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Devlog KAG Build 2628 - Quarry Nerfs, Quickswap Improvements, TDM Map Changes, more

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Geti, Jun 28, 2018.


Happy with the quarry after these nerfs?

Poll closed Jul 5, 2018.
  1. Yep

    8 vote(s)
  2. Nah

    3 vote(s)
  1. Geti

    Geti Please avoid PMing me (poke a mod instead) THD Team Administrator Global Moderator

    Hey folks!

    So, the Quarry was an exciting new change, but we've seen a LOT of stone in CTF ever since.


    This build slows the rate of conversion from wood to stone, makes the building cost more gold, and holds a smaller stockpile of fuel. We've kept the efficiency the same to avoid them remaining hugely wood-hungry. This should see them enter more of a supplementary production role, rather than being a team's primary production.

    If we're still not happy with the outcome after these nerfs, we're considering a switch to a coin-consuming quarry as laid out here by @Potatobird. We're also open to other options and welcome your feedback! :thumbs_up:

    There are also some quick fixes and tweaks to the builder quickswap code, and the healing button no longer works while stunned, which prevents some relatively extreme tanking strats I'm afraid. Theres a crash fix and a new TDM map (plus two unpopular maps removed) to round out the build.

    Have Fun!

    Full Changelog:
    [modified] quarry costs 100 gold to build, converts slower, holds smaller wood stockpile
    [added] Quarry sound when turned on (thanks Mazey)
    [fixed] healing no longer possible when stunned
    [modified] Builder quickswap fixes/tweaks (thanks Potatobird)
    [fixed] Can't quickswap to building frame
    [modified] Builder quickswap makes sound effect
    [added] "gold building" code supports customised drop amounts
    [fixed] potential divide by zero in sprite code (thanks Mirsario and Asu)
    TDM Maps: (Thanks map mods and authors!)
    [added] FG Clash
    [removed] Biurza Stompy Bois
    [removed] FG Enclosure
    [fixed] mapcycle folder typos
  2. bunnie

    bunnie Haxor Tester

    apology for poor english

    when were you when quary dies?

    i was sat at home playing monsterictf2 when geti ring

    ‘quarry is kill’

  3. Mazey

    Mazey Haxor Global Moderator Forum Moderator Staff Alumni Donator Official Server Admin

  4. Potatobird

    Potatobird Haxor Forum Moderator Mapping Moderator Tester Official Server Admin

    I can only conclude that even the potential to have two or three of these quarries is still kind of busted.

    This was like a 2v5 for most of the game because my team kept getting bored and leaving. Pictured: after spending my 1000 coins on bomb arrows and wasting the majority of them. Not as bad as some of the other screenies, but it was a relatively short and low population game. screen-18-06-28-23-20-56.png


    With the higher gold price, now maybe only one team will end up with 2-3 quarries? But that might just feel even more unfair.

    People won't bother to set them up, or are convinced that quarries are now garbage, so you probably won't see as many games like this. At least, not until people figure out that they can actually still be game-changing.
    [23:05:14] <Pardonreed> jesus flip
    [23:05:15] <Pardonreed> what
    [23:05:16] <Pardonreed> wheres
    [23:05:20] <Fueg0pants> * nice *
    [23:05:22] <dngrnoodl> HOW MANY DO YOU HAVE
    [23:05:32] <Pardonreed> how are you affordin all these wtf
    [23:05:37] <Potatobird> what do you mean?
    [23:05:41] <Potatobird> I have quarries
    [23:05:43] <dngrnoodl> 50 per
    [23:05:44] <Pardonreed> how much money do you actually -=
    [23:05:45] <Pardonreed> o
    [23:05:48] <Pardonreed> thats

    I mean this is all kind of anecdotal, but try the strategy out sometime and you'll see. Although it doesn't really work nearly as well when multiple people use them, which is another kind of crappy aspect about their current mechanics. There's no I in team, but there is an I in quarries.
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2018
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  5. Darruin

    Darruin Arsonist Staff Alumni

    Another example.. this one was before the nerf but geti asked for it. Haven't seen anything like this since the nerf though which is good. quarries.jpg
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  6. 8x

    8x Elimination Et Choix Traduisant la Realité Forum Moderator Staff Alumni Tester
    1. The Young Blood Collective - [YB]

    Before implementing such a feature there should be a discussion on how many trees maps should have, and with the latest changes, gold should be re-thought as well.
  7. Fuzzle

    Fuzzle Grand Grumbler

    What you don't realise is that there's no point in having a quarry if it's not considered "overpowered". It's now another boat shop - it adds no value in terms of fun (it never did; it's a chore to utilise it) and it's now pointless to use. The mere purpose this building could have, would be to add balance (i.e. build vs. demolish, to extend time of games / stalemates). However, CTF was never balanced with this building in mind and it's not needed now. It directly contributes to a problem the community has complained about for ages: Stalemates and increased game time.

