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Non-Armageddon Discussion => Non-Armageddon Discussion => Topic started by: racurtne on February 21, 2017, 06:11:00 PM

Title: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 21, 2017, 06:11:00 PM
I have recently been sucked back into Dominions 4.  I am going to PM most of the old crew (that I remember playing). I am already committed to a couple of games on Steam but they have a relaxed schedule. I can play one game on here, but I hope we'll get a few going.

I propose an MA game. Map depends on the number of players. If Moe can get the old server up and running, great. If he can't, then I'll admin it on Llamaserver (PBEM), and it's easy, so no backing out due to having to move files into a folder, guys. We play Arm, you can move files around on your computer.

If you are in, stick it out, please. The whole game tends to fall apart if a player suddenly stops sending in their turns.

I would like to try Pythium, having never played them before in MP.

PRETENDERS:

Racurtne: Pythium
Pale Horse: Caelum
BadSkeelz: Ulm
Jingo:Bandar Log
Marauder Moe:Vanheim
Montarion: Ashdod
Inks: Jotunheim
Zoltan: Arcoscephale
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Pale Horse on February 21, 2017, 07:46:20 PM
I'm a sucker for these games.

I'm in.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 21, 2017, 07:49:57 PM
Hurray! Claim a nation and I'll start a list on the first post.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Pale Horse on February 21, 2017, 08:17:26 PM
I'll go for Caelum.  I loose most games, but I love them.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 21, 2017, 08:39:22 PM
I think Marauder Moe won the most games out of our last rounds. I, too, really enjoyed them. It's hard to win when  so many enter and only one can be the next god.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: BadSkeelz on February 21, 2017, 08:42:59 PM
I am garbage at this game as I am at all games requiring more than 10 minutes of tutorial.

I claim Ulm.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on February 21, 2017, 08:58:10 PM
Just waiting for someone to stealth pick Ermor.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on February 21, 2017, 09:34:42 PM
Did someone say "skeletons"?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 21, 2017, 09:40:35 PM
Think you can work on that server Moe? Or are we doing PBEM?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Akaramu on February 21, 2017, 09:41:01 PM
I have a vision of skeleton butlers... millions of them!
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on February 21, 2017, 09:42:32 PM
Lemme poke at it tomorrow and I'll get back to you.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on February 21, 2017, 09:49:49 PM
I was summoned.

Thinking C'Tis but I'll let you know shortly.


...I feel the call of Ermor...
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on February 21, 2017, 10:03:50 PM
Celerya please.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 21, 2017, 10:12:12 PM
I was summoned.

Thinking C'Tis but I'll let you know shortly.


...I feel the call of Ermor...

You remember what happened last time... :P
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on February 22, 2017, 12:30:06 AM
Racurtne put the astral gems together to summon me. :D

I definitely have time for a new game, whether direct connect or llamaserver. I'll pick a nation by tomorrow afternoon and post it here. The only mod I regularly use is Worthy Heroes, so I'm cool with that if you guys want it. I suppose we'll finalize that stuff once we have our players.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 22, 2017, 12:41:05 AM
Worthy heroes 5.5 or 5.8? I am playing games with both in them. I don't really care which.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on February 22, 2017, 01:48:45 AM
Put me down for Bandar Log
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Pale Horse on February 22, 2017, 10:06:49 AM
Worthy heroes 5.5 or 5.8? I am playing games with both in them. I don't really care which.

Whichever is fine by me.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 22, 2017, 01:47:39 PM
Put me down for Bandar Log

(https://lh3-googleusercontent-com.cdn.ampproject.org/ii/w1200/s/lh3.googleusercontent.com/zbiuwNQSRsOfAZ8SVrUB9pZ6n2f9W0HCiUdGOMwZtBN-nDIqXLrccVVM1h3c=w360-h270)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on February 22, 2017, 02:30:19 PM
OK, server up.  Details sent in PM. 

Uptime may not be as steady as before but I'll try to be responsive.  May migrate the game to a different machine later.

As before, don't take any nation that someone else has claimed in the thread.

On that note, I think I'm going to go Marignon.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on February 22, 2017, 03:27:40 PM
Still deciding what I want to do, but I should know shortly. By the way, if you guys haven't seen this before, this link is wonderful:

http://larzm42.github.io/dom4inspector/

It's a searchable database of everything in Dominions 4. That probably helped me get my head around this game better than anything else. It's particularly useful for seeing exactly what you get from certain summoning rituals, for example, which the game doesn't tell you very well.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on February 22, 2017, 03:51:17 PM
Alright, I'm either going to do Arcoscephale or Nazca. I'll know for sure later. If anyone else has a strong preference for one of those, please feel free to go ahead and claim it.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: valeria on February 22, 2017, 04:43:36 PM
[Thanks guys, now I have to listen to these shitty sound effects FOREVER while Zoltan tests set-ups.]
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 22, 2017, 04:45:11 PM
OK, server up.  Details sent in PM. 

Uptime may not be as steady as before but I'll try to be responsive.  May migrate the game to a different machine later.

As before, don't take any nation that someone else has claimed in the thread.

On that note, I think I'm going to go Marignon.

I apologize if your skeletons comment was meant to claim Sceleria. You didn't mention them by name and I assumed you were hearkening back to your MA Sceleria win.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on February 22, 2017, 05:12:25 PM
It was not.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Pale Horse on February 22, 2017, 06:34:37 PM
I think I still have PTSD from the one MA game where I went Marignon and sent my Virtue Pretender into an Arena Death match..only to keep fighting that damned mummified mage for something like 20 matches before I was worn down by attrition.

I know the bug's been fixed..but still..
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 22, 2017, 06:59:29 PM
I think Heroes 5.8 is conservative enough and includes more Heroes for newer nations.

Also I was reminiscing about that last night pale horse. I felt so bad. Hehe
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Pale Horse on February 22, 2017, 07:04:20 PM
I think Heroes 5.8 is conservative enough and includes more Heroes for newer nations.

Also I was reminiscing about that last night pale horse. I felt so bad. Hehe

C'est la vie.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on February 22, 2017, 07:12:10 PM
Changed my mind. Have a cool idea for MA Man I want to try.

So... what's the scuttlebutt on ARM these days?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 22, 2017, 08:32:53 PM
Pretender uploaded

Also, thanks Moe, for getting the server going. It's much more convenient.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on February 23, 2017, 02:43:05 AM
Uploaded my pretender. I went with Arco.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Pale Horse on February 23, 2017, 09:47:34 AM
Uploaded my Pretender.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on February 23, 2017, 01:19:12 PM
Uploaded, ended up with jotenheim
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on February 23, 2017, 01:34:43 PM
Uh oh.

Must resist urge to flood the world with skeletons again...   ;D
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: BadSkeelz on February 23, 2017, 01:40:13 PM
I'm going to be out of town this weekend so if you want to start without me go ahead.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Akaramu on February 23, 2017, 02:24:04 PM
Don't mind me, I'm just cheerleading for Moe.

(http://i.imgur.com/ois1I13.jpg)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on February 23, 2017, 02:29:40 PM
I'm fine waiting for Skeelz to get back, but if the majority wants to get started ASAP, I'm fine with that too.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Pale Horse on February 23, 2017, 03:22:28 PM
Tanta faz.

