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    Hello Leaders,


    Welcome to the August State of the Nations! I hope everyone is taking advantage of the building discounts, increased resource production, and other sales and events of the Summer for the Ages. In this post, I’ll be discussing the latest two releases, 5.7 and 5.7.5, as well as taking a look at what’s to come in 5.8 - Combat Intel. We’ve got a lot to talk about today so grab a snack and let’s dive right in!


    As mentioned in a previous State of the Nations, 5.7 - Allied Front was focused on improving Alliances. We added Rubies and Alliance Perks to reward players that actively participate in World War with their Allies. Rubies are an Alliance-focused currency which right now can only be acquired through World War and spent at Marco Polo, the Traveling Merchant. In the future we’ll add new ways for you to earn Rubies and new places to spend them, which you can expect will remain tied to Alliances.


    Alliance Perks reward Alliances that earn XP through World War and level up their Alliance. Perks provide all players within an Alliance with various bonuses. While most of the Perks are World War focused, some are more broadly useful. For example, the level 10 Perk automatically upgrades all donated troops to Global Age rank if they were below it. Unlocking this Perk allows lower-Age Alliance members to donate more frequently without worrying about filling up donation space with weaker troops. Currently the maximum level for all Alliances is 10, but you can expect to see this cap increase at some point in the future.


    With 5.7.5 - Higher Learning we introduced Mystery Chests. Mystery Chests are not completely new to DomiNations. We’ve had random drops in the game for a while in the form of Shipments, General rewards from Expeditions, and to some degree even the random Trade Goods a player can earn after they finish a PvP battle. Mystery Chests take the best of all of these and combine them into a clear, straightforward system. You can already find Mystery Chests among Marco Polo’s wares, and in future releases we’ll be adding them elsewhere in the game. One example might be a World War Chest that, in addition to the rewards you already get from World War, has a chance to reward you with more resources, extra Rubies, or possibly even Troop Tactics.


    In 5.7.5 we also updated League Rewards. Players in higher Leagues now gain much better loot from both the League Boat and the Victory Chest. For example, players in Kingdom III (2000 - 2199 medals) can now earn 2,750,000 Food or Gold or 13,750 Oil from Victory Chests! We also added National Trade Goods as a reward for higher Leagues. In 5.8 and beyond, we are planning to continue improving League rewards by adding things like Troop Tactics, Tactics, Blessings, Troop Recruits, Mercenary Contracts, and Mystery Chests. We are hoping to incentivize players to challenge themselves by climbing the medal rankings instead of just raiding easy bases in lower Leagues.


    While not officially part of the release, after 5.7.5 we turned the World War Replay beta back on. Hopefully everyone is enjoying them as much as we are. The beta runs until September 12th, at which time we’ll be turning the feature back off. There’s good news though! With the release of 5.8 - Combat Intel we will end the beta period and turn World War Replays on permanently. We will continue to identify and fix bugs with the feature as they arise, but we feel that it is clean enough now that it can and should remain active.


    Before we get into 5.8 - Combat Intel, I’d like to mention another update which we are planning to release first. In a few weeks, after Summer for the Ages concludes, we will put out the 5.7.5 Balance Update. This will be the first of a new type of release that will not require you to update your game, unlike full releases such as 5.8. In this very first Balance Update, we will be making two changes. The first is that we will be turning on the World War tiebreaker that resolves stalemates based on time elapsed in battle. The second is that the citizen costs and times for Expeditions will no longer increase as you level up your Dock. Though low-level Expeditions have become a little more expensive, high-level ones are now much cheaper. This should encourage players to upgrade their Docks, since there is no longer an incentive to keep it at a lower level. Moving forward, you should expect to see more Balance Updates like this in between full releases.


    Let’s finally talk about 5.8 - Combat Intel! As I mentioned above, 5.8 will include the permanent release of World War Replays as well as more improvements to League rewards. Beyond that, 5.8 will also add a new building in the Global Age and a new University Leader.


    In 5.8, players in the Global and Atomic Ages will get access to a new defensive building called the Missile Silo which heavily punishes clusters of attacking troops. The Missile Silo begins each battle inactive. Deploying troops or tactics of any kind will generate “threat,” and when enough threat is generated, the Missile Silo will arm itself and begin laying waste to the enemy army. The building scans the entire map to find the biggest cluster of hitpoints in the attacking army to fire upon. When it finds a target, it locks onto the location and fires. The attacker can see where the Missile Silo is firing a few seconds before it launches, so you may be able to save your troops with a well-timed Rally. You may also be able to guide the Missile Silo away from your troops with a well placed Decoy. After the Missile Silo has fired, it will take some time to rearm, then begin looking for a new target. The Missile Silo can be built and upgraded once in the Global Age, then upgraded again in the Atomic Age. We’re eager to see how base layouts and attack strategies change with the introduction of this deadly new building.


