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The X-Com Files / Re: Bugs, crashes, typos & bad taste
« on: August 27, 2018, 09:48:40 am »
When blasted, the Syndicate HQ Exit Grid turns into southern half of that red machine .

The X-Com Files / Re: Bugs, crashes, typos & bad taste
« on: August 22, 2018, 11:52:56 pm »
I'm not sure if anyone's noticed before, but I think the AI for Syndicate Security units is occasionally really, *really* dumb. The other Syndicate units seem fine, just the Syndicate Security. I've played the monster lab mission to completion multiple times, and I don't think I've had one of them fire at me on their turn; they seem to just waddle around, even when they have full capability to shoot me. In fact, I've only really been getting shot by them with reaction fire. However, on Syndicate base attacks they seemed to act fairly normal. Am I just going crazy?

I do not know about the Syndicate, but I did notice something like that in Osiron Beach missions. Osiron in those missions only reaction-fires, never taking initiative.

Also, a typo:
in both english files STR_SYNDICATE_SUPERMUTANT_UFOPEDIA has the sentence "However, the process has ab extremely high mortality rate, and also there are... other failures." The "ab" should probably be removed.

The X-Com Files / Re: Bugs, crashes, typos & bad taste
« on: August 21, 2018, 11:40:12 am »
Have a second look at the screenshots I attached, I'm getting negative point for killing zombies.

After having another look at the screenshot.

But the negative points are for corpses recovered, not hostiles killed.
I looked into the items file:
Code: [Select]
    categories: [STR_CORPSES]
    size: 0.3
    costSell: 6000
    weight: 30
    bigSprite: 301
    floorSprite: 252
    invWidth: 2
    invHeight: 3
    recoveryPoints: 5
    battleType: 11
    armor: 20
    listOrder: 62300

    categories: [STR_CORPSES]
    costSell: -10000
    size: 0.4
    weight: 40
    bigSprite: 451
    floorSprite: 373
    invWidth: 2
    invHeight: 3
      energy: 20
    battleType: 11
    armor: 30
    recover: true
    recoveryPoints: -90
    listOrder: 72100

You gained 15 points for recovering 3 Zombie corpses and -180 points for recovering 2 Farmer corpses. -165 points for corpses.

For killing hostiles you gained 72 points. Looking into the units file:
Code: [Select]
    race: STR_ZOMBIE
      tu: 40
      stamina: 110
      health: 124
      bravery: 110
      reactions: 40
      firing: 0
      throwing: 0
      strength: 84
      psiStrength: 80
      psiSkill: 0
      melee: 80
    standHeight: 22
    kneelHeight: 22
    value: 4
    intelligence: 3
    aggression: 6
    isLeeroyJenkins: true
    livingWeapon: true
    aggroSound: 122
    deathSound: 121

    race: STR_HUMAN
      tu: 46
      stamina: 40
      health: 35
      bravery: 60
      reactions: 30
      firing: 40
      throwing: 30
      strength: 30
      psiStrength: 35
      psiSkill: 0
      melee: 30
    standHeight: 22
    kneelHeight: 14
    value: 30
    deathSound: [41, 42, 43, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145]
    energyRecovery: 25
    intelligence: 1
    aggression: 2

3 (sterile) Zombies + 2 Brainwashed Farmers have value: 3*4+2*30, which adds up to 72.

For some reason you gain more points for killing farmers than for killing zombies, but you gain for both.

This could lead to gaining poins in Farmer missions by vaporising the farmers with energy weapons.

Possible explanation: When captured, you gain just the unit value (or its multiple). When you kill the unit, you gain its unit value and can gain the corpse recovery poins (unles the corpse gets destroyed).
In order for it to be profitable to capture farmers, they have to have positive unit value, but their corpse recovery points are much greater negative to make it bad to kill them.  (Not to mention that you have to pay 10 000 in funeral expenses for them.)

The X-Com Files / Re: Bugs, crashes, typos & bad taste
« on: August 20, 2018, 08:02:44 pm »
The point is that the screen was empty, because the farmers were already sold. If the screen appears after it gives the option to sell spoils and prisoners, it should check whether there are some prisoners left to fail to imprison. But I now realised that this is probably an OXCE+ thing and not a mod thing.

