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Alpha 5 [0.5.5] Dev Status: Display of Resources Spots

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The basic implementation of the display of the resource spots is done.
Here's 3 screenshots for the 3 possible displays in the game:





As you can see it's pretty basic but usable and totally integrated to the already existing interface. Of course I'll see to improve it.

The next step is to implement all the rules about the planetary survey and the resources survey and to setup also additional interface elements to let the player be able to setup a survey expedition.
After that the resource survey will be done and the hardcoded data will be removed, that's mean that for the Alpha 5 you will have to setup an expedition to be able to discover resource spots and to exploit them. No more free lunch!

Alpha 5 [0.5.5] Dev Status: Planetary Survey with Some Graphics

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Alpha 5 [0.5.5]:
expected: before the end of February/March 2013
Main To-Do-List:

!DONE! - the action popup menu will be replaced with a custom interface more stable, the current menu can freeze the interface if used in some ways.!DONE! - the Interplanetary Transit mission will be re-enabled.!DONE! - the mission cancellation will be finally completely implemented.!DONE! - the SPM memes management will be fixed (the bug that freeze FARC at March 1st). Don't worry, for now the memes management is simply disabled in the alpha 4.!DONE! - the transition for conversion/assembling/building will be fixed (some errors have been reported).!IN DEVELOPMENT! - the framework of the planetary survey system will implemented, including the resource survey.the turn-based subsystem will be implemented and will be switchable with the realtime subsystem. The design of the planetary survey system, including the survey subsystem is now 100% complete and compiled in the main document.
I have generated 5…

R.I.P. Aaron Swartz.

As an Open Source developer it's always a great loss when a defender of the freedom of the information (and co-creator of the RSS) goes away.

http://unhandled.com/2013/01/12/the-truth-about-aaron-swartzs-crime/?like=1&source=post_flair&_wpnonce=0df65f7478

http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N61/swartz.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz

Alpha 5 [0.5.5] Dev Status: Transition Phase and Planetary Survey

Alpha 5 [0.5.5]:
expected: before the end of February/March 2013
Main To-Do-List:


!DONE! - the action popup menu will be replaced with a custom interface more stable, the current menu can freeze the interface if used in some ways.!DONE! - the Interplanetary Transit mission will be re-enabled.!DONE! - the mission cancellation will be finally completely implemented.!DONE! - the SPM memes management will be fixed (the bug that freeze FARC at March 1st). Don't worry, for now the memes management is simply disabled in the alpha 4.!NEARLY DONE! - the transition for conversion/assembling/building will be fixed (some errors have been reported).!IN DEVELOPMENT! - the framework of the planetary survey system will implemented, including the resource survey.the turn-based subsystem will be implemented and will be switchable with the realtime subsystem.  The transition phase for infrastructure hasn't a bug in itself; it's more a lack of return of information. In fact, the problem trigg…

Alpha 5 [0.5.5] Feature Highlight: Planetary Survey System w/Resources Survey Subsystem

I just completed the transfer in the digital doc of all the basic rules of the planetary survey and of course in particularly the resources survey, so I will begin to implement it tomorrow.

How that thing works? Well, for reminder, from this alpha 5 the player will must set up resources survey to be able to exploit the natural resources of a region, at least those contained in the resource spots.

For reminder, again, there are two types of sources for the resources: the Direct Resources Location, or DRL, and the resources spots.

There are 7 types of DRL:

- Atmosphere: if an orbital object has an atmosphere it's possible to extract some of its gases for storage and later use in game.
- Arable Lands: if a region has a type of terrain named Arid / Fertile / Coastal Arid / Coastal Fertile with a Liquid Water hydrosphere it has arable land for direct farming.
- Edible Fauna/Flora: if an orbital object's biosphere class is Carbon-Based the fauna is edible.
- Oceanic: this DRL is avail…