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  1. Dear DUdes and DUdettes, As announced yesterday, the winners of our Winter Holidays Shipbuilding Contest are now known. Of course, you wanted to see more than just the three winners. We knew it as well and that's why today, you'll find below numerous other entries that caught our attention (without any particular order) ? We thank you again for your time and dedication, we were really amazed! Congratulations! There was a lot of talking here at NQ to decide the winners, sure, but also around the many other ships received. About how you understood or twisted the tools we give you to craft beautiful and impossible things ? We keep working hard to give you the means to push the boundaries of voxelmancy. We hope you'll like these ships! Cheers, The Novaquark Team
  2. Greetings! So, you are propably wondering who we are! Well, we are an organisation that designs and constructs ships and sells them. But we do more that only that! Shis need materials, and so we always search and exploit new ressources. We also provide millitary services (AKA mercenaries) to our clients. And of course we will protect ourselves and our clients when needed. What else do we do? LOTS of things! Just peek into our discord and ask away! WE ARE ALWYAS ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS; REGARDLESS OF INGAME EXPERIENCE! WE NEED YOU! ALSO VISIT OUR WEBSITE!
  3. Anybody thought about the idea of have a bubble shield around a base or settlement? Clearly this could broken if attacked hard enough but something basic to protect whatever is inside. Only authorised people could be allowed in etc. My thought would be to have a semi-safe zone for areas that aren’t aligned to an organisation and are meant for entertainment/social instead of PvP or resource mining.
  4. I was talking to a friend the other day about being able to create blueprints of your creations and then selling them to players. He brought up a really good point. In Second Life they tried something similar, but ran into problems because players would exploit this system. They would buy blueprints, change a single texture or alter it in a tiny way, and then resell the design as their own. I am curious if there are any ideas or strategies that will be implemented to try and avoid this (if it's possible)? The only idea I can think of to avoid this is to have the designer bake in a signature of some sort into the design. A signature that would remain even if the overall product was slightly altered.
  5. I don't have a lot of time right now to get into this but I am looking for all types of workers once the game gets started to mine, build, and assemble a space station. I already have the designs in mind and all the details. I want to hire people (with real and in-game money) so that I can get this thing going as quickly as I can once the game is released. I am making a way point with all types of things for various players. There will be a bank, a marketplace, ship docking, living quarters, everything a person needs in game will be present including drone sentries to keep the populace safe and a jail if someone should get out of hand.
  6. The Project That Will Change DU Forever Be apart of the biggest engineering undertaking the game may ever see The Dyson Sphere Initiative was formed on the idea that in such a large MMO such as DU, nearly anything is possible. We have been told this project is in fact impossible, but we are here to challenge that, we believe the creation of a Dyson Sphere is possible and we plan to do this. Make no mistake, this will be an undertaking of a scale so large, full moons and maybe planets will be completely mined. We will mine, store our resources and build. If NQ allows it, we will create drones to help us in this mega structure creation. When the project finishes, the sphere and all it's benefits will be shared among all who aid us. This is not a true org in a sense, only a collection of people who have come together for one goal, the creation of a Dyson Sphere, an achievement which would change DU, forever. -Project Leader, Melkor Morgoth DU Org Page: https://community.dualthegame.com/organization/the-dyson-sphere-initiative Discord: https://discord.gg/Thnr7ca Website(coming soon)
  7. I propose that a cad like software is put into the game so builders can build more advanced structures and ships. I think this should be done from a "cad bench" where the builder can use a cad program in game to make a blue print for a ship/structure. once the blue print is made a building robot (or robots) will then use materials to build the structure in the cad model. in the cad program the units will be in terms of Voxel size. for example if you put down a small core of 1 unit would be the side length of that core. As far as Parts, such as the core, motors... ect.. those could be elements that could be placed in the cad file as another part in an assembly. Adding cad for building would make many much more interesting structures and would be another area for players to specialize in. although cad is relatively complicated, it is not difficult to learn, and players who do not want to learn can still use the voxel system. Cad would be like LUA is, not all players can do it, but if you learn it you can do more. As far as the difficulty and system load of a cad program, I imagine that it would not be that difficult. Onshape is an example of a low load server based cad program. It is simple and can be run off of chrome yet it is extremely powerful. Limits can be put in place for size so a player cannot make a thousand super fine lines. In addition most elements in the game are 3d files so custom 3d files may be easy enough to render. If not a full fleged cad program then possibly tools such as, extrude, filet, champ-fer, loft, and rotate would be nice and would add a lot.
