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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/7/2011 10:08:28 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Cauldyth

Fantastic, thanks again guys. Just one question:

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- honoring Mutual Defense Pacts or Protectorates through declaring war on attacking empire no longer cascades other wars with third-party empires


How does this change affect things? I quite liked how a small conflict between two empires could ignite a powder keg if they were each members of opposing power blocs.



There should still be powder kegs, since the AI (when angry enough via modifiers) will not hesitate to attack someone with a mutual defense pact. But for the most part, this just means that if you have Mutual Defense Pacts with other empires, they probably won't jump in to help you beat down your two-planet neighbor empire.

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/7/2011 10:25:19 PM   
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Ah, okay, that sounds good.

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/7/2011 11:02:30 PM   
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- AI now more careful about honoring empire territory when building new bases, especially when starting a new game with a pre-expanded empire


In contrary, would AI be feel offended if human or other AI empire builds a base within their sphere of influence...?

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/14/2011 11:57:05 PM   
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Hi everyone,

Another update on this.

We're pretty happy with the first official update (1.7.0.6) and the 1.7.0.7 public beta. We feel these both put the game in a pretty good place as far as addressing the vast majority of significant concerns since the release. There are still bugs to fix and tweaks to make to gameplay and balance, but we want the second official update to also include some improvements.

We've discussed some of the ship design improvements aimed at making manual ship design and a mix of manual and automated ship design much easier to manage, including being able to set ship classes to manual or automated control and to set some designs to not retrofit automatically, etc.. We're also planning to make a set of recommended designs external for each of the races, so that we can provide the ship design AI (which currently works from a combination of templates and complex rules that are internal) some optimized designs to use as well for each race. These will also be accessible to the player (and the modder) so that you can encourage the AI to use particular ship designs whenever its technology and resources allow.

These improvements will take a bit longer than planned though and with the loss of a week to the holidays, we are now targeting early January for the first build with these improvements.

In general, there will be a pause in the rapid release of builds as focus is put on making those improvements for the second official update and as the various team members start their holiday vacations. There may be one more public beta this week, after that I would expect the next build in early January with some of the discussed improvements.

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/15/2011 12:00:12 AM   
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Sounds great, thanks for the update.

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/15/2011 12:03:44 AM   
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Outstanding. Enjoy the Holidays. I know I will, thanks in part to this wonderful game!

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/15/2011 3:58:57 AM   
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quote:


We've discussed some of the ship design improvements aimed at making manual ship design and a mix of manual and automated ship design much easier to manage, including being able to set ship classes to manual or automated control and to set some designs to not retrofit automatically, etc.. We're also planning to make a set of recommended designs external for each of the races, so that we can provide the ship design AI (which currently works from a combination of templates and complex rules that are internal) some optimized designs to use as well for each race. These will also be accessible to the player (and the modder) so that you can encourage the AI to use particular ship designs whenever its technology and resources allow.



yes! i love that this is being addressed in the next patch

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/15/2011 6:25:15 AM   
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I am awed... as usual by this customer care!
A Merry Christmas to all of you, and as Tiny Tim would say:
God bless us, everyone!

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/15/2011 7:13:06 AM   
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Sounds great to me. The external ship designs should really give the AI some more edge.

EDIT: Removed "dead link"

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/20/2011 1:10:18 PM   
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Will we be seeing the additional public beta this week as mentioned or are we now looking at January? Not pushing, just inquiring. :-) Great game!

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/20/2011 1:37:56 PM   
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Looking forward to this, great job guys :)

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/20/2011 1:46:32 PM   
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Thank you, as always!

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/20/2011 4:01:05 PM   
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Will we be seeing the additional public beta this week as mentioned or are we now looking at January? Not pushing, just inquiring. :-) Great game!


I'm assuming we won't see anything new until 2012.

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/20/2011 4:29:31 PM   
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I'm assuming we won't see anything new until 2012.


I'm honestly more than fine with that. Mainly 'cause I'm (FRIGGIN' FINALLY!!!) getting a new computer on holidays. Can't wait!


