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Special moments with battletech videogames
« on: 11 May 2021, 17:15:47 »
Weird title, I know, counldn't really think of something better, but ain't the point.

I had to share this. In HBS Battletech there's a random event where a depressed pilot comes to see you and sings the "why do all my fellow warriors die and I'M still alive" song, so you open up a bottle and try to cheer 'em up or other option...
Well anyway, I was running a small merc outfit, 4 good mechwarriors 2 backups and 4-5 mechs with an average in the higher medium weight (I play with most options on the hardest, 'tis a long process to train mechwarriors and acquire better gear). One of my top 4 has said random event. I then take an easy contract, 1 or 1.5 skulls, just to get a bit cash for something or other, should be a breeze I thought.

Well a panther headcapped said pilot. I could barely believe it...One of the most awesome things I experienced with a videogame period.

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Re: Special moments with battletech videogames
« Reply #1 on: 13 May 2021, 17:01:38 »
While playing MW4Mercs many years ago, I was playing against a clanmate – I think I was in Clan Coyote at the time, don't remember – in a one-on-one funsies game. He picked one of the infantry options the mod we were playing had, while I was in one of my many Timber Wolf builds. He wiped the floor with me.

In a similar vein, some years earlier than that but still in MW4Mercs, I was playing an Elemental in a no heat/unlimited ammo server against some assault 'Mechs, because usually you just don't play anything other than heavies or assaults in that kind of setting, and I ended up terrifying some poor hostile Kodiak pilot despite being not much more than an annoyance, though given how close I was, he definitely couldn't shoot back. ;D It took one of his teammates shooting me dead to make me go away, and the enemy team never let me get that close to them again for the rest of the match.

There's also the time, also many years ago, when my brother and I were fighting over whether or not the Atlas (in MW4Mercs at least) was garbage. He swears by the Atlas to this very day (though his favorite 'Mech has always been the Summoner), while until recently I never took Atlases seriously. He trashed my Timber Wolf, but I paid it back with interest the next round with my Marauder. That was a fun set. ;D

I dunno what a "special moment" is in this context, but these moments were special to me, especially as the bulk of my memories of BattleTech come from the MechWarrior 4 games; it took many years for me to get much of an opportunity to engage in the larger BTU. They were silly, at least in hindsight in some cases, and I learned some lessons in humility along the way.

It was still satisfying sending my brother's Atlas to the scrapyard after he junked my favorite Timber Wolf. Whoever was in charge of balancing weapons in the modified MW4Mercs we were playing at the time should have considered the consequences of allowing anyone to wield a pair of overblown Heavy Large Lasers and a Clan UAC/20. Those lasers had absolutely no business being that strong compared to its competing energy weapons, something I only learned years later. ;D
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Re: Special moments with battletech videogames
« Reply #2 on: 13 May 2021, 19:45:21 »
My favorite moment was a MechCommander mission where you have to escort an APC to steal a Warhawk.  After the Omni powered up, I clicked semi randomly to send the APC out of the battle zone.  I was surprised when, a few minutes later, its visual fuzzed to static and winked out, indicating it was dead.  Scrolling over to its last known location, I found a scene of carnage - the burnt wreckage of the APC next to six destroyed train cars.  I had parked it on train tracks, and apparently the coders had a train come along and hit it, derailing in the process.

Such random attention to detail in a part of the map no one would ever have any reason to visit.  Fun!
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Re: Special moments with battletech videogames
« Reply #3 on: 14 May 2021, 15:55:36 »
Trains... who would have expected that!  :D

My most memorable HBS moment was after the campaign, when I had finally dialed in my four assault 'mechs.  The map was a little odd, and the enemy had to come through a narrow slot one by one.  Four turns in a row, a bot assault mech stepped into the slot, was knocked down by LRM fire, and annihilated by called shots to the center torso.  I just couldn't believe the AI was THAT stupid.  ::)

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Re: Special moments with battletech videogames
« Reply #4 on: 15 May 2021, 17:16:12 »
A lot of love and care was poured in good ol' Mechcommander, they don't make video games like they used to...was playing MC regularly as recently as 2 years ago, isometric graphics age pretty damn well.

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Re: Special moments with battletech videogames
« Reply #5 on: 20 May 2021, 05:52:52 »
My favorite moment was a MechCommander mission where you have to escort an APC to steal a Warhawk.  After the Omni powered up, I clicked semi randomly to send the APC out of the battle zone.  I was surprised when, a few minutes later, its visual fuzzed to static and winked out, indicating it was dead.  Scrolling over to its last known location, I found a scene of carnage - the burnt wreckage of the APC next to six destroyed train cars.  I had parked it on train tracks, and apparently the coders had a train come along and hit it, derailing in the process.

Such random attention to detail in a part of the map no one would ever have any reason to visit.  Fun!

My favourite from MC was in the early mission where you ran into a MadCat. I remember dropping a sensor scan in the area on my second run through, and having it appear which was a minor miracle given how small the exposed area was. I then dropped an arty strike right behind it and killed it. Easy run for me!

Get to the end of the mission, and there was the MadCat waiting to be salvaged, the arty strike had destroyed its head and nothing else! Made the game a hell of a lot easier that's for sure.

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Re: Special moments with battletech videogames
« Reply #6 on: 20 May 2021, 06:07:58 »
Another way for that outcome is to race just one 'Mech across the bridge to your right as the mission starts, before it blows up.  Take out the tanks, and then you can go trigger the Mad Cat wake-up and drop arty behind it.  Rinse/repeat as needed to get that head-shot and make your early-game lance OP, rather than slogging through the whole island to get your one shot at the Omni at the end.
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Re: Special moments with battletech videogames
« Reply #7 on: 20 May 2021, 19:17:02 »
Also from mechcommander...that mission (6th of the 1st batch I do believe) where your swarmed by firestarters whom then retreat under the lrm umbrella of 2 lrm carriers and a catapult. First time, you're awe-struck by all the lrm's...all the other times, you can't help but see how well built that mission is.

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Re: Special moments with battletech videogames
« Reply #8 on: 25 August 2021, 10:40:14 »
During a MW4 Mercs run, during the Solaris missions i killed an opponent by colliding with it.
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Re: Special moments with battletech videogames
« Reply #9 on: 26 August 2021, 01:18:44 »
One of my favourite things so far was with Megamek, dfa'ing a mech off a cliff into depth 2 water below where it was breached and destroyed :D fantastic feeling

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Re: Special moments with battletech videogames
« Reply #10 on: 26 August 2021, 01:20:37 »
in MechCommander 1 when Gunman shouted "THAT'S ME KNOCKING, BUTTHEAD!" in the middle of an intense firefight

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Re: Special moments with battletech videogames
« Reply #11 on: 26 August 2021, 08:53:24 »
My favorite moment was a MechCommander mission where you have to escort an APC to steal a Warhawk.  After the Omni powered up, I clicked semi randomly to send the APC out of the battle zone.  I was surprised when, a few minutes later, its visual fuzzed to static and winked out, indicating it was dead.  Scrolling over to its last known location, I found a scene of carnage - the burnt wreckage of the APC next to six destroyed train cars.  I had parked it on train tracks, and apparently the coders had a train come along and hit it, derailing in the process.

First time I played that mission, on the way to the Masakari I decided to run the APC up the tracks. I found out the hard way the trains were running.  xp
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