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Title: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: AutoPost on January 01, 2017, 12:44:28 pm
This topic is for discussion of map #494: Emergency Landing
(http://knucklecracker.com/particlefleet/queryMaps.php?query=thumbnailid&id=494)

Author: Sorrontis
Size: 256x360

Desc:
We arrived in this sector after an emergency jump. We should have remained in the previous sector.
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: Sorrontis on January 01, 2017, 12:45:06 pm
Happy New Years!


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Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: D0m0nik on January 01, 2017, 05:05:10 pm
Happy New Year Sorrontis!

Beat the bottom half and held the middle against all of the dopples and then the big ship came back, cue chaos, cue rage quit!

One to come back to!
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: Sorrontis on January 01, 2017, 05:11:20 pm
Hahaha! That's great!

Edit, I'm keeping tabs on the scores given... It's dismal:
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Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: Sorrontis on January 01, 2017, 06:52:40 pm
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Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: D0m0nik on January 02, 2017, 06:30:21 am
I have not rated yet and once finished will no doubt rate high, it is an expert only map though and they never rate high.

I missed that pick up though, thanks, probably revisit this evening.

The map gave me an idea though. Is it possible to be able to have an on/off switch on the big gun. I got wiped because it was loading when the big ship came back. It could lead to a cool map where you have a fixed HQ that can't move and you have to defend it with guns which you have some control over. The base could be under attack from un-latheable ship spawners either side and you have to fight out to get the progeny-thingy emitter whilst defending the base.
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: GoodMorning on January 02, 2017, 07:09:07 am
Or a "win after X minutes" survival map, with no early finish. After that point, something critical changes, things become latheable (in practice) and the map can be won.
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: Sorrontis on January 02, 2017, 10:36:13 am
Or a "win after X minutes" survival map, with no early finish. After that point, something critical changes, things become latheable (in practice) and the map can be won.

I can do that!
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: Sorrontis on January 02, 2017, 12:19:02 pm
[...]Is it possible to be able to have an on/off switch on the big gun. [...]

I wish, I really wish we could.. That and a range arc for allied guns.
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: D0m0nik on January 02, 2017, 01:37:47 pm
Yeah I see about the range arc, the gun is currently without limitation with respect to range, is that right?

Just finished it, tough old fight. I took a long way round and:

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Overall good battle but your spoilers were very much needed!
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: Sorrontis on January 02, 2017, 02:09:57 pm
I could make it much harder by simply placing the progenitoribob in the center of the cluster.
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: Oblivion on January 02, 2017, 09:46:54 pm
Lets not and say you did, if it weren't for the spoilers I don't know how long I would have tried to have held the center from the start.
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: ColonelSandersLite on January 05, 2017, 09:44:57 am
An otherwise alright mission with some problems.

General thoughts:
I'm pretty sure this mission is mostly meant to be hard.  That's fine if that's what you're into.

The ship designs are pretty ok overall.  I didn't find the shark to be too particularly useful and the blast ships had little worth due to the layout of the map.  As a big note, one of the blast ships has a different loadout than the others, but you can't know this until you build it.  The combat ship and combat lathe are nice, but you don't need them to win the map.  They do make the map easier though.

There's a hidden (redacted) under (redacted).  I have no problem with hidden secrets, but a well executed hidden secret needs a clue.  I would say that this is even more important for missions in a game genre that doesn't typically have hidden secrets.  Even a subtle clue is good, but here there is just nothing.

Now those are issues, but here's the biggest issue on this map.  Unless you have a certain graphical setting (particle coloring by health, defaults to off), you have no idea that there is a weak area you can clean out.  There are no other clues to this fact, so it is not at all apparent that it's even an option.  Unless you're just plain lucky, read the spoilers on this thread (I didn't), or just fail the mission repeatedly until you figure it out, it very much feels like the author of this level just throws sucker punch after sucker punch at you.  Once you do figure it out, the rest of the level is tough, but relatively straight forward.

My Rating:
6/10

My times:
1 hour 40ish minutes first (successful) run
40ish minute second run
18:54.0 Third run (current record)

Difficulty:
Hard as nails.

