Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:55 AM
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:00 PM
Give every Weapon a value depending on the damage and range and heat generated.
Give every Chassis a value depending on how much room it has to load weapons, and armor.
Give the engines a multiplication value. So increasing the engine size add X1.05 value and decreasing is .95 etc
Give the pilot a multiplication value, with 4/4 bieng 0 and decreasing with 5 and up and increasing with 3 and below. A 0/0 pilot should have a high value.
That pretty much sums it up. The only thing that can go wrong with that value is unbalanced numbers.
With a non-numerical description of power I would cheat a little and use the above numerical value to determine the non-numerical description
Create a chart for each class of 'Mech with something like
Light: (from low to high battle value)
Another option for a non-numerical description would be to total up the potential damage in each range and use the highest to form the description.
Long Range Support (long)
Well Rounded (even amounts in all catagories)
Pit Fighter (close range)
Assault (mid range)
Spear Head (mid to long range)
Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:11 PM
Non, numerical I like the chart you had for each mech, showing speed, armor, heat efficiency, and the different ranged firepowers. I know that is hard to automate though, since it doesn't take into account bracket firing, without some weird code, but it is a quick visual representation.
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:23 PM
Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:26 PM
Non-numerical is tougher. The game is basically running on numbers so it's tough to come up with a summary on what I think makes a 'Mech dangerous. I guess I'd have to say the correlation to speed, firepower and heat. Lets face it, if you're moving 8/12/8, you're not packing a lot of weapons or heat sinks. You're not going to be able to fire all your weapons unless you're mounting machine guns when jumping without overheating. Sure, you're OK for a couple rounds, but you do not want to incur movement penalties in a fast little guy like that. So really, I look at whether or not I can fire all weapons with little or no heat buildup when going flank/running speed. Guess it's still kind of a number, though since it's a blending of speed and the ratio of heat generated to heat sinks.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:29 PM
If you mean in-game, then a nice little three way pie chart. A circle with three sections, one for weapons, one for armor and one for heat. Weapons would take into account ammo and destroyed weapons. Armor would include lost limbs and IS/IC damage. Heat would include current heat level, approximate next round heat level (to account for lost weapons) and engine damage. Each section starts green and goes to yellow, orange, red and then black as things deteriorate.
If you mean in the mech bay- Then take the crazy circle graphs you guys have been using for the mech bios. The math needs to be more polished or explained, but I like those a lot.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:32 PM
No no, you have to take into consideration three main points:
Obviously, Lights are low on the second two, but have plenty of speed. The heavier you go, the more the opposite is true. If I remember the TT game well enough, Armor tended to carry a little more weight (ha) when it came to Battle Value than some weapons. Its why the Orion was a popular choice: maxed armor on a 75 tonner meant he could stand against most Assaults and not care. Had a decently high BV too.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:49 PM
MW4 did use colored bars for : firepower, armor, speed, heat effiency, relative heat effiency. That's simple and fast to determine.
As non-numerical the hexagon on the introducing pictures of the mechs are an good idea.
Also nice would be a comparison with two overlaying hexagons of two different mech configurations for figuring out where has the one mech the best peak and where the other.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:49 PM
It takes just a minute or two longer to make this simple assessment in your head then it does to compare some numerical system that represents your battle effectiveness. I understand the need to make players somehow feel empowered, just a little bit grander in there games then in life. But Im sure the likes of jack the ripper, and jeffrey dahmer had those needs too....among others..but thats another conversation. Now Im not saying the next serial killer is among us, but I am saying unless you can find a way to accurately reflect a combat effective numerical representation to include but not be limited to the above factors I will continue to just ignore them.
Now for the dahmers and rippers who are among us ::smacks them on the nose with a rolled up newspaper:: NO........NO NO NO NO ::shakes finger at them:: ..... BAAAAD.
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:11 PM
If we're talking about some kind of quick summery from a mouse over, I like that hex chart thing you've got in the previews.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:14 PM
The charts are nice, though if you just want to use words I would go with a trait based tag-line...like a weapon name in Diablo. "Light Speed-demon" might be a Jenner, "Light, Support" might be a Commando. Have to keep it short, but could be informative in few words.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:16 PM
Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:33 PM
Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:36 PM
30/40/15 ... 2.5 turns ... 10 tons ... 6 hex
The first group is alpha strike damage at long/medium/short.
Next is turns to completely recover from hottest alpha strike.
Tonnage of armor.
Running speed of Mech.
From those values I can decide what kind of threat a Mech represents to me. Class isn't that important as it will impact the others due to engine size, weapon loading, etc.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:59 PM
For damage, a filled line graph showing maximum damage output at various ranges is usually helpful, especially if overlaid with a second line showing the heat buildup assuming all those weapons are fired.
