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Re: Deity Empires

Post by Yojimbo » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:11 pm

Yojimbo wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:39 am

3. The Developer does not update the "View Deity Empires update history" tab in Steam (using the News area) like other Steam Developers do. I get a splash screen when starting or loading a game immediately after an update - this is not enough for me. In a strategy game I want to know what circumstances changed to know if my plans need to change accordingly.
So, this looks to have changed - I am looking at a 1.1.36 update in the Steam News page. I want to give credit where it is due - this was a small pain for me but it looks to have changed for the better.

In the larger picture this in an active developer who is working hard to improve MOM's spiritual successor. If you love Turn-based combat, if you like magical civ-like 4X, if you secretly want to run an empire of gnomes - get this game.

I don't have an "in" with the Developer, never knowingly talked to them/her, I don't post in the Steam forums about this (or any) game. I just think this is the best use of a 20 dollar bill I have seen in a long time.

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Re: Deity Empires

Post by ColdSteel » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:32 am

Yojimbo wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:58 pm
I start in the either and I stay in the either. From there I can be involved (Casting spells) in every combat until I run out of battle mana. If I am present I can only effect one fight at a time (I think - I only materilzed in a few games weeks ago and my memory is fuzzy). I do gain experience with spells in any schools that I cast in while combat happens. But I think my avatar remains puny.

Mid to late game I am fighting several battles per round and being "almost omnipresent" seems better than being present at one fight.
In the early game I don't have enough troops to have more than one army. For example, in my current game at turn 42 I have just finally gotten enough units for a full 8 man army. I also am just now finishing researching some decent spells. Due to that I have been employing a hybrid deity strategy that I think works well.

I start the game materialized and while I have only one army and very limited spells I run around with my deity's single army and get the deity as much XP and levels as possible. For example, in my current game on turn 42 my deity has gotten almost to level 6. At level 5 they were able to choose a level-up perk and I chose the one that adds +2 magic levels. They've also increased their mana and other attributes while leveling.

Now that I have 2 towns, as soon as I get enough troops to field two full armies, I will cast the "Etherealize" spell on my deity and start using them as an invisible, omnipresent caster as you do. At that point they will be a stronger caster than if they had not been materialized and actively gaining XP for a while.
"This game is best played with a warm cup of Folger's coffee in your hands, so you can actually smell the oppression while you relive the greatest period of all time. The period when white people discovered the world, and decided they didn't like it." - EUIV Steam user review

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Re: Deity Empires

Post by Yojimbo » Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:25 pm

ColdSteel wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:32 am
In the early game I don't have enough troops to have more than one army. For example, in my current game at turn 42 I have just finally gotten enough units for a full 8 man army. I also am just now finishing researching some decent spells. Due to that I have been employing a hybrid deity strategy that I think works well.

I start the game materialized and while I have only one army and very limited spells I run around with my deity's single army and get the deity as much XP and levels as possible. For example, in my current game on turn 42 my deity has gotten almost to level 6. At level 5 they were able to choose a level-up perk and I chose the one that adds +2 magic levels. They've also increased their mana and other attributes while leveling.

Now that I have 2 towns, as soon as I get enough troops to field two full armies, I will cast the "Etherealize" spell on my deity and start using them as an invisible, omnipresent caster as you do. At that point they will be a stronger caster than if they had not been materialized and actively gaining XP for a while.
I may need to try this - I pay with 12 unit stacks and it makes me far longer than 42 turns to get that up and running.

I am also seeing items in the latest build (Cloak, different rings, different amulets, spellbooks) and I wonder if they are for my wizard?

