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Forum: Planetarion Discussions 30 Aug 2016, 07:09
Replies: 296
Views: 10,558
Posted By Gate
Re: Round 68 Welcome to the Forum Thread

Holy shit my password still works :D
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 26 May 2010, 16:20
Replies: 38
Views: 2,931
Posted By Gate
Re: PA World cup 2010

Sounds like an alright idea. I'd be interested in doing it if I was around.
Forum: General Discussions 26 May 2010, 16:18
Replies: 544
Views: 26,639
Posted By Gate
Re: World Cup Prediction Thread

Spain are the best team on paper and I can't see too far past them or Brazil. Maradona's shit, so I'm not too worried about the Argies.


After that I reckon England have finally got a genuine...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 7 May 2010, 21:22
Replies: 328
Views: 22,316
Posted By Gate
Re: Asc/THINLYVEILEDTHREAT

Personally I think this was a funny thing! :thup:

Honestly, would any other ally have done this? I don't think so.
Forum: Alliance Discussions 7 May 2010, 16:50
Replies: 328
Views: 22,316
Posted By Gate
Asc/THINLYVEILEDTHREAT

What happened? Did you all just leave the tag?


If so, lol. And I like how you can also say it makes a point.
Forum: Alliance Discussions 27 Apr 2010, 19:30
Replies: 164
Views: 13,898
Posted By Gate
Re: See you in 72 ticks cardi!

It's more like an induction... like having to drink out of someone's butt crack to join the rugby team.

For some reason, several of us did it lots of times though. Maybe we didn't feel we'd done...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 27 Apr 2010, 09:57
Replies: 164
Views: 13,898
Posted By Gate
Re: See you in 72 ticks cardi!

I still think being in ND had more to do with it. Welcome to the team! ;)
Forum: Alliance Discussions 25 Apr 2010, 12:46
Replies: 73
Views: 4,981
Posted By Gate
Re: Will DLR manage to stay top5?

You appear confused by the difference between 'democracy' and something like the 'advised dictatorship' which is closer to how DLR worked.
Forum: Alliance Discussions 25 Apr 2010, 11:41
Replies: 73
Views: 4,981
Posted By Gate
Re: Will DLR manage to stay top5?

My experience was that Grog talked to us before the round and discussed possible strategies, refining them as stats were changed and even changing them in response to comments from members.(!) Sure,...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 16 Apr 2010, 19:00
Replies: 155
Views: 12,520
Posted By Gate
Re: Round 36 Stats

I assumed based on comments here and an out of date uni fleet distribution.

Maybe I'm completely wrong; but if CR/BS is 'kinda awesome' yet the uni is still FI/CO heavy then that might demonstrate...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 16 Apr 2010, 15:00
Replies: 155
Views: 12,520
Posted By Gate
Re: Round 36 Stats

Having too many(maybe 3<, maybe even 2<) races with FI/CO seems inherently broken based on how players react.

Even if the set were technically balanced, as soon as more races go FI/CO heavy there...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 8 Apr 2010, 11:53
Replies: 147
Views: 11,791
Posted By Gate
Re: NewDawn and P3nguins

Asc/Apprime are less shit/more sad (depending on your PoV), so it could well be a problem.




Anyway, what races did alliances go for this time round? Did anyone bother with a race choice plan?
Forum: Alliance Discussions 5 Apr 2010, 14:30
Replies: 147
Views: 11,791
Posted By Gate
Re: NewDawn and P3nguins

How do you enforce this? Why wouldn't alliances work together? What happens when 1up/eX or Asc/App play without their relative counterbalance?

Except for the round being over in about 2 weeks.
Forum: General Discussions 13 Mar 2010, 17:58
Replies: 49
Views: 5,456
Posted By Gate
Re: What book are you reading now?

Every geek should.


It's sort of ruined other fantasy for me though. No author author manages half a dozen+ PoV characters with such elan.
Forum: General Discussions 13 Mar 2010, 11:28
Replies: 49
Views: 5,456
Posted By Gate
Re: What book are you reading now?

Farlander by Col Buchanan (review copy). Surprisingly good, it's got me gripped.


Cool it by Bjorn Lomborg. Reasonable approach, tends to concentrate on low end estimates and spends lots of time...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 6 Mar 2010, 20:24
Replies: 155
Views: 12,520
Posted By Gate
Re: Round 36 Stats

I'm interested in seeing how they work out!

Even if FI/CO is nowhere near overpowered, if you end up with a loads of them you immediately nerf CR/BS as so many people will have anti CR/BS sitting...
Forum: General Discussions 3 Mar 2010, 16:03
Replies: 49
Views: 5,456
Posted By Gate
Re: What book are you reading now?

TV adaption of George R R Martin's A Game of Thrones has been greenlighted by HBO (http://www.thrfeed.com/2010/03/hbo-greenlights-game-of-thrones-.html).

Awesome!
Forum: General Discussions 1 Mar 2010, 20:41
Replies: 17
Views: 1,696
Posted By Gate
Re: Aaron Ramsey's broken leg

Some of the Arsenal fans' reactions were funny.

One guy suggested that tackles off the ground shouldn't be allowed.

A mate and I tried out a quick knock about without allowing our feet to leave...
Forum: General Discussions 28 Feb 2010, 12:55
Replies: 17
Views: 1,696
Posted By Gate
Aaron Ramsey's broken leg

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey got his leg snapped in half (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD9KYHFU9ng) by Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross.

Hours later, Shawcross is named in the England squad for our next...
Forum: General Discussions 22 Feb 2010, 19:17
Replies: 49
Views: 5,456
Posted By Gate
Re: What book are you reading now?

The most low carbon life is one that ends quickly. Preferably in a low carbon way, like an FSC certified crossbow bolt.



I'm reading '1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow' by Zamoyski,...
Forum: General Discussions 5 Feb 2010, 23:46
Replies: 98
Views: 15,336
Posted By Gate
Re: Almost a decade!

PA might have something to do with how that's the last time you had a child.
Forum: Alliance Discussions 26 Jan 2010, 22:00
Replies: 244
Views: 42,940
Posted By Gate
Re: round 35 politics

I've been reading Empires of the Sea by Roger Crowley recently.

It's about the Habsburgs vs Ottomans. Long story short; the Pope kept trying to block with Venice & Spain/Austria (VAPS?), but...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 24 Jan 2010, 21:14
Replies: 244
Views: 42,940
Posted By Gate
Re: round 35 politics

Good Christ, we've got 700 ticks to go and it's already over?

:/





Only option I see is an anti-App block. Sure, someone in the block will try and stab everyone else, giving App time to...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 18 Dec 2009, 00:23
Replies: 279
Views: 44,117
Posted By Gate
Re: Round 34 Stats

Terran pod should definitely be called 'Hungry Hippo'.

EDIT: also, could just have most ships have a single target. Multitargeting ships would then be 'better'. Could also be used as a way to...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 7 Dec 2009, 18:26
Replies: 23
Views: 1,561
Posted By Gate
Re: Of score (and game mentality)

I like the concept. Let's just say it's still a thought experiment for now...


The simplest method seems to be what you're discussing; giving XP for killing stuff.

A rough concept would be:...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 2 Dec 2009, 11:42
Replies: 367
Views: 20,875
Posted By Gate
Re: Round 34 officially over

Hitting VsN seemed a pretty sensible thing to do if they couldn't get them to change sides. Afaik Asc have never had their morale broken in a war and I don't think this block is enough to do that...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 2 Dec 2009, 02:55
Replies: 367
Views: 20,875
Posted By Gate
Re: Round 34 officially over

If Apprime decide to go for the win, would VisioN side with them, or Asc, or sit by the side?
Forum: Alliance Discussions 29 Nov 2009, 11:21
Replies: 433
Views: 62,869
Posted By Gate
Re: Interesting change in politics

To be honest, that sounds pretty sensible.


No alliance can outroid Asc or Apprime. I don't think any other ally could take them on one on one either.

Even if Subh had taken down ND, that...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 27 Nov 2009, 23:46
Replies: 433
Views: 62,869
Posted By Gate
Re: Interesting change in politics

Getting drunk or laid (or both) also means you probably shouldn't push PA buttons.

I believe I lost 1200 roids to a rank ~800 planet once because of a particularly heavy night :D
Forum: Alliance Discussions 27 Nov 2009, 09:52
Replies: 433
Views: 62,869
Posted By Gate
Re: Interesting change in politics

It took me until this morning to realise I'd been had ;(
Forum: Alliance Discussions 26 Nov 2009, 17:58
Replies: 433
Views: 62,869
Posted By Gate
Re: Interesting change in politics

It's possible that people will get together and do it, I accept. Casual observation and guesswork suggests that there isn't going to be a block 6 times Asc's size, never mind repeated hits by it.
...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 26 Nov 2009, 15:17
Replies: 433
Views: 62,869
Posted By Gate
Re: Interesting change in politics

It's been demonstrated twice now that getting together a group to smash up Apprime is doable.

Still not been shown on Asc; and their zik/xan-ness will make it horrible and difficult.

My money...
Forum: General Discussions 19 Nov 2009, 14:46
Replies: 35
Views: 6,597
Posted By Gate
Re: Obama

Aha, so it's the same thing as evolution, global warming and the liberal media!

Gotcha.
Forum: General Discussions 19 Nov 2009, 10:29
Replies: 35
Views: 6,597
Posted By Gate
Re: Obama

It looks like the current US healthcare is disastrous. Can demographic differences really explain how you spend something like more-than-double the UK's per capita amount? (in 2004, according to WDI...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 14 Nov 2009, 16:46
Replies: 433
Views: 62,869
Posted By Gate
Re: Interesting change in politics

You might be thinking of MISTU? They lost 50-60% of their roids in a night and then collapsed. A handful of Angels left and retagged.



r15.

ND made the mistake of trying to preserve value...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 11 Nov 2009, 20:03
Replies: 433
Views: 62,869
Posted By Gate
Re: Interesting change in politics

Out of interest, what race(s) did asc go this round?

It looks like App went etd. Asc would be xan/zik?
Forum: Strategic Discussions 9 Nov 2009, 09:55
Replies: 21
Views: 2,155
Posted By Gate
Re: Illusions

I expect cath are unlikely to make a round long resurgence. Xan and zik usually strengthen over time. Long term strength of etd is generally determined by a combination of alliance performance and...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 8 Nov 2009, 21:23
Replies: 21
Views: 2,155
Posted By Gate
Re: Illusions

Also, as well as xan being good, I think zik also look like they'll do well this round in terms of avg value etc.

Fact!
Forum: Strategic Discussions 4 Nov 2009, 11:10
Replies: 21
Views: 2,155
Posted By Gate
Re: Illusions

Banshee/Revenant?

Not every zik will build a DE attack fleet. If they build a CR attack fleet, then rogues have no flak.


Besides which, xans are close to immune to every killship attack fleet...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 1 Nov 2009, 19:14
Replies: 279
Views: 44,117
Posted By Gate
Re: Round 34 Stats

Wait, are these (http://beta.planetarion.com/manual.pl?page=stats) the real stats?

If so, first impressions:
Terran BS are unplayable thanks to the spirit.

Cath are shit. CR suck (because of...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 27 Oct 2009, 15:17
Replies: 279
Views: 44,117
Posted By Gate
Re: Round 34 Stats

Are next round's stats the ones in the game.plane... manual?


First impressions are that xand are overpowered. Terran BS truly sucks because of the spirit. Xan A/C D/C is too high.
Forum: Alliance Discussions 11 Oct 2009, 10:57
Replies: 34
Views: 2,956
Posted By Gate
Re: Is round 33 over?

Out of interest, does anyone have numbers for ratio of each race in each alliance? Particularly Asc/Apprime.

And information on their fleetcomps?
Forum: General Discussions 12 Jun 2009, 11:37
Replies: 298
Views: 23,520
Posted By Gate
Re: The BNP

If by common sense you mean an irrational drive towards socialism and what can only be described as a list of ways to crash our economy, then sure.


Sure, some of their ideas are alright, but an...
Forum: General Discussions 11 Jun 2009, 02:21
Replies: 298
Views: 23,520
Posted By Gate
Re: The BNP

I don't know why Newt took that description as my opinion.


It was intended to illustrate the populist stupidity of that particular policy. As far as I can see, they either a) can't do anything...
Forum: General Discussions 10 Jun 2009, 16:05
Replies: 298
Views: 23,520
Posted By Gate
Re: The BNP

My main point was that I was wondering how the BNP hoped to achieve it, not that they would make a Britstapo and break my legs. (although maybe they would)


Another little gem was that all NHS...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 10 Jun 2009, 11:22
Replies: 203
Views: 17,745
Posted By Gate
Re: R32 Shipstats

I should have made the cutlass a FI.

