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Garheardt the Black

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  1. This request comes up from time to time. If memory serves, the devs have mentioned having experimented with more rigid drones, but that it tended to take much of the challenge away. While it can take some time to learn, it is entirely possible to create huge drones with things as they are. I've personally learned a thing or two about general physics while working out how to construct my own behemoths.
  2. What if some parts could monitor their hp similar to how fuel and energy tanks monitor their energy levels? The parts could then be configured to send a signal when their hp dropped below a determined threshold. Perhaps a shield could do the same based on shield health?
  3. Aye, jettison the button. It's wireless. You could do this with regular thrusters as well, but since you're moving on to using shotguns, you won't need thrusters anymore. You want increased recoil and multiple projectiles.
  4. Glad it's going better. Here are a few more tips to increase your times. Add another spring and push your fuel farther out. Don't worry about fuel being on center line. Use the extra room to move your afterburners closer to centerline. Prioritize your afterburners for centerline. The regular thrusters are low priority. You want as much thrust near the center as possible. With the number of thrusters you're using, you should be able to get every afterburner no more than one unit off the center. Put your logic on a release and set it to release at the start. Use the extra space for more centerline thrusters. Your fuel is overlapping. This is probably a bad idea unless you know something I don't. You'll probably still need to adjust a few thrusters for a more reliable run. Many of the record setters only complete the course once out of a pile of false starts. The faster the drone, the more instability becomes an issue. If you absolutely can't prevent your drone from hitting a wall, use guidance. A wall strike will cost you more than the extra weight. You can make top ten easy even with guidance. Eventually, you may want to give up regular thrusters entirely
  5. Garr! My tip is to concentrate as much of your thrust as close to center line as possible, all attached to the core. While an update a while back helped to reduce thrust inconsistencies in units attached to things other than the core, it still happens. In my experience, anything attached directly to the core has a much more stable thrust pattern than anything else. Placing as many thrusters as possible near centerline reduces the effect of inconsistent thruster performance by mitigating the rate that any given thruster can turn your drone. Many drag racers are also attaching their fuel to a chain of a few springs or more. In addition to reducing overall drag, this creates a pendulum effect that provides a modicum of passive steering to the drone. Soon, you'll be fiddling with ways to achieve near instant afterburner activation. Get ready for some spectacular wrecks.
  6. Shotguns. Place them as close to center line as possible for better stability. Attach them all to your core. Recoil and multiple projectiles. They will destroy themselves, but not before jump starting your afterburners. You actually get better times when they pop early. In drag, most of the top ten aren't using guidance in either mode, but I hit second place with manual correction so it's possible.
  7. Your community challenge doesn't make you an authority, nor does relegating established word definitions to the realm of opinion. If gravity went up instead of down, that would still be a feature unless otherwise declared. Examples are meaningless. I'm not sure if your E-tone is intended to be as aggressive as it seems, so in the interest of forum peace, I'm excusing myself from this topic.
  8. The new and improved World Slayer https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1714892794
  9. Before we continue, it might be fair to clarify what we mean by "bug" "exploit" and "abuse". This is my understanding of them: -A bug is typically an unexpected detail, flaw, or imperfection. It's up to the developer whether a facet of their program is a bug, or simply a feature. -An exploit is typically the use of an unexpected effect for an an advantage unforeseen by the developer. It's up to the developer whether or not an exploit exists. -Abuse tends to be a less severe example of an exploit. ----------------- In my eye, this means: -A feature remains a feature unless a developer announces that it is otherwise. It would be inaccurate for us to refer to features as anything else. -The situation is not a mess. That's your opinion, but, respectfully, you are not a Nimbatus developer. Their vision need not be our vision. At any rate, I've been working with the in game physics for a while now. I find that various interactions create all kinds if unforeseen effects that can foil a design idea, but experimentation on those same effects have allowed me to create some really neat drones. I'm sitting at second place on drag races, and racing is fun, but there are so many more modes to play with that aren't as heavily effected by drag. Fluid dynamics is tough. I'd rather see more fun stuff added to the game to play with over the mountain of resources it would take to simulate physics more accurately.
  10. With the changes in dynamite and the new blocks with holes in them, laser propulsion is a much more viable option now I went so far as to build a drag racer, but nothing has been able to compete with afterburners in terms of raw speed. Yet.
  11. Balloons stop the way they do because of air resistance. Drones are also resisted by air. They don't have to defy logic or physics 😅
  12. Gotcha, we're talking about whether the core is made up of rounded edges versus straight ones, rather than symmetry.
  13. As of this post, the majority of the dominant racing drones are using almost no propulsion other than forward facing afterburners after a jump start in the starting area. If drones are successfully navigating courses with nothing but afterburners, I don't think courses need to be easier, I think they need to be harder to encourage more build diversity. At some point, I'll post all the crazy stuff I've made that touches on this topic.
  14. Has anyone pointed out that the bottom thruster in the photo is farther back on the drone than the top one? I'm having trouble seeing how this is a case of asymmetry.
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