Hello everyone, thank you for being so patient with the game updates.
There has been major rework in the infrastructure side to support the extent that we'd like to see the game go.
The goal hasn't changed, we would still like to deliver the military campaign, the religion system, the cultural influence system, and very importantly we want to create vertical integrations across all these systems to improve gameplay.
In the May update, we added the necessary infrastructure behind the military campaign. Specifically, the world is now mapped with locations (points of interests), roads (which connect them), and we moved over anyone that moves such as battalions and caravans to the Traveler system, which makes use of these roads. We have built systems for building up an army and maintaining them, battle sequences between opposing forces, and the concept of faction ownership on locations. Additionally, some locations are tagged as Fortress, Castle, or City and provides additional bonus.
Another feature rolled out behind the scenes is the World Entities system. This translated a number of in-game values to actual entities with common properties. For example, the Granary, Warehouse, and Treasury are now "Resource Containers" in game, this will lead eventually to the concept of splitting up containers for budgeting/planning so that you could for example set up a container specifically for Contracts that automatically takes resources out of the main Stockpile based on certain policies.
A unified approach to developing in game widgets has led to a number of QoL features. The Sell list in the Trading screen can now be sorted to help you decide what needs to be sold. The Warehouse and Granary both have ability to sell goods instead of discarding them directly once you have the Market unlocked. The tagging system enables the warehouse to be sorted into categories so that you can quickly see what you have.
We also heard you loud and clear, the early game can sometimes be dull while you're waiting for buildings to be completed. You can't spare any more builders either, so instead you can help out your builders similar to chopping wood and gathering food.
We also introduced a few features based on feedback from the community. Farm houses and Tree houses now have an added bonus where they improve the efficiency of workers in the Agriculture and Forestry sectors respectively. This works by calculating the number of workers in the relevant Sector, and calculating the percentage of which is living in one of these location-specific homes. Makes sense if you think about it, someone who doesn't have to commute far can do more work with their time. However! Farm houses, like all other buildings in the Plains, is prone to being flooded, and Tree houses like all other buildings in the Forests, is exposed to forest fires.
Finally, we also released the full version of the Consistency Engine. This is a value checker that runs every now and then in game to make sure certain things stay up to synch. As we say in the development world, there's 2 hard problems: naming things, and cache invalidation. For sake of performance we cache a lot of frequently calculated values, and unfortunately the cache can become outdated. Given the scope of the game and the number of interdependencies, it is almost too easy to create accidental inconsistencies. The Consistency Engine is equipped with a set of formulas to ensure things like number of worker slots is consistent with the buildings that are operational, or that the seasonal bonus is appropriately updated for every batch in every job.
Now I understand that this update talked about a lot of infrastructure stuff and not a lot of features. Please be patient as we work towards the June update that will add some more content to the game.
* New feature: Market Auto-sell on District Improvements. Once a Market is built in a district, the player will be able to toggle goods produced in the district to auto-sell. This feature figures out what the district produces by keeping a running list of goods produced via each improvement
* District Improvement changes: * Compost Yard - will now provide Food points to a district instead of increasing efficiency of farms * Road to Capital - Reduced the prerequisite district stats, replaced Explorers Guild with Porcelain Tower
* District Upkeep cost adjusted, will now have a base cost to upkeep districts to discourage creating too many all at once
* District Details UI - now displays a badge beside each stimulus package if there is currently any time left on a stimulus pack
* Districts are now prone to flooding if there is a river zone in the district. Flooding can kill inhabitants and will delay production
* New District Improvement: Levee - can be built on district zones with a river, reduces chance of flooding.
