Elemental: Day 0 is released!

By on August 25, 2010 4:26:12 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Elemental has arrived!

August 24th. The day we at Stardock have been working towards for THREE years.

Download the Day 0 version: v1.05!

 

Screenshot Highlights:

 

imageMore intuitive user interface

 

imageUpdated minor factions!

 

imageTactical Battles enhanced

 

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More Mod tools added!

imageFaction Editor tool added!

imageThe Campaign has gotten a lot of love to help new users learn the game

 

 

Here’s the change log:

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Elemental Day0 Change Log

Game Version 1.05
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* Gameplay / Balance *
+ Several new spells added
+ Boats will no longer disband due to dissertion
+ Absolute elimination of duplicate NPCs
+ Vigilant Demon now has mana
+ Combat Speed can only be increased 0.25 per level
+ Shop values for weapons lowered
+ Elementium description added
+ Outposts and such now provide +HP to units stationed
+ Fewer resources are spawned at the start of the game
+ Summoning spellbook no longer available at start
+ Tech trees can now reach level 5 notable locations and quest locations
+ Fixed issue that would prevent people from completing the Old Enchanter quest (a.k.a. the midnight stone quest); it wasn’t checking the items of the unit that reached the quest destination, rather those of the  unit that started the quest, which could be a different unit.
+ Random quest locations should no longer spawn on hills.
+ Snathi now has a new, non-Drake leader

* AI *
+ AI manages ships better
+ AI Sovereign’s spouse will seek the safety of a friendly settlement rather than travel with their spouse
+ AI more effective in establishing strong armies prior to going on the offensive
+ AI better at determining whether it is in their best interests to declare war
+ AI will notify player of tiles they should be using and how to use them.
+ Janusk provides a lot more useful information
+ AI difficulty levels tweaked for more challenge at higher levels
+ AI tweaks to XML

* Battles *
+ Added "Auto-Move Camera in Tactical" which is OFF by default
+ Clarified some language for the hurl boulder spells (that it does non-defendable damage).
+ Auto resolve draws will now favor the defender.
+ Added message boxes to tactical battles when action points are too low to do some action.
+ Added the ability to bring message boxes up as forced popups (always on top).
+ Added checks in auto resolve to be sure a unit can counter attack and its target can be counter attacked.
+ Added more robust checks to see if tactical actions can be done.
+ The tactical action check will now return a string if the action cannot be done.
+ Casting a spell will now properly check action points for special abilities and ranged attacks.
+ Moved the logic to refresh troop numbers to happen when a unit's health changes.
- Updating troop numbers should now be a bit more logical.
- A unit's max health is now properly based on the maximum amount of troops they have (not their current troop number).
+ In tactical battles units that have no spell can no longer open the spellbook.
+ Fixed a few temporary cursors in tactical battles.
+ Added sound effects to all the spells that were using FlameBurst1 (which doesn't exist)
+ Added the IsSpecialAbility tag to SpellDefs.  Enabling this makes the spell cost 1 ap instead of 2 ap to use
- Updated all the core ability spell defs with the IsSpecialAbility tag.
+ Casting spells in tactical battles costs 2 action points now.
+ Using special abilities in tactical battles costs 1 action point now.
+ Shooting a ranged weapon in tactical battles cost 2 action points now.
+ The tooltip for a unit’s hit points in the tactical battle window will now show any bonuses applied to the health.
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* UI *
+ added ESC key support for closing common popups.
+ new tutorial messages added to the campaign, explaining the basics, including: camera movement, unit selection and movement, founding a kingdom, tapping a resource, visiting an item shop, etc.
+ Added a bunch of new shortcut keys
+ Fixed unit shortcut keys while in a city (now clicking on a unit portrait in the city will do that unit action instead of overriding to the city keys)
+ Fixed cases that you could click a unit, then click a goodie hut (for example), and still use the previous units shortcut keys
+ Enabled shortcut keys for items that don't belong to the local player (details, propose, recruit, etc.)
+ Fixed the hiergamenon resource breakdown page to include houses under construction for food
+ Added code to reset minimap for new game
+ New game tray implemented (now has next unit and next city buttons)
+ Added shortcut keys for next unit and next city (shift+u and shift+c, respectively [shift+s already jumps to sovereign so consistent])
+ Tool tips cleaned up
+ hooked up new for when disband unit action is disabled
+ Faction Editor “Faction Creator” hooked up
+ Mod Library button added to workshop
+ clicking someone without a soundpack uses a UI sfx, not a grunt/yes/ etc (less annoying)
+ Champion Lorebook/Context area Tweaked, adding ‘Equip’ button that brings up EQUIPMENT, remove list of items
+ unit context: removed equip icon on medallion (redundant...button directly to the right had same functionality)
+ Map Notifications now display HUD icons on the map, event icons on the side, and when you click the event list icon it’ll take the player to the event they need to see