Wait or start, it doesn't matter.  If we start, we'll still wait for his turn in the end.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on February 23, 2017, 03:37:29 PM
If past games are a metric, it's going to take a few days still for everyone to get pretenders in regardless of when we agree to start.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Rathustra on February 23, 2017, 04:00:30 PM
I can't remember if there's a way to spectate this. There isn't is there?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on February 23, 2017, 05:12:59 PM
I can't remember if there's a way to spectate this. There isn't is there?

Nope. You just get to live vicariously through whatever remarks we make in here. People have been making efforts to make Dom 4 "happen" lately, with long-form AARs on blogging sites (which are the most enjoyable way to second-hand experience Dominions, in my opinion), and even some LP videos on YouTube. I love this game so much, I've contemplated doing my own simple videos and blogs to help with exposure. Things like introductory guides. This game REALLY shines in multiplayer, so the more people interested in general, the better.

But it's a very niche game with a ridiculous learning curve. And the months-long MP games benefit greatly from secrecy and misdirection, so live play-by-plays aren't usually attractive to the player. I know some people put up posts and videos on a set turn delay to work around this, though.

Here's an example of a pretty well-regarded AAR: https://devnada.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/drama-mama-introduction/

This game has some easily tapped potential for storytelling if someone is motivated, which is another reason I'm fond of the AAR format. Also, dominions isn't exactly the most gnarly-awesome game to watch in motion. :D

In addition to this GDB game, if any of you are interested in participating in regular Dom 4 games, you should check out this steam group I joined solely for that purpose: https://steamcommunity.com/groups/clockworkforest

If you want to join up, merely friend request and message the head guy Drithyl and join the Discord server to start getting involved. They have a dedicated server for Dominions games, so it's extremely low-hassle. The community doesn't seem toxic, either, which is always nice. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic players from all over the world.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Rathustra on February 23, 2017, 06:28:09 PM
I can't remember if there's a way to spectate this. There isn't is there?

Nope. You just get to live vicariously through whatever remarks we make in here. People have been making efforts to make Dom 4 "happen" lately, with long-form AARs on blogging sites (which are the most enjoyable way to second-hand experience Dominions, in my opinion), and even some LP videos on YouTube. I love this game so much, I've contemplated doing my own simple videos and blogs to help with exposure. Things like introductory guides. This game REALLY shines in multiplayer, so the more people interested in general, the better.

But it's a very niche game with a ridiculous learning curve. And the months-long MP games benefit greatly from secrecy and misdirection, so live play-by-plays aren't usually attractive to the player. I know some people put up posts and videos on a set turn delay to work around this, though.

Here's an example of a pretty well-regarded AAR: https://devnada.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/drama-mama-introduction/

This game has some easily tapped potential for storytelling if someone is motivated, which is another reason I'm fond of the AAR format. Also, dominions isn't exactly the most gnarly-awesome game to watch in motion. :D

In addition to this GDB game, if any of you are interested in participating in regular Dom 4 games, you should check out this steam group I joined solely for that purpose: https://steamcommunity.com/groups/clockworkforest

If you want to join up, merely friend request and message the head guy Drithyl and join the Discord server to start getting involved. They have a dedicated server for Dominions games, so it's extremely low-hassle. The community doesn't seem toxic, either, which is always nice. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic players from all over the world.

Thanks for the links - good resources! I played in the team game last time Dom 4 made the rounds. I am still salty that apparently our team were the only one that actually planned their pretenders - resulting in everyone just quitting. Goddamn CASUALS.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 23, 2017, 06:47:37 PM
I can't remember who my team's pretender was. But Zoltan's Marignon expansion party with the armless guy cracked me up.

We had some newish people that time. I can't remember why everyone stopped, but I know it wasn't going great for a lot of the teams' expansion. The people playing this one now generally didn't quit on us.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on February 24, 2017, 06:45:36 AM
Just play Rath, be cool.  8)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on February 24, 2017, 02:48:26 PM
Changed my mind again, went with Ashdod.

Pretender uploaded.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on February 24, 2017, 04:12:24 PM
Heh.  I'm thinking of giving Vanheim a whirl now.

But we're waiting on Skeelz so let's say we'll probably kick things off Monday.

Also, what do we want for a map?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on February 24, 2017, 04:52:53 PM
At the risk of being totally predictable: http://www.indiedb.com/games/dominions-4-thrones-of-ascensions/forum/thread/peliwyr-12718-wraparound

That map always feels good to me. It should be suitable for the number of players we have, too. I tend to do my SP tests on it as well.

Just not Urrapland or whatever, please. I recently had a Bogarus game on there that was soul-shatteringly painful due to being spawned in a map move 1 area. Everything was just mountains and forests, several provinces in a row. And when it wasn't those, it was wastes. Yuck.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 24, 2017, 06:43:22 PM
Peliwyr is good.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on February 24, 2017, 08:04:21 PM
What kind of site scatter and indy strength are we expecting?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 24, 2017, 11:54:03 PM
What kind of site scatter and indy strength are we expecting?

Yeah I did a test game with Bandar Log. They are pretty good.

I think we normally do default on both of those.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on February 25, 2017, 01:40:27 AM

Yeah I did a test game with Bandar Log. They are pretty good.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QwzfJJjMQw&ytbChannel=josemagaiver
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on February 25, 2017, 01:58:29 AM
Looks like all pretenders are in.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: BadSkeelz on February 25, 2017, 02:11:47 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9-tthmvsVk

(http://i.imgur.com/jrEsnEM.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/7ZNrPvB.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/LIfq6t0.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/eCE84mU.jpg)

ULM
VS
BANDAR LOG


(http://i.imgur.com/dBuRcX1.jpg)

MONDAY

(Jingo is probably going to obliterate me)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on February 25, 2017, 07:26:31 AM
(Jingo is probably going to obliterate me)

(http://i.imgur.com/vTGRtNc.png)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 25, 2017, 03:28:45 PM
We're still missing Moe's pretender, looks like. Not that it matters, since he has all weekend.

And also, the bois are here. Don't mess with me and my crew.

(http://cdn.history.com/sites/2/2013/12/byzantine-empire-AB.jpeg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C49GfGpWMAAdQex.jpg)

Intimidating fellows, I know. There's some of these cats to back 'em up as well.

(http://www.realmofhistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/10_Facts_Roman_Legionary_12.jpg)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on February 25, 2017, 03:34:02 PM
Luckily, Ulm has a very straight forward strategy. Use your awesome troops to kill things, and get these useful spells:

Earth Meld -- It's in Alteration, and stops elite sacreds in their tracks. Don't forget to use your Guardians to help lay the smack down if you're bless rushed.
Magma Eruption -- It's in Evocation. Kills pretty much everything dead.
Summon Earth Power/Phoenix Power -- They're the same level in Conjuration. Makes your mages stronger in battle. Earth Power even gives reinvigoration, which is extremely useful.

There are many other useful spells, but if I were playing Ulm, that's what I'd go for immediately. Particularly Earth Meld. It's low research and can stop an early game rush in its tracks. The main thing to remember is to err on the side of excess when it comes to combat mages. When something like Magma Eruption comes online, you should seriously spam the hell out of it for greatest effect.

