Take a big balloon. Attach it to a crew quarters. Apply heavy wood armour. Check the altitude. Add a small balloon. The altitude drops (ie gets worse not better).
I noticed this because I was comparing whether you get more altitude from buying a small balloon ($15) or converting a unit of heavy wood or steel to dragonskin ($4-6).
It turns out converting to dragonskin is vastly more effective. A game design flaw? Yes - in my opinion. The only thing going against dragonskin is the incredible ugliness of the texture.
As previously opinionated, it would be better to make the dragonskin an exotic luxury not a commodity by increasing the cost by $1 for each additional unit used on a ship, or by making the cost, say $20.
well, that is the reason why dragon skin is a commodity earned by defeating dragons, and even you dont always get it
Fair point - I've never played campaign (well, an hour or two) so I didn't know that. My hobby is lobbying for changes that make multiplayer battles as fair as practical.
I see the cost of dragon skin has gone up to $20 in the latest version. I applaud.
However the bug described in the original post is still there, adding small balloons actually decreases altitude. Unless my eyes deceive me.
a simple +/- sign error, or
the editor is sort of remembering the last armour used, and applying it to the balloon cells
I shall look into that, thanks for the reminder.
Oh snap. This might improve my entire faction's lift if true. Many of my primary's employ a balloon.
But completely negates all those hidden dragonskin warriors I designed. :|
Dragonskin WAS broken. So the change was expected.
yeah not a bug, it's simply math.
the small balloon provides 5 lift per 1 weight while the large one gives you 8,8 lift per 1 weight
in your scenario(1 big balloon + 1 crew quarter) you have 5,79 lift per weight.
adding a small balloon makes that ratio go to 5,70.
while making the armor dragon it makes it shoot to 7,59.
as math tells you the story here, there are no bugs only lots of math that flies over your head and may not be obvious.(divisions are deviously dangerous)
Hmm, not math so much as I did not realise that balloons had a) significant weight and b) different lift:weight ratios.