Sawn-off and pistol burst

Discussion in 'Fallout General Modding' started by Josan12, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. Josan12

    Josan12 Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 15, 2007
    Ok folks, here's 2 suggestions:

    1) I'm a big fan of the old sawn-off and personally believe it should the trusty sidearm of any good post-apoc warrior (aka 'the road warrior' ;)) It also says in the description it has a spread shot and is a crowd-control weapon. As it is it's a about as good at crowd control as the ever useless 'police baton'.

    So i've made a simple mod that basicly gives the sawn-off shotgun a spread shot by giving the same attack effect as the flamer. In order to balance it i halved the damage it does as the change makes it rather effective as a low-end crowd control weapon:

    .FRM files go in the Fallout2\data\art folder and .PRO file goes in the Fallout2\data\proto folder.

    2) Wild_Qwerty has long suggested the idea of giving pistols a 'triple-shot' fire mode (basicly a 3 shot burst). I'm not sure if this would make pistols overpowered or not so can i get some opinions on this idea?

    The art is easy to make. It would look like this:

    And i can easily make a new SFX for it.

    So can i get some opinions on the balance of these ideas?

    *link updated 1/4/10*
  2. zero-saber

    zero-saber First time out of the vault

    Feb 24, 2009
    First off, let me say kudos to the sawn-off mod. Makes more sense this way :D


    I'm not really sure about the three-shot burst with pistols. I think that would make them too much like FoT pistols, IMHO. I'm all for adding new modes to weapons, but maybe not for every pistol.

    Also, there aren't that many actual pistols in the game (excluding energy weapons). Offhand, I can think of:

    Desert Eagle
    .223 Pistol
    .44 Magnum

    ..and that's all the non-energy based pistols, IIRC. Maybe a triple-shot upgrade for the 10mm and the Mauser, but it wouldn't make sense for the others. One's a revolver, two of them are already powerful pistols, and the Needler wouldn't make alot of sense. It's a modified medical injector.
  3. 34thcell

    34thcell Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Sep 22, 2008
    I'm imagining that revolver scene from Pulp Fiction.
  4. Kanhef

    Kanhef Vault Dweller

    Sep 2, 2007
    The 10mm and 14mm pistols are described as autoloading, so a burst would work for them. The Mauser is also an automatic, I'm not sure about the Desert Eagle. The others don't fire that quickly, and are powerful enough already.
  5. the_guy222

    the_guy222 First time out of the vault

    Nov 17, 2008
    The Mauser was modified into an automatic in real life:

    I could see a 10mm 3-round burst
    14mm might be too much recoil
    Same with Desert Eagle
    .223, no way. The original rifle it was cut down from was not capable of burst fire anyway.
    The other .44 is a revolver, so no.

    But I can see a Mauser and a 10mm with some kind of automatic capability.

    10mm burst would also be a way to make it useful later in the game as well, or at least not as useless!

    Though its kind of weird, since we don't really know if the 10mm is an autoloader or not, given the graphic of a revolver mechanism, but it always was a weird pistol.
  6. Josan12

    Josan12 Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 15, 2007
    Well, i know little to nothing about real-life guns so this is all good info. But TBH my primary concern is unbalancing the game rather than technical gun stuff.

    I mean - would it make the 10mm, 14mm or mauser too powerful to give them 3 shot burst capability? As we know burst weapons are devastating in FO - the only real drawback is that they chew through the ammo. And the pistols are balanced with single shot in mind - i think their damage per shot may not be intended for burst ....

    I dunno - i'm not that knowledgeable about this stuff. Any more opinions?
  7. the_guy222

    the_guy222 First time out of the vault

    Nov 17, 2008
    Is it possible to reduce accuracy for pistol bursts, or increase the strength requirement?

    At the very least, it would require an extra ap...or two.
  8. Josan12

    Josan12 Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 15, 2007
    Good point - if i'm not mistaken i think burst attacks all have a -20% THC penalty, and of course all burst attacks cost 1 AP more ....
  9. Kanhef

    Kanhef Vault Dweller

    Sep 2, 2007
    The Mauser is the worst gun in the game (not counting the BB gun), so a small burst will not unbalance it at all. Using AP ammo, only the 10mm pistol/SMG and minigun do less damage per bullet, and the assault rifle and avenger minigun are about equal to it. The 10mm pistol is the second-worst gun, so it probably won't be a problem either.
  10. haloeclipse

    haloeclipse First time out of the vault

    Jan 27, 2009
    what is this mauser everyone is talking about?

