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(92 replies, posted in Startling Stories)

Hmm.. the stats for the various units seem a bit incomplete.. would it not be easier to give each type of unit a numerical value for attack / defense? Also: can any type of unit attack any other type unless otherwise noted?

The units/stats/can attack variables remind me of another text-based sim: NukeZone. If I may propose some alterations:

I think attack/defense should be percentage based, based on the strongest unit in the game, in this case, the Mobile Fortress. Let's see if this is about right. I'll roughly base these values on the original description as posted by Mr. Ottens - I'll round off some variables for ease of calulation.

A= Attack
D= Defense

Can Attack:
AF= Air Forces 
LF= Land Forces 
NF= Naval Forces

Air Forces:

War Zeppelin        A=25    D=30     AF/LF/NF    $250,000
Transport Airship    A=5    D=20    AF        $100,000

Land Forces:

Tank            A=10    D=15    LF        $100,000
Airship Killer        A=10    D=10    AF        $200,000
Mobile Fortress        A=100    D=100    LF/AF        $2,000,000

Naval Forces:

Destroyer        A=25    D=40    NF        $250,000
Battlecruiser        A=50    D=60    NF/LF        $500,000

These data can easily be used in a spreadsheet, like an Excel file. It could be form based for ease of use: enter the number of units for part A and B, and the combined Attack and Defense stats for each category could be automatically calculated. It's been w while since I did that sort of stuf (since high school, lol) but I'm pretty sure I could make it work more or less..

Now.. how to implement other functions.. transport is interesting: land based units, I assume, could only attack states directly bordering your own, unless flown or shipped in.. I don't think I could have such a thing calculated automatically.. would be tough anyhow a transport airship can carry quite a few tanks, but it's also pretty vulnerable - I suppose we do not take into account the possibility of these airships being blown out of the air while carrying the tanks, thus losing them?

Speaking of tanks; in the description I read 12 of them can occupy a small city - how would we implement that in the game?

Anyways, just a start here.. let me know what you guys think.. I'm sure we can come up with something workable here.. smile

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(92 replies, posted in Startling Stories)

Oh, one more thing; the different units should have defense and attack stats so the respective power of different militaries can be judged.. also; I assume units can attack certain units but not others? (Zepp destroyer would seem useless attack ships, etc.) I guess this would still have to be worked out?

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(92 replies, posted in Startling Stories)

Can I have country 22 please? I'll do the country-description thing when I get back from work tonight.. smile

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(11 replies, posted in Ætherscope)

redfezwriter wrote:

Update on the new 20K Leagues folks. According to 'Production Weekly' the plot is thus- "A fugitive whaler teams up with a naturalist, a mysterious woman and a captain of a futuristic submarine, to search for a lost underwater civilization that holds libraries of vast knowledge and a weapon with the power to destroy mankind."

Is it just me or does that just sound downright pathetic? If that is in any way accurate, this movie is going to such. Badly.

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(7 replies, posted in Café Metropole)

Obyekt 279 was the codename of a 1950s experimental tank. The superheavy tank was designed specifically to be able to traverse terrain uncrossable by conventional tanks. It is said the unconventional hull shape was designed so the tank wouldn't be flipped over by a nuclear blast.. 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/akumabito/t_object279_318.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obyekt_279
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okTc-87-XvU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EEXERpiHVo

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/akumabito/ob279-2_big.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/akumabito/ob279-1_big.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/akumabito/ob279_big.jpg

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(20 replies, posted in Forum Affairs)

holy crap! this place has gotten all shiny! I need to disappear more often! Who knows what would happen next?

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(5 replies, posted in The Diogenes Club)

I don't get why GM is in so much trouble anyhow.. they have the knowledge and facilities to pretty much produce any kind of vehicle people could ever want. In fact, they are producing every type of vehicle imaginable..

GM is the parent company of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saturn, Opel, Saab, Vauxhall, Holden & Daewoo. They also have ties to AvtoVAZ, FIAT, FHI, Isuzu & Suzuki. In the past there was an alliance with Renault/Nissan and there is some level of technical interchange with BMW, Daimler and Toyota.

I am probably oversimplifying the problem, but how hard could it possibly be to scrap cars that aren't selling anymore and start producing more of car types that are selling?

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(140 replies, posted in The Diogenes Club)

Star Trek infused with Star Wars flashiness? No thanks!

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(2 replies, posted in Café Metropole)

I love Time Team! making archaeology accessible to the unwashed masses! big_smile

EDIT: Oh noeas!

You need to be within the UK or the Republic of Ireland to watch Channel 4 programmes.

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(8 replies, posted in Ætherscope)

Ottens wrote:

If only they weren't... I want house-moving trains and personal flying machines!

Uhhmm.. there are personal flying machines.. they're called ultralights. wink

And the whole house moving thing is being done also.. never seen "Monster Moves" on the Discovery Channel? Of course we use trucks for that, not trains.. but the principle is the same..