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== New Requests ==
== New Requests ==
=== sliding movements for submodel animations ===
just like a telescope extending. perhaps a +slide direction: x, y, z, and +slide distance: (in meters) added to the animation code.
:*'''Supported By:''' several anonymous comunity members
=== Toggleable subsystems ===
=== Toggleable subsystems ===

Revision as of 13:15, 20 June 2007

This page is primarily to serve as a database for feature requests for the Source Code Project.

New Requests

sliding movements for submodel animations

just like a telescope extending. perhaps a +slide direction: x, y, z, and +slide distance: (in meters) added to the animation code.

  • Supported By: several anonymous comunity members

Toggleable subsystems

Support for subsystems that can be turned on and off (ie when 'off', act as though they never existed - are untargetable, leave behind no damage LOD, do not take damage, cannot be collided with, etc.) This would be useful for ships where someone might want to remove or swap a subsystem (ie fighter cockpits could have Terran and Vasudan versions). The ability to do this with turrets too would be great.

  • Supported By: Shadows of Lylat, Twisted Infinities, Fringespace, The Sagitta Project

Limited Sensor Range For Non-Primitive Sensors


  • Supported By: Starforce


Just like asteroid fields, only they're mines, and they explode violently instead of burning up.

  • Supported By: Starforce

Ship headlights

Ship headlights/floodlights that actually cast light on objects.

  • Supported By: Starforce

Maximum asteroid number increase

From 256 to 1024+ (possibly use depth culling to reduce rendering load).

  • Supported By: Starforce

Gatling Turrets

Support for Gatling gun turrets, which work same as a regular multipart turret but has an extra subobject (child of the barel) that rotates while the turret is firing.

  • Supported By: Nukemod - Children of Shiva, The Sagitta Project

Submodel Animation Triggers & Upgrades

Trigger Requests:

  • Subspace - Performs animation on entrance to supspace, and undoes when a ship comes out of subspace, and acts as a initial position if the "mission takes place in subspace" flag is set.
  • Weapon Fire - Performs animation when weapon is fired and undoes it before the weapon can fire again.
  • Sexp - Animation triggered by sexp.
  • Flight Control - Triggered by the the activation, toggle or motion of a particular flight control.

Requested Upgrades:

  • Support for "model-relative" movement in addition to "current submodel position-relative" movement that already exists.
  • Incremental movement - moves a submodel to the position indicated, but does not undo the motion.
  • Glowpoint linking - Make it possible to activate/deactivate/toggel a certain bank/slot of glowpoint(s).
  • Counter-rotate option - allow an object to inherit its parent's motion while counter-rotating, usefull for translation effect.
  • Increase heirarchy depth instance limit to at least 10 levels of heirarchy.
  • Simple linked animation support - Support for animations liked with flight controls and other variable setting ship controls, usefull for making animated cockpit controls, control surfaces, and thrust vectoring nozzels.

3D Muzzle Flashes

Support for pof based 3d muzzel flashes. perhaps also add variables for scale factor and fade speed.

  • Supported By: Nukemod - Children of Shiva

Arrays and Other Collections

Support for FRED using arrays or other collections (or both) in a similar fashion to variables as there is currently no way to directly associate two variables with each other. Obviously some way to search the collection for a certain value would be needed.

Warping Without Vortex

Adds another checkbox to the arrival and departure cues for ships and wings, to disable rendering of the warp vortex, but will preserve all other aspescts of conventional warping, such as the arrival/departure speeds and deceleration/accelleration. Current option to disable warp rendering, will cause ship to appear and disappear without movement.

Convergence Firing

Also called "X-Firing", allows a weapon to have secondary source effects so that a weapon can appear to gain a charge boost from converging fire from other sources on the model. Could be either a beam or a standard primary. Would require additional data in the weapon table entry, for effects to be used and timing of the secondary prior to the main firing sequence, as well as data on the turret entry in the ships table, indicating co-ords for where the secondary effects will originate, and the number of secondary sources.

Adjustable Weapon Convergence

Add an ability in-game to adjust the distance from the firing points where a fighter/bomber's weapons will converge on a specific point, in distance from the ship (i.e. 100 m, 300 m, etc).

Cinematic Controls

Add in a large number of commands in FRED to make in-mission cut scenes easier to do and with more exact control. The full list is as follows:

  • FirePrimary (Ship) (# seconds)
  • FireSecondary (Ship) (# times)
  • FireCM (Ship) (# times)
  • FireTurret (Ship) (Turret) (Target <co-ords or ship>) (# times)
  • MoveRotation (Ship) (Degrees)
  • MoveSmoothFP (Ship) (Waypoint)
  • IgnoreAllButOrders (Ship)
  • UseAfterburner (Ship) (# seconds)
  • ForwardShields (Ship) (# Times)
  • RightShields (Ship) (# Times)
  • RearShields (Ship) (# Times)
  • LeftShields (Ship) (# Times)
  • TogglePrimaryB1 (Ship)
  • TogglePrimaryB2 (Ship)
  • ToggleSecondaryB1 (Ship)
  • ToggleSecondaryB2 (Ship)
  • ToggleSecondaryB3 (Ship)
  • SetDoublePrimary (Ship)
  • SetDoubleSecondary (Ship) (Bank)
  • CounterDestroysMissile (Target Ship) (Firing Ship)
  • Supported By: The Sagitta Project

In Progress

Customizable ship types

Add a new table (or an addendum to ships.tbl) that would allow modders to turn on and off individual aspects of ship types, as well as define new ones. Type should be settable in the $Flags: variable, just as it is now, and the :V: defaults should be integrated so that they may be overriden by mods.

Partially Complete

Side Multipart Turrets

Support for fully rotating turrets on the sides of ships.

Implemented. See Bobboau's Turret Build However, changes have since been put on hiatus due to code incompatibilites, in both stable and HEAD builds.


Flak Screen

Ability to set detonation range/time for flak shots so that flak weapons could fire at approaching ships beyond their 'detonation range' thus generating a flak screen in front of the approaching ships with the flak explosions. Preferably with little variance in the exact detonation time as there is always a little variance in normal flak explosions. Beams already support this sort of firing with +range: option.
Wanderer 10:56, 9 Dec 2005 (GMT)

  • Supported By: The Apocalypse Project

Submodel Animation Triggers & Upgrades

  • Afterburners - Performs animation when afterburners are used and undoes the anumation when they go off.
  • Turret Fire - Performs animation when a particular turret is fired and undoes it before the turret can fire again.

Muzzle Flashes and Turrets

Extented support for muzzle flashes so that all turreted weapons could use the muzzle flashes.