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    Game info:

    Server address:


    The DoE2 Mod:

    Story thread:

    The Players:
    OzzyKP - Byzantines
    LzPrst - France
    Dick76 - England
    Toni - Germany
    Kenshin2 - Spain
    Jehoshua - Russia
    1889 - India
    DNK - Khmer
    MNGoldenEagle - Korea
    Black Knight 427 - Japan
    Calanthian - China

    - Map: World Map, 1000 AD scenario
    - Players: 11
    - Normal Barbarians
    - Aggressive AI
    - Random Events
    - No Tech Trading
    - No Score Mod
    Last edited by OzzyKP; March 16, 2012, 12:53.
    Captain of Team Apolyton - ISDG 2012

    When I was younger I thought curfews were silly, but now as the daughter of a young woman, I appreciate them. - Rah

  • #2
    Maybe the standard 1000 AD scenario is interesting!


    • #3
      If modding activity is needed:

      I am available. I have a good idea what I can and what I can't do quickly. And indeed a week would be a good, quick schedule.
      So Inca I am available on the modding front, and you know what I can do

      Perhaps a map and mod set in England and Ireland will work..

      Add the Irish, Scotts, Welsh, Normandy civs (mod)..

      Play roster would be something like this:
      * Ireland (2 civs), Great Britain (4 civs: English, Scotts, Welsh, ..), Danes, Vikings, Dutch, French, Normandy.
      * Huge map
      * Add Anglican religion


      • #4
        @Cal, Is it possible to 'Mod' the game so that particular Civ's have access to certain Techs permanently blocked to them? Obviously they would need a 'pay-back' in another area to compensate. Thinking here of about the only 'serious' game which I still bother to play SP which is Civ Colonization. It's a fascinating era of history but the Colonization game itself is completely unsuitable, not sure it even has a PitBoss, other than for a quickie 'shoot 'em up' due to the 4 European Power and very weak Natives model. It would take one hell of a Mod to do it but it could make a great game.

        I don't see much point in putting re-named Civ's onto a Flat-Map of the UK, calling Incense Wode, Offa's **** rplacing The Great Wall and all the Great People suddenly becoming British. That also raises the problem of who on Earth would play the Welsh?

        BTW. You cannot just have 'the English' as it was relatively late in historical terms that there was an England. You cannot forget the Mercians, Northumbrians, Anglians and Jutes just because dear old Alfred turned Wessex into top dog!
        Last edited by St Jon; November 18, 2011, 07:07.
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        • #5
          Yeah, new game will be fine.

          We will miss the nuclear race, tanks roaming, paradrops, corporation wars, but well, lets call the game.

          Lets this time we do the map large enough, so there is way of more diplomacy. Like taking 1 or 2 cities (or 10 in this regard) off someone without him being crippled beyond all repair. Like "I will give you those 3 cities if you help me fight this war, etc...

          Possible scenario can be medieval Japan. Lots of factions, lot of history background, pictures, etc...
          Or Caribbean in the 1600-1700's - Archipelago map with English, Dutch, Spaniards, French, pirates, colonies, etc
          Or something really mean:


          • #6
            The last map: very creative.
            But basically that is a pangaea map with inner seas..
            Trade is the name of the game..


            • #7
              Medieval Japan would be great!


              We could find easy inspiration for the factions, UU's and UB's in Total War Shogun II.
              And if we are not too critical about reusing lots of unit graphics we can even do it quite quickly.

              Basically modding is quite easy if game mechanics are kept in place and one doesn't start redesigning graphics..

              What I did for "Gods and Heroes" is reusing graphics from within the game, and from other mods..
              Still I managed to make other religions, unique leaders, civs, UU's and UB's...

              When choosing this time period we need to be creative with gunpowder... as basically only daimyo's which became christians had access to muskets..
              Last edited by Calanthian; November 18, 2011, 08:22.


              • #8
                It can work:

                When choosing this time period we need to be creative with gunpowder... as basically only daimyo's which became christians had access to muskets..
                This was a lot easier than i thought:

                Last edited by Calanthian; November 18, 2011, 09:46.


