Melkor wrote:Also, I don't think I had a team tag system during our first couple matches, since I'd been focused on retreat and resources AIs, along with shotgun in general. and was still using my targeting AI from platinum, and I just kept winning without it. I've put one in now, but its not perfect yet. I guess targeting AI requires you to look at it harder if you want to find its errors, so I just ignored it improved the rest of my AI.
I've never gotten much success with team tags to focus fire. Sometimes bots end up pushing too far to get the "priority" target, and some times it just seems too slow. So, here's what I do with the quick bots. (For MG and sniper, I tend to let the little bots focus on what the big boys are shooting, with a nod to shooting enemies engaged by allies.)
Melkor wrote:Also, how do you get them to share armor? I just have them check if they're about to lose their shield, and then fall back until they aren't being shot at anymore. I guess you could have them check if an ally is retreating, but wouldn't that let you get pushed really easily?
My MGs are behaving very badly right now (it's been a while since I've been fighting with a full squad), so don't pay too much attention to them, but how it's supposed
to work is that aggressive placement with the quick bots searching for those effective medium range engagements tends to get them shot. when they are focused (detected using counting), I have them immediately step back just a bit to long range. There are very few occasions where I let my bots engage at long range, this forces them quickly back to the skirmish line to share armor and get those effective medium range hits.
Incidentally, this is the problem I'm having with my MGs. If I let them engage at long range more often, they spend more time shooting (good) but they don't soak up very much damage (bad) making the little and more fragile bots take more damage. When it gets really bad, my MGs barely have an opportunity to send rounds down range before the target steps out of range, which is where my MGs are at right now.
Ideally, the MG should be placed just behind the little bots so that it can spend more time shooting while the little bots dance around the big boy. The MG should take some hits, but it shouldn't spend too much time dancing. It needs to spend it's time shooting as much as possible.