Using vision, you are able to view the character and entities around you.
The number of squares you can see is determined by
one of the following equations. A range of 0 means you can see only what
is in your current square.
Characters, NPCs, Droids:
Perception Skill + 1
Ships, Vehicles, Facilities, Space Stations:
(Number of Sensors) + 1
The scanner grid is the total area
covered by the scanners or vision of an entity.
The sensor power is the intensity with which you
can scan a square. It is directly dependant on the number of sensors and
of the distance between the square and the entity. The range at which you can
is equal to its sensor power. So for example, a ship with a sensor eight will be
able to have a scanner range of eight.
Example of a 3x3 facility with 3 sensors
A facility has a sensor power equal to the number of sensors it has on
each square of its surface. This enables it to scan entities that may be
flying above it.
Obstacles block the vision range and may be any type
of planet (in space) or facility (in a city). Entities can see what is
on an obstacle (ships orbiting a planet, or around the facility), but
not what is behind the obstacle. The image below shows an entity with 8
sensors and two obstacles. The 1x1 obstacle is a 1x1 facility, but may
be a planet in space. The 5x5 is a facility. Notice how the entity can
see what is located above the border of the facility. The green values
represent another entity located on the border of the facility that can
see outside the facility, but with the facility itself acting as an
Ships, vehicles, facilities, droids, and stations share sensors with
each other when they are friends, have an active pilot and are not
disabled. Characters and NPCs using their vision (perception skill) and
equipped with a
Multiple Sensor Pack
Energy Sensor Pack
Biological Sensor Pack
item are able to share sensors with ships, vehicles, space stations,
facilities or other characters equipped with any of these sensor packs.
If you are Member A, of Faction Y, and you want to share sensors with
Member B, of Faction Z, you will be able to when:
- You or your faction own the ship, vehicle or station Member B is
- You or your faction command or manage the ship, vehicle or station
Member B is in.
- The same person or faction owns the ship, vehicle, facility or
station you are both on.
- Member A has the owner of Member B's ship, vehicle or station on
their friends list and Member B has the owner of Member A's ship,
vehicle or station on their friends list.
Ships or vehicles that you have set to be NPC piloted will also share
sensors with you.
The sensor grid is generated for each of your friends then all the grids
are totalled up on a square-by-square basis and the final grid forms the
sensor grid for the map. Overlapping scanning zones improve the sensor
power on that square, thus reducing the chance for ECMs to hide anything
You will see the following entities on the map:
- All entities who are your friends and you theirs.
- All wrecks, asteroids or facilities.
- All entities that are in range (ie: on a square of your scanner
grid where the sensor power is greater than 0) and whose stealth
(characters) or ECM (everything else) is less than the sensor power on
- All stations with no ECM.
The scanner list displays all entities that are
visible to you on the current map. If you are in a ship, vehicle,
facility, or space station then all available information about the
entities will be displayed. Characters will only be able to see the
image, type, name and hull of entities if they are using their vision. A
character can see more if they pick-up a sensor item.
- Biological Sensor Pack: Can detect
passenger count on focus scan.
- Energy Sensor Pack: Can detect all
stats of an entity, except passengers inside.
- Multiple Sensor Pack: Can detect all
of the stats of an entity, including passengers and other entities
Characters that are under arrest will be visible to everyone with one or
more sensors on their location.
If you are inside a ship, vehicle, facility, space
station or outside and equipped with a Multiple Sensor Pack
item then you can initiate a focus scan on any entity in range. If you
are outside and equipped with a Energy Sensor Pack
then you can only initiate a focus scan on ships, vehicles, facilities,
or droids. Similarly, if you are outside and equipped with a Biological Sensor Pack
then you can only initiate a focus scan on biological entities
(characters, NPCs, and creatures).
This scan will provide you more detailed information about that
entity like weaponry, sensors, ECM and so on. If your sensors are higher
that the target's ECM, then you will also see the materials and number
of passengers, ships and vehicles onboard the target. Multiple Sensor Pack,
Energy Sensor Pack, and Biological Sensor Pack are considered to have a sensor power of 1.
If you are within a room, you will see any characters in the same room as you.