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    This is positive for the industry, and a good investment by PDX. JW is in the pantheon of 80s game design gods. I'm p sure he still has some in the tank
    (he's super enthusiastic and keen in person).
    meh

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    I would like to fix my character, any ways/how to edit skills?

    That +1 Evasion thingy didn't work as imagined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VARRAKK View Post
    I would like to fix my character, any ways/how to edit skills?

    That +1 Evasion thingy didn't work as imagined.
    you restart, and take bulwark plus the entire gunnery tree instead.
    Viking, n.:
    1. Daring Scandinavian seafarers, explorers, adventurers, entrepreneurs world-famous for their aggressive, nautical import business, highly leveraged takeovers and blue eyes.
    2. Bloodthirsty sea pirates who ravaged northern Europe beginning in the 9th century.

    Hagar's note: The first definition is much preferred; the second is used only by malcontents, the envious, and disgruntled owners of waterfront property.

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    Alright, finally got this. What are the beginners tips?

    - think about facing, trees and underlying terrain
    - focus fire goddammit
    - vehicles hit a lot harder than you think, best dealt with via melee
    - melee with the right mech setup is op
    - lrm is good for stability damage, not much else
    - dont refit everything at once

    Those are my learnings after 10 missions or so.

    What else?
    Real men pvp in barges.

    Quote Originally Posted by Amantus View Post
    good to see that Fortior seems like a decent bloke and isn't a gay fat faggot nerd despite his pony avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fortior View Post
    Alright, finally got this. What are the beginners tips?

    - think about facing, trees and underlying terrain
    - focus fire goddammit
    - vehicles hit a lot harder than you think, best dealt with via melee
    - melee with the right mech setup is op
    - lrm is good for stability damage, not much else
    - dont refit everything at once

    Those are my learnings after 10 missions or so.

    What else?
    Stay away from Large Lasers.
    Auto Cannons, pretty much all of them are great.
    LRM's are amazing for salvaging mechs. Knock em down to kill the pilots.

    Bulward, Multi Shot & Breaching shot the only piloting abilities that matter.

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    Best tip is don't listen to the tips here and play it and learn your way or it will get boring very quick.

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    That mod is ludicrous. Too hardcore for me.

    Public beta patch seems decent though. Much faster flow.

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    Massive BETA patch now available on STEAM/GOG etc.

    New Features & Content

    MechWarrior customization. Players can now customize the appearance, callsign, name, pronoun, and voice of all non-Ronin MechWarriors in their mercenary company. The starting MechWarriors (Behemoth, Dekker, Glitch, and Medusa) are now considered Ronin.

    Granular difficulty settings. Added a wide variety of Granular Difficulty Settings that can be adjusted at any time from the Settings menu.

    Lethality - when enabled, MechWarriors that are disabled in combat will always be killed.

    'Mech Destruction - when enabled, 'Mechs disabled from Center Torso destruction are permanently lost. This setting is intended for veterans and those seeking a significant challenge.

    No Rare Salvage - when enabled, + and ++ items are no longer generated as salvage results (but remain purchasable in stores).

    MechWarrior Progression - adjust the amount of experience that MechWarriors gain after each mission.

    Advanced MechWarriors - increase or decrease the frequency of more powerful MechWarriors appearing in Hiring Halls in later parts of the game.

    Enemy Force Strength - increase or decrease the baseline strength of the enemy forces you'll face in procedural contracts.

    Contract Payment - increase or decrease the amount of C-Bills paid by procedural contracts across the game.

    Salvage - increase or decrease the amount of salvage you may obtain from negotiation on procedural contracts.

    New custom campaign mode. The following added Difficulty Settings can only be adjusted when starting a new campaign (Select "Custom Campaign" when starting a New Game from the Main Menu.)

    Ironman Mode. Your campaign is limited to a single save game slot that automatically updates as you progress. Run out of funds or fail a Priority Mission and it's game over!