Other graphs showing absolute speed, armor, and pilot/gunnery values would also be helpful.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 02:40 PM
In terms of a numerical value assessment on the combat effective of my 'mechs, I would say that the CBT BV 2.0 system works pretty well. Sure, its not perfect; what system is? For me, BV 2.0 is a functional, moderately refined methodology that's already seen two iterations of review and revision.
For those that aren't familiar, the BV 2.0 system is detailed in the CBT-RB TechManual. The basics of it is that the total BV of a build is the sum of a defensive value and an offensive value. The defensive value takes into consideration factors such as armor, engine type, internal structure, gyro, tonnage, defensive equipment, and the location of explosive ammo and other critical. The offensive value tracks details such as heat sinks, movement, weapons and offensive equipment, excess ammunition, etc.
Some tweaking will not doubt have to be made to transfer this system into MWT. Imho, I believe there are some great 'bones' to build upon here.
A non-numerical judgement of combat effectiveness to me screams 'Dragoons Rating'. Now everyone, calm down, I can practically hear the incandescent raging and screaming from my living room. The original intent of the 'Dragoons Rating' is to quantify the trustworthiness and professionalism of a merc unit via attributes like completed missions, support points, transportation assets, leadership, expertise, etc. Some of these ideas don't transfer at all. Others, like completed matches, leadership, expertise, rage quits, possible cooperation with other players, I feel would be great indicators to track and can definitely give the wider community at large an idea as to whom they'd want on their 'side'. That was the intent, if not the function, of a 'Dragoons Rating'
Call it something else if it makes it more palatable, Community Rating, Combat Rating, Honor Rating, what have you. I for one would really like some way to track the play performance, beyond just raw combat power, of my fellow players.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:05 PM
Things to be assumed:
-Speed, armor, and weapon effectiveness all have equal weight in the value.
-Each 3 values will be scaled 1-1000.
-Values will be averaged.
-Some predetermined constant scores for aux equipment (CASE, BAP, etc) are added right to the score, producing the final value.
Things to be included:
Walking speed *100. Annihilator would get a 200, while a spider would get an 800.
(Armor Tonnage / 2) * 100. Atlas would get a 950, and would be the maximum score almost. A Flea would get a 150
Slightly more complex. Formula would be:
Scaling_Factor * Alpha_Damage * [(Alpha_Damage * Heat Sinks) / Alpha_Heat]
First Alpha_Damage is the maximum firepower of the mech, the fraction after it is how long the mech can sustain fire. A scaling factor is needed so that 1000 Firepower is difficult to reach, I'd suggest 0.75. A Jenner-F would get a 250, and an Awesome-8Q would get an 737.
As previously mentioned, some sort of value would need to be made (by the devs) to be added to the score. Maybe even a small multiplier instead a constant, like 1.05 or something. Up in the air on that.
Things to not be included:
Because the advantages of XL is reflected in at least one of the other above categories.
Same as above, will be reflected in above values.
JR7-F: (700 + 350 + 250)/3 = 433
AWS-8Q: (300 + 750 + 737)/3 = 596
I don't feel that BV is a good idea. It's a good way to measure the worth of a mech's items, but it doesn't measure how effectively it can use them.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:06 PM
For multiple values, I think you could break it down into a couple key stats, speed/armor/firepower:
- Total armor points (you call this 'armor factor' already from what I can tell)
- Speed (run/walk/jump again is very easy to pick up)
- Total damage, with a note on max heat vs. heat dissipation.
Ideally you could see a breakdown of short/med/long - perhaps a % of the total damage that is available at each range.
Another basic damage stat might be max damage vs. the max *theoretical* of a max of that tonnage. MWO's doing something similar but doesn't account for the Mech's tonnage.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:44 PM
damage in a turn
heat in a alpha strike
Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:56 PM
It's next to impossible to put just a 'rating' number on a given chassis, like a player in a sports game. There are so many different factors to consider; it isn't an average of ratings like the aforementioned player's speed, acceleration, shot power, etc. A radar would be nice, but then again there's such a huge range of rating from a Jenner to an Atlas you'd be hard-pressed to stay with a consistent display through every unit.
I'd be happy with:
MP, heat sinks, tons of armour
Weapons list (with locations and ammo, and I guess damage and heat for each)
Nothing fancy. Give the newbie enough info to piece together the unit's capabilities.I realise this is isn't really a rating, but you're going to have a rough go trying to distill everything a 'Mech is into a rating, or a 'potentiality assessment'. I think a quick little vitals readout would do just fine.
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