Development Journal: Mystical City Upgrades

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    Lennart Sas


    Absolutely awesome and exciting!

    And I’ve thought there will not be any development journals today!



    Oh yes yes yes a million times yes 😀



    Well it definitely is a start in the right direction. I hear how people are getting bored while playing the game. Need to add in random events, acts of nature, invasions of foreign threats, and maybe questing where you just send heroes out and they are gone for a time. People still want undead race also……….


    yes yes, everything here sounds awesome <3

    @thunderborn what the orcus? seriously, whats your mission? I dont even…



    Yes! Yes! Yessssss!!!!

    More mystical upgrades, please!
    More racial buildings, please! Not only ones that fires at enemies but also ones that affect economy.

    (I know that I am being greedy, but still… couldn’t help myself LOL)



    Need to add in random events, acts of nature, invasions of foreign threats

    By the way, that would really diversify matches very much. I’d like that. At least appearance of some random wandering independents would be easy to implement (preferably logically connected to a nearby map area: animals in the woods, fire elementals nearby lava and so on).



    What I think about these plans? Absolutely awesome! This will definitely improve the uniqueness of cities and it’s defensive capabilities. And the addition of new units to the roster is music to my ears! More units are always welcome!



    Ahhhh! This is awesome.



    Sounds excellent, glad to see that we’re getting something like this.

    I’m on the fence regarding Random Events, and generally come down on the negative, as they could throw balance off (Failing due to acts of the Random Number God is just annoying) in MP. I suppose minor ones (Appearance of new bandit camps, etc) could be implemented as a toggle in advanced options, though.



    amazing upgrades! I’m loving this game!



    Its awesome what you are going to do to the game… this makes the game more strategic and engaging.

    The one thing I have to address is, that I hate that city spam and find it awesome that u balanced it with the latest patch. But I figure that some kind of city cost mechanic would be awesome so that city’s are even more rare. I like maps with good strategic placed towns and fortresses. So to encourage that i suggest that every town should have costs too and if the place it is settled is not optimal (not enough resources, no Harbor for trade etc.) u actually lose money and its not worth keeping. To this mechanic i could imagine working in the Random event mechanic with mines dry out or new found resources as suggested earlier (should be limited though). Than i could imagine a simple tax mechanic too :D.

    what I’m trying to say it that a more realistic scenario could give the entire game a new political site and could give every race even more differences, like Orks don’t pay tax (so you cant regulate it) but you have a bigger profit from mines. Or the opposite with dwarfs (you tax the gold mining and get greater tax from it but get lesser from the actual mines… those greedy bearded guys :D)

    normally i don’t write stuff in forums. but Age of Wonders Shadow magic was for the longest time my favorite game of all time and i like to support the series even if its just in the cause of tossing some ideas around. ^^

    Anyway as every player around the world, I cant deny that one of the most awesome thing of the prequels was the selection of so many races. And I’m very excited for every race and class you are going to release. The game reached my expectations and i knew that you would add some races later due too financial decision’s. And I’m 100% behind you. Please keep it up till you reach the variety of the earlier games with the additions of classes

    my best regards



    Goods improvements. Also I don’t think people are bored with the game so much as we somewhat burned ourselves out. I love this game. I just needed to come up for air for a bit and refresh myself before the summer tournament.


    Hm, so if humans get a hail of arrows, what do elves get?

    I’m hoping rapey vines.


    Very exciting.

    A lot of the terrain related treasure sites (like the Frozen Beauty Shrine) feel a little underwhelming imo (in terms of their effects) and would benefit from having associated city upgrades.

    Question, is the mermaid a “racial unit”? You know what I mean. 😉



    This is both amazing and awesome, so Awsomazing!!! Pretty excited to see what you do with dungeons! and the spider queen and firefod alters! A good win to you triumph!



    thanks you so much, my favorite game getting even better, i love you all




    Unlikely the city is Orcs with a human featured mermaid in the picture.



    I love the improvements you describe here and can’t wait for the new patch/expansion/dlc.

    Is it possible to create an option that makes the choice to leave tier IV (or IV and III) units and spells out? I bet it would be a completely different game!



    this is truly good news. This together with the dispel mechanics changes.

    will this (+dispel mechanics) be a patch or part of a purchased expansion?


    Kaiosama TLJ

    Sounds really good, especially the defensive structures.

    I have some questions actually:

    1 – How are Mermaids in this update/expansion compared their AoW1 counterparts?

    2 – Are all new units from Mystical City Upgrades “monsters” or they can have other roles (like Support, Infantry, and so on…)?

    Question, is the mermaid a “racial unit”? You know what I mean. ;)

    I took a closer look at the first screenshot when you mentioned that, and the city in it is an Orc one, and she isn’t green skinned.



    That is positively awesome !



    Very exciting.

    A lot of the terrain related treasure sites (like the Frozen Beauty Shrine) feel a little underwhelming imo (in terms of their effects) and would benefit from having associated city upgrades.

    Question, is the mermaid a “racial unit”? You know what I mean. ;)

    1) I hope Shrine of Frozen Beauty will enable Yeti 😀
    2) No, I don’t think the Mermaid is racial.


    ok, this is weird, im allready throwing this tiny colored maps of europa at the screen, but it seems ineffective. I allready tried the green ones, aswell as blue, purple and yellow, but nothing happens. XD

    bring it on!



    Very cool. But also scary.

    Regarding city defenses…can units 6+ hexes away from the walls be immune to random targeting? Would like still protect the weak units and have some safe zone.


    Red Key

    Great stuff! I really like all the upcoming stuff – seals of power, better disjunct mechanics, and now this.

    I hope city morale mechanics are improved too. I feel like a city’s identity is lost as soon as it is absorbed into your empire. Its past alignment does not matter and race does not matter at the same level as past AoW games. I’ve been playing an AoW1 PBEM game with my brother and I feel this is the only area where AoW3 is lacking. In AoW1 you have relationships with every race. Certain city upgrades improve your relationship with the city’s race. Migrating improves your relationship with the race you give the city, but hurts the relationship with the race you banished/annihilated from the city. In our game I was the Azracs and I became friends with the elves and dark elves, but the goblins and dwarves hated me because I declared war on the players of those races and migrated or looted cities of those races.


    Jolly Joker

    The only question is: WHEN? 🙂



    Speaking Gibberish Nathanael?


    MERBOOBS! <3

    Really interesting stuff coming our way fellas. Curious to see how this will affect sieges and the placing of cities.



    Triumph is on fire! 🙂 Seriously, this is awesome.

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