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Tanks vs Buildings - 8/9/2012 3:12:06 AM   
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Hi, bought PCO recently, and I'm enjoying it but am having a hard time with figuring out how to get tanks to destroy infantry inside buildings. I can kinda target the building, after a fashion, but it doesn't really seem to have the effect I'd expect. I had a PzIV pump shell after shell of HE rounds into a tiny building containing an infantry squad, to zero effect. Also, tanks sometimes don't seem to bother with autotargeting infantry inside building. Pretty frustrating.... any help? Or is this (oddly) working as intended?
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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 8/9/2012 3:27:15 AM   
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Heavy buildings and light have different defense ratings. However it can be frustrating when we are use to other games. General thought is that tank rounds can't penetrate sturdy buildings. If so, area fire doesn't effect occupants much other than morale. If you sight the enemy and fire directly at them, it can do damage. Then they go to ground and you can no longer target them until they recover and pop up. Best is to use combined arms, keep them down while you move up infantry for close assault.

It could be better but we did work on it.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 8/9/2012 5:15:51 AM   
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Also, make sure you are using the latest patch, as this was an area that was tweaked a bit in the patch.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 8/9/2012 3:08:49 PM   
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For best results with tank guns don't area fire buildings with the main guns, it's a waste of ammo. The tank needs to spot the enemy inside and direct fire with HE for the best chance to get the infantry. Set the Command to Defend > Hold for best sighting of infantry. Engage >Target usually works too, but as J2 said when the target gets suppressed or pinned it hides and the tank can lose sight but will not look for new targets.

Keep your tank 26m or more from the infantry as they may have anti-tank grenades or some generic anti-tank weapon. 25m is the maximum range of infantry close assualt AT weapons. If you use Engage> Target can switch over to firing the tank's machineguns at infantry and often that ends up being more effective because of the increased rate of fire.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 8/30/2012 2:19:57 AM   
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I disagree with this.

Most armor firing HE over 75mm will also fire that HE on a 'delay' setting. This easily allows most HE shells of this caliber to penetrate most vertical walls and affect a interior explosion. The resulting blast and fragmentation is an immediate danger through walls, ceilings, and floors. It would be very apparent, even if it occurred in another part of the building, that staying in the building runs the risk of being very close to HE shells.

Armor also fires AP at buildings. The basic effect is to defeat that cover (no one will think...Oh, that's AP and has to hit me...), and put it into people's heads that their 'cover' has been compromised. Even 37mm class weapons can defeat many buildings. Light buildings would be holed by 20mm AP.



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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/1/2012 12:52:03 PM   
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It´s obvious that guns damage walls and buildings, although it is difficult to know the time or shots required to destroy it totally. Probably assault guns are the best for these issues. Munition, type of gun and type of building must be important facts.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/3/2012 9:21:16 PM   
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&v=uGZTnWWtNmc&NR=1

Video shows 37mm and 57mm against hard structures. No way I would stay in a building if these shots were coming through.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/3/2012 9:45:00 PM   
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Amazing video! I think damaging buildings should have been a feature in a realistic game like PCO. Just like trucks towing guns. Sometimes it´s good to hear people...

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/4/2012 1:29:16 PM   
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We thought so too. Sometimes it's a matter of priorities...

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/4/2012 3:06:40 PM   
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There can be a bit of abstraction in buildings as well. They are always not four walled boxes that can be distinguished from others at a distance. There are fences, low walls, shrubbery, small sheds and trees around them to break up the outline and conceal defenders.






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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/4/2012 5:19:16 PM   
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Ok. Not all guns were able to destroy buildings, but what about heavy guns (like Brumbar) against light buildings?

Like it or not PCO customers have played before to CMX1 or CMX2 and they love to see these kind of explosions, furthermore it´s not unrealistic. I´m not a programmer, howewer IMO these details should be an important priority, even more than making a lot of new scenarios. With these changes (and others that add realism), I´m pretty sure many people would be interested in PCO instead of CM. It´s good for customers, buyers, Matrix and PCO. Maybe I´m wrong or perhaps not, but never forget it´s a business. I hope you choose the best path for PCO.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/4/2012 8:13:41 PM   
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There was an assault gun or Grille that Hitler wanted because it only took two rounds from its gun to destroy a house. I don't recall if it was a 105mm or 150mm.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/4/2012 8:16:17 PM   
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Well, maybe the AI will get killed and suppressed with indirect HE, but what about re using the building as an attacker after it have been "abstractly" demolished by the assault? It's just an example on how building destruction is needed, maybe no graphics directly attached to damage, but some text saying that it's damaged and when it's blowed off some rubble would make it.