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Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: Sorrontis on January 05, 2017, 10:39:50 am
Thanks Colonel!

Good review. I'll admit the ship designs weren't great for this map. As for the two types of blast ships, I'm running the beta so I can see what ships look like before building them. I forgot that V did not yet push that update as standard.

As for the hidden ship pickup under the central cannon, there is a clue. You have to be very perceptive though. The base of the cannon is wider and different than usual :) But, that's minor, and I doubt most would notice.

Ohmy! Particle colour by health makes all the difference in my maps! I forgot about that setting.
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: ColonelSandersLite on January 05, 2017, 08:36:56 pm
Well, the blast ships weren't bad per se.  They're just not particularly useful on this map because of the energy range constraints.  On paper, they're useful for guarding an energy mine from stray particles, but that's just not something you need on this map.  The exception is the one with the discharger.  It's not a bad idea to park that guy near your best energy mine.

The problem with the shark is that the odd shape leads to a weakly protected bridge and it doesn't have very many guns for a ship with that size of a footprint.  It's not a bad ship, but it's also just not a particularly good ship.  Not once you get past the novelty value anyways.

The combatants are good though.  In practice, they're suped up cruisers with energy tanks.  I don't think I've ever seen someone say that they don't like cruisers and the energy tanks are very useful on this map.


Now that you mention the graphic and I'm looking for it specifically, I can spot it.  I doubt very many people are intimate enough with the games graphics to even know that it's different.


To solve the particle color thing in the future, you should mention it in the mission description at a minimum.  Alternatively, a dialog at the beginning of the mission.  Something like:
"Sensor Officer:  Sir, I advise we switch our readouts to show particle durability instead of speed. (Menu->Graphics->Particle Coloring->Health)"
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: Sorrontis on January 05, 2017, 09:08:50 pm
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To solve the particle color thing in the future, you should mention it in the mission description at a minimum.  Alternatively, a dialog at the beginning of the mission.  Something like:
"Sensor Officer:  Sir, I advise we switch our readouts to show particle durability instead of speed. (Menu->Graphics->Particle Coloring->Health)"

That's a good idea. I'll steal it!
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: GoodMorning on January 05, 2017, 09:11:11 pm
It was given to you, and therefore cannot be stolen. In any case: "Borrowed (without permission), on a permanent basis."
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: Sorrontis on January 05, 2017, 09:18:22 pm
It was given to you, and therefore cannot be stolen. In any case: "Borrowed (without permission), on a permanent basis."

Haha! Fair enough.
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: D0m0nik on January 06, 2017, 01:28:16 pm
Sorry Sorrontis but also not a fan of the shark at all, it is literally a waste of space as it gets in the way and as a shark it should have a lot more bite! (Although I am a fan of itís aesthetics  ;))
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: Sorrontis on January 06, 2017, 05:35:03 pm
Sorry Sorrontis but also not a fan of the shark at all, it is literally a waste of space as it gets in the way and as a shark it should have a lot more bite! (Although I am a fan of itís aesthetics  ;))

Actually. It makes for a great dopple ship  ;)
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: GoodMorning on March 03, 2017, 12:37:35 am
Finished, not hard but long, and with a bit of starting trickery.

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I wonder what the end would be like if you actually attacked the top, rather than the Progenitor, but I can't be bothered replaying to find out. (Why is it there, by the way?)
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: Sorrontis on March 03, 2017, 12:45:22 am
Finished, not hard but long, and with a bit of starting trickery.

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I wonder what the end would be like if you actually attacked the top, rather than the Progenitor, but I can't be bothered replaying to find out. (Why is it there, by the way?)

The truth? It was too tough without the Prog.
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: GoodMorning on March 03, 2017, 06:36:20 am
I just tested, and the final base fell just as easily as the forefront Emitters.

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So I'm now interested in what ye who play for time did if not doing that to the Emitters?
Title: Re: Custom Map #494: Emergency Landing. By: Sorrontis
Post by: Lisimba on May 17, 2018, 11:13:48 pm
The start was great.
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After that,
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In the end,
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But even with the criticism it's still a pretty good map, 7/10.