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    Xenonauts-2: Vehicles

    I may have a set of suggestions that let us have some of each side in the discussion. Hear me out with this crazy set of ideas. We start off with the Bot say MK1 your sort of bomb disposal frame and let's stick a weapon on it. Since we need to start small and clandestine then we all agree this robot should be no larger than an infantry unit, so it fits into the transport slot the same as if we folded a seat up and parking it in for the trip. The MK1 would be a good scout and expendable it can travel as far as its motor will take it load-out wise with for scouting say a SMG and better sensors with longer vision to find the enemy or for firepower give it an LMG and have it suppress the enemy to harass and draw fire off the squishier troops but with shorter or more focused vision. That would be the basic job to do it’s a gun on wheels literally the Shiv from Xcom:EU. But then branch from there and give it a different weapon package or load-out. You planning a raid on a base do you may want a moving HMG that can hose down a corridor to prevent a flank attack? What about having one with a GMG to soften up group of enemies in the open during a UFO assault? These heavy weapons would have to be deployed to be used and if it’s something heavy then the inaccuracy of the weapons would help balance the rates of fire and or damage potential. I know someone will be thinking then you can just go with the GMG’s and paste everything, but you could give every rookie a stack of grenades and get the same effect but with more giblets and body bags and the same amount of useless scrap and remains that aren't suitable for study. What about costs though since we are building these things in a workshop even if say we use off the shelf parts most of time they won’t be cheap but we should be able to make them just cheap enough that they can earn a return. We could be able to save costs by salvaging our destroyed units for parts if we bring back the wrecks. There are a few ideas in other threads to let us enhance things as we go such as development projects to give small buffs to things as the game progresses these could make the Bot more than a mobile gun. Do something like have the targeting system reworked to raise the accuracy somewhat, add new motors to let it move further or such. The idea to let us upgrade buildings to do certain tasks with greater efficiency would we could be able to upgrade a workshop to a Bot factory and reduce cost/time to make a new unit or do we make a salvage center and recover what we can to prevent needing new units from scratch. To keep the units with us later into the game let them gain more specialized equipment as we progress and adjust it for different play styles. Do you use the Bot for tanking for your team with an armored chassis and a heavy gun or could you use it as a mobile rearm point carrying ammo for that grind of a mission you know your guys will need extra ammo for? Do you take two with your team every mission that are expected to die and be replaced with the next number along on the shelf? For those in favor of a larger unit with more health and firepower to bring to the fight why not have those units a bit later down progression. If we have the larger units say mid game then at that point we should have the second transporter could we have modified it carry a larger unit behind the troop bay in the open (like the Pelican from Halo) This would let us bring a larger unit and or more troops without the question of how a covert force is bringing an LAV to the battle coming up. To stop us and the enemy from doing as Chris mentioned and bringing launchers to every fight we need to either make the rounds heavier, so we carry less, less accurate against smaller targets or bill us more for clean up if we go and level the town since we've done the enemy's job for them. In following that point if we start to bring these larger units to the fight then the enemy will start to bring their own AT to stop us. Theirs would be balanced by having the same drawbacks as ours better at killing one thing and have a recharge between shots to stop it from spamming to kill our troops. The enemy should have their own AT outright if only to counter local forces if we deploy to a military base under attack then local forces could roll out a jeep or LAV with a weapon on it I’m not sure why they would not if they don’t have to worry about transporting it there. The enemy AT would balance bringing a Large unit to enemy bases or difficult terrain by the fact that a large unit can get damaged and or destroyed easily by an enemy in say a side corridor popping up and striking the side of it if we don’t sweep and support the unit properly. Health and repairs are the final point for me to ramble on about In Xenonauts the vehicles repaired for free at the end of the mission that broke some of the “Realism” after all your Scimitar could have just made it back from a bad mission and be still smoking but if you get attacked a minute after it gets into the Garage then its back to the day it was built. If your squad is all Bots and they come back on one health each and just roll back to the transport without a scratch after a fresh coat of paint on them for the next mission, then the game leans more towards Bots since they can just roll back from the brink of death. That would need to change but before anyone complains that all you need to do is swap the damaged parts, buff out the dents and hose off the blood etc. Think about how much time would need to be spent striping down a Bot of all the damaged stuff sorting replacement parts and installing them then testing them to be sure you did find all the damaged stuff. We may be able to off set this by having a repair bay to streamline the process and get damaged units serviced faster but still with some time to get it fixed. I figure this part is more for a hard mode, but I’ll say it all the same. What stops you from taking the same bot with each squad why not just have a few good Bots say one per team and save yourself the cost and hassle so long as they get fixed in time for the next operation. One-word maintenance if the soldiers now have fatigue and stress the Bots version would be their need to be maintained to prevent them from wearing down overtime. This sounds like repairs but think about the stuff that’s not been broken and replaced but survived only to breakdown after so long in use. Maintenance would be something the Bot would lose overtime until it stops working and needs to be serviced. That means that a Bot will need to be checked and have its maintenance done to keep it in working order to stop you from just chucking the same bot right back into the field with new parts mixed in over and over. So to summarize my ideas. Start off with Bots as off the shelf things we bash together in a workshop to save the new meat but good enough to spend the time and resources on if we want to use them and not needed so much for those who don't want to. Give the us the options to make our Bots better overall but raise the costs or to make them cheaper to replace so we can use them as expendable units like scouts or guards to soak up hits our more experienced forces. Larger units must infer larger costs and be moved to the mid game BDSMOverdrive pointed out that the new system to limit high power gear for a mission could be used after all you can have the laser team, or you have a mobile pillbox to push behind with a conventional rifle. AT and heavy weapons and how they affect game flow could be adjusted such as needing an ammo bearer for a squad’s weapon operator to balance the potential damage with low ammo capacity and or higher consumption. If Bots are to be effective they must be able to do some useful role's such as a weapon carrier early game and gain new equipment alongside regular troops. Stats such as ammo capacity and AOE can be matched to a weapons role and effect. After all a single HEAT round may kill an enemy and his buddy next to him but if we use up all the ammo during the first firefight then we will be done for when some enemy heavy shows up. We could have large units as friendlies in certain situations like defending a regular military base not for every watch post or farm though it would need to be proportionate to the area we are fighting over. Enemy forces should have their own versions of ours regarding AT to be used sparingly but such that we can’t get careless and try to run them over with the LAV Bots need to be balanced against our forces as well regarding repairs and down time after all if we can just have the squad of mobile gun turrets fixed faster than most cars can be serviced then our Bots start to push farther and farther ahead in usefulness. If you made it this far congratulations and feel free to throw any suggestions about this madness I have written.