    One thing I would like is the ability to fire both shells from the first shotgun you find. Although that seems like a lot of work for only one gun.
  11. the_guy222

    the_guy222 First time out of the vault

    Nov 17, 2008
    The Mauser is this pistol:

    Actually, I think I modified Fallout 2 once to have a burst fire with the double-barreled shotgun. You might not even need a new graphic, since both barrels are firing at once instead of in sequence.

    For the 10mm and the Mauser, though, you'd want to make it a modification that you get somewhere later in the game, in case you are worried about unbalancing (and you don't want to get shot by bursts from raiders carrying crappy 10mm pistols!)

    (Maybe even the shotgun could be modified later in the game to make it burst capable.)
  12. Josan12

    Josan12 Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 15, 2007
    If you set the shotgun to burst (even if it only fires 2 shells) the engine will play the 'rifle burst' shot animation. I think this looks rather innapropriate for a standard shotgun, hence why i decided to
    make use of the unassigned 'continuous' attack and rename the single shot animation appropriately. I think it looks alot more appropriate, and still gets the 'spread shot' effect.

    Yeah - as i said this is one of my chief concerns. BUT, the 10mm, 14mm and mauser would only be firing 3 shots in their 'burst' so should be considerably less effective. If any would like to test this (and the sawn-off) out for me and see if it's overpowered or not it would be much appreciated. Otherwise i'll test it on my next playthrough.
  13. Blackened

    Blackened I should set a cutom tite

    Jun 29, 2008
    lol, did you used the animation for being killed by burst (the less violent one)? Because your animation looks just like it.

    But it's good anyway. And I like the idea.
  14. Recon Rover Rick

    Recon Rover Rick It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Aug 21, 2008
    Despite what hollywood would have you believe, sawn off shotguns don't actually have much larger spreads than regular shotguns; however, the recoil tends to increase a large amount. Really, the only advantages sawn off shotguns have are being able to be hidden more easily than a full sized shotgun. So, making the sawn off shotgun a burst weapon doesn't make much sense. Neat idea though.
  15. Josan12

    Josan12 Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 15, 2007
    That may be true but according to the game item description:

    "Now the wide spread of this hand-cannon's short-barreled shots makes it perfect for short-range crowd control"

    And according to wikipedia:

    "Shortening the length of a shotgun barrel does not significantly affect the pattern or spread of the pellets until it is decreased under 50% of the original [6]. The pattern is primarily impacted by the type of cartridge fired and the choke, or constriction normally found at the muzzle of a shotgun barrel. Cutting off the end of the barrel will remove the choke, which generally only extends about two inches (about 5 cm) inward from the muzzle. This results in a cylinder bore, which causes the widest spread generally found in shotgun barrels. For an even wider pattern, special "spreader chokes" or "spreader loads" can be used, that are designed to spread the shot further."

    So essentially: there's pretty much always a way to explain a way for something to be anything you want ..... :shock: (wow that was a mouthfull)
  16. Recon Rover Rick

    Recon Rover Rick It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Aug 21, 2008
    Hmm, granted, granted. :D
  17. Unno

    Unno First time out of the vault

    Mar 17, 2009
    ..I'm surprised that SuAside hasn't gotten his paws over this one, I've noticed he's.. into firearms. 8-)

    Don't know if it's an option, but why not make a new weapon. Something like a "triple barrel shotgun", and attach that animation to it. Just a wild thought... tho' - can't stress it enough. :drunk:

    Watch how SuAside bushwhacks me, for saying "triple barrel shotgun". :look:
  18. Kanhef

    Kanhef Vault Dweller

    Sep 2, 2007
    Not sure how realistic this is, but you could make a modified grenade launcher that fires three shells at once (i.e. clustered in a triangle to fill the barrel). I figure that would have a great spread, especially if the barrel is short, and a correspondingly horrible effective range.

    A crazier idea is to make a rocket-shaped shell, filled with 1/4 or 1/2 inch ball bearings. Load one of those into a rocket launcher and it will pulverize anything it hits. Good range with the heavy shot and large explosive charge propelling it.
  19. Unno

    Unno First time out of the vault

    Mar 17, 2009
    Okay... 'was way off. I thought you wanted to give the sawn-off a gun-like animation. 'Saw the Road Warrior mentioned, and my first thought was: "he's wielding it with one hand". -Got 5:20, in the morning, here, so my perception is.. really low. :tired:

    Back to it... IMO, handguns with some kind of a "semi-burst" mode, sound interesting, to say the least.., but anything added to the game, that was not originally intended, might bring the impression.. of them being "overpowered". -Then again, how much Action Points would this use up, without the traits/perks? :scratch:

    Sounds, somewhat, acceptable. -Fast Shot trait might bring some overpowering elements.. as it can be taken, very, early on...