I've been going through each nation and posting about their nation powers and unique unit bonuses, but I've run into a bit of a problem with the Dutch unique light ships.
The Dutch unique light ships are the Brig, Fluyt, and Clipper, which replace the Caravel, Corvette, and Sloop respectively, during the Medieval to Enlightenment Ages. From unitrules.xml, the units are identical except that the Dutch unique ships have flag y (which marks them as unique units), have +1 attack damage, +5 HP, +1 moves, and +1 armor. Nothing too particularly out of the ordinary.
However, in actual testing, Dutch ships are completely terrible. Put 3 Caravels up against a Carrack and the Caravels will win, but put 4 Brigs up against a Carrack and the Carrack will …Read more >
I don't know why unit pathing is so difficult in a lot of RTS games. In Rise of Nations, it appears to be particularly bad.
Oftentimes, even when there's nothing in the way, units seem to take circuitous routes to their destination. If I tell a unit to move directly to the left, for example, it will veer up a bit, then back down, or down, then back up, even though there are no obstacles in the way. Why is it so difficult to get units to move in a straight line? Is it really that difficult to have a unit's (x,y) position change in the direction of the vector from the unit's current location to the unit's desired location? I can understand if there are obstacles in the way, but this is on wide open plains. For me, this makes it *very* difficu…Read more >