We've had balanced stats before without FI/CO dominance. This can be achieved just by nerfing FI/CO relative to everything else. It should look weaker on...
Forum: General Discussions 10 Jun 2009, 11:20
Replies: 298
Views: 23,520
Posted By Gate
Re: The BNP

The BNP are insane but Europe should keep their ****ing hands off my pint.



I liked some of their promises. Like 'Making neighbours look out for each other; just like they used to'.

Does...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 3 Jun 2009, 11:08
Replies: 67
Views: 4,246
Posted By Gate
Re: A plea to the developers of PA

I prefer multitargeting because it gives you more variety in fleet compositions.

You only need 3-4 ships for your fleet, rather than 6. 3-4 ships out of 7-9 gives you at least 2-3 unique, useable...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 31 May 2009, 10:15
Replies: 67
Views: 4,246
Posted By Gate
Re: A plea to the developers of PA

MrLobster has PAOL which might work.


Alternatively, I might be able to make a statistical mechanics model but I don't have the time right now. That could be low on coding...

How many of us...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 30 May 2009, 13:14
Replies: 24
Views: 1,552
Posted By Gate
Re: Tides of Fire walks

I second that comment and inference!
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 30 May 2009, 09:21
Replies: 67
Views: 4,246
Posted By Gate
Re: A plea to the developers of PA

It's my experience that 'popular opinion' on stats is often wrong.

Eg round 27 etd CR/BS 'sucked'. Last round terran FR sucked and CR was the way to go.


I thought of writing a little program...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 29 May 2009, 19:19
Replies: 203
Views: 17,745
Posted By Gate
Re: R32 Shipstats

As an aside, I've been going through exam hell atm.


I know that making stats, particularly if you've got a lot of rl stuff going on, requires motivation. So I have decided to share with you all...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 29 May 2009, 19:16
Replies: 67
Views: 4,246
Posted By Gate
Re: A plea to the developers of PA

The outcome of the round obviously depends massively on player choice.


The more players that go FI/CO, the better FI/CO is. The more players go CR/BS, the better CR/BS is. FR/DE is generally...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 23 May 2009, 21:35
Replies: 188
Views: 12,014
Posted By Gate
Re: xVx naps Ascendancy

I based that idea on:




If you're right, then fair enough!
Forum: Alliance Discussions 23 May 2009, 20:39
Replies: 188
Views: 12,014
Posted By Gate
Re: xVx naps Ascendancy

I don't know if it's been mentioned, but...

Dump a load of BG players in ND or CT. Smash xVx down. Asc have promised to finish below xVx, and xVx will be easier targets than Asc were.

Would...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 20 May 2009, 15:09
Replies: 407
Views: 21,323
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 tick 450 | Current state of politics

This is fascinating to watch on Sandmans.

I don't think the BGs and allies will be able to keep it up on Asc though. Asc will run low on roids, and some of the allies will probably turncoat and...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 3 May 2009, 16:32
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

There's a fundamental problem with current (I mean for the last quite-a-few rounds) stats design.

The more FI/CO fleets there are, the stronger FI/CO is and the weaker CR/BS is (since FI/CO fleets...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 2 May 2009, 14:20
Replies: 81
Views: 6,325
Posted By Gate
Re: Anti Asc Allstars?

Yes.

Take the top 50 or so players from ND, CT, xVx & Rock and another 40 from DLR/Evolution and you've got a memberbase that could go toe-to-toe with asc.

Good luck pulling that off! Maybe...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 2 May 2009, 10:42
Replies: 5
Views: 16,346
Posted By Gate
Re: New Change Tracker

For some reason the 'here' link appears on my browser as the nice dark shade of blue that the forums are :p
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 2 May 2009, 00:39
Replies: 5
Views: 16,346
Posted By Gate
Re: New Change Tracker

Tidy up stats tables. Amalgamate guns/dmg, with EMP guns or damage aiming at E/R. Have E/R work like EMP armour rather than the crazy headache sytem we have now. Far more intuitive and shouldn't need...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 28 Apr 2009, 14:38
Replies: 8
Views: 1,915
Posted By Gate
Re: Small change to ingame alliance attacks

Ruler or planetname isn't much useful info.

Coords, race, value, size are much more important.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 26 Apr 2009, 14:43
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

How many rounds have you played with these stats? :p

Good theory is supported by practice - without theory you will never be able to predict anything and we may as well just wallow in our own...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 26 Apr 2009, 09:10
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

LordN: EMP tends to suck if caths don't have a way to at least kill something. As a rule of thumb, being able to kill 2 classes pretty well is a good thing, so they 'only' have to deal with EMPing 4....
Forum: Strategic Discussions 26 Apr 2009, 08:47
Replies: 21
Views: 1,805
Posted By Gate
Re: Who are we r31

I've signed up a cath scanplanet and will be racing to early jgps.

Then I'll probably delete my planet because of exams.

If I do play a little bit I'll probably build FI (with a small chance of...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 25 Apr 2009, 15:56
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Those two things aren't the same.

I get the impression that most people are incapable of reading stats. Almost every round I see retarded suggestions for fleetcomps being thrown around and...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 25 Apr 2009, 08:41
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Dude, you could have said something :(

I still haven't figured out who's overpowered :/

EDIT: out of interest, EMP power is slightly higher than in most other rounds, but it is lower than when...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 23 Apr 2009, 22:08
Replies: 9
Views: 1,269
Posted By Gate
Re: Ship designs

Some cool stuff there. I like the Destroyer, it's sort of how I always imagined Terran (kind of industrial human style).

Something like Battlestar Galactica, or a Starship Troopers (the film)...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 23 Apr 2009, 18:38
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

I think etd are pretty good, but no-one else seems to:
Eitraides 168(12%)

If I was playing properly I'd probably go etd CO/BS because no-one seems to think it's any good. But it is. :/
Forum: Strategic Discussions 23 Apr 2009, 13:51
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Lesson learned. :up:
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 22 Apr 2009, 16:16
Replies: 46
Views: 7,972
Posted By Gate
Re: Races "logos"

Oh and some ship designs would be epic.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 22 Apr 2009, 10:13
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

It's the beta ones like Isil said.

I forgot that not everyone was paying attention, we switched over to ingame versions about a week ago! :)
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 21 Apr 2009, 21:13
Replies: 18
Views: 2,331
Posted By Gate
Re: Pre tick start impressions from someone who hasn't signed up for several rounds

The graphics stuff done by MrLobster is nice, if he hasn't already, Pete should really talk to the guy.


Also I'd get rid of protection or cut it down to 24h. Let people start with a useable...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 21 Apr 2009, 10:08
Replies: 46
Views: 7,972
Posted By Gate
Re: Races "logos"

Good idea. I think little touches like this can make the game a lot more attractive!

I don't like the zik one though, I'm sorry to say :(

Cathaar looks nice, and XBox made me smile!
Forum: Strategic Discussions 21 Apr 2009, 10:07
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Wraith fixed.

Defender E/R slightly cut, but meant to be high.


Call it final, but any mistyped stuff (like the wraith E/R or an init 6 steal ship :p ) will still be fixed. And ship...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 20 Apr 2009, 22:00
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Umm, I think they're done. :( A few hours ago I did:

Terran FR/DE have had a slight D/C A/C reduction. (of a few percentage points)
Wyvern slight armour boost
Zik FR/BS A/C D/C boost
Broker...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 19 Apr 2009, 00:17
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Was sheer laziness, I couldn't be bothered to do it for beta. Recluse getting stunned at 300% efficiency has no effect on any outcome does it?

It's init 1, so it still gets to fire. And since EMP...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 18 Apr 2009, 21:26
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Looking at the stats, I honestly can't see how the balance is 'shit'.

Xand actually look pretty weak to me (but everyone says they're overpowered and perceived overpowering can lead to real...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 18 Apr 2009, 12:15
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Will rename it 'Devastator' then.

Might make the fireblade 'normal' and call it 'dreadnought' if people still want etd to have more of a mix.

I just got back from Nottingham and I'm going to...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 15 Apr 2009, 23:27
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Beta is now up here (http://beta.planetarion.com/login.pl).

Efficiencies need to be worked out. Maybe a handful of small init changes. I don't plan on any more class or targeting changes unless I...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 15 Apr 2009, 22:03
Replies: 433
Views: 57,805
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 rumour thread

It did seem like Omen had a problem there.

I remember getting 5 FI fleets on one wave which I covered with the ingal scanner.

Omen's attack organisation when hitting our gal could have improved...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 15 Apr 2009, 20:53
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

A CO->CO ship would be a repeat of the harpy of last round which I think we agreed on the whole was a bad thing.

Locust with beetle currently nullifies cath FI and xand CO. Not sure I want to...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 15 Apr 2009, 16:53
Replies: 433
Views: 57,805
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 rumour thread

Not really!

If they had 3 tags of 30, it would be way harder for one of them to outscore a 60-70man ally. Ofc, they would work together but it would be fun to watch.

I'm not entirely serious,...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 15 Apr 2009, 16:48
Replies: 433
Views: 57,805
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 rumour thread

I find it kind of funny that if we get 3 DLR-esque BGs you have enough players for an alliance that could actually take on Asc, but instead they'll just take half the awesome players from the other...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 15 Apr 2009, 13:44
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Yes, it's all in the beta, as soon as appoco puts it public we can all see :)



The biggest fears from everybody have been xand overpowering, with terran overpowering also in there. Etd's...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 15 Apr 2009, 13:18
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

They're in the beta and have been since yesterday :/

Unfortunately Appoco hasn't replied to me yet!
Forum: Strategic Discussions 15 Apr 2009, 11:03
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Think I'll push harpy init down to 3 or 4. If it's 4, then phant will also be 4.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 15 Apr 2009, 10:42
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

It was unpopular when I changed the brig to do that.

Game suggested changing the banshee to anti DE only. The revenant might then get swapped to FR/CO targeting. It would then fire after terran...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 14 Apr 2009, 22:13
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Mantis could be BS->CO/FI. Those who played that round, was it ok, or was it awful?
Forum: Strategic Discussions 14 Apr 2009, 16:30
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

The point of the in-class killship idea is not that it would be of particular use offensively, but shoving it in-class defensively means that if you build a particular attack fleet, you have a ton of...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 14 Apr 2009, 15:24
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Generally speaking, the EMP fleets have been put as t2 since, well, they're EMP. And EMP targeting is pinned together because if it's not, it kinda sucks.

As an aside, as a change to cath I've...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 14 Apr 2009, 11:22
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Sorry, my bad. It will be CR :)

Thanks guys for pointing out my stupid mistakes like that ^^


I've considered the broadsword change, but that really punishes xand CR against etds.

...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 14 Apr 2009, 09:57
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

The phantom shoots arrows/harpy/valkyrie first, but only as t2 & it has low efficiency anyway. Xands, just like last round, have a very important-out-of-class attack ship in the banshee. CO priority...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 13 Apr 2009, 20:47
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

The idea would be (example)

Name Class T1 T2 type
Beetle Fighter-CO-DE-Emp
Recluse Fighter-FR-DE-Emp
Locust Fighter CO FI Norm

The beetle would then suck at anti DE but it would contribute a...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 13 Apr 2009, 19:05
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Set 4 (http://www.geocities.com/nd_wtf/r31.04.txt), which I would like to be put into a beta. Popped on IRC but appoco wasn't about.

A bit of feedback from beta players would be nice.



A...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 13 Apr 2009, 13:14
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

After further thought I don't think I will.

One major fear is a FI/CO dominated round and removing their CR just guarantees there will be far more FI/CO. So I'm gonna leave it for now. Will pop on...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 12 Apr 2009, 17:02
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

I'm thinking of dropping the xand CR and removing the wraith.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 12 Apr 2009, 11:23
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

I don't know about nerfing dragon init. Terran BS is meant to be able to hit xand and is targeting is set up to give etd a good chance.

I'm probably gonna push kraken init back to 21 as an aside.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 12 Apr 2009, 11:18
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

That's always been that problem with xand. I've ensured there's 2 EMP-ing attack fleets which can deal with phantom but I am slightly uncomfortable with it.

A potential improvement is to move cath...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 12 Apr 2009, 10:58
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

New set is here (http://www.geocities.com/nd_wtf/r31.03.txt). Swapped etd/zik big class ships. Makes etd CR/BS a bit better. Thinking of making the broad init 6 and the dragon init 5.

Zik frigs...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 12 Apr 2009, 10:00
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

What makes you say that etd are strong?

I quite like the FR/DE horde they can put together - but most people seem to think they're quite weak atm.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 11 Apr 2009, 13:40
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

The pillager is looking overpowered. I'm thinking of splitting it into 2 ships. A DE->FI (init 3) and a DE->DE.

