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  The "G-Lab Hotel"
Posted by: JoeStrout - 05-15-2017, 08:47 PM - Forum: Real Space - Replies (1)

High Frontier user Bob Brodbeck has been using the game, not so much as a game, but as a tool to aid in designing real-world space stations.  He's just published an article about his design, "The G-Hab Hotel" over at the well-respected online publication The Space Review.

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He writes:


Quote:Partial artificial gravity most importantly improves crew and guest health. The system will mitigate the negative effects of zero-g on human health and productivity, both in-space and after Earth return.


Great stuff!  Please go over to The Space Review and check it out!

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  High Frontier version 0.27!
Posted by: JoeStrout - 05-12-2017, 03:20 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

We have just posted version 0.27 of the High Frontier video game!


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This is a huge release with 24 different enhancements.  You can read about them all in the Release Notes, but here are some of the highlights:

  • Cash now matters! You will receive a warning when you start to go into debt, and your spending will be cut off (except for emergency services) when you are more than $1M in debt. Please budget wisely!
  • High-density agricultural buildings now will not appear until you have done the CELS (Closed Ecological Life Support) project.
  • Internet bandwidth complaints now depend not only on the size of your dish, but also how far you are from Earth, and whether you have done the SpaceNet project.
  • Builders who are unable to find a suitable site for a building will now occasionally squawk about this in the Squawker feed.
  • In management mode, clicking the right mouse button now means “I’m done.” When laying a road, this aborts the final in-progress segment but keeps the rest; in other modes, it simply exits the mode.
We're very grateful to all our players, but this time especially to Permeable Ceiling, whose observations & suggestions spurred many of these great improvements.


Please give the new build a try, and let us know what you think!

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  buildings & projects
Posted by: JoeStrout - 05-05-2017, 10:11 AM - Forum: Mod Development - No Replies

FYI, in 0.27, we now have the ability to make buildings require certain projects.

All our of the built-in buildings are in fact implemented as mods.  As are the projects (you know, the tree of things you can spend your XP on).  They're just mods that happen to be built into the game.

Well, for version 0.27 we needed to make the high-density agriculture buildings require the CELS project (ticket #251).  So we added a simple "requires" property you can put in any building mod, that makes the building unavailable until that project is completed (except in sandbox mode of course).

All this means that mod developers can now make mods that add new projects, and new buildings that depend on those projects!  Pretty neat, eh?

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  0.27 is done and it's HUGE!
Posted by: JoeStrout - 05-05-2017, 10:07 AM - Forum: Dev Log - No Replies

Check out this list of improvements for 0.27!


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It's HUGE! Big Grin  We're very excited about all these little bits of spit'n'polish, and it was nice to take a break from deep physics code for a few weeks.  If you want any more details on any of the items above, feel free to poke around in the ticket list.

I'd love to push this out the door now, but we need to spend some time testing everything.  We'll get the new version to you just as soon as we're confident that it's ready!

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  more good stuff this week
Posted by: JoeStrout - 04-22-2017, 07:46 AM - Forum: Dev Log - No Replies

More things we've been working on lately for 0.27...

  • You can now go no more than $1M in debt, after which you can't spend any more money (except for summoning emergency services — that is always allowed).  And you can still zone, since zoning is free.
  • Improved the Clear tool in a number of ways: now shows what's going to be cleared and what it will cost, and cost varies now depending on what you're clearing.  Also, trees now fall over like trees, rather than being demolished like buildings!
  • Right-click can now be used to mean "done" in many contexts, such as finishing a path, or exiting a mode.
  • You can no longer make a cylinder with inverted endcaps that intersect each other.
I estimate we're another week or two from releasing 0.27.  We're pretty excited about it — a lot of small refinements like this make the game feel a lot better!

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  Overview of Colonies
Posted by: Permeable Ceiling - 04-16-2017, 02:37 AM - Forum: Suggestions & Feedback - Replies (1)

Hullo,

whenever I manage my colonies I struggle to remember which one was placed where. So, in a sense I’d like to see the same overview as in the Build part, with cislunar space / inner planets / outer planets, with a brief overview over the colonies in such and such orbit. Something like

  • Cislunar Space
    • LEO
      • Powell - pop 190
    • HEO
      • Pernell - pop 160
      • Looking Glass - pop 490
    • L1
      • Society – pop 2300
    • L4

    • L5

    • LLO
      • Moonscape – pop 2400
I rounded the population number to the nearest ten or hundred, respectively. One could add more information, but you don’t wanna drown the user either. Ideally I’d have the option to add a quick note (twitter length or something) to each colony, but that’s probably wishful thinking. I just wanna know which of my colonies evoked the vampire comments.

