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4 hours ago, MechanicalLens said:

While we're at it, have it fire homing projectiles that explode and heal the max player's HP for every point of damage dealt. XD

Why have it fire mere homing bullets.  I believe, for balance, droids could be fired from it instead.  They can fire the homing bullets.  :)

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1 hour ago, JewBagelz said:

See, now I just want a small chance for a random wandering horde to be like 30 rabbits descending upon the player.

Remove the ears and you got a horde of rats^^

1 hour ago, Aldranon said:

Why have it fire mere homing bullets.  I believe, for balance, droids could be fired from it instead.  They can fire the homing bullets.  :)

exterminate annihilate destroy !!!! but bullets are so lowtech.... i would like electric arcs or so ^^

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12 hours ago, JCrook1028 said:

 

Do you? Cause..the in game marksmen rifle is NOT an assault rifle. Assault Rifle by definition has to have full auto or burst fire capability.  DO not confuse yourself with the media created category of "assault weapon".

I have not said marksman is assault rifle in any of my comments. As I have stated, I have fired most guns in the game. Only one I have not is M60 and the others are all fairly accurate to how they are IRL. 

 Only guns I have are 9mm and shotgun. I have privilege of living in Texas, with friends that have many types of guns. 

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2 hours ago, Dethar said:

I have not said marksman is assault rifle in any of my comments. As I have stated, I have fired most guns in the game. Only one I have not is M60 and the others are all fairly accurate to how they are IRL. 

 Only guns I have are 9mm and shotgun. I have privilege of living in Texas, with friends that have many types of guns. 

I can say "Marksman assault rifle"... well. I typed it and you can be sure I said it... or didn't.

 

I've driven thru Texas in the summer and you can be sure I will not do so again for El Paso.  Something about the heat, cow poop and oil fumes mixed all together leaves... an impression.  :)

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5 hours ago, Guppycur said:

One doesn't look scary to certain types of Americans, the other does.  Functionally, there's zero difference.

I know you are in Houston area, so I will assume you have been exposed to many kinds of guns. I will have to disagree with you on functionality. I consider ammo capacity part of that. Except for some customized rifles, I have never seen one with large bullet capacity. Second there is a difference between handling a magnum revolver and desert eagle. 

 

I must say it is fun to spin the cylinder of revolver before closing it. At least first few times firing one.

 

Also a thank you for bringing modding Community together. Its best of any game I have played.

9 minutes ago, Aldranon said:

 

I've driven thru Texas in the summer and you can be sure I will not do so again for El Paso.  Something about the heat, cow poop and oil fumes mixed all together leaves... an impression.  :)

There are other places in Texas you probably dont want to smell either. Pasadena Texas comes to mind with all the refineries. It can get pretty bad.

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7 hours ago, Deadalready said:

You're twisting my words, even if we multiplied the sniper rifle capacity to match the M60 (a factor of x6), it would still be slower and more innaccurate so I don't know how you can construe that as being an M60. You haven't really posed a solution, so it's hard to see your point here.

 

 

I was comprising your point to: It would be still largely worse than an M60 if we increased magazine size, because it would still be worse in a few other characteristics even if equal in magazine size. I assume you agree to that. But then increasing magazine size is NOT the solution. Next you would have to adapt the reticule speed to be more like the speed of the M60's redicule and so on and on

 

And I posed one possible solution (or a first draft to a solution if you like) just 3 posts after the message you quoted:

 

22 hours ago, meganoth said:

Agreed. I could see the sniper rifle holding up if its headshot did get some bonus similar to AGI/stealth and/or it did get a crippling chance bonus to any limb.

 

I would even make automatic guns have the disadvantage that their headshots do less bonus damage than every other weapon in the game, lets say only 125%. Their DPS and versatility would still be unparalleled but, well, their achilles heel of using lots of ammo could not be avoided in any situation.

 

 

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22 minutes ago, MechanicalLens said:

I think you're taking it from the wrong direction. Any rifle, no matter how powerful (that TFP would realistically add) will never be able to match or outclass machine guns. As I said, them putting Demolition Expert into the Perception Tree was no accident.

But if the both of you are discussing what would be needed to make the T3 sniper rifle an improvement over the Marksman Rifle, then... Carry on.

You said the magic word "realistically".

 

The most important thing is that weapons of the same tier should be comparably effective IN THE GAME, if you play into their strengths and look at the sum of advantages and disadvantages. Balance is the key to make every weapon useful and be used.

The second most important thing is that they should still be different so it adds to replayablility. 

 

"realistic" is an also-ran.

 

Everything IMHO, but I don't think this is all too different to what the developers have as design rules

 

 

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I think adjustment to the Marksmans headshot bonus is a solid idea @meganoth, but MRs could also, imo, use tighter, faster accuracy & default full-mod mag-size of 20 rounds (like rl).

 

I've been modding the MR for mag-size and aiming bits since they came in, and to me it makes them a contender vs. AK.