Also considering:
- adding a cath CR->CR/DE EMP
- Moving cath BS to an FR->CR/DE...
Forum: Alliance Recruitment 10 Apr 2009, 12:40
Replies: 21
Views: 1,692
Posted By Gate
Re: DLR for Round 31

Obama's their president now, you can't pull that shit on them!
Forum: Alliance Discussions 9 Apr 2009, 17:33
Replies: 43
Views: 2,399
Posted By Gate
Re: I got it wrong!!!

Wasn't I getting drunk? :p

Remember, it was the open days!


We were going to hit Asc a few times. First time I think grog cut a deal with CT, then CT hit our gals that night so we told them to...
Forum: Alliance Recruitment 9 Apr 2009, 16:44
Replies: 21
Views: 1,692
Posted By Gate
Re: DLR for Round 31

Also, don't let the 'elitism' talk put you off!

You don't have to be traditionally 'leet'. If you've never had a t100, don't worry. You just gotta be willing to work with the team, be friendly and...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 9 Apr 2009, 16:40
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

My worry wasn't so much on the attack*, but the fleetcomp you can build with it. 70-80% of your value in CO and 20-30% in dragons makes for a very tough planet to hit.



I'll get on that.
...
Forum: Alliance Recruitment 9 Apr 2009, 16:01
Replies: 21
Views: 1,692
Posted By Gate
Re: DLR for Round 31

Elviz and eksero. 101 vs fewer than 70.

Way less than Golan and similar to or more than most of the 6:1s. However, DLR weren't at war - you'd expect to be able to attack more given the situation...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 9 Apr 2009, 15:39
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

You don't atm. The calculations are stupidly long winded so I iterate when I put them into the game. (ie I put in rough numbers, check stats analysis and then change those rough numbers until stats...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 9 Apr 2009, 15:08
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

They have 8 'mainline' ships. I could give them another one to bring them in line with everyone else but I don't think it's required.




I don't think it's really an issue since they're mainly...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 9 Apr 2009, 14:22
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Done another draft here (http://www.geocities.com/nd_wtf/r31.02.txt).

In response to your comments:
1) Mantis I'm going to play around with later. I'm not too depressed with it currently. If...
Forum: Alliance Recruitment 9 Apr 2009, 14:09
Replies: 21
Views: 1,692
Posted By Gate
Re: DLR for Round 31

Most consistently fun round I've had :thup:

Great bunch of people, and every time you contribute something, people pull their weight and make the most of it.

Expect different challenges to...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 9 Apr 2009, 12:23
Replies: 43
Views: 2,399
Posted By Gate
Re: I got it wrong!!!

DLR went against Asc along with ND and Omen in the last 'fight'

Unfortunately everyone sucked and crashed horrendously, giving Asc massive salvage and losing their own alliance's score.


...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 9 Apr 2009, 10:46
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

I'm on it now, had the funeral yesterday and now that's out of the way things should be faster.

I'm planning on having a bigger mess around today to try and improve the FR fleets.

The best way...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 7 Apr 2009, 13:17
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Balance is the main argument.

I might change one of the CR ships to normal. I quite like the cloaked arrow, it will go some way to balancing out FI/CO.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 6 Apr 2009, 20:53
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Sounds like a good idea.

If no-one comes up with a good reason against it, I'll put that in the next set.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 6 Apr 2009, 20:40
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

To be clear, I'm not planning on playing next round and I've not spoken with anyone in DLR about this. There's no malicious intentions.


Where would you suggest adding an ingal FI/CO killer? I...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 6 Apr 2009, 20:11
Replies: 32
Views: 3,649
Posted By Gate
Re: Improved Ingame Alliance Tools

Ingame def is a fantastic tool to have added. <3 Cin (or was that appoco?)

Ingame attacking is great to have but needs improving. Right now it shows planet name. Does that help anyone? I'd much...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 6 Apr 2009, 19:43
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Putting a set up here first.

Here y'all go (http://www.geocities.com/nd_wtf/r31.01.txt).


Like I said, someone in my family had the bad grace to die on us, so I wasn't able to spare the time...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 6 Apr 2009, 11:19
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Gonna be this evening, got delayed by family bereavement.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 6 Apr 2009, 11:00
Replies: 46
Views: 8,134
Posted By Gate
Re: Who we were r30

Wasn't a great day for me! :D

I was helping out at uni open days and we had a white t-shirt party. Since I had to keep my green rep t-shirt on I let people draw on me instead, but on the second...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 6 Apr 2009, 10:35
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

A ship that zero-loss kills all attack fleets across 2 classes is generally a bad idea.

IMO you're better off with an uber low init FR/DE that's awesome at killing FI/CO than something that's...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 5 Apr 2009, 18:17
Replies: 46
Views: 8,134
Posted By Gate
Re: Who we were r30

You are: Frank Exchange (7:2:2) Etd (Clear)
Size: 3,460 20
Value: 17,148,820 4
Score: 19,227,280 5
XP: 34,641 140

Ships (5,715,488 total) (Ship Analysis) [Hide]
Harpy 1,092 War...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 4 Apr 2009, 10:42
Replies: 97
Views: 6,947
Posted By Gate
Re: I got it right!!!

DLR played round 16 in exactly the same way. Except we XP whored that round.
Forum: Alliance Discussions 4 Apr 2009, 10:39
Replies: 46
Views: 3,285
Posted By Gate
Re: So Top Average Score then?

You sent me a text 1-2 days before crashing, telling me you felt like you'd lost 5mil value.

Weird that.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 3 Apr 2009, 20:31
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Like JBG said, I hope the xand FI/CO attacking CR/BS was a joke :p

In previous rounds massed bomber (or their equivalent... the xand FR or DE that shoots CR/BS) have ruined CR/BS fleets completely...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 3 Apr 2009, 18:00
Replies: 218
Views: 25,297
Posted By Gate
Re: hirr politics

Best round win ever.

My personal trophy goes to Golan. I'm sure he'll be pleased.
Forum: Alliance Discussions 3 Apr 2009, 15:23
Replies: 46
Views: 3,285
Posted By Gate
Re: So Top Average Score then?

CBA was always going to be kicked at some point, we used an online random number generator to decide when.

Otherwise, Byrney and Zebra speak teh gospel.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 3 Apr 2009, 08:21
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Don't worry, that's in my list of absolutely never do ever. I still remember the r13 corsair monstrosity!
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 2 Apr 2009, 22:22
Replies: 84
Poll: Round Length
Views: 7,858
Posted By Gate
Re: Round Length

7 weeks, continuing for up to 10 weeks if score gap between 1/2 is under 50 million or something? Tbh, I think I prefer the idea of preset round lengths. We got lucky this time, but 7 or 8 is more...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 2 Apr 2009, 22:06
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

I've tried to add some variety with, eg FI/DE or CR/FR targeting.

It's difficult in a lot of cases though. For example, I did it with the zik FI/CO ships, made one hit CO/FR and the other FI/DE....
Forum: Strategic Discussions 2 Apr 2009, 11:37
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

This sounds awful IMO. Reduce the amount of ships: if you reduce each race to 6 ships and have single targeting, then that's it. Every race has to build exactly the same ships (or leave a class...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 2 Apr 2009, 00:41
Replies: 37
Views: 2,620
Posted By Gate
Re: so. rollback or end round now?

I'm annoyed. I think I might get third.

I can be around on Friday at 9pm, but I'm going out on Saturday.

Shit.
Forum: Alliance Discussions 1 Apr 2009, 15:31
Replies: 97
Views: 6,947
Posted By Gate
Re: I got it right!!!

In hindsight, how could Ascendancy have been stopped?

Given the number of stupid crashes in every other alliance, could anything have been done?

I believe the final turning point was about a...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 1 Apr 2009, 08:22
Replies: 47
Views: 4,525
Posted By Gate
Alliances and Fortress galaxies

I've not been involved with 'traditional' alliances since r27, but back then alliances were still attempting to fence gals. Some allies even had a limit of 2 or 3 members per buddypack.

Is this...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 31 Mar 2009, 20:41
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Oh, I meant stealer, thanks for the correction.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 31 Mar 2009, 20:07
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

They steal :S
Forum: Strategic Discussions 31 Mar 2009, 17:48
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Here's (http://www.geocities.com/nd_wtf/stats.txt) a second draft.

A few things that need to be fixed:
1) strength of FI/CO (with 3 races having them...
2) etd FR sucks
3) zik FI/CO need...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 31 Mar 2009, 14:41
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

It's a potential set. If they prove very unpopular, then we'll just use this round's set with a few changes.

I think it would probably be nicer to have a new set for r31 and use the r30 set in...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 30 Mar 2009, 09:50
Replies: 139
Views: 8,255
Posted By Gate
Re: Alliance size

Why won't they? If there is space in the tag, they are better off with a player in it than not having a player in it.

There are few allies I know of that have a restricted recruitment policy...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 29 Mar 2009, 15:47
Replies: 76
Views: 6,819
Posted By Gate
Re: eXilition vs Ascendancy

Round 13 eXilition is the best alliance I remember fighting against.

eX/LCH/ToT gave ND 660 incomings over ~48 hours.

I missed lots of rounds though.
Forum: Alliance Discussions 28 Mar 2009, 23:06
Replies: 172
Views: 11,312
Posted By Gate
Re: Congratulations Ascendancy

We had a hell of a good time and could easily have fenced to best average and maybe top planet/gal too. Most DLR players know they are of outstanding quality, they have nothing to prove.

We tried...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 28 Mar 2009, 23:00
Replies: 97
Views: 6,947
Posted By Gate
Re: I got it right!!!

I think that's pretty harsh.

Omen did the right thing hitting Asc out of the gate. It showed a level of commitment and sensibility I've not seen for a while. They also did a pretty good job of...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 28 Mar 2009, 15:49
Replies: 172
Views: 11,312
Posted By Gate
Re: Congratulations Ascendancy

The Asc 'model' worked fine in DLR and more alliances should probably try loosening up.

But I don't see it working as well in most, simply because the calibre of the players isn't high enough.
Forum: Alliance Discussions 28 Mar 2009, 15:41
Replies: 128
Views: 8,466
Posted By Gate
Re: Are YOU blind?

I was joking :(

But it's ok, I learned. Won't do it again, no sir!


I think DLR made the right choice not to be in ND. It was great fun and very easygoing. We got to pick a strategy and make...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 28 Mar 2009, 10:53
Replies: 128
Views: 8,466
Posted By Gate
Re: Are YOU blind?

CBA was always going on holiday at the end of the round and was going to vacmode it for the last week or so.

Unfortunately he screwed up tremendously (although I'd like to think my own **** up was...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 28 Mar 2009, 09:45
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

That's what I put on offer with my set :)

Etds this round are balanced out a bit by being horribly vulnerable to ingal def though. If we played again we'd see more pillagers from the outset I...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 28 Mar 2009, 09:45
Replies: 139
Views: 8,255
Posted By Gate
Re: Alliance size

I was thinking of ways to sort the whole galaxy thing out actually.

How about random big galaxies where people don't get the current ingal eta bonus, but they can def at ally eta (or maybe all at...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 28 Mar 2009, 06:19
Replies: 139
Views: 8,255
Posted By Gate
Re: Alliance size

I don't think alliances of 30-40 would stop that.

Under that system, NewDawn1 (30 members) + NewDawn2 (30 members) + NewDawn3 (30 members) would be able to throw just as many fleets as current...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 27 Mar 2009, 21:59
Replies: 31
Views: 1,672
Posted By Gate
Re: Salvage is too high

It's not always the act of getting the salvage that matters, it's the fact you have to include that in your calc.

Salvage makes real defence worthwhile, so more real defence is sent/more planets...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 27 Mar 2009, 21:46
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Is that a joke? This set has 1 ship out of its 'traditional' place, although that's arguable. In round 14, every race had a steal ship and it was one of the most balanced and interesting sets we've...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 27 Mar 2009, 07:02
Replies: 25
Views: 1,568
Posted By Gate
Re: get rid of sleep deprivation

If a galaxy/ally is truly non-sleeping, then they will see prelaunches on jgps and be around to organise defence for them anyway.

Seeing full eta on jgps allows 'sleepers' to defend whilst they...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 27 Mar 2009, 07:00
Replies: 33
Views: 1,676
Posted By Gate
Re: Remove redundant historical features and simplify game

That's not quite true: Pacman Championship Edition was released to great reviews, although I don't have sales figures.

However, Geometry Wars is a simple game and its sales are measured in the low...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 27 Mar 2009, 06:50
Replies: 31
Views: 1,672
Posted By Gate
Re: Salvage is too high

The way I've viewed it is that it's a way to balance out rewards for attack/defence.

