Automatic Fire for Brikwars 2005

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Postby IVhorseman » Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:04 pm

I've been building rules for balanced and non-time consuming rules for automatic fire, designed for use with the 2005 rules. I've done extensive playtesting of several methods, had forum members vote on an "official unnoficial" rule for it, and use it in my battles. At first the rules someone may come up with appear fine, but I've done so much testing with automatic fire rules that I can smell not-fun rules from a mile away.

EDIT: Crap, I didn't even see this!

birdman wrote:Yes, i do happen to think that's balanced. The reason? First off, that's a bonus roll, and while it does happen, 11 or more shots aren't going to come rattling off every single turn.
Secondly, this would actually speed up gameplay. I'm not talking about multiplying the number of shots fired, i'm talking about multiplying the number of hits made. Realistically, when a unit with an automatic weapon fires at another unit, it will hit, eventually. My method merely distributes a realistic number of hits between units. If the players cooperated by rolling damage and armor at the same time, my method speeds things up considerably. I've playtested this principle, and it works.


Again, some of my older methods for automatic fire had rules a lot like this. What ends up happening is that (using your example) the commando would deal 11d6+11 damage in a single turn (also, I'm assuming it's a long-range rifle). That's enough damage to tear a tank to shreds. Quite frankly, that's way more damage dealt than is ever fun. I found this out the hard way in a brikwar like this where 50% of an army was decimated by a Minigun using rules just like this.
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Postby birdman » Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:07 pm

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Postby birdman » Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:16 pm

Well, ya see, IV, the thing is, this wouldn't be happening. if that rifle had a damage of 1d6, you're not adding anything to that damage. It's just extra shots, not bonus damage.
Oh, btw, i was under the impression that unless there was a lot of shots and not enough targets, everything gets hit once and only once. If there were too many shots, they can be reapplied to targets, but you can't put 5 shots on one target and one on the other, all the shots have to be as equal as possible.
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Postby IVhorseman » Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:25 pm

ohhhh okay okay I kindof see where you're going with this.

Although there's still a gaping hole here: what constitutes what "area" can be targeted? as in, what's stopping me from saying "My target area is everyone on the field", and just shooting guys who are at ridiculous angles apart from each other? That's what I've implemented my finger-cone system for.
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Postby birdman » Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:01 pm

IVhorseman wrote:ohhhh okay okay I kindof see where you're going with this.

Although there's still a gaping hole here: what constitutes what "area" can be targeted? as in, what's stopping me from saying "My target area is everyone on the field", and just shooting guys who are at ridiculous angles apart from each other? That's what I've implemented my finger-cone system for.


How about a maximum of 6 targets, who all have to be within 2" of one other target (think WH40k squad coherency) so you can form a chain.
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Postby warman45 » Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:14 pm

i still think that automatic weapons should just be normal weapons except they can attack twice because....

a)it's quick
b)it's easy
c)it's simple
d)you haven't told me why it wouldn't be fun
e)it allows for heavy machine guns and light ones
f)think of all the failure!
g)it would'nt tear armour to shreds
H)i can't think of anyhing else until you bring up more faults that i can shoot down!
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Postby Jaye Tea » Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:41 pm

dude fingercones are just as simple as having 2 shots, and for anyone who thinks a fingercone is too small i have some steps for you:
1) go to a store
2) walk to the school supply aisle
3) pick up a protracter
4) have a checkout person ring it up
5)pay for it
6) use the arch of the protracter to determine the area a automatic firearm will rain down lead.

but itd e easier with fingercones or double shots.

but you will not to use a simple method like finger cones, for a dumbass reason and whine about it all day.

because your probably the kind of person who is never satisfied.
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Postby Moronstudios » Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:58 pm

Here is list of how autofire could be handled with for bursts.
1: Select your target
2: Don't aim at all, you just fire into the right direction
3: Roll your attacker's skill
4: Distribute damage
5: ???
6: PROFIT!!
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Postby warman45 » Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:58 pm

another reason i like my idea is it sorta compensates for the fact that more bullets isn't completely better

a)it has a sh*& load of recoil
b)buys see a line almost like a sword passing by and killing people they can geuss thatstanding is bad and duck (hard to depress while firing) by only being able to shoot 2 guys it allows for the fact the weapon is "automatic" and means that you don't have to use those damn meat sacks!
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Postby Jaye Tea » Wed Dec 24, 2008 1:13 am

your 2 shot thing does account for more reasoning as to all those variables but we want action movie carnage not reasonable outcomes.
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Postby IVhorseman » Wed Dec 24, 2008 2:36 am

I don't really like the two-shot system because, frankly, it's boring.
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Postby birdman » Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:09 am

exactly. Now my system, for example, eliminates the need for huge UR's on automatic weapons as seen in the 2001 rules. take a UR of 2 or 3 and you already have to roll a 5 or 6 to get 3 shots. Therefore, my system is less unbalancing than a '2 shots every single time' rule. Perhaps there is a minimum of one shot fired, no matter how low you roll against the UR? unless it's a crit fail, of course.
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Postby Blitzen » Wed Dec 24, 2008 1:43 pm

...I like my system better.

Why did you revive this thread, anyway? It wouldn't hurt to have a fifth Autofire thread.
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