OK, First let me qualify by saying that I'm an old school gamer (back to Atari 2600 / Vic20 days) and Developer: I am Hard-core; gues that's why I'm here playing a BC++++ game.
I own: -
* 1996 Silver box for BC3000AD (yes the infamous Take-Two / Gametek); Worth it's weight in gold (well, silver)
* BC3000AD v2
* Battlecruiser Millenium
* Universal Combat AWA
* GALCOM ES SE 2.11.07
I have ALL the space sims that you can imagine. I actually have things on my system like: -
Microsoft Space Sim
I-War running in a glide wrapper
Frontier First Encounters
Orbiter with Terraforming mod etc etc etc
Space Shuttle 2007
The Tomorrrow War
Freespace OPEN with heaps of fan missions
etc etc etc ... all hacked & patched for modern graphics / stability / mods
AND, YOU'VE DONE IT. I have been waiting forever to get that "excited" feeling when firing up a Space sim; haven't really had that feeling since I first got the orig BC3000AD when I was 28 years old, and I'm getting it now.
Have put in about 20 hours, just scratching the surface.
Put it this way, my son (11yo) has finished COD 5 twice since I started playing with this beast.
Your lighting engine is wonderful. The cockpits are "solid", and by that I mean you feel like you can touch them. Transparent and reflective cannopies when viewed from outside the ship would be nice though.
I would have to say that Evochron Legends and GALCOM ES SE2 do go toe to toe in some ways, but your game feels more "Microprose" and is far "heavier", if you know what I'm saying.
Thanks Derek and co. for this wonderfully mature and cerebral virtual quantum machine.
P.S. I do have a couple of Tech questions but I'll do that in the appropriate place.