    We’re also adding a new Great Leader to the University in 5.8: Moctezuma. Once you’ve upgraded to a level 2 University, you can begin researching his skills, which are mainly focused on improving your economy. For example, you can gain a 90% reduction in hunting, mining, and gathering time, a 50% increase to your Oil Well capacity, and 30% more power from Coalitions. His capstone, Triple Alliance, provides you with an extra random National Trade Good whenever you earn at least one National Trade Good from battle. Since the extra National Trade Good is random, this will help improve your income of all National Trade Goods regardless of the popularity of specific nations.


    So, what’s next? Well, there are a lot of things that we’re excited about beyond 5.8. As this current World War Replay Beta period comes to an end we’ll be compiling all of the feedback, bugs, etc. into a plan of action for how to improve the feature. We’ll also be doing the same thing for Summer for the Ages. We’re also mapping out what will be in the 5.8 Balance Update, with a few things currently planned. We’re going to be changing the Tactical Helicopter to make it less efficient at raiding Oil. We still want it to be a valuable troop, but we feel that the stats that it released with were a bit too strong. We will also make APCs spawn their first set of troops faster, which will make them useful more quickly.


    Lastly, we’re going to change how the Castle handles garrisoned Generals when it is destroyed. Instead of being lost, any Generals remaining inside of the Castle will be released onto the battlefield which is similar to how the Stronghold functions with donated Troop Tactics in World War. However, unlike the Stronghold, the Generals are injured in the destruction of the Castle and will appear with less than 100% hitpoints. Defense-minded players will find with this change that the Generals they’ve invested heavily in will be able to more effectively defend an attack. An attacker’s ability to Sabotage a Castle and destroy it before any General has spawned continues to make Sabotage an incredibly strong Tactic, too strong in fact. One Tactic can shut down the damage that the Castle deals along with what amounts to millions of resources and weeks of time invested into Generals. Sabotaging a Castle and destroying it will still incapacitate a defensive building and will deal significant damage to the defender’s Generals, but will no longer completely shut down an entire aspect of defense.


    Beyond 5.8 and the 5.8 Balance Update, we’re also working on changes to the offense/defense rating system for World War. The ultimate goal here is to surface these values to players so that they can better see why two Alliances have been paired up for World War. TinSoldier recently posted a detailed explanation pointing out some of the misleading assumptions that players have had surrounding World War matchmaking. He does a great job out outlining why looking only at Age and player level can lead to inaccurate assessments of matches. Unfortunately, the values that are actually used for World War matchmaking, namely offense and defense rating, are not surfaced anywhere in the game. I’ll go into more detail about this in the future, but I did want to mention that this is something we are working on.


    Finally, I wanted to take a moment to address a few community-related topics. First and foremost, I hope everyone can see the impact that TinSoldier has had on our forums and social media pages. While you may not always agree with what he has to say, he has done a great job increasing the frequency of replies to player questions, comments, and feedback. We plan to expand on his valuable work. For example, in the coming weeks, you can expect to see a post from TinSoldier outlining the details of our next developer Q&A. While we are still finalizing the details and exact location of the Q&A, you can expect this one to be opened up to a wider range of topics than our previous one.


    There is one final change I’d like to announce before we wrap up. This will actually be the last State of the Nations that’s explicitly tied to a month. The next one will be the “5.8 State of the Nations” and will be posted after 5.8 - Combat Intel has released. Why the change? Well, the State of the Nations has always served to talk about what’s going on and what’s coming next in DomiNations. It will still do that by reflecting on the previous release and previewing what’s to come in the next release. With 5.8 currently planned to come out at the end of September, the 5.8 State of the Nations will be posted in October. In the months when we don’t have a State of the Nations, we’ll be looking to answer player questions in other ways. For example, the above-mentioned Q&A will take place in September in lieu of a State of the Nations. The goal here is to continue to allow the State of the Nations to serve the function it always has while supplementing that information with updates that are more of a conversation and less of a big wall of text.


    That’s all I have for now. As I said, this one is pretty lengthy, but it’s all important and worth talking about. Thank you for sticking it out to the end. As always, please feel free to leave comments, questions, and feedback. TinSoldier will be jumping into this thread to answer your questions and comment on your posts. Enjoy the rest of the Summer for the Ages!


    Thanks,

    Brian
    Last edited by TinSoldier; 08-31-2017, 02:18 PM.

