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Quantum Cats Syndicate
Posted - 2011.07.06 21:27:00 - [1]

Edited by: Wa''roun on 06/07/2011 21:27:24
I am really getting tired of this.
Ever since at least Incarna, drones have been going idle during combat.
I will get anywhere from 1-4 drones that decide it is too much trouble and go on break. I have to constantly pay attention to the drone window and spam the attack key when they decide when they want to go on a break.
This is NOT a UI window display bug. You can see them meander back to the ship.

Grey Stormshadow
Starwreck Industries
Posted - 2011.07.06 23:19:00 - [2]

Noticed this same thing today with mining drone II's... If assign all 5 to some roid, sometimes couple of them return to orbit ship and go idle after mining a short while. Remaining ones work as intended... Really weird.

Section 88
Posted - 2011.07.07 06:45:00 - [3]

I to am tired of spamming the attack button. Evil or Very Mad

Venice Academy
Posted - 2011.07.07 19:56:00 - [4]

I can confirm this behavior with mining drones at least.

Venice Academy
Posted - 2011.07.07 20:10:00 - [5]

Same problem here, please fix asap. Thank you

Daveion Steel
6thsense Corp
Broken Chains Alliance
Posted - 2011.07.15 07:32:00 - [6]

I can also confirm this.
I have been playing since 2007 and the problem has always existed, but recently it appears to be a lot more frequent, my drones have a tendancy to swap from the target I have selected and head to a trigger. Most annoying if you do not notice it until the trigger dies.

I have tried on passive and aggressive, makes little to no differance.

Ava n'Daara
Posted - 2011.07.15 22:11:00 - [7]

Drones are my turrets!

I cancelled my ~300d subscription when CCP failed to give a direct answer on non-vanity items initially.. it will get reactivated when my drones start doing as they're told. (Yes, that means that CCP has plenty of time to put the creation of pretty tiaras above fixing drones before I can choose to not pay. Damnit.)

Seriously.. these things need to be fixed not now but years ago. They seem to have pretty much the same behaviour as pre-Incarna except much more exaggerated to the point where they're barely usable without spamming the attack command. (Pre-Incarna, I only had to tell them to attack a target twice a few seconds apart.. heh)



Aijle Mijleroff
Posted - 2011.07.24 09:24:00 - [8]

CCP Repair drones promptly! We not may have normal pvp and normal pve from time of introduction Incarna! It is shocking!!!

PS bugreport 113684

Grey Stormshadow
Starwreck Industries
Posted - 2011.07.27 02:41:00 - [9]

Bump. Still broken.

Phoebus ApolloX
Posted - 2011.08.01 01:38:00 - [10]

A serious problem for gallente pilots, really needs to be looked at.

Grey Stormshadow
Starwreck Industries
Posted - 2011.08.01 02:11:00 - [11]

...and this is not listed in "known issues"-page.

Nomad Vherokic
Posted - 2011.08.01 11:26:00 - [12]

They are like managing a group of five-year olds high on haribo... Their behaviour is so inconsistent it is infuriating, running a complex, my drones start all attacking one target then half-way through some switch to another target, and then one goes idle and lights up a ***. It seems to make no difference what I have them set as, aggressive, passive, focus-fire, no change... someone in CCCP doesn't like Gallente obviously.

Grey Stormshadow
Starwreck Industries
Posted - 2011.08.02 11:43:00 - [13]

need.... blue... reply...

Fearless Worthless
Posted - 2011.08.02 11:53:00 - [14]


Myfanwy Heimdal
Posted - 2011.08.02 12:06:00 - [15]

I can confirm this whilst under attack.

The drones will just go idle and watch your ship being dismantled.

Lord Okinaba
Posted - 2011.08.02 12:12:00 - [16]

I can't believe they haven't fixed this yet. Shocking.

Grey Stormshadow
Starwreck Industries
Posted - 2011.08.05 18:14:00 - [17]


I clarify the reproduce formula in hopes to get blue reply...

Using mining drones in example as the bug is easiest to observe with those.

1. Send 5 mining drones to asteroid.
2. Let them mine untill asteroid depletes.
3. Wait that all drones become idle.
4. Send all 5 drones to new target asteroid.
5. Wait a short while.
6. Observe 2-3 out of 5 drones returning to orbit your ship and going idle with no reason what so ever.

Milken Gekko
Posted - 2011.08.06 10:03:00 - [18]

They'll look at it right after they update all the medals

Grey Stormshadow
Starwreck Industries
Posted - 2011.08.08 11:37:00 - [19]

...and up you go!