  8. Can I get some curves like these?
  9. I propose that a cad like software is put into the game so builders can build more advanced structures and ships. I think this should be done from a "cad bench" where the builder can use a cad program in game to make a blue print for a ship/structure. once the blue print is made a building robot (or robots) will then use materials to build the structure in the cad model. in the cad program the units will be in terms of Voxel size. for example if you put down a small core of 1 unit would be the side length of that core. As far as Parts, such as the core, motors... ect.. those could be elements that could be placed in the cad file as another part in an assembly. Adding cad for building would make many much more interesting structures and would be another area for players to specialize in. although cad is relatively complicated, it is not difficult to learn, and players who do not want to learn can still use the voxel system. Cad would be like LUA is, not all players can do it, but if you learn it you can do more. As far as the difficulty and system load of a cad program, I imagine that it would not be that difficult. Onshape is an example of a low load server based cad program. It is simple and can be run off of chrome yet it is extremely powerful. Limits can be put in place for size so a player cannot make a thousand super fine lines. In addition most elements in the game are 3d files so custom 3d files may be easy enough to render. If not a full fleged cad program then possibly tools such as, extrude, filet, champ-fer, loft, and rotate would be nice and would add a lot.
  10. I have seen that mechanical assets have been rejected by the devs Trello page this is understandable but disappointing for numerous reasons but I have a way around the need for traditional rails for trains maglev technology. This would allow players to make constructs that are powered only by batteries which would allow for simple transportation that are recharged by renewable energy if the DU devs decided to include that form of power generation but more importantly will be a way to move constructs on a track without having the construct physically touch the building it rests on, which would be much lighter on our computers as there would be no need for collision simulation. The use for Maglev engines would not just be limited to trains but also elevators that can move sideways, space elevators, ship catapults to launch ships like in Battlestar Galactica and large mobile launch platforms like that used by NASA for their spacecraft. In summary, Maglev engines could serve as a compromise between the players need for mechanical assets to make moving parts and the devs concerns for game performance by letting players use a contactless rail system. I hope I made my idea clear let me know what you think. Dark_but_Good
  11. Building in Dual Universe could do with a simple basis font that is small so that it can create any letter, and the larger the font is the more different it can become. for the limited options of small sized fonts a simple name for that font would be useful; Which I propose as Ennea Font. (Ennea is greek for 9; the amount of voxels this type of font takes up per letter. There is also a Hexa Font. Alas, some letters are hard to read at this level. W and M require a minimum of 4 voxels wide, and I doesn't need any width. S is actually more legible as 2 voxels wide. I hope having names for these fonts and the font being available to be copied for in game will speed up some design processes. ~Loughlin
  12. The safe areas that are being generated by Novaquark are a great idea, but I feel they may lead to some problematic game elements. Players will likely build in safe areas and only journey outside of them to mine. Players in safe areas will likely be neighbors with bitter enemies. Trolls could interrupt multi-hex building projects by claiming hexes in the path of development. There is less of a reason for people to band together to form protection if it is inherent to the game. I am a huge believer in emergent gameplay, and this game relies almost entirely on it. Emergent gameplay is the idea that rules and systems are established which sort of "Make sense," and then players find ways to extract value, power, and fun from them in ways that the devs may not have initially intended. An example is movement patterns in Starcraft 1, Wormhole pirate guilds in EVE online, and metagame strategies in almost every game. I propose a system which in a simple manner mimics the way real cities were formed. When a new hex territory is claimed grant it "Frontier" status which offers little or no protection. Once it is surrounded by other claimed hex tiles grant the center tile an upgraded protection status and a new name like Rural area. When all the frontier hexes bordering this rural area are surrounded by frontier hexes, they become rural and the center hex becomes suburban. Continue in this pattern for a number of layers, a progression such as: Frontier Rural Suburban Urban Metropolis Adding and removing layers, changing costs of territories, and modifying levels of protection at each status would give devs control over game balance while still feeling fair for pvp. In addition, this gives groups an incentive to build together as a troll or bad neighbor building near the city would only have frontier status and likely be soon destroyed. There may also need to be other controls like a minimum of a couple of days at each status level (so that a level 5 protected zone cant be sprung up instantly) This would be a simple system which mimics the way cities start small and grow. I also don't think this should replace safe zones, but be in addition to safe zones.
  13. We should be able to customize voxel shapes to allow for player creativity more than the shapes already pre formed, making for some really interesting constructs.
  14. Our most recent Devblog laid out NQ's plans for how base protections will work in non-savezone areas, and I've got to say I'm relieved. In summary... -Can use a Force Field Unit (I'd like it to be more of a structural integrity unit myself, as a forcefield implies it prevents entry, which so far the proposed mechanic does not). -Force field absorbs damage. When it gets below a certain threshold, it effectively freezes pvp for 24-48 hours, making everything temporally indestructible. You'll be able to predict when your defenses drop, and there will be a cool-down before turning it back on. -You get an Email notification when your stuff is under attack Yes, I know the EVE tryhards are going to cry and moan about this, but as an ex-eve player who really wants to participate in pvp in DU, I'm extremely relieved that there are solid protective measures like these. That being said, I don't expect these defenses to come cheap, they might require quite a bit of upkeep to maintain, and they might eat a ton of power or resources to turn-back-on after a cooldown. This means that not every rando player will be able to keep their stuff shielded 100% of the time. Pirates will have plenty to do while they wait on my shields to collapse. This also means that abandoned structures left by inactive players can eventually be purged, at the *worst* after about 48 hours. So what should this force-field be called?