But Bandar Log is pretty clearly set up for Stellar Cascades spam and N buffs. Lots of S magic (but not cascades) have magic resistance negates, and Ulm is not exactly great in the MR department. I've actually never played them before, but their summons look cool, if not exactly easy to reach.

I haven't really played Arco before, so I'm still not totally sure what I'm going to do with them. They seem to lack the "flash" of a lot of other nations I like. But Healer(3) on a recruit anywhere mage is very nice.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 25, 2017, 07:36:17 PM
Luckily Ulm is set up to take Drain for the extra MR. They aren't necessarily a super strong nation, but those troops are beastly.

Communion nature magic can seriously buff some monkeys later. Bandar's sacreds (especially those tiger riders) are also pretty serious with a W bless.

Arco gets elephants to expand and line infantry escorts. Priestesses keep your elephants from getting too beat up with afflictions. They also keep your old mages from getting afflictions. They ALSO can get rid of afflictions on a pretender. They can ALSO keep your troops fighting longer. They are amazing. Communion capable mystics and astrologers can do some serious evocations and buffing. I like Arco.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on February 25, 2017, 08:41:30 PM
Let's do it.

(http://img.sparknotes.com/content/sparklife/sparktalk/2014/direwolf2_LargeWide.jpg)

(https://i.imgflip.com/8axq3.gif)

(http://www.whale.to/c/pagan_11.jpg)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on February 26, 2017, 08:08:55 AM
I've gone through so many pretender chassis in the last 48 hours.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on February 26, 2017, 09:43:16 AM
(http://orig08.deviantart.net/8178/f/2010/208/8/8/88d2531832fc39860d88e82284c20ed9.jpg)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on February 26, 2017, 05:12:17 PM
I've gone through so many pretender chassis in the last 48 hours.
Are you still tinkering?  I got a guy in and can kick it off any time.


Oh, and how are these thrones?
1: 12
2: 6
3: 2
21 points to win.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 26, 2017, 05:38:00 PM
I feel like that is a lot of thrones for the map. We'll be swimming in thrones. I like the ratios, though.

Maybe just tone it down a touch?
 1:10
2:5
3:2

17 or 18 to win?

That's still 17 thrones on a 140ish province map.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on February 26, 2017, 05:41:30 PM
I've gone through so many pretender chassis in the last 48 hours.
Are you still tinkering?  I got a guy in and can kick it off any time.


It's more like I just can't make up my mind. I'm good to go.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on February 26, 2017, 05:45:53 PM
How about...
8
4
2
16 to win.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 26, 2017, 06:20:02 PM
That works too.

Switch to Vanheim?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on February 26, 2017, 07:00:16 PM
I did.

Anyway, launching soon if there's no objections.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on February 26, 2017, 07:45:39 PM
(https://media.giphy.com/media/mxDZecDOOsWCA/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on February 27, 2017, 04:33:35 AM
Snark waited in the courtyard of the ancient castle, his wolf-brother, Yorb, peered about restlessly.

The armies are mobilising, yes yes, it is as the Gyjas forsaw. We obey.

A clump of giants stood opposite his unit of wolf-kin, waiting for orders, trimming beards and boasting to each other about past raids into human lands. The leader of this expeditionary force entered into the courtyard, followed by a fur covered giant, he seemed taller than the rest, his eyes shone with intent.

His words rumbled across the frost-lined stones like an avalanche.

"Chosen of Tesnek! Hear His words!"

Silence descended from the usually rowdy raiders. The tension was palpable.

"The time for petty raids is over! It has been foretold by the Gyjas for an age, the time of Tesnek is here! Plunder, loot and land are your right!"

Snark licked his cold-cracked lips in anticipation, although he would consider plunder and loot the same thing he wasn't about to argue semantics with the mouthpiece of a god.

"Go now, take what is ours! Claim it all!"

The giants roared enthusiastically and beat their shields, Snark and his kin merely slid onto the backs of their furred brothers and sisters and nodded silently among themselves, before pacing from the courtyard.

The Gyjas know all, yes yes, and now we ride.

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/3a/c0/36/3ac0360156485b89686f1f94417edc8d.jpg)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on February 27, 2017, 11:52:41 PM
Best Vaetti fanfic on the internet
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on February 28, 2017, 08:54:38 PM
Turn.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on March 01, 2017, 09:49:16 AM
Turn's up.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Akaramu on March 01, 2017, 12:55:07 PM
More spoilers plz

Also screenshots!
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on March 01, 2017, 01:30:10 PM
More spoilers plz

Also screenshots!

(http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/en.futurama/images/1/19/Electroniumhat.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20150226070941)

So far we're just expanding. I don't think anyone would even have first contact with another civ yet.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on March 01, 2017, 01:42:19 PM
Well, uh, the very first province I took was good for my magic diversity. That was pretty exciting. And I'm already seeing black candles, so I'm assuming one of you unenlightened barbarians are nearby. I don't play a lot of MA so I'm not really sure what to expect from certain nations, but the expansion phase is usually a pretty sedate and bland time.

Things will probably heat up when borders are established and the real diplomancy starts cranking out. But even then, most communication will probably be private out of necessity. You have to be able to lie about yourself and others, which can be somewhat undermined by giving an exciting play-by-play in a public place. :D
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Akaramu on March 01, 2017, 05:39:08 PM
Last time you guys all wrote those awesome IC introductions for your Pretender and race.  :(
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: BadSkeelz on March 01, 2017, 06:14:31 PM
Last time you guys all wrote those awesome IC introductions for your Pretender and race.  :(

That was before we all began min/maxing and choosing the best Pretender chassis instead of the coolest. I do want to do one, though.

In the meantime this is as good a shorthand Ulm reference as any. (shame I didn't go with the Hooded Figure pretender)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Afw8e-abVa8

Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on March 01, 2017, 06:19:48 PM
Aww man. Anyone take a screen of mine?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: BadSkeelz on March 01, 2017, 06:23:52 PM
I did :D I was planning to post it when I get home.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on March 01, 2017, 06:25:25 PM
Last time you guys all wrote those awesome IC introductions for your Pretender and race.  :(

My pretender is called Wet Willy, and with the aid of 300 ripped hoplites, he will Make Arco Great Again. People are saying he's doing a tremendous job, and Independents are flocking to join Arco bigly.

Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: BadSkeelz on March 01, 2017, 08:43:06 PM
Turns in!

Totila, Prophet of the Eagle of Victory, fresh from his bloody pacification of the Deer Tribe Peoples, had returned to Ulm to collect reinforcements. And his mail.

The first scroll was the larger and cruder of the two. It smelled distinctly... simian.

(http://i.imgur.com/DsNrbxP.jpg)

Tossing it aside, Totila tore open another mailer. Just more informational circulars by the looks of it.

(http://i.imgur.com/RuzzHNE.jpg)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on March 02, 2017, 12:20:36 AM
Tesnek quivered with anticipation at those nations getting on his level.

Soon, soon.

(I'll edit with a proper update soon.)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 03, 2017, 03:59:32 PM
Yea been busy. Soon
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on March 03, 2017, 08:16:33 PM
Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell Ulmish blood on the border...

(http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/863/801/a32.gif)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on March 04, 2017, 11:23:26 AM
I'm getting a server-local conflict again. It's asking me to either send local moves or retrieve them from the server.

