Topic: [Beta] Ranged hit chances / damage are just insane

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  • #19716
    Danubian
    Participant

    I dont know what you changed, but something is terribly wrong now.

    1.) People are able to shoot during the night and hit people with very high chances. Im talking 2 archers and 1 crossbowman fire at me during the night, 1 archer hits one brother, 1 archer misses, and crossbowman kills my brother just like that. Bam youre dead.

    2.) The damage is insane. Like 75% of the time i get hit by ranged weapons, its a guaranteed injury, and those take days to heal and often cripple a brother to a level where they are useless. Not to mention that i often spend all the money i get from contracts just healing people up.

    3.) Ranged weapons feel MUCH MORE accurate overall, to the point where i cant have a single battle vs bandits where my shieldless archers are not crippled by enemy ranged fire, if they manage to not die.

    4.) Ranged weapons are WAY more accurate against people in shieldwall, its as if when they fire, and the shot misses the target, they STILL hit someone standing to the side or behind the brother.

    5.) The way its now, DAY OR NIGHT, basically your 2 handed 2 tiles reach weapons people are practically guaranteed to be either killed or crippled. Even if the enemy doesnt fire at them, the stray arrows/bolts get them.

    Whatever it is that you changed is not good and please revert it.

    #19718
    RusBear
    Participant

    1. Nigth debuf lower in beta ( 30 vs 50 %)
    2. Basic ranged skill up for all backgrounds. So i think for brigands- too.
    3. http://battlebrothersgame.com/forums/topic/beta-22-02-17-feedback/page/4/#post-19673
    4. And do not forget about universal answer : ” It is all – bias effect”

    #19719
    Ioci
    Participant

    there is a range defense penalty as well, i dont remember if in previous version the night debuff included this or not, but the hit chance is what always draws me crazy, imagine, your two handed veteran companion with 81 melee skill misses a 98% hit, but you recall that in the earlier turn, your newly recruited lvl 1 labor with 43 melee skill hit the target twice while his hit chance was only 43%.
    hope i didnt over exaggerate too much, but what i want to say is karma is a beeach!

    #19720
    Danubian
    Participant

    1. Nigth debuf lower in beta ( 30 vs 50 %)
    2. Basic ranged skill up for all backgrounds. So i think for brigands- too.
    3. http://battlebrothersgame.com/forums/topic/beta-22-02-17-feedback/page/4/#post-19673
    4. And do not forget about universal answer : ” It is all – bias effect”

    4. It cant be (too much of?) bias.

    Im fighting the kind of battles i could easily handle prior to beta without any casualties or severe damage taken, and im actually not only getting massive amount of injuries, but also losing people.

    #19721
    Danubian
    Participant

    Some more of my bias:

    Guy getting shot twice in a row.

    #19727
    Shadow
    Participant

    Perhaps the recently increased effect of obstacles (50% -> 75%) on ranged combat should help with this to some extent.

    #19736
    Danubian
    Participant

    Check this out.

    Shot 3 times in a row.

    Every single time = debilitating injury.

    #19741
    Sarissofoi
    Participant

    Throwing my five kopenek here.

    I noticed similar things to the point that I much more prefer fighting orc warriors that enemy ranged troops.
    -enemy hitting all the time, at any range,
    -blocked or not,
    -with any kind of ranged weapon
    Even Raiders can wreck people with their throwing weapons.
    It can not be bias because I don’t even recall similar level of bullshit from any previous patch.
    Right now raiders often hit with their ranged at max range and for good damage. Very often and they were mostly useless with their stuff in 7.0.12
    I think all of enemy get not only stats buff but also plenty of perks.
    Its getting ridiculous to the point that any battle against enemy ranged open with a chance to getting one of my guy killed(even if he has kite shield and some armor) by concentrated fire. My ranged character tend also getting injury almost every battle that bench them for few days.
    The game is getting worse and worse. More bloat with features that add nothing but pointless artificial difficulty. More grind when your guys can die at all times and you can not do anything about it. Its simply not fun and its simply frustrating. I was playing a Cassandra role before foretelling dark vision but I didn’t expected that I will be right. What happened? Are there somebody else in charge than when this game start development? I think I need to make some good predictions because – even with all my whining – I really want to like this game(and I like it) but now its in miserable state.

