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Sliders. Knobs. Checkboxes. Such is the spread-sheet roots of strategy games. Let's fix that.

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Going back 15 years to Galactic Civilizations I for Windows, players managed their economy like this:

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GalCiv I: Sliders.

 

In Galactic Civilizations I, you would set your tax rate. Your tax rate affected the approval rate on your planets.  You could then decide how much of your GDP the government would take control of with the spending slider.  From there, players would direct their civilization's output between Military, Social, and Research.

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In Galactic Civilizations III, we had changed it to the Production Wheel: Manufacturing, Wealth Generation, Research.

 

I actually don't have a problem with sliders to be honest.  But they have a serious user interface limitation: The more sliders you have, the more confusing the screen and the more difficult it is to communicate the results.

 

 

Let's talk about economics

Our economies are a lot more complicated than Money making, Research and Planet manufacturing and Fleet construction.  Obvious real-world examples would include food production, consumer goods,  social programs and international affairs.  In a space game, there are even priorities you might have: Mining, espionage, soldiers, Precursor archeology, and so on.  Imagine all that as sliders. Oye.

 

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What are Galactic Citizens?

Across your entire civilization, an individual of great potential will rise up and join your government.  When this happens you decide an area for he or she to specialize in.

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A new citizen has joined you. What will you do with them?

Now, there are some...provisos here that will make each game play a bit differently. 

  1. How often you get a free citizen is not dependent on the size of your civilization.  It is, by default, one citizen every 10 turns. So each citizen is pretty important. A 200 turn game will leave you with 20 natural citizens.  Use them wisely.
  2. The areas of specialization are based on what technology you have.  At the start of the game, if you are playing as the Terran Alliance, your options are a Leader or a Commander.
  3. You can choose to keep them safe in your capital providing a global bonus (great for large empires) or you can send them to a specific planet to really boost that planet's production in a given area (great for small empires) but also makes them vulnerable if they are assassinated or the planet is invaded (once they settle, they're not leaving).
  4. They level up over time. Thus, the order in which you specialize them matters.

 

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The govern screen with some citizens there. Leaders act as wild cards and can be placed in any category.

 

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Citizens can also be sent to planets to greatly boost it in a specific area.

 

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Citizens can't teleport. When sent to a planet, a VIP transport takes them from your capital world to the planet in question.

 

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Worried about micro-management? Don't. We also include easy ways to move citizens from your capital to your empire if necessary.

 

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Not just icons. Each citizen has a name and where they're from and a picture (and yea, we do this for all 12 races, Drengin females...you do not want to attend their march).

 

 

Citizen Specialties (so far)

 

 

Specialization

Strategic Benefit

Tactical Benefit

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Leader

Provides 3% boost to target civilization priority.

Cannot leave the capital.

Can be moved around to any priority category.

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Administrator

Reduces all colony maint by 3%

Reduces target planet’s maintenance by 25%.

Increases administration resource by 1 plus 10%.

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General

Improves global planetary resistance by 3%.

Provides 5 legions to target planet for defense.

Can be converted into an invasion transport holding the General and his legions.

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Commander

Improves global starship HP by 3%

Increases planetary defense of orbiting ships by 25%.

Can be converted to a Flag Ship that is added to a target fleet to give it a combat boost.

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Spy

Improves global security by 3%

Can be sent to eliminate a spy on a planet.

Can be assigned missions targeting foreign powers.

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Worker

Increases global manufacturing by 3%

Can settle on a planet to boost its manufacturing by 25%

 

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Scientist

Increases global research by 3%

Can settle on a planet to boost its research by 25%

 

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Farmer

Increase global food production by 3%

Can settle on a planet boosting its food production by 25%

 

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Engineer

Increases global fleet production by 3%

Can settle on a planet boosting its fleet production by 25%

 

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Entrepreneur

Increases global wealth production by 3%

Can settle on a planet boosting its wealth production by 25%

 

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Celebrity

Provides a global 3% bonus to planetary goods and services.

Can settle on a planet providing a 25% boost to planetary goods and services.

 

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Diplomat

Provides a global 3% boost to influence.

Can settle on a planet and boost that planet’s influence by 25%.

Can be converted into an Emissary and sent to a target civilization boosting your relations.

 

 

 

A living civilization

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If you're a Galactic Civilizations player you might be thinking "This is going to require a lot of changes to existing balance."  And you would be right.  Take a very close look at the screenshot below.

 

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Still early game and lots of new resources to play with

 

Look at the top of the previous screenshot.  Notice how many resources there are?  Your citizens are your principle lever for deciding what matters (and what doesn't) in your civilization.  But how you will likely use your citizens will change from game to game because of the new resource system and their connection to what improvements you can build, what planets you can colonize, what your starbases can and can't do.  Resources accumulate (unlike in GalCiv III) and they result in a vibrant galaxy for your citizens to play in.

