- 1 Overview
- 2 Rejections
- 2.1 Idea Submission Guidelines
- 2.2 Things to remember
- 2.3 Flag Rules
- 3 Suggesting Flags
- 4 Implemented Flag Ideas
- 5 Approved Good Flag Ideas
- 6 Possible Flag Ideas
- 7 Unrated Flag Ideas
- 7.1 Good Flags
- 7.2 Bad Flags
This article describes various flag suggestions for the game.
Most flag ideas are rejected, mostly because they are not well thought out, or they take the game in a direction that the project management does not wish it to go. Rejected flags are moved to the Flag ideas/Rejected page.
Idea Submission Guidelines
Users should read and understand the following guidelines before submitting a flag idea.
- Check that the idea isn't already listed on this page or the flag ideas already rejected page. If the idea has been considered and dismissed, it will not be accepted if submitted again.
- Think carefully about the flag idea. Ideas must be described in a short and succinct sentence or paragraph. Ideas that are difficult to describe do not make for fun features, and will most likely be rejected.
- Flag ideas should not be overpowering, or do something that you think simply looks Cool. Flags must not be 'mean' to players, both those who have it and those who get shot by it. Flags must maintain gameplay balance and have a disadvantage for every advantage. Flags that combine features of other flags will be rejected. Flags that simply let you "win" will be rejected. These are often called 'munchkin' flags.
- Add the flag idea to the Unrated Flag Ideas section, following the format of the other items.
If a flag idea is approved, it does not mean that it will automatically happen or be put into the game. It simply means that it is not a bad idea. The idea will not be implemented until a developer takes the time to implement the code for the feature into a version. Most new flag ideas require a change in protocol and must wait for the next major release, and can take some time to complete.
This list is intended for information and discussions only. Information listed on this page does not imply any form of official acceptance of an idea into the game.
Things to remember
- All powerful flags aren't fun.
- Flags that ensure your immediate destruction aren't fun.
- Flags that aren't useful aren't fun.
- Flags boost/modulate tactical trait of tanks
The project management uses these rules for good flag ideas:
Flag power must be limited
For example, BZFlag has stealth and cloaking flags, but no stealth-and-cloak flag. Such a tank would be virtually impossible to destroy. Nobody likes to play against someone who can't lose. The guided missile and laser flags are both exceptionally powerful flags, but neither make the owner invincible. Laser takes twice as long to reload and a guided missile can be dodged while still firing on the owner.
Flag powers can counteract/balance each other
Some flags are handily defeated with another kind of flag. The oscillation overthruster can be destroyed by a super bullet or a shock wave (or a genocide). Cloaking is effective against laser and stealth is good against guided missile. Ricochet is useful against ricochet.
Counterbalancing flags should be added/suggested together, or counterbalanced by an existing flag; super bullet is often a good choice.
Flags never instantly kill the owner
Flags should not kill people in what seems to be a random manner, this includes flags that kill on pickup, or "mines". Players should be able to use skills to avoid death. No flag should be debilitating to anyone.
Shots should kill
Except in rare cases (Thief) any time you hit someone with a shot, it should kill them. While other affects on shots may seem funny to describe, they are not fun. Shooting someone and making them "pause" for 5 seconds, has the exact same gameplay as getting killed and respawning.
Flags should require new skills
Flags that require new skills keep the game interesting. The more there is to learn about the game, the longer people will play. Bad flags should simply provide a challenge that must be overcome.
Flags should not require other server settings
With few exceptions, flags should not require other server settings to be enabled, such as more then one shot, radar, or some other options. Many mode specific flag ideas can be implemented as custom flags in a plug-in.
This page is locked to normal users due to abuse by some silly users, flag ideas should go into the features request tracker on sourceforge. https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=3248&atid=353248
Implemented Flag Ideas
Cloaked Shot (CS)
Description: Shots are invisible out-the-window. Still visible on radar. Glow is still visible out HUD. Watch out for ricochet!
Implemented in: 2.99.x
Description: Gravity is reduced to a large degree allowing the tank to jump very high in the air.
Implemented in: 2.99.x
Approved Good Flag Ideas
Possible Flag Ideas
Description: Shots have increased range.
Description: Shots fire to rear of tank instead of front.
Extra Shot (ES)
Description: Player gets an extra shot.
Long Reload (LR)
Description: Shots take longer to reload.
Don't Stop (DS))
Description: Tank always moves forward or backwards, it cannot stop.
Sensor Echo (SE)
Description: All tanks show up twice (or more) on radar. Echoes behave like the tank they mirror, down to the flag.
Delayed Shot (DS)
Description: Shots wait some prescribed amount of time (2 seconds?) between clicking and actually firing.
Description: Tank moves and turns with half speed.
Description: Gravity is higher for the tank (faster fall, lower jumps).
Description: Tank see all other tank as enemy
Unrated Flag Ideas
Description:This flag will split your bullets into three. Two bullets will go at 45 degree angles away from you and the last will travel the normal trajectory. Careful about teamkills!
Description: Like how in some maps that have jumping flags or ricochet flags when those things are normally disabled, in maps with radar disabled, this would give you radar ability. It would counteract the Jamming flag in normal maps.
Description Your normal shot is changed to take a boomerang pattern once fired, killing anything caught in the firing line. You cant kill yourself with your own shots with this flag. Really long reload time, and relatively short range.
Mysteriously Mysterious (MY)
Description A random flag effect will be obtained, its up to the player to find out what flag it is that this flag has given them. *WARNING* You might get a bad flag from this!
Description: Shots destroy enemy shots they hit. Super Bullets are immune.
Force Cannon (F)
Description: Any tanks in a cone-shaped area extending from the front of the tank are destroyed. Watch out for teammates.
Description: Tanks shot will create a shockwave, all killed tanks are considered your kills. Reload time is tripled.
Vertical Freedom (VF)
Description: Allows the tank to aim vertically.
Description Your shots travel at half speed for the same time meaning also 1/2 distance.
Description Once picked up, one random bad flag effect will be obtained such as colorblindness, then a few seconds later, it will change to another bad flag effect such as reversecontrols, and so on.
Description Uses the thief-type ray. Shooting a target (friend or foe!) removes a bad flag if the target has one, or grants target a random good flag (or perhaps just shield) if they have none (while generally shots should kill, this inspires teamwork, and introduces an interesting new role for a team member to take). Optionally: must wait a configurable time before affecting any given target again.
No Ricochet (NR)
Description The counterpart to the Jumping, No Jumping, and Ricochet flags. Not to be confused with not responding [nr].
Description: Knocks back tank upon firing