Return to base/rearm/repair/retreat

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WhoCares
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Return to base/rearm/repair/retreat

Post by WhoCares »

The devs are investigating to "maybe" change/improve behaviours regarding features such as :

-How and what should to repair function : https://github.com/OpenRA/OpenRA/pull/17477
-Retreat action button worth to implement and how : https://github.com/OpenRA/OpenRA/issues/6167

According to this it was broad to my attention that we have a feature that i always understood the wrong way and thought it was not working well. I talk about the "rearm" F key for aircraft. It has been kindly explained that it is not a "rearm" function but a "go to base and land". Re-arming being a side effect of landing and not the primary goal.

I would ask opinion here if players would prefer the current behaviour and see it extended to other land unit in sort of retreat action/button which would send all unit back and side effect send the wounded to repair. Keeping in mind all unit would retreat.

My vision is the following.

I'm not really in favour of a button that makes the unit retreating because the destination even if "known" can be "not-adequate". I still prefer to issue a retreat order by issuing a move command in the location my brain will assess as safe whatever the distance or vector. From that postulate, a retreat button and the current behaviour of F key for aircraft are not really useful to me. I still use the f key for its side effect "rearming".

My suggestion :

I would rather have the F key on aircraft to be use as "Rearming" as primary goal. Leading in : only "non full" aircraft would head to rearm, and "full-ammo" aircraft would discard the order. This way i could efficiently send units to rearm while keeping the offensive with the others

process : select a or several aircraft, press f

additionally i would be in favour of removing the "wrench on vehicle" to have a new function instead "go to repair". It could be a F key modifier such as ctrl + F or "free to bind". The behaviour would be : Any selected wounded vehicle heads to service depot (land and air alike). "Fully healthy vehicle or infantry discard the order". With that command i would be able to apply a global repair order on an entire army (air included) or just selected the unit i care and apply one by one or grouped.

process : select a or several units, press ctrl + f (or other key)

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Admitting we have those 2 behaviours, as we would have no need for the wrench anymore for vehicle, it could be considered the wrench selection box to repair several building at once. https://github.com/OpenRA/OpenRA/pull/17477

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All i described here, i thought most player would share the vision, but i might be very wrong, so i need you to give your thoughts on this.

Thank you for reading

goat
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Re: Return to base/rearm/repair/retreat

Post by goat »

Regarding aircraft; I often want to send aircraft back even though they still have ammo remaining, so making the F button only send back the units with no ammo left but would be a bit annoying, as that would mean I'd have to move command the rest of the units back. But if it is possible to somehow get both (one command that only sends units with no ammo left + the current) then I wouldn't mind at all.

As for the repair I already mentioned this on discord, but I do not really see the point of it. It is unlikely I would want to send back units near full hp, so in that case I would have to select them all individually, in which case I prefer the current system. I do not personally think a box selection for repair would be an improvement, just an alternative way to do it I suppose

eskimo
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Re: Return to base/rearm/repair/retreat

Post by eskimo »

Wrench clicking ties in with original game rather nicely imo, and therefore quite intuitive.

There are scenarios that support various command changes as a positive, and others that don't.

Personally i think the game is too simple and plays too quick to warrant excessive controls. I use 2x grouping teams for units, in RA2 i used to use 6x.

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