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Re: Krazy Kingdoms - Graphics Tweaks 7/3

Postby -=- Tanarri -=- on Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:53 pm

dolomite13 wrote:
-=- Tanarri -=- wrote:Gilligan, any idea how long the XML should take for this? It seems like it would probably be a pretty complicated XML file.


Probably a month ... not really sure... it is extremely complicated.

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A month wouldn't be too bad. Better than the 3+ years that I've been waiting for Research and Conquer :) My premium will probably be gone by then, but I can at least still play the map in casual games.
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Re: Krazy Kingdoms - Graphics Tweaks 7/19

Postby RedBaron0 on Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:21 pm

After a krazy amount to time to the final check, this is most deserved:

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Re: Krazy Kingdoms - Graphics Tweaks 7/19

Postby cairnswk on Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:08 pm

Congrats dolomite13 =D> =D>
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Re: Krazy Kingdoms - Graphics Tweaks 7/19

Postby -=- Tanarri -=- on Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:33 am

Congrats dolomite, onwards to XML once Gilligan returns from vacation, yay! :)
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Re: Krazy Kingdoms - Graphics Tweaks 7/19

Postby dolomite13 on Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:06 am

=) Yea!

Soon my Fanatical Undead Wizard Murklords will be ready for battle.

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Re: Krazy Kingdoms - Let the XML Begin!

Postby dolomite13 on Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:01 pm

So it may not be possible to have aquatic function as it is currently designed based on XML and the game engine. If we cannot have both borders and bombards from territory A to territory B at the same time then I will have to redesign it a bit.

Solution will most likely be to take away the bombard of seas from bordering territories and make seas killer 3

And to change aquatic from.

==assault==> seas
seas +1 each
seas +4 if you have all 4 seas


to this

==assault==> seas
territories that borders seas are +1 for every 2 up to a max of +8


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Re: Krazy Kingdoms - Let the XML Begin!

Postby -=- Tanarri -=- on Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:09 pm

dolomite13 wrote:So it may not be possible to have aquatic function as it is currently designed based on XML and the game engine. If we cannot have both borders and bombards from territory A to territory B at the same time then I will have to redesign it a bit.

Solution will most likely be to take away the bombard of seas from bordering territories and make seas killer 3

And to change aquatic from.

==assault==> seas
seas +1 each
seas +4 if you have all 4 seas


to this

==assault==> seas
territories that borders seas are +1 for every 2 up to a max of +8


=D13=


I think that's a better option than the few I was able to come up with, none of which really seemed right.

I also noticed an error in gameplay balance. I believe the J2/F4 and J4/F2 pairs need to have their territory names/types swapped. Everyone else has a territory every 3 away from the next, whereas Treefolk and Lizardmen both have 4 territories in between their first and second favored territory, which gives them a distinct disadvantage. Swapping those two pairs will make it so they've also got their favored territories 3 away from each other.

I'll leave it up to dolomite as to whether he thinks it's worth changing these this late in design, but if it doesn't cause too big of a headache, I think it would be worth balancing the gameplay out that little bit more.
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Re: Krazy Kingdoms - Let the XML Begin!

Postby dolomite13 on Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:11 pm

Unfortunately that will result in broken "personal continents" and 1 less adjacent-to-favored territory for each. I would rather have them the way they are as I don;t see the same issue you do. And if their is a slight advantage here then it's really slight as the map is so small.

This image shows each player's "personal continent".

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Re: Krazy Kingdoms - Let the XML Begin!

Postby -=- Tanarri -=- on Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:26 pm

dolomite13 wrote:Unfortunately that will result in broken "personal continents" and 1 less adjacent-to-favored territory for each. I would rather have them the way they are as I don;t see the same issue you do. And if their is a slight advantage here then it's really slight as the map is so small.

This image shows each player's "personal continent".

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=D13=


The problem that you're missing is for Treefolk and Lizardman to have their second favored territory only 3 spots away, they have to be able to cross the chasm, which means they have to move forward one extra spot at the beginning to be able to take the chasm as their second territory, hence their second favored territory is 4 away unless they own the two sides of the chasm beside their start territory later in the game.

If you take another look at what I suggested, you'll find it doesn't disrupt the personal continents of the Treefolk or Lizardmen, all the territories are still 3 spots away from one another, so the various continent parts will all still connect. Or is there some other part of the continents that is concerning you other than their remaining connected?
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Re: Krazy Kingdoms - Let the XML Begin!

Postby dolomite13 on Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:21 am

-=- Tanarri -=- wrote:
dolomite13 wrote:Unfortunately that will result in broken "personal continents" and 1 less adjacent-to-favored territory for each. I would rather have them the way they are as I don;t see the same issue you do. And if their is a slight advantage here then it's really slight as the map is so small.