With salvage, def is actually worth doing. In a war it means that clever defensive battles are rewarded.
...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 27 Mar 2009, 06:44
Replies: 20
Views: 1,475
Posted By Gate
Re: Alliance limit

This question isn't really applicable atm because we just don't seem to have enough active DCs/BCs/HCs to competently run more alliances. Where will they come from!?

In r25 there were about 14...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 26 Mar 2009, 11:13
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

Running a set for two rounds worked well in (I think) r26/27, and possibly previously.

People get to learn stats first time through and maybe try something different afterwards.

Alternatively,...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 26 Mar 2009, 08:35
Replies: 32
Views: 4,240
Posted By Gate
Re: Round 31+ Proposed Downtime Procedure

This sounds much better than current system.

Yes!
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 25 Mar 2009, 18:53
Replies: 33
Views: 1,676
Posted By Gate
Re: Remove redundant historical features and simplify game

Get rid of M/C/E and just have roids and resources!

Back to comment on more later.
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 25 Mar 2009, 18:50
Replies: 25
Views: 1,568
Posted By Gate
Re: get rid of sleep deprivation

It's unfair on people who live in different regions.

I would like to see full eta of prelaunched fleets appearing on jgps though. This means that you can organise def before you go to bed if need...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 25 Mar 2009, 03:02
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

I'm still not convinced etd BS is overpowered. It's RAPED by bucc/bomber.

And cath DE doesn't seem so overpowered either. It doesn't kill anything, so xands can def with a ton of FI flak to absorb...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 24 Mar 2009, 12:28
Replies: 46
Views: 2,936
Posted By Gate
Re: Change to Protection Period

Now that the upgrade bonus is coded to give you a load of research/con/resources etc, why not just give everyone a bulk load of points to build their planet with and do away with protection?
Forum: Strategic Discussions 24 Mar 2009, 08:56
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

On the whole, cross firing being FI/CO and CR/BS is a bad idea. Having 3 ticks to gather defence and huge amounts of flak, or an extra tick to launch a surprise FC on CR/BS is generally broken. It...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 24 Mar 2009, 08:50
Replies: 139
Views: 8,255
Posted By Gate
Re: Alliance size

Reducing galaxy size would certainly help smaller member # allies. DLR have found this a real struggle.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 24 Mar 2009, 03:34
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
Re: R31 shipstats

I think 1) and 4) are the same. The harpy was only given as an example...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 23 Mar 2009, 20:43
Replies: 547
Views: 32,159
Posted By Gate
R31 shipstats

The current build of next round's ship stats is here (http://www.geocities.com/nd_wtf/r31.03.txt) (works in firefox or chrome. Otherwise copy into any text editor and mess around until the columns...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 23 Mar 2009, 20:07
Replies: 94
Views: 5,274
Posted By Gate
Re: Politics

CT don't stand much of a chance either way, but I don't believe they have any if they sit out. ND would probably last 3-5 days alone vs Asc. Saying CT will be able to galraid enough score to catch up...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 22 Mar 2009, 20:33
Replies: 94
Views: 5,274
Posted By Gate
Re: Politics

Some say that anyone who ends with top score 'deserves' it, I prefer to see the winning ally do some exciting stuff.

ND haven't had to war as hard as Asc/Omen. They've been intelligent with their...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 22 Mar 2009, 17:46
Replies: 665
Views: 41,798
Posted By Gate
Re: An open message to Planetarion

Have CT/Omen/VGN sided with ND?

Good luck everyone (especially ND, since that's where my heart is), but whichever side wins will have done so by playing a pretty damn good round.
Forum: Alliance Discussions 22 Mar 2009, 17:45
Replies: 94
Views: 5,274
Posted By Gate
Re: Politics

ND/Asc NAP is ending, amirite? I'd like to know what tick it ends, and who's on who's side.

This looks like ND's only chance at the round win and I'm glad they've taken it. It's been a great round...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 22 Mar 2009, 14:01
Replies: 665
Views: 41,798
Posted By Gate
Re: An open message to Planetarion

If I understand that correctly, Asc are 2mil behind with a 4k roidlead?
Forum: Alliance Discussions 22 Mar 2009, 10:57
Replies: 665
Views: 41,798
Posted By Gate
Re: An open message to Planetarion

I'd like to hear more from the other alliances about what's going on politically.

This is pure rumour: but I heard something along the lines of CT refusing to NAP ND and hit Asc because ND were...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 21 Mar 2009, 14:53
Replies: 665
Views: 41,798
Posted By Gate
Re: An open message to Planetarion

It looks closer than I thought: assuming that both asc and ND start with equal stockpiles, their t60 have equal roidcount atm, they crash an equal amount and they both get to roidrace until the round...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 20 Mar 2009, 20:22
Replies: 11
Views: 922
Posted By Gate
Re: Production in combat *Split*

Making a proportion of the value count towards your total is KISS and does the job, if you believe prod hiding is a bad thing.

I prefer that idea to this one because this would involve far more...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 18 Mar 2009, 23:33
Replies: 665
Views: 41,798
Posted By Gate
Re: An open message to Planetarion

I think it would be in ND/CT's best interests... if they're aiming for round win. And Omen would probably be happy to give someone other than Asc a chance.

DLR have done well out of the fighting...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 18 Mar 2009, 21:08
Replies: 665
Views: 41,798
Posted By Gate
Re: An open message to Planetarion

There's not much time left, so completely obliterating an alliance isn't really that important. Just keeping up a larger scoregain than both of the other contenders.

Ascendancy would talk big and...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 18 Mar 2009, 18:11
Replies: 665
Views: 41,798
Posted By Gate
Re: An open message to Planetarion

My money's still on Asc, only now I'm even more sure they've won it.

They can easily roidrace ND and they could easily win in a 1 on 1 war.



CT/ND/Omen together would give ND or CT a chance...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 17 Mar 2009, 11:00
Replies: 13
Views: 951
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats recommendation

I reported this early in the round and was told they'd look at it.

It takes about 5-10 minutes to make up the descrptions and input them. It should have been done.
Forum: Alliance Discussions 16 Mar 2009, 23:11
Replies: 25
Views: 2,115
Posted By Gate
Re: Thank you

Our round long struggle with Penis Allianz continues!
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 15 Mar 2009, 02:24
Replies: 61
Views: 9,395
Posted By Gate
Re: About time for a GUI update

YES!

This sort of thing is very good. Pictures are great.
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 14 Mar 2009, 12:15
Replies: 25
Views: 2,251
Posted By Gate
Re: Downtime procedure

I like theamon's idea.

Can the game be accessible during these 24h?


Otherwise there will be horrendous ****ups when people can't get online to recall, or some defence recalls, others doesn't...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 14 Mar 2009, 00:00
Replies: 67
Views: 4,970
Posted By Gate
Re: Difference between Round 30 Alliances

I agree that Ascendancy seem the best alliance.

We have a lot to thank Omen for though: without them, the round would almost certainly be dead and have been decided in Asc's favour. They're the...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 13 Mar 2009, 09:08
Replies: 18
Views: 1,506
Posted By Gate
Re: Ideas against fencesitting

Exactly.


Someone in my galaxy is quite large and is competing for a high ranking. However, they have 3 fleet defended for the last 3-4 days. Does their commitment to teamwork mean they should be...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 9 Mar 2009, 22:03
Replies: 58
Views: 3,411
Posted By Gate
Re: Is the game ticking?

One of my alliance mates has just had his fleet stolen because he couldn't put vacmode on because PA was inaccessible during the stupid rollback system we've got atm.

This ****ed his round.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 7 Mar 2009, 15:29
Replies: 51
Views: 13,304
Posted By Gate
Re: The Weakness of R30 Xan FI

I think it's great that there are so many options.

Every fleet is viable, and there's a variety of options (eg terrans can go more offensive with FI/CR, or more defence heavy with FR. Etd...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 6 Mar 2009, 13:36
Replies: 20
Views: 1,584
Posted By Gate
Re: Downtimes influencing length of the rounds

I signed up to the round with its initial end date. I've booked to go away the day after so any round lengthening would screw me over.

My vote is with initial round length. 9 and a half weeks is...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 6 Mar 2009, 12:31
Replies: 58
Views: 3,411
Posted By Gate
Re: Is the game ticking?

That would be my preference.

Ofc, if this gets implemented next time it'll be me getting roided and I'll be just as annoyed! :D
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 6 Mar 2009, 11:50
Replies: 58
Views: 3,411
Posted By Gate
Re: Is the game ticking?

Mr top 10 zik is a lucky person.

570 roids taken from me by fubar's ****up and recall policy!
Forum: Strategic Discussions 5 Mar 2009, 17:35
Replies: 51
Views: 13,304
Posted By Gate
Re: The Weakness of R30 Xan FI

Still, having to team up on a good proportion of your attacks does reduce your effectiveness.

For starters, you and a friend to put 2 waves on a target uses up 4 of your fleetslots, compared to 2...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 5 Mar 2009, 14:44
Replies: 51
Views: 13,304
Posted By Gate
Re: The Weakness of R30 Xan FI

That said, xand current pod ratio (by value) is 47% FI, 28% FR, 25% BS. Xands have second higher avg roids and value, third highest score (and are catching up).

And they're ALWAYS stronger later...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 5 Mar 2009, 13:14
Replies: 51
Views: 13,304
Posted By Gate
Re: The Weakness of R30 Xan FI

Sounds like job done.

If we really think that it's a problem.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 5 Mar 2009, 08:50
Replies: 51
Views: 13,304
Posted By Gate
Re: The Weakness of R30 Xan FI

The harpy could have its armour/dmg reduced so that it isn't a pretty much guaranteed value gain after salvage.
Forum: Alliance Discussions 5 Mar 2009, 01:01
Replies: 188
Views: 11,029
Posted By Gate
Re: Because of the long round!!

I agree.

IMO a planet NAP makes sense when you know you can't defend the target's roids (eg they're in a hostile gal). If they're a fat planet then a pNAP can be useful just to deny roids and XP...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 27 Feb 2009, 16:00
Replies: 188
Views: 11,029
Posted By Gate
Re: Because of the long round!!

I think CBA was pointing out that Asc average score is far higher than Factory's, suggesting that comparing the size of blocks on a member # basis alone isn't sensible.
Forum: Alliance Discussions 27 Feb 2009, 11:10
Replies: 188
Views: 11,029
Posted By Gate
Re: Because of the long round!!

Not only have Asc and Omen only fallen slightly behind CT despite being busy fighting each other, but they showed they were better than CT at roid racing.

It took Asc 5 days to overturn CT's 15k...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 26 Feb 2009, 23:37
Replies: 23
Views: 1,911
Posted By Gate
Re: Many Ideas

Actually, I agree with Light. Having 'Asteroids' and a single currency would make more sense IMO.

I don't think I like the other ideas. I don't see why they're needed and they're not really KISS...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 26 Feb 2009, 00:19
Replies: 188
Views: 11,029
Posted By Gate
Re: Because of the long round!!

If I had to bet, my money would be on Ascendancy.

Omen look like they're struggling and CT will either a) fence it until the end and come in second or b) fence it for too long, end up alone...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 24 Feb 2009, 18:51
Replies: 16
Views: 3,983
Posted By Gate
Re: Making 3 ETD Fleets..

I don't like etd BS very much and I've been surprised at how well they've been doing.

Equal value bomber defence vs broadsword attack is horrendous for the etd, see this calc...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 24 Feb 2009, 08:44
Replies: 103
Sticky: Game Tactics
Views: 54,420
Posted By Gate
Re: Game Tactics

Addition to Monroe:

It's good to always be prepared. Even if you don't think your gal is gonna get inc, before you go to bed, order 1 ship. Set factories to maximum, and reset them to the right...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 19 Feb 2009, 08:58
Replies: 16
Views: 3,983
Posted By Gate
Re: Making 3 ETD Fleets..

If you're struggling to find a target because your CO fleet isn't big enough, then you're going to have exactly the same problem with an FR or DE fleet!

Starting from scratch, it's going to be...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 12 Feb 2009, 08:46
Replies: 49
Views: 5,012
Posted By Gate
Re: To save planetarion

'Application: Warbook
Users:
37,785 monthly active users - 3 friends'

Integration with facebook is probably one of the biggest changes we could make and fortunately it's being done!


But...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 7 Feb 2009, 11:45
Replies: 57
Views: 4,866
Posted By Gate
Re: Fubra / Pete

Didn't we all suggest this to OMAC? I can't remember.

Anyway, that and inbuilt chat both sound great.
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 5 Feb 2009, 16:38
Replies: 55
Views: 4,154
Posted By Gate
Re: Fix the ****ing

Don't recall fleets, reopen the game and give 10-12 ticks before the tick. This seems sensible, why isn't it being done?



