Mods / BDS

Category: #Tweak
Author: OmegaHaxors
Side: Both
Created: Jul 27th 2023 at 1:20 PM
Last modified: Jul 27th 2023 at 1:20 PM
Downloads: 1651
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Latest file for v1.18.7: 1-click install

A simple patch which fixes an error in the drifter AI which was causing them to throw stones even in cases where it isn't warranted.
This is a fix imported from Better Drifters, for those who want that bugfix without all the other random stuff that mod adds.

This does not disable rock throwing, it only drops the action's priority to the bottom of the stack and makes any other action cancel it.
In other words, they will still spam rocks at you if you try and abuse their AI. They will only use it as a last resort when no other options exist.
The patch also syncs up the action to the animation so that the rock no longer appears a half second after the animation has already finished.

For people who find this mod offensive, I have made this one just for you.

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5 Comments (oldest first | newest first)

💬 OmegaHaxorsAuthor, May 18th at 10:41 AM

The name of the mod was an inside joke about how the constant barrage of rockfire from drifters made you feel like you were part of an invading force. Hopefully installing BDS will make you feel less like an IDF member, though if you want to truly embrace the feeling of being a genocidal colonizer you can install its sister mod. While being a joke mod, it does accomplish a purpose of giving a better understanding of how the AI system works and also allowing the player to practice how to dodge and manipulate the rock throwing behavior to their advantage.

💬 saxfone, Oct 13th 2023 at 1:34 PM

I support BDS, strikes, protests, revolution, insurgency, and all other methods by which the world can fight apartheid and genocide. Right now Palestinian civilians in Gaza are being ethnically cleansed by the Israeli government on a scale unlike anything since 1948's Naqba. Everyone should fight to get their country to do what it can to stop Israel's mass murder of innocent human beings. End racial discrimination in historical Palestine!

Also, thanks for the mod. The game really needs a sound effect for when drifters throw rocks - it's very annoying to take damage out of the blue, especially when you can barely see the projectiles or interrupt their throwing animation.

💬 OmegaHaxorsAuthor, Sep 1st 2023 at 6:55 PM

Yes that's a flaw in how the AI handles actions. Basically it picks an option from the stack on a timer with the highest priority and if that action is on cooldown it will pick the next best action. So you approach in melee distance it will use its high-priority melee action, then since you're in range to do another melee attack it will attempt to melee again, but it will be on cooldown. This is why drifters will often use a melee attack and then throw a rock at you at point blank if you approach them in a way that doesn't let them use their rock.

I did test in game to see if the rock throwing frequency was actually reduced and it was. This patch solves the most irritating aspect of the drifters rock throw which is where they spawn in, get a cheap hit in before being killed and replaced by 4 more who do the same thing. Now they don't do that as attempting to close distance is a higher priority. If it fails (as a result of you being unreachable or if you're kiting it) then the AI will run out of other options and will be forced to use its rock.

💬 Bumber, Aug 30th 2023 at 9:45 AM

They still throw stones at me even though they seem to have a clear path to engage in melee.

💬 Nikkolai, Aug 9th 2023 at 7:23 PM

thanks you, king

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