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Re: Zones

Cornflakes_91 wrote:Or you just do
max(1/ri^2*ai); 1<=i<=n
Yes, that quickly gets you the strongest influence, from known values.

You could vector-ify the scalar field mentioned previously, to cover however many influences (factions) you need, and feed that into your max() function to obtain the dominant 'owner'.

There are lots of things that can be done with this: if your vector field is the result of computing potential cooperative structures (based on networked affiliations), you'd get a better picture of potential power - that too is very GPU-able.

It's worth remembering that the player would only perceive influence information based on data that is known to the player. So you wouldn't see a zone of influence for NPCs that are hidden, nor those based on statistics of faction resources that you couldn't possibly know about. Influence is all about perceived power, so you could set up a massive cardboard fleet for massive power, until knowledge invalidates the ruse.

I'm not suggesting all the above is implemented; it's just an exploration of what might be relevant to the notion of localised power.

tl;dr: An easy way to cut through this detail is to subscribe to territorial claims, which might not necessarily correlate perfectly with the actual power required to enforce those claims.

Re: Zones

Sasha wrote:I also think dividing space into a 3D grid would look a bit messy. Too many lines (personal opinion)
And now I can finally say: Nope! (2:00+) :ghost: :D

Elite: Dangerous shows how 3D grids can be elegantly done! Holy crap, this game is shaping up to be beyond awesome.

And not only does it show how well 3D grids can be done, it also shows how 3D starmaps can be done well too. So I will post this in the starmaps thread too.

Re: Zones

Josh has now talked about using hierarchical scenegraphs to expand the number and types of zones in a star system.

That probably doesn't mean overlapping zones of different types, as I'd like to see. But it still opens up the question: what are some different kinds of zones that might be fun to have in Limit Theory?

Here's a quick list of some possibilities. It's not meant to be complete or expected to be "correct"; as always it's just a starting point for discussion. What kinds of zones do you think would be fun for LT?
  • Stationary
    • Star
    • Asteroid field
    • Nebula
    • Dust cloud
    • Debris field
    • Wormhole terminus
    • Planet
      • Planetary rings
      • Moon
      • Planet surface
        • City
      • Planetary station
    • Asteroid station
  • Mobile
    • Space station
    • Flagship
Any zone can have a factional owner.


Re: Zones

I put this in the devlog discussion but perhaps here is better...
Engagement Zones
Demilitarized Zones
+50% speed zones
-15% mass zones
All non stationary objects move to point X with acceleration Y zones (fake gravity wells) :shock:
All non stationary objects with equipment X move away from
point Y at acceleration Z zones (great for solar sails or beaming energy to an object to move it)
Wormhole exit and entrance zones of any shape you like, not just a sphere
Custom constructable zones with a variety of effects that can be combined if you do the research necessary, and have the right materials (trade lanes anyone?)
If you're trying to fill the multiverse, and you're not willing to consider the entire creative output of humanity as a starting point, you're wasting your time.

Re: Zones

- that cause shield depletion
- HUD distubance
- random system failure
- information loss (on science ships :twisted: )
- little explosions (flak fire)
- mine fields
- temporary lightnings (nebulae)
and weapons that create those zones dynamically. :shh:

Re: Zones

Scytale wrote:
Cornflakes_91 wrote:just something that made me think of influence zones merging/separating
This is an opportunity for me to post an irrelevant video from a conference I attended a few years ago
The "ballistic projectile moving through leg" looks REALLY painful. :?

Ps. Hope I never get shot on duty... :silent:
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