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This version features a whole new shield system, as well as an improved chat.

Posted by schema on Dec 13th, 2012

Hello and welcome to StarMade,

In this update, the shields have been completely redesigned, and the chat has gotten a lot more comfortable to use.

Shield System

The Spherical shield system has been replaced with a "skin" shield system, which can be understand as a layer on your ship. Every shield module on your ship (independent from its position) will now provide for that one shield.
The capacity and recharge rate depends on the amount of shield modules on the this.

But be warned: shields now have a constant pretty high power consumption. Once, the shields on a ship have been taken out (the more red, the impact, the less hp are left on the shield), the shield goes into a 10 second recover period, until it starts recharging again. That 10 seconds are reset every time the ship has been hit while its in recovery state.

The system is still not completed. Here is a list of things that will be added in the future:

  • The player will be able to regulate (in %) how much power is transferred to the shields
  • There will be greater detail in shield distribution (regions of a ship)
  • The player will be forced to build shield generators on the outer hull (or near to it)

The shields (if present) are also now indicated in the action bar on the bottom.

Furthermore the implementation of the new shield shader open a whole new array of possibilities for more graphical effects .

New Chat Features

The chat got some new features.

  • Dynamic line breaking will make sure that the text never reaches to far into the screen.
  • A scrollable backlog lets the player read up on past messages.
  • Message flashing and fading out.
  • Private Messages: Players can now talk privately with /pm playername message.

User Created Ships and Space Stations

Our players are building amazing structures. Here are a few of them:

Space Station in Orbit
A Space Station in Orbit
(by canadianchuck)

Star Craft Terran Battle Cruiser

Battle Cruiser Operational
(made by hellopppp)

Planet Cutter
The Planet Cutter (giant harvester)
(made by Skyclad)

Still in queue

More stuff is still in queue, a new player model, custom skins, a database upgrade for 85% less size and faster loading, a docking system upgrade, a physics performance upgrade, a block manufacturing system, and much more

Thanks for playing StarMade,
- schema

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simonheartscake Dec 17 2012 says:

looks cool, tracking :)

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honkadonku1355894920 Dec 19 2012 says:

So cool on so many levels... Keep it up, I can't wait for a final release! :)

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turtleman101 Dec 20 2012 says:


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NakedFury Dec 28 2012 replied:


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schema Dec 28 2012 replied:

Yes, there will always be a free to play version

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