Friday, January 30, 2015

The Sort Of Work That Balancing A Game Requires


Last week, I dove into the task of balancing WarStrike numerically. Having done this before at earlier stages of the project, I had a good feel for the kinds of approaches that would work best in Excel (my primary tool for this), but I didn't really have an appreciation of how involved the process would be. Or how many variables would be involved. So read on, and you'll get a feel for the kind of complexity that just four little special rules can add to the calculations for what a particular weapon range might be worth. Then you'll have a better appreciation for why so many games just don't bother trying to figure out the math behind their mechanics, and just wing it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Taking Another Shot At Weapon Ranges


After our last test, I found myself wanting to tighten up the weapon ranges a bit. I also need to work out the costing of those ranges and their associated special rules. So I've worked up a new range chart for most of the major weapons that the human factions will use.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Real Meaning Of A One-Point D10 Gain


As I bury myself in Excel trying to craft a meaningful costing system, I try to keep in mind something that I learned from a Flames of War player once. Which is that the most important gain is going from (In a D10 roll) a 10+, to a 9+.

Firing Through Other Units


Ok, here's some ideas on how to handle firing though other units.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Floating Initiative Test


Things got pretty crazy this week on the home front for me this week, but CaulynDarr and I were finally able to get together on Saturday for some more testing of the new turn sequence using the Meeting Engagement mission. This time we were trying out the free-floating initiative concept, along with a few other ideas.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Formalizing Some Initiative Ideas

This is how I annotate rules changes.

I've been pretty busy these last few days with parental care problems and the finishing of my son's pinewood derby car. But now I'm back to preparing for the next round of testing. Which means formalizing exactly how this whole floating initiative system is going to work.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Linking LD To A Unit's Current Initiative


Been thinking about the whole floating initiative idea some more. I've talked previously about adding a unit's current IN to their LD when rolling tests. But looking at this chart makes me think that we could just go with a version of our original LD/Nerve split. Where Nerve is replaced by a unit's current initiative, and LD just determines how many dice you get to roll to try and have at least one come up equal to or less than the current initiative.

Charting Out The D10 Toughness Test

Toughness is how many dice you roll, Firepower or Strength is what you need to roll on EVERY die to kill that model.

I haven't done a D10 version of this chart before, but here's the likelihood of killing a model of a given toughness with a given Str/FP. The zero results aren't really zero, of course. But I didn't want to have to show percentages out to 10 decimal places. Let's just say that zero means 'very unlikely'.

Monday, January 19, 2015

A More Compact AP/AR Chart


Since Eriochrome thought that my last chart had too many Armor/AP levels, I decided to see how compact I could make it. This version cuts four levels off of the Armor side, and two levels off of the weapon side. I think that this is about as compressed as I'd want to go.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Armor Values & Weapon Penetrations


Since I need to properly work up a new set of armor/penetration stats for our switch to a D10 system, I've created a couple of charts that show the armor save chart with typical weapons and armor types added as I see them happening. That way we have a basis for discussion.

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