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[C3C] Aeon III Preview

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Creation & Customization' started by MeteorPunch, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. MeteorPunch

    MeteorPunch #WINNING Supporter

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    This is an epic mod with Random Map and World map versions. The Random Map is currently for 4-12 Civs, while the World Map, which is a modified version of Rhye's 180x180 Map, is for 31 Civs. I like World Maps with real Civs, but they tend to get slow at some point and this one is no exception. I'm still making it though, because someone may like it, and the supercomputers of the future may be able to handle this old game. The Random Map version on the other hand, plays pretty fast.

    The Civs are categorized into 4 groups:

    Major - The best game play experience. More Units and Wonders
    Normal - Normal experience.
    Minor - Unplayable. These civs are "extras" for the World Map version.
    Allied - Unplayable, resource-based Civs which exist only to help with Alliance Wonders. There are additional Native American Allied Civs on the World Map version.

    Major
    China
    France
    Germany
    Greece
    India
    Italy
    Japan
    Russia
    Turkey
    United Kingdom
    United States

    Normal
    Egypt
    Iran
    Iraq
    Israel
    Korea
    Mexico
    Peru
    Saudi Arabia
    Spain
    Sudan
    Sweden
    Tunisia

    Minor
    Australia
    Canada
    Ethiopia
    Guatemala
    Mongolia
    Nigeria
    South Africa
    Thailand

    Allied
    Austria
    Brazil
    Haiti
    Hungary
    Ireland
    Netherlands
    New Zealand
    Philippines
    Poland
    Portugal
    Vietnam

    Native American Allied
    Apache
    Blackfoot
    Californian
    Cherokee
    Cheyenne
    Comanche
    Delaware
    Huron
    Iroquois
    Mississippian
    Osage
    Pawnee
    Seminole
    Sioux
    Winnebago

    All the Civs are based on modern nations. As the game progresses through time, the inhabitants of that land represent that Civ. For example, here is Iraq's first 3 sub-eras:



    There are a few things to note here.

    The 4 Tech Eras are divided into 20 different sub-eras with full compliments of units.

    Units gradually gain in strength over time, yet within each sub-era exists Civs which can be weak, normal, strong, and "era-powers." For example, many European Civs start off very weak compared to their more advanced Middle-eastern Civs. Ancient Era United Kingdom - weak, Industrial Era - strong, even "era-power" for a time. In the picture above, Sumerians are average strength, while Babylonians and Neo-Assyrians are strong.

    It's very rare, but sometimes a Civ can take a dramatic fall in power, causing new units to be weaker than previous

    When a Civ is "occupied" by another Civ, they may use that Civ's units, but with downgraded strength. For example, the Ottomans are based out of Turkey, but occupy Iraq and other Middle-eastern nations for a decent time frame.

    Civs are not balanced, fairness-wise. This leads to needing a little strategic planning when dealing with certain Civs. You probably don't want to be neighbors with many Mediterranean or Middle-eastern Civs early on, but they may be easier to tackle if you wait a bit. Conversely, taking out a European Civ before the the Middle Ages or worse, Industrial Era, can be necessary. I used culture groups for those examples, but each Civ is different in terms of when and how they are strong.

    Most Wonders are Civ-specific. You won't see the Eiffel Tower in China... unless they capture it from France.

    If you made a quality reality-based unit, it's likely to be in the game - right now there is just shy of 6000 unit entries in the editor from around 3600 unit folders. Needless to say, there's a lot of cool units with cool abilities, but there's one thing I want to mention here - The Targeting System, known in Conquests as Stealth Attack. Land units are categorized as types, which can be Targeted by other units with an ability tag. Elephant units can "Trample" on melee units. Horse-mounted units can "Flank" footmen. A modern tank can "Lock-On" and Target any land unit. Targeting only works against units with Attack/Defense strength > 0.

    This is a very basic rundown of the Target system, minus a few exceptions:



    Right now the mod is completely playable, but there is still a lot of testing and tidying up to do. I will add new posts to this thread sporadically.

    *everything subject to change*

    *Note: Aeon II didn't survive development and is getting skipped*

    Spoiler :
     
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  2. AnthonyBoscia

    AnthonyBoscia Emperor

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    Awesome. Looking forward to seeing how the minors and allied civs function on the world map.
     
  3. Nathiri

    Nathiri Commander

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    So you found time for this...?
     
  4. MeteorPunch

    MeteorPunch #WINNING Supporter

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    This is the Polish unit line. They are auto-produced for free, making the Wonder pretty valuable.


    I've spent countless hours on it, but it is something I enjoy, similar to a giant puzzle.
     
