- Name: Map Ping
- Latest Release: v1.0.4, March 13, 2018
- Factorio Version: 0.16.29
- License: MIT License
- Author: Supercheese
- Github: https://github.com/Suprcheese/Map-Ping
This tool allows you to highlight a location on the map that will be visible to other players. Clicking with the tool will "ping" the selected location to players of your force.
A distinctive sound will play and a swirling graphic will be visible on the field and a custom marker, complete with blinking pointer, will be visible on the minimap.
A custom alert will also be shown next to your toolbelt, similar to the alerts for destroyed structures.
You can also Shift+Click with the ping tool to enter Selection Display Mode. This will draw an arrow pointing towards any entity you hover your cursor over, and this arrow will be visible to all players on your team.
You exit Selection Display Mode simply by changing your held item (e.g. pressing Q by default). Only one player can be in Selection Display Mode at a time.
In order to prevent abuse in an MP environment, whenever an admin selects the Map Ping Tool, an admin GUI will open that allows them to toggle permissions for all players in the game.
If players are abusing the ping tool, they can be easily banned from using it. The default permission for new players that join follows the state of the "Toggle All" checkbox; if the box is unchecked, new players will be banned by default.
Suggestions & Feedback:
Naturally, this is a multiplayer-oriented mod, and while functional in singleplayer, is of essentially no benefit there.
If you know of any other cool "ping" sounds or graphics out there with an open license, I welcome suggestions. Currently, the mod randomly chooses between three ping sounds each time the ping tool is used, and there is only one spinning ping-graphic used (as seen at the top of the thread).