First off, external tanks ARE EXPENSIVE. Nerf is supposed to be about affordability.
I only experiment with tanks because they're a way to explore hilariously ridiculous ideas. They're also especially fun for goofing around indoors.
So first we have Slug's HPA magstrikes. They hit about 50 to 60 feet and they really don't take that long to reload if you have enough clips. They are a very good rushing weapon yet they're disadvantage is that you will have to get in a little closer in order to get people with it.
Using one occasionally was fun and all, but it requires you to do A LOT OF RUNNING. And no matter how many darts you are carrying it's never quite enough because you're not going to be using your darts efficiently because you can't fire them off one or two at a time.
The more darts you shoot, the more time you will spend reloading.
Now as an aside, let's take a look at a RFSG. Its capable of 12 rounds in 12 second at 100 feet. No weaknesses. Good ROF so it can deal with close quarters, and enough range for farther apart engagements.
Oh it has a weakness, as does every blaster.
You're going to be distracted whenever you need to reload it and a good portion of the opposing team is going to be gunning for just you. You're going to run out of darts to shoot before everyone else.
Also, turrets add weight, bulk, and an inability to easily change out your barrels.
My question is this: Where do we draw the line on what can be connected to an external air tank so that the fairness of the game isn't fucked with?
Entirely depends on who is using that weapon.
I can assure you that I have a very difficult time maneuvering around the field if I'm carrying a backpack tank. My ability to dodge shots while wearing one is also greatly undermined.
There's absolutely nothing you can make or use that will make you invincible. Blasters tend to be banned for safety (singled Titans), because they're frequently used by obnoxious dickweed 14-year-olds (singled Titans), or because they have a general tendency to make rounds un-fun.
We don't care so much about "fair".
Edited by CaptainSlug, 12 June 2009 - 12:34 AM.
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