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Game difficulty

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Demo Game IV: Polls' started by Seidrik_The_Gray, Mar 14, 2008.

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Vote for a difficulty level for the demo game

  1. Noble

    6 vote(s)
    15.8%
  2. Prince

    23 vote(s)
    60.5%
  3. Monarch

    6 vote(s)
    15.8%
  4. Emperor

    3 vote(s)
    7.9%
  1. Seidrik_The_Gray

    Seidrik_The_Gray Seidrik The Gray

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    Prince wins with 17 votes. Monarch and Noble were tied for second with 5 each.

    Poll open for 2 days. Vote for your difficulty preference.
     
  2. Provolution

    Provolution Sage of Quatronia

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    Prince, out of respect for Prince Johnson, a colleague warlord working out of Liberia.
     
  3. Seidrik_The_Gray

    Seidrik_The_Gray Seidrik The Gray

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    As of this post (since I err'd in not making it public) there are 5 votes for Prince and none for any other option.
     
  4. Rashiminos

    Rashiminos Fool Prophet

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    I have a feeling factionalism is going to make a mess of the focus needed for monarch+.
     
  5. Seidrik_The_Gray

    Seidrik_The_Gray Seidrik The Gray

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    Right now, it's 6:1 in favor of Prince.

    I second what Rashi says. When I play Monarch, I usually have to pay close attention to things, as there's much less room for error in Monarch than in Prince.
     
  6. Joe Harker

    Joe Harker 1st in the Premiership!

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    Just a point, but in future make these types of polls in the future public. :)
     
  7. Diamondeye

    Diamondeye So Happy I Could Die

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    Prince. I tend to be able to beat Prince most of the time without focusing as much as needed on monarch+. Noble would be fine aswell though, if we are playing by special circumstances (like "focus on espionage", "No offensive wars" or whateer the factions are doing).
     
  8. Methos

    Methos HoF Quattromaster Super Moderator Hall of Fame Staff

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    Emperor. Anything less is just too easy, especially with this many players. Granted, factions could make the game tougher.
     
  9. Oni of Chaos

    Oni of Chaos The Barrel Roll Guy

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    :cry: :eek:
     
  10. croxis

    croxis Chat room op

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    Then I must really fail as a civ player
     
  11. Oni of Chaos

    Oni of Chaos The Barrel Roll Guy

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    C'mon, Emperor is a piece of cake! It's not a difficulty with significant bonuses to the AI or anything like that. :rolleyes:
     
  12. DaveShack

    DaveShack Inventor Retired Moderator

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    I was a little disappointed Warlord wasn't on the list, as that's about my speed. :blush:

    OTOH, there's a lot to be said for learning about higher levels by deferring to others on game decisions and seeing what they do.
     
  13. Methos

    Methos HoF Quattromaster Super Moderator Hall of Fame Staff

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    I believe you mis-interpreting me. I'm not an emperor player and you won't see me playing it on my own. Monarch is the level I play on. I've played a lot of SG's (or used too) and when you play games with multiple players, like an SG or a DG, you can typically handle a difficulty level one to two levels above what your comfortable with. With this many players emperor should be a lot of fun and still hold some challenge. Add in the concept of factions/rebellions and it'll keep the challenge there.

    Prince IMO will be way too easy and will lose the challenge of the AI's. The only challenge will be faction politics and the game will be a quick rise to domination. If we play emperor, or monarch, we won't easily become the runaway civ. We'll actually have a challenge with the AI's too. It'll keep the civ game fun and it'll add to the DG.

    The last DG was on noble I believe and we very quickly took the #1 spot. There wasn't any challenge anymore and we could have picked whatever vc we wanted. It wasn't any fun. I would prefer we have the challenge of faction politics and the challenge of possibly dangerous AI's.
     
  14. Diamondeye

    Diamondeye So Happy I Could Die

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    Since Methos has a point I suggest we runoff between Prince and Emperor.
     
  15. fed1943

    fed1943 Emperor

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    Emperor, since we can profit of several players knowledge.
     
  16. DaveShack

    DaveShack Inventor Retired Moderator

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    A long-standing demogame debate has been whether a poll on a subject should be the final word, or if new information can and should result in another poll to allow the people to change their minds.

    If enough people want to discuss the benefits of higher difficulty, I think there is ample time to poll again before the game is created.
     
  17. Provolution

    Provolution Sage of Quatronia

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    Prince seems to be the Golden Average as well, with 5 voting less than prince and 6 more than prince. I think the result is very clear indeed.
     
  18. DaveShack

    DaveShack Inventor Retired Moderator

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    The result is clear, but if there were further debate would the latecomers who suggest higher difficulty succeed in convincing others to move up?

    Also in keeping with the ideals of factions, a faction could decide to repudiate the poll in their platform. Would that result in an electoral win or the faction's early demise? We'll only know if someone tries it. ;)
     
  19. Joe Harker

    Joe Harker 1st in the Premiership!

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    Well i am one of the people who voted prince who, now given the debate we have had, would probably vote for a higher level, so it may well be worth doing, if only to confirmed this reault, after all the arguements have been put in.
     
  20. dutchfire

    dutchfire Deity

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    In a SG, you have a bunch of people working together to get the best possible result.
    In a demogame, that isn't always the case...

    By the way, I've been playing BtS emperor lately, and when you're used to the new mechanics, it's quite easy. I'd say BtS emperor = Vanilla monarch.
     

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