Hey! Where have you been? Its been long time, buddy
Welcome, and glad to have you on board.
I would listen to the lamentations of your women. Count me in.
Hey! Where have you been? Its been long time, buddy
Welcome, and glad to have you on board.
That which does not kill you... will try again!
So when are we starting this... just asking? I may not check this thread frequently in Apolyton ... so please PM all when we're required to do something. If there is something we need to do to prep for this magnificient game of epic proportions please let me know how I have to fill my shorts long in advance.
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I will be sure that I PM everyone to let them know that we are starting so you don't need to worry about that. I am hoping that it does not take more than a few days to pick up those last two players.
Going with BlackKnight's suggestion, once we have all the required players I will post the Map, so that everyone has a chance to check out the Map and the starts. Also, I can post a short write-up on playing the different starts for anyone who wants, especially those who don't have a chance to download or look at the Map before the game starts. That way nobody is disadvantaged by the design of the Map.
I find this a bit funny since we just did the same thing and struggled to find just 12 players. Good luck, guys, I'm sure I'll be joining in eventually
Don't be a 'hater', be a 'congradulater'... Better yet, just join the game so we can hurry up and start
We require more Vespene Gas...
And careful everyone, about the assumption that you can 'just join later'... I'm hosting a different game now that has been going for what 2metra a year? We are in Modern era with Infantry, MGs etc (at least some people are... not scrubs like me ). Anyway I don't think we have had anyone quit since like the initial week... so... yea, just sayin'
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Still, 3 games is too much Civ to worry about playing each day, and the so will kill me if I stay up another 15min every night to "play my game all the time", as she is already just with me posting here.
, yea too much civ will probably be the reason my wife divorces me in the end I can see it now "Petition for Dissolution of Marriage on grounds of irreconcilable differences over Civilization IV"
My last point though, was that people drop out for RL reasons sometimes, but usually it is because of pauses, and reloads and boredom. We will be having none of that this game.
Boredom?... With raging Barbs and razor close starts?... I think not
Just plaaaaaaaayyyy DNK! C'moooooonnnnnn! Pleeeeeease! You make me so sad, you no play wif you fwends!
Last edited by Sommerswerd; March 21, 2012 at 13:37.
Hey guys. I have no idea what a diplogame is or what tier I would fit in. Tentatively interested though.
In diplo there is a lot happening around the game. Storytelling, messages in character between players.
It takes a committed player, and at least a year to finish a game.
You need to talk with countries around you, make deals, really anything which can make you achieve your goals..
But it is very interesting. Check on the forum some story threads.. for example Destiny of Empires, and you get a feel for it.
Tell us the level you are able to win regularly against the computer, and we know which tier you should be.
Trade is the name of the game..
I usually win at monarch, though I suck at MP-games. The whole commitment thing kind of scares me, I am a busy guy right now, but I might not be in the future.
Just for you my ol' pal (and anyone else who is still unsure about what Tier they fit in)... I have, in my leisure time come up with a fun questionaire to help you determine what Tier you best fit in. Please note that this is just a guide, it is tailored for this game only, and it is only for folks who are unsure. If you are already pretty sure of what Tier you belong in, then this aid is not intended for you, so me don't wanna hear no smack-talk about how "I answered yes to 7 but I'm sure I am a Tier 1 so what gives?"
Seriously though, everyone feel free to make any comments you like.
Tier Questionnaire, to help you decide what Tier you are in (Only if you are still unsure):
Question 1 – Do you find rushes to be a cheesy, cheap, unsportsmanlike tactic? Do you need to have your own land to yourself to peacefully build and grab Wonders, rather than compete with neighbors to grab land? Do you find it cheap, cheesy and exploitative when human players use tricks and tactics that the AI never uses?
Answer (1) – If you answered a,b,c or d you are probably a Tier 6 – STOP here and pick a Tier 6 team.
