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Offline Vrets

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Maras collide with me at an undue frequency; I think this is because the Mara tries to move like a Scorpion, but is too bloated to pull off that kind of action, and just ends up hitting me in the face. It's funny because from the top/bottom profile (most common collision angle, as it glides right into me) it looks like a giant, evil hand slapping my fighter.

 

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I have honestly never collided with a Shivan fighter. Which, looking back, is more than a little shocking.
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I know I've flat-out killed a Shivan fighter by running into one, though I don't remember which. :D

 

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Plenty of collisions here with shivan fast movers, it boils down to the FS collision avoidance in the AI which is abysmal at times, but without an AI coder willing to tackle the tangled mess that is the AI code it is one that will stay for a while yet
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when i played retail, i just assumed ramming was part of the shivans' dogfighting tactics. 


ok, that's not really true.  even at age 12 i could tell it was bad AI. :P  i've never seen that 'backhand' thing though, i've always been hit head-on.  if i ever hit the side of something, it's because i was the one getting overexcited with the afterburner (tapping the afterburner was pretty much my method of throttle adjustment back then)
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I know I've flat-out killed a Shivan fighter by running into one, though I don't remember which. :D

Dragons I presume?
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If you're in a heavy fighter taking on lighter ones, ramming them and then slamming tempests into them during the 2 or 3 seconds of confusion is a perfectly valid strategy. :)
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(tapping the afterburner was pretty much my method of throttle adjustment back then)
...wait, there are other methods of throttle adjustment ? :p
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i've since added full kill of the throttle to the mix.  intermediate throttle levels permitted when escorting unthreatened ships.\

seriously though, whatever button is assigned to AB on my stick gets worn out pretty quick.  my cyborg no longer has an up position on the POV hat, and my thumb button is dwindling on my x45.
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Offline BritishShivans

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I dunno bout you guys, but there's always been Suicide Vasudans and Suicide Shivans in my copies of FS1 and FS2, and even with FSOpen I get the occasional suicide Vasudan.  :shaking:

Seriously, anytime there was enemy Vasudans in a mission, if they were in anubises, they ALWAYS tried to ram me. The same thing applied to SF Scorpions and SF Basilisks before I started using FSOpen, and even so, I got the same Mara Backhand as Vrets did. I actually thought of calling it the Mara Pimpslap :P

 

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Maras always want to give me high fives, so i'm a nice person and reply with a wall of Tempests.

 

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I once rammed a Dragon out of frustration and killed it. Fun stuff.
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Offline Klaustrophobia

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i've tried to ram dragons, but i can't ever catch the little bastards. 
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Offline Thaeris

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Oh, you won't catch them, they'll catch you. And possibly explode in the process. :p

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Aren't the Shivans especially good at getting themselves slapped by the Aquitaine's massive flak turrets?
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Well, they're especially good at getting themselves spashed against its hull. I've never seen them getting slapped by the turrets themselves, but that doesn't seen very far fetched ^^

 

Offline BritishShivans

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I had these SB Nahemas get *****slapped by the Aquitaine's flak turrets once, during the Pegasus test mission if IIRC.

It was funny, because they were just derping around colliding with the Aquitaine's hull constantly, and then all of a sudden they all flew into a separate flak turret and get *****slapped by the turrets as they turn to fire on the Nahemas. They lost their shields and half their armor too, so I politely obliged them to a burst of Prometheus S fire and got three extra kills to my twenty I already had.

 

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No collision with a fighter, but ramming your gunpoints past it's shields is one of my favorite tactics against the Seraphim :D
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No collision with a fighter, but ramming your gunpoints past it's shields is one of my favorite tactics against the Seraphim :D
I've always wondered this, but I never really paid enough attention to see if it did. Going inside their shields bypasses them?

 

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No collision with a fighter, but ramming your gunpoints past it's shields is one of my favorite tactics against the Seraphim :D
I've always wondered this, but I never really paid enough attention to see if it did. Going inside their shields bypasses them?

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