Wing Commander, Homeworld & Elite are other influences. The game arena is the Milkyway and its neighboring satellite galaxies. Im big on open worlds & player freedoms. The play area is pretty large, plenty big enough to keep you occupied regardless of playing style whether it be explorer, conqueror or empire builder. I will be including numerous game tools to make life easier and give you more choices as a player. As you gain experience and acquire new technologies you will find additional help in the form of Senators, Commanders & a HAL n'000 computer which helps automate some of the less illustrious tasks.
Im having a lot of fun building this universe and hope you pick it up and give it a go. The first few posts are just bare bones stuff but as the galaxies start to fill up & the details crystallize you will find its quite good fun just kicking back and exploring whats being built....if your lucky you might spot a sludge pool slowly bubbling into life, don't forget your test tube ! or perhaps stumble across some ancient relic or ruin belonging to a lost civilization...who knows whats really out there, beyond the squawk and static of a million suns.
Epic Space Game ?
Epic = approx 1 million star systems , 10 million planets , 100 million moons , comets, asteroids, trojans, centaurs etc etc
Epic = true to life stars and planets + a little artistic spice , never heard of a Wolf–Rayet star ? apply within
Epic = plausible & realistic technology for the most part
Epic = AI that will have your mouse bouncing off the walls :-p
Epic = Multiplayer LAN fun ( internet play later on down the road )
Epic = designed to make use of your of extra pc's if you have them for that startrek bridge feel
Installment 1 the core game files [this very short prog generates key files and folders & over a gig of data ]
> create a new folder
> enter the path of that folder by editing the chdir command below , see the ****
> and now run this code in that folder
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'core game files
dim as ulongint i,ii,x,y,c,num
for i =0 to 720-1
mkdir i & "ygmap"
? " game directories created"
?" core game data files take a minute or so to install "
for i =0 to 720-1
chdir i & "ygmap"
? i & "ygmap" ' : sleep
for ii = 0 to 1280-1
OPEN ii & "x" & i & "y" & ".txt" FOR OUTPUT AS #1
write #1, ii,i,"system name"
' **** IMPORTANT substitute your games root folder here
chdir "C:\Documents and Settings\a\Desktop\solospacegame\universe"
*note the database x,y coords = HD screen resolution 1280x720
As its too much data & code to paste all at once this is just the first installment. Ill post code more as i go along. Once im happy and got feedback/tweak the game ill create a proper installer. The game design is quite modular and transparent so you will be able to create custom scenarios, gfx , sound etc very easily....thats part of the fun with these games
ADDED for clarity, showing the modular layout of the independent game components and their associated root folders. The game can be played on single machine vs the AI but as its designed to be multiplayer over lan or MMORG via internet the modular file structure reflects this.
Further reading & References
Star Size Comparison HD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEheh1BH34Q
Local group http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_group
Milky Way http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Way
Solar system http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_system
List of Moons http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_natural_satellites