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Thyrork
Apr 21, 2010

CAUTION: Edges are sharp enough to cut reality.




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IN ONE SENTENCE: HOMM/Civ 5 in a fantasy setting, with XCOM:EU/Shadowrun Return's style Combat.

But that does not do it justice, so read on.

quote:

Age of Wonders III is the long anticipated sequel to the award-winning strategy series. Delivering a unique mix of Empire Building, Role Playing and Warfare, Age of Wonders III offers the ultimate in turn-based fantasy strategy for veterans of the series and new players alike!

Create an Empire in your own Image
Rule as one of 6 RPG style leader classes: Sorcerer, Theocrat, Rogue, Warlord, Archdruid, or the tech-focused Dreadnought.
Research powerful skills unique to your class to develop your empire and arsenal.
Choose your allies from among the six main races - Humans, High Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Goblins and Draconians - and fantastical monster dwellings.

Explore and Exploit a Living Fantasy World
Explore a rich fantasy world that is more detailed and alive than ever with over 50 location types to raid for treasure.
Expand your domain by building new settlements, forge pacts with monstrous allies and capture valuable resources.
Wield earth shattering magic and terra-form the lands for your needs.

Fight In-depth Tactical Battles
Recruit legendary heroes, equip them with magical weapons, and let them lead your armies into battle.
Crush your enemies using the detailed 3D turn-based Tactical Combat System.
Become a master tactician. Crush city defenses. Learn to use flanking and master your army’s hundreds of abilities.

Master Age of Wonders III’s many Modes!
Immerse yourself in a rich single player story campaign, playable from two sides of an epic conflict.
Create endless scenarios using the random map generator.
Compete in multiplayer wars with up to 8 players online.

quote:

“For example: as a Goblin Theocrat you can build your own holy empire, recruit little goblin crusaders or cute winged goblin angels equipped with flaming weapons, and wage war on your heathen enemies. We want players to be able to choose between lots of different play styles, without being restricted by fantasy clichés, like All Goblins Are Evil.”

Rock Paper Shotgun's announcement post and what inspired the thread's name.



Age of Wonders is a turn based & hex based fantasy strategy game, much like Master of Magic (That i have never played) or Elemental, War of Magic. (Which i regretfully have. ) With some parts city building, some parts research, some parts diplomacy but mostly warfare on a strategic and battlefield scale.
If you've played any Total War games, it could be seen as vaguely in the same region, just with turn based strategic combat as well as RPG elements, such as researching new magic, hiring & leveling heroes to be your champions and casting world ending spells. I hope everyone likes water as i raise the seas to drown the lowlands and starve the halflings!

The games played on that aforementioned hex world, but it didn't just include an overworld! AOW had upto two undergrounds (and Shadow Magic had a whole other reality) that presented new options for attacking. Mountains and seas were also no barriers to the prepared, with mountain lowering spells being a forte of earth, freezing oceans being one of air, and waterwalking a common enough thing.
Ocean and air battles were not exceptional events as you struggled to find alternative attack paths or prevent your opponents from exploiting such a weakness of yours. The game had a wide pallet of choices open to you, even if massed archers and siege were silly by comparison.

AOW paints a typical but not dull fantasy world, from lizard men riding giant catapult turtles, to dwarven cities underground, to the classic dark elf vs wood elf tensions, to shadowy demons from beyond. Oh, and plenty of in-universe fun, the game is stiff in presentation, but its not lacking in appropriate humour.
Originally the plot revolved around that elvish conflict, the council of mages and the greater wars of the world. This universe has seen and survived at least two apocalypses, one from the undead, and one from the shadow demons of beyond. Typical fare but well presented. The trailer does mention that its been at least two thousand years since this all happened.

The website does an excellent job of covering the classes, races and gameplay, you should read the website if you want a better feel then the above.

Also dont forget the FAQ.

MISC STUFF:

Backgrounds!







Taerkar's Ongoing Age of Wonders Letsplay thread, if you want a recap of the rest of the games.

