Thursday, December 03, 2020

Protosal: Threading the attacks

The current combat system is unacceptably spammy and unwieldy. It requires one blog post per attack, and we’re expecting each competitive player to attempt several attacks per day. Accordingly, we should borrow from the Nethack dynasty and combine all the attacks on a given Bogey into a single thread.

When the Poindexter generates a Bogey, they make a Fire Post inviting Pilots to attack the Bogey. If the Bogey is destroyed, they edit the Fire Post to say so and that Bogey can’t be attacked anymore.

Rather than making Fire Posts, players make Fire Comments on that Bogey’s Fire Post. Also, we might want to let a Fire Comment contain an “attack pattern” with multiple attacks each of which would be a full Attack Post now.


Josh: he/they

03-12-2020 21:52:02 UTC

Sure. Might make it easier to make cooperative attacks possible.


03-12-2020 21:59:19 UTC

Do you have any preference regarding multi-attack comments?

Josh: he/they

03-12-2020 23:08:15 UTC

Not as yet. I’ll wait to see what makes it to a proposal

Kevan: he/him

04-12-2020 11:25:54 UTC

I was deliberately trying to head in a different direction from earlier “Emperor makes a post, players post actions as comments” mechanics, but it doesn’t matter too much.

Attack patterns sound like a very good idea.


04-12-2020 12:50:46 UTC

Maybe your affiliation can give you access to certain attack patterns?