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  1. The secret is your economy and the fastest way to build it. The method is referred to as 'booming' and this video in my opinion gives a fairly straight forward way of doing it. There are many variations shared by the members of this forum some are civilization specific. Notice the video is is 17 minutes long and ValihrAnt already is in phase 3 and already has enough soldiers to defend himself or attack the enemy. In fairness you may have to slow down the video to keep up with what he is doing, but basically you need a lot of woodcutters and farmers with the appropriate gathering upgrades before you can even consider starting your mining, but you will be amazed at how fast you can get there with the right build order. Once you have the troops and a strong economy you will find the AI is quite foolish and can be beaten fairly easily.
  2. Nice update on this map. I took the liberty of adding the standard number of women and soldiers in Atlas for a more comfortable start. The old (A23) version which showed up in the map browser, to which I had also made some additions was crashing A26. I had forgotten what the original premise was so I assigned teams at the startup (Romans vs. Gauls), so the first time thru it wasn't so hard I plan on trying it again the way it was intended.
  3. Maybe this has been discussed elsewhere, but when I tried to download the newest version of the community mod (in game) the game displayed a failure to rename file error and the mod failed to appear. Disabling the older mod did not help, but finally deleting the old community mod 'folder' from the mods folder and repeating the download process eliminated the error and the new version appeared. I also encountered the same problem with the newest community map mod and had to delete the folders of earlier versions before the newest one would successfully download and install from within the game.
  4. Several Alphas ago, I used to do this all the time. The way I did it was to load the skirmish into the Atlas map editor, change the civilization of the live player and save the map with a slightly different name. The trick was knowing exactly where to save the altered map so it shows up in the game. Since those maps I altered from previous alphas are long gone, I can't remember what folder I ended up putting them. (I think the issue was the 'save as' option did not automatically point to the 'open file' directory, you have to figure out where that is). I vaguely recall that the name of the map file may not be the same as the name displayed in the game menu, so you also have to change the map name somewhere within Atlas or both maps will show up in the game menu with the same original name . I remember in some maps that while the first civilization was locked, you could change yourself to one of the other civs and play from there! This method also lets you add starting options for yourself that the original author forgot like a fortress or two or a bunch of champions. Of course there's no guarantee that these suggestions still work in the latest alpha. And as Andy said above the wrong civ buildings may cause errors or not be functional.
  5. Thanks for the info Andy. I finally gave up back then. Some time later I decided that I may have repeated my personal tendency in applying solutions in a way the person offering the solution never intended--like me expecting Atlas to generate the map from only the seed. After reading some posts on starting the game from the command line it seemed to me that the real solution might be apply the random seed from the command line where the name of the random map could be included in all the other things that needed to be included. However from seeing the complexity of how the command line to begin the game was generated, I decided it would be beyond my skills and inclinations to construct the command line needed to achieve my goal. In retrospect I probably should have just 'begged' for a REPLAY option in the game menu for a future release. (Or a button that loads the map from a replay file and then switches the control to you to play the game.) I can dream...
  6. The Feldfeld vs Edwarf zip appears to be missing the .json file Aha! just put commands file into a new folder! nevermind
  7. Spent the weekend playing the latest terramagna26, xiiiad, and millenium 0ad. Kudos to all involved for the gorgeous work! Since there was no vanilla civs in Mill0ad I had my work cut out playing byzantines with no heroes. It was a big plus having so many interesting mods ready to go with A26.
  8. Another winner Andy. I liked the pace set by the resource trickle instead of near limitless resources of deathmatch. The best part of course was the AI was a bit confused by what was going on. The existing army should certainly satisfy players looking for very quick games.
  9. Is this game 'proof of life' for Valihrant? He hasn't posted a video on his site for 3 months
  10. Ok the following seeds generated a valley In medium Carpathian in which I was completely trapped: "Seed":2164250698 "Seed":118454041 "Seed":1002090554 These may be useful to someone who might want to figure out why the map code is occasionally doing this. For myself, I have no desire to play these seeds again. However you may have answered a question I posted a long time ago about replaying a randomly generated game. At that time I interpreted certain suggestions that I should use the seed in Atlas (which of course failed). Thanks to Stan and Andy I see that the seed will probably work by starting the game with the command line and will investigate when I come across a particularly interesting iteration of a random map.
  11. Tried medium again today and of course it worked fine. The glitch may be very hard to reproduce.
  12. Woudn't you know, I tried medium again tonight and it worked ok. It's my occasional observation that sometimes 'random' gets in a bit of a rut when you continually replay the same map in a single setting. The glitch will probably be very difficult to reproduce.
  13. Andy: (in A26) I tried Carpathian 3 times at medium map size (4 vs 4) and each time it put me in a valley on a flank with no path out. The first time I built a fortress up against a cliff and I was able to free 1 soldier up top at a time by emptying a full house in that direction (So that bug is still kind of there). They were able to build a camp but by that time my allies were all too far gone. I found it odd that I was the only civ that was locked in in all of my three attempts I changed to a normal sized map and the problem went away. I don't know if its worth debugging (or if it can be reproduced) but it is an interesting map. I've really enjoyed Homer's delight, Stan's Sorrow and Cliffs of Carnage from the latest release.
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