Base Editing

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Overview

This page provides a guide to using the edit functions of a supergroup base.

Base Editing Selector

The Base editing selector is available in the Entrance Room. When you leave the entrance room, the Base Editing selector is removed (allowing you an unobstructed view of the base). Once you have selected a function of the base editing selector, you may move about the base as desired. While in Base Editting Mode, you can walk through placed objects (such as desks, tables), and your viewpoint may pass through walls to give you a better view of the base.

There are several separate functions available on the Base Editing Selector:

Requires base editing supergroup privileges.
Used to buy/move/delete items and rooms. Also used to modify lighting, floor and ceiling height and styles.
Permits adding items linked the character: items crafted at Worktables and Forges, and Veterans Reward base items.
Requires base editing supergroup privileges.
Used to purchase larger plot sizes or move/rotate the current plot around in relation to the whole base.

While in Base Editing mode, you can still use keybinds, which can be used to bring up the chat window so you can keep a discussion going while editing. (If you use the default keybinds, this can be achieved simply by pressing enter.)

Upgrade Plot

This option is available to anyone with base editing privileges.

This function permits the editor to change the Base Plot, the area within which rooms can be placed.

A floating box displays the current plot information, and an Item Selection Bar at the bottom lists the base plot choices available. As with all the choice bar displays, selections that cost more prestige than the group has available list their price in red.

Note that one can also re-position the entire plot (if room allows) by purchasing the same plot one already owns, and positioning it differently.

Add Personal Item

This option is available to any member of the supergroup.

This function allows a user to add Crafted Base Items and Veteran Rewards Base Items that they are entitled to, but otherwise functions the same as Place Item, below. It does not permit items that have been placed to be moved.

Edit Base

This option is available to anyone with base editing privileges. Selecting this option brings up the three main elements of the base editor:

The Item Selection bar appears at the bottom of the screen, and provides several editing modes:

This mode permits you to add and remove rooms from the plot, to move existing rooms, and to alter the ceiling and floor levels of individual rooms.
This mode permits you to select segments of a room and choose styles for it. These include both selecting the pattern for a given segment of the room, and the colors of that segment.
This mode permits you to place, move, and remove normal items from the plot. Placing personal items requires selecting the "Place Personal Item" editing option.

In addition to these choices, the Item Selection bar also displays a selection of items, dependent upon the current editing mode (rooms, style, items).

Room Overview

Room Overview - stats

The room overview starts at the top with a description of the selected room.

Using the arrows (on either side of the room description) will change currently selected room and move you to the room in question.

At the bottom of the panel are buttons that allow you to Move or Delete the room, or to apply the current room's style to the base at a whole.

Stats

Displays

  • what categories of item can be placed in this room
  • how many items of that category are allowed
  • how many have been placed.

Lighting

Room Lighting dialog

Provides a control allowing you to change the ambient lighting color and strength of a whole room. A handy button allows you to copy the lighting for the current room to the entire base.

This sets how items in the base, and the base walls, are lit at the three elevations. Note that light at one level will spill over into the other levels. Setting colors that look good may be something of an art.

Info

Room Info dialog

The Info tab shows the size of the base's plot, and the total monthly upkeep for the base. It also provides an additional description of the room type.

Apply Room Style to Base

This button takes all elements of the current room's style elements and applies them to the entire base. See Pick Style for more information.

Apply Room Lighting to Base

As described above, this button simply takes the current lighting settings, and applies them to each room of the base. See Lighting, above.

Attribute Editor

The Attribute Editor displays different things in different modes:

  • When creating rooms, it allows editing of the ceiling and floor heights, and the distribution of those settings.
  • When picking styles, it allows editing of the primary and secondary colors of the selected item.
  • When placing items, it describes the attributes of the current item.

Room Height Selection

the Room Height selector

The Attribute Editor displays the Room Height selector any time you have a floor square selected. The selector displays a diagram of the various room heights, showing 2 ceiling elevation choices and 2 floor choices. Also, a 'wall' choice is available.

Click on the boxs in the diagram to alter the height. A diagram of all empty boxes indicates low floor height, and high ceiling height. Filling in the two bottom boxes yields medium and high floors. The two top boxes create medium and low ceilings.

One may also choose to fill in the area completely, creating a wall, by selecting the middle field. This allows you customize the shape of the room by filling in a grid square. Note that you will not be permitted to create walls that disrupt flow through the base (in other words the exit must remain accessible).

Restrictions do apply. When objects exist in the room square selected, the ceilings/floors may not be set to cover them up. Not verified.

