EIA v1.25.02 Beta Hotfix #3 Available

Empires in Arms is the computer version of Australian Design Group classic board game. Empires in Arms is a seven player game of grand strategy set during the Napoleonic period of 1805-1815. The unit scale is corps level with full diplomatic options

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EIA v1.25.02 Beta Hotfix #3 Available

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Attached is the fourth update to the recently released v1.24.03 official patch. This update should be applied over the installed v1.24.03 game files or previous v1.25.xx Beta update(s).

Release notes so far:
Empires in Arms the Napoleonic Wars - 1.25.02
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- Reported bug placing supply depot - resolved.
- Naval stack move glitch following creation of naval battle – resolved.
- Unconditional Surrender conditions not being properly implemented – resolved.
- Surrender conditions not properly displayed in game log – resolved.
- Alexandria misspelled in database files – resolved.
- Blockading fleets sometimes moved to port upon capture of city and enemy fleets not forced to run blockade upon evacuation – resolved.
- Victor’s units being improperly evacuated from loser’s ceded provinces as part of peace conditions – resolved.
- AI should be taking insurrection and feudal losses first – resolved.
- Path error with selected unit moving through illegal non-highlighted area and not paying higher move cost – resolved.
- Graphics bug following lifting of blockade where duplicate attacker fleets remain in the port – resolved.
- Imminent rural combat situation was not set to battle – resolved.
- Minor DOW allowed against an Allied Major Power's Influenced or Allied neutral – resolved.
- AI weaknesses with placing new units and adding factors – resolved.
- Peace condition not resetting all minors to new status – resolved.


Empires in Arms the Napoleonic Wars - 1.25.01
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- AI adjustments for strategic redeployments for some early war aggressive actions – resolved.
- Some conquered minors not converting control properly when controlling major power forces present – resolved.
- Some combats not properly initiated when enemy corps present – resolved.
- Canceling builds not working per warning implemented in 1.24.01 – resolved.
- Undo Move for COR Kingdom units not working properly – resolved.
- AI adjustments for redeploying forces back to a threatened capital – resolved.
- Turkish AI place/keep feudals issue fixed in 1.24.01 not working – resolved.
- AI adjustments for being able to reach objective areas – resolved.
- Ceded provinces should evacuate all friendly forces, including naval units – resolved.
- Classic 1805 campaign setups incorrectly place a Spanish garrison in neutral Tuscany – resolved.

Empires in Arms the Napoleonic Wars - 1.25.00
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- Minor country secondary districts stay at war despite lapse of war of controlling minor country – resolved.
- Cannot build ships for minors – resolved (error related to Algeria able to build ships but has no fleets issue in v1.24.03).
- Several 1805 EIA/EIH minor country statuses, at-start strengths, and morale discrepancies – resolved. (See Game Manual sections 5.3.1 and 5.3.2 completely updated with corrected values. Databases and tables updated accordingly.)
- AI-AI naval combat bug – resolved.
- Adding province to kingdom bug – resolved.
- Some minor diplomacy settings not cleared upon DOW – resolved.
- Rule clarification, lone transports engaged in naval combat are eliminated, not captured – resolved (see revised rule 8.3.1).
- Minor corps and fleets at war not able to engage enemy when controlling major not at war – resolved.
- Corps destroying depot should also be able to lift siege – resolved.
The download includes the updated EXE, updated .ged database files and .tpj table files, updated setups, and an excerpt of the updated Game Manual with the setups and corrected minor morale values for both the classic EIA and alternate EIH versions.

This Hotfix #3 build took a bit longer to get out. A few obscure bugs demanded attention. And several AI adjustments were needed (see below post for details). The computer opponent is really starting to shine. Let's see how this goes.

As always, I'm standing by to investigate any and all reported bugs and observed AI weaknesses. And as before, if you spot something then please please get a good game save of the issue and perhaps of the previous game phase so I can reproduce the issue for troubleshooting. I could really use more feedback, good and bad, as I drive towards a final version for the next official update. Thanks. Enjoy!

2/13/2023 UPDATE. Hotfix #1 posted.

2/22/2023 UPDATE. Hotfix #2 posted.

