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Subject: RPS like combat system with no values rss

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Eric Pietrocupo
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[This is a copy of a post I made on BGDF]

It's for either a "Starcraft" variant or my "Ratscraft" game. I am trying to make a combat system that will not use any values. The combat resolution would be resolved by comparing properties.

The basic behind Starcraft is that every unit have somewhat a rock-paper-scissor relationship with all the other unit. Now one thing I could do is simply say this unit counter that unit. But I want a more flexible system where I do not force the relationship because technology upgrade could actually change this relationship.

So I had an idea that each unit could have a series of properties that could be identified by an Icon. During the combat, you would compare the icons of the units with the icons of the attack to know if the target unit gets destroyed. Here are the various properties I have though so far with some examples:

Health and Damage : This is the basics of the system. Each unit has a health level which can be either "High" or "Low" and unit can perform "High" or "Low" damage attacks. So Low kills Low, and High kills Low and High.

Ground vs Flying: Each unit can either be a ground or flying unit and each attack can target one or both type of unit. So flying unit can only be targeted by flying attack and ground unit by ground attack.

Mechanical vs Biological: Each unit has a type which can either be Mechanical or biological. Some attack could be restricted to certain type of unit. For example you could have a "strong vs mechanical" attack, so any strong or weak mechanical unit would die from this attack but not biological ones.

Range VS Melee: I am not sure yet about this one. Probably melee units must target opposing melee units first, and when there are no more melee units they can target range unit. Range unit can target any unit.

So when a unit attack another unit, you will compare each of these properties to know if the target get's destroyed or not. So for example, you could have:

strong health + Mechanical + Flying Unit
that could be destroyed by a
Strong + Flying + Range attack

So in the end, all these property combination will results in some sort of Rock-Paper-Scissor relation between the units and changing or adding properties will change the relationship.

Do you like the idea?

Do you have additional property suggestions?

Would it be too complicated to resolve?

Any idea on how to add randomness to this system? Since all the units can be seen on the board, players could calculate in advance if they are going to win or not

Thank you for any feedback
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