Goon run Wikia WORK IN PROGRESS

STREAMERS

http://www.twitch.tv/thyrork - My own stream, but i have no intentions of doing it seriously. On the plus side i dont do cameras and i often keep my mic muted so its going to be pure gameplay. after doing it for five hours and getting some feedback from Wargames, i find myself enjoying it, plus i fixed my ability to chat to the chat via voice, maybe ill do this more.

http://www.twitch.tv/doink9731 - Another goon!

VIDEOS

Gamescom Gameplay 2013, second video features brief look at character creation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgke9Bcy_vU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDKVGMgmae4

18 Minute's of Random Map Gen and Archdruid gameplay.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--qBfmWsWWg

Dwarf Theocrat Gameplay by a twitch streamer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFMXiSzW1Gg

Goblin Dreadnought gameplay, Audio is wanting.
http://ageofwonders.com/forums/topic/lets-play/

Beta Tester's "Ultimate How to Play" series.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?li...2p-R7Ubbauwhxpe

Gerblyn posted:

My girlfriend was inspired by your post:





Triskelli posted:

To the person that said dire penguins need to be epic mounts:



Chop chop Gerblyn

CURRENT PATCH NOTES: http://ageofwonders.com/update-v1-2-is-here/

FUTURE CONTENT: http://ageofwonders.com/development...pment-journals/

Foreshadowing of a new race, ending in -ling!

Thyrork fucked around with this message at Jun 15, 2014 around 09:42

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Thyrork
Apr 21, 2010

CAUTION: Edges are sharp enough to cut reality.


ANNOUNCED EXPANSIONS



http://ageofwonders.com/golden-real...sion-announced/

quote:

Set sail for a new world, where exotic monstrosities, lost treasures and new empire building opportunities await!

FEATURES:

  • The Halfling Race: The little folk are back, with new units, heroes and leaders.
  • Golden Realms Campaign: A three scenario campaign, with the Halfling's as the focus.
  • Exotic Map Locations: Naga Dwellings and Lost Cities!
  • Over twenty new units: Such as the filth throwing Dread Monkeys, alluring Mermaids and the fearsome Glutton!
  • New Hero Items: The Golden Realms contain 50 new magical artifacts to discover and use.
  • Wild Magic Specialization: Unleash wild magic. Cause spontaneous mutations, warp equipment and turn orderly battles into a pandemonium where the lines of battle are violently warped.
  • Partisan Specialization: Use new skills for guerrilla warfare. Create concealed hide-outs and develop ambushing skills.
  • Two hand crafted scenarios: Built around the new features of the Golden Realms expansion.
  • Mystical City Upgrades: Arcane treasure sites located in your domain unlock new unique upgrades for your cities.
  • Empire Quests: Achieve empire building goals before your rivals to unlock unique rewards for your realm.
  • Seals of Power: A new King of the Hill style victory condition.
  • Defensive City Upgrades: Each race has a unique city defense to build.

RELEASE DATE:

quote:

Golden Realms is set for a September 18th 2014 release and available as DLC via online stores such as Steam and GoG. Price TBD.

PREVIOUS TITLES, CLICK TO GO TO GOOD OLD GAMES.

LordSloth posted:

Speaking from the perspective of someone who played them after the initial release and during the process of bugfixing:

Campaigns quality
Age of Wonders > Shadow Magic -> AoW2

Click the quoted for more thoughts on the franchise as a whole.

I'd recommend playing them all, honestly, especially if you want to get into user scenarios. But if you're going to play just one, I'd run with Shadow Magic.




Good news, all three titles are on GOG! Since their presentation of the games usually put the games best foot forward, i would highly suggest anyone with an interest to go their and take a look. Yes, i shamelessly cropped the images from GOG for this OP.

Personally? I rate this one the highest. AOW1 had the choice for your lord/avatar to be a fearsome meleé combatant, something absent in the sequels.



Age of Wonders 2 was... not as good as the first in this humble goons opinion. Shadow Magic really took this title and refined it into a good place. If you're curious in this series, i'd say skip this one in favour of the sequel. Theres a reasonable enough plot driving this game forward, as far as gaming plots go, with a few nice twists (such as the two elvish factions finally buring the hatchet for the most part) but Shadow Magic does wonders for the game.