  15. Hey, I just wanted to know if there are any plans to add mecanical parts like joints to move parts of the ships like thruster or later on weapons. With Lua scripting you could build ships with can stabilize themself even if they are damaged. Hopefully waiting, Will_i_craft
  16. So I just wanted to ask everyone what are the major projects your org has planned for DU, and what are their purposes.
  17. Hey fellas, I'm going crazy. When I tried to get Gold membership I found out I'm too late. Just when I got my birthday money and extra overtime payment, which I was planning on throwing it at DU. So while I'm nailbiting before I can jump in and get to know the brave new world, I was thinking about designing public usable buildings that actually have merrit. I need some referential material before I get to start designing, though! Mainly the following: - size of cargo containers - size of power generators - the ability of implementing sound files - size of foundries (or furnaces) Been looking through concept art and videos, but man, there's little info to be precise. Any idea? The jist of public building (a.e. hotels, market places, hangers and cargo-lockers) is that they aim at player's needs. There's no need for a kitchen, but there is need to stow your cargo and log out safely or park your vehicle without getting it boxed in and released at ransom. These are the beginnings of city elements and I want to contribute. So help me with some referential materials and thoughts, please!
  18. So, I just watched an hour of Dual Universe gameplay, and I had a few questions about it. 1. Will we have to gather enough resources to build, or will we be given an infinite supply to build to our hearts content? 2. When building off the source block, is there a mirror option, so you can copy every precise detail you've done onto the other side? 3. If someone builds a large cruiser or battleship, will there be a feature when someone can open up hangar doors to let a smaller fighter into a landing bay? 4. How will the gravity work on the larger ships? Will players just be drawn to the nearest planet, or will the direction in which the source block was placed have something to do with it? 5. Are there parts that can rotate? For example, if I was building the Slave 1 from Star Wars, would I be able to put in a rotating cockpit so the pilot is always level? If you haven't noticed by now, I'm not in the pre-alpha, and I don't have enough money lying around to just buy my way right in. Answers would be helpful. Thanks in advance! And also a "thanks, jerk" and a "Why even" in advance. Who knows how this might go.
  19. I was thinking, it would be really cool to have a tier of building that only provides the illusion of voxels free of cost. Some of us are very talented in designing the blueprints for impressive designs but aren't inclined to the grind for materials to actually build said ships. So i was thinking, what if we had a hologram tier of voxels that we could use to design a ship without worrying about the cost of construction? Perhaps when it is done you could chose to upgrade those voxels after the BP is complete? Maybe even sell someone the BP for the cost of building you one. The obvious con to this, would be voxel spamming all over the place (since its free), so double props if you could make it only visible to those with building permissions, or maybe only while in build mode? Thoughts anyone?
  20. Hi everyone, as I understand it, Dual Universe will have materials with different properties and 'quality levels' (if I misunderstood you can correct me). This means for me that there will be better and worse materials and that, in my opinion, will cause every player to try to get the best materials. Is so far logical and comprehensible. But if everyone tries to get the same materials, understandably to get the most out of his ship, etc., the constructs will hardly differ in color, because logically every material, as far as I've seen, has its own texture. I would not think that's nice if the constructs are barely different in color, and it would be pretty easy to see which material any player uses, and so other players / groups of players could easily relate to the properties and quality of the materials used. So I wanted to ask if it would be possible to dye materials/voxels in the game?
  21. I have been looking through the forms and i cannot find any mention of the actual size of the building blocks (I.E. 10 CM x 10 CM x 10 CM). Is there a list of the preset/standard building elements?
  22. We want cargo freighters to be in game right? If the things stay as they are now they won't be a thing as players have huge inventories and they can store materials there, why would they need cargo space? Well, of course i'm not saying that inventory space should be realistic in size but i think the player shouldn't be able to carry more than around 300-400 m3. The excess should be stored in crates that would still compress the material and things. Crates should be only moved one by one or two by two. Yes i know it sounds stupid and boring but i know a few people that like taking things from A to B in games. As i said earlier there wouldn't be any need for starship size if there wouldn't be a need for cargo. It would be a minor annoyance to builders of course but i don't think it would make it unplayably hard.
  23. I think it'd be cool if we could create a space like a cabin or a store or a city etc. If we have something like a city, we can create constructs in an area and we can control via invitation or membership or something, who is allowed in the area, it can be a safe zone where there's no pvp, a store that can actually sell things for credits (or possibly some other form of revenue, at some point interchangeable to a currency like PayPal or something). We could sell advertising space in our areas. It would just be nice to have a place we can call "our own" in this new universe. I know people that can create and print membership cards or something. Maybe we can all be allotted a small area? Like a house in a neighborhood. Create a place where we all start from and can go places from there. Maybe a row house in a neighborhood would be cool. idk, just brainstorming here.
  24. Since Dual Universe is partially about building, what about giving us a tool to replay our building sessions to make cool timelapses like with the replay mod in MC? Another solution would be to let people use bots that they host themselves and that record from a certain point everything happening in one or more core units the bot has been given the "viewing access" to. This last solution could be also used for security cameras but might be used as an exploit (e.g. seeing through the ground like with an x-ray "hack")
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