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Mon, Jan 25

Feldfeld added a comment to D3476: [gameplay] A24 Cavalry speed reduction / build time increase.

Not really. We had two +10% cavalry speed technologies, now only one +10%. Before we had a +20% health increase for all cavalry, now it affects only champion cavalry and a new one with +10% health.

Fair points. The speed technologies were quite expensive though.

Mon, Jan 25, 8:08 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D3476: [gameplay] A24 Cavalry speed reduction / build time increase.

In general the ranged cavalry was very nerfed compared to the a23. Now you need stables for mass training, range and attack is reduced, spear cavalry has its bonus increased and sword cavalry is more effective against ranged units, including cavalry of course.

To compensate there are 2 new technologies for cavalry (speed and health) whereas infantry doesn't get any of this. Also now forge technologies that affect cavalry also affects infantry so it makes it a bit easier for cav player since sometimes they will want to fight with infantry too.
The train time of cavalry has been relatively reduced compared to infantry (+2 seconds for infantry when they were at 10, +1 second for cavalry when they were at 15 iirc) so it makes them easier to mass. Also persian for example has 2 technologies that reduces train time by 10% for archer cav
Range is reduced but spread as well so they are more accurate.
The formation change makes it easier to hit and run.

Mon, Jan 25, 7:16 PM

Wed, Jan 20

Feldfeld accepted D3430: [gameplay] balance iber champion cavalry damage.

Good for me, the fire values before the patch had very little effect.

Wed, Jan 20, 10:27 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D3430: [gameplay] balance iber champion cavalry damage.

I think Freagarach's values are a bit more natural, it makes fire damage more continuous.

Wed, Jan 20, 10:03 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2988: [gameplay] replace corral technology .

I used svn's context menu on windows.
I asked someone else and they also could apply the patch just fine so no problem.

Wed, Jan 20, 3:48 PM
Feldfeld updated the diff for D2852: [gameplay] Tweak maurya worker elephant stats.

Can do that.

Wed, Jan 20, 1:34 PM
Feldfeld updated the diff for D2852: [gameplay] Tweak maurya worker elephant stats.

Rebased

Wed, Jan 20, 1:01 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D3431: [gameplay] Increase ram damage.

This is blatantly untrue. They had 150 crush / 1.5 s in A21, A22, A23 and still do in A24.

I guess borg looked at roman ram and forgot about the bonus. That number also felt familiar to me.
I'm also fine with not changing because of the new siege technologies and also because after all there were a lot of complaints about rams in a23

Wed, Jan 20, 11:05 AM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2988: [gameplay] replace corral technology .

I had this error on applying the patch:

Wed, Jan 20, 10:14 AM
Feldfeld added a comment to D3430: [gameplay] balance iber champion cavalry damage.

I think there is an issue with the patch (file path)

Wed, Jan 20, 10:09 AM
Feldfeld added a comment to D3430: [gameplay] balance iber champion cavalry damage.

I see. Then just in case I will do some experiments with the new values I think.

Wed, Jan 20, 9:25 AM
Feldfeld accepted D2878: [gameplay] update siege techs..

Indeed as of right now siege technologies are almost never researched. Looking at the modifications the new values seem good, nothing will be broken.

Wed, Jan 20, 9:17 AM
Feldfeld added a comment to D3430: [gameplay] balance iber champion cavalry damage.

Indeed as of right now iber champion cavalry's fire damage has very little effect. I like the proposals in this patch, either borg or Freagarach values
That said are Freagarach's values really equivalent? For example if an iber champion cavalry constantly attacks a building, is the 'Duration' constantly extended or something different happens?

Wed, Jan 20, 9:10 AM
Feldfeld added a comment to D3431: [gameplay] Increase ram damage.

I agree with this line of thought (there's also the fact that if a bunch of sword champions are garrisoned in a fortress for exemple, and that a ram attack if, then they can unload, melt it in 1-2 seconds and go back in)
That said their cost was a bit reduced. Just in case I'll try to talk to Valihrant today about this patch.

Wed, Jan 20, 9:00 AM
Feldfeld accepted D3366: [gameplay] Rework attack forge techs.

I like this patch because it goes well with the defense upgrades rework that is already in, and it will not (or at least, less) lock players into an army composition they invested in (like they can switch from cav to infantry and vice versa if they have to)
That said the first technology might be a bit expensive but I think it's an improvement.

