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User interface: Idle Ships Side Bar Icon Please - 11/17/2011 7:00:30 PM   
Sithuk

 

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I have recently discovered the idle ships feature and it has changed the way I play. Previously I was constantly zooming around the screen checking fleets to see if they had completed the order I had given them. Now I cycle through idle ships/fleets using the I key. I believe Des' recent video AAR pointed out this feature (thanks!).

What I would really like is to have an idle ships pop out panel from the side bar on the left of the screen, like there is for potential colonies for example. I don't need to cycle then, I can see the idle ships/fleets appear as they complete their orders. This would save me constantly cycling when I don't really need to. Less micromanagement.

I've noticed that my deployed re-supply ships appear as idle. They are deployed and should not appear as idle. I have given them their orders and I do not need to see them when I cycle through my idle ships/fleets.

1) Please add an idle ships pop out panel from the side bar on the left of the screen. You could even use the existing zZZz icon on the bot left for it so this feature could make it into Legends.
2) Please remove deployed re-supply ships from the idle ship/fleet list. Perhaps give them a "deployed" action status.

[Added this to the master wishlist. I'd like to discuss the feature request here though]

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RE: User interface: Idle Ships Side Bar Icon Please - 11/17/2011 8:03:23 PM   
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Just right click on the screen and an idle ships list pops up.

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RE: User interface: Idle Ships Side Bar Icon Please - 11/17/2011 8:16:51 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: cookie monster

Just right click on the screen and an idle ships list pops up.


Holy crap, really?

This interface is already so massive and expansive, I'm still learning things! How is this game not on the cover of PC Gamer?

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RE: User interface: Idle Ships Side Bar Icon Please - 11/17/2011 10:37:36 PM   
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Because the world has no idea what a good game is. And Matrix does not pay enough.

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RE: User interface: Idle Ships Side Bar Icon Please - 11/18/2011 12:15:01 AM   
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ORIGINAL: cookie monster

Just right click on the screen and an idle ships list pops up.

Right click where? I don't understand.
Forget it.

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RE: User interface: Idle Ships Side Bar Icon Please - 11/18/2011 12:35:51 AM   
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ORIGINAL: cookie monster

Just right click on the screen and an idle ships list pops up.


It gives a list of EVERY ship that isn't doing something.

I think what Sithuk wants, is some way of showing idle ships by type - for example, idle construction or colony ships - without going through the ship management panel.

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RE: User interface: Idle Ships Side Bar Icon Please - 11/18/2011 12:42:35 AM   
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The big question with an empire of any size is easily scoping WHERE those idle ships are to determine which may be useful.

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RE: User interface: Idle Ships Side Bar Icon Please - 11/18/2011 1:41:03 AM   
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Just right click on the screen and an idle ships list pops up.


DW

Cookie monster I promise never to show you another piece of fruit, ever.

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RE: User interface: Idle Ships Side Bar Icon Please - 11/18/2011 2:00:33 AM   
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Good point.

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RE: User interface: Idle Ships Side Bar Icon Please - 11/18/2011 7:29:02 AM   
Sithuk

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: cookie monster

Just right click on the screen and an idle ships list pops up.


Thanks for this cookie, can't believe I missed this one too. I still need to right click to access the idle ship list. Its less micromanagement than constantly cycling through the idle ships/fleets list but it still requires me to click to check it, which I'd continually be doing to my annoyance (less annoying than constantly cycling through the i key menu though I think).

I'd still rather have an idle ship panel displayed on the left of the screen which is always updated so that when a ship becomes idle it appears there and I can see it. No need to click through to menus. A new addition to the idle ship panel would catch my eye with a glance and I would know I should assign an action. I'd want that panel to only show military ships, though options hidden away in the options menus to select what ships types are shown there would be welcome.

Before someone suggests the idle ship alert that appears on the right of the screen, it isn't what I'm after either. It is a one time alert that disappears in seconds. Information overload can be a risk with multiple idle ships alerts.

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