[ALP]Imperial Laboratories: Escape Pods 1.1 28/5/09

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[ALP]Imperial Laboratories: Escape Pods 1.1 28/5/09

Post by LV » Mon, 25. May 09, 23:31

Description

A little plugin for the purists and DiD mob who don't want to pussy out by reloading on death.



Date 28/5/09
Version 1.1 Beta Test



Extra Install Info: Important

This plugin requires Imperial Library Scripts to be installed, Do so!



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The plugin is pretty stable, it needs some testing for bugs i didn't think of and also costings that as usual i pulled out of my rear (a well educated guess tbh ;) )

AL Plugin giving the playership escape pods to immediately launch when close to death or on pilot orders.

Escape Pods can be found via Argon Equipment Docks (Teladi & Boron Soon)

On their own they do nothing but after you have set the 2 new hotkeys you can install an Escape Pod to any of your ships.


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There are 2 Hotkeys


Activate Escape Pod

This command will install a pod and also turn it on and off via hotkey press.

Once activated if your ship has an escape pod in its cargo bay you will be able to choose from 4 different Pod types.


Eject Escape Pod

This will instantly eject you into your EP if installed. The pod will immediately set off to the nearest station/shipyard


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Pod Types



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Standard Pod
The standard pod will eject at the stated shield or hull threshold and fly to the nearest friendly shipyard.

The device has no extras

Luxury Pod
The Luxury Pod once ejected will allow you to choose any of your ships with docking ports to land on or the nearest friendly shipyard, it also comes with a much needed SETA device

Executive Pod
The Executive Pod comes with more speed, and SETA< it will also allow targeting of the nearest friendly station in addition to the nearest shipyard or player owner docking class ship.

Presidential Pod
The Presidential Pod comes with all the above features and also with a Trading System Extension allowing you to link to the nearest shipyard if you have property or ships in that sector


Pod Naviagtion
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As long as you buy above standard you will get some options, shown above is Executive Level and above where your dockable ships, the nearest shipyard and the nearest station are given as docking options.

Remember there are no options for standard

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All pods are controlled via AI, you can alter course but they will soon return to their course setting, only ejecting into you space suit will relinquish control and the pod will terminate.

Once docked the pod will self destruct and you will return to your space suit.

If the eject is called because your shield or hull value is below your set threshold and it is due to an attacking ship your ship will either self destruct or be captured by the attacking ships race.

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Setting Thresholds

Shields

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If you turn your EP on via the activate hotkey and your ship has an escape pod stored (found at argon EQD's) once the pod type has been chosen you will be asked to set thresholds between 0 and 100

if you ignore this option shields are set to 30% threshold automatically. (pressing escape)



Hull

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As above, ignoring the option sets the hull to 100% threshold.

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Remove Thresholds

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When you turn the EP off via the Activate Hotkey you will be given the option to reset the thresholds.

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NOTE

This plugin does not guarantee you will not be killed, i could make you invincible but i'm not doing, there is always the chance in the split second of ejecting you will be hit by laser fire or proximity explosion but once the pod gets going you should be fine.




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Install

Use the exe or rar files if you know how to install manually.

The script is an ALP
How To Use AL Plugins so turn it off before removing or uninstalling, it should clear everything up within 10 mins of being turned off.


Please test, try to break/cheat and feedback :)






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Last edited by LV on Fri, 17. Jul 09, 00:49, edited 2 times in total.
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Post by Babarix » Tue, 26. May 09, 03:26

I want to try it, so i get it and install it. I renamed a copy of the t file because i use the German Version of X3TC.

After i load a savegame i got the message that the script is installed.
So i dockt at the Equipment Docks and bought an Escape Pod.
So far everything was fine.

BUT now i wanna set the hotkeys, but i cant find your hotkeys in the option.

So i looked at your script an see that you call two scripts that arent in the downlaod package.

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$id = register hotkey $text to call script 'plugin.lv.signal.eject.esc.pod'
$id = register hotkey $text to call script 'plugin.lv.signal.pl.at.esc.pod'
So this Files are missing or i get somthing wrong.

And before you ask i have the Imperial Library Scripts.

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Post by LV » Tue, 26. May 09, 20:35

well spotted, re download and re install the 2 scripts are now added

cheers :)

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Post by Babarix » Tue, 26. May 09, 23:41

It Works now.

Nice Script.
But i hope i musen't use the pod to often :D

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Post by Nanook » Wed, 27. May 09, 01:55

Just how much is one's hide worth in a DiD game? :wink:

I think the current pricing structure is at least an order of magnitude too small. In fact, I'd arrange the pricing such that they start at maybe a million for the basic model. Is it easy for the user to change?

Cool concept though, and I'm downloading it to add to my current DiD game. :D
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Post by LV » Wed, 27. May 09, 10:41

the pricing is unique to each ship


200k max limit though but as i said i'm open to pricing feedback

currently it's something like price of ship/500

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Post by ezra-r » Wed, 27. May 09, 11:41

I think it is a very good idea, that way you can get your own ship destroyed without ending the game forcibly, because if you eject AI ships will atack you in your space suit so ejecting had no sense to avoid getting killed, so now you can scape and try to start over with another ship.

You may want to add this to bonus pack, it is a great addition that adds a missing and unique role to the game

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Post by Forked » Wed, 27. May 09, 18:11

Excellent idea! I love it. This will be a must-have script for me as soon as I can start playing again. Thank you :)
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Post by LV » Thu, 28. May 09, 01:37

updated to 1.1

a few slight tweaks and some non working scripts removed, no cash changes yet

uninstall 1.0 and install 1.0
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Post by Skorne Tet'Zu » Mon, 6. Jul 09, 22:09

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... These SCRIPTS make a GREAT Game.... SERIOUSLY ROCK!!!

But I gotta give special props to this Escape Pod. It just saved my ship.

I normally 'Manually Eject' around 0% shlds & 50% hull (don't want to take chances). Well... with the EP set at shlds: 0% hull 15%, when I saw my hull hit 50% :o ... I figured cool... Time to test this thing. Except the Kha'ak Corvette blew when I hit around 20% - HOW SWEET WAS THAT!!!

The extra time is literally a 'Life Safer'!!! :D

Great Script.... THANX!!!
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Post by shilhi » Mon, 13. Jul 09, 09:07

This sounds awesome. Thanks. This will come in handy for the Improved Races mod. Enemy ships are EVERYWHERE and insane.

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Post by anneonemous » Thu, 16. Jul 09, 04:50

LV,

Thanks - I've been wanting this addition to the X series ever since I started playing (06 maybe?). It's the primary thing I missed from the original 'elite' series, back in the 1980's.

If there's a bonuspack for X3TC, this one should definately be submitted.

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Post by IceFire909 » Thu, 16. Jul 09, 17:52

Can use it as the start of a DiD story...

part of a huge battle between argon/boron vs split/paranid...

your fleet gets wiped out and you're stuck with an escape pod<start storytelling>
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Post by anneonemous » Sat, 18. Jul 09, 04:55

Is there any easy way to see whether the pod is currently active (as opposed to accidentally toggled off)?

Thanks,

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Post by LV » Sat, 18. Jul 09, 09:38

I've not built anything in to show if it's activated other than pressing the hotkey which turns it on and off, i suppose i could add a text prefix to the pilot/shipname
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