- Yes, yes and yes
- Yes, yes and no
- Yes, no and yes
- No, yes and yes
- I would say no to two or maybe all three of those
Question 2 – If at some point in the game you find yourself completely surrounded by rivals, all of whom are stronger than you and none of whom are particularly friendly to you, what do you do?:
Answer (2) – If you answered a,b,c or d you are probably a Tier 6 – STOP here and pick a Tier 6 team.
- This happens to me sometimes, I die, it's ugly, there is nothing I could do to stop it.
- This happenes sometimes, and since there is nothing I can do, I quit
- I turtle and tried to at least survive to the end.
- Hmmm… This has never happened to me before, so I don’t know what I’d do.
- Are you kidding? This would never happen to me. I would scout nearby lands and claim chokepoints, make treaties, Declare War, and do whatever it takes to avoid getting blocked in.
Question 3 – It’s very easy for me to deal with Raging Barbarians on High difficulty levels and REX at the same time.
Answer (3) – If you answered b or c, you are probably a Tier 5 or 6 – STOP here and pick a Tier 5 or 6 team.
- Humans rule, Barbs drool
- Yikes, no way! I need max defense… Archers, Walls, and Axes in every city for that
- I've played Raging barbs and higher difficulty levels, but not both at the same time, so I don't know what to expect
Question 4 – I’m perfectly comfortable starting with a couple rival Capitals within 3 tiles of my capital.
Answer (4) – If you answered b or c, you are probably a Tier 4 or 5 – STOP here and pick a Tier 4 or 5 team.
- That’s fine, sounds like an interesting challenge
- No way! That’s ridiculous! How can I survive like that?
- I never play that way so I'm not sure
Question 5 – TBH, I am probably one of the better players in this game, at least in the top 1/3 of the players.
Answer (5) – If you answered a or c you are a probably a Tier 3 or 4 – STOP here and pick a Tier 3, or 4 team.
- Hmmm… unsure about that
- Hells yeah!
- Ummm, No, I don’t think so.
Question 6 – I am perfectly comfortable with Declaring War on somebody on the very first Turn of the game.
Answer (6) - If you answered a or c, you are probably a Tier 2 or 3 – STOP here and pick a Tier 2, or 3 team.
- What?!? That’s CRAZY! That's MADNESS!
- Damn straight!... THIS ISSS SPARTAAA!!!
- Never done it, never thought about it, so I don't know
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1) e: No, no and no
6) b: this is SPAAARTAAAAA
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The Forum changed my a's and b's to 1's and 2's . I also made some edits based on your answers to make things clearer. Plus you're funny as hel! Nabaxo... I had to borrow that Sparta line
Anyway... So based on what you said, I would say Tier 5. Check again with the edits to see if you agree.
Last edited by Sommerswerd; March 21, 2012 at 18:28.
Updated my post. I think tier 4 fits me fine.
So, I can be T4 again in this game?
I am tier 2 maybe three def not lower then that.
For the various civs will people have option to choose leaders if the civ has more than one?
1. e (generally yes, no, no) 2. e (or f - get them at war with each other and take advantage of the situation) 3. a (high difficulty raging barbs and always war, that starts to get tricky) 4. a (given we can't rush each other, I don't see the issue here) 5. b (at least for vanilla), 6. b (how else does one duel?)
France - Louis (IND, CRE)
Spain - Isabella (EXP, SPI)
Portugal - Jao (IMP, EXP)
Netherlands - Willem (FIN, CRE)
Rome - Augustus (IND, IMP)
Greece - Pericles (PHI, CRE)
Germany - Bismarck (IND, EXP)
Ottomans - Suleiman (PHI, IMP)
Holy Rome - Chalemange (IMP, PRO)
Russia - Peter (PHI, IMP)
Persia - Darius (FIN, ORG)
Byzantines - Justinian (IMP, SPI)
China - Qin Shi Huang (IND, PRO)
Arabia - Saladin (SPI, PRO)
Viking - Ragnar (FIN, AGG)
Japan - Tokugawa (AGG, PRO)
England - Elizabeth (FIN, PHI)
Celts - Brennus (SPI, CHA)
Something worth noting for this game (will be especially apparent when everyone sees the Map). PRO is going to be more valuable than usual, because of the powerful barbs. The civs who are not boxed in and thus will be facing barbs, will want to get Archery must faster than normal of course, which makes PRO really valuable.