Wed, Jan 20, 8:46 AM
Feldfeld accepted D2988: [gameplay] replace corral technology .

Good for me.
The reason I want to see this in a24 is that it will act as a buff to corraling, encouraging players to consider this option.

Wed, Jan 20, 8:41 AM
Feldfeld accepted D3404: [gameplay] make gather technologies less effective.

My proposition.
I think I remember Valihrant agreeing with that too when we played a game.

Wed, Jan 20, 8:40 AM

Tue, Jan 19

Feldfeld added a comment to D2988: [gameplay] replace corral technology .

Oh and yes, I think it would be a good call to raise cattle time like you said

Tue, Jan 19, 8:21 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2988: [gameplay] replace corral technology .

Indeed they are, I rather like it, but since this patch goes a little bit against my policy which is to be careful of patches that could change balance in a not 100% known way just before balancing freeze, I would invite other players to state if they feel it's dangerous

Tue, Jan 19, 8:20 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2988: [gameplay] replace corral technology .

Could you elaborate? I'm confused now, 25% of what? And 20 to 40 s looks better than 30 to 60 s, doesn't it?

When writing this post I didn't see that you already modified the patch, but I meant a 25% reduction from animals original training time.
Now the new values are a buff of corrals, which I'm good with. However I don't know the stance of other players about it.

Tue, Jan 19, 8:09 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D3374: [gameplay] tweak ranged attack projectile values.

I initiated the idea of reducing range because my feeling was that archers were possibly too strong, and that it would also make the game a bit nicer (and also fixed buildings range).
My fears for this patch is that it will have unknown effects for balance, it could change quite a bit the balance between ranged units, and we don't have the time or the means to do proper tests for a24

Tue, Jan 19, 7:42 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2988: [gameplay] replace corral technology .

It could work, although i'd prefer 25%, but I think an additionnal problem with this approach is that train time values are supposed to look good in the beginning if you see what I mean

Tue, Jan 19, 7:18 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D3407: [gameplay] Add food/researchtime cost to reformed_army / traditional_army.

If the question is between having a cost or not for this tech, I'm fine with anything I guess. I'd also have been fine with keeping training in fortress.

Tue, Jan 19, 6:34 PM
Feldfeld requested changes to D2988: [gameplay] replace corral technology .

This patch nerfs corralling to the ground (and it was already difficult and arguably subpar against farming). There needs to be some compensation, like reducing base animal training stats by quite a bit (like the values after researching the technology that is getting removed)

Tue, Jan 19, 6:07 PM

Mon, Jan 18

Feldfeld added a comment to D3404: [gameplay] make gather technologies less effective.

I'll copy my arguments from the balancing PM here:
"2 things changed that lead toward the same effects: the effect of economy technologies have been increased a lot for the early phases of the game (from +15% to +25% for anything that is not food, +15% to +20% for food I believe). Secondly, the train time of citizen soldiers and women also increased.

Mon, Jan 18, 8:00 AM

Thu, Jan 14

Feldfeld updated the diff for D2830: Alpine Mountains random map.

Adjusted player placement so that they spawn further apart (on low player numbers) which reduces the imbalance in player positions.
I didn't yet replace the unreachable trees on mountains by their actor variation, because some of them are placed with a TerrainPainter which requires a template.

Thu, Jan 14, 8:45 AM

Tue, Jan 12

Feldfeld updated the diff for D2830: Alpine Mountains random map.

Adjusted values in previously deprecated functions

Tue, Jan 12, 9:12 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2830: Alpine Mountains random map.

Well probably not actually otherwise the deprecated functions placeholder wouldn't be needed. Plus I just reread the ticket so indeed there is no equivalence. I'll adjust the values if necessary

Tue, Jan 12, 8:44 PM
Feldfeld updated the diff for D2830: Alpine Mountains random map.

If I recall from my whacky memories, createObjectGroupsDeprecated is equivalent to a createObjectGroups call with a retryFactor of 0, is that correct?

Tue, Jan 12, 8:41 PM
Feldfeld updated the diff for D2828: Flood fill algorithm to check tile connections.

Bug fix required for D2830 to work.

Tue, Jan 12, 7:28 PM
Feldfeld updated the diff for D2830: Alpine Mountains random map.

Hi, after I realized that the look of this version of the map might not be as bad as I thought back then, I decided to rebase it to open it once again for feedback.
When evaluating the look of the map I recommend to sometimes generate it with the fog of war, as seeing it from a players perspective can be different from having all revealed.

