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If the BB never gets unlocked, I hope to see you at Nick's Youtube page:

Cholly's Response:
But this should work fine, though. And it is still ours! And we can communicate without needing to have stuff "vetted".
Update!: I just got a message from Aegidian. He's up to the eyeballs in other stuff at the moment (a canal?) - but hopes to sort it out on Thursday.

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Nuit was built to allow external docking back in 2010, but the game does not yet allow that. If this could be sorted out, we could emulate more scifi scenarios in Oolite - such as the CJ Cherryh novels
Life in the Frontier really helps bring the stations to life. But every station seems very similar - and has the identical map. I'd love to help develop this, but lack the skills
The SOTL Exploration scenario oxp rejigs the hyperspace/witchspace jumps so that they need skill to accomplish. As Cody has opined, it would be nice to add this to the game as a non-scenario oxp. It would also impact on trade and travel due to making the jumps much more dangerous (as in Cherryh's books, for example)
  • The top half of this page contains my musings about the game.
  • Then a short reminder for myself of projects needing more work
  • The bottom half is a resource for wiki editors

Musings about Oolite: What I would like to see changed

By in large I am extremely happy with Oolite the way that it is. While I find a number of "faults" in the Vanilla game these are almost all fixed by OXPs. My remaining issues are:
  • Oolite only offers 2-dimensional F6 charts with exactly 256 systems in each (thanks to Pleb for working on this one). Ahruman started fixing the 2D thing back in 2011 - 3D galaxy prototype & GG Shinobi's collection of 3D possibilities for an F7F7 screen (2013) And some analysis here: *3D F6 chart screen? (2014)
  • Maps of the System: the ability to map the current system one is in usefully and describe where a station or a Rock Hermit is. Or display it on a F7F7 screen. See Alternative compass implementation (2012)
  • Pocket universes: the inability to travel from one system to another without using a witchdrive jump
  • Planet, sun & moon surfaces to show on the IFF scanner (Quirum Bombs show up, so why not planet surfaces?)
  • The overly-simplified prices/economics system (thanks to Stranger & Phasted for helping improve things)
  • The bizarre distance scales (thanks to Redspear for working on sorting this one out!)
  • More NPC interaction (family, friends, Academy chums, engineers, lovers etc.)
  • More to do outside the ship: Life in the Frontier starts addressing this, but has a long way to go!
  • More realistic dockings/launches - including mooring outside the space stations on pylons (as Nuit theoretically offers on the lower struts)
  • More control buttons for OXP equipment. For OXP equipment we just have Tab/0/N & ctrl-N to select the equipment; n & b to activate; and the four "controlled" colons to operate MFDs. Personally speaking, I really need another 2 equipment priming buttons and for Autolock & ILS to be made primable rather than automatic and suicidal. Thanks to Milo (see #13) & Phkb for working on this one.
  • The ability to add a second player helping run one's ship. See the discussion here (uses for a second monitor) and here (things to do en-route from Witchpoint to Station).

Issues for others

Cody: The day-night terminator line on planets is blocky when clouds are present in the vanilla game. This issue disappears when planet texture oxp's are loaded. This has been true for a decade or so (See here).

OXP's which really change the game

OXP's needing work

Or - what I'd love to do if I had the skills...

Minor Tweaks

  • MFD's which need tagging for HUDSelector so that they are remembered in the save files:
Advanced System Data MFD (Strangers World)
Station Dock Control MFD
Ship's Library MFD

Major Work

  • Diplomancy needs sorting out: generates massively long lists of peace treaties between just two states... This oxp has a lot of potential - it would give depth to wars

Partially done! Thank you, Phkb! (done at the expense of disabling the dynamism of diplomatic change)

  • Strangers World moves the stations from Commies, Taxi Galactica, etc to bizarre locations. But not HIMSN's stations.

