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# 1 some UI suggestions for ships
04-17-2013, 02:21 PM
Looking at this new LCARS interface made me remember that the ship displays in the shows look VERY different from what we currently have, so I opened up google and heres my suggestions.

For the shipyard:

when buying a new ship it would display this information for you.
http://www.starbase400.org/avalon/images/lcarsprom.gif
http://www.freewebs.com/ussdragon-nc...cars_74913.bmp

granted the ships in game dont have FOURTEEN phaser arrays but that could be replaced with say "can equip dual heavy cannons, comes equiped with 2 DHC, 1 beam array, 1 torpedo fore, etc etc." the pics could be updated to in game pics of the ships. the length specs could stay. where the warp speed is located a suggested engine type could be placed. that pic does not have everything but something like this would be cool.

when you are a lower rank for example, lieutenant and you go to buy a new ship the interface hardly changes except the buy button is grayed out, I suggest making it more obvious like this.
http://www.2ndfleet.org/images/MSD14.jpg
The "access restricted" is clearly visable and it feels more trek to me at least. trying to access data just to be denied.

For the ship equipment page, something similar to above but put slots on it where weapons would go, shields, deflector, engines, new warp core items. maybe a small bridge pic where consoles can be placed and boffs seated?

I think people would be more interested in buying ships by making the specs more easily read and changing current ship equipment placement would feel more meaningful than putting a square pic in some box.
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Last edited by loading159; 04-17-2013 at 02:25 PM.
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# 2
04-17-2013, 03:07 PM
I agree that it would be nice for immersion, and god knows that "ship database" needs an update. But at the same time, we don't want to scare away potential buyers by including a lot of irrelevant info.
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Last edited by psycoticvulcan; 04-17-2013 at 05:13 PM.
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# 3
04-17-2013, 05:03 PM
oh yea im just using those pics an examples for what it could look like. most of that info could be removed.
Captain Moe
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Rihannsu
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# 4
04-17-2013, 05:42 PM
We have a full rotating 3d model and you want to add pictures?

Maybe this 3d thing is TOO ADVANCED and clearly the work of devil and we should go back to sprites, like the good Lord intended instead of this EVIL new technology.

Shipyard is fine, its functional ... we even get to see the ship model and rotate the camera, this suggestion is a step backyards because I dont get to see what I am buying, I am getting a picture of what I am buying that in no is representative of the final product.
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# 5
04-18-2013, 02:54 PM
The shipyard is fine with the 3d viewer, but I will say it would be nice if some of those screens were ported to viewers in the ship interior maps. Like a library computer console that allows you to access all of the minutia you accumulate through the game.
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# 6
04-18-2013, 08:52 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by f2pdrakron View Post
Maybe this 3d thing is TOO ADVANCED and clearly the work of devil and we should go back to sprites, like the good Lord intended instead of this EVIL new technology.
have not seen too many hard core religious folk on here lately.
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