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Selectable aircraft code numbers

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Type of improvement:  Gameplay

 

Explanation of proposals:

 

The ability to choose an aircraft code number and have it placed on your aircraft skin (and the game always remembers what number you use)

 

Currently a large squadron flying together cannot visually see who is who.   The only way to allow this for a  squad with 10 players is to build 10 custom skins and even though you can use one base skin and just add numbers, it is still time consuming merging the numbers in properly ( I know, I have just had to do 12 ) and this still only gives you one model of aircraft with either a Summer or Winter skin. They then all need to be loaded into every squad members directory.  We need to see who is who on all models whatever the base skin pattern.  In a certain (ex?) rival sim not unconnected to IC we have that ability and even non squad members can see what code is on your aircraft without everyone needing to load hundreds of skins.    If someone makes their own custom skin where the place you put your number is wrong for their paint job or overwrites their own hard-coded code then that is their lookout. Allow them to turn your code off.

 

Even allowing a squad symbol to be placed on the nose or tail would help us know we are looking at a fellow squad member, or a selection of coloured tail stripes.  

 

Benefits:

 

The ability for squads to know visually which squad member they are looking at as they would have in real life.

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Good suggestion. This would really make things easier for squads to participate in multiplayer missions in a coordinated way.

 

It also lets non-affiliated pilots quickly identify their aircraft to others.

 

A blank-paint-scheme, plus a selectable tail number (or even fuselage number) would be great.

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The problem is, that the game engine was never designed for decal graphics. We have to remember, that the devs didn't actually build the Digital Nature engine, they enherited it from Neoqb, when they took over Rise of Flight shortly after that sim launched.

 

Rise of Flight was never built with decals for the planes in mind, and we know from previous statements by Han and Jason, that working this tech into the engine is incredibly difficult, if not impossible, even if the team actually prioritized to do it.

 

Still, the devs are achieving the impossible on a daily basis, so we shouldn't rule something like this out. Just keep in mind, that this isn't something the devs just didn't think about, and it is not their design choice not to have it in the sim.

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A somewhat clumsy solution might be to add official skins that have different numbers and then have an additional selection under each official skin to select the number.

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A somewhat clumsy solution might be to add official skins that have different numbers and then have an additional selection under each official skin to select the number.

 

It would work, and it is basically what I have had to do using custom skins,  but then for a selection of 12 numbers you are multiplying the disk space, ram space and loading times by 12 as well.  With the average server probably having at least 10 available aircraft and and 6 skins for each that is a lot of Mb.  A 4k skin takes over 20Mb so if we assume a built in skin only takes 10Mb that is 7.2Gb!   If that has to be held in RAM in case you meet someone with one of those skins then it would mean most of us cannot run the game.     

 

OTOH If they can attach 'damage' decals to a plane mid battle then surely attaching two numbers to an unnumbered skin from spawn onwards must be possible.  Instead of 'This plane has been hit in the wing by a cannon shell so add a decal of a hole in the wing in this place that everyone can see from now onwards',  you say at spawn time 'The player has requested that this plane be number 12 so add a decal of a 12 in these two places that everyone can see from now onwards'.   No radical change to the code or graphics is needed.  Just copy and re-purpose the existing damage code.  You don't really even need to copy and adapt the damage code,  just keep the existing damage code and add a new set of decals and say 'When this plane spawns it is immediately hit in these two places by a hidden 'Mk.12 Splat Gun' and the damage decal for a Mk.12 splat gun looks like a '12' :-)

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It would work, and it is basically what I have had to do using custom skins, but then for a selection of 12 numbers you are multiplying the disk space, ram space and loading times by 12 as well. With the average server probably having at least 10 available aircraft and and 6 skins for each that is a lot of Mb. A 4k skin takes over 20Mb so if we assume a built in skin only takes 10Mb that is 7.2Gb! If that has to be held in RAM in case you meet someone with one of those skins then it would mean most of us cannot run the game.

 

OTOH If they can attach 'damage' decals to a plane mid battle then surely attaching two numbers to an unnumbered skin from spawn onwards must be possible. Instead of 'This plane has been hit in the wing by a cannon shell so add a decal of a hole in the wing in this place that everyone can see from now onwards', you say at spawn time 'The player has requested that this plane be number 12 so add a decal of a 12 in these two places that everyone can see from now onwards'. No radical change to the code or graphics is needed. Just copy and re-purpose the existing damage code. You don't really even need to copy and adapt the damage code, just keep the existing damage code and add a new set of decals and say 'When this plane spawns it is immediately hit in these two places by a hidden 'Mk.12 Splat Gun' and the damage decal for a Mk.12 splat gun looks like a '12' :-)

That's a really interesting point about damage decals. I wonder if that's occurred to them... that's the kind of stuff a coworker suggests at work at you face palm because it seems so obvious after the fact. I wouldn't hold my breath, but maybe you've stumbled upon the key to this problem.

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