Also, in such close quarters, Border Pops will be so much more important, so CRE is really, really valuable in Europe. Plus, in close quarters, a Wonder could be a real game changer, so IND is very valuable on this Map. Last thing on this line, is that expanding fast will be critical, so IMP is a really important trait to have.
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This rule is easily abused as written. The defender waits until the turn timer is nearly over then makes his move thus denying the attacker the chance to capture a city or forces the attacker to wait until the turn timer is nearly over and then login simultaneously with the defender so that attacks have to take place in real time.3.A Civ who declares war (attacker) may not capture cities, on any turn, until the defender (the Civ who the city is being taken from) has at least logged into the game that turn (visible on civstats/PYT). 1.This rule means a Civ can effectively avoid losing cities by simply not logging in. If you are protecting your cities by intentionally refusing to log in, your attacker is not allowed to induce you to log in with a fraudulent offer of peace.
Combined with the Standard Measured War rule it effectively makes taking and keeping a city from another player impossible with any decent use of the rules. Defender enacts Standard Measured War rule after being attacked. Once he notices that he is at risk of losing more then 3 cities, the defender automates his moves for the remainder of the 20 turns and does not login again until after the war period expires. The attacker must then give back 3 of the defender's cities (i.e. the max that should have been taken if the defender uses the above tactic).
The only way to circumvent this tactic by the rules as written would be to take four or more cities in one turn, an extremely difficult feat to say the least.
I recommend this rule be removed (or at a minimum heavily modified). The Standard Measured War rule already makes it so that losing cities is only a temporary inconvenience in most cases so this rule is unnecessary at best and extremely abusive at worst.
Based on the descriptions, I would peg myself in the Tier 3-5 range. REX with Diety level barbs sounds challenging to me and I haven't played in over a year so Tier 5 is probably appropriate.
The rules are designed to steer the players to play in 'diplogame' style, as per the Apolyton FAQs etc, on Diplogaming. In other words, the rules are designed to preserve the 'fun' and enjoyability of the game for as many players as possible. This rule is a good example, and I am glad you pointed it out, so we can talk about whether it needs to be changed, or dropped, or tweaked or whatever.
Remember that the Defender has to invoke the Measured War rule. They have to swallow their pride and admit that they can't defend themselves and have to use the mercy rule. Most guys are very reluctant to do this. But you are right, if they can get past their pride, they can get back up to 3 of the cities you took... but remember, the cities will be heavily damaged, and you (the attacker) will get capture Gold from the conquest. Plus, you get 20 turns while they are not logging in to ransack their lands, pillage all their improvements, kill all their units, capture their units, sink their ships etc. All you are prohibited from doing is capturing their cities. I doubt many players would leave their nation at your Mercy like that for 20 turns. They will be crippled. Better to stand and fight and try to negotiate for a better deal than losing all your units and infrastructure.
And that is the point. Forcing them to negotiate rather than take the mercy rule, and forcing you to negotiate, rather than capture a few cities that you know you cant keep. A final point to remember, is that they can force you to give back the city in 20 turns, but then 10 turns after that, you can Declare War again, and take the city again. In other words, sure, they can frustrate your attempt to conquer them, but you can also frustrate their attempts to avoid being conquered. It just takes longer, thus it preserves some playability for the defender, the gurantee that he can never truly be crippled or elimminated.
1. Keep it very, very, very, very simple and easy to understand/remember
2. Make sure it keeps things fun and enjoyable for the person who is losing the war. If a rule makes it easy to quickly crush a person, to the point where they want to quit or lose the will to log in and play, then that is not a good Diplogame rule.