This time I know better than to touch anything.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on March 04, 2017, 08:37:13 PM
Looks fine on my end.  Says Bandar Log has a turn in.  Though in theory those orders could have become corrupt.  I'd reload them (either from server or local, not sure if it matter which), check to make sure everything is acceptable, then send them back in.

I'll hold off putting in my turn until you've reported everything is all good.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on March 04, 2017, 08:54:53 PM
Looks to be working.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Pale Horse on March 06, 2017, 11:50:52 AM
New turn's up.  Sorry for the delay; a snow storm blew through my area last night and knocked out a transformer in my neighborhood and the internet in the greater area.  Everything's back up, now.

I suppose it's ironically fitting for the guy who chose to play as Caelum.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on March 06, 2017, 02:32:08 PM
Victory or Valhalla!

(https://media.giphy.com/media/olkdqTO5wtxgA/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on March 06, 2017, 08:09:04 PM
I assume I lost then.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: BadSkeelz on March 06, 2017, 08:42:35 PM
You'll know soon enough, Jotunheim is the last turn required.

(You're Jotunheim, right? I am having a terrible time keeping track of everyone this game)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on March 06, 2017, 10:36:39 PM
hrrrrrnk hurry up Inks
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on March 06, 2017, 10:47:48 PM
No, You will have to wait 4 hours.

Also I am usually first to do turn ;)

And so it continues.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on March 08, 2017, 02:37:29 PM
Man, you guys ate up that last turn pretty quick!

New turn up.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on March 08, 2017, 03:16:09 PM
Man, you guys ate up that last turn pretty quick!

New turn up.

Game's gotten pretty interesting pretty fast, and expansion (at least for me) has been an exciting scramble. I'm not used to playing with level 1 thrones these days, either, so I've been surprised at how fast they're getting taken over. Compared to my other ongoing game (EA Hinnom, late game, with me versus the world), this game is at the moment pretty laid back and scripting-light.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on March 10, 2017, 01:39:32 AM
But those indies.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on March 11, 2017, 12:02:28 AM
(https://i.imgflip.com/1l72tw.jpg) (https://imgflip.com/i/1l72tw) (https://imgflip.com/memegenerator)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on March 11, 2017, 01:49:54 AM
CES PSA

We would like to address the rumors surrounding the so called submersible elephant corps. The Convention of Enlightened Simians does NOT possess submarine technology. And if we did, elephants would certainly be too large to fit in them. While our brightest minds believe that such a marvel of technology could one day be a reality, they are much too focused on the ongoing fruit-famine and conducting border disputes at The Shadow Gates.

Other rumors including a top-secret "sea lab" apparantly visible from the peeks of Caelum are just that -- Rumors. We wish to extend an offer to the Seraph to provide ANY evidence for these claims.

This has been a Convention of Enlightened Simians Public Service Announcement
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on March 11, 2017, 12:48:14 PM
The enlightened astrologers of Arcoscephale know all, they see all. The rumors of the sealab are true. A bizarre structure, but no doubt present for some nefarious, not-actually-fruit-related purpose. The barbarians of Bandar Log are not to be trusted, and you would all do well to ignore their propaganda.

And on that note, I'm sorry I'm going to be holding up the game for a bit today since we're about to have guests here IRL. Sorry. :'(
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on March 11, 2017, 06:18:09 PM
Turn's up!
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 11, 2017, 07:56:03 PM
I see giants in the distance

(https://media4.giphy.com/media/a7TVYozeiGwjm/giphy.gif)

Concerning Sealab..
(https://media.giphy.com/media/tQtw3zR39TOJq/giphy-facebook_s.jpg)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Pale Horse on March 12, 2017, 05:17:25 PM
Turns up.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: BadSkeelz on March 12, 2017, 06:21:37 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/vKtHu4y.png)

Open for business
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 12, 2017, 07:49:28 PM
Where do you keep your hammers?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: BadSkeelz on March 12, 2017, 08:38:24 PM
Hardware, aisle 5.

Special deal 15A or 20S on hammers limited stock apply now for your order
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on March 12, 2017, 08:53:04 PM
Is this the fruit store?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 12, 2017, 09:39:34 PM
..Yep.

(http://i.imgur.com/ssVbXjb.gif)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on March 13, 2017, 03:56:15 PM
To every thing...
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on March 13, 2017, 06:15:32 PM
To every thing...

(http://s3.production.artbash.co.nz/5250-original-monkey-cold.jpg)

...

Might be the time to check if you have access to dispel.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 13, 2017, 06:45:58 PM
Did I miss something?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on March 13, 2017, 07:01:36 PM
I thought Moe was trying to cryptic like he was about to drop a global.

That or he's quoting The Birds.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on March 13, 2017, 07:29:39 PM
That or he's quoting The Birds.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 13, 2017, 07:52:04 PM
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/0f48e222989655c6d3f3c9ab27d9c6b6/tumblr_mlw0t3WkLp1r8t4mjo4_250.gif)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on March 13, 2017, 10:39:51 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlADJpNtS_s&ytbChannel=MrJackpotsteve
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 13, 2017, 10:50:55 PM
I may or may not have an Indie commander named Biggus Dickus...

If you've been paying attention to who captured the Throne of the Moon(Arch Theurg Coitus Interruptus) or the hall of fame there are many others coming soon to a battlefield near you.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: BadSkeelz on March 14, 2017, 09:09:13 PM
Turns in!
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on March 15, 2017, 05:47:33 AM
Snark sat by the fire, eating mutton hungrily. As crooked teeth tore off another chunk of meat he watched a battered, armless giant eat from a feed bag strapped to him.

I know this one, yes yes, he was with us since the initial expedition. He lost both his arms in the third month of the Ascension Wars. I hear the other giants call him Ol' Kicky. He somehow continues to live, serve and collect wage, despite the battles he has "fought" since.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/2vwurep.png)

(http://i63.tinypic.com/5y6r9g.png)

Snark looked away, past the war camp towards the looming fortress, crossbowmen visible every so often patrolling the walls.

The Wound Crossroad, a fitting name for a place, yes yes, where even holy Tesnek himself was driven from the battlefield and forced to flee, overwhelmed. A dark moment, yes yes.


But now things were different. He himself leading units of his kin, and giants, alike. The filthy Vans holed up in the fortress built on traditional jotun hunting grounds, that they had refused to back down from. Considerable amounts of human recruits and sell-swords supplemented the Jotenheim forces. Some fugitive mages, formerly having to practice in secret, had eagerly joined.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/11uz5oi.png)

They are boring to talk to, we think, yes yes. Always talking only of death.

Snark checked the string on his sleek, black bow, gifted to him by the vaetti hags when Fade to Black had been slain in the first major battle by the scum. It was impeccable as always, as he imagined the Seith ritual used to make it imperceptibly quiver with anticipation.

Soon, it is time to hunt again. We sleep now.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2drunti.png)

Snark curled up next to his furred brother, nestling into the shaggy fur as sleep took him.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 15, 2017, 05:50:52 PM
Summer 2nd Year of the Ascension wars

Three figures huddle by a fire that casts a gloomy light through the humid night of the swamps of Pythium. One figure scribbles in a book while the others cook snake on the opposite side in sullen silence.

