Let's not forget the Eagle ahahahhahahhaha . Actually, I might buy a few of them in hope that they get rebalanced. Right guys?
Yes definitely do that before they rebalance tech
So I guess it's time to train BC 5 and all cruisers to 4 so I get all racial BCs to 5?
Here's to getting bumped up to a new clone bracket just to be able to fly what I already can!
Did you notice they slipped in a drake nerf there?
So the drake and raven get 'great damage' and 'average defense.' Let the carebear howling begin.
- Bombardment ships: provide heavy fire support to pin the enemy down with constant barrage of ordnance. Have great damage and range, average defense and mobility. Can be compared to artillery. EVE examples: Raven, Drake, caracal.
From what I understand though, they are just going to make sure you can fly the ships, perhaps not be as skilled in them as you were before. I think they were more talking about people that trained T2 BCs and would have to train a Racial BC skill to 5 to be able to get back into a T2 BC. Not sure what they will do for people that have just Cruiser4/BC5 trained. Perhaps they will just give you enough SP for BC 4 for each racial you have BS trained for.
Will be a mess though.
Ballancing ships by intended roles instead of tiers is also awesome. It will be fun to watch how theyll ballance tier 1-2 bc's compared to tier 3 thou
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[Arrador] possesses a considerable understanding of ship configurations, strengths and weakness. He gives clear and purposeful instructions, is good at taking advantage of the fleet-composition he's dealt, and never loses sight of the main goal: fun. This, paired with an excellent tolerance for strong drink gives him an almost Churchillian capability to win, despite being completely pissed on booze most of the fleet operation.
Maybe instead if reimbursing skill points they could just give everyone a free monocle?
I'd like to go on the record to say I love the Moa
Soooo, I guess now's a great time to train BC V?
BC5 was always a damn good choice
wts 12 drake bpos maxed me/pe
¨we will begin revamping ship classes one after the other¨ = we will be rebalancing one ship class for the expansion but dont hold your breath after that.
Their tier system is stupid. Their new organization system with skills is stupider.
Turn all the ship piloting skills into generics, then add expensive racial skills that unlock specific ship types.
So instead of splitting BC into four skills, merge the other skills into stuff like BC.
Say you want to fly an amarr frigate, you train Amarr Piloting to I and Frigates to like 3 or whatever, now you can pilot a Punisher. You get bored of that and want to fly a Rifter, all you need to train is Minmatar Piloting I.
Racial Piloting I-V: Frig/Dest/Cruis/BC/BS
Adv Racial Piloting I: Carrier/Dread/Freighter
ARP III: Super
ARP V: Titan
Oh hey it's like way simpler and less fucking stupid. Of course some people might max out on skills. To which I say: who the fuck cares, so what, they reached max level grats, stop being sperging whiny retards about it they can still progress socially, isk wise and ~spaceempire~ wise.
Meh. The best thing about the current system is how easily you can get all the stuff you need to train for various racial BCs. The worst part is the grinding up the tree just to get the one thing you want.
What aeon is refering to is the skill system in perpetuum where you have racial robot control which unlocks different sizes of robot, and a general robot command skill which improves your robot 's bonus(es). Idk about others but I had no idea which race I wanted to fly starting out, ended up trying all of the racial BCs until I found one I like and skilled from there. It strikes me as epicly retarded to force newbies to train for the intermediate classes like destroyers when at present you don't get a taste of what the race is like until you hit BCs, to say nothing of the present balencing conundrum where the first ship you actually feel effective in as a newbie is your first battlecruiser...
if this actually happens then ccp will have to do the unthinkable and rebalance ships
this means ships like the inquisitor and the breacher might be useful
The "NewDrake" that was proposed (5% RoF, 10% missile velocity) would be a change in this direction, and also it would be superawesome, not a "nerf". Well, a nerf if your idea of fun is sitting there like a damage-sponge, with no damage mods while you plink HMLs. Superawesome if you like actually flying your ship and doing DPS.
The HAM Drake will be amazing after that buff.
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1. PODLA drakes are only really good with loki links, where a standard T2 point will outrange even velocity-bonused HAMs. Not only that but being able to shoot out to 65km+ is really important if you're trying to get tackle off a fleetmate on the other side of the gate or otherwise far away from you. Being able to shoot past point range is really important in a nano gang.
2. HAMs have a shitty explosion radius (125 for HAMs versus 94 for heavies) and wind up doing less damage to tackle, even if it's double-webbed. Furthermore they also do about the same DPS versus fast cruisers, again because of the relationship between explosion radius and explosion velocity; the greater the sig radius compared to the explosion radius, the greater the effective bonus to explosion velocity. This is why HML drakes still do good damage against 2.6km/s vagas and shit. The only real advantage of HAM drakes would be for brawling down battleships and other battlecruisers, which is definitely not what you want to use a PODLA drake for, and would be even less worthwhile if/when the resist bonus gets removed.