Tue, Jan 12, 7:19 PM

Jul 4 2020

Feldfeld added a comment to D2846: [gameplay] tweak spartans_agoge tech..

In a21 where champions were more used, spartan and macedonian champions were quite popular with the previous values of the technologies, which encourages me to think the techs shouldn't be buffed too much.

Jul 4 2020, 1:13 PM
Feldfeld accepted D2861: [gameplay] differentiate African and Indian war elephants.

I also wondered why they were the same when I started the game. The values look good to me. Still ping @borg-

Jul 4 2020, 1:09 PM

Jul 3 2020

Feldfeld added a comment to D2846: [gameplay] tweak spartans_agoge tech..

Understandably so. If the train time is removed then the tech should at least cost equal amount of resources than the macedonian silver shields (like now)

Jul 3 2020, 9:59 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2846: [gameplay] tweak spartans_agoge tech..

I'm fine with it too but the fact that macedonian champions are almost equal to spartan ones, but train 10% faster bothers me a bit but arguably this is compensated by tech cost.

Jul 3 2020, 9:45 PM
Feldfeld accepted D2856: [gameplay] redo nisean_horses technology.

Discard the preceding post, it was not up to date. The changes look good to me

Jul 3 2020, 9:20 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2846: [gameplay] tweak spartans_agoge tech..

I completely missed that he changed the stats (had probably another version in mind), then it is fine. Now spartan champion might be a little bit too strong but this is probably fine.

Jul 3 2020, 9:18 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2846: [gameplay] tweak spartans_agoge tech..
In D2846#122473, @Stan wrote:

@Feldfeld care to accept again if it's good?

Jul 3 2020, 9:06 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2856: [gameplay] redo nisean_horses technology.

The changes are good for war horses
For silvershields, the tech will still remain better than the spartan agoge. (macedonian spear champion remain a little bit stronger and train faster than the spartan equivalent after the techs). This is not necessarily a problem by itself but I just want that this is recognized before accepting the patch.

Jul 3 2020, 9:05 PM

Jul 2 2020

Feldfeld added a comment to D2853: [gameplay] adjust elephant template values.

Feel free to suggest different values.

I would suggest not to change champion elephant stat so as to keep current balance for them (which has been achieved by the patch I linked)

Jul 2 2020, 10:05 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2853: [gameplay] adjust elephant template values.

I don't understand (in particular the values @borg- suggested), this nullifies half of the work done in D2575(@ValihrAnt). Having hack attack is justified by elephants being good against humans, the walk speed could be justified by armor values (but I can understand why we would want it to be the same as other elephants, that works too).

Jul 2 2020, 7:41 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2854: [gameplay] introduce centre tech progression.

Does it affect the regeneration rate of all buildings ?

No, not all structures, only centres, colonies, and crannogs are affected by these technologies:
"affects": ["CivilCentre"],

Jul 2 2020, 6:41 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2854: [gameplay] introduce centre tech progression.

Does it affect the regeneration rate of all buildings ?

Jul 2 2020, 5:55 PM
Lionkanzen awarded D2852: [gameplay] Tweak maurya worker elephant stats a Like token.
Jul 2 2020, 5:28 PM
Feldfeld added inline comments to D2852: [gameplay] Tweak maurya worker elephant stats.
Jul 2 2020, 4:13 PM
Feldfeld added inline comments to D2852: [gameplay] Tweak maurya worker elephant stats.
Jul 2 2020, 2:46 PM
Feldfeld created D2852: [gameplay] Tweak maurya worker elephant stats.
Jul 2 2020, 2:18 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2846: [gameplay] tweak spartans_agoge tech..

The changes are good. Small thing to note though, this makes the upgrade arguably inferior to the macedonian silver shields upgrade (especially for the train time increase). I don't know if this should be considered a problem or not.

Jul 2 2020, 1:33 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2837: Stop dodging arrows by spamclicking or patrol: Waste time turning.

After quick playtest I don't think it will have much impact on gameplay for everything not related to combat. For combat (raiding in particular) there might be a need for multiplayer testgames to get a better feel of it.

Jul 2 2020, 1:24 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2837: Stop dodging arrows by spamclicking or patrol: Waste time turning.

