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  1. I've been out of the loop here on the forums for a while due to real life, but I'm back and renewing efforts to recruit for the FCNP! Many of the organizations recruiting members have provided detailed overviews for their organizational structure, but I've held off on doing so very deliberately. The FCNP will be an organic organization that will grow and expand from a single colony (Nova Promissa) to a larger federation as we gain members, territory, and influence. While I do have a tentative roadmap for the type of organizational structure I would like to see, I want to leave the future of the FCNP open for members to help define. When first starting out, the FCNP will be limited to a local government structure, the "Colonial Administration." This will represent the template for all future semi-autonomous colonies in the FCNP as the organization expands, and additional layers (regional and federal government) can be added as appropriate. At present, the following colonial positions have been defined: 1. Chief Administrator (CA): an elected civilian official who is broadly responsible for the planning, development, and management of the colony and coordinating the efforts of the administrators under his or her purview. 2. Colonial Security Administrator (CSA): a ranking Major in the FCNP military who is responsible for identifying threats to the colony and ensuring the development, deployment, and ongoing readiness of the colony's security measures. The Security Administrator is also responsible for recruiting, training, and organizing a citizen militia (Colonial Irregulars) to be deployed in defense of the colony and its citizens. 3. Colonial Trade Administrator (CTA): an appointed civilian official who is responsible for identifying the colony's economic potential and ensuring the development, deployment, and ongoing efficiency of the colony's economic infrastructure. The Trade Administrator is also responsible for developing lucrative trade relationships with other organizations for the benefit of the colony. 4. Colonial Development Administrator (CDA): an appointed civilian official who is responsible for administering the physical development and expansion of the colony and any infrastructure not directly related to security or trade. The Development Administrator is also responsible for recruiting, training, and organizing citizens for employment in resource acquisition and construction. What about rules and regulations? At present, these are very simple: 1. Life: Citizens may not kill another player except in defense of life, liberty, or property, either their own or that of another player at their request. 2. Liberty: Citizens may not impede the ability of another player to move freely, except in defense of life, liberty, or property, either their own or that of another player at their request. 3. Property: Citizens may not remove or damage the property of another player, except in defense of life, liberty, or property, either their own or that of another player at their request. These protections apply to both FCNP citizens as well as members of any other peaceful organization. Violations of these rules will result in penalties up to and including expulsion from the FCNP. However, there will be organizations (for example, pirates or other "lawless" organizations) that will be flagged as "unprotected." These are organizations that routinely violate the principles of the FCNP (life, liberty, and property) as a matter of standard practice. As a consequence, their members will not be considered protected under the laws of the FCNP. FCNP citizens may actively engage members of these organizations at any time in PvP play without penalty and reap any rewards. What about dues or "taxes?" There will be no "dues" or taxes levied on citizens who do not take advantage of FCNP services or infrastructure. In other words, if you spend most of your gameplay experience exploring remote corners of the universe as a lone wolf on a shoestring budget, you won't be paying a dime to be a part of the FCNP. Property taxes will be levied on citizens who maintain property within the boundaries of an FCNP colony to support the infrastructure they will benefit from (such as security measures), and tariffs may be levied on trade and other services as well. Citizens will only pay to support the benefits they use. These are the "bones" of the FCNP at this time, and the foundation that will shape the organization as it grows and contributes to the broader DU community. If this sounds like something you'd like to participate in, please visit the community page here and join!
  2. It appears that you are correct; here's a quote from the "Ask Us Anything" thread that was just posted on the 28th: "As for missiles, they will most likely have no physical reality, beyond the visual FX that will be client-side only. The way combat will work will be through basic lock + fire mechanism, where the actual impact is probabilistically calculated based on various parameters (skills, distance, armor, etc)."
  3. That's exactly the point I made originally: the need for repair crews would be a benefit of a multi-crewed ship over a single-player ship. Something must have gotten lost in translation, but I think we're on the same page!
