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The wall towers generate automatically, and cost more than walls, yeah.
Thanks, Mr. President!
Athenians, Macedonians, and Spartans are listed. Some scenarios still use generic "Hellenes" for now, but most have been switched over to one or more of the 3 new civs. :)
The gold mine has some specularity on it, yeah. :)
Understood. Gotta work with the engine's limitations. :)
Actually, they'll be the faction to play if you want a challenge. They're the underdogs. Strong melee units, but no walls. One of their planned bonuses (not implemented yet) is to have their soldiers train at the Elite rank once the player's settlement hits the City Phase. The cost for this big bonus comes with a 10% lower pop cap. That's the plan anyway. :)
I like the power icon on the left. I wonder what it does.
Pretty cool. Nice touch with the olive tree. ;) Do you use ambient occlusion to bake the textures? We're looking into some ambient occlusion solutions for the game I'm working on.
Just to piggyback on what feneur has said and expand upon it:
We felt that the different Hellenic factions of the time were different enough militarily and culturally to go ahead and make them into separate, unique factions. As experience playing Age of Empires II teaches us, even minor differences between factions can lead to big gameplay differences!
The Spartan emphasis on heavy infantry clashes nicely with Macedonia's emphasis on a combined-arms approach. Athenian naval prowess contrasts nicely with the generally mediocre Spartan and Macedonian experience in this area.
In fact, our Sparta faction is designed (and continually being tweaked) to function as the "under dog" faction. Strong units, but few in number. High loyalty (for buildings and support units, when this is implemented), but low defensive capability (no stone walls).
Gates will come after Alpha 10.
Alpha 10 will include a civilization that cannot build walls at all. Its men are its walls. ;)
Close... keep guessing. ;)
Good pathfinding is pretty much one of the harder things to accomplish in game development. We're on the case! ;)
We'll see what we can do. ;)
Graphical Lag: Try turning off the fancy water and shadows in the in-game options menu.
Other lag: Try only fighting against 1 bot per match. More than 1 bot will lag considerably, especially on non-top-of-the-line systems.
The specular material is really light weight. It'll be a breeze for most rigs to handle.
Hard to judge, since some of the tracks (by Boris Hansen 6+ years ago) are old and will not be used anymore. Here are all of the tracks created by Omri Lahav and his cohort of musical phenoms over the past year: Play0ad.bandcamp.com
lol, these were all heroes, so that's why they lasted so long. :)
Oh, the specular mapping will go through hours and hours of tweaking. Rest assured. :)
That is Moddb outsourcing its file hosting. We have no control over that.
Not at the moment, but it is very easy to set the enemy to "Unassigned" so that they don't have an AI, and you can then build to your heart's desire without worrying about being attacked.
Another thing you can do to "cheat" is to hit Alt+D to open the Developer's Console. In the Dev Console there are some options that will help you cheat against the AI, like promoting your units and lifting the Fog of War.
Absolutely! Alt-Enter puts the game into a 1024x768 window. The window is even resizeable and you can even maximize it. :)
Alpha 10. We'd like to get at least a wall system, technologies, and a few other things in place before we're comfortable with labeling the next release a "beta."
There are two main problems with performance right now: AI and Pathfinding. Both are opportunities for significant performance improvement, so we have top men on it as we speak. There will likely be noticeable improvement in Alpha 10. :)
> We will have "Phases" of settlement growth, similar to "ages" from Age of Empires. These will hopefully be enabled in Alpha 10 or Alpha 11.
> Windows and Mac players can indeed play via IP address. :)
Big ups go to team members Pureon and Enrique. They did excellent work.
Great! Try it out and let us know what you think. Remember though, it's still only an alpha. ;)
Salve, citizen! The answer to this very pressing question shall be revealed very soon.
Currently the units move in formation, but don't fight in formation. We plan/hope to make them fight in formation sometime this year. :)