Updated all physics based direction tracking to be a bit smarter. Now they take all movements into account and still try to guide the turret/ship/gimbal to the correct direction the fastest way without overshooting. The following videos demonstrate the effects. The turrets try to optimally match the speed of the target, taking into account itsContinue reading “Updated tracking”
Added possibility to give movement commands relative to some other ship. Should be useful when maneuvering bigger armies and ships of different speeds. In practice it means that the move commands can be set to follow another ship. In the fist video I have an overly complicated chain of ships following one another and inContinue reading “Relative movement”
Finally starting the star map scene. Currently there are randomly distributed stars and fleets of different colors moving around. Changing the turn makes them do the set movement. There are lots of options on the rules of how to allow the movement between stars and how to restrict it. If ships are able to jumpContinue reading “Star map view”
Testing all ship sizes. The size classes are fighter, corvette, frigate, destroyer, cruiser and battleship. Bigger ships will be less maneuverable, but have more space for weapons and internal components (and also power to support them).
Weapons, hit points and armor are not the only things that affect the outcome of combat. Here you can see what happens when fighters try to attack a frigate with turrets. The first fighter group uses aggressive attack mode while the other one uses evasive attack mode. In defence of the underachieving frigate, it doesContinue reading “Attack modes”
Testing and demonstrating the flight characteristics of ships of different sizes. Also colliding with them a bit for fun, I mean, to test that they behave properly. Ships here are from fighter sized to big frigates.
New weapons and models in action. Here some fighter class ships attack three frigate class ships. They do an “aggressive attack”, meaning that they only maximize their damage on the enemy. First they attain the same velocity as their target, when that is achieved they continue to shoot at the enemy. The frigates just moveContinue reading “Aggressive attack mode”
Took some time to divide weapon and turret models into size classes, but here you can see some of the results. There are turrets of four different sizes. Bigger turrets are needed for bigger weapons, but smaller turrets are much faster to move and will track small targets better.
Some testing of the missiles. They are driven by the same physics based control system as the ships are. Compared to the ships, missiles have much bigger acceleration values so the control system had to be tuned a bit. It is not necessary for their control system to be so detailed, so a simpler controlContinue reading “Missile weapons”
In terms of coding the weapon logics, there will be three types of weapons: beam, projectile and missiles. Gamewise these will still be further classified into kinetic and energy weapons. All beam weapons will be energy weapons but a projectile weapon could be either one. Anyway, here you can see some beam weapons testing.