Second place, and better then the second. Shadow Magic added three more playable factions, brought the story to a close in a battle between extra-dimentional horrors, a racist, magic hating human empire and the surviving mystical and mundane the player leads. It had some of the most brutal of maps but also the full scope of Wizard's Throne was realised with this game. The final level is loving crazy, Hoooleeei poo poo, if you've beaten this level legit, i tip my hat to you sir/ma'am.



The whole set is also available on steam!

THE COMMUNITY
http://aow2.heavengames.com/

An old but well loved website. From fan patches to new maps, it pretty much has everything nailed down.


ONGOING INFODUMP FOR PLAYING BETTER:

PRESS F1

Guarding Units, How Research Works and Health Regen.
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...0#post427691376

Cities annoying you with production requests?

Splicer posted:

Set to "merchandise" and hit the "infinite repeat" button.

On Simultaneous vs Classic Turns.

A.C. posted:

In classic turns, each player takes their turns in order. In Simultaneous, all players take their turns at the same time and the turn ends after all players click End Turn.

Shallow overview of races.
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...7#post427705923

Spotting the elusive Cave!
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...8#post427716059

Warlord, Dreadnought and Arch Druid overviews.
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...4#post427768124

Theologist overview. Note: Shrines of Smiting no longer have the Sacred property, preventing doomstacking 6 of them.
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...4#post427769943

quote:

We're going to nerf them in the next patch though, and make the shrine's themselves not have the devout ability. This will mean that to get the most out of shrines you'll need to mix them with armies of other units.

On Resistances and Fairy Fires.
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...7#post427808396

If you're bored and winning, stop and make a new game.
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...8#post427808976

Racial's overview.
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...8#post427809848

FILTHLY CHEATS FOR CASUAL SCUM. Solutions for salvaging an impossible situation.
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...9#post427831017

Opening Move's overview.
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...0#post427841974

Items in the campaign.

DrManiac posted:

Items carry over on the campaign btw, so whenever you play a sorcerer you should totally spam invoke mount if you can.

On Cities, Settlers and Builders.
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...5#post427905142

Dismissing.

Thyrork posted:

Anyone know how to dismiss units? Top left in Unit Info, between the Tier and your factions banner is a X, thats how.

An overview on AI relations.
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...9#post428001695

On Lords and Thrones.
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...1#post428037779

Thyrork posted:

To use an entirely inappropriate chess analogy, Your leader is the Queen, your throne the King. MURDER PEOPLE WITH THE QUEEN!

If you prefer to use your leader in a safe role, turn it to sweeping your empires sites to expand your income. This means if your throne falls, or is in danger of, your leaders stack is somewhere within reasonable striking distance.

Races and Climes.
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...1#post428039337

How Nodes work and a tip on the Tome of Wonders.
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...2#post428047243

Endgame thoughts.
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...5#post428091998

Removing spell's inbattle.

Taear posted:

Disjunct gets rid of Chaos Rift. And it's done by clicking on the picture in the corner and it'll give you the option.

A few posts on the perceived value of T3 units.
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...6#post428125495

"AoW3 - Tables of Wonder", seemingly containing information about.. well everything! This is good if you want to know what a certain thing does, or what Air Adept's learn.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet...#gid=1574188756

Thyrork fucked around with this message at Aug 22, 2014 around 11:08

Underwhelmed
Mar 7, 2004

He took his vorpal sword in hand,
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
And stood awhile in thou

Holy poo poo am I excited for this. The originals are right up there with MoM among my favorite games of all time.

Thyrork
Apr 21, 2010

CAUTION: Edges are sharp enough to cut reality.


Underwhelmed posted:

Holy poo poo am I excited for this. The originals are right up there with MoM among my favorite games of all time.

My inner child screamed at this announcement. I bought the original from GAME back when, it even came with that little tie in novel and the THICK manual that i devoured and sadly lost.

catlord
Mar 22, 2009

The art... it's growing on me. I find myself enjoying it.


So excited for this. I love AoW1, and enjoy AoW:SM (never played two). Also, you should play Master of Magic. It is my favourite.

PotatoManJack
Nov 9, 2009


gently caress yeah.

AoW 1 was a good game.

AoW 2 was an even better game, and I spent a ton of time playing it.

AoW: SM was fricking incredible, and had a huge amount of replay value. It had like 8 campaigns or some such, a crazy amount of civs (Shuriken throwing tiger people anyone?) and vastly improved AI.

