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  1. Flash the offending elements(s), display a wireframe of its bounding box, highlight it...just something that shows me exactly what is colliding with the element I'm trying to place so I don't have to play a guessing game and start moving bunches of other elements around until I stumble upon the one that's in the way.
  2. Repair drones would be a player-crafted consumable that require a few parts plus a few hundred of any scrap of the same tier as your drone in order to craft. Once you're in repair mode, hit the drone hotkey, which gives a targeting circle like with mining, click and BAM, the drone attaches to the construct and starts repairing every element within its range until it runs out of scrap or all elements within range are repaired, at which point the drone is consumed. Benefits: • Repair more than one element at once. • Repair elements without requiring a player standing there holding the mouse button (or while the player repairs other elements elsewhere on the construct). • Provides an additional product for players/orgs to manufacture and sell on the market, and since it's a consumable, there's theoretically always potential for demand. Limitations so that repairs and associated talents are still meaningful: • Drones cannot take advantage of players' talents, making it slower and less efficient than a player who's put the points and time into improving their repair abilities. • Higher tier drones requires higher tier, and thus more expensive, scrap and parts. I.e., an iron scrap drone might require some basic hydraulics and a robot arm plus the scrap, while a nickel scrap drone might require uncommon hydraulics, uncommon electronics, & robotic arm plus the scrap. This results in drone repairs not only being slower than a player with the appropriate talents, but also potentially quite a bit more expensive. • Amount of scrap per drone is fixed, so you can't make a single "super drone" with thousands of scrap. • Drone is consumed if all elements within range are fully repaired, even if there's still some scrap left. • Repair AOE will be relatively small and fixed, so you can't repair half of a ship with one drone and damaged elements that are far enough apart on the construct require multiple drones or "manual" repair. • You can't "pause" an already placed drone. Once you've placed it, it's there until it's done or you remove it, and in either case it is consumed. • Cannot be made using the nanocrafter, so if you didn't bring any with you and need some emergency repairs in the field, you're doing it by hand.
  3. Step 1: Start the repair process by holding the mouse button down. Step 2: While still holding the mouse button, alt-tab out of the game. You can then let go of the mouse button. Step 3: Surf the web, watch netflix, browse the forums, etc while the repairs continue in game until you alt-tab back in.
  4. Currently mining is pretty monotonous because aside from gravity, mining on any given planet or moon is the same as mining on any other planet or moon. Mining should have some variation, and danger. Here are some ideas I had that would make mining more interesting and risky. • Vast underground caverns with nodes in them somewhere, but also deposits of a worthless mineral that interferes with scanner results. Players would have to either find the valuable deposits visually, or find and destroy the deposits that are interfering with the scanners. • Large deposits of an indestructible material that players will have to find their way around (or through, depending on the shape) in order to get to valuable nodes. • Volatile gas pockets that do not show on the scanner, but do show on the directional detector. Mining/digging into these pockets carries the potential for triggering an explosion that can kill the player or destroy nearby valuable minerals. Give players a bit of time after digging into a pocket before it explodes to allow time to escape or seal it off (which would prevent explosion). Like the indestructible deposits, players would have to find a way around the the gas pocket to get to the valuable node(s). • Geothermal vents that interfere with the directional detector. Finding and releasing some of the pressure from these vents can be hazardous, but will reduce or eliminate the detector interference. Different planets/moons would be more likely to have some of these than others, giving some much needed variety and a feeling that mining on planet/moon A is actually different than mining on planet/moon B.
  5. If they wipe talent progress, I would be unhappy but probably not leave. If they wipe blueprints, I would cancel my sub, uninstall the game, and use an "eraser" program to ensure that not a single bit of DU remained on my computer. I would then hit myself in the head with a hammer until I forgot DU ever existed.
  6. Sorry that you've not had a good experience with DU. I didn't even know about DU until the beta opened up this year, so I don't know what else you've had to deal with in the alpha stage, but I totally understand reaching a point in a game where it's just not worth it anymore. If you're not having fun in a game, it's healthy to stop playing it and move on to things that will give you enjoyment. Do good, and avoid evil. o7
  7. There's no need to have two separate tools for deploying BPs and ground elements. Just one "deploy" tool that activates the appropriate functionality depending on whether you select a BP or an element.
  8. You have to shift-drag it into your inventory; you cannot split the stack into the Market Container.
  9. I have added a programming board and screen to a dynamic construct. Named the screen and core slots, "screen" and "core" respectively. Added a "start" event to the board's "unit" slot, and pasted the code into that window. I activate the board and turn on the screen, and nothing displays on the screen. I do not get any script errors either. I have now tried with XS, S, and M screens, all with the same result. Do these scripts require that the construct have a warp drive installed before they will function?
  10. Not the same. I'm talking about something that automatically places voxels (or elements) to the other side of the plane when you place them. One click places both voxels/elements. "No Clip" is when your character model is able to move through otherwise solid objects. Allowing this as an option in build mode would let you move through walls/floors/elements/etc to get a better angle when placing voxels or elements. For example, the barrier can only be rotated around its Y axis. I shouldn't have to place voxels at specific angles to rotate an element a specific way; I should be able to just rotate it freely. Difficult to explain. You would select a number of voxels and/or elements. Assign them as a group. From that point forward, instead of selecting all of them again, you can select the entire group with one click and then modify the group, but you can also select individual parts within the group if you want. I must be encountering a bug then, because when I try to paste into another construct I get an "invalid construct" error.
  11. • Lighting. Add an option to enable "global" lighting that evenly lights the entire construct area, instead of using the world lighting. • Mirroring. Add a "mirror" tool that lets users add one or more planes to the construct area that mirror elements and voxels placed on one side of the plane. • Copy/Cut & Paste Elements. Allow copying/cutting elements and pasting them. Also allow copying/cutting & pasting voxels and elements simultaneously. • No Clip. Add an option to enable "no clip" while in build mode. • All-axis rotation. Allow the rotation of elements around all axes; a number of elements only allow rotation around one or two axes. • Vertex editing. Add mode that allows moving individual vertices on voxels. Also allow the selection and movement of multiple vertices at once. • Groups. Allow the ability to assign elements and voxels to "groups". A group can then be moved, rotated, copied/cut, deleted, etc. • Blueprints w/o cores. Allow users to create blueprints from voxels and elements they have selected, but do not include the core. They can then paste those to other constructs. • Wireframe option. Add an option when using the link tool to have all voxels displayed as wireframes to make it easier to see connections between elements that go through walls, floors, etc.
  12. I find the current mining implementation to be mostly fun, but occasionally extremely frustrating as the scanner tells me I'm the same distance from the deposit from multiple different locations that are quite a few meteres apart from one another. I'd love to see a simple change to the scanner: instead of a circle showing you the distance to a deposit, you would have a triangle or a square. A triangle pointing up would mean the deposit is at an altitude that is 15 or more meteres higher than your current altitude. A triangle pointing down would mean the deposit is at an altitude 15 or more meteres below you. A square means the deposit is at your current altitude, +/- 15m. This would keep the same gameplay loop for mining, not make it too easy to find deposits, but eliminate a good portion of the frustration that myself and some other players experience when trying to find deposits.
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