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Suggestions for next version

Post by Dewbacca » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:47 pm

For the most part I am enjoying this mod, or if something seems "different" I try to analyze it rather than insist on my preferences.

This mod is well balanced and quite challenging to play, but some things I am finding time and time again that would tweak the playability:

A minor morale boost on each minor's Special facility.
This seems not only beneficial but also plausible with each race "proud" of it's inherent traits or goods. Perhaps this would not be appropriate on some, like Yridian Espionage facility, or too much on an Empire wide boost like Bajoran council. But most of the others could stand the system perk when built.

Trade centers should be buildable by ALL territories, not just native colonies.
Right now Conquered systems only get the Proctorate Headquaters, Membered Minor systems only get the Space Port with credit boost and morale. Why couldn't a "mall" (trade center) be built on those systems as well and distract the populace with cheap goods, no matter the reason they are joined to the Empire/ Federation.

From a Klingon perspective this would give conquered minor systems 3 boosts you could build (PH, TC & special) to secure loyalty, 2 boosts for non native empire.

These "morale" issues are most prevalent in my recent games as Klingons. In the previous game I membered the Bajorans early on and it went easier. Perhaps morale could be more fluid, easier to earn, easier to lose... dare I say, less of a factor? Right now low morale KILLS a system and there are few ways to reliably bring it up (short of a string of victories which is temp).

Of note, in my current game the Cardassians are one tick down in the political screen on morale comparison to other empires, Apathetic I believe... but there is no text.

A first in this game, liberated Zackdorn from Cardassians and sent them an affiliation offer. Next turn Feds declared war on them. Needless to say they accepted my offer and I build a Klingon Defense Platform there. Two turns later they joined the Federation with my Starbase in that system. Several turns and "gifts" later the Zackdorn decide to become Klingons instead, and my Starbase goes "poof". I built another of course... but that's never happened.

Anyway, thanks for the hard work and great mod.

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Re: Suggestions for next version

Post by adi » Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:43 am

I felt exactly the same; in my UDM dc all minor special buildings have +1 local morale and the bunker network also got a +1 morale. I still have the occasional morale issues but only with feds when i conquer 2-3 systems/turn and only if i did not member-ed at least one of the +1 morale empire wide minors.

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Re: Suggestions for next version

Post by Dewbacca » Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:03 pm

I try to play the mods as offered to learn from them and the creators choices. I haven't broken out UE on a mod to tweak it... I may try this to see how the tweak affects play overall.

One effect of the morale "penalty" as a Klingon player you MUST hunt and choose peace carefully. Actively seeking war or letting a few escape for another morale boosting encounter again rather than a clean kill. It doesn't seem to make much of a difference to AI, Klingons are wimps on every setting. Both Cards and Klingons should be war like and expanding or fighting a morale war on the home front I suppose, but I see them as AI opponents "apathetic" all of the time with no noticeable effect.

As a Klingon player I'd rather decloak and die than a single scout flee. Klingon AI runs with impunity. I guess this all just falls under AI is dumb and the mechanics are tilted to compensate.

The ships seems well matched across empires, but again, Klingons are generally behind the curve with assault cruisers getting wiped by orbitals many turns before their upgrade arrives. I will say this is the first mod where either assault cruisers or orbitals have even been useful... but I'm level 9 tech and assault cruiser mkii's are exploding 3 at a time over Omicron.

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Re: Suggestions for next version

Post by adi » Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:28 am

well, since i am playing mostly single player, losing does not happen so my worst enemy is long turn time;
so if i can do something to streamline the play and avoid waiting some turns for those ships to regenerate or morale to recover, i will:
- i added +1 morale for the Bunker Network; that is enough of a boost to keep conquering every turn with the feds without having rebellious systems.
- cruisers and strikers have enough shield to absorb the firepower of an orbital; so no more scout spam for orbital fodder; it takes too long;
- and since i never played the dominion (because of the interface) i gave them the upper hand; best research, industry, shields and hull, best firepower, cheapest ships.

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Re: Suggestions for next version

Post by Dewbacca » Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:57 pm

I like the +1 morale to bunkers, I would feel safer if the government built one! Might even give ME a reason to build them.

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Re: Suggestions for next version

Post by adi » Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:56 am

Dewbacca wrote:I like the +1 morale to bunkers! Might even give ME a reason to build them.
That was another reason why i chose the Bunker Network for the +1 morale bonus; I never built them before either; and when you think that they need no energy and only cost 300 industry. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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