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Posted - 2003.07.04 11:02:00 - [1]

'Accuracy fall off' and 'optimal range'

I thought that it was quite self evident what they meant but what doesnt make sense is this...

For say, blasters and projectile turrets the 'accuracy fall off' range is higher than the 'optimal range' which is how i would expect it to be. With rails however the 'accuracy fall off' range is LOWER than the optimal range, (not just a bit but like a half!!). This doesnt make sense to me...optimal range i assumed was best/most effective range but this cant be the case for rails if the 'accuracy fall off range is lower than the optimal range...

Can someone explain please?

Edited by: Yurin on 04/07/2003 11:03:53

Posted - 2003.07.04 11:04:00 - [2]

I believe the falloff range is added to the optimal range

Posted - 2003.07.04 11:06:00 - [3]

i dont mean to be rude silmaril...but what is that supposed to mean? can thay be added together and how does that answer my question?

like i said..not being rude...but what u just said doesnt make any sense either

Hazara Khan's Haphazard Bazaar
Posted - 2003.07.04 11:11:00 - [4]

When you're shooting something within your optimal range, you're most likely to hit. The accuracy falloff range is the range beyond your optimal range where you still have a (decreasing) chance to hit.

For example:

Optimal: 10km
Falloff: 5km

Target: 5km - optimal chance to hit
Target: 10km - optimal chance to hit
Target: 11km - good chance to hit
Target: 14km - small chance to hit
Target: 15km - negligible chance to hit
Target: 16+km - stop wasting ammo

Edited by: Ralimenua on 04/07/2003 11:14:27

Posted - 2003.07.04 11:17:00 - [5]

Easy, - railguns suffer more from accuracy falloff at longer ranges, hence the fact that the accuracy falloff point for railguns is BEFORE the optimal range. Taking tracking speed and designed weapon usage (i.e long range) into account with railuns, the optimum range is where you will deal the most damage, not just based on damage per shot, but also on hit ratio.... I think :)

Posted - 2003.07.04 11:18:00 - [6]

thanks Ralimenua....i get it now

Ilia Volyova
Posted - 2003.07.04 11:21:00 - [7]

It's as he was writing. Try to search first in a error with your thinking, no the one of someone else, usually you will find yourself wrong more times ;)

The maximum range of a weapon is it's optimal range + it's falloff.

You seem to have a problem to understand what the accurency falloff is, so a example:

A blaster is a weapon with a low accurancy, more or less something like a shotgun. You can aim only properly up to a very close range (optimal range), above that range your accurancy is slowly falling (accurancy falloff).
The railgun on the other hand is a high accurancy weapon (sniper rifle), it can hit perfectly up to a very high range, but after than it's accurancy will fall quickly (because the shot will have slown down or dissipated to much to deal much damage or vibrations in the turret mechanism cannot be compensated anymore, ...).

In short words:
Optimal range - range in which a turret can hit without penaltys other than it's tracking speed
Accurancy falloff - range AFTER the optimal range in which you still have a chance to hit the target.

Posted - 2003.07.04 11:23:00 - [8]

"hence the fact that the accuracy falloff point for railguns is BEFORE the optimal range"

thats wrong killer...i thought accuracy fall off was a point distance from your ship as well ...which is what made no sense (for the reason in my post) Ral explained very cleary though it's a point distance 'added' to your optimal range....which makes Silmarils explanation more meaningful to me now :)

Posted - 2003.07.04 11:26:00 - [9]

fair enough I'm confused now - my brain hurts....

EDIT: wait, I get it now - it all makes sense (bit slow today - its IS a friday afterall..)

Edited by: KillerQuokka on 04/07/2003 11:27:56

Posted - 2003.07.04 11:28:00 - [10]

Ilia, i said to Sil i wasn't being rude....but his answer made no sense with the train of thought i was on..

i have been given a few wrong answers on this question as it seems a lot of people dont understand it like i didnt. I wasnt going to go away and rack my brains for 1/2 an hour over something that may be wrong anyway...for example Someone told me in game yesterday that optimal range = maximum range..

Posted - 2003.07.04 11:29:00 - [11]

No problem Killer...i had it all wrong as well :)

Posted - 2003.07.04 11:31:00 - [12]

np Yurin. I Should have taken the time to explain better.

Edited by: Silmaril on 04/07/2003 11:30:53

Posted - 2003.07.04 11:37:00 - [13]

thats ok sil...i know when you understand how things works properly..and they are very straight forward it's easy to assume that a simple answer is enough :)


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