22. September 2015 at 19:21 #6692TeslarodParticipant
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Hi@BB Dev Team first of all thanks for you game, its awesome.
After closing in om my 1000 hours of X-Com Ironman Impossible (Long War) I needed something else that scratched the itch for a squad game with customisation, unforgiving tactical aspects and epic moments of both luck or misfortune.
So far Battle Brothers hits the spot perfectly and I’m looking forward to whatever you implement next, quite a feat for a game technically still in Alpha. I spent a lot more time than I would have expected and am currently on my 3rd major run trying Ironman 80 days in after 70 ingame hours.
So I’ll start from scratch and try to summarize my experience throughout the game, hint at some edges or point out interesting challenges and fun moments as well as summarize a few builds and tactics I used to beat all of the major Strongholds.
Not gonna lie, it wasn’t as easy as I expected when I finally had 2/3 of my guys on lvl 11, gathered experience against every type of enemy multiple times grabbed my stash of supplies and went looking for the remaining “Deadly” and “Impossible” tags.
My Final Band of Brothers consisted of the following (2/3 of my Brothers had max lvl at this point)
I’m using Archetypes and suggested classes at this point , just what seems to have worked for me. Key Perks in Bold.
There are 6 different roles in my roster, Leader, Lineman, Blademaster, Juggernaut, Support, Crossbowman
Leader – Weapon: Jagged Pike, Armour: as heavy as possible
Quantity – 1
Preferred class – Adventurous Noble, Wildman
Stats – Resolve, Melee Skill till 70, HP till 90, then Melee Defense and Fatigue
Skills – Goes for the Utility Tree right of the bat and grabs skill in following order: Quick Hands, Pathfinder, Taunt, Captain, Footwork, Inspiring Presence, Colossus, Battle Forged, Hold Out, Brawny
He is there for one main reason, buffs. The combination of Hold Out with Inspiring Presence is the key to have an invincible shieldwall that excels both at offense and defense. +10 Weapon Skills and Defenses for everyone (except himself) is very, very strong to have. He levels up Resolve, Hitpoints and Melee Skill on every level up. You obviously need someone above 55 Base resolve that can also live to lvl 7 without dying to a random crit as a result of zero defense perks until very late into the game to benefit as much as possible from his leader position. I chose an Adventerous Noble with decent stats and 64 base Resolve. I wouldn’t bother looking for someone who can lead your Battle Brothers until you have at least a party of 8 to keep him out of trouble. He also wants the heaviest armour you can afford (no defense perks, remember?). The good thing is he will never have any fatigue problems thanks to the Jagged Pike barely requiring any and also does good damage even without offense perks thanks to bleeding.
Thanks to Pathfinder and the Pike he can usually move 2 tiles and attack across another one which gives him the biggest range of any melee unit. Footwork keeps him out of real trouble and he can run down fleeing enemies in difficult terrain when it’s time to mop up.
On my next run I’ll probably skip Brawny if I can afford it and give him Rotate instead. This way, with Footwork and Rotate he can always escape from pecuilar situations or save someone and get out on the same turn.
I am also not sure if Taunt currently has any real effect enemies that felt like they had superiour shooting would still camp/retreat as expected.
Blademaster – Weapon: Fighting Axe with empty offhand until he gets the “Old” perk, Noble Sword afterwards, Armour: Scale Armour + Helmet for at least >50 Fatigue remaining
Quantity – as many as you can find, probably only 1 or 2
Preferred Class – anything with a natural defense of 20 and higher
Stats – Melee defense until fully buffed 100, Melee Skill, Hitpoints until at least 70, Fatigue to wear better armour while hitting stuff
Skills – Colossus, Battle Forged, Hold Out, Nimble, Steel Brow, Anticipation, Rotate, Sundering Strikes, Executioner, Pathfinder
Simple really, your defense will be doubled thanks to Nimble which is a flat +100% afer all boni are applied. So my Blademaster started with 20 Melee defense +5 thanks to the Sure Footing Perk, +20 from lvl ups, +10 from Positive Morale + Hold Out, makes 55×2=110. It seems the game is capped to leave at least 5% chance to hit at all times as minimum results thus you want to be prepared for lucky crits and most important range attacks. Melee can’t really hurt you with all those tanking perks and only 1 in 20 strikes hitting, thats why Anticipation is important to compensate for the lack of a shield while in melee distance. Against Goblins you should additionally equip a Kite shield anyway, doesn’t matter if you’re at 70 Melee defense against them. Until lvl 5 you still want a shield anyway.
