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by BlakeMW
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Off topic
Topic: How to get a job in the games industry?
Replies: 13
Views: 8490

Re: How to get a job in the games industry?

Wow, you're the guy Yup. And launched the FreeAC => Stella Polaris project ? Did it use Lua/Allegro/C++ like 0.16 Factorio ? Alas it never happened. Partly because I fell into a deep pit of depression during that part of my life and dropped off of Apolyton, until re-emerging a few years later with ...
by BlakeMW
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: When do YOU give up and start fresh?
Replies: 33
Views: 10476

Re: When do YOU give up and start fresh?

I normally restart once I have nuclear weapons. I play Deathworld, sometimes Marathon Deathworld, a fair bit. So unlocking Nukes is pretty much winning the game, there's nothing left to do in terms of enhancing the players ability to exterminate the Biters (well except Artillery, but that's so imper...
by BlakeMW
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Module Production: To beacon or not to beacon?
Replies: 26
Views: 5797

Re: Module Production: To beacon or not to beacon?

It would be interesting to see the math for speed module 1 or 2. When using speed1, two speed 1 module, multiplied by a beacon to effect 8 assemblers, and with effect halved, is effectively providing a cumulative 160% speed boost, that is it is equal to 1.6 of the machines it is boosting. So if a B...
by BlakeMW
Thu May 16, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Off topic
Topic: How to get a job in the games industry?
Replies: 13
Views: 8490

Re: How to get a job in the games industry?

Modding is a good way to get a foot in the door, but you obviously have to make a high quality and popular mod. Game companies often employ modders (i.e. for expansion packs) because the modders already know how to work with their systems and have proven skills. I worked for Firaxis Games on Civiliz...
by BlakeMW
Wed May 08, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Balancing
Topic: "Laser speed" - bit overkill?
Replies: 12
Views: 2395

Re: "Laser speed" - bit overkill?

Flamethrower turrets also have quadratic damage scaling. Each flame damage upgrade applies a damage buff to all fire weapons including flame turrets, and a second damage buff specifically to flame turrets, so the flame turrets get buffed twice, multiplicatively, and they end up dealing truly obscene...
by BlakeMW
Mon May 06, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Ideas and Suggestions
Topic: Scale worker robot speed research
Replies: 49
Views: 5795

Re: Scale worker robot speed research

I kind of agree that it'd be nice to have a efficiency improvement on the higher level speed techs, it doesn't have to be a huge amount. -5% per infinite robot speed would be "throwing a bone" without really solving the problem, so that'd good if the problem should stay a problem but becom...
by BlakeMW
Fri May 03, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Advice needed : Trains, biters & lasers
Replies: 13
Views: 5085

Re: Advice needed : Trains, biters & lasers

am curious if there is any kind of weapon (short of nuclear bombs) that can take out spitters before they get into range to cause damage. I am not a fan of nukes, even if in-game there is no pollution from the explosions. (Assuming all military techs before Space Science) Mix a few Gun Turrets firi...
by BlakeMW
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Are Bitters unnecessary?
Replies: 56
Views: 13314

Re: Are Bitters unnecessary?

In my mind the basic purpose of the biters is to allow the player to be evil, though it is made palatable by the biters seeming disgusting to our human sensibilities. I mainly play on Deathworlds and essentially run a military-industrial complex, the purpose of the industry is to power the war machi...
by BlakeMW
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Exploring is a mistake...
Replies: 7
Views: 1764

Re: Exploring is a mistake...

It's worth noting that any chunk which has pollution automatically comes into existence whether or not you have explored it.
by BlakeMW
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Minimal nuclear power for artillery outpost?
Replies: 23
Views: 4169

Re: Minimal nuclear power for artillery outpost?

