Tips, Tricks and Newb Questions: Reborn!

Each wheel type calculates the type of terrain that penalizes traction, and the traction penalty, differently. For instance, rail wheels take a substantial traction penalty when they’re not on rails and treads don’t take any traction penalty for not being on pavement. It’s not doc’d anywhere, nor is it adjustable by JSON because sometimes I am a lazy coder =(

Anyway, road rollers have a fairly good contact area, but larger penalties than most other wheels if they are not on flat or pavement terrain. They’re surprisingly good wheels on pavement - aside from weighing a ton - and are nigh indestructible, but they do force you to go slow on pavement.

Alright, so is it safe to assume that outside of treads, wheels tagged as off-road are some of the best options and the larger they are, the better? How well do armored wheels fare off-road?

And thanks for the help.

EDIT: And how do you even install treads? Can’t find them no matter if I attempt to install them on an otherwise empty frame or on something else.

Well,13.5 tonnes vehicle with 7 armored wheel pairs have 50% offroad. So kinda ok if you don’t go overboard on weight. With drum rollers, though… I doubt you will get much, however many other wheels you install.

Do the drum rollers negatively impact off-road performance (besides for their weight) even if I have enough other wheels to fully support the vehicle?

As far as I understand, each wheel - including rollers - is adding(maybe not linearly?) its own penalty to offroad coefficient. So yes, they would negatively impact it because how would you even argue for them to NOT impact offroad performance? IRL, I mean.

e: strange, it shows I’m answering to another post for some reason.

If all my other wheels are capable of carrying the vehicle without help from the rollers, the rollers should provide neither a bonus nor penalty to off-road capabilities since all the other wheels are doing the actual terrain gripping and even if the rollers are just spinning gaining 0 traction, that should not be an issue.

Ideally the code would use the wheels with best off-road performance, then if there’s an insufficient amount of them, add those with second best off-road performance into the calculation and deduct off-road % accordingly.

Yes, ideally. You’d also need to justify it by adding specialized mechanism to each and every wheel mount, or retuning all wheel mounts after adding/removing any wheel if you don’t have such mechanisms.

Please submit the code for this calculation, remembering that traction is recalculated for every wheel each time the vehicle moves, which is usually 1-15 times each turn.

Best to worse offroad performance (as I recall):
Standard wheels
Racing wheels
Armored wheels
Rail wheels

(Rail wheels on rails)
Racing wheels
Armored wheels
Standard wheels
Rail wheels off rails

It’s fairly hard to have a huge vehicle that goes really fast and gets good off-road performance. You can a heavy vehicle that goes fast with good off-road performance with treads and a powerful engine, but then you consume fuel like a M1 Abrahms tank because that’s basically what your vehicle is.

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I really did mean ideally when I wrote it, not that it’s necessarily easy or worth the effort. So that means traction must be recalculated that often to determine how many wheels touch road or off-road tiles? Yeah I guess that does make a mess of things.

But can’t you make it simply ignore wheels that impede traction during calculations, unless it is necessary for the vehicle to drive? I guess there are probably some complications I’m not thinking of, not very familiar with coding.

Thanks a lot for the list. I’ll have to try some different combinations to see what suits me best. Being slow really doesn’t bother me since I treat it as a mobile base and tend to park for many days without moving it, using my exploration vehicle instead.

But it’s hard to beat rollers for street sweeping potential, not even ramming through buildings tends to put much of a dent in them. Shredders on the other hand…

The current code just sums the move costs of all the wheels relative to an ideal move cost and uses that, total contact area, and vehicle weight to get a traction value.

Figuring out which wheels are not needed to maintain the current cruise speed would be really complicated and not entirely realistic.

Police and Riot bots. Where are they coming from? Is there a location I can loot and/or shut them off? How can you disassemble them, butcher screen just says I don’t have the right tools. NVM says I need soldering iron

Anybody know where I can get the Mutant NPC mod?

i thought it was a main mod, but you can check the link and downoald basically all the currently working mods and check for it there

the only reason i can think of police bots spawning, is because there is an eye bot around, according to the wiki they “take” a picture of you with a cooldown x turns and they spawn a police bot

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What has been up with the ‘CDDA Item Browser’ for the past few days? I keep getting 402, 405 and 500 errors. Servers shitting themselves?

I thought it was a main mod too, but it isn’t in the 0.E stable release. Thanks, i’ll check that out!

Edit: after poking around I foound out what it was. Mutant NPCs along with a bunch of other mods are in the stable release but they have an Obsolete tag in the mod_info. Anyways that mod pack has a bunch of other mods I wanna try out.

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I had busted a window to a locked electronics store, which spawned an eyebot, yes. I figured it had to do with breaking and entering, but I thought maybe there was an actual location affiliated with those robots. Maybe they just appeared though.

Try clicking on the “version 0.E” link at the top of the page before you search.

Doesn’t help. Searching for stuff and clicking any links (like to other items, or the crafting, recipe tab etc.) tends to lead me to a server error.

I can get to the main page just fine and sometimes I can view items by going through a search engine, but not always.

Sorry I don’t know what to tell you. I get the same errors until I hit either the version 0.E or 0.E experimental link, then it works fine. This is both Firefox and Chrome.