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Jan 24th 2024, 17:48:37

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Jan 21st 2024, 10:07:45

I was LaF once. It was perfectly fine and dandy. Why can't we all just be friends :D

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Jan 15th 2024, 16:47:08

isa

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Jan 9th 2024, 12:19:17

> Bro

Stop right there young man... I AM OFFEND

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Jan 9th 2024, 11:15:00

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Jan 5th 2024, 10:43:05

Originally posted by ZEN:
YES. DUMB.


I think this means LCN confirms it

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Jan 5th 2024, 10:41:45

I think they were more like 700MB

but I did start with 5.25" floppies... ;)

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Jan 2nd 2024, 10:28:46

pdfs

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Jan 2nd 2024, 7:34:24

Look I just had to spend 14 minutes grabbing and there wasn't even 20 targets with zero DR's and all my jets keep disappearing SO unfair

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Jan 2nd 2024, 7:25:16

I forgot Theo Casher requires obsessive playing of turns and optimal grabbing. should have played allx CI

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Dec 31st 2023, 18:40:55

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Dec 30th 2023, 9:58:35

Originally posted by Primeval:
Attacks on non-bot countries are forbidden. A game moderator will be along shortly to confirm


This new ClanGDI sounds super effective!

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Dec 25th 2023, 14:15:27

[quote poster=ツ; 52291; 1026036]Lcn [/quote]

Your cookie is in the post :D

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Dec 25th 2023, 10:28:14

Rank 11

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Dec 22nd 2023, 17:00:49

Originally posted by Ratski:
I'm not sorry, It's how I play the game because all I am looking for is the highest scoring Standard strike. and I don't give a Rats ass about the scores here, can't win this game, so I force top players with the most land, to buy more defense to keep me out..lol I call this strategy Spoiler Alert ! You guy retal me sure but the set ends when GDI kicks Sunday, and I am done tell Tuesday. So as there is no prize in the game I say have fun , by the end of the game.


You have played 131 rounds of a game that you aren't even trying to win. Impressive.

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Dec 22nd 2023, 16:37:05

werjkytguyefadv

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Dec 16th 2023, 12:30:51

Originally posted by BlackHole:
Derrick -

I don't think the issue is humans wanting to war. I think the issue is humans wanting to grief.



^^^YES

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Dec 16th 2023, 12:28:09

I think that because, rightly or wrongly, this was originally desiged as a war game.... "Command your country's military to attack and defend against your enemies. Execute attack strategies to relieve opponents of their resources and land." etc

If the 60% prefer war stat is right, that would play into that. But they are fake wars, and also formulaic.

I like the safe netting meta. I think it takes time, commitment patience, skill. I don't like how a rando suicider with an awful half assed country can do what seems like outsize damage with very little effort. That's the imbalance I see, which I think is just a part of how the game mechanics are set up. Kind of cool that the little guy gets to kick back hard, but that has its downsides.

What exactly is it that people are trying get rid of? I think if it's "suiciders" then that needs some clarification. I think that words has become so played out that even the slightest retaliation is "suiciding" because, generally anyone that does anything thesedays would get stomped.

The only reason that works is because there are so few people that do fight back that it's easy enough to put them in their place. Thats why humans dont do it, there aren't enough of them.

Imagine e.g the current 350 bots where a third of them are just nutso - over 100 "suiciders" and 200 not so obviously so but still aren't pushovers. Now there is a new dynamic, grab bot that fights back and you (and your clan) are gone have to make a call as to whether or not to let it slide or commit resources. Multiply that by 10 pro 100 depending on how unlucky you get in your bot selection. The bots will lose eventually, because the server will eventually prevail, but in doing so it's perturbing the usual log in farm DR's optimally play turns/stock meta.

I dunno what would would happen but it would certainly be different!


Edited By: UgolinoII on Dec 16th 2023, 12:31:31
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Dec 15th 2023, 13:25:11

I think AI server is a bit of a misnomer. It's just a bot server. Perhaps others have the chops to actually imbue real AI, but the stuff I wrote was very much if/then/else

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Dec 15th 2023, 11:59:45

https://www.earthempires.com/forum/post/1021616/perm

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Oct 6th 2023, 21:29:53
Originally posted by Gerdler:
I didnt care much for bots retalling as its so easy for a dev to turn that on and then leave without fine tuning it so that they dont act in a way entirely detrimental to the player base.