  4. I looked over all the posts there to see if I missed anything, and I'm not seeing the response you refer to (or any questions about the topic at all). I'll have to see if I can dig up the statements I remember reading; I'm fairly certain it exists somewhere!
  5. Perhaps I'm missing your point; what does this have to do with players actively repairing ships during combat? I'm unclear how your explanation of weapons and coding applies.
  6. Does anyone have any links to statements from the devs regarding ballistic weapons? I was under the impression that weapons firing any kind of physical projectile had been nixed in favor of "energy" weapons as those are easier to handle in terms of server resources. I could be wrong, but I do remember reading something along those lines.
  7. One area in which the benefit of multi-crewed ships would be apparent in combat is with respect to repair. The devs have already mentioned the role of players in actively moving around large ships repairing damaged systems in real time, and this is likely something automated systems in the game would not be able to accomplish.
  8. While there is a lot of interesting theoretical discussion here, I don't think any variation of unlimited speed is even on the table. The reason space MMOs have embraced the unrealistic notion of a speed cap in space is because unlimited speed--no matter how you balanced it for gameplay--would be impossible from a technical standpoint. There will be a speed at which the game itself simply won't be able to keep up (try playing Space Engineers with extreme speed mods, for example). This is why it's necessary to have different speed "tiers" that are governed by different game mechanics. It's a workaround dictated as much by technical constraints as by gameplay.
  9. We appreciate your commitment to supporting the legitimacy of democracy in DU, and look forward to seeing what your corporation will have to offer!
  10. Welcome to the Federated Colonies of Nova Promissa; we are now accepting applications for citizenship! The FCNP will be a federation of semi-autonomous colonies governed by democratically-elected officials, committed to promoting three key pillars of free society: life, liberty, and property. Building off of these core principles, the mission of the FCNP will be threefold: 1. To protect citizens from those who would do them harm, while holding citizens accountable for harming any member of another peaceful organization; 2. To uphold the right of its citizens to free and unrestricted activity insofar as it does not violate the principles of the federation or the sovereignty of another organization; and 3. To provide its citizens with opportunities to obtain and develop personal property as stakeholders in its colonies, while ensuring that every colony remains a safe and secure location for the holdings of those citizens. The FCNP is not a guild, clan, or corporation, but an organization that aspires to become a legitimate government elected by its citizens to represent their interests and resourced by their contributions in order to secure those interests. More information on organizational structure, citizenship, and regulations will be coming soon! Motto: A Posse Ad Esse ("From Possibility to Actuality") Demonym: Promissan
  11. Unfortunately, I'm writing this from my mobile and can't figure out how to include a link, but this question has actually been asked and answered by the devs. The official line is that custom imported textures (for painting) will not be in the game, and players will have to stick with the default options. Custom colors, however, are a work in progress. They did say that smaller decals like logos, emblems and flags might be possible, though!
