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TLC Mercantile (Testing in Progress)

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Completed Modpacks' started by Oni Ryuu, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. Oni Ryuu

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    Version: Civilization 3 Conquests/Complete
    Uncompressed Size: 845 MB

    Spoiler Statistics :
    Using a 15 year old computer
    360 x 360 map & 31 players
    Initial load time: 1 minuet
    Load from save turn 300: 2 minuets
    Turn 150 transition: 4 minuets
    Turn 300 transition: 17 minuets
    Turn 450 transition: 23 minuets
    Turn 600 transition: 26 minuets
    Tactics & Logistics Conquest mod
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    Attention: This game is undergoing testing so it's likely to contain errors.
    This notice will be removed when the testing phase is completed


    Welcome to TLC Mercantile

    Civilization 3 has gotten big, hard and brutal; it’s just become uncivilised.​

    This mod has far exceeded the original limitations enabling an array of new options for multiplayer cooperation and warfare. It incorporates a huge variety of new features (military and domestic) that were previously unachievable. This is a supersized mod for hard-core gamers; you’ve been warned.

    “Do you like war crimes?”
    “I do too.”

    “Do you like black ops and secret wars?”
    “How do you think I got this far?”

    “Want to be an international arms dealer?”
    “Show me the money.”​

    You can have Archers and TOW Infantry fire from aboard ships. You can send out drones to overwhelm a city’s air defence. You can even holdup a train and run away with its gold. You can’t go back to the original game without feeling robbed.

    The game starts in 5000 BC with your primitive tribe knowing only flint knapping, basic agriculture and canoe building. You can only develop your society from a vulnerable solitary city to a stable secure nation through grit, ruthlessness and cunning; and luck, lots of luck.

    This mod is surprisingly user friendly and comes with an enhanced in-game guide with suggestions for how to use some of the new units and features. For the best results I recommended that you start the game with average settings before you tailor it to something more suited to your skill level. The game will exceed 1000 turns of blood, sweat and tears; and that’s just the players.

    More information on posts 2-6.


    Download Main Folder: Master Folder
    Download BIQ
    : TLC Mercantile
    There are three .biq’s to chose from; (R) has the original railroad system (for boring people) and (M) Allows for map editing with the Firaxis editor.
    The (R) and (M) versions are updated much less frequently so you’re likely to have an out-dated version of the game until all of the testing is completed.


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    Spoiler Additional Information :
    Operating Instructions:
    Spoiler :
    Open the files on your computer in the following path C: Drive>Program Files>Firaxis Games>Civilization III Complete>Conquests>Scenarios and paste the “TLC Master Folder” folder and the BIQ file. Activate the game, select Civ-Content and load the mod upload_2017-2-26_8-2-49.png Optional Starting Graphics: Place this file in Firaxis Games>Civilization III Complete>Conquests>Art and replace the original file. Download

    Are you using STEAM?
    Spoiler :
    Open the Text folder and you’ll see a file called “labels(Steam)” rename this file to just “labels” to correct menu displacement.
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    Do you want to play Hotseat?
    Spoiler :
    Here’s a link to Sima Qian’s multiplayer tool allowing you to have up to 31 players in a multiplayer game. This game was designed from the start to have 31 competitors in a multiplayer game so this is highly recommended.
    Place the tool in your Conquests folder and create a shortcut on your desktop or wherever you find convenient.

    Do you want to play on Huge maps?
    Spoiler :
    Tiny to Large (120^2-250^2=land mass 2880-25000) maps can be played using the original Conquests.exe file. If you want to use a huge (360^2=land mass 25920-51840) map you’ll hit the city limit with land to spare. Here is a link to Knuckles’ No Limits.exe allowing you to exceed 512 cities and 8192 units. You can start a huge game with the original Conquests.exe but you’ll need to switch before 1000BC (the typical point when the map reaches 512 cities).