I'm a little bitter. Rollbacks have cost me 3-500 roids this round. Grr.
Forum: General Discussions 21 Jan 2009, 19:40
Replies: 48
Views: 2,937
Posted By Gate
Re: Heathrow expansion to go ahead

That's shit logic and you know it.


Mars' warming is often used to say the Sun is getting hotter. Satellite measurements (http://journals.royalsociety.org/content/h844264320314105/) say it isn't....
Forum: Strategic Discussions 20 Jan 2009, 21:36
Replies: 8
Views: 1,332
Posted By Gate
Re: Zik Strat

Of the two attack fleets, I think FR look very weak.

You get obliterated by pulsars, which are cloaked and have 2 ticks to be gathered. Ghosts are also a problem (and cloaked), so you can't really...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 19 Jan 2009, 23:47
Replies: 105
Views: 9,433
Posted By Gate
Re: Omac

Things that sound sensible:

People who worked on Planetarion, so you could use 'from the people behind Planetarion...' or something similar (& legal)

Get alliances to move over

Netgamers...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 19 Jan 2009, 21:35
Replies: 283
Views: 28,740
Posted By Gate
Re: r30 ship stats

Depends on the alliance & race dist I guess.

Assuming it's a choice of bombers or an equal amount of resources spread between PK/spectre, then the bomber is better against ter CR (assuming even...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 19 Jan 2009, 19:35
Replies: 283
Views: 28,740
Posted By Gate
Re: r30 ship stats

I'm not convinced by that.

The cath killships aren't really worth building, so you're gonna have EMP only. And that makes you very weak in defence if you fall behind.

A number of caths will go...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 18 Jan 2009, 18:28
Replies: 283
Views: 28,740
Posted By Gate
Re: r30 ship stats

Xand were not cloaked then.

They also had 3 t10 planets and 30 t100 planets. Hardly suckage material.
Forum: General Discussions 18 Jan 2009, 18:27
Replies: 48
Views: 2,937
Posted By Gate
Re: Heathrow expansion to go ahead

I'm not expecting to find any party that's got completely sensible policies I agree with. Labour's record on climate change is awful, and the lib dems have an ideological opposition to nuclear power...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 18 Jan 2009, 16:10
Replies: 105
Views: 9,433
Posted By Gate
Re: Omac

1,000 paying players at 3.33 per round, with 5 paid rounds per year = 16.7k per year income.

It probably doesn't cost that much to run. I'd be surprised if it cost 10k. So 10k asking price...
Forum: General Discussions 18 Jan 2009, 13:12
Replies: 48
Views: 2,937
Posted By Gate
Re: Heathrow expansion to go ahead

There's been research (http://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk:8080/handle/1826/3064) on this. Generally accepted values are 2-4 times the CO2 emissions, some people have calculated lower values (eg 1.2 on...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 18 Jan 2009, 02:22
Replies: 283
Views: 28,740
Posted By Gate
I'd like to remind people of one thing someone...

I'd like to remind people of one thing someone said once:

'Xan are never underpowered'.

It's worth bearing in mind: their fantastic init and cloaking gives them a huge advantage over other...
Forum: General Discussions 18 Jan 2009, 01:37
Replies: 48
Views: 2,937
Posted By Gate
Re: Heathrow expansion to go ahead

Isn't it the same thing?
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 17 Jan 2009, 20:24
Replies: 105
Views: 9,433
Posted By Gate
Re: Omac

Pretty much. As a group, it stands for Dark Lords Rising.
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 17 Jan 2009, 18:06
Replies: 105
Views: 9,433
Posted By Gate
Re: Omac

How does one contact Spinner?

PA could do with a shakeup anyway. There's a chance that an updated game with the planetarion playerbase could be more interesting.
Forum: General Discussions 16 Jan 2009, 20:55
Replies: 48
Views: 2,937
Posted By Gate
Re: Heathrow expansion to go ahead

This is a major flaw with democracy.

We should have a benevolent committee of scientists to decide everything.

Which would be fun.
Forum: General Discussions 16 Jan 2009, 17:38
Replies: 48
Views: 2,937
Posted By Gate
Re: Heathrow expansion to go ahead

Link 1 (http://www.ipcc.ch/ipccreports/ar4-wg2.htm).
Link 2 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_Climate_Change_Bill).
Forum: General Discussions 16 Jan 2009, 12:33
Replies: 48
Views: 2,937
Posted By Gate
Re: Heathrow expansion to go ahead

Here's (http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/sci;173/3992/138) the paper that triggered the 'ice age hysteria'.

Read the abstract, and note that its ice age hypothesis was never tested...
Forum: General Discussions 15 Jan 2009, 19:23
Replies: 48
Views: 2,937
Posted By Gate
Heathrow expansion to go ahead

I'm furious. The Government are a load of slimy, short sighted, lying ****s.

Their Aviation White Paper, last updated in 2006, supports a 'predict and provide' approach, like expansion at...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 15 Jan 2009, 19:04
Replies: 283
Views: 28,740
Posted By Gate
Re: r30 ship stats

They're probably going to be open to CO regardless.

FI inc shouldn't be a problem unless it's escorted by CO. Hitting xand with xand is nuts!
Forum: Strategic Discussions 15 Jan 2009, 15:58
Replies: 283
Views: 28,740
Posted By Gate
Re: r30 ship stats

I imagined xands spending a decent chunk on phants, but concentrating far more on vsh/puls. Perhaps 20:40:40 split in terms of resources.

In that case it shouldn't make a huge difference to the...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 15 Jan 2009, 11:25
Replies: 283
Views: 28,740
Posted By Gate
Re: r30 ship stats

Like I said before, depends on race split.

Xands need lots of vsh to stop cutlass, but they also need lots of pulsars to nullify the init 5 FR (of which there are 3...) and lots of phants. Since...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 14 Jan 2009, 12:40
Replies: 283
Views: 28,740
Posted By Gate
Re: r30 ship stats

Or an alliance with plentiful terrans and good anti FI def having a whale of a time.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 11 Jan 2009, 12:45
Replies: 283
Views: 28,740
Posted By Gate
Re: r30 ship stats

Xan FI is probably the strongest fleet on paper.

How well it performs in reality depends on what everyone else builds. If there is a good mix of FI, CO and FR/DE class anti FI in the uni then...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 6 Jan 2009, 21:54
Replies: 283
Views: 28,740
Posted By Gate
Re: r30 ship stats

I think the harpy should be improved slightly. At even value, the phant kills 2-3 times as much value in harpy (http://beta.thrud.co.uk/index.php?loadfile=beta58110a0) as it loses. Even with salvage....
Forum: Strategic Discussions 3 Jan 2009, 13:22
Replies: 283
Views: 28,740
Posted By Gate
Re: r30 ship stats

Making their init equal would be a fix for this problem.

Ofc, it makes using phantoms to stop vsh hitting CO def weak, but by being CO, phants would be providing flak to let (some) other CO def...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 3 Jan 2009, 13:17
Replies: 32
Views: 3,079
Posted By Gate
Re: Remove 'damage' column on stats and restructure EMP

Shields and armour perhaps.

EMP has to get through armour, other weaponry has to get through shields.


This makes physical sense: you can isolate yourself from EM interference using a Faraday...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 2 Jan 2009, 13:45
Replies: 32
Views: 3,079
Posted By Gate
Re: Remove 'damage' column on stats and restructure EMP

For a while there was only armour and damage. IMO, this was slightly broken and gave statsmakers fewer options.

This suggestion includes 'EMP armour', so that terran wouldn't automatically be...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 29 Dec 2008, 09:27
Replies: 32
Views: 3,079
Posted By Gate
Re: Remove 'damage' column on stats and restructure EMP

My intention was to have everything work like armour/dmg does now. The naming of the column is completely arbitrary. :)

It would make EMP so much more intuitive.
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 28 Dec 2008, 16:17
Replies: 32
Views: 3,079
Posted By Gate
Re: Remove 'damage' column on stats and restructure EMP

Can this be done now that we have OMAC's support?

I still think it's worth doing.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 27 Dec 2008, 23:06
Replies: 283
Views: 28,740
Posted By Gate
Re: r30 ship stats

But I love the extra pods.

Current impressions:

TERRAN: I probably wouldn't play them, but if I did it would be CR attack. FR looks weak (lots of effective def vs it, particularly ingal), BS...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 23 Dec 2008, 17:02
Replies: 47
Views: 4,065
Posted By Gate
Forum: Strategic Discussions 20 Dec 2008, 12:21
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

My epenis is ****ing huge.



t100 = 27 xan, 27 zik, 18 etd, 17 ter, 11 cath.

Anyway, from the outside it looks like the statsmakers did a good job, I'm impressed. <3

(except for cath).
Forum: Strategic Discussions 19 Dec 2008, 10:03
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

I still think cath look underpowered on paper.

Their EMP power is low: If they go for vipers, then they're only ~110% efficient at stunning frigs. If they go for CR, then they're only 80-90%...
Forum: General Discussions 15 Dec 2008, 10:10
Replies: 56
Views: 3,022
Posted By Gate
Re: Through the Fire and Flames

Anyone who BCs/DCs/HCs for an alliance has a good chance to learn teamwork and leadership skills. PA can encourage logical problem solving, time & resource management, dealing with people*,...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 14 Dec 2008, 12:43
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

I still think a bit like I did here (http://pirate.planetarion.com/showpost.php?p=3157527&postcount=170).

I'd peg the roach and viper targeting together. Probably make them both hit FR-DE. All DE...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 14 Dec 2008, 10:36
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

From the sandmans stats it looks like cath are indeed underpowered. Do people agree that a load of targeting change on the anti FR/DE ships and changing E/Rs of vessels would improve things?

Seems...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 11 Dec 2008, 11:49
Replies: 33
Views: 2,550
Posted By Gate
Re: Solve the scanner-problem soon?

It depends on how you think PA should be.

Personally, I like the idea of being able to play to a basic level (which requires certain scans) without an alliance. You can't tell a new player that...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 8 Dec 2008, 23:32
Replies: 28
Views: 1,410
Posted By Gate
Re: Light's random suggestions

Actually, I like 1. I do.

gzambo's argument can also be applied to individual players: attacking big planets could be argued to be reward in itself. But hitting big galaxies is much, much harder...
Forum: General Discussions 8 Dec 2008, 17:05
Replies: 56
Views: 3,022
Posted By Gate
Re: Through the Fire and Flames

I'm with yahwe.

The purpose of life is to have fun. My 20-30 hours on guitar hero gave me lots more fun than the time I spent painfully scraping out the opening to 'Smoke on the Water' on one...
Forum: General Discussions 7 Dec 2008, 11:05
Replies: 56
Views: 3,022
Posted By Gate
Re: Through the Fire and Flames

Can you pick up a guitar and play 'Through the Fire and the Flames' almost flawlessly at a cost of 40 or less?

It's fun.

I have neither the time, money nor talent to learn the guitar. But the...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 5 Dec 2008, 21:07
Replies: 59
Views: 4,950
Posted By Gate
Re: So what is going on?

What sort of race splits have the allies gone for?

I'd guess that the ally with the fewest caths will be the toughest to crack?
Forum: Strategic Discussions 5 Dec 2008, 11:03
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

An all FR/DE ally sounds interesting to me. It would have to rely on ingal def for anti FI/CO though...

What sort of fleets has each ally gone for?
Forum: General Discussions 2 Dec 2008, 17:58
Replies: 9
Views: 1,153
Posted By Gate
Re: WArhammer 40k

eBay?

Also, how about the computer game Dawn of War? It's cheaper than buying the toys. He might enjoy it.
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 30 Nov 2008, 17:44
Replies: 33
Views: 2,550
Posted By Gate
Re: Solve the scanner-problem soon?

This has been floating around for aaaages and I still think it's the best KISS solution that's been suggested. Should already have been done IMO.
Forum: Alliance Discussions 26 Nov 2008, 22:25
Replies: 59
Views: 4,950
Posted By Gate
Re: So what is going on?

Thanks for the post Zotnam. :)

Looks like Asc are favourites atm. They should be outgrowing most allies by 1m+ value every day...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 12 Nov 2008, 21:29
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Looks like combos are absolutely needed to hit the biggest terrans.

Etd/xand FR or etd/ter CR/BS perhaps.

I hope terrans do well, it's been a while since they've really been taken seriously...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 12 Nov 2008, 14:12
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Predictions? I'm sticking with zik best, cath worst for now.

EMP tends to do better early, then trail off. Big EMP planets tend to survive until they're raped, then fall off quickly in...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 9 Nov 2008, 11:28
Replies: 7
Views: 1,684
Posted By Gate
Re: Optimal Cathaar fleet

It's still very early in the round, so fleet value per roid is low. When you have a lot more fleet value per roid, you can afford more mantis per roid & do more damage per roid.