    This implementation is an example of how bad a quantitative approach to selection of new features in a small community can be. Especially, because it's done on a platform made for the developer and not the consumer (GitHub). Any shit idea can be voted in w/ 8 friends or some fake accounts (could be fun to attempt this) and as witnessed, the developers are unable to determine if an idea is shite.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2018
  8. GoldenGuy

    GoldenGuy Haxor Tester

  9. Potatobird

    Potatobird Haxor Forum Moderator Mapping Moderator Tester Official Server Admin

    A lot of that is pretty spot on. There's already been talk of moving voting/discussion to discord, where there's obviously a lot more activity than github. I don't really like the idea of "Vote on whether you like this thing" either, I think opinions matter a lot more when people explain them and show that they've actually thought it out and aren't just throwing in a reactionary 2-cents :thumbsup:.

    But I mean, the boat shop isn't hurting anything. Nobody's like, "Down with boat shops! Take them out!" It's possible for a game to be bloated and have too many useless features, but I would say KAG is pretty far from that. Even with boat shops, at least every once in a while, someone's gonna buy a boat and have a good time, so it's still a net positive effect, however slight.

    Quarries are still overpowered though. There's a pretty big difference between "sometimes someone will bust out the ol' boat shop and have a little bit of a good time with a silly boat," and "sometimes someone will bust two or three quarries out and kill the fun."

    Also, if they end up going with my suggestion, quarries would no longer be a chore to use. Just sayin'
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2018
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  10. Element_Paladin

    Element_Paladin Drill Rusher Tester
    1. Aphelion's Roleplay

    production factories should just stay in TTH. The maps in that game-mode are tremendously large, and builders wouldn't bother wasting so much time. However, it isn't for CTF. It is okay in a game-mode like TTH where if there's a quarry and builders are creating a giant tower near their home base, you can just wait for like a minute at your base and counter-camp with a couple kegs. It's a comfort to know that for this long, the balance between construction and destruction was pretty balanced (builder makes tower, enemy just rats or blows it up with kegs/ballista bolts), now with the quarry there really is no balance in how important a class is compared to the next. You found a small problem and stuffed it with a large, itchy, sticky band-aid, and now you need to deal with the rashes.
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  11. epsilon

    epsilon Assonist THD Team Forum Moderator Donator Tester
    1. Gather Oceania
    2. KAG World Cup 2018

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  12. bunnie

    bunnie Haxor Tester

  13. JiffIez

    JiffIez Arsonist

    As it has been pointed out, the first iteration of the Quarry was terrible due to mass amounts of stone being generated. The newer version with the reduced rate seems more reasonable. I'm enjoying the new quarry as it gives defensive builders a bit more influence in a match instead of having to search for more stone deep underground or, god forbid, out in the fray.

    I like the new builder swapping mechanic and I'm glad the building frame was removed from that option. I would like to make a suggestion that this same mechanic be applied to archer arrow swapping if it hasn't already been done/ruled out. It would make swapping arrows a bit more viable while in combat instead of having to find a safe area to do so.
  14. Lava

    Lava Former Lag King Staff Alumni Donator Tester

    If you press [Inventory Bound Button] once it will cycle through the arrows you have, the builder swap for an archer would only help if they had 3 types of arrows and that is kind of unusual.
  15. Vermilicious

    Vermilicious Ballista Bolt Thrower

    I haven't been playing for a while, and I haven't seen this quarry building in action, but from the impression I get of it, I must say I share some of Fuzzle's concerns.

    Previously, these kinds of ideas (and better or worse ones) where met by a simple "do it in a mod" reply. Suddenly they are incorporated into core vanilla KAG over a fairly low barrier. Now, I absolutely like how the dev team has opened up for the community to contribute and shape the game, but to be honest, it's very late, and the implications of implementing sort-of fundamental aspects of the game are perhaps underestimated. If it was for a new game mode (or sandbox), it would be a different matter, or if they were of a cosmetic/quality/convenience sort.

    The underlying problems/limits of the game and its game modes are not easily/quickly solved, and perhaps one should simply not even try, since the changes might cause as much harm as good. It is better left for a sequel, or at the very least not to be taken on lightly.

    The quarry is a fundamental change, because it generates something "out of nothing" in a game mode where this was never a thing, and goes against the concept of mining the map for resources. Ironically, CTF is a mode more more fitting for resource generation than TTH, but it also turns CTF into a more battle-focused mode than previously. The thing is, CTF is the most popular mode, with the balance it has had between battle and exploration/mining. To mess with that, might not be the best idea. Ideally, all these modes should be re-designed, I think. Something along the lines of this, perhaps: One mode would focus on capture of territory, where territory holds resources that can be mined. Combat is of a more strategic, long-term type. A second mode would focus on hectic battle and automatic resource production. A third mode, would put focus somewhere in-between (much like the CTF we know). Might not work so well in reality - I don't know, but the point is; these design decisions are important and shouldn't be taken lightly.

    In the end though, let's face it, this game has been aging for a long while. It is naive to think new players are going to be attracted to the game simply, or at all. So, I think, it becomes a matter of altering the game in perhaps-not-the-best-way to cater to a very small community, versus the legacy of the game and what made it popular. I'd rather have the legacy protected, and make these new things optional.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2018
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  16. Geti

    Geti Please avoid PMing me (poke a mod instead) THD Team Administrator Global Moderator

    "The legacy" is just people having fun together; for years people have complained that there isn't enough new stuff, now as new stuff gets added some are worried about the game changing. We're not going to please everyone imo; and I'd rather have people involved enough to continue to develop the game as long as they wish, rather than try to be a perfectionist about any of it.

