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This is an overview comparing Multiplayer II to Multiplayer. (You can compare to Classic rules here.)

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Introduction Edit

The Multiplayer-Evolution ruleset ("MP2") is the newest ruleset in the Multiplayer-branch. It takes advantage of new features and improvements in Freeciv 3.0 server in order to create a radically improved and modernized completion to the MP ruleset branch. MP2 greatly improves: balance, strategic diversity, tactical depth, early-game Sea units, and late-game Air units. Over a two year period, many contributors vetted and balanced many other changes whose aim was to faithfully follow the principles in the MP2 Manifesto. The short version of those principles is: improve balance and increase playability, strategic diversity and depth, creativity, realism, fun, and overall richness. Enjoy!

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Summary of all changes: Edit

  • Important Note: Each item below links to the full details in the Design Log.
  • You can click particular items to read verbose details of changes, reasons, and balance effects.

Tech Edit

  1. Tech costs equalize pace of discovery for all game stages.
  2. Tech holes closed
  3. Darwin's Voyage is now similar to Colossus.
  4. No Philosophy bonus after Banking, Invention, Physics, or T85.
  5. Space Flight gives a Satellite Vision Bonus to cities and units.
  6. Space Race tuned as a viable game option
  7. Electricity removes Fog of War inside your own borders
  8. Horseback Riding before 2500 BC creates traveler's tales.

Governments Edit

  1. Fundamentalism upgraded for better balance, viability, fitness, and distinctive character.
  2. Communism upgraded for better balance, viability, fitness, and distinctive character.
  3. Foreign nationals added. Foreign citizens are unhappy if you are at war with their home nation, but assimilate to your nationality over time.

Units Edit

  1. Vision:Movement ratio fixed for 2x movement: starts at 1.4:2 then is 2:2 after Physics discovered.
  2. Restrictinfra server setting makes enemy rails act only like roads.
  3. Railroad move speed changed to 9x. MagLevs available with Superconductors for unlimited moves.
  4. Non-military Bribe cost fixed to work on all non-military units. 
  5. Land units on mountains get +1 vision.
  6. Nuclear Missiles get 24 moves. They come with later tech (Space Flight), to replace the Atom Bomb.
  7. Knights defend at 3 against mounted units and do not kill city population.
  8. Legions can build fortresses; and they can build roads on non-domestic tiles.
  9. Archers can do a (limited) Range Attack.
  10. Armor: no penalty vs. Fort; 1.67x vs Fortress. Plastics upgrades to Armor II: Cost: 80. A16 D6 FP1. Moves:6; no penalty from Fort/Fortress, 2x defense against Missiles, never attack-blocked by unreachable units.
  11. No bribe/sabotage on Air and Missile units.
  12. “OneAttack” flag deprecated since version 2.3 onward had made it even more dysfunctional. 
  13. Air Units make no ZoC over adjacent tiles. (2) Non-Fighter Air units do not protect units on the same tile.
  14. Para-drop for Paratroopers adjusted to 2x area coverage: 14 range.
  15. Marines now have realistic multipurpose role: can attack sea units & bypass air units. Improved vet status.
  16. Escort Fighters added. Cost: 80. A3 D5 FP2. Moves:18. Fuel: 2 turns.
  17. Medium Bombers added. Cost: 85. A6 D2 FP2. Moves:13. Fuel: 2 turns.
  18. Bomber renamed 'Heavy Bomber'. Cost: 120. A12 D3 FP2. Moves:16. Fuel: 2 turns. Strategic Bomber available with Rocketry. Cost: 135. A13 D4 FP2. Moves:16. Fuel: 3 turns.
  19. Anti-aircraft Artillery added. Cost: 50. A2 D2 HP20 FP2. Moves:2. 2x Anti-Air bonus.
  20. Mobile SAM added. Cost: 75. A2 D2 FP2 HP30. Moves: 6. 2x Anti-Air bonus.
  21. Air units can "air lift themselves"
  22. Balloon added. Cost: 25. A0 D0 M5 Fuel: 2 turns. 
  23. Jet Fighter added. Cost: 70. A6 D5 FP2 M24. Requires: Space Flight. 
  24. Jet Bomber added. Cost: 145. A15 D1 FP2 M19 Fuel: 3 turns. Can Pillage. Requires: Space Flight. 
  25. Stealth Aircraft improved. Stealth Bomber gets +1 attack (A19), SAM Battery only 25% bonus against Stealth. 
  26. Spies cost 35 (was 30.) 

Project Poseidon: Glorifying the Ancient Seas Edit

  1. Combat Rounds - Ancient ships have 15 combat rounds.
  2. River-worthy ships. Most ancient ships can travel on rivers.

(Many new units and adjustments to introduce real ancient navies. Click for full info.)