  12. As a disclaimer, I realize the mechanics of what I'm proposing below may not be entirely "realistic," but I think they're plausible enough to pass muster for a sci-fi game like this and provide compelling gameplay implications. I’m personally okay with the fact that it’s to some degree sci-fi technobabble loosely based on scientific principles. The basis for these ideas is the fact that there are (currently) two primary ways of detecting things in space: visible light and radio waves. There are other methods based on inference, but to directly detect an object, it must be visible or emitting radio waves. With that in mind, I think there should be two different categories of sensors that are generally available: 1. Optical Sensors Optical sensors would would only be able to detect objects that within direct line of sight. These sensors would monitor the surrounding visible space within a certain range for anomalies in the visible light spectrum as well as infrared using advanced video analytics. The advantage of these sensors would be that they are completely passive; they do not emit anything that could be detected by other sensors. The disadvantage would be limited range (“visual range”). Optical Countermeasures - Passive One technology for evading optical sensors could be active camouflage. This could come in the form of an element that bends light around the ship. It could be counterbalanced by high power consumption and limited in duration by a “heat sink” used to store excess heat to mask the ship’s IR signature. If the player lets the system run too long, the excess heat could be released in a sort of IR “plume” that would flag the ship over an even longer distance than normal. Optical Countermeasures - Active Another option could be a “dazzler” that blinds targeted optical sensors using a laser, preventing them from pinpointing the construct’s location, but alerting them to its presence. 2. Radar What I'm calling radar here could exist as both an active and a passive system. On the active side, radar would be able to identify objects at long range by bouncing radio waves off of them. On the passive side, these sensors could also pick up radio waves when emitted by other constructs, either from their own active radar or from communications. The advantage of these sensors would be their range. The disadvantage would be the fact that other sensors could detect the radio waves emitted in active mode. Radar Countermeasures - Passive One “stealth” technology for evading radar could be the application of advanced Radar Absorbent Material, or RAM. Perhaps this could be an actual material that can be added to other voxel materials (depending on how the refining/crafting system works) that would reduce the distance at which they can be detected by radar systems. This would be expensive initially, but also a permanent solution with no ongoing cost. Along these lines, some materials without RAM could be inherently more reflective than others, meaning that there could be an inverse relationship between hull strength and radar signature. Perhaps an even more advanced countermeasure could be a shield function that would mitigate incoming radio waves electromagnetically. This could be even more effective than RAM, at the cost of increased power consumption. Radar Countermeasures - Active A radar “jammer” could be employed, interfering with all radar sensors in a given area (unless the construct has a particular tag). This would prevent any radar from pinpointing the construct’s location, but would alert them to its presence. Any of these countermeasures could be defeated if a construct broadcasts anything, making “running silent” a legitimate tactic for stealth constructs. However, there could be a third tier of sensor that--while prohibitively expensive and difficult to manufacture--could defeat any of the above countermeasures: 3. Quantum Sensors Quantum sensors could detect the gravitational radiation of objects, making it impossible to hide the existence of any mass by masking its electromagnetic signature. The advantage of these sensors would be their range and resistance to stealth technology. The disadvantage would be the astronomical initial cost, use of rare materials, and significant power consumption relative to detection range.
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    Not sure where that's coming from; the devs have clearly stated on many occasions that this game will be subscription-based with no exchange of real-world currency for in-game benefits. How would this game become P2W as you understand it?
  14. I agree that a full-blown survival model with food and water would be a bit much for what this game is. That being said, the need for sustenance would infuse more complexity into the economy and introduce a new consideration to weigh along with other cargo, fuel, ammunition, etc. What I might like to see is "sustenance" simplified into a single item, much like a future MRE, that would need to be carried on your person or in your construct as a sort of solid fuel for your character. You'd simply consume them over time, and if you went too long without access to one, there would be some sort of negative effect. If not damage and outright death, at least some sort of debuff. To craft this item, special food resources could be required, meaning some degree of simplified, low maintenance farming and gathering would be necessary for production. This is surely something many players would largely automate eventually, reducing the burden on play time while retaining the impact of that infrastructure's existence in the game world. In my opinion, some sort of sustenance model could be an important balancing element, and would lead to some compelling economic opportunities and geopolitical dynamics in an emergent game world such as this.
  15. As Fitorion noted, there is a certain inherent cost to warfare if "ammunition" (i.e. lasers) and defensive countermeasures require energy, as long as said energy requires a finite resource to generate it. If you need fissile material for your reactor, for example, your ability to expend energy in warfare will have to be weighed against the availability of said material. The prospect of expending limited fissile material and possibly even losing it in combat along with your ship would be a check against uncalculated aggression. Other sources of power could be available, but not sufficient to actively power energy weapons and defenses without heavy batteries/capacitors, making it difficult to incorporate these systems into inefficient (e.g. heavily armed and armored) vessels. This also means stationary defenses could always be more efficient than offensive weapons platforms (as they could field heavier weapons without the consumption of fissile material due to the absence of size and weight as a limiting factor), helping to inherently balance PvP against well designed and established facilities.
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