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    RPS RTS -- Sundays 6PM


    Booshity Boosh, look at that hourglass figure on that hard bod'!

    So, a thread was floating about discussing the possibility of FA and PA games and the old one died, let's start this up again.

    FA ad PA are great beecause you can have a lot of fun with only 1 other person showing up for a fun quick skirmish, and I'm a guaranteed attendant, yay!


    6PM (GMT) Sunday, 'Extreme Geek Zone' on the mumble server (unless someone can set up a PA and TA channel!)



    Some more information about the games beelow if you want it.

    What the flipping pancakes is a PA and a TA?

    For those who don't know, FA and PA are RTS games, spiritual successors to Total Annihilation that revolve around a single commander unit making a robotic army and base to use in a sci-fi setting.

    PA is still in development and FA has a lot of modding going on (especially if you're using the Forged Alliance Forever client which I highly recommend), but both are very stable and capable of hosting some games.

    I tend to prefer PA these days beecause it's simple toony yet shiny style is my kind of thing but FA is always great and the more familiar metagame for me. (and don't bother with SupCom2, it sortof.. flopped or something. Maybee worth a try?)

    So where do I point my robot army and their glistening, hard bods?

    There are 2 obvious options that don't dive into the FAF modding scene and it's many game-modes and such;

    Humans vs AI is a common choice in RTS, especially when you can have "unfair" AI (boosted resources, computer-driven micheal skills etc.) and only need a single friend to go against one (or a few).
    For Forged alliance his would bee Humans vs "AIx", and on PA this would bee...

    Well, after googling for a little there seems to bee no decent documentation alongside a few unfinished 'wiki' results.

    I guess with PA we'll bee testing out the AI difficulties (normal, hard, relentless, absurd) and trying to confirm whether that other option is a resource modifier or not.


    Alternatively, we can always try PvP if anyone is up for that. These can bee team games or free for alls or 1v1 Fite Me! duels.

    What's the difference between PA and TA?


    In FA, there's a bit more depth; 3 (4 if you count Experimental) tech levels and 3 major factory types (land, air, sea). Most games revolve around mainly air and land thanks to a lot of maps not beeing very nautical though. The modding community means there's a lot more to dive into if you feel like it, and the forged alliance forever (FAF) client certainly makes this easier.

    With 4 rather unique factions however, each having unit differences and leanings and unique abilities (such as the cybrans getting a T1 gunship, or the UEF having a lot of health on their units) FA certainly has more depth than the currenlty in-development PA.


    Within PA there are no factions yet, just a single race of robots who slog it out. There are 5 (or 6) distinct types of unit in this game based on factories; Air, Land, Sea, Bot (a subset of land, really, sortof like Infantry) and Orbital.

    PA games tend to bee more unpredictable to see which tech or type your opponent and you decide to focus on, and FA games tend to bee more predictable but allow for a wider choice in strategy with varying factions that tend to do predictable things (Cybrans love their amazing air force, for example).
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    I read several words you wrote before I decided that you're probably talking about 3v3 RPS vs RTRS TA Forged Alliance fights and I am all dat.

    All about it.

    I don't see a time?
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    I recently reinstalled SupCom FA to send waves of Cybran amphibious destroyers off to murder turtle AIs. Onwards my pretties.
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    Just a quick note here that planetary annihilation is 80% off on steam.
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    Ahaahah yes , the amphibious destroyers <33333

    Grumpy; 6PM! :P
    Big bold underlined text yo.
    Edit; I added in a (GMT) timezone marker too actually, I sort-of thought that was the default for RPS but, better make sure.

    As for RTRS vs RPS, we could certainly try that ^^
    Team vs Team does sound very fun.
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    I'm probably at my PC for 6pm, I can play some FA tomorrow.
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    Bump! It's sunday! See you at 6PM for some RTS fun.
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    ... can't see anyone else and I'm 30 minutes late.
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    I was celebrating a birthday, sorrys.
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    blorp, it's okay.

    I won 4 or 5 against grumpy in FA and he won 1
    Then we did a silly Vs AI game to test them; they need to outnumber us, a lot, wow.
    They also probably need space to counter my rushy style.
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    Yeah the default AI just uses build orders and patrol routes. Sorian AI does a lot better
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    I'm pretty sure Sorian is actually easily available in the FAF client

    Also me, grumpy and dred had a try with that client to do some co-op last night, worked well.
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    I've never managed to convince my friends to use FAF, we've always connected via IP. If you're playing again, get Dred to message me and I'll join.
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    Thanks for helping me get started Grumpy and Dred.

    for other new people you need to install http://www.faforever.com/ and make an account with it.

    Sophia, you should probably explain acronyms at least once when your using them, if this hadnt been mention in mumble i'd have no idea what it was about.

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    Hope you had fun.

    I looked through the replay, Dred. You where doing really good work keeping the enemy armies occupied while I hit targets of opportunity with my T3s. I think the reason that playthrough felt easy was that we managed to set up such that few of our investments ever died, or at least not before killing a base or two. Or 3. (Battleships are awesome). I also made sure to flank the enemy base and took out a lot of production without going through the armies they pushed out which the AI had difficulty handling.

    Compared to earlier attempts this was most visible early game, where our T1s didn't constitute a continual drain (we stopped building T1 AA at around 30 instead of 300), and assaulting the first base to the north where we harrassed down the entire enemy standing army with our first push. The fact that we upgraded all of our metal helped, of course.
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    Anything happening this evening?
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    Yup, I'll bee there looking for peeps.
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    I might not make it for 6 exactly, just about to start a game of AoE2 but I'll show up after
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    Blorp, I didnt make it tonight, muh sleep is fudged.
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    Can I reserve a weekend in advance?
    Namely 1st March. So we can all go an play mothertruckin' HOMEWORLD.



    So much squee.
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