Kilemall

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  1. I haven't seen that much FPS improvement, maybe some, I'll reserve judgement until I'm in a heavy town combat. But the occasional 'shaking screen' has stopped. That's a thing.
  2. Heh, an interesting question comes to mind- how valid will the stats be valid other then 'coup scored' against other players when the variable loadouts can alter the combat value of the equipment? And more seriously, how to build the spawnlists on any kind of valuation, historical or game points, when the ammo used can alter the combat capability or even cost?
  3. Maybe an icon for garrisons that make it clear what is spawnable there? A square flag with a tank, plane or ship for each garrison type?
  4. I have this exact card, I'll be trying them out.
  5. No the sequence was .overrun, which I seem to recall had either a timer for veto or a vote, THEN you could do a .fallback. ABs flipped to enemy, FBs if any to friendly towns opened up, and the race was on. The precision timing control of it is what allowed it to be so devastating, it really did kill off moling for a couple years, which in one sense was nice as people had to REALLY show up to fight, else just one little depot/city take could turn into a free resupply nightmare very quickly. .HAAC, or Hold At All Costs, was the flipside tactical command to .FALLBACK. It opened up all the depots to FULL AB supply. it was too powerful as it made the defense REALLY strong on demand, only limit was 2 HAACs an hour. I feel the command should have come with a risk, like a flag in HAAC mode should bounce to training if the AB is taken. Modern day with garrisons, I guess I would have the bases taken kill off the garrison spawning even if there are depot spawns left.
  6. For about a glorious year or two, primetime Allies did this all the time, but with the help of the .fallback command. It was so powerful a tactic that for a time you couldn't risk moling, because an enemy could trigger fallback when you were just poking at a town, and all of a sudden they are set to get the town back and have fresh supply in your face. Liege was a particular fear, you couldn't afford to give a fresh supply there as the Allied position would be blown off the map, so I often had people poke around to keep Axis attacks manageable but not setoff a logistical disaster. There was even an Allied General who took the mantle of Doctor Fallback as he specialized in these operations. I wanna say Gonzowcs, but I need to do a search. Yep, there it is, circa 2006, I think it was more a 2004-2006 thing when .fallback for base supply was active, and I had the name right- The side that has it's act together best with HC and squads can gain major advantage with this ability.
  7. Mkay, well Xoom was talking like that was a thing, precisely I think to avoid the whole fallback tactic thing, but I suspected it might not be doable, especially in light of the need for Allied country management.
  8. You know, when I was responding to the topic I didn't play this movie. Damn that hurts. It's probably Thndr21 not 12 they are quoting, one of the top ten smartest Allied guys ever. Engine2 made that squad go, and of course Hathcock the guy I could ask to shut down half of an attack and he could just by sniping hell out of everything (think Agave only better), and KC23 my partner in DDOP crime. Miss em a lot.
  9. Ummm. That seems at odds with reality, they absolutely should do a supply check before loading.
  10. Assuming this is all correct, in most cases no question, you want AB last- too much of a chance of the fresh MGs reversing course, retaking AB and then you are facing both local armor AND MGs. This is tied very closely to the 'fresh list' question line I have going in another thread. Flip side, you leave that depot up deliberately and precamp the next town over effectively since you are likely killing all their MGs in a supercamp you already have going on. Unless a mobile division is in the area you can finish one town and prep another with little risk to your remaining attacking forces and will be able to hit the now MG depleted bordering town using both other towns not touched much by supply hits AND the new town supply you just won.
  11. That answers the overstock questions, but does that extend to a fast retake? Do we get a full fresh list? If so, the fallback/recapture tactic to get supply back faster then normal is ON. Now I don't mean the old .fallback, that wouldn't work even if the command flipped ABs as the town would still be not captured, but deliberately allowing an enemy to take a town after depleting both supplies, then immediately counterattacking. If you get a fresh list, that's a major way to get local supply advantage for a night.
  12. I said nothing about TZ3 underpop with no HC on attacking the snake, just that the usual before the fact option when HCs are on before the snake gets going seems to be 'let's cut it cause that's so clever' instead of getting ahead and bop the head. Damn amateurs, and the experience I have with these too clever people is they won't learn afterwards either. Cause clever and 'it woulda worked'. Then after TZ3 that's all the option left as divisions race to the scene of the crime, too late to do anything but try a cut but by that time the snake makers have already reinforced and are watching the incoming units for optimal defense. Now the head is capped and people should be able to defend as they get fresh spawnlists too with those all-important engineers and sappers, and when HCs do get on snake cutters will on average outnumber the supply of the snake makers 2:1, assuming there isn't a division 'in the pipe'. But it still requires smart play on the part of players online, and a dedicated smart snake crew can still get it done. It's just going to be less often and a real achievement/total failure of defense. Hmm, one thing I hadn't thought about, the default 2 AOs. That means the snake might get wider as well as race to the edge a bit faster, splitting overrun D more. Maybe more feasible then at first blush.
  13. Is there a global template for each town template? 4 templates for 4 city size types, x potential countries x tiers? Assuming it's like the screenshot I saved from KFS1 postings, that would still be 16 town templates x 7 tiers for 112 supply columns that have to be right. Then whatever overrides you can put in per town, then another 12 templates x 7 tiers for 84 supply columns of which those have definitely been made custom per some divisions over the years. My eyes would be bleeding after that and doesn't count checking EVERY override point, specific named brigade and town if that can be done and is ever done.