The swamp has sapped the spirits of my companions already. They believe we are on a fool's errand, but I know better. I had it from a reliable source that the hatchlings were sighted near here, and I intend to bring them back to the capital. A few days back we came across a village of toad-men. Primitives. They shared food and information for a few beads and other trinkets we brought from Pythium. A simple knife of iron bought their Shaman's loyalty. Though I doubt their ilk could be of any use, my orders for dealing with remote tribes were clear.

Dinner was roasted maggots. The toads fixed their bulging eyes on us as we ate and laughed in their disgusting croaking manner when Lucius nearly tossed them back up. We stayed for two days, gathering information about where a likely den would be. I hope to find the hatchlings tomorrow or the day after.

Cato, Tamer of Hydras
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Late Summer, 2nd Year of the Ascension wars

Three figures once again sit around a campfire,  ragged and muddy. The late afternoon sun comes down hazily through the thick, stifling air of the swamp.

It has been the better part of a month since we left the toad village and our supplies are running low.  Fresh water to replenish our stores is nearly impossible to find. I pray to the new god every day for rain, but my prayers seem to go unanswered. Perhaps She wishes to make us stronger.

As he writes, Cato's two companions head off with their spears, looking for that night's meal.

I found it, but the den proved old. It hadn't been used in months. The toads are as worthless as they look. I plan to take us...

A splash of swampy water nearby causes Cato's head to swivel to the left, his quill dropping to the muck below. A dark shape shifts towards the camp from out of the fog, and Cato's hand darts for the trident leaning on the tree beside him. He scrambles for his net as a hiss reaches his ears...
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 15, 2017, 05:52:55 PM
Is the server down?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on March 15, 2017, 06:04:02 PM
There was a forced windows update, so I also took the opportunity to install my new Andromeda Initiative upgrades.  Server will be back online once driver finishes installing.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on March 15, 2017, 06:29:04 PM
Should be back now.  Upgrades seem stable.  (Fallout 4 runs on ultra, 60fps!)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Akaramu on March 15, 2017, 06:45:27 PM
Should be back now.  Upgrades seem stable.  (Fallout 4 runs on ultra, 60fps!)

Why are you wasting time on Fallout 4?  :'(

Write a cool IC post about your chosen faction instead!
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on March 15, 2017, 06:47:55 PM
Because I just installed a new 3D card and it's the most advanced 3D game I have installed.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on March 15, 2017, 08:56:59 PM
I'm going to be out of state until basically Sunday, so I'm afraid Arco is going to be holding up the game for a bit. :-/

Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 16, 2017, 12:02:31 AM
What??? How dare you.

Enjoy your trip.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: BadSkeelz on March 16, 2017, 12:16:21 AM
We have a turn to stress over until you return
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: BadSkeelz on March 17, 2017, 02:12:43 AM
I tried to recruit a Black Lord and he came out diseased. Knew I should have just recruited more infantry.

(http://i.imgur.com/V84bEEg.gif)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on March 17, 2017, 05:43:31 PM
CES PSA

Much ink has beens spilled lately over the spilling of blood. We are of course referring to "blood sacrifice", the dark art of ritually shedding innocent blood. Blood Sacrifice has the singular purpose of breaking the seals of creation to unleash the horrors imprisoned in the infernal realms. Yes indeed, ethical dilemmas abound. "How can we trust the demon princelings bound to our service?" "How many doom horrors is too many doom horrors? "Who is going to clean up ALL THIS BLOOD?"

But why bother with ritual slaughter when we have far more pressing and outrageous crimes much closer to home?

FRUIT SACRIFICE

Fruit sacrifice is the ritual destruction of fruit to serve as sustenance pretenders and false icons alike. Nominally, the fruit is chopped into slices, offered to an icon on a plate and just LEFT THERE TO ROT.

Clearly, you agree that such atrocities cannot be left unchallenged. If you suspect your neighbors or co-workers to be hoarding fruit for sacrifice; Do not hesitate! Contact your local convention representative for immediate action.

This has been a Convention of Enlightened Simians Public Service Announcement.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on March 18, 2017, 03:22:28 AM
Quote
"How many doom horrors is too many doom horrors?"
There is a correct answer to this question, if anyone was wondering.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 19, 2017, 12:08:33 AM
Sunday Sunday Sunday
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on March 19, 2017, 04:18:54 AM
Git R Dun
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 19, 2017, 05:48:56 PM
Moe. Waiting on you.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on March 19, 2017, 06:06:22 PM
Ah, didn't know we were all back.  Turn up.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on March 20, 2017, 02:11:20 PM
Turn's up!
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 20, 2017, 07:27:04 PM
Continued..

The beast darted for him, but Cato managed to cast his net. The serpentine form writhed as the heavy weights around the net spun from the momentum of the toss and bound it. Before the powerful beast could wriggle free Cato was upon it, stabbing with his trident as he loosed a triumphant roar. The ropes burst as the wounded creature flailed and spun away from Cato, blood pouring from a wound on its belly. Cato leapt forward, ending the horned serpent's suffering with a final stab.

_______________________________
Early Fall, Second Year of the Ascension Wars

We found one, but alas we lost it. The full grown beast didn't appear to have any young, pity that. I didn't want to return to pythium empty handed, however. So we did what we set out to do. We arranged a large net. It took nearly three days to bind all the vines together.  We took up position near its lair, and set the net in some trees, spreading it with both of them ready to drop it.

I then went about goading the beast. It didn't take much. The mere sight of me sent it hurtling after. As I ran past the spot, the net dropped as planned. The Hydra was not wrapped well by it, however. It worked one of its smaller heads under the edge and gnawed. I stabbed at it, knowing it would regrow. The pain sent the beast into a mad rage, however and it somehow managed to extricate itself. I was forced to flee, and found refuge in a tree.

The next day we returned to try again but found the nest abandoned. My cursed luck has failed me. Foraging has left us malnourished and thirst is a constant companion. I must return to Pythium in disgrace it seems.


Cato sets his book down and heads into his tent, his two companions having long since gone to sleep.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 20, 2017, 09:05:36 PM
(http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/facebook/000/141/644/7nTnr.png)

Inspired by actual story events ig.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on March 21, 2017, 12:16:46 PM
Snark gazed up at the almost unmanned walls of Vanheim, a once-mighty citadel that now was merely an ornate coffin for the Vans, a burial cairn symbolizing their extinction. When Vanheim had tried to lift the siege in the Wound Crossroad, that had been the tipping point. A battle like this hadn't been fought in decades, or so the hags told him.

I have never seen a battle like this. I did my duty, but the nightmares remain.

Snark reminisced as Jotun hurled rocks at the hefty gate, un-stringing his bow and easing down.

We were ready to storm the castle, then they came.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/11ka0dz.png)

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2evgntk.png)

The Glosos were in a position to storm a gate, they were soon cut down after ploughing into the centre column as shade beasts, bone fiends fought skinshifters on both flanks, the werewolves tearing at the undead ferociously.

Lightning bolts crackled through the Jotun lines, the Vans using their magic to great effect. The hags and necromancers responded more subtly, the seith magic causing fear in the ranks of men.

Once the Van lines broke in the center, the skinshifters finally attempted to flee after inflicting massive casualties.

