Germán Gaussmann, the amazing animator for Diesel Tactics, has put together a sweet animation reel for the Conveyable Matter Liquefier Specialists unit from the Usonian army and I’m showing it off today!
These guys are a particularly devastating offensive unit against other infantry squads because their flamethrower attack hits all members of the enemy unit! Most units have 3 squad members, and generally when a unit makes an attack they get just the one attack, but these soldiers get one attack per enemy squad member!
For example, if an enemy unit has a full complement of 3 soldiers, and the Conveyable Matter Liquefier Specialists have all 3 members alive as well, they would make 9 attacks against their opponent!
We’re considering changing this system a little though, and any feedback you guys might have would be great!
Okay here’s what we’re currently doing: squad of 3 attacks squad of 3 results in 9 attacks, just like I described above.
What we’re thinking of doing: squad of 3 attacks squad of 3 results in 3 attacks on each enemy squad member individually. What I mean here is that we don’t just pool the attacks and remove that number of enemies, but instead check to see if any given member is killed.
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about: if you use the current system and make 9 attacks and the last 3 attacks result in a kill, then all three enemies are killed. If you divide up the attacks and the last 3 attacks result in a kill, then only one enemy is killed since those attacks were all specifically against the last enemy squad member.
To show the difference, let’s say each attack has 25% chance to kill enemy squad member.
Version 1 with 9 attacks results in 2.25 deaths on average.
Version 2 has a 64% chance of killing any 1 enemy unit member.
The odds of killing exactly 1 would be about 25%, the odds of killing exactly 2 would be roughly 44%, and the odds of killing all 3 would be 26.2%.
Finally, the odds of killing no one would be about 4.66%.
Odds of killing any given enemy: (1/4) + (3/4)*(1/4) + (13/16)*(1/4) = ~64%
Odds of killing no one: 0.36^3 = ~4.66%
Odds of killing exactly 1: (3!/(2!*1!)*(0.64*0.36*0.36) = ~25%
Odds of killing exactly 2: (3!/(2!*1!)*(0.64*0.64*0.36) = ~44%
Odds of killing all 3: 0.64^3 = ~26.2%
What do you guys think?
Whatever we go with, these guys are going to be incredibly dangerous when they get close to the enemy!