Author Topic: Zero points for victory?  (Read 2929 times)

lynnpye

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Zero points for victory?
« on: May 09, 2013, 09:24:00 AM »
I've noticed on a few occasions that I receive zero points even though I achieved a near total victory (i.e. not a time based victory).

Imagine I am playing 1v1 against the computer and have overrun most of the stars. Everything comes down to the final four. These four stars are in, for example, a box formation. I own two, one appears neutral (I have never sent a ship there) and one is owned by the computer. I start sending ships to the computer star to root it out. Seconds later, realizing I have plenty enough to withstand any counterpunch, I start sending ships from my other star to the neutral star.

I see however that the neutral star actually has some enemy ships there, so they had been trying to take it over but hadn't yet.

What happens next happens quickly so I don't know exactly what goes on. I see on the neutral star the enemy ship count starts dropping as my ships arrive. I don't know if the computer owned star turns neutral before the neutral star becomes devoid of enemy ships or if the enemy ship count in the neutral star drops to zero first but it is close.

Regardless, I get the victory banner but it shows I earned zero points. I am only at level 7 on this device (my iPhone). I have seen it happen on my Mac (desktop version) and in the web player (also on my Mac).

Unfortunately, I haven't thought about taking a snapshot of the victory board, to determine if there is something weird in the numbers there, but something is causing the game to decide that I earned zero points in those sessions.

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Re: Zero points for victory?
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2013, 09:27:37 AM »
You must be playing for at least 2 minutes before you're awarded points. If you join a multiplayer game after 13 minutes, for example, you won't get any points when the timer runs out (at 15 min).

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Re: Zero points for victory?
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2013, 09:30:58 AM »
Hmm... these were computer games (i.e. Single Player).

So if for some reason I happen to dominate the computer in that match I would just get zero points? Therefore it would behoove me to string it out a little? Seems counterintuitive.

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Re: Zero points for victory?
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2013, 11:43:04 PM »
Well I think the real problem is that you're able to win in under 2 minutes ;)

I want games to last at least a few minutes. I'll have to come up with a more elegant solution than a 2 minute timer.

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Re: Zero points for victory?
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2013, 07:01:00 AM »
By the way, lest you think I am dissatisfied, I've purchased this on two devices now and have played the heck out of it.

Since the idea is to at least in part scale the score based on the challenge, base it, again in part, on the number of ships your enemies put together. I know it sounds a little circuitous, but made plain to the player it becomes less punishing (e.g. "You finished too fast!") and more in line with being rewarded for effort (e.g. "Well, you only faced 700 ships").

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Re: Zero points for victory?
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2013, 08:28:21 AM »
Number of ships does affect the score. If you win quickly your score won't be anywhere close to what you'd get for a full match. Likewise if you play a 60 minute match the score will be much higher than a 15 minute one.