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- - By Fungiform Date 2013-09-04 09:34
The other day I was thinking about the energy storage.
As our style is supposed to be "Clockpunk" I came up with the following idea which is inspired by old clocks in which have a weight to store energy.

Excessive energy is used to lift a heavy weight in a scaffold. When the energy is needed the mass is released and the movement is used to power a generator to make the energy available again.
I made a small gif to show how it could look in action:

I think its a nice visual way to show that/how much energy is stored. Also the similarity to the windmill makes it easy to see that it belongs to the "energy-building Family".

Initial sketch:
Parent - By Andriel Date 2013-09-04 09:47
Great idea and great sketches.
I love how logical it is, we need more of this! :D
Parent - - By Sven2 [de] Date 2013-09-04 10:34
While the idea is really cool, I feel we're getting dangerously many similarly looking buildings (Windmill, Elevator, Energy storage). We need some way to distinguish them easily at least in the construction menu.
Parent - By Fungiform Date 2013-09-04 10:47
In this case the similarity is intended. The concepts I do follow the principle that buildings of one "family" have similar character.
Zoomed out or in the construction menu the buildings can be distinguished by the characteristic silhouette. I can post the silhouettes later when I have time.

At least my concepts follow this principle...
Parent - By Andriel Date 2013-09-04 10:49
At least the windmill should be easily distinguishable because of its wings.
Parent - By Matthias [de] Date 2013-09-04 11:22
I also think the distinction between windmill and this wouldn't be a problem. Also, at least as it is now, the elevator has a very different shape, because it is bent with the case offset to the side.
Parent - By Newton [vn] Date 2013-09-04 13:42
In the menu, it could be made looking totally different by having the title picture be shown from a different angle.
Parent - Date 2013-09-04 17:07
Parent - By Maikel Date 2013-09-04 11:18
Looks good, I'd especially like these small lightbulb thingies indicating power consumer/producer. I'd love to have those on all buildings using that.
Parent - By Newton [vn] Date 2013-09-04 13:45
Especially yours and Matthis sketches look so good that I begin to really like your idea to set up different pages in the wiki for the (progress on) the objects in the artwork department.
Parent - By Nachtfalter [de] Date 2013-09-04 15:30
This is exactly the style I always wanted for OpenClonk! Keep up the good work. (We should keep the silhouette idea for the construction menu in mind)
Parent - By Clonkonaut [de] Date 2013-09-04 15:52
Outstanding design!
Parent - - By PeterW [gb] Date 2013-09-04 16:34
As an extra function, you could allow activating it to trigger an earthquake :)
Parent - By Maikel Date 2013-09-04 16:59
Parent - By ker Date 2013-09-05 18:37
The building could be made choppable with the axe ;)
Parent - By J. J. [us] Date 2013-09-05 19:45
Wow! Ingenious yet simple. The style fits in so well: weight energy storage. I just can't get over how cool it is. \o/  ;)
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