Had a blast playing Axis tonight. Me, Drake85 as sappers, and (forget the callsign, oops) in a tiger went out on a little sojourn around Wuustwezel. I was in “well I’m gonna die” mode – I know a few of you have seen that. Tank tracers flying left and right, everyone else is hugging the ground, and I’m standing atop a berm with my binos out…
We trotted out west, tanks roaring out of bush lines almost running us over, smouldering wrecks everywhere, haven’t seen so many before in the live game so densely packed, infantry popping up here and there, ruined trucks, aircraft debris raining down on us.
Darke found me as I was approaching my first Crusader. “This is gonna hurt” I said, apparently, in area chat, before placing my first satchel. I walked around the front to avoid the blast, and the guy musta seen me and jumped for his gunner. Round comes the turret. I did place that satchel, right? Well I’m dead. The barrel of the gun swings right into my face, no more than 3 inches away, and the satchel goes off. He can’t have been more than miliseconds from pulling the trigger :)
Got a total of 7 kills on that sortie, one continuous adrenaline rush – we ran into 4 allied tanks who carefully split off from the road west of town and tried to skulk off to the south. The crusaders almost evaded us but I yelled “Come back, this won’t hurt us a bit” and they kindly put a bush line between us and stopped with their gas tanks irresistibly sticking out the back of the bushes.
Was also at the Roosendaal fight earlier (before Lost, I think), approaching that town is like flashbacks to flatland :) Eventually my “superman” stint ended with my standing on the top of the wuust bunker while an ei walked up infront of me, deployed his atr and shot me.
Made a few MSP attempts at other towns, but I seem to be cursed. The third night in a row every time I’ve deployed an MSP there’s been an enemy opel, bedford or laffly within 25m fo me. My last MSP tonight was in one of those big dark green bushes. I UMSed it and respawned, got a little disoriented, stepped out of the bush and was totally disoriented. Instead of seeing my opel parked in the bush, I was looking at a laffly. Thinking “wth how does that happen? did I screw up the sto system last patch or something?” when the other inf who’d spawned with me opened fire and the brown uniformed guy infront of me said “waaaugh”. Oh, I realized, and joined him in getting a dozen or so kills before we managed to take the MSP out.
I’d barely done typing “I think they’ll know where my MSP is =(” when a tracer could be seen a good km+ away over at town, which slowly rose, got bigger, and finally hit my MSP truck first round. Bah. What are the chances? Well if they weren’t small maybe I’d have moved a few more feet and not been in the blast radius along with my truck, dangit :)
Good to see Wheelz in game, although I seemed to die alot on those sorties. Also got to see a few old buddies (s! hussars/ULubKFS1 squadron) when I was playing Allied earlier but, didn’t get chance to have fun ’cause I was at work which means I’m busy and getting really low FPS.
Some pretty great stuff going on in the pipeline at work today, didn’t get the meeting with DGlenn (Codec) about bouncing grenades but we did have a brief talking about them. The project Granik/DG have in mind should be such a nice touch. But I think its going to be an Xmas present.
Found and fixed a couple of bugs with the side-balancing stuff – primarily the bug stopping people changing sides or seeing the “side selection” delay. That little detail is probably a huge factor in why we’re back to not seeing side balancing work so effectively.
Took a few minutes to look at the “RTB to mobile spawn” code, but no conclusion there. And I also added the code for “RTB Promotion” – it needs client work but, essentialy, if you wait an extra 20s after the despawn timer, it will allow you to promote a Rescue to an RTB or an MIA to a Rescue.