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by Aquitaine
Tue Jan 17, 2006 5:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Brief vacation
Replies: 0
Views: 1171

Brief vacation

Due to unforeseen RL commitments, I will be more or less out of action until the beginning of February. I'm keeping a big pile of both email discussions and forum threads to look at when I get back. Sorry about this - I know everyone is pretty anxious to get combat out of something other than 'early...
by Aquitaine
Wed Jan 04, 2006 5:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General 0.3 Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 26864

FreeOrion v0.3 was meant to showcase the stuff we'd worked on. We told the programmers 'give us a screen that does this.' It is hardly fair to go after them (or the designers) for inconsistent/not-wonderful UI when not only is the UI going to evolve so much along with the development of the game tha...
by Aquitaine
Mon Dec 26, 2005 3:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General 0.3 Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 26864

I'm not sure it's so much meant as criticism as it is most people look at something they download and install with some expectation of a full game. There are a lot of aspects of FO that aren't polished yet, and that's on purpose -- we know, for example, that almost every piece of UI and game code is...
by Aquitaine
Sat Dec 24, 2005 1:29 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Press Release
Replies: 2
Views: 11291

Wikipedia URLs fixed.
by Aquitaine
Fri Dec 23, 2005 3:22 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Press Release
Replies: 2
Views: 11291

Press Release

The following press release is what we are sending to whatever news sites will carry them: In 1993, Micropose and Simtex released Master of Orion . In 1996, Microprose was back with Master of Orion II . In 2003, Infogrames and Quickviler released Master of Orion III . A lot of people in the MOO comm...
by Aquitaine
Fri Dec 23, 2005 1:17 pm
Forum: Other Game Design
Topic: "Height" advantage in FreeOrion Tactical Combat
Replies: 17
Views: 3585

There has always been some argument, and I think tzlaine belongs to this camp, that the tactical combat engine should be fairly simple - that the high-level strategy of the game should be emphasized at the expense of the lower-level tactical stuff. At the moment, this isn't really how it's being des...
by Aquitaine
Thu Dec 22, 2005 4:17 pm
Forum: Other Game Design
Topic: Realism - Large & Small Ships
Replies: 43
Views: 5644

In talking about the flight model, I don't mean 'how do our ships fly' -- I mean 'when you look at a giant space battle in FreeOrion, what should it remind you of?' FreeSpace reminds me of WWI naval combat with some WWII air-superiority elements mixed in. Star Wars reminds me of WWII dogfighting. An...
by Aquitaine
Thu Dec 22, 2005 4:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General 0.3 Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 26864

UI was not a huge focus for v0.3, because the systems in v0.3 -- production and research -- were primarily implemented as a 'see what we can do with this' sort of idea and not a 'play with all your friends because it's the best game ever' idea. I fully expect to spend a lot more time working on UI g...
by Aquitaine
Wed Dec 21, 2005 10:53 pm
Forum: Other Game Design
Topic: Realism - Large & Small Ships
Replies: 43
Views: 5644

Please see the the announcements board post on realism. We don't need a plausible excuse for ships to move around a system very quickly. It doesn't matter . We decide what we want for gameplay and then invent the science. Words like 'FTL' have no place in a discussion of gameplay, which is where we ...
by Aquitaine
Wed Dec 21, 2005 6:09 pm
Forum: Story
Topic: Trancedence vs Singularity
Replies: 45
Views: 30346

Don't read too much into the 'story' pieces of FO when considering how the gameplay will work out. It is possible to deal with transcendence as a technological victory, but it's also possible to say, for example, that transcendence requires that you build a temple to Aquitaine on Orion and the falle...
by Aquitaine
Wed Dec 21, 2005 6:02 pm
Forum: Other Game Design
Topic: Realism - Large & Small Ships
Replies: 43
Views: 5644

Page 1 of this thread is very interesting. after reading pages 2 and 3, I want to regurgitate what daveybaby said about killing realism dead with guns/throwing corpse in bin, et cetera. Who cares about inertia and mass and equations and all of that nonsense? It seems that the question you all starte...
by Aquitaine
Wed Dec 21, 2005 5:53 pm
Forum: Other Game Design
Topic: "Height" advantage in FreeOrion Tactical Combat
Replies: 17
Views: 3585

I like the idea of fysics quite a lot (and, for the record, it's not any adherence to real-world principles that would be behind any decision not to do this). The only problem that has to be solved is how to properly display it. I think it is counter-intuitive to show people a big black mass (partic...
by Aquitaine
Tue Dec 20, 2005 9:19 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: FreeOrion 0.3 Released!
Replies: 22
Views: 157462

FreeOrion is now in the Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreeOrion
by Aquitaine
Tue Dec 20, 2005 7:12 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Mirrors Wanted
Replies: 0
Views: 8777

Mirrors Wanted

Hi there, As part of our upcoming SUPER MEGA PUBLICITY INTERGALACTIC WORLD TOUR, we anticipate getting more traffic than this little site can handle. So in addition to putting up some information on other major sites (which we are working on), we'd also like a few volunteers to host: a) A news blurb...
by Aquitaine
Mon Dec 19, 2005 6:27 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: splash v0.3
Replies: 66
Views: 21476

I agree regarding the color.