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Testing ammunition ballistics within the hideout

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Spectator6

It seems that with 0.12, there's a renewed discussion surrounding the lack of ballistic statistics that are shown to the player in-game. Rather than take the spreadsheet values and add them into each bullet's stats window -- essentially "giving" them to the player -- what if this type of knowledge could be gained over time by "examining" the round's performance against different vests/plates in the hideout?

For example, let's say you're interested in 5.45 BP and how it performs against a UN vest. You could purchase a UN vest, set it up downrange in your hideout, fire a few rounds at it, then walk up and "examine" the vest. At this point, your character would "know" how many rounds punched through that armor and that information would get added to some sort of ballistics chart in the hideout.

So in this case, maybe it could say something like, 5.45 BP 3 out of 5 rounds penetrated UN vest lvl 3 at 80% health, fired from AKSU (or whatever was used). The same process could be repeated against soft armors and eventually individual plates once those are added in game.

And with each new round he tests against a mix and match of different armors, etc, his "ballistics chart" would gradually become more and more filled out until he has a nice reference for himself.

And perhaps, for flesh damage, something like ballistic gel blocks could be set up and, after a course of fire, "examined" by the player for penetration depth, fragmentation, etc. I'm NOT envisioning a "live" 3D representation of the paths or anything cut through the gel, but rather a text output that is shown to the player upon "examination".

The interesting thing here is that, if something this resonates with the community, the ammo chart could essentially be removed from circulation. And from that point on, any updates or ammo changes would need to be actively tested by players themselves. It also retains a notable level of uncertainty into the mix as well. Rather than read raw numerical values from a spreadsheet, the player is now left to contend with only observable performance. This would offer a general sense of a round's effectiveness against certain targets, something that is likely more "realistic" at the end of the day.

Thoughts? Improvements?

THANK YOU BSG for all the hard work you put into 0.12! The patch is excellent, you've added SO MANY great things to the game. Your craftsmanship and attention to detail is in fine display here. Onward and upward :)

Edited by Spectator6
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