3. Fitting issues. You need shield upgrades V and AWU V AND a 1% grid implant to fit a nano ham drake with a meta 4 LSE, while a HML drake can fit a T2 LSE with like 100 grid left over.
If I can drive manual, it doesn't matter if that car is American or British. I will need to get used to doing things in a British car where everything is on the other side, but it'll still be a car and still be manual shift. That's what I'm asking them for. A system where you can specialize in frigates by training into frigates + minmatar, and then take that accrued SP and apply at least some of it to Amarr frigates. You'd still have to train up Amarr Piloting and Amarr Weaponz, but you'd have Frigate Piloting down. It's simpler, it's easier to understand and it's less brutal to newbies because it gives them more ability to cross train for early game trying out of stuff.
I think it's better to put time sink skills out in the minor elements of the skill tree. +1% damage per level skills that take forever to train and suchlike makes a much better SP repository than basic necessary stuff like piloting ships.
tl;dr I want to de-emphasize the racial element and promote the class and role element. CCP wants to emphasize the racial element.
So basically theres advantages to both methods, and I don't know which I'd prefer v0v
I get what they're saying here, but these roles don't map well at all to the actual reality of EVE gameplay. For instance, they mention stuff like flanking and pinning down enemies and suchlike that have no relevance in a game where cover does not exist and direction to target is immaterial.Introducing ship lines
That is why we want to remove ship tiers altogether, then refocus our balancing philosophy to be based on role. That means finding common themes, or lines that fit ships with the same purpose, then adjusting slot layout, HP and fittings within each class to support this goal.
Combat ships: designed for direct fights, such vessels are usually found spear heading an attack force, or sniping from long range. Have great damage and defense, but poor mobility. A good representation would be 18th century "ships of the line". EVE examples: Abaddon, Rokh, Hyperion, Maelstrom, Ferox, Maller.
Attack vessels: Made for hit and run assault, or flanking opportunities. Have great damage and mobility, but average defense. Similar in role with cavalry. EVE examples: Armageddon, Megathron, Tempest, Oracle, Thorax, Hurricane, Dominix, Myrmidon.
Bombardment ships: provide heavy fire support to pin the enemy down with constant barrage of ordnance. Have great damage and range, average defense and mobility. Can be compared to artillery. EVE examples: Raven, Drake, caracal.
Support vessels: mainly focused on assisting a friendly force, or disrupting an enemy fleet. Have average damage, poor defense, average mobility. Electronic warfare is the prime illustration of this line. EVE examples: Scorpion, Blackbird, Celestis, Arbitrator.
I'm not really super up to date on modern fleet comps, but I do know what is and isn't part of the game.
If it were possible to dynamically generate 'terrain,' some of this stuff could enter the game. This isn't actual terrain; we're not talking trees and rocks here. But it does deform the "landscape" of the grid in ways that could be tactically interesting. The game already has mud in the form of bubbles, and forts in the form of POS. But it's lacking cover, an essential feature for suppression. If people can't be forced to choose between surviving and shooting, they can't be suppressed.
The firewall stuff people were using for a while (still using?) was pretty nifty. The barrier it created to incoming missile fire gave the game an interesting deformation of terrain in a manner that aided the side receiving fire if they were able to use it properly.
Imagine a ship can crap out (semi-permeable) shield bubbles and (impermeable but breakable) walls in the same way a hic can crap out bubbles or infinipoint (NB: it could even be a support ship module). The mere existence of such things creates an incentive to attack from multiple directions.
Or imagine a "mist" that does not hide a group of ships from on grid targeting, but makes them incredibly difficult (impossible?) to scan down. This alone would make sniping almost viable again.
Obviously I'm just tossing ideas out there. Thing is, when I look at bubbles and how much interesting gameplay they cause I can't help but wonder what other interesting gameplay we'd get out of the ability to greater deform the flat and featureless terrain of space.
Aeon221: You should really toss that into Stoffer's inbox or something, if you haven't already.
I'm hoping they follow this through to gunnery. If I'm going to spec in BS, should I really have to become an expert in small guns? Make them level 4 to progress to the next size and level 5 for T-2.
edit: Or someone else could do it, idgaf. I'm just shitting out ideas.
Nice ideas Aeon. I'd lofe a terrain change like the cloud in Star Trek II. it would be fun for soloers in splitting up small groups of ships because they'd only be able to see a few dozen KM or so.
Actually, one of the main problems I just thought of wrt the shield thing etc, is that it would add more load to the servers. To be fair, missiles etc do this now, so I'm sure we can live with one LOS hit calculation pr volley, but it's just something to keep in mind regarding the case. I still think it could be worthwhile to look into just because of the tactical possibilities/demands it'd add, etc.