All hail to thee, mighty armchair emperors ! In Imperia, you are the emperor. Not just an emperor, but the emperor of the whole known universe. Ok, you are going to tell me, this universe does not look so frigging huge. I will bow to this, and tell you nevertheless that great things have small beginnings ! So, as an emperor, you are kind of addicted to luxury: you like the classy stuff of your epoch. In other words, you like gold, precious stones, exotic wood and fabrics, the best all of the worlds have to offer. This also shows in the game interface: what emperor would like to interact with his realm through a minimalist and sterile interface ? In order to make an interface worthy of your imperial alter-ego, I decided I would get my inspiration from Napoleon III and the rococo style in the late 19th century. It is elaborate, rich, and puts style ahead of dry efficiency. Let's have a look at how the interface should ultimately look like. Beware, this is photoshop mockups, the interface does not look like that yet, and there will be differences in the end -this is work in progress ! Take the main astrography screen: ... with some explanations: These mockups are simplified: no fleet is showed, although it should be. Some other data are missing as well. You will notice that each square button at the bottom of the screen has a small dot above it -a toggle actually. This allows you to select an overlay showing info about the specific 'domain' you want to. For instance, let's suppose that you have activated the 'military' toggle: you will be shown the military data overlay. Here's what the screen would look with this overlay activated: You immediately see that a lot more info is displayed on the screen (sheer understatement). - all the planets show their ground troops, point defenses and ships in orbit - previous battle sites are shown - an estimate of enemy forces is shown wherever possible - the friendly fleets are visible too (they should be by default, though) You can see some bad guys in the bottom-right part of the screen, and some allies to the top left. Remember those are mockups -some details have been simplified or omitted ! Next I will post some pictures of the other overlays. take care all, P.