Partially done! Thank you, Alnivel! (done at the expense of disabling the dynamic orbits)

  • SW Economy mislabels mining worlds as agricultural and their markets are identical to those, the only difference being in quantities for sale. It would be super to see this sorted out.
  • Real-Life Economics (prices move as you watch) is faulty - the dynamic price changes tend towards zero. And there are no changes in quantities.
  • Gsagostinho's station experiments here: unfinished - need texturing.
  • Cloud City OXP - (for gas giant planets) - needs finishing & updated textures


There are a number of golden oldies which could really do with new textures matching the current "Griffified" game:

  • Lave OXP - Murgh has produced a new version with RELOP textures (part of his Iron Ass OXP suite), but this could really do with a PROHIP version too!
  • Commies is starting to look dated. GearsNSuch was working on some new models back in 2019-20. See here. The stations still need doing.
It would also be super to add in more possibilities of helping escaped convicts in Mining Pods - by communicating with them (Broadcast Comms) and then either scooping them up (if they are feasibly scoopable), opening a wormhhole for them, or some other means. See Refugee Adder for broadcastcomms ideas, and see Illegal Goods Tweak for possible future rewards.
  • Dictators OXP could do with the missing AstroFarm added in with its own market and slightly different texture
  • Galactic Navy OXP - mostly done, but the Navy Destroyer and the Stations could do with some TLC. See my whinging/musings here
  • This will inevitably also be true of a number of the Missions OXPs (Ionics, Long Way Round, etc.) and of the Ships OXPs.

Lots of work

  • Life in the Frontier (fleshes out stations) needs adding to in order to create more differences between the various stations. This oxp has a lot of potential
  • Hotrods OXP - (gangs) there is only the one real "gang". It would be super to see the others added and gang warfare between them. And a sensible link between the gangs and the vanilla pirates. Also needs new textures.
  • Refugee Adder - (fleeing refugees) Murgh is hopefully still updating this (2022) but the dialogue & AI to get it to follow your ship needs creating.
  • Hathor Trade Station - beautiful! Just beautiful! But needs finishing (markets etc.) Update: This is almost done.
  • Colonization - (hollow space station activity) needs texturing and a reason for its existence if the original activity is not created
  • New Deal - (4-polar trade model) needs doing!
  • Montana's Monumentally Murderous Modification (War!) - he's hopefully still working on this (2022)
  • Galactic Misjump OXP: needs inspiration (what might happen?) and coding


DONE! Thank you, Dybal!
  • I'd dearly love to see the spiderweb jump sequence from BGS v.1.10.9 added in as an option to the newer BGS.
DONE! Thank you, Tsoj!
  • Mining OXP - needs debugging (whizzing asteroids emitting sparks which are undockable with)
DONE! Thank you Timer!
DONE! Thank you Phkb!
  • Tianve OXP looked utterly unreal and was broken to boot
DONE! Thank you Phkb!
DONE! Thank you Phkb!
  • Feudal States had unrealistic wager payouts and the textures were clunky as bally heck
DONE! Thank you Phkb!
DONE! Thank you Phkb!
DONE! Thank you Phkb!

Accolade for A_C

I doubt that Oolite would still be here without Another commander. He first got involved in the Ahruman era, and painstakingly worked with him to make the game properly compatible with Javascript, enabling the depth of modification we enjoy today. But he kept on helping out, and after Ahruman and then Cim stepped down found himself at the helm of the ship with everybody else fleeing to jump onto the E:D juggernaut. He persevered, refusing the title of Lead Designer, but improving this and then that and co-opting other in to keep the ship sailing. Focusing on graphics he has steadfastly improved first this and then that - just look at how much more is possible now than in the early days.

