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Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:11 am
by NickAragua
Ok.... I honestly tried to do some of these flashpoints with an appropriate amount of deployment weight. Tried to keep it within a star, deploying some mediums and heavies. But the assholes insist on deploying twice or three times my lance weight of LRM and PPC boats and other bullshit. Took down a whole lance of Warhammers and Cataphracts, but then in comes a second lance.

Rage-quit with alt-f4 and try again. This time, let's see how these bastards like 365 tons of assault mechs with Star League tech.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:56 am
by Hyena
NickAragua wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:11 am
Ok.... I honestly tried to do some of these flashpoints with an appropriate amount of deployment weight. Tried to keep it within a star, deploying some mediums and heavies. But the assholes insist on deploying twice or three times my lance weight of LRM and PPC boats and other bullshit. Took down a whole lance of Warhammers and Cataphracts, but then in comes a second lance.

Rage-quit with alt-f4 and try again. This time, let's see how these bastards like 365 tons of assault mechs with Star League tech.
Yeah, I don't play fair. I'm a mercenary, after all. If they tell me I need heavy, I send heavy. If they tell me I need medium, I send heavy. Light is recommended? I send my Star League Highlander, Regular Highlander, Stalker with 4 LRM 15's, and melee Banshee that hits for over 300 per punch.

Nuke 'em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:57 am
by AWS260
AWS260 wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:18 am
I bought the DLC, reinstalled, and started up a Career game. I had forgotten how fragile light mechs can be!
While I can now field a medium lance, I continue to re-learn old lessons. I had forgotten how hard SRM carriers can hit!

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:17 am
by NickAragua
Yeah, those things are death incarnate. Whenever I see a "carrier" type vehicle, it becomes priority #1. Precision Shot, melee if I can, DFA even.

Pro tip:
I think it's stated in the description, but precision shot isn't just a called shot with a to-hit bonus. It actually knocks the targeted unit back an initiative round. So you can punt troublesome enemy units backwards a little and let your units get extra shots in.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:58 pm
by Archinerd
NickAragua wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:17 am
Pro tip:
I think it's stated in the description, but precision shot isn't just a called shot with a to-hit bonus. It actually knocks the targeted unit back an initiative round. So you can punt troublesome enemy units backwards a little and let your units get extra shots in.
Yeah, sometimes the initiative manipulation is better than the targeted shot.
A few times I've had to ping an enemy with a targeted LRM 5 to give me a chance to move a damaged mech to cover before the enemy activates and destroys it.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:21 am
by Paingod
This is very good info that I hope I don't forget when I get back into the game.

After spending so long on building Mechs and plodding down the campaign line, only to hear I was basically shooting myself in the foot when I got to Flashpoint, I was a little disheartened and took a break before starting over with a regular career.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:44 pm
by NickAragua

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:38 am
by NickAragua
Well, I think it's time for Faceplant and his Blue Menace to take a well-deserved vacation. We've completed the main campaign, and all the flashpoints we're going to complete (I did the "alliance" flashpoint for the Federated Suns and have absolutely zero interest in "grinding rep" for the other factions). Fielding a full eighteen mechs, plus another twenty boxed up in the Argo's cargo bay, we can claim to be a pretty impressive fighting force.

The end-game mech lineup:

Atlas II
Highlander (the spoilermech variant)
Awesome 8Q
Stalker
Battlemaster

Surprisingly, mostly stock, other than minor tweaks and the installation of head-mounted equipment / improved gyros.

For heavies, we had a Marauder, a Warhammer, and an Orion. I also keep a "fast" lance of Quickdraws and Phoenix Hawks for those asset retrieval and target designation missions. Plus a bunch of other mediums that almost never get used. I really wanted a Grasshopper and a Victor, but every time I saw one, they were in the middle of a large angry pack of other heavies and assaults, so targeting for salvage wasn't much of an option - center torso called shots every time for quick removal from the battlefield.

The flashpoints provide a much-needed injection of variety and storyline into the world of one-shot contracts. Unfortunately, as I've mentioned before, their skull ratings are misleading. Since the skull rating is a "soft" indicator of difficulty, a three-skull contract may see you fighting a lance of heavies at full health. Which is fine, but then you might have to do that two missions in a row. And if you're trying to do it with just the one lance of mediums, forget it. You may get through one mission, but then you'll need an entire set of spare mediums for the second immediate one (I don't care how good you are, punch a weight class above will mean damage to your mechs).

