11/25/2013 - Weapons Systems Update
Ok so I took all of the ideas I got, and tried my best to strip out "variables" out of them, like scaling, amount of fire, duration, angle, etc. Wit this I was able to go about laying the ground work for procedurally generated weapons. The following images are not polished, But do show a bit of the direction I am taking. Backers will be able to play the little demo that generated this images as well.
What they will find when they open the EXE up is the bootup logo, a small intro and then it jumps in to the screen as shown below. The bottom 4 buttons switch between directed beam, Energy field, Wave beam and finally particle cannon. The roll button effects the current value of variables shown as meters. Each variation effects the weapons output. It's early on but the results so far are promising.
Particle field example 1
Particle field example 2
My thinking on implementation is that you do a "roll", and it generates a random weapon system based on a total value pool that is partially determined by your races stats. Then I would provide the player the ability to manipulate it by moving some of the points around. Also note that not shown are some variables that will be generated based on the overall settings of the weapon, things like Weapon strength, shield and hull damage modifiers and recharge time.
So take a look at the screens and if any thoughts come to mind please share, the last bit of brainstorming really helped me here. And I look forward to see where this goes. If we hit our first stretch goal, then this prototyping can be polished and moved into the game.
Laser cannon fire
Cutting type beams
Wave cannon example
Particle cannon example