Since breaking or fleeing will only reduce your defense to the doubled amount of “base defense” without the+20 from confident Morale and Hold out you don’t need to worry much about fleeing, the Blademaster has a argueably built in superior version of footwork built in. 5% to get hit but normal movement otherwise, good for chasing.
We shouldn’t forget that we have a free offhand resulting in +25% damage caused as a bonus. With incredibly high Melee Skill the Blademaster gets 70%ish chances to hit targets behind a shieldwall but usually it’s plain 95% to hit.
Don’t get tempted to rush him alone in enemy lines, while this might work against the lesser enemies, the Goblin Shaman’s debuff and getting surrounded whith the white flag up thanks to Orc Warlord’s Warcry or Lost Souls can still kill you easily. The Swordmaster will never fail you 1/2on1. If you need someone to keep an Orc Warlord busy or kill some Vampires that threaten your Archers he can do it thanks to Rotation + Pathfinder.
Lineman – Weapon: Noble’s Sword, Armour: as heavy as possible, probably Coat of Scales/Scale Armour
Quantity – Together with Swordmasters half your Squad.
Preferred Class – Hedge Knight, Adventurous/Disowed Noble, Sellsword, Raider, with good Melee Skill, Fatigue, HP and Melee Defense
Stats – Melee Skill, Melee Defense, HP till 90, Fatigue
Skills – Colossus, Shield Expert, Battle Forged, Steel Brow, Fast Adaption, Sundering Strikes, Hold Out, Deflect, Exectutioner, Full Force
Linemen do all the work especially early on. They only need to do one thing, survive. Doesn’t hurt if they kill the stuff that threatens them to do so though. At early lvls its important to keep your guys alive so you get Steel Brow and hope not to get hift too often in a row/play it smart and bait with “weakspots” in your shieldwall at full HP. You’ll need more than 6 of them early one because some will die sooner or later and it gets harder and harder to substitute a frontline man with a newbie. When you get fast Adaption it’s the damage boost you need to get through the midgame without casualities. Once Lvl 11 they hit often and hit very hard while only getting hit on occasion. If there where enough good soldiers available I’d skip the supports and take more Lineman, but usually there aren’t so just the best get to hold the front. While you wan’t to equip as heavy armour as possible to get the maximum protection and bonus from full force Noble Swords only build up 10 Fatigue per hit and give +10% to hit. This allows you to deal good damage over extended amounts of time which is still very valuable against Lost Souls, Fallen Heroes, Goblins and Vampires not to speak of large numbers of enemies in general.
On the negative side building Linemen this way forces you to rely on others to save your weaker or endangered Brothers in need when brute force can’t help you. Mostly the problem can be avoided by applying brute force and proper formation in the first place.
Juggernaut – Weapon: 2Hand Sword/Named 2Hand Axe
Preferred Class –
Preferred Class – Retired Soldier
Preferred Class –
Bandits teach you the ropes early on, they sport very similar equipment and make painfully clear that the Bow is a peasant compared to the mighty Crossbow at some point.
deadly and impossible rating
Lategame threats – destroyed shields, lost souls, morale, Vampires, breaking formation
Oh as a note I’m German too. Gute Arbeit Jungs *clapclapclap*22. September 2015 at 23:00 #6695TeslarodParticipant
Look at all those typos that will never be fixed….
It seems I can only edit once?
