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Edaine Numenor
Disciples of Ston
Posted - 2011.07.25 19:33:00 - [1]

What advantages/disadvantages are there in selecting "focussed firing" in the combat drone settings?

United Aerospace Co-op
Posted - 2011.07.25 20:03:00 - [2]

Supposedly, when on focused firing they should all stay on the same target and follow in "group / wing" formations.

However, since the last update i've noticed mine have the attention span of a gnat and i am spending much more time telling them to "engage target".

Toshiro GreyHawk
Posted - 2011.07.26 00:30:00 - [3]

Yes, that's the idea and yes - don't ever trust any form of AI to do what it is supposed to do ...

You can't just turn them loose on their own - you need to pay attention to what they're doing.

If I want them to hit a specific ship - I make sure I give them an engage target command.

If they aren't auto targeting - once I've given them an engage target command - for further targets I can usually direct a module such as a target painter or weapon to engage a target - the drones will usually then engage it as well. Here - I'm focusing all my ships weapons on one target at a time - which is mostly what you want to do. The only time you don't want to do that - is if you are popping the targets so fast that some of the modules are wasted.


Lady Go Diveher
The Independent Troll Society
Posted - 2011.07.26 10:45:00 - [4]

When it comes to drones, see any command as a "suggestion."

See the drones as a collection of cats.

My Postman
Posted - 2011.07.26 11:10:00 - [5]

As long as your drones are set "passive", you have to manually make them engaging the next target. This usually works fine, and your drones focus fire (i.e. all drones are enganging the same target).

When your drones are set "aggressive" they behave as above poster mentioned, like enganging different targets/engaging the target needed the longest flight time to/engaging the "wrong size" target, and so on.

When missioning (and not afk) set "focus fire" and "passive", everything will be fine. When the field is cleared in a way you donīt care about order of engaging (finishing the last rats) you might set them "aggressive" and enjoy the show.


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