At last I’ve got around to adding laser turrets to the ships, so the beams don’t seem to blast out of just anywhere any more. I’ve also added support for multiple beam origins per weapon, and for them to be different to where the module is placed on the ship design blueprint. This leaves the blueprint looking functional, whilst allowing me to spam a few laser turrets on the bigger ships. It also means you can have a battery of lasers that all zap at once. Maybe eventually I’ll introduce minor delays or other cleverness to make them seem more independent.

There isn’t really a connection between the weapon type and the number of turrets you get with it, but it has no gameplay effect, and is purely visual. So some ships have a slot that links to multiple turrets, and placing a beam laser there will ‘spawn’ multiple turrets, whereas the same weapon on a different ship gets just one.

I don’t think it matters, there is zero connection between the two phenomena in Eve online, and it doesn’t seem to bug people. The main thing is, it looks cool, and I hope, somewhat gratuitous:

4 Responses to “Multiple beams and turrets!”

  1. Michael says:

    Will you be doing circular laser emitters on some ships rather than turrets like a certain tv show we all watch.

  2. Matthew Butterworth says:

    Hey,

    I wondered what language you code in? C++ or C# maybe? Do you use any IDE’s?

    Big fan of your games there great.

  3. nic b says:

    Hi Cliff,

    Check out the combat in starcontrol 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsIFgGw68oQ

    The Chmmr Avatar lazer is pretty awesome, a nice effect is where it sort of “polarizes” the space around the lazer – the effect are little glowing dots that emit from the lazer.

    Have you also considered satellites that can surround a ship and nock out incoming projectiles?

    Nic

  4. Iain Key says:

    Looking good Cliff, I can’t wait till I get to the point of adding the fun stuff like turrets in my game ;-)

    Iain