Post by deviousdevil on Nov 1, 2006 17:26:35 GMT -5
Yeah expansive is insane now. The hammers and no-growth time saved is incredible. I played as issabella last night and there is just too much going for her (+5 experience to seige units, conquistadors and now the workers).
It only takes 1 turn of building and then a slave to get a worker in any city with expansionist. Because ren cities start with 2 population an expansionist civ will get you a free worker with every city.
Zulu really didn't need the boost that they got either.
I wouln't say I told you all (well especially at civfanatics) and what did I get, I got abuse over there for saying so. I even got people saying it wasn't much of an advantage.
Such a crazy change, one that no-one asked for and that wasn't particularly necessary.
Post by deviousdevil on Nov 1, 2006 12:21:22 GMT -5
One of the big issues is that firaxis released civ4 on the direct2drive online store. When i bought the game from that site i was given a no-cd copy of the .exe made by firaxis themselves. If it wasn't for firaxis making the no-cd crack it would probably have taken a lot longer for the crack to come out than it did.
I'd imagine direct2drive is making them quite a bit of money though and i prefer buying from there than steam.
Apparantly the patch downloaded striaght off the firaxis site includes a folder called "unprotected" that contains the unprotected executable anyway. I guess they don't mind saving people the hassle of swapping cds anyway (especially in laptops ehere they get scratched from moving around). forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=191191
No-CD cracks are not the problem, infact only foolish gamers use no-cd cracks to crack a game because when a new patch is out they are screwed.
Im sure im not allowed to mention how its done here, but anyone with a access to a search engine, 20 mins on there hands and a few brain cells can work it out. (Thats pretty much the whole ladder minus B(antams)NP, only joking)
No-CD hacks mean you don't have to waste time finding the CD, just double click and play whatever - a god send.
If you keep the original exe file in a safe folder then you can easily replace the cracked exe and replace with the original and then update the patch and for the few days it takes to crack the patch use the CD again.
Post by deviousdevil on Oct 24, 2006 11:16:09 GMT -5
Civil Service requires Mathematics Masonry has higher religious weight
Looks like they removed Oracle->Code of Laws -> Great Prophet -> Civil Service strategy.
50% worker production instead of +1 health. Zulu were overpowered, now they're even more overpowered.
Organized gets cheap Factories
Asoka in later eras? Even better than before.
I wish Firaxis didn't go rewriting the game in such a fashion.
+50% workers is massive...MASSIVE and they just throw it in with no consultation?
Their beta-testers must have said this is a balls idea.
Well, I've always loved Spain in Ren and Med games...even moreso now!
I do like the removal of the using chm to promote teammates units...but this is something I don't like too. That Firaxis instead of splatting bugs just try to limit tactics and options developed in ladder-play that aren't deterimental to the experience.
Fix connectivity, fix bugs but be VERY careful about changing gameplay...I mean who was complaining about Bureaucracy being good? Who was complaining that representation could allow use of a specialist economy particularly with Pyramids and Statue? Who are these people and why can't they be stuffed and mounted.
Now, we all know where the alteration to Jags has come from, the single-player gamers simple as.
Some of the changes are welcome, but I think the changes to Pyramids, Expansionistic and Civil Service (not a sl I use as much as others tbh) are unfun. The change to Jags is going to get them banned from 1vs1 (already top tier 1vs1 civ) and who in all honesty will run representation?
Post by deviousdevil on Oct 29, 2006 15:33:37 GMT -5
Well all I can say is that if those reports were forced through in your favour the message is byebye sportsmanship & courtesy to other ladder players.
Everybody note if it happens to you the correct procedure is for one player to pull out their cable lead without discussion thus forcing a "genuine" reload, trumping one bit of bad sportsmanship with another.
I'm sorry but I don't understand the ruling at all
It was a messy one I grant the admins that.
As the rules stood however MrGameTheory was entitled to go AFK and let the timer rundown, the other players were not entitled to talk about it and deliberately go for a reload to essentially boot him from the game.
TBH I'd have just nullified the game as all of them were at fault.
Post by deviousdevil on Oct 19, 2006 10:54:51 GMT -5
Horses can just as easily slip past a sentry unit with double move, though. You're not watching your frontier the entire turn, so while your sentry is snoozing, a stack of horses just waltzed past while you weren't looking.
Post by deviousdevil on Oct 9, 2006 16:48:10 GMT -5
It's a pity, but I am seeing more and more of this occurring. What is really a shame is it is coming from (what I thought) some of the better ladder players. Loose a big game and instead of reporting and then resetting stats they are resetting and then reporting. This basically makes the report useless to the person being reported to. Don't really understand this other than to get back at those that beat you and ensure they don't move up the ladder. Pretty sure this is also against ladder rules but what do I know.
Wrong, any of player that resets his/her stats is not one of the better ladder players but someone to be mocked for trying to hide a shameful win %.
Post by deviousdevil on Oct 1, 2006 7:58:33 GMT -5
I'm pissed. I've had it with people quitting games when they are losing or not having fun. The past few weeks there has been a wave of this utter bullsh*t every single game.
1) People quitting because they have noobs on there team.
Either deal with it or don't play with people on your DNP list!