    “GAME WILL BE BETTER SOON(TM)”

    Sure, I play mostly expert and it supposed to be hard and unforgiving but the point is its also not rewarding at all. It should be hard, challenging and rewarding. Now its full bullshit. No fun, no fun at all.

    #19745
    Kuroi_Kaze
    Participant

    Sarissofoi, hey, man! I just passed by, but I really have advise. Turn off Beta build and play old stable version till this one gets balanced and polished. No offence, but that what the beta is supposed to be, trying different approaches to find balance. And what you talk about misarable state, are you kidding? Everything goes fine, just wait.

    #19756
    RusBear
    Participant

    New patch causes me only negative emotions so strong that I even stopped visit the live stream to this anger does not spoil viewing for other people. But I can not quit this game to ” as it is” – this game has given me so many positive emotions in the past. We all-the old players have to do everything we can to help developers bring to the release the beautiful game. Perhaps some of our feedback and comments they do not like but the developers have done so much! Devs, keep the brand, is left to work a little more.

    #19769
    Wargasm
    Participant

    I approve of the shifts to make initiative, morale/resolve and hit-points more important, and I never wanted to have to create one-dimensional characters with a few exaggerated hyper-abilities and several glaring/unrealistic weaknesses that were negated by scale armour and other one-dimensional characters, but I have to say that I also have experienced mostly negative emotions from the new build thus far. On older builds, it seemed that Expert/Deadly mode forced you to spend too much time enduring tedious/puritanical resource management and taking recourse to “ignoble” tactics (avoiding uncertain fights, retreating, aborting contracts, intervening at the eleventh hour in caravan battles to scavenge loot etc.), whereas Easy/Normal/Beginner mode allowed you to more readily get to an unassailable economic position but with less pervasive and less numerous enemies to fight (so that battles became boringly easy and you had to artificially increase the difficulty by using less armour and keeping extra guys in reserve etc.). For the game to be enjoyable, you WANT there to be hordes of deadly enemies to fight, and you want your strategic and tactical decisions to have a bearing on the outcome against them, but you don’t want to be forced into fighting them when you can’t afford to buy/repair equipment and/or to heal injuries. You want to be able to take your time to build up for each challenge, tweaking your tactics as you go. You want room for experimentation and exploration. You want to focus on the aspects of the game that you find most enjoyable, instead of being persistently forced to forsake them (or to endure more tedious aspects) for economic reasons. You want to be able (or to reliably become able) to afford at least some decent/high-level resources, but you want this luxury to be necessary to build for the grand challenges ahead. You want the grand challenges to be exactly that, but you don’t want set-backs along the way to leave you in a ruinous position from which you can’t gradually rebuild and have another go. The game is very immersive and it’s immensely frustrating and irritating when hours/days/weeks of preparation are ruined by one or two random accidents/mistakes when you were tired or in a rush etc. And sometimes, at random, whatever the difficulty level and through no fault of your own, you just happen to get swarmed by deadly enemies chasing you from all directions early on in the game, and there’s no quick/reliable way to escape from the predicament. On the new beta release, these drawbacks seem to be more pervasive on all difficulty levels.

    #19770
    Danubian
    Participant

    I approve of the shifts to make initiative, morale/resolve and hit-points more important, and I never wanted to have to create one-dimensional characters with a few exaggerated hyper-abilities and several glaring/unrealistic weaknesses that were negated by scale armour and other one-dimensional characters, but I have to say that I also have experienced mostly negative emotions from the new build thus far. On older builds, it seemed that Expert/Deadly mode forced you to spend too much time enduring tedious/puritanical resource management and taking recourse to “ignoble” tactics (avoiding uncertain fights, retreating, aborting contracts, intervening at the eleventh hour in caravan battles to scavenge loot etc.), whereas Easy/Normal/Beginner mode allowed you to more readily get to an unassailable economic position but with less pervasive and less numerous enemies to fight (so that battles became boringly easy and you had to artificially increase the difficulty by using less armour and keeping extra guys in reserve etc.). For the game to be enjoyable, you WANT there to be hordes of deadly enemies to fight, and you want your strategic and tactical decisions to have a bearing on the outcome against them, but you don’t want to be forced into fighting them when you can’t afford to buy/repair equipment and/or to heal injuries. You want to be able to take your time to build up for each challenge, tweaking your tactics as you go. You want room for experimentation and exploration. You want to focus on the aspects of the game that you find most enjoyable, instead of being persistently forced to forsake them (or to endure more tedious aspects) for economic reasons. You want to be able (or to reliably become able) to afford at least some decent/high-level resources, but you want this luxury to be necessary to build for the grand challenges ahead. You want the grand challenges to be exactly that, but you don’t want set-backs along the way to leave you in a ruinous position from which you can’t gradually rebuild and have another go. The game is very immersive and it’s immensely frustrating and irritating when hours/days/weeks of preparation are ruined by one or two random accidents/mistakes when you were tired or in a rush etc. And sometimes, at random, whatever the difficulty level and through no fault of your own, you just happen to get swarmed by deadly enemies chasing you from all directions early on in the game, and there’s no quick/reliable way to escape from the predicament. On the new beta release, these drawbacks seem to be more pervasive on all difficulty levels.

