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Post Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:34 am

Re: NPCs

I like the idea of finding a primitive village of NPCs on a planet, like you would in normal MC with squidward village (except they could be normal MC people, four-armed Martians, floating squirds, dwarves, or some other alien), and building it up from nothing.

When you start the game, a box pops up and says: "your ship has crashed on an uncharted planet, you are the sole survivor." Then you would start the way you would normally start a Minecraft game; gathering resources and exploring.

Before too long, you'll find a village populated with primitive savages that you can exploit for cheap labor; after you've won them over, or course. The villagers would have the same growth mechanics as the original squidwards and you need to build dwellings for them to grow their population. After you've built a few new homes, their numbers begin to expand.

When their population has reached a certain number, say 25, you can challenge their chief, kill him, and become the leader of the village. When this is accomplished, you can then begin assigning simple tasks to the villagers; lumberjack, miner, hunter, and farmer. You assign them tasks by giving them the tools they need for the job (an axe for a lumberjack, pickaxe and a stack of torches for the miner, spear for the hunter, and a hoe and a stack of seeds for the farmer.

After the population has reached another hurdle, say 100, you can assign them more complicated tasks like building simple structures (villager houses, walls, and roads), soldier, etc.

When you've built a city of 300(?) NPCs, you can begin training NPCs to be used on your ships like engineers, gunners, comms officers, and so on. Eventually producing a surplus of workers so you can hire them out to other players for a profit.

Or, you could just skip all this, find some other player's city, and hire their crews.

EDIT: This would be a second waves release. Allowing the player to get to space quickly, giving him a comfy economic base to fall back on when his ship is destroyed, and adding another element to the game (a place to call home, cheap labor, something to defend if he wishes, etc.).

I think for the first release of the game, we should insert a trade station in orbit of each new server and populate it with NPCs to trade with and hire. That would solve the problem of stumbling on a futuristic city in the middle of a jungle. Or, come to think of it, colonies might work too.
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Post Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:40 am

Re: NPCs

I think 2 is only figuring out how something will function right? Not the details? We've already discussed what NPCs do and what role they fill aboard ships, how you obtain them and train them would be something for 3, if I'm not mistaken. So topic fulfilled?
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Post Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:11 pm

Re: NPCs

NPCs spawn on ships and wander around. If they see a bad guy, they shoot it with pew-pews but are weak. A NPC can man one gun, control one engine, or interact with one module. They will aim rotatable auto-turrets automagically. Most modules need at least one player/npc manning them to even be functional, meaning NPCs are treated somewhat like Pylons or Overlords; you need them to do stuff and if you loose them your ship looses functionality. Note, this will not replace power, it is an additional requirement. NPCs can either be created as:

Human dudes hired from the surface, I don't care how as long as it's simple enough.
Clones: You can replenish crew on the go, but slower than Humans,
Robots/AIs: Better than Humans, quite expensive.
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Post Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:06 am

Re: NPCs

i like it
but i think it should be a bit less

remember that alot of it is computerised
i think each npc
would man a post

you would have
energy
steering
thrust
weapon firing
weapon reload
guard
shielding
life support
repair
misc
in each of these catagoryse you would need one if you use it
for each person you add it becomes faster better ect

because you wouldnt be able to handle 1000 npcs
but 40 should be doable
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Post Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:05 pm

Re: NPCs

It's just what I think...

Futurecraft should start in a main space stations or city's.(leave the city building for colonization on planets)

Crew should be hired in the main city's/space stations.

Ship boarding should only be when the enemy ship is inoperable.(sections of the ship would be inaccessible)

The crew should be divided in 3 sections.(note this is the main crew, guards would be available)

1.Weapon systems

2.Command & Communications

3.Engineering
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Post Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:25 pm

Re: NPCs

Instinct-XIV wrote:Futurecraft should start in a main space stations or city's.(leave the city building for colonization on planets)

Crew should be hired in the main city's/space stations.

Ship boarding should only be when the ship is inoperable.(sections of the ship would be inaccessible)

The crew should be divided in 3 sections.(note this is the main crew, guards would be available)

1.Weapon systems

2.Command & Communications

3.Engineering


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Post Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:03 pm

Re: NPCs

That should be 'oisk'. 'Oisk'la' is the adjective form.
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Post Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:35 am

Re: NPCs

Oisk la? What ever that mean. Live with it!
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Post Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:43 am

Re: NPCs

It means s**t. That idea seems s***ty.
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Post Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:19 pm

Re: NPCs

I do agree that crew should be hired at star ports.
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Post Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:57 pm

Re: NPCs

When we get the Futurecraft Galaxy set up, I think everyone new should spawn on a galactic-hub planet. This would be a neutral planet, and would have everything a player needs to get started. From here, you could find out about and join factions, or buy a ship and start your own faction, or become a pirate/explorer.

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Post Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:23 pm

Re: NPCs

If you cut the minecraft portion it becomes less futurecraft and more blockade runner, in which case people have no real reason not to play the latter. Speaking of which, why haven't we just become a gaming clan for that or one of the other million voxel-based sci fi games that seem to be coming out? I don't mean any disrespect towards fr0st or anyone else who's keeping this project going, but FC's not bound to be due for quite a while now, and it's no one's fault save the ambition that birthed it in the first place.
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Post Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:27 am

Re: NPCs

Meh, what game?
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