Where should TripleA focus efforts and improvements?

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    Opening a general thread to ask, what direction do you think TripleA should take? What are the things that development should be most focused on?

    Do you want us to focus on improving multi-player, PBEM, PBF, single player? Are UI improvements at the top of your list? Is bot stability your number one issue? What is your number one issue? What would you want most want for TripleA to do better?

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    My favourite things that I've seen in the last years are certainly, and by far, all the various features that have been added (or reworked) in the last years, mostly by @redrum.

    My favourite one is the ability to define the possible targets (the new canNotTarget option).


    That is to say that what I prefer is more features.

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    @Cernel thanks for the answer. I've had a strategic vision for a few years now and the upcoming projects are pretty clear but I'd like to align the long term plan as best as possible with a consensus of the greater community.

    More features has in part gotten us into some trouble, but at the same time that is what you notice and where you get value.

    The nasty truth about misapplying duct tape solutions in serious software development is that the duct tape solution ends up creating unnecessary additional complexity because it doesn’t address the whole problem, just the symptoms. This isn’t unique to software development, but if duct tape solutions are used to achieve short term gains, then future solutions are built on a foundation of duct tape instead of some sound organizational method.


    Historically we've had a pretty relentless addition of features to everywhere that could sustain it and have since been focused on reworking the core of TripleA. We've made progress there and it's time to think about what's next now that we can start to move forward again.

    The idea is to know which categories we want to really focus on. Think about it in a way as grouping the feature requests into categories, which categories are then the most important?

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    As a player, my answer some years ago, and perhaps still is, game play efficiency. Same game, just faster with less waiting.

  • I vote for improvement on single player category. Currently, I see only few of the maps really challenging for player vs. AI.

  • I play against the AI, so would like an improved AI., ie.

    • Stop the over stacking of units at Capitals when there is no threat within say 3 Territories.

    • In mid to end game the AI appears to lose the ability to expand and capture new territories.

    • To fix building new Factories.

    I am still on 1.9, it builds factories, so I am missing out on all the new features being added 😞

    New, it would be great if the map designer could pick an aggression level for each AI faction say 51 to 100, this is the Battle Calculator average chance of winning, where 60 is very aggressive, meaning the AI has 60% chance of winning (Germans, Orcs), verses say an AI set at 90 (Americans, Dwarves).

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    As always: Rules compliance while offering flexibilty 🙂

  • AI improvements. Generically single player, specifically handling new resources and being able to change settings to get different behaviors.

  • Would like to see the Lobby colored up a bit. Make it more visually appealing instead of just mostly information based. Whatever similar games are using that are the most popular. Try and bring in more people.

    Also Fog of War for features.

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    i think there are a few UI bugs in the 2.x at least under mac i'd like to see addressed before looking into new features. After that, i'd second @Panther , then building an ELO system for the lobby and then AI capability.

  • As a mapmaker the number one issue I see is how cumbersome every aspect of mapmaking is. The issue isn't "customer experience" per se, but rather the effect it has on the quality of every single map ever made. Let me explain.

    Let's say I want to change a territory effect so that every unit gets an extra 1 defense in addition to whatever other bonus they already get. For this to happen I may need to change close to a hundred lines of xml and remember to change unit tooltips and game notes as well.

    Or let's say I want to move purchase phase before combat move. Not only do I have to edit one line per player, but also suddenly most of my complex trigger systems using when are broken.

    Or let's say, for the sake of example, that I want to (heaven forbid) change the shape of a territory so it touches another one nearby. Now I have to run the tile image breaker, potentially center picker, polygon grabber, placement finder, then make sure to change the connections in the xml, and also fix name placement, PU placement and relief tiles if necessary.

    The common thread in the three examples above is that to make even a simple and intuitive change I need to engage in lengthy procedures which require no thinking but are full of pitfalls nevertheless (especially in the case of trigger systems).

    So why is this a problem? There aren't all that many cases of mapmakers changing stuff around, so even if it takes an unreasonable amount of time per modification, it still won't add up to too much time lost across all mapmakers. And reducing this kind of friction would be a lot of time for the developers. So wouldn't it be more time-efficient to just let mapmakers deal with it?

    Yes, it would.


    See, there is a reason why mapmakers don't change stuff around too much. I personally start creating a map with the base tiles. Once I'm done, I'm done. Maybe I change it once every couple of years, but I'm mostly just stuck with the original. If the layout doesn't support interesting strategies, then I'll just try to work around it. Especially in the case of BFA, where every modification to the map involves the coordination of two mapmakers living in opposite timezones. It's just simply impractical to do it, most of the time.

    Now imagine a world where changing the shape of a territory (or adding a new one) takes as long as it takes for you to go through the brush strokes in Paint. I'd imagine there would be a lot more experimentation and a lot less being stuck with a map that seemed vaguely right before I even played on it once. Actually I don't think I can stress this enough, but having to make a final decision on the layout of territories before playtesting is absurd. We probably don't notice this too much because we've gotten used to it by now, but it goes against the principles of game design.

    In a world where you can make minor modifications with minor effort, I would expect iterative design to happen. I would expect a lot more maps popping up, a lot more variations on each one of them. The community could gather more experience about things that work and things that don't, and we'd eventually have more of the former than the latter.

    It really isn't about the time mapmakers already spend on improving maps, which they wouldn't have to spend in an ideal world. It's about the time mapmakers decide not to spend on creating or improving maps, because it's just too much effort.

    So this is a vision of what could be. I believe that if we focus (admittedly immense) energies on improving the fluency of mapmaking, we could reach a point where there are dozens to hundreds of active mapmakers, and just as many maps to which every one we've made so far pales in comparison. I know it's hard to believe... we've got so used to seeing only a couple of active mapmakers with the occasional quality map that we somehow think this is normal.

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    I would love to see the ladder/statistics incorporated into the engine.

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    @LaFayette not sure about the direction of tripleA or new games or "bells and whistles", i just wish there wasnt so many people getting disconnected or freezing in games.

    1. Preserving some bots to only beta versions of new map for playtesting in lobby.

    2. Guidance at painting relief tiles.

    3. Adding game notes suggested boosted AI incomes for single playing.

    4. New propert about preventing round delay when Allied units are
      on transport

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    @Schulz said in Where should TripleA focus efforts and improvements?:

    New propert about preventing round delay when Allied units are
    on transport

    What do you mean by that @Schulz , can you explain a bit further?

    There has been some really great feedback here. Just want to remind that we need to keep our heads up, think high level, broad direction, strategic focus.

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    The British units can reach Ceylon in 1 round but the US unit cannot with using this British transport even if Britain didn't use this transport in this round.

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