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by IronCartographer
Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Ideas and Suggestions
Topic: Mod Management Improvement: Sorting mods / sort mods by activation/enabled, downloaded/last updated-time
Replies: 21
Views: 1331

Re: Mod Management Improvement

Sort currently enabled mods to the top. This can make it clear exactly what you actually have enabled at any given time. Giving it a sort arrow like we have for Name and Version would look consistent with the rest of the UI. +1 The idea was to be able to see, at a glance, what all is and is not com...
by IronCartographer
Mon Nov 02, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: News
Topic: Friday Facts #362 - Menu simulation, Spidertron, Ghost building, Confirm button
Replies: 141
Views: 49212

Re: Friday Facts #362 - Menu simulation, Spidertron, Ghost building, Confirm button

It looks like the spidertron‘s leg on the very right side is in front of the train even though it‘s standing behind the track. Or am I just seeing things? Sprite layer limitations. The legs are rendered in front of the train regardless of position, which works for the bottom two but causes the &quo...
by IronCartographer
Sun Nov 01, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Friday Facts #362 - Menu simulation, Spidertron, Ghost building, Confirm button
Replies: 141
Views: 49212

Re: Friday Facts #362 - Menu simulation, Spidertron, Ghost building, Confirm button

detecting and following progress in-game might feel more restrictive. Can you not just look at the techs researched for the most recent save? It was not a question of how, but why: Why should it be limited when the whole point is to highlight things to come, maintaining player interest and motivati...
by IronCartographer
Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: News
Topic: Friday Facts #362 - Menu simulation, Spidertron, Ghost building, Confirm button
Replies: 141
Views: 49212

Re: Friday Facts #362 - Menu simulation, Spidertron, Ghost building, Confirm button

Would be kinda cute if it progressed through the different stages of the game based on your last save file, with the first version being just some grass and a forest That's certainly a neat feature of the Half Life and Portal games. It would be fitting for Factorio if there were a campaign focus, b...
by IronCartographer
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: News
Topic: Friday Facts #362 - Menu simulation, Spidertron, Ghost building, Confirm button
Replies: 141
Views: 49212

Re: Friday Facts #362 - Menu simulation, Spidertron, Ghost building, Confirm button

Spidertron now supports copy-paste, which not only copies the color, name, and logistic requests, but even the equipment grid contents, which it takes from the player doing the operation if possible. This removes the tedium of setting up additonal Spidertrons. Any plans to make vehicles blueprintab...
by IronCartographer
Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Outdated/Not implemented
Topic: (Oversimplified, ignore please) Make chain signals the norm, and rail signals for experts
Replies: 20
Views: 2712

Re: Make chain signals the norm, and rail signals for experts

Revision is indeed in order. Admittedly I went too "pure" with the idea intending it to be simple. In testing the concept I originally used rail signals only for the start of a train stop area. Later I found it worked with entirely chain signals (working with new players and demonstrating ...
by IronCartographer
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: News
Topic: Friday Facts #361 - Train stop limit, Tips and tricks
Replies: 163
Views: 49756

Re: Friday Facts #361 - Train stop limit, Tips and tricks

I think that use of the + and - keys to lay landfill and concrete/brick in larger or smaller patches per click and with click drag would be helpful in the tips. I still find myself telling players in multiplayer about this trick on a regular basis. Coaxing players toward the hotkey menu and making ...
by IronCartographer
Fri Oct 09, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Friday Facts #361 - Train stop limit, Tips and tricks
Replies: 163
Views: 49756

Re: Friday Facts #361 - Train stop limit, Tips and tricks

You can use z to drop a single module into a machine, no need to open the UI. Huh, I didn't know that. Should maybe be a tip, then. I also didn't know about Z dropping modules into assemblers. Cool. Yeah, bonus tip right there :) This was a surprise module-specific TIL for me and gets my vote to in...
by IronCartographer
Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Friday Facts #361 - Train stop limit, Tips and tricks
Replies: 163
Views: 49756

Re: Friday Facts #361 - Train stop limit, Tips and tricks

One thing I think might synergise with the train stop limit, is giving trains the option to have a "fallback station", somewhere they only path to if all other stations are disabled or full. I've seen quite a few people talk about having depots where trains stay if they aren't needed, but...
by IronCartographer
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: News
Topic: Friday Facts #361 - Train stop limit, Tips and tricks
Replies: 163
Views: 49756

