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From: Brendan Patterson <brendanpatterson at yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, May 18, 2009 at 12:50 PM
Subject: [netrek-forever] Netrek for the iPhone
To: netrek-forever at googlegroups.com

An iPhone Netrek client would quickly add at least thousands of
players, not to mention whomever wrote it would very likely get rich
quick even if you sold a $0.99 version :)

As it seems the Mac client is already written in Objective C that's
probably a huge jump start. What license is that code under? I suppose
you could still sell it if it's GPL, you'd just have to release the

It would indeed be the ultimate iPhone game - especially if you could
have a stand alone mode which was just bots.

We all know that an iPhone has many times the computing power needed.
The trick would be a clever UI though this is where the touch screen
and gestures get really exciting.

Ideas (please add your own)
* stand alone mode so you don't need a network or server necessarily
* touch and drag your ship ( a vector indicating speed would appear)
the longer the drag the greater the speed.
* tap to fire torpedos
* tap with two fingers for phaser
* pull three fingers straight down for repair mode
* twist two fingers clock wise for shields up
* twist two fingers counter clockwise for shields down
* just like photos of course two fingers squeezing out would be zoom
in - opposite zoom out
* you can swipe to flick between galaxy overview and close in view

* the only thing that's not obvious is how to communicate, but you
could have the canned messages easily enough - 'transporting 4 armies
to earth'

Anyway these are just a few quick ideas. I'm sure you guys can come up
with better ones. Here is a mockup:

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Of course the thing that can't be stressed enough is that the
refreshed StarTrek franchise is creating a whole new fan base and
revitalizing the old one. Free marketing galore :)

Good times!

J.S. Bach - Primus inter pares
Soli Deo Gloria
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