I think that this nerfs dance up to a reasonable point. Here are some details I got from my testing :
First note that when testing (for everyone that is interested in that) it's important to know the difference between singleplayer and multiplayer. In multiplayer, IIRC there is 1 turn every 0.5 seconds (which makes traditional dancing easier). In singleplayer, things are much smoother. When testing, you should go multiplayer -> Host game (even if no other human players will join you).

  • There is one variant of dancing i came up with trying to break this patch, however it works only in singleplayer, not in multiplayer (because somehow this requires perfect timing). It consists in clicking a resource and then repeatly hit the stop hotkey, then back to work hotkey, then stop hotkey again etc. Works a bit differently between attack stances and no attack stances. As i said it shouldn't be a problem but i say it just in case.
  • Even if formation dancing is not fixed this should be less of a problem (because it is easier to call out formation dancing) but some players that don't care could still do it i guess.
  • Other than that it is still possible to dance between resources (depending on the situation this can require good accuracy from the player though) but despite that it's still good to not waste time turning going for ressources / buildings for the gameplay I think. That also is made a bit easier to call out, and impossible to do for heroes, very situational for cavalry. Dancing with infantry citizen soldiers is harder due to low speed and HP. (But in the end still possible).
Jul 2 2020, 10:28 AM

Jul 1 2020

Feldfeld added a comment to D2821: [gameplay] tweak military structure costs.
In D2821#122209, @borg- wrote:

What about increase cost of brit stable to 300w? since can train dogs now.

Jul 1 2020, 2:16 PM

Jun 30 2020

Feldfeld added a comment to D2841: [gameplay] split Celtic civ bonuses.

This can be an interesting idea to nerf celtic civilisations. One thing to discuss would be if that makes sense to make a separation when the justification of that tech is for celtic structures. I would be interested in the opinions of Valihrant and borg on this.
Also, just to makes sure, does that give back the 5 population increase on docks for gauls ?

Jun 30 2020, 10:58 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2845: [gameplay] change phase bonuses.

Units don't get increases in other stats (e.g. armour, attack damage, resource gather rates) automatically from phasing up, separate technologies are for that, so why should phases increase citizen health?

They shouldn't necessarily do that, but all current numbers for balancing depend more or less from that. Removing health increase will nerf citizen soldiers and can lead to unknown consequences

Jun 30 2020, 10:40 PM
Feldfeld accepted D2835: [gameplay] Increase cost of "upgrade mercenaries rank" tech..

Looks good

Jun 30 2020, 4:07 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2845: [gameplay] change phase bonuses.

Different players have different play styles. Not everyone is interested in competitive multiplayer. Many people are perfectly happy with single-player vs the Petra AI.
The point is that these phase stat increases strongly favour a particular play style, punishing players wanting to explore different strategies.

But isn't that the point of gameplay balancing ? By removing the scaling of RegenRate you will either heavily favour focusing on capturing things in the late game, or you will make trying to capture useless in early game, or maybe both. It will punish players wanting to try different strategies and, if that turns out to be a balance problem, could lead to the usual complaints on the forum, which should also be perfectly valid for single players, and that will be a bit different than "I'm in the Village phase and researched 0 technologies, my opponent is in City phase, and I die, how could this be happening?". Plus I don't think think this prevents players to go with other strategies if they ever wish to. They can stay in the Village phase for a long time if they ever wish to, but first, they should expect it to be inferior, and then, if they don't want to compensate with some other smart ressource spending choices (like training more soldiers), they should reduce the level of the AI. Plus, the AI should be quite bad at exploiting players weaknesses.

Jun 30 2020, 3:40 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2845: [gameplay] change phase bonuses.

For me it makes sense that regeneration rate scales through the game. As a game advances the attacker will be able to output more capture power while the defender will not be able to garrison much more units. The current values seem good now.

The problem with this is that it effectively means a severe penalty for everyone who's not advanced to the city phase. Suppose player A rushes to city phase and player B stays in village phase. Then if A attacks B, each garrisoned unit equals one champion; if B attacks A, each garrisoned unit equals ten citizen soldiers.

Jun 30 2020, 1:59 PM
Feldfeld accepted D2686: [gameplay] tweak pyramids and wonder costs and auras.

Good changes. I still kind of wish small pyramid to be just a little bit cheaper but new values are an improvement.
The monumental architecture technology, either before or after the patch will probably not be used much, but it's good that it got cheaper.

Jun 30 2020, 1:48 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2845: [gameplay] change phase bonuses.

