About the veterancy system

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These look too contemporary, plus any symbols flashing in a big battle on top of projectiles, explosions, and other visual effects might make it too visually cluttered. Maybe at 5 vet a gold star would be ok since its a rare achievement.

@melanol said in About the veterancy system:

There is another option: Remove veterancy.

Remove veterancy bonuses completely.

Remove tracking of damage/veterancy from live games. Track only the number of kills, because that's easy to keep track of.

Keep track of veterancy only in non-live replays.

That way regular games run fast with less memory, and the game becomes less complicated/more streamlined.

But people can still see how much "work" a unit got done when they are watching a replay. The concept of a "5 vet tank" would exist only in replays, not in live games. Nothing of value would be lost. It would be easy enough to rebalance ACU health to make up for the missing veterancy bonuses (e.g. make it easier to repair an ACU or just give them all an extra 20% base health).

Perhaps it makes sense to track "mass killed" on certain units during live games, but only count up the mass value of whatever that unit killed (defined as: delivering the killing blow). that way, you can still see during a match how much damage your nuke launcher did or how much mass your T3 Heavy Arty has killed. But this would only be for a tiny number units (perhaps: nuke launchers, TML structures, T3 heavy artillery, and all T4s except paragon and the novax building)

Do we really need to know that a t1 bomber killed 223 mass worth of units? Isn't it more useful to know that it killed 6 units?

No, it is more useful to know how much mass something killed. You compare how much mass a unit kills to how much mass it costs to see how effective it is and if it was used properly. I doubt it is possible to only track that stuff in replays, but I don't know anything.

Rebalancing ACU hp would require work, so I'd just remove veterancy for everything else. Your reward for microing units is that they are more effective and survive to deal more damage. Giving them random HP boosts and regen is just doubly annoying for the person on the receiving end.

They don’t survive as often and you ruin one of the common ways to punish super bad micro from the enemy. You’re doing nothing but harming a part of the game that is already on life support as it stands. And for what? There isn’t even a gameplay benefit it’s just some weird philosophical hatred of a machine improving.

Like you even punish aggression more than defense with this.

If veterency were removed, then an alternative is needed, e.g. cheaper repairing. Regen is OP IMO, especially regen from vet. An alternative might be regen-on-what-you-kill (remember the "vampire" mod in some shooters like UT2004?).

Anyway the current vet system is fine, though I do dislike the way vet lets an ACU get back to full HP quite quickly at no cost.

Veterancy rewards skill both on the attacker and defender's side. For the attacker its fairly obvious but for the defender they need to make a decision on how to engage a dangerous unit without giving it too much free mass to kill, i.e Ctrl+k your low tech spam or insufficient defenses before an experimental reaches them.

@Penguin_ I had thoughts of making this one, but I won’t because it will simply cause tons of lags…

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Vet should be removed, how is a robot better able to repair itself because it killed things? Why does it have more HP? There is a few things to explain why it has more HP.
I like ta's vet system, just says it's a veteran and has a bonus to accuracy.

@veteranashe said in About the veterancy system:

Vet should be removed, how is a robot better able to repair itself because it killed things? Why does it have more HP? There is a few things to explain why it has more HP.
I like ta's vet system, just says it's a veteran and has a bonus to accuracy.

I’d leave it for units such as ACUs/SACUs and Exps as exceptions.

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Experimentals are the case where it is most annoying. Say you have 2 opposing experimentals, each with a small number of supporting units, evenly matched. Whichever experimental kills the other one first, through random chaos, gets a veterancy and gains like 10k hp instantly. Your previously even position is now losing because the experimental got the kill first and gained extra HP and regen to clean up the supporting units. Now you have to muster up enough concentrated firepower to stop the experimental, which you probably don't have lying around since it would have been in the fight already. It is about as bad as when killing your opponents ACU gave you a veterancy bonus before the explosion damage was applied and allowed you to win the game.

I suppose this would not really be an issue if experimentals worked the same way every other unit does, but the balance team made it so they vet with only 50% of their own mass killed rather than 200%.

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@thomashiatt said in About the veterancy system:

Experimentals are the case where it is most annoying. Say you have 2 opposing experimentals, each with a small number of supporting units, evenly matched. Whichever experimental kills the other one first, through random chaos, gets a veterancy and gains like 10k hp instantly. Your previously even position is now losing because the experimental got the kill first and gained extra HP and regen to clean up the supporting units. Now you have to muster up enough concentrated firepower to stop the experimental, which you probably don't have lying around since it would have been in the fight already. It is about as bad as when killing your opponents ACU gave you a veterancy bonus before the explosion damage was applied and allowed you to win the game.

I suppose this would not really be an issue if experimentals worked the same way every other unit does, but the balance team made it so they vet with only 50% of their own mass killed rather than 200%.

Yeah? Great. Did you forget that if you took this engagement aggressively you risked donating 40k+ mass to enemy? If you had the better micro, that’s your reward for winning. Stop trying to make the game more into t3 arty war.

Can dudes stop with the “heckin realismino” arguments? These only apply when a game is so off base that interactions become counterintuitive to newer players. A unit killing stuff and getting rewarded for it is about as intuitive as bigger number = more gooder. Get a better point.

@ftxcommando said in About the veterancy system:

And for what? There isn’t even a gameplay benefit it’s just some weird philosophical hatred of a machine improving.
Like you even punish aggression more than defense with this.

