You abandon mission with troopers not in your dropship, the dudes left behind are MIA.
Other way involves Mind Control. If the mission ends while one of your troopers is MC'd, he'll be MIA. (tho this is pretty much a bug. But really easy to run into when fighting Sectoids/Ethereals)
Last edited by Kaguya; 05-13-2012 at 21:56.
Trouble with auto-resolving the fights is that they're usually quite dangerous. I think a time-boost would be best, so you can effectively skip to the point where you make actual contact, fire your missiles, speed up again, combat over.
Either that or they could try to implement the gaming world's very first reasonable auto-combat algorithm-- by which I mean, if you send two F-17's to kill a UFO fighter or a scout, there's 0% chance of losing a fighter just as there would be if you'd done it yourself, but they'll get damaged which they might not have if you had manually handled the combat and used clever tactics.
You know I'd be surprised if they released Xenonauts and still had these air-fights take total focus on the world map. In X-Com, you could minimize an intercept and let time pass normally, even letting other fighters reach the combat and pitch in. This could even allow you to use the normal time compression controls during air combat, at least up to a point.
The minimum 5 game-seconds per real second speed seems about right for the speed of the goings-on in the dogfights right now, and 30 game-seconds per second would be plenty fast enough for the easy fights. So long as you still have the pause function in air combat, and ideally have toggles you can set for auto-pause / 5 seconds (auto-pause when first entering weapon range, auto-pause when first fired upon, etc).
Also your proposal with speeding up time in geoscape at the same time as in air combat is great, but has a flaw - what if multiple combats happen at near the same time? You can't multitask them well and auto combat against strong enemies like Corvette would be disaster. I think this idea deserves it's own suggestion thread though.
"1 UFO down, 2999 to go."
Probably too complex to implement given how many variables it probably ends up with (multiple UFOs in different configurations et al), so you'd have to do a lot of stuff by hand anyways. Maybe just do it 1 time by yourself, and then write a guidebook for the pilots to read :b
Last edited by Kaguya; 05-13-2012 at 22:12.
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