For me it makes sense that regeneration rate scales through the game. As a game advances the attacker will be able to output more capture power while the defender will not be able to garrison much more units. The current values seem good now.
For the health change, I don't know. This is an indirect buff to champions, towers and fortresses and it is difficult to see how gameplay will be changed.
I don't consider phasing up to be too strong now. Players can decide to phase up earlier when they expect fights to happen for the HP increase, but that's an investment of a good amount of ressources that could be spent somewhere else. The primary benefit of phasing up is unlocking economic techs in current meta (it is also often motivated by territory increase in 1v1s). This could change a bit depending of how the game changes of course but I think right now it's in a good position.
The changes of territorial increase could decrease just a bit the interest of expanding with another CC in town phase but nothing crazy.

Jun 30 2020, 12:14 PM

Jun 29 2020

Feldfeld added a comment to D2792: [gameplay] Balance Advanced and Elite Tech..

The only technologies that do are advanced_unit_bonus.json, elite_unit_bonus.json, and special_war_horses.json

There are the phasing tech that give HP bonus. That brings spear cavalry to over 300 HP if advanced and about 360 HP if elite.

Jun 29 2020, 6:24 PM · Restricted Project
Feldfeld added a comment to D2792: [gameplay] Balance Advanced and Elite Tech..

{ "value": "Heal/HP", "add": 5, "affects": "Healer" },
is rather excessive (basic healers have a value of 5). Could you replace it with e.g.

		{ "value": "Heal/Rate", "multiply": 0.8 }?

I think that indeed basic healers are too weak but promoted healers are probably too strong, maybe overall changes could be done in another patch. I think @borg- had ideas for them.

Jun 29 2020, 1:00 PM · Restricted Project

Jun 28 2020

Feldfeld added a comment to D2839: [gameplay] remove the build time malus from greek structures.

Also the consistency is not strictly held through all the game. There is special_colonisation.json for Carthage, and special_hellenistic_metropolis.json that doubles the HP of civil centres (but is quite specific)

Jun 28 2020, 8:56 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2792: [gameplay] Balance Advanced and Elite Tech..

I have personally always disliked our promotion system. It gives no real choice to the player, and it stems from a weird vision of historical perspective where people would be more or less specialised towards combat, but this is completely inaccurate anyways -> the warfare division was generally based on social class, not on 'experience'.

My question is simple -> Are the current values of these techs actually a problem in-game? I would agree that in general I would expect most melee units to die anyways, so promotions seems irrelevant.
If it's simply a change because you dislike the promotion system, I would actually go all the way and simply remove it entirely.

If it's a necessary balance change, then I would like to see some more motivation for it in the comments.

Jun 28 2020, 8:29 PM · Restricted Project
Feldfeld added a comment to D2828: Flood fill algorithm to check tile connections.

Just in case, I'm waiting for either a consensus or a decision by @FeXoR before updating my patch. I saw P212
This patch was intended as a connectivity test but I'm fine with changing it to return an Area.
The reason I didn't check against constraints instead of Tileclasses was because I didn't check how they worked under the hood (and, again, I wanted quickly something to work with my map), but that sounds better indeed.

Jun 28 2020, 7:59 PM

Jun 27 2020

Feldfeld added a comment to D2840: [gameplay] Fix values in "heal rate" techs..

The values are correct in fact. Multiplying the reload time by 0.8 corresponds to a 25% heal rate increase ( 1 / 0.8 = 1.25) Just like if you multiply the reload time by 0 you won't have a 100% increase but an infinite one instead

Jun 27 2020, 10:52 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2835: [gameplay] Increase cost of "upgrade mercenaries rank" tech..

Or remove the food and make it metal only?

Jun 27 2020, 6:55 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2839: [gameplay] remove the build time malus from greek structures.

The reason the build time increases is to keep the health/second repair speed unchanged. I disagree with removing it. Other technologies and civ bonuses do this as well. See e.g. cart_walls.json, celt_structures.json, maur_walls.json and buildtime_walls_rubble.json, health_walls_geometric_masonry.json, persian_architecture.json.

All the other technologies/bonuses have a justification gameplay (balance) wise for their changes. As an example, celt_structures.json is a strong economic bonus and sacrificing building health is still quite good for it. For the technologies, since the build time change isn't applied before the technology is researched that makes it a good bonus. (And even for buildings that are built after the technologies are researched, there is no economic snowball so this remain quite good).
I would like to say that keeping the build time / building health ratio is not important here but that's just me I guess

Jun 27 2020, 6:39 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2835: [gameplay] Increase cost of "upgrade mercenaries rank" tech..