  • #2
    Very nice announcements. If I could ask, do you have plans on releasing new nations?

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    • #3
      So basically you telling me that you have new building (for milk us) And this is your so called balance that we need to be excited for ?

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      • #4
        No mention of nerfing elephant archers. This is one of the top priorities IMHO. They dominate the pay to win world wars and the discussed defensive upgrades will make it worse.

        Very pleased to hear about the Dock changes. It only took 1.5 years, but you finally listened to the community! Hope to see an Atomic-age upgrade to the dock soon so we can make use of it.

        Kudos to TinSoldier for engaging the community. We appreciate it.
        Last edited by Quovatis; 08-31-2017, 03:48 PM.

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        • Motaz Tarek
          Motaz Tarek commented
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          was about to ask why they don't do the same change to SH elephants, destroying SH should make the released elephants or any troops whatever, damaged too like the generals from castle, but I guess no..

        • Empire
          Empire commented
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          If they do that, then people might consider not buying troop cards. I don't think they'll take that chance

      • #5
        Nice comprehensive post BDS .
        New leaders in the Uni are always welcome, especially when they address the oil well capacity issue, it's almost like you listened to me!
        Great idea on the Castle and I really like the idea behind the new missile silo, despite any negativity you might get about things before they're even released. Finally, something really 'Atomic' for the Atomic age!
        I think it will have an impact on those people who like to rally/circle a base to heal their troops (yes, I'm talking about you british spammers!). Hopefully this building will force them to 'think' some more.

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        • #6
          Where is the balance? $$$$$$$$$$

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          • #7
            First I'll say thank you for letting us know your plans and depicting your consideration bout your members ideas, it'll encourage us to spend more time on our ideas as we know our ideas are taken into consideration!

            Second there is something I looking for in future updates and I'd like to mention them:

            1) I'd like to see added more languages in the game (I'm Persian and looking for my language)!

            2) I'd like to see you added "damage per SHOT" in details for troops/buildings or at least rate of their fires and "damage per ROUND" for planes! as we cannot find this informations anywhere even in wiki!

            3)I'd like to see live replays feature! it will makes the world wars double more excitement! I'd like to watch my attacks allies in live and vice versa!

            4)I'd like to see you added "train button" in the main screen and then there is no longer need to waste even a little our time to finding a producer troop building like a barrack to train our troops or check them! always I have to design my base and put a barrack right in closest side where screen start with it in order to accessing to train button in shorter time! but you can make it much more easier and faster by adding train button in main screen, don't you?
            Plas train button in world war screen currently is useless as it do not count coalitions effects on troops! I'd like to see exactly how much coalitions affects my troops and tactics!

            5)I'd like to see the game can works very better with poor Net and see an artificial intelligence to leading battle even if we got disconnected from the game or Net! in the work or some other time I have to use my phone internet connection 3G-4G and this is with no trust to attack specifically in world wars as it is very unstable, then I've to sit out of the world wars for a while! and if someone called you during the battle it becomes a disaster! your battle will stop and you will lose all your armies!
            Personally I lost many Many MANY resources, attacks and TIME because of that ! can't understand why there should be not any artificial intelligence (even poor) to continue battle and only lead armies to end of the battle with whatever result it will have! can't understand why!
            I'd like to see it will be fixed/added as soon as possible!

            6)I liked your new plan about spawning generals even castle destroyed and I'd like to see new features of generals! General should act as a leader and lead armies but currently they don't! they only acts as a high hp single troop and no more!

            7) I'd like to see more manager and game developers in the forums! currently and adding additional one in the future still that's not enough as there is many questions, discussions and ideas with no response! more assistants will makes the forums bigger and much more activity as we know every topics will have a official response and surely they will be visited by mangers/game developers!

            And third I've a fresh idea and feature for the game that can makes the game very various of other games :

            CAPTURING enemies troops!

            will mentioned that soon in the ideas forum for more details!
            ​​​​

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            • SiuYin
              SiuYin commented
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              I am interested about damage and range of Missile

              Damage ~1000: Wipe out your Shooter and Howie,
              Damage ~5000 : Wipe most troop except tank
              Damge ~10000: I quit

            • Empire
              Empire commented
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              Yes, I'm interested to know about the damage of the missile silo as well. TinSoldier maybe you can oblige?
              Last edited by Empire; 09-02-2017, 02:50 AM.

          • #8
            Thank you for the State of the Nations. I have to say that I'm really loving the AXP and alliance perks. And I'm loving trading my rubies to Marco for those cool mystery chests. And thank you for giving us TinSoldier as a community contact person. He has been very helpful and it's good to know someone is listening to our concerns. The communication has greatly improved.