Not a single one escaped as the wolf riders chased them down, their withdrawal too late.

At the end of the day over fivescore of our forces lay dead, or dead again, as half of the casualties came from the undead or glosos brought to absorb the impact of the siege.

Over tenscore of Vanheim's men lay dead. This defeat would be a death knell for the hated Vans, as they could no longer replace losses of this magnitude.

Krampus and Bjeardsson had marched to Vanheim largely unopposed, some minor resistance being quashed without pity.

We still need to take the walls...I obey..yes yes. The chariot-men who Vanheim attacked will take the other castle within weeks.

The Vans had choked on their pride and aggression, and now only myth would remain of their ancient race. The fifteen or so Vans with any fight left in them awaited Valhalla, no doubt, and the sweet release of death.

Bjeardsson, the legendary Jotun general, would oblige.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on March 21, 2017, 02:24:42 PM
Hey now!  You totally started that war.  You only get undisputed claim to provinces neighboring your capitol.  And Arco violated an explicit border agreement.

That was a pretty good battle, though.  Really goes to show how a few high earth mages can really shore up the odds.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on March 21, 2017, 04:53:55 PM
Well, I did say that the throne was up for grabs. I tend to not say one word or another about throne ownership until someone actually claims it and battles are fought.

What other epic battles are happening? I know Bandar Log has invaded Caelum with a sizeable doomstack of tigers and elephants. Could be time for Caelum's dreaded raid game to show itself to cut the legs out from under that army.

I sense a powder keg between Jotunheim, Ashdod, and Pythium. Either way, we're solidly into the neighbor-devouring phase.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Pale Horse on March 21, 2017, 06:51:47 PM
Well, I did say that the throne was up for grabs. I tend to not say one word or another about throne ownership until someone actually claims it and battles are fought.

What other epic battles are happening? I know Bandar Log has invaded Caelum with a sizeable doomstack of tigers and elephants. Could be time for Caelum's dreaded raid game to show itself to cut the legs out from under that army.

I sense a powder keg between Jotunheim, Ashdod, and Pythium. Either way, we're solidly into the neighbor-devouring phase.

Caelum as already succumbed to the inevitable when they were hit with doomstacks from two players at once;  I've already switched to computer control.  Knew my time was going to be short when I got stuck next to several masses of heavily armed natives that screwed my chance for expansion  :(
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on March 21, 2017, 07:35:58 PM
The victors write history, and I did warn you that Wound Crossroad was my traditional hunting ground.  ;)

Also Pythium and Ashdod are already at each other.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on March 21, 2017, 07:40:56 PM
Damned Pythians! What have they ever given us?

To put it succinctly: many slaves died. We ate their corpses. Then we ate the Pythian corpses.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 21, 2017, 08:02:59 PM
Well, I did say that the throne was up for grabs. I tend to not say one word or another about throne ownership until someone actually claims it and battles are fought.

What other epic battles are happening? I know Bandar Log has invaded Caelum with a sizeable doomstack of tigers and elephants. Could be time for Caelum's dreaded raid game to show itself to cut the legs out from under that army.

I sense a powder keg between Jotunheim, Ashdod, and Pythium. Either way, we're solidly into the neighbor-devouring phase.

Caelum as already succumbed to the inevitable when they were hit with doomstacks from two players at once;  I've already switched to computer control.  Knew my time was going to be short when I got stuck next to several masses of heavily armed natives that screwed my chance for expansion  :(

This brings up a good point. Why were indies set to 6?

Also with 2 players set to AI now we can probably start thinking about a new game.

Everyone in? We can delay starting a tiny bit. EA or LA?

Since we have no hard time limits on turns we should be OK.  And don't forget your diplomacy hats.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on March 21, 2017, 09:19:12 PM
Indies set to 6 was weird. I'm fine with having a second game going but we are are going to finish this one. It is intense.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on March 21, 2017, 09:51:58 PM
I'd be up for joining another game. I don't have a strong preference on age right now, but I'll check out some of my lesser-played nations and see if I develop one. Either way, count me in.

And yeah, despite a couple players going down for the count, this game is quite exciting so far.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 21, 2017, 09:57:55 PM
I have a nation in both eras I really want to try. EA I want to give Ur a go, and LA I want to try out Abysia.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: BadSkeelz on March 21, 2017, 10:59:24 PM
I'd like to try something sillier/more thematic. Not that I don't love Ulm but I minmaxed my pretender too much to love him this game.

(I also should have named him Comfort Eagle, BUILDING A RELIGION)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on March 21, 2017, 11:47:05 PM
Thematic EA game? I've always wanted to Abysia but they're something of a one-trick pony...
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on March 21, 2017, 11:53:30 PM
I've been itching to try out Yomi if we end up going EA.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 22, 2017, 12:12:12 AM
EA sounds like a plan.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on March 22, 2017, 02:32:07 AM
Make a new thread for the new game if it gets going. Invite Rathustra please. Also let's get some more awesome RP posts here fellas.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Akaramu on March 22, 2017, 08:04:59 AM
Wait, did someone win the gane already? Who won?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on March 22, 2017, 09:51:43 AM
Wait, did someone win the gane already? Who won?

Monkey won. Monkey always wins.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Pale Horse on March 22, 2017, 12:59:10 PM
New EA game?  I'm in.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: BadSkeelz on March 22, 2017, 01:33:11 PM
Wait, did someone win the gane already? Who won?

Disregard the ape. The game is still on!

Caelum has been overrun though partisan activity and terrorist bird-raids on the Bandar Log homefront persist. Vanheim is supposedly also on the ropes with Jotunheim pounding away at them.

Information is scarcer from the southern front, where Ashdod, Pythium, Jotunheim and Ulm all seem to be in uneasy stalemate.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Pale Horse on March 22, 2017, 02:26:32 PM
Wait, did someone win the gane already? Who won?

Disregard the ape. The game is still on!

Caelum has been overrun though partisan activity and terrorist bird-raids on the Bandar Log homefront persist. Vanheim is supposedly also on the ropes with Jotunheim pounding away at them.

Information is scarcer from the southern front, where Ashdod, Pythium, Jotunheim and Ulm all seem to be in uneasy stalemate.

Time for some Cold War era politics.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on March 22, 2017, 02:43:29 PM
The night sky was clearer than it had been in weeks. The astrologers trudged up to Observation Site Two, single file on the well-worn path. When they reached the top of the hill, they wordlessly passed around a small clay jar and each took a small sip of Skygate. They laid down on their backs and stared into the riot of stars above. The drug took hold quickly.

"Our god rends his chains. He yearns to join His people. Soon, now."

"Our star has left the fourth conjunction point, the beginning has ended. We make our home in starlight."

"Our world has descended into chaos, but order shall prevail. It is written above. We will teach all the world."

"We bend to the Will, our god bends to the Will, and so too must all the world."

"The end begins on this night."

