For starters I'm not too active in the community, I'm not sure how open the dev(s?) is/are to implementing new gameplay features, but I'd like to vent this idea that randomly popped up into my mind anyway :)Suggestion - Semi-random distribution mode:
- for every player, the game randomly offers N picks (configured in settings)
- out of these N picks, the player selects M actual starts / assigns priorities just like manual picking (configured in settings)
- picks are assigned to players as if it was manual distribution - based on the pick priorities and all that jazz
So it basically becomes manual distribution but with a highly reduced set of possible starts (compared to full/cities/warlords), but it can still be pretty close to autodistribution, only you can get a chance to avoid some really horrible starts by picking the alternatives.A problem
I can think of right off the bat:
Obviously, the number of "manual picks" that the player can make is limited by N (the number of picks that the game offers) - might be good to make the game ensure that all of the initial suggestions don't overlap to solve this, would probably simplify a lot of other things too...
I think this could make for a nice hybrid between auto and manual, or at least somewhat reduce the randomness of auto but not allow you to keep going for the same optimal picks all the time (without introducing wastelands or other gimmicks).
I was mostly thinking about the setting of 0 neutrals, 0 income on Rise of Rome when imagining where this could work nicely - those games are extremely dependent on starts (you could probably determine close to 100% game results just from seeing turn 0 positions, unless there's some real screw-up on one side) - using semi-random would let people think and have some influence on their starts, but wouldn't let them always just go for a fixed set of optimal locations.
So what do y'all think? Could it make for some interesting new templates/improve existing ones, or would it be too much effort for little gain, or are there any issues you see with it?
This suggestion on uservoice: https://warlight.uservoice.com/forums/77051-warzone-features/suggestions/38446147-semi-automatic-distribution-mode
Edited 8/25/2019 19:58:37