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27th Sep 01, 1:11 PM
The tractor beam feature would be available to Super capital ships. And the tractor beam can only lock on fighters and corvettes. This would make gameplay better becasue you would have to find strategies how to avoid tractor beams and how to counter it. And anyways ships that big should have a tractor beam, after all their technology reaches up to cloaking. So what do you think?*bloorgamoorg!!*:p
27th Sep 01, 1:41 PM
Not you and your star-trek ideas, again! I don't think it would be a good idea, it poses some questions such as:
1. What happens to the fighter once it's caught?
2. What would be it's limitations?
3. How many fighters could it catch at one time?
4. How many could be mounted on a single ship?
5. If this technology was available, why did engineers design the Salvettes and Grav Wells?
6. How would you target a single fighter?
7. Would it take time to activate or would it be immediate?
8. Would the fighter in question have any warning (ie a cone of green glow).
9. What is it's range?
and so on and so fourth I could ask at least 20 questions which are hard to answer without stirring up one of the factions which oppose new concepts (those being: the 'to good to be true' faction, the skeptical faction, the hardcore science faction, and the 'wasn't invented here' faction and about 5 others)
27th Sep 01, 1:51 PM
Again, Homeworld is not Star Trek, nor will it be anytime. I love Homeworld, I love Star Trek, together, they're old ideas, like a chessy cross over movie.
I like pizza, and I also enjoy egg drop soup. I don't mix them, because they don't belong together.
No offence, but a "tractor beam" does NOT make a game Star Trek or Star Trek-ish in any way. It is a realistic idea.
However, I would restrict "tractor beams" to anchoring yourself to drifting asteroids or towing derelict ships.
Locking on to fighters with a tractor beam in my mind would be a waste of energy... destroy it, it's more fun =)
NOTE: after destruction... salvage the debris.
27th Sep 01, 2:31 PM
No, tractor beams alone wouldn't make a an idea Star Trek-ish, but his other thread also had a Star Trek associated idea. Plus, where do you think the Captain part of his title came from? Unless I miss my guess he isn't in charge of a ship. Hate to say it, but "We've got a Klingon Cap'n."
27th Sep 01, 3:24 PM
I started to type out my idea for a better version of the tractor thing, but its too long so read the thread titled: "Idea: Gravemetric SuperCap"
28th Sep 01, 1:05 PM
You know I saw somewhere in the BIG file in homeworld about a tractor beam. Okay maybe the tractor beam would capture derilicts or ships that you need to capture on special missions.
28th Sep 01, 2:22 PM
I believe that the tractor beam you saw was the effect you see at the end of the salvage corvette. The only other tractor beam is the one the SOA team made.
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