Re: Friday Facts #361 - Train stop limit, Tips and tricks

But the program didn't grey out the selection, it removed it from the menu completely, giving you no idea that it was there in the first place. ... I prefer to see an option, even if I can't use it, and I think most Factorians would too. Good point, I like the idea. In fact, the tech tree design re...
by IronCartographer
Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Ideas and Suggestions
Topic: Electric Discharge Defense trigger on melee damage
Replies: 7
Views: 2355

Re: Electric Discharge Defense trigger on melee damage

conn11 wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:21 am
knocking back the biters would be superbly useful
bobucles wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:59 pm
Even if a knockback effect proves troublesome, a stun effect would be very useful for mitigating melee damage.
The knockback and stun are implemented in 1.0; it's the auto-fire and potential acid cleaning that are concepts only.
by IronCartographer
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Outdated/Not implemented
Topic: (Oversimplified, ignore please) Make chain signals the norm, and rail signals for experts
Replies: 20
Views: 2712

(Oversimplified, ignore please) Make chain signals the norm, and rail signals for experts

TL;DR Reverse the sorting order of the two signals in the crafting/filter menus. signals.png What ? Introduce chain signals for the entire network (forcing trains to reserve the entire path) as the simple , guaranteed deadlock-free (train won't move unless it can go the whole distance) signaling me...
by IronCartographer
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Ideas and Suggestions
Topic: Electric Discharge Defense trigger on melee damage
Replies: 7
Views: 2355

Re: Electric Discharge Defense trigger on melee damage

Time to necro a 5 year old thread with a modern addition! Stun and knockback were added, but it's still a manually activated device, largely unused. Rather than melee alone, it could also be if the shields are depleted [below a threshold?], and clear any acid around the player , aiding their escape.
by IronCartographer
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Ideas and Suggestions
Topic: Blueprint Book is not enough for me
Replies: 18
Views: 3249

Re: Blueprint Book is not enough for me

Worth noting that in addition to the Update Contents button of the base game, there's this mod for editing a blueprint in a pocket dimension (alternate surface) just as the tutorials function: https://mods.factorio.com/mod/Edit-Blueprints
by IronCartographer
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Ideas and Suggestions
Topic: Hotkey to replace existing structures with blueprint
Replies: 72
Views: 17902

Re: Hotkey to replace existing structures with blueprint

Also somewhat related is some of the behavior in this mod: https://mods.factorio.com/mod/GhostBuster

I am unsure at this time whether such changes would be universally beneficial or potentially cause problems, however.
by IronCartographer
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Ideas and Suggestions
Topic: Holding repair pack = Highlight repairable entities
Replies: 1
Views: 309

Holding repair pack = Highlight repairable entities

TL;DR Health bars can be hard to see, so highlighting / making them more prominent while holding a repair pack would be a great addition. What ? health bar repair.png There's a health bar "visible" here, even with the character in the way...but you can imagine how easily this would hide w...
by IronCartographer
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Ideas and Suggestions
Topic: "Each" Signal Choice as Stack Size Control Signal
Replies: 22
Views: 3953

Re: Set filter inserter stack size based on filter signals when control signal is blank

Edit: This was posted in a different thread and merged into this one. The Each solution is an interesting concept. How would this work with multiple signals received? Taking the maximum or minimum value is costly, so there's a reason why combinators don't support it. If it only works with one signal...
by IronCartographer
Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Modding interface requests
Topic: LuaSurface.get_expansion_probability()
Replies: 0
Views: 192

LuaSurface.get_expansion_probability()

I would like a way to read the probability with which the chunk at a location is a candidate for biter expansion. While this is possible to emulate with lua, it would be much more efficient to do so using the built-in system for generating the metadata. Motivation: A mod to dynamically adjust the bi...
by IronCartographer
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Releases
Topic: Version 0.18.45
Replies: 8
Views: 31839

Re: Version 0.18.45

Inserters sound spring-loaded rather than dental scraping now, and lasers are pleasant to hear.

Good audio changes, thank you!
by IronCartographer
Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Releases
Topic: Version 0.18.37
Replies: 33
Views: 11490

Re: Version 0.18.37

Excited for these changes! Features Most of the blueprint tools manipulation in the blueprint library is part of a multiplayer latency hiding. What does this mean? It means that the blueprint UI will appear more responsive, as it can show you feedback for your action before the server responds to c...

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