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AI War 2 v0.813 Released! "Tractor Tentacles"
« on: February 19, 2019, 09:11:20 PM »
Release notes here.

I'm slightly sick and very tired, so the release notes will mostly speak for themselves, I think.  But there's a lot of amazing stuff in there from Weapon Master, helpfully integrated by Badger and Puffin, along with a long list of things that they also put together.  The Dark Spire are getting increasingly cool, and the AI is more active in a variety of ways, and tractor beams are a lot more of a thing.

My contributions to this release are pretty well nil, but I have been working away on the next great thing, don't worry.  Basically I'm writing up a document that explains my design for some substantial changes -- please hold your pitchforks -- that I think will address most of the complaints people have about control groups, fleet management, fleetballing, the docks ui, and maybe even scouting.  That last bit I hadn't expected to tackle, but as I've been going through things in a comprehensive fashion I realized that it's actually just as much related as the rest of it.

I think it's only a couple of days of work for me once I finish writing it up, so the design and writeup process is longer than the actual implementation time if I'm correct on that.  But this has been a bugbear set of issues for me for over a year, and I'd rather measure twice and cut once on it.

It's also a short enough amount of work once it is done that I'm planning on inflicting it on everybody AS I give you the explanation document, rather than giving you the document first. ;)  My rationale for that is that we can all nitpick the theory of it forever, but it's hard for anyone to see exactly what I have in my head from a document and not just react to parts of it.  Much easier to have the full thing out and then react to that, and the document then serves the purpose of illustrating if there's some place where the actual implementation deviates from intent, or where further refinements or rework is needed to keep to the spirit of the intent.

I have a couple of other irons in the fire at the moment as well, one of which is looking into a replacement ui framework that might make things vastly easier on all of us that want to do any UI work.  So depending on how much those other things take up time-wise, it could in theory be as late as the end of next week before I have the big new set of changes out, but a big part of me would like to have those out this week if possible.  Probably not feasible, but it would be nice.

Assuming that the big changes go over well with folks, then that's the last big design hurdle remaining for the game, prior to 1.0 at least.  The new plan for multiplayer, detailed two releases back, will still need to be implemented, and the ui will need to be majorly updated in one fashion or another, but everything else is just a matter of content and getting individual slices of work done, versus something that is a larger design question.  So that's very good!  It was important for me to start nailing the really tough stuff as soon as I got back to work, since I really didn't want that hanging over me.

As noted recently, I am fully back at work now.  If you were wondering what was up, I recently put together a video explanation of what happened.  I don't go into a lot of detail, for privacy reasons, but there's enough there to get the important pieces across.  I'm increasingly happy, for a variety of reasons, and that's a real relief.  Life is still a work in progress, and finances even more so, but there's a path forward.

Continual thanks to Badger, Puffin, and Quinn for having held down the fort while I was away.

Problem With The Latest Build?

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Re: AI War 2 v0.813 Released! "Tractor Tentacles"
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2019, 10:02:36 PM »
I finally put in real responses to the hacks available against the Dark Spire, so I would appreciate some balance feedback if people try it.

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Re: AI War 2 v0.813 Released! "Tractor Tentacles"
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2019, 05:27:06 PM »
It would be great if the potential UI enhancements could be used to help the Galaxy map. I miss the flavour of the map from AIWC. The current one just feels kinda blah by comparison. There aren't great tools for helping make complex tactical decisions (I'd love a variety of "Show planets with X/Y" or "Show only threat strength" or "Find this planet"). I want to look at the galaxy map and feel like an Admiral who needs to make hard choices about the survival of humanity.

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Re: AI War 2 v0.813 Released! "Tractor Tentacles"
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2019, 05:50:32 PM »
I second missing the flavour. It's pretty "bleigh" right now.
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Re: AI War 2 v0.813 Released! "Tractor Tentacles"
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2019, 09:52:02 AM »
I'll happily third that, yeah.  I do have some thoughts on ways to make it feel more like a "screen" instead of a literal view, anyway, and that should help when the time comes.  But there's a lot I just don't like about it at the moment.
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Re: AI War 2 v0.813 Released! "Tractor Tentacles"
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2019, 01:39:20 PM »
Homeworld series (particularly Deserts of Kharak) had a really nice tactical display that gave you a tactical overview of the map. I'd actually spend a significant amount of time (~50%) using this view as I could strategically deploy forces around.

I would love to have more of this functionality for the galaxy map--a way that let me send fleets to planets without needing to look at the planet map. To this end, it would be great to have different filters to look at the galaxy map in. Seeing where the warden were hanging out, for instance, would be very useful from the galaxy map perspective.