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  1. Its been stated that the subscriptions only begin at release. An open beta with monthly payments is not an open beta, its just a game.
  2. I wouldnt say it's a sign of desperation necessarily. EVE has always had a problem with bringing in new players who haven't played before because of the harsh nature of the game at times, and the relatively steep learning curve. To me it's them trying different strategies to bring in new blood. As far as I'm aware EVE is not in danger of failing but bringing in new players to a 10+ year old persistent universe is difficult to begin with and people quit over time.
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  4. When did they say that? I don't remember seeing anything Good point, that's the way it currently works for the devs, not sure if it will stay that way or not and what the options are in your inventory
  5. First things first, you should take a look at the Builder Guide on the wiki, we've spent considerable time refining it from the information we know now. Link to Wiki I wouldn't think of it as being given creative mode, but rather that to make testing things simpler, you will be skipping the mining and refining steps of the gameplay for the Pre-Alpha. As far as how collecting resources will work, it seems that it will be more of a simple sphere, and maybe other shapes to dig into the ground, but you will have some tools like smoothing to round off edges and such while terraforming. There is another whole type of voxel interaction which is building. This involves editing a construct as defined by a construct. This is where you will have a grid (if you want), and more precise tools. As far as the tools involved, it seems to just be this detached style of mining where you are shown the area that will be mined and click a button to mine it. There is no implementation of a personal drill to directly mine out the ground/resources at this time. There will not be ship-based mining for balancing reasons. How much mining for a small ship? It depends on what materials you want to use to construct it. There will be many options to use as the body (voxels) of a ship and that's not to mention the materials necessary for all of the elements involved. In theory each of those resources would need to be scanned down, dug out, and refined into usable materials. How long all of that takes is really yet to be truly determined as they refine the mechanics. For a death star, remember that the entire volume of something you build has to be mined, and JC previously gave us a value of something like 52 m^3/s (check Twitter for actual number, not that it's final anyways). Doing the math, it would take a rediculous amount of time for even hundreds of players to mine, refine, transport to orbit, and construct such a structure. Imagine years most likely (for a 1:1 scale). For refining of my materials, as I've mentioned above you absolutely have to refine the materials you mine out of the ground into something useable in a construct. This mechanic has not been really defined, but imagine that it will involve inputting resources into a container that a refining element pulls from and dumps into another container. This whole process would require power to run, and may only be possible on a static construct (TBD). We created a list of known ores and refined materials here: https://dualuniverse.gamepedia.com/Resources For questions about inventory stuff, check out this post:
  6. I do not think that they have really delved into the topic in the details you are looking for unfortunately. From what we've filled in on the wiki (dualuniverse.gamepedia.com), I would say that what you should look for is to have a reasonable amount of space to keep items mined (or whatever) in your inventory as it has special compression technology. There is definitely special cargo elements that you will deposit items into as a separate inventory, rather than a physical location. In theory, there is also nothing stopping you from dropping a bunch of resources voxels on the floor of a ship that a large room you could call a cargohold. I've heard different things about what you can and cannot redeploy and how from your inventory into the world outside of a construct. What you could also do in theory is somehow build a small refining plant where you are mining, refine the resources, and then add them to your ship as voxels. From a pruely opinion standpoint, I would imagine your inventory would go from empty to full in 10-20 minutes of mining. While you cannot directly mine using constructs (ie ships), that wouldnt stop anyone from parking a ship behind you and filling it's cargohold up as you go along. Alternatively you can also imagine a basic EVE-style mining op where you have multiple miners, and one or more haulers taking the resources back and forth between the mine and a base of operations.
  7. I would think it would take a good deal of time to determine a method for compiling and storing all of this information, as it would be fairly extensive. It is certainly possible unless there is something weird with the procedural generation, just not simple.
  8. I think that my answer revolves around the hypothesized contracting/quest system to be implemented by NQ in coordination with the Rights & Duties Management System (RDMS). With the contracting system you should be able to set up a contract that provides for a structured interaction between players to complete tasks and provide services, allows for rewards, and offers a basic insurance policy. For example Player A offers a contract/quest to Player B who has to deliver a Ship to a specific location within a specific timeframe and without any damage. This contract offered by Player A gives Player B the right to enter and fly the specific ship during the duration of the contract, and includes a $50,000 security deposit that Player A would receive if the conditions of the contract are not met (time expires, ship damaged, Player B cancels contract, etc). However if Player B completes the contract they receive a $200,000 reward. Either way Player B would lose any right to enter or fly the ship, as it is owned by Player A, once the contract expires (cancelled, invalidated, completed).
  9. So my question is, how do you plan on getting the topographical data from DU?
  10. I was wondering if anyone had plans/ideas to somehow survey the planets in the starter system, especially Alioth, so that we can develop GIS portals (Google maps but with more features) out-of-game?
  11. This sounds interesting, I am imagining the massive space station shown in the kickstarter campaign as a concept image. I would be interesting to help throw ideas around, and the Novark Power Corporation would be interested in helping develop, operate, and maintain the station's power/energy system.
  12. You guys should always check the official wiki at https://dualuniverse.gamepedia.com first for questions like this, we have compiled a lot of information. Previously Nyzaltar has stated that importing 3D designs from third-party software is something NQ does not plan on allowing/implementing. Wiki: https://dualuniverse.gamepedia.com/Builder_Guide#Combat_Protection Original Source:
  13. One key thing that has not been mentioned is that NQ is seriously looking at the ability to take with you blueprints of constructs you have made across wipes, either local or otherwise. Still a work in progress, but they understand that people are going to spend considerable time designing things in the alpha and beta. They are trying to balance an unfair advantage come release for those in Alpha/Beta if there was no wipe against not completely disregarding the many hours and days people will be putting into creating things during these periods. Also as mentioned above, have to reiterate that the nature of the Alpha and Beta require wipes in some situations to make changes to how the mechanics, servers, etc function. Expect to hear more as we approach the change over to Alpha from the Pre-Alpha (or maybe even in the upcoming devdiary, as wipes should be expected in the Pre-Alpha).
  14. We are always looking for customers to serve & contractors to work with to help us offer a wide range of services. This specific advertisement is to help find individuals who are interested in working with me one-on-one in developing ideas, and testing concepts, BUT if you are interested in working on an organization-to-organization basis, feel free to contact me about arranging an agreement or other understanding for the future!
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