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Aurora Suggestions / Re: Semi-Official 7.x Suggestion Thread
« on: February 14, 2018, 01:13:04 PM »
Similar to the button to export all designed ship classes as a text file, would it be feasible to have a similar function for racial techs/components/missiles as well? A common issue I run into when discussing Aurora with friends of mine who play it is that attempting to reverse-engineer someone's ships accurately from just the export data is pretty much impossible, and even with the help of the technology summary screen it's a tedious process- especially if someone is using tactics like not making use of the highest tech level available to them for whatever reason, or if a component is simply old.

It'd also be a great boon for people attempting to do any sort of multiplayer interaction that doesn't involve hotswapping database files (design competitions and such, I'm personally setting one such friendly brawl between two folks at the moment which is what prompted this suggestion).

I think a lot of people like that trying to reverse-engineer is not exact. Not to say that sort of button won't be useful :)

The Academy / Re: Ranks of Staff Officers
« on: February 09, 2018, 10:56:29 AM »
The staff officer positions are a Maximum rank of 1 less than the commanding officer.

C# Aurora / Re: Information Screen for Minerals
« on: February 08, 2018, 11:03:14 AM »
Ctrl-A does most of what you want I believe.

Drgong's Community Game / Re: Last call
« on: January 29, 2018, 07:24:54 PM »
You could share the stevefire.mdb someplace. :)

Announcements / Site Down
« on: January 12, 2018, 05:29:08 PM »
As you all may have noticed, the site was down. I am unsure how long it was down for as I am fighting a cold. Everything is upgraded and should be working. Please let me know if I missed any modifications.

Aurora Chat / Re: Corporation and Dockyard Names
« on: January 09, 2018, 03:33:58 PM »
I tend to name my shipyards "<something> Yards" like "North American Yards"

Of course the first shipyard in Mars orbit is always Utopia Planitia.

Announcements / That time of year
« on: January 09, 2018, 02:08:09 PM »
It is that time of year again. Anyone willing to donate to help keep the site up and alive is more than welcome to. Paypal donations (for the site only!) can be sent to

Donations to Steve can be sent to @Steve Walmsley correct me if I am wrong. :)

FAQ / MOVED: Insight of a new player.
« on: December 22, 2017, 04:33:43 PM »

C# Aurora / Re: C# Aurora Changes Discussion
« on: December 22, 2017, 03:49:51 PM »
I also seem to recall Steve saying he did not want to do something like that since then it would become a job and he'd be accountable to the users. As is, it is a hobby. :)

C# Aurora / Re: C# Aurora Changes Discussion
« on: December 22, 2017, 03:48:12 PM »
It's a bit of a shame that your fans can't spend money that could be used to improve the game if you ask me.

I'm fairly certain if you send money to Steve, he won't object. :)

Aurora Bugs / Re: Official v7.10 Bugs Reporting Thread
« on: December 08, 2017, 02:36:42 PM »
Well where do I change that?

Control Panel. It used to be called Regional Settings. Not sure if that still holds true.

The Academy / Re: Aurora Portable Wrapper
« on: December 08, 2017, 12:20:09 AM »
It takes forever regardless of what time increment I choose.  The event lot doesn't look very crowded from what I can tell.  Just regular updates and it pauses when a major event happens.

Check the log in SM Mode. You'll get more info. This will contain spoilers for your game, so beware. Not necessarily Spoilers.

Aurora Bugs / Re: Official v7.10 Bugs Reporting Thread
« on: December 07, 2017, 05:48:37 PM »
I get error3075 followed by infinite loop of errors91 right as i hit 5days turn or whatever on the beginning of the game, no matter the settings.  I feel like its something about this decimal system or something, or comma problem? not sure. . .  I am from Poland if that matters and use win10

You need to use the period as a decimal separator, not a comma.

Aurora Bugs / Re: "Error 3201 was generated by DAO.recordset."
« on: December 07, 2017, 05:46:17 PM »
Something to be aware of for anyone messing with the DB while Aurora is running:

Many years ago, I was trying to write (with Steve's blessing) a C# add-on to Starfire Assistant (the progenitor of Aurora).  My app would query the SA DB and do things like create officers.  Every now and then, the DB would end up corrupt (IIRC one of the records would be bad/unreadable) even though I wasn't doing anything wrong.  I eventually figured out that the VB6 database engine (Jet?) was somehow talking to the DB even if SA was idling.  In other words, I figured out that (I'm pretty sure that) you can't have a 3rd party executable modifying the SA/Aurora DB if SA/Aurora is running - every now and then SA/Aurora will put the DB into a state where trying to change it corrupts it.  Needless to say, this put a damper on my plans for a personal SA Assistant :)


This is also why my backup utility doesn't launch the game. The Aurora executable seems to think it's a copy of the DB and weird things occur.

C# Aurora / Re: C# Aurora Changes Discussion
« on: November 29, 2017, 08:50:32 PM »
I can't remember the name of the series, but someone on the forums mentioned a book series in which a planet was defended by a single giant laser deep underground, which could cover the entire sky by bouncing the laser around a system of mirrors.  The laser itself never moved, they just turned the mirrors.

Trojan Gate series by John Ringo.

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