    WARNING - Editing this game may cause a loss of data.
    Spoiler :
    This mod was made using Quintilis’ customised editor “conquestseditor1_06”. Any further adaptation to this mod must be done so with a compatible editor. The Civilization 3 conquests editor will allow you to use some features such as map editing without major issue however simply accessing the units menu my inadvertently change some stats and remove certain AI attributes. If you want to use the original Civilization 3 conquests editor to create your own map a map maker .biq is available but I can’t confirm that all of the game features will be unaffected.
    The only things you can edit are the Player Properties and the map. If you open anything in the rules page and save it; you’ll need to download a new .biq.
     
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  2. Oni Ryuu

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    Points of Interest

    • Over 450 units available to all civilisations
    • Warships can be enhanced with a variety of offensive and support equipment (SAMs, Helicopters, Missiles, etc.)
    • 4 additional government options
    • Variable regional taxation and subsidisation
    • Interchangeable wartime improvements to focus on a specific threat
    • Enemy ships can be plundered for gold
    • Consumable goods units provide a set value of production to be used or exchanged at any time.
    • Military equipment such as tanks, helicopters and artillery can be exchanged with other players.
    • Rail is replaced with trains and trams
    • Mass slavery
    • Infantry doesn’t require maintenance (so you can focus on the good stuff)
    • A reinvented combat system
    • Defensive city emplacements (castles, naval guns, etc.)
    • The ability to relocate or intern your own people
    • Several new weight classes for units

    The game also features a new format for the Civilopedia with extremely helpful features.
    Spoiler :
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    Some notable unit classes
    Spoiler :
    UN & secondary units
    Asymmetric warfare units
    Covert units
    Colonial infantry
    Flamethrower units
    Chemical Warfare Units
    Defensive installations
    Fortresses
    Rail and Canal units
    VTOL and rotor-wing units
    Naval vessel enhancements
    Naval fortresses
    Satellites
    Tradable goods units
    Export Units

    I’m quite proud of my new hyper efficient unit index that includes much more information than Firaxis’.
    Spoiler :
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  3. Oni Ryuu

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    The Technology Tree


    Spoiler Ancient Times :
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    Spoiler Middle Ages :
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    Spoiler Industrial Ages :

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    Spoiler Modern Times :

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    Screen Shots

    Spoiler Some serious area denial. :

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    Spoiler A land of peace :

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    Spoiler Bad neighbourhood :

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  5. Oni Ryuu

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    Feedback Request

    I would like to encourage anybody willing to critique my mod. I’d be really grateful for any feedback and some interesting screenshots from your game.

    I would like several concise reviews from the civ community to quote here. To submit a review make your post in this thread and you’ll be quoted here.

    I’d like to expand the Tactics Index. If you think you have a new way to use the units please feel free to contribute.

    Independent Reviews

    (None at present)
     
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  6. Oni Ryuu

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    16/01/18
    ------The latest News:coffee:---



    Current Bugs

    (None at present)

    Latest Changes

    The folder structure has been adapted to better accommodate add-ons. 15/10/17
    The Over-Link bug has been fixed. 04/01/18

    Proposed Changes

    All of the game’s graphics will be able to upgrade as you advance through the eras.
    I might reintroduce landmine units if enough players are interested.


    :gripe:---- -- --- -- ----:badcomp:

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    Spoiler :
    This post is to help refine the mod and to keep TLC users up-to-date with the latest developments. The aim is to help members and none-members alike. Ideally, the news feed will prevent you from having to unnecessarily search through subsequent posts to find relevant information.

    The Current Bugs section is to announce identified flaws that are currently under investigation. Don't panic if you're half way through a game and you spot a bug report. Often crash hazards can be avoided until the affected file is fixed.

    The
    Latest Change usually addresses bug fixes or minor alterations to stats. The format for this will be structured as such:
    1. What the problem was
    2. The effected file
    3. When the file was altered
    4. Instructions for how to implement the patch

    The section of Proposed Changes is to provide the Civ community an opportunity to have their say. The information in that section is often the result of a suggestion put forward by a site member. The propositions will remain suspended until I receive sufficient feedback on the subject or enough time has passed to assume no objections.
     
