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King of Men
Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2018 7:20:30 AM
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Let's try to hammer out the rules on this. I suggest the following basics; improvements are welcome.

1. We will use prestige as the auction currency; as usual, players below the median amount will get the median. Unused prestige will be converted to rifles.
2. The auction objects will be components of vanilla focus trees. Each component bought at the auction will replace one of the generic "Foo Focus" paths that the converter gives; so you can't buy more than five components. This shows what I mean by a component:



A component is a distinct path in a focus tree; in the case of Britain, we can split the Rearmament section into two such paths, making the "General Rearmament" path separate from the other half. Conversely, the "Cryptologic Bomb" path is not separable from the "Limited Rearmament" one without doing real violence to the dependencies, so those stay together; this gives us two components from the British focuses. Some judgement is required as to what can be a component; they should all be of roughly equal size, and paths that depend strongly on a historical setup - such as Britain's "Overseas Service" path, which assumes the existence of basically every European minor - won't be used. Components that are mostly useful to anyone, but have one or two historical assumptions, can be tweaked to be useful to us. We can also add some custom components if anyone feels up to doing the modding, subject to GM-team approval; if you make a component, please make it roughly as powerful as the vanilla ones.

Thoughts, objections, improvements, volunteers to go through the vanilla setup and figure out what the components are? Any other bonuses we should add to the auction - maybe packets of starting equipment, say "100 basic tanks" or the like?

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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2018 7:56:36 AM
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From Discord: Mark suggests using smaller groups of 3, 4, or 5 ideas instead. This has the following advantages:

  • Each item is less crucial - nobody can get three war-winning ideas in one groups.
  • More auction items means they will be spread out more.
  • With smaller groups it's easier to chop the useful parts out of a mostly-historically-dependent path.

    And disadvantages:

  • More modding to do, the auction will take longer.
  • Makes it easier to stack research bonuses of one kind by picking exactly the right four groups. Jet aircraft in 1938, anyone?
  • Ideas that are meant to have a long chain of prerequisites will be possible to achieve in 1936.

    I welcome thoughts on this.

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