I normally play Shadow Empire on a desktop PC with a 1080p monitor. However, I have discovered that my Dell XPS laptop can run Shadow Empire and I would enjoy playing it without needing a PC Mouse. I envision using it from the floor, with a keyboard + pillow on my lap and the laptop on a coffee table, able to share my game with friends and family and be able to get up during the later game turns and do things that need doing.
I would expect that a keyboard-only interface would take more time to get some tasks (like moving units) done. I also expect that such a control system could be less flexible. However, balanced against the added comfort of the living room and the increased social factor I think it would be worth it.
In terms of implementation, I have memories of using the numpad to move units around in Civilization II and I think I could get used to tabbing through my units one by one and using the arrow keys to select where I want to move a unit to. I also have gotten used to using the auto-generated menu shortcuts (hit alt then the appropriate letters in sequence) that some applications still maintain. If Shadow Empire had most functions available through such an auto-generated system based on the button's English label I could get used to that.
Obviously, some sliders would be easier to work with if they took numeric input and there would be a need to make each control on a given window or sub-window distinct for selection either by shortcut, a sequential iterator (like tab and shift-tab for browser controls) or a spatial selector (like Vivaldi browser's shift+arrow keys for finding controls and text on a webpage). This could constitute some effort to get done.
However, I would note that such a system would benefit many desktop PC players as well. When I played Starcraft 1 I found it really useful to navigate through the various main menus using the built-in shortcuts and in games that give full keyboard support I find many myself doing many repetitive or awkward mouse actions with shortcuts, lengthening how long I can play for quite dramatically.
I don't consider this a priority. I understand that there is real game content to get done and many bugs to fix. However, I am just flagging that there are players like myself who would appreciate this kind of infrastructure and will make use of it. I am trying to develop a workaround (tried one tonight using a combination of a TV keyboard, a wireless trackball and two tablet cushion stands) but I think in the end a mouse is intended for use when sitting on a chair.
With that being said, if it becomes feasible or inexpensive for some reason to implement, please consider adding full keyboard support to the game. I think it will polish the game for veterans, help new players find their way around and increase the game's value for those who can't always be in a study, at a desk with the door closed.
< Message edited by beyondwudge -- 1/25/2021 10:39:07 AM >