    Unequipped 'Mechs - enable this to make 'Mechs completed out of 'Mech parts start empty instead of with a stock loadout.

    Parts for 'Mech Assembly - increase the number of 'Mech parts that must be salvaged to assemble a new 'Mech. This setting is intended for veterans and those seeking a significant challenge.

    Accelerate the current action with SPACEBAR. Players can now press SPACEBAR to greatly accelerate the current action. Game speed will return to normal after the action completes.

    Speed-Up mode to accelerate all combat actions. Added an option in the Gameplay Settings menu that significantly speeds up combat. Note that this setting is ignored during Multiplayer, and while story dialogue is playing during campaign missions.

    General combat speed optimizations. To decrease turn times even when not using new speed-up options. In addition, the settings for combat result pauses and camera transition times have been exposed in CombatGameConstants.json for easier modding.

    Cancel combat actions and selections with right-click. Right-clicking in combat (without holding the button down) now acts like the ESC key, backing out of the current action or selection.

    MechLab quality-of-life improvements. Including the below additions. See UI section for further UI improvements.

    A shortcut button is now available to bring up the Store directly from the MechLab, allowing players to buy weapons, equipment, and ammo without leaving the MechLab. (Must still be in-orbit to purchase items.)

    The running total C-Bill cost of a work order is now displayed while the player is working in the MechLab.

    Added tooltips for all 'Mech Rating bars in the Mech Bay and MechLab that show and explain more of the specific numbers behind that rating.

    Improved warning communication and tooltips in MechLab.

    Added Scrap button to the Mech Bay Storage screen, to allow scrapping complete 'Mech chassis directly from Storage.

    Gear components now display their stat benefit directly on their component UI (instead of only in their tooltip.)

    Current inventory count in Store and Salvage. Item tooltips in the Store and Salvage screens now display how many of that item the player currently has in inventory.

    Several new events and improvements to event generation. Including fixing a bug that could cause valid events to appear invalid and not be considered during event generation.

    Ultrawide monitor support. BATTLETECH now supports displays with 21:9, 64:27 and 43:18 aspect ratios. Known Issue: a few cosmetic-only bugs still exist in this experience, but given the high-demand for ultrawide support we felt that these minor issues did not need to hold up its release.

    [WINDOWS] The BATTLETECH Launcher has exited Beta. This launcher can be used to configure the following options before launching the game: Borderless Windowed Mode, Exclusive Fullscreen Mode, Video Rendering API. We recommend using these options for troubleshooting if you are experiencing hardware or software compatibility issues. The launcher also includes a new automatic crash reporting tab. To use this launcher:

    GOG Galaxy: Open the "More" menu next to the Play button and choose Other -> Configure BATTLETECH.

    Steam and all other platforms: Run BattleTechLauncher.exe from your game installation folder.

    Performance & Compatibility

    Improvements to the game start flow. (Splash screens can now be skipped.)

    The previous "High" visual quality setting has been renamed to "Ultra". The new "High" quality setting disables screen space reflections and clamps volumetric rendering at higher resolutions.

    Significantly improved performance and stability of front-end list interfaces.

    [STEAM] Significantly improved the speed at which save games are refreshed.

    Improved stability when alt-tabbing and otherwise losing focus of the title.

    Improved protection against spam-clicking.

    Combat UI rendering optimizations. These should reduce instances of small hitches during combat.

    Optimizations to building destruction system and related fire and smoke VFX sequences.

    Audio performance optimizations.

    Terrain rendering and tree rendering optimizations.

    VFX and water rendering optimizations.

    Balance

    Many existing contracts had their difficulty rating adjusted to more accurately reflect the actual difficulty of the contract and provide a more consistent player experience.

    The difficulty range of contracts in a given system has been expanded to two skulls rather than one skull. Easier and harder contracts will now be available in every system.

    Moving and re-balancing the reinforcement units in some procedural missions.

    The Called Shot bonus for multiple-hit weapons (SRMs, MGs) now diminishes by half with each successive shot.