This image shows each player's "personal continent".

http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/4143/pcchasms.png

=D13=


The problem that you're missing is for Treefolk and Lizardman to have their second favored territory only 3 spots away, they have to be able to cross the chasm, which means they have to move forward one extra spot at the beginning to be able to take the chasm as their second territory, hence their second favored territory is 4 away unless they own the two sides of the chasm beside their start territory later in the game.

If you take another look at what I suggested, you'll find it doesn't disrupt the personal continents of the Treefolk or Lizardmen, all the territories are still 3 spots away from one another, so the various continent parts will all still connect. Or is there some other part of the continents that is concerning you other than their remaining connected?


I see but here is what your proposed change does. It decreases the number of "adjacent to favored" territories for Lizardmen and Treefolk by 1 each from 13 to 12 and creates a territory that is doubled up on (S4 and M4). ;)

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I have a different proposal ... swapping F3 and J3 would keep the 13, make a fully connected continent for each player and grant the same distance to the 2nd favored territory that you were suggesting should be there for balance. :D

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It is a pain in the ass to make the change but it makes sense so I will need to make that update asap.

Thanks 8-)

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Re: Krazy Kingdoms - Let the XML Begin!

Postby -=- Tanarri -=- on Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:47 am

dolomite13 wrote:I have a different proposal ... swapping F3 and J3 would keep the 13, make a fully connected continent for each player and grant the same distance to the 2nd favored territory that you were suggesting should be there for balance. :D

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It is a pain in the ass to make the change but it makes sense so I will need to make that update asap.

Thanks 8-)

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I think that'll work well. I figured it would be a pain in the ass to fix it graphically at least, and I'm hoping we caught this before any, or at least too much, of the XML had been created since I'm sure that'll even be a bigger pain to fix. You're welcome for catching it, though I'm sorry for all the extra work it's caused and hope it doesn't set the release date of the map back too much.
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Re: Krazy Kingdoms - Let the XML Begin!

Postby dolomite13 on Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:44 am

I wrote about 1500 lines of xml thus far. Mostly just territories and borders, starting neutrals, starting positions, basic continents so it's not too hard to swap two territories. I hope to pass it off to Gilligan this weekend to do the hard part with the bonuses that are making my head spin.

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Re: Krazy Kingdoms - Let the XML Begin!

Postby -=- Tanarri -=- on Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:49 pm

dolomite13 wrote:I wrote about 1500 lines of xml thus far. Mostly just territories and borders, starting neutrals, starting positions, basic continents so it's not too hard to swap two territories. I hope to pass it off to Gilligan this weekend to do the hard part with the bonuses that are making my head spin.

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Yikes, 1500 lines sounds like a lot. Hopefully there was a fair bit of copy and pasting you were able to do for that. In any case, I'm glad it's minimal work to swap the territories and also that the XML is on it's way :)
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Re: Krazy Kingdoms - Gr & Gp UPDATE! (8/1)

Postby dolomite13 on Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:04 am

OK here are the new maps and a list of changes.

I would love for the Gameplay and Graphics foundry people to give this a once over.

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* swapped land type and name for territories J3 and F3 as per the above conversation for better balance

Gameplay
* changed Aquatic to "gain a +1 bonus for every 3 territories that are adjacent to a sea" and "may assault seas"
* changes seas to be KILLER 3 (start 3 neutral) and can assault adjacent territories.
* added adjacent to sea to the key with a note they cannot assault seas (aquatic overrides this)

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Re: Krazy Kingdoms - Gr & Gp UPDATE! (8/1)

Postby -=- Tanarri -=- on Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:04 am

dolomite13 wrote:OK here are the new maps and a list of changes.

I would love for the Gameplay and Graphics foundry people to give this a once over.

=D13=


At the risk of being shot and hung for being a pain in the butt, especially since I pointed out the balance issue in the first place... the colours for J3 and F3 should also be swapped. Everything else lines up and it's easy to tell which territories you're supposed to be going for. Visually people with the Lizardmen or Treefolk may end up going for the other's third favored territory instead of their own because of the current colour difference. I hope the change doesn't create a lot of extra work graphically :(

Looking at the two territories, I think the background etchings of forest/jungle are similar enough that just switchng the colour itself over should work well enough... I'm probably being overly optimistic and Photoshop noobish, but hopefully it's just a matter of eyedropping the dark green colour onto the J3 territory and the light green colour onto the F3 territory and a couple minutes of tweaks to fix any minor artifacting.

On a positive note, I really like the new aquatics bonus and think it will work out nicely. It allows for the potential of a large bonus of +8, but realistically will give a reasonable bonus while offering some nice tactical advantages of getting around stacks and being able to get across the map much quicker in trench games. I could be mistaken, but it also seems like it should require a little less work on the XML end of things, which is always a nice bonus :)

Overall great work, dolomite. I must say, this is one of the few maps I've really been looking forward to playing through its development. Not including Research and Conquer, which has been in development forever, I think the last map I've been looking this forward to playing was King's Court. I really see this map being one of the few maps that stands the test of time and still gets regular play a year after its release :)
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