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New Beta Version - August 5th (8-5)

Discussion in 'Community Patch Project' started by Gazebo, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. Gazebo

    Gazebo Lord of the Community Patch

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    Hey all,

    New beta inbound, based on feedback.

    Code:
    General
        Bugfixes and performance improvements
        Continued text tweaks and adjustments
        
    Balance
        Buildings/Wonders
            Instant yield 'one shot' bonuses from buildings no longer scale with Era
            Adjusted instant yield values for buildings affected by this:
                Stadium - now 1000 GAP
                Zoo - now 400 Tourism
                Circus - same
            Oxford - now +25c per tech (was +75)
            Oracle - now 400c/400s (Was 500s/500c)
        Policies
            Tradition
                Returned +2 happy on capital for opener
            Progress
                Expertise - now +10c per building (was +15)
                Equality - now +1 happy per 10 (was 8) citizens
            Authority
                Imperium - now +40s/c from founding/conquest (was 30)
                Tribute - now +30c from tribute (was +25)
        Difficulty
            Removed some free starting capital happiness from each difficulty level (2 from easier, 1 from harder)
        Civs
            Venice
                Merchant now has move of 4
            Ethiopia
                Fixed accidental removal of +1f on strategics
            India   
                Naga - prereq tech now gunpowder, RCS 33 (was 35), CS 28 (was 30)
        Units
            Admiral now 1 charge (was 2)
            Settlers require a minimum city size of 4 before they can be built
            Settler production cost scales a bit more, and also scales based on the # of cities in your empire (uses empire scaler value), so more cities = more expensive settlers. Settle wisely!
        Resources
            Now +2 happy per resource flat (was 3)
                Scaler is now +1 happy per lux per every 5 cities (was 4)
        Happiness
            Faith and gold purchases now affected by local unhappiness
            Settler cost now affected by local unhappiness
            Ratio metric modified - now a +/- 50% ratio instead of 100% to 0%
                Anything above 50% is 'stable' and normal
                    35-49% is unhappy
                    20-34% is very unhappy
                    0%-19% is super unhappy
                Feedback a little easier for people to see this way (as you can watch value creep down from 100% towards 50%)
                Also makes a bit more sense - if over 50% of your people like you, your empire is majority stable!
            Empire modifier now 10% (was 5%)
            Tech base modifier now 150% (was 100%)
            Pop modifier now -100% (was -50%)
            Boredom scaler now 20 (was 50)
            Illiteracy scaler now 40 (was 50)
            Poverty scaler now 60 (was 50)
            Distress scaler now 80 (was 60)
                What these mean - citizens are less sensitive to yield differences for distress than boredom, on that spectrum
                Should see a greater variety of unhappiness in cities
            
            
            
            
    CP is savegame compatible. CBO is not, for obvious reasons.

    Link: https://mega.nz/#F!2Jdw3aQT!Z49gV7KAyMq6YiG5BD9jaA

    G
     
  2. Deljade

    Deljade Chieftain

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    Just as I finished my game! Great timing! I'll start a new one to try out the beta when time allows
     
  3. CrazyG

    CrazyG Deity

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    Good patch.

    You should increase the circus's value, probably double it, so it's the same as it used to be in medieval. The Zoo as well (probably increase from 100 to 400 or 500.

    I don't like this. Some capitals can take a very long time to reach 4 population (for example beginning in a plains forest). I think the other changes would get the job done.
     
  4. amateurgamer88

    amateurgamer88 King

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    Why do I feel that Progress got nerfed a bit too hard? The changes to settler costs will already lessen the number of cities you can grab. Less cities won't affect Tradition as much while Authority encourages you to take foreign cities by force. Are the nerfs to Expertise and Equality really necessary when grabbing more cities is made tougher for Progress?
     
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  5. chicorbeef

    chicorbeef Emperor

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    Authority may have been buffed too much, Progress/Settlers being nerfed already buffs Authority.

    I don't see why Ethiopia got its +1:c5faith: on Strategic Resources back, it seems unnecessary to me, but I don't care too much (I just don't like Ethiopia getting its pantheon SO early all the time and this kind of feeds into it) and I could just edit it out myself if I really wanted to.
     
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  6. John.B.C

    John.B.C Warlord

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    My tradition capital was size 5, then went down to size 4 after producing a settler. This ain't right eh? :)
     
  7. Rhys DeAnno

    Rhys DeAnno Warlord

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    Settlers appear to swallow a population when made, might be an undocumented change.

    This has the rather curious effect that you would rather build settlers in barely maturing cities with 4 pop than smash them out quickly in very large cities, since it'll take longer and be more disruptive for the large cities to regrow.
     
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  8. tu_79

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    If a city loses 1 pop for producing a settler (which makes a whole lot of sense), then the city size requirement can be lowered.
     
