Version 0.0.9-prototype

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July 31, 2022

New textures for structures

Combine And Conquer still used as mixture of both side and top-down views for Structures.
I migrated all Structure images to be top-down, and updated some others.
Below an image of the new Structure textures. Left to right:
- Provider
- Source used for the Module creation
- Miner of both tiers
- Assembler of both tiers (crafting Chips)
- Furnace both in the burner and electric version and in on and off state
- Burner in both off and on state
- The Launch Pad (previously Space Port) without and with a ship present (note that ships are now also rendered top-down in that case)

Info box

There’s now an info box at the top right corner of the screen that displays information for the hovered object.
This covers:
- Structures on planets or within the Planner
- Information on where Structures can be placed
- Information about research unlocks
- Tiles / resources on planets
- Spaceship speed and capacity
- Information on planets
- and much more…

Since text is now displayed this way, many other text overlays have been removed.
The info box also allows for larger texts to be displayed. It was therefore possible to add description texts for all Structures.

Info box of a Structure:

Info box of an Item / recipe:

Overlay

This version introduces a new overlay for quickly selecting both Items and Structures.
The original Item and Structure views have been removed.
At the top of the overlay one can choose the Structure or Item mode.
To the right of the overlay are categories such as Transport (Arm, Belt, …) and Processing (Assembler, Furnace, …).
Depending on chosen mode and category, matching Items or Structures will be shown to the left.
Clicking those will set the cursor accordingly.
Below an image of the new overlay with Structure mode and Processing category.

Changes to Modules

There have been several changes to the Modules:
- The render mode ‘hide Module internals’ is now enabled by default
- Modules are now rendered with a solid background
- Since all Structures are now rendered top-down, it’s now possible to rotate Modules

Below an image showing both the ‘hide Module internals’ mode and the new background rendering.
It’s a Module that creates Belts. Both in inactive and active state:

Space

There have been improvements to the space stage of Combine And Conquer:
- Now displaying an ETA for flights

  • It’s now possible to start a colonization directly from the space view
  • The exhaust flames of ships are now animated
  • Flying ships are now randomly displaced, so they aren’t rendered in a straight line anymore

Titanium

With this version the new resource Titanium is introduced. It doesn’t spawn on the starter planet and forces the player to colonize new planets for crafting recipes that require it.
There’s now also a new Titanium Cargo Ship that is both faster and can carry more.
In the future more recipes requiring Titanium will be added.

Belts

Belts have been updated to hold up to five Items instead of just two.

Sounds

There have been additions and improvements to sounds.
- The ‘water’ sound is now only played if water tiles are present
- ‘Milestone’ events (such as colonization of a planet) now play a sound
- Add more sounds in general

Changes to research

There’s now new research techologies for unlocking the new Research Tokens.

Tweaks to research costs

Several technologies are now cheaper to research.

Other changes

In addition to that, there have been several, minor improvements:
- Improve text position of views to prevent overlays
- Improve the quality of the Research Token icons
- The positioning of the ‘power UI’ and ‘current research UI’ has been improved. Both are now only shown if useful in the current view.
- Improved rendering of copper ore fields
- Messages and logs have been improved. They are now more helpful and more similar in style.
- The Lab now has an activity animation
- Influence is now animated
- The cursor tooltips have been improved
- Allow for more up- and downgrades when replacing Structures
- Restart the planner when changing the tick count and having ‘restart on edit’ enabled
- Change the initial volume from 1.0 to 0.5

Bugfixes

  • Fix a bug in the Influence check where it was impossible to place Structures or Modules if they wouldn’t match into a single Influence area
  • The ‘remove’ sound in the Planner is now only played if a Structure is actually removed
  • Technology Better Belts now uses the correct icon
  • Fix an edge case in Crossing where Items would move in the wrong direction (vertically vs horizontally)
  • Fix rendering of Items above a Module’s source or sink
  • Don’t animate Miners if there aren’t any resources below them