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We’ve got N resources and M things to work on. Based on your experiences with beta 2, where would you like N to go the most?

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on Mar 05, 2012

sry bout i make more opsts instid of 1. but i forget to mention 1 thing

i find the proffesions unballanced. try compare summoner whit bandit lord

on Mar 05, 2012

Winnihym

Stability and performance shouldn't really be in that poll.  You have to attend to them, even if no one votes for them.  Releasing something that even has a 1% crash rate will likely cause a PR nightmare.  Same thing with performance, with a higher cutoff number.  So, without those in the poll, I'd say city management next.

 

Agreed.

 

I am surprised that it took this long for someone to post this.

 

I would also echo the statements of others:

 

Faction differentiation

Tactical Battles

City Mgt.

 

 

I do love the new (lack of) caravan system, although it would be nice to be able to direct where the roads run.

on Mar 05, 2012

Sadly the things I want (more RPG elements, working boats, etc.) aren't even on the list.

If one has to vote for vs. New Features it's game over, time to think about getting out of the software business.

STABILITY & PERFORMANCE are NOT FEATURES, it's like asking players if they want a save game option!

 

 

 

 

 

 

on Mar 05, 2012

I would of voted AI if I was not sure already that this part would get love anyhow. You can’t release this game with anything but the best AI you can make. It’s a single player game you can’t have it any other way.

 

So I voted for the fun factor. I want some great random events. Of course I would love to have better cities and factions changes are a must as well.

 

Let’s hope that everything gets some love.

on Mar 05, 2012

Great point. Things like stability are always needed, kind of a given. It will be an ongoing process, especially as features are refined.

on Mar 05, 2012

pad152
Sadly the things I want (more RPG elements, working boats, etc.) aren't even on the list.

If one has to vote for Stability vs. New Features it's game over, time to think about getting out of the software business.

STABILITY & PERFORMANCE are NOT FEATURES, it's like asking players if they want a save game option!

 

This is a real fact. I'm sorry I did not recongnise this either.

 

It is a bit bad on  customer service side to have stability as something we might work on.

 

I hope this is not the way they intended the question. They probably meant is this something that has to be doen right now or can they wait a bit before fixing it once and for all. I hope this is all it is.
 

on Mar 05, 2012

I assumed that they had "Stabiility" as an option to get a feel on what % of players were still having Stability problems.

(yes, its not a 100% accurate statistical random sample, but its better than nothing)

 

Therefore, if you are having stability problems ... VOTE FOR STABILITY!!

else, vote for what you think is most needed post stability.

---------->especially if stability is so bad you haven't been able to 'finish' a game (get to a winning position)

on Mar 05, 2012

SerinMaldy
I would like to see the maps more refined and more resources distributed.

I agree, no good reason start locations should be as random as they are. While we should occasionally get exceptional start locations we really shouldn't be getting the terrible ones (3/2 no forest or river). If it's possible than an AI will be crippled by it somewhere on the map.This ties in with how stage 1 is supposed to be about you vs the environment, this should mean that monsters are a constant threat and if that is true than a 2/2 start would be a death sentence.

Also natural expansions need to be regulated more, some start locations end up looking like the hub of a wheel, while others are just 2 cities in a corner cut off from the rest of the world by ocean and wasteland (enemy city on other side). It takes like 10 min to find this out, which is a little long to find out you need to restart a game.

on Mar 05, 2012

Personally I think theres one issue that has to be mended- Order of units at the start of the battle.

Not having specific control on which units stands where ruins the very concept of tactical battles...

 

(Unless I'm completely blind and missed that config somewhere)

on Mar 05, 2012

Indeed.

Having units placed poorly certainly detracts from tactical battles, and in my opinion is the MOST PRESSING issue when it comes to tactical battles.

In my list of priorities I had Tactical battles at a 45/50.

If unit positioning (before battle) was implemented, It would tone down the need for work on Tactical battles all the way to a 20/25.

on Mar 05, 2012

The good thing is that people seem to begin to be pretty statisfied with the amount of gameplay content in the game. Months ago there was a lot of discussion about the low number of spells, and the lack of techs etc. Now the conversation has clearly shifted towards tweaking gameplay elements. Sure, City Management might need a lot of work still, and Tactical Battles would appreciate some more love, but it's hard to even comperehend how much better the atmosphere of the conversations are from the aftermath of WoM.

I hope the game stays in full on development mode for still a few months more, because it's getting closer to being ready for the final polish mode. Fingers crossed!

on Mar 05, 2012

It'll be at least 4 months before we even start to consider a final release date.  That is, even if people said "The game is perfect right now" they'd have to wait at least 4 months because that's the minimum development schedule. 

 

on Mar 05, 2012

I think the overall attitude is that things are going in the right direction and people are really pumped about the upcoming changes. While I wouldn't be very happy with this as a final release in its current state, as a Beta it's truly great and worth spending time discussing in the forums however we can help make it better. There have been some really great ideas on how to tweak/improve the existing design, and I also get a feeling there will be some excellent user-generated content when it's released, too, assuming modding is even better than WoM's.

on Mar 05, 2012

Maybe faction difference is the way to go right now before AI. If we have 4 months, you can really build things in the order they need to be built. Faction difference is the thing on most people's mind right now. Seems like a good time to add it from a development standpoint too, since you guys are looking at buildings. 

The question I would ask is what are the features you want a given race to have? Then you can add those features through the various mediums the game offers. Buildings as much as Techs, as much as Traits and Quests.

on Mar 06, 2012

Frogboy
It'll be at least 4 months before we even start to consider a final release date.  That is, even if people said "The game is perfect right now" they'd have to wait at least 4 months because that's the minimum development schedule. 

 

 

This is the best news I have heard all year. 

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