* New District Improvement: Stables - are built in the Core of a district, once built it will provide a productivity boost of 20 for every farm built in the district
* Fixed an issue where a district improvement in ramp-up mode produced negative goods
* Fixed an issue where district efficiency could potentially become negative
* Fixed an issue where 2nd floor (and other building upgrades that added housing capacity) wasn't adding any housing
* Fixed an issue where the upgrade toggle on a building card reset itself if the building was not marked as being upgradable
* Fixed an issue where starting a project called for 1 more worker than listed in the project card
* Fixed an issue where the commission on the trading screen was incorrectly calculated
* Fixed an issue where typing the amount of goods to sell did not trigger an update on calculating what the total gains should be
* Granite and a number of other exotic resources are now able to be sold through the Sell tab of the Trading screen
* Overflow penalty for warehouse will now be more prominent by adding a debuff marker. Overflow penalty will now scale when population < 100
* Increased base salary of Constables, constables will now provide a static increase to security awesomeness
* Sleeker UI for setting up a game, added potential for more professions to be added
* Behind the scenes: Modified the food history so that annual food consumption will be recorded in a separate archive, which reduces memory needs to store food history in total
Hello everyone, and thank you for bearing with me for an unusually long time between updates.
In this update, we looked at balancing how much districts can produce, how quickly districts become established, 2 new upgrades for Ranch and Townhomes, and a new mechanic is born: Special Projects.
Special Projects are, well, projects that is separate from the normal projects your workers work on. In this update, the Special Project we added is mining for Granite and Marble. After a certain depth of your mine, your miners have a chance at finding deposits of Granite and Marble. These deposits are pretty big, and extracting marble and granite can be much more difficult than iron ore (after all, you can't exactly smelt it, so they have to be brought up in chunks). Take note however, estimates of how much granite/marble there is in a project can be inaccurate, and projects can be frought with delays. However, this presents itself as an alternative to buying Marble and Granite from Trading Guilds.
In the future, we will be adding additional special projects, for example opportunities for Traders to make money doing trade runs, or maybe even a use for lumberjacks to clear a plot of land that can become usable for development.
Aside from new features and balancing, one major aspect we worked on is improving the UI in terms of performance and look and feel. Improvements to the way some UI components are handled (such as list of items), means we can potentially move towards adding features like creating lists - wish lists, sell lists, watch lists.
Well guys, I wanted to make this super complex thing with hotkeys but instead I said to myself "ah forget it, let's just do something that works and we'll figure out the 'ideal system' later". So, you have 4 hotkeys now! (gasp).
space - pause/resume the game ctrl+s - saves the game w - goes to worker screen b - goes to building screen ... more to come for additional screens once I get some feedback about good defaults (w and b are both reachable by the left hand, which I like as a right-handed mouser) (I am terribly sorry for lefties who are left out here by my design decision)
* The fur trader guy wasn't following inflation rules after the initial contract, had to remind him of that
* Some district production were wildly off from what they were supposed to be, had to fix it, one by one. There's probably still some severe imbalances, please let me know if you find something
* A number of workers/buildings had their batch team size and worker capacity modified so that the capacity is always a multiple of team size. This is an important change for a future update, but also numbers are just nicer now.
* Added a bit of ai to move stuff around between trading guilds. You will notice that the amount of goods are different now, so there's more fur and flax now for example, and there's no longer more marble than you'll ever need
* Various infrastructure changes to support the next major update, perhaps those faceless drones could become more human.
As always, please let me know your thoughts and feedback, and I hope you enjoy the game!
Thank you for being so patient as I slowly designed, redesigned, restarted one more time, before settling on an idea of what a District means. In this update, the first iteration of the Districts mechanic is unveiled, and in future updates the mechanic will be improved. But first, let's talk about what's in this update.
Your town is getting crowded, let's face it, real estate is a valuable resource and there's just not enough of it. You need large swaths of land to farm but the growing population needs space for housing. Enter the new Districts mechanic.
You can have multiple districts, as many as you'd like hypothetically. Districts are like settlements that you do not directly control. Their health is measured by scores in Food, Loyalty, and Efficiency. Improvements built into a district affects these stats and others too potentially. Improvements can also help the district generate tribute to your town, The Capital.
Your actions matter. If your capital has a disease going around, there's a chance disease can spread to your districts. While disease heals over time like normal, it can cause havoc in a district that is suffering from worker shortages.
Districts bring an aspect to growing your city by allowing you to reduce the amount of farmland and forest land necessary to sustain your population without depending on other city-states (buying goods). However, districts are not without their own challenges. In future updates we will bring on events that can rock the foundations of districts. Will you be a tyrant and rule over your districts with an iron fist, or will you be a more diplomatic leader?
