What about free port spaces in foreign land which are not covered by any military buildings. Should it be allowed to build a port space there, by occupying the foreign land? I guess this makes only sense if expedition ships get some soldiers on board...
This would be one possibility, the other would be that ships can have a conquer radius. Both possibilities have disadvantages. If you can build a port in foreign land, it must be also ignore flags and other objects which block the portspace. Buildings shouldn't be able to block it neither, so buildings must be destroyed by the port or somehow by the soldiers, or whatever.
The other idea - conquer radius of ships - has also some disadvantages: You can conquer a lot of coast with the ship, and the enemy could leave ships to defend the port space. So the attacker must be able to prevent defender's ships from doing that. And if a defender retreats from the coast, the attacker must be able to build the port space much faster than the defender can return.
Attacking enemy ports has been on our wishlist for a long long time. We will first need to implement garrisons into warehouses.
Why that first?
Adding a scouting ability to all ships should be fairly easy - we would need to do 2 things:
- Add a button to turn it into a scout ship so it won't suddenly decide to pick up wares instead, and turn it back into a normal ship
- Disable/hide the "build portspace" button.
Actually scouting mode could also be a thing for expedition ships, so the button doesn't have to be hidden, probably.
Another nice addition would be, to load a ship full with soldiers and attack an enemies port.
As I mentioned above this is a complicated issue. And it would be good if attacking with ships would be optional - it can also be interesting if attacking is not possible. For example a match on the map "together we are strong" ends in a draw if each player conquers one island.
And maybe it's not even worth to implementing the whole stuff - and the scouting ships neither.
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