The last multi-tarn battles I recall were being fought over Cardonicus during 2009. With around 4 tarns in the air from Havoc or Toran. Going into 2010 is when Carter's Treve picked up on your tarns making the rider invincible in their 50/50 mode, everyone in Treve bought one, and they became the standard in BTB.
Adoveea Rau wrote:1. Regenerating meters-I fought that battle against them, tarnsman would take damage, tarn would take damage and they would fly up in the air, and regenerate. Forever flying battlewagons invincible in the air.
It was a cheat.
It was VERY unfair combat.
I fought against regenerating tarn meters, here on this very forums and in gor sims.
I put out war tarns that did not regenerate and to win that battle, I programmed tarns to be capable of outmaneuvering any others then on the market in turns/pitch and have variable speeds along with banking-and then no backward flying at all. I matched the meter to be equivalent of what % hits were done back then as well.
You take that no regenerating meter as standard today, but it was an ugly battle I fought for no regeneration back then.
That battle also favoured you in its outcome, it was as much a marketing pitch for your tarns to be used over the competition. As I previously explained, even with their regenerating meters, Havoc and Toran's tarns were slow-moving. they were possible to target from the air or ground and could be killed within a matter of minutes.
Compared to your 50/50 tarns which were a smaller target, with phantom wings and thrice the speed. The fact they didn't regen was irrelevant as no one could hit them at all! Only the sort of idiot who flies into buildings and is stuck for a minute would be in danger.
The difference is between targeting a bull at 50 meters who regenerates, or a hummingbird with 50 hitpoints. Take your pick.
And you can rightly say, every BTB sims agreed with you on regenerating tarns being bad news!
And I would say, BTB people are generally clueless on combat mechanics. How many sims switched to the LCS meter? I read the brief and stated then it's too complicated for BTB sims. But for some reason BTB sims believed LCS would even out battles and take the advantage away from GM fighters. Now I wonder how they got that impression! Surely it wasn't you and Patrick throwing around promises to have your meter approved.
10% of raiders in BTB know how to fight.
10% of raiders in GE know how to fight.
The general population are along for the ride, they won't understand how small changes can affect the entire battle.
Adoveea Rau wrote:2010 and beyond saw the new breed of tarnsman the ones that could fly, and maneuver in the air. No more flying boxes and instant poof you're a tarnsman-now you had to develop your own personal flying skills AND use your weapons too. Ask me and I'll give you the notecard of quotes-book, chapter, pages about spear use in tarn combat too. And nowdays I've seen the higher skilled tarnsman nail each other with spear and sword in the air as well.
I'm now working with experience key scripts and hope to overcome that metered tarn can't be hit by melee weapons in the future. You want to experience a glimpse of the future, come to Isle of Tarns and experience my Hawk Pursuit game.
There are few enough raids in BTB and those I've seen in progress, people aren't using your tarns for any kind of legitimate purpose, other than riding them along the ground as a speed enhancer. Zooming up to their target to melee him, them zooming away to melee another, etc etc. I do recall mention of tarnsmen using spears even during the early books, but I don't recall instances of tarnsmen wielding swords. These types of antics wouldn't be possible on tarns with solid wings.
My inclination is people who abuse tarns in this way will also cheat in other ways.