Project Neptune: Modern Naval Rebalance Edit

  1. “CanEscape” for Air+Sea units. 50% chance to escape Killstack if defender has more moves than attacker. 
  2. Major Naval Re-balance. Click link to see changes. Game Manual and in-game manual have all specifics.
  3. Warships from Ironclad onward can pillage buoys.
  4. min_speed Adjustment. From Ironclad onward, min_speed of damaged ships is 3 (was 2.)
  5. Crew Repair Bonus. Ships receive 8% healing every turn (rounded down), regardless of moving/resting.

Wonders Edit

  1. Pyramids: Cost: 160. Added Classic effect of +25% food storage in every city to its existing effect.
  2. Copernicus' Observatory Cost: 100.
  3. Great Wall. Cost: 275. Obsolete by: Machine Tools.
  4. Great Library renamed Supreme Court -- still acts as an extra Courthouse in all cities. Cost: 200
  5. Hanging Garden gains +2 luxury to the home city it's built in. Cost: 200.
  6. Colossus obsolete by Automobile, not Flight. Cost: 100.
  7. Lighthouse: Cost: 170. +2 moves, +1 vision, obsolete by Miniaturization.
  8. Adam Smith's Trading Company: now enables 3 new specialists: Laborer, Farmer, Merchant. Cost: 300.
  9. Michelangelo's Chapel: Same as before; but also adds a bonus effect of +1 happy +1 forced content to Cathedrals. -1 effect from Communist government (instead of Communism tech.)
  10. Ecclesiastical Palace added from Civ2civ3. Creates a second Palace and capital. Cost: 110.
  11. Temple of Artemis added. Cost 250. +1 gold,luxury,bulb,shield in all cities.
  12. Mausoleum of Mausolus added. Cost: 200. In each city, +1 content for each Courthouse or City Walls.
  13. Statue of Zeus added. Cost: 100. +1 content from military in each city, +1 happy/+4 upkeep in home city.
  14. Genghis Khan's Equestrian School Cost:150. +1mv to mounted units (not Cavalry). Obs.: Mobile Warfare.
  15. Tesla's Laboratory added. Cost: 200. 1 obsolete unit upgrades per turn. Does not go obsolete.
  16. Gibraltar Fortress added. Cost: 350. Coastal Defense in every city.
  17. Agōgē of Sparta added. Cost: 100. +⅓ move, all foot soldiers. (+1 if they begin their turn in the city with the Agōgē.) +50% attack to Phalanx, Pikemen.

Buildings Edit

  1. Courthouse a. Cost 45. a. Corruption reduction=60% (fixes bad rounding) b. 1 free unit upkeep (law and order bonus) c. Decreases hostile diplomatic odds by 20%. d. Cancels tile penalties in Anarchy & Despotism.
  2. Granary Cost 35. Slight aid to non-rapture governments.
  3. Mass Transit: Cost 60, +2T. Recycling Center: 70 shields, +2P.
  4. Police Station. Cost 50, gives ⅛ bonus vs diplomatic combat, and -20% to hostile diplomatic acts. Prevents enemies from creating "hostile" embassy without first agreeing to cease-fire, armistice, or peace. Gives +1 vet level to diplomatic units.
  5. Palace makes +1 happy citizen.

Miscellaneous Edit

  1. Project Honeycomb: Traderoutes radically altered and brought back.
  2. Diplomacy Improved Cease-fire and Peace pacts allowed within x turns of meeting a player.
  3. Resource “Gold” set to 0/1/8. (Formerly it had the lowest F/P/T score of all resources.)
  4. Terrain return. Non-temperate terrain returns to the game with re-balanced resource values.
  5. Oasis is a water source for irrigation. b) "Nile Effect" gives +1 food on irrigated desert rivers.
  6. Illegal Action movement penalty removed.
  7. Swamp Transform to Ocean is now 12 worker-turns (was 36). 
  8. Grassland Transform to Hills is now 15 worker-turns (was 12).
  9. The Well-digger is a "patch" unit for nations with no nearby water at game start.
  10. Engineering allows the Canal tile improvement. Its only effect is letting ships pass through.
  11. Caravans/Freight can build Foreign Wonders.
  12. Helicopters. Can use Fortresses to rest/repair. Clarification: not a field unit.
  13. Most military units are able to expel most foreign non-military units from your nation.
  14. Many military units are able to capture certain types of foreign units.
  15. Steal Map Fragments, a new Freeciv feature, is included for Diplomats and Spies.
  16. Maximum Granary Food Store capped at 70.
  17. Terrain Defense Exploits Adjusted. Forest/Swamp/River 1.33x defense. Can't make forest/hills in existing cityDesign Log.mp2#14. Fort added. Defense bonuses smoothed
  18. Fort added & bonuses adjusted. Fort requires Masonry: 1.33x against Land/Sea except Armor. Fortress requires an existing Fort. 2x against Land/Sea except Armor. 1.66x against Air/Helicopter/Missile/Armor.
  19. Naval Base added. 1.33x defense and +20% healing for Sea units. In all other respects, same as Fortress.
  20. Timeline changed. In-game year matches pace of the game.
  21. Incite cost changed. Goes from impossible to extremely high but theoretically possible.
  22. Huts re-balanced as a usable option. Goes from wild game-changing luck to a strategic early game resource.