                • #9
                  Calanthian: how much can you mod to the UN?
                  Can you make everybody eligible for the chairman position?
                  Can you remove the civic-votes? (they suck, imho, since they limit the possible game styles)

                  There was a list one day with stuff I'd like to mod for diplogaming....
                  I'll see if I can find it.

                  There's also something in the spanish forums going on about an android app for civ4 pitboss.
                  It apparently even makes it possible to do in-game diplo on your phone!
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                  • #10
                    Calanthian: how much can you mod to the UN?
                    Really don't know. Should have to look into it.
                    The unit, building, tech and religion thing I've got covered. The rest I didn't do before.


                    • #11
                      What about a mod to substantially increase the maintenance costs of units or upgrades? Or maybe big production cost increases as units become more advanced? A three or four-fold increase might make war far less frequent.

                      Another thing we could do is put a lot more food on the Map. Plentiful food would mean less of a need to expand to remain competitive. Plus there would be more incentive to trade for happiness resources, and to keep troops at home to keep cities happy.

                      Another thing is that bigger maps make things more peaceful.
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                      • #12
                        You can add costs into units easily through XML in the units.xml file.
                        I do that for industrial/modern/latemodern units @ +1/+2/+3 GPT usually to account for far higher capital costs and the addition of fuel costs. It prevents massive 50-100 unit late-game units; keeps things simpler, I think, given that you can easily make 700GPT by then, compared to like 100GPT in the early game, maybe 200-300 in the mid-game.

                        Increasing production costs are, of course, easily modded through XML under I feel that the late-game units scale up in hammer costs reasonable, though, so I don't usually adjust that.

                        Making food more common than happiness resources isn't a bad idea at all.

                        Another thing that makes things more peaceful is proper "border regions", places of marginal usefulness, like mountains, steppes, deserts, or good old water. I wouldn't plan another overly crowded map like DoE's, although I don't know, seems like the DoF map is going well. We can go the G&H map route and make the thing massive in size also.

                        Always, to reduce militarism, increasing defensive bonuses/promotions or decreasing the costs of defensive units helps. I think if we're starting in 1000AD, making walls/etc not obsoleted by rifling or gunpowder units is necessary.

                        Personally, I use this mod for SP:
                        • extra costs to later units
                        • slightly decreased defensive unit costs (archers, muskets, MGs, etc)
                        • walls, etc, don't obsolete and are in effect for everything but tanks
                        • bunkers and shelters get defensive bonuses also to account for late-game siege improvements (but require castles to build), plus shelters don't require Manhattan
                        • forts have increased defensive bonuses and are quicker to make
                        • no "X prerequisite buildings" for national wonders like Oxford
                        • jungles get +75% defensive bonuses but take out 5-10% health per turn of the units in them
                        • siege has stronger bombardment to make up for increased defenses (balancing)
                        • ships get increased movement speed (but not as high as DoE, which is excessive imo)


                        • #13
                          As for the next one, I don't have a huge interest in a Great Britain game or a Japan game. Though I'd play either if folks wanted. I really want to do another world map game. If people wanted to just do an unedited 1000 AD game, I'm up for it. Maybe some cool mod improvements, but keep the map and placements the same. I'd love that!
                          Captain of Team Apolyton - ISDG 2012

                          When I was younger I thought curfews were silly, but now as the daughter of a young woman, I appreciate them. - Rah


                          • #14
                            Another idea geared at the fixed-alliance issue:

                            * A late game Revolution EVENT which creates the Communist Internationale, triggered by the invention of Communism.
                            * This event will transfer 20 % of all cities to the new Communist Internationale. All troops which are in the city at the moment the event triggers become communist too.
                            * A new PLAYER plays the communists.
                            * A VOTE decides who will be the player (from outside the game).
                            * Name for the game: Diplomacy or Guns (DoG)


                            • #15
                              I want to do an Communist Internationale myself and just wanted the people to get closer to the Communism. I want to make the USSR dream of every country in the world becoming Communist. Maybe there will be few players who will refuse and the class clash (commies/democrats/fascists) will happen after all.