    Medium 'Mech stability increased to 130 (was 100). Stability recovery increased to 1.2 (was 1.0).

    Heavy 'Mech stability increased to 160 (was 100). Stability recovery increased to 1.4 (was 1.0).

    Assault 'Mech stability increased to 200 (was 100). Stability recovery increased to 1.6 (was 1.0).

    Difficulty modifier for attacks against Light 'Mechs increased to 3 (was 2).

    PPC heat generation reduced to 35 (was 40).

    ER Large Laser heat generation reduced to 25 (was 40).

    Large Laser heat generation reduced to 18 (was 30).

    Pulse Medium Laser heat generation reduced to 16 (was 25).

    Medium Laser heat generation increased to 12 (was 10).

    Small Laser heat generation increased to 6 (was 5).

    AC/2 heat generation reduced to 4 (was 5).

    AC/5 heat generation reduced to 8 (was 10).

    AC/10 heat generation reduced to 12 (was 15).

    AC/20 heat generation reduced to 24 (was 25).

    LRM-10 heat generation reduced to 10 (was 12).

    LRM-15 heat generation reduced to 14 (was 15).

    SRM-2 heat generation reduced to 4 (was 6).

    SRM-6 heat generation reduced to 12 (was 14).

    Flamer starting ammo reduced to 4 (was 6).

    UI

    The 'Mech status display on the After Action Report no longer displays structure damage above armor, which was confusing to a number of players (particularly when heat damage was incurred underneath armor.)

    Warning icons now appear if structure damage was incurred, but intact armor now takes precedence on the 'Mech status display.

    Added a selection state during keybinding to indicate which action is currently listening for a keypress to bind to the action.

    Improved communication in the Engineering room when an Argo Upgrade is in-progress.

    Standardized custom 'Mech name field to 16 characters.

    Disallowing bad characters (e.g. tabs, newlines) in input fields.

    New loading screen game tips, and revisions to some existing loading screen game tips.

    Floatie text for Breaching Shot now appears over the target instead of the attacker.

    Improved visibility for Sensor Locked floatie text.

    Color selectors on the heraldry customization screen now wrap.

    Added a Tooltip explaining the behavior of the "Travel to System" button.

    Added a confirmation prompt when using the "restore defaults" button in an options menu.

    Improvements to Store loading times.

    AI

    AI improvements to Liberation: Panzyr to address AI threat assessments.

    AI improvements to Defense: Smithon to the AI's ability to advance towards priority targets. Also encounter re-balancing to accommodate the improved behavior.

    Fixed an AI issue where enemy units could sometimes sprint even while unsteady.

    Fixed AI behavior in Defend Base missions to focus slightly less on destroying targeted buildings and to be more responsive to the player damaging them.

    Improved AI multi-targeting logic, and fixed a bug where AI units could sometimes unfairly use multitarget.

    Improved AI patrol-path behavior.

    AI now prioritizes the selection of Unsteady units.

    AI performance optimizations.

    AI units are now more cautious about using jumpjets when overheated.

    Fixed AI units incorrectly bracing when they can no longer sprint (e.g. when a leg is removed).

    Multiplayer & Accounts

    Fixed an issue where attempting to log in to Paradox Account without an active internet connection resulted in an infinite loading screen.

    Fixed an issue in Multiplayer that could cause turns to extend past the turn-timer limit when players used single-move or jump actions during non-interleaved movement.

    Improved content filtering for lobby names and chat.

    Various improvements to Multiplayer Lobby UI behavior.

    Player can now use the Eject button in Skirmish Multiplayer and Skirmish vs. AI.

    Significantly improved performance of server browser when many games are shown.

    Bugfixes

    Dozens of procedural mission fixes & tweaks, including fixing instances of misplaced spawners causing units to become stuck.

    Fixing cases of procedural missions that would either auto-complete early, or not at all.

    Fixing the behavior of some escort / convoy lances in procedural missions. (Cases of units failing to reach their destinations, convoy guards not activating when expected, friendly escort units getting stuck, etc.)

