PARA-SCI JUMP DRIVE [WIP]
(Better name STILL in the works)
[Spoiler: Long Intro Blurb]
So, jump drives. The whole idea of warp and teleporting mods. We've all gone down the same train of thought by now and obviously the terms "OP" and "cheat" have shown up in there, so I'm not gonna pretend I'm not wading through that territory.
BUT! This isn't a complete game-breaking hack, nor was it ever meant to be. As I've played KSP, I've found that setting up colonies is a tedious job. Not only do I have to launch the base (and if it's on another planet, do the whole transfer window dance and wait 6 months while my poor Kerbals twiddle their thumbs), I have to expand and maintain it, which means running a series of missions, every single one of which will have to do the aforementioned transfer window dance. In summary, the stock game doesn't provide much incentive for setting up permanent outposts.
I could of course download a bunch of mods and mine for resources and build stuff, etc. etc. on the base, but in general I don't like changing the game mechanics too much via mods. I don't use a lot of mods myself, and the ones I do have are relatively minor.
Man this introduction is getting long. ANYWAY. I made a jump drive, but the unique feature of this thing is that to jump anywhere you have to have already been there and left something for the drive to target. With this plugin, there should be an incentive to set up outposts and a way to semi-easily get stuff out to them, e.g. more Kerbals, fuel, replacement rovers for the ones you crashed, etc.
DOWNLOAD (WITH SOURCE) (I haven't set up Curse yet): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/.../JumpDrive.zip
Installation should be the same as with any other mod.
First, make sure there is a jump beacon somewhere in space:
- Launch a ship that includes a jump beacon part, e.g. the G-02 Cynotsosural Field Generator. Note that it will require a very large amount of electric charge!
- Once in a stable orbit, right-click the beacon and select "Activate" to activate the beacon.
The Jump Drive is activated via an action group or a context menu in flight.
After clicking "Activate", select a target from the list of beacons that appears, and the drive will start to charge.
When it has reached a full jump charge, it will teleport your ship to a location near the target vessel.
Before the jump completes, you can cancel it at any time using the "Cancel" button in the part's context menu.
The mod still being in development, this thread is for feedback and suggestions! Tell me what you guys think. As far as I know there aren't any other up-to-date jump drives out (unless you count HyperEdit), but let me know if anyone else is working on something like this.
Planned future features include [functional] surface-based receiving pads and an "advanced" beacon ring that can precisely position incoming ships where they can be easily docked (good for wrangling asteroids).
UPDATE: New models, textures, animations, and now SOUND EFFECTS!!!!1!!!!!11