FexFX - Bigger & Longer

Investigation into further math errors revealed the source of several of my issues. Rather than counting the turns up myself I believed sev...

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Investigation into further math errors revealed the source of several of my issues. Rather than counting the turns up myself I believed several of the posts I have seen in various forums which stated the number of turns in a Normal game to be 430 and an EPIC to be 640. In fact a Normal Game has 440 turns, and an Epic game has 660. As a result I have had to change some percentages listed below for accuracy. These changes may have been caused by the 1.09 patch. Further testing revealed that Tech advancement being at 14% slower was just a little slower than intended (this slowness does not really show until towards the end.) Also Unit production was originally meant to be 1/6 (16%) faster and my math errors caused it to only be 1/7 (14%) faster. As a Result, FX-Epic has been rebalanced again in v.05 to meet original goals. I can promise that this will be the final change to the FX-Epic length Game.

I also renamed the mod to include version number so that people involved in FX-Epic games would not be forced to choose between the new version and restarting their long game. The New Mode offers Timeline equivalent speeds to everything except for production which has been sped up even further. This should make for truly massive battles involving insane numbers of units even if it takes more turns to get there.

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FexFX - Bigger & Longer v.05
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This Mod adds two new game speeds and a new larger map size.
Game Speeds:  FX-Grand(1000) and FX-Epic(875).
Map Size:  FX-Huge
See Below for details.

v.05 Notes
Investigation into further math errors revealed the source of several of my issues.  Rather than counting the turns up myself I believed several of the posts I have seen in various forums which stated the number of turns in a Normal game to be 430 and an EPIC to be 640.  In fact a Normal Game has 440 turns, and an Epic game has 660.  As a result I have had to change some percentages listed below for accuracy.  These changes may have been caused by the 1.09 patch.

Further testing revealed that Tech advancement being at 14% slower was just a little slower than intended (this slowness does not really show until towards the end.)  Also Unit production was originally meant to be 1/6 (16%) faster and my math errors caused it to only be 1/7 (14%) faster.  As a Result, FX-Epic has been rebalanced again in v.05 to meet original goals.

I can promise that this will be the final change to the FX-Epic length Game.
I also renamed the mod to include version number so that people involved in FX-Epic games would not be forced to choose between the new version and restarting their long game.

The New Mode offers Timeline equivalent speeds to everything except for production which has been sped up even further.  This should make for truly massive battles involving insane numbers of units even if it takes more turns to get there.

Changes in v.05
.  Renamed FX-Epic to FX-Epic(875).
.  Research lowered to 219% to make for an even 10% slower relative to the Timeline.
.  Training, production and building costs all adjusted to be 1/6 (16%) faster relative to the Timeline.  All costs are now 166% of Normal.
.  Inflation changed to be more in line with production costs.      
.  Adjusted Culture to slow down cultural expansion to avoid premature cultural victory.  Cultural growth is now (189%) 5% faster relative to the Timeline.   Was 7.5% faster.
.  Adjusted great people one more time to bring them in line with production values.
.  Adjusted Golden Age Percentage to match the Schema used in the original speeds.

Additions in v.05
.  Added FX-Grand(1000) mode.  1000 Turns.  Tech Speed at (250%) 10% slower, Production speeds (181%) 1/5 (20%) faster, and Cultural Growth (216%) 5% faster relative to the Timeline.  Turn breakdown for FX-Grand(1000)is as follows:
Ancient:  4000BC to 1000BC now lasts 250 turns.
Classical:  1000BC to 500AD now lasts 150 turns.
Medieval:  500AD to 1000AD now lasts 100 turns.
Renaissance:  1000AD to 1500AD now lasts 125 turns.
Industrial:  1500AD to 1850AD now lasts 175 turns.
Modern:  1850AD to 1930AD now lasts 80 turns.
Future:  1903AD to 2050AD still lasts for 120 turns.
.  Renamed all Game lengths to include number of turns in parenthesis after the name:
FX-Grand(1000)
FX-Epic(875)
Epic(660)
Normal(440)
Quick(320)

Changes in v.04
Testing revealed that Research, Barbarians, and inflation could all use a bit of tweaking.
.  Research lowered to 232% rather than 255%, this works better and makes techs approximately 14% more expensive relative to the timeline.
.   Barbarians and inflation changed to match Epic levels.
.   Also adjusted the effectiveness of Great People to be more reasonable.

Release Version: v.03
This mod adds two things:
1) FX-Huge Map size.  This map size is 126.8% larger than Huge.  It has a defined size of 36x23 which is a grid 144x92 in the game for a total of 13,248 tiles in game.  This was the largest size I could run with 100% stability on my PC.  
   (Windows XP, 2.8gz Prescott P4, 1GB PC3200 RAM, Radeon 800XL Platinum)

2) FX-Epic game mode.  This mode is 875 turns long.  I have tried to maintain the Timeline by rebalancing the timeline while also making things just a hair cheaper relative to the timeline.  To understand what I mean by "relative to the Timeline" It is important to note that the Timeline for an FX-Epic is now 198.8% longer than a Normal game.  However, if I made everything universally cost 198.8% more than standard, the ONLY change to the feel of the game would be that it takes more than twice as long to play.  Instead, in an effort to change the epic feel of the game a bit, I did two things, First I increased the Tech costs by 25% relative to the Timeline meaning that the Costs are now 219% of normal, and Second I decreased the cost of almost everything else to 86% relative to the timeline meaning that Costs are now 175% of normal.  While this does mean that it will take you longer to produce or build anything than in a Normal or Huge game, it also means that relative to the timeline you will be able to produce roughly one seventh more units and improvements within the timeline.  This means that wars should be bigger as well as longer.  Conflicts will be truly epic!  The timeline now breaks down as follows:
Ancient:  4000BC to 1000BC now lasts 150 turns.
Classical:  1000BC to 500AD now lasts 150 turns.
Medieval:  500AD to 1000AD now lasts 100 turns.
Renaissance:  1000AD to 1500AD now lasts 100 turns.
Industrial:  1500AD to 1850AD now lasts 175 turns.
Modern:  1850AD to 1930AD now lasts 80 turns.
Future:  1903AD to 2050AD still lasts for 120 turns.
My reasoning behind these was a little more than purely mathematical.  With a tech speed of 255% and a	 Game Speed of 198.8% and a production speed 1/7 higher, the Industrial revolution will finally have some real weight!  The early mechanized units will now get a decent amount of play time and won’t feel like so much of a pit-stop on the way to modern armor!  I toyed with making the end game longer and extending the timeline out, but realized that this was pointless since simply turning off the TIME victory condition already accomplishes this.

To Install:
Simply unpack the “FexFX - Bigger & Longer” folder in its entirety to your MOD folder located in:  My Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 4\MODS.

To Use:
Launch Civilization 4, go to the Advanced Menu.
Select Load a MOD.
Choose “FexFX - Bigger & Longer” from the listed MODs.
You will be notified that the game will restart to utilize the MOD.

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