In table top play, a quad in level one water enjoys up to 6 extra heat sinks and can ignore 50% of all hits. The Quad grants a -2 to Piloting skill checks to avoid falling. I have designed 5/8/5 quads that can jump safely from level one water to another water hex with a net targeting penalty to be hit of +2 for moveing 5 hexes, +1 for jumping in the first place, +1 for partial cover in the water, for a net +4 penalty to be successfully hit by an opponent. The to hit allocation tables give a roughly 50% chance to allocate dammage to the legs, which would be ignored since the legs are in partial cover thanks to the level 1 water. Any piloting skill check made in water is -1 easier to achieve by any mech. This makes a quad mech completely unable to fall down in the kiddie pool, while bipedal designs take thier lives into thier own hands with every new hex entered. The major disadvantage to quads is thier inability to twist the torso. This makes quads easy to out maneuver when they lose the initiative for the turn and thus lose the ability to track and fire upon the oponent.
One very good reason to incorporate quads into MWO will be to give the Eridani My Little Pony Boys a cherished outlet for thier dueling fandoms. Make the chasis a for pay option and watch the relish with which some mechwarriors here will prosecute the quad mech Bronies. Naturally the Bronies will return the haters enthusiasm with APDS Friendship, and 120 MM Hugs and Kisses. The Haters will hate and be glad. The Bronies will enjoy the attention . And best of all, this will all take place in the context of mercs fighting in the Eridani Light Horse unit so anyone not familiar with the Hater/Bronies war will just see enthusiastic Battletech Cannon being fervently played out on the battlefield.
A word of caution however, be carefull about the colour schemes and art permited for use in the Hater/Bronies war or you will see some hertero phobic Rainbow Dash paint scheemes that just don't sit well in the service of the Eridani Light Horse.
I think this would be a great way to introduce quads to the game and improve the revenue stream in the process. It would allow long time table top gamers like me to see some of my fire support Quads in live action here in MWO.
Thanks for hereing me out on this topic.
P.S. For the pony curious, my pony personality test results came in, and I have never even watched an episode
Applejacks!, the breakfast of champions, and appearantly my Pony Avatar for the show if I ever watch one of the cartoons
Edited by Samaritan, 02 June 2012 - 05:45 PM.