I am totally psyched about this and will be picking it up on release.

Arrrthritis
May 31, 2007

Bear Witness


I remember, about a year or so back, I sent a big email to Triumph calling them jerks and to at LEAST make a Kickstarter for an Age of Wonders III because there's bound to be a fanbase out for the game! This was the response I got...

quote:


Stay tuned…

Lennart / Jerk Inc

I am so elated to hear about this. I hope they make a campaign as good as the first/third games.

I can't wait to goblin the hell out of this game.

Dr. Video Games 0031
Jul 16, 2004



I played SM for an untold number of hours with my buddies. It got so crazy with some of the mega mods like Dwiggs. It was so satisfying to rampage through the map with a giant Balrog who could take out entire stacks almost single-handedly.

Fledgling Gulps
Jul 4, 2007

I'll meet you in Meereen,
we'll grub out.


Whoa, glad I decided to check Games today. Love AoW 1 and Shadow Magic, so I'll be keeping a close eye on this.

Though... what's up with those battle screenshots? It looks like they've switched to a HoMM style grid?

Taear
Nov 26, 2004

Ask me about the shitty opinions I have about Paradox games!


Holy hell, I had no idea. I cannot wait!

It's such a long time since the last one was out too, I wonder how different it will be? Considering the difference between 1 and 2 I'd be interested to find out.

I really loved the campaign in the first game and it'd be brilliant if they try and merge the good parts of game 1 with the good parts of game 2.

Bring back Lizardmen.

Taear fucked around with this message at Feb 8, 2013 around 02:14

toasterwarrior
Nov 11, 2011


I wonder if they're considering hybrid classes, so I can combine Dreadnought and Theocrat and get my Machine God Omnissiah on

Blisster
Mar 10, 2010

What you are listening to are musicians performing psychedelic music under the influence of a mind altering chemical called...

I always hated how the industrial orcs from the first game got replaced by the generic tribal orcs in the sequels, so Orc Dreadnought here I come!

It's been a while since a decent 4X game came out. Kinda sad that nothing has really touched MOO2 and the AoW series. I'm hoping this and Stardrive will scratch the itch.

Edit: fired up AoW 1 cause of this thread and now it's 4 in the morning. Goddammit.

Blisster fucked around with this message at Feb 8, 2013 around 10:09

Bloodly
Nov 3, 2008

Not as strong as you'd expect.

Arrrthritis posted:

I remember, about a year or so back, I sent a big email to Triumph calling them jerks and to at LEAST make a Kickstarter for an Age of Wonders III because there's bound to be a fanbase out for the game! This was the response I got...


I am so elated to hear about this. I hope they make a campaign as good as the first/third games.

I can't wait to goblin the hell out of this game.

That's fairly impressive that they bothered to reply at all. Says a lot.

Ojetor
Aug 4, 2010


When I read the announcement yesterday I literally shouted "HELL YEAH" and fistpumped. This is the best gaming news in a long time and it came completely out of the blue. I haven't bought a physical game box in like 5 years but I'm sure as hell buying this one to put in my shelf next to my AoW, AoW2 and AoW:SM boxes

Rabhadh
Aug 26, 2007


Dr. Video Games 0031 posted:

I played SM for an untold number of hours with my buddies. It got so crazy with some of the mega mods like Dwiggs. It was so satisfying to rampage through the map with a giant Balrog who could take out entire stacks almost single-handedly.

Haha back in the day Dwiggs was an internet buddy of mine and he used to send me early versions of his mod for testing and feedback. God I loved what he did to the Goblins.

Murodese
Mar 6, 2007

My level of intellect is so low that not even the press gallery can understand me


So fucken excited.

Grey Hunter
Oct 17, 2007

Pacific Command


Awsome, I loved Age of Wonders - something about the way you could stack perminant enchantments did it for me, it gave a real sense of unit progression. I Hope that they keep that in this game, I like haivng units with something of an individual feel to them.

A Humble Emperor
Dec 30, 2007

With a big big crown!


Sweet. I was just wondering the other day why we haven't had a good fantasy TBS game in a while (other than Eador which is great). Now we get a sequel to the absolute best one with new mechanics which sound absolutely awesome.

