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2.8.2.x and the (naval) game experience

Discussion in 'Civ4Col - We The People' started by Fürstbischof, Apr 18, 2021.

  1. modmod

    modmod Warlord

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    I think those are fine ideas.
    Mainly the second makes sense.

    Promotions directly from Europe (and I would say Port Royale) sounds better than buy XP in Europe. -> also harder to implement
     
  2. Mr. ZorG

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    there is no list as such. but those forum threads that have the [IMPLEMENTED] label indicate new implemented concepts. the [ACCEPTED] inscription indicates that the concept has been accepted for further implementation.
     
  3. modmod

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    You presented many fine ideas.

    But right now I reflect for just this tech part.

    To present as researcable technology things, like: " invention of (improved) telescopes, better guns, improved rigging, and better shipbuilding " - disagree.

    Would be much better if that became ship improvements/ equipments what you can buy/ produce/ add for individuan units - similarly like in SM Pirates.
    Technology mainly developed in Europe, so not all should be aviable on game start, but colonies hardly have much effect on such technological developments (eg. have better research than EU powers/ kings).
    Same for new ship types - those made in Europe not in the new world, save some small pirate vessels.

    But naval doctrines/ naval tradition can be researchable even in the new world.
     
  4. modmod

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    That part is clear.
    But there were a mention of techtree brainstormings during RAR, and I suppose since vanilla there were many.
     
  5. Mr. ZorG

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    yes, there is. but doesn't seem to stand out in any way.
     
  6. Nightinggale

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  7. Fürstbischof

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    Sorry for not using correct tech babble, but in an earlier post I'd already pointed out which roles ships had to fit during the colonial era:
    An upgrade of individual ships (sort of "click this button and spend 50 lumber to rebuild (=replace) your carrack into a wargalleon") will hopefully never be implemented. For good reasons ships are units and don't have crews. If you want to prevent the loss of promotions it sounds a bit like you'd like to introduce crews. IMHO ships should only be a commodity and not become iconic units. What did stay over time was only the (rising) professionalism of the navies. TBH having the ships from 1492 around in the 1770s is one of the worst design decisions of COL. The "tech" tree should be the cure for this.

    And I really hope that we don't end up with a system where I disarm my infantry and then re-arm it with the same weapons again and by doing this my Arquebusiers magically transform into Musketeers.

    [btw, if we introduce different types of guns and cannons for the evolving army units these can no longer be part of the double-row of commodities of the city and Europe screen which funnily allows us to introduce a few more yields]

    The timeline in Civ4Col is long enough to make your caravel look severely outdated once the caravela redonda and the galleon show up. That happened within 40-50 years. And you don't want to compare them with a three-decker, e.g. Victory, or even the standard ship of the line, the 74. For a short time you might want to keep your old ships around but usually the more modern ships will be significantly better. Overall size (=strength), cargo capacity/slots, speed, better withdrawal chances and higher bonuses in combat come to mind. Re prices of ships I'd even suggest to make these dirt cheap so that there is no point in keeping sluggish and low capacity ships. (re buyable ships I'm in favour of not being able to buy major warships like the ship of the line) If we introduce transport capacity for ships, a concept which is also dearly needed by our land transports to eventually fix/alleviate the auto-transport issues, we'll probably need to increase the overall number of ships if we take the historical transport capabilities of sailing ships into account. More ships is with respect to the naval side of the game an advantage.

    [Automated trade with Europe and/or colonies will mostly remove the burden of its organisation from the player. Hopefully one day we'll have naval missions which work automatically...]

    It won't ruin the game if we have only limited numbers of different naval units as long all UnitCombatTypes are filled (with historically correct ships) at any time.

    Individual promotions for ships are no longer needed if we 'constantly' rebuild our navy. What will be left is something which might technically be 'promotions' but don't have any resemblence to the earlier system. Well, the status of the training level of your ships crew (untrained - trained - capable - experienced - veteran) could be shown that way as "Crew training". "Officer training" could be used to represent the effects of naval doctrines and the professionalism of your naval officer corps (=naval tradition). [Keep in mind, that I see xp in a strict sense as combat experience.]

    Sort of...

    In my understanding a "tech" tree will allow that
    #1 The accumulation of sailing experience leads to the invention of new hull forms, sail types and improved rigging, which, combined, eventually unlock a new unit of each of the already existing UnitCombatTypes
    #2 Fighting battles in each of the unfamiliar New World terrains changes over time the specific terrain modifiers of your army units from a negative to a positive value reflecting the ability of your colonists to adapt to new terrain; these may also be learned from friendly Native tribes/allies
    #3 Tactical innovations lead to the introduction of new tactics
    #4 Technical inventions introduce new guns and cannons (since we won't exchange cannons on existing ships only the newly invented units will benefit)
    #5 Extensive naval exploration leads to the discovery and charting of tradewinds, ocean currents and eventually ports in Africa
    #6 The discovery of tradewinds and ocean currents leads to shorter travel times to Europe and Africa (certain prominent FFs can give you this knowledge ahead of time)
    #7 Extensive land exploration leads to the discovery of new yields and new professions; these may also be learned from friendly Native tribes/allies
    #8 Technical inventions, fueled by a sizeable production in the colonies, lead to the introduction of new production techniques and also to enlarged buildings
    #9 The location of your country in Europe, the location of your colonies in the Americas and their relative position to tradewinds and ocean currents will give specific modifiers to strength, speed and capacity of ships which will further individualize and differentiate ships from your European rivals (compare Spanish galleons to English/Dutch galleons) ["Shipbuilding traits"]