Bots going haywire and attacking/"warring", going all Skynet on us players. Now that is something that would get me motivated! DIE BOTS DIE

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Couple years back when I played on AI I knocked up some bots that basically walked the top 10 every reset. all it took was a semi sane startup, taking advantage of arbitration's a result of dumb bot choices wrt market, and not doing the same dumb bot things myself. Throw in a bit of endgame de-stock logic and they did surprisingly good for the amount of effort I put it.

Without attacks it was kind of stale though.

I understand they have since been added, im not sure I have the impetus to revisit - need that lottery win ;) - but I think the main point im making is that AI servers are basically a mirror of what goes on on the human servers. Aside from wars and the odd suicider, the majority of the game tends to be towards optimising the netting, now (it seems) with the inclusion of additional methods of boosting. (No reason AI couldn't do that either, assuming FA has been implemented - even without some timed farming with zero def would work).

The truth is the game is pretty formulaic, and mostly predictable. So the think that stuck out most for me in what prime said (skynet!), is that if your bots could retal (which I think they can now), then you have a lot more scope for bots having varying degrees of personality from sane to crazy. This would fill the void left by the fact that nobody really has in game personality anymore. It's all been "optimised" out. Nobody attacks anyone because everyone has seen war-games. Which ironically, has made this into a non-war-game!

Coding formulaic bots was trivial, coding true "AI" bots with faux emotion. That sounds lie more fun. You know how it goes in tourney, a single grab from a big guy, might be worth letting it go but it leaves a mark. Another grab, then that player feels shoved a bit more. Now you are weighing the 'do I care more about my finish than I do about taking revenge". A simple example but something you could easily model as a basic personality trait in a bot. You only need a few other simple rules along these lines, for some more complex behaviours to emerge. Perhaps bots that were allies, might see attacks on their friends as something that proves them into action (or at least increments a counter, that might eventually cross a threshold). Failed ops, what are they up to, should I attack preemptively. Am I big relative to another company, does it lookliek I might get away with a grab on them...

Randomise the behavioural thresholds, randomise the degree to which bots 'feelings' are moved by certain actions. You've essentially created (albeit somewhat simplistic) human-like players - at least in so much as my experience of having played tourney over the years.

Throw 350 of those into alliance and you have a very different game dynamic. Being the best netter is no longer about logging in, farming bots without recourse, optimising playing turns by following a formula. It becomes also about assessing risk/reward - paying attention to behaviour of bots, actually having to considered what constitutes reasonable defence.

Maybe i'm just dreaming and maybe this is way outside of people's comfort zone, but after a couple years away, I come back and all I see is same old same old.

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Dec 15th 2023, 11:00:23

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Dec 7th 2023, 12:54:41

How dare you I am a casher ;)

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Dec 6th 2023, 10:41:06

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> Yeah I think the whole idea was the great wars of 100s again in 2025. Not that all these folks would come back for nostalgia purposes and like....treehug. It's not realistic anymore. No one is gonna come back for nostalgia purposes to learn the FFO farming 350k bot acres and oil/hybrid destocking meta. That is simply for diehard current netters only, and while it might pique the curiosity of a handful, simply won't appeal to the masses.

Maybe I already am! :)

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Feb 18th 2021, 14:02:12

Hello :D

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Feb 17th 2021, 16:23:56

I moved on to other things (Rocket League addiction), but here is the repo I was working on...

https://github.com/sgbett/ee_npc/tree/strategy

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Dec 13th 2020, 20:00:07

Dude, my account totally got hacked! I'm a pansy netgainer! ;)

Thanks everyone, hopefully I'll find my way back some day.

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Dec 11th 2020, 20:26:20

Checking our for a while, thanks for this new set of earth memories. Surprised I lasted as long as I did, a testament to how entertaining y'all are :D

Might be back in a few years, got some stuff to do!

Lots of Love
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Oct 22nd 2020, 21:58:42

Originally posted by ZEN:
I pretended to be a girl in the xyz games and won because half the server was flirting with me. One person actually LG'd me and like 12 countries suicided them.

Princess Ann.....she was so hot.

I wish I would have saved some of those messages back and forth. But you can imagine. Mine were all like "tehehe, I don't know what I am doing. Thx for the messages. LOL you're SO funny. Of course I am over 18. TTYL need to tan"


A/S/L?

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Oct 21st 2020, 16:17:50

Confirmed

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Oct 16th 2020, 0:22:27

Originally posted by Xem Chevabelle:
Originally posted by En4cer:
Z if there wasn't that set in the middle coming 2nd to you it would have been a 3 peat.

Not sure what I'm going to put on the grill this weekend yet.


If LaF didn’t conspire to have me killed It would have been a no-peat.