* Engine *
+ LOD levels on main map are now back to what they used to be for better performance
+ New shard effects, both dormant and tapped, that over 1/2 as intensive as their older versions (the joys of beam particles over billboard particles)

* Impulse Overlay *
+ Support for swedish, finnish, icelandic and spanish keyboards which have the @ symbol on an alt-gr modifier key.  It is also now possible to enter some more unusual symbols too!
+ Wheel scrolling in friends list.

* Bug Fixes *
+ Fixed issue that was preventing quests from placing locations with their preferred type (CQuestDef wasn’t saving the preferred type, so when the data zip was loaded, it would be null).
+ Fixed some crashes on load from if a unit type was retired while a unit of that type was in a training queue, since the unit type would be removed from the global vector but some things would still be looking for it on load.  Now the function to remove a retired unit type checks the training queues of all the cities, too, and when the AI retires a unit type, it removes it from its list of designs.
- I think this also fixes some crashes on load from the testers downstairs, where I would see units looking for AI designed unit types that weren't in the unit type list anymore, as well as the loading in of the AI designed unit type vector, but I'm just making an educated guess based on the fact that the AI automatically retires unit types it designs itself.  This does fix a reproducible crash related to training units at least, though.
+ Campaign: AI cities named correctly to match lore
+ Lost Library and Ancient Temple now using proper cloth icons for their built versions (lost library used to like ancient temple)
+ Fixed bug where using a soverign for a race not their own (ex. Relias with Capitar) then playing against the race you would have led (Altar, in this example) the random sovereign would retain your name (2 relias’ talking to each other)

Known Issues

- We did find a crash bug where monsters attack the player, the player survives and a bad thumbnail causes the game to crash. We have fixed this internally. But it wasn’t in time for tonight’s build. It should be a rare scenario. Next update will add this fix in. [update, it has been decided to release that fix tonight rather than wait,  you may [probably] won’t be affected by it so you won’t need to re-update unless you feel you need to].

- We are going to add an event so that if the user clicks on a global resource it will remove the notice.

- There are a number of AI improvements that were checked in for the next build. [Editor’s note: Brad always has AI improvements he wants in right now now now. ].

- The Sand Golem token may need to be nerfed (quest item).

 

What’s next?

  • Xander After the team gets a day of rest, we’ll be back to put the final touches on the MP servers.  Those involved on it have used the extra time to get more multiplayer maps in, add better custom game support, etc.  MP should be turned on early next week.
  • If you have an ATI card with Windows 7 64-bit, make sure you have updated to the latest drivers. We have verified with AMD that the pre-July cards had a memory issue.
  • As some of you know, starting in October I will be going on a sabbatical from my day job at Stardock (President & CEO) for a month or two so that I can spend my time making mods, getting better at Python (so that we can expose the AI APIs and Gameplay APIs to modders via Python) and focus on new AI ideas I’ve had while playing the game these past couple months (these updates to the game will be free of course).
  • The book, Elemental: Destiny’s Embers is available at most bookstores now.  We are releasing a series of goodies for those people who buy the book.
  • The Stardock team will be releasing a free Quest Pack for Elemental in September.  If you have any requests for quests, please feel free to share them on the forums.
  • In general, we welcome your ideas and suggestions. You bought the game, we consider release day the BEGINNING of our support, not the end.  Please feel free to post any requests you’d like to see in future updates. We can’t promise we’ll be able to implement them but we’ll do our best to do what we can.

Where to get Elemental in North America

  • Walmart, Best Buy, EB, GameStop, and most other retailers are carrying both the standard edition and the Limited Edition. We don’t plan on making more units of the Limited Edition so once they’re gone, they’re gone.

What to get Elemental elsewhere

  • Elemental will be available in Australia in September (so I’m told) and in Russia in late September. A native Russian language version is still a ways out (there’s a lot of text in Elemental to translate).
  • In Europe and Asia, your best bet is to get it digitally directly from Stardock.

Help Help! How do I play?

What about a Demo version?

  • As soon as our Multiplayer customers are taken care of, we will start work on a demo. No specific ETA though.
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August 24, 2010 7:04:20 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Cool, can't wait.

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August 24, 2010 7:08:25 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

NO NOT THE SUMMONING BOOKS! ef... my bear army... oh well...  Thanks for update.

