Shadow Empire Poll #1 Results

The poll has been running for a few weeks now and I have just closed it. What should have priority for continued work on SE? That was my main question behind this poll.

Thank you for participating (if you did)! And here is a link to study the results:

I decided to share almost all feedback. Especially the results for the very important question 18 was very close. Personally I have a slight preference for adding exciting new features.

Considering new features the ‘bigger oceans and navy systems’ was the most popular request. But just as popular as ‘better AI + increased AI speed’ taken together.

The latter of those two is something (especially speed) that is causing part of the players (about 15%-20% to be (slightly) annoyed). So it is something I should get on top of.

It needs to be said that some of the other (other than navy) possible new features got a lot of support as well (like more varied minor/major cultures, weather/terraforming, deeper trade systems, more regime profiles and deeper politics and harder difficulty going into mid game).

I think I am quite sure after reading this that the AI speed and quality should be a major point to work on for the future. Not sure I can work a miracle, but it would be nice if I could cut the time by half. With some serious effort that should be possible. Also the model designer might well have to be given its own dedicated non-paper based popup window. AI + Model design count for me as improving existing systems.

The question I remain with is related to adding new features… The navy systems in particular… I have the time after the summer to do either those ships & navy zones or do multiple other systems that together might add more to the game. I start to feel like avoiding the navy systems would allow me to actually free up a lot of time and push for a lot more fun content. Anyway the jury is still out on that question. I’ll by enjoying my summer months first and then come late summer/ early fall i’ll make a decision.

Thanks for participating! It helps a lot to have an idea of whats on the SE players minds.

Best wishes, Vic

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2 Responses to Shadow Empire Poll #1 Results

  1. Abad says:

    Hola! Muy contento con los resultados :) Saludos!

  2. RustyPanzer says:

    Regarding the navy, I hope you don’t make make it too abstract. To be honest I’d be happy with a navy similar to what you have in Advanced Tactics Gold, with the regular hex-based movement, but that the AI can actually use properly.
    I know it may not be super-realistic, but it’s fun to move all those ships around.

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