B A N E wrote:
Aha, the topic is not run into the ground quite yet! I agree that in its current state, the VPNews addon seems to give a bit too much info out, especially for some races... but I think it's an interesting idea, and therefore might be convinced to try my own hand at coding something similar, only with input from the forums as to what exactly it should do, what kind of options, etc.
The idea of a *news agency* that publicizes events within the cluster
has a certain appeal and allows game watchers to get a feel for a game.
So, let's discuss:
What would be good, bad, wishlist etc...
Obviously the program if created would need to be configurable with either command line switches or separate config program.
The way it reports would then be configurable by the host, and you could say things like "The Robotic Imperium now has 100 planets" or even possibly create messages that are as detailed, or minimal as possible.
Here's 2 examples.
1st one is lots of information:
Golem Class Robotic Ship "Baltar" ID # 25
engaged and destroyed the Nebula Class
Federation Ship "Kirk is Cheesy" ID # 55
at (2111 , 2779).
2nd is minimal information:
Federstaion Ship "Kirk is Cheesy" was destroyed at (2111,2779).
3rd has the least info:
Ship Explosion detected at (2111, 2779)
or the standard in game -
Distress Call & Explosion at (2111,2779)