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Informing about unconnected oil derricks

Posted: 29 Jan 2018, 21:04
by Forgon
On maps with many oil derricks it is difficult to assess whether enough power generators have been built.

A player must count oil derricks and power generators to check whether enough of the latter exist. After losing a power generator when the number of oil derricks is not divisible by 4, a player may also have to cycle through power generators to find out how much power capacity has been lost (unless he has a good memory).

I propose to instead inform a player directly about both oil derrick quantity and power generator capacity. This information should be easy to access without being too intrusive. You can help me to find a good solution.

There are 4 locations where such information could be displayed, as shown in the picture below:
  • 0: info messages could inform about a shortage of power generators, but are my least preferred option: They are short-lived and already notify about many other events, such as unit losses.
  • 1: console messages could print the information when clicking on a power generator, or, alternatively, the HQ.
  • 2: the status area could print an updated count of both oil derricks and power generator capacity.
  • 3: the power bar might be enhanced, e.g. by printing red barrels following yellow barrels to indicate how much power potential is wasted.
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screenshot highlighting possible locations for oil derrick status information
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Re: Informing about unconnected oil derricks

Posted: 30 Jan 2018, 00:38
by Per
I like option 4 (number 3 in image).

Re: Informing about unconnected oil derricks

Posted: 30 Jan 2018, 00:41
by alfred007
Per wrote:I like option 4 (number 3 in image).
Me too

Re: Informing about unconnected oil derricks

Posted: 30 Jan 2018, 05:40
by Prot
Last option sounds good

Re: Informing about unconnected oil derricks

Posted: 02 Feb 2018, 22:50
by Tzeentch
option 3, as that is what you are thinking about when you are looking at oil. I usually count by power gens.