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RE: New Game? - 5/9/2021 7:32:47 PM   
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Well, I have one screenshot to post today.

Finishing the logic for this command has been a little harder than I thought that it would be. But I will post this here and *try* to post some new screenshots before next weekend.




I have this and the "demand recognition" logic to fully implement and then I can start programming the nuts and bolts of the multiplayer capability.



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RE: New Game? - 5/14/2021 4:21:33 PM   
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Thank you for the update.

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RE: New Game? - 5/17/2021 12:26:45 AM   
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Thank you for the update.


Of course!

I wasn't able to post anything this weekend, but I should be able to before next weekend. After that, I hope to post somewhat less frequently. Maybe monthly. Lately I think that I have given everyone maybe too much trivia and minutiae.



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RE: New Game? - 5/22/2021 5:58:56 PM   
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Here is the screenshot that I promised to post "before" the weekend.

This is the revised Leader Dialog with the leader attributes that I have added. The icon for "Health" (Valetudo) is probably going to be replaced when I figure out something better. It doesn't really fit, even though I think it's somewhat amusing.




The attributes are pretty straight forward when you click on a panel and read the explanation. "Aetas" really just means "Age" and will list the leader's age and family information.

"Opprobrium" means how much hatred among the "better classes" a leader has managed to stir up. In this case Aurelian has a fairly high starting value because of his reputation as a harsh disciplinarian and because of some opposition in the Senate.

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RE: New Game? - 5/23/2021 9:51:14 AM   
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Looks awesome.

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RE: New Game? - 6/1/2021 4:01:32 PM   
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Amazing

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RE: New Game? - 6/3/2021 5:52:53 PM   
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Looking great! Keep it up!

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RE: New Game? - 7/9/2021 9:57:54 PM   
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Just found out this little gem and now I can’t wait to play it. Hopefully we will soon get more info about a potential release date. I wish you good luck with the development of the game.

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RE: New Game? - 7/24/2021 10:32:45 PM   
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Here is a small progress update and screenshot. I am finishing some game play features before I start with the multiplayer features.

This screenshot shows notifications of a chain of events roughly as follows: Aurelian invaded Italy and defeated Quintillus, who managed to retreat to a fortress with a small number of survivors. Aurelian then used the "Demand Surrender" pop-up menu item and the fortress capitulated. Afterwards, Quintillus's troops in two operational theaters changed their allegiance to Aurelian. (Other theaters will be tested as the news propagates).




Pannonia is mentioned here because I currently have Legio XIV Gemina in Carnuntum as a hold-out that accepted Quintillus's elevation by the Senate. That may be bogus, so the final scenario may be a little different from this.

Quintillus's forces probably didn't actually fight Aurelian's army, but that is a wrinkle for future development. Probably the AI will try to retreat before battle, with Aquileia being a good choice because it's a major city.


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RE: New Game? - 7/26/2021 1:29:15 PM   
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This is quite interesting, a cool “defection” mechanic. Reminds me a bit of Alea Jacta Est civil war scenarios. So basically, killing Quintilius is not enough to put an end to the civil war as some armies may keep fighting under another usurper (or join another preexisting faction I guess). I have one question: assuming we are able to play as Quintilius is there anything we could have done to save the game after the battle, either to wait for reinforcements and hope we don’t get betrayed in the meanwhile or just keep playing as “Quintilius’ heir” and avenge his death.
Having lots of fun with Hannibal right now and I hope I’ll be able to do the same with this new game pretty soon.

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RE: New Game? - 7/27/2021 6:41:30 AM   
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This is quite interesting, a cool “defection” mechanic. Reminds me a bit of Alea Jacta Est civil war scenarios. So basically, killing Quintilius is not enough to put an end to the civil war as some armies may keep fighting under another usurper (or join another preexisting faction I guess). I have one question: assuming we are able to play as Quintilius is there anything we could have done to save the game after the battle, either to wait for reinforcements and hope we don’t get betrayed in the meanwhile or just keep playing as “Quintilius’ heir” and avenge his death.
Having lots of fun with Hannibal right now and I hope I’ll be able to do the same with this new game pretty soon.



The news of an emperor's death progresses in stages in the game. It happened in Italy, so the theaters nearby get the news immediately and make their decision. And yes, they could decide to acclaim a new emperor and follow him. In this particular instance that won't usually happen (Because Aurelian's position is strong and what is left has to side with him, the Gallic Empire, or Zenobia).

You ask a reasonable question. Probably I won't make Quintillus a playable faction - although it's not as hopeless for him as it is for Didius Julianus, for example. For the short scenarios, if "your" emperor gets killed that is usually going to be the end for the player. There may be an exception or two.

In the "Aurelian" scenario, you will have the option of playing Aurelian, the Gallic Empire, or Zenobia and Palmyra. So there will be some choices there.

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RE: New Game? - 7/29/2021 12:37:35 PM   
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Really like what I am reading. Especially that the big guys are all playable. And really curious to see what scenarios you are going to include in the game (especially the long ones). Maybe more could be included later on through DLCs if the game proves successful. Is there any faction in any of your scenarios that is almost hopeless but still you are planning to make playable?
Looking forward to playing this game.

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RE: New Game? - 8/31/2021 3:48:43 AM   
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When is the game coming out?

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RE: New Game? - 9/3/2021 4:02:26 AM   
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When is the game coming out?


Short answer: not real soon, unfortunately.

Longer answer: I hate to make any promises because some of my past estimates have been wildly inaccurate. I had really hoped to have the game finished by the end of the year, but it won't be finished by then. I certainly intend to have a firm release date by the end of the year. Which sounds kind of lame and it is.

I am working full time on the game but I've made the design so much deeper than 'Hannibal' that it's a bigger piece of work that I had originally intended and imagined. I hope that this isn't too much information. Still, I realize that it's really kind of funny just how long this particular forum topic has grown!

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RE: New Game? - 9/5/2021 1:29:41 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

ORIGINAL: chee006

When is the game coming out?


Short answer: not real soon, unfortunately.

Longer answer: I hate to make any promises because some of my past estimates have been wildly inaccurate. I had really hoped to have the game finished by the end of the year, but it won't be finished by then. I certainly intend to have a firm release date by the end of the year. Which sounds kind of lame and it is.

I am working full time on the game but I've made the design so much deeper than 'Hannibal' that it's a bigger piece of work that I had originally intended and imagined. I hope that this isn't too much information. Still, I realize that it's really kind of funny just how long this particular forum topic has grown!


That's fantastic. This year will be soon!

I did not purchase the original and was wondering if this will be released as a new game with AGEOD engine and if it will be under Matrix/Slitherine>

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RE: New Game? - 9/7/2021 12:34:37 AM   
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I did not purchase the original and was wondering if this will be released as a new game with AGEOD engine and if it will be under Matrix/Slitherine>


I hope to release the game through Matrix/Slitherine, but it's still a little early for me to say for sure how it will be distributed.

The game doesn't use the AGEOD engine and I don't know very much about that, to be honest.

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