jackfractal Posted May 17, 2015 Share Posted May 17, 2015 So this relates to a recent round. I was playing the only Cyborg for a MALF-AI and they decided to go full-stealth. They didn't talk, not to me, not to anyone, they just hacked APC’s. Now I’m almost certain that this person was from a more combat oriented server. They expected that the first person who saw a hacked APC would report them and that would be that, open warfare. That’s just a play-style clash. What they did would have made sense on another server. But their actions regarding me, the cyborg, were far from uncommon. I've played three malf rounds recently where they only communication that the AI gives their cyborgs is to “act normal,” right up until their core is being breached when they yell for help. At that point, if you haven’t been including them in your plans, there’s not much a cyborg can do other than die with their master. Even that is only possible if they get there in time. Twice, I was in space when this happened, wiring the solars, and by the time I got back inside, the AI was dead. This puts surviving cyborgs in a really awkward position. Your AI is dead. You can’t ‘win’, but you still have the MALF law, which is now impossible to follow. That whole situation is awkward. As a slaved malf cyborg, you’re an antagonist, so you should be trying to make the round interesting, but you must obey the AI. If the AI tells you to, effectively, do nothing then that’s what you have to do. I find this really disappointing. It’s understandable, AI is a very stressful job, MALF AI is an infinitely more stressful version of that job, and communicating with your cyborgs while you’re trying to do everything else in that situation is a challenge. I get that, but it is very disorienting and frustrating as a cyborg player. As a cyborg, you know that nothing you’re doing for the good of the station will ultimately matter. You know that if people realize that the AI is hostile you can be killed remotely and there’s nothing you can do about that. You know that the AI core is not particularly well defended and you should be fortifying it. But you can’t do anything. I don’t really have a point to this, I just felt I needed to express my irritation. Oh! I do have one thing. Cyborgs law-synced to MALF AI’s should lose the MALF law when the AI dies. That should be a thing. That or explode. Either would be better then what happens now. Quote Link to comment
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