Development Game [ 2013-09-22 ]

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Development Game [ 2013-09-22 ]

Postby Viech » Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:12 pm UTC

Yesterday, we only had four matches since the server decided to poweroff during the Tremor match. The good news is that there were a good amount of people who played, so I could spectate how the new confidence ruleset works out and tweak some values between matches.

What has been tested?

  • A reimplementation of the confidence system that comes with a new ruleset. Player kills always yield confidence and more of it. The text display has been replaced with a progress bar.
  • The human firebomb, a less expensive grenade that sets alien buildables and the floor on fire.
  • New crosshairs with friend/foe and hit indicators. Thanks to Dozzer for starting to work on this and providing the alien indicator assets!


Here are the graphs, note that Stage 2 (really just a collection of items with the same unlock threshold now) was at 100 and Stage 3 at 200 confidence points.




I noticed that even though we made the confidence system more stable (i.e. less punishing to the defending team) by giving a greater amount of confidence per kill and more importantly giving it without regional limitation, three of the four matches left the defending team on Stage 1 while the attacking team nearly reached Stage 3. The new confidece system allows us to go in both directions easily and while I don't think that punishing camping more than it currently does would be a good idea, we still have the option to either leave it roughly where it is or increase stability further by giving defenders a quicker stageup or making it harder for the dominating team to reach Stage 3.

Request for feedback

I'd like to know whether you felt a certain stageup was too easy or too hard to reach. Please explain what you did and what your own and the enemy team did.

What's next?

The confidence system will most likely get a more detailed ruleset as the complexity can be hidden behind the graphical representation now and we have some corner cases and scenarios that we wanted to address for a while. Ideally we want the size of a reward to be so intuitive that players don't mind how it's calculated (note that whenever you earn confidence the tip of your confidence bar will glow and the length of the glowing part represents the size of your share).

Fire is a fun thing but the damage calculation has some rough edges that make balancing harder and can potentially lead to frustration when a buildable burns shorter or longer than expected by attacker or defender, respectively.

Some people noted that the position of the human inventory on the HUD irritates them and while I don't think the scroll-and-select style inventory should have a future, I'll see if it fits between confidence bar and radar.

As soon as the confidence system works well enough for what were previously the three stages, we will start to tweak individual item thresholds to increase the "smoothness" of team progress. Expect to get some important items earlier and some more powerful upgrades later in the game.
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Re: Development Game [ 2013-09-22 ]

Postby Ishq » Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:55 pm UTC

Currently, killing bases is too easy, and too rewarding. Even with the changes of reducing confidence for killing building, suiciding bases is still too effective. I don't think this is a problem we can fix by messing with thresholds of existing items. We need a way to scale buildable strength with the type of aliens prevalent at the time. This can be done by adding new buildings at higher thresholds to fill in the gap, or adding the ability to upgrade current buildings.
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Re: Development Game [ 2013-09-22 ]

Postby Anomalous » Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:15 pm UTC

The inventory could be a list of all equipment and/or classes…

  • You have the item – shown as is currently.
  • Item is unlocked (but you don't have it) – greyed out.
  • Item is locked – add a padlock symbol (even if you currently have it).
  • Item is incompatible with what you currently have – add ✗ or ⚠.
(Items which are locked and which you don't have could be omitted from the list.)
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