Evolution of a tech.

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Like many of you, I usually arrive at my best ideas by complete accident.

Spend a lot of time purpose-building something you think is "good", and it ends up being blown away by something you shouldn't have lost to in the first place.

Furious at having my build reduced to tiny bits pelting out of the sky like raindrops... by some scrubby little tech that just dropped out of the sky (and no way to get it back because I was dead broke) I just threw together any old junk I had laying around and made some Franken-tech piece of crap that was cheap to build and easy to replace...

This was the result:

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This poor junkpile served me well and - of course - I had to make it Mo' Bettah with extra fuel, shields, more guns, faster, etc...

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More to come...
 
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Your tech gets blown away a couple times, so you rebuy it (because you're too lazy to design a new one and besides, you want to dish some Payback to that tech that just killed you NOW!)...

But, you realize you can't do that forever - you're running out of cash - so you rebuild it... sort of... and make it more survivable, faster, with better firepower, etc.

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And after driving around with that for awhile, you realize it's actually a not-crappy design. It punches way above it's weight class. It's fast. Really fast. It is even capable of limited flight. Which comes in handy in rough terrain - you just boost/fly over crevasses, trees, rocks - even enemies.

But, you're getting tired of congratulating yourself on how awesome you are - usually around the same time you run into something really big and nasty. While you eat a nice heapin' helpin' of crow, you decide to perform a complete ground-up rebuild to see what it can really accomplish.

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After a few tweaks, you arrive at the final incarnation of your Super Cheese Death Machine Version Whatever that just OWNS everything! In fact, you are shocked - SHOCKED, I TELL YOU! - that you haven't been tapped by the guys who run DARPA to ramrod a push for next-generation real world battle machines...

Of course, you promise yourself it's "the last" time you're going to tweak it...
Because you really don't need to have more booster fuel...
Or one more missile launcher...
Or redundant radars...
Or just a *tiny bit* more shielding...
Or just *a bit* bigger to fit in that widget...

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After a few tweaks, you arrive at the final incarnation of your Super Cheese Death Machine Version Whatever that just OWNS everything! In fact, you are shocked - SHOCKED, I TELL YOU! - that you haven't been tapped by the guys who run DARPA to ramrod a push for next-generation real world battle machines...

Of course, you promise yourself it's "the last" time you're going to tweak it...
Because you really don't need to have more booster fuel...
Or one more missile launcher...
Or redundant radars...
Or just a *tiny bit* more shielding...
Or just *a bit* bigger to fit in that widget...

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We need to have a pvp when it is added - my tweaked tank vs yours - they are similar sized. :)
This is an Mk8 version, so you can imagine how many times it was tweaked :D

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An by the way it owns truly hard: can yours do similar?

 

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We need to have a pvp when it is added - my tweaked tank vs yours - they are similar sized. :)
This is an Mk8 version, so you can imagine how many times it was tweaked :D

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An by the way it owns truly hard: can yours do similar?

i like how you hid some of the megatons under armor bits
 
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We need to have a pvp when it is added - my tweaked tank vs yours - they are similar sized. :)
This is an Mk8 version, so you can imagine how many times it was tweaked :D

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An by the way it owns truly hard: can yours do similar?

how did you make them auto-spawn?
 
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We need to have a pvp when it is added - my tweaked tank vs yours - they are similar sized. :)
This is an Mk8 version, so you can imagine how many times it was tweaked :D

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An by the way it owns truly hard: can yours do similar?


It would be interesting. Yeah, I'm up for it. Yours looks like a brawler, while mine is not.

Nice looking rig though - lot of thought went into that, it looks like.

I tried the shielded side-gun thing, but they kept getting knocked off and I got tired of replacing them. You did the same thing I did - discover that tucking weapons back under the vehicle and then armoring above and in front of them works a treat - almost never lose those guns in a fight. Well, okay, once the whole front of the vehicle was blown away and I lost them, but lived to fight another day...