No More Lane Rolling


  • SFO Founder TripleA Admin

    I’m not sure how this got snuck into the game without even mentioning it as a rule change. Lane rolling is not how the OOB rules work. Please work toward removing it. Thanks.


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16 '15 '14 '13 Official Q&A TripleA Moderator

    @djensen Not having access to the game at the moment I need to ask:
    What is “lane rolling”?



  • Yeah, can you elaborate a bit, @djensen?


  • 2020 2019 2018

    Copy/Pasting this from another thread where I complained about it but was ignored:

    tldr: Column Rolling is the way combat was resolved in Classic. You roll your "1"s first, then opponent assigns casualties. After casualties are assigned, you roll your "2"s, and so on. Normally, you’re supposed to roll all of your dice before your opponent assigns their casualties.

    Longer Explanation including the reason why this should not be a thing:

    As long as we’re talking about the combat phase, I just remembered a gripe I’ve been meaning to bring up for a while now:

    Why is Column “Lane” Rolling ( where, during combat, you roll the dice for each column and assign hits in-sequence, rather than rolling all dice before assigning hits . Ex. If attacking with 3 INF/1 TANK, I would roll my INF dice for “1s”, then my opponent would take hits as needed, then I would roll for my TANK) in-place in this game? I thought Column Rolling literally only existed in Classic 2nd Edition (maybe 3rd too, I don’t remember completely).

    I bring it up because, although it really hasn’t impacted any of my games yet due to the whole “asynchronous play” thing. I can see it being an issue when you’re attacking another territory and are squaring off against a large number of enemy units that have a diverse range of combat stats. Something like:

    I attack with 2 SUBs, 1 DD, 1 CV, 2 FTR
    
    Opponent defends with 3 SUBs, 1 CV, 1 FTR
    
    I do my roles, blah blah.
    
    Opponent rolls for the subs, miraculously gets 3 hits.
    
    Because of the way AAO works (column rolling), I need to pick who dies to the subs before the opponent rolls for the CV and FTRs.
    
    This creates a tough situation for me. Do I lose the SUBs and DD, hoping that the CV and FTR won’t kill my carrier, do I lose 1 SUB/1 DD/1 CV to try to keep my Submarine alive, assuming at least one more hit (which would be assigned to a FTR), or do I lose 2 SUB/1 CV to allow my FTRs to get off one more round of hits, ensuring that the enemy navy is sunk even if it means sacrificing the FTRs (assuming they can’t NCM to safety).
    

    In a normal game, a conundrum like this would not occur, as the defender would roll all of their dice before I assign casualties. Column Rolling adds a level of strategic depth/risk-taking to the game for sure, but it’s not a 1:1 recreation of the rules of 42SE.



  • I see, thanks. I’ve asked the team. We wanted to keep the game simple and understandable when doing combat for new players. This is why it’s being rolled that way.


  • SFO Founder TripleA Admin

    @DoManMacgee said in No More Lane Rolling:

    Copy/Pasting this from another thread where I complained about it but was ignored

    I remembered your comments about this but I think it was buried in a thread and not it’s own topic. Better exposure when it’s top of the topic.


  • SFO Founder TripleA Admin

    @JuliusBorisovBeamdog said in No More Lane Rolling:

    I see, thanks. I’ve asked the team. We wanted to keep the game simple and understandable when doing combat for new players. This is why it’s being rolled that way.

    You just need a hit counter that increments as you roll the dice. 😄

    There’s a ton of situations where lane rolling causes you to make a decision that would be different if you took all the hits at once.


  • 2020 2019 2018

    @JuliusBorisovBeamdog That’s not a fair explanation. Why can’t the dice all be rolled simultaneously or color-coded? If anything, having to select multiple casualties in a row can come across as confusing. Imagine someone with zero axis and allies experience being presented with a screen that just shows some dice and the message “assign 2 casualties”. I can easily imagine a beginner thinking that they only had to select two casualties, only to be surprised when, without any option to retreat/press attack, additional die rolls start occurring and suddenly they have more casualties to deal with.

    That, and it blatantly contradicts the actual rules of the game, which has (admittedly situational) consequences on battles, as I explained above.

    EDIT: A potential compromise I can see here is keep it column-based for custom games, but use the actual rules for ranked. This would make sense, sense ranked already forces you to play LHTR instead of OOB (for balance reasons). Sorry, posted before reading your response sense I was already typing.



  • I hear that, but that’s a digital adaptation of the game, and playing a digital version means certain things should go differently if compared to the RL experience, especially when we consider the wide variety of players who play A&A 1942 Online.


  • 2020 2019 2018

    @JuliusBorisovBeamdog Please see the edit to my previous post for a potential compromise here. I understand the frustrations of adapting the rules 1:1 from a board game, however if ranked play is expected to be taken seriously the basic rules should still be enforced when possible. I can see things like pre-determined order-of-losses and not being able to land planes on Allied Carriers being necessary due to the programming constraints involved with asynchronous play, but loss calculation is something that only impacts the turn player, and no one else.

    Furthermore, you’ve already added a beginner-friendly option to combat resolution. There’s a button in the bottom-left of the combat screen that lets me just use my defense profile to assign casualties if I want. Inexperienced players are already accomodated to with that, I’d imagine.

    I understand that retooling the combat screen would be time-consuming work, so I’m not requesting that this be done immediately. Just something to consider for the next “major release”.


  • SFO Founder TripleA Admin

    @JuliusBorisovBeamdog said in No More Lane Rolling:

    I hear that, but that’s a digital adaptation of the game, and playing a digital version means certain things should go differently if compared to the RL experience, especially when we consider the wide variety of players who play A&A 1942 Online.

    Honestly, there’s no usability issue with going from lane rolling to total hits. TripleA works this way and it’s just fine. It was a choice that Beamdog made and now we’re asking for that to be changed. Yes, Online requires some compromises (like Defense Profiles) but I cannot think of a technical reason nor usability reason to have lane rolling. If I’m missing something, let me know.


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16 '15 '14 '13 Official Q&A TripleA Moderator

    @JuliusBorisovBeamdog said in No More Lane Rolling:

    I hear that, but that’s a digital adaptation of the game, and playing a digital version means certain things should go differently if compared to the RL experience, especially when we consider the wide variety of players who play A&A 1942 Online.

    Why that? Didn’t the project originally aim for being as rules compliant as possible?


  • SFO Founder TripleA Admin

    I actually think lane rolling exacerbates the effect of really good or really bad rolls. When you get zero hits with 10 infantry, it feels like crap and you hover over that “roll” button ranting not know 6 tanks are about to get 5 hits. But when you roll 5 hits with 10 infantry and 6 tanks; you skip past that feeling directly to “that roll was good enough.” Just my 2 cents on that one.


  • SFO Founder TripleA Admin

    Also, one reason for lane rolling are the confusing (to the average or new A&A player, yes it is confusing) rules around subs in battles. The lane rolling makes it obvious what is happening. However, I still think you just skip assigning hits and do it at the end.


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