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  5. MeteorPunch

    MeteorPunch #WINNING Supporter

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    Using a very vague and contrived methodology, I've made a pseudo power-ranking system - just for fun.

    1. France
    2. United Kingdom
    3. Germany
    4. United States
    5. Italy
    6. Russia
    7. Japan
    8. China
    9. Turkey
    10. India
    11. Egypt
    12. Iran
    13. Iraq
    14. Spain
    15. Israel
    16. Greece
    17. Sweden
    18. Tunisia
    19. Mexico
    20. Korea
    21. Saudi Arabia
    22. Australia
    23. Canada
    24. Sudan
    25. Peru
    26. Nigeria
    27. Mongolia
    28. Guatemala
    29. South Africa
    30. Thailand
    31. Ethiopia
     
  6. MeteorPunch

    MeteorPunch #WINNING Supporter

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    Been doing some testing for the World Map version and have some problems involving crashes which I can't find a solution to. My only guess is that there is too much going on. Perhaps I'll try again with a smaller map, but for now will have to focus more on the Random Map version, which in my opinion is better anyway, but even still I would like to make the Map work.

    Here's a cool picture though from the testing. It's too bad - everything here is working well minus the crashes.

     
  7. Nanuk

    Nanuk Warlord

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    Nice! I'm doing a very similar approach that you've done with civs and eras on the "Earthlike" version of my mod. You're much further along than I am, though. Good work.
     
  8. MeteorPunch

    MeteorPunch #WINNING Supporter

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    Sounds cool, I'd like to see it when you finish.

    I think I found the problem that I was complaining about in my previous post. A immobile unit had the "Settle" AI strategy flagged, and was loaded onto a ship, and the game crashed when the unit tried to unload to shore. This unit also did not have Load/Unload flagged, which was correct, as it is immobile. I've noticed certain situations over the years where the AI will do something with a unit, despite what the unit is capable of doing. Another example is rebasing Air units without "Re-base" flagged.

    On another note, I'm being distracted from this by Wow Classic for at least a little while.
     
  9. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    Hey, why aren't you using my new city sets? ^_^
     
  10. MeteorPunch

    MeteorPunch #WINNING Supporter

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    Haven't gotten around to city sets yet. Also, I'm still on a Wow-induced hiatus at the moment. :lol:
     
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  11. Takhisis

    Takhisis is it fall yet

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    Liking it so far.

    /subscription post.
     
  12. Vuldacon

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    MeteorPunch... All is Looking Great!

    Yes many things the AI does that it is not suppose to do and immobile Units can cause problems. Immobile Units can be Loaded in transports when inside a City. This represents being Loaded rather than Loading itself but when a ship has Units Unload to shore rather than inside a City, it is the Units that are Unloading themselves and Immobile Units cannot Move and therefore cannot Unload and the game Freezes or Crashes.

    Another example is flagging a Unit as Wheeled and that works to prevent the Unit from moving to or Attacking Units on terrain that does not allow wheeled Units. However, IF the Unit with the Wheeled Flag has a Unit that is Not Wheeled on the same tile, the Wheeled Unit can Attack a Unit on the Non Wheeled Terrain and if the Wheeled Unit Wins the battle, it moves half way between the Non Wheeled and Wheeled Terrain. IF the enemy player tries to attack the unit between tiles, there is No Affect (cannot be injured or killed). Generally the situation will correct itself the next turn.
    I have seen this in EFZI2 where a Monster Zombie, flagged as a Wheeled Unit, Attacked an enemy Unit that was on Non Wheeled Terrain because a Zombie Nurse, Not Wheeled, was on the same tile with the Monster Zombie.
     
  13. Wolfhart

    Wolfhart The Last in Line

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    I believe the same goes for the Amphibious flag: I've seen ground units without this flag making amphibious assaults against cities when loaded on ship together with a unit with the flag.
     
  14. Civinator

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    MeteorPunch, you can use Sima Qian’s multiplayer tool for detecting the reason of those crashes. Use a save file taken short before such a crash and set one civ after the other to be played by a human player. I mostly use it by setting the civs into two groups, setting one group to be played by the human player. When starting the game and the crash is still there, the reason for the crash is in a civ of the not-human played group and that group must be treated in the same way. When it is in the group of the human player, it is mostly enough to watch the automatic moves of that civ to locate the reason of the crash.

    This procedure is an idea of Oni Ryuu, working very well for me, and in most cases these crashes resulted from the houseboat-bug.
     
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  15. Nanuk

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    I forgot about this! Thanks for mentioning it again. This will make it so much easier to playtest my mod. I love that you can play entire groups of civs. I'm going to try playing every single civ for a few of the tests.
     

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