I woulda beat you by 100m nw


If I had not been RoR'd, played all my turns, grabbed properly and remembered to destock I'd have beat you by 200m nw!

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Oct 10th 2020, 7:48:26

10/10(/20) quality fluffpost

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Oct 1st 2020, 10:00:08

Originally posted by Hardy:
Crypto can yield a higher return (:


I agree... If you know what's what... most people are going to get crushed as the SEC continues to burn things...

When they eventually come for BTC, it's going to be a massacre!

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Sep 14th 2020, 0:21:01

If anyone had any real beef with the game. *and* they had actual talent. They could still "suicide" effectively, but its not really sustainable - in terms of trying to RP a repuation. Thats what I like best about the changeset. It nerfed flufftalkers.

Spooge would have did just fine under the new rules (which is why we did it how we did it). Another crew could easily turn up like we did and wreck netters (inc. me - im one of those no def suckers too now!) but at least they would have to put in the effort to cause *real* damage.

For me thats what changed the game. Before: "almost 0 effort could wreck anyone", After: "In order to truly hurt the top guys, you have to be one of the top guys"

Flap flap flap around the details, but thats the nub of it and I think things are general better as a result.

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Sep 14th 2020, 0:10:11

I dont know who anyone is.

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Sep 11th 2020, 1:07:24

Xyle is #13

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Sep 11th 2020, 1:05:48

Poll is dumb "too much drama not enough suiciding just enough greifing" isn't an option

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Sep 9th 2020, 16:36:50

I did tyr casher in express too. It's horrible.

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Sep 9th 2020, 16:35:55

Originally posted by galleri:
Originally posted by Gerdler:
Originally posted by UgolinoII:
what's it called when you accidentally all your jets on private instead of bushels? :D

How that work? Jets are not even close to bushels. If you sell your tanks I get it. But jets? Thats not fat fingers, that is when you play with a fat knee on a on your smartphone. :P

Maybe he played with his feet?


lol :)

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Sep 9th 2020, 16:35:43

Originally posted by Gerdler:
Originally posted by UgolinoII:
what's it called when you accidentally all your jets on private instead of bushels? :D

How that work? Jets are not even close to bushels. If you sell your tanks I get it. But jets? Thats not fat fingers, that is when you play with a fat knee on a on your smartphone. :P


I have no idea how I did it, I was just kind on autopilot (I try and spend as little time as possible grabbing!) but the absolute millisecond I did it I realised what I had done.

Im sure thats not the only thing I'm doing wrong, for some reason I haven't been able to get rolling. Dunno what I did differently last set :/

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Sep 8th 2020, 20:30:08

what's it called when you accidentally all your jets on private instead of bushels? :D

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Aug 31st 2020, 18:41:51

You need more turrets! ;p

But yeah. Sucky timing.

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Aug 30th 2020, 18:50:47

Originally posted by DerrickICN:
What if I showed up with Jack Daniels?


I can state categorically that if anyone turns up at my hose with a bottle of Jack then we are all good :D

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Aug 29th 2020, 22:19:18

Oh dem teachers all be trying to sell their tech now, well I got news. FU. I already bought your overpriced crap early on and I refuse to buy any more!

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Aug 28th 2020, 19:01:56

Originally posted by galleri:
If you aren't drinking hard liquor on a Sunday night straight out of the bottle, then what are you even living for?


https://youtu.be/unwjb5a7CoE?t=3

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Aug 25th 2020, 2:02:05

You really could. Its a magnificent fluffup! :)

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Aug 25th 2020, 1:49:52

I said my jets, not my turrets. I still have literally 100s of those!

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Aug 25th 2020, 1:24:31

I just accidentally all my jets on private, which probably extrapolates to about 200m NW so fluff this reset.

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Aug 24th 2020, 16:24:57

Originally posted by Tmac:
Originally posted by MILORD:
It is not always possible to strike back with "ss" or "ps" ... Yes, and development can be long-term, when the real profit will be after a while, and early, like the indie communist.
A communist in the first phase of development, can make a seizure and answer him with the same coin, it is sometimes impossible. Therefore, the formula 1 cc ps = 1 cc ps, I think is not correct.


Not trying to be rude, but I have no idea what you just said.


understood it to mean that sometimes retaling with a grab is not strictly economically viable, e.g a commie can retal anyone early on. someone else might have to build up to retal - they might strictly be better (end NW wise) sucking up the hit.

(then goes on to talk about always recalling one way or another, perhaps alluding to notion that its not always about pure numbers but also about "diplomatic relations" going forwards!)