Presentation: Historical system battle
The new fight system of BRYTENWALDA is the result of a deep study to reach the maximum offered by the M&B engine.:hmmm:
The starting idea was to make the AI an enemy difficult to defeat, and also to make the battles more complex and funnier, not for arcade players but for strategy lovers. We have tried to accomplish these requirements by studying manuals of battles and strategies of the historical period, as well as the different classical sources that make reference to this points. Also we added the "experimental archaelogy" of clanmates and recreation world in the exercise of throwing javelins or using slings. No animal suffered and no public good was damaged during those tests. Clan del Cuervo picture: www.clandelcuervo.com
The realism was intended to be the way and the transport, trying to approach us, in the limitations of the engine, to the historical situations of the generals and Lords of War in that period.
Nevertheless, Brytenwalda is based on a time as the seventh century and in a place such as the British Isles, which is well adapted to the system of game Mount & Blade (it's impossible to represent faithfully a battle of ancient times with forces of more than fifteen thousand men on each side) We are talking of meetings of several hundred, and sometimes, rare, a few thousand.
We talked about a fight, direct, bloody and tactical.Features:
In principle the movement of our army will vary much more depending on the terrain, and also depending on the units. A heavy infantry should be very slow, but the light infantry should move quickly and easily.
Each unit has been worked in different aspects. Heavy infantry will behave as heavy infantry, with good defense, but slower in atack and manoeuvring. The same for the rest of units.
The heavy infantry in history has generally been used as an element of shock, with limited tactics. I speak of the heavy infantry especially because at this time it was core of the armies.
His way forward was to advance, throwing javelins or darts, form a shieldwall and charge. Could have a defensive character (hold the enemy while the cavalry, light infantry or other heavy infantry won the flanks of the enemy), or offensive, to fall upon the enemy, collide and bleed. Battles were won for moral, not for causalities, never forget that.
And men were not fighting for hours. A man can fight the maximum pressure a time of 10-15 m, before being exhausted. So there was a relay system for example.
Several parameters have been taken into account, as the lethality and reaction time of each weapon, and they are now different. A knife can be terribly rapid, but not very dangereous, mainly depending on the armour of the enemy unit. It cannot be the same thing trying to trespass a mailchain or gutting an almost nude slinger. Each weapon will give advantages and disadvantages. A heavy sword will give a certain advantage in charge, but is less efficient in close melée fighting. A short sword, on the contrary, is not the best weapon to charge with, but is very lethal in close combat.
Each armour and shield has been also treated with specific stats.
Projectile is another point drastically transformed from Brytenwalda. These units are no more machine guns, but the casualties will depend more on the position related to the objective and we have tried to adjust casualties to the data obtained from ancient-medieval battles. They are a good tactical element if used properly, as they can reduce the moral of the enemy, making charges more efficient.
Moral. There are no units without fear, fighting to death. This is very epic but no real at all. In Brytenwalda the soldiers will be hence impredictable. They can fight as lions or, more probably, to rout quickly in a difficult moment. The use of this kind of troops in battle makes necessary a strong organization of our troops.
One of the effects obtained in this way is the possibility of winning the battle in a zone of the battlefield, whereas the other side of your army breaks because you was not able to close lines in due time.
If you want to bring veterans to battle, you will have to invest money (they are expensives), and it is your choice, either less amount of high quality troops or more units full of noob soldiers.
In any case our goal is that the battle will be won by the best general, that knows how to take advantage of his troops, their moral and the terrain in the best way, not by the general with the most powerful army (superhuman units have disappeared ).
We think that the AI is notably improved with those changes, being a harder enemy. However, more tests are needed in this aspect.
Finally another positive point is that we will have the chance of having success with any kind of tactics.
All these improvements, soon in your PC.