  14. Disagreed. Before 1.36 the TZ3 defenders often didn't have HC on or qualified enough to act quickly and cap the head of the snake as Catfive outlined, or worse could have but thought it was better/more clever to attempt a cut with not enough people and a small army piping down the snake. Now capping the head is automatic long as you can fight and delay/stop. Particularly engineers for FB blowing.
  15. Yes, that's one of the questions, along with if town 3 had overstock and was taken fast then counterattacked fast and back within an hour or two does Town 3 keep it's overstock? And in all cases are the lists back to the state they were in awaiting resup tickets on the 6/10/12 whatever hour or do they get a fresh list? I was under the impression the former, just checking.
  16. Of course it's possible, the difference is that the snake is more defensible with the ability to spawn in at the head of the snake in each town, and counterattack supply on either side of the snake rather then only specific towns the cutting divisions have got to. Flip side is snake people get a fresh new spawnlist at each new town along the way.
  17. I would agree that literal voice comms in game is a Big Project, and I expect the Rats know this too. That's desirable but not necessary for stopping first stage sub bleeding right now. Your particular architecture is advantageous in that it could be fed to text if the player is deaf (this is a thing) and through a translator since we are a worldwide game. It would also be a BIG THING to implement. I wouldn't be surprised though to find the Rat conception is more natural voice with relative position defining what can and cannot be heard. A default check/install and macro that sets up the CRS voicecomm sites if already installed on a TS/Discord/whatever platform is all I'm talking about. And for the payoff, real high on the list IMO.
  18. Yes they are absolutely hardcoded into the terrain engine with backends to whatever state mechanic. The fact that there ARE links with and without FBs is a clue there is optional programming involved, particularly with the 'is link friendly to allow missions from either source town or FB?' logic in. Has to be tied into the spawnable logic too. Likely not casual, even ripping out. I'll be happy to be corrected by the experts, but Rats 1.0 often stated these things are embedded in the terrain as objects and it all has to work together to function as is. Breaking down the logical components tells me there is more then just 'delete object from map' involved.
  19. Key question, do overstocks survive when a town goes off backside, do they survive in a town where it was taken so fast that the overstock isn't burned and it's retaken within a few hours, and is the list staying what it was + resup tickets at time of recapture or a full list each time re: the old fallback mechanism?
  20. Ya, that's what I thought you meant, and just no. But in general I think the trickle timers should be slower, to allow for counterattacks and to slow down snake cuts that aren't mobile division driven.
  21. In your scenario Delems what should the timers be for your 1/2/3+ cappers if they are overpop or underpop?
  22. My question is, is the FB flip to attacker on lib INTENTIONAL or BUG? Infantry placed FRU is THE most powerful weapon system ever built for the game, and I'm counting the StugNuke in there too. I think it's wonderful to provide such a powerful tool to the HCs to generate battle, neither side should be comfortable in their defenses at any time, it SHOULD be able to be offense 24/7 both sides and regardless of pop. But AOs exist precisely to concentrate player action so we have fights not capfests. You don't want AOs to get created over and above lowpop's ability to handle them.
  23. <Shakes head> ya assumptions. This is a proprietary game with an engine that has objects like FBs hardcoded in. While I'm certain there are common process calls in there along with some table or database that keeps track of FB state, I would not assume anything with how the objects in the engine interact and the difficulty of making logic changes. Two parter to this. Different programmers for different kinds of programming, so talking like they have a pool of programmers that are being assigned to this or that priority is not their reality. There are priorities within their silos of specialty, and some are dependent on others so a total prioritization is needed for those, but generally speaking voice guys can proceed and not interrupt equipment modeling or financial backend work. Where it would be a bottleneck is client guys for at least the install/default UI access, and a whole lot more work for integrated voice comms in terms of in the game audio itself. That would be desirable but a real big project and ya a big win if we get it but not something ahead of 64-bit. When I'm talking voice comms I'm talking a default install of Discord or whatever that sets everything up for them and gets them talking in the first hour. There is utterly no question that our retention would skyrocket as they have somebody to talk to rather then getting lost in the text channels or not even trying. Now then, no question that the UI needs fixing. One of the great regrets I have is that the DFW area had Redmond Simonsen and I didn't believe it, he was the literal God of Wargame UI and I didn't believe he actually lived here so I didn't get him introduced to the game. Not more then 7 miles away and he would have done volunteer work for something this ambitious. Anyway, the two are not mutually incompatible to work on, and is vital for new player retention. Even a jump up to 5% noobs subscribe rate would be huge.
  24. Big big assumption on your part. Depending on how it was done, it may be hand coding for every individual FB pair and a ton of QA involved. It's also not just how much programmer effort involved, but the payoff in gameplay and ultimately subscriptions. VoiceComms may or may not be easier then FB redo, but it pays off bigger IMO.
  25. Ya, I though it was gonna be 6 hour trickle times for new capped towns, which largely eliminates what you are talking about, the successful cap roll. I'm real aware of this possibility because of my role in Operation Honey Swarm, a massive Allied attack on Trier when it was new to the map and so were Stuarts, we fought all night long and didn't take it so didn't get the supply save, everything was used up 3 towns deep and so Axis rolled right through all that with fresh supply at each town. I blame myself for that Allied campaign loss, we didn't come back from it morale-wise. There is a case for successful caps should be rewarded, but if trickle timers are one hour for new cap then you eliminate the incentive for driving in rescue forces and overstock is far less attractive, being too much of a risk if you lose. That being said, I wouldn't want to see your system in place because then there is very little reward for a successful cap. I'd buffer the effect, not limit the victors to exactly what the losers lost in their attempts to rescue the town.