I can say post release I'm interested in putting in WEGO and letting people try out the RTS system we put in too.
Regardless, I want to write a free Myth-like mod for fun.
In simultaneously-executed games (also called "phase-based" or "We-Go"), turns are separated into two distinct phases: decision and execution. During the decision phase each player plans and determines his units' actions. The decision phase occurs at the same time for everyone, so there is little wait for anyone to finish. In the execution phase, all players' decisions are put into action, and these actions are performed more or less automatically and at the same time. The execution phase is non-interactive, and there is no waiting for other players to complete their turns. Video game examples include Laser Squad Nemesis (2003), and the Combat Mission(2000-2007) and Master of Orion (1993-2003) series.
I am proposing that the default Tactical combat will be fought in a specific iteration of WE-GO, as described belowIn the decision phase, all players decide unit action similar to traditional turn-based combat (TTBC) that the game is paused
. In TTBC, melee unit is needed to be moved next to opponent, one by one. In WE-GO, when melee units are ordered to pursue non-adjacent opponent units, a red arrow is painted towards the opponent. The red arrow is fully adjustable, so that waypoints
can be set to fine tune how it approaches its target. Spells that require longer cast time is casted this time e.g. healing, debuff or battlefield alternating spells.
In the execution phase, the unit may unexpectedly collide
with other opponent units during its pursue. Therefore player need to decide beforehand in the decision phase, telling them how they behave when this happen: try to bypass unexpected opponent as much as possible, or eliminate any unit that is on their way before engaging the target.
Zone of Control (ZOC
): Your enemy cannot bypass your surrounding ZOC unless their SPEED is way higher than yours; e.g. the Mongols. ZOC is bypassed if your unit’s Total HP is way less compared to your opponent; e.g. a lone ranger cannot hope to hinder an elephant charging towards him.Execution phase is executed in a pixel-based RTS fashion
. In this phase, only certain spells can be casted; most of them are in the variety of direct damage spells like fireball. The ONLY command
can be given to units in this phrase is 'retreat'
When retreating, units suffer extreme morale penalty and they cannot be controlled by player until
they have flee to safety. Examples of safe place is way behind the front line, or city wall in the case of siege defence. If the only safety is at the edge of the map (where they 'exit' the map), a significant % of them will be lost if the battle is lost. This % is higher if the movement speed/strength of the winning force is high. This way the execution (RTS) phase will not be a clickfest
, but it keep players engaged throughout the 2 phases as certain but very limited amount of hand holding is needed. Physics, formation (turning, back stepping
) can be better handled in RTS too. Map is expected to be much larger than most TTBC games too.
This will work well for both MP and SP, as the Decision phase is simultaneous to all players. No one needs to wait, compared to TTBC. A timer can be set for this phase too, provide further control to the game flow.
Not exactly related to WE-GO, but ...
Combat that should be allowed to lasts multiple days. It is epic, fun, and resolve a lot of problems. "Combat ends after N sub-turns", but it is continued at the exact same location with the still living forces when next game turns arrive. Enforcement can be brought in from both side (and allies) when next game turn arrive.
Any comment? I think this is way better than TTBC or RTS.