    All i want is a steady experience where archers dont hit people at full distance during the night, inflict 50+% hp damage, and an injury on every single shot.

    The game is virtually unplayable right now, mostly because of ranged units (i even noticed throwing weapons hitting A LOT).

    I have no clue about late content as i dont have the patience / will power to bare the grind require to get to it.

    For the record im playing on second difficulty level.

    #19781
    Sarissofoi
    Participant

    I approve of the shifts to make initiative, morale/resolve and hit-points more important, and I never wanted to have to create one-dimensional characters with a few exaggerated hyper-abilities and several glaring/unrealistic weaknesses that were negated by scale armour and other one-dimensional characters, but I have to say that I also have experienced mostly negative emotions from the new build thus far. On older builds, it seemed that Expert/Deadly mode forced you to spend too much time enduring tedious/puritanical resource management and taking recourse to “ignoble” tactics (avoiding uncertain fights, retreating, aborting contracts, intervening at the eleventh hour in caravan battles to scavenge loot etc.), whereas Easy/Normal/Beginner mode allowed you to more readily get to an unassailable economic position but with less pervasive and less numerous enemies to fight (so that battles became boringly easy and you had to artificially increase the difficulty by using less armour and keeping extra guys in reserve etc.). For the game to be enjoyable, you WANT there to be hordes of deadly enemies to fight, and you want your strategic and tactical decisions to have a bearing on the outcome against them, but you don’t want to be forced into fighting them when you can’t afford to buy/repair equipment and/or to heal injuries. You want to be able to take your time to build up for each challenge, tweaking your tactics as you go. You want room for experimentation and exploration. You want to focus on the aspects of the game that you find most enjoyable, instead of being persistently forced to forsake them (or to endure more tedious aspects) for economic reasons. You want to be able (or to reliably become able) to afford at least some decent/high-level resources, but you want this luxury to be necessary to build for the grand challenges ahead. You want the grand challenges to be exactly that, but you don’t want set-backs along the way to leave you in a ruinous position from which you can’t gradually rebuild and have another go. The game is very immersive and it’s immensely frustrating and irritating when hours/days/weeks of preparation are ruined by one or two random accidents/mistakes when you were tired or in a rush etc. And sometimes, at random, whatever the difficulty level and through no fault of your own, you just happen to get swarmed by deadly enemies chasing you from all directions early on in the game, and there’s no quick/reliable way to escape from the predicament. On the new beta release, these drawbacks seem to be more pervasive on all difficulty levels.

    That is valid point.
    Harder difficulties not only makes fights more challenging(more enemies, higher tiers) which is welcome but also bring company progress to a snail speed. Fights are harder which is fine but rewards not.
    Player face bigger challenges and get less(compared to lower difficulties) reward ratio. Not even mention that even these less can buy less because of higher prices. And his expenditures are higher because harder fights against more numerous and harder enemies so his cost grows(repair items, medical bills) when rewards not.
    Losing merc is easy – leveling them hard and long, can not afford better backgrounds and better equipment which mean fight harder and cost(injuries, dead mercs) more.
    You need perfect run and even if you are good, mass ranged can and will first turn kill some unlucky dudes.
    Injuries force you to bench mercs or risk them getting killed and you really can’t afford reserves(because upkeep and food costs), waiting is also not a option.

    I currently replay some older build and its actually enjoyable. Simpler game but with charm and its actually FUN. Damn.

