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Primeable Equipment MFD

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:25 pm
by Nicksta
My first OXP release.

This expansion introduces an MFD that displays a list of primeable equipment in the order that it's primed and an indicator for the current selection. It's intended as a standard feature of the player ship's HUD, so it doesn't appear in the equipment list and doesn't cost anything. All you need is a HUD that displays MFDs. Launch your ship, cycle through the MFDs and it will be there.

Ship manufacturers are still learning how to configure a predictable priming sequence. In the meantime, the MFD needs to be calibrated after primeable equipment items are added to the ship. The MFD will display the instructions when calibration is needed. The instructions are as simple as pressing the prime equipment button until the MFD shows you what you want to see. Calibration is also needed after loading from a saved game.

The MFD is compatible with Auto-Prime Equipment and any other scripts that change the current selection without using the prime equipment keys, although it will be slightly less responsive in these cases as the changes are detected by a timer.

The MFD can only display nine equipment items at a time. It needs to display the list in a way that is useful to the player regardless of how many items are on the ship. A scroll wheel metaphor was chosen for this purpose.

The current selection is always on the same row, indicated by arrow heads. The next item to be primed is directly below it, the next one after that is on the following line and so on. However, the last item to be primed is directly above the current selection, so the list is looping back on to itself.

Pressing the prime button will scroll the list. Two numbers on the top right corner of the MFD show the index position of the current selection and the total number of selections, starting from zero for the None setting. A total number greater than eight means that some equipment items are not visible and the player needs to scroll the list to see them.


Available in the Expansion Manager.

Re: Primeable Equipment MFD

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:50 pm
by another_commander
Nice! Welcome to the dark side...

Re: Primeable Equipment MFD

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:59 pm
by Cody
There is no dark side of the game really! Matter of fact, it's all dark!





With apologies to Pink Floyd.

Re: Primeable Equipment MFD

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:14 pm
by Nicksta
There is a dark side to OXP development, though. It's when the authors rely on their obsession for their strength. They think inwards only about their scripts. Before they know it, they spend more time testing the game than playing it. Or so I've heard... ... I need to get some sleep.

Re: Primeable Equipment MFD

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:57 pm
by Nicksta
Now available in the Expansion Manager.

Re: Primeable Equipment MFD

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:36 pm
by Redspear
Nicksta wrote: Before they know it, they spend more time testing the game than playing it.
Or start poking around in the source code.. . Watch yourself :wink:

Congrats on first oxp :)

Re: Primeable Equipment MFD

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:11 pm
by Nicksta
Or start poking around in the source code.. . Watch yourself :wink:
Oh no! I already did that! :shock:
I envy the core devs with their keypress event handlers. I wonder if my eyes are turning neon green.

Congrats on first oxp :)
Thank you. :D

Re: Primeable Equipment MFD

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:14 pm
by Damocles Edge
Nice idea - I really like this :D

It will hopefully stop me from (repeatedly) frantically cycling past my desired piece of equip - if only I can get out of the habit of focussing on the bottom left of my screen and instead look at the MFD :lol: