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Old 11-16-2012, 09:03 AM
Sedlex Sedlex is offline
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Default UI suggestion for diplomacy

The tab key currently switches between a minimap and nothing. Here's an additional suggestion:

On tab, switch to a ring of symbols that works as a miniature diplomacy screen. This can easily fit within the space occupied by the minimap, just by using standard ship/planet icons. To minimise clutter, it can work as follows:

- represent the currently surviving factions only, with a transparent question mark as a placeholder for non-encountered ones. Dead factions should not be represented at all: this will also serve as a short cut to the "have you encountered all factions" info that is currently only available in the victory conditions screen
- if there is a treaty or war status in effect, represent treaty lines, otherwise only relation (so the dotted lines are always shown instead of straight ones)
- on hover over a faction icon, display a breakdown list of relations, number of planets, ships, tech level, and missions available in the current system. Leave out all fluff text, danger level and traits (so bare bones stats only, players still have the diplo screen for the rest)
- on click, call up the same dialogue as when faction is clicked on in diplomacy screen, and allow same operations; on leaving dialogue, dump straight back into game
- factions with quests available/completed should display a very small ? or ! on the mini-icon.

I'm pretty positive this will be a welcome addition to streamline interaction within the game, and make the most of the screen real estate You've also got most if not all the building blocks for this already! (though what would I know, I'm a lawyer not a programmer)
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:39 AM
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One thought on the placeholders - if you're playing with a random number of races, that might not be a good idea because it would reveal the number.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:58 AM
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One thought on the placeholders - if you're playing with a random number of races, that might not be a good idea because it would reveal the number.
Didn't think of that, you're right. It should be amended to simply display currently known and surviving factions, that's already good enough.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:17 PM
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You've also got most if not all the building blocks for this already! (though what would I know, I'm a lawyer not a programmer)
Wish you were in the Dallas area as I need a lawyer. - And no, not a criminal lawyer. Just need to sue 3D Realms.

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