A new mechanic was added to the game where gold actually devalues over time as costs rise. This is a very slow and gradual rise that our economics simulation handles, just know that the longer you play, the more things will cost and thus the more you can sell your goods for as well.
Reducing "stuttering" between screens:
Sometimes a screen could take an abnormal amount of time to load, but it is noticeable. In this update I have implemented some steps to try to reduce the loading time of a few screens, this is important as we are adding more content (buildings, jobs, etc) to evolve your city with.
So, enough of this reading, go try it out and please let me know what you think of the new Districts mechanic. I hope you enjoy it!
Today's update focuses primarily on balance and bug fixes. Don't worry, I made sure to throw in a little curve ball too!
Experience required for gaining a new tech point has increased x4. To compensate for Civil Tech early game, civil exp from building new buildings increased x5.
The sizes of buildings were tweaked, in particular hovels and houses were reduced significantly. Space added from going up tiers also increased slightly for plains space.
The amount of income from taxes has been fixed, now it is scaled appropriately with the cost of other things.
Reduced the number of refugee events
Trading Guild Cards now have a section for the description and what they are looking to buy.
The tab you were last on individually for each building card is now recorded, so if you switched to the Upgrade Tab for Hovel, you will see the Upgrade Tab by default the next time you see that card.
The default tab for a building card is now Description rather than Cost
Damaged buildings may become extra damaged if left damaged for a long time. At some point it will become totally damaged and beyond repair. At this point, the building can only be salvaged.
Auto Repair will now also look for any buildings that was damaged beyond repair, and automatically salvage them.
Locust Swarm is a new disaster that can strike the land, causing havoc for farmers. The effects are reduced for the time being due to there being little defense against the Swarm. Eventually there will be some upgrades to help combat it, or at least forecast it.
The ETA for caravans were inaccurate due to a computation error, this has been fixed
Fixed a layout issue on the Buy Resources tab
Fixed an issue where a Building Instance's Effects wouldn't update when you switch to a different instance
Events checking will now happen on an offset step system, which will help reduce processing time on the steps where a large number of events are checked against. This change will allow us to implement a number of new achievements and new events.
As always, please tell us what you think of the changes, the game, and the direction you'd like to see it go!
Another update is here! Let's take a quick peek at what's happening:
1. We added a new feature, the building-state mechanism. When you start the game, rather than starting with absolutely nothing, you will start with some damaged buildings (damaged during the raid in the story). Repairing these buildings will be cheaper than starting from scratch. Salvaging a building will get you some resources. Since buildings can be damaged, we have revamped the building state system to follow a "building condition" statistic. A building's condition goes down after some time, particularly during big events like floods and blizzards, but idle builders will do maintenance work on their own, so it's a good idea to keep builders around even if the building queue is empty!
2. Two new civil policies: Auto Repair, Auto Upgrade - builders will add repair projects if there are none in queue and there's something to repair. Auto Upgrade means builders will find something to upgrade if there is sufficient resources for the upgrade and there are no upgrade projects in the building queue.
3. New tech: Frameworking, which unlocks the Joinery building and the Joiner job. Joiners will produce Material Sets (Wood) which is replacing some Lumber in some of the more complex buildings. The concept here is that a lot of the framing and paneling can be done ahead of time. Currently the only way to obtain Material Set (Wood) is by producing it, in a future update we will see to it that it is obtainable via other means as well.
4. Tweaks to the exp rate. As you've probably noticed, it doesn't take long to blaze through all of the upgrades. We felt this speed was uncharacteristic (in some cases, getting sufficient exp for another tech point in a month of time). We are aiming for a nice balance such that late game isn't a huge wait between new tech, but at the same time we want to make sure early/mid game isn't too easy with the breakneck tech advances.
5. Tweaks to building sizes and construction time: some buildings have been sped up, some have been slowed down, some sizes have been increased, some decreased. This should not affect any buildings you already have, only new construction.
6. When buying resources, the distance to a trading guild has been replaced with an estimated time to get to said trading guild. This change is made in anticipation of a mechanism that will alter the expected speed (road conditions, bandits, etc).
7. Fixed a bug where pickled vegetables were being consumed even though the player has specified it should not be consumed
Thank you for reading! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!