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Failure loop

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:55 pm
by DaveyJ576
It is 4th quarter 1964 and I am attempting to run a Gemini EVA mission. This mission has ended in catastrophic failure 8 TIMES IN A ROW, despite having Titan II reliability at 94.1, Gemini at 97.7, and EVA suits at 82.9. All flight controllers were the highest rated that I have, and the astronauts both had high ratings. The mission would fail each time at reentry, even when I hired 3 Tiger teams that boosted that phase up to 82.5. After the 8th failure, I reloaded it once more and altered the mission to a Duration II EVA, thinking the different mission would break the cycle. This time it failed catastrophically at the EVA phase! I finally went back and reloaded once more and scrubbed the mission.

This is dumb and really frustrating. It seems as if the game is determined to fail you and nothing you can do will get around it. This has to be a flaw in the probability calculations or somewhere in the programming.

Re: Failure loop

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:22 pm
by Nacho84
Hello Dave,

Notice that if you reload a savefile over and over you'll always get the same result. That's because the game stores the information from the pseudo-random number generator inside the savefile. If you want to get different results, open up the savefile, look for the 'SPMRandom' node and change either its 'RandomSeed' or 'RandomUsageCounter' attributes (or both).

This is what the 'SPMRandom' node looks like:

<SPMRandom RandomSeed="798" RandomUsageCounter="757459" />

In any case, feel free to upload your savefile so that I can take a quick look at it. The simulation code is quite straightforward, but there might be a glitch.


Re: Failure loop

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 4:09 am
by KyleS
Load the game.
Cancel the mission.
Change ONE thing about the mission - the rocket used, one of the flight controllers or nauts, anything.
Now the system will generate a new bunch of random numbers for the mission.
Alternately, cancel the mission and try again in the next turn.

Failing that, accept the failure and move on. The real-world space programmes had plenty of failures, some of them catastrophic. They couldn't go back to a saved game, they had to make the best of it.

Re: Failure loop

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:55 am
by DaveyJ576

Where do I find the savefiles?

Re: Failure loop

Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:08 pm
by Nacho84
Hello Davey,

You can find them on c:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\LocalLow\MatrixGames\BASPM.