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Rescue my mouse button! - 4/17/2010 7:26:40 AM   
Wicky

 

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I request to reduce the ammount of mouse-clicks in this game, please!
My poor mouse button is already hanging loose from all the Distant Worlds playing :)

For example, to refit 70 medium space stations to large I have to...
1) hit P key to zoom to next base
2) rightclick on it to open menu
3) click the wanted design
that's 3x input x 70 stations makes 210 mouse-click-equivalents.
Suggestion: Press F7 to open ship/bases screen, drag-select all bases, rightclick on one of them and choose "upgrade to large base". It could be done in less than 10 clicks.
That would be an improvement by 2000%!

Or another issue, to refit 200 destroyers, who are not in fleet patrolling by empire and who should keep patrolling afterwards:
1) Go to F7 ship screen, select all destroyers, assign them to 1 fleet.
2) Open fleet screen and choose to retrofit all. Stupidly, they all go to 1 base, preferrably one which has only 2 shipyards.
3) wait 8 hours, they are almost done refitting.
4) Choose the lead ship, and make it travel away. So you can drag select a box around the rest and make them leave fleet.
5) Now comes the herculean task of selecting each one, and hit A to put them back into automatic mode.
More than 500 mouseclicks required, when it could be done in under 10 clicks.
That's crazy, isn't it? Suggestion: RIGHTCLICK MENU in the shipscreen (F7) to give multiple ships/bases an order. Each ship then goes to the nearest base where it currently is, retrofits there, and picks up it's previous duty when finished.

I don't see myself continuing my current game with 80 colonies and 400+ ships anymore, because all I think about is, how can I do it in less mouseclicks? Like, when I need to retrofit every explorer, military and constructor, I select them all, assign them a fleet and send them into the next nearest black hole. This crazy idea saves me many hours!!!!!


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RE: Rescue my mouse button! - 4/17/2010 8:34:06 AM   
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Supposedly, mass-retrofitting bases will be improved in the next patch. What we need NEXT, however, is "mass recruit troops". Because I happen to tend towards extreme solutions to minimize the amount of hassle, a "recruit a bazillion troops on every planet" button would be very useful. Otherwise I have to visit each and every single planet to to stock them with a hundred legions a piece, just to make sure no one steals them while I am not looking. The auto-recruit troops AI just doesn't seem to understand that any planet, no matter how minor, needs a minimum number if you expect to keep it, and that number is "MORE".

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RE: Rescue my mouse button! - 4/17/2010 10:14:35 AM   
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Best not to retrofit large amounts of ships, if you ask me. Instead, make new ones and send the old on increasingly dangerous tasks until they go out in a blaze of glory

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RE: Rescue my mouse button! - 4/17/2010 12:31:18 PM   
Erik Rutins

 

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Wicky,

Hang in there, both of those will become a lot easier soon.

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- Erik

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RE: Rescue my mouse button! - 4/17/2010 1:50:24 PM   
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What occurs to me:
If you buy some techs from other empires, you sometimes have to pay up to one or two millions.
The problem:
The gihest amount of money you can add is 10k.
To add one million, you have to click 100 times. This is annoying.
So please add a possibility to just enter the numbers.
Oh and on this very occasion:
Please edit the screenshot button: If you are in an editbox, where you can enter numbers, please don't make a screenshot. Recently i got 6 Screenshot from the designscreen, cause i entered zeroes in some of the designnames by using the numpad. I never use the keys above the letterkeys, unless on my laptop -.-

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RE: Rescue my mouse button! - 4/17/2010 2:00:29 PM   
Gerth

 

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"I select them all, assign them a fleet and send them into the next nearest black hole. "

Lol! I feel guilty about all of the overloaded colony ships I scuttled in deep space in Galciv....

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RE: Rescue my mouse button! - 4/17/2010 2:35:23 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Wicky
That's crazy, isn't it? Suggestion: RIGHTCLICK MENU in the shipscreen (F7) to give multiple ships/bases an order. Each ship then goes to the nearest base where it currently is, retrofits there, and picks up it's previous duty when finished.

I agree. Do this please.

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