I played Privateer for countless hours when it came out around 15 years ago, and I have gone through a few computers since, each one taking all the time necessary to make it run on that system. Finally, I can't make it run anymore, not even dosbox does a decent job with it, and I rely on this project to bring Privateer back to me!! =P If you keep updating and listening to feedback, I'll keep testing!! =D
Still, I'm confused. When I bought the turret for my Centurion, it stuck it in the back. When I went to mount guns to it and a tractor beam, it said no slots available. I said ok must be a bug not worked out yet. Then I went in space and checked it out. It fired mesons.
I can't get it to run on my laptop.. it'll start loading and then it CTD's before I get to see the menu screen...
of course my laptop is not exactly high quality gaming hardware.
1.3ghz celeron, 1gig ddr2 ram, integrated 64mb graphic card.
A turret comes WITH a pair of guns pre-installed. IIRC you get to choose the type of gun at the moment where you buy the turret (or did they take that out of this version?). The turret also has a tractor beam pre-installed, but you need to go into the turret and switch the tractor on--I forget if this is the g key or the w key. You can then fire the tractor beam from within the turret view--but not from, within the main cockpit, and it will fire in the direction that your turret is facing.
I agree on the repair prices. Too high in some cases. Also losing an item altogether when it's destroyed is a bad idea. I've gone through 3 afterburners so far. In the original it could get blown up altogether and still get repaired for considerably less than buying it all over again. Maybe it makes sense to do it this way but I prefer sticking to the original. Seems as though the equipment gets damaged before enough of the armor is gone. I know it should take some damage before the armor is gone, but the ship equipment is too vulnerable I'm noticing.
In the original Privateer, systems went from severe damage to being completely destroyed. Then you had to rebuy instead of repair something, and this could occur with a good deal of armor left depending on where and what gets hit. It sounds like Gemini Gold works like it should.