3/23/2023 UPDATE. Hotfix #3 posted
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Re: EIA v1.25.02 Beta Hotfix #1 Available

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Hotfix #1 posted. I had a lot of time to playtest this week and make LOTS of AI adjustments. DOWs are better, lapses of war are rarer, AI is less reckless with making attacks, some naval movement improvements, etc. I've lost count. It's better.

Still not perfect! There are a couple of minor issues that I want to run to ground next week. As always, I'm looking for any other feedback, particularly any bugs and obvious AI weaknesses. Getting closer. Please give it a try and report back, good or bad. Let's clean this one up and proceed towards the next official update in March or April.
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Re: EIA v1.25.02 Beta Hotfix #2 Available

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Hotfix #2 posted. As mentioned, Jimmi_Magnus and I have been playtesting several builds over the past couple of weeks. A few of the AI bugs I worked on are: feudal corps creating garrisons, insurrection corps and feudal corps not taking losses before regular corps, some improvement to AI placing/removing depots, attacking/defending minor capitals, and more.

Something else we're trying is increasing the AI money/manpower bonuses from 5/15/25 to 10/20/30. Additionally, I've added some bonuses to AI_talk to improve cooperation between allies when their common enemy is Dominant and when a human player is winning. We'll see how this goes for a bit. Granted, the AI has its weaknesses and always will. I do what I can to make it less stupid, and then more aggressive as practical. The goal is to have challenging computer opponents, and Hard difficulty should be very challenging without being impossible. I would appreciate any feedback from players, good or bad, regarding how well this goal is being met or not. Suggestions for improvements are welcomed. We're getting close to having this game play about as well as it's going to play. Let's get there!
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Re: EIA v1.25.02 Beta Hotfix #2 Available

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- I guess this is a bug: Human player cant DOW allied or influenced minor countries of major allies. However, Russia can DOW Sweden even when Sweden is an ally of a human major.
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roos wrote: Sat Mar 04, 2023 8:58 pm - I guess this is a bug: Human player cant DOW allied or influenced minor countries of major allies. However, Russia can DOW Sweden even when Sweden is an ally of a human major.
The game rule is: A Major Power may not declare war against an Allied Major Power's Influenced or Allied neutral
minor country. So I need to clarify whether Sweden was an ally of an Allied human player or not? If not then OK, but if the Human player was Allied then that's a bug.

I checked the code and it's definitely looking at whether the controlling major power of the Influenced or Allied minor is Allied with the game player. So I assume Russia was not allied with Sweden's human major.
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Re: EIA v1.25.02 Beta Hotfix #2 Available

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Yes, Russia was allied to the MP having Sweden as an Ally. They should not be allowed to DOW Sweden then.
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Re: EIA v1.25.02 Beta Hotfix #2 Available

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roos wrote: Mon Mar 06, 2023 3:46 pm Yes, Russia was allied to the MP having Sweden as an Ally. They should not be allowed to DOW Sweden then.
OK. I've added some redundancy to the function that checks if a minor can be manipulated. In the future. A game save would be most helpful for me verifying the problem and then for verifying the fix.
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Re: EIA v1.25.02 Beta Hotfix #2 Available

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Quick update. I've been working on Hotfix #3 this past week. One of the issues I've been running to ground is a weakness with the AI placing new units and adding factors. This seems to be working much better now. As I resolve the more obvious bugs and issues, we can start to focus on the less obvious issues and resolve them. So this is good. I want to playtest some more and then try to release Hotfix #3 next week. If all goes well after that, we'll look towards the next official update sometime in the spring.
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Re: EIA v1.25.02 Beta Hotfix #2 Available

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I'm trying to install the hotfix but it gives an error msg: problems with current version.
I updated to 1.24.03 but ... nothing to do.
<please help me
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Re: EIA v1.25.02 Beta Hotfix #2 Available

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Cunctator wrote: Fri Mar 17, 2023 5:34 am I'm trying to install the hotfix but it gives an error msg: problems with current version.
I updated to 1.24.03 but ... nothing to do.
<please help me
I assume update 1.24.03 runs ok for you, yes? You should be able to open the hotfix zip file and just copy&paste the updated files into your EIA game directory to overwrite the current files. Then run the game. Do not try 'running' the zip file. If you are still having problems, please explain what you are doing and show a screenshot of the error message?
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