Juggernaut – Weapon: 2Hand Sword/Named 2Hand Axe, Armour: as heavy as possible while leaving >60 Fatigue open
Quantity – 1
Preferred Class – Hedge Knight, Wildman ~ your best Soldier high HP, high Fatigue, high Melee Defense
Stats – Melee Defense, HP till 100, Melee Offense, Fatigue,
Skills – Colossus, Battle Forged, Fast Adaption, Sundering Strikes, Bloody Harvest, Berserk, Full Force, Killing Frenzy, Hold Out, Fortified Mind
This guy is kind of the Problem Child. He wants to be in the front lines, yet he’s the only one there who gets hit. You definetely want Killing Frenzy so getting more defensive perks is out of the question. Only Solution is to keep him in the center of your formation and get him out of trouble with Rotation if necessary. When you’re a bit careful the reward is quite something. AoE attacks that tend to oneshot everything smaller than a Fallen Hero or Ork Warrior in its path following the first kill. Turning the numbers in your favour and finishing wounded tougher enemies is what this guy is good at. Fortified Mind is the Key skill to keep him alive late in the game. I lost more than one high level Juggernaut to the debuff from a single lost Soul while trying to fight a couple fallen Heroes. Retreatig isn’t an option for him, while every one else has on the fron’t won’t get hit by most retreat attacks even while fleeing, this guy will. Additionally Fortified Mind mentions something mentioned about Mind Control and I really don’t wan’t a big cleave in my Supports and Crossbowmen.
Support – Weapon: Billhook, Armour: Medium /Kite Shield + Noble Sword in Backpack
Quantity – 2
Preferred Class – Retired Soldier, Squire, Deserter… anyone with good Melee Skill but not good enough at anything else.
Stats – Melee Skill, Melee Defense, Hitpoints till 100, Fatigue
Skills – Colossus, Fast Adaptation, Sundering Strikes, Executioner, Full Force, Berserk, Killing Frenzy, Battle Forged, Hold Out, Rotation
These guys provide backup behind the lines to anyone in need or give you the advantage in a bottleneck. Since they have decent Melee defense they carry a Shield in their backpacks and can rotate to save fleeing or heavily wounded people from danger. They hit hard plus once they get a kill even harder and while stationary even twice. Early on Jagged Pikes are a good replacement for Billhooks. They don’t need quite as good (and expensive) armour as your frontline guys which helps until very very late in the game.
Crossbowman – Weapon: 2 Crossbows 2 Spiked Impaler + Heater Shield, Armour: Mail Hauberk
Quantity – 2
Preferred Class – Hunter
Stats – Hitpoints, Fatigue, Ranged Skill
Skills – Fast Adaption, Sundering Strikes, Executioner, Berserk, Quick Hands, Bags and Belts, Hold Out, Close Combat Archer, Killing Frenzy, Head Hunter
Since the change to armour piercing crossbows are the way to go. They always start loaded so even without Quickhands you can shoot for 2AP swap to another crossbow for 4AP and shoot again for 2 more. With Bags and Belts and 4 Crossbows you can do that for 2 turns in a row. With Berserk and Killing Frenzy you get 2 shots and if you manage to kill someone (which is very likely) you’ll get a 3rd shot with +50% damage. With a bit of luck 2 Crossbowmen can reliably kill 3 or more (5-6 has happened on occasions) weaker targets on turn 1 against Ghouls, Werewolves, Humans and Goblins. They also work pretty well against Orcs, especially Berserkers and can put some early damage on Vampires or Armour versus the Undead.
Worthy of note is that loaded crossbows can be fired in melee, quite devastating combined with Close Combat Archer and Killing Frenzy. 2 +50%/100% damage shots with very high hitchances can take care of many things that would cause serious trouble for a bow wielder.
Always keep in mind that your bolts are as dangerous for your own guys as they are for the enemy. Many of my near deaths where caused by my own crossbowmen scattering and hitting friendlies for 3/4 of their HP. The same clutch shots also saved a lot of lives, always remember that crossbows are a two edged sword.