This could be okay values, but what about 500 food and 500 metal ? For me it would make sense that this tech cost more metal. If that's too much maybe 400 food 400 metal ?

Jun 27 2020, 6:05 PM
Feldfeld created D2839: [gameplay] remove the build time malus from greek structures.
Jun 27 2020, 6:01 PM
Feldfeld accepted D2792: [gameplay] Balance Advanced and Elite Tech..

The current values for this patch seem good.

Jun 27 2020, 8:40 AM · Restricted Project

Jun 26 2020

Feldfeld added a comment to D2837: Stop dodging arrows by spamclicking or patrol: Waste time turning.

I use svn on windows, did "apply patch". I think build is usually done automatically when updating so I don't know how to do it.

Jun 26 2020, 10:26 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2837: Stop dodging arrows by spamclicking or patrol: Waste time turning.

I have errors trying this patch

Jun 26 2020, 10:23 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2792: [gameplay] Balance Advanced and Elite Tech..

Doesn't lowering the melee attack damage increase make melee soldiers relatively weaker compared to ranged soldiers, though?

A small bit, but it isn't going to change the snowball effect ranged soldiers could have

Jun 26 2020, 12:43 PM · Restricted Project

Jun 25 2020

Feldfeld added a comment to D2792: [gameplay] Balance Advanced and Elite Tech..

How about ranged attack damage?

Generally, in current meta, melee units die before they have the chance to get promoted or soon after, while ranged units have an easier time being promoted because of meat shield dying instead of them. A ranged attack damage bonus could lead to a snowball effect that would probably be too big

Jun 25 2020, 5:16 PM · Restricted Project
Feldfeld added a comment to D1400: [gameplay] Hero aura revision.

I'm not sure what is going on here but hero auras could really use some uniqueness. I feel like everything is some sort of +% attack / +1 armour / movement seped which kinda makes it monotone and boring

Yes, but the problem is that there are (much) more heroes than possible aura ideas it sounds like. The problem with that one aura that got removed is that it was not historically accurate.

Jun 25 2020, 4:58 PM
Feldfeld updated the diff for D1400: [gameplay] Hero aura revision.

Small fixes, change the aura of one more hero

Jun 25 2020, 4:52 PM

Jun 24 2020

Feldfeld added a comment to D2792: [gameplay] Balance Advanced and Elite Tech..
In D2792#121459, @borg- wrote:

Actually I don't think skiri would need to be changed even with this patch, after they're trained they either build or go fight directly anyway. After this patch they will still have a 30% gathering reduction applaying 2 times which is still quite a bit.
Mercenaries are a bit more dangerous though.

Ok, I will make changes to the tech of the mercenaries, but in another patch, ok?

The current cost of tech is very low. Only one armor tech in the blacksmith costs much more than the tech of mercenaries, , which besides armor and other attributes are gained.

Jun 24 2020, 4:13 PM · Restricted Project
Feldfeld added a comment to D2792: [gameplay] Balance Advanced and Elite Tech..

Actually I don't think skiri would need to be changed even with this patch, after they're trained they either build or go fight directly anyway. After this patch they will still have a 30% gathering reduction applaying 2 times which is still quite a bit.
Mercenaries are a bit more dangerous though.

Jun 24 2020, 1:35 PM · Restricted Project
Feldfeld added a comment to D2792: [gameplay] Balance Advanced and Elite Tech..

I can see why why we would want that change. After all, the rate at which promoted units gather feels unnaturally slow, and the 30% reduction as proposed feels reasonable. But well the concern is how it would change balance, if mercenary / skirtai become too strong. It depends if a strategy of almost only training mercenary units and relying on superior fighting power of units could become too strong or not. I can't judge as I don't see what other changes @borg- will do in that regard, but the following could be considered : making the mercenary tech more expensive and/or reducing the melee attack bonus from 20% to 10%. It feels like melee units benefit more from promoting than ranged units anyway so this could also help making the gameplay feel more natural.
tl/dr I like the general idea, just need to make sure no imbalance comes from this

Jun 24 2020, 12:52 PM · Restricted Project

Jun 22 2020

Feldfeld abandoned D2829: Add perlin and simplex noise functions.

