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#1 Breunor

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Posted 27 February 2004 - 02:01 PM

Here's a start for the Entry Lift Facility.
(Using different name here, something that wouldn't hurt to do with all of the facilities.)

The Entry Lift Facility provides access to the X-Corps' underground bases. All new bases first require the construction of an Entry Lift before further construction can begin. This facility is also a potential weak point in our base defenses if hostile forces were to attack.

This facility provides access to the surface in several ways. A large hydraulic lift dominates the space, and is used to move heavy equipment and bulk supplies to and from the surface. A smaller personnel lift and stairs are also available when the larger lift is not needed. The facility has retractable roofing plates, which open by following recessed tracks in the ceiling. Above ground a small, nondescript building covers the lift's activity from the casual observer. A small operator station houses the controls for the main lift, and a communication panel above ground is used to contact the station below when new supplies are ready to be lowered.

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Posted 27 February 2004 - 07:09 PM

I like the fluff text, my one problem is that "A small non-descript building" is rather noticeable in Antarctica. Generraly, people will be curious about buildings in the middle of no-where. It's just human nature. I think it would be better just to say that "camouflage appropriate for the terrain" covers the panels. If you want to, you can give a few technical examples. Just remember that camouflage for one area is almost never going to work for another, even slightly different area. At least not if you want something well hidden.

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Posted 28 February 2004 - 08:53 AM

What about "Base entry facility"?

We'll might need to change the current model to have some personell elevators and stairs, instead of just one big cargo elevator.

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Posted 01 March 2004 - 10:15 AM

Yeah, we were discussing the fact that you dont see everything in the current model compared to the text or even the design text used by the artists making the facility models. For right now we're just going to leave the discrepency and come back to the model if time permits, better to get other stuff done first.

We can certainly talk about the name for it here too, something like Entrance Facility that doesn't use 'access' or 'lift' might be best.

Good point about the cammo description, perhaps suggesting that the building is surrounded by natural plants and ground features to be hidden from a distance would help. I agree that antartica would be an exception, you could simply have a cravace leading to it instead. Any massive construction project will draw attention of that sort regardless, we just want to make sure there's no big corporate X-Corps logo on the roof :D

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Posted 18 July 2004 - 09:23 PM

How about "Entry Bay"? It's pretty simple, and is also an appropriate name given that there might be stairs in addition to the lift.

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 03:16 PM

Astyanax thought that this needed refinement :D let's see...

X-Net://Pegasus.net/Base Facilities/Base Access

All new bases first require the construction of a Base Access before further modules can be built. This facility is the primary way into or out of the X-Corps' underground bases. Therefore it is also a potential entry point for hostile units in case of an attack.

The Base Access provides transportation to the surface via a large hydraulic lift. The lift can be used for heavy equipment and bulk supplies as well as personnel, and is equipped with a back-up power system allowing evacuation even when cut off from the power supply.
With X-Corps operating in secrecy, the Base Access is always well-concealed. The lift platform moves up to ground level when fully extended, with the covering bulkhead doors sliding back to the sides. Depending on the environment, the bulkheads are painted and fitted with appropriate camouflage - including artificial plants, rocks, or anything else our experts come up with.
Operation of the lift is controlled exclusively from the inside, with hidden surveillance equipment installed around the Base Access allowing detection and identification of personnel.
However, these safety measures will only be of limited use in the case of an attack against the base. The aliens have the means necessary to open the bulkhead doors, making the Base Access the most probable point of entry along with the Hangars. In case of an alien attack on one of our bases, it is strongly advised to keep these entry points under guard, preferably by soldiers equipped with heavy weaponry.



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Posted 13 March 2005 - 05:26 AM

Well, you know the drill: blue for comments, orange for additions

BASE ACCESS
X-Net://Pegasus.net/Base Facilities/Base Access

All new bases first require the construction of a Base Access before further modules can be built.Hm, I think the first sentence is going a little to fast "in medias res" I donīt have a better idea, but maybe something like the following smoothes it up a little: "Establishing a new base the construction of a base access is the primary objective." This facility is the primary way into or out of the X-Corps' underground bases. Therefore it is also a potential entry point for hostile units in case of an attack.

