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How to make a distant base?

posted Mar 01, 2012 04:20:54 by Cmdr.Brandr
Okay I am trying my hand at creating a script and I would like to have a distant station AKA "back on earth" that will show up on the comms list but not on science, mainscreen or anything else. Is there a way to generate a station that is effectively off of the map?

I have been considering just giving the station coordinates outside of the map area in the create statement but am afraid that might crash the engine. Any thoughts?
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CaptainZach said Mar 01, 2012 17:14:52
So, you just need a name to show up on the comms list? Like,"Incoming Message: Earth HQ" or something? As far as I the "from" variable is just a text string, like this:

<incoming_comms_text from="Earth HQ">
Artemis, we're deploying additional reinforcements.
Expect them in 5 standard minutes.
</incoming_comms_text>

You don't need "Earth HQ" to be an object on the map, Earth HQ is just a name in the from field.
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Cmdr.Brandr said Mar 01, 2012 18:59:24
For incoming comms I can do that. I was wanting to have "Earth HQ" show up as a target for the comms officer to send messages too. I wanted to use those to advance the script in a couple of places based on external events to Artemis. Basically, I was going to use the 'status query' communication as a coded message back to base.
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CaptainZach said Mar 01, 2012 19:14:12
I experimented a little bit with your concept, but it's not working so far. I created a station, and then tried giving it negative x and z values, but that only puts it at the upper-right corner (maps apparently treat x=0,z=0 as the upper right). I gave the station a y value, but it still appears on the map (albeit unreachable by anything). There doesn't seem to be a way to hide the station, since it's friendly.
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edmundrw said Mar 02, 2012 15:31:32
Couldn't you change the model to be something really small and black and then put it at x=0 z=0? Or would that change all station models to small black dots?
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