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  1. This, as it turns out, has more to do with their armor than their damage (and the fact that so few players get hack armor). Usually when ranged units start to get hit by melee there is plenty of time to just start running away. The idea here would be to increase damage substantially, and decrease armor to like either 4 or 3 hack and pierce (for swords/spears). For one reason, one wouldn't want melee units to be much more susceptible to hack versus pierce, as this would basically make swords much better than they already are. The primary reason is that we don't want 5 to 10 swordsmen to be able to beat almost 40 skirmishers for example. They should be highly damaging to ranged units but still killable. The whole idea of reducing armor a little is to alleviate the meat shield meta. If my ranged units can find decent damage now versus enemy melee units (which are also more valuable to kill due to their higher damage), maybe I will let them target melee instead of always sniping.
  2. The discussion may have involved this idea, I am not sure. Basically, a small armor nerf would be applied to all melee units, with a more substantial increase in their damage. This will designed as a net buff to infantry units, while decreasing their survivability somewhat. The idea is that melee units should be less of a meat shield and more impactful in the outcome of fights. For instance, If my 40 spearmen are upgraded compared to my enemies spearmen, my spearmen should beat their spearmen more quickly and move on to attack the enemy ranged units. Currently however, the survival of my spearmen versus the enemy's spearmen is determined by the health/armor of my melee units and the damage of the enemy ranged units. The damage the melee units do to each other is not very important. Take a look against melee units: (5 hack and 5 pierce are equal, so pierce and hack damage may be combined) pikemen: 2.5 dps spearmen: 5.5 dps swords: 7.33 dps archers: 6.7 dps slingers: 9.2 dps (ignoring crush) crossbowmen: 9.3 dps skirmishers: 12.8 dps ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This change would mean melee units kill ranged units somewhat faster, although they will also die to ranged units faster as well. (maybe players will find themselves needing hack armor from the forge) Importantly, however, it makes melee units and their relative strength to enemy melee units more impactful in the outcome of battles.
  3. yeah champ melee cav certainly could use an hp reduction. The consular bodyguards get even more armor than champion spearcav when compared to their citizen soldier counterparts, so some armor adjustment might also be necessary to be honest. One thing that should be mentioned about spearcav is they do less damage than infantry spearmen (much less for champ spearcav and about the same for citizen soldiers). It's as if their attack repeat time was increased from 1.0 sec to 1.25 sec without the appropriate damage adjustment. I think 0.26.4 is the last iteration of the community mod before the a27 feature freeze, but these are certainly items I will work on for the community mod during a27, assuming one will be maintained. I am planning on: Melee champ cav nerf (armor + hp), maybe a tiny bit more for consular bodyguards. Spearcav damage buff (to correct the aformentioned inconsistency) Broad melee damage increase, armor decrease (help resolve meatshield meta) Han ministers 1 pop, higher percentage effectiveness. warship classes: light warship(could become a scout ship via upgrade), medium warship, heavy/siege warship, transport ship, and special ship (fireship + future additions to this class). separate need to garrison boats from boat effectiveness. might even try to give boats unit AI instead building AI so that they are controlled like units rather than siege towers. Revised unit specific upgrades.
  4. I notice there is a hotkey to delete without confirmation. This does not work for me no matter what the hotkey is, and I always have to confirm everything I want to delete. Does anybody else have this issue? Steps to reproduce: use macos build (maybe), try to delete without confirmation.
  5. I think this could be good, might make the ministers more accessible. Also, there is no need for ministers to cost 2 pop, the cost is prohibitive enough to spam.
  6. Another thing is that it seems to consider normal conversations spam. Whatever character threshold that is used for considering something spam may need to be increased. I saw a warning go up for a sentence of about 30 to 40 characters.
  7. potential sources of inspiration for some units. I think it's fair to say that boarding vessels was a very common approach, so there might be some benefit to using 0ad's own capturing mechanic. Maybe on all ships, or some class of ships designated as boarding vessels. This would mean all ships may be captured and either all ships can capture or select ship types can capture. In this case, one could give ships fairly low capture points so that land units could capture a neglected ship used for landing.
