Families aren't a discrete system in Old World. They're also not something you can relate to other games you've played. They're not like combat, or income, or technology, or culture, or religion. Instead, they're all of those things and more..
There’s actually one overlook bonus from Traders that I really like - most Families like it if their cities are close to each other. For Traders, it’s the opposite - they are happier the farther apart their cities are (which also makes it easier to get the other two families closer together).
Ah, I’m glad you brought that up because I have questions! The fact that Traders “prefer distant cities” isn’t quantified in any way. Can you elaborate a bit?
Also, you mention that other families like cities near their other family cities. How is that quantified? I know there’s a (not insignificant!) maintenance cost for distance from capital that applies to all cities. But there are other distance penalties and effects? I don’t recall seeing that in the opinion tooltips.
If you’re racing another nation to finish a Wonder, you’ll get there quicker if you build it at an Artisan Family Seat.
Is that how it works? For me (and maybe this is the difficulty setting I’m playing on), as soon as anyone starts a wonder it’s locked out for everyone else. (Which, given the huge upfront cost and time investment, seems like a much better way of handling things than Civ’s.)
Yeah, this is a little different. There is a family opinion bonus from having their cities close together, and it will tell you what the values will be before founding cities (and it’s only a positive bonus, never negative). In the case of Traders, the farther apart the cities are, the higher the bonus is.
This is how it works - once you start a Wonder, no one else can build it (“Max 1 per Game”). (Took me a long time to abandon the Civ way of doing it, but this is definitely a lot better and is fair because of the resource cost.)
The tagline is a bit twee, some marketing dude’s attempt at Wes Anderson, but I’ve stared at it long enough while eating that it feels like it makes sense. It’s appropriate even. And it applies to Children of Morta:
These write-ups are great and, like @Left_Empty, just what I need to get into the spirit of the game.
I also love the dropping of ‘wonder races’. My experience with Civ is incredibly limited (V and mostly in multiplayer with lots of desyncing) but I clearly recall my friends getting really pissed off when a wonder was finished a turn or two earlier than they were about to finish it. I’m not sure whether you lost the resources but you lost turns/time as well as the wonder so it was a double (possibly triple) whammy. I love Through The Ages and that too dispenses with the wonder races so my thoughts exactly @Bluddy.
Yeah, I’ve spent decades double-tapping the spacebar after a sentence. It’s a hard habit to shake. Is it messing up the formatting? If so, I’m not averse to running a find/replace, but I think I’m too far along in life to retrain my thumbs.