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Suggestion - Mid-Game Joiners for certain game types

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16 days ago
I thought it might be an interesting mechanic to allow new players to drop into a game in progress, with some caveats.
Firstly, it would only be possible if enabled, and only default to on in versus AI/Chicken games.
Secondly, your commander would need to be constructed at the point of deployment rather than popping in instantly, slowly on its own, or assisted by established allies by speeding up the process with constructors or gifting you units.

This would be especially good for something like a perpetual "Galactic Conquest" game mode, so you could jump in to the defense or assault of a planet in progress, versus AI but with a grand strategy element to it. Do you join your allies in a fight to try and turn the tide, or deploy to another sector on your own to defend a planet with key resources until reinforcements can arrive?
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16 days ago
As far as I know its technically possible, and just requires someone to write and test a gadget. Getting your commander ingame seems a bit trickier though.
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16 days ago
I think this is a cool mechanic and IIRC, it has been discussed already. Challenges are balancing it and programming it.

One might say that balancing coop and planetwars is not as important as other games, but still something to consider. It's also worth thinking about how it could be balanced for team games and FFA. That's not easy.
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14 days ago
The major problem is balancing teams with uneven players. Not to mention adding teams to spring. Spring expects the team count to be static. There are 14 players -> 14 teams per game. At best you can use assignplayertoteam (see: commshare).
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Infinite pot FFA mode. Players can parachute com into game at any time. Beaten players can also immediately parachute back in. Last player standing wins!
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14 days ago
I have an enhancement in the hellforge right now. I think you'll like this: Players in an FFA zombie match when defeated/joining commshare onto the zombie team.
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14 days ago
USrankShaman

That sounds really fun actually! I particularly like game features that keep people active in the game, and letting late joiners in on the action.
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13 days ago
Its on the back burner though as far as development efforts are going. Right now I want to finish sweep fire and overshoot.
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