PiCroft
Jun 10, 2010

I'm sorry, did I break all your shit? I didn't know it was yours

Oh my god, I played AoW1 as a wee lad on a demo disk and I played it nearly non-stop for months.

AoW2 really disappointed me with its lack of flavour text for units - That was part of my enjoyment! I loved stumbling across a whole new unit and clicking it to read up on what it was, what its backstory was etc.

Thank god they brought that back for Shadow Magic.

As soon as I get home, I'm firing up AoW1.

Fintilgin
Sep 29, 2004

Fintilgin sweeps!

I played the hell out of Master of Magic, but I never got into the AoW series. I got Shadow Magic off GoG last year, but I guess I was suffering from the fact that I had no nostalgia glasses for the game, because I found it hard to get into. I guess I should give it another go.

Also, the RPS article says 'RTS', I hope and assume that was a typo.

MinionOfCthulhu
Oct 28, 2005

I got this title for free due to my proximity to an idiot who wanted to save $5 on an avatar by having someone else spend $9.95 instead.


I've never played an Age of Wonders game but everyone's unmitigated excitement here and in the Steam thread had me intrigued. If my in-game Dreadnought actually has a swank manacle and cup of tea like in the trailer, no matter which race I choose (whatever races end up being in it), well, sign me up.

Arrrthritis
May 31, 2007

Bear Witness


I'm surprised people haven't attempted to do a campaign like the one in the first game. It sounds like Triumph is going to be doing a similar style campaign in this game, with the starting choice being who your faction is, and subsequent choices being which races to recruit in your struggle for power. I hope so, at least, because the Age of Wonders 1 campaign is probably the fondest memories of a campaign I have in a video game*.


*Until I learned to just give my hero wall climbing and life stealing.

Moridin920
Nov 15, 2007
OXYGEN
THIEF


This game looks great, and the release date isn't too far off. I really liked both Overlord games and that OP has a lot of specific stuff to love.

quote:

RPG elements sneaking their way into the RTS

This is really cool for single player campaigns, I don't like it in multiplayer matches (heros in WC3) but for story stuff it's great. DoW2 comes to mind.

Davincie
Jul 7, 2008

The last thing Killstealing sees before his mustache ride.

~*~Straight Balling~*~


It's still a TBS you guys, RPS just messed up. Your main guy now has a bunch of classes to choose from. Warlord is basically living like you are a character from 300, Theocrat has you playing a violent pope, the rogue got compared to Qaddafi (dictator + skills to destabilise other countries) + you can choose from schools of magic to specialize. The game is on the Overlord engine which means its fully 3D now with terraformable terrain and hero customization actually showing up (frankly don't remember if it did in AOW2, dont think it did though). Auto-combat and a replay system are also build in. Random maps are also build in with hotseat or active multiplayer. Also play by email and normal multiplayer and it uses the real time turn system (idk what this is. guess everyone plays at once?).

Also have a screenshot not in the RPS article:

KnoxZone
Jan 26, 2007

And if I die before I Wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.


Holy poo poo how did I miss this. The AoW games were so amazing. I am super stoked for this.

Underwhelmed
Mar 7, 2004

He took his vorpal sword in hand,
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
And stood awhile in thou

See! hexes! hexes are GOOD! Also hexes mean "NOT RTS!"

PiCroft
Jun 10, 2010

I'm sorry, did I break all your shit? I didn't know it was yours

God dammit, I can see myself getting antsy during the wait, like I was during the run-up to XCOMs release. Pnly this time, its a whole 6 months or so?

Geokinesis
Jan 22, 2012

The Creation of Wealth


This is great, AoW:SM was awesome and I spent ages playing against my little brother.

I really like the idea of angel goblins.

TehGherkin
May 24, 2008


I hope they bring back the custom character creation from Age of Wonders 1 for this one. The original is still my favourite strictly because of that.

It was so cool creating a fear resistant paladin or an undead fire-spitting wizard.

Thyrork
Apr 21, 2010

CAUTION: Edges are sharp enough to cut reality.


Davincie posted:

Also play by email and normal multiplayer and it uses the real time turn system (idk what this is. guess everyone plays at once?).

