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Digital Gaming => Ally/Opponent Finder => Topic started by: Yskonyn on October 25, 2018, 07:47:52 AM

Title: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: Yskonyn on October 25, 2018, 07:47:52 AM
This thread is to gauge interest in starting an AoW 3 Play by Email game.
Required are the base game and its two expansions.

PBEM has been added as a MP feature in one of the later patches. Many donít even seem to know its has been added to the game; I didnít before a few days ago!

It opens up a wonderful game to a much broader audience who love to play MP but like to play their turn at their leisure without having to align several peopleís agendaís to meet online!

So, who has the full game and likes some Fantasy 4x multiplayer?

We can kick this off with a minimum of 3 players, but more if preferable!
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: JasonPratt on October 25, 2018, 11:12:29 AM
I suppose we'd have to autoresolve combat? If so, then how well does the autoresolve work for that game? (I've played the game a little, and I have both of the expansions, but I've never autoresolved combat yet.)
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: Yskonyn on October 25, 2018, 11:13:57 AM
I was wondering about that as well, but I am not sure actually. Let me check and find out more.

Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: Yskonyn on October 25, 2018, 11:46:46 AM
Found a dev diary about the feature.

The nice part about it is that all turn info is stored on their central server! So there is no fiddling about with emails and such.
The host just starts a game and people who want to play just join in like a normal multiplayer game.
Then when the host kicks off, people will get their notifications sent to their Triumph Studios email or perhaps their Steam notifications, that's not clear.

As for combat being auto resolve only I haven't found anything yet to confirm nor deny this.
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: Yskonyn on October 25, 2018, 12:23:17 PM
Tested it, but indeed combat against human players is auto resolve only.

A test game has been created called 'Groggies Shardfall' . (Use in game menu)
Pw is grogs4tw

Those interested feel free to join the game and await liftoff!
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: JasonPratt on October 25, 2018, 02:33:46 PM
I'll install tonight (assuming I remember ;) ), and try the test game connection.
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: JasonPratt on October 25, 2018, 07:01:50 PM
I'm having to resolve some account problems -- since apparently I already made an account but didn't bother to save my password anywhere, and it wasn't apparently anything that I can guess I would have used.

But the game is installed (through GoG), so perhaps by tomorrow afternoon I'll have solved that issue.  :P
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: JasonPratt on October 27, 2018, 01:36:27 PM
After some experimentation this afternoon, I decided that the system only thought I had registered since someone else had already chosen my username; which I confirmed by picking a name I'm sure no one else would use. ;)

This however led back to the problem of registration, since although supposedly the reg code is under the "more" tag for my installer, I couldn't find it anywhere there. Possibly a fault of GoG Galaxy (their Steam-esque installation management system.) I've opened a support ticket.
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: JasonPratt on October 29, 2018, 04:57:17 PM
Turns out, GoGGalaxy doesn't bother with things like registration codes, even when games need them.  ::)

Fortunately tech support let me know that I could access the codes through the GoG website instead, so that worked.

My character is up and has joined the game. Now, to search for my Solium Infernum disc...
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: Yskonyn on October 30, 2018, 03:46:02 AM
Great you've been able to fix your issues!

The game turn interval is set at 5 days for this intro game. It means you have 5 days to play your turn, otherwise the game will automatically move to the next turn and you will stale your turn without orders (except build queues).

The game might be a little bit too large for the two of us, though; Its a 6 player map with us against 4 AI.
I thought more people would be interested in joining AoW 3.
At least we've confirmed the PBEM system works fine (if you have now received notification of your turn!). Let me know if you want to restart the game into something smaller or if we plod ahead against 4 AI (Knight and Lord difficulty).

On a funny note; my very first battle just outside my Town's perimeter against some spectral independents resulted in a wipe of my army! The game stated I went in for a 'Likely victory' on auto-combat, lol! I guess I need to re-learn how to properly do manual combat. :D
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: JasonPratt on October 30, 2018, 10:08:59 AM
That auto-resolve feature sounds terrifying.  :buck2:

Still, if it's just the two of us, perhaps we could do manual battles.

I'm okay plodding ahead against 4 AI. Assuming perhaps we team up?
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: JasonPratt on October 30, 2018, 07:34:13 PM
I got back to the house only around 8pm, so after doing my Grogpublic umping duties I'm pretty wiped. I should be able to get my 1st Turn done tomorrow afternoon tho.

(And look for my Solium Infernum disc. ;) )
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: Yskonyn on October 31, 2018, 01:45:32 AM
Cool beans!
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: JasonPratt on November 02, 2018, 03:02:10 PM
Before I play my next turn, do you want to restart so that you aren't rooked by the flaky auto-resolve AI out of the gate?

Since it's asynch, we can play our battles manually until and unless we fight each other (presumably).

Also, if you wanted to start with a more minimal beginning, that would be okay with me; I'm good either way.  O:-)
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: Yskonyn on November 02, 2018, 09:36:57 PM
Nah, just continue!
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: JasonPratt on November 03, 2018, 08:45:34 AM
I SHALL THEN!  :D

(But first, after brunch, I am dedicated to finding that Solium CD...  :cowboy: )
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: JasonPratt on January 24, 2019, 10:16:14 AM
(Ported over from AoW3 conversation started in another thread, how our game is going. We haven't found each other yet on the map.)

I only just now found an AI wizard on AOW3, but I'm rolling along decently. No settler yet, but haven't needed it. (I do have a builder, for roads and a new fort I recently finished to expand my domain to some cleared resource areas.)  Picked up a new independent village (barely more than an outpost still at the time) by diplomacy, pretty early, and I just this turn (or the prior one) picked up a second one by diplomacy. Fortunately the AI's spawned rebels near that village didn't just walk in and take it (yet) preferring to camp on a resource point.

So I'm doing well. I'd be glad to find you and ally with you to help out.
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: Yskonyn on January 31, 2019, 04:25:12 AM
Can we please forfeit and restart?
My economy has pretty much died due to randoms not letting me get any breather.  :idiot2:
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: JasonPratt on January 31, 2019, 06:23:05 AM
Can we please forfeit and restart?
My economy has pretty much died due to randoms not letting me get any breather.  :idiot2:

Sure; I don't mind if anyone else wants to join either.
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: JasonPratt on January 31, 2019, 11:55:14 AM
David Makman (aka Ethel the Frog here on the forum), and Arizona Tank (Larry), might be joining in. David for sure. Larry won't be back until Saturday.
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: Yskonyn on January 31, 2019, 01:57:20 PM
Great! Let me know when they are ready!
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: JasonPratt on January 31, 2019, 04:19:21 PM
New Ao3 game is Crisis Grogs Invitational. Password is "Ysk" (no quotes).

I've set the game on a very basic start, but with very fast game speed (so structures and research all cost 50% less.)

While we don't start on teams, alliance wins (including with the AI) are possible.

It's also possible to win by building unification beacons or by charging up a seal sufficiently.

Game map is largest possible for PBEM (not the largest), continental with a little more water than average. All other terrain and things are average.
Title: Re: Age of Wonders 3 PBeM game recruiting
Post by: Yskonyn on January 31, 2019, 04:31:01 PM
Joined! Thanks for setting it up.