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  1. Boildown

    RSI - Polaris - Corvette

    I... agree? Well its too early to say for sure, but if you can launch a torpedo-laden Gladiator and bracket your target with the Polaris, its going to have to take torpedoes in the rear from one of the two ships.
  2. Boildown

    Updates to Crytek's lawsuit vs CIG

    Yup, even for games that just use one planet. To have an actual planet with continents and a spin axis creating days and nights, and seasons based on the planet's axis angle around the central star. You set that stuff up once and let it play out naturally instead of faking it. Let your players circumnavigate the globe if they want. Everything happening in a real place on that planet instead of in some instance. Its the ultimate game engine for MMOs and exploration / conquer games. The Battletech universe is ideal too.
  3. Boildown

    Aegis Idris Frigate

    I agree, but I think Warbond is far more insidious. Buy now at a cheap price or pay more later. Buy now with new cash, but that money you gave us before? We don't care about the concept of time value of money, its worth less now if you want to change your initial pledge and get this new thing instead. CIG has been so successful because they just happened to choose the near-perfect carrot and stick mechanisms, along with a leader who is visionary enough, of course. If there's any justice, just before the point where they freeze our cash-bought assets and eliminate buying non-starter ships for RL money, they'll say, "Hey, we were going to do this all along, but couldn't tell you for funding and planning reasons. But now that the game is ready and we're going to fund via in-game transactions, you have one month to buy any ship in the game with credit, at warbond prices, with LTI on everything. Its only fair, thanks for supporting Star Citizen during the pre-release development phase."
  4. Boildown

    Updates to Crytek's lawsuit vs CIG

    Glad to see Crytek get their shit kicked in with this bullshit attempted moneygrab of a lawsuit. The interesting thing is I really would like to see CIG license (or sub-license) out StarEngine for other game makers to use. When they get the server meshing part done, it'll be an amazing piece of software technology and it would be a shame if it couldn't be the basis for as many games as Unity or Quake or Unreal. I imagine this will require Crytek's cooperation, unless they can run around them and sublicense Lumberyard for it (but then it'll still require Crytek's cooperation unless the 2-year provision has expired). So I want CIG to be in the business of licensing out Star Engine in the future. I don't know if this lawsuit makes that less likely, or more expensive, or now that they've won, the opposite of those two things. Crytek just needs to declare bankruptcy and be bought out by Amazon, imo. I would say bought out by CIG but that is ethically reprehensible until CIG has a profitable game.
  5. Boildown

    Ongoing Discussion VKB Space Combat Grip

    Anyone here get selected to test? I only own one base so couldn't participate... and not even the right base.
  6. Boildown

    Aegis Idris Frigate

    Yeah that's another piece of information so old we'll need it to be re-iterated to believe. One amongst dozens more like it. I used to watch every video they released when Wingman was doing them, and then Chris' 10 for the Chairman, but all those videos are so old and everything they said was subject to change, that I don't know if their intentions then are their intentions now. This feels like one of those.
  7. Boildown

    Aegis Idris Frigate

    I'm very sure that many Idris-P owners skipped it solely because of the LTI question. In the end I got it anyways because 72 months for parts upgrades is indistinguishable from LTI. Because by the time the 72 months are up, I imagine I'll have sidelined all those parts years ago anyways.
  8. Arrow, San'Tok, re-bought a couple Redeemers to replace the Redeemer and Warden I CCU'd to bigger ships (via the $0 Banu Merchantman CCU that saves a $100 that I "bought" a couple years ago before the price change) over the past year. If I don't do this again for future large ships, I'll keep one Redeemer and CCU the other to the Merchantman. If I do do it again, then next anniversary I'll restock again (presumably). One of the Redeemer's I got by buying back a $50 Reliant that's now worth $65, then CCUing that to a Gladiator, and applying the Glad to Super Hornet CCU that used to be free, then CCUing to the Redeemer. If I use this one to get the Banu Merchantman I'll have paid $220 for a $350 ship .
  9. Boildown

    RSI - Polaris - Corvette

    LOL not "mine" as if I own those fleets, just if I were leading a fleet that size. They would both be approximately the same price to buy though. And I think it exemplifies a problem if NPC crew is too effective.
  10. Boildown

    Gladiator vs Missile rack shop

    In Wing Commander torpedoes were big and slow and could be shot down to save your ship, but if they hit they did huge damage. Missiles were fast and agile and couldn't be shot down but do less damage. A lot of other games and TV/Movie franchises have kept to this formula, which is basically based on WW2 conventions. Seems like the Retaliator won't have the small missile option, just the large torpedo option, based on the loader mechanism. Shame, really. The Gladiator looks a lot more flexible but its torpedoes seem to be of a smaller sort than the Retaliator's. There's the spec sheet of course, but there's certainly another balance pass coming for both these ships, so I don't give it a lot of attention.
  11. Boildown

    RSI - Polaris - Corvette

    Future me thinks its cute the enemy fleet is 12 Hammerheads with NPC crews, because my fleet is 6 Hammerheads and 6 Polarii with NPC crews and our torpedoes are OP.
  12. Boildown

    RSI - Polaris - Corvette

    Well we still don't know if 4 NPC crewed Hammerheads are worse or better than one hammerhead fully crewed by 4 humans. Or 5 and 5, or 6 and 6, etc... need a pilot/captain, a gunner for each manned turret, and someone to run around repairing stuff (engineer). If each NPC crewed Hammerhead runs at 40% effectiveness of a human crewed Hammerhead, its better if all the humans spawn their own NPC crewed Hammerhead. That's the challenge and I'm not quite sure how CIG will balance this.
  13. Boildown

    Aopoa San'Tok.Yai

    It was from the very beginning. "Xi’an Scout Unlocked! The Khartu is the light attack craft of the Xi’An military." Unless you're going to argue that "light attack" doesn't mean "light fighter". Which would be ridiculous. https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link/transmission/13324-Letter-From-The-Chairman-23-Million
  14. Boildown

    Aegis Idris Frigate

    I caved 😕
  15. Ok, but for anything over $80, just get an Arrow Package, because it comes with LTI, and upgrade it to the ship you really want. You'll even save $10 because $80 is the Warbond package price for a $75 ship. https://robertsspaceindustries.com/pledge/Packages/Anvil-Aerospace-Arrow-Anniversary-2018-Pack-Warbond