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Improvement Buffs?

Discussion in 'CivBE - General Modding Discussion' started by Starrynite120, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. Starrynite120

    Starrynite120 Chieftain

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    Where do you think improvement buffs should be placed, on affinity or technologies? I mean giving improvements higher yields, such as the farm getting 1 more food. The base game has both affinity perks, virtues, and technologies give improvement buffs. Do you think it should be exclusively on one of these, or spread out between them?
     
  2. Syrkres

    Syrkres Chieftain

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    So far I've put them in buildings (so under tech tree), but not sure if that is best idea.

    Other than TECH, there really isn't a "simple" buff/improvement, you basically have to attach it to a building (correct?) You build a building and it grants a buff, or you research a tech, which grants a buff, but nothing like researching a tech, and then having to "apply" the buff, you don't get it for free without building something.
     
  3. Starrynite120

    Starrynite120 Chieftain

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    Actually, if you take a look at vertical farming, for example, it gives Farms +1 Food and Energy just from researching the tech. So it is possible. You do something like this

    Code:
    	<Improvement_TechYieldChanges>
    		<Row>
    			<ImprovementType>IMPROVEMENT_FARM</ImprovementType>
    			<TechType>TECH_GENETIC_DESIGN</TechType>
    			<YieldType>YIELD_CULTURE</YieldType>
    			<Yield>1</Yield>
    		</Row>
    </Improvement_TechYieldChanges>
    
    This is also possible with Playerperks

    If you put it on a building, every copy of the building would increase the improvement. So if vivariums give farms +1 food, 5 vivariums give farms +5 food (though Machiavelli is working on a workaround for this, and it is currently working, though I think he's trying to refine it more).
     
  4. Machiavelli24

    Machiavelli24 Mod creator

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    As you've identified it is possible to have perks, virtues, techs and buildings provide an empire wide boost to an improvement. If you want to have a building boost an improvement only for one city then it isn't directly possible. You can have buildings boost Resources though.

    If you want to make a building boost farms only for a single city, I've implemented a crazy way to sort of fake it. It involves spawning hidden resources under every farm and having the building boost that resource.
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    But I should address your original design question rather than derailing it with technical information.

    With respect to if Improvement buffs should be on the tech tree it depends on what you're trying to do with your design. I know that is a useless answer but design requires a holistic eye and without more information I honestly couldn't say what you should do.

    My current approach moved away from having Improvement buffs on the tech web because I wanted try and make Science less powerful relative to other yields. A tech that unlocks a building will require Science and Production to generate benefit, while a tech that boost an improvement just requires Science to generate benefit.

    That may not be the right approach for you. It closes off some useful design space that you may want to tap into.
     
  5. Ryika

    Ryika likes cookies and milk.

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    Really depends on what you want to do.

    From Technologies
    From Affinity via Playerperks
    From Buildings (National Wonders) via Playerperks
    From Virtues
    Even from Diplomacy or Sponsor Traits via Playerperks or other crazy ideas.

    I think there's some validity to every single one of those, the real question is whether you manage to build a good structure around it so it feels logical.
     

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