Speed Damping Trap

It was 12.31.2048 when not so famous professor of quantum physics discovered speed damping effect. He was trying to squeeze small portion of dark matter into quark size sphere when it started to rotate really fast. And all of a sudden the vacuum box with sample of dark matter imploded instantly, followed by the rest of laboratory equipment.

After several months of experiments some basic principles were discovered:

  1. Apparently there is an additional fifth elementary force which manifests itself in very special conditions
  2. The force has two components
    • It is attracting particles with nonzero mass, similarly to gravity field
    • It is also dumping a speed of particles. When particle is moving away from center of force it’s attracted and speed goes down. When it’s approaching the field push it back and speed is again decreasing

Basically it’s  a deadly trap. Not even possible to orbit around because orbital velocity is damped too.
It took professor another two months to go public with these results. Why? Because such kind of field is impossible – it breaks a law of energy conservation.
Of course it was not a problem for engineers. Quite soon they made a tool, a device exploiting new field.

They called it Speed Damping Trap or Speedrap.



How to approach very fast movement in space

In a standard earth-like situations the fastest speed of movement a human can perceive is about 400 km/h. It means that a stone lying on a road 200m ahead will be approached in 1.8 sec. A lot of time to change direction and avoid crash.

Image you are traveling at the speed of 50 km/sec and you can see an asteroid 10 km ahead. You will hit it in 0.2 sec. Are you such fast?

The first, obvious resolution is to say – well, space is not for humans. Let computers to handle my spaceship. But then there’s not much to do during space flight.

Second approach is to amend pilot’s consciousness – to subjectively slow time for him, say 10 times. Then he will have 2 sec to react.

This is what we are going to do. Do you think are there better ways?


Interesting discussion: https://www.reddit.com/r/truegaming/comments/6cmxbz/how_to_approach_very_fast_movement_in_space/



Flight guide for Lonely Adventure

Check out our quick flight guide for Lonely Adventure.

Your ship has six (6) engines: main-forward (installed on the back of the ship), reverse (in front of the ship), right, left, top and bottom. All engines can generate propulsion simultaneously. The acceleration vector is a sum (vector sum) of all individual trusts. Velocity of a ship changes according to this acceleration. Exactly like in Newton laws of physics.

Don’t forget about inertia – mass cannot change high velocity instantaneously.

How to control a ship:

  • mouse – move mouse cursor to change current ship orientation (rotate ship)
  • W  – main engine. Hold to turn main engine ON and generate forward force along current ship orientation (longitudinal axis). Double click to lock main engine in ON state and create constant propulsion. Click again to turn it OFF
  • S – back engine. The same as for W but for back engine generating backward force, opposite to current ship orientation. Use it to decrease speed or fly backward
  • A – right engine. Hold to generate force to the left along lateral axis. Double click does not work
  • D – right engine. Hold to generate force to the right along lateral axis. Double click does not work
  • Q – bottom engine. Hold to generate force to the top along vertical axis. Double click does not work
  • Z – top engine. Hold to generate force to the bottom along vertical axis. Double click does not work
  • P – click to turn on or off turbo mode. In turbo mode engines generate three times more power leading to almost 10g acceleration

The force generated after the engine is turned on is not at maximum from start on. It grows in time reaching maximum value after about 2 sec.

If you combine trust of two engines, i.e. forward and left in turbo mode the total acceleration will exceed 10g, which is a maximum acceleration a pilot can safely undergo for a long time. If experienced too long will provide to temporary blackout.


Partially inspired by: https://www.reddit.com/r/truegaming/comments/6c2gg3/how_spaceship_should_be_controlled/