There was some talk a while back about releasing the Version 3 code (we're Version 2.1 at the moment) under GPL or something similar I think. The code at the moment isn't at all suited for release in terms of documentation and quality in some parts of the older stuff. We'd probably spend half our time supporting other users of it :)
I dunno....i'd kill to have the code released under GPL. Then we'd have coders everywhere working on it...hell...i'd even take a shot with my shitty codeing on my own server...(Combat: Missile Fire: subtract 1 hull from N-1.) :P
To be totally honest, I am not convinced that going under GPL license is the best solution for SWC.
I dream of other universe since years already. technically, it would be simple to setup:
- another server
- new pictures and gameplay content (races, items, descriptions....)
- A team to support the players.
And that's it.
Such alternate universes could use the same code and same patch release system as us, even based on a single dev server (where we would add the ability to change of thema).
Even if we attract developers more interested in another thema, all universes and game instances would benefit from their coding.
What could we use a first themas ?
- Antic wars (Roma)
- Middle Earth or other heroic fantasy)
- Non-SW space opera.
To be totally honest, having the RM requirements equation would help for all this.
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Eh, they could dilate the space somehow, like the maps are less accurate or something. I really like the idea of using them for other universes. Factions could also set up parallel combine universes to make accurate battlesims.
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The Engine would probably work best for space games.
However there are a plethora out there you could use:
Star Trek (Original, TNG, DS9, Voyager, Enterprise)
Space Above and Beyond
Battlestar Galactica (either old or new)
Battletech (Pre Clan or Clan eras)
As for Star Wars:
You could create another one set in any of the following eras:
The Sith War
Galactic Civil War
New Jedi Order
You could actually move towards different maps to trip up those that think they know everything. Basically you would just reorganize the various worlds into different sectors and possibly different locations.
However for any of the others to be entertained the Galaxy tools would need to be fixed.