All returned to silence, absorbing the arcane messages from the stars. The broad path of history was never in doubt, but the astrologers of Arcoscephale nightly sought guidance on how to ease the way.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on March 22, 2017, 03:02:12 PM
The mate is definitely not stale in the Ashdod/Pythium corner. I have this faint glimmer of hope that I'll be able to write a nice RP post about it eventually.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on March 22, 2017, 05:01:44 PM
Hall of fame looks like hall of remembrance. Can someone post the screenshot?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 22, 2017, 11:01:39 PM
That day has etched itself into my mind. It was horrific. We marched shield to shield, approaching the formation of giants. As we came into bow range, thunder roared from behind. The rain started, and soon after, so did the lightning. We watched in awe as bolts from heaven rained down upon the giants, waves of thunder shuddered out from them, and the giants threw up their arms as if to shield themselves from the onslaught. It was then that hell began in earnest. Bolts of fire came screeching in from the enemy's side. I watched as a group of soldiers were enveloped in flame, screaming until the downpour finally extinguished them. Some of the giants, teeth bared, ran forward, their swords hewing through any man that dared stand before them. As I approached the front, the world blurred as a roar reached my ears. Three men in front of me exploded in a shower of viscera as an errant bolt of lightning struck in their midst. I struggled to my feet, ears now deaf to the screams of the dying as the men before me were skewered by giant horns. Behind, I caught a glimpse of the theurgs on the plain behind, hands held aloft as they struggled to control the swirling maelstrom above us. I saw giants struck down by bolts of lightning, and some, their strength sapped by magic, swarmed by men, stabbing at the exhausted monsters. Some men pushed past, running from the carnage ahead. I continued on, and as I came upon the front, I stabbed at armored legs. The snarling beast caught sight of me, and I was sure I was dead as it raised its sword. A velite on my right shoved his spear at the giant, interrupting the swing enough for me to back away. I felt a hand on my shoulder and then we were running. It was all there was left to do.

Achates, Principe of Pythium
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 23, 2017, 05:52:58 PM
Turn is up.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on March 26, 2017, 02:47:29 AM
That Communion is going to tear my nation into tiny pieces and then some  :o
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on March 26, 2017, 01:51:10 PM
Turn! Again!
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on March 27, 2017, 08:22:51 PM
In the lands taken by Jotenheim, the blood cults of the snake god Tesnek flourish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2EQ0FlVks4

Everyone from nobles and wealthy merchants, to peasants, must pay the blood tax. Virginal girls and women are sought, hunted and captured by the skratti and the hags then drugged and taken to await their fate, blood and sacrifice fuelling the Jotunheim war machine. Unrest and protests are brutally and violently suppressed by the military.

Entities tempted from Inferno and other realms beyond by the pure blood, march in step with goblin and giant, cackling and gibbering at the chance to wreak havoc on this mortal plane. Promises are made to beings beyond the comprehension of mortals, blood mages selling their souls and sanity eagerly for a taste of power.

Power through blood, peace through sacrifice, all lives for Tesnek.

Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on March 28, 2017, 02:52:45 PM
I don't think the pretender of Bandar Log really appreciated those heavenly gifts I sent. Unless exploding into a cloud of bone and gore is how their odd culture shows appreciation.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on March 28, 2017, 06:25:57 PM
I don't think the pretender of Bandar Log really appreciated those heavenly gifts I sent. Unless exploding into a cloud of bone and gore is how their odd culture shows appreciation.

(http://johnnavarro.net/_im-2008/MONKEY1A.JPG)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on March 29, 2017, 04:27:45 AM
I just want to say big props to Ashdod for fighting it out with Pythium and not AIing. Respects man.

When your pretender squashed my army flat it was pretty hilarious.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on March 29, 2017, 10:52:12 AM
We getting ready for our Masada. But without the mass suicide.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on March 29, 2017, 03:48:17 PM
"Tell me, brother. Do you doubt?" Ahiman, Second son of Anak, stared out over the battlements. Like a swarm of ants, the armies of Pythium massed before the fortress. Even now, their banners and the lights of their campfires filled the horizon. Behind him, Sheshai, his elder brother, paced back and forth, his burning with the rage of his heritage.

"Perhaps Talmai would have forseen this. Would have known..." Ahiman shook his head. In the courtyard below, the words of the Prophet drifted up to him.

"God stands with us, with you, Anakim! The Great Bull Himself leads us to war! There can be only victory!"

Sheshai whirled suddenly, his body shaking with barely contained rage, but his voice even and calm. "Doubt? How can I?" He gestured to the massive white Bull that stood below. "How can I..." he repeated, his voice trembling now; with anger or fear Ahiman could not tell.

Ahiman turned back to the battlements. He could feel the probing magics of the Pythian Theurgs. Their attack would come soon. The walls of Ashkelon would not stand for long. Ahiman closed his eyes, and felt the power of the Earth flow through him. For a moment, he stood tall as the mountains, invincible, immovable. But even mountains were brought low with time.

"We are the last sons of Anak." said Ahiman, clasping his brother on the shoulder. The rage inside Sheshai stilled for a brief second. "These... slaves cannot hope to stand against us. God is with us."

From below, the words of the Prophet drifted up once again, and Ahiman and his brother knelt, joining the fortress in prayer.

Praised are you, Briseis, our God, Father of Earthquakes, Master of Eloquence, King of the Universe: who grants us victory over the infidels. Amen.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on March 29, 2017, 10:15:45 PM
Paging ape-master Jingo. Your nation needs your guidance, lest time itself stand still.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on March 31, 2017, 02:19:22 PM
Ran out of gold. Troops deserting...

Gonna be a fun turn. LAST MARCH OF THE ANAKIM.

quick someone roll a nilazi and summon the ghost of a certain Lieutenant to take his turn! (is he past the statue of limitations on character info?)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on March 31, 2017, 11:54:06 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDRm36U7V70

Imagine the hyenas are demons. Thanks Skeelz.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on April 01, 2017, 12:01:25 AM
We have here a slightly ahistorical account of the brave Ashdodites fighting the vile Pythian dogs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5H-zbgvsBo

It don't end the same as in the movie.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on April 02, 2017, 09:38:26 PM
Thanks for giving that army a win, Skeelz. They were beginning to get demoralized after all the losses.

Only in dominions can you lose every major fight and still be winning the war.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on April 03, 2017, 11:34:10 AM
Thanks for giving that army a win, Skeelz. They were beginning to get demoralized after all the losses.

Only in dominions can you lose every major fight and still be winning the war.

It's all about production capacity.

Also, new turn!
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: BadSkeelz on April 03, 2017, 01:34:07 PM
Eh fuck magick.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on April 03, 2017, 02:49:49 PM
What's the state of the world looking like?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on April 03, 2017, 03:00:12 PM
Finally cut a hole in Pythium's mage corp but Ashdod has no more blood to spend.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: BadSkeelz on April 03, 2017, 03:00:44 PM
Turns out blacksteel armor is rather conductive of lightning.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on April 03, 2017, 03:26:14 PM
Meanwhile Jotunheim has two capitals other than their own and a blood vortex going. They and Arcoscephale are warring with Bandar. Ulm inexplicably decided to attack Pythium while they were still engaged in killing Ashdod.

Also, if you think that's all the mages Pythium has, I got bad news for you.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Jingo on April 03, 2017, 03:29:52 PM
Thanks for giving that army a win, Skeelz. They were beginning to get demoralized after all the losses.

Only in dominions can you lose every major fight and still be winning the war.

It's all about production capacity.

Also, new turn!