The Base Access provides transportation to the surface via a large hydraulic lift. The lift can be used for heavy equipment and bulk supplies as well as personnel, and is equipped with a back-up power system allowing evacuation even when cut off from the power supply. Double supply, maybe: "[...] when cut off from mains."
With X-Corps operating in secrecy, the Base Access is always well-concealed. The lift platform moves up to ground level when fully extended, with the covering bulkhead doors sliding back to the sides. Depending on the environment, the bulkheads are painted and fitted with appropriate camouflage - including artificial plants, rocks, or anything else our experts come up with.
Nice idea, but what is with overground bases? I think they are planned, no?
Operation of the lift is controlled exclusively from the inside, with hidden surveillance equipment installed around the Base Access allowing detection and identification of personnel.
However, these safety measures will only be of limited use in the case of an attack against the base. The aliens have the means necessary to open the bulkhead doors, making the Base Access the most probable point of entry along with the Hangars. Do we already know this? I mean, its most probably, but we do not know it. So maybe you would like to write something like: "It is very likable that in the case of an alien attack they would have all the means to open the bulkhead doors[...]" In case of an alien attack on one of our bases, it is strongly advised to keep these entry points under guard, preferably by soldiers equipped with heavy weaponry.


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I like it. :)

Edited by Mad, 13 March 2005 - 05:35 AM.

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 06:04 AM

BASE ACCESS
X-Net://Pegasus.net/Base Facilities/Base Access

When establishing a new base, the construction of a Base Access is the first thing necessary. After that, additional modules can be built. The Base Access is the primary way into or out of an X-Corps' underground base. Therefore it is also a potential entry point for hostile units in case of an attack.

The Base Access provides transportation to the surface via a large hydraulic lift. The lift can be used for heavy equipment and bulk supplies as well as personnel, and is equipped with a back-up power system allowing evacuation even when cut off from the main line.

With X-Corps operating in secrecy, the Base Access is always well-concealed. The lift platform moves up to ground level when fully extended, with the covering bulkhead doors sliding back to the sides. Depending on the environment, the bulkheads are painted and fitted with appropriate camouflage - including artificial plants, rocks, or anything else our experts come up with.

Operation of the lift is controlled exclusively from the inside, with hidden surveillance equipment installed around the Base Access allowing detection and identification of personnel.
However, these safety measures will only be of limited use in the case of an attack against the base. The aliens very likely have the means necessary to open the bulkhead doors, making the Base Access the most probable point of entry along with the Hangars. In case of an alien attack on one of our bases, it is therefore strongly advised to keep these entry points under guard, preferably by soldiers equipped with heavy weaponry.


"Personnel will not tell the pizza delivery guy to 'leave the food by the secret underground entrance' under any circumstances! Do I make myself clear?" -Sgt. Nathan McDaniel, during recruit orientation.



you are right... except for the non-underground bases. :) X-Corps bases will always be underground, hidden away from the aliens. It is discussed, for V1+, to maybe have ground-level base defense missions, like the first level of an attack on an alien base in TFTD - only the other way around.

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Posted 16 March 2005 - 05:56 PM

Looks good, Moriarty! It gets my special Astyanax™ seal of approval. :P

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Posted 16 March 2005 - 06:08 PM

Looks very good Moriarty. Let's wait for some comments :)
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Posted 17 March 2005 - 04:01 PM

Is Base Access Facility also some kind of temporary hangar for all purchases and base to base deliveries?
Just a small sentence about small hangar facilities would be good, I think :Coffee:

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 04:06 AM

Is Base Access Facility also some kind of temporary hangar for all purchases and base to base deliveries?


nah, couldn't be. just take a look at the picture in the art department... it's really just a round room with an elevator in the middle. very boring. :)
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Posted 18 March 2005 - 06:13 AM

nah, couldn't be. just take a look at the picture in the art department... it's really just a round room with an elevator in the middle. very boring.  :)

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Not even a tiny, hidden helipad? How do they bring any supplies when only the the Base Access Facility and the Storage Facility are finished?
Maybe the Storage Facility have a minielevator from the surface. Otherwise I guess they throw the supplies down the shaft.
How scientists would sound when thrown? Ouch or ouuuuuuuuuch?

