Hey everyone! Happy Thorium Thursday!
Alpha 6 is now ready for testing. You can download it on this page. This alpha adds flight director controls, host security so guest players can't mess around with the host's plugins, a guest flight lobby for choosing a ship and station, and plugin configuration for ship systems. It only comes with impulse engines for now, but work is in progress on the other ship systems.
We've had some good discussions about the shields recently. We're hoping to settle whether shields work similar to Thorium Classic, with distinct shield systems for each direction, or change shields to have a more varied layout with shield generators creating bubbles around different points of the ship. Check out the diagram below.
If there's a particular style of shields that you prefer, add a comment. We would love to pick which style we'll use soon.
As usual, we'll be having our every-other-week meeting on Discord. We discuss the latest features, plans for the future, and any other developments. Anyone is welcome to participate, ask questions, and make suggestions. The next meeting will be on May 11th at 6:30 ET - check the meeting invite to see what time it is at in your time zone.
That's all for this week! Remember, "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."