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August 24, 2010 7:09:16 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

huzzah

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August 24, 2010 7:10:39 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Terrific!

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August 24, 2010 7:13:10 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Whoo hoo!!!  Looking forward it.

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August 24, 2010 7:15:44 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Nice.  Keep up the good work.  Looking forward to the MP servers going live.

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August 24, 2010 7:15:47 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I know it's your job, but you've guys put so much work into this. I am looking forward to the update.

 

Thank you!

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August 24, 2010 7:16:55 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Woo!!! Can't wait, I was staring at the desktop icon waiting for the patch...finally decided to toy around with the campaign for a bit, but wanted to play the updated version in all it's glory.

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August 24, 2010 7:17:36 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

"+ Faction Editor “Faction Creator” hooked up"

Oh my!  If I can start creating my own factions, it is going to be a very long night!  Great news!

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August 24, 2010 7:19:54 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

finally!

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August 24, 2010 7:21:02 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting ,
- Updating troop numbers should now be a bit more logical.
- A unit's max health is now properly based on the maximum amount of troops they have (not their current troop number).

What does this mean?  Did the mysterious 1.02, 1.03, or 1.04 make armies work like Master of Magic's where individual soldiers die as their total health drops?  Because that would be awesome.

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August 24, 2010 7:22:32 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Thanks for the hard work.

 

Does it include a notification for why a pioneer can't build a city in certain circumstances.  Right now it just does nothing once you name the city you are trying to found.

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August 24, 2010 7:22:34 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Nice. I was wondering is the new patch compatible with old game saves or do we have to start the game over for the updates to work?

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August 24, 2010 7:23:35 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting ,

+ AI difficulty levels tweaked for more challenge at higher levels

 

Is the AI going to play better at higher levels or is it simply getting free resources?

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August 24, 2010 7:24:40 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

mmm nice changes.

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August 24, 2010 7:25:48 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Nathan E,

quoting post
+ AI difficulty levels tweaked for more challenge at higher levels

 

Is the AI going to play better at higher levels or is it simply getting free resources?

 

My understanding is at the highest difficulties, the AI does cheat by having extra resources.

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August 24, 2010 7:26:33 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

so...

* Impulse Overlay * 
+ Support for swedish, finnish, icelandic and spanish keyboards which have the @ symbol on an alt-gr modifier key.  It is also now possible to enter some more unusual symbols too! 

I went to the chat last nite and noticed that neither \ nor / works there. My keyboard's layout is ABNT2 (Brazil standard). Did you fixed that too?

Other than that... freakin awesome! My fave game of all times already! Though... I must say, the thing I miss the most in comparison to Master of Magic is creating artifacts. But then again, I haven't played enough, maybe it's there and I haven't seen it yet =p

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August 24, 2010 7:27:20 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Thanks again!

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August 24, 2010 7:28:32 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Good stuff, thanks Stardock.

 

Has anyone else noticed that sometimes your cities will have the name of the last NPC city you were looking at? Hopefully that's fixed in this new patch.

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August 24, 2010 7:29:36 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Game Version 1.05
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* Gameplay

+ Added new battlechess MP mode

 

fixed

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August 24, 2010 7:30:22 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting DragonRider862,

quoting post- Updating troop numbers should now be a bit more logical.
- A unit's max health is now properly based on the maximum amount of troops they have (not their current troop number).

What does this mean?  Did 1.02, 1.03, or 1.04 make armies work like Master of Magic's where individual soldiers die as their total health drops?  Because that would be awesome.

I'm curious about this too.

Other than that I can see by the changes that the devs have been reading the forum thoroughly and took to hear many of the suggestions. Well done.

One thing I'd really love is the ability to scroll the map with arrow or wasd keys. Unless I've been missing something you can't do that right now. Panning the camera with arrow keys allows you to set up the mouse cursor where you want it to be or simply perform another action with it while moving the camera. It really makes playing any game much more convenient.

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August 24, 2010 7:32:08 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Thanks for the info and the update. Keep up the great support. I hope you all got a chance to chase down that nasty memory leak. (bad leak, BAD! go sit in the cornor.)

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August 24, 2010 7:34:17 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

+ Faction Editor “Faction Creator” hooked up 

Great.  Looks like my editor can RIP.  

 

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August 24, 2010 7:35:04 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I really need to get this ! I keep putting off to save for a PA system...maybe a friend will get it for me as a Birthday gift *crosses fingers*

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August 24, 2010 7:38:17 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Sounds awesome!  A big thanks to the Stardock team, and congrats on hitting release!  You guys rock!

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