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About Skidborg

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  1. Have you ever noticed how inconsistent C4 and IED placement on vehicles is? I'm not complaining about the damage. I'm talking about the fact that you have to rub your face along those armor segments like a cat in heat to make explosives stick at all. Which is exactly what you don't want to be doing while a BTR has paused briefly on top of you to mow down all your friends. And if the vehicle moves in the slightest while you're grinding through the glacial planting animation, your explosive is planted suddenly, irreversibly, and uselessly on the ground where you weren't even looking. And if you have the guts to try planting a bomb on the undercarriage, the game will show a green template, and then refuse to place the bomb at all because you had the audacity to try placing a bomb where a vehicle is parked. Besides the probably tricky solution of fixing the broken collision models, why not significantly speed up the planting animation, and make arming the device a separate, but more geometrically forgiving, action? In theory the actual act of placing an adhesive charge should be as quick and simple as slapping on a post-it note.
  2. FOB asset tolerance to a land form

    Another partial fix would be allowing left-click to be held down while trying to find a valid placement, so that the placement happens the instant a valid terrain is crossed. Currently, trying to put down a prop on invalid terrain cancels the placement completely, which adds an extra level to the problem as I have to go back through layers of UI just to try putting down the same prop again 3 cm to the left. Also, for some reason a green placement template isn't 100% assurance that the prop can actually be placed. Sometimes "Ground too steep" pops up anyway. Could that get a fix?
  3. fall damage not realistic

    It is a little irritating that walls that are low enough to climb up somehow cause damage on the way back down.
  4. Gameplay Chaos (FOB's)

    This is a game for adults, not kids who play TF2. If everyone is bailing, you need to be the SL who holds their squad back. Also: 1. Shooting 1 man of the defending squad would be enough to force it neutral, requiring at least two squads on a point that's actually contested. 2. The game becomes a series of tiny-map bloodbaths because boots-on-point is the only strategy that works. No reason to have large maps at all. 3. Progress on low population servers becomes impossible. 4. If the enemy has not dedicated any troops to attacking your point, then one squad simply doesn't get to participate in the game for an indefinite amount of time. 5. It's insulting to squad leaders who do put in the effort to maneuver and allocate troops effectively. There's no reward to being clever if being dumb is prevented entirely. 6. AAS is lame anyway and everyone should play Territory Control.
  5. So I've encountered this issue a lot in the latest version of Squad. I don't know if it's new, or gotten worse, or if I just never noticed it, but when a deployable template turns from red to green, it's not always possible to place it. Sometimes it cancels out with "Inside another deployable" or "Ground too steep" even when it's clearly the middle of a soccer field with a few blades of grass in the way. Even worse when it's the backside of a perfectly stationary enemy tank and you're trying to place C4. The collision logic there is awful. Worse, being unable to place it drops you out of deployment mode entirely, so you have to go back through the menu just so you can also go through that whole ridiculous roulette again. There has to be a better way. So, simple proposal: First, fix the template so it only turns green when deployment is actually possible. Second, when deployment is impossible, don't drop the template. Let me hold down left mouse and rub the emplacement against the terrain until it sticks reasonably close to where I wanted it. Right mouse cancels out just fine and it doesn't need to do that for me.
  6. Alpha 14 Released

    For the call-outs to be useful, some of them definitely need to have context-based modifications. For example "Enemy over there." is useless since it doesn't give ANY of the bearing, range, or landmark information that you need. But if the call-out at very least copied the player's heading and said "Enemy Northwest." it would at least approach something that contributes to teamwork.
  7. Alpha 14 Released

    Two feedback items: Ragdolling is hilarious now. Keep seeing bodies floating in the air and spinning at eye level. Buddy Rally system seems to be severely discouraging people from bothering to place FOBs at all, and then completely dooms the team by encouraging them to move their spawns to a single vulnerable point that can be purged by a passing motorbike, leaving them with nothing. Kinda seems like the opposite effect from what the design was going for.
  8. Alpha 13.1 Released

    Okayish thinking, but that's only a reason to use tactics if there's a tangible punishment for death. V13 also reduced the consequences for going down, making run-and-gun a better choice in every way as compared to V12.
  9. Alpha 13.1 Released

    Probably the best option in the long run. A list of "realism level" toggle options that can be set by the admin and is searchable by players as part of the server join UI. Useful as design feedback as well, since the Devs can see which settings end up being the most popular and why.
  10. Alpha 13.1 Released