Selecting the room height in this fashion changes it only for the one square selected. The buttons Apply to Room and Apply to Base apply these settings to the entire room, and to all squares used in the base, respectively, except where an existing object blocks the change (such as an object on the wall that would impeded the raising of the floor or lowering of the ceiling, or an object resting on a floor or placed on a ceiling).

Style Editing

When you are in Style Editing mode and have a style element selected (a section of wall, floor, ceiling, or trim), the Attribute Editor provides you options for changing the primary and secondary colors of the element you have selected.

Object Editing

Auxiliary Connections display

When you are in Item Editing or Style Editing mode and have an item selected, the Attribute Editor will display:

  • Object: a thumbnail image of the selected item rotates in this view, along with the Energy and Control the object produces or consumes (if any). If the object already exists in the base, This tab also allows you to sell the object.
  • Info: flavor text describing the object. Also vital statistics.
  • Aux: if the object allows auxiliary connections, this tab allows you to see
    • how many connections are allowed, and how many of those are in use.
    • what auxiliary items are attached.
    • what auxiliary items are allowed.


Creating Rooms

The room selected in the Room Overview will be the Entrance Room. Your view will be zoomed out (to make placing rooms more convenient), but you can change your camera view as normal. You should be able to view the entire base from this overhead view.

The Item Selection Bar shows a list of room categories to choose from, and the types of rooms available in that category.

Placing a room

You place a room by selecting it from the selection bar, and moving your cursor around on the plot. You can rotate the room by right-clicking, and any time your cursor is over a valid location (the placement ghost turns from red to blue) you can place it by left-clicking.

A location is valid if:

  • the room does not overlap or touch the sides or corners of other rooms;
  • at least one doorway is possible between the room and another room.

That is, rooms cannot be in directly adjacent squares, they must have a door (1x1 square) separating them.

Doorway Placement

A doorway can only connect two rooms (on opposite sides of the door). Its other two sides must not be adjacent to another room or door.

Also, a doorway cannot take away a wall that has items on it or against it. Items on the floor or ceiling close enough that the trim is removed will block the doorway.

Moving a room

You move a room by having that room selected (in the Room Overview) and pressing "Move Room". You may move a room that has items in it. If you rotate the room, the items in it are rotated as well.

If there are items on the walls, this will block the placement of doorways. Presumably there was at least one valid doorway to begin with, so it should still be possible to move it reasonably easily. If problems persist, enter "Pick Item" or "Current Room" mode and move objects away from where you want doorways.

Creating a Doorway

Doorways are special:

  • You cannot set styles for them. They will take on the styles of the rooms on either side (half of each, meeting half-way through the door).
  • You cannot place ANY items in them, although lights placed nearby will illuminate into them.
  • You can adjust the ceiling and floor heights independently, but cannot fill the "wall" section (to effectively block the door).

Picking Styles

In this mode, the Item Selection Bar give you choices for textures for each portion of a room:

  • Floors: Low, Medium, and High
  • Ceilings: Low, Medium, and High
  • Walls: Medium, High, and Very High.
    • Also, Floor Walls, and Ceiling Walls

You are able to select multiple floor and ceiling styles, because you can have multiple floor and ceiling heights within the same room.

The Attribute Editor shows you the primary and secondary color selections for whichever room item you have currently selected. Note that the item color is separate from the room lighting (shown in the lighting tab of the Room Overview), and can enhance effects of the room style.

While you can edit the room height on a tile by tile basis, you can only change styles for the room as a whole. Each room can have an entirely separate set of styles, or the style selections can be used for the base as a whole.

Floor and Ceiling Walls

Floor walls are the vertical surfaces seen between different levels of floor. They can only be seen when more than one level of floor exists within a room. More than that, Floor Trim normally covers floor walls for one level.

To see floor walls, you must either have a 2-level difference in floor level, or have an object placed against the wall (which will suppress the Floor Trim element).

Ceiling Walls function in the same way as floor walls, but with fewer options for suppressing the trim.

Placing Items

Placing items in a base is mostly a straightforward process.

To place a new item in the base, select it from the Item Selection Bar at the bottom of the screen. A copy of that item will appear centered on your cursor, with a placement box around it to display the area needed to place it. The placement box is pale blue if the item can be placed at the current location, red otherwise.

The item placement box will appear at the nearest appropriate surface closest to the cursor. Each item is placed on only one type of surface: the Floor, a wall, or the Ceiling. The type of surface depends solely upon the item.

Additionally, some items (desks, tables) will permit other (small) items to be placed on top of them. For example, the rustic desk permits the Small LCD to be placed upon it. The placement box for the item being put on the desk has to be smaller than the desk top.

