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As I understand it, when players log off, their avatar will disappear. When they log in again, their avatar will reappear at the same location. If they were on a ship and the ship moved away while they were logged off, they would no longer be on it when they log in. This is a serious problem. Either the ship can only move when the entire crew is logged in or it may need to frequently go back and pick up those who were left behind. This will be trouble even for small crews, especially if they live in different time zones, but it could make large crews impractical. A solution would be to give the players the option of leaving their avatars in the game as a physical objects when they log off. Then the avatar would be carried along with the ship as it moves and still be on board when the player comes back. Since the avatar was still present, it could be attacked and it would be basically defenseless with the player logged off, so players would only want to do this in places they felt were relatively safe. Logging off in this way could put the avatar into a sleeping position, so anyone seeing it would know the player was logged off. It would be desirable, but not necessary, to design ships with designated sleeping areas where the sleeping avatars could be kept without getting in the way of other activities.
Wikipedia site: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direction_finding Assuming that there will be some sort of transmission system to send data packets from construct to construct, locating these transmissions is an absolute must to have feature if EWAR is going to be a thing in the game. Not only can it be used to find out which radar signature sent which message (important in traffic management systems) but it can also be used to locate and destroy ships if they use their transmission systems too much. I'm aware that radars are being planned to the game, but I don't know what these radars are supposed to find. Do they locate voxels (of which there are way too many)? DPUs? Antennas? What I'm asking for is kind of a radar that can locate transmitting antennas but only gives the direction to them (possibly also the strength of the signal) and not the actual position. However, the range of such a radar would be way higher than that of normal position finding radars if the transmission is strong enough. EDIT: I was a bit unclear here. I mentioned EWAR first, but since D-Scans and such will most likely be a thing in DU, the most important use case of RDF would be to combine signal contents with its direction for advanced logics, such as in the traffic management system case. In other words, I'd like to replicate this in the game: https://en.wikipedia...veillance_radar