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Core Council Report : 22nd November 2016 : Ships II

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:30 pm
by Mordred
Last month we introduced the various ship classes that can be found in the StariumXCV universe and talked a little about their combat capabilities. This month, we wanted to discuss the customisation options that players have at their disposal. There are a number of ways that players can add a personal touch to their fleets, including colour and design.

Ships are comprised of a number of design components (different to the strategic modules we talked about last month, those are purely combat while these are solely graphical). These components can be mixed and matched to form a unique design and also coloured however the player wishes.

As a base template, each race has a full ship design which is coloured in greyscale. Every race has a visually distinct design emphasising racial traits. Here you can see a Charian Lancer. The Charians, being very scientifically minded, have ships that reflect this with clinical shapes and a very clean look.

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Inarians, on the other hand, are very artistically minded. They detest straight lines of any kind, hence the flowing shapes that this probe embraces.

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Each ship is comprised of either 2 or 3 components which are linked together by the player to create their own unique designs.

This is a Charian heavy cruiser fully built.

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And here the same ship split apart into component parts.

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And here is a Charian Platform for comparison.

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You begin with a set number of ship designs (based on the starting race), but you can find more as you play, either unlocking the designs of other races, special components not yet discovered by the Concordium found throughout the galaxy, and even super rare pieces from ultra-powerful entities.

So, why greyscale? It's quite plain and boring? Well, we use the white and greys as they work well as a base colour. Those can then be substituted with colours of the player's choice, creating your own individual colour schemes.

Don't worry though, when you play, your ships will automatically begin coloured according to your heraldry selections, so the galaxy will not be rendered in dull shades of grey! After that, you will have the opportunity to colour them according to your own wishes. Different ships can have their own schemes, so you can have fleets as uniform or freeform as you wish.

The end result is something like this Inarian Probe.

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Higher tier vessels can looks absolutely glorious, as with this Inarian Battlecruiser.

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