Train tracks and signals can get attacked now? I thought they were supposed to be immune to attacks because they don't block enemy movements. There are two circumstances where they will take damage. The first is splash damage from acid spitballs which were aimed at something else (i.e. a train), Sp...
by BlakeMW
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Balancing
Topic: A Deeper Look into Combat Robotics
Replies: 37
Views: 10130

Re: A Deeper Look into Combat Robotics

At the moment I think the following weapons are correctly balanced, with PLD being a top-tier weapon but not disporprinate to other top-tier weapons: Flamethrower Rocket Launcher (all ammo types) Personal Laser Defense Tank Cannon firing Explosive shells The following are okay because they aren't me...
by BlakeMW
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Balancing
Topic: Shotgun is embarrassingly bad right now
Replies: 77
Views: 21193

Re: Shotgun is embarrassingly bad right now

I updated my [mod](https://mods.factorio.com/mod/MakeTheShotgunGreatAgain) again, with the follow changes: Regular Pellets: 5 -> 8 damage : to improve dps and armor-pierce, put on-par with piercing ammo, keep up with evolution on marathon Piercing Pellets: 8 -> 16 : to improve dps and armor-pierce, ...
by BlakeMW
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Danger Will Robinson, Danger!!! 0.17 Trains
Replies: 31
Views: 4788

Re: Danger Will Robinson, Danger!!! 0.17 Trains

This is a screenshot taking while using a mod that displays damage numbers. Could you link to this mod? I couldn't find it with a number of searches of the mod database. It's one of those hacked together things: https://forums.factorio.com/viewtopic.php?p=367915#p367915 If I'm understanding your po...
by BlakeMW
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Turret creep hypocrisy
Replies: 4
Views: 1829

Re: Turret creep hypocrisy

lol artillery turrets are like turret creep that holds your hand
by BlakeMW
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Danger Will Robinson, Danger!!! 0.17 Trains
Replies: 31
Views: 4788

Re: Danger Will Robinson, Danger!!! 0.17 Trains

I don't believe the overspeed hypothesis has merit either, though remember that the speed lost per collision should be approximately proportional to the square root of the speed, so a fast-moving train won't lose as much speed as a slow-moving one. For cars and tanks the damage is proportional to v...
by BlakeMW
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Balancing
Topic: Early massive biter attack
Replies: 27
Views: 8976

Re: Early massive biter attack

I find that most of the default settings are fine (though I tend to reduce the chances for resources, a la rail world), except for one : starting area size. Agreed. I clearly remember back when I was a little baby nublet at factorio and venturing out of the safety of the starting area I was scared ...
by BlakeMW
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Gameplay Help
Topic: Early game big worms
Replies: 3
Views: 1195

Re: Early game big worms

With their 10 armor, your two best options are: 1. Grenades 2. Piercing ammo fired from a turret with all the pre-military projectile damage upgrades (11.5 damage/bullet). Try and distract the Big Worm by dancing in front of the turrets. For future reference, it's not a bad idea to drop a turret on ...
by BlakeMW
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Balancing
Topic: Early massive biter attack
Replies: 27
Views: 8976

Re: Early massive biter attack

Also had something like this: was on Deathworld but nevertheless seemed excessive for the first attack. https://i.imgur.com/AL0GLRa.jpg Note how many are streaming in, all in all there are roughly 200. It's not an unbeatable scenario with the brave strategy of bravely running away, but eh, it's a lo...
by BlakeMW
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Balancing
Topic: Shotgun is embarrassingly bad right now
Replies: 77
Views: 21193

Re: Shotgun is embarrassingly bad right now

I decided to make a very simple mod that makes what seems to me to be a reasonable buff to the shotgun: https://mods.factorio.com/mod/MakeTheShotgunGreatAgain It only does two things: increases the damage of Shells from 5 to 10, and increases the damage of Piercing Shells from 8 to 24. This restores...
by BlakeMW
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Danger Will Robinson, Danger!!! 0.17 Trains
Replies: 31
Views: 4788

Re: Danger Will Robinson, Danger!!! 0.17 Trains

Just want to set something straight here: (unlike Trains, the Tank DOES slow down when it hits things). I've tested this, it's false; trains do slow down when they hit things. I tested using a large number of penned-in same-force behemeth biters, the destruction was less than impressive since the t...

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