Items initially appear in the placement box in a particular orientation. They may be rotated, 90 degrees at a time, by right-clicking. An item will not rotate if there is not room to put it at that location in that orientation.

Pressing the <ESC> key aborts placing a new item, or drops an existing item at the current location. It sometimes takes two <ESC> keys to abort a move or placement.

Item selection

  • In Pick Item mode, the Item Selection Bar lists those categories that the room permits to be placed in it.
  • In Current Room mode, the Item Selection Bar lists those items that are currently in the room. (A convenience for hard-to-select items.)
  • In Place Personal Items mode (from the initial base editing dialog), you are shown those items that you have either earned from veteran's awards, and those items you have built from Base Component items at a Worktable or Forge.

Moving items

When selected, a blue bounding box will appear around an item. The item can then be dragged to a new location, but the behavior of the dragging and dropping is not smooth--the item will sometimes shift just as it is picked up. The bounding box will appear red when the item overlaps a wall or another item too closely. Dropping the item when the bounding box is red will result in the item appearing in the last valid location, or the nearest valid location. As of issue 12, however, many items can be overlapped and stacked, even moved partially into a grid square that has been "bricked" (one which appears completely solid from outside, created by filling the "wall" section of the room height adjustments for the grid square).

Clicking with the right mouse button (even while still dragging) rotates the item 90 degrees.

Related main and aux items: When dragging or placing an aux item, the red bounding box appears until it is proximate to an appropriate main item. If a main item is dragged too far from its currently-attached aux item(s) (or vice versa), the attachment can be broken. Dragging the aux items back to its main item will re-attach it. When dragging an aux item near an appropriate main item, the main item shows a yellow bounding box to indicate the proposed attachment between the two. Dropping the aux item when a main item is showing a yellow bounding box will attach (or re-attached) the items. If, when dragging an aux item near an appropriate main item, the bounding box stays red, it indicates that the main item already has the maximum allowed attachments.

Most items can be dragged between rooms as long as destination room is the appropriate type (you cannot drag a telepad into the medical bay, for instance). While dragging through inappropriately-typed rooms, the bounding box will appear red, but will turn blue again when dragged into an appropriate room. This applies to non-crafted items, and to crafted main items. Crafted aux items, however, cannot be dragged between rooms, even if the target room is of the appropriate type. Because of this, aux items may sometimes have to be deleted and re-crafted when upgrading rooms.

Camera Angle

As when playing the game, holding down the right mouse button while moving the mouse will change the camera angle. Side-to-side movements will also rotate the character. This is especially helpful when placing or dragging items on the ceiling. It's also the reason why floors, ceilings and walls are solid only on one side (so you can see up through the floors when placing ceiling items, or down through the ceiling when placing floor items, or see into a room from outside its walls).

The "home" and "end" keys adjust the camera distance from the character.

The "PgUp" key resets all camera angle and distance (although not consistently).

In fact, the only difference between "create room" and "place item" modes is the camera angle and what appears in the selection window. Otherwise you can do all of the same functions in either mode. Dragging items from room to room is often easier with the "create room" camera angle than the "place item" setting.

Here's an example of moving "down" the camera angle until the ceiling is clearly visible. Ceiling items are most easily placed using this angle.

Camera angle.jpg

Items and Doorways

Items being placed near a wall will sometimes prevent the placement of a new adjacent door. However, items may often be placed in the same spot once the doorway has been placed.

Advanced Tricks

Temporary space for moving rooms around

If you have a tightly-packed plot and rooms with lots of items in them, you can (assuming you can afford it) upgrade to a larger plot, and use the extra space to rearrange rooms, then "upgrade" the plot size again, back to the original (smaller) size. The key piece of information here is that "upgrading" your plot can actually be used to "downgrade" it as well, so you can temporarily upgrade to make more room for base editing.

Also, you can shift your entire set of rooms a few blocks (assuming you have an empty row or column to allow for it) by purchasing the same size plot you already have, but "dropping" it into a different position.

Stacking

Certain objects stack easily on top of each other, and other object stack on each other sideways (such as when attached to a wall). This allows you to build up from the floor, and to build out from the wall, effectively suspending things in mid-air. For objects that normally tack onto walls, you can stack something out from a nearby wall, or even temporarily "brick" one of the room grids (click on "fill" within the "wall" section of the height adjustment for a selected grid square within the room), and then build out from there.

