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PostSubject: Oxygen Shields   Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:45 pm

For many ships, different sections are often sealed off from each other using iron doors, piston doors, stuff like that. However, iron doors are rather... ugly and piston doors take up a lot of space. They are needed, however, for if there is a hull breach the entire ship would otherwise depressurize!

The solution? Oxygen Shields!

This is a mid-game object, created using material found on other planets or moons. It is a special generator, much like a shield generator, but it instead generates shields where hull breaches exist. This prevents the room from depressurizing and makes repairs much easier. It also is used in conjunction with airlocks to keep that from depressurizing. Essentially, though, it would reduce the need for bulky piston doors and ugly iron doors in designs, which will be very useful.

And it wouldn't be hard to implement either. Essentially, it would check for missing blocks in ships and then check if it connects, in any way, to both space and air through space and air. If it does, generate a shield there. This would not go through other oxygen shields either.

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PostSubject: Re: Oxygen Shields   Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:51 pm

Good idea! although I would personally have them somewhat late game, as a it seems like you would need a lot of money that could be spent on more essential things.
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PostSubject: Re: Oxygen Shields   Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:57 pm

If normal shields can stop incoming plasma balls why not air ? This also means BTW that the second you get shields (Quite early in-game) you get this ...
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PostSubject: Re: Oxygen Shields   Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:35 pm

Iv121 wrote:
If normal shields can stop incoming plasma balls why not air ? This also means BTW that the second you get shields (Quite early in-game) you get this ...

What about when the shields overload and fail? Personally, I prefer the usual sectioned design where you can seal bulkheads and decks, but someone who wants to keep the aesthetic quality of their ships might want to use separate shields to section the ship.
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PostSubject: Re: Oxygen Shields   Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:01 pm

So these would be roughly like the atmosphere containment shields in hangars, that let fighters through but keep air in, except used to seal hull breaches?

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PostSubject: Re: Oxygen Shields   Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:02 pm

Essentially it could be used both ways. I say they would be essential for hangers as well, and in that case, they are planned instead of emergency sealing.

And regular shields wouldn't work, because it would divert power away from the shields. What if you are under heavy fire, get a large hull breach, and suddenly lose 100 shield points to seal up that breach? It would be more cost-effective for a seperate system.
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