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Re: Ammochain tweak
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2011, 16:39 »

Non-plasma weapons wouldn't BE weaker if you had traits to boost accuracy / damage instead of ammochain, and your then limited use of plasma would be MORE powerful when you needed to use it. Also, you being unable to win UV without ammochain doesn't mean that equally strong strategies for other builds don't exist - my first UV win was the pistols!

(BTW, accuracy vs mobs is important because even if you still manage to hit the second enemy in line, that's one more turn with none of the enemies actually dead and all ready to return fire. Compare: a high accuracy build where you can quickly pick off their numbers or a shotgun / rocket build where you can take multiple enemies at once.)
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Re: Ammochain tweak
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2011, 02:45 »

Non-plasma weapons wouldn't BE weaker if you had traits to boost accuracy / damage instead of ammochain,

Which weapon/traits? Because I can't see a way to make it.

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and your then limited use of plasma would be MORE powerful when you needed to use it.

On later game: Mancubi/REvs/Barons/Viles everywhere. Or, at least, in a way to stairs.

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Also, you being unable to win UV without ammochain doesn't mean that equally strong strategies for other builds don't exist - my first UV win was the pistols!

If it was standart game or AoMr?
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Re: Ammochain tweak
« Reply #17 on: April 06, 2011, 03:14 »

A single pistol damage build is a UV/N! standard option, a level of SoaB for your early shotgun followed by several levels of SoaG with Fin/Whz mixed in.
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Re: Ammochain tweak
« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2011, 14:26 »

Here's my two cents:

In my mind, ammochain isn't necessary in the standard game. On the harder difficulties(UV/N!), you don't have to worry about ammo generation that much, and you don't have the luxury of going for a certain rigid build, you need to have room for improvisation in your trait selection, i.e. you have to be able to adapt to the situation. On the easier difficulties, you don't have to think so much and the game is more forgiving. Think about the prerequisites for ammochain. They're pretty brutal, considering that they're all more or less geared towards a chainfire build, with no defensive traits along the way, I might add, and the only chainfire weapon available in the early game, the chaingun, is next to USELESS, because you can't hit shit with it without an accuracy buff of some sort, so you have to survive with a shotgun for the early game, even if you don't have the most suitable traits for it, and only upon hitting level 7 or 8 if you picked juggler, do you get rewarded for your hardships. And even then, accuracy is a problem, unless you find enough spare agility modpacks, so I think the unlimited ammo vs. accuracy is well balanced, and the main source of imbalance is instead the effect that ammochain has on your inventory management. Having ammochain frees up so much more space for spare medkits, modpacks, envirosuits, additional weapons, armor, you name it.

The other source of imbalance could be the traits that ammochain blocks (or doesn't block). Ironman is very powerful, and so is hellrunner, but having ammochain require reloader, as suggested in this thread, would be even more brutal than the current requirements, because getting ammochain would render reloader pretty much redundant.

I think the only times it makes a whole lot of sense to go for an ammochain build is when you're playing AoMC or Ao100. Why? Because on AoMC you don't have to worry about accuracy and on Ao100 the enemies are so tough and numerous as you progress that you're going to have great difficulties without a steady ammo supply, and the only times I've actually won Ao100 were when I found a sniper modpack and combined it with ammochain. I'm not sure if it tells more of my skill or the sheer power of the combination.

Additionally I've considered ammochain merely a milestone in individual development. My own player evolution has gone from a very shotgun-heavy playstyle through ammochain to a more experimenting, flexible trait selection, with emphasis on the early eagle eye.
« Last Edit: April 06, 2011, 14:33 by Tuomari Jim »
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Re: Ammochain tweak
« Reply #19 on: April 18, 2011, 14:14 »

What if there was 2 levels of Ammochain :

*Ammochain 1 : works only with 10mn weapons

*Ammochain 2 : works with plasma. Add a requirement over Ammo 1 of Whizkid 2, Perhaps SoB 3 and TriggerHappy 2.
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Re: Ammochain tweak
« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2011, 12:55 »

They're pretty brutal, considering that they're all more or less geared towards a chainfire build, with no defensive traits along the way, I might add, and the only chainfire weapon available in the early game, the chaingun, is next to USELESS, because you can't hit shit with it without an accuracy buff of some sort, so you have to survive with a shotgun for the early game, even if you don't have the most suitable traits for it, and only upon hitting level 7 or 8 if you picked juggler, do you get rewarded for your hardships
I disagree on several counts.

Agi mods aren't that rare, the Chained Court has two guaranteed. If you clear the Arena (most likely way to get the walls down), you'll have to take out the Arena Master, but that has its own perks anyway. This gives you a pretty powerful gun with good accuracy. You'll probably only want to use one Agi mod there, though, so you can save the other for your Plasma Rifle, making it a really powerful gun with good accuracy. Hold on to your power mod packs as well, since you need Whizkid anyway, may as well beef up that Plasma Rifle even more.

That said, the betas have... altered things a bit for Ammochain. Not necessarily in my preferred way, but some of you should be happy.
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