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  Stack of Donuts
Posted by: JoeStrout - 04-14-2017, 09:50 AM - Forum: Dev Log - Replies (5)

Permeable Ceiling pointed out that you could make a stack of toruses with windows, and light them all up with one mirror.

This turned out to be a fairly specific problem with the secondary mirrors on torus and barbell parts not shading neighboring parts as they should.  That's fixed now, so this particular exploit won't work in version 0.27.

However you can still make a stack of donuts if you want, by adjusting the hub radius so as to push the secondary mirrors out:

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Why would you do this?  I'm not sure.  But you can! Smile

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  Wildly Oscillating CO2 Spinamajig
Posted by: JoeStrout - 04-14-2017, 08:10 AM - Forum: Suggestions & Feedback - Replies (1)

(Starting this as a new thread, as the other had gotten rather long.)

I got a chance this morning to load up your (Permeable Ceiling's) Powell colony to see what's going on with the CO2.


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It appears to be basically a population oscillation, where the "population" in this case is the grass and trees.  When CO2 is high, these do great and grow like gangbusters (population boom), converting CO2 to O2... but then there isn't enough CO2, so they all wilt and stop photosynthesizing (population crash).  And then the people gradually convert the O2 back into CO2, starting the cycle again.

It's still surprising that the oscillations don't dampen out to an equilibrium, though... especially with the atmospheric regulator in there, which is supposed to counteract any imbalance.  There is a bit of a delay in those too though; it looks like somehow you've hit upon a resonant frequency of both the regulator and the plants (probably tied to the time step in the atmosphere simulation).


But what really cracked me up — and prompted me to post this screen shot — was the Squawker feed.  Your residents don't care about the growing/wilting plants too much, because they're too busy trying not to lose their lunch from the 3.9 RPM spin.  Smile

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  Ascension. Progression. Deliverance. Struggles and quirks of Permeable Ceiling LLC
Posted by: Permeable Ceiling - 04-12-2017, 02:52 AM - Forum: Showcase - Replies (3)

Ascension, Progression, Deliverance: Struggles and quirks of Permeable Ceiling LLC’s colonies

Index

  • Cislunar Space
    • LEO
      • Powell – pop 190 – notes: puddle lakes 
    • HEO
      • Pernell – pop 160 – notes: dawn lighting, crime alley, future home 
      • Looking Glass – pop 490 – notes: vomit comet for police
    • L1
      • Society – pop 2300 – notes: 
    • L4

    • L5

    • LLO
      • Moonscape – pop 2400

Permeable Ceiling LLC decided to enter the field of space colonisation at the behest of its founder, a multibillionaire and odd duck, whose quirks and struggles in life were curiously reflected in her company’s history as well. But rather than tell you this, see for yourself.

Before they shot many hundreds tonnes of parts into space to build a space colony, PC needed to design it first. Figuring out the design software took its time, as particularly the edge cases ran into the first unexpected quirks.

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The first colony, Powell, was… off to a rough start, and almost bombed the whole enterprise.

Due to minimum size requirements unmentioned in the technical documentation the atmosphere regulator went into a feedback loop that lead to fluctuations in the CO2 content, which was reflected in the now ongoing wilt/bloom byplay of the local grasses. Thankfully trees don’t seem to be affected as well.

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A learning experience was also the water level. At mere 5 centimetres above the superstructure, the lakes here displayed would be more accurately described as particularly vast ponds.

More strikingly was the discovery of city planners that population density so highly correlated with crime rate. Thankfully there have been no crimes reported so far. Which doesn’t mean there aren’t, just that none are reported. On the other hand, the police is on top of this.
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As for fire…
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Which might actually be a reason only half the houses are filled.
Curiously enough, following a recent fire in the recently named Phoenix Lane, which burned down a duplex and triplex…

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…a zoning change in the adjacent puddle finally drew in an investor, who built a department store. In the puddle.

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The PC colonist recruitment department is still trying to figure how this zoning change spurred an influx of settlers that forced established families to sublet unused rooms. Well, good for them, more discretionary budget to spend.

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  busy day (NOT about the new physics engine)
Posted by: JoeStrout - 04-07-2017, 03:01 PM - Forum: Dev Log - No Replies

Spurred by Permeable Ceiling's excellent feedback this week, we decided to take a little break from the new physics engine we've been working on to address some of those little issues that need attention.  And we made a ton of progress:

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"Test" next to each of those means that it's fixed/implemented, and just waiting for final verification to be considered done.

If anybody's curious enough to want to know more about any of those, you can go to https://app.assembla.com/spaces/high-frontier/tickets and append the ticket number, e.g. https://app.assembla.com/spaces/high-frontier/tickets/238 .

We still have more on our to-do list, of course, but it feels good to have picked so much low-hanging fruit today, especially since we've been eyebrows-deep in physics code for so long!

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