2018-12-11 05:56 EST

View Revisions: Issue #945

Summary 0000945: Non-Leader Docked Craft Attempt Maneuvers
Revision 2012-06-30 23:25 by Goober5000
Description If you dock one or more fighter craft to a larger ship, regardless of the fact that the larger ship is the dock leader, the smaller craft will still attempt to loiter, or engage nearby hostiles, causing the larger craft to spin about. If there are more than one small fighter docked to the large craft, it will also cause a degree of jerkiness to the spinning, since there are multiple fighters trying to maneuver the ship. The only way to avoid this is to give every ship except the dock leader, orders to play dead. If a wing is docked in this manner, the individual fighters in the wing must be given such an order, rather than the wing as a whole.

Unfortunately, this behaviour has been somewhat present since Retail, and I'm certain that one or more campaigns have taken advantage of it for comedic effect. Therefore, the best way I can see to preserve backwards compatibility would be to add a checkbox either in the docking controls or in the ship flags, that causes the ship to be inactive while docked, which includes engines and weapons primarily, though perhaps not turrets. Not sure if this should be engaged by default for any new missions created with a such-enabled FRED, so that when a designer docks 2 or more objects together, any object not deemed as the dock leader, automatically has this checkbox enabled. Missions previously created and loaded either in FRED or in FS, will default to the previous behaviour.
Revision 2012-06-30 23:25 by Goober5000
Description If you dock one or more fighter craft to a larger ship, regardless of the fact that the larger ship is the dock leader, the smaller craft will still attempt to loiter, or engage nearby hostiles, causing the larger craft to spin about. If there are more than one small fighter docked to the large craft, it will also cause a degree of jerkyness to the spinning, since there are multiple fighters trying to maneuver the ship. The only way to avoid this is to give every ship except the dock leader, orders to play dead. If a wing is docked in this manner, the individual fighters in the wing must be given such an order, rather than the wing as a whole.

Unfortunately, this behaviour has been somewhat present since Retail, and I'm certain that one or more campaigns have taken advantage of it for commedic effect. Therefore, the best way I can see to preserve backwards compatability would be to add a checkbox either in the docking controls or in the ship flags, that causes the ship to be inactive while docked, which includes engines and weapons primarily, though perhaps not turrets. Not sure if this should be engaged by default for any new missions created with a such-enabled FRED, so that when a designer docks 2 or more objects together, any object not deemed as the dock leader, automatically has this checkbox enabled. Missions previously created and loaded either in FRED or in FS, will default to the previous behaviour.