Also there is a reason of why low velocity cannons (like infantry guns) were still been using even in late war, since they could still blow off cover positions in buildings.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/4/2012 11:40:57 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Jafele

Ok. Not all guns were able to destroy buildings, but what about heavy guns (like Brumbar) against light buildings?



I agree. Large caliber guns need to do damage to buildings.

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Like it or not PCO customers have played before to CMX1 or CMX2 and they love to see these kind of explosions, furthermore it´s not unrealistic. I´m not a programmer, howewer IMO these details should be an important priority, even more than making a lot of new scenarios. With these changes (and others that add realism), I´m pretty sure many people would be interested in PCO instead of CM. It´s good for customers, buyers, Matrix and PCO. Maybe I´m wrong or perhaps not, but never forget it´s a business. I hope you choose the best path for PCO.

Cheers


I played CMx1 a time or two myself. And not just that game but others that had destructible terrain in them. That goes back even further than Squad Leader, the game that was responsible for most of the tactical level wargames you see today. I agree that it's unrealistic.

I think if you do just a small bit of research you will find just how much we did to the 'patch' that became PCO. It was far more than make a lot of new scenarios. We worked on that 'patch' for more than 2 years. So, since you're not a programmer let me tell you if it had been easy to do destructible buildings we would have. If it had been easy to add transporting guns we would have. We did what we could in the time we had. We could still be adding more features and there would be no PCO for you compare to anything at the moment.

Because just like the rest of you we are all wargamers too, and we know what we like as well.

It's easy, now, after all the work was done, to say what should have had priority and when we should stop adding features. The bottom line is, PCO is what it is. Like it or not. We did the best we could with the time and resources we had available. None of us were professional programmers and all but one of us had full time day jobs when we did PCO. I'm not making excuses for how PCO turned out just telling you some facts.

It was a grueling process, there was a considerable amount of that time that we were adding content without Matrix knowing where we were going, we just kept going until we got to a stopping place. When we stopped and dust cleared the 'patch' had turned into a whole new game. I would think that since we made so many changes that turned a patch into an entirely new game we can be forgiven for not getting the two issues 'fixed' that you thought would turn this into a Great Game.

It was always intended that the more burdensome coding issues, like destructible buildings, transportable units and an improved infantry combat model would come in the next game of the series.

As for whether gamers play CMx1, CMx2, PCO or any other game, that's up to each individual gamer to decide. All we did was put another option out there for them to choose from.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/4/2012 11:44:09 PM   
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So, while PCO is far from perfect, I, for one, am proud of the effort we put into this game and the results we now have. I look forward to the next game in the series to make it even better.


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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/5/2012 12:19:29 AM   
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Heavy buildings and light have different defense ratings. However it can be frustrating when we are use to other games ...


... like the destructible structures and landscapes of Combat Mission?

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/5/2012 4:09:13 AM   
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Yes, like the destructible structures and landscapes of any tactical game.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/5/2012 4:10:50 AM   
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There was an assault gun or Grille that Hitler wanted because it only took two rounds from its gun to destroy a house. I don't recall if it was a 105mm or 150mm.


It's got a 150mm gun.


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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/5/2012 2:21:51 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Mad Russian
Yes, like the destructible structures and landscapes of any tactical game.
Which are all hokum. Most structures will burn down before they fall down except with very large shells.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/6/2012 10:49:27 AM   
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I think if you do just a small bit of research you will find just how much we did to the 'patch' that became PCO. It was far more than make a lot of new scenarios. We worked on that 'patch' for more than 2 years. So, since you're not a programmer let me tell you if it had been easy to do destructible buildings we would have. If it had been easy to add transporting guns we would have. We did what we could in the time we had. We could still be adding more features and there would be no PCO for you compare to anything at the moment.


I get it.

Thanks for the explanations.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/7/2012 4:11:55 AM   
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You're welcome.

When I designed my own boardgames I was surprised at how hard it was to make a decent set of rules. Counters, maps and CRT's were fairly easy. But writing those rules was another story. At least it was for me.

Converting over to creating scenarios for tactical computer games was fairly simple. I just playtested them alot to make sure they really did work like I wanted them to and I let everyone else play with them too.

All fairly easy and all under my own control.

Moving into the realm of computer wargames wasn't so easy. Because, I too am not a programmer/animator/modder, I had to rely on others to get things done or even add what I thought I needed. There were many a brain storming session to see what made into the code and what was to be held for the next game in the series. Those sessions weren't taken lightly. As I said before, we are all wargamers too. Just like you guys. And just like you we wanted everything you could imagine and then some put into the game.

If we had done that we would still be working on it and nobody would be playing PCO. At some point you have to say, this is a stopping point. There also comes a time when the team is in bad need of an R&R. Hopefully those two points coincide with each other. For PCO, they did.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/7/2012 4:15:15 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Mobius

quote:

ORIGINAL: Mad Russian
Yes, like the destructible structures and landscapes of any tactical game.
Which are all hokum. Most structures will burn down before they fall down except with very large shells.