I care less about realism in games than anyone on Earth. My philosophical hatred is of chaos and complexity. The veterancy system amplifies the advantage gained from winning an even coin-flip fight due to chaos. You get some lab that happens to win a fight and then gets to heal up and win more fights, killing all the engineers you did send protection for. A bomber that gets to make extra passes because it already did a lot of damage. Some experimental coinflip battle as previously mentioned. In any circumstance where the veterancy does something noticeable, it is pretty much always adding insult to injury. I guess it does reward aggression, and is interesting for spectators, but it usually feels random and unfair when it happens to you.

Plus removing the system means there's one less game mechanic you have to learn and keep in your head, tons of code you can delete to improve performance and eliminate complexity, and one less thing to think about when balancing the game. Of course it has already been rebalanced and the code rewritten entirely from scratch, so it would be a shame to remove it now. Should have been removed much sooner.

@ftxcommando said in About the veterancy system:

Yeah? Great. Did you forget that if you took this engagement aggressively you risked donating 40k+ mass to enemy? If you had the better micro, that’s your reward for winning. Stop trying to make the game more into t3 arty war.

So taking the even fight aggressively is the objectively wrong decision and the player who does it should lose the game because they made a major macro error. It is a macro oriented game with a clear defenders advantage bias. If you want to encourage aggressive play, do it through a less chaotic mechanic like reducing the reclaim percentage or something.

@zeldafanboy said in About the veterancy system:

Fuel should be removed, how can an aircraft slowly regenerate fuel by being landed????

Removing fuel seems like a pretty clear cut good idea to me. It doesn't really do anything except make the game more annoying to play. Whatever sort of gameplay was intended with not straying far from carriers/air staging is not how it actually works. You have to keep your air as a blob, and you have to go all over the map to intercept things. Every unit except interceptors have virtually unlimited fuel anyway, so the mechanic has no impact on them. Get rid of fuel and turn all the fuel bars into reload bars so you can micro easier, probably save a little performance as well.

You realize that veterancy is a mechanic you factor into these sort of attacks, right? My point is that it existing is what gives a higher push for aggressive actions to be worth doing as it enables a snowball against poorly micro’d or too few units. The existence of other ways to make aggression less punishing doesn’t change the point that it existing promotes more interactive/proactive gameplay now and so removing it without some coherent plan to make up for the loss in interaction is asinine. That’s a bare minimum by the way, I don’t even see the need to think about removing it unless aggression became TOO strong.

Saying “it’s a wrong move” presumes you don’t take the full system of tools available to you into account when gauging your options, which is the actual skill issue not the aggressive move.

removing vet system is so beyond bad actually
imagine having a completely passive game because gun is now pointless and land pushes are insta death

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@ftxcommando said in About the veterancy system:

You realize that veterancy is a mechanic you factor into these sort of attacks, right? My point is that it existing is what gives a higher push for aggressive actions to be worth doing as it enables a snowball against poorly micro’d or too few units. The existence of other ways to make aggression less punishing doesn’t change the point that it existing promotes more interactive/proactive gameplay now and so removing it without some coherent plan to make up for the loss in interaction is asinine. That’s a bare minimum by the way, I don’t even see the need to think about removing it unless aggression became TOO strong.
Saying “it’s a wrong move” presumes you don’t take the full system of tools available to you into account when gauging your options, which is the actual skill issue not the aggressive move.

I've never considered veterancy to be such a core mechanic that you should consider it before every engagement, except maybe with the ACU early game. It has pretty much no predictable or measurable effect in normal unit vs unit situations, only ACU and experimentals. If it is something that is supposed to be considered before each engagement then I'm even more in favor of removing it since 99.9% of players already struggle to even consider location, reclaim, and numbers before taking engagements.

Hoping that you micro an experimental better than your opponent doesn't seem like something you should be basing strategic decisions on. Are you supposed to know every player on FAF, how well they micro each specific unit, and hope anonymous matchmaking is never implemented?

The benefits of veterancy system as you describe them are only valid since it was adjusted to be mass based, which you were extremely against at the time. An experimental used to require 100 kills to get a veterancy, so this even battle with superior micro scenario would not have mattered. It would be totally irrelevant in any even numbers scenario. Your argument against moving to the mass based system is that it was unpredictable so you couldn't reason about it while playing, yet now you are telling me it is a core mechanic that you should always consider and are bad if you don't. Removing the system entirely would have about the same effect on gameplay as going back to the previous kill based system.

If you have since changed your mind on that, fair enough.

@rezy-noob said in About the veterancy system:

removing vet system is so beyond bad actually
imagine having a completely passive game because gun is now pointless and land pushes are insta death

Everyone arguing for the removal of veterancy either excluded the ACU from this, or said balance adjustments would have to be made to compensate.

Definitely doesn’t matter in a 50 v 50 tank fight. It does matter for ACU, first t3 units, first t4s.

And yes, you should have a base level of comfort with your own micro. Gauging accurately at what level that micro is, whether u know the other guy or not, is still a matter of skill. Overestimate yourself and you might donate mass, underestimate and you might be too passive.

@thomashiatt said in About the veterancy system:

My philosophical hatred is of chaos and complexity.

Ok that's your problem, I don't want an orderly and simple war game and nobody else does either

@zeldafanboy said in About the veterancy system:

Veterancy rewards skill both on the attacker and defender's side. For the attacker its fairly obvious but for the defender they need to make a decision on how to engage a dangerous unit without giving it too much free mass to kill, i.e Ctrl+k your low tech spam or insufficient defenses before an experimental reaches them.

t1 spam is quite literally the best at not feeding an experimental veterancy lol