Posted at: 2011-05-17, 17:50
I uploaded some sreens to make the idea more precise.
However i wanted to note, that the Settlers-I System is not perfect, it just should illustrate some of the ideas.
- http://hallinger.org/~beni/s1/conf_2_border.png This shows a border, illustrating the border-setting. In the right top you see an enemy small military house, max manned by three Soldiers. The current garrison is visualized by the height of the flag on the pole: there are three states low:<=33%, middle:>33%&&<=66%, high=>66%. The thickness on the cross shows the distance of this building to the border: Here are four states; only the first one could be attacked by the enemy: Thick cross=direct border; Thin cross=near border; horizontal line=far border; no line=no enemy in sight (farfarfar border). The red line in the screenshot roughly marks the border where "direct border" ends and "near border" begins. The near border buildings are not selectable to be attacked by the enemy, only "direct border" buildings can be attacked.
- http://hallinger.org/~beni/s1/conf_1_bordersettings.png This shows the global garrison config dialog and defines how well should military buildings be manned relative to their distance to the border. This is the min/max thing i used as template above. Everywhere you can select 4 states, ranging from "minimum" to "full" and corresponding to the values 25%, 50% 75% and 100%. These are the values which result in the available attack soldiers as well as the need for the economy to place new soldiers in a house. As described above, i think it is better to implement that with just a new "Min" value for the military buildings as this allows for finer control. If you look at the first screen, you can see that the economy does not meet the settings in the border-settings dialoge: There "Full" is defined, but only 75% soldiers are manning my front houses. This is caused from an attack run (only 25% of the front houses were allowed to attack, so 75% remain as garrison) in a nearby location.
- http://hallinger.org/~beni/s1/attack.png This shows the attack dialoge. I wanted to attack the right-top enemy house. The dialog now shows me the available soldiers, based on distance. From left to right the distance is increasing. As you can see, i have no "direct border" soldiers available, this is because every near building has only 75% garrison and the border setting defines, that 75% of the crew must always stay home. However, i have one soldier in a "near border" house and several in farfarfar-houses. Of course the drwaback is, that those soldiers have a long way to travel.
- http://hallinger.org/~beni/s1/conf_mil_settings.png This shows the global military dialog. The top red line lets me define the recruitment rate; every N'th new citizen is transferred to a soldier if the economy has enough shields and swords. Below, i have a recruitment button, where i can recruit 1,5,20 or 100 new soldiers at once. The number right to the button shows me the currently recruitable citizens. Below that the current morale is shown (193% caused by 126 ingots of gold... a long running game!).
***Below that there are two important options:*** Left is the selection, which soldiers should move out if i order "attack". The right option is the "exchange" button - when clicked, 25% of all soldiers move to a warehouse to be exchanged by a better soldier. This of course works only according to the border-limit; so in the example of the first screenie, no soldiers would leave their garrisons there because the min-value would be exceeded.
I hope thos screens help a bit to understand the principles. Again, i think the proposal i made before is even better than that.