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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 30.01.2015

    KAM - I've had a few more walled battles now and it's working much better. Perhaps it's because I use my units a lot more delicately when on the walls. But good stuff.

    Also my other issue was massive friendly fire casualties. This has gone down a lot since I changed tactics, my peltasts only throw from behind/side of engaged troops. The looping ark tends to overthrow and destroy the wrong unit if positioned behind the enemy line. Also the faster battles have helped!!

    SO all is good

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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 30.01.2015

    Hello, new to the mod and having a blast with it so far! I've played the base game with official submod for reduced graphic variation, and my only complains so far were the battles, or to be more precise, the issue of unmoddable CA's BAI not dealing all too well with core design choices of DEI's combat. I'd love to give this experimental pack a go and check whether I get a better experience, but I'd like to hear from you first about it's compatibility with the latest (3.02.2015) DEI version. Cheers.
    Last edited by lavez; December 15, 2015 at 12:16 PM.

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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 30.01.2015

    Its compatible of course! Simply load it before main .pack.

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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 30.01.2015

    And I would recommend to try the new submod that alters the hiding and unit detecting values together with this. It can be found in the submod forum. The link can also be found here in this thread further up or on a page further back. A post by MagicCuboid. Im using those and have good results with a more reactive and less dumb BAI

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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 30.01.2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Butan View Post
    Its compatible of course! Simply load it before main .pack.
    Good to know!

    I asked because I got the impression this pack was updated till 1.03b fixback, and there might have been some changes between fixpack and 1.04 that could cause problems. That spotting distance pack is nice indeed, though I think the AI sees a little bit "further" than I do during deployment phase (or perhaps it is the AI who gets to deploy second in turn, after the player).

    Some other observations about AI:

    AI seems to consider unit width to decide whether a flanking attempt will be successful or even possible, and it often decides against flanking/enveloping the player after the main infantry clash in the middle when playing on higher unit size options.

    Problem is most noticeable on "ultra" unit size, "large" size is about the highest that AI can reasonably handle before a "killswitch" triggers and it decides to have it's units loom idly, until said units are either:

    1) attacked;
    2) routed/killed or
    3) rout/kill their current target (which causes the AI unit to run another "check" for a flanking attempt, which *might* succeed if there is enough "space" on the map now, i.e. some units died and the AI thinks it has enough "room" to make a flanking attack).

    Map size, deployment areas, pathfinding and AI routines are sadly fixed, but unit size and width can be manipulated by modders. Hence, my suggestion for the time being would be to play on large unit size or lower for increased AI flanking performance.

    Naturally, higher kill rates combined with higher likelihood of a rout when using this experimental pack somewhat reduce the problematic handling of ultra-sized units by AI, as the AI will issue a new pursue/envelop order as soon as it's original target changes status (routed, dead), but it doesn't seem to address the core problem of AI deciding not to flank, to flank less often or flank less successfully, if certain, unfavourable conditions are met.

    Now I'll go play some more and see how the AI behaves under new settings. The spotting distance mod seems to make AI form a ready infantry line further back before the battle, waste far less time reforming before the middle infantry push, as well as move around the map in more coherent fashion, but it's a bit too early to decide if it's entirely beneficial, or perhaps causes some overly passive/defensive behaviour of the AI, when it clearly should be on the offensive.
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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 30.01.2015

    KAM, do you intend to give encourage ability back to some units?

    In your actual pack, with only generals with encourage, I feel like its really good. The generals are the only portable morale boost and this have a massive impact on easier morale breakdown.
    I feel like it could stay with no encourage troops, or to give it back to a selected handful of elite troops at worst.

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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 30.01.2015

    Yeah, only 1 or 2 of the most expensive units in a faction should have encourage; I kinda miss Encourage on Triarii and Pedites Extraordinarii.

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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 30.01.2015

    I noticed there is a conflict with the less civil war mod and yours. What changes do you make in the campaign that overlap it? And if I use the less CW, will it mess your mod up?

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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 30.01.2015

    Campaign variables were changed for minimum unit strength. You can delete them or simply use CW mod before mine.
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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 08.02.2015

    New version is out.
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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 08.02.2015

    Good job! So it's now obsolete to use Magic's spotting mod?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarkonRules View Post
    Good job! So it's now obsolete to use Magic's spotting mod?
    Since it has been implemented in the newest version of this. Yes that makes the submod from MagicCuboid obselete.

    Quote Originally Posted by KAM 2150 View Post
    New version is out.
    Nice. But I must say that battles at 15 min. Is not happening, at least not in my campaign. Playing on Hard battle difficulty and it usually only takes me around 5-10 min to win. And 10 is actually quite rare. Ambush battles (I know that these are supposed to be short) is taking me at times less than 3 min to win even against 20 unit stacks. Dont know if Im the only one experiencing this?
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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 08.02.2015

    The only problem I see with the vanila DEI system is how weak missiles are at the beginning. A volley of arrows should score some kills against unarmored men even if they have shields. A few arrows at least WILL find their mark (I know that it is because of HP). So, I am happy with missiles becoming more efficient from the front but the general ''balance'' seems off. Elite units seem to do much worse against naked levy than they used to. Thorakitai agematos should not be losing so many men against weak levy (not even on the charge... I mean come on, one side is naked and the other is ironclad). I also disagree with the increased losses of cav when they disengage. BTW it seems weird to me to have cav losses when I charge the REAR of a spear unit but this happens in DEI anyway so it is not caused by your mod.
    TL.DR version: All is well with increased missile damage, damage caused by cav charges and shorter battles from the front but I suggest making other changes so that elite units don't lose their edge against weak ones.
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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 08.02.2015

    Even on hard difficulty my heavy inf tears through levy units like a hot knife through butter. Battles won in 5 min with only 2 inf units used as a flanking force. This to me does not seem like elite units loading their edge against levy.

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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 08.02.2015

    I started a campaign with Junia Rome VH/ VH ( both changes ) and until now looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlashHeart07 View Post
    Even on hard difficulty my heavy inf tears through levy units like a hot knife through butter. Battles won in 5 min with only 2 inf units used as a flanking force. This to me does not seem like elite units loading their edge against levy.
    Yes, elite units finally are worth it again. A general pays for his elite troops, and these guys are supposed to do their job professionally. After all, what good would elite units be for if they could not fight through and work through a part of an enemy medium line in a battle (battle time is finite, even in vanilla DeI the battles take 15 minutes max, just as long as it is needed to ride around and charge-repeat-charge-repeat-charge-witnessmassrout, so elite units would still take 10-15 minutes or more to break an enemy headon, which would make them replaceable by any other line, as the massrout would be decisive).

    The tactical game is so much better again now too, even in MP, unit classes are more distinct in combat again, while still leaving enough time/room for tactical decisions even after main line engagements. (in opposition to Attila's terrible 2 minute engagements, more commentary on that after Feb 17th).

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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 08.02.2015

    Im enjoying this distinction between levy and elite units. It really as you say, Ritter, make it meaningfull to recruit them

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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 08.02.2015

    thanks kam you are genus the game now is more challenging
    sorry but i have confused which one should i use your mode or (battle dynamics reworked submode) and whats the difference between both?

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    Amazing work, glad to see the AI spotting mod made it in! Is the plan to keep this experimental update separated from main DeI, or will it be added once it has been tester enough?

    Less files make everything easier for multiplayer!

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    Default Re: [Experimental] More challenging, BAI friendly battles - 08.02.2015

    So far this is still experimental pack : ) But it is good spotting place for any changes without completly chaning basic game balance.
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