's possible, however I think if they moved the Captain's chair forward and made the bridges a bit smaller it would negate the problem.

http://onceuponageek.com/images/star_trek_10.jpg

Something sized like this, or the camera placed here could work.
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# 8
03-01-2010, 07:36 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alpharaider47 View Post
I've seen many people on this forum, and in game hope for and suggest being able to play from the bridge. I've heard that Cryptic had a working version but didn't like the results. Most people want it, maybe its only practical for Sector Space or regions with Star Bases, no combat etc. So in response to this I have created a quick mock-up of how a possible bridge view could work -

http://img195.yfrog.com/img195/9223/...viewmockup.jpg

Now, in order to make it more effective, and to work with all bridges Cryptic would need to rescale either the entire Bridge, or the Viewscreen. I personally would like to a combination of this on the larger bridges. I have also not heard of any huge bridge parties, so the need for immense bridges is not necessary. If this were done in combination with additional rooms/ship interiors, this would not be a concern at all. (This does not suggest that bridge view mode would require additional ship interiors, I recognize that that could cause issues.)

I feel that the particular bridge I chose (The standard design) works quite well, but again a larger viewscreen would make for a better experience.

The ship could be removed, leaving only (in this image) a view of Earth. This mode would be quite effective in sector space as was pointed out earlier, as well as areas like Earth Spacedock, DS9, K7. etc. I don't see why it couldn't work for combat as well, but you probably wouldn't be able to see much of your ship/ the enemy in this case.

Anyways I hope that you guys enjoy this and will give feedback. I may consider doing more mock-ups of some of the other bridges if there is any more interest. Who knows maybe Cryptic can implement something similar to this in the near future.
Good work, especially the mock up image. These are the kinds of posts that are helpful and constructive to a game like this. I like your suggestions and /approve.
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# 9
03-01-2010, 07:38 PM
Ah, you know the boards are finally getting back to normal when the bridgeview and powerhue crowd make it back onto the front page. I've almost missed you guys. Almost.
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# 10
03-01-2010, 07:41 PM
I would have posted in another topic, but they've been buried beneath the flames and ashes of the firestorm that swept across the forums. I'm not simply asking for this, I'm trying to present them with a somewhat workable way for it to happen. And I'm not petitioning for /powerhue, there's enough color difference out there already.
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