Avant-Garde MP2: Edit

These changes only apply to the developmental version of MP2, named "Avant-Garde" /rules ag

  1. By default, zoc_purity is enabled. Units who ignore ZoC don't give this ability to units who don't ignore it.
  2. Quays. A quay is a road-type available with Pottery. Stepping in takes 1 move point. Stepping out behaves the same as a road. (Quays require Pottery. Build-time: 2 worker-turns. Like bridges and railroads, it auto-upgrades inside cities when you get the tech.)
    • Ships must Unload Transport (T) for units to use adjacent roads without unloading penalties.
    • Moves needed to cross a river to a tile on the other side:
      • No infrastructure = 2.00 moves = 6/3 moves
      • Quay connected to roads = 1.33 moves = 4/3 moves
      • Bridge connected to roads = 0.67 moves = 2/3 moves
  3. Canals. Can now be built adjacent to ocean OR river, and they integrate to both (allow traffic.)
  4. Unload Transport (T) works in Naval Bases and Quays, without loss of all moves.
  5. Hideouts are a new Base, defaulting to ON with the hideouts setting. With Warrior Code, Hideouts can be put in Forests, Swamps, Mountains, and Jungle, but not in someone else’s territory. Only Foot soldiers can make Hideouts. Land units and Helicopters can hide in them. Other types will be seen. Hideouts are invisible to anyone not occupying the tile. For each turn it is empty, a Hideout has a 15% chance of disappearing. The only way to see a Hideout is to have a unit on it. Build time: 1.5 worker-turns.
  6. New tech Radar:
    • Allows building Radar Tower. Increases city vision approximately 6 tiles.
    • Allows making Radar on top of Airbase. Increases base vision approximately 3-4 tiles.
    • Is the new requirement for AWACS and Heavy Bomber
  7. Conscription lets you make more than 1 unit per turn, if additional units are infantry. A City must have at least one of these requirements:◦ Capital city ◦ Factory ◦ MFG Plant ◦ Fusion Reactor ◦ King Richard’s Crusade (does not require Conscription)
  8. Labor Union changes upkeep on Infantry types from 1 shield to 1 gold.
  9. Fusion Power enables: Fusion Reactor, cost 200. +75% base production, 5 free upkeep.
    • if nukes_major server setting is set ON, allows Enrichment Facility for making fusion nukes.
  10. Tesla's Laboratory costs 20 shields more and gives 20% gold discount on upgrades.
  11. JTIDS is a new Wonder. Infantry units get +1 vet level. Odds of promotion are increased.
  12. Police Station – now has “secret police” bonus for spies. (+1 vet level)
  13. Fighter types can Vigil - orders them to auto-attack adjacent units if:
    • The other unit is an airplane (or paratrooper)
    • The Fighter has better odds to win by attacking instead of defending
    • The Fighter is not the only unit defending a city
    • The Fighter has been ordered to Vigil
    • Move limits for Vigil: Fighter 2. Escort Fighter, Jet Fighter: 3. Stealth Fighter: 4.
  14. Helicopter unreachable to Artillery types, +1 move when starting turn in a city or airbase. Loses 1hp per turn instead of 2hp. 21 hp = “gets one free turn in the air”
  15. Medium Bomber comes one tech later, gets 7A 15M. "Soft Field Unit": if non-aggressive, causes 1 less discontent citizen.
  16. Dive Bomber comes with Radio. A3 D3 18M. Exerts ZoC. +50% attack vs non-air, +33% defense vs. anti-air.
  17. Ground Strike Fighter upgrades Dive Bomber. A7 D4 21M Fuel:2. 33% defense vs. anti-air.
  18. Communism pays 5 less for Riflemen, 10 less for Dive Bomber.
  19. Supreme Court no longer gives bonus against hostile diplomats, but enables Homeland Security building which does. Cost: 30. Upkeep: 0.
  20. Casus Belli - poison water, capture unit, other hostile acts now give casus belli. International incident for nukes now allows any nation to cancel its treaties with you.

Minor / miscellaneous:

  1. Diplomatic bonuses for Courthouse, Police Station, Homeland Security are all the same under all conditions. Improved balance and simplified. Diplomat vet bonuses also improved/balanced.
  2. Airbases heal air units +15% per turn.
  3. Fanatic upkeep for non-fundamentalist governments is higher.
  4. Starting commerce units can be given a Home City for Trade Routes. Starting Commerce units have no tech restriction for building a Wonder.
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