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Re: Deity Empires

Post by ColdSteel » Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:55 am

Yojimbo wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:25 pm
I am also seeing items in the latest build (Cloak, different rings, different amulets, spellbooks) and I wonder if they are for my wizard?
The extra item slots that were just added are only for deities and heroes. Heroes haven't been added to the game yet but they're working on them. From what I can tell, deities can't equip and use items unless they're materialized.
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Re: Deity Empires

Post by ColdSteel » Tue May 14, 2019 12:51 pm

I posted this on Quarter to Three today and thought I'd cross-post it here:

Deity Empires is on sale right now at 40% off ($14.99) until May 20. I’ve been playing it a lot lately and I now give it my wholehearted recommendation. If you like this genre of games, you don’t mind the depth and learning curve of the Dominions games, and you loved Master of Magic, then this game is probably for you.

The developers are extremely active and have made 6 updates to the game just since the last post in this thread. There have been some major additions to the game and the developers continue to actively improve it. It’s clear they are in this for the long haul.

Some of the biggest recent additions are:

Added “Zone of Control’ game options, giving every unit a zone of control. When a unit moves into an enemies zone of control, it uses up all of its remaining movement points.

Added random lesser heroes. These lesser heroes are the same unit type as current units in the game, but have random rolled health and weapon stats (slightly stronger than their base unit type), and only 1 figure. They typically can utilize additional item slots. Currently these random heroes only make themselves available as random mercenaries available for hire in cities.

Added dungeon levels. Once all enemies are defeated in a dungeon, you can descend down a staircase to the next dungeon level, where new and unknown enemies await. Once you descend, treasure on the previous level will be lost forever. Enemies will get progressively harder and more numerous as you proceed further down dungeon levels. (Note that with this game option turned on in the settings, there’s actual gold, chests containing items, and other loot laying on the dungeon floors that you have to find and pickup before you go to the next level. There’s up to seven levels per dungeon to explore as much as you are able.)

Added heal and mana potions to the game. These will appear in dungeons with treasure, and can be produced in cities.

Greatly increased the effects of giving gifts to other deities. Allying with same-aligned deities will be much easier as a result, and appeasing (ie delaying war with) different aligned deities via gifts should now be a feasible strategy. (Note that Diplomacy improvements are still a WIP.)

Added Music to the game.

Units can now evolve. For example, if you summon a baby dragon using a world spell and then level it up to level 10, you can choose to evolve it into a young dragon which is much stronger. The young dragon will eventually evolve into a dragon and then, finally, an ancient dragon (which is pure death on wings).

That’s just the major stuff, They added a ton of more minor stuff and have implemented a ton of suggestions. The last patch implemented 3 of the suggestions I’d made including a new Necromancer Deity ability to pick at startup.

For those worried about the AI, I think this is the best 4X AI, I’ve seen. It’s very aggressive and it will destroy you. I played a game the other day on hard difficulty where I had constant pressure on my cities from 2 different deities. Both had out-built and out-produced me to an extreme degree. My best 2 unit stacks were able to protect my 3 cities but it was a losing battle. They just had way more high level units than I did and they threw them at me relentlessly. Basically the game has so many settings that you can make the game as hard or easy as you wish.

It took me quite a while to get a handle on this game. Once I finally figured out how things worked, I was hooked. Now I can’t stop thinking about it. If you have the patience to figure it out, it will reward you.
"This game is best played with a warm cup of Folger's coffee in your hands, so you can actually smell the oppression while you relive the greatest period of all time. The period when white people discovered the world, and decided they didn't like it." - EUIV Steam user review

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Re: Deity Empires

Post by Yojimbo » Wed May 15, 2019 10:41 pm

I'm really enjoying this one still. TB Fantasy never gets old for me.

One strategy I have be using lately is using my early stack army (Starting game and right after) to attack sites, obtain resources, then move next to my first city and use the "Redistribute Supply" button to unload my resources and my extra food. This button is just above the End Turn button and it looks like an arrow curving Out of a wagon. This material makes its way into the city tally next turn - and I see my city grow directly proportional to the food available. There is a certain "rhythm" to this hunter/gather. I max out my trips so I return with a battered stack (but no dead units) so that they army can heal up waiting outside the city for a new trip out.

