first of all let me thank you for this wonderful game. I
bought Civilization on Amiga, at its first release, and since then I'm
a fan of this saga.
I discovered FreeCiv just an year ago, and I keep
on playing it regularly during lunch time, thanks to its low graphical
requirements and deep immersion. I really love your game.
I use to
play all my games with only AI opponents. I find the games well
balanced and I really enjoy them; still there are two points that make
the game end always and only as a total war of me against all the AIs.
The first thing is that, whatever I do, no importance if I have contact
or not after the first no-aggression pact, the AI relationship to me
lowers and lowers and never recover. There is no way to raise it up, at
least in my experience. A guide on this would be really helpful (maybe
on the wikia pages?) and a fine tuning as well. It is impossible to run
even simply the idea of a diplomatic game, as all the other countries
will declare war on me soon or later.
The second thing is that the AI
doesn't recognize who is the first on declaring war. This means that if
AI_1 declares war on me and AI_1 is allied with AI_2, then AI_2 will
always declare war on me, regardless on who is the aggressor and if
there is a chance of winning, or relationship between the nations. I
know that this is a long term pending issue, and I hope to see it
solved in the future, but in the meanwhile could be possible to
include, in the diplomatic options at the beginning of the game, a "no
alliances allowed" option? This would allow all the diplomatic actions
with a one-on-one basis, but would prevent the domino effect of one
country declaring war causing all the nations going to war (usually
against the human player).
I hope that you could evaluate these
suggestions, and that at least the "no alliances allowed" could be
included in the next release.
I also wait for a review of the AI code,
but I know that this is a long, hard task.
Thank you very much for the
game and for the effort you put in it. Keep up the good work!! :-)
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