            Also, I really enjoyed the summer rush events. I wasn't sure about them at first because I thought it only applied to me when it reached AA because I'm in that age. But as soon as I figured out it applied to the upgrades I was behind on, I was all in.

            As far as what's coming up. Not sure I'm a fan of the generals spawning from destroyed Fort but I suppose it's something I'll have to get used to. It's good that TH is on your radar as something that needs to be nerfed. Now you need to add Elephant Archers ... just sayin.

            What I'm really intrigued about in the upcoming update is the new missile silo. Is it bad that I got a little excited when I read about it? 😳My heart started beating real fast and I may have even salivated. I'm sure I will regret feeling this way when the reality of a missile incinerating my troops comes to light but it will be fun to see it working on my base.

            Anyway, I appreciate all you have done recently to try to regain our trust in your game. I have to say I am much happier with my gaming experience than I was a year ago or even six months ago. Aside from the occasional sandbag/mismatch in war things have been going well. Just be sure to test, test and retest before releasing the next update. You don't want those missile silos blowing up in your face 🤓.

            Hugs and Kisses,

            Gail
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            • #9
              Interesting update about new defensive building Missile Silo but believe it will encourage more people to use Decoy. As of now, in WW, lot of people use 5-7 decoys in their Tactics combo; somehow a bit boring. Also, hope for future updates they wl have new leader who focusing on buffing factory troops (bazooka, machine gun, commando, apc)

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              • Htmk5
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                Decoy is extremely laggy on android 😔

            • #10
              1. It is lovely that war replay become permanent.
              2. Encourage People to stay on higher league is nice idea
              3, I am interested in new missile building, I am expecting its damage around 5000
              4. For new leader, Coalition enhancement interested me.
              5. Hero Spawned after castle destroyed, I love the idea

              But I am still looking for

              1. Positive enhancement of under used troops like: Machine Gun / Mortar / Attack Helicopter / Destoryer


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              • #11
                Sounds like the missile silo will like to attack tanks primarily since they have the highest highpoints. I guess the British archer spammers will have to start using these again which is great in my opinion.

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                • #12
                  Id really like a save replay function. I don't really care about replays of 1 troop dump for medal dropping. Instead, let me save something like 5 replays from WW,previous attack, Friendly challenge etc.

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                  • #13
                    timer in war is a rubbish idea hated it then and I will hate it when it comes back, it only allows stackers another way to win a war as per example

                    20 war, 10 atomic and 10 irons meet a varied alliance with all levels the 10 Atomic wipe the floor with 20 players from the varied alliance who might manage to stalemate them, timer is fair ? I think not, do not bring it back

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                    • #14
                      Good update. Would be good to see the dock get some decent rewards though and less citizens required. It isn't worth sending 5 citizens off for 5 days for a 'Zero' or a british expeditionary army. Make the troop rewards worthwhile.

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                      • #15
                        At this point, you could as well either advertise for ipads, or put on a disclaimer : "game not suitable for android".

                        SERIOUSLY, more decoy need ??

                        I'm on the edge of quitting....

                        And what BALANCE ? As if the brits were not already overpowered, now the brit rifle line spam (no big troop cluster) will be even more widespread...
                        What about the old school NOT british ranged attack, with point rallies (AKA SKILLS) ? gone ?
                        what about HT attacks on android devices that cannot handle 100+ units and your pulsing decoys ? gone, too ??

                        a balance on oil raiders.... sure why not.
                        you can remove raiders altogether, for all i care...
                        but please (!!!) don't touch the HP and healing stats of the awesome tactical helis !
                        i didn't sweat to upgrade my factory, to have my new healer suddenly useless....

                        on the upside : faster spawning for the APCs is very welcome - it might allow more flexibility with the drop points.

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                        • Htmk5
                          Htmk5 commented
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                          I totally agree with you, as a ht attacker who play on android I feel like I have two options: quit or switch to british and buy an ipad. 😣

                        • cclaerbo
                          cclaerbo commented
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                          The game not functioning on android devices isn't really a nexon issue it's a android issue. I would be frustrated too but the developers aren't going to change the way they make the game just because android isn't keeping up on their end.

                        • Kambodia
                          Kambodia commented
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                          I play on my android Samsung Galaxy S6 edge plus with little to no issues. Crashes are seldom and I think when they do happen its mainly due to network/Wi-Fi connection not my device. I also play on my iPad 4 (which is about 5 years old now) and i have had way more issues with crashes/bugs even with good network connection. It doesn't matter which OS but other factors such as: device age, network speed, device storage capacity, other apps running in background, etc.
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