Still, other than that, I had a lot of fun replaying it. Especially since people have put out a crap-ton of mods, including new mechs/tanks, performance improvements, and even one mod ("Mission Control"), which spawns extra allied/enemy lances randomly in contracts to mix it up a little. So you may wind up with a really easy mission with some buddies to take the heat off you or a mission with two extra lances of hostiles (I toned it down to a max of 1).

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:12 am
by AWS260
I just suffered the first mechwarrior fatality in my Career game.

At the end of a long, bruising battle, we had just one more enemy mech to take out, a Kintaro. It was on its last legs, with about half of its weapons destroyed. Victory was assured. And on its last turn, that Kintaro walked up to Truck, a veteran of nearly 30 missions, and punched her mech's head clean off.

R.I.P. Truck.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:01 am
by AWS260
Man, I love the unpredictability of missions in this game.

We took on a four-skull mission with an all-heavy lance, and found ourselves up against a lance of 2 heavies + 2 assault tanks, plus a lance of 3 assault mechs + 1 heavy. It was brutal -- the kind of fight where you send a semi-beat-up mech out into the open to attract hits, hoping that the opfor will ignore the completely-beat-up mech that's on the verge of blowing up.

My Grasshopper was knocked to the ground and got its head stomped on. That mechwarrior somehow survived and is now in the medbay for 3 months. My other mechs -- two armored-up Orions and a Jagermech -- had most of their armor stripped away, but made it through. By the end, my missile-boat Jagermech had churned through all of its (extensive) ammunition and was up on the front line, enticing the enemy to shoot at its paper-thin armor instead of my other mechs' non-existent armor.

Because I wasn't expecting such strong opposition, I didn't negotiate for much salvage. So I only ended up with two assault mech parts and some random weapons.

But it was such a good fight.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:20 am
by NickAragua
It's funny, a lot of people on the paradox forums whine and complain about how "three skull" doesn't actually mean "three skull". I actually prefer it that way - if I knew exactly what I was up against every time, I don't think it'd be as much fun.

For even greater variety, I can't say enough good things about the Mission Control mod - it mixes up the spawn spots on random contracts and optionally spawns an extra allied and/or up to two hostile lances. Really makes you work for that money, although, combined with some of the other crazy mods I've got running, it gets to be a little much sometimes, to the point where we'll drop in, I'll see four lances of assault tanks about to rip my lance to shreds and just mash the "withdraw" button.

One of my favorite missions that I remember was an assassination. The target was in a Phoenix Hawk (mod), but all his buddies were tanks. No way I could have taken all the armor on, but I baited the target out to a ridge and pulverized him, then had to run my mechs across the map to the extraction point all the while getting shot at by a swarm of angry tanks. We made it, though.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:43 am
by Fretmute
NickAragua wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:20 am
It's funny, a lot of people on the paradox forums whine and complain about how "three skull" doesn't actually mean "three skull". I actually prefer it that way - if I knew exactly what I was up against every time, I don't think it'd be as much fun.
You do know what you're up against every time, though. If they're offering more than a pittance, it's a lance plus reinforcements, without fail.

I mean . . . you're literally in orbit. Modern day satellites could spot something the size of a Battlemech in your expected area of operation. The intelligence is comically bad and it detracts from the game. I'm all for a random oh shit moment in every Nth mission, as long as N is not 1.2, like it is now.

That said, I've been playing Roguetech, and that just takes everything and ratchets it to 11, so I'm extra bitter that they left that terrible design decision intact.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:41 am
by NickAragua
Lore-wise you could argue that powered-down battlemechs are hard to spot and that the tech decline due to the succession wars means there aren't that many working satellites in orbit at a given time. That, and Darius is an incompetent moron and the only reason we keep him around is because the rest of the crew likes him.

All that stuff is kind of hand-wavy though.

I agree that the odds of seeing just the one opposing lance are, let's say, extremely low, and it's annoying that the possibility isn't reflected in most of the mission briefings.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:49 pm
by Archinerd
NickAragua wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:20 am

For even greater variety, I can't say enough good things about the Mission Control mod - it mixes up the spawn spots on random contracts and optionally spawns an extra allied and/or up to two hostile lances. Really makes you work for that money, although, combined with some of the other crazy mods I've got running, it gets to be a little much sometimes, to the point where we'll drop in, I'll see four lances of assault tanks about to rip my lance to shreds and just mash the "withdraw" button.
Any issue with spawning on top of mountain tops inaccessible without jump jets?
This was a reported issue with this one at one point.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:22 pm
by NickAragua
I've definitely seen that happen, so it's not for the faint of heart. I think the guy who wrote it is working on improving that for the next release.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:17 pm
by morlac
Archinerd wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:49 pm
NickAragua wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:20 am

