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General Jack Ripper

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About General Jack Ripper

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    Going Postal!
  • Birthday 12/14/1983

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    Burpelson Air Force Base
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    Wargaming, flying airplanes, shooting guns, drinking, smoking, reading, and watching football.
    You know, all the really important stuff.


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    I was born, I grew up, and this is what I am.
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    Tilton, New Hampshire
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    War Games of all shapes and sizes.
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    Commercial Pilot (Unemployed)

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  1. Having played Combat Mission since 2003, I can definitively state the game did NOT, in fact, "work perfectly" for "around 10 years or so". In fact, it has been common knowledge the AI is incapable of launching any type of complex attack ever since Shock Force first came out. Here's an example of what the AI looks like while it's attacking: In fact, one of the earliest criticisms of Shock Force was that for a title that emphasized MOUT combat, the game engine itself seemed almost incapable of simulating combat in MOUT conditions. You ever wonder why the Stryker (MOUT) Battalion has 10-man rifle squads split into three teams (4+3+3)? That's so you can split your squads down into tiny little teams and use them in the confined spaces you see in urban environments. Splitting your squads down into teams is not a "workaround" for a problem with MOUT combat, it is HOW YOU FIGHT IN MOUT CONDITIONS. I don't know why this is difficult for you to understand. It just so happens the justification for your extra input is to simply apply some tactical common sense. If you want to argue about the inclusion of the ability for the AI to split squads into teams, then by all means do so. I will even wholeheartedly agree with you.
  2. We are now on the losing track. Perhaps I was too humane in the last mission.
  3. They are the ones who see a single snarky sentence buried within an entire post, and think the existence of said snark invalidates the poster's very existence. (I.E. heat even a single degree above the freezing point will cause them to melt and run all over the place, soaking everything.)
  4. Oh please. "god forbid i play scenarios where i push 2 or 3 companys through urban space." You mean like this one? You do not seem to understand my point, so I'll make it clear as day: YOUR TROOPS WILL FLOW THROUGH A CITY LIKE WATER IF YOU BREAK THEM INTO SMALL TEAMS. Nice to know someone around here seems to comprehend my posts. I do occasionally get the feeling I am screaming into the vacuum of deep space. Thank you. I work sixty hours a week doing a mostly thankless job and that results in my overuse of sarcasm to blow off steam. Perhaps I should tone that down in the future, but after being here for so long you come across these complaints so wearily often... The issue raised was one of infantry movement. I addressed that issue, and provided a known workaround for the benefit of someone who may not have already seen it. I also took the time to address the most common complaint about said workaround, and attempted to place said complaints within a realistic context. I'm sorry you didn't find that useful, and I'm sorry I'm not a BFC staffer with secret inside information about how to painlessly and effortlessly work around every single problem people raise on the forum. I'm also sorry I haven't specifically tailored several different responses to the issue in the thread specifically tailored to everyone's personal experience with said issue. Sometimes dealing with a problem takes time and effort. I suppose you could try to convince every single person who ever released a scenario to open them up in the editor and replace all the buildings in them. I mean, you COULD try that. I doubt it would work though. Good question. Why AM I even still here, anyway? I guess after being here for sixteen years I've forgotten why I even signed up here in the first place.
  5. That's what happens when you ride the brakes like an old grand-lady. I spent a whole day looking at 'lost anchor chain' videos and such on YouTube. Lots of fun. There's also 'The Gallery of Transport Loss' over here: http://www.cargolaw.com/gallery.html You can get your shipwreck itch scratched, sadly the website hasn't been updated since December 2012, but everything should still work. Here's an example video from the final entry. Happy hunting.
  6. If hurdling means, "I'm going to put one arm down and kick my legs over the side," which I am reasonably certain it doesn't. Then again, it has been a few years since I've seen a track and field event. There's only one problem with your hypothesis however: Walls and Fences CAN be hurdled, windows CANNOT. You can, in fact, CLIMB through a window, but usually only with some difficulty, which becomes magnified when attempting to do it with 60-80 pounds of gear. I suppose Battlefront could invest time in making an animation of two soldiers using their hands and shoulders to help a third climb through a window into a house, or they could literally do anything else, or just nothing at all. I'm in favor of the 'nothing at all approach' otherwise the forums will be filled with complaints about soldiers being shot while attempting to help each other climb through windows, while someone whines and cries about how climbing through windows isn't correctly modeled because some regiment somewhere developed some special stepladder to do the job, and now we need to have said stepladder modeled in the game otherwise it's just broken forever. Seriously dude, some people are still waiting for an extra tall tripod for the Bruno Enfield Light Machinegun to be modeled, so a soldier can fire it in an anti-aircraft role. Literally a tripod, for a BREN gun, for antiaircraft use. There was an actual argument about it and everything. Search it up.
