Self Test

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Trojan169
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Self Test

Postby Trojan169 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:18 pm

Is there any way in which you can test your own network by trying to hack it yourself. I think this would be a great thing to do it would help you build stronger defences

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Re: Self Test

Postby Luminaar » Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:22 pm

Trojan169 wrote:Is there any way in which you can test your own network by trying to hack it yourself. I think this would be a great thing to do it would help you build stronger defences
Testing your own network was very much considered, way back in the beta. :) While it certainly would be a useable tool for helping players build strong defences, we found there were a few negative aspects to implementing this. A big reason why this wasn't added was due to their being a very high risk of discouraging players from actively playing the game, and preventing them from adapting and changing their network once it's tweaked to "perfection". There was also a risk that players would spend more time "attacking/testing" themselves than others!

To get the same or better results of testing your own network, we hope that players will engage with their friends to request a 'test hack' from each other by using the simulation feature. Not only does this method of testing result in not losing programs or resources, we also believe that other attacking players will find strengths/weaknesses in a base that a player wouldn't be able to detect themselves! In addition to that, we believe it's a lot more interesting, gameplay and entertainment wise, to view someone else attacking you and analyzing where things can be improved.

All that being said, we are aware some players want this feature :D and we may reconsider adding it in the future.
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Re: Self Test

Postby TheLurkingRage » Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:35 am

Trojan169 wrote:Is there any way in which you can test your own network by trying to hack it yourself. I think this would be a great thing to do it would help you build stronger defences


This is how I did it:
Way before the Facebook friends feature, I used to do a whole set of calculations, basically hacking myself in paper. It all comes down to that in this game, essentially. After a while I no longer needed to calculate anything since I'd done it so many times that I'd memorized the stats of every program and node so all I had to do was look at a network and I'd now exactly what was wrong with it and where it could be improved by simply picturing the most efficient way to hack it.

Alternatively you can just make a new account, add yourself on Facebook and hack your own network that way. You won't learn much if you don't dive into the math of it all. Turning to others for help often leads to a flawed understanding of what makes a network secure vs what doesn't. For example, you can have someone who plays with just Beam Cannons test your network that utilizes node attack priorities to its advantage and they might say it's a good network so you'll think you're doing things right. Then a Shuriken user comes along and hacks it completely with seemingly little effort. I witnessed this first hand, and saw it happen to others all the time. Ultimately, there is no perfect network and to make the best network you can, you must understand the math behind it all.

Here's a few videos to help you understand the importance of doing the math to get a grasp of the many different strategies you can implement to make a better layout:
https://youtu.be/oYDHKwPIkKs
https://youtu.be/WP0yQNrxbw4
https://youtu.be/GH2hbvNAQhM
https://youtu.be/ik8jtpvcSXI

In short, you can hack yourself with another account, but if you truly want to improve, then you'll need to understand the nodes and programs to do some calculations and make the best layout you can for your network.
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