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Goldrunner

Plasma Bomber added 6 months ago

Flying Fortress Speed Bomber...

The 'Goldrunner' is about as tanky as flyers get without being a total brick about it. If you 'have' to fly into a full team of 5 bots and live to tell the tale then 'this' is the bot to do that with. It can consistently take horrendous damage and still fly.

Features:

- An advanced inner chassis structure that effectively mitigates damage spread.
- Front and rear prop and strut armour.
- Bottom wing and floor cubes armour layer.
- Top rack of strut-mounted thrusters (doubles as upper armour).
- Six bottom and front oriented epic plasmas

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In spite of its heft and its weight the bot actually flies 'really' well. This is another bot that feels at home weaving at speed between rock columns and those tight spaces not really ever intended for flyers.

Its climb is pretty good and its dive is serious business, which also adds to its survivability.

Pst... And for those wanting even more maneuverability out of this bot - the front is designed to allow easy installation of additional smaller thrusters - although I personally prefer the damage boost.

Without any modifications, this bot is a supreme fast capper for Battle Arena. It fairs less well against defended points but better than the 'Skywhale'.

So.... to recap:

Toughness: (For a flyer) "Tanky as hell"

Offense: Pretty good - especially against ground targets, much less so against fast flyers. You can expect to harass and siege enemy positions however.

Maneuverability: One notch short of supreme - a supreme capper.

Weaknesses: Thrusterspam + Lock-on weapon flyers; super-agile drones

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Comments
11
Ratings
8
Practical Rating
8.2
Creative Rating
7.9
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Robot Ratings

Function rating by Zalera8.5
Function rating by X_Bin8.0
Creative rating by X_Bin7.5
Function rating by funk_masta8.0
Function rating by jiahstrike8.5
Creative rating by jiahstrike7.5
Function rating by christianYETI7.0
Creative rating by christianYETI10.0
Comments and Ratings
christianYETI
5 months ago
nice

Ratings 7.0 practical and 10.0 creative0
Avestron
5 months ago
Thank you kindly for the ratings. :c)
jiahstrike
6 months ago
Big Banana just got back from Chernobyl

That stat already speaks for itself. Good Job

Ratings 8.5 practical and 7.5 creative0
Avestron
5 months ago
Thank you for the compliment and rating jiahstrike! :c)
funk_masta
6 months ago
I've played against this and it is remember it was tough, fast, and agile. For me personally though, I'd never use a flyer that didn't have some kind of air-to-air capability. I was using a flyer with lasers, and when I saw you I knew I could chase you down and you couldn't fight back too well. Even a few wasp lasers will help deter other flyers, especially if they are not as tanky as you.

You mentioned you wanted a suggestion to make it look better. Well i actually bought your bot (twice) to play around with just improving looks. The first thing I did was to lower the top thrusters. First I deleted the six struts on top and their thrusters. Then I put a Long Rod between the top wings, sticking out horizontally from the sides, and put a thruster on each rod. Then I put four 2D Diagonal Struts (2 on each side) on the top, horizontally, angled back, and put a thruster on each one. Doing this will also give it a smaller profile and save some cpu on struts.

Another thing I did was to replace all the rear Albatross wings with Albatross rudders. And with all the cpu saved from before, I could add 2 more Albatross rudders to the bottom of the plane, next to the rear plasma mount. It also has a little more speed boost :D

If you see me in game, I'd be happy to go into a custom match and show it to you :D

Ratings 8.0 practical1
Avestron
5 months ago
Well... I have experimented with the Goldrunner chassis - and produced a couple of variants.

They feature a complete switchover from wings to rudders.

They feature a replacement of the top strut-mounted thrusters with a rod and cube rack, mounting thrusters and a set of side-mounted disintegrators.

The overall weight increased by about 250kg. Attempts to replace sections of chassis with short rods to nullify this weight increase resulted in a significantly more fragile plane - so I'll skip that.

The resulting plane 'was' faster by a good 15% boost, and it did feature better Air-to-Air.

Of course the increase in CPU by about 125CPU put a dent in its damage boost - but I don't mind that.

I didn't even fully mind the reduced responsiveness to turns. That was a fair exchange for the increased speed.

I did however find the bot all too often went into a glide. It was comparably tough but its survivability took a dip.

I now realize that you proposed only replacing the rear wings, and not the full set. This should improve the handling issues.

And now that I tested it out - it does. I needed to reconfigure the laser rack but the current broad configuration works better anyway. I even managed to squeeze in some cosmetics. The birth of the 'Goldenrunner' ;c)

It handles acceptably better - with most of the speed improvements - and it definitely harasses flyers better than the 'Goldrunner'. At 2K CPU its damage output is more 'measured' - but its more versatile.

I'll give it a few more tests before uploading it.

Thank you for the suggestions! ^_^
Avestron
6 months ago
Ah so 'you' are the one who bought this first. :c) Considering some of your other bots (which I've looked through here over the past ten minutes), and your feedback, I am stoked! Thanks! ^_^

Your point about Air-to-Air is well-taken, and I'm now committed to mod a 'Goldrunner' with a different payload and see where that goes. :c)

I would never have thought of making your suggested modifications - especially the switch from wings to rudders - and almost equally so - the removal of the strutted thrusters. However I will definitely experiment along these lines. :c)

One reason I hadn't considered the wing-to-rudder switch is the loss of 400kg of lift per wing replaced, for a 1CPU saving. Then again this bot could sacrifice some lift - its current wing arrangement able to carry 17,000+kg (I wonder if it could carry a bot on top of it).

The small speed boost 'is' attractive though.

Thank you for the really helpful feedback and for your rating! :c)

Definitely interested in seeing your modded Goldrunner when I come across you online. :cP
X_Bin
6 months ago
A Pretty Basic Exterior. Also lacks Point Defense leaving it very vulnerable to other air robots.

Ratings 8.0 practical and 7.5 creative0
Avestron
6 months ago
Both criticisms are fair.

This bot was designed with air-to-ground warfare in mind - Only two plasmas have full forward firing arcs making it ill-suited for air-to-air. Campers and other ground units love this plane though. :cP

The exterior does look rather standard. The interior of the chassis was a significant step forward but nothing was done 'for looks'. :cP

Thank you kindly for the ratings!
Zalera
6 months ago
Well the shape has some original parts but i still don't think it's meant to be super creative tho x)

Ratings 8.5 practical0
Avestron
6 months ago
This is a bot where function came first in design. :c)

I get the feeling that looks are letting it down. I'd be interested in suggestions as how to make this more good-looking.

I had debated with myself whether to colour the belly thrusters orange - but figured that I didn't want to make them too easy to target. Similar with the prop struts. I could experiment with such or other cosmetic items though.

Thank you kindly for the rating!

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