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Zatikon Discussion / Re: Change Log
« on: January 06, 2010, 09:44:57 PM »

 - The Abbey is in
 - Lots of bug fixes

Zatikon Discussion / Open source client
« on: November 12, 2009, 01:46:16 PM »
We're thinking of releasing the game client's source code. The server code and rules engine would remain closed. This would allow community development of the game's interface, art and sound.

Is anyone interested in this?


Zatikon Support / Re: when's the new update?
« on: October 18, 2009, 01:06:44 PM »
We're in deep code refactoring to get it ready for translation into to different languages. When that's all done, more units, bug fixes and interface upgrades will be on the way.

Zatikon Discussion / Re: Title screen music
« on: July 14, 2009, 10:54:21 PM »
It's the 2nd movement of Beethoven's 7th symphony.

Zatikon Discussion / Re: Random upgrades in random mode
« on: June 09, 2009, 04:32:05 PM »
This would only apply to single player and co-op. The present content is completely balanced around constructed and random, yet people mostly play co-op. The current co-op content is sparse and was designed as an after-thought. I want to make co-op the game it could be, and keep random/constructed intact.

To do that, new gameplay elements will be added to the AO. Some ideas so far have been:

Special AO only units.

"Terrain" style features, like pregenerated walls and special AO-only structures that start in play.

Boss fights.

Random powerups that drop on the square of defeated enemies.

Units / Re: Top 20 of balanced units
« on: June 09, 2009, 04:24:51 PM »
I like broad, versatile synergy between units.

I avoid narrow, specialized combos. Sometimes they emerge, but they're not intended and I try my best to mitigate their potency.

Let's not get too abstract with balance debates. If there's a problem with a specific unit or combinations of units, we can identify them and design real solutions.

Zatikon Discussion / Re: Towers Deployment
« on: June 07, 2009, 03:24:41 PM »
I've been thinking about the why the Tower has been too good, and it comes down to this:

The area of coverage is too big, multiplied by it triggering twice per turn.

It needs a deep revision.  Any ideas?

Zatikon Discussion / Re: Random upgrades in random mode
« on: June 07, 2009, 03:21:15 PM »
As part of the content expansion for single-player and coop, we're considering powerups randomly left behind after killing units.

Units / Re: Top 20 of balanced units
« on: June 07, 2009, 03:01:02 PM »
In Magic the Gathering, they call the lesser cards "skill testers." But, I completely disagree with it and think it's just a way to justify bad balance.

Not that I think I could do any better. Imagine Zatikon without being able to ever do balance updates.

Units / Re: Purge and Sequence ID
« on: June 05, 2009, 11:48:28 AM »
Yes, the unit re-enters play as if its newly deployed.

Zatikon Discussion / Re: Triggers
« on: June 03, 2009, 09:26:19 AM »
The Dracolich puzzle exposes a deeper problem though: mutually exclusive triggers. The alternation solution is the only thing I can think of to solve it.

Zatikon Discussion / Re: Triggers
« on: June 02, 2009, 10:03:53 PM »
Damage/healing application could be a phase of empty-stack resolution, before the check for death phase.

Zatikon Discussion / Re: Towers Deployment
« on: June 02, 2009, 11:59:32 AM »
One Tower is no problem to deal with. 3-4 Towers is usually a game ender if they don't have Siege or a Shield Bearer, and at 300-400 cost is a pretty thrifty way to shut down the enemy army.

Units / Re: Reajustments of classical units
« on: June 01, 2009, 02:06:10 PM »
All the old unit generating units are up for review soon. Their mechanics are going to more closely resemble how the Doppelganger twins work.

The Tactician used to have an ability to grant +5 commands once per game. We're considering giving him a +4 version of that.

Giving the General +1 power is also an option.

Zatikon Discussion / Re: 'Unbeatable Armies' and what to do about it?
« on: June 01, 2009, 06:24:25 AM »
I've got a fix in my development version. Armistice is going to prevent you from capturing the enemy castle for that turn, and the turn after.

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