Paean to Phkb

I just want to point out what an absolutely superb chap Phkb is. Not only is he incredibly helpful to those who have problems with this, that and the other (often bending over backwards to help them out), not only is he incredibly knowledgeable about so many of the facets of the programming of this game, but he has taken it upon himself to sort out general issues and problems. •He has stepped in and sorted out the problems with

Feudal States (legacy scripting & too high payouts for duelling wagers)
New Cargoes (problems with not being converted to the new market programming in Oolite v.1.82)
Fixing up Tianve - and creating a much more impressive pulsar as well as a putative Black Hole
Updating old, poor textures (Globe station, Kiota Stations, Dictators OXP, Taranis)
Updating classic missions (Long Way Round, Love Cats, etc.), making some gems available again after a decade or so of obsolescence (Cataclysm OXP)

•Creating new oxps which really add to the game: Bounty System, BroadcastComms MFD, Death Comms, Email System, GalCop Missions, Home System, Risky Business, Ship Configuration, Smugglers - The Galactic Underworld and his "new game", Hermitage. •And this ignores his work on the vanilla game code where he has fixed several issues and made the game much more accessible for those using foreign keyboards

For Me: List of my Wiki (WIP) pages under construction

Other WIP pages

Cholly's Library of formatting bits & bobs

Format for Table Of Contents

If you have three or fewer headings but want to have a TOC, write either the magic word anywhere on the page to make it display at the default location, or

at the preferred position.

Or use Hides the table of contents (TOC).

Format for Broken-OXP banners

Format for coloured box

Neither the download links nor the website still exist. In case you have ships from this OXP please contact us at the Oolite Bulletins Board

Format for invisible comments

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Format for footnotes

The Sun is pretty big.<ref>E. Miller, The Sun, (New York: Academic Press, 2005), 23–25.</ref> The Moon, however, is not so big.<ref>R. Smith, "Size of the Moon", Scientific American, 46 (April 1978): 44–46.</ref>


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Notes on Footnotes

I tried the <ref>, </ref> & <references /> tags, but to no avail. None of them seem to do anything. According to Mediawiki, all this should work...
Footnoting is currently impossible as the necessary add-on for the wiki has not been loaded into it: ...There are no references on Wikipedia. The <ref> tags don't work. Apparently the Cite Extension has not been installed.

Format for Transclusion

Size (W×H×L) 138 m×32 m×127 m
Cargo capacity N/A
Cargo bay extension N/A
Maximum speed 0.42 LM
Manoeuvrability Pitch: 1.00
Roll: 2.00
Yaw: 1.00
Thrust: 50
Energy banks 6
Energy recharge rate

Good (4.00)

Gun mounts Fore: 1x
Missile slots 2
Shield boosters available Yes
Military shields available Yes
Hyperspace capable Yes
OXP or standard OXP
Available to player Yes
Base price 425,000 Cr


A strong and powerful heavy interceptor, based on the design of the first generation of the Asp Mark II Special. Substantially larger than the standard Asp Mark II, with a higher maximum speed, more energy banks and 2 pylons. It is purely a fighting ship, having no cargo capacity.

The Asp-X was licensed for civilian use and, although a rare sight, these ships could be encountered occasionally. They are favored by hunters and assassins and, inevitably, also by pirates and brigands.


Some 25 years ago, Her Imperial Majesty's Space Navy decided to sponsor a design competition to stimulate development and to give shipyards a platform to showcase what they could do. Known as the 'X-ships Challenge', the brief was to design either a light, medium or heavy Interceptor. Zorgon Petterson Group used the blueprints of the first generation Asp Mark II Special to create the Asp-X and won in the category heavy Interceptor.

The Navy Asp-X

In the belief that a well-armed civilian population was the best defense against the Thargoids, HIMSN offered the plans to build these ships for general sale. GalCop was initially very concerned about this, having serious misgivings about military ships being made available on the civilian market, but as similar ships to these already existed they decided to agree to the release of the plans.


During the second major reorganization of the Galactic Navy it was decided to commission Asp-X once again. Using the latest technology, the Navy Asp-X was designed, a major upgrade with a very deadly ship as result.

