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Thrust vs. Top Speed

Command a squadron of spaceships

Thrust vs. Top Speed

Postby Zephyr » Mon Apr 24, 2006 2:21 pm

I've just realised that there's something in CM that doesn't seem to make sense to me - the top speed of ships. I'm no physicist, so bear with me, but "thrust" in the game seems to just refer to acceleration, and has no effect on top speed. More weight = less thrust, more engines = more thrust, obviously, but where does top speed come into this? All ships seen to have the same maximum speed, regardless of their thrust rating. A CM figher might take 3 or 4 turns to reach its max speed, and a bomber might take 6 or 7 turns, but they both end up going at the same speed. Surely the fighter would have the capacity to reach a higher top speed as it has more thrust...? Or does space not work like that because it's space? In real life, a small-engined car with low "thrust" has a much lower top speed than a large-engined one.

Also, I've just screwed up in the CMT designs manager and somehow managed to delete the Water Tanker :-) Could someone please use theirs to change it from a built-in to a custom and stick it on their website so I can download it? Thanks!
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Postby Sean OConnor » Mon Apr 24, 2006 5:09 pm

Yeah, the physics is all wrong - but then it's a 2D battle anyway and it ought to be 3D!
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Postby Zephyr » Mon Apr 24, 2006 5:35 pm

:lol:
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Postby TheKangaroo » Mon Apr 24, 2006 6:34 pm

Actually that's not wrong. Concerning cars this works out since the engine has to compensate for friction (the tires rolling make the car get slower, as well as air hitting the car head on), while in space there is (virtually) no friction theoretically limiting speed only to the speed of light. Though I don't think light speed would be very practicable the amount of thrust doesn't actually determine a top-speed of a spacecraft.
Besides I like this the way it is... :wink:
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Postby ima_gnu » Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:20 am

I think a fighter should be able to nearly match the speed of a dark blue missile - the name if which is evading me, having just gotten home form a 14 hour day of....construction! w0rd. But yeah. I think I should be allowed to run straight away from a missile and have it nearly not catch me. Or have a once-per-20-turn nos button. So you can have like...three turns of super-duper high speed. Actually, I'm just throwing out ideas cuz I'm tired, but feel free to read them! Actually, you already have! w00t.
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Postby Zephyr » Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:13 am

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Postby TheKangaroo » Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:45 am

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Postby Lukov » Thu Apr 27, 2006 3:33 am

Me too.
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Postby Zephyr » Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:26 am

Maybe missiles with larger warheads should be heavier...?
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Postby BoxZone_Author » Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:03 am

Sean has decided to make all the missiles the same weight.
The heavier damage ones either have no maneuvering capability or are very slow.
The fast, high maneuver ones have less room for warhead.

Maneuverability and acceleration of your ship are dependent on it's weight and the number of thrusters you put on it.

So you can have some "very big" fighters (that tend not to be built in air combat).
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