Tested again yesterday... Still broken.

Vaako Horizon
Posted - 2011.08.08 14:46:00 - [20]

Originally by: Grey Stormshadow
...and up you go!

Tested again yesterday... Still broken.

ofc they are, its the new ccp... = get paid but do nothing.
It is so interesting to see them making new shirts and ignoring one of the weapon system in the game.
I mean seriously, what is more game breaking then not having another shirt, drones are just junk anyways...
Not to mention they are nowdays saying everyone buys isk and ban people like madmen :P

( I hope they fix drones this year which it isnt really looking like they are even considering )

Phoebus ApolloX
Posted - 2011.08.11 18:22:00 - [21]

This is really ridiculous this hasn't been addressed. Gallente pilots have enough issues to deal with, having to assign drones twice to get something killed is nerfing a key aspect of the whole race. There should be a priority to fix this because it's a game balance issue to have it working as poorly as it is.

Behavior: Assigned drones lose assignment randomly after their first firing cycle on a target. Out of 5 assigned drones I usually see 2-3 go idle. Once assigned the second time, they seem to stick.

Nomad Vherokic
Posted - 2011.08.12 11:47:00 - [22]

Anyone else finding that this has got much worse with the last update?

Am flying a Pilgrim in PVP mostly at the moment, and my drones are my sole weapon system. Caught a Comet that got in web range and it took an age to kill him as my drones kept going idle. Every time they go idle it then gives the opponent an easy time to pop them as they just sit there.

Really frustrating.

Grey Stormshadow
Starwreck Industries
Posted - 2011.08.13 23:29:00 - [23]

bumbake... tested again today with mining drones. Issue still exists.

Utremi Fasolasi
La Dolce Vita
Posted - 2011.08.22 23:04:00 - [24]

If it's so reproducible (I haven't been using drones a lot lately) how many of you all have filed an actual bug report, just curious.

The link is to the left under EVE INSIDER > Bug Reporting

Grey Stormshadow
Starwreck Industries
Posted - 2011.08.23 08:36:00 - [25]

Obvious bug is obvious :)

You see this with combat drones well also. 1-2 random drones status goes to "idle" once in a while. If drones are set to agressive, they too pick new target almost instantly, but if they are passive, new trigged is needed.

The reason why this new bugged behauviour can be noticed best with mining drones is, that they do not pick new targets automaticly. You always have to send them to their new target manually. If they go idle with their own, you have to resend them to do their task manually again. Passive/aggressive triggers do not apply.

Anyways keep looking the drone status and you see 1 or 2 drones behaving differently than the rest. Make them behave like the rest and you have fixed the bug.

Grey Stormshadow
Starwreck Industries
Posted - 2011.08.23 08:47:00 - [26]

Originally by: Utremi Fasolasi
If it's so reproducible (I haven't been using drones a lot lately) how many of you all have filed an actual bug report, just curious.

The link is to the left under EVE INSIDER > Bug Reporting

Yep I believe that this has been reported by few guys already, but did you a favor and sent one myself also.

Io Triumphe
Posted - 2011.08.23 11:40:00 - [27]

Yep I believe that this has been reported by few guys already, but did you a favor and sent one myself also.

I submitted a BR on 7/7 and it is attached to a defect but no status as being part of any future build/patch.

If this affected the holy Tengu or the Drake CCP wouldn't rest until it was resolved.

They should really warn new players to only roll Caldari characters and only fly Caldari ships.

Milken Gekko
Posted - 2011.08.24 21:11:00 - [28]

There is a lot more they should warn people about before that... like you might (read: will) lose something valuable you own in a split second because of a glitch/bug/hardcoded-exploit and the fact that you have invested many many hours achieving something will not matter because that's how you finance a yacht and japanese jeans. The log shows nothing at all...

Vaako Horizon
Posted - 2011.08.25 06:17:00 - [29]

Drones... I love drones.
CCP however does not, they know drones are messed up atm but they are busy makes some new pants.

Posted - 2011.08.25 21:28:00 - [30]

Edited by: Vireck on 25/08/2011 23:31:00
Nice to see this is getting the priority it deserves. The bug report I filed about a week after Incarna describing in perfect detail how the problem manifests itself and how it can be reliably reproduced continues to sit there unfiltered still. Don't you think it's time you had a serious look at this serious issue CCP, or are vanity items taking up too much of your developer's time?

Oh and while you're at it. How about intelligible turret icons; you know, like we used to have before awesomeness and excellence?

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