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Field of Glory: Empires Dev Diary #1

Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:17 pm

Hi Everyone,

Finally we have started our series of developer diaries!

If you were taking notes when Pocus was playing it live, the first one probably won't give you too much new detail, as it is a summary of some of the main features that we are planning on covering separately and in more detail soon.

Still, I hope you will still like it:

Welcome to the first Field of Glory: Empires developer diary! We felt we ought to start off with a summary of what the game is, and what you can expect. We will be following on with detailed explanations in subsequent diaries.

FoG: Empires is a strategy game set in the Ancient World roughly from the fall of Alexander the Great’s empire. It seeks to provide strategic empire management together with the AGEOD staple of turn-based play and historical detail. We believe we have unique features to deliver these, while also remaining familiar and easy to understand for the fans of the genre.

Speaking of the features themselves, we certainly have plenty of them in Empires, closely interconnected with one another as it should be in a grand strategy game.

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Region and population management. In Empires, the map is divided into Regions. Each region has its own population, represented by abstracted units. Each population unit has a culture (which can change) and a status – citizen or slave.

The regions can host a number of buildings depending on the level of population. We have a lot of different buildings in the game, both generic and nation-specific. There are a lot of possible synergies in building up your empire-wide infrastructure, but you do not have total control over what is available to build in a certain region at a given time. You will need to adapt to circumstances and make the best of it.

Every region also shows its major city/settlement on the map, which can be fortified via building choices to resist siege attempts by the enemy.

Finally, trade happens between regions. While it is automated, you will have a lot of influence over it via buildings and other choices.

We will talk about all this in detail in the next diary!

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Battle system. Our battles are much more than just trying to pile up the most number of units in the same place. Unit abilities, quality, and leadership are decisive and will influence your approach to battles and how to conduct your wars. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your own forces and those of the enemy will decide the winner.

Progress and Decadence. This mechanic simulates the dynamics behind the rise and fall of empires. It has been tried in a few games before, but we believe our approach should please you, as it captures particularly well the momentum some countries can get, and the ebb and flow of successful empires trying to deal with their own success and with new challenges.

The details will be the topic of a separate developer diary. The gist of it is, that you will feel pressed to move your nation upward on the "ladder" of nations, but with moving ahead you are sowing the seeds for an eventual decline and possible collapse. A collapse that in turn can lead to a rebirth and restoration, or the start of something new. A fall is not inevitable, but it does not mean game over, either.

There are a lot more we want to cover (provinces, decisions, types of nations, etc), but we hope to have given you a general idea on what we are aiming for with the game.

Stay tuned for the next Diary!

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Re: Field of Glory: Empires Dev Diary #1

Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:11 am

No comment, I guess people are speechless ;)

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Re: Field of Glory: Empires Dev Diary #1

Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:59 am

On attend la suite mais tous ca a l'air plutot sympa :coeurs:


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Re: Field of Glory: Empires Dev Diary #1

Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:08 pm

Just saw the announcement for Dev Diary 2 - my initial reaction from the visuals is - palette control.

One thing I have found to be quite shattering to immersion (in other games) is being attacked by Fluorescent Lime Green and Pink enemies.

In John Tiller games I have actually used the OOB editor to change pre-assigned colors so they are not so distracting when divisional colors are enabled.

In Rome Total War on the iPAD - there was no choice so it really turned me off.

Please say that we can assign colors to enemy nations from a palette?

Giant Pink Carthaginians trampling across Europe is a truly frightful thought :bonk:

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Re: Field of Glory: Empires Dev Diary #1

Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:11 pm

Pagan was full of colors, even bright, but in christianism almost only the white was tolerated.

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Re: Field of Glory: Empires Dev Diary #1

Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:35 pm

I am all for Pagan variation - but Florescent Pink and Lime Green was not in their color scheme - unless you would be kind enough to cite some historical references or artifacts. Color is great - but there are limits.

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Re: Field of Glory: Empires Dev Diary #1

Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:17 pm

It's going to be difficult with 60+ nations at the same time to not rely on some borderline ahistorical colors :siffle:

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Re: Field of Glory: Empires Dev Diary #1

Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:35 pm

I understand the challenge - but what I was saying can be seen in using a Word doc or Excel sheet when choosing colors for text. Would there be a similar way to offer a setup option where in-scope countries could be assigned from a functional color palette ?

This could allow for several shades of blue, red, green etc - but perhaps let the player opt out of fluorescent Pink.

I'm sure you guys have much bigger and important rocks to climb at the moment - but perhaps you can keep it in mind for a future update?

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Re: Field of Glory: Empires Dev Diary #1

Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:05 pm

I really like the idea of trade being automated...a very smart design decision. How will diplomacy affect trade?

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Re: Field of Glory: Empires Dev Diary #1

Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:11 am

In any case rest assured that editing a nation color can be done by anyone able to open Excel (or the free equivalent) and changing a value.

Trade between allies is quite favored, but never a certainty.

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Re: Field of Glory: Empires Dev Diary #1

Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:21 am

How many regions and how many distinct cultures?

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Re: Field of Glory: Empires Dev Diary #1

Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:46 am

1,000 regions on the map. I believe that the goal is to have up to 60 nations playable and therefore 'distinct'.

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Re: Field of Glory: Empires Dev Diary #1

Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:29 pm

Thank you, sir.

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