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Unread 24 Dec 2018, 15:46   #1
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COVERT OPs fix

Covert ops isnt what it used to be to prevent roid loss from the casual Basic Agent Training / Exploding Fist which forces early cov op immunity and makes cov ops stale before its time.

what I''m proposing is a change in the cov op tech tree....


Basic Agent Training (starting technology)

Research Transferral

and make exploding fist the 4th tech in the covop tree


IMO this would make cov ops more exciting and less likely to stale cov ops via everyone going immune.
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Unread 25 Dec 2018, 07:24   #2
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Re: COVERT OPs fix

Best fix is to remove them

Just place them under scans and save the ones which give some intel back at you.
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Re: COVERT OPs fix

It used to be earlier (first?) in the tree, and was moved further along exactly because it was so good. We don't have advanced unit scans first, either.
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Re: COVERT OPs fix

I'd rather them blow up 3 rocks than steal 200 RP. This wouldnt fix the problem of everyone rushing immunity.
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Re: COVERT OPs fix

How about adding a new scan after AU - "Anti-Government Subversion Broadcast" - which if amps>distorters allows the scanning planet to broadcast subversive messages to the target's population, thereby reducing alert level. The idea would be make it prohibitively expensive to carry out, but also incur some benefit when the cost analysis proves worthwhile in the case of top planets under heavy attacks, etc.

Each scan costs 9000 MCE. Each scan (broadcast) reduces target by 1 alert (-1). When broadcast is successful, scanner sees message "The target's alert has been reduced by 1 alert, currently total alert subversion is -1. The maximum is 15. (currently 1/15)" The scanner (broadcaster) can then carry the scan out for a maximum of 15 per tick with desired effect, otherwise "The target's maximum subversion has been reached. (15/15)" The effect would reduce at +5 alert per tick, so the following tick the level would have dropped to (10/15) and another 5 broadcasts could reinforce the maximum bonus. Of course these values are all inserted for illustrative purposes and can be tweaked accordingly.
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Re: COVERT OPs fix

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How about adding a new scan after AU - "Anti-Government Subversion Broadcast" - which if amps>distorters allows the scanning planet to broadcast subversive messages to the target's population, thereby reducing alert level.
This changes the scan dynamic a lot. I'm unconvinced, but I'm listening...

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Each scan costs 9000 MCE.
Fixed cost or initial cost? Currently scan costs go down if a scanner has more amps.

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Each scan (broadcast) reduces target by 1 alert (-1). When broadcast is successful, scanner sees message "The target's alert has been reduced by 1 alert, currently total alert subversion is -1. The maximum is 15. (currently 1/15)"
I think that's way too much information if you're also doing damage. Particularly the "1/15" but even that it's actually gone down tells you that it hasn't hit the limit.
Aside: Revealing alert might be useful in a scan on its own

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otherwise "The target's maximum subversion has been reached. (15/15)"
This would still need to be charged as a scan I think...

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The effect would reduce at +5 alert per tick
I'd suggest using the existing mechanism for restoring alert here rather than confusing matters.
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Unread 10 Jan 2019, 11:45   #7
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This changes the scan dynamic a lot. I'm unconvinced, but I'm listening...
I figured it was a good way to address immunity by making a larger financial impact to have full immunity against the scan, while also incurring high expense on those who wish to utilize it. To me, scanning and cov ops go together, so making a complimentary system makes sense. You have a covop for reducing amps/dist so have a wave for reducing alert.


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Fixed cost or initial cost? Currently scan costs go down if a scanner has more amps.
My initial thought was putting it after AU at a base cost of 9K ea, but since the intended effect is to overpower distorters with propaganda broadcasts, then having more amps should require more power (cost to produce energy) to break target's distorters; so in the case of this scan, perhaps reversing the discount formula to increase scan cost at higher amp count would be preferable. You could also factor in scanner amps / target distorter ratio to the strength of the effect or the cost of the effect.