Last but not least is the Spiked Impaler. You can get those special crossbows from goblin “chiefs”. They only get +10% to hit instead of +20% but do more damage and also get 1 tile knockback upon a hit. This can save a life but can also push a target out of range which should explain why I mix regular crossbows with Spiked Impalers.
Swords seem like the clear superior choice to me throughout the game. Only 10 fatigue per hit, +10% hitchance and decent basedamage are just too good to pass. While Later on I also use Fighting Axes and Warhammers on occasion there is nothing that beats a Falchion/orc-, goblin equivalent at this point. By the way why is the “Greenskin Falchion” superior (more durability and less fatigue to carry) to the Human one? Noble swords have carried me through the Warlords Fortress, the Black Monolith and the Raider’s Stronghold(?) haven’t had the luck to find the big goblin location yet found lots and lots of “Even” Undead locations in the Eastern Wastelands and Northern Thundra. So far the Undead take the cake for the most dangerous encounter, Souls + Vampires + Fallen Heroes + Necromances are a Pain to get under control within a sea Skeleton/-guards.
Bandits teach you the ropes early on, they sport very similar equipment and make painfully clear that the cow is a peasant compared to the mighty crossbow at some point. Probably the easiest faction to handle but definetely needed to get some early weapons and thus start to equip your men for tougher opponents. There are very few special tactics needed. Charging their archers/crossbowmen with someone who can take a hit to make them retreat instead of shooting and hopefully to catch them in melee early on seems a good idea if they don’t outnumber you or the ranged guys aren’t close to the main shieldwall. Something I’ve noticed is that you should get a feeling for when you are about to rout bandits and set up to catch the ones trying to retreat/release the hounds.
Oh how I loathed them early on… now I never sell my first bunch of Feral Shields and replace them with Kite Shields in time. Wounded or very squishy units with shitty armour tend to retreat out of range, everyone else gets a shield and slowly starts the 2 tile shieldwall advance. Nets and Poision are a real problem early on though. Once you have access to more Brothers at around lvl 5 and armour with 100+ hitpoints on everyone Goblins fall back in line and get a lot more manageable. I tend to fight goblins at day only. They don’t seem to get the limited range humans get at night and it feels as if seeing them + having Crossbowmen available + full shieldwall defenses are more valueable than potentially worse ranged hitchances for their archers. Dogs really take a beating against goblins its usually not worth to take the riskof losing a dog just to catch a few of their archers. The Shaman’s curse/roots combined with poision is an evil combination.
Early on their Head Splitter axes are devastating. 1 hitting basic Shields is scary and expensive. So I tend to focus those with axes first and hope the ones with Choppers don’t hit me through Shieldwall. it seems early Heater/Kite Shields are very valuable against orcs. For some reason I didn’t run in any encounters with Orc Warriors before I was ready to handle them, especially the early Swordmaster was very very helpful as he can 1vs2 the Warlord and one of his buddies without a problem. From an earlier run I can affirm you that early Orc Warriors + Warlord are a very good reason to make use of the retreat feature, I got absolutely destroyed in just a couple turns.
They are the kind of the worst but also the best race. The Lategame encounters tend to be the most challanging, mostly because of random frontliners trying to flee thanks to Lost Souls debuffing. I don’t quite understand how they work yet. My leader with Captain perk and 94 Resolve was right next to a guy with 46 base Resolve yet all it took was one scream for him to flee.
Opened Massgrave and other similar locations that just tend to throw 30something Zombies and Ghouls at you are kinda underwhelming. There is barely any decent loot or challenge to except from those locations as they currently are. I guess the introduction of a “Zombielord” and other things are meant to adress this “problem”
Scary very early on. Still scary in numbers once the game progresses. Sadly pretty much irrelevant around the magical lvl 5-6 for half of your Battle Brothers mostly because of them fleeing after a couple are killed. Could use an Alphawolf with a howl ability to boost Morale but thats a bit too similar to the Orc Warlord I guess. Very much looking forward what you’re going to add to the beasts in the future.
