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Default Wingmen vs. Custom Wingmen

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 11:29 pm
by EA6B
I'm not sure, but it seems to me like my wingmen are better programmed to handle default ships than they are to handle custom ships. It's like they automaticaly know the strengths and weeknesses of the default ships, but they don't recognise the strengths and weeknesses of custom ships. They generaly seem to do better in default ships than they do in custom ships, even if the custom ships have the same components as the default ships do. Could it be that the wingmen are programed to recognize the apropriate tactics for the different default ships, but they are not programmed to recognize the apropriate tactics for custom ships based on the actual abilities of the ships?

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 5:37 pm
by TheKangaroo
Hm, I'm (as usual) just guessing here, but I'd say it's just the other way round: the default ships are specifically designed for the AI to handle them properly.

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 9:33 pm
by EA6B
I never thought about it that way before, but it makes a lot of sense - thanks.

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:43 am
by Fusion_power
Probably close to right with the above.

There are certain ship designs that just work better all the way around. Its kind of an optimum combination based cost of the ship and components provisioned. I've worked for a long time to get my custom ships "optimized". The AI plays much better with my custom ships than with most of the others I've tried.

Fusion

Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 12:49 am
by BoxZone_Author
Are you hacking the game to get the AI to play with custom ships?

Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 3:07 pm
by TheKangaroo
Well, I thought he meant custom ships issued to your own wingmen.

Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 4:00 pm
by Fusion_power
As wingmen of course.

I could easily hack the data files and set up my own ships in place of the defaults. Its just one of those things thats not high on my list so I haven't tried.

Fusion

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2006 6:24 am
by BoxZone_Author
I always fly my own custom wingmen whenever I can.
It's not so much that the AI isn't as good against them, but exchanging shields for more command centres and repairs makes your cheep wingmen last a lot longer in battle.
I regularly catch myself with a full fleet of only custom ships.