Next week: Resources!


Comments (Page 1)
on Feb 16, 2017

I like it. Especially the ability to (I am assuming) to move citizens to a new planet for a boost. Wonder how farmers would translate in a robotic (aka Yor) civilization?

on Feb 16, 2017

They should increase the pop cap; INHO

on Feb 16, 2017

Not sure about not being able to be moved

(once they settle, they're not leaving)

Early game you focus on one thing, while mid and late games your goals can be totally different.

Why focus on Research in late game when I have 90% of tree already researched? I want to move that citizen to Military.

People change jobs all the time in the real world...


on Feb 16, 2017

Hehe, love to see those specific citizens for all the Aliens. I hope we can also add modded ones to our own custom civs (even if it requires good old xml editing to implement them).

That being said, somehow the term "citizens" bugs me. I mean my planets are inhabitated by lots of citizens - but these seem to be more like specifc "leader" type guys...however my 2cts.

on Feb 16, 2017

I'm really digging the improvements to the UI, and the citizen economy is shaping up to be one of the more exciting aspects the game. Looking forward to playing

on Feb 16, 2017

Syrkres

Not sure about not being able to be moved


(once they settle, they're not leaving)


Early game you focus on one thing, while mid and late games your goals can be totally different.

Why focus on Research in late game when I have 90% of tree already researched? I want to move that citizen to Military.

People change jobs all the time in the real world...





It looks like you can retrain them.  I'd assume once they are retrained they can do a new task and be moved....

on Feb 16, 2017

I like this a lot.  I've always liked games with these kind of Heroes/Specialists, especially with the ability to level up.  Was one of my favorite things about Fallen Enchantress.

Now, how about a Gal Civ Artist/Entertainer/Performer to provide cultural bonuses? 

on Feb 16, 2017

I hope not all terran citizens are called "Jones" in the final release

Apart from that: most things sound good, but:

- I'm also sceptic about citizens not being relocatable after being deployed on a planet.

- Don't attach citizen generation to a fixed number of turns. Instead, let it depend on the development level of planets: the more developed a planet in a certain area (food, manufacturing, research, ...) is, the more often it generates a citizen. Also, make it a probability so that even with lower development levels luck can give you a citizen sometimes. In a single player game not everything needs to be balanced

on Feb 16, 2017

Syrkres

Not sure about not being able to be moved


(once they settle, they're not leaving)


Early game you focus on one thing, while mid and late games your goals can be totally different.

Why focus on Research in late game when I have 90% of tree already researched? I want to move that citizen to Military.

People change jobs all the time in the real world...



 

I'm not worried about that. I'm happy more long term planning will now be relevant. Scientists are powerfull compared to most citizens, so I don't mind they are less usefull later. Generals and spies are usefull all game, but don't always give imediate benefits.

on Feb 16, 2017

If relocation becomes available then maybe to help balance it out they loose some EX points every time they start at a new place.

Like starting a new job. It takes a while to become up to speed.

on Feb 16, 2017

This looks... simply great!

Can´t wait to test it myself

on Feb 16, 2017

NorsemanViking


Quoting Syrkres,

Not sure about not being able to be moved


(once they settle, they're not leaving)

Early game you focus on one thing, while mid and late games your goals can be totally different.

Why focus on Research in late game when I have 90% of tree already researched? I want to move that citizen to Military.

People change jobs all the time in the real world...


 

I'm not worried about that. I'm happy more long term planning will now be relevant. Scientists are powerfull compared to most citizens, so I don't mind they are less usefull later. Generals and spies are usefull all game, but don't always give imediate benefits.

Note that the "leaders" that can freely change between what global bonuses they provide.  So the current choice is that you can choose between a scientist who provides a larger bonus to a single planet or train a leader who is more flexible late game.

on Feb 16, 2017


Note that the "leaders" can freely change between what bonuses they provide.

I have understood it this way.

BTW, we (founders) are getting the beta this week, aren´t we?

on Feb 16, 2017

jirkaesch

Quoting pshaw,

Note that the "leaders" can freely change between what bonuses they provide.



I have understood it this way.

BTW, we (founders) are getting the beta this week, aren´t we?

 

Brad keeps his word, always.

on Feb 16, 2017

jirkaesch


Quoting pshaw,

Note that the "leaders" can freely change between what bonuses they provide.



I have understood it this way.

BTW, we (founders) are getting the beta this week, aren´t we?

 

Heh. Not this week.

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