This kind of discovered strategy is just one of many in this game. Its deep and wide but not slick or fast.

I have really learned to dread the older dragons and lich lords. These enemy sites get a wide birth from me until mid-late game.

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Re: Deity Empires

Post by ColdSteel » Thu May 16, 2019 10:36 am

Yojimbo wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 10:41 pm
One strategy I have be using lately is using my early stack army (Starting game and right after) to attack sites, obtain resources, then move next to my first city and use the "Redistribute Supply" button to unload my resources and my extra food.
I've been doing that too although it can take forever to get through hills and forests back to your city. You can build a supply wagon unit and bring that with you. Then when your units get full of resources/food you can load it on the wagon and send it back to town to unload.
"This game is best played with a warm cup of Folger's coffee in your hands, so you can actually smell the oppression while you relive the greatest period of all time. The period when white people discovered the world, and decided they didn't like it." - EUIV Steam user review

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Re: Deity Empires

Post by ColdSteel » Thu May 16, 2019 11:00 pm

Some tips I put together for new players:

When your deity is materialized (as a unit operating in the game world) their spell power is the spell power number you see on the unit page and can be improved by leveling up. However, when they are dead (etherialized), then their spell power is determined solely by how many spells they have researched in a spell tree (fire, arcane, nature, etc.). You can see that info on the Deity tab at the top. To improve your etherialized deity's spell power in a spell tree, learn more spells. To improve your materialized deity's spell power, level up.

The amount of resources and gold you get in the game from your cities depends on population. The more population you have, the more city workers you get to work the city hexes.

Every time your city grows another 1000 population, you can build another civic structure there. The number of buildings you can build in your city depends entirely on how much population it has.

Population growth rate depends on enough enough excess food being grown your cities. For that reason, at the start of the game your engineer should concentrate on building farms around your city.

After you build improvements (like farms) with your engineer you can then improve them in up to 2 different ways. Some improvements have levels (like mana farms) that go from 1 to 5 or 1 to 10. After building the initial improvement for 500 gold, you can then level it up but each level you build costs more.

The second way to improve them is to build roads on the improvement. This needs to be done for farms because your farms initially don't have levels like some other improvements do until you first research the appropriate civic technology and then you can level up farms as well. Once you build a road, you can widen/improve the road by building a road again on the same hex at a higher cost. Each time you build a road on a hex, you increase the number of city workers that can work that hex. THIS IS HUGE. I really wish I'd figured this out sooner as it is the key to expanding your city. Build lots of roads on farms.

The first civic structures you should build in your town are the production structures. They allow you to build following stuff faster.

Building stuff in town requires both production and resources. At first the resources your town gets per turn will be lower than your production per turn so your build speed will be capped by that.

When your units fight critters in outdoor lairs and dungeons, they get food and resources afterwards. They can only carry so much so when they get full, you need to go to the nearest city and transfer it to the city's resource and food warehouses. If that city has less resources than production per turn, then it can pull from the warehouse you just filled to max out production speed until the warehouse is empty. There are civic buildings to increase the size of warehouses.

You can build a supply wagon unit and take it with you to dungeons and lairs. When your units get full you can dump the food and resources into the supply wagon and then send it back to town to unload.
"This game is best played with a warm cup of Folger's coffee in your hands, so you can actually smell the oppression while you relive the greatest period of all time. The period when white people discovered the world, and decided they didn't like it." - EUIV Steam user review

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Re: Deity Empires

Post by T » Fri May 17, 2019 1:41 pm

Thanks for the tips CS. This was on my list to buy. Now with the sale, devs who update it frequently and a competent AI, I'm in.

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Re: Deity Empires

Post by RMC » Fri May 17, 2019 1:49 pm

T wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 1:41 pm
Thanks for the tips CS. This was on my list to buy. Now with the sale, devs who update it frequently and a competent AI, I'm in.
I am sad to say I bought this a ways back, and still have not done anything with it. I will try to change that this weekend. :)
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Re: Deity Empires

Post by Yojimbo » Fri May 17, 2019 3:12 pm

Thanks for the tips - I play with the gorgeous minerals mod and I think some version of that should probably be incorporated into standard.

