[Suggestion] Battle Setup Screen


#1
  1. Zoom. It’s hard to select ships on large maps.
  2. Organize designs by class. Unless one recognizes the silhouettes, it’s hard to distinguish between a cruiser and a fighter.
  3. Put the ship design’s name on/under/above/etc. of the icon. I tend to favor one or two hulls for most of my designs, so it’s annoying to have to wait for the tooltip to see the name of each design.

#2

Here were some of my ideas:

  • When having a ship selected, allow a modifier key to be pressed such that when you click on another ship you get a radial menu letting you chose to escort, protect, etc. said ship.
  • Have a modifier key to allow you to copy (including orders) the selected ship(s) when you drag (i.e. select a formation and hold down the ctrl key while dragging to copy the entire formation).
  • Have the “formation” order applied to a group that you select rather than requiring the targeting method currently employed.
  • Change the ship selection menu to a spreadsheet-like menu that shows the ship size, hull, and name.

#3

The ship selection menu could definitely do with a bit of work - just being able to see the name and cost of the ships rather than the silhouettes would make life a lot easier!


#4

More suggestions in this thread -> http://positech.co.uk/forums/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=2474


#5

Another quick suggestion: maybe shift+click to pick up 5 of the selected ship. It’d certainly make it easier to spam frigates!

Incidentally, the selected ship name is invariably bigger than the 7-character space allowed for it in the box (on the upper LHS of the screen), so I nearly always get names like ‘ship_65…’ on my 1280x1024 screen. Which doesn’t look great.

…and the final suggestions for tonight!

  1. The ‘add orders’ screen auto-closes when used… perhaps keep it open so that multiple orders are easier to issue?
  2. Maybe auto-save the deployment before starting the battle?
  3. The battles are FAR more gratuitous when they’re played back faster! How about making the default speed a bit zoomier? The equivalent of 1.3 would be about right.

#6

I’d love a ‘ship variant search’ box - I use a LOT of variants and I don’t like tweaking ones I’m using for in-progress fleet builds that I’m refining. Having a little search/filter that takes a string argument and shows only ship variants with that string would be GREAT. (Eg - I’m working on ship variant one, so I save the ships with ‘var1’ in the file name. I enter ‘var1’ in the deployment screen and only ‘var1’ ship designs are shown.)


#7

I’d quite like a tagging structure and module search on the ships, that way you could only look for the anti-fighter hulls, or hulls with ecm-shock on them. It would make it much quicker to find exactly what you’re looking for.


#8

Yeah, bunches of similar looking icons when you’re building your fleet makes it tough to do.

I have my auto-sorter working though. Fighter models begin with A, Frigates B, etc. But I shouldn’t have to do that.

A start to that screen would be to make the fighter icons much smaller, the frigates a bit smaller, and leave the cruisers the way they are. That would already be a big help. Or color-code them. Something to tell the classes apart. I’m always clicking the wrong ship, so a highlight around the last ship I clicked in the list would help me remember which ship I’m making 12 copies of.

But really, I’d just like to see the ship model spelled out, and a way to quickly make copies of it, with orders saved along with it.