Build your stuff near enemy territory, so you don't waste much time on travelling. Plus, there may be more wolves on the way as well, what would become annoying to take a villager along the way. And as you said about including more players, it would be good in my viewpoint, what about 5 vs 5... or even 6 vs 6! I think the biggest problem on ludicrous map size and possibly the inclusion of more players is the lag. If we already have lag in 4 vs 4 in 8 players map, lag will be more likely to happen in larger maps with more than 8 players. Anyways, I want this map to exists, though they include more players or not.
That map size is amazing for scenario making as well as for very new players who can't get ready to fight before the hours mark and don't wanna play bf all games. Are you guys actually hating for new feature that don't affect you? Kinda selfish I think but then again that's the moto of aoczone members for a while xD.
I want them to make a map type that combines several existing maps. Like.. biomes? Like it would take a Mediterranean and black forest map and place them side by side. With some blending in between, presumably. ..
Balance wise, competitively, not aimed at (though presumably if they wanted it would happen) But really nice for randomness, exploring a map
Definitely agree that the huge map size is incredible for scenario designing! I just hope the game can support it with heavy triggering and detailed design as well!
Redsting, it is true that you can create a map larger than the "Giant (8 player)" size in the dropdown of the map tab of the editor, but it requires that you either download a template or use Trigger Studio. The largest possible map size in the limits of the Genie Engine (the game engine that AoK is based on) that is playable is 255x255, which is only slightly larger than the "Giant" size in the editor. Ludikris map size is 4x that, so 510x510. That's massive- a max amount of 260,100 tiles as opposed to 65,025!!!
Building an empire with large cities is so much more interesting than micro managing battles IMO. It also takes very different skills. I hope they boost the population size to 1000 soon. That would be awesome.
I played a nice war yesterday. 9 to 1045PM. Quite the war: my opponent attacked me relentlessly (Aztecs: him versus Japanese: me). But towards 1030PM his economy ran out of steam and I overwhelmed him: he then resigned.
My castles, scout cavalry(against his siege onagers) and spearmen did the job.
Played another great game yesterday. About 2 hours. Teutons versus Magyars. His cavalry was unable to hurt my economy and I rolled him up with halberdiers / teutonic knights / battering rams and siege onagers. :D