10% of resources...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 8 Nov 2008, 12:58
Replies: 7
Views: 1,684
Posted By Gate
Optimal Cathaar fleet

I think caths will struggle this round; they can't hurt FR/DE fleets and have awful EMP against at least one of them. There's also some nasty defence against them (spectres/thief/cutlass) and I feel...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 5 Nov 2008, 18:04
Replies: 27
Views: 1,794
Posted By Gate
Re: Why Pay For PA?

Crackdown has various stupid things, like throw a body 300m or something.

Roiding planets many times your value, in bigger alliances, killing or stunning entire fleets, voted best member of your...
Forum: General Discussions 3 Nov 2008, 22:58
Replies: 41
Views: 4,077
Posted By Gate
Re: Mathematical Problems

Also: sin x = 6n
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 3 Nov 2008, 21:02
Replies: 27
Views: 1,794
Posted By Gate
Re: Why Pay For PA?

^^^I agree.

Even the lowliest ranked player can get enjoyment from interesting achievements.

I spent a lot of time on Crackdown picking up stupid achievements, for instance. If it was just...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 2 Nov 2008, 15:45
Replies: 27
Views: 1,794
Posted By Gate
Re: Why Pay For PA?

Also; I think 'achievements' should be in PA, and be kept from round to round.

Will OMAC be willing to spare any resources to implement it though?
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 2 Nov 2008, 12:29
Replies: 27
Views: 1,794
Posted By Gate
Re: Why Pay For PA?

It's proven popular in other games and appears to make business sense.

I'm still waiting to see the promised OMAC investment - wasn't that supposed to start last round?
Forum: Strategic Discussions 2 Nov 2008, 12:27
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

I'm not convinced that etd's stealing will be that great for most of them. Stealing cath CO doesn't help much (the broad is better anti DE than the vip and they already have a FI/CO stunner), & the...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 1 Nov 2008, 17:42
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

The statsmakers seem to have done a great job in the eyes of the general player; we have a great race mix (25:20:20:22:13 atm).

Tbh I think caths look pretty weak. I expect to see them having a...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 28 Oct 2008, 00:29
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

I'd take a stab at terran BS becoming more popular by the end of the round because there should be lots of big xands, and terrans will love raping them.

Looking forwards to seeing how it works...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 28 Oct 2008, 00:28
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Xands can get away with 3 ships (phant/rev/spec) or 4 ships (phant/bansh/rev/spec, bansh/rev/wraith/spec or bansh/FR/spec)

Wraith could be useful if there are lots of harpy around, since they're...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 27 Oct 2008, 09:12
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Also note that the spectre is cloaked, has 2 ticks to be gathered & is useful against 4 attack fleets (especially CR), the harpy is only useful against 2 attack fleets, which are quite easy to stop...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 26 Oct 2008, 21:57
Replies: 601
Views: 51,213
Posted By Gate
Re: Rnd 29 predictions

If you want to. I'm not sure how relevant that is; ND have never pretended to be an 'elite' alliance and have never been up to eXi's quality.



My impression is that Denial can't quite reach an...
Forum: General Discussions 26 Oct 2008, 21:14
Replies: 41
Views: 4,077
Posted By Gate
Re: Mathematical Problems

I'm pretty sure that's not real maths, unless the V and G are in degrees.

It looks more like common taurene excrement than complicated maths to me. I'm not sure which is worse.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 26 Oct 2008, 09:34
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

I'm not sure whether I think they are or not now.

Pure DE is nice, but does very little damage to some fleets, ghosts/xan cloaked def could be annoying & it's hard to get targets. Terran/zik is...
Forum: General Discussions 26 Oct 2008, 01:05
Replies: 41
Views: 4,077
Posted By Gate
Re: Mathematical Problems

I'm with Achilles.

It doesn't make much sense to me :( . Maybe I'm just a numpty.
Forum: Alliance Discussions 26 Oct 2008, 00:58
Replies: 601
Views: 51,213
Posted By Gate
Re: Rnd 29 predictions

Good post.

Comparing Denial to eX is laughable. My experience of both places Denial leagues below eX.

But it's kind of irrelevant. Less people care nowadays. Denial were the most active...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 22 Oct 2008, 23:38
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats)

Scarab vs FR is laughable (less than 50% efficienT!) so you'd get raped by frigs as well as DE all round long (unless the mantis gets its t3=FR back)

IMO roach is the must have CR.



After...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 22 Oct 2008, 18:11
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Scarabs stun broads directly, so you can hit etd CR/BS, they're a 'direct' route to stunning spectres (roach have to stun through xand FR first) and they're much better at stunning CR.

I think...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 21 Oct 2008, 17:13
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

That sounds plausible. It would mean that vipers would work out phenominal at stunning spectres, gryphons and the like. Not sure if that's a problem or not.

Either way, I really do think cath CO...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 21 Oct 2008, 07:44
Replies: 601
Views: 51,213
Posted By Gate
Re: Rnd 29 predictions

Tbh, if my memory of Angels is right, itheir r15~ alliance playing today they might win, because they'd be way more active than anyone (Except Den?).

They had a wonderful ability to make everyone...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 21 Oct 2008, 00:36
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

EMP efficiencies can be changed relatively easily... Peg & min E/R could be cut down so pure CO vs terran DE is similar to what it is now - keeping terran as a target. Similarly, cutter & spirit E/R...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 19 Oct 2008, 22:03
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Anyway, I think cath CO need some kind of boost. An anti FR/DE killship or swapping viper targeting to FR/DE (or roach to DE/FR) might be a way around it.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 19 Oct 2008, 10:50
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Assuming you want to cause a certain amount of value damage per roid you own, the change from FI/CO -> CO/FI is fine.

With FI/CO, 1,000 mantis cause 9.5k value damage to xand FI or 4.7k to cath...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 18 Oct 2008, 17:49
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

IMO the most sensible number of mantis is either a) enough to deter any FI/CO fleet or b) enough to deter any FR fleet.

In the case of a) you need about enough to do 500-1,000 value damage per...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 17 Oct 2008, 17:03
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

With multitargetting, having 2 attack fleets isn't a particularly sensible way to go about things for most races anyway. :)
Forum: Strategic Discussions 17 Oct 2008, 00:07
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Terr BS do look sexy, but that leaves you horribly vulnerable to anyone who goes FI/CO heavy.

I think the number of spectre should keep CR/BS to a sustainable level anyway. Especially since widow...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 15 Oct 2008, 23:58
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Yep...

But in previous iterations, I thought zik looked like they could get off with it the best. Eg etds could go FR/DE but they'd only be EMPing 4 classes that way, cath could go CR/BS but...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 15 Oct 2008, 07:38
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

I meant locust.

Haven't decided if it's better than just spamming CR though... I'd have to spend some time playing with calcs.


The reason I think zik look good is that you can concentrate...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 14 Oct 2008, 23:02
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Xand don't look like they have to spread their resources too far IMO. Either way, they need 4 ships:

Banshee/Revenant/Spectre & Phantom OR wraith
Banshee/spirit/shadow/spectre

Either way...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 14 Oct 2008, 18:12
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

FI/revenant/DE and banshee/FR/DE both look decent enough & cloak is always awesome.

The FR fleet looks tough defensively, except against etd FR which are only EMP anyway.

I think the revenant...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 13 Oct 2008, 21:42
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Looks phenominal against FI/CO. Not so great against FR IMO - the widow stuns it and xands could be packing spectre. IMO its biggest strength is how it can immunise you vs the 2 smaller classes for a...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 13 Oct 2008, 18:45
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

They always look strong and it's (nearly) always overcomeable! Especially with this round's mantis. I don't think it will be much of an issue. :)


Isil: the broad is a CR killer, albeit not great...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 13 Oct 2008, 08:33
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Right now I think that ziks look the strongest IMO. Both their fleet compositions are tough to attack against, even without steals. I'd pick them if I was playing.

There's some interesting stuff...
Forum: General Discussions 7 Oct 2008, 18:03
Replies: 14
Views: 1,382
Posted By Gate
Re: I just bought...

I found a topcoat in a charity shop for 7.50 instead of the 140 it costs to get one first hand. It's a bit big, but I'd rather have the 132.50 tbh.

I've found that charity shops are great for...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 3 Oct 2008, 11:10
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

I was bored with terrans having BS and xands having FI/CO for the past 15 or so rounds.

Mz/Game: I made myself sound thick. What I was trying to get at is that every race can be very useful to an...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 2 Oct 2008, 09:36
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

In various rounds, all races have been adopted by 'top' alliances. Admittedly, a lot of this evidence is from before cloak was reintroduced, but it shows that just being good at killing isn't enough...
Forum: General Discussions 30 Sep 2008, 14:06
Replies: 120
Views: 14,547
Posted By Gate
Re: Sarah Palin

Table (www.ucsusa.org/atoz) of US political interference in science under the Bush administration.

I get the impression that Palin's dogma is even stronger than Bush'.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 29 Sep 2008, 15:20
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Xan have never really been able to target other xands, their basic race setup makes it horrible to balance. Am I the only one who remembers r15 tzen vs vsh?

Xans either trade fire at equal...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 29 Sep 2008, 08:41
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

The changes I suggested aren't severe, they'd be an attempt to offset cloaking which seems fair enough to me. I'm not sure selection bias is a good enough excuse, the balance looks ****ed... :(
...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 28 Sep 2008, 13:56
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

A recluse/orbweaver T3 of CR could have proved useful IMO. A way of directly stunning things like rogue & broadsword without having to go through the associated BS fleet, and providing extra stunning...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 28 Sep 2008, 10:19
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Problem with overpowered cath is still that it makes for untouchable top players whilst smaller players will still suffer because EMP is broken.

As for these stats, I think xand overpowering is...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 28 Sep 2008, 10:18
Replies: 29
Views: 2,559
Posted By Gate
Re: Advanced unitscans of the universe tick 913

Ask someone with a paid account to go to the Universe -> Misc screen and paste you 'Universe ships'.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 25 Sep 2008, 19:49
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Appoco said he was doing them iirc.
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 25 Sep 2008, 00:05
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Views: 2,559
Posted By Gate
Re: Advanced unitscans of the universe tick 913

If I had any spare time I'd love to go through these and look at the fleets the top players have. Purely from a stats design point of view.

I'm pretty sure I could confirm I know where I ****ed...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 22 Sep 2008, 17:45
Replies: 14
Views: 1,878
Posted By Gate
Re: The worst attack I have ever seen.

Pretty good attempt by CT; but they've still failed to break their r25 record.
Forum: General Discussions 19 Sep 2008, 10:20
Replies: 25
Views: 2,187
Posted By Gate
Re: I've just had LASEK eye surgery

The surgery has been around for about 15-20 years or so and afaik it lasts at least that long. Some people relapse, but most appear to be permanent.



Afaik it depends on the thickness of your...
Forum: General Discussions 17 Sep 2008, 12:22
Replies: 25
Views: 2,187
Posted By Gate
Re: I've just had LASEK eye surgery

They move the cells that cover your eye out of the way and then they reshape the lens with a laser. Then they put the cells back. It's not that invasive.

Afaik the only way it messes with the...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 10 Sep 2008, 10:22
Replies: 22
Views: 1,255
Posted By Gate
Re: More "realistic" fleet sizes and prizes

I missed the 'in moderation'.

Eyes still not healed yet.

<3
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 9 Sep 2008, 15:01
Replies: 22
Views: 1,255
Posted By Gate
Re: More "realistic" fleet sizes and prizes

Had a quick think;

So long as the attackers and targets go up proportionally, then it's close to a non-issue. If you multiplied every stat of the phantom and the phoenix by 100 (armour, dmg,...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 8 Sep 2008, 14:10
Replies: 13
Views: 1,738
Posted By Gate
Re: Extended Research Tree

I don't like this in the current system.

Make an awesome-o 5000 branching tech tree and stuff like this should be cool though.

Performance in PA should be dominated by your teawork & skill in...
Forum: General Discussions 8 Sep 2008, 14:04
Replies: 25
Views: 2,187
Posted By Gate
Re: I've just had LASEK eye surgery

Also, I now have better than 20/20 vision & haven't finished healing yet.

An improvement over glasses/contacts. If you want to perv on your students from a safer distance, tomkat, you should...
Forum: General Discussions 8 Sep 2008, 08:19
Replies: 25
Views: 2,187
Posted By Gate
Re: I've just had LASEK eye surgery

1.30 for 3 weeks from the library. I'm more pissed off about that than the surgery money.



Without glasses or contacts I could only read a license plate from a couple of metres away.

My...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 8 Sep 2008, 07:57
Replies: 22
Views: 1,255
Posted By Gate
Re: More "realistic" fleet sizes and prizes

Without unrealistic energy shields and inertial dampeners then any ship should be easy to knock out. It couldn't dodge fast without killing its crew, and its armour should still be pretty easy to...
Forum: General Discussions 7 Sep 2008, 20:26
Replies: 120
Views: 14,547
Posted By Gate
Re: Sarah Palin

I've not followed the race too closely, so forgive my retardedness.

