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IDProjectCategoryLast Update
0021502AI War 2[All Projects] GUIAug 15, 2019 5:28 pm
ReporterzharmadAssigned To 
Severityminor 
Status newResolutionopen 
Product Version0.880 Belatedly Finding Friends... And Enemies 
Fixed in Version 
Summary0021502: Improving description of CPA alert icon
DescriptionThe current CPA alert is completely opaque as to what the nature and the scale of the attack might be. Issues with the current description are:
(A) It does not describe anything about its mechanics.
(B) It is most definitely not massive at low AIP, even at Difficulty 7. THE ??? doesn't tell players much about how much they should worry.
(C) Calling it an attack is technically incorrect. The AI will not attack the player unless it's confident that the released threat is sufficient.

Example save attached at late game. Spawned CPA is irrelevant given player power and practice at neutering planets.
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Suggestions (assuming it's AIWC mechanics):
1. Describe CPA notification thusly: "In 4m 37s, the AI will activate a part of its reserves throughout the galaxy to respond to threats. Many of these reserves are currently stationed at guardposts on AI-controlled planets."
2. Try to estimate the strength that will be activated based on current AIP, and then put this estimated figure on the alert icon instead of "???".
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RocketAssistedPuffin

Aug 11, 2019 7:19 am

developer   ~0052527

Far as I know it does not use Classic mechanics. It is a budget that is added to over time (everything of the AI is I think), and it's a new spawn of ships, rather than a draft.

Because of that, and the AI budget income changing with AIP, the AIP you have when it launches doesn't mean too much compared to the AIP during the build up phase, if this makes sense.

zharmad

Aug 12, 2019 7:57 am

reporter   ~0052538

Ok TIL. Would there be a way to give an estimate though? Or is this undesirable, i.e. players are meant to guess how safe it is by rote learning.

Well, maybe CPA are generally too weak. This would require more feedback from other players.

RocketAssistedPuffin

Aug 12, 2019 9:50 am

developer   ~0052544

I'd imagine so, seeing as waves use the same mechanic and they tell you. But that's not my area.

BadgerBadger

Aug 15, 2019 5:28 pm

manager   ~0052566

Nope, no estimate. Uncertainty is part of the design of CPAs (unless Chris wants to overule me), and also there's no good way to give such an estimate based on how the code is written.

I did fix a bug that should be a nice buff to CPAs, especially at higher AIP.

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
Aug 10, 2019 10:21 pm zharmad New Issue
Aug 11, 2019 7:19 am RocketAssistedPuffin Note Added: 0052527
Aug 12, 2019 7:57 am zharmad Note Added: 0052538
Aug 12, 2019 9:50 am RocketAssistedPuffin Note Added: 0052544
Aug 15, 2019 5:28 pm BadgerBadger Note Added: 0052566