    Fixed issues with loading process where specific Contracts could fail to load.

    Fixing various VO and dialogue issues in procedural missions (specifically Assassinate & Battle contracts.)

    General map polishing and collision clean-up on many maps.

    Fixed an issue where certain instances of Destroy or Defend Base contracts could auto-fail.

    Fixed a UI bug where objectives appeared in the incorrect order of priority on some missions (secondaries above primaries).

    Fixed an issue where in some few cases, reinforcements would not spawn as expected.

    Fixed an issue where an enemy Enforcer would spawn stuck in the Escape mission on Artru.

    Fixed an issue where players were unable to back out of the Liberation: Itrom lance configuration screen.

    Various cosmetic map geometry fixes across the game (floating assets, clipping assets, etc.)

    Various fixes and improvements to the building destruction system (more natural collapse behavior, better debris coverage, improved physics behavior.)

    Various combat VFX fixes & improvements.

    Various 'Mech animation fixes & improvements.

    Various cosmetic dialogue edits to clarify story points and fix continuity errors.

    Various typo fixes across the game.

    Fixed an issue that could cause a softlock after ejecting a MechWarrior with the Ace Pilot ability.

    Various fixes to the animation flow for the eject action.

    Fixed a bug where Rear Torso armor on 'Mechs in combat could remain even after the associated Torso section had been destroyed.

    Fixing the tooltip for the "Done" action for MechWarriors with the Ace Pilot ability.

    Fixed a cosmetic issue where MechWarrior portraits could become greyed out after using the Vigilance morale ability in certain conditions, despite not having acted yet.

    Fixed an issue that could cause a newly-completed 'Mech to disappear after loading a save game created at the same time as the 'Mech construction completed.

    Fixed an issue that could cause Kamea or Alexander to be incorrectly present on the Argo after backing out of Lance Configuration for certain Priority Missions.

    Fixed an input exploit that could allow players to hire MechWarriors that they didn't meet the MRB Rating requirements for.

    Fixed an issue where players could cancel a Travel Contract without incurring the advertised Reputation penalty with the client faction.

    Fixed an input exploit that could allow players to create overweight 'Mechs.

    Fixed an issue that could occasionally cause Travel Contracts to change difficulty upon arrival in the destination system.

    Fixed an issue that could cause certain 'Mech repair tasks queued from the MechLab to fail to appear in the Timeline.

    Fixed a bug where the 'Mech performance rating bars in the Mech Bay could be displayed incorrectly for 'Mechs with destroyed components on them.

    Fixed an issue where the Max Injuries value displayed for MechWarriors in the hiring hall was not taking into account bonuses from their Guts skill.

    Fixed a cosmetic issue where item quantity values in the Store UI were not being refreshed after selling items.

    Fixed an issue where the tooltip for Priority Missions was failing to display on the Contracts screen.

    Fixing cinematics audio to respect the "Play Audio When Alt-Tabbed" setting.

    Fixed some positional audio issues and incorrect audio assignments on destructible buildings.

    Fixed an issue where certain cosmetic (non-gameplay) decorative objects would no longer be present on maps after loading a combat save game.

    Fixed a bug where the UI indicating dangerous locations in combat (e.g. artillery regions) would fail to deactivate after the dangerous conditions were over.

    Fixed an issue where the "Zoom to New Contact" setting wasn't being respected during first contact with enemies.

    Fixed an issue where the Sensor Lock effect would no longer be present on a sensor locked unit after loading a combat save.

    Fixed an issue where 'Mechs that lost a leg due to ammo explosion did not experience Knockdown as expected.

    Fixed a cosmetic issue where the Restart and Stand Up buttons could overlap with the Eject action confirmation button in the combat UI.

    Fixed a cosmetic issue where small weapon attacks could impact empty air above a target after a melee knockdown had occurred.

    Fixing Stalker arm missile pod visibility.

    Improved Radiation Field fog VFX.

    Jump Jet VFX now scale based on 'Mech weight class.

