"measure thrice, cut once" balance is great... After beta ends
We're in a pre-launch environment, now is the time to make sure shit works so the game is as engaging as it can be for full launch.
Once this window closes, Dauntless will never get it again, so now is the time for rapid iteration, experimental changes, and leveraging the fact that Dauntless's thousands of players can test stuff orders of magnitude more effectively than developers can in house.
I'd love to see weekly patches during beta where phoenix labs is willing to just try stuff with the understanding that beta is beta and we're all here to test stuff out.
Rather than talking about chain blade Iframes from now until August, let's just mess with it on Friday and reevaluate on the following Thursday after a week's worth of data. If it sucks, revert it. If it's promissing, iterate on it!
Same with war pikes, elemental effects, multiplier stacking, axe stagger damage, behemoth damage, etc etc etc. Let's just try shit!
Carefully curated, holistic Ballance packages are fantastic for games, it helps prevent the one step forward two steps back phenomenon. In a beta environment, even a public, highly polished "soft launch" beta like this one, this is our one and only opportunity to give rapid feedback and really help shape the game into something awesome going forward.
Let's not waste it!
submitted by Valderius
Seeking recommendations for HT sound system// intended long-term usage and best bang for buck (long post // details inside)
I'm a mariner working on a vessel trading worldwide. Being considerably younger than my colleagues and more conversant with tech (their words not mine) I have been tasked with completely refurbishing the ship's entertainment room. Part of this project is to pick out an awesome sound system for the new glorious setup we hope to have. Admittedly, I have very little technical know how of sound systems, and their inner workings. By no measure am Inan audiophile, but I'm seeking the best suggestions to make an informed decision. All insight is welcome. Budget:
Anywhere between 700USD to 3000USD. Looking minimize cost on basis of best bang for buck. Mid-range to high end solutions welcome. Timeline:
Looking to make a decision within 10 days. Specific requirements:
1. Obviously, sound quality is paramount with good ballance and thumping bass. Prefer compatibility with the latest standards (Dolby atmos, DTS, etc).
- Auto calibration of speaker settings for best surround sound output using provided microphones is essential. I don't have the technical know-how to make these changes on my own.
- Looking at 5.x.x and 7.x.x options.
- Prefer toestablished brands (denon, Klipsch, marantz, yamaha, sony, onkyo) for the A/V receiver and speakers(b&w, sony,) but open to other brands if the the pros are unquestionable. Additionally, Would rather have a high tier devices from what are considered mid-range brands rather than a lower tier devices from what are generally considered top notch brands.
- Suggestions for Both, complete packages and separate receiver+speaker combinations are welcome.
- Maximum I/o options with legacy tech prefered so more speakers and devices can be added to the setup over time.
- Strictly looking at wired systems because from what I gather, as convenient as the wireless solutions are, the sound quality is no match for their wired competitors. I am open to having my mind changed, though.
- Aesthetics are secondary to function and quality.
- Future proofing and legacy compatibility(as far as practical and possible) would be great since the system is earmarked for atleast 5+ years of use.
- Casting/streaming capabilities would be a welcome bonus.
I can essentially order the system from anywhere and have it shipped to us using our logistics, so I am not bound by geography when it comes to sourcing. Power requirements:
There's no bar on the power consumption. However, I would prefer sets that run on 220V mains. A 110V supply can be made available since we do use 110V also on the ship, so it is not a deal breaker. Voltage fluctuations are common on ships due to varying loads and sudden start and stop of heavy machinery. Room specs:
The room is a perfect cuboid with the following approximate dimensions: Length (North/south walls)-45 feet, Width(east/west walls)- 16-18 feet, Height - 10 feet. There's one window on the east wall (with dark curtains that are capable of blocking all the light), and a single door on the south west most corner. As this is a ship, the roof is metal panelled with air con ducting within. The walls are smooth metalic panels too. The floors are completely carpeted in decently muffling carpet material. Seating is most likely going to be a simple, wall backed, fixed in place, and long sofa running along the perimeter of the room (save the west wall where the tv will placed). Mounting speakers within the ceiling is not a possibility due to the nature of the ceiling material and potential of plumbing mishaps potentially causing damage to the devices. Other details that may be relevant:
The system will be used in conjunction with a TV, personal laptops, a projector, a bluray player, a karaoke machine, and Android tv box (?mi box, nvidia shield, Amazon tv box, or similar). It will be mostly be used for movies, music and possibly with gaming consoles in the future. It will cater to a crew of about 20-25 people, although I recon that it will be used by only about 10 people at any given time. Sturdiness and reliability trumps aesthetics in this case. The system will (hopefully) be used for atleast 5 years (with a max of 15 years but I'm guessing that's highly unlikely but I've been on very old ships where the original sound systems still work perfectly and gloriously). Research done until now:
Like I said, I'm not very conversant with audio systems. With my limited knowledge and limited internet connectivity to aid the former, the following devices have caught my attention:
B&w 600 series 5.1 speakers
Onkyo tx nr676
Klipsch RP-260f + Yamaha rx a850
Onkyo ht s7800 5.1 bundle
Dali Oberon 5 5.1 Speaker Package
Q Acoustics 3050i 5.1 Cinema Pack
PMC Twenty5 23 5.1
Elac Debut 2.0 5.1 Home Theatre System
Dali Spektor 2 5.1
Monitor Audio Radius R90HT1
Monitor Audio Bronze B5 AV
Focal Sib Evo 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos system
Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1070
Yamaha aventage a680
Looking forward to recommendations and questions. Will try to be as responsive as possible.
Also, please stay safe during this pandemic while we try to keep the worlds supply chains working as best we can.
submitted by axd123