Ride-On bombs flaky since 3 December 2018 update

(Jim Mattson) #1

Many times over the past few days, I’ve punched my arrow on the ZCA map when encountering a new group of riders, and…fizzle. The perimeter circle goes away and slowly refills as the next Ride-On bomb arms, but no Ride-Ons are given out. If I try again after re-arming, a handful of Ride-Ons might go out, or they might not. Checking on individual nearby Zwifters, I can dole out Ride-Ons one-at-a-time, and that still works fine.

Is this a bug, or have Ride-On bombs been nerfed deliberately? Just curious.

(Vincent W.) #2

Investigating! Edit: Are you Ride-On bombing on PC or iOS?

(Jim Mattson) #3

I am Zwifting on Windows 10, using ZCA on iOS to Ride-On bomb.

Note that I’ve been seeing the same problem both before and after the 6 December 2018 ZCA update. It all seems to have started with the 3 December Zwift update.

(Aaron Zwanzig) #4

I can confirm that Ride-On bombs are inconsistent. I noticed when I recently hit Level 12 and started climbing Alpe du Zwift. On my descent I like to bomb the climbers that I pass using ZCA on an Android device. When I hit my arrow icon on the mini-map the circle representing the effect area pulses and fades and the recharge timing circle runs, but I see the thumb icons representing Ride-Ons issued appear in the mini-map about half the time.

Edit to add: I’m running Zwift on ATV4K along with ZCA on Galaxy S7 Edge.

(Vincent W.) #5

@Aaron_Zwanzig and @Jim_Mattson what could be happening is that you’ve already given Ride On’s to people in that same session, so the Ride Bomb won’t “affect” those same Zwifters. Ride-On bomb’s take into account people who are close to you and who haven’t received a Ride On from you that session,

(Jim Mattson) #6

Nope. That’s not it.

(Aaron Zwanzig) #7

I don’t think that’s the case here. I don’t generally give ride ons to people descending while I’m ascending. So the ride ons i give while descending would be new and unique.

Maybe the timing and lag between the ZCA and the main game servers has something to do with it. If I’m passing them at 45mph it’s conceivable that by the time the game registers that i sent a ride on bomb, no one is still in the effective vicinity for it to affect.

(Aaron Zwanzig) #8

The bombing function worked pretty good today. I bombed 20 or so times and only had 2 or 3 duds.