    It's just weird how the current spawn system seems to be trying to make big maps feel as small as possible. Like Squad is embarrassed to make people see most of that carefully designed landscape. The way to play is to magically teleport right into the front lines and grind against the contested point until something gives. It's like opposing FOBs in Storage Site all over the place. Remember when we made FOBs easier to overrun because everyone spawning from the same place into a hellish meatgrinder was boring? What happened to that line of design? And the logistics system plus the grueling map size doesn't really mesh well with the new shift in pace. Really, who wants to be the chump who has to do ten-minute logi runs across Yehorivka when the rest of the squad is repeatedly running headfirst through enemy gunfire? They're good elements, the blend is just so severely off right now it's hard to see the reason to put up with them.
  11. Alpha 13.1 Released

    Actually, I'd be very interested in seeing what the survey results would be sorted by players who squad lead vs. players who squad follow. I feel like the new changes have hamstrung a lot of the strategic power of smart leadership in favor of making sure the every player has plenty to shoot at even if their squad lead sucks. Immediately rewarding but shallow gameplay is a good way to capture the passing interest of a new player, but the vast majority of those new players are going to move on to the next shiny, complete game that crosses their Steam recommended list all the same. And so are the dedicated players hoping for a deeper experience, if they find themselves standing in a inconsistently designed kiddie pool. There are a lot of good design ideas that could replace the buddy rally system floating in the suggestion forums right now. Making transport vehicles readily available at main base in case of a rally/spawn wipe is my personal favorite, since it gets a squad back to the front lines in a reasonable window (and faster if pushed back to main), promotes far more interestingly placed new spawns, and still gives the squad who succeeded in removing the enemy spawns a solid strategic reward for securing the area. Being completely out of vehicles at main is the only time I felt real frustration with the V12 spawning mechanics, and that would be the happy medium for me.
  12. Alpha 13.1 Released

    I'd strongly, strongly disagree with this change for two reasons. 1. This what vehicles are for. Lifting and moving troops across large distances. People who 2-man APCs like a minitank are just doing a disservice to the team when they could be doing the actual job of an Armored Personnel Carrier. We have the solution to the long-jog problem already. We just need to convince people to use it, either through better training or design. 2. This will add a huge pile of frustrating gamey interactions, like crippling enemies by shooting somewhere near them before going for a kill shot. Or the screaming maniac with a knife scenario where you can avoid taking the speed penalty by rushing into combat without technically taking a combat action. All around I'm disappointed to see Buddy Rally and CoD movement still in the new version.
  13. Alpha 13 Released

    Hotpokkaminny, giving players superhuman sprinting, strafing, and aiming abilities means that selecting tactically important positions gives far less of an an advantage over the gormless randos W+M1ing across an open field. It becomes a contest purely of reflex, rather than a contest of training, planning, observation of the enemy, communication, use of team assets, tactical positioning, and reflex. The right answer to most problems in the new design paradigm appears to be "Spawn, run towards the enemy as fast as you can, and shoot them in the face" and I can get that from any game, many far more polished than Squad is. The cerebral pace and pivotal effectiveness of well-planned team maneuvers was the unique element that brought me into and kept me with the game despite its flaws. Without that focus, what does Squad offer that other games don't do better?
  14. Alpha 13 Released

    How I see the speed increase is that 10% faster movement in practice results in 10% less time to plan and conduct cohesive teamwork, and greater forgiveness for ignoring it. Stacking with all the other softcore style changes Squad is losing the identity that brought me to it. They may be theoretically enjoyable changes, but they're changes that bring Squad closer to being part of the samey grey slurry of games that are ultimately forgettable. Squad may have trouble retaining a very large playerbase, but that's also due to the developer decision to follow this drawn-out alpha development model, and drag the entire playerbase along whenever they want to try out different core mechanics. There are tons of fully featured FPS games released every year, and every one of those is going to siphon off some players if those games scratch the same gameplay itch Squad does. Squad's failing to create and retain a solid identity makes it hard to cling to its gelatinous surface when the temptation to play a complete, full-release game arises. And to address this point: Here's the thing. Very little of what you see as random is actually random. There are reasons for why things happen on the battlefield, and having the game paced so that we can take those things into consideration, form strategies, and communicate them with our teammates is the very core of what brought us to Squad in the first place. A game that forces you to stop, think, and communicate, before you shoot is exactly what we want, and also what was advertised when we bought the game.
  15. Alpha 13 Public Test, Round 1

    Everything you like is exactly the problem with it. There's no point in having a big map at all if there's a method to completely ignore that there's a big map. Why not just play the skirmish maps if you don't enjoy the long range strategic and transport elements?