  9. BiteInTheMark

    BiteInTheMark Emperor

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    If Gazebo try to hunt a rabbit (balance for expansion):
    Shoting at the rabbit with an air pressured gun and see thats useless. Instead upgrading to a hunting rifle, he take a machine gun and fires into the wood like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator to desintegrate that fluffy ball.
    Maybe an American thing :mischief:

    Fully agree, good step. Maybe you could do the same with the Spy National Wonder? It's yields are so op.
    I think +1 :c5happy: for Tradition would be enough, but it's minor.
    The change in Equality is good, +happiness in each city AND unhappiness reduction is still strong.
    I don't think there is a need for increasing yields with authority, especially after you already have decreased the culture gain for progress, which already would bring back the balance.
    Good decision, still strong but not as op as it was before.
    The first decision is brilliant. Really.
    But Iam not that happy about the second thing, but let's see first how much impact it will have.
    Happiness also impacting purchase cost and settler cost is a very good move.
    But 10% empire modificator seems to go too far, this change looks extremely in favor for tall play. Iam open to test, if the increased pop modifier is able to compensate that, but Iam sceptical.

    Are you aware that a human is able to deactivate specialists to remove unhappiness in the city, purchase a unit and then relocate the citizens back to the specialist slots to avoid extra cost by unhappiness? :mischief:
     
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  10. HeathcliffWarriors

    HeathcliffWarriors Prince

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    Code:
        if (MOD_BALANCE_CORE_HAPPINESS_NATIONAL)
        {
            if (pUnit->getUnitInfo().IsFoodProduction() && getPopulation() > 1)
                changePopulation(-1);
        }
    Appears to be intentional but undocumented. So, like in Civ VI then...this should be interesting.
     
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  11. balinte

    balinte Chieftain

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    Id prefer if Great Admirals wouldnt lose a charge, but instead lose your ability to discover new luxories when you first heal your fleet, and keep the 2 repair fleet charges.
    Because I think now discovering a new luxory > a single fleet repair
     
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  12. andersw

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    Yep 4 pop in a low food start will likely force tradition opener.

    I prefer to build settlers in captured cities and resettle, in particular the smaller cities, this will take forever if the city even have 4 pop left after capture.
    Looks like I need to rethink my early game.
     
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  13. balinte

    balinte Chieftain

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    Also on a side note I dont know how often you guys use "convert science/culture" but I think they are kinda OP
    Not being the best player on my last immortal game I was like 15 techs ahead of the AI
    But I dont play too many games so my experience could be misleading
    Also might be wrong thread, sry in that case
     
  14. pineappledan

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    Interesting patch. I like the idea of scaling settler production based on local unhappiness and num cities, but was the initial settler made cheaper, to make room for the scaling at least? Seems like there should be a break even point at around your 3rd settler.
    Can you explain the choice of Gunpowder, rather than astronomy please? While the bigger issue was moving Naga off of Chemistry, Astronomy seems like the better choice to me:
    • Naga malla doesn't use a gun in its attack animation
    • Ottomans Janissary is already moved from metallurgy to Gunpowder, so it would preserve a difference between the two civs
    • Incentivizing India, the most passive civ, to rush one of the single most militaristic techs on the tree seems really strange. It's like you're pushing even more explicitly for players to just go nuts with all their newly upgraded tercios/cannons/nagas. This makes sense for Ottomans, a highly aggressive civ, but far less for India.
    • I would argue India wanting to rush Astronomy makes more sense from a role-play perspective than gunpowder, though India made terrific contributions to both fields.
     
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  15. hcsucker

    hcsucker Chieftain

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    Any word on the multiplayer stability of this version?
     
  16. ridjack

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    Does this affect investing?

    My hot take either way that I don't like this, particularly while we're struggling so much to balance happiness as it is. It feels like a bad idea to have more things affected by it when it's still volatile. We'll see, though.
     
  17. Rekk

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    Accidental? Wasn't this a suggested balance change to reduce Ethiopia's faith output slightly, decluttering the UA at the same time?
     
  18. andersw

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    I have a vague memory of that as well.

    Edit:
    From Pinappledan in the Ethiopia Leader thread:
     
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  19. Txurce

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    I like everything that's estimable without playing, and can't wait to try. I particularly like small unexpected changes like the admiral's loss of one charge, which was effectively a human exploit, and the addition of a move to the MoV.

    I also like a city needing 4 citizens to build a settler. For every scenario in which this hurts a certain start, there's a scenario where building at 3 unfairly helps other starts. This is a direct method of slowing down Progress. If the balance betwen the policies winds up being too harsh toward Progress, I would consider adjusting any of the other changes (including losing a pop upon building a settler), rather than the size requirement.

    In my opinion, choosing a starting policy shouldn't be so influenced by settler-build rate, anyway — it should be about which tree is better for tall, wide, war, etc.
     
  20. pineappledan

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    It wasn't accidental. It's there in the 07-17 patch notes:
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           Ethiopia:
                UA: removed +1 faith on SR
                UB: culture mod now 25% (was 33%), faith yield now +2 (was +3)
    
    G didn't update the UA text though, and some players pointed out that the UA says it gives +1:c5faith: to SRs, but doesn't.

    So G either forgot that was an intentional change and, in his confusion, restored the +1:c5faith: on SRs rather than change the text, or he decided he didn't like dropping the +1:c5faith: on SRs after all and reverted it.
    Either way, +1:c5faith: on SRs is back:
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    INSERT INTO Trait_YieldChangesStrategicResources
        (TraitType, YieldType, Yield)
    VALUES
        ('TRAIT_BONUS_AGAINST_TECH', 'YIELD_FAITH', 1);
    
     
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