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Equipping a merc from the sector inventory: My personal wish[message #295519] Tue, 20 December 2011 13:16 Go to next message
David81

 
Messages:21
Registered:November 2011
Location: Germany
Hello dear modders,

I found out about JA2 1.13 only a few weeks ago, and it would be an understatement to say I was delighted with joy. I used to be a huge JA2 fan years ago, but moved on to other things eventually. 1.13 has given this game so much new life, it's absolutely amazing!

Seeing as how you guys are focusing on improving the game even after so many years, I thought I might voice a wish for something that would (for me) improve the game experience gigantically, on top of all the improvements that the new interfaces, shortcuts etc have already introduced.

It's about a part of the game that I find defines part of what the JA2 experience is about, but which takes an inordinate amount of time to use: Equipping your mercs for battle through the sector inventory.

Giving your mercs the right equipment for battle is fun, it's a requirement for victory, and since there's such a variety of equipment there are many different approaches that tie into the tactics that you use for your team.

BUT. It takes bloody ages to find items!! Especially when you start customizing your weapons. It's a grinding task to do this properly. Just picking a weapon and ammo is easy enough. But then you also want to equip a laser pointer, swap the foregrip for a bipod, swap the 2x scope with a 7x battle scope, recharge the merc's med pack, put the glowsticks back into the inventory and give him smoke grenades instead, and take the NV goggles off his helmet because his weight loadout is already at 80%.

This takes BLOODY AGES!! And it's a bloody grind, just from all the clicking and searching. The sector inventory does sort items but you still spend so much bloody time just looking for items, grabbing them, checking if your mercs have everything, looking for some more stuff etc. It's such a chore with the sector inventory being an big mess, and there being no easy-click "Exchange scope" or "Put this item into the inventory" button.

Would it be possible to implement the following features:

  • Putting an item from the merc back into the sector inventory with one mouse-click (without taking off the attachments)
  • Removing all its attachments from an item, and putting them back into the sector inventory with one mouse-click (all items separately)
  • Right-clicking on a rifle, bringing up a pop-up menu with the following items:
    • Equip with bipod from sector inventory [clicking repeatedly cycles through the available bipods)
    • Equip with [laser pointers, scopes, silencers, flash suppressors, rifle stocks, etc] from inventory (same functionality for repeated clicks)
    • Pass item to repair guy
    • Swap ammo with [FMJ/AP/HP/G/...]
    • Reload clip
    • Unload weapon
  • Right-clicking into an empty LBE slot, bringing up a pop-up menu with the following items:
    • Insert [LBE harness/hongkong vest/Russian XYZ vest/...]
    • Insert [grenade/medkit/AR magazine/...] pouch
    • Insert [revolver/pistol/large pistol/MP/...] holster
    • Or just, more generally, "Insert a pouch", "Insert a vest" which would let you select the vest/pouch you want by cycling through the items, rather than looking for it in the sector inventory
  • Right-clicking into an empty LBE item inventory slot, bringing up a pop-up menu with the following items:
    • Fill this slot with [FMJ/AP/HP/G/...] magazines matching my weapon
    • Fill this slot with [frag/smoke/tear gas/mustard gas/glowstick] grenade
    • Fill this slot with [any other item class]

One of my least favorite actions is going through a squad of four or six mercs, and taking all their bloody night vision equipment off. What a chore!! Imagine how much more convenient it would be if you could simply click on the helmet and select "Equip NV from sector inventory". One click per merc, instead of 6-10 clicks as it is now.

I love 1.13 and all the fun things you can now do in battles. I wish the game didn't take so much time to prepare for battles Smile

[Updated on: Tue, 20 December 2011 13:19] by Moderator

Re: Equipping a merc from the sector inventory: My personal wish[message #295522] Tue, 20 December 2011 13:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Sam Hotte

 
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Registered:March 2009
Location: Middle of Germany
AFAIK there is somebody currently working at this pop-up menue thingie (at least regarding weapon + attachments). Was it WarmSteel? I cannot recall. Damn, should nick myself Dimitri ... Wink

Also there is HAM 5 brewing and messing around with sector inventory sorting, filtering and the like.

Re: Equipping a merc from the sector inventory: My personal wish[message #295523] Tue, 20 December 2011 13:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
smeagol

 
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Registered:June 2008
Location: Bremen, Germany
The Bob added a nice feature. Click on the attachment slot and a pop-up window shows up that show all attachments that can be used in the slot, highlighting the ones that you have available.

Also Headrocks latest HAM 5 introduces a LOT of filters for the sector inventory along with big item pics.

[Updated on: Tue, 20 December 2011 13:52] by Moderator



Re: Equipping a merc from the sector inventory: My personal wish[message #295527] Tue, 20 December 2011 14:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
David81

 
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Registered:November 2011
Location: Germany
okay that sounds like I was not the first one to think about this, just like I expected Very Happy

The main thing for me is to avoid all that grinding inventory work when you equip your guys for a new battle. It's so laborious... after giving everyone night vision gear, weapons, silencers, grenades etc I sometimes notice only in the battle that I forgot to give people essentials like ammo. GRRR...

My dream would eventually be to simply click on a merc and select "equip for night battle", "equip for urban battle" or "equip for open field battle" and this would then give them weapons, attachments, grenades and camo kits as needed. Smile But the above points would already make it sooo much easier...

Something related that bugs me is that scopes (2x, 7x, 10x, PSO-1, PSO-3...) are not shown next to each other in the inventory, but in apparently random positions. Such a chore to go through the list to see what is there...

Or another idea: "Item finder" - a tool that tells you where that damned 10x scope is that you cannot find Very Happy
Re: Equipping a merc from the sector inventory: My personal wish[message #295537] Tue, 20 December 2011 17:17 Go to previous message
knightofni

 
Messages:101
Registered:August 2011
About the night vision equiment : try Shift + N (on the tactical map)

You don't need to pass items to repair guy. Equipped items (in hands) from any merc in the same sector than the repair guy are repaired first.

You should try HAM5, it adds some pretty nifty sorting / inventory management options (for the sector inventory). Such as removing attachements / ammo from guns, sorting & stacking everything.

David81
Putting an item from the merc back into the sector inventory with one mouse-click (without taking off the attachments)


This would be super useful

[Updated on: Tue, 20 December 2011 17:17] by Moderator

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