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31-05-2020 12:29 PM
Scatty Hmm, sounds interesting certainly. Thanks for posting it here. Think I'll wait still a bit though, until an improved version will become available, as some things I've read in the announcement show it's in the process of twiddling yet and not an all-around satisfying (at least for me) release.


Particularly that the AI doesn't know how to load units into boats yet, that's an exploitable weakness, imagine you start off on an island, enemy will be severely limited in reaching you. Lords of Magic, which I liked back in the day, had the same kind of lame AI problems.


That the AI gets the same amount of big cheating advantage as in original is also not something I (entirely) like as it is, I'd have preferred still a bit smarter AI with some less amount of cheating advantage. Smarter AI is a lot more fun to compete against, than cheating AI where one could feel compelled to get some cheating advantages as well, and / or exploiting game glitches or AI weaknesses.


But that looks pretty interesting, I'll be sure to keep my eye on progress of that work.
31-05-2020 09:36 AM
Blake00 WOAH!!! The good news keeps coming for MoM fans. After years Implode has returned from his self imposed exile (think kungfu movie where the bad guy bests the good guy so the good guy climbs up a mountain and learns better kungfu with some old guy with a grey beard who never speaks and then the good guy comes back and kicks the bad guys ass lol) and released a new version of his HD Multiplayer remake of Master of Magic with for the first time FUNCTIONING AI!! This is the moment many like me have been waiting/hoping for.. hopefully people try it and give him some feedback!

Announcement: https://mom.pjj.cc/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=9815

Download: https://sourceforge.net/projects/momime/files/

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03-03-2020 09:34 AM
Smiling Spectre Also, now you can choose to play original, Community patch or CoM (if you bought one).
01-03-2020 01:49 PM
Blake00 Oh and more good news. Slitherine have setup an official Master of Magic forum! And they've kindly moved my ever growing MoM2 wishlist thread into there too.
http://www.slitherine.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=590

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01-03-2020 01:47 PM
Blake00 Well this is interesting news! Seravy has done a deal with Slitherine (the new MoM license holder working on a new MoM game) and Caster of Magic is now a buyable ‘officially approved’ Master of Magic addon on Steam & GoG! Naturally Seravy has promised to continue doing more amazing improvements to the mod now that he’s receiving financial reward for his hard work. Caster of Magic is already amazing enough as it changes & improves MoM so much but my god if he ever finds a way to exceed the 4 enemy player limit I’ll have his baby lol!

Announcement thread:
https://www.realmsbeyond.net/forums/...d.php?tid=9846

The only downside is all previous copies of CoM have been wiped! Don’t think I’ve grabbed a copy since 5.6, which must have been a while back as he’s now up to 6.0 lol!

EDIT: Sure enough here they are! They’ve gone live!
https://www.gog.com/game/master_of_m...aster_of_magic
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...ster_of_Magic/

EDIT 2:
I just realised.. Master of Magic wasn’t even on steam until now.. they’re doing a joint release of both MoM & CoM on steam! Wow!
https://steamcommunity.com/app/11463...4292532351222/

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27-08-2019 10:53 PM
Smiling Spectre Slitherine mostly is not developer, but publisher. They will hire someone for the game, I suppose.

Warlock is Russian game. Pandora is German. Different developers, different publishers, so probably coincidence.

Pandora is bearable. But excruciatingly simple. I won from the first attempt, on the "above average" difficulty, if I am not mistaken.

I didn't see Polaris Sector yet, but if you want _good_ MoO2 clone, check Horizon.
24-08-2019 09:50 AM
Blake00
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Wow! They are certainly good news! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. Letís really hope things work out and can be completed successfully.
Yup, fingers crossed!

Most fans I've talked to so far appear to be mostly wanting MoM with a fresh coat of paint and don't want the wheel reinvented. Some have made some crazy suggestions but generally everything people come up with has already been done in one of the MoM style spin off games (eg Age of Wonders, Warlock, Endless Legend, Sorcerer/Elemental/FE, Worlds of Magic/PQ, Eador, Dominions etc) so such a change would make it feel more like them than a MoM sequel. So they need to update it but also be careful that they don't turn it into something else that has already been done and quite possibly done better.

A few people have joined up and posted their lack of faith in the Slitherine forums under their announcement and they were shot down pretty quick by fans of Slitherines other games, so their customer loyalty is a promising sign at least.

I've never played Fantasy General but apparently they're doing a pretty good job with it. I looked at some of the other games under their name and found some interesting ones..

Polaris appears to be a Master of Orion style game:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/4...olaris_Sector/

Pandora appears to be a Alpha Centuari, Civ Beyond Earth / AoW Planetfall sort of game:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/2...First_Contact/

They don't rate highly on steam but they look okay and many of the reviews (even the bad ones) all seem to talk about how hardcore the AI is so that's promising. Yeah they don't look like amazing genre changing games but they actually give me some comfort as it shows they have years of experience with 4x PC strategy gaming. Hopefully they take the good stuff from these stepping stone games and learn from the bad stuff people didn't like and put them to good use with their MoM project. Although it looks like different developers worked on those games and Slitherine just published them, so I wonder who they will put on MoM.

PS is it just me or is Pandora using the same world engine as Warlock? That is so darn similar lol.
21-08-2019 12:24 AM
Mystvan
MOM Fan Remake


Wow! They are certainly good news! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. Letís really hope things work out and can be completed successfully.
09-08-2019 04:09 PM
Blake00
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Originally Posted by Mystvan View Post
Too bad. I assume it is the same as the Remakes of Wing Commander Privateer Gemini Gold and Wing Commander: Privateer Remake.

The sale of these games (now compatible with latest Operating Systems) on Online Stores like GOG.com and Origin have contributed to the abandonment of the Remake Projects (MoM and Privateer)?
I've been meaning to look into those as I'm a big WC Privateer fan! So they never got finished? Such a shame.

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OH MY GOD!!! :O

Looks like I don't have to worry about this unfinished fan remake anymore as it appears we've got an official Master of Magic sequel or Remake on way (courtesy of Slitherine who've bought the rights from Atari's IP dungeon and just made the announcement on their site)!!!

Guess this explains the mysterious Atari activities I noticed recently. Clearly they reacquired MoM so they could sell it to Slitherine for $$$.

I'm such a super fan of this 25 year old game that I run a MoM fans facebook group so as you can image I'm SUPER EXCITED about this news lol.

I can't can't believe that after all these years a real sequel just might be happening now. Sadly most of the old MoM forums are long dead so if there's any fans here who know of a good old MoM2 wishlist/feature request list out there please let me know and I'll go post it over on the Slitherine forums (which I've just signed up to).

They've probably barely started the project yet so now is the time to get fan feature requests and wish list items in front of their faces. If the remaining fan base doesn't speak up now then god knows what sort of game we'll end up with. So now is the time to act!

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08-06-2019 05:22 PM
Mystvan Too bad. I assume it is the same as the Remakes of Wing Commander Privateer Gemini Gold and Wing Commander: Privateer Remake.

The sale of these games (now compatible with latest Operating Systems) on Online Stores like GOG.com and Origin have contributed to the abandonment of the Remake Projects (MoM and Privateer)?
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