andy wrote:Slightly unrelated, but it's kinda weird that you can construct a medium or large planet in an empty orbit, but you can't construct a planet if it already has something in the orbit.
However, constructing and terraforming planets is so late in the game that I doubt it matters much to competitive game-play.
gaerzi wrote:Not as much as the Viscids!
It could be good if it was possible to do something with non-colonizable worlds besides use them to anchor orbitals. Perhaps mining outposts or something like that. Not full-fledged colonies but something somewhat interesting and valuable.
gaerzi wrote:It could be good if it was possible to do something with non-colonizable worlds besides use them to anchor orbitals. Perhaps mining outposts or something like that. Not full-fledged colonies but something somewhat interesting and valuable.
DanTheTerrible wrote:personally I find it a bit unrealistic that planets are required to build space stations at all. I see nothing in SiS's lore that would prevent building fueling and sensor/communication platforms in arbitrary points in deep space with no planet or star present.
Arioch wrote:We want to avoid the situation where you can always place colonies on all four orbital slots. This is partly for the flavor of the game -- good colony sites should be rare enough that factions may get into conflict over the best ones -- and partly for mechanical considerations, as increasing the number of colonies per system increases the amount of micromanagement and late-game bloat.
We might add moons at some point as some kind of planet special that gives some kind of bonus. But we would not want to make them colonizable for the reasons mentioned above, in addition to the UI/graphics issues that this would present.
I think star systems always have at least one planet, so there's always someplace to put a Fuel Depot Outpost, which is the only current use case I think think of.
AMX wrote:Just remembered another old game - Perry Rhodan: Operation Eastside.
Gas Giants there could not be settled - but they had moons, and the moons were treated exactly like planets.
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