Re: [nbos] [AS] Suggestions for AS 2.1
Sam Orton
Wed Oct 3rd, 2007

If figuring out the multiple planet and multiple star orbits is at
least as complicated as processing seismic volumes into a reasonable
display, then I don't want AS to do that. The geology programs can
take hours to run a set of calculations if you're not very, very, very
careful what you ask them to do. The more complicated and detailed
models and extrapolations and animations only take days to compute (I
remember my father running a set of calculations that took over a
month so days is good.) This is why I only want a general
approximation of plate techtonics in a fractal program, but that's an
entirely different argument. The question becomes, are the algorithms
to get the visual display that is being requested so complicated that
the time it takes to get the display makes it not worth the effort?
Sorry, I can't see gamers waiting an hour for the display to load!
Me neither. Again, I think people are taking me for asking more than I am. I actually hadn't stopped to think about the random generator having to deal with all of this. I was hoping for a place where I could define the orbital elements myself, just as there is in the properties window of planets and moons. Yeah, okay, so the random generator won't generate multiple system orbits for me, I'll have to do it myself. If I give it an unstable one, that's on me. And unless I can give it some whoooeee orbital elements, I'm never gonna see it display that 'figure eight' orbit I saw here:

Big deal, I can live with that. I can live with it just as it is, I like AS. What I was seeing if it was feasible was showing the exact same system display it shows now... but with the option to show revolution around an empty system center of mass, rather than necessarily a stellar body of some sort.

I thought I had it pegged too.... but dammit, somebody went and did the math on me!



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