Wormhole Fundamentals, Directional Scanner and Local (Ep. 3)
When travelling through wormhole space, sometimes referred to as double-you-space, you may notice that you cannot see yourself in the local chat channel, and for that matter nobody else does either. So how will you make any friends that way?
Local Chat in Wspace uses a mechanic known as “Delayed Local” – a pod pilot will not be listed in the Local channel until that pilot has spoken in the local channel.
If you never speak, you never show up. When you jump out of the system, your name will not be removed from the local pilot list for others.
Your only means of getting to know your neighbors is going to be your Overview and your Directional Scanner, commonly referred to as D-Scan.
So position the window smartly, and get comfortable with using dscan. Dscan has three primary adjustable controls.
You can adjust the range of a scan, the size of the directional arc included in the scan, and the actual direction of that arc.
There is a fourth control as well, this allows you to optionally filter results to only include things that would show up on your currently selected overview.
First: distance controls.
The maximum range for DScan is 14.35 AU.
If you want to know how far something is from you, you can adjust the range and re-scan in increments of an AU easily by remembering that approximately one hundred fifty million kilometers is one AU and it is easy to scale your range control by simply removing the leading 2 from a max range scan to get near one AU, triple that for three AU and so on. But most of the time you want to make lots of new friends so you would use the maximum range.
Second is the arc control: You can adjust the arc from a full 360 degree sphere, down to a 5 degree cone in fixed increments.
Third is the arc direction.
That arc can be directed by re-positioning your camera in space, or by using the solar system map view.
This directional arc is based on your camera direction, not on your ship’s heading. Just place your ship between you and the direction you want the arc to point to make the magic happen. but again, because we play Eve to make friends, you would do well to use a 360 degree arc generally. Because your future friends will have your back.
Eve will only refresh the dscan results when you push the button, so be sure you are ready to receive any new friends who want to welcome you to the neighborhood you will want to hit the scan button frequently and look for changes in the result list.
And remember that Cloaked ships will never show up on the directional scanner, and some solar systems are quite large, so you never know exactly who might drop in to say hello.