< Message edited by J HG T -- 12/20/2011 4:32:08 PM >


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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/20/2011 5:11:40 PM   
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Sounds great, I can't wait for the changes to the ship creation screens!!!

Please allow us to change the build order of the components without having to remove them from the list first. Also, hopefully on the list on the left side the component selected and attached will not automatically jump to the top once I double click on it... I don't know how many times I've clicked on something in the middle of the list wanting more than one of that item; and it jumps to the top causing me to attach the wrong one!

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/20/2011 5:41:05 PM   
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We're also planning to make a set of recommended designs external for each of the races, so that we can provide the ship design AI (which currently works from a combination of templates and complex rules that are internal) some optimized designs to use as well for each race. These will also be accessible to the player (and the modder) so that you can encourage the AI to use particular ship designs whenever its technology and resources allow.


This sounds amazing, thanks for listening to the players! I think everyone is very happy with the current state of the game, so take your time and do it right. Really looking forward to the new improvements.

Happy Holidays!

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/21/2011 12:28:02 AM   
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There is some confusion inb my (grantedly not especially sharp) mind about when things are prophesied to happen. The date on this posting is : 12/20/2011 9:41:05 AM (cut and pasted from the righthand margin) and so I thought you were talking about 1.7.0.8 etc.

But it actually is the old posting from before the first official update.

Suggestion: In the text of your notes regarding future events, use actual dates rather than naming days -- that way we less than astute readers can see at a glance whether it's old news, or a new post.

Looking forward to whatever you have planned for 1.7.0.8 and beyond. Hoping it will include work on the infamous ship design screen.

BTW no particular new issues to report with the 1.7.0.7 update.

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/21/2011 12:42:15 AM   
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1707 did Include some of the changes. AI Ship design has been improved a bit, and there were some very good economic changes that invovled AI Ship Design and Behaviour. The best is yet to come though, I'm sure.

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 12/21/2011 11:08:49 AM   
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should start new threads, not rebump old ones as it confuses hell out of people

Not gonna chase updates, I'm perfectly happy with this game as it is, any improvements just make it better!

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 1/6/2012 2:47:45 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Erik Rutins


We've discussed some of the ship design improvements aimed at making manual ship design and a mix of manual and automated ship design much easier to manage, including being able to set ship classes to manual or automated control and to set some designs to not retrofit automatically, etc.. We're also planning to make a set of recommended designs external for each of the races, so that we can provide the ship design AI (which currently works from a combination of templates and complex rules that are internal) some optimized designs to use as well for each race. These will also be accessible to the player (and the modder) so that you can encourage the AI to use particular ship designs whenever its technology and resources allow.

These improvements will take a bit longer than planned though and with the loss of a week to the holidays, we are now targeting early January for the first build with these improvements.




Patiently waiting.

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 1/6/2012 9:31:04 PM   
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They are all on vacation... excuse me... they are all on well-deserved vacation!

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 1/6/2012 9:45:16 PM   
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Indeed. Hopefully they are back soon; Interested to see what they are doing with designs screen and mechanics. 

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 1/8/2012 3:35:53 PM   
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I'm back a bit later than expected. I intended to post more over the holidays, but a family crisis kept me away from work and for a week longer than planned as well. Should have more information for you all during the coming week.

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 1/8/2012 3:43:31 PM   
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Sorry that you've had more family stuff going on Erik. :( Take as long as you need.


...and welcome back!

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 1/8/2012 7:13:15 PM   
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The family always must have first priority! Please take your time and don't add stress to your already difficult situation! best of luck to you and your family

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 1/8/2012 7:22:25 PM   
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Welcome back, indeed. Looking forward to the news on the update.

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 1/8/2012 9:20:39 PM   
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Sorry to hear that Erik, good luck.

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 1/8/2012 9:25:33 PM   
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The same from me Erik, good luck to you from Germany.

Greetings
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RE: Update Schedule Information - 1/9/2012 10:54:50 AM   
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Sorry to hear about a family problem, Erik. Hope things turn out well. God bless!

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RE: Update Schedule Information - 1/9/2012 2:41:06 PM   
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Best wishes to you and your family, Erik. Hope all turns out well again, but take your time until then.

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