For even greater variety, I can't say enough good things about the Mission Control mod - it mixes up the spawn spots on random contracts and optionally spawns an extra allied and/or up to two hostile lances. Really makes you work for that money, although, combined with some of the other crazy mods I've got running, it gets to be a little much sometimes, to the point where we'll drop in, I'll see four lances of assault tanks about to rip my lance to shreds and just mash the "withdraw" button.
Any issue with spawning on top of mountain tops inaccessible without jump jets?
This was a reported issue with this one at one point.
You deploy mechs without jumpjets? ;)

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:29 pm
by Archinerd
morlac wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:17 pm


You deploy mechs without jumpjets? ;)
Yep. I'm a stock mech purist.
It's been discussed to death further up the thread. :)

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:13 pm
by morlac
I hear ya. I have a medium mech I am rolling with extra armour in lieu of jumpjets just...because. I don't plan on outfitting every mech with jump Jets to create a whack a mole campaign. (early on in the campaign noticed I was just jump jetting every other turn with all the mechs to build up evasion and it looked like those pop up whack mole games at the arcade ;) It was kinda silly and absurd and I have vowed not to abuse it. I don't necessarily know which ones historically did not have them so i just use my best judgement based on build and potential use.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:20 pm
by Archinerd
morlac wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:13 pm
I don't necessarily know which ones historically did not have them so i just use my best judgement based on build and potential use.
If you decide to use the JK variants mod - there is an optional add on that limits which mechs can have JJs based on their canon designs.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:32 pm
by NickAragua
The general rule of thumb is that if you look at the "stock" build for the variant and it doesn't have jump jets, then you "can't" mount jump jets on it. So, for example, a Thunderbolt TDR-5S cannot, while a TDR-5SE can.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:32 am
by killbot737
Gaming the game is half the fun! In the original Mechwarrior (on DOS) I'd load up a Battlemaster with nothing but MGs, run up to anything, hold down the space bar and watch all that armor peel off the enemy in about 3 seconds! Mount a PPC on a Locust with no armor in MW2? Sure thing! (not sure you could do that, I think LL was the max you could fit on a Locust).

I remember in MW3 they added the dedicated slots/types mechanic, which I am certain is because of people like me abusing the previously (nearly) unlimited options.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:03 pm
by morlac
Archinerd wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:20 pm
morlac wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:13 pm
I don't necessarily know which ones historically did not have them so i just use my best judgement based on build and potential use.
If you decide to use the JK variants mod - there is an optional add on that limits which mechs can have JJs based on their canon designs.
I am running that mod but turned off that feature. Hmm. May need to reconsider that.

Also, I assume that mission control mod plays nicely with Varients? What other mods you running?

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:50 pm
by Archinerd
morlac wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:03 pm
Archinerd wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:20 pm
morlac wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:13 pm
I don't necessarily know which ones historically did not have them so i just use my best judgement based on build and potential use.
If you decide to use the JK variants mod - there is an optional add on that limits which mechs can have JJs based on their canon designs.
I am running that mod but turned off that feature. Hmm. May need to reconsider that.

Also, I assume that mission control mod plays nicely with Varients? What other mods you running?
I'm not actually running any (or even playing the game) right now.
Waiting for JK Variants to get the Store fix updated before I jump back in.
Once I do, I plan to run-

JK Variants
Vehicle Improvement Project (with some manually deleted that are not in the 3025-29 era)
Fewer Head Injuries
Basic Panic System
BTML ColorCodedLOS
cFixes
CBT Heat
CBT Movement
Monthly Morale Reset

And these Additional Mechs;
Annihilator (considering, as it is actually exclusive to Wolf's Dragoons in this time. I will probably add it anyway)
Assassin
Flea
Rifleman
Warhammer
Marauder
Phoenix Hawk
Raven
Archer

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:04 pm
by NickAragua
Since you put that list together, we also now have the Vulcan and the Javelin. I hear someone's also working on the Champion.

I'd also recommend "cFixes", which covers two areas: spelling/grammar correction and minor adjustments to stock mechs/tanks to have them match their tabletop loadouts.

Re: BattleTech coming back via Kickstarter

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:52 pm
by Archinerd
I'm actually playing now too with this list including the Vulcan. Javelin is downloading as I type.

There is a shop fix now too that adds 1/2 ton mg ammo to shops and a few of the other components. None of the jk variant mechs yet though, I think.
.zip file 2nd post down on paradox's forum

Also note - The Vulcan at least has some non-canon variants in it. I've currently got the Hero Mech from MWO that has a bunch of SRM4s on it.
I probably would have deleted them if I had known, but since I don't feel like starting over they will stay for now.