Continuing from Part 1.
Continuing from Part 1.
So, I won a Megathron Navy Issue.
Now to skill up to fly it, so I can smash people like my corpies do.
Stolen shamelessly from Ommatidia
Got an email stating that my google plus account violated its real names policy.
So I deleted my google plus account.
Oh well. Everybody loses.
Azual has a good writeup of the eternal war between Red and Blue.
If you’re interested in instant-on, obligation-free pvp action, do yourself a favour and apply to join.
Jester’s post got me thinking about signature radius of ships.As part of the Gallente rebalancing, I was interested in whether Gallente tanking bonuses could be changed to a signature radius reduction instead of the active tanking bonus (which is rarely used except for on the Myrmidon). However, talking to people left me with the impression that while it would work ok for missiles, it wouldn’t work for turrets.
A while back, the missile damage formula was changed to factor in the ‘explosion radius’ of the missile vs the target’s signature radius. This had the effect of preventing cavalry Ravens from demolishing smaller ships by attenuating their damage.
Turrets, however, do not have this damage reduction.
I got to looking at the turret tracking formula, reproduced here:
There’s a few interesting things about this equation.
The first is that there’s a lot of squares and exponents being bandied around, which makes things difficult for a non-mathematician. However, the main thrust is that if you minimise all the numbers, blob becomes close to zero, which means damage shoots up to near 100%. Similarly, if transversal rises, it initially doesn’t make a difference, but as it rises further, the effect gets pretty S curvy and soon enough you’re missing all the time.
It’s also interesting to note that low transversal makes up for a multitide of other problems. If transversal is zero, all tracking numbers become irrelevant. However, the signature radius comparisons also become irrelevant. This leads to Titans volleying battlecruisers and smaller ships as a matter of course.
However, if there is transversal and your target has a huge signature radius compared to your guns, your tracking becomes a lot better. This means that small ships will generally hit larger ships even when orbiting tightly.
I’m no math genius but I propose a few changes to the tracking formula to achieve these aims
So, here is my frankenstein formula:
Let’s run it through, line by line
Pretty much the same as the original formula, except that you no longer get tracking penalties for signature radius disparity – only bonuses for hitting large ships. Signature penalties are handled in the next line.
The signature penalty is extracted to be totally independent from transversal, meaning a 40m frigate will be hit for aboutÂ 12.5% damage with 400m battleship weapons, even with zero transversal. However, the tracking of those guns will be a lot better. In fact, I might not need that square root in there if it turns out this part of the formula needs to be more vicious.
Range calculations won’t be affected.
This is by no means a perfect formula, but hopefully I have illustrated a way to decouple signature radius from transversal.
I haven’t flesh out the whole idea of ‘gallente = signature tanking’ fully, but turret changes are a necessary precondition to it.
The last ten days have been a flurry of dev blogs, with the recent ones featuring an apology and a promise that many of us have heard before.
Eve is out of reinforcement. It’s time to repair her.