    The King Crab has opened its claws.

    Fixed a cosmetic issue that could sometime cause weather effects to temporarily disappear in the Windy Day mood.

    Fixed some cosmetic issues with hair rendering in MacOS.

    Fixed an issue with the Skirmish MechBay incorrectly displaying the weight range of Assault Mechs as 85-100 tons. (Now displays as 80-100 tons.)

    Various fixes to tooltips, including an issue that could cause tooltips to become cut-off at the bottom.

    Fixed an issue where MechWarriors would sometimes play their injury VO even if game effect (e.g. a cockpit mod) had prevented the injury from occurring.

    Fixed an issue where achievements regarding lance composition could be unlocked by using lances of less than 4 'Mechs.

    Fixed an issue where the background UI was interactable during login or account creation.

    Fixed an issue where the selection field in dropdowns would display multiple selections.

    Fixed an issue where the selected lobby may become unavailable when server browser refreshes.

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    They fixed every problem and nuisance I had. Awesome.

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    I know!

    Took them a long time to do this patch, but it is very comprehensive.
    Large Lasers suddenly looks very good with heat reduced to 18 from 30.

    The boost to Stability also gives them a indirect buff, since Knock Down builds will be harder.


    Ultra Wide support \o/

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    Mah medium and small laser backbone
    Putin 2012

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    Yep this looks like a really good patch all round. Just finished the download (2.something gig), looking forward to giving it a go. Late game is going to be rather different I suspect.

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    So I have Dekker sitting in a Vindicator with +1 cockpit mod, meleeing a Locust. The fucker retaliates with a DFA, hits the head and kills Dekker.

    The patch seems to have upped direct lethality, never lost a pilot before.
    Real men pvp in barges.

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    good to see that Fortior seems like a decent bloke and isn't a gay fat faggot nerd despite his pony avatar

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    guess you gotta alternate between two lances of mechwarriors now

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    Game definitely plays differently. The enemy AI multi-target changes are noticeable and they prioritise damaged mechs something fierce.

    Also the space bar speedshitup button. Wouldn't want to play the whole game like that but christ it makes such a difference. It's not a slog every mission any more. Tweaking the camera trigger %s is really nice too.

    Edit: Called shot feels way less effective too, but that could just be my shit-tier early game pilots.
    Last edited by Saul; June 20 2018 at 07:37:47 PM.

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    low tactics called shots were always ass imo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fortior View Post
    So I have Dekker sitting in a Vindicator with +1 cockpit mod, meleeing a Locust. The fucker retaliates with a DFA, hits the head and kills Dekker.

    The patch seems to have upped direct lethality, never lost a pilot before.
    As I understand it keeping Dekker alive is a challenge. I've been losing pilots to random headshots for a while so that's not a new feature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tellenta View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Fortior View Post
    So I have Dekker sitting in a Vindicator with +1 cockpit mod, meleeing a Locust. The fucker retaliates with a DFA, hits the head and kills Dekker.

    The patch seems to have upped direct lethality, never lost a pilot before.
    As I understand it keeping Dekker alive is a challenge. I've been losing pilots to random headshots for a while so that's not a new feature.
    Yeah, pretty sure that is just bad luck. One of the most annoying things about battletech is the fact that if a single missile from a group hits the head then it is an instant head injury. Wish they would tweak that mechanic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaftoes View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tellenta View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Fortior View Post
    So I have Dekker sitting in a Vindicator with +1 cockpit mod, meleeing a Locust. The fucker retaliates with a DFA, hits the head and kills Dekker.

    The patch seems to have upped direct lethality, never lost a pilot before.
    As I understand it keeping Dekker alive is a challenge. I've been losing pilots to random headshots for a while so that's not a new feature.
    Yeah, pretty sure that is just bad luck. One of the most annoying things about battletech is the fact that if a single missile from a group hits the head then it is an instant head injury. Wish they would tweak that mechanic.
    cue missile carriers flashbacks

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