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Super capacitor energy storage WIP

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:54 pm
by SimoRoth
Super capacitors are used as batteries in game to store power and later release it when needed. They are key to maintaining a stable colony as solar, and wind power are variable and nuclear reactors can break down.
SuperCapacitors.jpg
The lights on the front show the current energy storage. (One less thing needed on the games GUI!) Textures are doing something a bit odd atm. Still a work in progress.

Re: Super capacitor energy storage WIP

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:46 pm
by Harrod200
Nice, and not at all phallic ;)

You're currently using glowsticks to light up the environment, are there plans for things like the lights on these to illuminate the area around them? I'm imagining unmanned rooms (so darkened) filled with lots of little blinky lights flashing everywhere while machines sit there and do their thing :)

Re: Super capacitor energy storage WIP

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:58 pm
by SimoRoth
Harrod200 wrote:Nice, and not at all phallic ;)

You're currently using glowsticks to light up the environment, are there plans for things like the lights on these to illuminate the area around them? I'm imagining unmanned rooms (so darkened) filled with lots of little blinky lights flashing everywhere while machines sit there and do their thing :)
Yeah, I'm going to work more things like that in over time. :)

Re: Super capacitor energy storage WIP

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:43 pm
by number2301
Looking great, now where's that alpha build

Re: Super capacitor energy storage WIP

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:49 pm
by Drakkheim
That's lovely looking.
I really love the bulky Space 1999 looking computer consoles and overall retro-future aesthetic.

Re: Super capacitor energy storage WIP

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:30 pm
by Jonofwrath
Looks great - I like that you're making the game world itself the UI :)

Re: Super capacitor energy storage WIP

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:59 pm
by SimoRoth
Added lights to the front panels, so now they light their environment a little.
Capacitors2.jpg
We also upped the resolution on the diffuse textures as they were looking a bit mushy.

Re: Super capacitor energy storage WIP

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:08 pm
by Harrod200
Sweeeeet :)

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Re: Super capacitor energy storage WIP

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:46 am
by Mark
Simon, another +1 in the quest to keep the UI unclutered. Well done & the Caps look great.
Are these Caps going to suffer from any sort of 'dielectric leakage' and slowly drain even when they are in a standby state?

Re: Super capacitor energy storage WIP

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 3:42 pm
by SimoRoth
Mark wrote:Simon, another +1 in the quest to keep the UI unclutered. Well done & the Caps look great.
Are these Caps going to suffer from any sort of 'dielectric leakage' and slowly drain even when they are in a standby state?
Potentially. I'll have to see how it affects gameplay, at the moment they will drain rather fast anyway. They wont hold much energy compared to the amount things in your base use.