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Dear Sirs: Your Devteam Is Quite Literally Magical - 10/5/2016 10:58:36 PM   
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So I was playing around pitting the THAAD system against the DF-26 "Guam Killer" to see if Guam's new defenses would actually hold up and while I watched the engagement I noticed something funny. It was making 22 knots. And it was aiming sideways to its launch direction. What was this? A bug? An oversight?

And then I realized, with a sudden start, where I'd seen this before - a picture on Wikipedia showing a THAAD missile performing a tight spiral maneuver to manage its energy.

This code didn't exist before. And it didn't need to exist. You didn't need to code in the heading change and such to simulate the various lofted profiles the missile flies; you could've given it some automagical ability to deaccelerate or even let it fly a pure pursuit path towards missiles, knowing that the base PK is the base PK and it'd give reasonably accurate practical results anyway. But you didn't. One of you fantastic lunatics sat your rear end down in a chair and hammered away at coding in this neato behavior for a weapon that - as five seconds of perusal could have told you - is not a frequently used unit by The Community, judging by how few scenarios actually utilize ballistic missiles at all, much less ones aimed at land.

You had every reason and good excuse to half-ass this one and you didn't. Because it's a lot of effort for something few people will notice or care about anyways.

DEAR MR. DEV CODER PERSONS: I NOTICED
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RE: Dear Sirs: Your Devteam Is Quite Literally Magical - 10/5/2016 11:29:06 PM   
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The more I play this game the more you notice little details like that and realise it's truly a work of passion. I'm still constantly finding new depth. The team behind this game have don and continue to do an amazing job.

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RE: Dear Sirs: Your Devteam Is Quite Literally Magical - 10/5/2016 11:41:02 PM   
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Not to take anything away from the magic...there were some long, teeth-gnashing discussions about anti-ballistic missile systems a couple years ago on these here boards. I suspect that had some influence on a lot of missile code.

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RE: Dear Sirs: Your Devteam Is Quite Literally Magical - 10/6/2016 12:14:55 AM   
Rory Noonan

 

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Are the threads still around? I've noticed that the board seems to get rid of anything past a certain age.

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RE: Dear Sirs: Your Devteam Is Quite Literally Magical - 10/6/2016 12:54:19 AM   
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I can search all the way back to 2013 at least. So I amssume they are around. There were a few of them scattered around. I remember one thread was specifically about maneuverability of missiles.

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RE: Dear Sirs: Your Devteam Is Quite Literally Magical - 10/6/2016 12:56:48 AM   
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For example...I typed in missiles for a search and this is the oldest result...

http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=3437546&mpage=1&key=missiles�


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RE: Dear Sirs: Your Devteam Is Quite Literally Magical - 10/6/2016 1:13:37 AM   
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Thanks, I searched ballistic missiles and must have narrowed too much.

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RE: Dear Sirs: Your Devteam Is Quite Literally Magical - 10/6/2016 1:22:43 AM   
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I just remember a couple discussions about Israel's system and one about hitting the DF-21.

edit...I think there was discussion on general missile maneuverability a couple weeks ago.

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RE: Dear Sirs: Your Devteam Is Quite Literally Magical - 10/6/2016 11:55:04 AM   
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Yeah we get lots of great help from the community. Sometimes our favorite trolls end up helping more than harming. We appreciate all!

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RE: Dear Sirs: Your Devteam Is Quite Literally Magical - 10/6/2016 1:42:36 PM   
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At first I was so confused, why THAAD wasn't garner as much attention as S-400. Today this topic proved me wrong.

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RE: Dear Sirs: Your Devteam Is Quite Literally Magical - 10/8/2016 1:26:21 AM   
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For the THAAD launch maneuver, I thought that was just to keep the missile within the New Mexico testing range. It was a temporary measure for that stage of testing.

Now, the missile just flies out to the target.

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