Also have a screenshot not in the RPS article:


Yeah, everyone goes at the same time. It can descend into fastest click wins because of it but if i remember correctly, your orders entered a queue alongside everyone else and the CPU only ordered so many times per second so that you could fastest click win certain situations.

Also going to nab that screenshot for the OP, look! Hexes!

TehGherkin posted:

I hope they bring back the custom character creation from Age of Wonders 1 for this one. The original is still my favourite strictly because of that.

It was so cool creating a fear resistant paladin or an undead fire-spitting wizard.

Yup, its why AOW1 pulls ahead for me personally, even 'tho i loved the shadow demons of SM.

Silvergun1000
Sep 16, 2007

Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

I fall into the AoW 1 camp, played that game endlessly, but never really got into the sequels. Hearing so much love for Shadow Magic is making me want to give it another shot.

There was so much going for the first one though. The art style was whimsical as hell and still looks fantastic today, and the music really fit it perfectly. Even the story is awesome too. I mean sure, you can just be the good / bad guy start to finish, but you can also be the good guy who turns to darker and darker powers to defeat what you see as a greater evil, only to be redeemed at the 11th hour and fight back the very darkness you helped unleashed (among other outcomes).

Also, I love how fast AoW MP games could be played. With auto battle and a small map, games could be a real fast affair, which still is kind of unique for TBS games.

So yeah, can't wait for this.

Gerblyn
Apr 4, 2007

"TO BATTLE!"


So, I'm actually a programmer working on this game at the moment, so I can answer some questions for you if you have any. To be quite honest I'm not entirely sure what I can and cannot talk about, so you'll have to forgive me if I don't get back to you with a reply; it's probably because I'm asking my boss about what I can say.

Anyways, I can confirm that the game is indeed completely turn based and that both the tactical and world maps are hex based.

Arrrthritis posted:

I remember, about a year or so back, I sent a big email to Triumph calling them jerks and to at LEAST make a Kickstarter for an Age of Wonders III because there's bound to be a fanbase out for the game! This was the response I got...

We actually get a few emails like this I believe. Notable ones include the numerous death threats we received after we released pictures of minions clubbing baby seals in Overlord 2, the 9 year old girl who asked if the next Overlord could be a woman that has naked man slaves, and the guy who sent us 2 insane, expletive filled rants complaining about the random number generator in AoW:SM. We actually implemented a Mersenne Twister in response to that last one, though I don't think we replied to him.

Geokinesis
Jan 22, 2012

The Creation of Wealth


Gerblyn posted:

the 9 year old girl who asked if the next Overlord could be a woman that has naked man slaves

Why didn't you do this?

Splicer
Oct 16, 2006

from hell's heart I stab at thee

Shadowmorn posted:

And just so your worries are unfounded, behold! Hexes!
I don't care how shallow it makes me, but the lack of hexes was what killed HoMM for me. My first fantasy RTS (outside of a LoM demo) was AoW, so I just couldn't get into HoMM's squares and chessboard combat after that.
e: I tell a lie, I played the original king's bounty, but that's different.
Oh hey this wasn't here a second ago:

Gerblyn posted:

Anyways, I can confirm that the game is indeed completely turn based and that both the tactical and world maps are hex based.
You are good people. First question: What's with the giant piles of weenies? I assume they're all "a unit" (as in, buying a weenie now actually buys you a squad of weenies)? Or is that just a promo shot and one archer still equals one archer? I would be happy with either, just curious.

Gerblyn
Apr 4, 2007

"TO BATTLE!"


Geokinesis posted:

Why didn't you do this?

Apparently we considered having man slaves for OL2, Rihanna Pratchett (the writer) was very much in favour of it, but in the end it got dropped due to a lack time.

Splicer posted:

You are good people. First question: What's with the giant piles of weenies? I assume they're all "a unit" (as in, buying a weenie now actually buys you a squad of weenies)? Or is that just a promo shot and one archer still equals one archer? I would be happy with either, just curious.

Yeah, most units now are represented by little squads rather than individual figures. Big things like Giants and Dragons are still single figures.

Gerblyn fucked around with this message at Feb 8, 2013 around 16:18

Splicer
Oct 16, 2006

from hell's heart I stab at thee

Also want to ad my name to the AoW music fans.