3. The rule does not likely lead to a need for reloads, pauses, mandatory turn order, administrative rulings, or anything that stops or slows down the game
Just so I am clear... You are suggesting that we leave the measured War rule as it is, but just get rid of the rule that you have to wait until the other guy logs in to take his cities, right?
The reason we need that rule, is because it prevents you from taking the cities of someone who is away for a day or two, not paying attention, and it also makes it very difficult for you to use a double-move to capture a city., without enacting mandatory turn order with administrative reloads
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So, for someone like me, who has no pride, this game will be awesome! ;D
@ Exploit- Re reading your post, I think it warrants some additional clarification...
If the defender is waiting all the way to the end to move so you can't take his cities (unless you monitor the game and log in when he does), that doesent mean you can't attack him or play your turn. Remember, there is no turn order, so you can log in before the defender and do whatever, kill his units, get all in position to take cities, except you cant take cities. Then, if you're really dedicated to his destruction, you can wait to cactch him logging in and take the cities. When you think about it, its really desperate to wait all the way to the end to move and probably counter productive, because what? You're gonna launch a brilliant counter attack during a quick 30 second stealth-move in the last 35 seconds of the turn? No way! you're gonna log in and find your armies ruined and you won't have time to figure out what to do. Best bet is to just not log in at all.
Here is an example of how the rule helps keep players viable (and participating). If I have my capital, plus four remote colonies in Africa (5 cities total) and you suddenly Declare War and capture 3 of my 4 colonies, now I only have 2 cities. Me so sad, right? It's quittin' time right? Well no, because I can use the measured War rule to force you to give me the cities back in 20 turns. Yaaaa! Me so happy! My Civ gets a second chance to live and I have learned my lesson to defend my colonies better.
I should mention that this is another reason that the fast Naval movement is important. It allows you to hit your opponent really hard in that initial turn before they have a chance to take the mercy rule.
Essentially, there is a 100% surcharge on conquest at 3 captured cities, so you arent getting the conquest, just the capture gold, pillage gold, and the advantage of damaging (but not crippling) your opponent. That's valuable, but not as valuable as the cities, so you have to consider how costly is it going to be to engage in a war to set your opponent back or punish them, knowing you can't keep the conquest (if they invoke the mercy rule). At 4 cities, it's a 75% surcharge, at 6, 50% surcharge. So in other words, Wars of pure conquest need to result in a huge amount of captured cities to be profitable. And that is the spirit of a Diplogame, to discourage plyers from crippling each other.
Here is another thing to remember. When you are attacking a Civ with over 5 or 6 cities, they will be especially reluctant to invoke the rule. If I am defender and I invoke the mercy rule, it means I can get 3 cities back, but it also means that I will probably be stuck losing however many cities over 3 that I lost before I called Mercy rule. So if I had 6 cities and lost 5 in a first turn amphibious raid, am I gonna call my allies and get them to help me take ALL my cities back? Or am I gonna call mercy rule and get back 3 out of 6 cities? See what I mean?
Another idea along these lines. You attack and take 3 of my cities. I can immediatley call Measured War and in 20 turns you have to give me back the 3 cities you took, but the only way I can avoid losing more cities is to stay out of the game. So while I stay out of the game, you pillage all my land and kill all my units... On the other hand, you make me an offer to give me peace right away instead of in 20 turns, no slaughtered armies, no pillaged lands... And all I have to do is give up my Measured War rights, and let you keep 1 or 2 of the cities you took. Sounds like a better deal to me, depending on what cities I am losing.
Plus, if I have a vast 9 city empire, there is no way I'm gonna just let you run roughshod and pillage all my iprovements and kill all my units for 20 turns while I hide from logging in. I will be set back even farther then if I actually fight and lose a couple cities
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Is there still room in the game or you are launching?