    By unlocking inventions the next ship of a UnitCombatType will be faster, stronger or has additional capabilities. The role and funtionality of a UnitCombatType won't change but the ships will.

    An outdated unit loses its function once a newly invented unit of the same UnitCombatType can be produced which fits its role better. It should definitely no longer benefit from inventions which might make it faster or stronger. For a few turns it could be kept around but its underperformance compared to newly build ships of the new unit will lead to its breaking up eventually. (The term "relegated to secondary tasks" comes to mind.) There was a reason that no more caravels or carracks were build past a certain date.

    Trust you? Well, that depends. You're responsible for some remarkable features but IIRC the thinly disguised railroad is still part of the mod.

    Yes, there is still a lot to be done. And that is precisely why I posted here. Not to criticize, but to show up avenues which haven't been yet pursued.

    Well, I do remember the disaster the unfinished release of Civ4Col was. I've ditched Vanilla after a very short test game and continued playing the original. ;)

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    About funny facts
    Spoiler :
    I'm a modder for a long time. By looking at the mods which I'm actively taking care of VIP is the most outstanding. During the last year I've fully translated the events.csv file into 5 more languages increasing its size from originally 3 MB to 12 MB (plain text ofc).
    Learning patience and perseverance from you? Nope.

    Another funny fact
    ...is that the original COL was the first game which I modded in 1990ies by revising the Natives in the game.
     
  8. Nightinggale

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    Technically CivEffects (hence including techs) can also disallow units. It can be done by setting iAllow to -1 (+1 enables). The system is in place and uses the same idea as BTS tech allows for consistency (helps if you know how to mod both). That doesn't mean we are going to let techs prevent players from building early units. We can if we want to, but it's not mandatory.

    The easiest way to implement this from a programming point of view is to let a CivEffect provide a free promotion to all units (all or specify group). I think we have the code for this in place already, though with the current code you have the CivEffects fixed as in you can't gain any during the game.

    This belongs in the triangle trade thread, but not a bad idea. Let plot distance have a modifier, which is set in CivEffects. That shouldn't be tricky to add from a coding perspective, but it can unlock a lot of options in xml. Also FFs can provide a CivEffect meaning it only has to be coded once even if speed boosts are from multiple sources.
     
  9. raystuttgart

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    Thanks. :)

    Most of these concepts have been designed by me yes.
    But again, for almost ever feature other modders were working on the implementation, graphics, texts, ... as well.

    Yes, that is one of my old features ... :mischief: (It is actually from one of my other old mod projects originally ...)

    I never wanted to say "trust my personal taste" because that is non-sense since each of our personal tastes are of course different. :thumbsup:

    And yes, I still love my "railroads" but also accepted that the team decided to "disguise" and total rebalance it.
    And the concept I had for it was a total different one - much more impact for gameplay - but yes I admit it: It is not hisorically correct. (At least for the specific time period.)

    I was referring to this only:
    I would really know if there were technical dependencies between Techs (in our concept it is an expanded version of Civ4BTS) and Promotions (basically also expanded version of Civ4BTS).
    If you have a totally different Tech concept in mind, of course I can not know that. You simply can not expect me to consider your personal concepts in my concepts if we never discussed and agreed them. :)

    Sure, but again, I need to start somewhere. :dunno:

    And Promotions was brought on the table in the discussions about "V's Sub Mod" so I did not want to ignore community.
    Thus all I can do is follow my instinct and do what I feel consider most logical - especially when it comes down to my pwn efforts.

    I modded it as well. But it was only with a hex-editor to make it allow multiplayer games ... :D

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    Modding is very simple actually:

    We are all free modders and each of us can simply chose to work on the topics he likes. :)
    Once somebody has an idea, he suggests it to the others and lets them vote if they want it or not.

    Nobody is forced to anything. :thumbsup:
    The only thing that is important is to have fun modding and playing.

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    Otherwise I am not really sure what we are discussing right now. :confused:

    Techs is not even close to having any concept that we all agree or find a consense.
    Thus there is also no real point or reason in discussing its impacts to Promotions.

    If with every other concept I consider I have to wait for Techs to be implemented, I might need to stop modding for the next years.
    Again, before there is a game design concept that we all like and thus there is no point to even consider it in my modding.

    I rather work on "low hanging concepts / features" first, that I can actually finish with reasonable effort.
     
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