The Asp-X is larger than most people expect, here is a comparison of an Asp Mark II, an Asp-X and an Anaconda



Compatible equipment for this ship. Factory standard equipment is marked in bold, all other equipment can be added by the player.
Misc. Equipment Fuel ScoopsEscape CapsuleDocking ComputersWitch Fuel InjectorsGalactic HyperdriveAdvanced Space CompassScanner Targeting EnhancementMulti-Targeting System • {{{10}}} • {{{11}}} • {{{12}}} • {{{13}}} • {{{14}}} • {{{15}}} • {{{16}}} • {{{17}}} • {{{18}}} • {{{19}}} • {{{20}}} • {{{21}}}
Weaponry Pulse LaserBeam LaserMilitary LaserMining LaserEnergy Bomb • {{{7}}} • {{{8}}} • {{{9}}} • {{{10}}} • {{{11}}} • {{{12}}} • {{{13}}} • {{{14}}} • {{{15}}} • {{{16}}} • {{{17}}} • {{{18}}} • {{{19}}} • {{{20}}} • {{{21}}}
Defence E.C.M. SystemExtra Energy UnitNaval Energy UnitShield BoostersMilitary Shield Enhancement • {{{7}}} • {{{8}}} • {{{9}}} • {{{10}}} • {{{11}}} • {{{12}}} • {{{13}}} • {{{14}}} • {{{15}}} • {{{16}}} • {{{17}}} • {{{18}}} • {{{19}}} • {{{20}}} • {{{21}}}


  • Aegidian (original OXP and that Oolite actually exists)
  • Smivs (Classic X-ships remake)


A graphic card supporting shaders will enhance the quality although this is not essential.


This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0). To view a copy of this license visit


Developed as a light Interceptor for Her Imperial Majesty's Space Navy the Cobra2-X is a development of the (later abandoned) Cobra Mk II prototype. It is an effective light fighter/interceptor popular with Assassins and Hunters. The Cobra2-C derivative is intended as a courier ship (hence the 'C' designation) and its small hold also allows fitment of a Passenger Berth making it ideal for use as a taxi. The Cobra2-C is slower than the X-ship version but has up-graded equipment options and a Hyperdrive.

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Size (metres, W×H×L) 138 x 32 x 125
Cargo capacity 0 TC
Cargo bay extension N/A
Maximum speed 0.370 LM
Manoeuvrability Roll: 3.0
Pitch: 1.65
Energy banks 3
Energy recharge rate Poor (2.0)
Gun mounts Fore
Missile slots None
Shield boosters available Yes
Military shields available No
Hyperspace capable Yes
OXP or standard OXP
Available to player Yes
Base price 105,000₢

The Sidewinder-X was developed as a medium Interceptor for Her Imperial Majesty's Space Navy and it is an evolution of the Sidewinder Scout Ship, similar in specification and performance.

It is however considerably larger than its predecessor, and the increase in size means that it has slightly increased maximum speed and improved maneuverability over the scoutship. The Sidewinder-X also has upgraded equipment options and a hyperdrive.


The ship is featured in three OXPs:


See also

Format for Colours

Live long and prosper, and may the Great Bird of the Galaxy bless your planet! —THE PHOENIX {Talk to me!} 01:11, 21 February 2010 (UTC)

     !        <- yellow!

Format for Size

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Format for different font

These three methods all make a difference:
1) Different font!

This sort of thing seems only to have been used for programming code (2022 note)


  This method (introducing one or more spaces at the beginning of the line) also has consequences for formatting.

Format for Equipment Infobox

Wine Cooler OXP
Name Wine Cooler
Cost 10₢
TL Availability 1

Format for Collapsible whatnots

initial text

later text!

Lifted from Phkb's BroadcastComms MFD page

Format for Quotations

I don't really see the need for a timeline or a backstory.

The way things are is just the way things are; I don't need to know where Earth is, or how human beings got from there (if they did) to where they are now. For me, a large part of the appeal of the game is its vagueness. It's as close to a blank slate as we can get, and it's built to be modded all over the shop to everyone's individual preferences.
Too much backstory just gets in the way.



