I would like to suggest changes to the current point system. I believe this has a general consensus already but nothing has happened in at least a year.
The points system as it stands is unused by the majority of players save for the auto revive feature (which is relatively cheap, has a timer, and is very useful). This is a mix of the imbalance of points in both their earning and spending as well as unfamiliarity/ignorance of the player menu. I have used YEARS of points in a conservative manner and am at a small fraction of the points I used to have because it is so hard to earn points on top of how expensive some of the items are.
To put this into perspective consider the following: several of the statics and arsenal cost 100s of points to procure and an AI costs 500 points.
However, you only get 5 points per person transported, 5 points per AO or side objective completed (which takes up to hours to even do), and 20 points if you take a means of transport and hop out.
What this means is that you need to:
- Transport 100 persons to spawn 1 AI, 80 persons to get an arsenal, 60 persons for a static drop etc. WITHOUT GETTING SHOT DOWN (see below)
- Perform days upon days of objectives to simply get one of the above
- Constantly kill yourself over and over and take transports or again spend days of playtime to get anywhere
Our current server configuration is against all friendly air. This is because proficient pilots can destroy air defenses to a certain extent. When the AA was lighter it was CAS CAS CAS everywhere and no fun for the infantry so I can see that. However, this is INCREDIBLY stacked against friendly transports trying to do their jobs. What this means is that you have no chance in hell of transporting enough players to earn anything in the player menu.
What I propose is 50 points per person transported and 50 points per objective completed and an increase to 100 points for taking transports to get to the AO/base/etc. As far as I know, these are easy changes.
This will encourage transport pilots. Encourage being in the proximity of objective completion. Encourage taking transports to the AO or back to base etcetera instead of halo jumping.
I’m not sure what amount would be best for infantry taking transports but our past history has indicated that we want to encourage people to take transports instead of respawning and halo jumping so I think 100 is a good number.
Thank you all for getting this far. Seriously, I started at 50k points before I spent ANYTHING except for auto revives and am now at 8k and am always going down, never up, in points. I have been around for 6+ years, earning points all the while, and I struggle to say the least. To say the most, it is impossible.