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  1. How do you even manage to deliver bio barrels as programmer? Those planets are so heavily guarded by turrets and wildlife I ground to a halt there
  2. Coping with drone brains on the order of a Solarbotics kit, you have to take what you can get. Many things are going to be impossible until complex logic is implemented, and even then, much will still be difficult. With enough speed and luck, these rollers can explore a large portion of planets with tunnels to the core (to the point I use them for core hammerhead missions). Sometimes I use timed boosters to aim them specifically at certain lodes.
  3. 2 sensors, 2 engines. What tells it where to aim? Absolutely nothing. What tells it when to mine? Absolutely nothing.
  4. For that matter, the gun itself can rotate! It just doesn't have a 'nearest enemy' setting.
  5. OK. This is by no means n exhaustive list, but covers a lot of basics. Subject to possible change in the future, tested as of Apr 10, 2020. Enemies: Bees, turrets, etc. It seems to exclude passive creatures like purple blobs. Enemy structures: I know this includes hives. It probably includes a lot more. Obstacles: Purple blobs, scrap, the Nimbatus, and the bucket. Collectable items: Cargo containers, black boxes, the alien artifact, etc. Probably situational. Own drone: You get three guesses, and the first two don't count. Resources: Ore and nothing but ore so far. Projectiles: This detects enemy projectiles, including acid bee puke and corporate guns. Mission Target: This one is situational. In artifact missions, it responds to burned-out statues. In corporate lab missions, it responds to shield generators and the lab. In hammerhead missions, it responds to hammerheads. Et cetera. It's especially helpful to use "mission target" with a direction indicator, because it changes! Light one dead statue, and it will direct you to the next one. Light the last statue, and it will point you to the artifact. Blow up one shield generator, and it'll point you to the next. Things I haven't tested: Laser bees, hot and cold planet enemies, those weird glowy rocks of unknown purpose, meteors, funky meteors, lots of corporate hardware, etc.
  6. Best turret I've managed so far: It's notable that direction indicators now have a 'nearest enemy' setting, which they didn't when I made this. They're a bit unwieldy, but would eliminate the time wasted scanning empty space.
  7. Camera trackers put a ping on the map when the nimbatus has high enough sensor capability now. So this has been implemented!
  8. We've seen each others' awesomest creations, now let's share our most spectacular mistakes. Keep in mind these ones of mine are all fully automatic drones! ...it just vaporized... "What's understeering?" *points to image* "Oh. What's oversteering?" *points to image, again* "Oh. What's windup?" *points to image a third time* It is persistent, at least... "Jitters a little in the lab, but how bad can it be?" Why are you going UNDER the bucket? NOOOOOO! A failure to eject. These critters don't give up! I waited 20 minutes!
  9. I'm sure I have sensed the container with distance sensors, but darned if I can remember what setting made it do so. Maybe I'll make a table. Of course, the table may change...
  10. When a new design hits every wall and still crosses finish seconds faster than my last best, that's a good sign. I refined it into this. Technically a very very short dragger, the dragger part does the fine steering, and the back engines only do very very rough steering to avoid walls or make especially tight turns. (Plus a few more logic tricks.) This means the back 4 engines spend nearly all their time active. 33.6 seconds on Cygnus. Still has issues with deceleration pads and can't finish other courses. [edit] 33.5! Top 20!
  11. We have the position indicator which SORT OF does this, but it doesn't appear on the map. That is a great idea.
  12. My favourite designs have a kind of callous simplicity. "That's right, I beat your design with three engines and a dead weasel." They do a lot with minimum parts. This is why rotary designs make me happy. Four engines and a direction indicator can race. Two engines and two wall-sensors can climb and mine. And they're really fun to watch. Take a close look at what's happening. Each sensor drives the OPPOSITE engine, carrying it around, making the far side spin up and around and hammer to the wall -- just in time to switch to the other one. Direction sensors do exactly the same thing, in midair. By changing the angle of the indicator, you can make it follow the target, flee it, or track a right-angle to it (something VTOLs cannot do). You can mirror them without breaking them. You never need to worry about turning, because they are always turning. You only need one mining tool to cover all directions. Et cetera. Their biggest drawback, is they don't lend themselves to large designs. The racer is about as big as they can go. But you can pack along something larger in a factory to launch later.
  13. This is the best GIF I can get when in testing. I have to crop and upscale to show any features.
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