#269 Galaxy Has Fewer Stars Than Requested (not a bug)

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2006-12-02
2006-12-01
Geoff Topping
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Start a game with a cluster galaxy with 10 stars. I get a galaxy with 5 stars. Similar results occur for similarly small numbers of requested stars.

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  • Geoff Topping
    Geoff Topping
    2006-12-01

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    Also happens with Ring galaxies.

     
  • Geoff Topping
    Geoff Topping
    2006-12-01

    • summary: Cluster Galaxies May Have Fewer Stars Than Requested --> Some Galaxy Shapes May Have Fewer Stars Than Requested
     
  • Zach Laine
    Zach Laine
    2006-12-02

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    This has been reported before, and is not a bug. For efficency reasons, universes are generate probabilistically. The actually number of stars generated with be less than or equal to the number requested.

     
  • Zach Laine
    Zach Laine
    2006-12-02

    • priority: 3 --> 1
    • summary: Some Galaxy Shapes May Have Fewer Stars Than Requested --> Galaxy Has Fewer Stars Than Requested (not a bug)
    • status: open --> open-invalid
     
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    Understandable, but users of the live eventual release will not understand this, and will want the specified number of stars in their galaxies. Future headaches can be saved by correcting the code now. Generating the galaxy and starlanes patterns only needs to be done once at the game's start, so it's not that inefficient or cumbersome compared to now.
    - Ghent96

     
  • eleazzaar
    eleazzaar
    2008-03-20

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    I don't really care if the player has pinpoint accuracy over the number of stars in his galaxy, but the interface shouldn't imply that the player has that control if he doesn't.

    If it's going to be probabilistic, the player should choose from a drop-down menu something like this:

    very tiny ~10
    ??? ~25
    ??? ~50
    ??? ~100
    ??? ~150
    ??? ~200
    average ~250
    ??? ~300
    ??? ~350
    ??? ~400
    ??? ~450
    huge ~500

     
  • Ondrej Riha
    Ondrej Riha
    2009-02-10

    What about drop down menu with these options(without numbers)?

    very tiny ~10
    tiny ~ 25
    small ~50
    average ~ 100
    large ~200
    huge ~500

     
  • eleazzaar
    eleazzaar
    2009-12-23

    For testing purposes, since it is determinist, it is useful to have a lot of possible values.

    For a real, public-aimed release a simple drop-down with 6 to 9 options would probably be better.