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XehutL

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Messages / targets: small ships on screen / MFD
« on: October 07, 2012, 12:03:18 AM »
As it seems to be quite hard / impossible to create some reliable 8x8 or 10x10 ascii faces, I would suggest to swap them for some small picture of a shape of the calling ship - for this IMO the 6x6 / 8x8 or 10x10 square should be sufficient.

Wouldn't it be nice to see a visual identification of a calling ship directly on your ship's multi-function display?  8)

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Re: Messages: ships on screen / HUD
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2012, 12:13:34 AM »
And furthermore, you can bound this option even to a key / MFD when displaying target's details - it would either occupy an additional MFD or you can leave it as an additional function - something like (V)isual or (I)nformation on currently displayed target details (it would swap between the name+shields OR ship's shape)...

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Re: Messages: ships on screen / HUD
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2012, 02:30:42 PM »
It could be something like this:

TARSUS
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H| |H
W|_|W
W'-'W


ORION
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H|H||H|H
W'W""W'W


GALAXY
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H|H||H|H
H=H==H=H
W'W--W'W


CENTURION
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Re: Messages: ships on screen / MFD
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2012, 09:39:58 PM »
DEMON

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ULYSSES

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H| [H] |H
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W'-I-I-'W

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Re: Messages: ships on screen / MFD
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2012, 10:30:44 PM »
TALON

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I_W_I


STILETTO

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GLADIUS

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[_W|vv|W_]


BROADSWORD

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<|H/WW\H|>

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Re: Messages: ships on screen / MFD
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2012, 08:57:36 AM »
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I would suggest to swap them for some small picture of a shape of the calling ship - for this IMO the 6x6 / 8x8 or 10x10 square should be sufficient.

Not sure I follow, but CK has been pretty consistent in not sidestepping the ASCII-ness of the game, even if it strictly speaking is just a set of sprites.

So having smaller font ascii-art mixed would look violate that I guess.

Nice Ascii-art though.

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Re: Messages: ships on screen / MFD
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2012, 05:06:04 PM »
Quote from: "Cthulhu"
Not sure I follow, but CK has been pretty consistent in not sidestepping the ASCII-ness of the game, even if it strictly speaking is just a set of sprites.

So having smaller font ascii-art mixed would look violate that I guess.

I dont think so - IMO it woudln't violate this "rule" or current ASCII sprites/sets (all symbols are there) - it only adds another art AND a smaller view on already presented ships...

Imagine how cool it would be, to be able to view your current target in say, left bottom corner's MFD (instead of weapons systems) OR to be able to see the speaker's visual identification (for the time message being received) on the same MFD.

The original Privateer has this identification and most similar games have them also - if someone is calling you, you can see his ID+picture on your screen. And as the ASCII 10x10 faces would be way too simple, the smaller ship's art it should be OK... don't you think?

But the final word is on CK, of course. I would gradually add all the ships I know according to wiki and the rest would be up to him - if he will use the art somehow or not.

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Re: Messages: ships on screen / MFD
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2012, 08:30:16 PM »
DRALTHI

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GOTHRI

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(   VIV   )
 \_/^W^\_/

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Re: Messages: ships on screen / MFD
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2012, 09:22:06 PM »
DRAYMAN

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NEXUS

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PEGASUS

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Re: Messages: ships on screen / MFD
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2012, 11:23:24 PM »
PARADIGM

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WWdb--dbWW
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KAMEKH

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