Author Topic: Prerelease 3.179 (Warheads+, Neinzul Silos, Transport II, Harvesters II and III)  (Read 6230 times)

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The latest beta is available via the Updates window in version 3.060 or greater of the game.  Just open the game and you can quickly download the prerelease through the updates tab.  If you don't yet have 3.060 or greater, you can download 3.060 here.  This prerelease version is compatible with any vendor's version of the game -- Steam, Impulse, whatever.

Note:  If you have bug reports related to this release, please log them in the bug reports subforum with one bug per topic.  It makes things infinitely easier for us.  Thanks!

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What's new since 3.178:
(Cumulative release notes since 3.120 are here http://arcengames.com/mediawiki/index.php?title=AI_War_-_Current_Beta)

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    *  EMP Warheads and Tachyon Warheads all now do a small, localized amount of area damage when they explode, in the manner of a lightning warhead but with a much smaller area of effect and level of damage. This gives an added bonus to the use of these warheads, just to sweeten the deal a bit.

    * Tachyon Warheads now have a ship cap of 2 per player rather than 4 per player.

    * New Mark II and Mark III Tachyon Warheads have been added in addition to the existing Mark I Tachyons. The new higher marks cost more AI Progress (and more metal and crystal), but have far more health (better for deep strikes), do more localized damage, and cause enemy ships to be decloaked for much longer.

    * New Mark I and Mark II Armored Warheads have been added in addition to the existing one, which was renamed to Mark III. The new lower marks have the same level or armoredness, but cost a lot less to build, cost only 10 or 15 AI Progress to use respectively instead of 20, but do less damage to a smaller area. When you can't get lightning warheads to a target that you're unable to kill any other way, these guys are the way to go, but they're definitely very costly and not to be used casually. The new lower marks at least provide some more flexibility when going after smaller groups of ships, or lower-health ships.

    * The recently-added mark III, IV, and V ion cannons can now be captured by players on planet ownership change. However, they increase the size of incoming enemy waves to that planet by x4, x6, and x10, respectively. These are definitely not something to capture on border planets without first killing all the adjacent warp gates!
          o The recently-added mark III, IV, and V ion cannons can also now be purchased from the Zenith Trader, but they are ridiculously expensive in metal and crystal.

    * Previously, no ships had any attack bonuses against ion cannons. Now bombers and similar (anything with bonuses against "heavy defense" structures) has 1/3 their normal "heavy defense" bonus against ion cannons. This makes especially the higher-level ion cannons not quite so fearsome in the hands of the AI, as well as not so permanent-bottlenecking in the hands of the players.

    * Added Neinzul Silo (I-V) structures. When a Silo's planet is on alert, it periodically generates minor-faction-controlled warheads that will target human planets and cost no AIP when used (since the human is not using them).

    * Added Neinzul Rocketry Corps minor faction that initially seeds Neinzul Silos on roughly 8% of the AI planets on the map (fairly distant from any human homeworld, with the mark level of the planet on which they are placed. On higher difficulties the silos can be of higher level (indeed, IV and V only ever show up on diff 8+).

    * Neinzul Viral Cluster attack power reduced by about 84%.
    * Neinzul Viral Swarmer:
          o Attack power reduced by 80%.
          o Replication now requires 5 times attack power in damage, rather than 3x.
          o Health reduced by 50% (self-decay takes same amount of time).

    * Converted some remaining string.concat list-building blocks to StringBuilder.Append, to prevent some (non-impossible) cases that would cause out-of-memory crashes.

    * Previously teleporting units (like engineers) were completely immune to speed boosting, even if their teleportation was shut down by a grav drill or a game option. They are now no longer "officially" immune to speed boosting, but act as such unless their teleportation is somehow shut down.

    * Previously there was a bug that would cause units in cold storage not to be affected by nuclear explosions. Fixed.

    * The metal and crystal cost of nuclear warheads has been increased from 50k each to 75k each.

    * Nuclear warhead mark II has been added (costs 750k metal and crystal):
          o Causes a multi-planet nuclear explosion when destroyed by enemy forces or by scrapping. Destroys all resources and most ships on the planet on which it is set off and all adjacent planets. Does not affect core ships or starships. Also causes supply to be permanently lost for all teams at that planet, meaning you then cannot use science labs, docks, etc.
          o Be VERY careful not to detonate it on OR adjacent to a planet belonging to your team! AI Progress jumps upward by 500 every time a nuclear warhead is detonated, so this is something to be done with extreme care.

    * Nuclear warhead mark III (doomsday device) has been added (costs 7.5 million metal and crystal):
          o When this warhead is destroyed by enemy forces or by scrapping... the effect is nothing short of a galaxy-wide catastrophe that destroys all resources and most ships on EVERY planet. It still does not affect core ships or starships, but it causes supply to be lost for all teams on all planets.
          o You can still win the war after using a weapon of this magnitude, but be wary of the terrible cost! There is not much of a galaxy left to inhabit after an event such as this, and the AI Progress will jump upward by 5000. This chilling piece of hardware truly belongs amongst the weapons we wish we could disinvent.

