There are 3 settings: Normal, Hard and Impossible. Yep, no Easy setting, that's for wimpsAIMode (set in the Options panel) now has some effects (still a WiP) when set to anything other than Normal (Impossible modifiers are harsher than Hard modifiers, obviously):
- AI ships will start with higher XP, depending on civ type (added Raider too) and their tech level
- gifts to other civs will have a lower effect (75% and 50%)
- bribing minors that are members of another empire will have a lower effect (2x and 3x resistance)
Feedback on these modifiers needed!
Ship XP modifers only apply to AI civs, to make it more challenging for human players (at least until the AI gets to be more aggressive).
The gifts and bribes modifiers at this point (for no special reason but simplicity of implementation) apply to everyone, human or not. The AI doesn't offer gifts or bribes yet, but I'd like to know your opinion on this. Should these modifiers only apply vs human players like ship XP That is, should the AI have easier diplomacy regardless of AIMode (when able to use it)