Unified Power Cell Concept Ver 1.0
There seem to be several related suggestions (including my own) related to recharging the astronaut suit and small grids. I think try we, as a player community, should try to unify behind one idea to give KSH an easy path to satisfy our requirements. This post is my attempt to define such a path and I hope others will get behind it (or come up with something better that doesn't ask the world of Keen). It is labelled version 1 because it might change and I think its important to keep votes for it separate based on version.
Iteration 1 - Power Cells for Astronaut Suits
In the first iteration, a power cell would be created that could be used to recharge the astronaut suit. It would be manufactured in the assembler and consumed on use (not rechargeable). This requires a minimum of new art and game logic (and is why I want to start with the suit rather than small ships).
Iteration 2 - Power Cell Bay for Small Ships
In the second iteration, a power cell bay would be created as a power generator for small ships. It would be almost identical to the nuclear reactor, but would take power cells instead of uranium and be much less powerful. Power cells would be consumed in whole units like ammo. This iteration should also require a minimum amount of new art and game logic since it builds on the first iteration.
Once the second iteration is done, it should also no longer be necessary to have batteries start with a small charge, so they can return all of their components when deconstructed without enabling cheating to get free power. I know some people were complaining about this.
If you have a different plan, please put it in a different topic if you haven't already. Leave this topic just for this idea. Keep in mind that a goal of this plan is to keep each step small and immediately achievable (and therefore more likely to fly). Further steps could be added down the road to make a more elaborate system. That's how iterative development works.
The following are the previous related topics that I found:
- https://support.keenswh.com/spaceengineers/publictest/topic/astronaut-power-cells (this one was my own)