    <stop and think about potential solutions>

    Better contract rewards. FAIR PAY. Some contracts could pay half/or whole company upkeep(or at last for a front-liners).
    More loot items. When conquering locations enemies I want RICHES.
    Maybe nerf armor penetrations/effectiveness against armor? A little? Or buff starting armors(give them more armor at bigger fatigue cost and worse fatigue/armor ratio?)
    Reduce visibility penalty for helmets? At last some. This would help archers and really some of penalties don’t have much sense.
    Make early levels have bigger stats grown and double perks when late levels lower stat grow and no perk(so end perk build are reached faster but there still place for improvement)? Or make leveling faster?
    Some utility perks(like rotation or footwork) could be move lower(as they increase control over company and give more options but not offer straight offensive or defensive buffs).

    BTW VETERAN HALL and Prestige(over 11) levels are a joke. Sad joke.
    Cost of exp boost scale with level and it small and short lived(ergo it would make more sense to give these boost to the Temples) and where is my perk respec or reroll attributes or straight level buying? There could be possibility to buy some stat increasing traits or maybe even special active skills that would enhance gameplay and what we get is some boost that is hardly used.
    Sad.

    #19786
    Wargasm
    Participant

    <stop and think about potential solutions>

    Better contract rewards. FAIR PAY. Some contracts could pay half/or whole company upkeep(or at last for a front-liners).
    More loot items. When conquering locations enemies I want RICHES.
    Maybe nerf armor penetrations/effectiveness against armor? A little? Or buff starting armors(give them more armor at bigger fatigue cost and worse fatigue/armor ratio?)
    Reduce visibility penalty for helmets? At last some. This would help archers and really some of penalties don’t have much sense.
    Make early levels have bigger stats grown and double perks when late levels lower stat grow and no perk(so end perk build are reached faster but there still place for improvement)? Or make leveling faster?
    Some utility perks(like rotation or footwork) could be move lower(as they increase control over company and give more options but not offer straight offensive or defensive buffs).

    BTW VETERAN HALL and Prestige(over 11) levels are a joke. Sad joke.
    Cost of exp boost scale with level and it small and short lived(ergo it would make more sense to give these boost to the Temples) and where is my perk respec or reroll attributes or straight level buying? There could be possibility to buy some stat increasing traits or maybe even special active skills that would enhance gameplay and what we get is some boost that is hardly used.
    Sad.

    Some contracts could offer a decent advance sum, plus one set of tools/supplies, one set of ammunition, one set of medicinal supplies and (if there’s a temple) whatever temple costs are required to treat any injuries incurred on the town’s behalf. Oh, and free drinks to enhance morale before battle.

    Any weapon or intact armour belonging to a foe slain in battle should be available as loot. It doesn’t make sense that someone with a billhook dies on an adjacent tile but you fail to take it as loot.

    Since all backgrounds have been given more ranged skill, all backgrounds should also get more hit points to buff against injuries in the early game when decent armour is scarce.

    I remember suggesting that earlier level-ups should allow you to increase a greater number of attributes, with the number gradually decreasing as you get on. I’d certainly like it if you also got double perks for the first few levels, even if that meant an earlier finishing level. I’m always impatient to create builds and agonize over several equally useful perks.

    There could be some consumable items for sale that (on ingestion in battle) enhance mood, harden resolve and reduce hit point damage (even if at the expense of lower defence skills), which would be useful in the early game when people are probably going to get hit anyway. Enhanced mushrooms, basically.

    #19787
    AGiantPie
    Participant

    Perhaps the recently increased effect of obstacles (50% -> 75%) on ranged combat should help with this to some extent.

    From my experience this is actually one of the main problems. From my testing, and I deliberately tested this, if the ‘obstacle hit’ is triggered, and the obstacle happens to be one of your brothers, he is automatically hit no matter what his ranged defense. This makes my strategy of having a front line of kite shield guys with pikemen behind them completely ineffective, as whenever an enemy ranged unit shoots at me it’s basically a guaranteed hit. If the obstacle hit triggers, one of my kite shield guys takes damage. If it doesn’t, chances are the low ranged defense of the pikemen means he gets hit. Against regular bows this isn’t a huge deal. It is pretty dangerous early game (but I don’t use pikes early game), but after that it’s just negligible armor damage. The real problem I experience is with crossbows, particularly heavy crossbows and the goblin crossbows. Those basically ignore armor and are guaranteed to hit one of my brothers on turn 1, so if the enemy has 2-3 crossbowmen I’m practically guaranteed to lose a guy unless the AI fails to press the ‘shoot crossbow’ button, which is common enough that my party hasn’t been wiped yet.

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