I really don't like what I've seen of Palin's policies. I'm doing a science, so her opposition to sensible environmental...
Forum: General Discussions 7 Sep 2008, 20:20
Replies: 25
Views: 2,187
Posted By Gate
Re: I've just had LASEK eye surgery

Just under 1.6k. 395 for LASIK or LASEK, wavefront (optional!) adds another 395 or so.

If I'd put that cash I'd saved in the bank, the interest would have been swallowed up by glasses and...
Forum: General Discussions 7 Sep 2008, 18:19
Replies: 25
Views: 2,187
Posted By Gate
I've just had LASEK eye surgery

To correct mild short sightedness, went with Optical Express and added Wavefront after looking at some clinical trial results.

The surgery is surreal, but painless. You can't see shit (except for...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 2 Sep 2008, 20:36
Replies: 75
Views: 6,151
Posted By Gate
Re: I wonder...

Not the point; Elviz tends to get way more fleets than what he gives to an alliance. Contributions to the ally in other ways might justify this, otherwise I wouldn't want to play in CT.

Elviz cost...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 2 Sep 2008, 17:14
Replies: 75
Views: 6,151
Posted By Gate
Re: I wonder...

Did the fleets sent to elviz save more roids/prevent more enemy scoregain than if they'd been sent elsewhere?

If so, that's cool. Although elviz isn't really known for this, or for attacking...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 1 Sep 2008, 13:27
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

r14 stats were cool, yo.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 1 Sep 2008, 10:37
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Is this because of balance, or because you don't like terran FI and xand CR?




This was accounted for - zik/xan should be weaker at this point whilst the EMP races should be doing better to...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 31 Aug 2008, 23:17
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

I'll contribute my share if every other person signed up does the same.

That's four shiny pennies from me.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 31 Aug 2008, 23:09
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
Re: r29 shipstats

Want to explain why? I'm basing that mostly off the figures on sandmans, and it seems a reasonable conclusion based on that evidence.



I'm not going to bother changing roiding fleets around...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 31 Aug 2008, 23:02
Replies: 32
Views: 4,310
Posted By Gate
Re: Capping roids

Me neither (like I said).

It was just a suggestion that others may be happier with.

EDIT: And whilst we're at it, condense guns/dmg so we can get rid of another column. The stats tables are...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 31 Aug 2008, 22:41
Replies: 32
Views: 4,310
Posted By Gate
Re: Capping roids

The bonuses should be much lower but the concept is there to maintain the current 'dynamic' which already slightly favours roiding your own race.


I prefer the first option, but people whine...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 31 Aug 2008, 21:15
Replies: 267
Views: 20,472
Posted By Gate
r29 shipstats

People were unhappy with the 'rush job' of last round, so it might be a good idea to start talking about now.

My stats don't seem very popular, but in the interest of giving options I've modified...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 31 Aug 2008, 20:21
Replies: 32
Views: 4,310
Posted By Gate
Re: Capping roids

Tbh, why not just obliterate resource types? Have 'asteroids' and 'resources'.

M/C/E are looked at fondly by a lot of people, so instead you could keep the different types of roids, give each race...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 30 Aug 2008, 11:09
Replies: 19
Views: 1,533
Posted By Gate
Re: Allow scanners play on more proper way.

PA should be about ability, and not luck IMO. SO I think that's shit.


I still think the best way I've heard is to edit the scan techtree so that people start with units, planets and a kind of...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 23 Aug 2008, 17:48
Replies: 61
Views: 6,466
Posted By Gate
Re: r28 shipstats

At the end of the round we should be able to tell. r13 and 25 were pretty awful cath stats.

As for defence; DE attack with tarantula defence, or CR attack with locust defence (A zero-loss FR...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 12 Aug 2008, 13:32
Replies: 106
Views: 5,770
Posted By Gate
Re: Complaint about ship-stats

It won't necessarily be that much better.

CR based caths would already have anti CR/BS EMP invested in their tarantula and it would be overexpenditure to have the scorp as EMP too. DE based caths...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 12 Aug 2008, 12:17
Replies: 106
Views: 5,770
Posted By Gate
Re: Complaint about ship-stats

The most logical fleetcomps (IMO) are CR attack with a swarm of frigates (anti FR/CR) or DE attack with tara and maybe scorp (anti CR/BS). In both cases, token mantis would be present to provide...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 12 Aug 2008, 11:32
Replies: 106
Views: 5,770
Posted By Gate
Re: Complaint about ship-stats

I'm now starting to worry slightly and think there should be handful more changes (possibly orbweaver t3=CR, a slightly stronger spider and a few things JBG suggested), but I think I'm going to leave...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 12 Aug 2008, 10:26
Replies: 106
Views: 5,770
Posted By Gate
Re: Complaint about ship-stats

As an aside, the most common complaint about xand has been that they're too strong.

Cath and terran have been accused both of being too strong and too weak. Etd too strong, zik too weak.
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 11 Aug 2008, 22:49
Replies: 106
Views: 5,770
Posted By Gate
Re: Complaint about ship-stats

I'm not playing (yet)!

If I were signing up now, I'd probably go cath just to prove a point. Although I like terran's ability to concentrate in 3 ships and I'm also fond of FI/CO/BS zik.
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 11 Aug 2008, 16:57
Replies: 106
Views: 5,770
Posted By Gate
Re: Complaint about ship-stats

In the last set of tweaks, etd were weakened slightly- their EMP efficiency is a little lower than cath now.
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 11 Aug 2008, 09:44
Replies: 106
Views: 5,770
Posted By Gate
Re: Complaint about ship-stats

It's not such a huge problem with 3 ships having CO as target prio, and 8 having FI. A similar number of anti FI/CO ships to last round, when we had 2 CO attack fleets. This round it's quite similar...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 11 Aug 2008, 09:29
Replies: 61
Views: 6,466
Posted By Gate
Re: r28 shipstats

If anyone wants to comment on stats balance rather than just complaining, that would be great! :p

Some of you have helped point out minor problems which I'm thankful for (pillager/lancer a bit...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 11 Aug 2008, 09:16
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

Lucky that ****up was so horrendous that it helped teach everyone who was there never to make the same mistake again!
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 10 Aug 2008, 22:21
Replies: 64
Views: 11,826
Posted By Gate
Re: New Covert Op Changes

I like covops.

Structure killing and sabotaging ships is useful.

Asteroid blowing up is near worthless and should probably be removed though.
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 10 Aug 2008, 18:51
Replies: 106
Views: 5,770
Posted By Gate
Re: Complaint about ship-stats

You'll notice I'm using last round's stats as a barometer. I think it's fair, because they were cool. Also, the current statsbuild is here (http://beta.planetarion.com/manual.php?page=stats) and I...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 10 Aug 2008, 18:04
Replies: 106
Views: 5,770
Posted By Gate
Re: Complaint about ship-stats

Also, I thought people might want to know some of the themes I tried to use, and this might help you see why I think the stats work with the race themes.

TERRANS:
- ships larger than other races...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 10 Aug 2008, 15:35
Replies: 106
Views: 5,770
Posted By Gate
Re: Complaint about ship-stats

I'm not convinced by this. Last round almost every xand built bomber for defence, and it flew around en masse against 4 attack fleets.

This set has FI which will be built in varying ratios acting...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 10 Aug 2008, 14:44
Replies: 106
Views: 5,770
Posted By Gate
Re: Complaint about ship-stats

Last round's set can still be used. People said they were bored, so I gave an option; I didn't stop anyone having a go. I'm quite fond of these, once they're polished up a bit more.

Some are...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 10 Aug 2008, 12:19
Replies: 61
Views: 6,466
Posted By Gate
Re: r28 shipstats

Stalwart and (I think) Paladin were r10 cath ships. Defender and Guardian are old EMP ships. Lancer, Fireblade, Broadsword are old xan ships without the geeky first part. Using old stats, I'd argue,...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 7 Aug 2008, 09:37
Replies: 61
Views: 6,466
Posted By Gate
Re: r28 shipstats

Brand: for the 'theme' of cath that's a good idea, but it's been tried a couple of times before (iirc r25 had cath with 1 killship, annd r13 had cath with killships doing almost no dmg) and it made...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 6 Aug 2008, 08:38
Replies: 28
Views: 2,395
Posted By Gate
Re: Serios suggestions from an old school player

I've already offered solutions...

- remove the support planet rule
- increase alliance member limits
- remove alliance member limits

Take your pick.

This will increase the total number of...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 5 Aug 2008, 18:22
Replies: 28
Views: 2,395
Posted By Gate
Re: Serios suggestions from an old school player

Where do hanzi and alezzar expect the new techies, scanners, officers and HC to come from?

Evidence from previous rounds shows no difference in the number of allies when we've had 60 member counts...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 5 Aug 2008, 17:06
Replies: 61
Views: 6,466
Posted By Gate
Re: r28 shipstats

Aye <3



Yeah. I tried that, but I mentioned the reasons why I didn't do that on pg7 or 8 of the other thread.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 5 Aug 2008, 14:04
Replies: 61
Views: 6,466
Posted By Gate
Re: r28 shipstats

I guard/recl to DE/FR targets would probably be best.

The naga has to have reasonable E/R so that it isn't underpowered vs the orb/avenger (so avenger/orb stun it at about the efficiency they...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 5 Aug 2008, 13:47
Replies: 14
Views: 1,271
Posted By Gate
Re: Fleet Recalls

I've nearly fleetcaught myself loads of times by reading a recall mail and only remembering to check inc etas at the last minute. So I agree.


IMO your planet's your responsibility. If you're not...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 5 Aug 2008, 13:17
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

We don't have enough data to make sure either of us are right on this, but the reasons I support killships are:

- cath have done abysmally in the rounds they've had awful killships eg. r13/25. I...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 5 Aug 2008, 13:04
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

I tried to take some of your stuff on board for the next set, here (http://www.geocities.com/nd_wtf//r27gate5.txt) (the FI/CO targetting mainly)... and I'd plan to play with zik A/C D/C to allay your...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 5 Aug 2008, 12:47
Replies: 61
Views: 6,466
Posted By Gate
Re: r28 shipstats

I thought that to begin with.

But it shouldn't be such a major change. E/R can be played around with to get the same result as having them both the same class against etd/cath fleets (the main...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 5 Aug 2008, 12:39
Replies: 7
Views: 1,224
Posted By Gate
Re: PDS as a construction

I'm sorry to say I don't like it.

It adds complication without adding much to the game and it's a nightmare to balance.

1)Does it shoot before or after SKs? Before = larger planetscan be...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 5 Aug 2008, 12:15
Replies: 61
Views: 6,466
Posted By Gate
Re: r28 shipstats

My approach to CR cath would be FR/CR/BS. Locust outperforms harpy 1-on-1 and is kind of similar to last round's vsharrak, except that it's pretty decent anti-xand-FR too. I'd also build scorpions to...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 5 Aug 2008, 10:56
Replies: 61
Views: 6,466
Posted By Gate
Re: r28 shipstats

And the tycoon was wtfpwn.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 4 Aug 2008, 18:13
Replies: 61
Views: 6,466
Posted By Gate
Re: r28 shipstats

IMO a much better test would be to get a load of good players and find out what race they'd pick, and list races they wouldn't pick.

Ofc, they'd probably lie to try and get the upper hand, but if...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 4 Aug 2008, 17:36
Replies: 61
Views: 6,466
Posted By Gate
Re: r28 shipstats

How useful is beta testing? It's a relatively poor prep-test for a real round.

Tbh I mostly ignored it in r17. It's usually pretty easy to predict what's good just from looking at the stats......
Forum: Strategic Discussions 4 Aug 2008, 16:54
Replies: 61
Views: 6,466
Posted By Gate
r28 shipstats

OMAC have said they want to see business as usual continue for 1-2 rounds, which means we're probably sticking with the current race setup.

So it looks like we have 2 choices.

- keep the...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 4 Aug 2008, 16:18
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

As an aside, I eventually got here (http://www.geocities.com/nd_wtf/r27gate4.txt), with some v rough figures put in. E/R and guns still not included, but that's because the current system is stupid...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 4 Aug 2008, 08:48
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

I'm a lil worried this nerfs zik BS.

I thought of changing the guardian alone... but the most likely choice looks to be making the tara a BS-CR targetter and having the xands with very low E/R on...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 3 Aug 2008, 12:32
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

I think all of these are fixable.

