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Unread 18 Feb 2018, 20:36   #20
Mzyxptlk
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Re: galaxy score suggestion

Agreed. I spent a lot of time coming up with a reasonable formula to determine whether an attack was launchable (not landable!) for my bcalc/stats analysis tool. Whether you would launch an attack depends almost entirely on how many ticks it takes for the roids you cap to repay for your losses. Even if you potentially kill twice or thrice as much as you'd lose, if it took 200 ticks for the roids to repay, you'd just go find a less risky target instead. And that doesn't even take into account that such an attack would turn sour with much less defense than one in which you start out with 0 losses to begin with.

It's a little messier when you're already ETA 1, because you've already invested resources into it (travel time, ships in use, and a fleet slot), but the principle is the same: better to land for free tomorrow than to land with significant losses today, even if you kill much more than you lose, even if today's attack caps more roids.

As for which side should recall, I'd say the consideration is the same for both sides. Playing chicken involves punching the breaks before the point of no return, not after. Even balls of steel get flattened when you hit the wall. The only times you should intentionally land such a calc is 1) if there's no competition to worry about (like in your example), 2) one of your teamup partners can't get on, and you lose less if you all land together, or 3) you see the other side chicken out first. In all other cases, you pull at xx:59:55.
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