Since 1.28, a lot of players have been returning to the air and word of mouth seems to be bringing first time pilots in too. This weekend there was a lot of caffufle over the lack of availability of aircraft and calls for spawn list numbers that vary with population.
For ground brigades, we already kinda have that – as the number of objectives goes up and down, so does the number of brigades in play. But air and navy units are in play all the time so they are all continually being sucked dry. We also upped the resupply time to 7 hours to make ground fights that bit more meaningful and allow some room for a strategic picture to really have a bearing on fights – and to try and reduce the frequency of “epic” battles that dragged on for multiple days ;)
The first question, though, was “are we running out of aircraft?”
So I pulled the charts of vehicle levels in Air Brigades for the last 10 days:
(The y axis is percentage of capacity present, very few people spawn tanks/trucks from an air brigades which is why those seem to stay around 100%)
There are some dips close to being out of equipment, particularly this last weekend, but its the overall picture that we are looking at, because clearly there were a fair number of aircraft available most of the time.
We probably do need to tweak the numbers up a little, perhaps reduce the resupply time for aircraft, but primarily what we need to do is figure out a way to make more players aware that the list of equipment you can see at Antwerp is specific to your brigade, not to Antwerp. It looks as though a lot of these players returning from 1 and 2 years ago see a spawn list and assume it describes what is in the city rather than what is in the brigade they’re attached to, and the current paradigm does sort of hide the plentiful losts of the DivHQs.
In the related discussion in the Hangar, someone brought up the issue of Aircraft Time To Battle relative to other units. I thought I’d repost here my calculations as to who has the longest TTB:
+----------------+---------+ | Category | Minutes | +----------------+---------+ | Aircraft | 22.1833 | | Sea Vehicle | 21.1833 | | Ground Vehicle | 14.0667 | | Infantry | 11.5167 | +----------------+---------+