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  7. Jarovid

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    Started as Japan.

    I noticed that irrigation does not increase food prodaction.
     
  8. Oni Ryuu

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    Hi Jarovid, thanks for trying the game.
    We’ll try the obvious first.

    1. What terrain are you irrigating? If it doesn’t produce when irrigated it may be a terrain type that doesn’t allow it. These are the stats in case the Civilopedia is wrong.
    Irrigation bonus
    · Desert =2
    · Plains = 1
    · Grassland = 1
    · Tundra = 0
    · Floodplains = 1
    · Hills = 0
    · Mountains = 0
    · Forest = 0
    · Jungle = 0
    · Marsh = 0
    · Volcano = 0

    2. Despotism and Absolute Monarchy have a limit on how much food per tile they can receive (3 per tile). The terrain you’re trying to irrigate may be already so productive that irrigation provides no advantage e.g. floodplain = 3 food for each unaltered tile or a bonus food resource like wheat and bison would do the same.

    I’m testing a 360^2 game now where I’m in desert and plains and my neighbours have mostly grassland. I can’t see a problem from here, can you tell me more?
     
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  9. Jarovid

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    I am in Despotism and I irrigated grassland that produce one shield, but it still produces two food units just as it did before irrigation. It should produce three food if I get it right.

    Another thing, I can't turn citizens into entertainers, or any other specialist.

    Would you prefer to have all this stuff sent via private message?
     
  10. Oni Ryuu

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    Which BIQ are you using? i'm using TLC Mercantile and i can't see the problem that you're describing.
    upload_2017-2-26_20-44-54.png upload_2017-2-26_20-44-42.png
    can you post a picture?
    All the specialist citizens become available as your tech develops. Entertainers come with literature.
    We've already started so it's all good.
     
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    Can you add more add some Si-Fi unit and the future era
     
  12. Oni Ryuu

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    This isn’t an easy game; getting through the entire tech will take a lot of work and luck. If you want even more eras, you’re going to need to talk to someone using Steph’s editor.
    A number of other mods feature futuristic units but I’m not going to open that Pandora’s Box.
     
  13. Jarovid

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    Here's a picture



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    I play Mercantile BIQ.
     
  14. Oni Ryuu

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    I misread what was said in the editor.
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    You'll be limited to 2 food per tile until you get Sortation. It's part of the original game so I never questioned it. Only Despotism and Anarchy had that penalty. I gave the penalty to Absolute Monarchy as well.
     
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  15. Jarovid

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    OK, got it.
    158 turns played so far, everything seems to be OK.
     
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    Good to hear.

    I’m on turn 300. I’m a small nation wedged between players 3 times my size. I lost a city to India and failed a 10 turn siege to take Karachi. I’ve amassed 15 trebuchets, hoplites and longbow men and I’ve started producing hospitaller knights for a second attempt.

    I hope you’ve not had to deal with war yet. Besieging fortified cities in the ancient era is hard work.
     
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    Had a minor error: Art\IA1A\..\Archer\ArchVicYell.wav
     
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    HI Tigris of Gaul.

    Thanks for the report and sorry about the crash.
    A patch has been placed in The Latest News post 6/6.
     
  19. Bluemofia

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    To be clear, the tile penalty is that if things produce 3 or more of a particular resource, they produce 1 less. So if you are producing 4 food, after the penalty, you only receive 3.

    This makes it such that there is no benefit in upgrading tiles to produce 3 of something if it produces 2 already, because it's going to be deducted anyways. It is a harsh penalty if you have low tile improvements, as you are losing 33% of the output on things that produce 3, 25% on things that produce 4, etc.

    In fact, it is so bad, that if you had the tile penalty on Minimal corruption (assuming a moderate sized empire with maybe 70% of the tiles improved, with more of them at the core cities), at the end of the day, your effective income/production is comparable to if you had it on Problematic or Rampant corruption without the tile penalty.
     
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    Thanks for the clarification. I'm not going to remove the penalty so, get out of despotism ASAP.
     
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