Friday, 13 March 2015

Gang War - The Problem with Hacking

Greetings friends!

So by now if you didn't already know; Hacking is a major part of Gang War.

The Hackers aren't the strongest of Units. They are physically weak, can't hit for shit and basically run away at the first sign of trouble.

But they have teeth.

The Hacker is the star of the show!

They may not have the long ranged deadly-ness of a Sniper Rifle, or the in your face PWNidge of a HMG.

They will never have special skills like Juggernaut, Wrecking Ball, Marksman or Montoya (more on these when we reach Beta), but they have the skill Hacker.

Hacker is a straight forward skill; it allows the Unit to use Hacking Decks.

As we've already covered, decks like the Jackhammer, Eagle and Bulldog are what transform Hackers from zeros to heroes!

By utilising wireless technology the Hacker can remotely Hack into devices from a further distance than anyone without a deck is capable of.

They can emit an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) that temporarily fries and DigI Tech within range!

They can even tap into friendly Unit's wetware and bring them back from a state of Incapacitated!

So why does Hacking itself feel so dull?

- Now this could be an issue that is in my head, but I have found that normal combat which consists of 1 player rolling dice, then the other player rolling dice and the differential giving damage or not, this is quite exciting! Seeing those two hits go through, you are hoping that the opponent can't defend against them and go down!

Hacking however is just a single dice rolling.

The Hacker rolls his dice and sees how successful he is.

Like I said; it's not the most exciting of things.

This is something I am hoping to look at this weekend when I do some more test playing. The answer must be out there, but quite what it is I am unsure.

Should a Hack Target have it's own Defence Dice? If so then that turns Hacking into just a form of non-violent combat. The aim that I am going for is that Hacking should feel very different to normal combat. But exactly how to do that? I'm not 100% sure yet.

Until next time; stay safe & be excellent to each other!

- Your friendly neighbourhood Doctor Loxley

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