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[WIP] [Feedback] Ufopedia extensions / ruleset visualizer
« on: August 18, 2016, 07:25:57 pm »
I will be implementing a built-in UFOpedia extension, which should:
1. display various statistics for a player (only for already researched/unlocked stuff)
2. summarize/query rulesets for modders (in debug mode, shows all stuff)

You can imagine it as a table, which shows various objects (craft, weapons, armors, aliens, ...); one per row.
It can also show views (i.e. more complex queries) like for example "All weapons capable of inflicting stun".
The first table column will display the name of the object and all other columns will be dynamic, i.e. you will be able to select a bunch of object attributes you are interested in. Sorting will be available too. Maybe also filtering/searching.

Example:
a/ you select a view "Show all craft"
b/ and select dynamic columns, for example "crew size", "hwp count", "pilots required" and "rent cost"

...and a table will be rendered with this data.

Now the question to both players and modders: which objects/views would you be interested in the most?

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Re: Ufopedia extensions / ruleset visualizer
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2016, 07:38:54 pm »
Yay! We'll get our own RPGmaker (maybe, eventually)!

It is definitely worth displaying the following categories for comparisons:
- equippable Items
- Crafts
- soldiers' Armors - although might need more interface
- HWPs? - as armors, might need better interface
- UFOs? Not sure about that one.

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Re: Ufopedia extensions / ruleset visualizer
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2016, 07:44:53 pm »
Weapons by "class"(smg, rifle, etc) with listings for acc in each fire mode and weight.

Armor by type(outfit,armor, powered) with listings for weight, inventory size, highest armor, and vision alteration/notions.

Things like ammo dmgs and resists and stats buff/penalties would be good too but those are a much larger data set that may be difficult to render with given screen space.

Thou perhaps ammo sets listing various ammo's compared by damage type would be useful. So all chem rounds regardless of weapon, all pierce, etc

Other lists would be nice but things like crafts, Hwps, and ufo are a far smaller data set needed far less often IMO.

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Re: Ufopedia extensions / ruleset visualizer
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2016, 07:48:53 pm »
Can we have manual sorting, like with soldiers?
With this, we could easily compare two or more weapons by placing them next to each other.

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Re: Ufopedia extensions / ruleset visualizer
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2016, 02:56:04 pm »
Would it be possible to have it output to a text file?  I feel like this would be a useful tool for editing the wiki.

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Re: Ufopedia extensions / ruleset visualizer
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2016, 03:29:49 pm »
Would it be possible to have it output to a text file?  I feel like this would be a useful tool for editing the wiki.

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Re: Ufopedia extensions / ruleset visualizer
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2016, 07:30:32 pm »
Would it be possible to have it output to a text file?  I feel like this would be a useful tool for editing the wiki.

Yes, but you would be able to export only a few columns at a time... nothing as comprehensive as on the wiki... there's only so much space on 320x200 screen :)

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Re: Ufopedia extensions / ruleset visualizer
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2016, 07:54:15 pm »
Those few columns would still be useful - the text files could be concatenated later.