    If you've played KAG for a long time you'd be very familiar with that not being our approach officially, so I don't know why it should be our approach to community contributions.

    The old code is available through the (public) repo, and the community is able to be involved all the way through development of these features; which is ongoing in the case of the quarry. If you don't want to be involved with that, that's your choice. It's been 7 years. I'm happy for the community to take the game where they want at this point.
  17. Vermilicious

    Vermilicious Ballista Bolt Thrower

    Accessible old code is of course nice, but for most people/players it's a hurdle they can't/won't get past. I've often dug out old games to play them again, but if what I got then was something very different, I'd surely get disappointed. That's what I mean, when I talk about legacy. It doesn't seem to be a very trendy topic these days, but I think it's important, still.

    You mention the irony of how the desire for change turns into the opposite. This is indeed a dilemma, but in the case of KAG at least, the amount of time that has passed is kind of important in that regard. No one really add new stuff (or rather, make changes) to a game after 7 years. It's madness. For 2-4 years, maybe.

    Allowing the community to work on it, is fantastic, but maybe it shouldn't be "official" and "obligatory", just as branching versions should to a certain degree be okay to exist side-by-side if they are popular enough. For KAG, you've gone from a "we know best" approach where some people got scared away, to a "you know best" approach now, when the game is "dead".

    If THD had taken these things into acount, and run/develop the game for a couple of years, then "finish" it and move on, we'd already have KAG2. Instead, well.. we know how things are. Some hardcore fans are clinging to a sinking ship while THD has pretty much given up. So much passion and potential, gone to waste. Kudos to everyone who's doing their best to keep things alive, but the problem is management, or rather mismanagement. I've said it before, but it feels like I'm talking to a wall. The whole situation makes me sad.

    Please let me occationally have the ability to play KAG "as it was", at least, if I cannot play a sequel that I fear will never be born.
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  18. Potatobird

    Potatobird Haxor Forum Moderator Mapping Moderator Tester Official Server Admin

    Pah, that's overdramatic, and I'm not even a fan of some of the recent changes. This game has been changing for as long as I've been playing it, for the better overall if you ask me, but it's still KAG, and it's still a great time. At what point would you want to go back and play KAG "as it was?" Back when every game was a tramp cannon fight? Back when knights could use drills and would end games in 20 seconds? Back when boulders would instantly break doors, and instakill people? Back when jabs didn't interrupt slashes and 1 good knight would single handedly destroy the enemy team every time?

    What part of what they're doing looks like "giving up" to you? What do you think he's still involving himself for?

    We'd all love to see a KAG 2 (which, yeah, probably won't happen), but it seems just as likely to me if the devs had just checked out after 2 years (which I think would have been before I even started playing) that instead of having a sequel we'd have an actual dead game.

    Branching versions btw sounds like a great way to split up an already tiny community even further
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  19. Vermilicious

    Vermilicious Ballista Bolt Thrower

    In my first comment, I made a point to differentiate between different kinds of changes. Fixing problems, adding convenience or make cosmetic changes isn't a big deal. They extend, rather than change. While these kinds of fixes and tweaks were made, a lot of "new stuff" was also thrown into the mix, and I think that's where the playerbase started to split up. That was a long time ago, and it's not possible to remedy now, but what can be done, is avoid doing the same mistake over and over.

    Perhaps it is too late to define what KAG 1 is supposed to be, and perhaps it is to be ever-changing, but it baffles me if someone expects a different result if you keep doing the same thing over and over. The change now, to a more community-driven pipeline, isn't going to change that if the game still has an identity crisis. At best, it's going to humor the last few who have stuck around until the ship sinks. No one is going to bother going back and play the game they used to love, cause it's gone now, even if there's someone to play with, and bringing in new blood is very hard.

    As for small community, well yeah, it's very small now. It was farily big at one point. People got bored or didn't like the changes that were made. It kept on for quite a while. It was frustrating to watch it happen, and see THD focus on other projects instead of this baby, without much success. As for branching, it doesn't have to hurt, if done right. In fact, THD did just that by keeping Classic alive. The problem was that they left it to rot. People still talk about things they loved in Classic.
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  20. Fuzzle

    Fuzzle Grand Grumbler

    Couldn't have said it better. When I was still more than a mere troll to this community, I desired to improve KAG because I saw a severely lacking implementation of what I considered the core concept behind CTF - the concept that made KAG popular. I saw tremendous potential in this concept and I still do. While I solely desired to improve on this core and the poor implementation of it, the rest of the developer team seemed to be more interested in adding to/altering it. The difference in our vision and direction (or their lack thereof; I'm still not sure) frustrated me. Looking back, I don't see how most of these (often controversial) modifications has added value to KAG. I desired a "flawless" experience but while I elimininated flaws others kept adding new ones to the pile. KAG is an unpolished gem; it needs a brush up - not more content or different content.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2018
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