  7. And as far as I'm concerned, here's a textbook example. Every single squad is split into teams, and every single soldier went where I told them to go. No one bunched up, there were no traffic jams, and placing a waypoint in front of a door before entry leads to only about a five second pause for a four-man team. If that's just too unbearable for your grand battle plan that's timed across an entire infantry battalion down to the microsecond, then buddy, you've got more problems than I can reasonably address.
  8. The "traffic jam" was a feature of the game BEFORE version 4, and was FIXED in version 4 by the new infantry behavior; I.E. Infantry no longer "bunch up", "move in single file lines everywhere", and "respect each other's space". This problem is not nearly as large as people are making it out to be, mostly because people would rather have their squads all run around together instead of splitting them into teams at the sharp edge of the attack. A four-man fire team is rarely a critical puzzle piece, and a four man fire team rarely tries to run around a building in order to enter it. There's an entire subsection of commands that allow you to split your squads down into various types of small teams for different purposes, with different weapon loads, and different equipment. If you can't seem to operate a three squad platoon with one or two squads split into teams, then I don't know what I can say. Maybe you shouldn't play on urban maps. Try playing on open fields instead. If I can learn how to use effective micromanagement in a graviteam title which supposedly "punishes micromanagement", you guys can learn to split your squads into teams to make them more flexible and responsive. If I'm using a two-up one back scheme with my infantry companies, both of my leading platoons will be split down into teams. That's around eleven teams per platoon, across both leading platoons. It's only twenty two units on the sharp edge, of which maybe only three or four are even moving or receiving orders on each turn. It's not like someone's asking you to break a battalion into teams. Generally speaking, this is what the computer already does. Plot a move command directly across a small patch of marshy terrain, and sit back and watch your guys doggedly trudge through the sludge instead of simply taking the faster and easier path around it. Unless there is physically impassible terrain in your movement path, your troops generally go directly where they're supposed to, with the only deviation being the tendency to follow action spots in either straight lines, or diagonal lines. The problem observed is the fact that building walls are IMPASSIBLE, thus forcing the ai to make a decision, and it may not make the decision you want, even if it means that the squad will arrive at the 1st floor of the building faster if it splits up and uses two doors. Doors seem to have a position in which the soldier is "moving through the door", several positions in which soldiers are "waiting to use the door", and if all of those positions are occupied, then the remaining members of the squad look for a new door that is currently not being used. So here's a simple rule of thumb for entering a building: Split your squad into teams. Order the first team into the building. Give each other team a compounding five second pause I.E. second team five seconds, third team ten seconds. After inputting your pause commands, place a movement waypoint for the following teams on the building, staggering between floors if necessary. I typically have an assault team go in first to the first floor, followed by a weapons team to the second floor, with the remaining rifle section going to the third floor, if able. When I'm ready to exit the building, I recombine my teams on the first floor prior to exiting, if not under imminent threat. Otherwise I exit each team separately and regroup the squad in a safe location. Here's a squad doing exactly as I have described, while a second squad simultaneously fails to do as I have described:
  9. My rule of thumb is to move 'Quick' unless there's some compelling reason to do anything else. I'll often find myself changing other speeds back to 'Quick' while muttering to myself, "There's no reason I can't move quickly, vehicles don't get tired."
  10. I meant within context of this video game, of course.
  11. Now, I began my attack by area targeting all buildings on the leading edge of the village. Not all of them were occupied, but some of them were, and when those enemies got flushed into the open, that allowed my troops to open fire on them. This basically kicked off the general melee that carried my assault through the town and out the other side. Any positions occupied by the enemy were flattened by direct fire HE, and any enemy ambushes were dealt with overwhelming fire. The initial push into the town resulted in the large part of an enemy platoon KIA at a cost of maybe five guys on my side. However, if you have no tanks available, this maneuver becomes far more time consuming and costly. The best thing I can say is to fight from whatever cover is available, mass your fire on anything you suspect holding enemy troops, and use whatever angles you can find to engage the enemy from as many different directions simultaneously as possible. If a building allows you a view onto the rear of an enemy occupied building, take it. If you can circle around a building and arrive in an unexpected location, do it. If you have to split every single squad into teams to occupy every conceivable fighting position, go for it. If you have to sit there and hose down a building with fire for several turns to drive out the enemy, then resolve yourself to use up that ammo knowing you can then use the enemy position against him. Your best friend while going into a village or town is recon by fire. Just shoot at something, and see if the enemy responds. If they don't, shoot at something else until they do. Once you provoke a reaction, then you can develop the situation. Until you get that reaction, you should walk on eggshells.
  12. And here I thought I was the only one who did that. Whenever we took family trips when I was a kid, I was always staring fixedly out the window as we drove along. My parents thought I was some kind of nature buff, but what I really saw in my mind's eye was tanks rolling across fields in the midst of an artillery barrage. ...Nice.
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