The X-Com Files / Re: Bugs, crashes, typos & bad taste
« on: August 20, 2018, 06:54:40 pm »
Yes, killing Farmers and Concerned citizen makes you lose points even when they are hostile. They are still just civilians.

I recently finished a Cattle Mutilation mission by stunning one and mind-controlling the other farmer.
It was done from a base without prisons, but even though I sold them both, the Prison space exceeded screen appeared.

Spoiler images:

The X-Com Files / Re: Bugs, crashes, typos & bad taste
« on: August 18, 2018, 01:22:10 pm »

False. This mission is in no way related to sharing the tritanium ammo tech.

Hmm, apparently not. Both times I played (I lost my first save file to disk failiure), I got MAGMA missions only after sharing ammo, but the only missions dependant on that are the slander missions. Sorry for the mistake.

Obsoleted by Armored Vest? Sorry man, but the Jumpsuit is definitely more advanced and in many circumstances more valuable than that blasted armor. Depends on the enemy and the circumstances. And I know players who only use the jumpsuits and not the vests.

True, Jumpsuits are better against Melee based monsters (Especially if they hit from the side). But against humans with guns they only give camouflage and the stat boosts, while Armored Vest is better at reducing damage.

The X-Com Files / Re: The X-Com Files - 0.9.4: We Need a Bigger Gun
« on: August 17, 2018, 09:00:12 pm »
Having fun shooting sectoids and having sectoids shoot sectoids with this mod.

Interesting fact: quarter of a cyberdisc does not count as a cyberdisc item.

The X-Com Files / Re: Bugs, crashes, typos & bad taste
« on: August 17, 2018, 07:49:02 pm »
Actually it was called Armor Piercing (which is the vanilla name for it) until recently. In my opinion that was even more of a misnomer because it suggests the damage type inherently pierces armor, which it doesn't.

True, someone could think that it ignores the armor values on enemies, but removing the "Armor" part would be enough.
But shooting someone with a crossbow or hitting them with a baseball bat is as much kinetic damage as shooting them with a pistol. (Not nescessarily in quantity, but certainly in quality)

The X-Com Files / Re: Bugs, crashes, typos & bad taste
« on: August 17, 2018, 06:08:39 pm »
Some stuff I find weird.

A) Why is the damage type of bullets and spears named "Kinetic"? That would mean damage by moving object, which, while it applies, it also applies to everything in the "Blade" damage type and also Fists and Iron Pipes, which are in the "Concussive" damage type. I think that naming it simply "Piercing" would be more appropriate.

B) There are some things that are obsolete by the time you can buy or make it. Most of these have some reason for being there.
      Jumpsuit (Obsoleted [against bullets] by Armored Vest) could be gained before said vest.
      Most MAGMA standard ammo (obsoleted by MAGMA Tritanium Ammo) and weapons are dropped by Red Dawn.

   What I have a problem with is MAGMA Pulse Weapons Ceramic Ammo.
   It, and the appropriate weapons can only be gained by completed a certain Team MAGMA Corp mission. But to unlock any MAGMA Corp missions you have to give them the Tritanium Ammo tech, so when you can buy the Ceramic Ammo, you can also buy the Tritanium Ammo.
   While true that the Ceramic ammo does 125% health damage, this only counts after getting through armor. And appropriate Tritanium Ammo is more than 5/4 stronger, making it just better than Ceramic Ammo. I will make 4 examples. 2 for each ammo type. In all cases, the weapon is MAGMA Pulse Rifle.

First, I shoot a Giant Rat (1 armor all around).
Ceramic Ammo has 40 Power and 125% health damage, so it deals anywhere between 0 and (80-1)*1.25 damage, which is 0 to 98.75 damage, median being (40-1)*1.25, which is 48.75.

Tritanium Ammo has 52 Power. The damage will thus be between 0 and (104-1) {0 to 103}. Median is (52-1) {51}.

Next I shoot at a Chryssalid (34 armor all around).
Ceramic ammo deals 0 to (80-34)*1.25, which is 0 to 57.5 Damage. Median is (40-34)*1.25 so 7.5.
Tritanium ammo does 0 to (104-34) which is 0 to 70. Median is 52-34, which is 18.

It would make sense to buy the ceramic ammo, if against unarmored targets, such as humans, it dealt more damage than Tritanium ammo. As it stands, there is never any reason to use it.

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