Trade off of no full-auto+greater capacity vs better accuracy in both aimed & hip-fire. & since I usually have a couple points into the stealth perk for more damage when sneaking, I lean towards the MR for POI clearing, and current BM base design is a single lane so even there I find myself more MR inclined.

Sure I could pack both, but I choose to limit myself to just two ranged options at a time, usually the Pistol & MR. Later with more rad-zeds I'll migrate to either SMG+MR or Shotgun+MR. (but I've heavily modded the shotgun to reflect 'real' double-ought spread&range so it's seriously OP'd. {but fun as h3ll :) ])

 

Two sticks to toss on the 'weapons' discussion are "More Ammo Types" and "mass".

 

A 9mm round is roughly only a third as powerful as a .44 mag, & ~1/7th as powerful as a 7.62x51. The M16/M4 round, 5.56x45 would fit neatly as ~half as powerful as the 7.62x51.

Adding in sub-sonic options for rifle rounds would mean drastically reduced power, for reduced sound pressure. Add head-shot bonus as needed to make a viable option for stealthers. And with the introduction of both HP & AP rounds, (along w both tiny stack sizes & 100-rd Boxes) the 'kiss' argument, as it relates to not having a lot of ammo types, is a bit long in the tooth, imo.

tldr; various calibers/ammo-types could add significant differentiations, as TFPs have already implemented, they just need to go a bit further, imo.

 

"mass" is more about how radically different, in rl, an M60 would be compared to a Marksman Rifle. The pure weight of one would make it a very poor choice for enclosed spaces like POIs. What is it, "handling"? or some such in-game? whatever that bit is that makes turning slower, that bit, for M60s in particular. could be jacked up so non-spec'd players would have to decide if an M60 for POIs made sense. Giving life to the AK.

 

Of course, it's all up to TFPs/MM and what they want to see for their game. And I'm fine w that, thanks to moddability, heh :)

 

Guess all I'm bothering to try and point out is that while I can easily see the rationale for not having dozens of different calibers/ammo-types in game, adding one or two more, when those would distinctly notch into a different 'tier', seems like a missed opportunity for progression/choice. Imo of course.

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13 minutes ago, FileMachete said:

I think adjustment to the Marksmans headshot bonus is a solid idea @meganoth, but MRs could also, imo, use tighter, faster accuracy & default full-mod mag-size of 20 rounds (like rl).

 

I've been modding the MR for mag-size and aiming bits since they came in, and to me it makes them a contender vs. AK.

Trade off of no full-auto+greater capacity vs better accuracy in both aimed & hip-fire. & since I usually have a couple points into the stealth perk for more damage when sneaking, I lean towards the MR for POI clearing, and current BM base design is a single lane so even there I find myself more MR inclined.

Sure I could pack both, but I choose to limit myself to just two ranged options at a time, usually the Pistol & MR. Later with more rad-zeds I'll migrate to either SMG+MR or Shotgun+MR. (but I've heavily modded the shotgun to reflect 'real' double-ought spread&range so it's seriously OP'd. {but fun as h3ll :) ])

 

Two sticks to toss on the 'weapons' discussion are "More Ammo Types" and "mass".

 

A 9mm round is roughly only a third as powerful as a .44 mag, & ~1/7th as powerful as a 7.62x51. The M16/M4 round, 5.56x45 would fit neatly as ~half as powerful as the 7.62x51.

Adding in sub-sonic options for rifle rounds would mean drastically reduced power, for reduced sound pressure. Add head-shot bonus as needed to make a viable option for stealthers. And with the introduction of both HP & AP rounds, (along w both tiny stack sizes & 100-rd Boxes) the 'kiss' argument, as it relates to not having a lot of ammo types, is a bit long in the tooth, imo.

tldr; various calibers/ammo-types could add significant differentiations, as TFPs have already implemented, they just need to go a bit further, imo.

 

"mass" is more about how radically different, in rl, an M60 would be compared to a Marksman Rifle. The pure weight of one would make it a very poor choice for enclosed spaces like POIs. What is it, "handling"? or some such in-game? whatever that bit is that makes turning slower, that bit, for M60s in particular. could be jacked up so non-spec'd players would have to decide if an M60 for POIs made sense. Giving life to the AK.

 

Of course, it's all up to TFPs/MM and what they want to see for their game. And I'm fine w that, thanks to moddability, heh :)

 

Guess all I'm bothering to try and point out is that while I can easily see the rationale for not having dozens of different calibers/ammo-types in game, adding one or two more, when those would distinctly notch into a different 'tier', seems like a missed opportunity for progression/choice. Imo of course.

I like the idea to change the turning speed with an M60 in hand. Maybe also change the running speed similar to heavy armor. This would give the M60 an even realistical disadvantage. "You are a heavy, act like it" 😉

 

More ammo types, ok, well, mmmh. Special ammo like the sub-sonic 5.56 rounds for example would help the sniper to be a stealth weapon (by too much copying of AGI weapon styles) and would not help at all with it being worse than the M60 on horde night. Not saying it can't be expanded into a full solution, but another ammo type has drawbacks (in-game and development effort) and I think there are easier solutions lying around.

