Brave New World
What I like most about the new expansion is the developers’ focus on making interesting, important choices in each game.
I’m very happy with the World Congress. I think it’s a great idea, one of my favorite features back when the concept was introduced in Alpha Centauri. I think it will be even better in BNW. Embargoes are a fantastic way to economically cripple an opponent. I especially like how they tied together many parts of the game such as trade, espionage, diplomacy, and religion. I feel like this expansion dramatically improves Civ 5 and connects all the various features, similar to how Beyond the Sword did for Civ 4.
I want to organize this mod project so it’s easier to maintain in the future. The project started small and grew over time. This gradual approach works well for tackling big tasks like improving Civ V. However, the process eventually creates some code and files which don’t quite mesh well together. This can make it difficult to add new features or fix bugs. There’s also code from many authors in the unofficial patch. It doesn’t always fit together perfectly, and we can improve that.
I plan to reorganize the project from the ground up. I will focus it on the most important features, like those we discussed as a community for the Gem Features list. I am going to start with the core tools used to alter yields – food, gold, and so on. I’m strongly considering moving those tools to a core-game dll type of mod to improve efficiency and reliability. Once I finish that, I’ll work my way outwards, adding the interface enhancements from the unofficial patch, then finally the game-balance and fun improving features of the Vem/Gem part of the project.
I will work on this overhaul in stages, and release each stage as I complete it. I expect to have the unofficial patch completely transitioned to the new expansion within 1 month, and the rest of the gameplay-enhancing features finished within 2 months. I want to get this BNW adaptation done faster than was accomplished for the G&K expansion.
I am also going to get more involved in the forums again. I apologize for being away so long. I was going through some difficult things with my career, and needed time away to focus on my long term plans.