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Forum: v1.13 General Gameplay Talk
 Topic: Merc was thirsty, now has 15 max health
Merc was thirsty, now has 15 max health[message #360202] Sat, 30 May 2020 12:52
Registered:March 2015
Hey, I couldn't find anything on this via Google and forum search, so I hope this hasn't been asked too often.

After many runs with 1.13, I wanted to give the food system a spin. I was a bit short of canteens at the start and Bobby Ray's ships slowly, so Grizzly went quite thirsty. I was able to stave off death, but Grizzly's maximum health is now at a bare 15. I healed him with my doc, Grizzly can no longer be a patient. I gave him tons to drink and tons to eat and have been waiting for a few days. I've let him sleep, too, but there hasn't been a single point added to his max health. Can somebody help me out? What can I do to get Grizzly back to normal?

EDIT: I just saw in the INI Editor that supposedly you can fix him via surgery. The problem is that, as I mentioned, I can't designate Grizzly as a patient anymore. So what now? I punch him so I can perform surgery on him, hopefully not killing him?

EDIT 2: That... did work. I can have my doctor work on him now and he's regaining his max health, albeit incredibly slowly. Better than nothing though.

[Updated on: Sat, 30 May 2020 22:53]

Forum: Flugente's Magika Workshop
 Topic: New feature: turncoats
New feature: turncoats[message #360191] Sat, 30 May 2020 03:08

Registered:April 2009
Location: Germany
While we can nowadays do several things with our spies, I feel there is still room for improvement. There aren't all that many generals to kill, and sending spies into enemy sectors just to mine intel lacks a bit... je ne sais quoi... action.

This feature aims to improve that. The idea is simple: When disguised and the enemy isn't on alert, our spies influence enemy soldiers to secretly turn sides. They have several approaches for this:

  • the basic method is to use their recruitment value. This takes into account the stats, traits, personality, disguise and recruit rating of the merc, as well as the class, level, rank of the soldier as well as sector properties. Quite a few things influence this, really.
  • another method is to additionally use seduction. How effective this is heavily depends on how attractive a merc is, and how much an enemy is attracted to their gender.
  • we can also add a bit of money to sweeten the deal...
  • ... or we can use some of our hard-earned intel to convince the soldier.
Doing so increases 'suspicion'. After a few attempts the game will inform us that we better lay low for a while, we will have to wait for a few hours before we continue. This is similar to the need to hide when blowing our cover while getting intel from enemies, as it is the same variable used.

Note that resources used will be consumed regardless of whether we are actually successful. Also note that we will need increasingly more money and intel as the game progresses. If you use this heavily I can see this becoming quite a moneysink big grin

Let's just say that this will be a lot more difficult on higher game progressions. Convincing lowly paid cannon fodder in the North-eastern swamps to switch sides is easy. Convincing blackshirts in Meduna is an entirely different game.

We will display whether an enemy is secretly a turncoat by a small symbol next to them, from this feature (I recommend turning that on).

The turncoat count is stored in a sector, so we can leave and come back later, the turncoats will still be there (not on the exactly same soldier, but a soldier of the same class). This even works with moving groups as seen in the video. If a sector has a turncoat, we see an exact troop count on the map, as well as enemy group movement direction. It thus follows that you could get an early warning of enemy movement by embedding a spy on the roads to Meduna that 'tags' any group moving through.

Until turncoats are turned, they behave just like normal enemies. After activating them, they become standard militia. Note that if we or the militia hurt a turncoat, they renege on the deal and the property is lost. They might have decided to jump ship, but they are not okay with the player using them as target practice first.

There are a few ini variables in Skills_Settings.ini:
[Covert Ops]

; if set to TRUE, we can try to coax enemy soldiers to become turncoats. If successful, we can order turncoats to defect to the militia later.

; if set to TRUE, activating all turncoats within a sector requires a radio operator

; a bonus to the player's rating when convincing soldiers to become turncoats. Higher is better, values in [-100; 100], default 0.
COVERT_TURNCOATS_SECTOR_ACTIVATION_REQUIRES_RADIOOPERATOR is mainly there in case someone wants that extra bit of realism and decides that activating all turncoats instantly is odd. COVERT_TURNCOATS_PLAYER_CONVINCTION_BONUS is an offset to our convinction rating, the higher the easier this thing becomes.

This has been added to the trunk in r8811 & GameDir r2525. Using the new exe without the new GameDir changes your phone to put up a restraining order.

[Updated on: Sat, 30 May 2020 03:13]

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