The Empire has fallen and a New Republic is born out of the conflict. But in the ashes of civil war, yet another life stirs...

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Vithar-133
Vithar-133 Mar 24 2015, 4:41pm says:

That...is an absolutely *interesting* description of the old MPTL. Will be nice to not have to manage a second nearly useless unit in addition to the MPTL.

Also, I dunno. Those smooth-racing tire-style treads must be nice. +10% bonus to speed on racing tracks all over the galaxy?

Does the cabin lower when it's deployed?

This is not making the wait any easier, by the way. It'll be fun to actually be able to use all of these new and improved units you've been showing off.

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the_Farseer Author
the_Farseer Mar 24 2015, 4:50pm replied:

Oh, the smooth treads offer little to no traction; great for doing donuts on the Emperor's starport landing pad just to **** him off.

The cabin will lower. Basically, the missile tubes fold in on each other (so they are stacked), the doors fold up as they did, and the cabin raises and tucks into that little pyramid-shaped inlet on the chassis.

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Brotapfelinhalierer
Brotapfelinhalierer Mar 24 2015, 6:08pm replied:

Actually the treads look very Sci-Fi-esque this way. Like some kind of fancy liquid metal stuff. Doesn't fit Star Wars, but definately got something going for it :D

And you know how they say: Infantry wins firefights, tanks win battles, artillery wins wars.
Looking forward to barrage a few things to oblivion.

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Darth_Saber
Darth_Saber Mar 24 2015, 4:59pm says:

Sheer brilliance, the_Farseer!

Like you, I also think of the spotter droid as a near useless unit, particularly when their ability could have so easily been incorporated in with the artillery, and I wholly agree with your thoughts on the "artillery" aspect of the unit.

I look forward to using your preferred unit, and hope to see a patch with it included released soon.

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warton567
warton567 Mar 24 2015, 5:29pm says:

God this unit was the bane of my existence in vanilla it always punished me for spamming stormtroopers.

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Vithar-133
Vithar-133 Mar 24 2015, 6:51pm replied:

In my experience, it punished the player for not noticing it until it's too late to save your troops/vehicles/buildings.

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sinay
sinay Mar 24 2015, 6:56pm replied:

I hated it. They seemed to be everywhere at once and stormtroopers can't escape worth a damn.

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Spartan-406
Spartan-406 Mar 24 2015, 9:12pm replied:

that's the thing though, this damn thing was spammed by the ai and killed every thing you put out as the imperials before you could even see the thing. But the second you decided to play as the rebels, this "artillery unit" would never shoot at ANYTHING!!! it kept trying to run over infantry!

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Vithar-133
Vithar-133 Mar 24 2015, 10:31pm replied:

It liked to shoot at speeder bikes, I think. And, occasionally, enemy buildings.

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the_Farseer Author
the_Farseer Mar 25 2015, 2:35pm replied:

Agree. The AI spammed this unit and it's range, combined with it's sheer destructive power, made it horribly annoying. Then, when YOU try to use it, the AI gets all derpy and it can't hit it's mark for beans. I'm attempting to address all of those issues in the next release.

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Seregruth
Seregruth Mar 24 2015, 7:35pm says:

well the spotter had a rather important role. if you destroyed it, the MPTL couldn´t use its main potential - range. I know it´s not realistic (like manymanymanymanymanymanymany other things in SW universe) but...balance :/
even though maybe I never used it this way...

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Vithar-133
Vithar-133 Mar 24 2015, 10:33pm replied:

Well, the spotter droid's role was more usefully filled by fast vehicles or infantry. Or nabbing those abandoned sensor stations. Essentially, the spotter droid was utterly useless.

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the_Farseer Author
the_Farseer Mar 25 2015, 2:36pm replied:

Exactly. Other units can be used for spotting...units that also had offensive abilities. The spotter droid was a waste.

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Khanti
Khanti Mar 25 2015, 7:50am says:

"These new vehicles will not deploy with a spotter droid. Why do that when Star Wars would clearly have the technology to place the “ping” ability on the artillery itself? So that’s what I’ve done." Brilliant. Little joy thing.
One question: is AI able to use ping?

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the_Farseer Author
the_Farseer Mar 25 2015, 2:38pm replied:

AI never has used 'ping' because the AI can "see" the entire map anyway. The way EaW AI works is that it accumulates resources, and then sends it's units to targets, based on need (reinforce point, build pad, enemy base) and it already knows were all those targets are, hence...no need to reveal any portion of the map. In all respects, the EaW AI is actually very simplistic.

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DarthSolous
DarthSolous Mar 25 2015, 1:22pm says:

Definitely a huge improvement over the old MPTL model.

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the_Farseer Author
the_Farseer Mar 25 2015, 2:39pm replied:

Thank you!

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the_Farseer Author
the_Farseer Mar 25 2015, 2:39pm says:

Thanks for the feedback everyone!

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george76
george76 Mar 25 2015, 10:44pm says:

nothing says down with the empire more than one of these at the front lines or back lines if you have the common sense to put your arty at the rear of your force.......i sometimes forget to move them to the back

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cheesecake645
cheesecake645 Mar 26 2015, 12:56pm says:

This redesign is incredibly better than the old ugly one. Can't wait to use it! Will it be able to run people over? That was always kinda fun to do.

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I will be honest, I HATED the design of the MPTL in vanilla Empire at War. It looked more like an Adepta Sororitas Exorcist Tank….except not even half as cool, powerful, armored, or associated with an entire legion of sexy, badass women of war. In other words, it was a rolling tube of toothpaste that opens up to reveal a rocket-shooting hair comb.
I digress.
The basic functionality is the same except that these new vehicles will not deploy with a spotter droid. Why do that when Star Wars would clearly have the technology to place the “ping” ability on the artillery itself? So that’s what I’ve done.
Further, the proton torps that it shoots will be faster and less…lazy. The current ones shoot in zig-zag patterns and slowly wind their way to a little spot in the dirt. It didn’t feel like artillery. That has been changed.
Anyway, I hope the new design is worthy of this mod I’m creating. Just ignore the treads for now…I haven’t applied texture to them yet.

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