2) People quitting because they feel like it.
I don't care if you're not winning. Quit you can expect to get a non-report from me. But what happens? 3 of the 5 people on the other team quit. For no given reason. They just say we need subs, got to go.
Quit a game without a good reason and you will be recieving a non-report from me from now on.
Amen to that.
I'm putting the newly named Immo in non-report for this nonsense which he pulled yesterday.
In the past getting someone a sub was no big deal because it was a rare event. Someone had a genuine emergency or that the game had gone on a considerable length of time beyond which we could reasonably set time aside for. At present every bugger and his cat are at it, time to be harsh.
But for a ren teamer to leave yourself 1 and a half hours and then just say I need a sub and just go. That is quitting and should involve non-reports.
Post by deviousdevil on Sept 29, 2006 11:40:57 GMT -5
To the self-proclaimed ladder helpers in the lobby - when you're telling them about the ladder and game play, a link to the ladder rules and going over it with them would be more helpfull than religious and political debate.
I dont do any of that must be a imposter
and yes quitting a on going game seems a problem especially with teamers we had one guy quit yesterday saying sorry emergancy got to go and yes no reports done as yet guess he thought we were loosing when in fact the future teamer i was in won the game
That guy who had to leave and be subbed was on your side...why would he be reporting?
Post by deviousdevil on Oct 1, 2006 17:36:45 GMT -5
Well we can rehash the open vs invite debate again but I don't think the evidence has changed since the last time. One day doesn't make a statistic, we have mantained 1200+ members for weeks now despite dailly fluxuations, and have maintained 13K-15K matches per month since May. The last time we went invite only we dropped to under 800 members and struggled to get 8-10K matches in a month. Yes some people join and then leave, the competitive ladder games are not for everyone. But the long term statistics show that some of those people do stay and for some reason people are really intimidated by having to go threw the invite process.
Have to say when I was on the outside looking in I really hated the invite process. This is more for Civ3 when my account kept on keeping purged for inactivity...hey it was only like 40 days or something similar.
Post by deviousdevil on Sept 22, 2006 19:33:34 GMT -5
DD, I told you I would fix your statistics, and I will. I have been trying to touch base with you, Lestat, or Levi for the past week, to confirm a few details before I edit statistics, but haven't been able to find any of you in the lobby or C4F. As soon as I catch up with one of you, I will fix it as best as I can.
I don't know why you are complaining about "disrespect." I spoke with you the night it happened and told you that I would take care of it. The TD messed up. You want an apology because he screwed up? I'll apologize for him. I am sorry for the anguish, both mental and physical that you were forced to endure, while missing 3 reports and a tournament victory.
Speaker, I was happy on the night that you were dealing. But time had passed and nothing had happened.
As for touching base, being in the timezones we are relative to each other it is incredible that we touch base as often as we do so via C4f or in the lobby.
Post by deviousdevil on Sept 22, 2006 11:07:45 GMT -5
oh come on DD, you been crying about this for almost 3 days, its not the end of the world!
How do touney wins or even reports for that matter effect your daily life?
If the slipper was on the other foot Tony...
Given that in certain period MP civ4 is part of my daily life for a few hours, then YES it affects me alot.
It was the disrespect. No apology, no response as to what if anything was done. Hey, I only got a response once I did this message...e-mail brought nothing and once again the admins rule in a way that is to my detriment. If they had said, sorry we screwed you dude and we'll make sure it can't happen again then fine. But no, nadda, it'll probably happen again.
I should get a free year of gold membership as compensation for the anguish and the mental torment. I mean I now got a loss against Willtheconqueror on my profile when I beat him. How balls is that?
As for fixing it. Setup a tourney on the tourney software with me and make some fake members in it so I get a tourney win and the 3 wins I should have. I'll still have that nasty willtheconqueror loss, but that is cos I'm such a generous and amicable person. Not one to just try and ignore it and hope it goes away.
On the current thread...is it worse to have players breaking the spirit of the rules or the organisers letting the wrong person win and not be too fussed to fix the error?
Post by deviousdevil on Sept 21, 2006 18:25:49 GMT -5
Well having been an admin for many years and having had to rule on situations like that Brancius, you may not have expressly forbidden co-operation in a "always war" game, but any reasonable Civ player knows what the intent of "always war" is, and they jumped threw a loop hole instead. The last time I caught a Clan cheating in a competition I had to ban them from that competition. Your reputation as a organization completely depends on the civers knowing that the playing field is even for everyone. If you look at the C4P rules you will see that "cheating" is not limited to what we can define now, but any action that the Admin team decides was taken that knowingly violates the "spirit" of the rules as well as the letter of the law. Personally I don't think you dealt with the situation strongly enough, and your tournament has suffered because of that.
Can't be worse than us.
We have a Saturday night tourney and the winner of the tourney gets put down as a loser. Yep, you win it and then you get a loss recorded against you, none of your wins accounted for and no action taken to rectify it.
Even better the admin who should have checked before allowing the bug/accident from Willtheconqueror to affect the result didn't even bother to apologise. Beyond that no-one coming back to me via e-mail to say what is going to be done about it if anything.
I don't see how "we" can take the moral high ground on running tournies given how I was/am being treated.