Various Galleries

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Bulk Hauler
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Long Range Cruiser
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Lynx Bulk Carrier
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Super Bulk Hauler
Smivs' asteroid.jpg Smivs' boulder.jpg Smivs' buoy.png Smivs' cargo.jpg
Smivs' cori.jpg Smivs' dodo.jpg Smivs' escape.jpg Smivs' hermitage.jpg

Knotty's natty gallery

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Table for HUD page

List of HUDs

1 Aad HUD 2 Another HUD 3 CB-HUD 4 ChupacabraHUD 5 Coluber HUD CH01 6 CombatHUD 7 Compact HUD 8 CRR-HUD 9 Dangerous HUD 10 DeeperSpace HUD 11 Deepspace HUD 12 Deepspace Retro HUD 13 Dr HUD 14 ExtraLarge HUD 15 Fighter HUD 16 G-HUD 17 Isis HUD 18 KeeperHUD 19 Klepto HUD 20 Large HUD 21 Medusa HUD 22 Mega Walnut Dash HUD 23 MilHUD 4000 24 MilHUD (Military Specification HUD) 25 MillHUD Refit 26 Mod HUD 27 Nova Lux HUD 28 Numeric Style HUDs 29 OrangED HUD 30 Pie Chart Style HUDs 31 Small HUD 32 Smart HUD 33 Sniper Camera System HUD 34 Steampunk HUD 35 SW (CAI/DAI) HUD 36 Trek HUD 37 Venom Cockpit HUD 38 Vimana HUD 39 Wide-Screen HUD 40 Wolfwood HUD 41 Xenon HUD 42 Yet Another HUD 43 Z-GrOovY MiLHUD


Date Author Actual speed shown? Actual Torus speed shown? Different HUDs for different green/yellow/red conditions/alerts? Range of alerts shown Docked HUD? HUD Selector compatible?

  1. of MFDs?

Extras? (eg Vimana HUD's cornucopia of goodies, DeeperSpace's Risk Assessment, Xenon HUD's sights, Dangerous HUD's noises). Precision Joystick Indicator? Glare filter? Glare contrast? (for reading HUD in Glare - cf Xenon HUD) Current Location Display & Current Risk Notifier (Deeper Space HUD) Distance from Compass target? Weapons Bay Missile identifier? (ChupacabraHUD) Extra reticles for other lasers (Xenon) Choice of Colours? (Dangerous HUD & Xenon HUD) Choice of Cockpits? (Dangerous HUD) Natural materials? (Mega Walnut Dash)


Sortable Table

Ship Max Speed
Cargo Capacity
Base Cost
OXP or Standard Available to Player Size
(metres, W×H×L)
Cubic Meters
Firefly 0.755 35 775k OXP Yes 12 x 11 x 22 2904
Dragster Mk II 0.610 0 570k OXP Yes 33 x 9 x 83 24,651
Dragster Mk I 0.601 0 560k OXP Yes 33 x 9 x 83 24,651
Constrictor 0.60 15 N/A Standard No 54 × 10 × 60 32,400
A-Wing 0.60 0 570k OXP Yes 79 × 48 × 122 462,624
Fer de Lance NG 0.60 2 585k OXP Yes 45 × 20 × 85 76,500
Generation Ship 0.60 0 N/A OXP No 6413 x 6416 x 30277 1,245,771,628,816
Kestrel 0.555 8 675k OXP Yes 13 x 3 x 12 468

Future wiki work

New Region Page The Lizard's Claw

Need to sort out what on earth the "|XPosRel=13|YPosRel=61" is all about for the map!

See Light year distance calculation - especially Phantorgorth's key comment

Heh! This was sorted out for us by Alnivel!

Add in Exposure/Gamma Correction for Oolite v.1.91/2

When the details are added to the wiki, this needs to be linked to it:

Link with pretty pictures

Add in limits of Oolite game

On the BB is a thread with my list of 6 derived from Phkb's response and with an a_c comment:



I have a problem. I'm locked out of my BB account. I tried changing my listed e-mail since it's no longer active. That rendered my BB acct inactive (it sent a registration e-mail to my long-dead e-mail). Could you check with Cody or someone to see if anything can be done?

Massively Locked (talk) 16:40, 19 November 2022 (UTC)

BTW, feel free to delete this section. This is a lovely page & I'd hate to spoil it because I tripped over my own shoelaces.

Massively Locked (talk) 20:31, 19 November 2022 (UTC)