    * Previously, transport ships mistakenly had an infinite ship cap when they were supposed to be limited to a ship cap of 60 per player. Fixed.

    * Transport Ships Mark II have been added:
          o These cost far more energy to operate, but they slowly heal all ships contained within themselves; Neinzul Younglings are healed faster.

    * Fixed a bug from 3.178 that was preventing Hybrid Hives from spawning... at all.

    * Mark II and III metal and crystal harvesters have been added as four new unlockable technologies.
          o The mark II technologies cost 2000 knowledge each, and the mark III technologies cost 2500 each. Combined, therefore, they equal the cost of unlocking mark II and mark III economic command stations, respectively. However, these can be unlocked piecemeal, or in addition to the economic command stations, which adds a lot of flexibility.
          o The gather rate of the mark I harvesters is 12 (same as before), and the new mark II gather rate is 13, and new mark III gather rate is 14. That might not sound like a big improvement, but when you have a lot of harvesters throughout the galaxy that can add up to a serious degree. When you don't have many harvesters, however, that's not all that worthwhile.
          o There is, however, a second benefit to these new harvesters: they cost the same to build as the regular harvesters, but they build significantly faster (2x as fast at mark II, 4x as fast at mark III). On highly-contested planets where harvesters are frequently getting killed, this makes these an attractive alternative to harvester exo-force-fields.
          o Command stations will automatically build the highest tier of harvester available, which is always desirable since the higher tiers of harvester don't cost any more than the lower-tier ones (aside from the knowledge cost to unlock them in the first place).
                + However, please note that the existing harvesters will NOT automatically be upgraded, as the destruction and reconstruction of them could tank your economy at a bad time. To upgrade all your harvesters, simply go to each planet, click the select all the harvesters from the planetary summary, and delete the old ones. New, higher-mark ones will appear in their place.
          o Please keep on the lookout for any odd behavior related to the new harvesters, as these were rather intensive to add to the game in a code sense. The chance of subtle bugs with these is pretty high, because a lot of various ships interact with them in a lot of various ways.
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My narrative text: http://arcengames.blogspot.com/2010/08/ai-war-prerelease-3179-warheads-neinzul.html

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This is another big mix of stuff for the CoN expansion and the base game.

Overall, this release is a human-player-focused one, whereas a number of the recent updates could have been described as being more AI-favoring.  There are six new warheads added in this version, all within three existing lines, but one of those lines with additions is the nuclear warhead line.

What on earth could be more powerful than the nuclear warhead, you might ask?  After all, it literally destroys a planet and all its resources, while obliterating most ships on the planet (Mark V ships and starships being the main exceptions), and it does so for a whopping +50 AI Progress (that's bad).  What on earth could a Mark II version of that warhead add, let alone a Mark III?  You can check out the release notes (or the beta) for full details, but the Mark III version is nicknamed the Doomsday Device and carries a +5000 AI Progress cost to it for a reason.  Bwa ha ha...

Those are now part of the base game, and so are the new Mark II Transports.  Perhaps these are less dramatic than the mega-destruction-warheads, but they are still really exciting.  The Mark II transports are uniquely useful because they actually slowly regenerate all ships stored inside themselves.  This actually makes for some pretty interesting abilities to support fleets on deep strikes, although the regeneration is very slow for all ships except Neinzul Younglings, which are regenerated in these at the same rate as a Regeneration Chamber (but they don't automatically seek these out or get ejected from these).  For players who are playing with the CoN expansion and suddenly get a new Neinzul Youngling ship class late in the game, if they had not already unlocked the higher-level Enclave Starships then that Youngling ship class could prove to b useful only in defensive situations (because they are too short-lived to be used offensively without some sort of support).  The Mark II Transports now provide an alternative, much knowledge-cheaper way to support Younglings on deep raids.

Also new to the base game: Mark II and III metal and crystal harvesters have been added.  These only add a little bit of income per harvester, so are mainly helpful for players who already have a lot of territory, but they also drastically reduce the rebuild time for harvesters, which can also be immensely useful for protecting the resource flow of players who keep losing a lot of harvesters in raids.

Specific to the CoN expansion, there are now Neinzul Silos and a new Neinzul Rocketry Corps minor faction.  These are reminiscent of parts of the Battle of Briton, with V2 rockets coming in to the allied airspace.  Only this time it's aliens launching lightning warheads and occasionally EMPs from AI planets at the humans.  Don't worry, there isn't an AI Progress increase from those incoming hostile warheads -- the fact that your enemies are now using at least a few warheads for the first time in AI War history (which is another longstanding player request) is bad enough!

The Neinzul Viral Swarmers have also been nerfed quite a bit (not before obliterating some adventurous beta testers, unfortunately), and we fixed a bug with the Hybrid Hives in the last beta version that was preventing any from spawning (whoops!).