 

 

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Realistic or not, reducing the accuracy of the machine guns would go a long way towards not being able to do everything a sniper does and so much more. The tradeoff of having huge magazines would be that aiming the head would be a bit more up to chance, whereas snipers should be dead accurate super fast to compensate. And i'm honestly not sure having scopes as mods is a good thing. It seems nice on paper but it takes the only niche of the snipers away.

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1 hour ago, meganoth said:

I like the idea to change the turning speed with an M60 in hand. Maybe also change the running speed similar to heavy armor. This would give the M60 an even realistical disadvantage. "You are a heavy, act like it" 😉

Hadn't considered run-speed... good point, I like it :)

 

1 hour ago, meganoth said:

More ammo types, ok, well, mmmh. Special ammo like the sub-sonic 5.56 rounds for example would help the sniper to be a stealth weapon (by too much copying of AGI weapon styles) and would not help at all with it being worse than the M60 on horde night. Not saying it can't be expanded into a full solution, but another ammo type has drawbacks (in-game and development effort) and I think there are easier solutions lying around.

Yeah, from what I've read on forums, 'stealth' builds + horde night have been a bit of an issue for a while now I guess. Sub-sonic bit wasn't intended towards horde nights of course; at least unless they re-did the mechanic so stealthers could actually be 'unseen' (which I don't think there's any chance of).

I was thinking of the other six days, where stealth shots can be a fun mechanic in clearing.

Issue, to me at least, is that once the tougher zeds become common, and a suppressed 9mm isn't one-shotting anymore (Edit: when sneaking), there's not really a next ~rational~ tier.

Sure just add a can to the MR, it's a bit louder but in larger POIs you can stay back enough to not wake all the sleepers, but, immersion wise, it bugs me as I know what that supersonic crack sounds like, and it should raise the dead, heh.

 

But if it were up to me I'd throw in something like a .50-90 Sharps or a .470 Nitro Express to one-shot Behemoths, so I'm definately not to be trusted for restraint on this subject :biggrin1:

(Edit: I'd add 'odd' stuff like the two mentioned but also -not- allow current simple ammo crafting; make it so you'd have to horde specific brass, or you wouldn't have any ammo for your Behemoth killer come horde night :)  & by then it's clearly out-of-scope, but yay modders!)

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1 hour ago, KuriousTurtle said:

I see that the experimental tag is gone in the properties. We are getting closer to the krakening

i hope so, i want to play so badly.

 

 

 

Spoiler

Puss in Boots

 

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2 hours ago, FileMachete said:

 

Guess all I'm bothering to try and point out is that while I can easily see the rationale for not having dozens of different calibers/ammo-types in game, adding one or two more, when those would distinctly notch into a different 'tier', seems like a missed opportunity for progression/choice. Imo of course.


Yea, its too bad this will likely never happen

 

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Are we going to be able to repair or take over say the deuce and half military truck or we just going to get what we have now, because being able to fix a vehicle in world would be great I mean a loot bus or Military truck 

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2 hours ago, KuriousTurtle said:

I see that the experimental tag is gone in the properties. We are getting closer to the krakening

The more accurate measure is the 80 must-fix bugs Fataal reported. I think he once said something about 10 or 20 bugs get fixed per week on average, so we are looking at a month AT LEAST.

 

 

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we now see the result of having waaaay more testers than developers actually - they're finding new bugs faster than the devs could fix the old ones, lol

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On 6/5/2020 at 7:08 AM, MechanicalLens said:

Currently, the magnum is awful (opening that can of worms again), but instead of making it as effective as machine guns (which would just mean turning them into machine guns), it just has to be effective. Heck, even in games like Call of Duty, which guns do most people use? Fully automatic weapons

To really bring the variety in TFP would need to make strength affect targeting speed/recoil with heavy weapons, make shoulder-firing heavy weapons cost stamina on top of the recoil, and magnify the recoil effect as stamina wears down.  Just one guy basically can't get full use out of a machine gun, you need a rifle team unless you're a full-Rambo build.

 

Having the heavy hitters come with no downsides is I think a gimp.  You've got an M60, why would you fire your bullets with anything else?  Well, if you're not up to at least 7 fort/4MG you're going to wind up with a spraygun after the first few shots,  if you wanna shoot like rambo you gotta be built like rambo, it's @%$*#!ing *loud*, . . .

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39 minutes ago, MechanicalLens said:

I'm sure A19 is right around the corner. It'll be released in no-time. :)
 

 

you mean!
 

 

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3 hours ago, Adam the Waster said:

i hope so, i want to play so badly.

 

 

 

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Puss in Boots

 

I want to watch others play first.  If my A19 character still gets the note from The Duke, then he/she knows whats going on.

I'll probably watch Kage848 and JC's Channel as they have a spread of play styles that mostly fit mine.

 

So, Devs get a crack'n and release the Kracken!

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8 hours ago, Dethar said:

 

 

I must say it is fun to spin the cylinder of revolver before closing it. At least first few times firing one.

 

 

The first time you did that to my revolver would be the last. It's bad for the gun closing it with the cylinder spinning.

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