One good object to use for stacking out from walls is the "small shoji wall lamp", which appears almost at the end of the "lighting" tab of objects within the objects window. Telepad beacons, for instance, can be placed in mid-air by placing them onto a string of shoji lamps coming from a nearby wall. This is how people make the telepad beacons appear to be attached to the legs of the telepad. One has to move the telepad out of the way, place the string of shoji lamps, then move the telepad back into place, and place the beacon, so that you can align it as you want. When doing this, the telepad beacon is attached to the telepad (as per the "main" to "aux" relationship), but is actually positioned by being tacked to a shoji lamp. Once all the telepads and beacons are in place, the telepads can be temporarily moved out of the way in order to delete the shoji lamps. You can also delete them using the "current room" button within the object window--but this can easily result in accidentally deleting telepads, beacons, or other objects unintentionally, since there is some lag between deleting an object and the selection of another object in the object window. It's safer to move the telepads out of the way, then delete the lamps by clicking with your mouse and hitting the "delete" key (synonymous with the "sell" button, by the way).

Stacking from the floor up can be done with several types of counters and desks within the "desks" tab, and with the "floor safe" within the "room details". Floor safes happen to be about the same height as the difference between "low floor" and "mid floor" heights, which is also the same height as the distance between "mid floor" and "high floor". Because of this, floor safes are a good candidate to stack sections of ramps so that the top of one ramp connects to the bottom of the next ramp.

When making "pseudo-multi-level" rooms, the "floor safe" can be stacked up in order to position "floor tiles" at the appropriate height(s). This by itself is inadequate, since floor tiles are invisible from below. To make a solid ceiling when viewed from below, position a plane of something like "white cabinet", overlapping them to look like a continuous smooth surface. Once all the cabinets are in place, the floor safes below can be removed, and the "second story" will remain suspended in mid-air.

One note about peculiar behavior of the base editor re/ floor safes: position the floor safe atop an existing object BEFORE attempting to rotate it. If you rotate it first, it seems more reluctant to stack.

Here's an example of teleporter beacons placed using shoji lamps.

Telepad beacons.jpg

Labeling with Banners

This section describes how to create labels for things throughout your base using the banners (labeled as "stands") within the "room details" tab of the objects. When you drop a banner (while dragging or placing), it changes to the supergroup icon and colors that are currently in effect, and it will not change even if you later change your supergroup colors and icon (unless the banner is moved--see warnings below). You can use this to your advantage in order to label areas of your base, such as what levels of enhancements are in an enhancement table, or who's "private workshop" one is looking at the entrance of (for those Supergroups run more like "super roommates").

This is a tedious process, but at this point it's your only option. It also takes advantage of what might be considered a bug that might be fixed in the future.

Count how many unique letters, numbers, and symbols (you can use the lightning bolt icon as a slash, for instance) you plan to use. If there are 24 or fewer unique icons in your label, then proceed. "Unique" means that you count each letter which appears in your label, no matter how often it appears. "REAR AREA" for instance has 3 unique characters: A, R and E. If you need more than 24, then you do not have enough banner types to make this work. Note that if you are already using a banner elsewhere in your base that you do not want to change, then note which banners are used, and do not use them as part of your labeling project.

Change your supergroup colors to white and white, and change your supergroup icon to the first letter, symbol or number to be placed. Drop "small arcane stand 1" at the leftmost position of where you want your label. Make note of which banner type is used for which letter. When you drop the first banner, you'll notice that using white-on-white has given the banner an overall gray texture without the design that would otherwise appear, with an easy-to-read letter, number or symbol. You'll need to keep notes about which banner type ("small arcane banner 1" through "small arcane stand 12" and "small tech stand 1" through "small tech stand 12") is used for each letter, number or symbol. For each new icon, de-select the current banner (IMPORTANT! and frustrating if you forget), change your supergroup icon, and then place the next banner. If you are using a letter, number or symbol that has already been used, you will still have to change your supergroup icon before placing another copy. So when doing this, always change your supergroup icon first, then place a banner, position it correctly, and repeat.

If you move any existing banner, it will change to your current icon and colors, as will every other banner of the same type throughout your base. To correct this, change your supergroup icon and colors, move the offending banner somewhere and move it back (or delete it and replace one of the appropriate type). The best way to avoid problems is to change the supergroup icon and colors before even being tempted to move a banner.

If you leave the base and return, any banners that have been placed in the base will show the "placed" colors and icons in the object selection window. This helps you determine what has already been used and can be reused when you are working on another label in the future. While you are actively labeling something, it's helpful to keep a list of which banners are assigned to which letter, number or symbol. When you are completely done labeling, don't forget to change your supergroup colors and icon back to whatever you normally use. And remember that moving any of these banners will change it to the current icon and colors, and you'll have to fix it by temporarily changing your supergroup icon and colors, moving the banner around, and changing your icon and colors back.

Here is an example of public salvage racks and enhancement tables in one supergroup base where players donate anything they don't need to other members.

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Related Player Guides

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