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What's the difference between align to and approach ?

Author
Dota Locke
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#1 - 2016-11-20 04:31:47 UTC
I have been testing it out in game and I really can't figure out the difference.
ShahFluffers
Ice Fire Warriors
#2 - 2016-11-20 05:15:26 UTC  |  Edited by: ShahFluffers
Mechanically there is no difference.

If you are approaching an object, you are aligning towards it.

To "align" to something means you are aiming your trajectory towards it.


Keep this in mind when you are attempting to warp to something.
To warp you need to fulfil three conditions:

- your trajectory is within 3 to 5 degrees of your destination
- your speed is between 75 to 125% of your ship's max velocity
- you warp core strength is 1 or higher (note: warp disruption applies -1 (or more) points of warp strength)


edit: clearing up typos and repeated words as the wine is kicking in.
Ralph King-Griffin
Lords.Of.Midnight
The Devil's Warrior Alliance
#3 - 2016-11-20 05:20:14 UTC
You approach something on grid.
You align to something off grid.

That's not strictly true though, you can align to anything you can warp to (over 150 k)

Functionally identical processes, but aligning is actionable for your warp drive, approaching isn't.
Ralph King-Griffin
Lords.Of.Midnight
The Devil's Warrior Alliance
#4 - 2016-11-20 05:22:48 UTC
ShahFluffers wrote:

edit: clearing up typos and repeated words as the wine is kicking in.

Oh you girls blouse, my whiskey is just wearing offUgh
Hello Meow Kitty
Ministry of War
Amarr Empire
#5 - 2016-11-20 05:26:26 UTC
Meow just adding to the bag of this learning curve.... no difference other than for us to ask why ... meow
ShahFluffers
Ice Fire Warriors
#6 - 2016-11-20 05:32:02 UTC  |  Edited by: ShahFluffers
Ralph King-Griffin wrote:
ShahFluffers wrote:

edit: clearing up typos and repeated words as the wine is kicking in.

Oh you girls blouse, my whiskey is just wearing offUgh

Hey, hey, hey... not all of us are endowed with livers of steel you Leprechaun. Blink
Ralph King-Griffin
Lords.Of.Midnight
The Devil's Warrior Alliance
#7 - 2016-11-20 05:35:08 UTC  |  Edited by: Ralph King-Griffin
Hello Meow Kitty wrote:
Meow just adding to the bag of this learning curve.... no difference other than for us to ask why ... meow

Stop that or I will find you and murder your friends faces off until they ostracise you.
Though I dear say if you're putting meow before and after everything you type with them they'll probably have done so already.

Just stop it please, at least here in NC&a anyway.
Whatever about gd or wherever else.
ShahFluffers
Ice Fire Warriors
#8 - 2016-11-20 05:38:19 UTC
Ralph King-Griffin wrote:
Stop that or I will find you and murder your friends faces off until they ostracise you.

U WANNA FITE??

I WILL END YOU!!!!

*stumbles and passes out on floor*
Iria Ahrens
Space Perverts and Forum Pirates
#9 - 2016-11-20 07:06:14 UTC
Watch out, I just made an alpha clone and joined fw. I'll actually know how to kill someone,,,one day.

My choice of pronouns is based on your avatar. Even if I know what is behind the avatar.

Eric Erle
Blackout Deep Space Logistics
#10 - 2016-11-20 13:38:27 UTC
Distance.
Ralph King-Griffin
Lords.Of.Midnight
The Devil's Warrior Alliance
#11 - 2016-11-20 13:57:24 UTC
ShahFluffers wrote:
Ralph King-Griffin wrote:
Stop that or I will find you and murder your friends faces off until they ostracise you.

U WANNA FITE??

I WILL END YOU!!!!

*stumbles and passes out on floor*

No-no mate, the numb nuts behind thinks he's a cat
Memphis Baas
#12 - 2016-11-21 00:46:17 UTC
The effect is the same, your ship aims at the object and starts flying towards it at full speed.

However, you approach objects that are within visible range of you. Other nearby ships, or anything within the "grid" - the local area around you. The idea is that you will shortly reach the object you're approaching.

You align, on the other hand, towards distant planets or stations, with the intent of being able to instantly enter warp if you get attacked. Without warp, your ship will never really reach the object, because it's flying too slowly.

For a RL example, approach the corner of your street vs. align towards the Moon.