Gerblyn posted:

Yeah, most units now are represented by little squads rather than individual figures. Big things like Giants and Dragons are still single figures.
Follow up question: How does health work for squads? I will accept "Would have to explain far too much about the battle system to give a meaningful answer" as a response.

Semi-related question: How close will combat be to the originals? Do we still have the 7 hex multi-stack system?

e: Could I sound more entitled here? I'm just so excited and have been burned so much by nostalgia-ruining sequels the past few of years

Splicer fucked around with this message at Feb 8, 2013 around 16:27

Thyrork
Apr 21, 2010

CAUTION: Edges are sharp enough to cut reality.


Gerblyn posted:

So, I'm actually a programmer working on this game at the moment, so I can answer some questions for you if you have any. To be quite honest I'm not entirely sure what I can and cannot talk about, so you'll have to forgive me if I don't get back to you with a reply; it's probably because I'm asking my boss about what I can say.

Welcome, pull up a chair, enjoy Q&A sessions, and if you need some impromptu beta testers, keep goons in mind. Worked for Gaslamp Games after all!

Will the lord/avatar play a more direct role? AOW2 / SM's lord, while raining hell down upon your foes from your wizard tower was fun, didn't quiet have the satisfaction of taking to the battlefield and showing that you were also a badass of the sword in your own right.

Silvergun1000 posted:

There was so much going for the first one though. The art style was whimsical as hell and still looks fantastic today, and the music really fit it perfectly. Even the story is awesome too. I mean sure, you can just be the good / bad guy start to finish, but you can also be the good guy who turns to darker and darker powers to defeat what you see as a greater evil, only to be redeemed at the 11th hour and fight back the very darkness you helped unleashed (among other outcomes).

God drat, now i just know im going to end up replaying AOW. I had vaguely remembered how awesome the campaign was but now that i dredge more of it up, it was really branching wasn't it? Like one of the first branches was (You're first choice) / Neutral. So you could keep being good and gather up an alliance of halflings, elves and dwarves. Or you could go for Neutrality and start with Elves leading Lizardmen and Syrons(?) by the end.

All i really remember is, being evil and defecting to good got you an ending in which you were furious at the tiny trinket they leave you with.

Bloodly
Nov 3, 2008

Not as strong as you'd expect.

If units are represented by squads, if a unit in that squad dies, what happens with regards to healing and unit firepower?

toasterwarrior
Nov 11, 2011


Is Rhianna Pratchett writing for AoW3 too? Not her and her dad's usual cup of tea, but Overlord 1 & 2 had some great writing and if Terry could write serious stuff well (better than the usual comedies actually since I love Night Watch and Small Gods), she probably has the chops for it too.

EDIT: Rihanna

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Gerblyn
Apr 4, 2007

"TO BATTLE!"


Splicer posted:

Also want to ad my name to the AoW music fans.

The same guy who made the original music is making the music for this game too.

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Follow up question: How does health work for squads? I will accept "Would have to explain far too much about the battle system to give a meaningful answer" as a response.

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If units are represented by squads, if a unit in that squad dies, what happens with regards to healing and unit firepower?


We haven't quite figured that out yet to be honest. At the moment the number of figures simply reflects the HP that a unit has left (i.e. a unit with half health only has half its figures), but that leads to an issue where you instinctively feel that a unit with fewer soldiers should do less damage, which isn't the case.

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Semi-related question: How close will combat be to the originals? Do we still have the 7 hex multi-stack system?

The adjacent hex rule is still in, so up to 7 stacks can be involved in combat at once. There are also other changes to the combat system, for example flanking a unit will do more damage and let you get a free strike without retaliation.

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Will the lord/avatar play a more direct role?

That's the plan, yeah. We're still working out details on this though.

toasterwarrior posted:

Is Rihanna Pratchett writing for AoW3 too? Not her and her dad's usual cup of tea, but Overlord 1 & 2 had some great writing and if Terry could write serious stuff well (better than the usual comedies actually since I love Night Watch and Small Gods), she probably has the chops for it too.

Nope, I believe we've rehired the guy who did the writing for the previous games. Which is a pity, cos Rhianna's actually a really nice person

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