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Caldari Provisions
Posted - 2003.07.05 04:23:00 - [1]

The biggest weakness of Drones currently IMHO is their cumbersome interface. The current state of affairs requires you to right-click then chose launch on each and every drone. This makes them unwieldy at best and in the case of PvP, more dangerous to the user than their opponent unless they are already deployed. This problem becomes even worse in the presence of lag. The following modifications would make Drones a viable PvP/Training route:

1) A Select All + Launch option. Currently if you select all drones in your bay, you do not have the option to select launch. Queing them up so they launch 1 at a time is fine, but having to manually launch each in PvP is dangerously distracting and even a practiced hand will waste valuable time getting their drones deployed when they have been attacked while travelling for example.

2) A keyboard option to order Drones to 'attack'. This would be issued to only those drones highlighted in the Drone interface screen after they have been launched.
3) A keyboard option to command drones to 'Return and Orbit', This would be issued to only those drones highlighted in the Drone interface screen after they have been launched.
4) As an alternative to (and preferred over) suggestion #1, have a keyboard option to launch Drones. This would launch sequentially the drones from your Drone Bay to space until your maximum has been reached.

The Scope
Posted - 2003.07.05 11:18:00 - [2]

I love your suggestions.
As a Thorax pilot those suggestions whould really help.

Posted - 2003.07.05 12:01:00 - [3]

I'd also like to see the drone interface simplified and made more like the gun interface.

The only time I lose drones atm is if they end up on a different target from my guns - typically because my gun target is destroyed, and an enemy ship fires at me before I open fire on the next target. It seems the drones will sometimes stay on the ship that fired at me rather than switching, and it can be difficult to pick this up. Ideally, I'd like to see an icon indicating drones attacking a ship like I get an icon for each gun attacking a ship. An icon for each drone would be horrendous for a Thorax pilot, so just an icon for 'some drones' would be fine.

Knights of Shadows
Posted - 2003.07.05 13:57:00 - [4]

Also, for fun, some kind of 'drones-eye-view' would be neat, though probably CPU intensive to implement.

For that matter, missile-eye-view would be cool too.

Ah well. :)

I just recently heard onthese forums that drones will auto-attack any target that's attacking me. Tested it out, it works. Now I love drones!

Max Cohen
Miners Of Moria
Posted - 2003.07.05 17:54:00 - [5]

Yeah clicking 20+ times to launch all drones is pretty stupid. They need to have a scramble button next to auto pilot and the scanner that launches all your drones.

Posted - 2003.07.05 20:51:00 - [6]

I can select all drones in my drone bay now then right click on one of them then launch which will launch all selected drones at once. They must have implemnted/fixed that with the current patch.

Khumala Inc.
Posted - 2003.07.06 00:32:00 - [7]

You peeps know there is a 'select all' option in the right click menu of the drone bay... Same for the Drone window...

My 1p


Raj Whitehall
Posted - 2003.07.07 18:01:00 - [8]

ya know really we need the pirates and drones to have different icons.
when in a mining pack and each persons has 3-5 drones either mining or patroling and a pirate comes along mistakes can cost you your ship and many drones. since ya know the pirate is there ya just can't find him thru 30 drones to get that lock on him. and sometimes your own combat drones revert to dumb mode and don't attack the intruder.
just my extras to this thread (8

Caldari Provisions
Posted - 2003.07.08 12:46:00 - [9]

Just wanted to follow up on this thread. The patch this last day or so now allows for the 'Launch' option to be used with select all!

(To clarify for our reading impaired friend several replies up, when you selected all in your drone bay, you lost access to the Launch dialog).

This made me extremelly happy ;-) I really would like to see keyboard commands bindable next for Drone control, but I am definately content that the worst of the Drone problems was addressed.

Regarding the Drones icon on your current targets ... That is a great idea! I have experienced the same problem. I don't even think 8-10 individual icons would be all that bad, it already handles 5-8 turrents just fine on a single target.

Edited by: Praetorion on 08/07/2003 12:50:27

Posted - 2003.07.08 13:09:00 - [10]

You can also hold the ctrl key and click the specific drones you want to launch then when highlighted click launch and those will launch. I use it to launch 4 wasps and 3 harvesters while mining.


BlackSun Enterprises
Posted - 2003.07.08 13:49:00 - [11]

I may well have missed it, but is there a command for drones to Defend?
If I get attacked, and I have a hoard of drones in orbit around me, they sit there. Can they be set to attack the first thing that hits me?

Imperial Shipment
Posted - 2003.07.09 10:57:00 - [12]

or rather than waiting to be hit, how bout the drones attack if the drone commander gets locked on.

Star Incorporated
Posted - 2003.07.09 12:55:00 - [13]

hmm i would like the possibility to make shortcut drone group selection like pressing "1" to select my drone group defined by manually selecting drones and then pressing Cntl+"1", like in most strategy games. Would make the handling of drones (eg mining grp and combat grp) much more simpler. Even you could show a little icon at the target like group one attacking/mining this target.

Edited by: Starfire on 09/07/2003 12:58:09


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