  8. merged: https://gitlab.com/0ad/0ad-community-mod-a26/-/merge_requests?scope=all&state=merged closed: https://gitlab.com/0ad/0ad-community-mod-a26/-/merge_requests?scope=all&state=closed
  9. version 4 changelog: community_mod_changelog.txt #This is a written changelog for additional merges to each version of the community mod. If you would like to review the exact details on #each merge, visit this link: https://gitlab.com/0ad/0ad-community-mod-a26/-/merge_requests?scope=all&state=merged -0.26.1- !1 Set up gitlab with continuous integration to the mod. -0.26.2- !2 Han farming technologies (village and city phase) fixed. !6 Regicide mode infinite loop from enabling hero garrison fixed. -0.26.3- !4 Move tier 3 blacksmith technologies to the town phase. !5 Healers cost 100 food 25 metal, cheaper temple technologies. !8 Themistocles now provides a wall discount as well as a naval buff, Pericles provides technology discount and soldiers in his aura do not give loot. !10 Civic centers and colonies decreased cost, decreased territory expansion with each age. !11 Axe cavalry buff to hack damage. !12 Change to ptol civ bonus: Ptolemies houses, storehouses, farmsteads +50% build time and -40% capture points. !13 Team Bonuses: Athens get CC technologies -30% cost, -50% research time, Seleucids get CC decreased build time too, Persians get cheaper barracks and stables, Carthage gets -50% mercenary infantry train time. -0.26.4- !26 Add a new aura to Alexander that does: "Enemy Soldiers, Structures -10% attack damage". Change Aura1 to "Soldiers +10% attack damage, +15% movement speed." and aura 2 to ""Enemy Civic Centres −50% capture points garrisoned regeneration rate." !27 Add centurions to the romans (100 food, 50 metal) with a limit of 8 with an aura "Melee Soldiers +10% attack damage and all soldiers -25% experience points for promotion."" !17 Change roman army camp to 400 wood 150 stone (vs 500 wood 100 stone 100 metal) Reduce health to 1750 (vs 2250) move it to town phase !24 Add a farming civ bonus to Seleucids ("Farms -25% wood cost and -75% build time.) !19 Increase by 15% Melee and Melee Champion cavalry acceleration
  10. I think one should consider any inconsistencies between building fire and unit fire (typically archers) that may exist or if they would arise after any of these changes. i would expect it to be better to have a consistent response to attacks, but maybe not. I don't really have a solid opinion so I haven't voted yet.
  11. I am taking suggestions, like I removed projectile velocity from the upgrades since this is not visible to players and should be a constant. I am considering allowing them to affect mercenaries as well.
  12. this is experience. your citizen soldiers will gain experience by fighting, and a tiny bit by hunting. You can gain experience by garrisoning in barracks/stable. When the bar is filled, your unit will promote to the next rank with better fighting ability. melee units get health, armor, and damage with each rank, ranged units get more health and accuracy with each rank.
  13. Well I guess its hard to communicate laughing at versus laughing in agreement via emoji. The bottom line is repeat offenders of racism, toxicity, and hate speech should be banned, and players should be able to mute others as they wish. More minor offenses can have some other more minor penalty. It is evident in screenshots and in this very discussion that there are minor offenders and very major offenders.
  14. no, this is a community mod. The community has spoken on 5 of the MR's and these are the ones that should be added. I will revise the upgrades and see if they are of interest later.
  15. also, to anyone, why not reduce pikemen armor and increase damage? Im curious since plenty of complaints exist on pikemen being too tanky.
  16. the 5 changes that were voted for can be added in 0.26.4 and could go on into a27. Maybe it is for the best that we postpone adding the upgrades to the community mod until after a27 is released, since this way they would get more playtesting and balancing time in the community mod for a27. This close to feature freeze, I think players want features they have more confidence in.
