Three design lessons from five years of modding Civilization

Over the years I’ve released and refined mods for Civilization 5 (and its expansions), Beyond Earth, Rising Tide and most recently Civilization 6. Each project has taught me something new and given me a lesson I’ve carried forward and applied to the proceeding projects. These lessons influence the design, scope and schedule of my current and future projects.

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Echoes of Earth update: Artifacts & Expeditions

With the release of Civilization 6 just around the corner what is likely to be the last update for Echoes of Earth has been released. The “Artifacts & Expeditions” contains a wide range of changes but focuses on the Expedition rewards and Artifacts.

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Virtues, Diplomatic Traits and Yield Balance

What is the difference between a Virtue and a Diplomatic Trait? At first blush this may look simple, one is acquired with Culture, the other with Diplomatic Capital, but the nuances of this question had many implications on the design of Virtues and Diplomatic Traits in the recent Echoes of Earth updates. If you’ve wondered why Virtues have broadly useful effects while Diplomatic Traits are more niche, read on.

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Echoes of Earth update: Diplomatic Affinity

The just released “Diplomatic Affinity” update includes a complete redesign of all the Diplomatic Traits. While Echoes of Earth already had unique Diplomatic Traits this second pass is designed to bring Diplomatic Traits in line with the new Virtues. The biggest change is that Diplomatic Traits now all provide a source of Affinity points! You can see pictures of all the new traits below:

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Echoes of Earth Milestone: New World Virtues

A new update for Echoes of Earth has been released! This update completely overhauls the Virtue system. Virtues now reflect how your colony’s society evolves as it progresses down your chosen Affinity path.

This update also marks a milestone in the development of the mod itself. Every core system I wanted to replace has been replaced. Each interconnected system can now be fully experienced. This does not mean development is over, there are still more updates in Echoes of Earth’s future.

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Echoes of Earth update: Save Earth

A large new update, “Save Earth” has been released! This update marks a tipping point in the new Affinity point economy and adds new quests in the early and mid game that provide insight into the colony’s struggles during the early years and the trails of Earth after the Seedships left.

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