That may be true. I'm not sure it is, but it might be.

There is plenty of photographic evidence of buildings being rubbled, and them not burning, by artillery and tank guns are just artillery tubes on vehicles.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/7/2012 8:57:49 AM   
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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/7/2012 9:13:09 AM   
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When I designed my own boardgames I was surprised at how hard it was to make a decent set of rules. Counters, maps and CRT's were fairly easy. But writing those rules was another story. At least it was for me.


From the beguining I noticed PCO is a special game (you know I always said it) made by people who know what are doing. I used to play during the 80´s to boardgames (Flat Top was my favourite), that´s the reason I appreciate the high level of details and quality of PCO. Another important fact is that Panzer Command has no cheats in its AI, most of the games in market are cheated. I guess companies are not interested to improve AI cos many buyers are children, teenagers and people who love to win always, when they get bored buy again. If some of you are interested in this issue take a look to this article about Heroes V AI: http://www.bonddisc.com/ref/h5/ai.htm

It´s quite obvious the game will be improved little by little till get something close to perfection. My dream for the future of Panzer Command would be to see random maps in quick battles (if possible), trucks towing guns and heavy guns damaging or destroying buildings.




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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/7/2012 5:06:44 PM   
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Jafele,

We're glad you're enjoying the game! Being able to have towed guns and destructible terrain is certainly on our list of things we'd like to see added to PCO for the next game in the series as well!

Thanks!
rick

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/7/2012 9:21:13 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Mobius

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ORIGINAL: Mad Russian
Yes, like the destructible structures and landscapes of any tactical game.
Which are all hokum. Most structures will burn down before they fall down except with very large shells.



From my reading, tankers would set buildings alight with not just HE, but also using MG fire. To get back to the first poster's question, Panzer IV 75mm HE (which is just about equivalent to Soviet and even the vaunted US 75mm) could easily suppress and even kill/wound infantry 'hiding' in the buildings that mobius posted.

The fact is that infantry, or at least I was instructed to, are told to 'keep their interval'. Usually 5 meters. So, while it may be easy to stay 'hidden' in a building, you are also concentrating the forces, thereby making them more susceptible to area fire, but they are also limited to certain vantage points as far as returning fire.

Most MG's will punch through trees let alone wooden building materials. WWII infantry are very susceptible to any flying metal.

A panzer IV firing a 75mm HE would chase infantry out of most buildings. Buildings have the disadvantage of being tall targets. They are HE-Catchers. Even the worst estimate of range results in some effect.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/7/2012 11:38:34 PM   
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If one didn't have the fire and intact houses were death traps everyone would simply shoot the houses until they became rubble and set up there.  Rubble is even better cover than houses.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/8/2012 12:28:13 AM   
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I think you are confusing houses with larger buildings.

A wood construction house does not make great rubble.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/9/2012 1:29:41 AM   
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Sitting in a wooden house that is pounded until it collapses is not a good tactic.

Yes, rubble is good defensive terrain. Sitting in a house while it is turned into rubble is not good a good idea.

As YN said, wooden building rubble isn't the best. Stone building rubble is better. Either will give the defender the same amount of concealment which is a part of the benefit of hiding in the rubble in the first place.

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RE: Tanks vs Buildings - 9/9/2012 6:42:20 AM   
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You would be shredded BEFORE it collapses.

As an example, using the picture posted by Mobius, a skilled tank crew would first use HE on SQ (superquick or instantaneous fuse) against the roof area. This would result in a HE burst right against the roofing material. Roofs are not very sturdy compared to walls. The resulting explosion would not only open the roof area, but the deadly side of the shell, that is the part that produces fragmentation, would shoot this DOWN through the attic and into the house itself. Anyone up in the attic, even a sniper with a loophole and a reinforced area, would feel compromised and in danger. Certainly suppressed.

A skilled tank crew would also use AP against a building that is producing firepower. A dead giveaway is flashes and smoke/dust from firing weapons. AP would just punch through both sides of the building. Contrary to some bad threads at other web-sites, the small HE charge in a AP shell does not go off when it peirces something like a building wall. It takes quite a decel.

A skilled tank crew could also skip HE right in front of the building with the fuse on delay. This results in a fine holing of the walls of the building followed by a devastating internal blast and fragmentation effect of the interior of the building. The fragments would be directed upwards into higher floors/attic and also into the basement.

Any internal blast of HE can and will cause fires on combustible materials.

MG fire from AFVs is usually directed in long bursts. 50 rounds or so. The tracer and incindiery effect can cause fires. Armor usually uses jacketed or AP MG ammunition. Light construction buildings would not offer much protection.

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