  17. @Dizaka I see what you mean but these issues are individual and outside the scope of the upgrades we discussed. Adding the upgrades would in no way stop updates to elephant archers for example. that being said, you are right that some of these are areas for improvement: ele archers might need an adjustment, they are a little weak. the remaining heroes need proper auras. I currently envision the kush axemen like a more lightly armored swordsman with an additional crush attack, right now they are basically sword champs but slightly worse. However: Axe cav (persia) were given a buff in 0.26.3 such that they deal more damage than swordcav but remain weakly armored. (the upgrade "raiding cavalry" gives them more speed at the cost of making the unit even weaker). They absolutely have a role at the moment, you should try them out. ranged siege can attack soldiers, rams cannot. Mercenary cav are still very strong. Lastly, I doubt such an overlay is possible or even effective. Instead, we can just add what has been voted for into 0.26.4, and then I can modify the upgrades as necessary to be a part of the community mod in a27. (because I really haven't seen any good reasons not to add them.) this way a27 and 0.26.4 get the more popular items here, and the upgrades could possibly go through a longer period of playtesting.
  18. Hi @Dizaka thanks a lot for this feedback. Do you mind if I use the list you made in the unit specific upgrades description in Gitlab? first: I think you meant to say 'P2' and 'P3' not 'P1' and 'P2'. I think the current cav concerns will remain since we were unable to agree on a nerf for them. I thought the health adjustments were pretty ideal, but it seems players had their concerns with them since many voted no. Keep in mind that the existing "cavalry_health" and "cavalry_speed" upgrades would be removed here as @Feldfeldmentioned, so the upgrades would technically buff infantry more than cavalry. What do you mean by "defining the unit roles"? Are you saying the units are too similar for these upgrades to make sense? Are some upgrades too similar? Also what are the red, underlined parts?
  19. Ok @Stan` @wraitii it looks like only 5 of the 11 were supported enough: 1,2,4,8 and 10. With more votes I don't expect any of the other merge requests to change.
  20. yeah I probably will later, but I don't have any clear feedback. Just saying it's confusing is pretty unhelpful. Anything can be confusing the first time you see it. Anyone have specific changes they would like to see in the upgrades? Maybe allow them to apply to mercs too? Maybe they are too expensive? The icons are all quite good matches, so theres not really much to improve there.
  21. Im frankly just surprised so many would reject such a large addition of content to the game. Almost nobody would vote no on a new civ, even thought they may not understand all the details on the new civ. @Dizaka did you follow the link provided? https://gitlab.com/0ad/0ad-community-mod-a26/-/merge_requests/25 It is a tech tree, a system, found in the barracks/stable for each unit. Each of these 23 is an upgrade for a particular unit type. among them, there is a level 1 (town phase, costing 100 food, wood, metal) and a level 2 (city phase, costing 200 f,w,m). They do not effect mercenaries. Each civ is allotted 4 to 8 of these upgrades for units which are important to their play style, and also depending on balance. (for instance, I didn't give the skirmish cav upgrade to mauryans). each upgrade is also designed to give differentiating qualities to units (longer pikes, increased pikemen cavalry counter, spearmen prepare time upgrade). The idea is that the upgrades one civ has access to are at least a little different from another, and different advantages/disadvantages come from this. I hope you can see that they all work together as a system and that adding a select few of them wouldn't work well. A lot of you mentioned you like them, but a few things are remain unappealing. What would you personally change about the upgrades? It's hard not to. The fact of the matter is that I put a lot of time into these thinking new content would be widely approved of. For so many people to vote no on the grounds they don't understand it is pretty disappointing.
  22. If you want a better look at the upgrades (all visible in the tech tree), here is the branch made into a mod: unit_upgrades.zip
  23. I think they were almost rejected. I think a lot of voters are not looking on gitlab to see the specifics before voting. Also many might dislike change like @Norse_Harold said.
  24. I would say learning new things is good. If there are more things to learn, that means there is more content to explore. Also Said saying he feels like a newbie is a massive exaggeration, he still plays very well XD. Also, this isn't a balance mod, its for new features too. Again, I think I did a bad job of communicating what the upgrade system involves. Sorry to all the yes voters.
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