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Ziggurat Engine Mod

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Ziggurat Mason This mod combines ruleset changes with the new modding tools we have thanks to And G.
Thanks also to IniochReborn, who along with And G showed me how to modify AoWEpack.dpl using PE Explorer and HxD.
Also thanks to Lagi for some improved/fixed unit and city graphics, to Codyksp for hex edit discoveries and criticism/suggestions, and to Thirsk and other older modders who unit graphics I may or may not have appropriated without checking where exactly they came from.

CHANGELOG: (contains a database of most TS1.36 data points for side by side comparison)

To install, simply copy-paste the contents of this folder into your Age of Wonders directory, overwriting the original versions of the Release, Dict, Images folders, and overwriting AoWEPack.dpl. You might want to copy-paste your entire age of wonders directory elsewhere first as a backup.

The main changes are:

-Halving of most income sources: this is to make tier3 and tier4 units effectively more expensive without running into the 255 gold hardcoded cost limit. Many miscellaneous costs were reduced in compensation.
-Unit gold upkeep formula from 4/6/8/10 to 2/4/6/8: effectively the same for tier1 units, but higher for higher tier units.
-Spellcasting levelup cost from 20 to 15, DEF levelup cost from 5 to 12: makes hero development more varied, along with MOST abilities becoming levelup options
-Archery, Hurl Stones, and Poison Darts had their ATK reduced by 1: ranged unit spam no longer dominates PBEMs but remains an option.
-Most units have had stats and ability changes. A small number have been renamed. I tried to make sure that every unit played a unique role, was thematically appropriate, and was balanced.
-Race relations have a lot more wary and Neutral, and a lot less Polite and Hostile relationships. -Dark Elves and Humans hate each other, as the lore demands they ought!
-Units only take 1 turn to install
-Each race has racial abilities, generally gained at gold medal and built into their heroes. Orcs have Round Attack, for example.
-All spells have been made cheaper and easier to research, but some have also had their ATK/DAM values changed.
-Most abilities are available to heroes at Levelup, but heroes start with -4 fewer movement points for most races.
-Smaller cities cost a lot less to upgrade - it's now 60 gold for 2-hexers, and 120 for 3-hexers
-Vision has been reduced by 1 point for units, and slightly reduced for farms/nodes/mines. Concealed units won't be detected if they stand next to buildings, only if next to units, and they can hide in any forest, even sparse trees and giant toadstools.
-Altars cost less mana to fire, and recharge more swiftly.
-Silver Medal and Gold Medal each grant +1ATK/+1RES/+2HP, instead of +1ATK/+1DEF/+1HP followed by +1DAM/+1RES/+1HP
-Morale now has a bigger effect on RES, including +1 RES at perfect morale, but a smaller negative impact on DEF.
-Leadership now grants +1 ATK and +1 DEF, and some units like the FirstBorn and the Yaka Avatar have Leadership. All leaders have leadership by default.
-Raze defenders are now the defender, not the attacker, in the simulated battle which decides if the razer is strong enough to raze a structure. This means a Great Eagle can't simply raze a building because the defenders had no ranged weapons. Thanks for showing me how you did this in AoW+, And G! (actually need to properly implement it though I keep forgetting)
-unit stats can now go above 10, if you have enough buffs on them. Base stats still can't go above 10 though.
-Ongoing writing of expanded and spellchecking lore descriptions.

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A beautiful mod i use for all my live and PBEM games. Updated regularly and constantly being improved upon. One of my favorite changes in Ziggurat is installing units only takes one turn. But there is many other changes thanks for the mod!
I wanted to say that this mod is very good. I would like the author to add new units and graphics to game, as in the Age of Wonders Enhanced. Thank you very much. PS. I don't like the sound when clicking on the city.

[Edited on 09/05/21 @ 07:22 AM]

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