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SpaceEngine Mini games
H2BroDate: Thursday, 13.09.2012, 18:01 | Message # 1
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I recently started trying this "mini game" as you might call it, thought others may enjoy and have some of their own to share.

I might call it "Orbital entry and docking" and it goes like this.

Grab a spaceship, place it in a medium-ish orbit around a planet so 1st cosmic velocity is around 6-10 km/s. Then, grab another space ship and teleport it to near the Sun of that system. Accelerate to sublight velocities on an intercept with the planet, speed up time, then as you arrive do the best possible to actually make it enter orbit (without using stop motion etc).

Now the challenge is to sync up your orbit with the already orbiting spacecraft. SE does a good job of displaying the other orbiting craft, from a distance it looks like a fast moving star and as you approach it resolves into detail with a hazy glow around it.

It's trickier than it sounds, especially without using stop movement and trying to use as little thrust as possible. Orbital mechanics are mathematically straightforward but practically tricky!

What kind of activities / games have you guys thought up? Love to hear em.
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h2bro





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Edited by H2Bro - Thursday, 13.09.2012, 18:04
 
RobbieDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 06:50 | Message # 2
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smile It's nice to see members being creative with SE in its current incarnation, even though the engine is far from being a game yet.

SpaceEngineer did a mini game on "How to find Earth manually" using known celestial objects as a visual guide reference. That was a fun mini game for members. smile

Over a year ago I created an abstract mini game --mainly for my own enjoyment-- using a hypothetical jump- and warp-drive as a travel mechanic to fly back to Earth - this was long before any SE ships were included. smile

It'd be interesting to see what other creative "game" ideas members can explore here using the engine in its current form.





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CyberItalianDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 12:44 | Message # 3
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I don't do mini-games myself in SE.

But, well, i don't find myself rather comfy with the current spaceship controls (i admit that i don't use them much often, tho, so my ability with them is limited).

I pass my time in SE mainly looking for terras with life to make screenshoots out of (got the screenies folder in my SE folder full of screenshoots that i use as my desktop background), and some are so particular that when i make them i find it relaxing, somehow.

Looking forward to read some interesting mini-games in this thread :P
 
SalvoDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 13:15 | Message # 4
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Sometimes when i'm bored i take a random system and i edit it to make it very very strange, like a terra with 20000 km of radius, or (into SE files) I create stars or strange systems biggrin




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(still don't know why everyone is doing this...)


Edited by Salvo - Saturday, 15.09.2012, 13:15
 
AerospacefagDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 21:02 | Message # 5
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My favorite minigame in SE is finding any colliding objects in the universe.
Since the beginning of times, I've found only one such instance. biggrin


Edited by Aerospacefag - Saturday, 15.09.2012, 21:03
 
H2BroDate: Sunday, 16.09.2012, 12:17 | Message # 6
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The spaceship controls took a while for me to get used to as well, but with the numpad (and discovering the R and F buttons, lol) it's fairly intuitive now. Practice practice!

I like doing 'grand tours' of solar systems, starting at the star, moving outwards, doing a couple orbits around each planet and waiting for the right 'launch window' i.e. when the next furthest out planet is lined up, I reach escape velocity on off ya go.

What I enjoy about this is taking lots of photos along the way. Later you can run through them and its kind of a slideshow, 'now approaching mercury, orbit mercury, heading towards venus, approaching venus,' etc.





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