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While I know realism isn't the focus here, I think that tactical decision making comes into play.

Any time you drop your primary weapon, to get a sidearm or grenade, you need to have a good contingency plan in place.

Usually this means having a teammate with a rifle cover while you deploy your explosives.

So, I can see the benefit of making a bind to pull out and prime an explosive, it should still have a time-action cost where the primary weapon goes down and up.

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It would be nice to abstract out the communication with the server into a simple library, although it'd be a lot of work to make it work in PHP and .NET I assume.

But just having this code available will mean more people adding to it, and less time spent re-learning the lessons that were needed to get this app working, so I'm really hoping @Pointy will hook us up 😃

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Anyone?

Bueller?.....

Would love to start making content for this game.

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So, any chance we could get a look at the source code? Like I said, I'd be glad to help get it into GitHub so that it'd be an easy lift for you. If you want to just email me the code in a ZIP, I can get it set up and give your GitHub account owner permissions.

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What frustrates me is that the same problems in the last game (aimbot, inability of bots to respond to dead bodies or fire, binary between laser vision or just walking around like idiots) have been ported over to the new system.

We knew they were problems in the last game, now they're in this game, and the "elite mode" or whatever simply turns up the knobs on the gimmicky behaviors to the point that I can't really enjoy it.

In the last game, console variables were exposed and I was able to make the widely-used "better bots" config to make the bots more mobile, suppress more, have slightly slower reaction times, and increase pressure on players in line with how fast and aggressive the human team was being.

These problems being brought into a new engine tells me that this is either the intentional design, or that fixing these problems wasn't important enough to warrant the work.

Neither option is good, especially since myself and a huge number of the players only want coop and can't be bothered with competitive or pvp.

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once the mod kit comes out, this is on my list.

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I debated doing something like this in Insurgency Source, using some enemy bots with no loadouts and a custom model. It didn't really add much to the gameplay, and made the already minimal margin for target discrimination even harder to sort out. I think in a much bigger scenario that was slower paced, it would be a fun addition, but the speed and deadliness of the bots means I'd basically kill every civilian to avoid the chance of being killed.

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in coop, there should be a 24 slot grenadier.

posted in Insurgency - Technical Feedback read more

bots could be fixed pretty easily.

  • make them spawn far from players, in small fire teams, and have them move in from there
  • drop their accuracy, but increase their firing to increase suppression
  • make their grenade/explosive accuracy reduced to reasonable levels
  • have bots take longer term debuffs from suppression and having teammates killed
  • keep the bots in smaller groups that work together, with a mechanic to split and run if players are routing them

this would solve most of the problems, and make the game more challenging as a tactical shooter, and reduce the random punishment difficulty that makes coop so frustrating.

this game is 75% of the way to being awesome as a coop shooter, if we just had bots that made the game fun and challenging instead of glitchy and making me rage quit for days at a time.

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To take a page from real life, the easiest way to fix this is to add a ladder sight to the top of the foregrip.

This lets one use the front sight and ladder together to judge distance.

The sextant sight on the side of the foregrip is an elevation-adjustable precision aiming device for grenades, if it's not able to be "sighted in" and adjusted for distance, then it's literally worse than no sight at all, since it blocks vision of the target.

It would honestly be better to simply aim down the weapon sights and guess, rather than holding the gun at port arms and blocking any chance to actually see what I'm shooting at.

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Once the mod kit is released, I've got about ten game modes and tweaks in the pipeline.

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@pointy said in Insurgency Sandstorm Server Assistant Released:

Although I have a GitHub account, I don't think i have ever used it. (I should also thank you for sharing your code, some of my personal server side mods were based on your code)

So, put yours up on GitHub and share back 😃

I can help you pack it up and get your workflow tied into Git if you'd like, it's pretty easy and then we can make sure that development continues if you get bored.

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Map and spawn placement should fix this problem.

Restricted areas are not a solution to the problem of spawn killing and flanking.

Proper spawn distances, and route control, are the solution.

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Could always upload it to GitHub, and add a Release in there. I kept most of my tools for Insurgency 2014 there.

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It's practically impossible to get a pick up game to use voice comms.

I don't think discussing grid square subdivisions is gonna work long term 😃

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Couldn't it work like when a teammate hits 2-3 teamkills, it allows the vote kick to happen then?

Or, once a player kills a few teammates, allow the players who were killed or other players to kick the TKer?

This seems like an easy problem to solve, if we don't just dig our heels in and refuse to admit there is a problem here.

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Ideally, we'd have NODs, head-mounted IR strobes for identification of friendly forces, trip flares, and white phosphorous grenades.

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Wondering if there is any update on the mod kit? We've got a pile of mods waiting to be created, just need the ability to start working.

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We need the mod kit to release so we can do a Better Bots version for Sandstorm.

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Spawns need a major fix. Coming from all directions is good, spawning inside my recently-cleared point and killing me when I resupply is not.

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