So you’re wondering where the TOEs update has been, right? Well tough turnips. What do you think this is, an official blog or something?
I’ve been working on a bunch of things that have been choke-points for others on the team, such as work to support Ramp, work to get this and that into testing (hulks, per e.g), some GM tools, a couple of long-standing bug fixes, and etc.
TOEs, as a project, is still work in progress, and possibly it will be a 1.24.x project because we’re nearing a sort of critical mass for some of the other work in 1.24 so far. We’re also spending a lot of think time on Brigade Spawning and trying to make sure that we are as prepared as possible for introducing it.
As many players have pointed out, if spawn lists come to depend on HCs as well as everything else, then the pooch is going to be having many, many, many babies.
Which really means that getting the OIC system going. The OIC system is about creating a role between that of HC and ‘regular’, into which either the assigned HC-OIC for a brigade can step or HC officers can appoint players into. The plan had been to make this a major feature set over an entire patch, but right now we’re looking at a minimal implementation of this to companion TOEs or possibly preceed it by a point version (1.24.x vs 1.2x).
Frankly, if we don’t, I suspect we will be dragged around in headless chicken mode trying to fix all the symptoms of problems that TOEs without OIC create. Kinda like the way we’ve done everything but TOEs since we introduced “AOs-as-a-temporary-solution-for-underpopulation-until-we-get-TOEs-implemented-in-the-next-release”.
My concept for OIC is fairly simple but involves adding a link between at least one brigade and any given attack; any number of brigades can join the attack, but one brigade has to be in-charge so that you can tell who is in charge of the attack.
Thus if you mouse-over antwerp it should tell you
Antwerp. BIC: 1st Guards Brigade. OIC: KFS1
We do then later have to revisit this and provide OICs with various additional tools for exchanging information with the mission leaders in his brigade. My thinking is to create a “/brig” command for communicating with OIC, HC and mission leaders in your brigade who have the brigade channel tuned. (A sort of sub-channel). Possibly giving access to non-leaders too but with a throttle on the rate they can send, and making it a one-way deal (they can send but not see), and, of course, allowing the OIC to block a player from using it.
Unfortunately when we’re in this sort of testing phase, we Rats are generally doing impressions of spinning tops, with about 15 minutes to work on any given task before someone/something else tries to cross your desk :)