P.S. I looked at the picture myself, there's still some place for landing, even if a bit too small for a helicopter. Maybe the helipad is right on top and this is a picture of something deeper inside the base?

Edited by dan2, 18 March 2005 - 07:09 AM.


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Posted 14 May 2005 - 11:32 AM

Just a suggestion: I think "central core" would sound cooler

What about shield doors to bulkheads?

Also I like the sound of 'boffins' compared to experts.


BASE ACCESS
X-Net://Pegasus.net/Base Facilities/Base Access

When establishing a new base, the construction of a Central Core is the first thing necessary. After that, additional modules can be built. The Central Core is the primary way into or out of an X-Corps' underground base. Therefore it is also a potential entry point for hostile units in case of an attack.

The Central Core provides transportation to the surface via a large hydraulic lift. The lift can be used for heavy equipment and bulk supplies as well as personnel, and is equipped with a back-up power system allowing evacuation even when cut off from the main line.

With X-Corps operating in secrecy, the Central Core is always well-concealed. The lift platform moves up to ground level when fully extended, with the covering shield doors sliding back to the sides. Depending on the environment, the shield doors are painted and fitted with appropriate camouflage - including artificial plants, rocks, or anything else our boffins come up with.

Operation of the lift is controlled exclusively from the inside, with hidden surveillance equipment installed around the Central Core allowing detection and identification of personnel.
However, these safety measures will only be of limited use in the case of an attack against the base. The aliens very likely have the means necessary to open the bulkhead doors, making the Base Access the most probable point of entry along with the Hangars. In case of an alien attack on one of our bases, it is therefore strongly advised to keep these entry points under guard, preferably by soldiers equipped with heavy weaponry.


"Personnel will not tell the pizza delivery guy to 'leave the food by the secret underground entrance' under any circumstances! Do I make myself clear?" -Sgt. Nathan McDaniel, during recruit orientation.


Edited by GDD, 14 May 2005 - 12:06 PM.


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Posted 14 May 2005 - 12:47 PM

Boffin is slang, more specifically, british slang, we try to avoid slang as much as possible in the texts, as they are supposed to be entries of an encyclopedia of some sorts, they are scientific reports :)
Also, "Central Core" would be kinda confusing, not precisely a name appropiate for an elevator. But anyway, the name of the X-Com's Entry Lift has been voted, so right now the name is Base Access Facility.
About bulkhead, the definition of what's described in the text is precisely "bulkheads", shield door doesn't sound like something it actually exists, rather than a different name (one I couldn't find in a dictionary) for bulkhead.
Thanks for your suggestions :D

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 01:16 PM

<_< < ah nuts

boffins rule!!!! :KooKoo:

well bulkheads just remind me of ships :P

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Posted 22 October 2005 - 03:01 PM

Completed :)
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BASE ACCESS FACILITY
X-Net://Pegasus.net/Base Facilities/Base Access

When establishing a new base, the construction of a Base Access is the first thing necessary. After that, additional modules can be built. The Base Access is the primary way into or out of an X-Corps' underground base. Therefore it is also a potential entry point for hostile units in case of an attack.

The Base Access provides transportation to the surface via a large hydraulic lift. The lift can be used for heavy equipment and bulk supplies as well as personnel, and is equipped with a back-up power system allowing evacuation even when cut off from the main line.

With X-Corps operating in secrecy, the Base Access is always well-concealed. The lift platform moves up to ground level when fully extended, with the covering bulkhead doors sliding back to the sides. Depending on the environment, the bulkheads are painted and fitted with appropriate camouflage - including artificial plants, rocks, or anything else our experts come up with.

Operation of the lift is controlled exclusively from the inside, with hidden surveillance equipment installed around the Base Access allowing detection and identification of personnel.
However, these safety measures will only be of limited use in the case of an attack against the base. The aliens very likely have the means necessary to open the bulkhead doors, making the Base Access the most probable point of entry along with the Hangars. In case of an alien attack on one of our bases, it is therefore strongly advised to keep these entry points under guard, preferably by soldiers equipped with heavy weaponry.


"Personnel will not tell the pizza delivery guy to 'leave the food by the secret underground entrance' under any circumstances! Do I make myself clear?" -Sgt. Nathan McDaniel, during recruit orientation.