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Post by Dr. Nil »

When flying from a witchpoint to a sun I hardly ever encounter any ships. This has made me wonder whether the game engine places sun skimmers and sunskim pirates on the planet-sun axis. Usually there's no reason to go sunskimming when you leave a station and if you sunskim it's often because you're not going to visit the planet (or station) so that would explain why they aren't encountered very often since the planet-sun axis will be the route least used by a player. If it is so, I suggest that the code is changed so sunskimmers and sunskim pirates would be placed on the witchpoint-sun axis instead. But perhaps it's just because the distance to the sun is much larger and leaves more room for missing the ships?

Another option would be to write a script to add ships on the w-s axis, but it just seems wastefull since the game already says it adds sunskimmers when entering a system - I just dont encounter them. Does anybody know where to look for these things and whether it's just a simple textfile that needs some sp's or ps's replaced with ws's or sw's.
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Post by lolwhites »

I usually head to the sun after leaving the station, sunskim and then witchspace out, but rarely encounter anything along the planet-sun axis either. I remember that in BBC Elite I was always having dogfights near the sun, but it hardly ever happens in Oolite.

I only head straight to the sun from a witchpoint if my fuel is very low, and rarely have encounters then either. In fact, the safest route is probably witchpoint-sun-planet, but that's no fun at all. I wouldn't say there are significantly more encouters on the planet-sun axis than between the sun and the witchpoint.

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Post by Captain Hesperus »

Funny that, I tend (7-10 times) encounter Fugitive or Offender pirates (flying Python + Sidewinder + Asp II Special combos or solo SuperCobra Fugitives) when I do a planet-sun run. I've even encountered a Woma and Sidewinder escorts heading insystem on my way out. Maybe he was topping up the tanks before dropping them off....

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