I play beta builds so I never know what has made it to the public game, but this Developer has published 3 updates in the last week. They are active and working hard - that kind of interest matters to me.

Start on Easy or Normal and ratchet that up after a game or two. I have over 500 hours in this game and only yesterday did I notice the Forward/Back arrows at the bottom of the Turn Report pop-up. This lets you quickly review 'turn news updates' from the last several turns to remind yourself what has been going on in your game.

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Re: Deity Empires

Post by ColdSteel » Fri May 17, 2019 3:24 pm

Yojimbo wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 3:12 pm
I play beta builds so I never know what has made it to the public game, but this Developer has published 3 updates in the last week. They are active and working hard - that kind of interest matters to me.
I'd recommend everyone opt into the beta builds for this one to get the latest additions to the game. They do a good job making sure they are playable. I haven't really run into any issues with playing the beta versions.
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Re: Deity Empires

Post by Lorini » Fri May 17, 2019 10:02 pm

How do you turn the music off???
Steer into the drift.

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Re: Deity Empires

Post by ColdSteel » Fri May 17, 2019 11:04 pm

Lorini wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 10:02 pm
How do you turn the music off???
Once you're in-game on the main screen, look at the bottom right where there are some icons and one of them looks like a gear. Click that and it will bring up the game settings menu. It has a slider there for sound and music to adjust volume or turn it off. There are also a ton of other game settings there. For example, that's where you can turn on/off dungeon loot and levels, adjust the size of dungeons, turn on/off zone of control and a whole lot more.

The icon to the right of the game settings menu icon that looks like a book page is the Compendium. It has 2 tabs. One for units and one for spells.
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Re: Deity Empires

Post by T » Sat May 18, 2019 1:44 pm

More settings are in a text file in the game directory, I don't have my laptop handy so I don't recall the exact name. I used that to make the font bigger as I found it way too small.

I poked around last night and read the in-game manual and I must see my initial impressions are that I am very impressed so far. I've watched a few of DasTactic's videos since release and the graphics really turned me off. But, after having it in my hands, I'm fine with them. The UI seems to be well done too.

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Re: Deity Empires

Post by ColdSteel » Sat May 18, 2019 4:50 pm

T wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 1:44 pm
More settings are in a text file in the game directory, I don't have my laptop handy so I don't recall the exact name.
There are two files in the main game folder you can tweak the game settings in. This is in addition to the in-game settings.

The one T is referring to is named ui_settings.txt. That one allows you to tweak the font size and thickness and other UI settings.

The other one, that is more commonly used, is named game_settings.txt and is in the same folder. Below are the settings that I changed in there and why:

starting_battle_mana = 30
starting_meditation = 40


Someone on the forums recommended these changes for new players and I agree with them. Starting battle mana is 20 by default. This is the amount of mana your deity has to cast in battles every turn. To increase it requires casting an "increase battle mana" world spell over and over at the exclusion of anything else and takes a log time to ramp up. A lot of players, including me, like to jump start it a bit.

Starting meditation is similar and also has a default of 20. Meditation is the amount of mana that is used to cast world spells every turn (including summons and unit buffs) and is used to replenish battle mana. Like battle mana above, to increase it you have to cast a world spell. Again, I like to jump start it by doubling it because it takes forever to increase it in-game with world spells unless you take certain deity abilities.

item_drop_rate_factor = 200

This is the chance for equipment and items to drop in lairs and dungeons. The default is 100, which imo is too low. You get a lot of crap items you can't even equip or use in the game and you'll get very few of them with the default setting. Doubling it to 200 causes things to drop at a rate I think is good. Also note there is a world spell you can cast to increase the size of your Item Vault if it starts to fill up.
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