Are you sure it isn't about having a bigger nation finish the war you started?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on April 03, 2017, 04:31:27 PM
Thanks for giving that army a win, Skeelz. They were beginning to get demoralized after all the losses.

Only in dominions can you lose every major fight and still be winning the war.

It's all about production capacity.

Also, new turn!

Are you sure it isn't about having a bigger nation finish the war you started?

That's always helpful too. But if this is in regards to our current war, I'll have you know that I didn't invite the giants. They also got in the way of a couple of counter attacks I had prepped and made some other preparations moot, so ~sigh~.

But don't look a gift jotun in the mouth, etc etc.

I am pretty curious as to who people think the leader is right now. It's either Pythium or Jotunheim, but I'm not sure. Pythium has half the thrones claimed, but there's no denying Jotunheim's blobbiness and large amount of blood summons. I'm surprised that the two haven't warred with each other yet. With the sheer amount of thrones, though, they both may be able to turtle against each other while eating smaller nations without worry of the other snapping up the victory.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on April 03, 2017, 05:07:20 PM
I have nightmares about Theurgs and lightning bolts.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on April 07, 2017, 12:03:41 AM
The war between Pythium and Jotenheim has begun. Angels face off against demons in a conflict that will consume countless lives.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on April 10, 2017, 12:30:09 AM
So passes Ahiman, Second Son of Anak, Last of the Melqart, martyred in the name of Briseis, the One True God.

May he be revered among the martyrs of Ashdod and Ashkelon.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on April 10, 2017, 10:41:21 AM
I've never seen a nation withstand so many sieges. In the lategame and Ashdod lives on.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/mt2k9g.png)

Bogus the troll messing with my business again.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2nuj4tx.png)

Tesnek somehow got horror marked on turn one, and on turn 13 this bastard showed up and ate him. Tesnek was ready for him this time.

"Eat me once shame on you, eat me twice shame on me."

State of the world: War between Jotenheim and Pythium is brutal, with negligible gains on either side but considerable losses from skirmishes and minor battles.

Ashdod: Basically Stalingrad.

Jotenheim has been laying siege to a fortress Bandar log owns for a year, and has been beaten back twice, the primates implacable. I have lost many mages and demons to them, with all my demon raiders sent in slain by magic or traditional means eventually. Recently Pythium attempted to lift this siege.

Bandar and Arco are still going at it, Arco has made a big comeback after having very little territory left.

Ulm has had some battles with Pythium almost a year ago that went poorly, but has lost no territory.

Exciting times.

(All of this afaik)
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on April 10, 2017, 03:47:10 PM
Yeah, I meant to pop in here to give Ashdod props for being an implacable foe. The Stalingrad reference is apt.

Human players are just so dangerous compared to AI. Even when you've all but lost, you can still seriously affect the course of the game.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on April 10, 2017, 08:47:03 PM
Eater of Gods ain't no slouch. Doom Horrors will wreak entire armies if you aren't ready for them.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on April 12, 2017, 10:20:01 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/EwCm14R.gif)

Ashdod is going for the traditional blind prophet schtick I see.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on April 14, 2017, 01:04:30 AM
He'll see you dogs in the Deathmatch competition!

Well, I'm going to be away for the weekend, so won't be able to do any turns. Going to switch to AI on Ashdod since I only have a turn or two left anyway. I think Deathmatch comes after regular fighting regardless, so my prophet would be dead either way.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on April 15, 2017, 01:37:22 AM
Thanks for sticking around man.

Sorry about any delays I am helping mum move house this weekend, will take a turn tonight.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on April 16, 2017, 01:41:49 AM
Turn is up, apologies for the delay.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on April 16, 2017, 07:04:34 AM
More arena hilarity. I kinda expected exactly that to happen. Hehe.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on April 18, 2017, 06:43:47 AM
The better part is that after the arena, he is apparently then Damned to Kocytus. Because he is no longer in my fort.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on April 18, 2017, 05:28:58 PM
Did I not take the fortress? I swear I have hit storm castle 3 turns in a row. Am I bugged? Twice I thought it must have been a fluke. But this time I triple checked and logged back into the server to check again.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on April 18, 2017, 06:35:16 PM
If the turn is still up when I get home I'll attack with my poor old mute dementia'd limping chest-wounded one-armed priest.

And if it happens that my prophet gets back from Kocytus and starts some shit, please screenshot it because that'd be hilarious.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on April 21, 2017, 03:59:43 PM
And then there were five.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on April 21, 2017, 05:18:30 PM
Sadly, Abdastrus the blind, extremely obese prophet, the world's most beloved Hero, did not survive his trip into Kocytus. A pack of frost fiends froze him and (presumably) ate him.

Or whatever it is they do with giant obese ice sculptures.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on April 23, 2017, 11:08:57 PM
On the plus side there is nobody left alive to mourn his passing!
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on May 01, 2017, 04:10:36 AM
Tomorrow, the world!

https://youtu.be/ga99zvFQySU
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on May 01, 2017, 09:24:35 AM
Now that's the sort of pulse-pounding gameplay footage that really captures the allure of Dominions. :D
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: montarion on May 02, 2017, 04:11:05 AM
As though MUDders have any leg to stand on when it comes to graphics   ;D
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Marauder Moe on May 02, 2017, 02:31:02 PM
6 years, very impressive.  What's going on in the world?  Any battles worth posting about?
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Inks on May 04, 2017, 02:15:06 AM
I posted my perspective last time, come on my dudes.

Also the server seems to be down.

Pythium and Jotenheim are slugging it out, recently the castle Ashdod built at Caves of Mirra fell to a prolonged siege. Jotenheim lost 250 (mostly demons and undead) and Pythium lost 211 (mostly legionaries). The legionaries were buffed with army of lead and mist warriors, whereas the demons had two strength buffs and the natural darkness of the caves to rely on.

All in all the fighting was long and brutal. I wish I had screens, next time!

Currently Ashdod is under siege and Pythium is advancing towards Jotunheim on another front.

Ulm has taken some extra territory (formerly belonging to Bandar Log), they just seem to be chilling and protecting their turf.

Bandar Log is just down to the cap, but has driven off an Arco siege recently. I am sure they will be back soon.

Arco is doing quite well territory wise.

Pythium and Jotenheim are pretty evenly matched and the war is extremely brutal. I have learned more about the game from this war than any other match I have ever played. It sort of plays out with flying thugs and remote attack spells on my side, and Pythium's teleporting angels and unkillable pretender on theirs (if the pretender is damaged teleports back to Pythium, and has around 30 def/prot as well as using mistform.) Also Pythium's communions are too powerful for me to face openly without skulduggery.

A lot of the time it comes down to whoever goes first wins, since I have so many flyers and Pythium has so many theurgs.

If people want to do a thematic post or personal opinions go for it!
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: Zoltan on May 04, 2017, 02:30:41 AM
It's pretty rare that I'm playing with this much research and such a varied group of mages, so I've been doing a lot of tinkering while I slowly strangle Bandar Log. I keep trying to see what the minimum force I can send against Bandar Log is so I can be ready to respond to any other attacks with my reserves. For me, this is all feeling like the calm before the storm.
Title: Re: Dominions 4 AGAIN
Post by: racurtne on May 05, 2017, 11:00:47 PM
I will have my turns done tomorrow in both games. Sorry for the delay, I've been swamped.