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New Event Types

Azure_Zero
I Really think we should start steering away from making more standard monster escalations that only the few PVE elite want and start looking at making New Types of Escalations, and I mean ones that DO NOT stay constrained in a monster or home hex and can affect hexes in a wide area.

The New Types I'm talking about at ones that can be predictable and unpredictable and happen outside the monster/home hexes.
One new type of escalation event could be town sieges (or even applied to non-monster/home hex adjacent holdings)
Like an attack of Undead against your home settlement, event happens at start of PVP window to be fair when it happens.

Another new type could be a Wandering escalation, and it uses the infection mechanics simulate the wandering.
I'll post more thoughts/ideas on this one when I have the time.
Schedim
Hear, hear! Time to put some teeth into the world. Escalation harvesting is fun and so, but feels very static and, frankly, inane after a while.
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Azure_Zero
Schedim
Hear, hear! Time to put some teeth into the world. Escalation harvesting is fun and so, but feels very static and, frankly, inane after a while.

Agreed and these ideas would shake things up a bit.

I do plan on adding a rough draft of the mechanics so that the power of the event is scaled to the settlement and or players…pending on which one is happening…
As I want these events to be fair and open to as many players as possible and not serve just the few PVE elites.
Azure_Zero
For the Town Siege Event I think it best to be a many part event.

Base idea Map.
The Green circles are Enemy Spawn Points,
The Red Circles are Capture points, and when captured turn into spawning points.

The Mobs move to capture Spawning points in a order based on where they spawned,
The Eastern spawner closest to point 32, goes in capture order of 32, 24, 23,1
The Western spawner closest to point 31, goes in capture order of 31, 23,1
The rest of the spawning points goes in capture order of 28, 23, 1.

To scale the power of the siege event to that settlement's players, it'll use numbers from the Keep (Current upgrade/Max Upgrade) to make it fair.
The Current upgrade of the Keep will help determine how many sets of waves will hit the settlement, (so +0/+X means no waves)
The strength of each wave will be using a something like a loop within a loop for setting strength.
With a boss like monster at the end of each set of waves spawned into one of the 5 spawners (or captured points)
With Max Upgrade of the keep setting the Max strength of the final waves.

Now the path finding on the keep (point 1) will need to be based on the Keep itself, since Keeps +0-+3, have 4 ways in, while Keeps +4-+5 have only one way in.

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The Prize for the players are the drops from the event.

The other Prize for fending off the siege should be to the settlement, and dumped into the settlement vault, and it could be a structure kit of a building they would like upgraded, or a prize of enough coin and Bulk goods to cover 4 weeks at the settlement's current consumption.

Failure to hold off the siege results in a loss payment of 4 weeks of bulk goods and coin at settlement's current consumption, and failure to meet the payment will result in some (4 small, 2 small 1 med, or 1 large) building(s) being downgraded (current and max), until it can downgrade the keep, so no bank swapping crap can happen like in raids at the moment.
NightmareSr
I like the idea, but having a Settlement siege during PvP window and having possible raids at holdings would be problematic wouldn't it? So essentially if this was added then each settlement would have to decide to either defend the Settlement or defend a holding, cause likely they wouldn't be able to defend both, right?
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Azure_Zero
NightmareSr
I like the idea, but having a Settlement siege during PvP window and having possible raids at holdings would be problematic wouldn't it? So essentially if this was added then each settlement would have to decide to either defend the Settlement or defend a holding, cause likely they wouldn't be able to defend both, right?

Can your a Settlement defend multiple raids on it's holdings?
Likely not given the game's population.

With the Population of Talonguard and Corbenik, I have to prioritise which one(s) get defended when multiple escalation raids happen and I know I'll lose some, but not all.

The same is applied with this idea, you make choices on what gets defended and by how much.
And the reason for the PVP window is to make sure folks are ON and in the game when the event happens.

And if settlements feel they don't want to focus on defending their settlement, then lower they can lower the settlement's Keep to a lower grade to get less waves and have an easier time defending the settlement.
Bob
Necroing this thread while we're talking about new ideas that could potentially be implemented with no/minimal code.

Azure_Zero
I Really think we should start steering away from making more standard monster escalations that only the few PVE elite want and start looking at making New Types of Escalations, and I mean ones that DO NOT stay constrained in a monster or home hex and can affect hexes in a wide area.

The New Types I'm talking about at ones that can be predictable and unpredictable and happen outside the monster/home hexes.
Just an FYI, but technically escalations can be run in non-monster hexes right now, though the automatic launching system doesn't currently consider doing so. It probably wouldn't be too hard to add some code that considers launching certain escalations marked as "Non-Monster" in random wilderness hexes. They also behave a little differently, in that they don't have final bosses, because they're behaving like the infected hex of an escalation that started in a monster hex.

Azure_Zero
One new type of escalation event could be town sieges (or even applied to non-monster/home hex adjacent holdings)
Like an attack of Undead against your home settlement, event happens at start of PVP window to be fair when it happens.
This is something we talked about a bit for Spreading Escalations, since it would be nice if escalations could attack a settlement somehow once they spread to that settlement's core 6. There are certainly possibilities here, and we could leverage the code we use for Invasions against Holdings, but there'd still be a fair amount of work involved adapting that to settlements.

Azure_Zero
Another new type could be a Wandering escalation, and it uses the infection mechanics simulate the wandering.
We'd obviously have to make some adjustments to the infection mechanics to make this work, but it could certainly be based off those mechanics. There might be a relatively simple version of this that wouldn't take too long to do, but I'm pretty sure we're still talking about something too big to tackle right now.

As a sidenote, the infection mechanics are technically still in the game, they're only turned off in the sense that I made the spreading rate for every escalation so low that they can't actually spread. I'm pretty sure very few players would want me to just turn that back on for any of the existing escalations, but it could be interesting to make a custom escalation where the excessive spreading was more amusing than annoying. The bigger would be that I think all the infected hexes get automatically cleared out, or at least ridiculously easily cleared out, when the source hex is cleared, leaving little reason to bother with the infected hexes. However, I'm pretty sure it would be easy to turn that off. Basically, I'm thinking something that's not a huge deal to clear from an infected hex, but does mean you're guaranteed to be raided every PvP day until you clear it. I think it may also break your Protected status, and it definitely blocks you from placing a Holding (unlikely as it is that you can do so right now anyway).

Azure_Zero
Let's just say that the wandering escalation is special in a few other ways that I've not posted yet….
 
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