Xand CR is the same as xand FR/DE in terms of ally def - 2 ticks to gather defence as there is no eta7 anti CR. And the lower eta xand def (which is great at...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 3 Aug 2008, 11:32
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

Locust is zero loss, terran ships target it at equal init, as do revenant/banshee. This is similar to xand DE last round - fireblade/scorp were zero loss but ingal only.

Ofc, caths may...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 2 Aug 2008, 18:56
Replies: 60
Views: 4,743
Posted By Gate
Re: this might help

I'd like that too.

Persuading alliances to do it is another issue ofc.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 2 Aug 2008, 17:20
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

Actually, I roughed up a tech tree set too, but it would have needed quite a lot of effort to be useable and since there's no hope of branching tech trees until OMAC start changing things in 1-2...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 2 Aug 2008, 12:51
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

Weird, huh?

I always wanted to see something different. I don't think CR attack hasn't been done because it breaks balance, it hasn't been done for the sole reason that people think xands...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 2 Aug 2008, 09:14
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

The idea for zik was to have out-of-class killships. The corsair kills banshee/corsair and absorbs guardian EMP: the rogue kills spectre/dragon/broad and absorbs tarantula EMP.

Right now they're a...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 2 Aug 2008, 09:09
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

You might notice I'm only providing options.

I started with suggested tweaks (http://pirate.planetarion.com/showpost.php?p=3151990&postcount=259) to the r26 stats, but several people asked to see...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 31 Jul 2008, 10:24
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

Xan pods are meant to be FR/CR, my bad.



Hadn't bothered looking at SK. Would probably do them last.



Yeah, I just noticed that. Will look at a way of fixing them (Drake target to DE/FR,...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 31 Jul 2008, 08:27
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

May as well have xan BS if it's balanced within the statset.

After a further play I came up with this (http://www.geocities.com/nd_wtf/r28gate2.txt). If people want to use it as a base, I think...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 30 Jul 2008, 20:52
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

I thought of giving xands a CR fleet and caths a CO. Crazy, eh?

EDIT: For this to work, the xand research disadvantage would have to go for a round.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 30 Jul 2008, 16:16
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

I decided to try the approach of messing about for a bit without worrying, and then spending 5-10 minutes polishing, and came up with this (http://www.geocities.com/nd_wtf/MessAbout.txt).

It's far...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 30 Jul 2008, 10:59
Replies: 357
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Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

It's a pity that almost no-one listened to me about the etd CR/BS thing!

And I was often too inactive to get a cath to be my escort bitch :(
Forum: General Discussions 29 Jul 2008, 22:03
Replies: 11
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Posted By Gate
Re: Market Wonders

I got a second hand Steven King book from Hanley market for 2, read it, and returned it. The nice lady gives you half the price back, so I got Life of Pi (priced at 50p & in excellent condition!)...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 29 Jul 2008, 21:47
Replies: 10
Views: 976
Posted By Gate
Re: Wave Centers

It has been periodically suggested, last time was r25/26 time.

As far as I can tell it was about as seriously considered as any idea which required any effort (that is, never going to be done)....
Forum: Strategic Discussions 29 Jul 2008, 16:21
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

No multitargetting iirc? Would take a chunk of reorganising effort. R25 could be used, but cath suck balls in it and would need a complete rebalancing.
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 29 Jul 2008, 13:59
Replies: 10
Views: 976
Posted By Gate
Re: Wave Centers

I think we already came up with a solution that achieves these aims.

Have planets begin with planet, unit and 'defence detection' scans (a jgp that only works on your own fleets at eta4 or below)....
Forum: Strategic Discussions 29 Jul 2008, 12:53
Replies: 357
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Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

It would have to look relatively shit in the stats. CO typically guarantees effective roidgain, and effective roigain for zik can easily overpower them. I think the zik CO fleet was one of my biggest...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 29 Jul 2008, 10:38
Replies: 357
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Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

Both terrans and xands can already hit zik with their FR and their DE anyway... and cath would FR whilst etd are CO, and etd CO stuns DE as primary target, so should be as strong against terrans as...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 29 Jul 2008, 09:10
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

I'm sure someone else's insight could find a way around the mess. I might try it later with ziks/xands having FR and ter/cath having DE.

If you didn't mind having 1 FR and 3 DE fleets, you could...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 28 Jul 2008, 20:00
Replies: 286
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Posted By Gate
Re: r28 predictions

Depends where Denial go. They were by far the most active ally last round from what I gathered - if there core go to a smaller or new ally, then I'd put them top.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 28 Jul 2008, 18:03
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Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

I played around with that.

I gave terrans DE and xand FR. It was something new and it made terran look a little tastier. But it created some serious balance issues, particularly the nerfing of...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 28 Jul 2008, 16:40
Replies: 357
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Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

CR etds found it pretty easy to hit zik. But it was laughably easy to hit caths and we could also hit tasty xands and FR etds so it really diluted the incs ziks got. I'm not sure there was a single...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 28 Jul 2008, 16:23
Replies: 286
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Posted By Gate
Re: r28 predictions

Are Denial disbanding?

If not, I'd peg them as favourites. Followed in order by CT, Asc, ND. Just like last round!
Forum: Strategic Discussions 28 Jul 2008, 11:53
Replies: 357
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Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

That's a pretty good point.

Most ziks seemed to steal a chunk of shadows. Which makes them effectively immune to random xand attackers and allowing a lot of ziks to grow easily.

With very few...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 27 Jul 2008, 09:33
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Posted By Gate
Re: hey

Havoc has started already, you keep your old planet but it gets given a load of constructions and resources, plus teh ticker goes faster (once every 15mins). You get to play for a week or two.

In...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 25 Jul 2008, 22:28
Replies: 28
Views: 2,813
Posted By Gate
Re: Who were we

You are: The Purity (1:10:11) Etd (Clear)
Size: 1,513 120
Value: 5,979,875 32
Score: 7,547,855 27
XP: 26,133 206

Ships (1,033,500 total) (Ship Analysis) [Hide]
Defender 1,000 Vsharrak...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 25 Jul 2008, 14:18
Replies: 41
Views: 3,598
Posted By Gate
Re: How much is PA worth? really!

Yes, I think this is reasonable.

The game has barely progressed in 10 rounds because there's been no investment; lots of good ideas get ignored (I remember a simple one of mine which required less...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 25 Jul 2008, 11:11
Replies: 41
Views: 3,598
Posted By Gate
Re: How much is PA worth? really!

Let's say 50k to buy and 50k investment.

There is still interest in browser games: Astro Empires has over 10k participants and Warbook has several tens of thousands iirc. Developed nations are...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 24 Jul 2008, 19:13
Replies: 41
Views: 3,598
Posted By Gate
Re: How much is PA worth? really!

A) If I was a millionaire & was bored enough I'd probably go up to 50k with 50k for investment into the game. That's right now.

B) Because with mobile browsing and web 2.0 I think there's a...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 21 Jul 2008, 21:48
Replies: 22
Views: 2,301
Posted By Gate
Re: New Quest Structure

Ship blowing is a phenominally useful tool & various other covops are also useful.

Blowing up asteroids is kind of worthless though. Unless I missed something, I'd drop it.
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 20 Jul 2008, 17:46
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Views: 2,301
Posted By Gate
Re: New Quest Structure

Glad to see people putting thought into quests...

I think I'd prefer branching quest trees if possible. Covops, scan & war, for example.
Forum: Strategic Discussions 20 Jul 2008, 13:01
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Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

Alliances will gain much more from people who play cath with a concentrated fleet.

They will either invest in a CR attack fleet or a CO attack fleet - trying to get both is a bit silly. If you go...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 17 Jul 2008, 16:15
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

Mz got me about right.

It could be useful, but doesn't seem so important with the current set.
Forum: Forums Issues 17 Jul 2008, 16:14
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Posted By Gate
Re: Forums upgrade

On Xmas skin, trying to select another skin does not lead to it appearing. It just stays on xmas skin.

On alienskin I can't find the drop down menu to switch to a different skin.
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 17 Jul 2008, 16:09
Replies: 106
Views: 9,567
Posted By Gate
Re: Planetarion Suggestion/Bitch Thread - Please read & reply!!!

I don't like 3 of Reese's ideas...



Restricts the community from making new friends. The incentive on a round-by-round basis is for long term players to play in private gals (I probably would...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 17 Jul 2008, 13:35
Replies: 106
Views: 9,567
Posted By Gate
Re: Planetarion Suggestion/Bitch Thread - Please read & reply!!!

Seems the financially sensible thing to do; you don't want to advertise an unfinished product.

It would be great if OMAC would start investing in development as soon as possible. The next round...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 17 Jul 2008, 13:32
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

The worst effects of this can be avoided by making sure the two targets are not the same as any individual races two pod classes.

Eg CO/BS would be acceptable, but FR/BS would not because that...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 17 Jul 2008, 10:46
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Posted By Gate
Re: Planetarion Suggestion/Bitch Thread - Please read & reply!!!

I quit once because of lack of time. I'd like to have a planet and help out my alliance, but because slots are limited, they have a value to the alliance. If I can't log on regularly, I am of little...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 15 Jul 2008, 20:38
Replies: 357
Views: 18,049
Posted By Gate
Re: Stats Round 27

These stats are good IMO. Every race can perform well, every attack fleet is useful & thanks to multitargetting there are almost always 2+ viable fleet comps per race & there is no race that is...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 9 Jul 2008, 15:15
Replies: 18
Views: 892
Posted By Gate
Re: Remove counted score for galaxies

A quick thought on exiling and counted score.

It encourages you to exile more quickly. Without counted score there is a greater incentive to give someone a chance as there is a smaller penalty for...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 9 Jul 2008, 09:51
Replies: 18
Views: 892
Posted By Gate
Re: Remove counted score for galaxies

I think I agree with this.

Maybe someone can come up with a good reason against this? It discourages you from exiling planets in theory but in my galaxy, this round, it's not made an iota of...
Forum: Strategic Discussions 5 Jul 2008, 22:18
Replies: 2
Views: 1,050
Posted By Gate
Re: Defence Fleets per Race

With Cathaar I recommendrf that people either build (1) beetle/CR/Scorp or (2) CO/Tarant/Scorp. (1) defs with beetle, (2) with tara.

Spiders are useful - enough to cause damage to dissuade...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 1 Jul 2008, 12:32
Replies: 23
Views: 1,249
Posted By Gate
Re: give us it back !

Yea, I think that's a good idea.

And put it in the manual.

Sorted! :)
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 1 Jul 2008, 09:13
Replies: 23
Views: 1,249
Posted By Gate
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 30 Jun 2008, 18:00
Replies: 23
Views: 1,249
Posted By Gate
Re: give us it back !

I don't think this offers sufficient protection. Attackers could still crash or you could still not get defence - and you would be unable to run your fleet like you normally could.

The potential...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 30 Jun 2008, 14:09
Replies: 23
Views: 1,249
Posted By Gate
Re: give us it back !

So how do you suggest we protect those who are actually going on vacation? Your initial suggestion allows their round to be ruined.

Wakey's correct. The current system punishes those who abuse it...
Forum: Planetarion Suggestions 30 Jun 2008, 10:05
Replies: 23
Views: 1,249
Posted By Gate
Re: give us it back !

Is it 'cowardly' to have a real life outside of PA?

I'm not sure that me going for an operation should be punished by me getting my entire fleet wiped out by prelaunched incomings.

I suppose it...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 25 Jun 2008, 22:37
Replies: 20
Views: 1,872
Posted By Gate
Re: No Fun no Future

Round 10 was broken :/

They restored initiative, visible arm/dmg of ships, multi targetting, steal/EMP/cloak & pods.

IMO, the current game is a drastic improvement over r10. given some...
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 25 Jun 2008, 14:05
Replies: 20
Views: 1,872
Posted By Gate
Re: No Fun no Future

The game has changed drastically since the awful thing we had in r10. Many of its stupid introductions have been reversed, whilst many of its interesting features have been kept.

I'd guess that...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 22 Jun 2008, 16:59
Replies: 166
Views: 7,631
Posted By Gate
Re: Denial HCs Round 27

I agree with you.

But I'd like to know if I get a present because my galmates got closed. That kinda punishes me and I didn't do anything wrong. :(
Forum: Planetarion Discussions 22 Jun 2008, 11:12
Replies: 53
Views: 4,269
Posted By Gate
Re: New Owners of Jolt - PA

If we were to get a surge in players from advertisements, there's a few things I think would have to be done to make sure we retain some.

Firstly, improve access to scans for new players so they...
Forum: Alliance Discussions 22 Jun 2008, 01:34
Replies: 27
Views: 2,277
Posted By Gate
Re: Denial R27

I love it when a plan comes together.





(Tongue in cheek ffs)
Forum: Alliance Discussions 22 Jun 2008, 01:31
Replies: 74
Views: 5,793
Posted By Gate
Re: r27 Predictions

Odds on them just getting a slap on the wrist?
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