AI units with Swords tends to use Shieldwall/Riposte instead hitting twice, which makes things very manageable. If lets say Orcs and Fallen Heroes would prefer to just go for face more often instead of using Shieldwall or Riposte they would be more of a threat. On the other hand its the opposite for AI units with axes, they are trying to get through my shields which is the most effective thing they could do. Probelm is that this kind of behaviour also applies for Orc Youngs with Handaxes and for units with trowing weapons (apart from goblins) that barely put a dent into a good shield. I’d suggest either to get rid of the shield damage for throwing weapons or increasing it, same goes for the smaller axes.
As fun as “unhittable” Swordmasters and Swoard and Board fighters with 60 defense+ are, they kinda break the game. I also dislike the idea that a Shieldless guy can be better protected against blows than one with shield, even taking the Shieldwall skill into account. Nimble also gets rid of the dangers of a broken Shield. I’d suggest revisiting the min/max hitchances. Maybe cap it at 25% minimum hit chance instead of 5% and change shieldwall to half the hitchance instead of a flat bonus to defense.
Crossbow swapping is something I’d like to keep (well maybe not 4 of them… but oh well I’d take it as it is). It takes a considerable amount of time to reload and just swapping to a loaded one is in fact quite a bit faster. Thanks to how it currently is Crossbowmen can keep up with the melee fighers and support them perfectly in the crucial first 2 turns.
Ranged units should keep their range at night, it doesn’t make any sense. Obviously there should be massive debuffs or ranged units should be unable to shoot beyond their own visual range at night. Anyway it would be nice to have flaming arrows/bolts and carryable torches to get dayvision at night. A Nightvision trait for Undead and Goblins to ignore most or all of the negative effects for ranged units would be perfectly fine (and maybe as a random trait for Battle Brothers).
Here some questions:
What exactly does Taunt actually do?
Are goblins and skeletons supposed to have “nightvision” for their ranged weapons? They clearly fire at full range at night, no clue if the accuracy debuff affects them though.
And a Bug:
I noticed the Jagged Pike doesn’t get 2 tiles range at night, could be a problem with vision range as the guy was wearing a Full Helmet with -3 vison, It probably counted as “couldn’t see” even though other squadmembers had eyes on the target.
Things I would really like to see in the final game:
Earning Acces to some locations, just marching into a Fortress and buying the best gear around could be unlocked by difficult tasks to make it more rewarding to get the best gear.
Some way to save a “destroyed armour”, every Undead basically is already equipped with “destroyed armour”, its just something that feels a bit off.
Maps, I don’t have any problem with them being expensive, vague and them not revealing the exact location. I just want to be able to find the real lategame stuff somehow. There should be someone who has seen the friggin goblin capital from afar somewhere.
Some more variety in Quests, 1vs1 “Knight” Tournaments (like the tjosting event just as an actual fight) and Bounty hunting come to mind
Siege events/maps for attacked villages and towns, maybe even including siege weapons and destroyable gates.
Fog of war on the worldmap to be aware of current vision range.
As well as some “caravan indicator” because lets face it Caravan quests are good as they are but we all try to explore a bit along the way and accidentially went a bit to far a few times.
Visual highlighing for locations, important names, rewards and cardinal directions in quests.
Cavalry, really, limit them but please make it possible, Wolfriders are in the game after all.
Please consider 2 assigned Leaders. One real Leader that levels Leadership skills along levels and one 2nd in Command with a more…. direct approach to keep moral up.
More Levels and classes already starting at certain levels. Thus a Caravanhand can be as good as a Hedge Knight but will need considerably longer because the Hedge Knights already starts at lvl 15 while the Caravan Hand is a lvl 5.
Oh and as a note I’m German too. Gute Arbeit Jungs *clapclapclap*
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