It's not justified to have this in the codebase.

Jun 22 2020, 8:01 PM
Feldfeld updated the diff for D2830: Alpine Mountains random map.

Here is what i got so far using Noise2D. The mountains feel to thin no matter how i change the parameters, difficult to find a good result.

Jun 22 2020, 7:14 PM
Feldfeld updated the diff for D2828: Flood fill algorithm to check tile connections.

For the credits, well just put my nickname I guess. I had another diff which modified it but I think it's pretty dead

Jun 22 2020, 4:37 PM
Feldfeld added inline comments to D2828: Flood fill algorithm to check tile connections.
Jun 22 2020, 12:24 PM
Feldfeld updated the diff for D2828: Flood fill algorithm to check tile connections.
Jun 22 2020, 12:21 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2829: Add perlin and simplex noise functions.

It looks like I had an issue of scaling. I will abandon this revision if I'm able to find good values in my map using Noise.js

Jun 22 2020, 12:11 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2829: Add perlin and simplex noise functions.

Well, first I didn't notice them while making my map, however once I saw them and tried them I had weird results. I could give it another try

Jun 22 2020, 11:44 AM
Feldfeld updated the diff for D2830: Alpine Mountains random map.

Fixed the bug.

Jun 22 2020, 10:37 AM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2830: Alpine Mountains random map.

Huh, looks like there is a bug where players starting entities don't get properly deleted upon restart. Don't know how I missed that, will need to fix.

Jun 22 2020, 10:04 AM
Feldfeld updated the diff for D2830: Alpine Mountains random map.
Jun 22 2020, 9:56 AM
Feldfeld changed the visibility for D2830: Alpine Mountains random map.
Jun 22 2020, 9:49 AM
Feldfeld changed the visibility for D2828: Flood fill algorithm to check tile connections.
Jun 22 2020, 9:49 AM
Feldfeld changed the visibility for D2829: Add perlin and simplex noise functions.
Jun 22 2020, 9:49 AM
Feldfeld updated the summary of D2829: Add perlin and simplex noise functions.
Jun 22 2020, 9:45 AM
Feldfeld created D2830: Alpine Mountains random map.
Jun 22 2020, 9:42 AM
Feldfeld created D2829: Add perlin and simplex noise functions.
Jun 22 2020, 9:14 AM
Feldfeld created D2828: Flood fill algorithm to check tile connections.
Jun 22 2020, 9:07 AM

Jun 20 2020

Feldfeld added a comment to D2815: [gameplay] give all civs rams.

I think that patch has some advantages

  • Could make the siege workshop feel less empty overall for some civs (it's in the game right ?)
  • Gives another option for some civs to attack building : both rams and elephants have a way to be destroyed very quickly when the defender is well prepared, however the ideal units used to destroy the rams are different from those that kill the elephants. So another option is welcomed.
  • Possibly a tool to battle rams but as @borg- said it's far from ideal.
Jun 20 2020, 8:56 AM

Jun 18 2020

Feldfeld added a comment to D1400: [gameplay] Hero aura revision.

But if only some are changed and other heroes are left untouched, wouldn't that distort gameplay balance?

Not more than it is now, since the patch aims at fixing auras of the weakest heroes to match the strongest, or have some sort of usefulness. But i'll try changing auras of other heroes if I have some ideas.

Jun 18 2020, 1:40 PM
Feldfeld updated the diff for D1400: [gameplay] Hero aura revision.

Changed Alexander, Boudicca and Philip auras and fixed Xerxes

Jun 18 2020, 1:16 PM
Feldfeld added a comment to D1400: [gameplay] Hero aura revision.

It's probably best to have a critical look at all hero auras in game.

There are some other heroes that could use a small buff, like Boudica as mentionned in another patch, but the ones addressed in this patch are the priority I think.

Jun 18 2020, 8:08 AM
Feldfeld added a comment to D2686: [gameplay] tweak pyramids and wonder costs and auras.

Well, that's a shame for the train time aura. I really liked that idea. Now for the military aura change, I guess it's fine, I would consider perhaps reverting large pyramid cost to 400 400 because that could make defensive positions quite strong. Not sure.
I think there is a mistake in the templates, the small pyramid food cost was changed instead of stone. I would consider making the small pyramid cheaper, like 200 stone 100 metal, but I guess that goes in dangerous territory.

Jun 18 2020, 8:00 AM