Last night.. (ok, all
night, 'til 6am
) I took a fresh Jameson for a spin in trunk. I was happily tooling along, sticking to the 'lanes, doing milk-runs between Diso and Leesti to raise the cash for a cargo-extension and injectors. My choice of systems worked out well, since while I did occasionally see some battles around me, I was left alone..
All until I was happily inbound at Diso, with 10TC of computers on board, and gleefully counting the money I'd net on this run.. soon as I was back at Leesti, those injectors were mine! Moments later, half a dozen ships popped up on the scanner.. a chill ran down my spine when I realised they were heading for me. As things turned out, I never even had time to ID any of them.
A comms message appeared.. "Hand over 6 barrels, or prepare to die!" Grimacing at what the loss of 6TC of computers would mean for my plans, my hand reached for the 'dump cargo' key, but as I did so, all 6 ships opened fire at once. My shields were down in a second, and I'd barely began evasive manoeuvres before "Press space" came up on the screen.
And therein lies my complaint/suggestion.. if pirates are going to shout "Stand and deliver!", shouldn't they at least give you 5-10 seconds to comply? Perhaps even with a follow-up message after (say) 5 seconds - "You think I'm joking? You have ten seconds to begin dumping cargo, or we open fire!". I swear they opened fire in less than a second of the message appearing on screen.. 1.5 seconds tops.
I will say one thing, this has added another item to my checklist of standard post-launch procedures.. toggle the 'select cargo' key until the cheapest goods on board are set up ready to dump at a moment's notice..
Unrelated: Now that so much in the core game has been made prettier, has any consideration been given to upgrading the basic navbuoy? It's starting to look really out of place in comparison to everything else. If he was agreeable, Cmd. Cheyd's Deep Horizon Nav Buoy
would be ideal.
On another unrelated note, please
add an indicator light to both of the standard HUD displays for precision mode! Being able to instantly see which mode you were in, would make things much easier..