There are a number of other minor fixes and additions, too, and you might notice that your EMP and Tachyon Warheads now pack a little extra punch, too.  Enjoy!
« Last Edit: August 12, 2010, 11:30:59 PM by x4000 »
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Yay,nuke time !  ;D ;D

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Mega, mega nuke time. ;)  ;D

We ought to have an achievement for actually winning the game with all of the planets having been nuked, come to think of it.  What do you think, Keith? :)
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Just popping in here.  I did just buy the new expansion, but have had no time to play any AI: War due to RL issues. 

Also, been having fun with Tidalis as you've no doubt noticed.

But I've liked what I've read of the changes and hopefully will get to play a game soon.  The anti-blobbing methods really intrigue me as that was a slight issue I've had with AiW.  Anything to change this up is welcomed by me (even if I do turtle a lot  :-\)  I can't really give any comments on this as it would require me to start up a game.  

Keep up the good work guys, this is looking like an awesome expansion.  

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We ought to have an achievement for actually winning the game with all of the planets having been nuked, come to think of it.  What do you think, Keith? :)
Absolutely.  Title?  "It's The Only Way To Be Sure."
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We ought to have an achievement for actually winning the game with all of the planets having been nuked, come to think of it.  What do you think, Keith? :)
Absolutely.  Title?  "It's The Only Way To Be Sure."

I prefer "somebody set us up the bomb".

I like the new harvester options--thanks again for another great update, Chris and devs!
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    * Transport Ships Mark II have been added:
          o These cost far more energy to operate, but they slowly heal all ships contained within themselves; Neinzul Younglings are healed faster.

As someone that hasn't upgraded yet, and thus can't check, have you made them any better at actually transporting ships?  Or is the regeneration effect the only difference?

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We ought to have an achievement for actually winning the game with all of the planets having been nuked, come to think of it.  What do you think, Keith? :)
Absolutely.  Title?  "It's The Only Way To Be Sure."

I prefer "somebody set us up the bomb".

I like the new harvester options--thanks again for another great update, Chris and devs!

Something like "Galactic Purge" would suit.
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    * The recently-added mark III, IV, and V ion cannons can now be captured by players on planet ownership change. However, they increase the size of incoming enemy waves to that planet by x4, x6, and x10, respectively. These are definitely not something to capture on border planets without first killing all the adjacent warp gates!
          o The recently-added mark III, IV, and V ion cannons can also now be purchased from the Zenith Trader, but they are ridiculously expensive in metal and crystal.
Cool 8). Now, if i can just zerg rush that MkIII world with one i spotted without losing my entire fleet... :D

                + However, please note that the existing harvesters will NOT automatically be upgraded, as the destruction and reconstruction of them could tank your economy at a bad time. To upgrade all your harvesters, simply go to each planet, click the select all the harvesters from the planetary summary, and delete the old ones. New, higher-mark ones will appear in their place.
Are there any plans to eventually be able to do an in-place upgrade (or maybe just insta-upgrade all applicable harvesters)?

Another awesome release! I can tell you're trying to shore up those areas which look like they're lacking in variety now ;)
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We ought to have an achievement for actually winning the game with all of the planets having been nuked, come to think of it.  What do you think, Keith? :)
Absolutely.  Title?  "It's The Only Way To Be Sure."

That is, without question, the only proper thing to call this achievement.  ;D

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We ought to have an achievement for actually winning the game with all of the planets having been nuked, come to think of it.  What do you think, Keith? :)
Absolutely.  Title?  "It's The Only Way To Be Sure."

That is, without question, the only proper thing to call this achievement.  ;D
Agreed.

I've got to wonder, though, exactly what are Core ships made of that can withstand a ground-zero blast from a *galaxy-destroying* cataclysm? But can still be shot down by a determined bunch of Mark I fighters...

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Awesome! :)

The harvester upgrade is something I like, more so sinc eI am fond fo 120 planet maps and tend to have lots of planets and harvesters. Could really be a good thing for my economy.

And kinda funny with a doomsday device :P
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nice  ;D

any chance we can have a control node to allow MK II transports to enjoy the same autodocking and ejecting that regeneration for neinzul ships that chambers have?

That could actually be pretty cool, yeah. :)  Keith, do you think that could be made to work for being under human control?
I don't see any huge reason why not, just a bit of extra logic.  To clarify, there really wouldn't be anything for the human to "control", it just sits there and spews out uncomfortably large amounts of ships when antagonized.  I guess the cannon could be turned off via low-power mode, and that would also stop the internal production of ships.

the neinzul ships would be AI controlled similar to zombie ships then? that sounds awwlright :)

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nice  ;D

any chance we can have a control node to allow MK II transports to enjoy the same autodocking and ejecting that regeneration for neinzul ships that chambers have?

That could actually be pretty cool, yeah. :)  Keith, do you think that could be made to work for being under human control?
I don't see any huge reason why not, just a bit of extra logic.  To clarify, there really wouldn't be anything for the human to "control", it just sits there and spews out uncomfortably large amounts of ships when antagonized.  I guess the cannon could be turned off via low-power mode, and that would also stop the internal production of ships.

the neinzul ships would be AI controlled similar to zombie ships then? that sounds awwlright :)


I support this idea as well, a second trader suppling even more options? Awesome :)
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