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Going for Gold: Enhancer Beliefs

Discussion in 'General Balance' started by Stalker0, May 16, 2018.

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Is this item in a reasonable state of balance?

Poll closed May 30, 2018.
  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. Gazebo

    Gazebo Lord of the Community Patch Supporter

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    Hostile? They have reduced base.
     
  2. Gidoza

    Gidoza Emperor

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    The CS was my friend already before I got the Belief. And the influence just kept decreasing...
     
  3. Gazebo

    Gazebo Lord of the Community Patch Supporter

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    Weird. There's nothing in the code that would cause that.
     
  4. Gidoza

    Gidoza Emperor

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    I started another game just to make sure and tested again. Same thing - the set level is definitely 20 and not 35.
     
  5. Gazebo

    Gazebo Lord of the Community Patch Supporter

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    I'll look, might be a weird merge.
     
  6. Stalker0

    Stalker0 Baller Magnus

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    Sacred Calender vs Symbolism

    Right now I've been having trouble justifying sacred calendar. While it technically has better scaling benefits, a few gold and GAP aren't going to sway me.

    The +2 GPP to all is still a very strong benefit. Much stronger than 15% GP during GA. Now later game the scaling from Sacred Calendar should overtake it, but yields early generally trump yields late.

    Lastly, religion erosion is better than stronger missionaries.

    I don't think Symbolism is radically better, but still demonstrably better. I would recommend we swap the erosion and stronger missionary benefits, that may help balance the books.
     
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  7. Gidoza

    Gidoza Emperor

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    Religion erosion isn't just better - it's the only realistic way other than mass prophets to convert anything after Renaissance. I'd like to see an erosion mechanic that's more standardized and an Inquisitor mechanic that's much weaker than it is now.
     
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  8. Stalker0

    Stalker0 Baller Magnus

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    My overall thoughts on the Enhancers currently. Overall, the vast majority are in a good place to me, they all have value.

    If we wanted to make the missionary strength increase better, you could take the 25% stronger prophet from prophecy and combine the two together (aka 25% stronger missionaries and prophets). I like prophecy and I use it, but I never do it for the strong prophets (I do it for tile porn!)...so dropping that benefit to me has no impact on prophecy.

    Conceptually Adobe of Peace looks cool and I've tried it, I'm just yet sure how much impact its having. One question I had, does the 20% city quest bonus only apply to CS of your religion, or is that a general bonus? I also forget, if it 35 or 40 that's the minimum for friendship? I would imagine this might be a strong believe on a Terra map....as you can send missionaries to the foreign CS and get immediate influence going. While you can do that on most maps those foreign CS are going to have a lot of baggage pressure to deal with.

    The only Enhancer that is an F for me is Inquisition. Its a grab bag of bonuses, and the spy bonus isn't good enough to make use my spies in an alternate way from what I will use them for. Also inquisitors are too reactive a unit to be used in this way imo.


    I was a big fan of this concept from the belief discussion, which keeps parts of this belief but in a way that I think is more intuitive.

    Proselytismus:
    Cities which are target of a trade route receive +40 religious pressure
    Gain +1 :trade: trade route
    +10:c5gold: :c5culture::c5faith: from the East India Company
     
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  9. pineappledan

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    It’s proselytism in English. “Proselytismus” is German. I don’t have any problems with this idea - I tried to incorporate this belief into my proposals under the name “Emirates”. If a belief is going to invoke proselytism then it should be one that augments missionaries.
    In lieu of the discussion of changing the God of Commerce Pantheon, you could change this proposal to:
    (Enhancer) - Emirates (replaces Mendicancy)
    Religion spreads to friendly City-States at double rate
    Religious pressure via Trade Routes doubled
    1:c5science: and 1:c5culture: for each Trade Route to/from cities following this religion

    it would use the same code as my God of Commerce change proposal, so Emirates wouldn't use any new code.
     
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  10. Gidoza

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    I'm actually using Medicancy in my current game and enjoying it and wouldn't want to see it go, but to be sure I think it could be stronger than it is.
     
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    Stronger isn't the aim, just more in line with other enhancer beliefs.

    If more founder beliefs were ever to be added, I would like to see Mendicancy moved to a founder. The belief's bonuses are per city and it doesn't feel like an enhancer:
    • no interactions with inquisitors/GPs/misionaries,
    • nothing to spend faith on,
    • no added pressure/resistance,
    • doesn't scale with converted followers or cities
    Mendicancy feels more like a follower belief, or even a UA
     
  12. Stalker0

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    While I've been agreeing with you a lot lately, I'm just not buying what your selling in this case.
     
  13. Omen of Peace

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    I agree that Inquisition should change, but I actually posted recently about the situation where it's amazing: early conquest. Getting 1000s of gold in Medieval by converting cities that you've conquered helps you snowball farther.

    I still support splitting the GPP from (former) Iconography into two Enhancers, if only to try it out.
     
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  14. Stalker0

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    So I took a strong look at Adobe of Peace, and ultimately I'm finding it underwhelming.

    The trick is, the 35 minimum influence does not immediately appear, it slows grows to that level with time. I think the best benefit of that belief was the idea that when you discover new CS in the midgame, you could send missionaries instead of envoys to secure friendships....a solid niche. However, considering both the slow growth, and the fact that often these far away CS are going to be heavily influenced by other religions....its a lot of faith cost for what turns out to be a fairly lackluster benefit.
     
  15. JamesNinelives

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    Missionary spam can work as well depending on the situation, it's just tedious. I've converted and kept individual cities and also civs that were in a state of flux/competition post-renaissance... eventually.
     
  16. azum4roll

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    Even with 50% corrosion before it took 5-6 hits to convert a non-founder city on another continent in industrial. With the current 25% you should just forget it.
     
  17. JamesNinelives

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    If you have nothing else to do with your faith netting a few extra cities is worthwhile IMO. You can save it for Great People but at a certain point those costs get really high. Missionaries aren't very strong but they have a niche IMO.
     
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    I mentioned this in the general 04-17 thread, but with the change to Inquisitors, and with religious pressure actually working correctly, I think Orthodoxy is overpowered, bordering on a game-ending superweapon in the right hands.

    I don't expect Inquisitors to persist in this current form for more than 1-2 patches; the population loss AND yield/happiness spike makes them too gruesome to really use except in desperate circumstances, but if the inquisitors are going to retain some sort of malus, a belief that buffs 4 different types of free passive pressure is a terrifying offensive weapon. My most recent game, I played with my New Beliefs mod and picked Emirates, a new Enhancer that only gives you 1 of Orthodoxy's 4 existing bonuses (3x pressure on :trade:TRs), and that was more than enough on its own.

    Maybe this is a challenge for @BiteInTheMark, our resident India player, but I would like to see someone go India with 2 faith buildings and Orthodoxy, and see if they couldn't swallow their continent whole with just a few trade routes?
     

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