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I think that's way too much information if you're also doing damage. Particularly the "1/15" but even that it's actually gone down tells you that it hasn't hit the limit.
Aside: Revealing alert might be useful in a scan on its own
You could omit the message portion specifying the total effect, and indicate solely whether the alert was further dropped or was unchanged (indicating maximum reduction already in effect). Alert level scan might be useful but too direct, alliance tools and bots can process scans and produce fairly accurate prediction ranges so provide a scan that reveals population slider levels, this would further increase accuracy of potential cov op success calculated by alliance tools, without flatly giving away the alert level.


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This would still need to be charged as a scan I think...
That was my intention, you would be charged for the scanned but informed it had no further effect. "maximum subversion has been reached."


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I'd suggest using the existing mechanism for restoring alert here rather than confusing matters.
"The maximum alertness is the number your alertness will DECREASE TOWARDS every tick if it is higher, and raise towards if it is lower.
It lowers by the following if your alertness is too high:

floor(6-min(security_guards/(total_roids+1),2)*(1+(pop_security+gov_bonus)/100 ))

The above is a number between 2 and 6.

or raises by the following if your alertness is too low:
floor((4+min(security_guards/(total_roids+1),5))*(1+(pop_security+gov_bonus)/1 00))

The above is a number between 4 and 16."
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Re: COVERT OPs fix

superb idea budious
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Re: COVERT OPs fix

The first covert op should be to steal security guards. This way no real harm can be done unless you actually spend some RP into it.

I would really like to see a nub protection for covert ops. The general attack protection could work here. New players are often "covert opped to death". They don't get how to protect themselves and get constantly hit. Covert ops should be something to hit / annoy the bigger players and not nub / idler bashing.

And why can we not hit allied planets? This is a real pain! Just imagine the entertaining drama if people from one of the 8 carnage tags can actually hit heresy planets.
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Re: COVERT OPs fix

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since the intended effect is to overpower distorters with propaganda broadcasts, then having more amps should require more power (cost to produce energy) to break target's distorters;
That makes no sense to me at all.

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so in the case of this scan, perhaps reversing the discount formula to increase scan cost at higher amp count would be preferable.
That's messy...

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You could also factor in scanner amps / target distorter ratio to the strength of the effect or the cost of the effect.
That could potentially make sense...

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Sure, so you'd like to take the existing formulae that you consider too complex and add "unless they're recovering from budious's special scan, in which case their alert will increase by an additional 1-5, depending on how many budious scans had been performed on the planet in the last 3 ticks". That really simplifies matters
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That makes no sense to me at all.

That's messy...
Look at it as there are two options to block or counter the subversion broadcasts, the target can either continue to hoard distorters to limit the number of potential broadcasters or increase alert sufficiently to counter subversion broadcasts. Since the number of distorters imposes a significant cost opportunity in resources and non-distorter structures, it makes sense to raise the cost of the scan according to the number of amps possessed by the scanner, or at least by the minimum penetration ratio required to overpower distorters.


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That could potentially make sense...
Well at least we agree on something...

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Sure, so you'd like to take the existing formulae that you consider too complex and add "unless they're recovering from budious's special scan, in which case their alert will increase by an additional 1-5, depending on how many budious scans had been performed on the planet in the last 3 ticks". That really simplifies matters
Sorry, I was just being facetious... this is the least important aspect, so hammer out the actual impact details and we can discuss the alert recovery later.
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Re: COVERT OPs fix

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Look at it as there are two options to block or counter the subversion broadcasts, the target can either continue to hoard distorters to limit the number of potential broadcasters or increase alert sufficiently to counter subversion broadcasts. Since the number of distorters imposes a significant cost opportunity in resources and non-distorter structures, it makes sense to raise the cost of the scan according to the number of amps possessed by the scanner, or at least by the minimum penetration ratio required to overpower distorters.
It goes against everything else scan wise though, and pretty much reverses the logic. A fixed cost might not be too much of a departure, but increasing based on amp count makes no sense.
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