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AoW Evolved

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Codyksp Current Version: 4.16.0000 (Updated September 25th, 2022)

AoW Evolved was built upon the Ziggurat Engine Mod and aims to rebalance all aspects of the game for LAN gameplay, rather than PBEM.
This mod is constantly being play tested by a select group of dedicated LAN players and all changes may be subjected to discussion.
The mod also incorporates many ideas from AoW+/AoWx but has "evolved" to make its own path while striving for absolute balance.

To install the mod simply copy the contents of the AoW Evolved folder into your Age of Wonders folder, overwriting the existing files.
It is recommended to make a backup of your Age of Wonders folder if you want to restore the original game or play with multiple mods.

A full changelog can be found here: AoW Evolved Changelog

Key changes include the following:
  • Gold income has been halved globally; this allows T4 units to be more expensive without hitting the 255 gold limit.
  • Unit gold upkeep was changed from 4/6/8/10 to 2/4/6/8. This makes T2/T3/T4 units cost more upkeep than before.
  • Unit XP has been reworked and now follows a clearer system with better rewards and promotion XP carry over.
  • Race relations and alignments have been fully reworked; penalties are higher, and relations are harder to improve.
  • Morale and terrain have been fully reworked; races now have disliked and hated terrain. All cities can now rebel!
  • All races have been changed to be more themed via medals, stats and abilities. Azracs have higher MV for example.
  • All units take 1 turn to install (which is free) and Builder's Guild/Shipyard production times have been cut in half!
  • Leadership now grants +1 ATK / +1 DEF and is default on all leaders. It's also available on select units.
  • Leaders & Heroes can now level up to a maximum of level 50, though this requires a lot of effort to achieve.
  • Leaders & Heroes have been fully rebalanced, start with more points but gain less points per level up.
  • Leaders & Heroes gain more passive XP at lower levels and gain more XP from higher tier units.
  • All level up ability costs have been adjusted for the above, it is now harder to quickly stack stats like DEF.
  • Spells have been tweaked, receiving buffs, cost adjustments or even a complete rework into a new spell.
  • Many unit enchantments have been moved to higher tiers and buffed. Fire Mastery grants Fire Halo now!
  • City upgrades are now cheaper and differ per hex size however, they are also slower for larger cities.
  • Unit, structure and spell vision has been reduced by 1 hex and replaced with 1 hex of terrain only vision.
  • Ranged attacks have been rebalanced or reworked and given specific roles. Marksmanship has been modified as well.
  • Sphere nodes now grant a baseline income, even if you don't own any of their spheres. This adds more value to them.
  • Only the Transport Ship can now transport units; all other ships have been repurposed for naval combat.
  • Addendums to the unit lore, foreshadowing the abilities they will receive at silver and gold medals.
  • And much, much more!

Join the AoW 1 Discord server to discuss the game and mod packs. You can also sign up to play PBEM or LAN games with us: AoW 1 Discord

This mod ships with an edited AoWEd.exe and AoWDevEd.exe as well as Ilpack.dpl for the ShowScene crash.
Please use AoWEd.exe to create/edit maps and only use AoWDevEd to check/change units and other resources.

  • Warlock - Being the granddaddy of modding and providing some AI fixes.
  • And G - Creating AoW+ and making many breakthroughs in hex editing.
  • BING XI LAO - Creating Ziggurat Engine Mod (my basis) and contributing to modding knowledge.
  • Inioch Reborn - Building upon AoW+ with AoWx which provided a balance starting point.
  • Eli9185, Blackcat & cole.p - LAN game play testers.
  • Lord_Athos - Balance contributions and Guild Freezer portrait.
  • Laurentius - Unit GFX for War Elephant, Halfling Sheriff and Guild Balloon.
  • Lagi - Unit GFX for dead Succubus, dead Necromancer and black/gold Salamander.
  • Wraithchilde - Unit GFX for Succubus (taken from AoW Enhanced).
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